Kapi-Mana News : June 18th 2013
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 18, 2013 NEWS Delivered to 25,324 homes and businesses between Tawa and Pukerua Bay every Tuesday. Manager: Richard Gordon email@example.com Acting Editor: Kris Dando firstname.lastname@example.org For News: Kris Dando email@example.com Andrea O'Neil firstname.lastname@example.org Findusat: www.kapimananews.co.nz www.facebook.com/kapimananews ph: (04) 2378118 fax: (04) 2378552 Ground Floor, 14 Hartham Place North, PO BOX 50012, Porirua City 5240 For Advertising: Senior Consultant Kylie Wihapi email@example.com Consultant Jessica Collins firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Support Angeline Humphreys email@example.com Classified Advertising Jeanette Pettit firstname.lastname@example.org 4756096AA MILLION DOLLAR GIVE AWAY FUJITSU'S 0800COZYCOOL (0800 269926) | www.grabagrant.co.nz We've got the best HEAT PUMP prices Call now for a FREE quote Dunne's disaster National windfall By JIM CHIPP Unclear future: Ohariu MP Peter Dunne's resignation as a minister could make the electorate very contestable in at the 2014 general election. But MP's doomsday not done deal ' I just think that there might -- counter-intuitively -- be some sympathy for Mr Dunne as time goes on. (His electorate) might see him as a victim, the subject of a witch-hunt. ' --- Otago University political science lecturer Bryce Edwards The dark clouds gathering over Peter Dunne's political future could have a silver lining for John Key. Mr Dunne has resigned his ministerial portfolios rather than fully co-operate with an investigation into the leak of the Kitteridge report to a journalist. He is under pressure to resign from Parliament as well. If he were to do so, National might gain an extra MP. The investigation identified him as the most likely source of the leak, but he declined to pro- vide details of his text conversa- tions with the journalist who broke the story. In the 2011 general election National won 47 per cent of the party vote, entitling it to 59 of Parliament's 121 seats. It governs thanks to support agreements with the Maori Party and Mr Dunne. However, if he were to leave Parliament Mr Key might lose an ally, but gain an extra MP. Lawyer and electoral expert Graeme Edgeler said, if Natio- nal were to win the seat, it would gain an electorate seat, but would retain the list seat as well, giving it one more member than its party vote entitlement. It seems crazy but the alternative is crazier,'' he said. If it were Katrina Shanks, the candidate National stood in 2011, she could be replaced as a list MP, and if it were another candidate, they could both sit in Parliament. The alternative would be that a party's lowest-ranked MP would be forced out of Parlia- ment by a by-election unrelated to him or her, Mr Edgeler said. Electoral Commission elec- toral policy manager Kristina Temel confirmed a by-election could result in disproportionate party representation. There is no provision in the electoral act for a re-allocation of the party list seats after a by- election,'' she said. Mr Dunne declined to com- ment about whether he had con- sidered resigning, and if he did, whether he had considered seek- ing validation from his constitu- ents by standing again, as Hone Harawira had. If Mr Dunne were to resign, Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson said Ohariu was seen as a very contestable seat. I think a number of people would put their hands up,'' he said. National very clearly led the party list vote in 2011 with 18,764 votes, but the Labour and Green parties were collectively not far behind with 15,489 votes between them, he said. Mr Dunne won the electorate in 2011 with 14,357 votes, with Labour's Charles Chauvel tak- ing 12,965 votes and Katrina Shanks well behind. Mr Dunne could conceivably stand. Otago University political sci- ence lecturer Bryce Edwards said what Mr Dunne was accused of having done was a good thing, leaking a report that found security services and the police had acted unlawfully. That had been lost in the fall- out over Mr Dunne's conduct, he said. The report that he [allegedly] released was certainly in the public interest and it concerned really serious matters.'' The classified information in the report was all in the appen- dices, which were not included in Mr Dunne's copy, so there was really no question of crimi- nal activity. I can't see a police investi- gation going anywhere.'' In the long run, Mr Dunne's popularity might not be as badly affected as had been supposed, particularly in his Ohariu elec- torate, he said. I just think that there might -- counter-intuitively -- be some sympathy for Mr Dunne as time goes on. They might see him as a vic- tim, the subject of a witch-hunt,'' Mr Edwards said. I think his stocks might even rise, to some extent, in his elec- torate.''
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