National Party

Victoria Crone’s All-Star Campaign Team?

I was talking to a Labour person yesterday and they alleged that Sean Topham is doing Victoria Crone’s media. They couldn’t believe it because the media role is absolutely crucial for a successful mayoral campaign, and were wanting to know if this was a serious appointment.

A media person needs to be exceptionally well connected with the media who will be covering the race. They need pre-exisiting relationships with all the important journalists in the area, and they need to be able to turn out press releases that will be published very rapidly. Writing press releases is not that difficult, but getting them published is very difficult if you do not have a good rapport with the media.

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The Rise and Rise of Chris Bishop

The National Party List MP Chris Bishop has had a huge amount of positive press in the last few months.

In the eyes of the media he is the next man coming in National, and a man who will clearly test John Key’s promise to caucus that he will not promote anyone to a cabinet position in their first term.

Richard Harman gives him a glowing review:

In other words he had precisely the sort of CV that cynics around Parliament believe means its owner is inevitably headed for a fall.

But it hasn’t happened.

Instead he has confounded his critics to the point where his name appeared last year on virtually every media shortlist as backbencher of the year.

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As night follows day: Maori not happy with protecting fish

JK Kingfish

It all goes to plan: as a government you do something, and Maori interests aren’t happy.

Proposed laws for establishing protected marine areas will undermine Maori fishing rights, the Maori Fisheries Trust says.

On Tuesday the government announced a proposal to build a new framework for protecting New Zealand’s marine environments, including creating marine reserves and recreational fishing parks.

If passed, the new laws would see two large recreational fishing parks created in Auckland and Marlborough, where commercial fishing would be banned.

Can anyone spell “Customary Fishing Rights”?  Read more »

Richard Harman has a bro-crush on National’s Chris Bishop

Chris Bishop came into Parliament as a National list MP in 2014 with what you might call form.

He’d been a lobbyist for a tobacco company, had worked for Cabinet Ministers Steven Joyce’s and Gerry Brownlee and had earned a reputation at Victoria University as a far right libertarian with an undisguised ambition to be an MP.

With a father who had been a TVNZ Press Gallery journalist and a mother who is a top environmental lawyer, he was born into what you might call the Wellington political establishment.

Like both his parents he has been a champion debater.

“When I was elected I knew where the toilets were here,” he jokes.

In other words he had precisely the sort of CV that cynics around Parliament believe means its owner is inevitably headed for a fall.

But it hasn’t happened.

Instead he has confounded his critics to the point where his name appeared last year on virtually every media shortlist as backbencher of the year.

To be fair, all his “critics” have been pointing at is his tobacco lobbying job, completely ignoring all of the other qualities and skills Bishop possesses…like losing to Trevor Mallard when Labour stitched up the boundaries to help Mallard lose. Or bragging loudly in pubs about his brilliance and abilities. Read more »

Jono Naylor’s brain fart

If you know Jono Naylor is a National MP you’re more informed than most.  One thing I like about this time of year is that the backbench comes out to play.

Flicking a cigarette butt or coffee cup to the kerb could cost you dearly if one National MP has his way.

Councils around the country are spending millions cleaning up after litterbugs, prompting calls to more than double fines for dumping junk.

In Auckland alone, litter clean-up costs almost $5 million a year. That doesn’t include roadside dump and runs.

“Illegal dumping costs ratepayers just over $1 million a year to clean up,” says Waste Solutions manager Ian Stupple. Read more »

Are National and John Key really “out of touch”

Liam Hehir outlines National’s shocker of a year….month by awful month.

In January, the first public poll of the year showed National with 49.8 per cent support, Labour on 29.1, the Greens on 9.3, and New Zealand First on 6.9. That looked pretty good for National. Unfortunately for the party, it all went downhill from there.

In February, the Government came under attack over the possibility of taxpayer funds for SkyCity’s new convention centre. TV3’s Patrick Gower declared that Andrew Little had hit “the political jackpot” and the prime minister’s trouble with the deal was a “a great issue to attack the Government on.”

To make matters worse, Jacinda Ardern accused the Government of being “out of touch” on paid parental leave.

In March, a by-election was held in the safe National seat of Northland and Winston Peters managed to beat out the government’s candidate. Dr Bryce Edwards asked whether this represented “some sort of tipping point” against National. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said the result was proof of an “an increasingly out of touch Government”.

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NZ Herald fundraiser for the Labour Party hardly makes a dent as National rakes in the cash

His leadership is a dog's breakfast and tastes like a dog's leavings


The National Party coffers have been given a $60,000 top-up from Waikato-based Gallagher Group, adding to the $86,000 the agribusiness and security company donated in 2011.

The National Party disclosed the donation made in late November under rules requiring donations of more than $30,000 to be disclosed within 10 working days. It is the first such major donation since last year’s election. Read more »

National MPs mad as a cut snake about Nikki Kaye


For months Nikki Kaye has been bullying National MPs to get in behind “her” mayoral candidate and her organisation “Auckland Future”.

Nikki never told them who the candidate was or what the plan was, just “Trust Me, I Know what I am doing”.

Now Nikki’s candidate, Victoria Crone, has been announced the National MPs are very, very annoyed.  Read more »

Tracy Watkins: Other ministers will resent the return of Judith Collins

Tracy Watkins reckons other ministers are going to resent the return of Judith Collins.

[T]he return of Collins to Cabinet also gives Key some headaches. Before her fall from grace Collins was the most powerful woman in the Key Cabinet.

Others have moved up to fill that gap and will resent her return. Key carefully stepped around questions about whether his Cabinet fully endorsed the decision to reinstate Collins.

It is no secret that some ministers made it known to Key that they didn’t want her back. It is said they included two of Key’s most influential women ministers, Paula Bennett and Amy Adams.

They would not have been the only ones. But Key would have had in mind the long-held wisdom about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

John Key is smart and he can count better than most politicians after a life time of counting in business. He knew the longer he left Collins on the back bench the stronger she got. She would have been helping out all the back benchers, going to all the functions, assisting them in electorates. At the same time Steve Joyce would have been disdainfully rejecting invitations, Paula Bennett would have been shrieking at the back benchers and Amy Adams making sure security weren’t watching where or who she left parliament with.   Read more »

Well bugger me, I agree with Brian Rudman

Brian Rudman is almost never right, and he still doesn’t have his council/state-subsidised theatre.

But occasionally, about once a year, he does get something right.

It bemuses me the way the major political parties go to so much trouble to disguise their interest in running Auckland Council. Why wouldn’t they want to control the powerhouse city of the New Zealand economy, home to a third of the population?

This week we learn a triumvirate of National Party presidents – past and present – have joined forces with two Auckland-based junior Cabinet ministers, Nikki Kaye and Paul Goldsmith, to mastermind a new front group, Auckland Future, set up to contest next year’s local elections.

The presidents include sitting party boss Peter Goodfellow, long-time party Svengali Michelle Boag, and Sue Wood, who headed the party during Sir Robert Muldoon’s tumultuous prime ministership.

Last month they hosted Prime Minister John Key at a fundraising event for the new ticket.

But when fronted by my colleague Bernard Orsman, they ducked for cover. It is as though they’re ashamed of Brand National. Scared it will turn voters off.

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