web analytics

Te Atatu electorate letter

Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, December 6th, 2010 - 25 comments
Categories: labour - Tags: ,

Much to the delight of the right wing chattering class, the Te Atatu electorate has written a letter attacking Labour leadership:

Labour’s Te Atatu electorate committee has written for a second time to the party backing expelled MP Chris Carter and effectively expressing no confidence in leader Phil Goff.

The letter, dated November 20, said the local committee had two weeks earlier unanimously resolved to write expressing “our disgust at the way our MP Chris Carter has been treated over the last four months”.

It took issue with how Mr Carter was told of his expulsion from the party and complained the committee had not been consulted about his future and says there is “no certainty” that any other Labour candidate would retain the seat.

It isn’t clear who wrote the letter, but it is clear that its intent was to do maximum damage:

Electorate secretary Jenny Atkins today confirmed the letter, sent to party president Andre Little and leaked to National-leaning Kiwiblog website, was legitimate, but declined to comment on any details of it.

She denied a suggestion Mr Carter himself had written it, but would not say whether she had written it herself.

I’m not going to condemn the electorate for standing by Chris Carter. Having done the odd turn as an electorate chair, I know how strong the bond of loyalty with each other, and with the MP, can be. However I do suggest, with all due respect to Te Atatu, that the way that they are choosing to express that loyalty is both unwise, and damaging to a greater bond that draws the whole party together.

Whatever. I have no doubt that Te Atatu will keep doing what they feel they must, and I suggest that none should escalate the situation by responding too loudly. In any case, I don’t think there is any shock value to the public in further revelations about Chris Carter, just a bit of titillation for the blog fodder.

25 comments on “Te Atatu electorate letter ”

  1. John Dalley 1

    Chris & Co continue to be absolute plonkers.

  2. gobsmacked 2

    Credit where it’s due. Chris Carter is a dedicated MP and he works tirelessly …

    … for John Key’s re-election.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      That’s what it’s looking like. Hell, they even went to the effort of leaking the letter to Kiwiblog.

  3. ianmac 3

    Wonder how it leaked to Kiwiblog? Good on whoever for backing their man but not helpful if it bags the leader. Did it?

  4. The Voice of Reason 4

    Well, I’ve got a suggestion for Jenny Atkins that’ll help Labour in Te Atatu. Resign forthwith. Go on, just piss off.

    We had the same pompous, self serving bullshit in one of the electorates I have an association with just prior to the last election. The local committee wanted one of their own to be the new candidate when the long serving local MP gave it away. The floor vote, union vote and head office vote went in another direction and the committee members’ runner dipped out in the early rounds. The committee members spat the dummy and walked, saying there was no way the eventually chosen candidate would win the seat, the local party would fall apart without them and this was the beginning of the end for Labour in the town.

    Actual result? A shiny new Labour MP, a whopping increase in party membership (and branch funds!) and an LEC that works like a well oiled machine. I reckon there’s enough intelligent, hard working Labour members in Te Atatu to get the LEC back on track, so if Atkins and the other whingers won’t shut up about Carter, they should just bugger off and leave the organisation to people that put the party first.

    • grumpy 4.1

      Hey, VOR, I reckon you speak great common sense regardless of which political party you are referring to.

    • TVOR

      Not needed.

      Activists should be allowed the dignity of their passion.

      • The Voice of Reason 4.2.1

        What’s dignified about writing* a whingeing letter about an issue that’s already settled and leaking it to a right wing blog, Mickey? Their ‘passion’ has just made the work of all other Labour activists harder, so, yep, I think they should just piss off.

        *I said ‘writing’ but it’s not even that. It’s actually just signing a letter written by a justifiably expelled ex-member and passing it off as original thought.

      • Anne 4.2.2

        “Activists should be allowed the dignity of their passion”

        Couldn’t agree more, but then send out 80 copies of the letter? According to Radio NZ they did anyway. Whoever was responsible was asking for it to be leaked were they not?

        Interesting.

        • Anne 4.2.2.1

          Second time today I’ve tried to post a comment and I’m straight into moderation. Havn’t commented for a while either – what gives?

          [likely you share an IP range with someone in moderation – lprent will probably notice this comment and have a look — r0b]

        • mickysavage 4.2.2.2

          Hi Anne

          You and TVOR are expecting good local activists who like their MP to have a really sophisticated understanding of NZ politics and media and understand the possibility that sending a letter to various people may result in it being leaked.

