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So who in New Zealand stood up to condemn intolerance and hate?

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Credit where credit is due. We do have in New Zealand groups willing to stand up and be counted and they deserve recognition. Below are the political parties and groups who responded to our article and video of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

The Human Rights Commission says an Auckland man’s speeches condemning Jewish people are appalling and have no place in New Zealand…

“This kind of intolerance is not welcome here in any form: Prejudice against Jewish people has no place in New Zealand.”

…We have asked for an urgent response from FIANZ.”

The Human Rights Commission


The Administration Council of the Islamic Women’s Council would like to respond to the video containing clips of speeches posted online by Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

Firstly, regarding the comments directed towards Jewish people, these are totally inappropriate and we unequivocally condemn any divisive comments of a similar nature.

… We regularly extend our hand in friendship to the Jewish community in New Zealand, and will continue to do so.

IWCNZ is particularly sensitive to the views represented by the comments towards women. The approach shown is a religious misinterpretation, in our opinion, and we are disappointed that certain religious leaders may encourage this damaging rhetoric.

-Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand


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ACT: David’s Dilemma [UPDATED]

This morning, I ran a story suggesting ACT’s performance through David Seymour this year is noticeably less impressive than last year.

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A number of Whaleoil commenters disagreed with me, and this appears to have spurred Mr Seymour on to send the following email:

From: David Seymour <[email protected]>
Date: 22 November 2016
Subject: Comedy
To: “[email protected]” <[email protected]>

Based on the comments and their popularity it looks like your readers agree that you are getting old or need a humour transplant. If you were following closely you’d see that my last two parliamentary questions led to news stories, how many MPs are you aware of who achieve that? What about this speech in defense of PSKH http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/46076 ? And so it goes on.

Kind regards

David Seymour
MP for Epsom, Leader ACT New Zealand

David clearly wanted me to react, so for a while I decided to not give him the pleasure.   But after a while I realised there was an object lesson going begging.

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Would someone please tell the kiddies in Seymour’s office to put down the crayons

With each passing day, David Seymour is becoming more and more a laughing stock with his ludicrous suggestions and flippant utterings.

His latest stunt to propose we create the United States of New Zealand.

Local government needs to be given freedom from central government interference, combined with clearer accountability to voters, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of the New Zealand Initiative’s latest report on localism.

The report summarises its idea as “setting clear roles for each tier of government, with limits on the ability of either party to act beyond these limits”.

“Central government meddling in local affairs has resulted in central and local authorities blaming each other for every second problem. This buck-passing has left voters unable to effectively hold either authority to account,” says Mr Seymour.

“If a local council wants to make its own rules around a local issue, the government needs to drop its own meddling in that subject. This way, if things go wrong, it’s clear who voters should hold to account.   Read more »

Random Impertinent Questions for Phil Goff

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While the “independent” candidate for Auckland’s mayoralty is busily having the Labour party deliver his leaflets and campaign with him I thought it might be timely to ask Phil Goff a number of impertinent questions.

When Richard Prebble left the leadership of the Act party in 2004 it seems there was a mad scramble to find a replacement.

A very well connected messenger was dispatched to Wellington to meet with a certain Labour party MP to consider taking over the leadership of the Act party.

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EXCLUSIVE: David Seymour’s thoughts on Islamic Immigration

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With overseas terror attacks and mass migration of un-vetted refugees into Europe, many people are concerned about the connection between Islam and terrorism, along with the social unrest that can accompany large-scale migration.  While New Zealand has been relatively insulated it would be incredibly naive to think we are immune to the challenges faced by Europe and the US.

Too often, the left labels those raising concerns as racists or bigots – a cynical attempt to shut down debate through name calling. Debating the ideas and beliefs of any religion shouldn’t be forbidden and the practical difficulties of integration, especially where there is a clash of values, should be openly discussed.

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Why elect a National government that taxes and spends like a Labour one?

