One Labour MP got 1/6th of all the funds raised

… Labour MP Stuart Nash was the … biggest recipient of donations, declaring he received $99,000 last year.

He said that was the key to his success in winning the Napier electorate – and in being the only candidate to win a seat back from National.

“The majority of the money actually went on full page ads in our community weekly and Napier mail,” he said.

Mr Nash said money was not the only thing needed to run a successful campaign but it was incredibly important.

“Would I have won without that level of money and level of support? Possibly. But this certainly made it a lot easier because we were able to build a profile.”

In total, Labour’s 71 candidates raised just over $604,000 in donations – less than half that of National’s candidates.

71 candidates got $604,000 – about $8500 on average.  Or, if you take Nash’s lot out and divide by 70… $7214 per candidate.   That’s just really, really sad.   No wonder they’re all looking at Nash and going “what the hell?”.   Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union do what Labour can’t


The Taxpayers’ Union have landed a beauty, with this morning’s Herald covering their exposure of a IT screw up that’s set to cost taxpayers four times Novopay.

How the hell Labour didn’t pick up on this first I’ve got no idea.

The TU press statement says:

“The latest tax bill introduced to Parliament last week proposes that a number of child support measures enacted in 2013 be repealed because of this cost blowout.  The original cost estimate to implement the 2013 reform was $30 million. That’s now $210 million. The cost of the U-turn is forecast to cost at least $163 million.”

“$163 million is an extraordinary cost, more than $100 for every New Zealand household. Not a single dollar of that amount goes to vulnerable kids or struggling families.”

“The officials say that the majority of the higher cost is the depreciation and capital charge associated with the capital expenditure. That’s bureaucratic code for an IT cost blow out.”

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Concrete Cancer Cover-up, Ctd – Did Nick Smith mislead parliament?

The concrete cancer cover-up fiasco affecting New Zealand’s $400 million concrete sector has taken another turn with the Minister for Building and Housing Nick Smith now looking like having misled Parliament.

Under questioning from Winston Peters, the Minister for Building  and Housing Nick Smith initially covered off his statements by saying that “I have been assured by officials”.

But Ministers have to satisfy themselves that the answers they’re getting from officials are right – otherwise they get caught out.

So when Nick Smith gets cocky and thinks he knows best, he gets held to account.


Sources inside the industry have told Whaleoil of  a ‘WTF’ moment when they heard Nick Smith say this, and are now asking who is advising the Minister on this issue.

If he was getting good advice, he would not have told Parliament that “high alkali cement is allowed under New Zealand cement standard” – a statement that is likely to come back to haunt Nick Smith for the simple reason it is just wrong.   Read more »

Apparently all of you are “nutjobs and losers”

The Rural News column “The Hound” thinks all of the readers of this site are “nutjobs and losers”.

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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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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 »