The list has a very fresh, diverse, youthful, talented and energetic feel to it. It’s hard to say more from the thumbnail sketches included for each candidate. I would like to see them involved in some interviews and debates, and generally learn more about them.
It’s impossible to tell which of them will be the most effective in the political arena.
Some come from a fairly academic background, others from the IT sector, some have experience in grassroots politics, some have a background in community work, others in public sector work such as teaching, and there are one or two musicians.
One or two are clearly left and green leaning, but it’s not easy to tell who leans more to the left. The thumb nail sketches remind me a little of the information we get for candidates for Auckland Council elections.
Take a look at the shortlist. What do you think? What more do we need to know?
With Harre as mentor, or leader, it is very likely this party will bring some new people into politics, possibly with some different skill sets than we have in the current MPs. Hopefully the best of them will be strongly left wing.