On Facebook, David Seymour asks why we should elect a National government that taxes and spends like a Labour one.  In order to hold onto power and to gain the middle vote,  John Key has been unashamed to keep old labour policies and to steal new labour policies. What really is there left in National to differentiate it from the Labour Party?  There are charter schools but that is an Act policy. I think National has lost sight of its Conservative roots.

The National Party has quit hiding its socialist streak – it’s now boasting about it.

When Steven Joyce literally puts out press releases (see below) boasting about increased income redistribution, it’s easy to see why National needs ACT to put the right back into centre-right.

With Bill English safely overseas, Steven Joyce announced that the top 10 per cent of households now pay 37.7 per cent of taxes – more than when National were accusing the opposition of ‘communism by stealth’. Are taxpayers meant to think this is a good thing?

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Why are Maori doing so well in Partnership schools compared to the National Average?

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Official targets for Maori primary pupils are likely to be missed by as much as 20 per cent in some cases.

The Ministry of Education has published its four-year plan, including five indicators that it says provide a “litmus test” of its progress in lifting student achievement.

At the primary school level, the official target is to have 85 per cent of Maori students at or above the national standard in reading, writing and mathematics next year.

The most recent Maori results available from 2014 show that will be missed by a considerable margin.

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The National government set a very ambitious target for improving Maori achievement. While they are no where near  achieving their goal of 85% in traditional state schools some Partnership schools are making significant progress. The Partnership schools of course are an Act Party initiative so it is Act that Maori can thank for the improvement. The Maori Party and the Maori community in fact are very supportive of Act’s initiative which is no surprise given the results.

Just look at the difference when you view Vanguard Military School’s results.

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Requirement for a 40% deposit will mean higher rents

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From September 1st this year the Reserve Bank is going to put limits on how much investors can borrow. Their goal is to slow down the property market. They think that by preventing investors as well as owner occupiers from buying as many houses as they were able to before, they will achieve their goal. Loans to construct new buildings will be exempt.

* No more than 5 per cent of bank lending to residential property investors across New Zealand would be permitted with an LVR (loan-to-value ratio) of greater than 60 per cent (ie a deposit of less than 40 per cent).

* No more than 10 per cent of lending to owner-occupiers across New Zealand would be permitted with an LVR of greater than 80 per cent (ie a deposit of less than 20 per cent).

-Stuff

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Question seven: If ACT, NZ First or National made strong changes to immigration policy that you liked, would that be enough to retain or gain your vote next election?

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My motivation for creating a survey on immigration was to get an accurate snapshot of what a  Conservative/ Libertarian voter  thinks about immigration in New Zealand. I wanted this snap shot  primarily for David Seymour  as he commented that the small changes Act had proposed for immigration did not gain any support from this blog and resulted in a lot of negativity from the media.

Winston Peters of course has always been vocal about immigration, I hope this survey gives him some insight on what our real concerns about immigration are. Are we anti-immigration? Or do we think immigration is a good thing?

John Key likes to implement policies that will be popular with voters so he too should find this survey useful.I think he will be surprised at what it shows.

Due to our large audience we easily surveyed over one thousand voters in less than a day. This survey is not of the general population but of a specific conservative/libertarian audience. I gave two yes options and two no options for every  question.

Here are the results for question seven: If the Act Party, NZ First or the National Party made strong changes to immigration that you liked would that be a policy popular enough to retain or gain your vote next election?

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How do our political parties’ immigration policies compare?

Immigration policies from all conservative political parties are listed below with links to their policy details at the end. I have also included non-conservative parties so that you can compare.

To help with this process I have summarised their policies. It is interesting to me that the Green party have much harsher guidelines and rules for migrants who bring money to New Zealand than they do for migrants who bring nothing but themselves. ACT on the other hand want to encourage migrant investors as do National. Surprisingly though, National have no policy details regarding NZ values/culture, citizenship, residency or NZ laws with regard to migrants.

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