Phil Goff

Can’t wait for Patrick Gower to go nuts over this

I won’t hold my breath waiting for Patrick Gower to go nuts on the Greens pulling out of the Mt Roskill by-election to give Goff’s shadow, Michael Wood, a chance at winning.

The Green Party will not stand a candidate in the Mt Roskill electorate should Phil Goff win the Auckland mayoralty race.

The party made the official announcement this afternoon after weeks of speculation it would not stand a candidate in the central Auckland suburb.

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the government in 2017 and, as part of that, we’ve decided we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election,” says Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.

The Greens and Labour signed a memorandum of understanding in May, where the parties committed to “work collaboratively to change the government.”

Ms Turei says today’s decision shows that agreement is working.

“The Mt Roskill by-election will be closely contested and we don’t want to play any role in National winning the seat,” she says.

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That’s it, it isn’t safe to vote for any Auckland Mayoral candidate

I was going to put up a recommended voter guide for the Auckland Council elections.

But after today I can no longer support any mayoral candidate.

Three leading mayoral candidates have backed the idea of dedicated seats for Māori on the Auckland Council, but one of them, Phil Goff, would leave it to the government to decide.

Mr Goff – along with John Palino and Chloe Swarbrick – said he would support Māori seats but, in today’s Radio Waatea debate, both Mark Thomas and Vic Crone opposed them.

Mr Goff was asked directly whether he would support dedicated Māori seats.

“I’d say ‘yes’, John Key says ‘no’, so it’s not going to happen,” he told a live audience gathered at a marae in Mangere.   Read more »

Random Impertinent Questions for Phil Goff

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While the “independent” candidate for Auckland’s mayoralty is busily having the Labour party deliver his leaflets and campaign with him I thought it might be timely to ask Phil Goff a number of impertinent questions.

When Richard Prebble left the leadership of the Act party in 2004 it seems there was a mad scramble to find a replacement.

A very well connected messenger was dispatched to Wellington to meet with a certain Labour party MP to consider taking over the leadership of the Act party.

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More electoral dishonesty from Phil Goff

A reader emails:

Hi Cam,

Just received these election flyers in the mail here in Papatoetoe.

One brochure shows the “independent” Phil Goff appearing on a Labour flyer.

The smaller ‘blue’ flyer was delivered inside the Labour one.

You’ll notice Ashraf Choudary is also standing – the one who supports stoning and campaigned for the removal of the cross on top of the clocktower in Palmerston North.

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One of these things is not like the others

Phil Goff continues to campaign as an independent candidate.

Unfortunately, the reality is that his claims of independence are a lie.

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Guess what your “independent” candidate Phil Goff was up to on the weekend

Guess what your “independent” candidate Phil Goff was up to on the weekend.

Yup, you got it…campaigning with Labour.

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Why does Phil Goff hang around with dodgy, corrupt, convicted ratbags?

Corrupt former Labour party candidate was in the news again last week for more ratbag behaviour.

He is a darling of the Labour party however and in the past both Goff and his putative replacement in MT Roskill Michael Wood have enjoyed being seen with him.

But what we can reveal today after information via the tipline became available is that Phil Goff is still consorting with the corrupt ratbag.

On the 14th of August this year a fundraiser for Phil Goff was held at an Indian restaurant in Papakura.

And there, front and centre with Daljit Singh was Phil Goff.

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Is “independent” Phil Goff really just a Labour plant in a bigger plan

Rob Hosking sees a nefarious rationale behind Phil Goff’s candidacy in Auckland:

Mr Goff’s weak points are twofold. One, is he is more tribally Labour, at a national level, than incumbent Len Brown. Labour is targeting the council of the country’s main city, along with Wellington, (it already has Christchurch in the bag).

Denuded of support, both financial and other, Labour is hoping to create bases in local government from which to challenge the government and, no doubt, surreptitiously support its general election campaign next year.

Two, Mr Goff’s priorities, and the priorities of staffers he brings with him, are going to be less Auckland-focused than those of Mr Brown.

The resources of the council, including ratepayer-funded sinecures for campaign staff, will be there for the taking, and Labour will need those to hang on to its ground, let alone gain any ground, in Auckland at next year’s general election.  

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Nanny Phil now wants to tax your supermarket bags

One of the most pressing issues of this campaign appears to be the use of plastic shopping bags in supermarkets.

It must be very serious because Phil Goff, the front-runner, now wants to tax or ban plastic shopping bags.

Auckland should follow the United Kingdom and charge about 10 cents for plastic supermarket bags, says Mayoral candidate and Labour MP Phil Goff.

In May this year, Countdown on Waiheke Island stopped using plastic checkout bags and Goff wants to reduce plastic bag use citywide.

“Last year the United Kingdom introduced an equivalent 10 cents charge on all plastic bags used in supermarkets (with exceptions for some goods such as meat, fish and vegetables). The result was an 85 per cent reduction in plastic bag use. This is replicated in cities around the world which have taken this action. We need to do the same,” he said.   Read more »

Aucklanders: Congestion charging back on the menu as National and Len 2.0 come for your money

I don’t really think National would seriously consider introducing tolls on roads we already have paid for…especially in Auckland.

It would be political suicide. So anything the retiring root bag has to say on the matter is moot.

Aucklanders will have to pay to drive at peak times if the city is to overcome its growing traffic problems, says outgoing Auckland mayor Len Brown.

A joint transport strategy report released by the council and the Government yesterday said a dedicated project should develop ‘smarter transport pricing’ for implementation within the next ten years.

Brown said this meant a specific focus on congestion charges.    Read more »