National picks high school dropout turned Harvard grad for Northcote

Dan Bidois

UPDATE: National wins Northcote, but with lower majority

The National Party has selected former OECD economist Dan Bidois as its candidate to contest the Northcote seat left vacant by Jonathan Coleman’s retirement from politics.

Mr Bidois is the strategy manager for Foodstuffs. He left school at 15 to complete a butchery apprenticeship with Woolworths New Zealand but then went on to study at Auckland University before winning a Fulbright scholarship to attend Harvard University in the US where he gained a masters in public policy.

He worked as an economic policy analyst for the OECD in Paris before returning to NZ for his Foodstuffs management role.

He is expected to easily retain Northcote, which Dr Coleman won with a 6210 majority in last year’s election.

Mr Bidois says he is proud to be selected as National’s candidate and vowed to stand up to not just the government in Wellington but Auckland Council as well.

“Northcote residents work hard and pay their fair share of rates and taxes. They expect their fair share of quality services in return – like un-congested roads and better public transport options – and they deserve a council and government that can manage their finances to provide these services without constant rates and tax increases.

“The hardworking people of Northcote are not a piggy bank for Phil Goff, Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters to pay for pet projects on the other side of the bridge that won’t benefit us here.”

Mr Bidois is of European and Ngati Maniapoto descent.

He beat Danielle Grant, Darren Ward, Lisa Whyte and Simon Watts to win the nomination.

The by-election will be held on June 9.

Labour's selection contest is also being held this afternoon, with Auckland councillor Richard Hills, 2017 Northcote candidate Shanan Halbert and Paul McGreal as the three contenders. NBR understands the selection process, which began at 12pm, was down to a close contest between Hills and Halbert as of 4pm [UPDATE: Halbert won].

The Greens have yet to decide if they will stand a candidate or give Labour a free run. The party will meet this week.


25 · Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.


This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Post Comment

25 Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

What a contrast it is going to be between Mr Bidois and whoever Labour, the Greens and NZ ‘took no money from Owen Glen’ First pick as their candidate.

One is a self made successful executive versus the inevitable ‘suck at the state’s tits’ candidate from the shameless coalition of the parasites.

Reply
Share
  • 6
  • 2

Go National! Now is the time to start planning for 2020 and the right to govern again. I am very worried about the direction the current government is taking the country in. You have my full support Br Bidois.

Reply
Share
  • 6
  • 2

You and everyone else it would seem.

Reply
Share
  • 3
  • 0

Seems a sensible candidate. Good luck to you Mr Bidois.

Reply
Share
  • 5
  • 0

Dan is a credible guy and will do well. Expect an increased majority. How cynical though for the PM to announce the date that clashed with an All Blacks game in Auckland - did anyone else pick that up ?

Reply
Share
  • 2
  • 0

Tin foil hat

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 1

So what? Are you suggesting that will help Labour in some way?

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Yes absolutely, lower turnout equals lower majority. This is the day with most possible distraction. A completely cynical move.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Hey Chin
Here in NZ we have a democracy
Your comment is either a spoof or ignorant
Politicians here are not as self serving as elsewhere and not corrupt
We are very lucky!
Simplistic labels and dismissal of all politicians not from your pet party is just silly
We need diversity and voices with other perspectives
That is essential for a healthy democracy
Lighten up mate

Reply
Share
  • 2
  • 4

Your Winston Peters lied and lied about his Owen Glenn connections, and was actually kicked out of Tauranga when the oldies there woke up to how deceitful and hypocritical he is. Been here in NZ too long to not observe how he uses race at every turn to get back in power and to hoodwink the greedies and the oldies.

The way previous governments and politicians allowed finance companies to operate and for billions of dollars to be squandered by well documented multiple parties with bugger all compensation for the depositors - the old boys network here is well and truly alive and corrupt.

Don't kid yourself that politicians here are not self-serving - it's all a question of degree.

Reply
Share
  • 3
  • 1

Glenn felt a bit of fool that he’d given the labour party money. What turned him against them was he felt they lacked integrity.

