web analytics

Nandor to stay in Parliament until election

Written By: - Date published: 12:50 pm, May 21st, 2008 - 20 comments
Categories: greens - Tags: , ,

Nandor Tanczos has just announced he will not be standing down from Parliament early to let Russel Norman in because former MP Mike Ward has refused to step aside.

According to Nandor’s statement:

“I had hoped that I might step down soon and allow Co-Leader Russel Norman to take my place before the election, however, that will not be possible.

“In order for Russel to take my place, candidate Catherine Delahunty and former Green MP Mike Ward both would have had to step aside. Catherine was willing to do so, however, Mike was not. After discussing options with my colleagues I decided it would be better for me to stay.”

Nandor’s decision is the right one – Mike Ward is an absolute waste of space, and given the Greens gave him an initial list ranking of 29 I imagine they’re more than aware of that.

It’s just disappointing to see Ward putting his own selfish interests ahead of the party’s.

(As an aside, Nandor is speaking at the launch of Drinking Liberally in Wellington tonight, 6pm at the Southern Cross. Should be interesting for those who can make it.)

20 comments on “Nandor to stay in Parliament until election”

  1. Patrick 1

    What an awful position for Tanczos and Norman. I can’t believe that Mike Ward would do that. I would hope that there are other avenues the Green Party can look into, like, um, kicking Ward off their list… is anyone able to shed any more light on that?

  2. Felix 2

    While it may be a smart strategic decision it’s still disappointing.

    This undermines some of Mr Tanzcos’ credibility in my eyes.

    edit: Sorry I totally misread that. I withdraw and apologise.

  3. erikter 3

    What a principled decision by Mike Ward! It can only be the “rational” Greens.

    The Green Party has to go by the rules, but Tanczos’s personal credibility is now in tatters. The loser appears to be Russell Norman.

  4. Patrick. the list is the one that the Greens ran on last election, people can only be skipped if they agree not to take their positions.

    erikter. The Greens have played by the rules, it was up to Ward if he would do what’s best for the party rather than himself, he chose not to. Other parties have had list candidates step aside when they come in line for a seat, it’s not a rort, it’s a voluntary choice by the candidate.

  5. outofbed 5

    Tanczos’s personal credibility is now in tatters.
    Don’t be silly of course it is not

    The loser I would think would be Mike Ward
    I wonder if he will turn up to the Agm at the end of the month ?
    I can’t imagine he will be popular

  6. Patrick 6

    AGM at the end of this month? Surely there is no way he will show his face! It sounds like he has a fairly vocal group of supporters, but I can’t imagine the party at large is very happy with him.

  7. Lew 7

    It’s sad. I think the Greens punch well above their weight and have a genuinely important place in NZ politics. They’re the architects of their own misfortune here, with such a stupid candidacy policy.

    L

  8. well, they weren’t to know at the time of the last election that this would be an issue (remember they had a different co-leader then), the list at the last election was chosen by the membership, and they can’t legally force Ward to step aside now.

  9. Felix 9

    Tanczos’s personal credibility is now in tatters

    Bending over backwards to do the best thing for his party before he leaves parliament hardly puts his credibility in tatters. It’s Mr Tanzcos who is demonstrating principles here.

  10. outofbed 10

    I guess Mike has his reasons but it is intersting to note that he is only standing on the list this Election and Nelsons new local candidate is Diana Mellor. nelsongreens
    Mike has done some outstanding things for Nelson and is a very hard working commited activist
    All in all not much damage, just makes the conference a little bit more interesting

    cap spokesman low

  11. outofbed 11

    could someone fix that link, not sure what happened
    should be http://www.nelsongreens.org.nz

  12. The list that the greens put out for the 2005 election is the one their voters voted on. This is a disgraceful attempt to bend the rules to suit them. How a little gravy has corrupted the children of Rod Donald. He must be revving his tits off right about now.
    Pity the greens not being able to get ME and you to fund the ginga aussies election expenses this year.
    Nandor leaving is a huge loss to the greens and the country. And yes I really mean that but I have enormous respect for Nandor in a similar way I do for Willie Jackson. I completely disagree with almost everything these guys stand for but I have immense respect for their immovable belief in what they stand for.

