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Waikato Expressway gets $1.5B for the next stage

The Government has written another transport cheque, this time for more than $1.5 billion of funding to complete the Waikato Expressway.

It follows yesterday’s lolly scramble of bridges across the Northland electorate.

The expressway project has crossed a chasm in every sense. The Karapiro Gully is the biggest challenge of the fourth section of the Waikato Expressway, and after 16 months of effort it has finally been spanned.

“This is a huge milestone for the project,” says HEB Construction’s Gary Budden. “This is the biggest bridge on the Waikato Expressway and it connects the project up for the north and south sections.”

The bridge’s construction marks the midpoint of the expressway project, now designated as a road of national significance.

The bridge stands just three metres lower than the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is constructed with 36 50-metre beams and held together with 23,000 bolts.

I’m confused.  Is there a by-election in the Waikato?   Read more »

ACT still on National life support – Whyte to take on safe National seat

ACT Party leader Jamie Whyte is going to stand in Pakuranga for the September general election.

He says he’s going to campaign for the party vote only and use his candidate status to get ACT’s policies across to voters.

“Those policies will go a long way to making Pakuranga more prosperous and its streets and homes safer,” he said.

“A low flat tax, getting tough on crime, and one country, one law.”

Pakuranga is one of the safest National seats in the country.

Maurice Williamson retained it with a 13,846 majority in 2011.

You could theorise this two ways   Read more »

Why? – I just do not get it. – Observation by the Owl

Ms Turei insisted the Greens “want to change the government”, and suggested they would offer Labour confidence and supply even without a coalition deal.

I just do not get it! Why are Labour and Greens etc so obsessed with changing the government?

I have read, re-read and followed all the politics going on and the only policy I see that Mana, Greens, NZ First and Labour has and at least Ms Turei has said it out loud – “want to change the government”.

People will only change the government if the following happens.

  • Interest rates hit 10%
  • Law and order collapses
  • We stop paying our bills
  • Blues win a game away – (then we know something is wrong).

Please would someone from the Mana, NZ First or their sidekicks the Green and Labour party give me a policy which I can say – YES, you are on the right track.

The PEOPLE of NZ do not give a dam about Kim Dot Com and silly policies around caravan and truck speed.  Read more »

Another Cunliffe numbers botch up. Again

Gerry Brownlee listened with some incredulity when David Cunliffe was touting his new Labour Cluster Truck Transport Policy yesterday.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Ministry of Transport analysis of Labour’s new policy for taxing motorhomes shows many motorhome owners would actually be charged higher Road User Charges under a Labour government than they are presently, not lower, as Labour’s leader claimed this morning.

“This is frankly remarkable – I’m not sure if David Cunliffe is being tricky or if Labour is simply a shambles,” Mr Brownlee says.

“This morning David Cunliffe announced a Labour government would charge motorhome and campervan owners for the wear and tear their vehicles do to the roads based on their vehicles’ actual weights.

“But analysis by the Ministry of Transport shows that based on the difference between average and maximum weights for trucks versus motorhomes, the owners of many motorhomes would end up paying more for Road User Charges than they do today.

Well, Cunliffe lost all the Truckie votes yesterday, and you can add the Gypsy demographic to that as well.   Read more »

Pasifika going Blue? Not so, says Labour’s Su’a William Sio

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Someone got a kick in the backside and told to do some work for a change.  Deny the defections to National!

Alexia Russel at Newstalk ZB reports

The most loyal Labour supporters of all are not going to swing en masse to National.

The Labour MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, says stories of Pasifika leaders encouraging their communities to turn blue are exaggerated.   Read more »

2014 Election all over bar the shouting – literally

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There may be some minor excitement about who wins an electorate seat, or if NZ First will make it back into parliament (no), but in essence, apart from a few minor details, this election isn’t about who wins and who loses, but how to proportion the tax payer loot between all the scum list MPs.

And to a fair degree this is more a reflection of a completely disorganised opposition rather than a super effective government.

I can’t remember an electorate being this sure of itself so far out from the election for some time.

 

– Stuff

Herald poll vs Whaleoil poll

The Herald-Digipoll results came out this morning.  As you may recall, we ran our own survey a little while ago so we could compare.

The Digipoll had 750 responses

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March 2014 Herald-Digipoll

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Cry Baby of the Week

The Cry Baby:  David Cunliffe, MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Hope Dies

Hope Dies

The incidents

He tried to buy the electorate with a ‘baby bribe’ that turned out to class parents with less than $150,000 of household income as poor and by stating it would give money to parents on parental leave (not!).  Then he tried to paint John Key as privileged, living in a big house in a leafy suburb, while himself living in a big house in a leafy suburb.  He tried to launder money through a trust for his leadership challenge and is still not telling us who two of the donors are.  The 2nd trust is one that he has deliberately hidden from the voters.  And… we can go on, but we have a Cry Baby Post to get underway.

The appropriate response

Resign as leader of the Labour Party.

Seriously, the time for explanation, apologies and deflection are over.

All that’s missing is a photo of Cunliffe holding two smelly dead fish.

The actual response   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit: SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Something seriously wrong with the latest poll results

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http://find.ipsos.co.nz/Fairfax-Ipsos/14.02/Poll14.02.15/index.html

Something is wrong….  Oh, I know  Read more »

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