Peters lost his Tauranga seat 2008 election and asked Owen Glenn for $100,000 to assist with his legal fees. He was censured for not declaring the donation

ON NBR July 13 2012 "Our British Hangover" an article by Owen Glen from his book-
"Where is our self-respect as a nation, that we would let that man hold a role in our parliament again? Extraordinary."
Edited

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

I for one can't argue with any of that because it's all true, and a sad indictment of our country. The worse part about it is that I don't see it changing anytime soon. Not if looking at the current bunch of salary concerned govt regulators are anything to go by. It must be remembered that all those finance companies collapsed under the so called watchful eyes of the last govt watchdog, and what accountability was there... a big fat nothing.

Reply
Share
  • 1
  • 1

>>> "We need diversity and voices with other perspectives....."

Incorrect. What we need are politicians with principles who think, live and act by those principles, and who are accountable to the electorates or voters they serve. Not some trendy lefty feelings based lunatics who will do what they want even if it leaves a mess and indebtedness for future generations.

>"Politicians here are not as self serving as elsewhere and not corrupt...."

Current Government:
-Said they would not increase taxes until 2020, and they have.
-Talk about public consultation with 'the people'. They haven't.
-Said they care for those struggling and then increased fuel tax that will impact on low income earners.
-Said they care about equality then increase fuel tax nationally to fund only Northland transport while cutting back on much needed transport and roads further south.
-Said they care about the road toll, then cut back on roading in general in favour of walking tracks and cycle lanes.
-Said they care about sustainability within NZ, then ban future oil exploration which will NZ less sustainable and dependent on other nations for our oil at whatever price they charge.
-Numerous other election bribes (promises) by both Labour and NZ First to get voted in, then once voted in reneg on the promises.
-Present government is pushing the Global Warming Agenda / Global Climate Change / Global Cooling Agenda (take your pick based on the current excuse) without actually researching the issue and when the actual facts are that according to NZ funded state science they find no evidence of sea level rise.
-Govt talking of reducing speed limits in areas on NZ and in Auckland the reduced speed signs are up and covered by public consultation is yet to be carried out.

The list goes on.

We are not a democracy - democracy is of the people, by the people, for the people.

Reply
Share
  • 5
  • 2

Your fourth paragraph should be printed on the front page of every newspaper in the country, just to remind people of how deceptive this govt have been.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Nz’s politicians are as self serving as any other politicians all over the world. Perhaps not as corrupt, not publicly yet . Naive to assume otherwise.

Reply
Share
  • 5
  • 0

If we were a proper democracy:
-There would be no MMP.
-There would be no list MPs.
-The MP of an electorate would be the man/woman th epeople vote for to represent the wishes of the electorate in Parliament.
-There would be no party politics.
-Your MP would form the government along with all the other elected MPs.
-Each electorate would be consulted by the MP on all major legislation.
-MP salaries would be minimal as the role would not full time.
-Only people that had a self sustaining income or benevolent benefactor would be able to afford to be in Parliament. That natural selection process would ensure that only people who are already personally successful, good at handling money, and willing to donate their wisdom and time get to represent the electorate. This would get rid of the massive conflict of interest we currently have of the immature "have nots" getting into parliament in order to redistribute the wealth of those who "have" while pursuing their immature "me me me" agendas and disrespecting future generations.

Reply
Share
  • 7
  • 0

Not Corrupt.....really.....I think that is rose coloured glasses on there Simon. Most are not corrupt but a few certainly are or have looked at the cookie jar and poked about in it.

Reply
Share
  • 2
  • 0

Why is the headline ''''high scool dropout.
He obviously left school to pursue a career.
Doesn't make him a drop out imo.

Reply
Share
  • 8
  • 0

To be fair, that was how he described himself in his speech.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

I'm guessing he dropped out part way through a school year

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

The unemployables run the country
Get used to it
Most have never had a real job

Reply
Share
  • 10
  • 1

Jonathan Coleman "retired from politics"? I'd say deserted his seat. Isn't there some sort of implied three-year contract associated with MPs?

Reply
Share
  • 1
  • 1

"Drop out"? According to your article he left school to complete an apprenticeship and then went on to highly commendable tertiary quals, and yet you choose to headline "drop out".

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

I should add to the conversation but you guys are doing great already. Politics is a dirty game, make no mistake. You have to have pretty thick skin to play this game well. I wish Dan well. We've got some Bidois in the Tauranga region and they're very well respected by all accounts.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

We need a MP that can stand up for Tenants that are half of NZs population. Stop Labour from attacking much needed Landlord housing providers.

Reply
Share
  • 0
  • 0

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.