International convention centre – yeah right


While Steve Joyce and SkyCity battle over how many columns there’ll be at the convention centre, some tricky questions need to be asked about precisely how large the ‘international size and standard’ convention centre is going to be.

When the SkyCity deal was first announced the public were promised a convention centre that could hold between 3,500 and 5,000 delegates. But the plans they’ve filed with the Auckland Council are only half that size.   Read more »

Will Prof Haworth deliver on fundraising?

Everyone knows that the Labour Party is flat broke, and they haven’t had a decent fundraiser since Mike “Fat Tony” Williams retired.

At least they are now recognising that Andrew Little, Moira Coatesworth and Tim Barnett were worse than useless at fundraising.

Prof Haworth, who has worked as a union president and sat on the Ports of Auckland board, replaces Moira Coatsworth, who stood down in December following Labour’s election defeat.

He said Labour had been much too introverted and focussed on its own constitutional and other matters in the three years running up to last year’s election.

Fundraising also needed to be improved, he told the New Zealand Herald.
Labour spent half as much as National on last year’s election campaign and was out-spent by the Greens for the first time. Read more »

Stuart Nash wins the Money Primary

money in your back pocket

The NZ Herald says that Napier MP Stuart Nash was the best fundraiser in NZ after Hone Harawira, and Nash didn’t drop his pants and bend over to a single donor like Harawira did.

New Labour MP Stuart Nash was bankrolled to the tune of $4000 a month by political backers for more than a year leading up to last year’s general election. Read more »

Guest Post: Bryce Edwards has an agenda


via ODT


I’m not usually one to call out political commentators, but the disingenuous line run over the weekend by Otago University Political Professor Bryce Edwards regarding electoral finance is disgraceful and should be corrected.

On the front page of Saturday’s Weekend Herald, under a story headlined “Loophole: Nat Donors Stay Secret” Mr Edwards uses the term “laundering” to describe the process of the National Party giving large donations from the central party coffers to particular candidates just before the election.   Read more »

Hone got the money but he kept most of it in his pocket

Hone - At The Trough

In his return to the Electoral Commission Mr Harawira declared he received $105,000 in donations and spent just under $23,000.

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Mental Health Break

Can Matt Nippert count?


Herald reporter Matt Nippert seems to be completely unable to count. He makes the following statement.

Mr Nash won the Napier seat off National, in part helped by the Conservative Party’s Garth McVicar splitting the vote, and was talked about as a possible candidate to replace David Cunliffe as party leader.

So Matt Nippert hasn’t done any analysis on the seat of Napier. None at all, or he wouldn’t make this silly statement. Nash won and would have won regardless of whether McVicar ran.  Read more »

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John Key expects our terror level threat to rise


At some point we’re going to cop one in the gonads by an in-country nutbar

Last week Key announced 143 troops would be sent to train the Iraqi army in an attempt to combat the spread of the Islamic State (Isis) group.

But Key said this morning that any increased security threat domestically would come as a result of more New Zealanders being on a government security watch list.

In November, Key said 30-40 people were on a watch list because of their involvement with or support of Isis, and another 30-40 required further investigation. Read more »

Should Labour pull up lame in the Northland by-election?

Barry Soper thinks so

The next month will see Luigi Peters doing what he likes to do best, spending quite a lot of time at his bach in the Hokianga. It’ll become the headquarters of his campaign to win the blue ribbon seat of Northland.

He was born there almost 70 years ago and when it’s put to him that he’s surely a bit long in the tooth to be out running in the by election, the pearly whites are flashed and he tells you he’s got a full set of them and they’re all his own.

In fact Luigi cut his political teeth in Northland when, 40 years ago, he unsuccessfully stood for National in the Northern Maori seat. That’s when he believed in the Maori seats, it’s also when he believed in the National Party.

But 40 years is a long time in politics and now he believes in his own party which essentially means he believes in himself and he’s backing himself to severe the Tory’s 45 year stranglehold on the electorate which has come up for grabs since Mike Sabin suddenly quit the seat after it was revealed he was being investigated by the cops. Read more »