David Cunliffe

Land-owners let down by politicians in kauri case

Politicians are a scary prospect at times.

We vote for them to run our cities and country and it appears that they don’t understand the law one bit.

If you’re gonna be a politician – at least get to know the laws of the land just so you don’t look like a prize goose when you mouth off about an issue or try to look like you’re doing something about it.

The Great Titirangi Kauri Tree caper has to be one of those moments when we collectively wonder just how bright our civic and national leaders are.

They all rushed out there, held meetings and expressed concern for the said tree, whilst openly stating they were trying to do something about it.

The fact is, there was and is no legal grounds on which they politicians could resolve the issue.

The Resource Consent can’t be revoked. Most likely a Judicial Review on process would fail to pass the required threshold test to succeed and so everyone was powerless to do anything at all.¬† Read more »

David Cunliffe still not wanted

Inserting himself into a situation that has nothing to do with him, Cunliffe has been talking himself up to go sit in a Kauri tree.

The man staging a protest up a 500 year old Kauri tree is telling David Cunliffe his assistance isn’t required.

The Labour MP is considering climbing the tree as well, to help the cause, and is looking into the legalities.

Michael Tavares climbed the tree under threat in Titirangi on Monday, in a bid to protect it from being felled for a housing development.

“For the sake of the tree and for the values of it I think that it’s best if as few hands and feet touch it as possible.” Read more »

The delusions of the left

Greg Presland writes at The Standard:

 I wondered about this because I have spent time in Western Samoa and Rarotonga since 2009 and I used local telecommunications to keep up with work and politics in Aotearoa.  The thought that this information has been sent to the Americans is somewhat scary.

What planet are these morons on?

He is scared that his innocuous communications as the trustee of David Cunliffe secret donation laundering fund might have been sent to the Americans? Or ringing his flea law office to see if another divorce case has walked in the door?

The man, if you can call him that is deluded.

No one, let alone the Americans are interested in his communciations.

Hells teeth, everyone knows I supported Frank Bainimarama and that I went to Fiji three times in two years to meet and understand the political situation in the land of my birth.

Did I communicate with people on the phone or internet about it?  Of course I did.

Am I worried the GCSB might have listened in and passed my brilliant political analysis of the situation in Fiji onto the Americans or shock horror to John Key? No I am not. I doubt anyone cares. ¬† Read more »

Little mishandling of wayward MPs gains no respect

via Stuff

via Stuff

Labour leader Andrew Little has been labelled “gutless” for standing down MP Carmel Sepuloni after her mother was charged with benefit fraud.

Mr Little was also defending another one of his MPs today, David Cunliffe, who was pulled over for talking on his cell-phone while driving.

[Carmel Sepuloni’s mum] Beverley Anne Sepuloni appeared in New Plymouth District Court today, facing 19 benefit fraud charges.

Her daughter is collateral damage Рthe frontbench Labour MP has been stripped of her shadow social development role by Mr Little.

National MP Judith Collins took to Twitter to criticise Little, saying: “Message to LabMPs is if anyone of your family’s in trouble, so are you. No leadership, no guts [sic].”

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Why isn’t Cunliffe stood down?

Yesterday Andrew Little stood down Carmel Sepuloni for something her mother is alleged to have done.

At the same time David Cunliffe was actually breaking the law, driving erratically and was pulled over by Police near Plimmerton.

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe has been nabbed by police for using his mobile phone while driving.

Mr Cunliffe was pulled over by police yesterday morning near Plimmerton, north of Wellington, after a complaint by a motorist who said he was driving erratically.

It was a second incident in a bad day for Labour MPs.

Party leader Andrew Little also stood Carmel Sepuloni down as social development spokesperson after learning her mother faced multiple charges of welfare fraud.

Mr Little said Ms Sepuloni told him the first she had known of the charges was when One News contacted her for comment yesterday.¬† Read more »

Why has Andrew Little stood down Sepuloni?

In a bizarre decision, one which shows signs of cracking under pressure, Andrew Little has stood down Carmel Sepuloni from her Welfare spokesperson role because her mother is on charges of benefit fraud.

The Labour Party’s welfare spokesperson has been stood down from that role following a ONE News revelation.

ONE News has discovered high-ranking MP Carmel Sepuloni’s mother, Beverley Anne Sepuloni, is due to appear in court tomorrow on benefit fraud charges. She is expected to plead to the charges tomorrow.

Carmel Sepuloni, a young rising star in Andrew Little’s Labour Party, was the party’s spokesperson on welfare – until this afternoon. One News called the Labour leader’s office just after 2pm today and by 4pm he had stood Carmel Sepuloni down.¬†He moved fast.

“We’ve agreed that she will step aside from her role as spokesperson for Social Development. There’s an obvious conflict of interest,” Mr Little says.

Mr Little decided to stand Carmel Sepuloni down after ONE News revealed the accusations against her mother.

Beverley Anne Sepuloni is due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow morning on 19 charges laid a month ago. She’s accused of claiming the sickness benefit in 2006 when she shouldn’t have. She’s also accused of applying for the disability allowance in 2008 when she shouldn’t have.

It’s alleged she claimed rent subsidies between 2003 and 2010 which she wasn’t entitled to.¬†And she’s also accused of failing to tell welfare officials – for 10-and-a-half years – that she was living with a partner.

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An interesting incident

Just been sent this from Facebook…

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If true I hope he hasn’t talked himself out of a deserved ticket.

I look forward to his explanation. ¬† Read more »

Cunliffe on Key’s Cash for Access problem

Mr Key has been forced to confirm a National Party fundraising dinner at which he met Mr Liu was held at the businessman’s home.

Last year Mr Key was quick to spread rumours that Mr Liu had been a big donor to the Labour Party, even though there was no evidence he had given any money to the Opposition.

That came after Maurice Williamson was forced to resign as a minister when it was revealed he had called police after Mr Liu had been arrested on domestic violence charges.

After the Prime Minister visited Mr Liu’s home the businessman donated $25,000 to Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross’s 2014 election campaign.

The Labour Party MP and former leader David Cunliffe said Labour was hurt by last year’s allegations of its links to Mr Liu, and he was not impressed with the latest revelations about Mr Key’s links.

“I think it’s been a very disappointing issue. Disappointing firstly that the National Party was clearly telling porkies while they were on the take and secondly that media swallowed it uncritically,” Mr Cunliffe said.

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Latest poll, Nats and Labour up

How stupid are Labour?

The missing million don’t exist. Yet Labour still pines after them.

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The missing million have stayed away for so many elections now that you would have thought Labour would give up on them.

But no, they think that despite their failed social media campaign, their failed voter out reach campaign and their failure at the last three elections the missing million are going to turn up.

The media meanwhile are trying their best to help labour by declaring a big jump in the latest poll, ignoring that National also rose in the poll. ¬† Read more »

Sour grapes

The Fox and the Grapes

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei complained that she was overlooked by Angry Andrew for a position on the Intelligence and Security committee because of her sex. She had no proof of this claim apart from the fact that he gave the job to someone else.

He said that he didn’t choose her because he wanted someone with ‚Ķ ‚Äėskills, understanding and experience‚Äô¬† which in her mind implied that she did not have these qualities. Certainly no one would raise an eye brow at his decision to appoint David Shearer given his background in international relations and aid. After all he did spend nearly 20 years working for the UN, managing the provision of aid to countries including Somalia, Rwanda, Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq.No one could say that Andrew Little gave the position to some one less able and experienced than her. In fact the opposite is true as she has no international experience at all. Nothing, nada, nil, zero, nought.

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