Su’a William Sio

Labour plans to let local bodies tax you even more

Now this has to be an election winning strategy….for National.

Labour is going to let local councils tax ratepayers even more than they do now under their local body proposals.

Labour plans to reinstate the power for local bodies to raise revenue through extra levies such as a ‘pillow tax’ on visitors and regional petrol taxes.

Labour’s Local Government policy will also require a referendum to be held before any local council amalgamations can go ahead.

Local communities would also have to be consulted before council services were contracted out or privatised.

Local Government spokesman Sua William Sio said Labour was not opposed to amalgamations, but did not believe they were appropriate in all cases.

He said the Auckland supercity model was opposed by many Aucklanders “and designed to take control away from the hands of the many and vest governance in the hands of the few.”

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Boys will be boys – Yeah, Nah

Frances Denz, a regular correspondent, writes:

I was shocked and horrified when I heard Labour MP Su’a William Sio state on television that “boys will be  boys” in relation to the two cases of stabbings  by children in Auckland.

There is NO excuse for children to be carrying knives and fighting at school or in the street.  And to use knives is absolutely repugnant.

Women around the world felt a chill of fear when they heard the excuse “Boys will be boys” given by an Indian MP when villagers raped a girl and then hung her from a tree.  This excuse was also given for another pack rape, when an MP stated that boys had to learn what was OK to do or not do, and raping was part of that learning – and again, boys will be boys.

We are fearful when we realise that that attitude also exists here in New Zealand.  Read more »

Tweets of the Day

Megan Campbell shows up teh stupidity of Su’a William Sio:

Cactus Kate points out the glaring deficiency of Labour’s tax plans. labour-tax Read more »

Labour party justifying feral knife culture at schools

The Labour party via Su’a William Sio seems to be justifying knife culture in South Auckland by explaining away the violent stabbing at a South Auckland primary school as “boys will be boys”.

Luckily none of those “boys being boys” produced a machete….or one of the kids died. One may still, being in critical care at the moment. I wonder if he does die if Su’a William Sio will state that it was just a case of boys being boys. I wonder if the judge will accept that as a defence?

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The carnage and fallout continues

The left is in disarray as Shane Jones edges towards the exit door. There is still a month of this while Jones still sits in parliament and there isn’t a thing Labour can do as commentators and journalists pick through the entrails of an eviscerated Labour party.

Michael Fox reports:

Shane Jone’s controversial departure has exposed divisions in the Labour Party, with opinion split on his qualities as an MP and the impact it will have on election prospects.

Supporters say he broadened Labour’s appeal while critics say he was overrated and the party is better off without him.

Left-wing political scientist and commentator Dr Bryce Edwards said the split has been apparent in the wave of commentary in mainstream and social media since the news broke.

“You’ve got a lot of people debating about whether he was a plus or a minus for Labour, whether he was a working class hero for Labour and whether he attracted that so-called blue collar vote, and whether he was a misogynist.”

Edwards labelled it an “identity politics dispute”.

“People are really talking about what Labour stands for and with Jones going does that mean that Labour has more or less ability to speak to so-called middle New Zealand and to traditional Labour voters? And there doesn’t seem to be any strong consensus on that.”

Former Labour MP John Tamihere said Jones represented a Labour constituency that was increasingly being sidelined as interest groups gained greater control.

“The real debate isn’t about Shane Jones, it’s about certain sector groups in Labour having far too much say in advance, well in advance of their constituencies in the street.”

The party was becoming dominated by “liberal academic elites” more focused on social engineering issues such as the so-called anti-smacking law than issues such as creating jobs which had a broader voter appeal, he said.

Jones had “cut through” on the latter, earning support for his campaign against the Countdown supermarket chain, where his accusations of bullying of suppliers led to a Commerce Commission inquiry, as well as his pro-development stance. Tamihere said he reached out to voters turned off by factional politics.

Former Labour candidate Josie Pagani agreed, saying those in the party who had rejoiced in Jones leaving “are guilty of sectarianism at its worst”.

