John Key

Key keen for us to pay GST on overseas online purchases, that will go down well

John Key seems intent on trying to stiff us all for more GST all to save a dying, outdated retail model.

Prime Minister John Key has indicated the threshold for paying GST could be cut to $20, or even zero, for internet services such as Netflix.

At present, most goods bought online from overseas costing less than $400 are GST-free.

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has confirmed he will take a paper to Cabinet this month on reducing that threshold.

Eugen Trombitas, a PriceWaterhouse Coopers partner and GST specialist, said one solution was to have the foreign seller registered so they comply with domestic tax laws.

“You could look at Customs collecting a little bit more, and there’s some efficiency gains through technology.    Read more »

John Armstrong writes off Peters as being old an irrelevant; doesn’t see the irony

John Armstrong’s columns are all over the place like a mad woman’s poo and are turning ever more curmudgeonly without the wit or courage needed to carry it off.

If anything, he should know that Winston is actually positioning himself for his best result yet.  Armstrong, not so much.

Unfashionable – and deliberately so.

New Zealand First’s relative popularity resides in its offering the politically dazed and confused a vision of the future based on nostalgia for the relatively recent past.

The party is marooned in a time bubble of the economic boom of the 1950s along with the suffocating social conformity of that era.

Its unwillingness to confront that myth of a better past will ultimately be the death of it as those who lived through those times and who gain comforting reassurance from Winston Peters’ pronouncements pass away.   Read more »

And what exactly has Chucky Windsor done for us to deserve these honours?

Prince Charles did make a good speech at Gallipoli…it surprised me, but I have no idea why we are conferring honorary Defence Force positions on him.

Prince Charles has been appointed to three honorary positions in the New Zealand Defence Force.

Prime Minister John Key said today that Queen Elizabeth had approved the Prince of Wales’ appointments.

The honorary positions are Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Army Field Marshal, and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Mr Key said the honorary titles recognised Prince Charles’ strong support for the NZDF.   Read more »

Even if he did say it, so what?

John Key is disputing the claims of the little scrote who is saying Keys’ comments made a girl cry.

The Prime Minister disputes a teenager’s claims that he said a Maori language month would be “boring”.

John Key was alleged to have made the comment, which “upset and embarrassed” a 16-year-old girl when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College in South Auckland, last week.

“I did not say that,” he told TVNZ.

“I’m pretty perplexed by this story. It was a very straight answer, I was asked if it should be a month or a week and I said, look I think it should stay a week and gave a really detailed, quite thorough answer.”   Read more »

Cry Baby of the Week – I see nothing but a poll bump in this

The left wing are all whinging about how John Key made some cry-baby sheila upset over his rejection of her daft idea of a Maori Language Week.

A teenage girl was “upset and embarrassed” when the Prime Minister said her suggestion of   a Maori language month would be boring.

The 16-year-old asked  John Key whether he would extend Maori language week, when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College, on Friday.

Key said he preferred keeping it to a week of Maori language celebrations and that people would get “bored” by a month.   Read more »

Here’s a good policy for John Key to steal

Winston Peters in front of his campaign bus

Winston Peters in front of his campaign bus

Winston has come up with a good policy…one so good that John Key should steal it.

People coming to live in New Zealand would need to take out personal medical insurance for at least 10 years, under a policy being considered by NZ First.

The party’s leader Winston Peters has expressed his support for the idea, saying “we have to stop having a soft heart and a head to match”.

“You can climb off a plane in New Zealand and be in hospital the next day,” Mr Peters said. “We have long waiting lists…it seems to me to be only reasonable and fair.”    Read more »

Cool, could the “Evil Demon Beast” now announce he is going to stand for Auckland’s mayoralty

Maurice Williamson is happy to be an “evil demon beast” for standing up for National party principles in making sure small business weren’t over taken with dopey OSH laws as originally drafted by the equally dopey Michael Woodhouse.

Watered down health and safety laws are a step closer to becoming law – with opposition efforts to ensure all small businesses have health and safety representatives failing.

Amidst emotive speeches at Parliament, backbench National MP Maurice Williamson said he was happy to take the label of “evil demon beast” from Labour as he was opposed to overly stringent health and safety requirements being put on business.

Family of some of the men killed in the Pike River mining disaster – the spur for the law change – watched from the public gallery, after earlier protesting the weakening of the legislation.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its second reading 63 votes to 56, after support from National, Act, the Maori Party and United Future.

Labour, the Greens and NZ First voted against the legislation.

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Bill and John’s 4th term is looking dicey, and so are the tax cuts

Economy, economy, economy.

National have had the benefit of a well performing one for the last 2 election results, but unless that milk market perks up, they’re staring down a very tricky campaign in 2017.

New Zealand’s central bank has warned that a prolonged slump in dairy prices could get worse, forcing interest rates down to maintain growth in the farm-reliant economy.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Graeme Wheeler said today the price of whole milk powder had plummeted 63 percent since February 2014 and was still under pressure.

“High stockpiles of whole milk powder in China, the increase in global milk supply, and the trade diversion issues involving Russia make for a very uncertain future, with the potential for further downward pressure on global dairy prices,” he said.

The Reserve Bank keeps a close eye on milk prices because New Zealand is the world’s largest dairy exporter, selling some NZ$15 billion a year, about a third of the country’s entire exports.   Read more »

Kiwis to pay more for medicine to line Fonterra shareholder pockets?

The TPP is starting to take its toll on John Key.

When the Trade Minister has to dictate to his favourite newspaper columnist then you know they are in trouble.

But now it is starting to look like we are going to have to pay more for our medicines so Fonterra shareholders can put more cash into their pockets.

John Key is gathering international support for a dairy deal as Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks edge towards agreement.

Dairy products represent 20 percent of New Zealand’s exports and open access to the 11 other TPP countries would be a huge gain.

The Prime Minister says he’s making calls around the world.

“We’re getting more support from some of the other countries,” he told reporters today.

“I’m in the process of making phone calls to leaders and others to encourage them to see it our way – we’re presenting the strongest case we possibly can.”

Access for agricultural products is one of the most contentious issues at the TPP negotiations.   Read more »

Key wants a new flag, but has no courage to tackle a popular new law

John Key wants a new flag, but has lacks the courage to tackle a popular new law, one that a huge majority of people want.

A poll has shown more than 70 percent of people believe the law should be changed to allow voluntary euthanasia, but the Government isn’t going to change its position.

The 3 News/Reid Research poll called the question Lecretia’s choice. Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales died from a brain tumour in June just hours after her family was told the High Court had ruled against her bid to choose when she could die.

The poll showed 71 percent wanted the law change while 24 percent opposed it.  Read more »