Reading the morning papers I see both Phil Goff and Annette King intend to see out their terms as local MPs. That's, I guess, fair enough but they should step down as local MPs too for the good of the party. After all, Goff and King should take a lot of the blame for Labour's disgraceful list. The list that has turfed out three of their best young MPs (Carmel Sepuloni, Stuart Nash and Kelvin Davis) and some of their best old MPs (Steve Chadwick, Rick Barker). Instead the list protected useless nobody deadwood MPs like Darien Fenton. Darien who you say? exactly.
In my opinion King should stand down and hand Rongotai to Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle. Eagle is widely known and well liked in Wellington, especially in Labour circles, and would strengthen the weakened brown guard in Labour. Unlike many in Labour, Eagle isn't a career politician. Sure, he's a Councillor but this is his first term and he hasn't come out of the Labour Party Parliamentary Office or from Fraser House (Labour's headquarters). Eagle is the rep for the southern ward which is Rongotai so no issue with him not being a local.
In Mt Roskill it's a little harder. I think it's a crime that Nash is no longer in Parliament. Maybe Labour could parachute Nash into the seat if Goff decided to stand down. What about Michael Wood? Hell, even Carmel Sepuloni. Labour are spoilt for choice in the seat if Goff does the right thing and resigns as an MP.