John Key

Key: Working hard for the money



Instead of keeping the New Zealand media busy with daily housing policy releases, poverty claims and other destructive, whining and non-contributing behaviour like Labour’s people do, John Key is busting his balls for the country’s exporters and foreign exchange earners.

Mr Key and Trade Minister Todd McClay are leading a 22-strong business delegation on a whirlwind two-day visit to Indonesia aimed at boosting ties between the two countries.

Indonesia is New Zealand’s 13th largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth about $1.6 billion a year.

But with a population of more than 250 million, a growing economy and an expanding middle class, there’s room for New Zealand exporters to do more.

One of the stumbling blocks in the relationship has been Indonesia’s import restrictions on beef products, which are the result of a domestic political push for Indonesia to become self sufficient.

Since 2010 there’s been an 80 per cent decline in beef exports to Indonesia – once New Zealand’s second-largest market for beef products – and the accumulated impact for the sector is now estimated at between $500 million and $1 billion. Read more »


John Key “quite shocked”

Our Prime Minister is talking trade and terrorism with Indonesia but his incredulity about Brexit has spilled over.

Mr Key is in Indonesia leading a high-level trade mission following a week of meetings with leaders in London, Rome and Paris.

He told a business breakfast in Jakarta that in the aftermath of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, there’s plenty of uncertainty about what will happen next.

“The most significant takeaway message is no one has a clue what it’s going to look like,” Mr Key said on Monday morning.

“We were quite shocked, we really thought when we got up there that there would be this plan that we had just missed in the New Zealand media – there is no plan.”

Mr Key went on to say that the UK government hasn’t done any work on what Brexit will involve and officials were in fact stopped from doing such work. Read more »


Question one: Are you happy with NZ immigration policy as it is now?


My motivation for creating a survey on immigration was to get an accurate snapshot of what a conservative/ libertarian voter thinks about immigration in New Zealand. I wanted this snapshot primarily for David Seymour as he had commented that the small changes ACT proposed for immigration did not gain any support from this blog and resulted in a lot of negativity from the media.

Winston Peters, of course, has always been vocal about immigration. I hope this survey gives him some insight on what our real concerns about immigration are. Are we anti-immigration? Or do we think immigration is a good thing?

John Key likes to implement policies that will be popular with voters so he too should find this survey useful. I think he will be surprised at what it shows.

Due to our large audience we easily surveyed over one thousand voters in less than a day. This survey is not of the general population but of a specific conservative/ libertarian audience. I gave two “yes” options and two “no” options for every  question.

Here are the results for question one: Are you happy with NZ immigration policy as it is now?

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John Key does what he does best

Key was heading to France and Italy this week but got London added to the trip after Britain voted to leave the EU.

If it had been anyone else, the request would probably have been declined, and if Key hadn’t already been in the UK for the fast-forwarded change of leadership, it may have been cancelled.

The fact that it wasn’t is down to the Key-Cameron personal relationship and their long-standing membership of an elite club of friends, as leaders of successful Conservative parties and traditional allies.

Key and Cameron have been more than text buddies: the last time Key visited Cameron, last year, it was to the private country retreat at Chequers, which is not unusual, but to the birthday lunch for 11-year-old Nancy Cameron.In his Newstalk ZB interview, Key seemed aware that the value to New Zealand of his visit was diminished to somewhere between “neutral to slightly advantageous”.

Were the UK not in such a period of frenetic activity, it clearly may have been higher.

Cameron may have provided some insights and continuity into the likely new administration.

May, currently Home Secretary, will take over [today]. Read more »

Take the Whaleoil survey on Immigration


I have created a survey on immigration so that Whaleoil readers can tell our politicians what it is that they want. David Seymour, John Key and Winston Peters need to know what it is that conservative / libertarian voters like us want. This is your opportunity to tell them. I will discuss the results in another post.

This survey allows comments of up to a paragraph in length.

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What is happening to Andrew Bolt is the exact reason why we need ACT to act


I am thrilled that David Seymour  is prepared to discuss immigration with the Whaleoil community. He mentioned that when he has attempted minor changes to immigration he has been attacked by the media and not supported  by us. What is currently happening to courageous Andrew Bolt in Australia is exactly the reason why I want the ACT party to act more strongly on immigration. The reality is that anyone who points out the serious problems within Islamic culture will be attacked, not only by the media but by people within the Muslim community. This cannot be a reason for the National party and the ACT party to do nothing. Instead, it has to be the reason why they make strong immigration policy a priority.

It is clear that when we criticise Islam we risk death. We need politicians like Geert Wilders who are prepared to put their country’s safety first. Like Andrew Bolt, we here at Whaleoil have put ourselves at risk by criticising Islam. I expect the political party I support to be prepared to do the same. Nothing worth having is ever easy. I will support and promote in my personal posts on Whaleoil any political party with strong immigration policies regarding Islam. Copying the Swiss policy regarding citizenship and assimilation would be a good start.

Andrew Bolt says he has moved children out of family home after death threats

Bolt says threats came from Islamic State supporter and follows his newspaper column for Herald Sun which suggested if ‘we criticise Islam … we risk death’

Andrew Bolt says his children have had to be moved out of the family home after receiving death threats from a supporter of Islamic State.

The News Corp columnist made the revelation on Thursday night during an interview with Pauline Hanson on his Sky News Australia program, The Bolt Report.

“I just spent some of my day moving my kids out of my home after yet another death threat from an Islamist supporter of Islamic State,” a visibly upset Bolt told Hanson.

“Two of my colleagues have had to move house completely because of these guys.”

