web analytics

Meanwhile, at nationalmps.co.nz…

Written By: - Date published: 11:16 am, March 9th, 2010 - 19 comments
Categories: blogs, national - Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Remember how a couple of months back National set up NationalMPs? It was meant to be their answer to Red Alert, Labour’s frequently raucous, unstagemanaged blog where Labour’s MPs write what they want.

The problem is, either the National leadership doesn’t trust its MPs not to say something really stupid (a safe presumption given their line-up) and aren’t letting anything but the most innocuous, non-political posts go up, or National’s MPs really are just incredible bores and buffoons. Maybe it’s both.

I’d actually completely forgotten about NationalMPs [hattip to mickysavage for reminding me]. And that says something in itself. Our rightwing counterparts certainly haven’t forgotten about Red Alert because it’s interesting and the MPs write passionately about real issues. Here, in contrast, are the topics of the last week’s posts on NationalMPs:

  • Nicky Wagner talking about the Flower Festival
  • Amy Adams talking about Selwyn to no-one
  • Simon Bridges arguing with no-one about whether Rotorua or Tauranga is better
  • Craig Foss talking about the Hawkes Bay Lawmakers vs Lawyers Cricket game
  • Aaron Gilmore talking about someone a la George Jetson developing a jetpack
  • Colin King discussing how he has recently been painted
  • Eric Roy analyzing the decision to allow opossums into the country
  • Nicky Wagner talking about the opening of a new Habitat for Humanity home.

The tag-line of the site is “join the conversation” but there are literally no comments on any of the posts. That’s not surprising. Who wants to converse about flowers with Nicky Wagner, whose only achievement of any note has been getting caught out in the [insert region here] fiasco?

In fact, the most interesting thing on the site is a picture of Cam Calder standing next to a Young Nat who is wearing an abort73.com t-shirt. Abort73 is a virulent anti-right to choose organisation from the US (Roe v Wade was in 1973).

Come on National, it’s a new century (no, not the 20th, the 21st) and the public deserves better from politicians than generic [insert region here] newsletters and stage-managed blog sites. Your MPs do actually have ideas of their own to communicate, don’t they?

19 comments on “Meanwhile, at nationalmps.co.nz… ”

  1. tc 1

    It’s a mirror of the thought processes which drive our great governments MP’s……..the tumbleweed graphic is spot on.

    I liked the profile of my MP….grammar/law with honours/banking…explains alot.

    The lights are on, the sites up…..but no-one’s home. Bet this post prods them into some more banal banter on it so I can’t wait.

    • Tigger 1.1

      The Rotorua-Tauranga post is as edgy as this site is going to get. The PR hacks won’t let anything interesting slip through.

  2. Jeremy 2

    Oh man, I’d forgotten about that one. Mind you, given that there was no reason to visit it, it’s hardly surprising that it’s gone no where…

  3. *yawn*… alright

    While on the subject of MP blogs. Hone has been quiet for a while. Foreshore and seabed hui wrapped up 3 months ago yet the whole issue seems stalled ?


    Whose gig is it within gov’t to repeal and replace the current law ?..Nick Smith ? Is there a reason to stall and stretch the issue out to a possible second term for this coalition of the unwilling ? Whatever happened to urgency or is it such a complex issue blah blah blah and theres still mileage to be made slating Labour for the law in the first place ?

  4. Bored 4

    Just had a look, jeez these guys are so so so boring (and I should know).

  5. I was thinking about setting up an alternative satirical site. But I then had another look and I am not sure that you do better than the real thing. Are we sure it is not satirical?

  6. the sprout 6

    Heh, yeah. Bound to fail.

    Blogs are a great platform for Oppositions, and National used them well in Opposition, snappy and informal – but they are a nightmare for Governments due to all sorts of inconsistency of message and gatekeeping problems. Any Govt Chief of Comms would have to be mad to allow them. Because they can’t be allowed to function like real blogs, at best they just end up looking moribund and out of touch.

  7. Clarke 7

    That site bears the same resemblance to an authentic blog that Spray On Dairy Whip Creamer bears to authentic cream.

  8. Ed 8

    Selecting the electorate Bay of Plenty gave some spirited public discussion in typical National style . . .
    Selecting Wellington Central and Wigram only showed the line of photos of suits – not even a list MP dares to put a name to contact in those and some other electorates . . .

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    Your MPs do actually have ideas of their own to communicate, don’t they?

    Unlikely. IMO, the reason why conservatives think all the answers are in the past is because they have no imagination.

  10. a human 10

    i love the 2009 Report Card

    it is a page of zero information and not one of the suggested links does anything

    i am guessing they got Tolley wrote it

  11. not convinced 11

    apologies for the typos above
    here it is as a multiple choice

    A: i am guessing they got Tolley to write it
    B: i am guessing they let Tolley write it
    C: i am guessing Tolley wrote it

    now report to your minisrty of truth officer for a declaration of achievement

  12. Jem 12

    So, who’s Aaron Gilmore?

    • Marty G 12.1

      The luckiest MP around. He was the lowest ranked candidated to get in on National’s list. If Labour had got 40 more votes the seat would have gone to them.

  13. Mac1 13

    NationalMPs is so bad that an MP cannot spell his own electorate- “Kiakoura”, indeed.

  14. Anne 14

    I recall reading it when it first appeared and all I learned was:
    Craig Foss’s parents had an anniversary…
    Simon Bridges and his wife had a wonderful Labour week-end.
    somebody or another Parata(?) was a play-centre baby and
    drum roll…..
    Paula Bennett was staunchly proud of her Westies.

    and that was it!

  15. Jim Nald 15

    Is that a real National website? or a joke??

    If real, the Nats should more accurately call it http://www.disconnect.co.nz

  16. Julie 16

    I wrote a bit about one of Craig Foss’s posts back in February, despite being politics free on the surface the post actually gave a bit of insight into how he thinks…


Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Twenty highlights of 2020
    As we welcome in the new year, our focus is on continuing to keep New Zealanders safe and moving forward with our economic recovery. There’s a lot to get on with, but before we say a final goodbye to 2020, here’s a quick look back at some of the milestones ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better care for babies with tongue-tie
    Babies born with tongue-tie will be assessed and treated consistently under new guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Around 5% to 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in New Zealand each year. At least half can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison over
    The prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison is over, with all remaining prisoners now safely and securely detained, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. The majority of those involved in the event are members of the Mongols and Comancheros. Five of the men are deportees from Australia, with three subject to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test for travellers from the UK and the US from 15 January
    Travellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights to New Zealand, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. “The new PCR test requirement, foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM congratulates New Year Honour recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her warm congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the New Year 2021 Honours List. “The past year has been one that few of us could have imagined. In spite of all the things that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • David Parker congratulates New Year 2021 Honours recipients
    Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment David Parker has congratulated two retired judges who have had their contributions to the country and their communities recognised in the New Year 2021 Honours list. The Hon Tony Randerson QC has been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Year’s Honours highlights outstanding Pacific leadership through challenging year
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the New Year’s Honours List 2021 highlights again the outstanding contribution made by Pacific people across Aotearoa. “We are acknowledging the work of 13 Pacific leaders in the New Year’s Honours, representing a number of sectors including health, education, community, sports, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting seniors to embrace technology
    The Government’s investment in digital literacy training for seniors has led to more than 250 people participating so far, helping them stay connected. “COVID-19 has meant older New Zealanders are showing more interest in learning how to use technology like Zoom and Skype so they can to keep in touch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional COVID-19 tests for returnees from higher risk countries
    New virus variants and ongoing high rates of diseases in some countries prompt additional border protections Extra (day zero or day one) test to be in place this week New ways of reducing risk before people embark on travel being investigated, including pre-departure testing for people leaving the United Kingdom ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago