Curran not standing or not wanted?

Friday’s ODT had an interesting advertisement:

The New Zealand Labour Party wishes to advise all Electorate, Branch and Affiliated members that nominations for the Dunedin South constituency remain open. The closing date has been amended and is now February 28 2014.

Does this mean that sitting MP Clare Curran isn’t standing or that she’s standing but not wanted and the party’s hoping for other nominations?

Or does it just mean there’s been a muck-up and no-one’s been nominated at all?

Whatever the answer this is most unusual in what was once a dark red seat.

However, at the last election it was more purple – National won the party vote and its candidate Jo Hayes, who will enter parliament on the list when Katrina Shanks retires next month, made a serious dent in Curran’s majority.

Hat tip: Pete George

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2 Responses to Curran not standing or not wanted?

  1. Pete George says:

    An interesting comment on this from a Labour member from Dunedin:

    No one, including myself, has put in a selection nomination against Clare Curran that I know of. More I cannot say at this stage :twisted:

  2. TraceyS says:

    Does it really matter? National only needs to put up a good well-known local candidate to win both votes and then whatever is going on here will become an irrelevant detail in history.

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