Andrew Little

So Little visits our troops in Iraq to see how the people he doesn’t want to be there are doing

You’ve got to love the hypocrisy and sanctimony of Andrew Little.

Invited on a ministerial tour to our troops in Iraq he somehow manages to get the Media party to call it his secret trip. Never mind that it was Gerry Brownlee’s trip or that Mark Mitchell went as well…no, for the Media party it was Andrew Little’s secret trip to Iraq.

Labour leader Andrew Little has made a top secret visit to Iraq to visit New Zealand troops based at Camp Taji and is now questioning whether the two-year term will be extended.

Mr Little has just left Iraq after Camp Taji with Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Chief of Defence Force Tim Keating.

Labour opposed the 2015 deployment of troops to help train Iraqi soldiers fight against Islamic State (Isis), but Mr Little said he accepted the invitation from Mr Brownlee because he believed it was important to see first hand the work of the troops and the conditions in which they lived.

Mr Little praised the “skill and professionalism” of the troops he met.   Read more »

Yesterday, the Labour Party declared some of us live in slums

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Before I even address the issue of slums, why is it that the Labour Party strategy is to go for excessive hyperbole? It just polarises people straight away. How many years before they understand that more new votes lie in the middle, not on the far left?

That aside, slums.

India has over 40,000 slums housing about 10 million people.  With few exceptions, these slum homes feature:

  • NO electricity
  • NO in-home toilet
  • NO in-home shower
  • NO gas to cook on
  • NO potable water from a tap
  • NO facility to do laundry

and its inhabitants receive:

  • NO government provided welfare.

Let’s compare that New Zealand slum homes, that feature:  Read more »

Labour: every day a different crisis

Reshuffle? Got to try something, I suppose

Reshuffle? Got to try something, I suppose

It appears we’re now back to tertiary education making financial slaves of our young people.

Labour party leader Andrew Little said the CPI statistics from the March quarter showed the cost of tertiary and other post-school education has risen at 2.9 percent, while inflation was 0.4 percent.

The National government has put tertiary education out of the reach of many, and is locking families into generations of poverty, Mr Little said. Read more »

Maybe Andrew Little can send our curry chefs to England

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David and Samantha Cameron enjoy a curry. They tucked into chicken korai and saag paneer at Manchester’s Saffron Lounge during the Conservative party conference in October – it wasn’t quite as spicy as the chilli-hot specials they ordered at the Paprika Indian restaurant in Birmingham the previous year.

The prime minister even pledged to protect the struggling £4.2bn curry industry, which employs 100,000 people, at the British Curry awards in 2013. He said he would “get the skilled Asian chefs you need” to the UK, while the home secretary, Theresa May, has admitted that curry chefs are a shortage occupation. Read more »

Rodney Hide analyses Labour’s Hagaman hit

Little alleges Hagaman’s $101,000 donation to National at the last election and his company Scenic Hotel Group winning the contract to manage the Matavai Resort on Niue “stinks to high heaven”, made worse by the Government spending $7.5 million to upgrade the resort.

But the Hagaman donation was correctly registered and made public, as the law requires. There was nothing underhand or secret.

The resort is not the Hagamans’. It is owned by the Niue Tourism Property Trust on behalf of the Government of Niue.

The Government did the resort’s development to boost tourism to Niue, which has doubled. The project is regarded as a success. The development benefits the Niue Government and people, not Scenic Hotel or the Hagamans. […]

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A closer look at Little’s Scenic Circle ineptitude

The accusation:

The “smoking gun” so far looks something like this – 87-year-old businessman, Earl Hagaman, made a sizeable donation to the National Party and the hotel group he founded subsequently won a Government contract in Niue to run the Island’s biggest hotel.

Labour is calling for an Auditor General’s inquiry and leader Andrew Little claims something “stinks to high heaven” about the way money “earmarked as aid” for Niue “has instead been given to upgrade a resort run by a National Party donor”.

Little then goes on to finger McCully by suggesting the group which decided the contract were the foreign minister’s hand picked appointees.

Little deliberately plants a few seeds with this statement; firstly, that money intended for traditional aid (presumably he means crops, humanitarian relief or medical supplies etc) was instead diverted to a luxury resort. And second, that there may be something dodgy about Government appointees deciding the contract.

