Andrew Williams

The difference between a leak and a hack: A preview of the NZ First list?

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This via the Tipline:

Andrew Williams has been given number 13 on the NZ First list.

He is fuming. Ron Mark has been offered 9 and also feels insulted.

The only winners are Tracey Martin and her supporters.

No one expects NZ First to get more than 6 MPs and it’s an open secret
that Winston’s liver can’t take much more.

If they get back in, Tracey will be leader within 18 months.

Let’s see how good this leaker is when the NZ First list gets published.

 

- Hacked from our own inbox

 

Winston Peters appoints his successor at the cost of drunk TXTing menace

New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams is set to be dumped to an unelectable position on the party list, with former MP Ron Mark set to rejoin the party.

Stuff understands a draft copy of the NZ First list, determined by the party’s selection committee on the weekend, has Williams ranked at 13, and Mark ranked at 9.

Williams was ranked 3rd on the party list in the 2011 election.

NZ First would need to get over 10 per cent on election night for Williams to return to Parliament.

The latest Stuff/Ipsos poll had the party on 3.4 per cent.

Williams was elected to Parliament as a list MP in the 2011 election.

He was formerly mayor of North Shore City.

I never quite understood what Winston saw in him.  The man is truly devoid of any useful qualities.  Unless you’re a tree.   Read more »

Labour already tried that Winston, wasn’t a winner

Winston Peters is channelling Labour with his silly GST suggestions.

Removing GST from food never worked for Labour, despite them claiming that was a game changer policy.

NZ First has announced a plan to remove GST from food, as part of several policies announced at its party conference.

Leader Winston Peters also said the party wanted GST removed from rates on residential property calling it a “tax on tax deceit”.

“This bold policy aims at the heart of the inequality undermining our society,” Peters said.

Labour had a policy of removing GST from fresh fruit and vegetables going into the 2011 election but it has since been dropped by the party. Last week Peters accused the Conservative Party of plagiarism because it believed the party was lifting its policies.

Peters said the policy was estimated to cost $3 billion a year, and would be funded by a clamp down on “tax evasion and the black economy”, which it estimated to cost $7 billion a year, and what Peters said was “drawing on the projected surplus of billions in the years ahead that result from running a sound economy”.

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Is Winston First dead on its feet?

Tracy Watkins seems to think so in her article in the Dompost.

She is alone in the gallery in thinking Winston’s time is over, a smart observation, but one that will ignored by the lazier members of the gallery who hold onto the hope that there is one last hurrah in the old not so wily dog. I think 4 months will be sufficient time for Tracy Watkins to be proved right.

Anyone who kids themselves that there is life after Winston Peters for NZ First only had to watch the party floundering in the absence of its leader this week.

Frantically trying to head off an attack by their former colleague, expunged NZ Firster Brendan Horan, Peters’ front bench achieved the seemingly impossible feat of making Horan look good by comparison.

They were clueless in the face of Horan’s determination to extract utu from his former party by tabling documents he claimed showed improper use of the taxpayer funded leader’s fund.

Whether the documents do show what Horan claims remains to be seen; the Speaker is investigating although the explanation offered by Peters suggests the spending complies with the rules. But we know from long experience that politicians have a collective interest in not inquiring too deeply into the use of leaders’ funds.

There is certainly no reason to be confident that they have cleaned up their act since an Audit Office inquiry several years ago found most parties treated it as a slush fund for party political activities. (NZ First was one of the parties pinged for unlawful spending to the tune of $158,000).

Regardless of the ins and outs of Horan’s allegations, however, one thing seems clear: Horan is hellbent on using his last remaining months in Parliament to try to take Peters and the rest of NZ First down with him.

Even if he succeeds he will only be hastening by a few years what increasingly seems inevitable.

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The Huddle

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I was on Larry Williams show The Huddle last night, along with Josie Pagani.

Our topics were:

First up we’ve got Dotcom alluding to a sitting MP – with an electorate – coming to his party. Well what party? There’s been no formal registration of the Internet party, no candidate and no policies and he expects us all to join up? For what? As for the ridiculous pairing up of Hone and Fatty – what a joke. I’m not sure the grass roots Hone supporters are going to be impressed….and I think he’s being politically naive if he thinks this is going to help in some way. It’s interesting to see who’s lining up to take the fraudsters money and sell their political souls. It may well bite them on the back side though. He could well be extradited between now and the election, so it could be a case of backing the wrong horse! (Hippo!)  Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I am on Larry Williams show The Huddle tonight, along with Josie Pagani.

Our topics will be:

First up we’ve got Dotcom alluding to a sitting MP – with an electorate – coming to his party. Well what party? There’s been no formal registration of the Internet party, no candidate and no policies and he expects us all to join up? For what? As for the ridiculous pairing up of Hone and Fatty – what a joke. I’m not sure the grass roots Hone supporters are going to be impressed….and I think he’s being politically naive if he thinks this is going to help in some way. It’s interesting to see who’s lining up to take the fraudsters money and sell their political souls. It may well bite them on the back side though. He could well be extradited between now and the election, so it could be a case of backing the wrong horse! (Hippo!)   Read more »

Clown of Campbells Bay accused of bullying staff

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Clown of Campbells Bay, Andrew Williams, accused of bullying staff

I knew he couldn’t last a term without some sort of scandal.

Andrew Williams is making headlines again, and once again for all the wrong reasons.

The man is unfit for public office, his long list of embarrassments preclude that. Fortunately for him MMP allows unelectable people to sneak into parliament via the list.

Two female New Zealand First employees have received payouts after being “bullied” out of their jobs by MP Andrew Williams.

Williams is understood to have sent abusive late-night texts and emails to former executive assistant Rebecca Papprill, who worked for him in Parliament.

Williams also locked party worker Karen Potter out of a NZ First office on Auckland’s North Shore.

Both women are understood to have complained to the Parliamentary Service and received confidential settlements after mediation.  Read more »

The Clown of Campbells Bay is in awe of Len Brown’s time management

clownIn another award winning piece, the Herald’s gurnard writes:

One of the most puzzling aspects of the Len Brown scandal is when he found time to cheat on his wife, says former North Shore City mayor-turned-MP Andrew Williams.   Read more »

A day of sledges

Nick Smith, under the cosh for his meddling at DoC, still managed to put a good hit on Andrew Williams (6:00), who really should not talk about pants down behaviour.

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NZ’s dodgiest LBP Nominee – Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin - Blenheim Ratbag

Aaron Goodwin – Blenheim Ratbag

The nominees are flowing in thick and fast. It seems there are a lot of ratbags and troughers out there.

I may have to post several a day until ballots are posted, then issue an award.

Here is a dodgy ratbag Blenheim.

Aaron Goodwin is running for council in Blenheim. Blenheim is a nice place that doesn’t deserve a drug using diesel thief on its council. He also changes his mind.

Mr Goodwin, 21, told Fairfax on Friday he had decided about a fortnight ago not to stand for the council because of troubles with his health and family. “I’m not really sure I can be committed to the campaign. It’s a bit of a stressful time at the moment.

Stressful time means getting busted stealing diesel.

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