Yesterday The Veteran attended a special meeting of the Northland Electorate of the National Party called primarily to discuss the selection process to choose a candidate to replace the retiring John Carter. There were over 100 in attendance along with the twelve (to date) candidates who were each given the opportunity to introduce themselves.
Nominations for the seat open on 11 March and close on 1 April. On 9/10 April the Preselection Committee will determine a short list of up to five candidates to go forward to selection scheduled for Saturday 30 April at Kaikohe. It is anticipated that upwards of 250 delegates representing the 4,000 Party members in Northland will make the final selection.
The meeting also passed the following resolution which is the main point of this post. It relates to illegal land occupations. The resolution reads "Resolved that Government cease negotiations with any iwi, hapu or whanau in respect of their Treaty claim(s) if that iwi, hapu or whanau, either overtly or covertly, encourages and/or endorses the illegal occupation of privately owned land in support of real or imagined grievances".
We would expect that Government takes note of this resolution and acts accordingly. It disregards this resolution at its electoral peril.