Stuart Nash

Is Lawrence Yule’s legacy project rooted?

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Local Government NZ chairman and Hasting Mayor Lawrence Yule has staked his legacy on amalgamating the Hawkes Bay Councils. He has faced vigorous opposition from the three other mayors in Hawkes Bay, and a well funded, well run anti amalgamation campaign by Labour MP Stuart Nash.

Yule got sledged by Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, and was too slow witted to come back with the obvious response that the status quo was proven not to work.

Dalton is staunchly opposed to the proposal, Yule very supportive. Yule said the big issues were not each council’s debt, or a fear of losing representation, which he said was unfounded. They were competition, climate change and global trends.

He listed some of the statistics in which the region features poorly compared to others: youth unemployment, GDP and population growth.

Yule said the region could tackle all those issues more effectively if it worked as one, rather than as various parts.

Dalton wasted no time in dismissing Yule’s claim that amalgamation would help this occur.    Read more »

So there is someone with brains in Labour

Stuart Nash has got some brains, and he is challenging the Labour party to ditch their stupid power policy.

Labour’s controversial power-pricing plan is in the firing line, with energy spokesman Stuart Nash urging the party to dump the “questionable” policy.

The party is reviewing its manifesto after last year’s crushing election defeat. Nash is working on a discussion paper which proposes that NZ Power be dropped in favour of promoting cheaper solar power.

The brainchild of ex-finance spokesman David Parker, NZ Power would see the creation of a new state agency to buy electricity wholesale and bring down prices. It was announced in tandem with the Greens two years ago.

But critics said it would damage the renewable energy sector – and Nash, who took on the energy portfolio in November, agrees. He also believes the market is competitive.

“It will be my very strong recommendation that we drop NZ Power,” he said. “There are very few people that think it is a policy that’s needed in 2015. Maybe 10 years ago there was a strong argument for it, but not now.

“We have got a regulatory framework – the Commerce Commission and the Electricity Authority – which is out there looking at predatory behaviour, and also with a strong mandate to foster competition . . . you could argue that the level of competition necessary to drive prices down is coming in.”    Read more »

Even socialists don’t like the dodgy socialist dam

Not even the socialists of the Labour party like the dodgy socialist dam that the Hawkes Bay Regional Council is trying to ram through.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company’s decision to borrow $4 million to keep the Ruataniwha project afloat is a case of throwing ratepayer’s good money after bad, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri and Napier MP Stuart Nash.

“This bridging loan, which goes before the Council tomorrow, is nothing short of a desperate bid to keep the Ruataniwha going in the face of serious environmental and economic concerns ,” says Meka Whaitiri.

“Instead of seeking more money from investors and ratepayers the council should be telling us just when the spending stops. Its time the council addressed the real concerns of the environmental groups who got the project sent back to the drawing board.    Read more »

One Labour MP got 1/6th of all the funds raised

… Labour MP Stuart Nash was the … biggest recipient of donations, declaring he received $99,000 last year.

He said that was the key to his success in winning the Napier electorate – and in being the only candidate to win a seat back from National.

“The majority of the money actually went on full page ads in our community weekly and Napier mail,” he said.

Mr Nash said money was not the only thing needed to run a successful campaign but it was incredibly important.

“Would I have won without that level of money and level of support? Possibly. But this certainly made it a lot easier because we were able to build a profile.”

In total, Labour’s 71 candidates raised just over $604,000 in donations – less than half that of National’s candidates.

71 candidates got $604,000 – about $8500 on average.  Or, if you take Nash’s lot out and divide by 70… $7214 per candidate.   That’s just really, really sad.   No wonder they’re all looking at Nash and going “what the hell?”.   Read more »

Stuart Nash wins the Money Primary

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The NZ Herald says that Napier MP Stuart Nash was the best fundraiser in NZ after Hone Harawira, and Nash didn’t drop his pants and bend over to a single donor like Harawira did.

New Labour MP Stuart Nash was bankrolled to the tune of $4000 a month by political backers for more than a year leading up to last year’s general election. Read more »

Can Matt Nippert count?

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Herald reporter Matt Nippert seems to be completely unable to count. He makes the following statement.

Mr Nash won the Napier seat off National, in part helped by the Conservative Party’s Garth McVicar splitting the vote, and was talked about as a possible candidate to replace David Cunliffe as party leader.

So Matt Nippert hasn’t done any analysis on the seat of Napier. None at all, or he wouldn’t make this silly statement. Nash won and would have won regardless of whether McVicar ran.  Read more »

What is Lawrence Yule Playing At?

Local Government NZ Chairman Lawrence Yule went on the bludge trying to get government to give Local Government new ways of raising revenue.

He got soundly thumped by the Prime Minister who is politically astute enough to realise that voters are seriously pissed off with the never ending rates rises councils impose on them.

When you start following the news in Hastings, where Yule is mayor, you start to understand why he needs more revenue. First up he spent millions on the Opera House, when everyone knows the NZ public don’t want to see the opera. Unfortunately for Lawrence he didn’t work out that the Opera House was not up to earthquake specs, so it is now closed with ugly fences around it preventing entry.

Sources in the Hawkes Bay property industry say that fixing the Opera House is going to cost between $5 and $10m that the ratepayers of Hastings don’t really have. So I wonder why Yule is hell bent on building another vanity project, the Civic Square, pissing away another $7m of ratepayers money on something that no one really wants.

Typical of local government ratbags Yule is excluding the public on decisions about the civic square, and some of his councillors are up in arms about it.

Hastings District Council has been accused of “playing secret squirrel” with ratepayers’ money after a meeting about a planned Civic Square upgrade was held behind closed doors.

Councillor Simon Nixon said he was opposed to the public being excluded from yesterday’s council meeting.    Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? Ctd – Does Andrew Little have the bottle for a fight?

Andrew Little

Andrew Little has been considered the man coming in the Labour movement for a generation.

Strangely for a former student politician and unionist he is not known for having much mongrel in him. He bailed first when Judith Collins sued him and Trevor Mallard for defamation.

Labour’s politicians and activists are usually well versed in the dark arts, and know exactly how dirty politics really is because they have been in the thick of some of the most enjoyable political fights ever.

What has been strange about Andrew Little is that he has not had a great reputation for being willing to fight to get ahead. Contrary to the public story that he didn’t want to enter parliament in 2008 because of his young son, the word from inside Fraser House is that Little wanted Rimutaka when Paul Swain retired. In the murk and skullduggery that went on before that selection Little was essentially out muscled, and decided not to run.    Read more »

When it is holiday, the minor MPs will play

Stuart Nash has used the media’s thirst for content to push various messages of late, one of them being that the Overseas Investment’s Office needs to implement audits on foreigners who bought properties under the condition it would generate an economic benefit to the country.

On the surface of it, this seems entirely fair, until you think it through a little, and come to the penalty or enforcement portion:  do you take the properties off them again?   Nash, cleverly, left that unsaid.

ACT’s ex-candidate Jamie White equally brought joy to media still on holiday skeleton crews when he penned a response to Nash’s proposal.

If you want to sell your farm to a foreigner, you must get permission from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO). They usually give it. Indeed, they decline only 1.5% of requests.

According to Stuart Nash, the new Labour MP for Napier, they should decline more, because allowing foreigners to take profits out of the country is a “dead end street.”

Last week William Rolleston, president of the Federated Farmers expressed agreement with Mr Nash.

Both are confused, as was David Cunliffe and many other politicians who peddled the same idea during the election campaign.

When a foreigner buys a New Zealand business, all the expected future profits of the business come into the country in the purchase price. When the actual future profits then go out to the new owner overseas, there is no net loss.

In fact, the transaction must involve a net gain for New Zealand. By hypothesis, no New Zealander valued the future profits as high as the foreigner did. Otherwise the foreigner would not have been the highest bidder. So the amount any foreign purchaser pays for a farm or other business must exceed the present value of its future earnings to any New Zealander.

In other words, there must be a net gain to the country. And this gain is easily measured: it is the difference between what the foreigner paid and the highest bid from a Kiwi.

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Another Socialist Opposes the Dodgy Socialist Dam

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Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

A few days ago we featured Labour MP Meka Whaitiri giving her views on why the dodgy socialist dam should not go ahead.

Now another socialist has made a similar statement.

The only Labour MP to win a seat off National at the last election, Stuart Nash, has got stuck into the dodgy socialist dam. For a socialist he has some pretty sound logic.

It appears the Ruataniwha Water Storage scheme is struggling to get the support from farmers it needs to go ahead. Although I am not against this scheme in principle, I refuse to back a project of this scale that is not grounded in a sound economic base.  Read more »