Prime Minister-elect John Key, his deputy Bill English and the new national MPs:
Prime Minister-elect John Key, his deputy Bill English and the new national MPs:
The National Party has selected Matthew Doocey as its candidate for Waimakariri.
Mr Doocey was selected by a meeting of local party members tonight.
“Matthew proved himself an effective campaigner in the Christchurch East by-election, with a real passion for advancing and rebuilding Canterbury. He will be a strong, fresh, and energetic local MP if elected in September,” said Canterbury-Westland Regional Chair Roger Bridge.
“Kate Wilkinson has served the electorate well, winning the seat for National in 2011. However we are taking nothing for granted this election and will be running a strong campaign in Waimakariri.”
Mr Doocey said he was honoured to be selected and looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“It’s an honour to be selected as National’s Waimakariri candidate,” says Mr Doocey.
“North Canterbury has been well-served by a Government which is making the rebuild a priority, investing in infrastructure, and backing rural communities.
“Having a strong local voice inside National has been crucial for Waimakariri. I will be working hard to carry that on if I have the privilege of being elected to serve these communities inside Parliament.”
Matthew Doocey – Biographical Notes
A born and bred Cantabrian, Matthew Doocey (41) lives in Redwood with Hungarian-born wife Viktoria and their new-born daughter Emily.
After pursuing opportunities in the UK, Mr Doocey decided to return home last year to give something back after the earthquakes.
He currently works at the Canterbury District Health Board as a manager in its surgical division.
Mr Doocey went to St Bedes College before studying counselling psychology at WelTec (Wellington). He has a Bsc (Hons) in Social Policy, an MA in Healthcare Management from Kingston University in London, and an MSc in Global Politics from Birkbeck College – University in London. He is also studying towards a Doctorate in Health by distance with Bath University in the UK.
Matthew Doocey has a long career in healthcare management including in the delivery of community health, mental health, and social care services both in voluntary and Government settings.
Kate Wilkinson won Waimakariri from Labour’s Clayton Cosgrove.
If proposed boundary changes are confirmed, the electorate will be a bit bluer than it was.
Apathy was the winner in the Christchurch east by-election.
Given Labour has always held the seat theirs no surprise in its candidate Poto Williams keeping it for the party.
Preliminary results are:
|BAKER, Leighton||Conservative Party 487|
|DOOCEY, Matthew||National Party 3,506|
|GASKIN, Ian||Independent 19|
|HOLLAND, Adam||Independent 31|
|LAMBERT, Paula||Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party 56|
|LICHTWARK, Jenner||Democrats for Social Credit 20|
|MOORHOUSE, David||Green Party 926|
|PARK, Sam||Independent 75|
|VEALE, Gareth||ACT New Zealand 56|
|WILLIAMS, Poto||Labour Party 8,119|
Polling booths have closed in the Christchurch East by-election and votes are being counted.
It’s always been a Labour seat so in spite of the strong campaign run by National candidate Matthew Doocey he’s not expected to take it.
In fact, if John Armstrong is correct, apathy will be the winner.
This photo begs a caption.
Wit is preferable, politics is fine, personal abuse is not.
Labour leader David Cunliffe reckons the Christchurch East seat is National’s to lose.
So despite Dalziel’s solid 5334 majority in 2011, Cunliffe has been talking up National’s equally emphatic victory in the party vote in 2011, by 13,252 (46 per cent) to 9100 for Labour (31.65 per cent).
Labour’s “key message” is that the seat is National’s to lose.
For Cunliffe “any old win would do”, he said yesterday.
“I would say 50 per cent would be great.”
He is adamant the party vote is the best measure of “underlying party allegiance” available.
But this isn’t a general election where people get two votes. It’s a by-election for a seat Labour has held for decades.
No-one would expect a new candidate to get the support Dalziel built up over several terms as the local MP,even though, contrary to her assertion she would be an independent mayor, she is helping Poto Williams.
But it would be a serious blow to Labour, its candidate and its leader if National’s Matthew Doocey won the seat.
People in Christchurch East have had more than enough of living with the aftermath of earthquakes, dealing with insurance companies and all the other challenges which make day to day life more difficult. There’s little more the government can do about most of these than it’s already doing but even so, people at the end of their tethers can use their votes to send a message about their frustration.
This all makes the seat Labour’s to lose and it’s Cunliffe’s to lose too.
He hasn’t made much progress in the polls since becoming leader and anything but an emphatic win for his candidate, chosen over those supported by the locals, will be a big blow for him.
As backbencher you can pick your fights. An opposition leader can too but has to be careful about which s/he picks.
On the lists of things you should be above are attacks on a by-election candidate in a seat your party is expected to win but David Cunliffe made the mistake of getting stuck in to Matthew Doocey, National’s candidate for Christchurch East.
That has provided Doocey with the free publicity of a letter to the editor:
I am writing to express my surprise at the personal and desperate attack on me by the Leader of the Labour Party. I was not given the opportunity to respond to comments from David Cunliffe which were published on Friday November 8.
For the record I have expressed no interest and am not even thinking about any other election other than the one taking place right now in Christchurch East. I have been working hard nor for a number of weeks in what to date has been a positive campaign: my Facebook page demonstrates this.
