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The National Party has released its 2017 party list:
National’s 2017 Party List is a strong mix of experienced talent and fresh faces, Party President Peter Goodfellow says.
“National is incredibly lucky to have so many capable people we can draw on, from our Leader and Prime Minister Bill English right through to our newest candidates.
“Putting together a list is never easy, but this strikes the right balance between recognising experience, diversity, and pursuing ongoing renewal.”
The current Cabinet and Speaker David Carter make up spots one through 21, with existing MPs and new candidates following that. If National matched its result from 2014, 13 new MPs would enter Parliament alongside 47 returning MPs.
“Rejuvenation is important for any political party, and National is going into this election with some fantastic new candidates. We are also farewelling some very dedicated MPs who have served their constituents, our party and the country with distinction,” Mr Goodfellow says.
“This is National’s most diverse list ever. We’re incredibly proud to represent New Zealanders from all walks of life, with a range of ethnicities and backgrounds. We’ve got businesspeople, teachers, farmers, community advocates, scientists, and a pilot – just to name a few.
“National is working hard to build a strong economy so we can afford to invest in the things that matter to New Zealanders, like training more teachers, investing in health services, building more schools and roads, and boosting family incomes.
“Every MMP election is very close. All of our candidates will be campaigning hard to ensure National gets a strong Party Vote result so we can keep delivering for New Zealanders.
“The only way to secure another strong, National-led Government and avoid a chaotic Labour/Greens/New Zealand First coalition is by Party Voting National, and that’s what all of our candidates and volunteers will be focused on over the next eight weeks.”
National’s 2017 List:
1 Bill English List
2 Paula Bennett Upper Harbour
3 David Carter List
4 Steven Joyce List
5 Gerry Brownlee Ilam
6 Simon Bridges Tauranga
7 Amy Adams Selwyn
8 Jonathan Coleman Northcote
9 Chris Finlayson Rongotai
10 Michael Woodhouse Dunedin North
11 Anne Tolley East Coast
12 Nathan Guy Otaki
13 Nikki Kaye Auckland Central
14 Todd McClay Rotorua
15 Nick Smith Nelson
16 Judith Collins Papakura
17 Maggie Barry North Shore
18 Paul Goldsmith Epsom
19 Louise Upston Taupo
20 Alfred Ngaro Te Atatu
21 Mark Mitchell Rodney
22 Nicky Wagner Christchurch Central
23 Jacqui Dean Waitaki
24 David Bennett Hamilton East
25 Tim Macindoe Hamilton West
26 Scott Simpson Coromandel
27 Jami-Lee Ross Botany
28 Barbara Kuriger Taranaki-King Country
29 Matt Doocey Waimakariri
30 Brett Hudson Ohariu
31 Melissa Lee Mt Albert
32 Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Manukau East
33 Jian Yang List
34 Parmjeet Parmar Mt Roskill
35 Jonathan Young New Plymouth
36 Joanne Hayes Christchurch East
37 Ian McKelvie Rangitikei
38 Simon O’Connor Tamaki
39 Andrew Bayly Hunua
40 Chris Bishop Hutt South
41 Sarah Dowie Invercargill
42 Nuk Korako Port Hills
43 Todd Muller Bay of Plenty
44 Maureen Pugh West Coast Tasman
45 Shane Reti Whangarei
46 Alastair Scott Wairarapa
47 Stuart Smith Kaikoura
48 Nicola Willis Wellington Central
49 Agnes Loheni Mangere
50 Paulo Garcia New Lynn
51 Matt King Northland
52 David Hiatt Wigram
53 Matthew Gregory Dunedin South
54 Adrienne Pierce Palmerston North
55 David Elliott Napier
56 Katrina Bungard Manurewa
57 Bala Beeram Kelston
58 Carolyn O’Fallon Rimutaka
59 Euon Murrell Mana
60 Simeon Brown Pakuranga
61 Andrew Falloon Rangitata
62 Harete Hipango Whanganui
63 Denise Lee Maungakiekie
64 Chris Penk Helensville
65 Erica Stanford East Coast Bays
66 Tim Van de Molen Waikato
67 Lawrence Yule Tukituki
68 TO BE CONFIRMED Clutha-Southland
69 Sarah Jo Barley List
70 Lisa Whyte List
71 Linda Cooper List
72 Dan Bidois List
73 Rahul Sirigiri List
74 Hadleigh Reid List
75 Graham Collins List
A party in its third term wouldn’t usually be given much chance at all of being able to form a fourth government but National’s support has held up.
