Kris Faafoi

TVNZ as Labour’s candidate kindy, promoting another candidate

TVNZ really is becoming the candidate kindy for the Labour party.

There was Brian Edwards, Chris Laidlaw who once used to comment on rugby games, one failed to become an MP despite trying and other failed as an MP and went on to embed himself at Red Radio.

Then we had Kris Fa’afoi, who went from TVNZ gallery team to the leader’s office and then became an MP.

Shane Taurima wanted to be an MP, failed in one selection, was preparing for another selection battle and ran branch meetings and fundraising committees from TVNZ offices.

And yesterday Tamati Coffey pushing himself forward as potential candidate in Rotorua.

Now we have TVNZ using another Labour candidate on television.

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Kieran McAnulty, bookie, and Labour candidate for Wairarapa

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Sorry, not buying the narrative as media attempt to beatify a leftwing tax-dodging ratbag

Many commentators, especially those of the left persuasion are framing the narrative that Matt McCarten is an organiser extraordinaire and will be able to “get out the vote”.

I think they are misguided. Even John Armstrong falls for this hooey:

One question is on everyone’s lips: is this move a “game-changer” for Labour?

McCarten’s campaign skills should help draw voters back to Labour in its metropolitan strongholds. The real test is whether his input can break National’s stranglehold on provincial New Zealand, as well as broaden Labour’s appeal among lower middle, middle and upper middle income earners.

Given the country’s present conservative disposition, the initial impact may be the reverse. Regardless, winning over those voters to Labour’s cause is likely to require him to compromise personal beliefs, something that has not been part of the McCarten fabric.

I think this is lazy commentary and accepting the framing without any credulity of the claims. The people I have spoken to over the years who go to the dark Alliance days tell me of a man who thought he was the supremo but who never actually delivered. Some of those old New Labour types will quietly be scoffing into their beers and wines and looking at the beatification of Matt McCarten with incredulous eyes. Read more »

Clinging to Hope

So Labour is all cock-a-hoop after winning Christchurch East.

No surprises there really. You would think they would after holding the seat for nigh on 100 years.

Apparently now Labour is “buoyed” by the win.

Yeah like a drowning man clinging to a buoy. It is a false hope despite all the spin about increasing vote and National’s vote dropping.

By-elections are fickle beasts and one should never cling to the results as an indicator.   Read more »

Shameless political opportunism

So once again – Labour rides over the top of an independent entity in an attempt to score cheap political points.

I don’t know the rights and wrongs of the Sky TV case, but the fact Labour appear so willing to criticise, intervene and comment on the actions/rulings of independent bodies should serve as a warning to anyone expecting due process and protection of their legal rights under any far left Government.

Sky TV has got off extremely lightly after the Commerce Commission found its previous contracts may have breached the Commerce Act, said Labour Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi and associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Sky TV is a monopoly broadcaster so it is extremely concerning that the Commerce Commission has found it may have entered into contracts that reduced competition,” said Kris Faafoi.  Read more »

Why would Grant lie about Alf?

Grant Robertson is out and proud, he is openly gay and uses that as an electoral crutch when it suits him.

However for some strange reason he lied to Seven Sharp the other night about the whereabouts of his partner Alf while trying to portray himself as a blokes bloke at the pub to watch rugby…with Kris Fa’afoi and for some unknown reason Auckland based MP Jacinda Ardern.

I presume the other MPs would have been in Wellington for the Levin meeting – quite why we’re paying for Jacinda to be in Wellington for a meeting of the faithful in Levin is the question…  Read more »

Unions besides themselves over Simon Bridges

Today starts the long convoluted select committee process over Simon Bridges’ Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The unions hate it with a passion and believe that the sky’s about to fall in and it’s some cunning plot to have the rich elite take over the world – all thanks to the Nats.

Chairing the Committee is Hamilton East MP David Bennett. This is his big chance to show he’s not afraid of the unions, and to not allow committee proceedings to be captured by whinging corrupt unions like the EPMU and SFWU.

In fact, this gives him and the other Nat MPs Mike Sabin, Chris Auchinvole, Cam Calder and Simon O’Connor a good opportunity to ask questions to the unions about how they’re ripping off their members.

Along with the EPMU and SFWU it is likely they will be prsented with a submission from The Maritime Union’s Gary Parlsoe who has also flown in to have a massive whinge about facilitation, seems he was happy to tell the Koru lounge this morning in a rather loud voice that he isn’t happy with the facilitator. He also spoke briefly with a EPMU bloke who he roundly criticised to his mates after her left, things could get tense between the unions at the select committee.  Read more »

It’s not real Georgie Pie without MSG or their racist ads

It seems McDonalds have misled us all…they said the recipe hasn’t changed but in fact it has…they have left out the MSG.

“Bringing back a product after 15 years is a complex process and the addition of these restaurants will help us continue to test the product operationally across a range of our restaurants and inform the options for a nationwide rollout.”

The pies use New Zealand beef and sell for $4.50 each. MSG has been removed from the original recipe.  Read more »

Was Kris there also?

Kris Fa’afoi reckons he was at the opening of Porirua McDonalds and can remember it all, now Kevin Rudd seems to have picked up his own memory issues and reckons he is a Kokoda Track survivor…no kidding, he really does.

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PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has described himself as a “survivor” of the Kokoda Track where hundreds of Australian soldiers were killed in World War II.

On the final day of his two-day trip to Papua New Guinea, Mr Rudd announced Australia would increase financial support for health and hospitals in Papua New Guinea to help save lives.   Read more »

Back in ya box, Ctd

Now these nostalgic TV ads really got me thinking. See Labour’s Kris Fa’afoi just loved McDonalds. No wonder as McDonalds opened their first New Zealand restaurant in Porirua. Yet again we have seen a Labour MP caught out lying.

Sadly I couldn’t see Kris Fa’foi in this TV ad using this McDonalds as his family playground.

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Duplicity and Hypocrisy from Mallard and Faafoi

I found it interesting to hear Labour’s Police spokesman Kris Faafoi backing Trevor Mallard’s bullying of senior police officers at select committee.

Labour certainly pulled no punches when David Garrett questioned prison officers about their suitability for the job.

In fact Clayton Cosgrove took it so seriously he laid a privileges complaint against Garrett:

RNZ - Sept 04 2009 - ACT MP David Garrett says he is not surprised the Speaker of the House has decided not to uphold two privileges complaints against him. In the first complaint, Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove accused Mr Garrett of bullying submitters at a Parliamentary select committee…    Read more »