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Builders and Wreckers: Key and Little

Last week could not have provided a more obvious contrast between the choice that voters face.  Key worked hard to earn money for us all by charming the pants off existing and new trading partners in China. Little, on the other hand, ran smear after smear.

Prime Minister John Key is due to arrive back from his trip to China [today], but it is already being hailed as a success in terms of trade.

China looks likely to allow New Zealand chilled meat into its market, opening up valuable trade opportunities.

It could be worth hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars to our economy. Experts say exporting chilled meat to China will open a whole new market.

On his last day of a week-long visit to China, Mr Key said the first shipments could be on the way within a couple of months.

That’s a huge win for beef and lamb farmers. Read more »

Andrew Little attracts Jew haters to his social media page

It appears Andrew Little has lost more support due to visiting a Jewish Community Centre.

After Mr Little posted about his visit to the Jewish Community Centre in Auckland this week it prompted a spate of other Facebook users to comment, including one who said “they didn’t learn much from the Holocaust in the way they’re treating Palestinians … shame on them”.

When another user challenged whether all Jewish people should be blamed for Israel’s actions, the first replied “death to them all” followed by an obscenity.

The comments have been slated by Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy and have since been deleted by Labour, which says in a comment below the post: “We condemn the anti-semitic comments posted on this photo and are actively removing any hateful comments.”

Mr Little said as soon as his staff became aware of it, they began to remove the comments.

They would continue to monitor the page. “We do not tolerate hate speech.”

Labour’s move to remove the comments was also criticised on his page – one person wrote, “if anyone sides with Palestine you delete it? Gutless racist National lite”.

Although I’d love to get stuck into Andrew Little at any opportunity, this is really about the feral underclass that inhabits the Internet.   Read more »

Lesson for business: Don’t bother praising Labour, ever. They’ll shit all over you

In 2007, Scenic Circle’s Earl Hagaman couldn’t say a bad word about the Labour Government

The chairman of New Zealand’s largest independently owned and operated hotel group says the hospitality industry has a significant opportunity, and a responsibility, to make a commitment to the Buy Kiwi Made campaign.

Scenic Circle Hotels’ Earl Hagaman says with over 2.4 million visitors to our shores each year, and Kiwis making 15 million overnight trips domestically*, the hospitality industry at all levels should be seeking to expose visitors to more New Zealand made products. “We’ve got every reason to pick up the flag and run with it, so to speak.

Guests come here for a New Zealand experience, and that’s not limited to seeing the sights and observing the culture. Hotels, for example, can enhance guests’ experiences by providing quality New Zealand made beds and bedding for guests to sleep in, natural New Zealand made bathroom supplies to use during their stay, quality New Zealand wool carpets to walk on, and a wide selection of New Zealand food and beverages that showcases what is produced here.

“We aren’t really interested in hosting international guests and showing them what they already may see, use, eat or drink in their home country. Even for Kiwis travelling domestically, hotel restaurants have an opportunity to focus on regional produce and wines, and we can promote other products that guests can buy themselves at home.” Read more »

Little facing lawsuit after smearing Hagamans

Andrew Little is no stranger to defamation. He settled with Judith Collins after smearing her and now he may face another action over one of his nasty smears.

Scenic Hotel Group founders Earl and Lani Hagaman are considering legal action over Labour leader Andrew Little’s claims about the timing of a donation from Mr Hagaman to the National Party a month before the hotel group was awarded a contract in Niue.

The $101,000 donation was made on 18 September, the last week of the election campaign in 2014. A month later Scenic Hotels won a contract to manage the Matavai Hotel on Niue, which is owned by a trust appointed by Foreign Minister Murray McCully on behalf of the Niue Government.

Mr Little said the timing “stinks to high heaven” and wrote to the Auditor General last week asking for an investigation into the donation and the handling of the contract, which was signed between Scenic Hotel Group and the hotel board in October 2014.

The Auditor General is yet to decide whether to investigate but in a statement, the Hagamans said they would welcome an investigation from the Auditor General and would cooperate fully.

Lani Hagaman said the management contract for Matavai Resort Niue was gained by Scenic Hotel Group in an open and contestable process against other hotel groups.

The couple were also considering other legal options to address Mr Little’s attack.

“I can assure the public that for us the only thing that will ‘stink to the high heavens’ will be smell of roses which blossom from the fertiliser Andrew Little likes to spread around to gain his own notoriety.”

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