          I honestly do not think the people involved intended this. They have worked for years supporting their local MP and they are grieving. We should cut them some slack.

          • Anne 4.2.2.2.1

            @ Mickeysavage
            Fair enough. My comment “whoever was responsible” wasn’t necessarily directed at any of the local electorate activists. I suspect they were badly advised by somebody but I have no more idea than anyone else who it might have been.

          • The Voice of Reason 4.2.2.2.2

            But this isn’t the first time they’ve done it, so they already know what happens if they publicly attack Goff. It’s instantly news. And they know it’s potentially damaging to the Labour Party. Sending out all those copies and leaking it to a Nat blog is letting down every member and supporter. If they don’t understand that, they aren’t fit to be in the party, let alone running part of it.

            • Pascal's bookie 4.2.2.2.2.1

              Yep. If they don’t know letters like this get leaked, then they should have been paying attention when Chris wrote a letter to the fricken gallery.

              Fair enough that they are upset, but it’s a political party for crying out loud. If you can’t accept that your guy has been thrown out, then walk out yourself. Let’s be clear, the writers of this letter put their loyalty to someone who is no longer in the party above their loyalty to the party, and didn’t care if the letter damaged the party or it’s chances to implement it’s policies.

              It’s not tiddlywinks. A political party is not a vehicle for politicians, it’s a vehicle for policy.

    • Francisco Hernandez 4.3

      You would have had a point if it weren’t for the fact that in TWO LEC MEETINGS Chris Carter was endorsed unanimously by every LEC member in attendance.

      I mean. I’m not the guy’s greatest fan but your blithe dismissal of long-time Labour party activists and supporters here in Te Atatu is a bit grating mate.

      • The Voice of Reason 4.3.1

        “You would have had a point if it weren’t for the fact that in TWO LEC MEETINGS Chris Carter was endorsed unanimously by every LEC member in attendance.”

        … and unanimously rejected in every other LEC, pub, workplace and media outlet in the country.

        In less than two weeks the Te Atatu candidate will be confirmed. Are the committee members going to participate in the campaign to get this person elected? If not, it’s time for them to move on.

  5. swimmer 5

    Now there’s a smart thing to do to the rest of the party who have probably been busting their humps. 🙁

    It’s not like the leadership is even going to change before the election, all they have done is stir up a hornet’s nest and for no good reason. They could at least air their dirty laundry privately. Not smart.

    • Rich 5.1

      You have to ask how the committee comes to differ with the mainstream party line, or why the local membership, if they are at odds with the commitee, don’t vote them out. (I have no idea how the internal rules of the Labour Party work – possibly it’s all set up so that local committees can self-perpetuate without reference to the views of the broader membership).

      Goff’s visionless and directionless leadership isn’t inspiring people to work for Labour, and I get the strong impression that many party activists (not only in Labour) have reacted to this by simply withdrawing from party activity.

      It’s pretty obvious that Goff is going to lose the election and resign, so why doesn’t he go now rather than waiting for next November?

      • swimmer 5.1.1

        He does have a vision and even gave a speech about it today.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.2

        Yeah NATs would love to play on the turmoil caused by a late leadership change (as per Oz Labor).

        Labour is going into 2011 in strong spirits, its going to be a tough battle and the Goff Father is gonna make’m pay.

  6. Tanz 6

    An absolute drip. Bring on the by-election, give Carter a real job. Stacking in the supermarket, etc, this would hit him where he lives. A man of privilege, gives not much in return.

    • grumpy 6.1

      Exactly, he never struck me as being anything other than a “man of privilege”. Hardly the type of guy you would expect to find as “champion of the workers”. His travel spending will always be an embarrasment to Labour and they will not be able to get into scandals like the Wong sage properly until he has gone.

  7. Raymond A Francis 7

    “The right wing chattering class”
    Don’t really think there are enough people in this category to make a class unless the education unions get their way and make classes really, really small