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The Swiss insist on cultural assimilation if you want to become a Swiss citizen


David Seymour and John Key need to have a chat to someone in the Swiss government about immigration. Unlike the rest of Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Swiss know how to protect their people and their culture. It turns out it’s not actually that difficult. All it takes is politicians prepared to draw a line in the sand: fit in or forget about becoming a citizen. It really is that simple. The Swiss value their culture and it is about time our New Zealand politicians stood up for ours.

If you want to be a Kiwi act like a Kiwi. Our culture is more important than yours. Our culture is the culture of New Zealand and you are a guest here. If you want to become one of us you need to assimilate to our culture just as we would have to assimilate to your culture if we lived in the country that you came from. Islamic countries have no difficulty whatsoever imposing their culture on immigrants. Why is it that we in the West are so squeamish and cowardly when it comes to expecting Muslim immigrants to assimilate into our wonderful democratic society? Why don’t we insist on equal rights for Muslim women inside our country? Why do we allow our Muslim immigrants’ religion to dictate to us how we eat, run our schools and our businesses?

GENEVA — In the latest move to deny citizenship to those who balk at Swiss culture, authorities rejected the naturalization application of two Muslim girls who refused to take school swimming lessons because boys were present.

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Rodney Hide to John Key: Stick to what you’re good at

It’s marvellous having a wildly popular Prime Minister. It gives a government political legitimacy.

But some things should not be decided by the roar of the crowd or press gallery whim – and monetary policy is one of those things.

This week Prime Minister John Key asked publicly for the Reserve Bank to “just get on with” making property investors stump up with greater equity. It was hot news for a day and the public could be forgiven for thinking finally the Prime Minister was dealing to house prices by talking tough to the Reserve Bank.

That was presumably the statement’s purpose.

Of course, it won’t take the steam out of the market and I suspect the Prime Minister knows that. No government could survive a large fall in house prices, let alone the 40 per cent “collapse” Financial Markets Authority Board member Arthur Grimes called for this week.

Such a crash would make for many more unhappy voters than happy ones.

It’s tricky for politicians. They want to be seen to be doing something but don’t want to do too much. It’s a delicate act taking the steam out of a puffed-up market without collapsing it.

Hence the tough talk with the Reserve Bank, which has only the bluntest of tools with which to attack the problem.

Key’s statement is also wonderful political misdirection.

The Reserve Bank is responsible for many things but the housing-price bubble is not one of them. That sheets firmly and directly back to generations of central and local government politicians and their great desire to pack Aucklanders in like sardines to justify their gross expenditure on trains.

Decades and decades of mismanagement by successive councils are the cause, but only the government can now force councils to act against their own long-term interest.  Read more »

John Key to Reserve Bank: do your bloody job

Next leader? Who cares?

Why is it my fault?

It appears John Key’s reaction to today’s pressure is to kick the Reserve Bank governor in the shins:

Prime Minister John Key was critical of the Reserve Bank Deputy Governor’s speech on dealing with the housing shortage.

Without any dramatic action taken on tighter borrowing measures, the Bank’s plans seemed to be lacking urgency.

The Deputy Governor didn’t announce extending the loan-to-value ratio (LVR) controls which Key had encouraged – these probably wouldn’t be put in place until the end of the year. Neither did he announce implementing greater deposit requirements when securing mortgage loans.

“I stand by what I said, I think they should get on with it,” Key said. Read more »

Nobody truly cared about the homeless until National blinked

“The country has been shocked by the recent rise in homelessness,” Labour leader Andrew Little says.

“No New Zealander feels good about children sleeping rough and families living in their cars.”

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett was asked by Labour’s Phil Twyford in the House on Wednesday if she would support the investigation.

However, she said the Government was already doing work on the problem.

“We have a range of initiatives, some which are already implanted, some which we are implementing and some that are still in the negotiating stages – all of which will make a huge difference in the issues of homelessness and emergency housing, and that’s what we want to concentrate on,” she said.

Mr Twyford then asked whether she’d influenced her caucus colleagues on the Social Services Committee to vote against the proposal, considering “they’d been supportive” of it before.

“I didn’t instruct the caucus to do anything. We had a discussion and we came to it as a collective,” Ms Bennett replied.

Nevertheless, Labour and the Greens will soldier on with the investigation, which will include hearings in a number of main centres for public submissions.

Mr Little welcomed the involvement of any other political party which wanted to join the cause.

“It is disturbing that National MPs on the committee were supportive of our proposal, but they appear to have been slapped down by the Prime Minister who ruled out an inquiry on Monday,” Mr Little says.

Greens’ social housing spokeswoman Marama Davidson says the Government could have supported a cross-party inquiry but instead have “chosen to ignore” the problem.

“You only have to walk along Courtenay Pl and Queen St to see that homelessness is growing in this country and, as MPs, we can’t stand by and watch that happen,” she says.

“I have seen first-hand how serious the homelessness crisis is, but the Government is refusing to take any meaningful action, and people are hurting.”

Under questioning by her in the House this afternoon, John Key said the rate of homelessness had increased under his prime ministership.

The plight of the homeless, including those living in their cars has come to the fore over the past few months.

A number of protests and support events have been held across the country in which people with homes spend the night in their cars.

Mr Little says the idea for the inquiry initially came from the Coalition to End Homelessness – a group of NGOs working with the homeless.

National are faltering in managing this political attack, and the Media-party-assisted pressure from the left is resulting in poorly thought out strategy and public statements from the government.

Labour and the Greens are smelling blood, and they may actually be onto something, for once. Read more »