Labour is selecting its Dunedin North candidate this weekend.
Three people have been nominated to replace retiring MP Pete Hodgson, who has held the seat for four terms, are New Zealand Nurses Organisation national adviser Glenda Alexander. current electorate committee chair and warden of Selwyn College, David Clark ; and former electorate chair Simon Wilson.
Taking part in the selection process will be three Labour Party council representatives appointed by head office, including a Dunedin-based representative; two Labour Electorate Committee representatives, selected on the day; one panel member elected by members attending; and the “popular vote” from members, which will count as one vote.
That gives six panel members and a vote from the floor.
In some selections, Labour’s head office officials have stacked the panel to ensure their preferred candidate is selected.
However, it is unlikely the head office appointees will go against the wishes of Dunedin North members.
The last time that happened, Labour lost the seat to National candidate Richard Walls, in 1975.
What’s the difference between Labour Party members in Dunedin North and those in Mana where unions out-voted members?
If all Labour members are equal, those in Dunedin North must be more equal than their comrades in Mana.
UPDATE: Kiwiblog has more on this.