The machine of party democracy rolls on. While NZ Labour has confirmed a few of its early selections, the bulk are still to come.
I’ve updated my 2014 candidates page with those selections that have happened so far. I’ve also included Stuart Nash (Napier) & Janette Walker (Kaikoura) who, being the only candidates nominating for the electorate selection, will be confirmed unopposed shortly. I note that Invercargill has also only got one nomination in, and the candidate will be selected unopposed. I don’t know for certain who it is, but I’m sure the Labour Party will continue their fine tradition of failing upwards and re-select Lesley Soper for yet another failed attempt at the seat.
The nominations for the Labour candidacy in the vast majority of seats is over a month away – with a huge total of 50 seats closing nominations on the 28th of February. Spare a thought for the head office staff who will have to deal with that mess.
Before that, we’ve got nominations for Northcote closing at the end of this month, and Mangere, Manukau East and Manurewa all closing on the 10th of February. Manukau East is sure to be a contest to watch with long-serving local MP Ross Robertson standing down, leaving the safest Labour seat in the country wide open.
Nominations have also closed for Maungakiekie, and I’m very pleased to be able to say that there are two nominations in the field, meaning that two-time loser Carol Beaumont has finally been challenged for her record of under-performance. I’ve got no idea who the challenger is, but well done whoever it is!
The next interesting selection to look forward to is Hamilton East. Nominations have closed and there will be a meeting in late January or early February. No doubt Sue Moroney will be pushing for a selection meeting after nominations for Hamilton West close, to reduce chances of her being challenged.
While Labour’s chances in Hamilton East are slim at best, it is a seat they have held before, and any candidate is likely to think they can win it at some point or other.
There are three contenders for the Hamilton East selection. Cliff Allen, Jamie Strange and Christine Greer. Strange stood unsuccessfully for the 2013 local government elections, which won’t be seen as a positive. While Greer is working hard on the local members, she is still very new to the electorate and is likely to face an uphill challenge. It would seem that Allen is the front runner at this stage, though it’s very hard to pick.
And then, of course, you can’t forget the roller coaster ride that will be list selections!