MPs react to rankings

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean

Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew has retained her midway ranking in the annual "roll call" by political newsletter Trans Tasman, while Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is slowly climbing.

The judges ranked Mrs Goodhew 5 out of 10, on par with last year, in the annual rankings.

They said she had not made any gaffes but her portfolios of the Community and Voluntary Sector, Senior Citizens, Women's Affairs and Associate Health Minister, were "not the most testing".

Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew
Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew

"Critics say not enough has been done to tackle the pay gender gap, but she does not really have the levers to make much of a difference."

Mrs Dean moved up from 3 to 4 out of 10, her first increase in six years, with commentators noting she worked hard in her electorate, chaired the law and order select committee and was a good speaker in parliament.

"Will be hoping for promotion, but there could be better candidates."

Mrs Goodhew said her results were "steady as she goes".

"I've got a lot of increased responsibility this year and actually getting on and doing the job is what it's about. I think that's pretty much what I've achieved.

"The gender gap itself is always contentious . . . [and] actually that's gone from 9.6 per cent to 9.3 per cent. There is still a gap so it's going in the right direction . . . there's still plenty of work to do in that respect."

Mrs Dean was pleased her electorate work had been recognised.

She was "of course" hoping for a promotion.

"You've got to be ambitious to succeed at anything."

She had been promoted to the position of chair of the law and order select committee, "which is really challenging and we are putting through some pretty significant pieces of legislation."

It was good to have her work recognised, she said.

The Timaru Herald