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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Botany byelection candidates [UPDATE: NO GREENS!]

UPDATE | 4:30pm: Official release: 10 candidates will stand. Where the fuck is Linka whatever his name is? The Greens are not running in Botany! This is pathetic. What is going on here!? There's pirates, there's the Beijing-controlled "New Citizen Party", there's even some idiot wanting to join Australia... where are the Greens? Don't the Botany voters deserve a Green candidate? Useless. Why have they pulled out? --ENDS

UPDATE | 5pm: OK, he was two minutes late after a nomination botch. His party will be furious with him for this crucial mistake. This from NZPA via Slater:

The Greens announced in a press release late last night that it had selected former staffer Richard Leckinger to stand.
Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden confirmed that the Green candidate had not made it.
"A completed nomination form from the Green Party was not received before the legal deadline of noon today and therefore the Electoral Commission could not accept the nomination," he said.
Mr Leckinger was upset.
"Gutted. In one word gutted. My heart is broken for the Green Party folk in Botany who had pulled all this together. I am gutted, it's a real disappointment that I got stuck in traffic on Ti Rakau Drive."
He told NZPA he showed up at the registrar's office at 10am but the official discovered one of his nominees had, by moving a couple of blocks, moved to the Hunua electorate rather than Botany. Mr Leckinger dashed back to Botany to get another signature but did not make it back on time.
"I was two minutes too late."
He hit every red light. "I kept saying to the lights 'please don't let this end this way'."
Mr Leckinger doubted there was much campaigning he could do now as public meetings were intended for candidates.
"And I understand that, you don't necessarily want people who aren't on the ballot. I am not sure what the next step is at the moment, at the moment its about consoling the people who put the hard work in and regrouping for November (the General election)."


Nomination deadline at midday, an official announcement of the candidates is due at 4pm. National's young thruster looks like he won't be facing any competition. Ross's mate, Slater, is in raptures over Rudman's roasting of Labour's efforts. Having conceded defeat and admitted to carpet-bagging is a rather poor way to start a democratic contest. Being invisible won't help much either. Who?

The Greens should be seriously contesting this for the left - now that Labour has capitulated they could have a good showing. Rick has a CV that any party would like - incl. National - by the looks of it. What was an American doing contesting Tamaki, a Maori [general] electorate? Not the most obvious fit. [My mistake - he got almost 6% in the affluent Eastern suburbs electorate - general electorate - of Tamaki, which is not too bad for the blue rinse neighbourhoods.] He'll have more luck in Botany and the party should be aiming to do better than Labour.

Not sure if NZ First is bothering to run anyone, but I seriously doubt their party is strong enough on the ground organisationally to do anything. Their Auckland presence was very weak in the 2008 general election and they would be in even worse shape now without the money that having MPs delivers. Even if they could find a candidate they wouldn't risk running in case they got significantly below 5%.


At 8/2/11 3:54 pm, Blogger Graeme Edgeler said...

What was an American doing contesting Tamaki, a Maori electorate? Not the most obvious fit.

Don't tell Rob Muldoon. Or Clem Simich. Or Alan Peachey.

[or in other words ... are you sure you haven't confused the Tāmaki electorate (66% European, 7% Māori), with the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate (82% Māori, 46% European)?]

At 8/2/11 4:53 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

I know I've made some sort of a factual error whenever you comment, Greame. It's never for anything else. And yes, I'm wrong - I was mesmerised by the macron and drew a wrong conclusion. Rushing again.

At 8/2/11 5:24 pm, Blogger Rangi said...

Green clown, why did he leave it to the last minute anyway.

At 8/2/11 7:44 pm, Blogger James George said...

At least the Botany Green candidate could've used the disaster to say, 'see, if we had more people taking public transport I would never have been caught in the traffic jam.' Missed opportunity.

At 8/2/11 7:51 pm, Blogger Chris Prudence said...

Apparently Rangi/a(?)nui Walker (ihi and wehi) deliberately left out the macron for type-setting difficulties or word processing skill deficits perhaps in his latest book struggle without end.

p.s tim starting the waterview tunnels during rugby world cup finals in october or sometime before xmas seems a little stupid yesterdays herald if your interested?

At 8/2/11 8:59 pm, Blogger Graeme Edgeler said...

I know I've made some sort of a factual error whenever you comment, Greame. It's never for anything else.

I came to the view quite some time ago that political bloggery was going to avoid partisanship ... I haven't the time to spend trying to convince people who won't agree with me of things I don't support :-)

But I do like the idea of the informed electorate: comments on electoral, constitutional, and criminal law can add to the debate, and hopefully help others make 'good' decisions.

It's certainly not always corrections, but it does tend to be information more often than argument.

At 8/2/11 10:36 pm, Blogger Graeme Edgeler said...

I should add that I'm not suggesting partisanship by either you or Bomber (until that New Left Party begins, then all bets are off re: Bomber :-)

[See how bad *I* am at the partisan stuff...]

At 8/2/11 11:37 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

And thanks for not pointing out I spelt your name wrong! Sorry. Rushing things again.

At 9/2/11 9:53 am, Blogger Graeme Edgeler said...

I never point on when people spell my name wrong (well, on the Internet, anyway). Not least because it would drastically increase the number of comments I have to make (although it's usually Graham or Edgler or both). I'm not even 100% sure how many syllables there are in my surname, so I'm not one to judge on that score :-)


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