The Huddle

The Huddle

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I was on The Huddle last night.

There was a slight change this week after Josie Pagani showed her right wing credentials they have decided to get a real left winger on the show and so David Farrar made an appearance

Our topics were:

  • Labour – where did it all go so wrong and will their inquiry get to the bottom of the problem. Looking at their terms of reference in relation to this it’s like they are basically looking at EVERYTHING to do with the party in relation to the situation. But I would say that the party’s only as good as the people running it – and they might be in for a  shock when the results of the review come back. They clearly need a good clean out to rejuvenate party in the public’s eye – but they also need behind the scenes people who can come up with effective and strong policy to move them towards the middle ground and become a real opposition party again. They do actually risk becoming irrelevant and leaving the door open for either the Greens or NZ First to be the “opposition”.
  • Then we’ve got the two friends for National in parliament. They feel like faux deals as there doesn’t appear to be much in it for either Peter Dunne or David Seymour – I guess it gives National more of a buffer in the house, but what on earth is an under -secretary? Interesting though that both Dunne and Seymour are happy to roll with their votes going to National for very little relevance in the wider scheme of things.

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The Huddle at 1740

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The Huddle is back tonight, with Josie Pagani and me on Larry Williams’ show.

Our single topic is the election.

Should be fun.

You can listen online or through usual methods.

I will post the audio tomorrow morning.

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The Huddle

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I was on the Huddle last night with Larry Williams and Bill Ralston.

Our topics were:

Law Commission/ Joint Liability report.

Some relief could be coming the way of local councils and their legal liabilities in matters such as leaky building syndrome.

The Law Commission is recommending modifications to joint liability laws that would effectively cap their liabilities in building negligence claims.

Under the proposals, caps would be set at 300 thousand dollars for a single dwelling, 150 thousand dollars per unit for residences in a multi-unit complex, and a three million dollar cap per multi-unit developments.

The recommendations will have to be considered by the Government.

Home Owners and Buyers Association president John Gray says that will leave consumers in the dark. He says leaky homes are still being built, and when the building industry comes under pressure to build more homes the same problems are likely to be repeated. He says there should be a mandatory insurance-backed warranty behind the auditing process of local authorities, so it never reaches court.

Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule says the proposals would still see councils facing a disproportionate share of the costs, and the risks. He says if the Government wants councils to make the building consent process faster and cheaper, it needs to reduce the risks that councils face.   Read more »

The Huddle

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There was no Cauldron this week because of the holiday but there was a Huddle on last night with me and Josie Pagani.

Our topics included:

  • Labour not ruling out Internet Mana Party
  • Green’s carbon tax/climate change policy

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The Huddle at 1740

newstalkzb

There was no Cauldron this week because of the holiday but there is a Huddle on tonight with me and Josie Pagani.

Our topics include:

  • Labour not ruling out Internet Mana Party
  • Green’s carbon tax/climate change policy
  • And the US dealing with terrorists to return deserters

You can listen online via iHeartRadio or through usual methods.

I will post the audio in the morning for those who miss it.

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The Huddle

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Last night I was on Larry Williams show The Huddle, with Josie Pagani.

Our topics were:

The Legal high political slugfest.

The sex offenders register and whether or not it should be public

Finally we talked briefly about serial vexatious litigant Graeme McCready and his new chase against Murray McCully and Shane Jones.

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The Huddle

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I was on the Huddle again last night with Rachel Smalley as host and Josie Pagani.

Our topics were:

So we’re waiting to hear from Labour on what it really meant about Nigella Lawson being allowed to come here to film a Whittakers ad. I’m not sure what the big deal about this is. So she said she had taken drugs in the past. Not really sure where the problem is with her being allowed here. I mean if we banned every celebrity who’s indulged from being allowed here then we would have no acts on stage or any actors coming to make the big blockbusters. Not sure why Rajen Prasad woke up during a long weekend and thought he’d pick on Nigella. It’s a bit like waking up and kicking the easter bunny himself. It’s also pointing to a wider problem for Labour in being a cohesive unit and working on sensible issues to bring up in public and talk about. It’s also about getting your facts straight!   

Then we’ve got the Jones leadership campaign donations from strange backers. But then when you think about it – they’re not that strange at all if you look at what Shane Jones stands for. It’s just that his ideals don’t match up with the Labour party ideals. Read more »

The Huddle

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Larry Williams was away last night and so the Huddle was with Susan Wood and Josie Pagani.

First up we’ve got the appointment of Deborah Manning to Cunliffe’s staff. She’ll be deputy chief of staff – clearly reporting to Matt McCarten. It’s an odd appointment from my perspective as she doesn’t look to have the political background you’d expect of someone in that senior position. But hey – I guess she and Cunliffe have a history – even if it’s as adversaries.

Then we’ve also got the police looking for more women to join the force – can’t say that they’re going to be able to attract more women even with a campaign…I mean the clients are oiks! It’s a difficult one to pitch to women as a long term career prospect.

Finally…It’s all about the royals and the way the visit has been embraced by the public. They have been cheered like rock stars with people turning up in the middle of the night to get vantage points. I would not have thought that average NZ would have been as enthusiastic as it has been about this tour. I am quite surprised by the level of interest and effort that’s gone into the crowds. Not to mention the fact that every time the Duke and Duchess step out the UK papers dedicate their front pages to the tour. All in all I’d say even if you’re not a fan – you can’t deny the publicity for NZ has been incredible.  Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

newstalkzb

Larry Williams is away tonight and so the Huddle will be with Susan Wood and Josie Pagani.

First up we’ve got the appointment of Deborah Manning to Cunliffe’s staff. She’ll be deputy chief of staff – clearly reporting to Matt McCarten. It’s an odd appointment from my perspective as she doesn’t look to have the political background you’d expect of someone in that senior position. But hey – I guess she and Cunliffe have a history – even if it’s as adversaries.

Then we’ve also got the police looking for more women to join the force – can’t say that they’re going to be able to attract more women even with a campaign…I mean the clients are oiks! It’s a difficult one to pitch to women as a long term career prospect.  Read more »

The Huddle

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I was on the Huddle again  last night with host Larry Williams and Josie Pagani.

First up the royals arrive to a wet and windy day in Wellington. Worse still they nearly had to land in Ohakea then drive down – I’m sure they would have recommended we get booted out of the Commonwealth had that occurred. It’s fascinating though how there is so much interest in them when there’s all this talk about becoming a republic.

Then we’ve got Shane Jones having a crack at Lotto in supermarkets. He appears to have let the headway he made with the Countdown bullying story go to his head. Now he’s gone a step too far, banning Lotto from being sold at supermarket check outs – it’s a bit petty on his part to be campaigning on this one. He’s also talking about capping the jackpot amount – killjoy!

And last but not least in any way….Kimmy and Hone get cuddly. (Ewww – there’s an image that will need some intense therapy to get rid of!) Honestly this will end in tears. There’s not going to be a happy ending for this marriage. Their uncoupling will be less than amicable!  Read more »