National selects candidate for Northland by-election

Northland's new National candidate Mark Osborne from Taipa moments after his selection, flanked by his wife Jodi (left) and electorate secretary Rose May of Lake Ohia. PHOTO / PETER DE GRAAF

Northland’s new National candidate Mark Osborne from Taipa moments after his selection, flanked by his wife Jodi (left) and electorate secretary Rose May of Lake Ohia. PHOTO / PETER DE GRAAF

The National Party has chosen Mark Osborne as its candidate for the Northland by-election.

The seat was vacant after Mike Sabin stood down for “personal reasons” last month.

The National Party said Mr Osborne was chosen at a meeting of party members in Kerikeri today.

The party said Mr Osborne, an asset manager for Far North District Council, was based in Taipa, 60km northwest of Kerikeri.

“Through his work as a Northland public servant, former general manager of Te Ahu Charitable Trust, trustee of Mangonui School, and experience running family-owned local business Doubtless Beauty, Mr Osborne has strong ties to Northland,” the party said.

“National is working hard and delivering for the north,” said Mr Osborne, a married father of two children.

I hope he treats his electorate secretary better than Colin Craig, and he treats his family nicer than Mike Sabin. ?That alone will give him a head start.

In the March 28 poll he will go up against NZ First leader Winston Peters, who announced his intention late last week, Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime, Mana’s Rueben Taipari Porter and Act’s Robin Grieve.

The Green Party is not contesting the byelection.

Mr Osborne immediately took leave from his job as Far North District Council asset manager until the election result is known.

Best thing to do would be to not engage with Peters. ?He’s just there for the self publicity. Better not feed that monster. On the upside of that though, if Winston loses, and I believe he will, then he is washed up politically, beaten in Tauranga by a young whipper snapper in Simon Bridges and defeated by an unknown in Northland.

On the face of it Osborne appears to be competent. ?I’ve heard very good things about him from my sources up north. Which is a good start. ?But we’ll have to see how he faces up to deep scrutiny, the national media and the demands of the party.

Meanwhile Grant McCallum will have to be explaining to his stroppy missus why he bottled yet another selection. His caucus and board pals will be heart-broken that their drinking and carousing buddy will only be able to continue so long as his missus allows him to keep his board seat. He should really resign that too though,?his own electorate don’t rate him high enough to select him as their MP so why should the party retain him on?the?board.

 

– NZ Herald, Northern Advocate

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