web analytics

Mt Albert nominations open for Labour

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 am, April 7th, 2009 - 19 comments
Categories: labour - Tags: , , , ,

Normally I don’t put up press releases but this one is special to me. It is about my home electorate and where I moved to in 1964 to start primary school.

Labour Party President Andrew Little is calling for nominations for the Mt Albert by-election, following the appointment of Rt Hon Helen Clark as Head of the UN Development Programme.

Mr Little says Helen has given the people of Mt Albert outstanding service as their MP for 28 years and the interest in the by-election is intense.

He says a number of high calibre potential candidates have already come forward and he’s anticipating an open, transparent and competitive selection process and a strong campaign based on local issues.

Mount Albert has a unique community culture. Labour party members will participate in choosing a candidate who will be very involved in promoting local issues such as the Waterview tunnel, the future of Auckland city and ensuring a sustainable public transport system.

‘One of Helen Clark’s many legacies is that she leaves the Mt Albert Labour organization in fantastic shape, we’ve got many hundreds of members and volunteers who will do their utmost to keep Mt Albert Labour’.

Nominations for the Mt Albert by-election will close on Wednesday 22 April.

There have effectively been two MP’s for the seat of Mount Albert since it was created in 1946*.

Warren Freer gained the seat in the by-election in 1947 at the age of 26 and went on to be number 3 in the Labour government. 

Helen Clark who gained the seat in the 1981 at the age of 30 and proceeded on to be one of NZ’s best Prime Ministers. She is continuing to pursue her dedication to public service as the head of the United Nations Development Programme appointed unanimously by the 192-member General Assembly. She will be greatly missed by Mount Albert.

It will be interesting to see who we select as the new Labour candidate for the electorate. They will have a great group supporting them, a strong electoral team, and an awesome tradition to follow.

It will be even more interesting to see who National selects to follow in the steps of Robert Muldoon – who stood for the seat in 1954 and lost. Ravi Musuku has stood for the last two elections and has been a worthy opponent.

*The first MP, Arthur Shapton Richards gained the new seat in 1946 for Labour, but died in 1947.

19 comments on “Mt Albert nominations open for Labour”

  1. irnswn 1

    ‘Labour party members will participate in choosing a candidate ”

    Arent half the deciding votes go to the central Party organisation. Isnt it an bit inccurate to suggest that local members will be selecting the candidate?

  2. r0b 2

    Prediction: Tim Ellis will soon appear in this thread to spread National’s Tizard meme.

    Anyway, all the best to Labour in Mt Albert, choose the best candidate and have a great campaign.

  3. the sprout 3

    If National does stand Ravi Musuku they might have a chance.

  4. gobsmacked 4

    Labour will hold the seat, obviously.

    But the interesting one here is the minor party candidates, or independents. By-elections attract these actively engaged citizens / nutters (take your pick).

    Will there be a Whacky Smacky candidate? It’s perfect timing for them, just before the referendum. Or an ACT / NRA candidate, promising “one strike and you’re shot”?

    • The Baron 4.1

      I dunno if I would be that cocky. Chances are that Labour will hold it – but hell, you mighta said the same thing about Auckland Central before the last election.

      Resting on your laurels inevitably leads to humiliation at some stage. Labour needs to take this one seriously.

      On another note, I’m sure the majority of readers here are more o-fay with the labour party than I am – so, fulfil my desire for outrageous speculation! Who are the likely candidates, and what would they bring?

      • lprent 4.1.1

        I’ll post on them after the cutoff date. Speculation is kind of tedious for almost any by-election because there is a *lot* of maneuvering.

        Even after the nominations come in and they get access to the LEC and membership lists, there is often quite a few drop offs before closeoff and selection.

        I’m expecting that there will be at least 8 left at selection (as at 1981), and probably at least 15 considering it.

        • gobsmacked 4.1.1.1

          Baron

          National’s problem is the turnout paradox.

          On a low turnout, National could win (if Labour supporters stay home because they’re complacent, or indifferent). But once the media say it’s “game on”, and start talking up the prospect of a National win (and they will, because they love the horse race story), the by-election is no longer a foregone conclusion. Therefore people think their vote matters after all, and so the turnout increases.

          Getting people to turn out to “send a message” to an opposition party (as opposed to choosing a government) is a very hard sell.

  5. Jem 5

    The last last by-election in a in a city seat following the departure of a Labour MP was Wellington Central in 1992. Labour was in opposition, the country was in recession and Labour retained the seat.

    Let’s hope history repeats.

  6. Tim Ellis 6

    It will be very interesting to see who comes forward for Labour. Phil Twyford seems to be the local favourite. It will be fascinating to see if this holds true or if for strategic reasons somebody else gets the nod.

    No doubt Labour and National are both polling furiously in the seat. The media seem keen for it to be a close race (as they are with every by-election). National’s head office has much less power than Labour’s in selecting a candidate, but irrespective of who Labour selects they will be desperate to hold onto the seat.

    It will be interesting to see just how much of a fight National puts up in its campaign. Mt Albert has traditionally been a very safe Labour seat. If National runs an exceptional candidate with a very strong campaign, it could go down to the wire.

  7. Indiana 7

    Whats the impact if either paty wins?

  8. gingercrush 8

    If Labour wins which they should and rather easily the impact will be small. Its not a seat that is traditional National territory. Indeed, its never been National territory. But as lower income earners are pushed further and further out of Auckland. While middle and upper income voters move in. Its a seat that in the future should push more towards the right. But as that isn’t likely till another six years or so, its immaterial. Though if Labour were to win super big, that will have some impact in that National will be seen to be at its limit. But more importantly that they’re losing the centre. If Labour manage to merely win it, the most impact it has is some positive news in the media but probably more important gives some confidence back to the party.

