Maggie Barry selected as National's North Shore candidate

Maggie Barry

Former broadcaster Maggie Barry has been selected as the National Party's candidate for the North Shore for the November 26 election.

Currently held by Defence Minister Wayne Mapp, who is retiring at the election, the electorate is a safe National seat.

Ms Barry failed in an attempt to be named National's candidate for the recent Botany by-election.

She said she is looking forward to the opportunity of fighting for the privilege to represent the people of North Shore and would campaign hard, despite the North Shore historically being a strong National seat, and would move into the electorate if elected.

Her entry to politics follows a thirty-year career in broadcasting, best known for her television roles on One News and Maggie’s Garden Show.

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This selection is hardly exciting. She will probably be good in the debating chamber as she can speak as much crap as the best of them - including ex woodwork teacher Gerry Brownlee.

But not flash in any other respect. If that all national could front up with in the North Shore, North Shore National party faithful should vote ACT

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I don't see a lot of "grunt" in Maggie Barry. A pleasant-enough lady, but more of a dilettante cum roaming carpetbagger, than a real doer.

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Down to last choices it would seem!
still it makes Banks a real positive addition for act by comparison.

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If you're in the North Shore, you can always go for me instead:
<url>www.benforshore.co.nz</url>

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Hereafter National will be known as the
Donkey Madhatters Garden Party

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I would rather vote for Penny Bright

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Hi!

I am Penny Bright Media Spokesperson for the Water Pressure Group.

Through my involvement with this group I have become a Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater and Auckland regional governance matters.

I have also been publicly acknowledged as an “Anti-corruption campaigner”.
I have started my blog so that those who are not on the email can access the information .

I was an Auckland Mayoral candidate – standing to help STOP THE $UPERCITY – the corporate takeover of the Auckland region, which has been forced upon the public majority without our lawful consent through a ‘binding poll’.

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My email address is: waterpressure@gmail.com

I stood in the Botany by-election as an independent candidate, on an anti-corruption / pro-transparency, anti-privatisation/asset sale platform.

I believe that is is high time that NZ got our ‘House’ in order, and established the legislative framework to prevent and fight corruption, and ensure genuine transparency and accountability in local and central government and within the judiciary.

I am currently standing in the Auckland Council Howick Ward by-election on the following ‘platform’:

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BRING BACK COUNCIL WORKS DEPARTMENTS!

PROVIDE COUNCIL SERVICES ‘IN-HOUSE’ AND CUT OUT ALL THOSE PRIVATE ‘PIGGIES -IN -THE -MIDDLE’!

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Of course selection by National for North Shore is not a guarantee for election - remember this is the electorate that Don Brash failed to win TWICE!

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You're wrong Graham - quite wrong.

Don Brash has never contested the North Shore electorate. Don stood in the East Coast Bays electorate and lost to Gary Knapp in the 1980 by election and 1981 General Election.

And North Shore has been a National Safe Seat SINCE 1949 (it was created in 1946 and initially held for one term by Labour).

Dean Eyre for National took the seat in 1949 and held it until he retired in 1966.

George Gair was another long serving National MP and also a Cabinet Minister (1966-1990), Bruce Cliffe from again National was the next candidate who during his second term jumped ship to the United Party but retired before the next election. He was replaced by national candidate Wayne Mapp in 1996 who is the current MP and another Cabinet Minister who is retiring.

So every election since 1949, North Shore has elected a National MP... it that doesn't qualify as a safe seat then what does?

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Yeah, give Maggie the job... and National will make sure YOU don't have one.

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Hat tip to Victrix.

Penny loves asking questions but she will never answer them herself. Being able to fund her work through donation requests on her website leads one to think of her own intellectual consistency. Perhaps she can prove us all wrong and answer a few for a change? The below questions were posted for her on other comment threads... she will NEVER answer them point for pont though...or will she?

1) How much does she receive in donations?

2) Conflict of interest - who makes the donations and what is their agenda/affiliation?

3) Precisely when did she cease to be a communist/Wairapa Maoist?

4) Given that Jim Gladwin is still a communist are we right in assuming that whilst no longer a party member that she still holds true to the agenda?

5) Has Penny Bright ever used the 'free services' of a certain female private investigator to dig up dirt on business roundtable members...including going through private rubbish?

6) Why does Penny Bright support Palestinian terrorism i.e. Hamas?

7) Why does Penny think that the Twin Towers were blown up by the CIA and Jewish interests?

8) Can Penny confirm or deny her past and current illegal drug use, benefit fraud and tax evasion?

9) Can Penny confirm or deny having stated that NZ would be best run under a command economy model?

(Return non-responses STILL to the sound of a whistling wind in an empty

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I am not sure she lives in the electorate.
If she is against growth or regional development of any kind or anything which keeps the Shore humming, then she is in for a shock.

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