Shane Jones

Northland loss to Winston not a lesson for Whangarei’s Shane Reti it seems

Shane Reti isn’t quaking in his boots, or even his jandals over claims that NZ First will seriously contest Whangarei at the next election.

NZ First Leader and Northland MP Winston Peters is targeting Whangarei for his party next election, but incumbent Shane Reti isn’t too worried.

Speaking at the start of the party’s annual conference in Dunedin at the weekend Mr Peters said Whangarei was ripe for the taking because of National MP Dr 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,” Mr Peters said.

Mr Peters, who captured Northland from National in a by-election in 2015 and has since put more campaigning focus on the regions, also named Whanganui as a possible target.   Read more »

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 »

Former army mechanic gets his knickers in a bunch

Ron Mark doesn’t really have the right temperament to even pretend to be the heir apparent to Winston Peters.

If his reaction in the House yesterday (4:02 in the video above) is anything to go by how on earth is he going to react to the news that Jonesy is going to make a comeback?

NZ First’s Ron Mark has been involved in another debating chamber spat, this time getting away with it despite calling another member a “lying little s***”.

An unidentified MP on the government benches interjected while Mr Mark was speaking on Wednesday night.    Read more »

Shane Jones likes the idea of taking Te Tii out of Waitangi Day

Shane Jones enters the vexed Waitangi debate.

Former Labour MP Shane Jones has thrown his weight behind calls to shift Waitangi celebrations involving the Crown, away from Ti Tii Marae.

The national day and lead-up was marred by in-fighting among trustees of the lower marae. Drawn-out confusion over whether Prime Minister John Key was even invited, and a gagging order placed on him by some trustees led to his withdrawal from Waitangi celebrations at the weekend.

He promised to return next year, if his normal speaking rights were reinstated.

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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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Peters to run again in 2017? Sure. But not for Northland

Winston Peters has won the Northland by-election and effectively handed National’s dream team of John Key and Steven Joyce their first political defeat.

It was a resounding victory. The New Zealand First leader won more than 15,000 votes, leaving National candidate Mark Osborne 4000 votes behind.

The message from Labour to vote Mr Peters left Willow-Jean Prime with only 1300 votes.

Mr Peters has made political history again, saving one of his best tricks for last and winning Northland strikes on two levels.

The roaring success for Mr Peters is the humiliating blow to National.

With the win now under his belt, Mr Peters, who turns 70 in two weeks, has revealed he’s in for another round in 2017. Read more »

Good point Pinko

David Farrar has taken a break from blogging about arts, lifestyle and fitness to raise a very valid political point.

If Peters does win Northland, then that is a potential lifeline for NZ First post Peters. They can’t be guaranteed to make 5% with someone else leading them, but if they win and can hold Northland, then they would be able to continue post Peters.

Now neither Ron Mark nor Tracy Martin could I think hold Northland (if Peters wins it), but Shane Jones could. If Peters wins Northland, then Shane Jones could stand in the next election (or the one after) for NZ First, and he would be very likely to hold it.

Now think about what this means for the Greens and Labour? Can you imagine a Shane Jones led NZ First ever letting the Greens into Government? he hates them more than Winston.

Also can you imagine Shane Jones going into coalition with the party that he said no longer has room for people like him in it? I think it is unlikely.

So the irony of Little’s ploy is that it may give the left a tactical victory, but it may be a strategic blunder that pries NZ First away from the left and leaves Labour and the Greens marooned in near perpetual opposition.

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Will the next MP for Northland please stand up?

Winston Peters’ bid to take over the now vacant Northland seat is gathering momentum.

The by-election was forced by the resignation of Mike Sabin last week.

Police knew about issues affecting the former MP but the Police Minister is refusing to comment about whether he knew and who he told.

It’s not even a week since Mr Sabin resigned, but already fighting for his Northland seat has begun.

It’s a safe National seat, but Mr Peters would fight hard, chipping into National’s lead.

But John Key says Peters is acting as a bit of a tease “[I] wouldn’t bet the marae on it.”

Along with Mr Peters, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is also considering running for the seat. Read more »

Woolworths Australia under investigation for same Bully Boy tactics as Countdown

Countdown claimed to be exonerated despite 91 complaints against them, after a report and investigation from the Commerce Commission.

Woolworths in Australia has the same owners as Progressive/Countdown in NZ  and our Commerce Commission let them off the hook after Shane Jones claims.

Woolworths is now being accused of the same bully boy Maia style standover tactics as has recently occurred in New Zealand and the Australian regulators are investigating.

WOOLWORTHS buyers have told suppliers their products could be pulled from shelves just days before Christmas if they refuse to fund the supermarket giant’s new Cheap Cheap advertising campaign.

“I was asked for a contribution of almost $1 million, and when I refused to pay I was told a ‘range review’ was underway and I would be informed of the outcome early next week,” said the sales manager of one of Australia’s leading health product companies.

“The implied threat is that some of my products will no longer be stocked if I don’t pay up.”

Woolworths staff have also been accused of telling suppliers the payment requests had the “endorsement” of the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) – a claim that the consumer watchdog rejects.   Read more »

Oh Countdown, why didn’t you quit when you were ahead?



Not content to let a 9-10 month Commerce Commission investigation into your business practices rest after being ‘exonerated’, Countdown’s boss Dave Chambers has come out hitting against the country’s politicians.

His chief lobbyist, and Matthew Hooton’s mother in law, Sue Wood can’t have told him that politicians have very long memories and don’t take likely to being told what to do by businessmen.

Then again she might have, if reports out of Parliament telling of her aggressive lobbying of MPs are anything to go by.    Read more »