Yesterday two more bright young things were confirmed as Labour candidates for the 2008 general election: Kate Sutton in Epsom and Hamish McDouall in Whanganui.
Twenty six year old Kate Sutton is already a proven political player – she’s a two term Tamaki Community Board Chair, she’s on the University of Auckland’s ruling council and is the Women’s Vice President on Labour’s governing body NZ Council. And the cool thing about Kate is she’s got a smile as wide as the Waitamata Harbour and the brains and heart to match.
The other new kid (well he’s 39 and but by my ancient reckoning – Einstein was right, it is all relative – that makes him a kid) on the block is a guy who sounds like he should be a geek but is so not. Hamish McDouall won Sale of the Century and was Mastermind Champion a year later in 1990, due to his extensive knowledge of the Life and Works of David Bowie. That’s my kind of Labour guy.
And in a nice touch for Hamish, who’s planning to return home to Wanganui next March – at the very same time as his confirmation was taking place, the Labour led government announced a 10% funding boost to UCOL, bringing the polytech’s funding to almost $28m next year.