This is party due to the inability of the opposition to look like a government in waiting.
But National can’t afford to let the opposition lose, it needs to earn the right to lead the next government by its own merits, not by the opposition’s failures.
David Farrar has a demographic breakdown of the likely caucus.
When you are fluent in a language you know when one word stops and the next one starts.
When you’re learning a new language you don’t. It’s more like a river of sound flowing past your brain with occasional islands of words which you understand.
It’s difficult for people who speak only one language to understand what this is like, and why it’s so difficult for foreigners to comprehend what they’re hearing, but this might help.
It’s Prisencolinensinainciusol a song by Adriano Celentano, an Italian, who’s singing what English sounds like to him – but it’s not really English, it’s gibberish.
Just between you and me, English is my first language and I find a lot of what passes for songs in a lot of modern music, just as incomprehensible as this one.
The song starts at about 1:40.
Restrictions on group’s farms – Sally Rae:
Sixteen properties belonging to the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group in South Canterbury have had Restricted Place Notices imposed on them by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) after the outbreak of the bacterial cattle disease mycoplasma bovis.
The effect of the notices is to control the movement of stock.
Two dozen cows on one of the group’s farms have tested positive for the disease and are the first in New Zealand to have the disease. A further 150 cows on the property have signs of infection.
MPI veterinarians are working with local vets to assess stock on the affected farm, which has a milking herd of about 1000 cows.
MPI regional controller Dr Chris Rodwell said the situation was well under control, praising Glenavy farmer Aad van Leeuwen for the way he had handled the outbreak. . .
DairyNZ is disappointed that today’s announcement by Government has not addressed the concerns raised about migrant staff.
However, DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says there is hope for farmers who need to employ people from overseas.
“Government has committed to tackling the issues as a priority to help provide certainty for farmers who need to employ migrant staff, and those staff members themselves, as well as their families.” . . .
Opening the farm gates – Sonita Chandra:
Metaphorically speaking, dairy farmers have closed their farm gates in recent times for fear of criticism, but this now needs to change, says Federated Farmers dairy vice-chairman Wayne Langford.
“The farm gates need to be opened again so that we can show what we are doing, but also see what our communities want us to be doing.
“As dairy farmers, we have to be proud of the industry and proud of what we are doing. If we are not proud of it, then we need to make changes.” . .
Take a scenic drive ten minutes west of Masterton in the Wairarapa and you’ll be greeted with a rustic sign announcing your arrival at “Spring Valley farms”. Nestled deep in the Kaituna valley, it’s the home of Matt and Lynley Wyeth and their two sons.
Spring Valley Enterprises farms roughly ten thousand sheep and another four thousand stock units made up of three hundred Angus breeding cows. It sits on 16 hundred hectares of hard hill country with some decent quality flat lands. It consistently rates in the top 5 per cent of performers in the red meat industry, in part this is due to their early adoption of agri-tech.
The Wyeth’s employ a range of technology each with a specific, measurable outcome that allows them to make small tweaks, accumulatively, saving them money. . .
Farmers preparing for calving should also be thinking about effective ways to keep workers safe and well, said WorkSafes Agriculture Sector Lead Al McCone.28 July 2017
Plan for calving – include talking to workers about risks
Farmers preparing for calving should also be thinking about effective ways to keep workers safe and well, said WorkSafe’s Agriculture Sector Lead Al McCone. . .
