New Zealand First has reached the 5% MMP threshhold in the two polls released this morning. We wanted to take a look at who the five MP's who will accompany Winston Peters into Parliament are, but strangely, the NZ First website does not include the party's list.
We do know however that former North Shore mayor and defeated Auckland mayoral and council candidate Andrew Williams is at #3 on the NZ First list. Williams' term as mayor was marked by a series of odd incidents, several of which are alleged to have involved the consumption of large quantities of the demon drink. This incident was probably the lowlight of his brief political career.
That candidates such as Andrew Williams can enter Parliament by way of the party list is a major failing of MMP, and that is why we are voting for change. If you are considering a party vote for New Zealand First, even as a protest, we merely ask you to be careful what you wish for.
NOTE: The NZ First list can be viewed here.