Phil Goff

Five minutes into the job and Phil Goff wants to blow a billion on a stadium

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Well, we did warn you. Phil Goff has just picked up from where Len Brown left off. Now he wants to build a stadium…at a cost of more than $1 billion.

What is it with socialists and grand projects?

New Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants to make an early start on a $1 billion stadium on railway land alongside Vector Arena.

In an interview with NewstalkZB’s Tony Veitch to be aired today, Goff said he does not want to spend an estimated $250 million on upgrading Eden Park over the next 15 years and believes the spiritual home of rugby and cricket could be sold for as much as $300m.

Goff, who has only been in the mayoral job for two weeks, stressed the council did not have up to $1b to invest in a new stadium right now but if the council did not start planning it would miss the boat.    Read more »

Hide: The Mt Roskill byelection could wreck Labour

Could.  Do we dare hope it might?

Oh but Mt Roskill’s Labour’s seat – look at Phil Goff’s majority. Governments don’t take seats off oppositions in byelections – look at history.

But National won Mt Roskill’s party vote last election by more than 2000 votes. That’s a win by 6 per cent. Mt Roskill had more National voters than Labour ones. That’s a bad start for Labour.

Also, low turnout plagues byelections. It can be as little as half that of the general election. That low turnout can dramatically skew the result. I suspect National voters are more likely to vote in Mt Roskill than Labour ones.

And yes the Greens with their new love-in with Labour aren’t standing a candidate, but that makes Labour look weak and desperate.

Plus I don’t think it helps. The Green candidate for Mt Roskill took only 5 per cent last election.

And a great many of those Green voters won’t vote in the byelection having been deprived of their candidate.

It’s a typical situation where even by winning, you can still lose.   Read more »

Will Mt Roskill decide Andrew Little’s fate?

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Andrew Little’s future rests on the result in Mt Roskill

Matthew Hooton explores the possibility that the Mt Roskill by-election will determine the fate of Andrew Little.

Both Labour and National are downplaying their chances in Mt Roskill.

National claims that no government has ever won a byelection from an opposition in New Zealand’s history. Labour reminds pundits Mt Roskill has been won by National before, when Gilbert Myles took it from Phil Goff in 1990. They also point out National’s party vote in 2014 was 14,275, just 1090 behind Labour-Green’s 15,365. They then assert that if all the 1240 people who backed Colin Craig’s Conservative Party in 2014 vote National in the byelection, Dr Parmar will win.

You can’t argue with the maths but Labour may be overestimating the willingness of Mr Craig’s supporters to back John Key, the godless money trader who conspired with Helen Clark and Sue Bradford to stop them smacking their kids, and who also was responsible for marriage equality for gay couples.

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Phil, all you have to do is find the cheap land – here are the houses


Apparently, there is a housing crisis everywhere.

In the UK they are looking for solutions to their own housing crisis.

Most first-time buyers can only dream of buying a home for less than £50,000 – but it is possible if you’re prepared to go ‘modular’.

This involves selecting pre-fabricated, low-cost modules of various sizes which are then put together by skilled craftsmen.

The customer can then choose the interior design, giving an end-product which could be an office, hotel, school or house – and that includes starter homes.

The Modulhus, one such starter home, has now been crowned winner of an annual shoestring design competition.   Read more »

Goff gives Hulse the arse card; appoints one of his South Auckland mates as deputy

Phil Goff has replaced one of the architects of rates increases as his deputy with a member of the Terrible Ten who voted for rates increases under Len Brown.

New Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has confirmed the badly kept secret Bill Cashmore will be his deputy, while also announcing the council’s committees will be overhauled to cut down on meetings.

An official announcement on Thursday confirmed speculation National Party member Mr Cashmore would be picked for the No. 2 spot over two-time deputy mayor Penny Hulse.

Mr Goff – a former Labour Party leader – told reporters he hoped the appointment of Mr Cashmore – who ran unopposed in his largely rural Franklin seat – would send a message to Auckland’s farmers that they were still part of the super city.

“He has a reputation for getting things done. He’s a straight shooter,” Mr Goff said.

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You have to wonder why he hasn’t acted sooner

Stephen Town reckons he is ready to look for some paltry savings under his new Mayor.

Auckland Council boss Stephen Town says he shares the agenda of new Auckland Mayor Phil Goff for a turnaround in council performance.

Really? Then why is the performance so crap under his tenure then?

In an interview with the Herald, Town said the council already shared the mayor’s agenda and there was nothing to be alarmed about.

Responding to claims by Goff that satisfaction with council’s performance across the board is at “rock bottom”, Town said the council would love to see trust and confidence scores increase on the back of improved performance.

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Is it because half of council hate her?

Council insiders say that Penny Hulse is getting demoted based on her appalling treatment of a number fellow councillors, who absolutely loathe her.

Perhaps she needs to reflect on her treatment of her perceived inferiors and work out if it has caught up with her.

New Auckland mayor Phil Goff has dumped Penny Hulse as his deputy.

An official announcement is expected later this week, but sources close to the mayor’s office said Hulse would not be getting the nod.

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I’m worried that Rodney has Early-onset Dementia

Apparently everyone loves Phil Goff.

Phil Goff has the potential to be an excellent mayor. He is capable and personable.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like him. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think him able.

He knows Auckland well having represented Mt Roskill since before most Aucklanders were born.

He also knows Wellington having been an MP since 1981, bar a one-term break, and has served as a senior Minister in the Lange and Clark-led governments. He is tribal Labour but is respected across Parliament.

That will be important. For Auckland to succeed the mayor needs a good working relationship with central government and MPs across Parliament. Understanding the workings of government and Parliament will be a huge boon.

Over his parliamentary career Goff has travelled left to right and back again and so has represented, at one time or another, the breadth of the New Zealand political spectrum.

He is more broadly representative than anyone else I know.

Well Rodney, you know me.  And I think he is a lying, duplicitous weasel.  So you do know someone that doesn’t like him.  He has a history of tax-and-spend, of bait and switch, of bold-faced lies and of delivering process rather than results.

But I guess that after Len Brown, we can’t go further backwards.   Or can we?   Read more »


In the seventies he spat at veterans, now he honours them

I really can’t abide politicians., and especially hypocrite politicians.

In the seventies Phil Goff spat at veterans returning from Vietnam, he threw red paint at them and he flew the flag of an enemy from the Auckland cenotaph.

Now he is playing the concerned politician and laying wreaths.

Phil Goff’s first public event as Auckland Mayor was to lay a wreath at the Passchendaele 99th Commemoration at Auckland Museum today.   Read more »

The mocking of Phil Goff has started


Poor Phil Goff. He’s hardly jumped into his new planet-friendly Nissan Leaf mayoral limousine for a honeymoon whirl around his new city, when old foe John Key punctures the front tyres.

The Prime Minister rubbishes the new Auckland Mayor’s promise of a regional fuel tax to pay for new transport infrastructure, and a 15 per cent tax on foreigners buying existing houses.

Of course, as an old parliamentary veteran, this will have come as no surprise to Goff. He well knows that a mayor – even one representing a Super City containing a third of the nation’s population – is lower in the political pecking order than a prime minister.

Goff has been lying all through the campaign, along with other candidates, promising road tolls, extra harbour crossing and all sorts of other taxes and transport solutions that are completely outside of the power of Auckland Council.  The lazy, indifferent and complicit Media party have let it all go unchallenged.   But now Key has poured cold water on it:  Key says No.   Read more »