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Te Tai Tokerau

Posted by on June 27th, 2011

My take is that Hone will have to make a choice on whether he stays at home until November to defend his seat or working hard around the country effectively helping Labour take back the other four Maori seats.

In either case there is a very real possibility of Labour winning all seven in November – especially given the way Pita Sharples rejected Hone’s overtures this morning.

And it is the end of any thinking person of the left supporting Mana because there is no guarantee of Hone winning and a very real chance of party votes for Mana being wasted. If Sue Bradford had still been a Green they would have been in the box seat.


Greens to run party vote campaign in Central

Posted by on April 21st, 2011

Greens launched Wellington Central campaign last night.

It is the most controversial waka house this side of Cook Strait, but the Greens weren’t put off, last night launching their Wellington Central campaign at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, on the waterfront

Interesting to hear their candidate Gareth Hughes describe it as a campaign for the party vote on Backbenches last night. Mature beyond his years.

Going to be interesting to watch the approach in Whangarei, Waitakere, Auckland Central, Maungakiekie, and the provincial marginals.
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Keith Locke – last of original Greens retiring

Posted by on January 26th, 2011

Keith Locke has announced he doesn’t intend to stand in this year’s election.

With Sue Kedgley announcing her retirement as well, there will be none of the original Green MPs left in parliament from the 1999 intake when the Green Party became a recognised force in parliament.

Keith is a thoroughly decent person and he will be missed.  He’s good to deal with, and right on the money about a lot of issues. He’s always been there for workers’ issues and made his mark with a strong voice on republicanism, foreign affairs and human rights.

I like it that he says that the National Party can’t relax just yet.  Knowing Keith, he will be fighting up to the last minute as an MP and then doing it in other ways outside of Parliament.

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