It was an all-New Zealand affair in Orange County, California today as Zespri officially opened its regional office to manage growing sales across Northern, Central and Southern America.
Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager says Zespri is growing strongly across North America with most of this growth coming from the new gold variety Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, which is proving hugely popular.
“The New Zealand kiwifruit industry is on track to more than double sales to $4.5 billion by 2025 and an important part of this growth will come from developing markets like North America, as well growing sales in our more established markets. Zespri is relaunching the kiwifruit category in the United States and the wider Americas region to attract new consumers and grow sales,” says Mr Jager. . .
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
If love is the treasure, laughter is the key – Yakov Smirnoff
762 Baghdad was founded.
1419 First Defenestration of Prague.
1502 Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
1549 Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, was born (d. 1609).
1619 The first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convened for the first time.
1629 An earthquake in Naples killed 10,000 people.
1733 The first Masonic Grand Lodge in what became the United States was constituted in Massachusetts.
1756 Bartolomeo Rastrelli presented the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers.
1811 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican insurgency, was executed by the Spanish.
1818 Emily Brontë, English novelist, was born (d. 1848).
1825 Malden Island was discovered.
1859 First ascent of Grand Combin.
1863 Henry Ford, American industrialist, was born (d. 1947).
1863 Indian Wars: Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signed the Treaty of Box Elder, agreeing to stop the harassment of emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of the Crater – Union forces attempt edto break Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under their trenches.
1866 New Orleans’s Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.
1871 The Staten Island Ferry Westfield’s boiler exploded, killing over 85 people.
1893 Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani Mother of the Nation, was born (d. 1967).
1898 Henry Moore, English sculptor, was born (d. 1986).
1916 Black Tom Island explosion in Jersey City.
1925 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, was born (d. 1984).
1926 Christine McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters), was born.
1930 Uruguay won the first Football World Cup.
1932 Premiere of Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.
1935 Ted Rogers, English comedian and game show host, was born (d. 2001).
1940 Sir Clive Sinclair, English entrepreneur and inventor (pocket calculator, home computer), was born.
1941 Paul Anka, Canadian singer and composer, was born.
1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American actor and 38th Governor of California, was born.
1950 Frank Stallone, American singer and actor, was born.
1958 Kate Bush, English singer/songwriter, was born.
1958 Daley Thompson, English decathlete, was born.
1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
1969 Vietnam War: US President Richard M. Nixon made an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam and met President Nguyen Van Thieu and U.S. military commanders.
1971 Apollo 15 Mission – David Scott and James Irwin on Apollo Lunar Module module, Falcon, landed with first Lunar Rover on the moon.
1971 An All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 and a Japanese Air Force F-86collided over Morioka killing 162.
1974 Watergate Scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the United States Supreme Court.
1974 Six Royal Canadian Army Cadetswere killed and fifty-four injured in an accidental grenade blast at CFB Valcartier Cadet Camp.
1975 Three members of the Miami Showband and two gunmen were killed during a botched paramilitary attack in Northern Ireland.
1978 The 730 (transport), Okinawa changed its traffic on the right-hand side of the road to the left-hand side.
1979 Carless days were introduced in New Zealand to combat the second oil shock.
1980 Vanuatu gained independence.
1980 Israel’s Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law
1997 Eighteen lives were lost in the Thredbo Landslide.
2003 In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line.
2006 World’s longest running music show Top of the Pops was broadcast for the last time on BBC Two after 42 years.
2006 Lebanon War: At least 28 civilians, including 16 children were killed by the Israeli Air Force in what Lebanese call the Second Qana massacre.
2009 A bomb exploded in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA was believed to be responsible.
2012 – A power grid failure left seven states in northern India without power, affecting 360 million people.
2014 – One hundred and fifty people were trapped after a landslide in the village of Ambe in the Pune district in India’s Maharashtra state with 20 killed.
Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History Online.