The New Zealand Herald’s Tim Murphy is one of the more high profile victims of an indicator light problem that has grounded an Air New Zealand flight in Hawaii for several days, leaving its passengers stranded with paid-for accommodation, $1000 compensation, and nowhere to eat or sit in the warm summer sun. Read more »
Homewrecker Anna Lorck is upset because Craig Foss had a holiday in Hawaii.
Obviously the memo from David Cunliffe about staying positive and not sledging was on¬†the¬†same courier truck as the Party Vote signs for Napier with David Cunliffe’s photo on them.
Meanwhile, in the neighbouring Tukituki electorate, Labour candidate Anna Lorck said sitting MP Mr Foss’ family holiday in Hawaii last week shows he’s “too relaxed” about the election. Mr Foss denied the claim,but said his family always came first.
Ms Lorck said Mr Foss was “lying back in his deckchair and drinking pina coladas” on the tropical island while she was busy on the campaign trail.
Mr Foss confirmed he had spent “a good week” with his family at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, up until Wednesday, July 16.
“We had a family holiday.”
However, he denied the holiday showed he was too relaxed about the upcoming election.
“I work hard for Hawke’s Bay families and I am backing the Bay each and every day.
“So much for Labour’s pledge to not be nasty.”
Tracy Watkins writes about The Cunliffe and his likeability and trust issues with the electorate.
Labour leadership is a brutal job. If Helen Clark had been made of different stuff she never would have survived Opposition.
Her colleagues tried to roll her just months out from the 1996 election and with good reason.
Labour’s polling under Clark was disastrous. Support for her as preferred prime minister was laughable. Voters thought she was arrogant, aloof and out of touch.
Everything about Clark – her hair, her teeth, her mannish voice – was picked over and dissected as another reason for voters to reject Labour. They were the worst years of Clark’s life. But when a delegation of Clark’s colleagues knocked on her door asking her to resign she stared them down.
There is said to be a desk somewhere around Parliament that still bears the scars from Koro Wetere digging his fingernails into its surface during their faceoff.
The story even had an (almost) happy ending when Clark took Labour close to winning the 1996 election – though perhaps not as close as her supporters believed on the night.
It was largely thanks to Winston Peters and MMP that she was able to keep Labour’s hopes alive before Peters opted to do a deal with National. But it was enough to secure Clark’s leadership. Three years later she led Labour to a sweeping victory and nine years in power.
Is Clark protege David Cunliffe made of the same stuff?
The difference between Helen Clark and David Cunliffe is two-fold. She had balls and a spine, both things that are sadly lacking from The Cunliffe. His self doubt is immense and hasn’t been helped with former leaders knocking on his door at parliament and assuring The Cunliffe that he shouldn’t worry, the polls will come right, chin up.
Labour’s poll ratings have sunk like the Titanic under Cunliffe’s leadership.¬†The latest Stuff.co.nz/Ipsos political pollhas Labour marooned in the mid-20s.
Forget about winning – avoiding an old-fashioned drubbing has become the priority. Only MPs with seats in Labour bastions like Manukau seem safe.
It is not at all far-fetched to imagine Labour sinking to National’s low point in 2002 – 21 per cent.
Under that scenario the damage to Labour could be immense. Unthinkably, even finance spokesman and number two on Labour’s list, David Parker, could be at risk. So too would stars like Jacinda Ardern and Andrew Little.
The only difference between now and 1996 is the election date. When Clark’s colleagues knocked on her door in May 1996 the election was still five months away. Even if Labour wanted to change its leader now, it probably couldn’t. Voters would punish such a visible display of panic and disarray just two months out from an election. Many in Labour’s activist base would revolt.
Cunliffe was their man, their nuclear option against a caucus that did not reflect their world view. A change of leader now would bring to the surface all the things voters reject – panic, a party in disarray and disunity.
When the Cunliffe became Labour leader he issued a challenge to the PM.
A new app has been launched which will be really useful for those on the pull in Hamilton and Palmerston North in order to avoid a dose of cupid’s measles.
A new dating app designed to provide proof someone is free from sexually transmitted diseases is drawing criticism from Native Hawaiians.
An online petition is asking for the “Hula” app to change its name.
Hula’s Facebook page includes a post apologising for offending the Hawaiian community: “We are in the process of learning more from your community, discussing internally and hope to address your concerns shortly.” Read more »
The NZ Herald has this photograph of Obama and an unidentified guest playing golf.
Might be good for a caption contest.
On this day in 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and as a result dragged the United States into a global war.
The Huffington Post has a photo essay of that day.
It was a¬†sunny, mostly clear Sunday¬†in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when the unexpected hum of planes cut through the warm Hawaiian air. In a period of just two hours, more 353 Japanese aircraft laid siege to the U.S. naval base, sinking 18 ships and destroying nearly 200 aircraft in a sneak attack that killed more than 2,400 Americans and wounded over 1,000 more.
Honolulu serves as a warning to Auckland and to Len Brown over the city rail loop project. There are many, many direct comparisons between Honolulu and Auckland.
It has cost over $1.8 billion so far and expected to blow out way over $2 billion.
In 2011, officials in Honolulu, Hawaii began construction on a controversial 20-mile rail project partly because of almost $1.8 billion in federal subsidies to President Barack Obama’s home state. The project’s total cost estimate stands at $5.3 billion, but if other similar projects are any indication, the final price tag will increase dramatically before anyone even gets to buy a ticket. What’s playing out in the Aloha State is happening all over the country. ¬† Read more »