David Shearer

Written By: - Date published: 5:49 pm, April 22nd, 2009 - 33 comments
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So, Labour’s flying in some bloke called David Shearer to have a tilt at the Mt Albert selection. Apparently he’s been working for the UN Development Programme in Iraq and has quite a bit of foreign policy background. People like him, wife and kids, ticks all the boxes. He also seems to be pretty close to Goff and Twyford.

According to the Herald:

He is classed as a leading contender by the party hierarchy to contest the by-election but will still have to win support of the local electorate organisation.

I’m always a bit skeptical of parties where head office has a lot of power in candidate selection (the Greens being a notable exception to the rule) but the fact is in a hard-fought by-election like this Labour’s going to need to keep its local organisation onside if they want to have a shot at winning, and that can only be a good thing.

There’s still talk of at least one more highly credible candidate putting his hat in the ring today but we’ll have to wait and see whether that pans out. One thing’s for sure, the selection race just got a whole lot more interesting.

33 comments on “David Shearer”

  1. dave 1

    I’m always a bit skeptical of parties where head office has a lot of power in candidate selection (the Greens being a notable exception to the rule)

    Yes its not likely there will be a Green party forced by-election any time soon heh. Just as well as there may be some list place rejigging going on.

  2. Patrick 2

    I may be really missing something obvious, but reading the article you’ve linked to, it really seems like his name is David Shearer.

  3. Lindsey 3

    David Shearer is a great bloke. I first came across him during the Auckland Central Labour campaign in 1999 where he was one of the sector leaders on Election Day. He has since stood in Whangarei and stood for selection in Waitakere, in between doing humanitarian work overseas and being named New Zealander of the Year a few years ago.
    Mind you, looking at the lineup of Labour hopefulls in Mt Albert, there is some real talent there and it will be a fascinating selection.

  4. gobsmacked 4

    “Some bloke”?

    Well, he’s only given interviews to just about every major media outlet and been in just about every war zone in the past many years. He’s only one of the most important New Zealanders in the world.

    He hasn’t been on Dancing With The Stars, though.

    I suppose this is what happens when the NZ media give up on foreign news. If he’d cared less about Palestine, and more about paso doble, he’d be a household name.

  5. Tane 5

    Well, yeah, I’ve never heard of him before today and I follow politics closer than most. The “some bloke” remark was largely tongue-in-cheek though, as he’s clearly has made a name for himself in foreign affairs.

  6. gingercrush 6

    I’ve no doubt he is a talented guy. But it simply justifies the fact Twyford was told not to stand for Mt. Albert. The Labour party heads in my mind are controlling the selection and will ultimately appoint the candidate they want. That may well not be in the best interest of Mt. Albert. I would say though, I don’t think it will matter. While the contest will be much closer than what happened election day. I believe Labour should win the seat and likely easier than some believe at the moment. Though Melissa Lee will be formidable herself and should find herself in a safe National seat in 2011.

  7. David 7

    Nine nominees:
    http://tinyurl.com/c2by9w

    Meg Bates
    Glenda Fryer
    Simon Mitchell
    Stuart Prossor
    David Shearer
    Farida Sultana
    Chris Tremewan
    Rhema Vaithianathan
    Helen White.

  8. Tom Semmens 8

    One thing abour Shearer – since the NZ Herald made him man of the year once, they’ll find it hard to run their usual smears and half-truths, after suitable laundering via blubber oil and Farrar of course.

  9. Ian 10

    anyone but Glenda please
    Mt Albert Voter

  10. jarbury 11

    Whoever it is will have a battle on their hands for the centre-left vote. In my email this morning:

    Hi all

    As of today, the only nominee for the candidate for the Mt Albert by-election is Russel Norman. The selection process will still be adhered to but, as Russel is uncontested, is likely to be a formality.

