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Labour’s race-baiting wasn’t their Orewa, will someone take Twyford out back and sort him out please

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Andrew Little and Phil Twyford must be held accountable for their race-baiting and dog-whistling housing claims.

Touted to the caucus as the king hit they have been waiting for to get John Key and Labour’s own version of Orewa, it has failed utterly.

Strangely though the print media are silent on these last two polls from reputable companies, preferring instead to wax lyrical about Roy Morgan’s dodgy out of whack poll because it delivers an anti-government slant.

The 3News-Reid Research poll is devastating for Little and Labour.

Full results:

3 News/Reid Research poll, July 15-22, 1000 voters
Margin of error: +/-3.1 percent

Party standings

National – 47 percent, up 0.6 percent (on last poll in May)

Labour – 31.1 percent, up 0.7 percent    Read more »

Winston Peters’ gold card lolly scramble a burden on councils

Winston Peters’ gold card lolly scramble is becoming a burden on councils.

Not surprising really, since when you subsidise things it distorts the market. People make unreasonable choices on the basis that someone else is paying for the free ride they are enjoying.

Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead is ”mighty frustrated” over budget pressures arising from the Government’s Gold Card free bus transport scheme.

Issues over the free off-peak travel scheme surfaced this week at a meeting of the council’s finance and corporate committee.

The SuperGold free off-peak travel scheme, for people aged 65 or older, is a Ministry of Social Development-funded initiative, with the subsidy distributed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

A report tabled at the meeting noted that councils were reimbursed for 65% of the adult cash fare, below the 75% reimbursement level when the scheme was introduced in 2008.    Read more »

Rob Hosking on Chinkygate

Rob Hosking explores the politics behind Labour’s “Chinkygate”.

The latest move in what we have called the War of the Winston Succession has come, with a loud thunderclap, from the Labour Party.

That means this particular move is also about the King Succession: who will replace Labour deputy Annette King, and will that have a destabilising effect on Labour leader Andrew Little’s position?

To Winston, first: the bulk of New Zealand First’s support these days comes from disgruntled Labour voters. The Northland by-election, with its win by New Zealand first leader Winston Peters, reinforced this. While by-elections are, more than most elections, fought on local factors, they have resonance nationwide, and the Northland result bedded in the message that despairing Labour voters have a home in Winston.

That is partly behind Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford’s release of data, which he says shows Chinese people are buying up Auckland property in disproportionate numbers.The data released does not show that. It implies that, certainly. And it backs up a tonne of anecdotal evidence showing offshore buyers from China are a large influence on current property prices.

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Racist Phil Twyford pledges Labour to ban ALL foreigners from buying houses

Phil Twyford continued his dog-whistle racist policy yesterday, committing Labour to ban ALL foreigners from buying houses.

Twyford on The Nation:

We would ban foreign buyers from buying New Zealand houses, end of story.

We’re going to ban foreign buyers.

Interesting…not only is that not currently Labour policy…but it also flies in the face of several Free Trade Agreements.

Further to that it is clearly xenophobic and racist.  Read more »

Explaining is losing, NZ First denies there are divisions

NZ First is claiming that there are no divisions in the party after Ron Mark tipped Tracey Martin out of the deputy role.

New NZ First deputy leader Ron Mark has denied there are divisions in the party.

Mark talked to TV3’s The Nation about the vote on Tuesday that saw him replace Tracey Martin as deputy leader, with a three-day wait before it was announced.

He denied there were any divisions within NZ First or that anyone had abstained from the vote.

“Nobody abstained, and the fact that that’s even a conversation is absolutely quite bizarre,” he said.

Mark said that Martin had done good work, but the vote was a “democratic decision”.

When asked about when the party might need to start thinking about life without Winston Peters, he said the NZ First leader was “yet to peak”.

“Mark my words, he hasn’t finished yet, and if anyone thinks that Winston Peters is finished, all I’d say is smell the coffee.”

