Nanaia Mahuta

Good attitude from Nanaia Mahuta

Nanaia Mahuta has shed 15kgs in recent months and tells how she did it, willpower over obesity taxes.

The death of Parekura Horomia is more than a cautionary tale for fellow MP Nanaia Mahuta – it is a wake-up call. Now, she is leading a group of parliamentarians on a journey to overhaul their lives in a way he never could.

Two weeks before he died, Parekura Horomia committed himself to losing weight. It was a decision he made too late.

But, perhaps prophetically, when he signed on to patron an organisation aimed at helping people reclaim their health, he pulled the founder aside and said, “Whatever we start, we finish.”

Those words have given Mere Takoko – parliamentarian, body-building champion and the founder of fitness programme Chumpchange – a determination to see it through. The new figurehead for the programme is Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, who has already lost 15kg.

“He did want to make a commitment to better health,” Takoko says.

“I think his passing is a precautionary tale of what happens if one doesn’t look after their health and wellbeing – he was simply gone too soon.”

Horomia’s legacy is gaining cross-party support. A dozen MPs including Green co-leader Metiria Turei and party member Eugenie Sage, Labour’s David Cunliffe and Louisa Wall and National’s Paul Hutchison are joining Mahuta in making healthy life choices and fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF) while they’re at it. ¬† Read more »

Collins crushing on Contenders

Judith Collins guest blogs about what she calls the three Amigos in the dance of the desperates.

I grew up Labour ‚Äď in the days of Norm Kirk and the more forgettable Bill Rowling. ¬†I knew David Lange ‚Äď having chosen to intern in his Mangere Electorate Office while at Law School.

So I can say that to see the self indulgent warbling of Labour’s Three Amigos  as they troop around the country promising anything to anyone (with the exception of Shane who has threatened only bad things to the PM) will be a mildly sad sight to those who still willingly pay their $10 to join the Labour Party.

Political parties should always be about their members but this strange and foolish exhibition of faked friendship and grandiose schemes has been nothing more than embarrassing.¬† Read more »

Who should be Labour’s deputy?

Will Cunliffe suffer the Moroney Effect?

Both David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson have pledged to support a man ban…essentially forcing 50% of candidates to be women.

It stands to reason that they should, if they are true to their words nominate a deputy…as a kind of package deal so members know what they are getting in advance.

David Cunliffe has explicitly declared he will have a woman for his deputy but who? Word has it that Sue Moroney has got the nod and she was certainly front and centre at Cunliffe’s campaign launch.¬† Read more »

Cunliffe’s great lurch left & other bombastic comments

David Cunliffe‘s entered the race for #laboursgottalent.

His press conference was bizarre.

Surrounded by party luminaries like Iain Lees-Galloway, Sue Moroney, Carol Beaumont, Louisa Wall and Nanaia Mahuta, he defended his wealth by claiming that the PM apparently flies over his Herne Bay house by helicopter en route to his electorate office.

He also claimed that mothers can no longer afford milk for their kids, and that taxi drivers work 14 hour days for $5 an hour..

At one point he literally embraced ‘socialism’ with a staged presentation of roses.

Perhaps worst of all, he promised top economic jobs for the Green Party in any Government he leads.

A few high/low lights:

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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 »

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 »

The serial grizzlers are still on about Novopay

The Herald yesterday carried an article that New Zealand schools had advanced $560,000 to teachers to cover Novopay errors.

According to official figures there are 2358 schools in New Zealand. That means on average they have had to advance $125 237 each – not a big deal. Apparently there are 7500 staff who have been mispaid – just over 3 per school – also not worth ripping your hair out for. It isn’t a good look but clearly many people who should be focussed on improving the lot of kids are well and truly out of proportion distracted.

The grizzling of teachers is the opposite of the traits you would expect them to look for in their students. On TV3 last night serial¬†whiner Laurie Powell threatened to leave the country¬†and stated that if he made those kind of errors he would get the sack. If he is the same Laurie Powell listed on “rate my teachers” it is clear some of his students do consider he makes those kind of mistakes and would mind if he was in another country.¬† Read more »

Whaleoil Awards – Best Opposition MP


Very few nominations, which is pretty indicative of the state of the opposition.

National’s poll drops are totally self inflicted and the opposition can barely hold their heads up with pride.

For me though there are a few that can.

The nominees are:

Chris Hipkins Рfor not losing his head and following along with silly hits like Mallard, Little and that newbie  from Dunedin have a habit of doing. He has held Hekia Parata to account and shown up Nanaia Mahuta for the lazy trougher and token MP she is.

Kevin Hague – for calmly dealing with issues not personality. His handling of ACC and also his professionalism with the marriage equality bill show he has some futre.

Russel Norman – love him of hate him he made himself look like the leader of the opposition when David Shearer failed to show up all year.

Winston Peters – he is long past his prime but he is stroppy when he can stay off the sauce and get the words out. best if he left the wig at home now.

Whaleoil Awards - Best Opposition MP

  • Chris Hipkins (34%, 124 Votes)
  • Russel Norman (33%, 119 Votes)
  • Kevin Hague (19%, 69 Votes)
  • Winston Peters (14%, 50 Votes)

Total Voters: 362

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Was this deliberate?

John Tamihere was on Q+A yesterday and made very specific references to non-performing Labour front benchers:

Across the whole line, whether it’s health, welfare or education, and those are the biggies.  …

This has to have been a deliberate attack…on the “front bums” of the front bench. The Labour MPs holding those jobs are¬†Maryan Street, Jacinda Ardern and Nanaia Mahuta.

Notwithstanding that, he is dead right on their performance.

Nanaia falling into the Bill English Trap

This is the kind of bullshit that causes unbelievably bad election results.

Asked about her future in politics, Ms Mahuta said she did intend to stand again in 2014. She was more dismissive about the possibility John Tamihere could run for Parliament again, saying Labour had decided during its recent organisational review that it should focus on attracting more young people and women to ensure it was in a strong place through to 2026.

No Nanaia, the Labour Party needs to be thinking about now, not 2026. It needs good people who can sell policies that middle New Zealand want, not some visionary program looking into the middle distance to discover what Labour will be like in a decade and a half.

Bill English tried this when he led National. He went on and on about the browning of New Zealand and how National needed to prepare for a white minority in 2040 or something equally stupid. Under his leadership he forgot about preparing for the 2002, concentrating on some nebulous point in the future rather than facing up to Helen Clark. His legacy was 27 MPs and a seven figure debt for his party.

This kind of dumb statement, combined with Nanaia’s total lack of impact on the education portfolio means she should be pensioned off as quickly as possible. An extended maternity leave if you will.