    Russel is excited at the prospect of standing for Mt Albert and having a co-leader as our candidate should also boost media interest in the Green campaign. Radio New Zealand have already asked to speak to the potential candidates and and an interview with Russel with be broadcast by them tomorrow.

    I hope that the electorate will now get behind Russel and put in every effort to help him win the seat.

    Cheers

  11. George Darroch 12

    A strong field from Labour. Russell Norman might be a gamechanger, but only if he has a strong campaign (and it’s going to need to be pretty good to beat Labour, who are investing great amounts of time and energy into this).

    I thought he lived in Wellington. He might have moved, I really don’t know, so will hold off from accusations for the moment. Jackson Wood’s joke about campaigning from Mt Victoria might be true though.

    • BLiP 12.1

      That Norman is seriously beginning to piss me off. There was no indication during the election he would start knob-gobbling the Goober or stirring it up in the Labour electorates, and just look at this shit .

      John Key’s recent signals of fiscal prudence in the upcoming Budget are to be praised, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

      FFS!

      • ripp0 12.1.1

        not to sidetrack this thread – (which had gotten off to a bad start with its mis-named ‘candidate’ seeker anyway) – but a visit to Blip’s link raised several aspects worthy of mention in regard this very week’s news parlors..

        Saith Dr. Norman :—

        “The Government’s Budget should look a lot more like a light rail line than a road if we’re going to build a credible response to climate change in to the very fabric of our economy,’

        That road/rail thing for instance..?

        The fact/s of someone else this week at the standard linking to a NZHerald story about the NZ Road Transport Forum anticipating greater access to ‘regional’ MPs in return for electioneering contributions. Lobbyists go visit, you might say. Yet for what..?

        Don’t be naivé ripp0, people don’t shell out $5K and more for nothing! No, they can expect in this brave new world taintery that the Greens would get alongside of so as to advance the party’s own agenda, that the dosh was facilitation-speak. Huh..?

        Move to RNZ’s Morning Report this very day when one aspect of ‘road’ alignment politics was aptly revealed. A change of government—a change of law/rules/policy and how the great petrol-driven motoring public were now tasked to pay roadtax for what formerly fell upon those heavier vehicles known as diesel trucks had been paying previously. Get that guys—you are now paying 8¢ more per liter and a disproportionate amount of roadtax relative to usage upon the state’s roads. While the dieselers are paying considerably less. [RNZ will have the story, I’m fairly sure]

        In defense the dieselers’ spokesperson – Mr Freedlander(ph) – said that the new charges were in accord with “international” standards or practice, and that NZ was now on the mark, so to speak. Unspoken, however, was how those dieselers in the main were in business where costs are passed on to ensure/secure business profitability. This, in turn, shifting into the wider economy etc etc.. On the point one might well ask well, has freight came down in price and this change thereby passing benefit throughout the economy.. ? Or have diesel truckings et al been hanging in there.. for secure greater profitability at consumers’ considerbale (such things compound up don’t they ever) expense.

        Yet, excuse me, tiny digression should not take us away from the significance of the NZRTF and Mr. Freedland’s declared position: that interrnational authorites are dictating what kiwi drivers, particularly petrol motive folks, shall now and henceforth pay disproportionately* in respect of their roads’ costs. What’s more the exposé reveals a government prepared to change things to effect the whole electorate’s disadvantage…!

        That they would do so out of pre-emptive lobbying at costs borne by their whole business enterprise may be the line of conspiracy theorists… but such an suggestion does not of itself prove that a conspiracy has not occurred..

        More to the point, IMO, is how it aint the deceit that is so much the problem.. as the cover-up.. and so many aspects involved..

        * correct me if I’m wrong but that’s the claim of an AA or other motorists’ organisation guy on-air.

        ps: Stick with rail, Dr. Norman, for the moment it is more direct(transport efficiency) and responsible(mass, environmenatly to do so.