  8. deemac 8

    @Rich there is no surprise that some of the people who worked closely with Carter for years should still have some loyalty towards him and therefore feel differently from outsiders who don’t know him personally and have only seen the damage he’s done. Loyalty is a good thing, but there are still limits, which seem to have been exceeded here.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand to open new Trade Commission in Fiji
    New Zealand will open a new Trade Commission in Fiji later this year, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor has announced.  “Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner in the Pacific region”, Damien O’Connor said. “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, annual two-way trade between New Zealand and Fiji was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Building a New Zealand Health Service that works for all New Zealanders
    HON ANDREW LITTLE SPEECH Morena tātau katoa. Tēnā tātau kua karahuihui mai nei i tēnei ata, Ki te whakarewa te rautaki hauora matua o Aotearoa, Kia hua ko te oranga pai o te motu. Tena tatau katoa.   INTRODUCTION Welcome. Today, I am laying out for you a plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Major reforms will make healthcare accessible for all NZers
    All DHBs will be replaced by one national organisation, Health New Zealand A new Māori Health Authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policy New Public Health Agency will be created Strengthened Ministry of Health will monitor performance and advise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Minister Henare contribution to speech on Building a New Zealand Health Service that works for all N...
    We talk a lot about being a transformational Government. Some imagine this statement means big infrastructure builds, massive policy commitments all leading up to a single grand reveal. But this is what I see as transformation. Something quite simply and yet so very complex. Māori feeling comfortable and able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Health reform announcement
    On Wednesday morning, Minister of Health Andrew Little and Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Peeni Henare are announcing major health reforms.  You can watch the announcement live here from 8am Wednesday. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Alpine Fault research supports Government’s work planning and preparing for earthquakes
    New research into the probability of an Alpine Fault rupture reinforces the importance of taking action to plan and prepare for earthquakes, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. Research published by Dr Jamie Howarth of Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington today, shows there is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide further support to UN North Korea sanctions
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare today announced that New Zealand is deploying a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft in support of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on North Korea. The Resolutions, adopted unanimously by the UNSC between 2006 and 2017, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Transmission Gully review shows flawed planning process should have been addressed before project st...
    The Transmission Gully Interim Review has found serious flaws at the planning stage of the project, undermining the successful completion of the four-lane motor north of Wellington Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Transport Minister Michael Wood said. Grant Robertson said the review found the public-private partnership (PPP) established under the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australian Foreign Minister to visit Aotearoa New Zealand
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today that Australian Foreign Minister Hon Marise Payne will visit Aotearoa New Zealand for the first face-to-face Foreign Ministers’ Consulations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “Australia is New Zealand’s closest and most important international partner. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Hon Marise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Border exceptions will see more families reunited
    Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Government closed the border to everyone but New Zealand citizens and residents, in order to keep COVID-19 out, keep our economy open and keep New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • “He Taniwha He Tipua, He Tipua He Taniwha – The Dragon and the Taniwha”
    Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Foreign Minister 8.30am, 19 April 2021 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Speech to the NZCC Korihi Pō, Korihi Ao E rongo e turia no Matahau Nō Tū te winiwini, Nō Tū te wanawana Tū Hikitia rā, Tū Hapainga mai Ki te Whai Ao, Ki te Ao Mārama Tihei Mauri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Backing sustainable wool carpets to create a compelling yarn for New Zealand’s strong wool sector
    The Government is supporting a new project with all-wool New Zealand carpet company, Bremworth, which has its sights on developing more sustainable all-wool carpets and rugs, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  The Ministry for Primary Industries is contributing $1.9 million towards Bremworth’s $4.9 million sustainability project through its Sustainable Food ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand provides support to Timor-Leste for flooding and COVID-19 surge
    New Zealand is providing further support to Timor-Leste following severe flooding and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Our thoughts are with the people of Timor-Leste who have been impacted by the severe flooding and landslides at a time when the country is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • WHANAU OF MĀORI BATTALION SOLDIERS REUNITED WITH MEDALS
    A ceremony has been held today in Gisborne where the unclaimed medals of 28 (Māori) Battalion C Company soldiers were presented to their families.   After the Second World War, returning service personnel needed to apply for their medals and then they would be posted out to them.  While most medals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Reducing barriers to breastfeeding
    The Government is committed to increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed for longer to give babies born in New Zealand the best start in life. The Ministry of Health recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six month but only about 20 percent of children at this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • SolarWinds compromise attributed to Russian state actor
    New Zealand has today added its voice to the international condemnation of the malicious compromise and exploitation of the SolarWinds Orion platform. The Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau, Andrew Little, says that New Zealand's international partners have analysed the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion platform and attributed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Queenstown roading project given fast track approval
    An expert consenting panel has approved the Queenstown Arterials Project, which will significantly improve transport links and reduce congestion for locals and visitors in the tourism hotspot.   Environment Minister David Parker welcomed the approval for the project that will construct, operate and maintain a new urban road around Queenstown’s town ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Screen industry secures landmark project
    Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash says a landmark deal has been agreed with Amazon for The Lord of the Rings TV series, currently being filmed in New Zealand. Mr Nash says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) secures multi-year economic and tourism benefits to New Zealand, outside the screen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Report into review of health response to lead contamination released
    The Government welcomes the findings from a rapid review into the health system response to lead contamination in Waikouaiti’s drinking water supply. Sample results from the town’s drinking-water supply showed intermittent spikes in lead levels above the maximum acceptable value. The source of the contamination is still under investigation by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme revs up economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the start of construction on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme’s Papakura to Drury South project on Auckland’s Southern Motorway, which will create hundreds of jobs and support Auckland’s economic recovery. The SH1 Papakura to Drury South project will give more transport choices by providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech releasing the Digital Council's report 'Towards Trustworthy and Trusted Automated D...
    CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY  E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua, ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Waitaha, ko Kāti Māmoe  anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Green light for 10 minute e-bus to Auckland Airport
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the completion of upgrades to State Highway 20B which will give Aucklanders quick electric bus trips to and from the airport. The State Highway 20B Early Improvements project has added new lanes in each direction between Pukaki Creek Bridge and SH20 for buses and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Review into greyhound racing announced
    The Government is putting in place a review of the work being done on animal welfare and safety in the greyhound racing industry, Grant Robertson announced today. “While Greyhound Racing NZ has reported some progress in implementing the recommendations of the Hansen Report, recent incidents show the industry still has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Road safety boosted by increased penalty for mobile use while driving
    The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said too many people are still picking up the phone while driving. “Police issued over 40,000 infringement notices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific mental wellbeing supported across Auckland and Wellington
    Pacific people in New Zealand will be better supported with new mental health and addiction services rolling out across the Auckland and Wellington regions, says Aupito William Sio.  “One size does not fit all when it comes to supporting the mental wellbeing of our Pacific peoples. We need a by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Fresh approach proposed to Smokefree 2025
    New measures are being proposed to accelerate progress towards becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced. “Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke kills around 12 people a day in New Zealand. Recent data tells us New Zealand’s smoking rates continue to decrease, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt expands Mana Ake to provide more school-based mental wellbeing support
    More children will be able to access mental wellbeing support with the Government expansion of Mana Ake services to five new District Health Board areas, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Health Minister made the announcement while visiting Homai School in Counties Manukau alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Record Number of People Move Into Work
    The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
    A stocktake undertaken by France and New Zealand shows significant global progress under the Christchurch Call towards its goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.  The findings of the report released today reinforce the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach, with countries, companies and civil society working together to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
    Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. Liz Dawson is an existing Board Director of the interim TAB NZ Board and Chair of the TAB NZ Board Selection Panel and will continue in her role as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to phase out live exports by sea
    The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Workshop on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems – opening remarks
    WORKSHOP ON LETHAL AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS SYSTEMS Wednesday 14 April 2021 MINISTER FOR DISARMAMENT AND ARMS CONTROL OPENING REMARKS Good morning, I am so pleased to be able to join you for part of this workshop, which I’m confident will help us along the path to developing New Zealand’s national policy on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Inter-prison kapa haka competition launched
    For the first time, all 18 prisons in New Zealand will be invited to participate in an inter-prison kapa haka competition, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The 2021 Hōkai Rangi Whakataetae Kapa Haka will see groups prepare and perform kapa haka for experienced judges who visit each prison and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government takes step forward on counter terrorism laws
    The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost New Zealand's ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist activities. The Bill strengthens New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm. “This is the Government’s first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Carbon neutral government a step closer
    Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Projects to achieve a total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Cassie Nicholson as Chief Parliamentary Counsel for a term of five years. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal advisor and Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).  She is responsible for ensuring PCO, which drafts most of New Zealand’s legislation, provides ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Emissions report shows urgent action needed
    Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ becomes first in world for climate reporting
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says Aotearoa New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a law that requires the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on their business and explain how they will manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The Financial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Awards celebrate the food and fibre sector employer excellence
    Exceptional employment practices in the primary industries have been celebrated at the Good Employer Awards, held this evening at Parliament. “Tonight’s awards provided the opportunity to celebrate and thank those employers in the food and fibres sector who have gone beyond business-as-usual in creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund now open
    Applications are now invited from all councils for a slice of government funding aimed at improving tourism infrastructure, especially in areas under pressure given the size of their rating bases. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has already signalled that five South Island regions will be given priority to reflect that jobs ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago