Megan Woods

Labour’s Christchurch bribes now include chucking cash at the uninsured

Labour has released yet another Christchurch policy that is so totally ill thought through it is stunning to think it made its way through the Labour Party policy council.

Why bother having insurance if the taxpayer is going to bail you out. The Labour Party is bribing voters in their hundreds so they can still hide behind the fig leaf that is they are fiscally responsible.

Labour would offer to buy all red-zoned bare land at the full 2007 rateable value.

The Government is offering to buy out uninsured properties at 50 per cent of the land value.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson Ruth Dyson said the policy was not only affordable, but the “right thing to do”.

“A 100 per cent buy-out offer is the right thing to do for people who were unable to obtain insurance cover on bare-land or commercial properties before the earthquakes.”

Dyson said it would cost $23.4 million – “a drop in the ocean in the context of the rebuild”.   Read more »

Labour’s great big education McCockup

Labour has bombed another social media release and following on from the Greens have nicked a private company’s intellectual property in order to score political points.

Megan Woods kicked it all off posting this image.

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She was quickly followed by NZ Labour and David Cunliffe both tweeting it and whacking it on Facebook.   Read more »

Labour members still focussed on Man Ban

Despite David Shearer’s order to Ban the Man Ban, the Labour wimmin are still pushing ahead with discussions about it.

It would seem that they intend to ignore David Shearer.

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New Zealand Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth invites you to join her and the Labour Women’s Council for our Conference this coming weekend.
Interested in building womens leadership by supporting other women or taking a step up yourself? There is still an opportunity to take part in this important and exciting conference.

On Friday you can join Labour MPs Nanaia Mahuta, Sue Moroney, Carol Beaumont and Moana Mackey for a special community event – Building for Habitat for Humanity.  Read more »

Soper’s analysis of the Man Ban

Barry Soper is usually a Labour fan-boi, but today he doesn’t hold back.

The dismal opinion poll ratings for Labour a few weeks back charged the Tory’s political arsenal. Every time the hapless, Dithering David Shearer stood up in Parliament’s bear pit to ask State Homie John Key whether he stood by all his statements, the volley began.

Of course he stood by the statements he’d been making to his fellow conspirators that The Ditherer’s days were numbered.

It was ‘head on the plate stuff’, but this week it’ll be carcass on the spit with Labour’s so called man-ban, where they’ll consider standing only women in some electorates to get a gender balance. Shearer was quick to distance himself from the feral feminists but he does lead a Party where the idea’s been entertained.

The Ditherer…heh.

Currently they’ve got 14 women and 20 men MPs, even if the media had to point out the correct figures to them. So why do they want more women? Well there could be two reasons for that, to improve on the talent, or lack of it, that they’ve already got or to Morris dance with The Kermits who’re committed to the gender balance.   Read more »

Judith Collins on Labour’s Man Ban

Judith Collins has used Facebook to discuss Labour’s Man Ban:

A little more on Labour’s Man ban. Labour’s Electorate selection panels are controlled by HQ – just ask David Benson-Pope what happened to him when his HQ wanted him gone and Clare Curran selected. They have 3 people on the panel. So HQ only needs 2 people voting for want it wants. The National Party, by way of contrast, has selections by 60 or more delegates, depending on the local electorate’s membership numbers. So, what Labour is now saying is that they:
1. don’t have faith that under Labour selections women will get selected and
2. don’t have faith that under Labour, their hand-picked 3 person selection panel will choose women.

Surely, the people of New Zealand have a right to expect that a party that sees itself as an alternative government will put more effort into selecting candidates who can represent people no matter what their gender. As an electorate MP, it would be bizarre if I felt that I could only represent the women in the Papakura electorate. Perhaps Labour’s wrong thinking is because so few Labour MPs – particularly women MPs represent electorates. In the Northern Region (Northland through to Auckland) there are 4 National women electorate MPs and no Labour women electorate MPs. In the Central North Island region, Labour holds no General Electorates. They now hold 2 Maori seats represented by women, Nanaia Mahuta, as MP for Tainui and Meka Whaititi for Ikatoa Rawhiti.

Annette King is the only Labour women electorate MP in Lower North Island.
In the South Island, there are currently 2 women electorate MPs in Canterbury : Ruth Dyson and Lianne Dalziel. The other woman Labour MP is Clare Curran for Dunedin South.  Read more »

Herald Editorial on Man Ban

The NZ Herald editorial is rather strong today on Labour’s Man Ban:

Just when the country imagined women were doing well in politics, particularly in the Labour Party, the party’s organisational wing says they are not. It is so worried that women do not yet fill half the party’s seats in Parliament it might allow electorates to ban males from selection as the Labour candidate. Predictably, the “man ban” has been ridiculed from all sides but if Labour wants to do it, why not?

The party’s former president Mike Williams offered one reason: “It’s discrimination, there are human rights issues.” Certainly it is discrimination, the kind of “positive discrimination” that Labour parties believe in. Another red-blooded male, MP Shane Jones, said, “Last time I checked it was the blue-collar, tradie, blokey voters we were missing”, implying they will not vote for a woman.   Read more »

Brutal Chris Trotter names names

Chris Trotter has named names in a column in The Taranaki Daily News, and it is brutal:

I’m told there were six of them, and that they hunted as a pack. Their prey?

Delegates who had voted the wrong way.

Moving through the excited crowds at the Ellerslie Conference Centre last November, an angry group of Labour MPs was seen taking dissidents aside and telling them, in no uncertain terms, which way was up.

Leading the pack was Labour’s employment relations spokeswoman, Darien Fenton, and her grim lieutenant, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

No surprises there. Ms Fenton and Ms Curran were among the caucus members most alarmed by the Labour Party rank-and-files’ sudden outbreak of democratic distemper. The other members of the pack, however, came as a surprise.

I had never thought of Jacinda Ardern, Megan Woods, Kris Faafoi or Phil Twyford as attack dogs, but my sources assure me that they were there – chewing people out. So what?

Such brutal vignettes are the stock-and-trade of party conferences. Certainly “The Pack” was far from being the only example of caucus aggression at the Ellerslie conference.

Fairly specific details…but there is more:  Read more »

Chippie Schools Queen Hekia in the House

Chippie is on fire, he has the details and Hekia is trying to dodge the questions.

Under pressure Hekia looks dreadful. Shifty, uncomfortable and out of her depth, not strong and in control of her portfolio. She is only in control when reading a set script answering a patsy question from Nicky Wagner at the very end of the skewering Chippie initiated. Megan Woods needs to get her act together, you could see the relief when Hekia wasn’t answering to Chippie.

Readers may wonder why this matters. Question time is where ministers are held to account, and Chippie is doing that bloody well. Hekia will not be looking forward to going into question time because she knows she is getting shown up by a man who she regards as her inferior.

Pressure leads to mistakes. Chippie is building the kind of pressure that causes a Minister to make a really bad mistake. Hekia has made a heap of mistakes already, and you can see the National MPs cringing when she is under the cosh in the house.

The Christchurch “DePress”

It cannot be easy living in Christchurch I do not want to debate that as we all agree.  It is debatable if the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan is as good as everyone is raving about but again that is not what I want to mention here.

It cannot be easy working in Christchurch in places such as CERA, staying put when many have fled to easier lifestyles for their families elsewhere. Mistakes have been made, but out of the very long hours they are putting in it is precious few for all the work they are doing.  A problem shared is not a problem halved in this case, these workers take their jobs very personally at this time and have to sit through hours of terrible stories of other people’s terror and misery while dealing with their own.

Christchurch’s own “The Press” now has the insider “riverway” sniggering name of “DePress” thanks to its catastrophe coverage of every little mistake or grievance against the poor workers sent down and staying put to help the people there.

Egged on as usual by Labour politicians as I have already highlighted.

Cut the workers down in Christchurch some slack and help them out.  The Whale is watching and the tipline is always open for business.

Labour’s beat up on housing

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Labour is having a major beat up again on housing and the media is helping them with uncritical analysis of the stories being fed to them by the Labour party.

Take the calls last week for Phil Heatley to visit Christchurch:

Labour has invited Housing Minister Phil Heatley to Christchurch to meet families living in desperate conditions after he told Parliament the city faced housing ‘‘challenges’’, not a crisis.

Heatley this week said Labour ‘‘might like to drum up the idea that there is a crisis’’.

‘‘The reality is that there are housing challenges in Christchurch.’’

Housing New Zealand recognised those challenges and was rebuilding damaged houses, upgrading its stock and looking at building up to another 350 houses, he said.

However, local welfare agencies have insisted there is a crisis and are backed by Labour after Wigram MP Megan Woods and housing spokeswoman Annette King spent time with some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

King said they visited a family of five being charged $300 a week to live in a freezing and mouldy caravan on a relative’s property.

There were up to four families living in single houses because they had nowhere else to live.

‘‘Because they are not seen, the Government says it doesn’t happen.’’

More than 500 people had serious housing problems in Christchurch, she said.

‘‘Yet Mr Heatley doesn’t think it’s a problem.’’

Woods yesterday wrote to the minister inviting him to visit her electorate.

‘‘To call this a challenge, not a crisis, is an absolute abdication of his responsibility as minister. I’m happy to show him what a crisis looks like.’’

The current flu outbreak in Christchurch was caused by the cold and damp conditions people were living in, she said.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee last month denied there were massive rent rises in Christchurch, and has also denied there is a housing crisis.

Heatley has said there would be no Government intervention in the rental market because the solution was to build more houses.

Hornby Presbyterian Church’s the Rev Hamish Galloway said average rents in Hornby had risen from $280 to $360.

‘‘For low-income families, that’s really difficult. The biggest areas of stress we are coming across are people who are having their rental tenancies come to an end and having to find new places.’’

The Government needed to take the issue seriously, he said. Its refusal to intervene in the rental market was philosophically driven because National supported the free market.

‘‘Surely, when you’re in an exceptional situation you can make laws and rules to protect the poorest of the poor.’’

What is amazing to me is that the example they use of the family living in a mouldy caravan. It appears that the family is being ripped off by their own relatives and yet this is the government’s fault for some reason.

I’m not denying there are issues with housing in Christchurch but this kind of sensationalism is wrong and is using those in a difficult situation for political point scoring.

Perhaps Gerry Brownlee and Phil Heatley could launch and investigation into people taking advantage of their relatives and friends in a time of need and profiteering from the situation.