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Your money, his campaign

It’s hard to fundraise when you spend all your time and money on your mates Jim, Jack and Johnnie. That’s something Winston Peters must know all too well.

So when you’re tits at fundraising and your party faithful couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery, it’s little time before schemes are hatched to run a campaign on the cheap on the taxpayer.

It looks as though the wily old fox has been forced to show his hand after a bit of sniffing about by the Taxpayers Union. Winston’s baggage boy, Api Dawson, has been based up in Northland for some time, but only on Wednesday did you and I taxpayer, stop paying for him.

“NZ First leader Winston Peters has rejected claims a member of his Northland campaign team is being funded by the taxpayer.

Questions were raised by the Taxpayers’ Union that parliamentary staffer Api Dawson was carrying out campaign work on Peters’ “Force for the North” bus tour of Northland.

Peters is standing in the Northland by-election – a seat left vacant by the sudden resignation of former National MP Mike Sabin, due to personal reasons.

Peters has confirmed Dawson is managing his campaign, but has taken annual leave from his Parliamentary Service role to do so. After questioning yesterday, Peters confirmed Dawson’s leave kicked in from midday on Wednesday. If Dawson was carrying out any campaign functions in Northland before that date, the party would have breached rules that stipulate Parliamentary Service staff should not engage in party campaigning, membership or fund raising activities.

A photo of Dawson and NZ First MP Pita Paraone standing outside Peters’ campaign bus was posted to Paraone’s page, the Taxpayers’ Union said. A search late yesterday appeared to suggest the picture had been removed. It is not clear when it was originally posted.    Read more »

Is denying someone a death wrong?

The architect of voluntary euthanasia legislation in Holland is touring New Zealand saying if life is a gift from God then it may be returned by the owner.

Dr Rob Jonquiere has spoken at several gatherings over the past two weeks on a speaking tour about the right to choose death in the end stages of incurable and painful illnessIn Whangarei, Dr Jonquiere was challenged as having “dubious ethics” and being “a murderer” for helping patients die at their request.

When one person declared life to be “God’s sacred gift” the doctor was applauded when he agreed “that life is indeed a gift and that a gift may be graciously returned with thanks”.

“Medically assisted dying completes the continuum of end-of-life care,” Dr Jonquiere.

He said people made choices throughout their adult lives – whom to marry, where to live and work, how to raise children, etc.

“Why can’t we choose to die when the alternative is a living death?”

A living death, which oftentimes is a living hell.   Read more »



Late game for ‘us’, starting at 7:30pm.

What worries me more is tomorrow’s SA v PAK game.  It is in real danger of being rained off or not even making it to a 20 over game.   I haven’t worked it out, but a point each will probably change the dynamics of who meets who where in the quarters.

New Zealand games have been unaffected by weather so far.  Will be a pity to see this one decided by Metservice.

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