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National no longer transparent and open

It’s the natural progression of government. When they first come to power they open up all the previous government’s dirty laundry and they are all talking about open government.

But, as they create their own mistakes and start hiding the corpses, “open” government becomes a liability.

Opposition parties have accused the government of flouting the Official Information Act.

“This government is increasingly secretive and devious,” NZ First leader Winston Peters told parliament on Thursday.

“We have 10 outstanding complaints still with the Ombudsman, one dating back to 2014, which are serial examples of how a casual corruption is creeping in.”

He said his party had a witness to Ministry of Social Development staffers openly belittling the OIA.   Read more »

Looking behind the numbers of Colmar Brunton

Colmar Brunton have helpfully provided a look behind the numbers, especially regarding the MOU announcement of the Greens and Labour.

This is not good reading so the one Green party member who reads this blog should look away now.

Following the announcement of the Labour and Green Party Memorandum of Understanding, support for the Labour Party increased significantly, from 26% to 31%, and support for New Zealand First decreased, from 11% to 7%. Support for the Conservative Party also increased, from 0.2% to 1.2%. No other changes are statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. Please note: We have displayed these results to 1 decimal place to aid significance testing.

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For once the cries of racism are real

Winston Peters has labelled National’s pandering to Maori interests as racism, and he is dead right.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has labelled the National Party “racists” over their drafting and support of controversial Resource Management Act reform.

“They’re supporting racist legislation and I’m proving it by the number of references in this legislation,” he said.

Peters made a submission to a Parliament select committee on Thursday, telling MPs his party would fully support RMA reforms on the condition “separatist and race-based proposed laws, starting with the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill” were removed.

“Sir Bob Jones had to fork out $4500 for a resource consent and a cultural impact assessment, after consulting with 13 iwi, all because a reinstated window looked over a designated heritage site in Auckland.

“Can any MP tell the public where the 13 iwi have come from?” Peters said.

“National has already altered the RMA to transform iwi into consenting authorities.”

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The real leader of the opposition

Andrew Little thinks more people wanting selfies with him is an indicator of his rising popularity.

But imagine of the old dears were throwing their knickers at him…what would that mean?

Well, probably that you are the real leader of the opposition.

Kapiti residents asked to hear Winston Peters’ opinions on refugees, treaty rights and rail – of which, he had many.

The veteran parliamentarian spoke to Paraparaumu’s Club Vista on Wednesday.

He presented two women, Anne Sherry and Elaine Bond, with novelty Gold Cards to celebrate their octogenarian birthdays. Bond was ecstatic.   Read more »

Winston in top form as he schools a reporter

Winston Peters is a wily old dog and he schools Lloyd Burr good and proper.

When it comes to avoiding questions, Winston Peters is the best in the business.

But when there’s a simple question like: “Is Helen Clark the right person to lead the United Nations?”, if your answer isn’t “yes”, there’s no credible way to skip the question, change the subject and try move on without sounding like a Helen-hater.

The New Zealand First leader did just that. Here are his answers.   Read more »

Winston plays the same old race card, except he’s right

Winston Peters really is a bit of a one-trick pony.

He’s played the race card yet again; this time over the RMA, and this time he is dead right.

Changes to the Resource Management Act are the result of the Maori Party “brownmailing” National and will take New Zealand down the path of separatism, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

Mr Peters has focused on the reform of the RMA in his state-of-the-nation speech, delivered at the Orewa Rotary Club — the same venue where former National leader Don Brash made his controversial remarks on what he saw as a trend to racial separatism.

The NZ First leader said that under the new RMA bill, every council would be required by law to invite local iwi to participate in the formulation of policy plans, including water management plans.

“This is just the starting point,” Mr Peters told the audience. “Iwi really want much, much more.”

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National proves they continue to support the bludgers to stay in power

The NZ First bill to force immigrants to have insurance to cover health care costs has been defeated.

A Bill that would have forced parent category immigrants to have their own health insurance has been defeated in Parliament.

NZ First leader Winston Peters drafted the member’s Bill, which would also have given pensioners a 25 percent rebate on their health insurance.

He says up to 5000 immigrants come to New Zealand every year under the parent reunion scheme, most of them over 60, and they have full rights to use the public health system.

The Bill would have made them have their own health insurance for the first 10 years of their residence.

“Our public health system is increasingly under pressure with growing debt, longer waiting lists and rationing of services,” Mr Peters said during the first reading debate on his Bill.    Read more »

Audrey Young on Greens v. Labour

Labour is not happy that the party they like to shaft actually got to bend Labour over a table for once and give them one in the chook.

The Green Party demonstrated two things this week: on Tuesday it showed it is working closely with Labour and on Wednesday it showed it will act independently of Labour if need be.

One was more successful than the other but it needs to continue doing both.

The attempts on Tuesday for Labour and the Greens to join forces against John Key did not work well.

They were trounced by one-liners.

The Greens’ decision to do a deal with National to get the Red Peak flag on the referendum ballot paper worked, at least for the Greens.

What was more interesting was the tone of Labour’s response by MPs on the floor of the House.

The Greens had done the deal with National that Labour had refused and Labour was very, very disappointed in the Greens.

Nothing about the decision was unprincipled, yet Labour’s tone was that the Greens should feel guilty, but that Labour would forgive them because the Greens had been motivated by perhaps youthful exuberance and naivety.

The Greens were definitely guilty of making Labour look out-manoeuvred, but that was a consequence, not a motivation.

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Winston is dead right

Winston Peters says that the politicians, far from congratulating themselves for the Red Peak law change, fast tracked under urgency, they should instead be hanging their heads with shame.

And for once Winston Peters is right.

Mr Peters arrived back yesterday after a trip to England for the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup, and expressed his contempt for developments.

“If you think the Government is being smart here or the Greens are being smart, you have no idea what is going on outside the beltway,” Mr Peters told reporters.    Read more »

Latest 3News poll shows Little still lacks cut through

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The latest 3News-Reid Research poll shows that Andrew little still has a ways to go despite the best efforts of the Media party to play opposition.

It is a year to the day of the last general election and National is polling the same as polling day, despite being off the boil and facing an onslaught of mini-scandals and manipulations, mainly from the Media party.

The Media party push for Jacinda Ardern seems to be working, she has about a third of the support of Andrew Little, while John Key maintains his massive lead in the preferred PM stakes.

Winston Peters remains in the box seat as potential king maker.

Party standings:

National: 47.3 percent (up 0.3 percent)
Labour: 33 percent (up 1.9 percent)
Greens: 10 percent (down 1.4 percent)
NZ First: 7.9 percent(down 0.5 percent)
ACT: 0.6 percent (up 0.1 percent)
Maori Party: 0.5 percent (down 0.1 percent)
Conservative: 0.5 percent (down 0.2 percent)
United Future 0 percent (down 0.1 percent)   Read more »