Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Heather Roy's Diary

Friday, August 22, 2008

"Heather Roy's Diary" is the weekly newsletter from Heather Roy MP.
To receive the Diary every week, email , with "subscribe to Heather Roy's Diary" in the subject line.

MMP And Party Lists
On Wednesday this week, ACT New Zealand released its Party List for the upcoming General Election 2008, with a special press conference at Parliament attended by ACT's top candidates.

Under the MMP electoral system, Party Lists are a very important component of how people are elected to Parliament.  Lists must be lodged with the Electoral Commission between three and four weeks before Election Day.

Once lodged, a Party's List remains in place until a new List is submitted for the following election approximately three years later.  This is to ensure that, should an MP leave Parliament, the next person on their Party's List has the first choice of whether or not to fill the now vacant seat in Parliament.

It is unfortunate, however, that most Kiwis pay absolutely no - or little - attention to a Party's List when casting their Party vote on Election Day.  Many of these voters then complain post-election about who has been elected to Parliament - despite the fact that they themselves voted for a Party without knowing the order of candidates on that Party's List.

Love it or hate it, however, MMP is the system we have.  ACT has resolved in its 20-Point Plan ( to support a referendum on whether or not to keep MMP as our voting system.

By the end of this month, the New Zealand public will have seen at least three Party Lists released in quick succession.  The National Party underwent its List selection process last weekend - with all current National MPs standing again in 2008 placed in electable positions - ACT released its List on Wednesday, and the Labour Party is scheduled to release its list on August 30.  This will be of particular interest because, under current poling, there just aren't enough jobs to go around.

The Green Party got in very early and announced its line-up in May, and other Parties will no doubt be finalising their Lists as we speak.

I'm pleased to say that ACT has attracted candidates of a very high calibre.  And the list shows an impressive breadth and depth from a small team.  ACT's top 12 candidates are:

1) Rodney Hide - ACT Leader and MP for Epsom

2) Heather Roy - ACT Deputy Leader

3) Sir Roger Douglas - ACT founder and candidate for Hunua

4) John Boscawen - known for campaigning against the Electoral Finance Act, former ACT Epsom candidate, former ACT Boardmember and Treasurer

5) Open

6) Hilary Calvert - Dunedin lawyer and ACT candidate for Dunedin North

7) Peter Tashkoff - IT specialist, author and ACT candidate for Te Tai Tokerau

8) John Ormond - Hawkes Bay farmer, former ACT Boardmember and Vice President, ACT candidate for Tukituki

9) Colin du Plessis - medical equipment importer and distributor and ACT candidate for Ohariu

10) Shawn Tan - Postgraduate Auckland University student of Singaporean Chinese descent

11) Ron Scott - owner of Private Training Establishment and ACT candidate for Tauranga

12) Aaron Keown - a Christchurch Community Boardmember; ACT's Waimakariri candidate.

At this stage, readers will note, the number five spot on the ACT List is vacant.  The fact is that people's work commitments must be taken into account when deciding whether to run as an election candidate - especially in such a high List placing.  There is significant interest in who will fill the number five spot.

More information on our top candidates, as well as the full ACT Party List, is available at and

Phil Goff's Hat
Thanks to those who accepted the challenge in last week's Diary and nominated a hat for Phil Goff to eat following his comments that I'd have to eat my hat when he announced the Skyhawks had been sold ... we're still waiting Minister.  All those who participated will shortly be sent a token of our appreciation, and the best of the suggestions are posted on in the comments section of last week's Diary.



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels