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My apology to Paul Foster-Bell

Earlier today I accused troughing scum List MP Paul Foster-Bell of not achieving anything…I was wrong…well sort of.

He has been trying to rename State Highway One the “Captain Cook Highway”…unsuccessfully.

Under-fire National MP Paul Foster-Bell has been campaigning for State Highway 1 to be renamed the Captain Cook Highway.

Newshub has learned Mr Foster-Bell has been lobbying for the name change on behalf of Sir Christopher Harris — a wealthy National Party stalwart who is also a Captain Cook enthusiast.

A source who used to work in Mr Foster-Bell’s office said: “Paul’s massive groundbreaking idea for a member’s Bill was renaming SH1 the Captain Cook Highway.”

The source said Mr Foster-Bell was “trying to impress Sir Christopher”, who donates to the National Party.   Read more »

Key defends Foster-Bell as a hard worker. Really? List his achievements

John Key is defending Paul Foster-Bell. Stuff knows why. He’s done nothing.

Prime Minister John Key has defended the high travel bill for one of his backbench MPs.

Paul Foster-Bell has also faced accusations of poor management after reportedly having 12 staff leave over a period of three years.

The former diplomat and list MP racked up a $61,090 travel and accommodation bill last year – the third-highest for Wellington-based MPs.

Asked about those expenses today, Mr Key said Mr Foster-Bell was among a group of MPs that tended to travel more, as that was required by the party.

“It’s not unusual for us to use a list MP, certainly someone with skills like he has in foreign affairs, around the country. Other MPs ask him to support them in terms of talks or seminars … or to fill in, for instance, for ministers.”

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Hide mocks National for just one more little tax

The Government now wants to charge us to drive during peak times. Our fault, apparently.

We are not spreading our road use through the day and the new charge is designed to make us do that.

Minister of Transport Simon Bridges says building more roads won’t solve the problem. That’s because we would just fill them up.

It’s hard, though – they are such a good way to get about.

The new rationing policy is called Variable Network Pricing (VNP). Its purpose is to price some of us off the road. Those who use the roads must pay for each kilometre driven.

Those priced off will have to stay at home, drive off-peak or use some other form of transport.

The VNP will need to be high to make it work. Read more »

The Hobbit of Hobbiton annouces retirement

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The Hobbit of Hobbiton, Lindsay Tisch, has announced his retirement.

Long-serving Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch will leave Parliament after next year’s election.

Mr Tisch, a former National Party president and who became an MP in 1999, has announced he will not seek the National Party nomination for his Waikato electorate next year.

Waikato is a safe National seat, with Mr Tishch having one of the largest majorities in the country when he won the seat by 16,169 votes in 2014.

“I feel very privileged to have served and represented the constituents of the Waikato and to promote the region as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It has given me great satisfaction and a sense of achievement,” Mr Tisch said.

“I am particularly pleased that the policies I advocated for in Opposition have come to fruition,” Mr Tisch said.

“I promoted simplification of provisional tax to help small businesses. As tourism spokesperson I also promoted a convention centre for Auckland.

I am delighted to now see these progressed.”

Mr Tisch said he was also proud to be the local MP when the Waikato Expressway was constructed, which had improved the local economy and road safety.

In 2008 Mr Tisch was appointed as a Presiding Officer of Parliament.

“I have been particularly pleased to have been able to operate within the sphere of the institution of Parliament, and to have had input into Speakers Rulings and Standing Orders,” Mr Tisch said.

He finally took the hints from the 9th floor.

Lindsay Tisch was one of the few who went from being party president to an MP. This is not a normal route to parliament for National MPs but, to be fair, Lindsay was only a temporary president after John Collinge was eased out the door.

Tisch benefited early on in his career from having Sue Moroney stand against him in 2002 and 2005, and then Jacinda Ardern in 2008. The Moroney Effect meant he increased his majority substantially.

John Key will now enjoy some renewal of his caucus, and this will accelerate when some other long-serving MPs announce their retirements soon. Labour will be heading into the election with tired old faces from the Clark era in key positions.

