Simon Lusk

Opening Weekend in an Isuzu DMax

Mabo, Bruce, Dave and Lucy looking forward to hunting

Mabo, Bruce, Dave and Lucy looking forward to hunting

This weekend has been the opening of the game bird season. With mild, warm weather and clear skies,duck hunters will have had small bags.

I’m not a big fan of duck shooting, but much prefer going after pheasants and quail. It is a real pleasure hunting with dogs as well.

On Friday night I headed off to an undisclosed location in the Taupo region for go after pheasants and quail. As usual I am travelling in my Isuzu DMax from Southern Autos.

It may well have been a challenge as the new model I have currently came equipped with road tyres only. More on that later.    Read more »

Shock for Andrew Little in latest INCITE|Curia poll

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In our latest edition of INCITE: Politics which will be released today there is a catastrophic result for Andrew Little in our monthly INCITE|Curia polling.

Exclusive to us Curia looks again at how New Zealanders think our political leaders are doing. This is the only public poll in New Zealand that reports on approval of party leaders.

We asked 1,000 New Zealanders “Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Key/Andrew Little is handling his job as Prime Minister/Leader of the Opposition?”

And the results are devastating. Andrew Little has slumped 12 points while John Key has increased slightly by 1%.

It is clear that last months results were a ‘dead cat’ bounce and Andrew Little is now back under the pump for his lack of performance.

Full details are only available to subscribers.   Read more »

INCITE: Politics – March edition out now

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This month’s INCITE: Politics examines closely the problems currently besetting the Labour party and attempts to look at solutions for them.

We start off as usual with our exclusive polling from David Farrar’s Curia. David Farrar is the best pollster in New Zealand and is becoming as recognised for his polling as Nate Silver in the US. Once again his polling shows Andrew Little is in big trouble with him continuing his net approval ratings in the negatives, some 20-plus points behind John Key.   Read more »

INCITE: Politics March edition due shortly

INCITE

Simon and I have compiled a bumper INCITE: Politics this month.

We are just completing the final polling andeverything else is edited and ready to go. We await the numbers.

Our focus has been on what it will take for Labour to rebuild. We have columns from both Simon and myself as well as a column from Phil Quin. Formerly one of Labour’s best advisors, Quin has been all but essentially sidelined from the party for daring to have opinions.

We also have columns from Willie Jackson, David Garrett, Jock Anderson and, of course, our exclusive polling on net approval ratings of the leaders. Has Andrew Little improved? What has happened with John Key’s approvals?   Read more »

Rebecca Wrong has a second crack at getting her info right

The other day Rebecca Wright exclaimed that her sources told her something. She didn’t verify and went to press with this.

Former National Party President and father of the blogger Whale Oil, John Slater, managed John Palino’s 2013 campaign. And, my sources say, he’s managing Palino again.

But that’s where Palino’s right wing backing begins and ends.

Except she was wrong. I texted her to tell she was wrong, she said she would amend the article and it still isn’t amended.   Read more »

INCITE: Politics February edition out now

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Welcome to the February edition of INCITE: Politics.

This month we have some new contributors, plus the first INCITE/Curia poll of the year. Who is up? Who is down? And what are the implications of their numbers for their parties?

We also continue to look at potential leadership candidates across the parties and ask our 10 questions of David Seymour.

Following on from Lynton Crosby’s lecture about political truisms we look at how that applies to Labour, especially with regard to leadership and economic competence.   Read more »

February INCITE: Politics due shortly

INCITE

Final edits are underway and our bumper February edition  of INCITE: Politics will shortly be on its way to your inbox.

This month we have some new contributors, plus the first INCITE/Curia poll of the year. Who is up? Who is down? And what are the implications of their numbers for their parties?

We also continue to look at potential leadership candidates across the parties and ask our 10 questions of David Seymour.

Following on from Lynton Crosby’s lecture about political truisms we look at how that applies to Labour, especially with regard to leadership and economic competence.   Read more »

INCITE: Politics Summer Edition released

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Our latest edition of INCITE: Politics has been released. It will be in subscribers’ inboxes as you read this.

In this month’s edition we have contributions from Chris Trotter, Don Brash, David Farrar and Jock Anderson, as well as the usual contributions from Simon Lusk and myself.

  • Chris Trotter asks a very hard question
  • David Farrar provides some long-term predictions
  • Don Brash investigates Auckland’s affordable housing issue
  • Jock Anderson discusses a very interesting case before the courts

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INCITE: Politics launches today

INCITE

Today is the day and shortly the first editions of INCITE: Politics will begin landing in people’s inboxes.

Little in trouble – David Farrar writes about the fundamental problem for Andrew Little, his negative approval rating, and contrasts it with the very popular John Key.

The Route to Victory – Simon Lusk considers the potential routes to victory and the relative institutional strengths of both the Labour and the National parties in the 2017 election.

Ten Questions – Winston Peters takes the time to give some thoughtful answers to some important political questions.

Politician of the Year – Review our choice for the inaugural INCITE: Politics Politician of the year.

The Advent of the Media Party – Cam Slater writes about why the media have moved from neutral, dispassionate observers to players in the political game, and why the public no longer trusts them.

Pundits & Media –  Cam Slater’s view on the New Zealand media, with a counter view from Simon Lusk.    Read more »

Five days to go, have you pre-ordered INCITE: Politics?

There are five days to go to the launch of INCITE: Politics, the rest of the media have gone on holiday but we are busily putting together the first edition.

The polling has been completed and provides some very interesting and exclusive “incites” into what is happening out there. One thing for sure is one politician in particular is not going to enjoy reading our polling numbers.

I am really pleased to be able to announce the launch of this new premium report called INCITE: Politics. We will grow this exclusive report with more and more contributors. January’s edition is already likely to be a ripper.

This is a monthly insider’s report on politics in New Zealand.

This is an exclusive report. None of the information contained in INCITE: Politics will be available either on this blog or in any other publication.   Read more »