Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, October 19th, 2015 - 20 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, C&R, local body elections, local government, national, Politics, same old national, supercity - Tags: bill cashmorec, bill ralston, callum penrose, Cameron Brewer, Christine Fletcher, Denise Krum, desley simpson, george wood, judith collins, Linda Cooper, Michelle Boag, paul east
I hear that National is planning something quite radical for next year’s Auckland’s local body elections. There are plans for a new regional vehicle, Future Auckland, to contest various elections in the super city.
The reason for the change is that National understand how important Auckland is to the future of the country and it does not want to leave things to chance and the vagaries of local elections.
Michelle Boag is apparently involved as is former National Cabinet Minister Paul East. There is talk about there being a formal MOU with the National party. If so National aligned C&R’s stated reason for being, to keep central party politics out of local government will be no more.
The intention must be that C&R will be folded into the new organisation. It is a somewhat radical change for National. Previously the party’s view was that it did not get involved in local body politics and used proxies to campaign instead. But it appears that C&R has not been asked what it thinks about the proposal (donotlink to Whaleoil).
It sounded far fetched but there is this evidence, former National Minister Paul East is competing in the local AECT elections and standing against the C&R ticket which currently control the trust. His presence and his obvious National Party roots will hurt their campaign. One of the C&R candidates is former National MP Paul Hutchison. National Party conferences must be fun events right now.
Bill Ralston is a likely candidate. And there is talk of Cameron Brewer standing down and being replaced in the Orakei ward by Desley Simpson, partner of National Party president Peter Goodfellow. Christine Fletcher would be unmovable in Eden Albert and George Wood would be safe in North Shore. But Denise Krum could find it difficult in Maungakiekie unless she swaps over and Linda Cooper’s antagonistic relationship with Michelle Boag could prove problematic to her in West Auckland. Bill Cashmere should be safe in Franklin. But Callum Penrose should be vulnerable if a proper campaign is run against him in Manurewa-Papakura.
The organisation will no doubt be well financed despite Slater’s claims to the contrary.
What will be interesting to find out is what C&R think about the proposal and how they feel about being unceremoniously taken over. And what Judith Collins thinks of all of this.
Interesting times …