 

– NZ Herald

Finally, Labour start niggling National’s weaker links

Paula Bennett used to be an asset to National but progressively she has become more and more a liability.

Her latest stunt, making up the details of the MSD visits. She utterly embarrassed the Prime Minister.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has admitted the Ministry of Social Development didn’t knock on car windows as part of its flying squad for homelessness, despite the Prime Minister saying they did.

The minister says she provided confusing information to John Key but won’t apologise. Instead, she turned the heat on Labour in the housing debate, saying they should apologise to foreign buyers with Chinese-sounding surnames.

Ms Bennett was grilled on the flying squads on homelessness by the Opposition, and today the Prime Minister had nothing — no details, no comment.   Read more »

Harman view on National’s conferences

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This weekend sees the last of National’s regional party conferences.

Over the past three weeks, hundreds of party members have met in Hamilton, Auckland and Wanaka and will meet on Saturday in Palmerston North.

The conferences are mostly morale boosters for them but there are also sessions which they close to the media on the practical techniques they need to employ to win next year.

So how do they do it?

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Annette King tries to make a budget increase sound like a budget cut

New leaked documents show 10 district health boards face cuts in this year’s Budget.

Leaked!

Leaked by Labour, of course.  Who got it from their union flunkies.

Yet the whole budget will go up by 340 million.  Plus, those DHBs that need it less than others are having a little taken away.   Here are the details.

Funding difference by your region for 2016-2017:

Increases:

Northland: 2.13 percent
Auckland City: 0.49 percent
Counties Manukau: 0.13 percent
Bay of Plenty: 1.49 percent
Waikato: 1.50 percent
Lakes District: 3.06 percent
Gisbourne/Tairawhiti: 2.70 percent
Whanganui: 0.60 percent
Palmerston North: 0.82 percent
Southern: 0.80 percent

Decreases:

Waitemata: -0.51 percent
Hakwes Bay: -0.01 percent
Wairarapa: -0.15 percent
Taranaki: -0.29 percent
Hutt: -0.15 percent
Capital and Coast: -1.54 percent
Nelson/Malborough: -0.75 percent
Christchurch: -0.98 percent
South Canterbury: -0.15 percent

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Labour did really well getting to a quarter mil selling sausages

The National Party collected $1.4 million in donations last year while the Labour Party was languishing with just $279,134.

The donation returns for 2015 have just been released and show National’s donors included milk powder manufacturer GMP Dairy which focuses on exports to China.

The dairy company donated $25,338 in five separate donations. Parties must disclose all donations of money, goods or services worth more than $15,000.

Stonyridge Vineyard on Waiheke Island also donated a total of $21,720. Other donors included Auckland real estate giant Garth Barfoot ($25,000), property developer Adrian Burr ($27,350) and National Party member Kit Parkinson ($17,044) all of whom are known National supporters. Mr Barfoot and Mr Burr have donated in the past. Christine Che donated $15,800 and Brijesh and Nivedita Sethi, the owners of private training establishment the NZ School of Education, donated $21,900 through their company, Sethi Business Group. Read more »

Poll carnage for Labour with latest Colmar Brunton poll

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Labour and Andrew Little are in real trouble in the latest Colmar Brunton poll.

The popularity of John Key’s government is showing no sign of waning, with support for National climbing in the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll.

However it’s a very different story for Labour, with the party and its leader Andrew Little taking a big hit this month.

National has climbed three points to 50 percent – a level it hasn’t been at since August 2014 – while Labour is down a whopping four points to 28 percent.

Crucially, this is the first time Labour has slipped below 30 percent since the election.   Read more »

Bludgers protest National’s first benefit increase in 43 years

The bludgers of the Auckland Action Against Poverty reckon National is conducting a war on the poor.

As part of their protests they decided to protest at the Young Nationals’ ball.

Police officers stood at the door of Auckland’s Heritage Hotel last night, as about 80 protesters played music and chanted outside the venue.

Sophie Morgan of Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) said the group was protesting the event to draw attention to increased inequality.

She said beneficiaries, the unemployed, and low-wage workers were hit the hardest, while the rich continued to benefit.   Read more »