Chch NZ First MPs score low
NZ First's two Christchurch MPs are among the country's most anonymous politicians, an online review of Opposition MPs shows.
Right-wing website Kiwiblog used a range of statistics to rank the profile of Opposition MPs.
The rankings were based on the number of press releases issued by an MP, how many news stories were written about them and the number of parliamentary written questions they asked.
Waimakariri list MP Richard Prosser and Port Hills list MP Denis O'Rourke were in the bottom five for the third quarter of 2012.
Prosser issued three press releases, had two stories written about him and did not ask any written questions during the three-month period.
O'Rourke issued one press release, had four stories written about him and also failed to ask any written questions. The three top Opposition MPs were Labour leader David Shearer, NZ First leader Winston Peters and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.
Prosser said he was not concerned about the assessment of his work and did "not hold a lot of stead with what goes on in the blogosphere".
He had a wide range of responsibilities within NZ First and did not see the point in "tying up resources" with too many questions and press releases.
"If you're going to ask questions of ministers and put out press releases, I believe you're better off doing stuff that's relevant than just doing stuff to make noise," he said.
O'Rourke said the rankings failed to account for the number of meetings he attended for his party portfolios and the private member's bills he was working on.
"It's too superficial to take into account. It isn't worth the paper it's written on really."
List MPs were "there to support the team", and he was backed by his colleagues.
Kiwiblog author David Farrar noted that the rankings assessed how much work MPs were producing, rather than the quality of the work.
A similar ranking of ministers put Prime Minister John Key, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English in the top three spots.
Women's Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew, Trade Minister Tim Groser and Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson occupied the bottom three places.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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