Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Via The Standard, it seems that National has once again been careless in its choice of candidate for Northland:

National’s Mark Osborne is refusing to comment on his role as general manager of the controversial $15 million Te Ahu centre, which is now the subject of a governance and funding review by the Far North District Council.


NBR ONLINE has been attempting to contact Mr Osborne since March 10 to discuss the centre but he has not replied to phone messages. Mr Osborne has passed on all enquiries to National’s spin doctor Clark Hennessy, who won’t allow the National candidate be interviewed before the by-election.

The centre lost $185,000 in 2013, and another $523,000 in 2014. That's a lot of money for local government, and the people of Northland deserve some answers about what happened to it. Those answers are obviously relevant to Osborne's ability to be an effective MP, and its incumbent on him to give them before people vote.