  13. outofbed 13

    Barnsley

    The No 2 and the co leader on the list Rod, tragically died
    So the make up of list was not the one their voters voted on.

    Having to elect a new co leader alters things radically I would have thought

    I think that the Greens can make strategic decisions to make itself stronger, and I haven’t spoken to one Green supporter who disagrees with this.
    It it is not a disgracefull attempt to bend the rule to suit them and will make no difference to the election expenses whatsoever, they are funded for six Mp’s whomever they might be

    It is an attempt to give the new co leader some experience in parliment and more exposure before the election no more no less

    And why you do use the term Ginga Aussie? it adds nothing to your argument

  14. out of bed, yes the term ginga aussie adds nothing to my argument.
    No2 died, tragic but absolutely no different to a situation where he had resigned or been imprisoned or snatched by aliens. The demented fools who voted watermelon in 2005 voted for a list, they are trying to cheat. Using Rod Donalds death as a reason to rort that list to enable Norman to take the rastafarians place sucking gravy is beneath you.
    Russel Norman is the best reason yet for raising the threshold to 10%.

  15. outofbed 15

    BB
    The “demented fools” who voted Green believe

    “The single minded focus of big business and governments on economic growth and increased resource consumption is not sustainable in our finite world.”

    ‘There’s only so much gas, and oil, and bauxite to go around, with more and more people who want them
    The amount of corn, rice, and soybeans humans can grow is limited by the length of a growing season and the total area of arable land. Unfortunately, growth-only economic thinking can and does exhaust some of these resources, and even reduces the availability of many renewable resources. The use of growth as the sole tool to solve economic problems has the potential to cause serious (even irreversible) harm to natural systems that are critical to humans.”

    Demented ? foolish ? no,just honest and unselfish

  16. well this is where our polite discourse ends methinks..
    Demented and foolish is how I would categorize most watermelons.
    Despite that I enjoy your comments and appreciate your reluctance to descend into the normal insults and abuse.
    For a party that has tried to portray itself as selfless servants of the gaia they have very easily slipped into the trap of greedy gravy suckers. just like every other party.
    I read an article this week that reported that 32,000 scientists had completely refuted the IPCC this week. As a 42 year old cynic who remembers the early seventies panic that we were about to descend into the next ice age due to our abuse of the planet please allow me a level of cynicism.
    The truth is Rod Donald was a tireless campaigner for a change in the electoral system that would allow fringe nutters a chance at parliament. He was very successfull. The inheritors of his tireless and heroic efforts are taking a shit on his grave.

  17. outofbed 17

    32,000 scientists?

    This is the same fake petition that has been circulating the internet for years.

    Anyone can sign-up here: http://www.oism.org/pproject/

    Research into the names on the petition have show many are fake.

    Many of the real scientists who’s names are on there have denied ever signing the petition and have tried to have their names removed.

    So there!

    So what do we do about those dwindling finacial resources that the world growth is so dependant on?
    Bummer of a question ,to hard lets forget about it then shall we ?

    I mean. ” If every city on earth was like Vancouver we would need four planets to support it . That is, of course better than the Las Vegas or Atalanta models which would require 20 planets. ”
    I’m not sure that “they” have stopped making planets but habitable ones are a tiny bit far away

  18. I take it from the fact that you bit at my 32,000 comment means you agree with everything else I have said about the gravy sucking greens.
    The saying goes “think global act local”. persuading everybody in the country to follow this eminently sensible slogan will be far more effective than funding the gravy sucking watermelons. Every MP they have is a venal timeserver incapable of providing for themselves were it not for their sucking the puss from Rod Donalds efforts to force proportional representation on us.

  19. outofbed 19

    BB in all honesty I didn’t comment on your Gravy sucking comment because it is bollocks as you well know
    Its funny because occasionally you post some reasonably good comments
    So what with the banal hat that you seem to be wearing today ?
    Cheer up Man U might win

  20. Ari 20

    Barnsley, you are as offensive as always when it comes to the Greens, and I wish you would grow some respect. I’m not going to legitimise your comments on this matter by bothering to rebutt them.

    If you really believed in the legitimacy of what you said, you would not need such disgusting and abusive language to say it.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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
    2 hours 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
    4 hours 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
    4 hours 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
    7 hours 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
    9 hours 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
    14 hours 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
    16 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago