Class of 2014

Prime Minister-elect John Key, his deputy Bill English and the new national MPs:

Bill English and I were proud to welcome National’s 15 new MPs to Parliament this morning.


11 Responses to Class of 2014

  1. jabba says:

    and a fine looking bunch of people .. will do us proud


  2. Dave Kennedy says:

    I’m looking forward to working with Sarah Dowie in Invercargill, we got on well during the campaign and with her DoC background I hoping we can get greater support for local environmental issues.

    I’m concerned that National can’t attract more competent women to stand, still less than a third here and the same overall. Either women don’t like National’s policies compared to men or the party’s culture isn’t supportive.


  3. jabba says:

    you think they should have a quota Dave?


  4. Dave Kennedy says:

    Jabba, There would be no point if National can’t attract women capable of doing the job. It seems that all parties on the right struggle with this.


  5. TraceyS says:

    “Either women don’t like National’s policies compared to men or the party’s culture isn’t supportive.”

    Either / Or.
    Black or white.
    My how we love to limit women’s choices!! Eh Dave?

    Consider for a moment, if you can, a third option – that women who like National’s policies are torn between an awesome range of options for how to spend their lives.

    Such women are in a position to say “politics can wait”. Some, like Sarah, are not prepared to wait and good on her.


  6. Mr E says:

    What are the local environmental issues you are referring to Dave?


  7. Ray says:

    “I’m concerned that National can’t attract more competent women to stand”
    Why on EARTH are you concerned about this, Mr Kennedy? I would have thought it would be more productive for you to concern yourself with your own party’s shortcomings.
    But of course you greens are concerned about everything, aren’t you!
    “Either women don’t like National’s policies compared to men or the party’s culture isn’t supportive.”
    Is that a fact, Mr Kennedy? Or is it your patronising arrogance passing judgement on a party that has just resoundingly won an election?


  8. TraceyS says:

    ^ Go easy on him, he’s sore. When men appear patronising it is normally not deliberate.

    Women learn this naturally…that indignation gets you nowhere.


  9. Tony Stuart says:

    @ Dave – in which party did New Zealand’s first woman Prime Minister emerge, without any tokenism, man-bans or other artificial means?

    Good on you for your kind words towards the woman who beat you in the Invercargill electorate contest, but don’t make it a back-handed compliment with political undertones.


  10. Quintin Hogg says:

    Dave, well done on you efforts in Invercargill.
    However your backhander was a bit redolent of Robert G at his worst.
    I do a bit of work with Melissa Lee in Auckland, who is a) a woman b) Asian and c) is incredibly capable. National have plenty of such people in the background who don’t see the need to stand for public office.


  11. homepaddock says:

    I have never had anything but encouragement from the party to participate at any level. I considered standing as a candidate a few years ago but chose not to for a variety of reasons in spite of encouragement from branch level to the then president and leader. National’s selection process leaves it to members in electorates to choose candidates, around half those members are women. That’s democratic and far better than clumsy attempts to engineer gender balance like Labour’s man-ban.


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