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Quote of the Day

From Rob Hosking at the NBR, about Colin Craig:

There is little doubt Mr Craig is flakier than a roll of filo pastry with psoriasis. Statements about chem trails, doubts about the validity of the moon landings, calls for unused land to be confiscated from the owners, descriptions of Kiwi women as the most promiscuous in the world all caused a lot of side-eye from dubious New Zealanders. The departure of his press secretary days before last year’s general election looked odd: it now emerges the relationship became “inappropriate,” to use Mr Craig’s own words, although the this inappropriate behaviour appears to have been on his side, not hers.

That, plus the decidedly odd shirtless TV interview in a sauna last month has turned the flakiness into a snowstorm.

It was also never clear how much Mr Craig actually believed some of the stuff he was spouting: there was seldom an air of conviction to his comments aimed at enticing morally conservative Christian voters.

He came to politics as if he were someone who had spotted a vacant market niche rather than as a conviction politician.

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If only they’d do the work

Winston Peters wants to get the unemployed to help with the building of homes in struggling regions.

I can’t wait for the unions to dump all over that policy, and I can’t wait for Labour to try and nix the solution.

NZ First leader Winston Peters wants to use unemployed people to fix up dilapidated houses in struggling regions.

In a speech in Rotorua today, Mr Peters said his party had long had a community wage policy to get unemployed people into work.

“It is based on a combination of the unemployment benefit and the minimum wage, and amounts to a subsidy for paid work in any region,” he said.

Mr Peters said when full-time jobs did not exist local community leaders could name projects that would be started if money was made available.

Under the policy, an individual or a group of people could be working for a number of employers doing specific jobs.

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Oh, he’s sorry alright. Sorry he was caught

Sonny Tau, the Ngapuhi leader and pigeon-fancier is sorry…he was caught.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed it is investigating allegations Mr Tau tried to smuggle the native wood pigeons from Invercargill to Northland.

He was reported to have been found with the birds under his jacket.

There are two species of native pigeon: the kererū, and the more threatened Chatham Islands pigeon – the parea.

Although the native pigeon was traditionally hunted for its meat and feathers, that is now illegal.

Kererū, or kukupa, are a protected species under the Wildlife Act 1953, DOC said.

It said the maximum penalty for being caught hunting the bird was a $100,000 fine and/or imprisonment of two years.

Mr Tau has released a statement admitting there was an incident on Tuesday last week in which he was questioned by a DOC officer about kererū in his possession.

“It is important to note that no charges over regulatory breaches have been laid at this point, therefore it is inappropriate for me to comment further on this matter,” he said.

“I wish to assure you I did, and will continue to, fully cooperate with any investigation. I also wish to say this was a mistake, which I deeply regret. The laws around native bird protection are important and to be respected by all, myself included.”

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Is Tracy Martin the full quid?

Here’s a winner from Tracy Martin.

One wonders what Winston Peters sees in her as a deputy, especially when she comes up with dead shit ideas like this.

The government has a responsibility to raise achievement for gifted and talented children, not just those who are struggling, says New Zealand First.

“Children who are excelling at school should be encouraged to reach their full potential but National’s education policy is blocking their success,” says Deputy Leader and Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin.

“Funding and resources are not reaching these children and narrowing of the curriculum through National Standards has done nothing to help the situation.

“On Gifted Awareness Week New Zealand First is renewing its call for a pilot programme that will identify these children early by working with schools, families and early childhood professionals.  Read more »

Key dumps on Winston

John Key has dumped all over Winston Peters, for what reason I cannot fathom.

Well – that is the way NBR painted it anyway

Prime Minister John Key has produced his strongest condemnation yet of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

Mr Key last year left the door open for National to work with New Zealand First if necessary, although in his previous two elections as leader he had ruled out any arrangement, stating he would waste too much time dealing with Mr Peters.

Last night, speaking to a KPMG business briefing in Wellington, Mr Key was vocal in his opposition to New Zealand First’s whole outlook.  Read more »