The division in the party was between those focused on social mobility and those focused on social engineering – “we’ll make you better off versus we’ll make you a better person,” she said.

The Labour Party was there to support wage earners and promote better jobs and higher wages “and that’s the thing that unites everybody”.

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Pasifika going Blue? Not so, says Labour’s Su’a William Sio

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Someone got a kick in the backside and told to do some work for a change.  Deny the defections to National!

Alexia Russel at Newstalk ZB reports

The most loyal Labour supporters of all are not going to swing en masse to National.

The Labour MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, says stories of Pasifika leaders encouraging their communities to turn blue are exaggerated.   Read more »

OneNews ask the “people of Auckland” about Len, interviews a Labour MP

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In this news piece, at 0:36, OneNews interviews Labour MP Su’a William Sio.

Unsurprisingly he supports Len Brown.  Read more »

Has Peter Goodfellow sat down with David Tua?

I doubt it, he is more intent on running around threatening people with travel bans and non-association orders and telling people who they can and can’t have as friends.

Meanwhile people who have professed a desire for political office outside of the party are ignored.

The Maori Party is seeking talks with retired boxer David Tua to discuss the possibility of his standing for the party at the next election.

But it had better get a hurry on. While Tua told the Herald he was more than happy to have talks with the Maori Party, he was also happy to sit down with Mana and the Conservatives.

“I’ll sit down with anyone. Anyone and everyone … I’m not going to close the door on anyone.”   Read more »

The little racist joke that wasn’t at TVNZ

TVNZ got all precious when Regan Cunliffe at Throng busted their chops over an off colour joke by Andy Shaw.

They hunkered down and excused the racist attitudes of their bosses all the while hoping that no one wold notice their hypocrisy at the way they treated Paul Henry.

They hoped it would all blow over.

It hasn’t.

Labour MP for Mangare, Su’a William Sio has started a campaign to stop the racism at TVNZ after the comments Andrew Shaw made at the 2014 new season launch last week.

Sio wrote on Facebook:

When you have as this article points out, “A senior TVNZ executive has labelled Auckland a s*#@ hole while joking about the city’s large Polynesian population” my blood boils. I find it offensive to have a Senior Executive of a taxpayer funded Television station reflect this attitude, as I suspect it reflects an institutional racism that lurks beneath the skin of this so called Senior Executive who found an audience to reveal it to. Were the audience laughing in embarrassment, or was it a pakeha dominated senior executive audience? In this day and age, to joke about Polynesian as if to promote a negative stereotypical attitude again I find it offensive as it reveals something about this kind of NZer.  Read more »

What about Dianne Yates? Labour’s hypocrisy on crony appointments grows

As Labour and Helen Kelly attack over the appointment of Jackie Blue perhaps they need reminding about the forgotten the frenzied quadruple appointment of Dianne Yates?

The appointment of former Labour list MP Dianne Yates to four boards since she left Parliament in March this year has been described as the price the Government paid to get another Samoan into Parliament.

The remark by a Labour Party insider referred to Ms Yates’ standing down, as part of Labour’s third term rejuvenation drive, after almost 15 years in Parliament.

It allowed South Auckland Samoan community leader Su’a William Sio to replace her in Labour’s caucus.

Since leaving Parliament, Ms Yates has been appointed to the boards of Trust Waikato Community Trust, the Waikato Institute of Technology and Learning Media.

Yesterday she was also appointed by the Government to the high-powered Food Standards Australia New Zealand board.

The Labour Party insider told The Dominion Post: “It’s the price the Government has paid to allow Mr Sio to enter Parliament.

Her last appointment to the FSANZ Board was astonishing in its brazenness:

“Dianne is ideally suited to this role on all levels. She’s from the Waikato, arguably the food bowl of New Zealand, and has close links to the primary sector.

If Labour want to chuck rocks about cronies I am going to start chucking them back, one a day, for about a year.