Mr Cunliffe has inadvertently given my campaign another confidence-building boost, as I attempt to make history and take thsi seat from labour.
It was only one week ago that the prime minister launched my campaign and it would appear I am already seen as a threat the the Opposition leader. Surely this must be some kind of political record.
For Mr Cunliffe to target me as some sort of carpetbagger is both insulting and wrong. I grew up in Christchurch and I”ll be here long after the by-election. Unlike other candidates I was was not parachuted in from Auckland at the expense of local nominees.
I’m running a strong campaign in Christchurch East and have had tremendous support from almost all of the senior MPs in John Key’s National caucus.
I can only assume Mr Cunliffe’s outburst is a symptom of desperation and.or poor polling for Labour in Christchurch East, where the community is questioning where the nearly 100 years of Labour representation has got them. Matthew Doocey, National candidate Christchurch East.
As is the way today, the free publicity doesn’t stop with The Press.
When a mammoth attack a mouse and loses, the mammoth looks much smaller.
An aspiring Prime Minister shouldn’t even notice a by-election candidate from another party, let alone launch a personal attack on him.
This is the second time in a week Cunliffe has got publicity for looking less than leader-like.
The first was for his refusal to appear on The Farming Show with Jamie Mackay in case he didn’t get a fair hearing and would be made fun of.
When you’re opposition leader you can pick your challenges but an aspiring Prime Minister wouldn’t turn down a regular slot on nationwide-radio for fear of being made fun of.
This was a mistake on several counts, the three biggest being that the slot is now taken by Green co-leader Russel Norman; that he’s supposedly rediscovered the regions and is trying to appeal to them and that’s where the show gets blanket coverage; and it makes him look like a lesser leader.
The Electoral commission has released the names of the 10 candidates for the Christchurch East by-election:
|BAKER, Leighton||Conservative Party|
|DOOCEY, Matthew||National Party|
|LAMBERT, Paula||Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party|
|LICHTWARK, Jenner||Democrats for Social Credit|
|MOORHOUSE, David||Green Party|
|VEALE, Gareth||ACT Party|
|WILLIAMS, Poto||Labour Party|
Keeping Stock has found Labour has been a mite premature about the outcome:
This is a red seat and the odds favour Williams but it is good manners to wait until the voters cast their ballots before claiming to be an MP.
#gigatownoamaru is taking nothing for granted in the race to become the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest town.
Does it matter if a candidate for an electorate is a local?
All sorts of factors are taken into account by parties in selecting a candidate and voters when they consider which to support.
One of those is the knowledge of and commitment to the electorate.
One measure of that is whether or not the candidate can be considered to be a local – someone who has lived in the area for a long time, knows the people and understands the issues not just academically, but personally.
When Labour chose its candidate for Christchurch East they obviously thought other factors mattered more when they picked a newcomer to the city.
Whether or not they’re right is up to the voters but it has given National’s candidate Matthew Doocey a strong point of difference on which to campaign:
“While an incumbent Government has never won a by-election in a seat it does not already hold, the National family are united behind Matthew as he accepts the challenge to wrest a seat which Labour has held since 1922,” says National Party Regional Chair Roger Bridge.
“Matthew Doocey is a fresh new face to the political landscape in Christchurch, and one of two nominees interviewed for the candidacy. We’re delighted to have him aboard.”
Matthew Doocey says he is proud to have won selection to contest the by-election on behalf of National.
“It’s going to be a big challenge up against the Labour machine in East Christchurch. Of course Lianne Dalziel is a household name there and Labour will be desperate to hold on to the seat.
“But I believe Christchurch East needs a constructive voice inside John Key’s National-led Government. It’s an electorate with huge opportunities and big decisions to make as it works its way through the recovery and beyond.
“Jobs, growth, education and healthcare are the bread and butter issues. I think the public appreciate the fact that National has held steady despite the distractions and side-tracks that appear to pre-occupy the other side.
Matthew Doocey (41) is married to Hungarian-born wife Viktoria. They have lived in Redwood since returning to Christchurch from the UK earlier this year. He works at the Canterbury District Health Board as a manager in its surgical division.
He went to St Bedes college, then studied counselling psychology at WelTec (Wellington). He has a Bsc (Hons) in Social Policy, an MA in Healthcare Management from Kingston University in London, and an MSc in Global Politics from Birkbeck University in London. He is also studying towards a Doctorate in Health by distance at Bath University in the UK.
Matthew Doocey has a long career in healthcare management including in the delivery of community mental health and social care services both in voluntary, and Government settings. He has worked extensively in the voluntary and community sector, including for Youthline NZ.
“Christchurch is my home town. My closest family are here. When I heard about the quakes I really wanted to come home to the city I grew up in and give something back.
“Christchurch East was characterised by strength and resilience in the aftermath of the earthquakes. Now we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the community even stronger and I want to be part of that.”
The Green Party is contesting the seat which will split the anti-government vote to some extent and a new candidate won’t have the personal following that the retiring MP Lianne Dalziel had.
But Christchurch East is a dark red seat and even a strong National candidate like this one faces a huge task in contesting it.