Over the last few weekends six Labourr Party regions have been meeting to put together their input into the Labour Party list for the November election.
In Wellington we did it in one day, but during the fortnight before candidates addressed meetings in each of the electorates.
On the day each candidate (including all local MPs) make a speech and are the subjected to a pretty robust Q + A session.
The voting is by exhaustive (and exhausting) ballot. In our case to win a particular spot candidates had to get 49 votes because there were 97 voting delegates (one delegate for each 50 members). The bottom candidate drops out and then we vote again.
In our case we had to send in 14 names to the moderating committee, a group of about 30, effectively an augmented New Zealand council, which makes up the final list.
Names and local results confidential but we will know overall results in a couple of weeks.
But one thing is for certain the number of bright, mainly young, people with a wide variety of backgrounds that I’ve met from three of the regions shows that the party renewal and summer school programmes have been working well.
Again this post will be tightly moderated – including bans with no further notice. Frankly I’ve been disappointed with a few comments over the last four days.