Claire Trevett in the NZ Herald has an article on her chosen top MP tweeters, now that Judith Collins has vacated her (alleged) position as “Minister of Twitter”. She clearly follows different people on Twitter from me. I don’t find many MPs among the most interesting tweeters that I follow. And the the ones I find most interesting are not on her list.
Here’s Trevett’s list (check her article for the reasons given for each of her choices):
1. Jacinda Ardern (Labour)
2. Andrew Little (Labour leader)
3. Chris Bishop (National)
4. Grant Robertson (Labour)
5. James Shaw (Greens)
6. Paula Bennett (National)
7. Trevor Mallard (Labour)
8. Winston Peters (NZ First leader)
9. Peter Dunne (United Future leader)
“And don’t forget: Tau Henare“
Among the MP tweeters, I prefer more Green MP tweeters than represented in the above list.
I’d put Metiria Turei top of my MP list – for the diversity, liveliness and mix of fun and information of her tweets. Her most recent tweets are more in keeping with the season and of the fun variety. But when the House is sitting, she also provides useful information and critiques.
Kiwi Greens USA hey yas, merry xmas and happy new year and heres a special treat for yous, love Metiria http://t.co/zID2zBQGXW
— Metiria Turei (@metiria) December 28, 2014
But I guess Trevett goes more for the Game approach to politics and favours Twitter exchanges that continue politics as competitive combat.
Julie Anne Genter is also a worthwhile follow – she provides some interesting twitter political commentary, and often gives updates on operations of public transport, cycling and walking as she travels about the country: some are original tweets, and some are retweets.
Stunning summer eve – full moon over harbour – cycling back from West Akl Greens potluck. Camera can't capture beauty of Tamaki Makaurau.
— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) December 6, 2014
She retweeted this:
— Sudhvir Singh (@sudhvir) December 16, 2014
Then followed with this:
As a general principle, Auckland needs trees way more than additional traffic lanes. #Pohutukawa
— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) December 18, 2014