    If National wins the seat. Its a huge blow to Labour since they have lost a seat that is Labour territory. Its an indictment for the whole Labour party but in particular the leadership which would put them under pressure. But more importantly, it allows the media room to paint a narrative similar to what we had when Bill English was National’s leader. And such a narrative would be a disaster for Labour.

    By-elections are also a good time for a 3rd party. They’re not expected to win. But it does allow opportunities for them to push their parties ideological points. Particularly, if they manage to run second and getting in-between one of the major parties.

    • Indiana 8.1

      If Nat wins the seat, they still govern, if they lose the seat they still govern, right? I don’t see the impact of this appart from scoring points against each other – Yay! We kept it Labour vs Woo Hoo! We scored a big one today!

      I’m also not convinced that as a suburb becomes more affluent, that it becomes more right wing, or even left wing for that matter. I think age has more do with it and historical family voting habits.

      • gingercrush 8.1.1

        Correct, whoever wins the seat will not in itself impact the current government. That is a fact. But it can provide important narratives for any party in the future. Politics is about scoring points.

        Of course affluence by itself doesn’t make an electorate more right-wing or left-wing. Indeed in Wellington which has a large number of higher earners continues to support left-wing parties. Age is a factor I suppose. And there is strong sociological and political material to suggest that families typically vote the same way. I would suggest that changing demographics and growth in the number of Asian voters and the proximity to Auckland Central makes Mt. Albert an interesting electorate to watch. Because its one of those electorates that is and will undergo some huge changes that will evidently change how they vote. My suggestion is that it will move slowly to becoming a right-wing electorate. But that such change will not be in effect till some years yet.

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    irnswn: Members of the party central organisation are (surprise, surprise) Labour party members too. So the statement is 100% percent factual. Other parties do it differently; Act, for example, rewards associated interest groups such as the Senseless Sentencing Trust and the Chinese Triads with list places. No member involvement at all in that process.

    Thanks for the input Tim E and well done r0b for picking that it was coming. This by-election will not ‘come down to the wire’ Tim. It’s a comfortable win to Labour and the start of the electoral replenishment that will see them back in Government at the next election. If you want a ‘down to the wire contest’ I’d say the coming by-election in Helensville when John Key spits the dummy after being dumped for Bill English may be a different matter.

    captcha: whether obvious

  10. Pat 10

    I expect Labour to pick Twyford and simply swallow the big dead horse that means Tizard will return to parliament. Next election they will park her at No 121 on the list.

    If Labour don’t pick Twyford, it would show them to have a clear case of shrivelled gonads.

    I also expect National to select a good candidate and with campaigning support from Key, they will push Labour right to the wire.

    BTW Twyford is great name. How many names start with 4 consonants? Would make a good trivia question.

    • lprent 10.1

      It isn’t Labour picking the candidate – no party has a monolithic decision structure. Well maybe the one person parties?

      It is largely the local electorate organization in any well organized electorate for Labour. They will pick pretty much according to our needs with some input from the party hierarchy. That is how the selection panel is structured.

      Quite simply there is no real way to be sure of the outcome until the Q&A, speeches, and other formalities are done. All I’m sure of is that it will be exhausting during those meetings.

      In the meantime we’re (the LEC) more concerned with getting ready for a different type of campaign to normal.

      • the sprout 10.1.1

        “we’re (the LEC) more concerned with getting ready for a different type of campaign to normal”

        you mean you’re expecting a clean, issues-based fight from National this time?

      • Tim Ellis 10.1.2

        LP, how many votes does the local electorate have on Labour’s selection committee? How many votes do affiliated unions have at the selection meeting?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Healthy Homes Standards statement of compliance deadline extended
    The deadline for landlords to include detailed information in their tenancy agreements about how their property meets the Healthy Homes Standards, so tenants can see the home they are renting is compliant, has been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 December 2020.  The Healthy Homes Standards became law on 1 July 2019. The Standards are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission board appointments announced
    Justice Minister Andrew Little today announced details of further appointments to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. “I am pleased to announce Paula Rose QSO OStJ as Deputy Chief Commissioner for a term of five years commencing on 15 June 2020,” said Andrew Little. “I am also pleased to announce the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Release of initial list of supported training to aid COVID-19 recovery
    The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training The fund will target support for areas of study and training that will give learners better employment prospects as New Zealand recovers from COVID-19 Apprentices working in all industries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Emission trading reforms another step to meeting climate targets
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will finally start to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas pollution as it was originally intended to, because of changes announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. The changes include a limit on the total emissions allowed within the ETS, rules to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Queen’s Birthday Honours highlights Pacific leadership capability in Aotearoa
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List provides an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa. “The work and the individuals we acknowledge this year highlights the kind of visionary examples and dedicated community leadership that we need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt backing horticulture to succeed
    The Government is backing a new $27 million project aimed at boosting sustainable horticulture production and New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our economy. During and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for forestry scholarships
    Applications have opened for 2021 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, which will support more Māori and women to pursue careers in forestry science, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones. “I’m delighted Te Uru Rākau is offering Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships for the third year running. These ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Excellent service to nature recognised
    The Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List once again highlights the dedication by many to looking after our native plants and wildlife, including incredible work to restore the populations of critically endangered birds says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Anne Richardson of Hororata has been made an Officer of the New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago