You're about to be held to account. Tomorrow National's Pre-Selection Committee will meet to determine the candidates to go forward to selection by the rank and file membership of the Party in Northland. The committee comprises nine members; five from the electorate; two nominated by the Regional Chairman and a further two by the Party President.
They will be interviewing an eclectic group of aspiring candidates, each one resident in Northland and reflecting the broad spectrum of Northland society. The committee is charged with the responsibility of paring the number of candidates to go forward to selection to a maximum of five.
Prior to selection which is to be held in Kerikeri on Saturday 26 November when an expected 100+ voting delegates from eleven branches will meet to determine 'our' next MP there will be three 'Meet the Candidate' meetings in Kaiwaka on Saturday 19 November; KeriKeri on Monday 21 November and Kaitaia on Wednesday 23 November. A voting delegate must attend at least one of these meetings.
Northland is winnable for National. The incumbent MP is hardly seen and relies on Press Releases. His constituency consists of the easily led, the permanently confused and the grumpy. Problem for him is that all the promises he made at the time of the bi-election are coming home to roost ... like the free trips for his OAP cohort on the Paihia-Russell and Hokianga ferries. They're still waiting ... all piss and wind from a populist throwback from the 1970s who is all whisky and bluster.