It seems Denise Roche isn’t wanted anywhere. After last election’s poor showing in Auckland Central she’s decided not to stand for an electorate seat. Desperate to be noticed, it appears she tried to gatecrash a political gathering of environmental groups in Kingsland at the weekend only to be kicked out. The Herald reports:
MPs were today asked to leave the non-partisan launch of a campaign to make voters conscious of climate change.
Hardly non-partisan when you consider who the organisers were.
Climate Voter was launched at in Auckland this afternoon, and Green MP Denise Roche was denied entry to the event.
So they want people to join who are incapable of making up their own minds and have to be told how to vote?
Ms Roche said Climate Voter organisers "made it quite clear" they didn't want her or other MPs at the launch.
Well, not quite. I see from the article that a Labour MP was a speaker. Roche must have thought she’d be on friendly turf.
"I popped in and they said I'm not keen to have you there, so I turned around and left.
If she didn’t want to intrude what was she doing there in the first place? She must have thought she’s be welcomed with open arms given the organisers of the meeting are all on the extreme left of the political spectrum. “It is a collaboration between Forest & Bird, WWF, 350 Aotearoa, Generation Zero, Oxfam and Greenpeace.” Why, not two minutes ago her partner John Stansfield was employed by Oxfam.
After being kicked out, Ms Roche carried on door-knocking in Kingsland.
I’m surprised they didn’t let Roche in. The organisers are exactly the sort of supporters she has on Waiheke who doubtless alerted her to the meeting and were in attendance which is why she was there. It must have come as a shock to be rejected by your friends.
Maybe even they are beginning to realise she’s an under performer and not the real environmentalist she likes to portray; just another old trade union has-been looking for an easy living at the taxpayer's expense.