      • Nick 12.1.2

        Couldn’t agree more BLiP. First the Greens cosy up to the Nats, and now they choose Mt Albert to demonstrate their independence despite the risk to the centre-left as a whole. Time for Labour to cut the Greens off completely.

  12. gobsmacked 13

    Jarbury

    What is the source of that e-mail? It is very unusual for the Greens to say that candidate selections are a “formality”, in advance of an announcement. They like to adhere strictly to the democratic rules and spirit.

    Can you clarify please?

    • jarbury 13.1

      Cate Alcorn. Mt Albert Greens committee or something like that. I’m a Green Party member who’s enrolled in the Mt Albert electorate so I guess I ended up on their mailing list.

      Sounds like I let the cat out of the bag as nobody else has reported this yet.

  13. suraya 14

    He looks like a good candidate on paper but Shearer makes a bit of a mockery of Labour’s renewal message. What is he renewing, Goff’s powerbase of middle-aged male bureaucrat mates?

  14. Pat 15

    Shearer has credentials that will appeal to many voters, but maybe he is hopeless at campaigning. He failed in Whangarei in 2002 at a time when the Nats were being dumped all around the country. Shearer is Goff’s mate, but Goff is going to have to hold his hand all the way through.

  15. gobsmacked 16

    Bureaucrat? How many suicide bombers do they have in Wellington?

    If you want life experience – and I mean life and fucking death, not debates about local council by-laws in Opunake – then Shearer has it, and then some.

  16. gobsmacked 17

    Get a grip on the world, Suraya. You clearly haven’t a clue.

    They were administrators, not soldiers:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3167233.stm

    • suraya 17.1

      I could have sworn he wasn’t there for the 2003 attack but no matter.
      So sorry to dare question your little cheerleader routine.

      • gobsmacked 17.1.1

        Of course he wasn’t there. It was just one example of what UN administrators can face, in war zones. Whereas you only have to turn off your TV, and it all goes away.

        A “bureaucrat” has a bad day when the coffee is cold and photocopier doesn’t work. David Shearer is not a “bureaucrat”. But of course you know this – you’re just being deliberately obnoxious.

        http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00296.htm

  17. suraya 18

    In fact wasn’t he safely tucked away in Goff’s Beehive office in 2003?

  18. David 19

    I’m a bit surprised by 3 of the criticisms of Shearer here. First that he is not well known in Labour – given he’s been actively involved in the Labour Party for 20 years this is a strange suggestion. Second, the suggestion that he did badly as the Labour candidate in Whangerei doesn’t stack up. In 1999 the Labour candidate received 8,779 votes. In 2002 Shearer received 10,615. In 2005 the Labour candidate received 9,811. Shearer’s performance in a reasonably safe National seat was very credible.
    The third criticism that I don’t think stacks up is the allegation that he doesn’t represent renewal. I think there is an element of ageism here. Yes he is 50. But he’s also had a wide range of experiences that will bring a unique perspective to parliament. The attempt to suggest he was ‘an administrator’ (as if this in itself is a slur) is a bit misleading. His humanitarian work is noted for being on the ground in some of the most dangerous regions in the world, particularly in Somalia and the Lebanon during the most recent war.

    Having said that, I don’t think his nomination should be a fait accompli. He is a strong candidate but there are other strong candidates in the mix, including one who just received the strong endorsement of an electorate which largely overlaps the Mt Albert electorate.

    And Russel Norman will also be a strong candidate.

    This is looking like a pretty exciting by-election

    • lprent 19.1

      I’d agree about it being interesting. Lots of work though.

      However the electorate vote last time for the greens wasn’t that good – in fact it was terrible. The party vote was OK.

      • jarbury 19.1.1

        Lots of people did what I (and both my flatmates did). Party vote Green, electorate vote for Helen Clark. Now they’ll have the Greens co-leader and probably a fairly comparably no-named Labour candidate to choose from.

        Quite a different situation I think.

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    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
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  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
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  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
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  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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