Mt Albert

Why did Geoff Simmons and The Opportunities Party enter the Mt Albert by-election?

Because there is nobody else wanting to push Mt Albert’s issues from now until September 23rd with the government of the day.


National haven’t even bothered to put up a candidate so have abandoned over 14,000 voters in Mt Albert who gave them their party vote in 2014. Now that’s a bit arrogant isn’t it – given that the taxpayer is paying for this exercise. At least those on the taxpayer’s payroll should have the conscience to offer these voters some representation. That’s just terrible.

And The Greens and Labour are the same party aren’t they? Oh no that’s right they’re not, their MOU ends on September 23rd. Oh hang on, yes they are they just launched their State of the Nation together last weekend. Oh no they’re not, they’re competing against each other in Mt Albert – but are rumoured to be doing deals not to compete against each other in other seats. What the hell is going on here? It is just weird.

There are 3 aspects to this nutty Labour/Green on/off sisterhood.

  1. They’ve told us they have an MOU and want to work together. That means that standing against each other in Mt Albert can only be a ploy for publicity
  2. Jacinda and Julie Anne are already MPs so all that happens if one wins is that party gets another List MP – who sure as hell won’t be working for Mt Albert
  3. The Labour and Greens mantra is “change the government”. They repeat it even in their sleep. Neither wants to work with National. So where does this leave Mt Albert who needs someone to work with National for Mt Albert’s interests at least until September 23rd? Answer – nowhere – there is no working relationship being offered.

And Mt Albert has now been abandoned twice by Labour – once by Helen Clark and once by David Shearer.

In summary there is nobody from National, the Greens or Labour being offered to work for the people of Mt Albert between now and September with the current government – which is National-led.

It is a no brainer. Only Geoff Simmons of The Opportunities Party is able to credibly make the pledge that he will work for the people of Mt Albert with the National government that is our government – like it or not – until September at least. Why would you vote for anyone else?

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  • Steve Cox
    commented 2017-02-05 08:35:10 +1300
    Hi John
    If I were a National supporter and was bothered to vote in the by-election I would be most tempted to vote Green. How better to undermine the opposition’s attempt at cohesiveness than to have the Greens get a high vote in a safe Labour seat.
    A true NZ First supporter would never vote TOP. These are the two protest vote parties, so it would be counter-productive to boost the performance of the other. It might give other protest voters ideas about which they should vote for.
  • John Hyndman
    commented 2017-02-05 08:13:28 +1300
    This by election will provide good exposure for TOP. It will be interesting to see if National and NZ First voters boycott the election or come out tactically and vote for Geoff. It would put the cat amongst the pigeons were they to do so.
  • Oliver Krollmann
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  • Steve Cox
    commented 2017-02-04 12:23:18 +1300
    Hi Clinton
    Not quite as far back as carpet-bagging, when NZ was a fairer land, we had the FPP electoral system. In those fair days the MP was a local; had to be. (I’m not saying FPP was a fairer system then by the way).

    I just dislike the ability of Head Office to virtually dictate who the electorate candidate will be. Remember back when Labour was in power and they were passing a bill to destroy the West Coast’s timber industry? Damien O’Connor was given permission to vote against that bill because he was a local and knew what the effect would be. Do you think if some former Head Office apparatchik had been the MP they would have even thought of opposing the bill?

    Where a person grew up is irrelevant. Beyond that though can a Southlander who has spent most of his working life in Wellington really do justice as a Hamilton MP?

    Now if I was advocating zoning for work then all MP’s would have to be Wellingtonians wouldn’t they?

    Politicians have decided how they want to run things – it’s fair though to suggest that maybe it should be done differently; just as TOP is doing.
  • Clinton Ulyatt
    commented 2017-02-04 11:37:33 +1300
    Hi Steve Cox.

    Carpet-Bagger? (had to look that one up. You are showing your age there a bit). Jacinda has twice failed to gain the Auckland Central seat. Don’t even know where she lived at the time and it is irrelevant. Should she have moved house to the city? John Key MP for Helensville. Phill Geoff MP for Mt Roskill when he lived in Clevedon, really!

    Where someone lives is largely immaterial- surely it is about the focus and commitment of the individual that they bring to the task.

    Are you suggesting we adopt zoning for work! – That would nail Auckland s transport woes!

    Jacinda grew up in Morrinsville. The Green Candidate was born in America? We are entitled to change where we live and our views. (Jacinda was a Morman).

    Incidentally, Geoff grew up in Auckland. Doesn’t make him a better or worse candidate. And he’s got a nice smile – that really does compete with Jacinda!
  • Steve Cox
    commented 2017-02-03 13:54:42 +1300
    I can see TOP’s logic in running a candidate: – get a bit of experience of doing so, gauge response whilst electioneering, see what sort of vote % they pick up.

    But is it TOP policy to run carpet-baggers in electorates? A pet peeve of mine. How many electorate MP’s are locals and how many are carpet-baggers shipped in from elsewhere? Usually at the instigation of Head Office. We might as well get rid of the electorates seeing as, to all intents and purposes, it is the party that decides who’ll be the candidate, Just as it’s the party that decides the party list.

    I would suggest that an electorate candidate must be registered to vote in that electorate. Preferably at time of selection as a candidate, but definitely by the time of the (by-)election.

    P.S. Love the Trumpian slogan. When was this mythical fair time in NZ’s history?
  • Greg Hoggarth
    commented 2017-02-03 12:38:22 +1300
    “And Mt Albert has now been abandoned twice by Labour – once by Helen Clark and once by David Shearer.”

    This is a facile thing to say. You’re implying that Labour deliberately picked MPs that it knew were going to leave the seat, when that’s not the case. It’s normal for past PMs who lose elections to quit politics, and Shearer was offered a job that he couldn’t really refuse.

    True abandonment of an electorate would be a party that deliberately picks a no-hoper to get elected (like National did in Northland), or that electorate MP goes AWOL and stops doing work, or when a by-election is held the incumbent party doesn’t stand for re-election (this has probably never happened).
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