NZ First

Winston reminds ACT they aren’t true to party principles

New Zealand First is calling on the MP, David Seymour, to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to tobacco excise taxes given he voted with the government to increase them.

“Mr Seymour has been caught blowing his puppy whistle again,” says the New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“While Mr Seymour rails against the tobacco excise tax in public, designed to curry favour with the working man and women in the street, he voted with this National government to increase them. Read more »

Winston on Labour and the Greens

Winston Peters has given an interview to Jo Moir from Fairfax and it is very interesting indeed.

He has started signalling where his preferences lie…and they aren’t where the left-wing thinks they are:

According to Peters, Labour were on the right track last year with their controversial Chinese-sounding surnames story, which revealed Chinese buyers accounted for 39.5 per cent of buyers compared to the 9 per cent of Auckland’s population recorded as being ethnically Chinese in the last census.

Where they went wrong is that “they lost their nerve”.

That was NZ First’s “missed opportunity”, if Peters had to name one.   Read more »

It may not be as bad as Winston says it is, but he does have a point

Winston Peters is banging on about immigration again…he does have a point though, even if it isn’t as bad as he makes out.

Seven thousand nurses have been given working visas in the past seven years under the National government – while Kiwi-trained nurses can’t get jobs, says New Zealand First.

“The number of New Zealand educated, trained and qualified nurses not getting jobs shows how sinister this government’s immigration policy is,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“This appalling state of affairs and today’s announcement of a new record for annual migrant arrivals of 126,700 confirms open door immigration is a disaster for young New Zealanders wanting to get into the workforce.

“The government has settled on migrant labour as a cheaper option and migrants as a more compliant workforce, stifling fair wages and driving down New Zealand workplace conditions.  Read more »

What sort of an arsehole would shoot at power lines

Some wankers have been shooting at power lines and Winston Peters isn’t at all happy.

If Northland power lines have been damaged intentionally the perpetrators should face a tough penalty, says Northland MP and Leader of New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“We want them to do hard labour, in the community. They need to be putting their backs into doing something useful for the many people they have hurt through such deliberate and spiteful acts.

“By causing the power outage today many people have been affected, some through the loss of business.   Read more »

Winston stops short of calling for the death penalty

Winston stops short of calling for the death penalty for looters.

New Zealand First is asking for the government to announce new laws with powerful sentencing for those who loot during periods of civil disaster.

“These individuals are preying on others during periods of extreme stress and tragedy,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Police time is being wasted chasing looters when they should be free to concentrate on the emergency effort. Their valuable work is diverted by such selfish acts.

“That anyone would rob others at a time of such crisis is evil.    Read more »

Did Little steal a NZ First policy?

As if things could get any worse for Labour with their work for the dole policy. Their numbers were wonky, Phil Twyford set about attacking the media, and it is reported that Mike Jaspers the new media wrangler for Andrew Little is also adopting the Neale Jones approach of personally attacking journos.

Now NZ First is upset that Labour has nicked their policy.

NZ First says Labour’s new jobs scheme is a rip off of NZ First’s old “Community Wage” scheme which Labour scrapped in 2001.

NZ First’s social development spokesman Darroch Ball said the “Ready for Work” policy outlined by Labour at its annual conference had all the same elements as Community Wage, which NZ First introduced when in coalition with National in 1996.

“The Labour Party scrapped the Community Wage scheme in 2001 – the very same scheme that they now are calling a solution,” said Ball. That scheme was also for long-term unemployed, paid the minimum wage, involved coordinators, and offered community or conservation work.

Ball said Labour’s scheme had serious flaws, such as a lack of training which could lead to full-time work or further education.

“How is a young person’s CV advanced by pulling weeds from a walkway for six months?

“This is an attempt at a feel-good policy which misses the objective of assisting young people in to meaningful full-time employment.

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Winston keeps winning voters over with his immigration stance

JESSICA [MUTCH] Even though you call this tinkering, do you feel somewhat vindicated? This has been something that’s been close to your heart for a long time.

WINSTON [PETERS] Well, if they did something sound and substantial, I would agree with them, but take, for example, parental reunion. They’ve said it’s suspended now until 2018. Well, they’ve gotten almost 2500 applications. That’s why it’s suspended, sitting parked up now. When it comes to the issue of the skills category, nearly one in two are coming in without skills. They’re here now. And then when you come to, for example, the changes on the student visas, well, you remember what happened. Students were coming in for export education, then they said, ‘You can work in our economy.’ It’s no longer export education when they say that. And then they said because we weren’t competing with the rest of the world’s best education institutions, ‘Oh, we’ll give you a pathway to residency.’ You see how it’s perverted it? And then a lot of people in the export education business are actually from abroad in this country exploiting their own people, and the fraud is massive. Now, when we produced all that information, this government met us in Parliament and in the media day after day, saying that this wasn’t true.

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Winston’s dance card is filling up – everyone wants to take him home

Winston Peters is the man of the moment, especially since Colin Craig is going down in a blaze of ignominy.

Prime Minister John Key has signalled he’ll announce before next year’s election that he’s prepared to work with NZ First to form a government if he has to.

Mr Key ruled out working with NZ First leader Winston Peters before the 2008 and 2011 elections, but changed his attitude before the 2014 election.

He didn’t need to work with Mr Peters post-election in 2014 because he had enough support elsewhere to form a government.   Read more »

The People’s Party deliver a hit on Winston Peters and it bounced right off

via 3 News

via 3 News

Winston Peters is caught up in a donations controversy after his New Zealand First party took $3000 from the founder of the new immigrant-focused People’s Party.

Newshub can reveal the money was taken after Peters met with Indian businessman Rohan Nauhria over dinner at Auckland’s India Gate restaurant in the days before the 2014 election.

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Whinston says its all go for Whangarei and Whanganui

Winston Peters has indicated for the first time that NZ First is targeting two blue seats in next year’s general election.

NZ First leader Winston Peters says his party is eyeing up Whangarei and Whanganui in next year’s election – and is aiming to have all candidates confirmed by year end.

Speaking at the start of the party’s annual conference in Dunedin, Peters told media Whangarei was ripe for the taking because of National MP Shane Reti’s low profile.

“Shane can walk down the main street of Whangarei and eight out of 10 people don’t recognise him. Now that’s a fact.”    Read more »