Winston Peters

Questions for Labour

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Colmar Brunton? Our polls are way better

The recent polls show National on 50% and Labour on 28%, yet the left-wing are saying because NZ First and the Greens together reach National the centre-left is ahead.

This makes the assumption that Winston Peters is centre-left, and will work with the Greens and Labour to bring down National.

If this is the case then it would be worth having Andrew Little prove it with some sensible answers to the following questions:  Read more »

ACT and NZ First condemn Islamic hate-preacher

ACT and NZ First have joined the chorus of people condemning the Islamic hate-speech preacher busted by this blog on Saturday.

The story has gone to every media outlet now, save one….the NZ Herald.

The politicians are lining up, now just Peter Dunne, the Greens and Labour remain on the fence.

ACT and NZ First have joined the government in condemning anti-Semitic speeches and online posts by an Auckland Muslim cleric.

Ethnic Communities Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said on Monday he was disgusted by the views of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

“There’s no place in New Zealand for such intolerance, and hate speech is prohibited under the Human Rights Act,” he said.

ACT leader David Seymour says New Zealand was built on a foundation of tolerance and respect.   Read more »

Willie Jackson on Trumping Key

Willie Jackson is making the same mistake many other media have or still are making. Thinking that the result in the US will somehow translate to New Zealand.

The polls continue to tell us that our Prime Minister is more popular than ever, and that it will be no contest for National to win a fourth term next year.

But after the failure of polls to predict Brexit and Trump, and the underlying disconnect I see between Government and citizens every day, I am not so sure we won’t see a tight election next year.

The question is, will there be a political figure that those opposed to the Government can rally around?

Some Labour Party MPs are suffering from the same problem the US election exposed with the Democrats: they are obsessed with the politics of culture and identity rather than the real politics of jobs, income and security.

And not just jobs making coffee for tourists – real jobs so people can raise a family. Grant Robertson could not help wading into Brian Tamaki’s gay quake-causing sideshow last week. You are supposed to be Labour’s finance spokesperson Grant… shut up! You have a wealth of material to work with on inequality. There was no value in getting involved with that, you should have left it alone.

Have you noticed people living in cars in your area? Forget the rock-star economy nonsense. It might be better than ever for Key’s mates but for the rest of us we are a low-wage economy.   Read more »

Hooton wonders who NZ’s Trump is

Matthew Hooton wonders who NZ’s Donald Trump is:

“Who is our Donald Trump?”

It’s a question with which political pundits will bore voters over the 10 months to New Zealand’s election.

Top of the list will be Winston Peters, who, at 71, is just a year older than Mr Trump and is planning his last and most audacious attempt to become prime minister. There are of course parallels. On immigration, globalisation and using hyperbole to make a point, it may even be more accurate to describe Mr Trump as the US’ Mr Peters. Both run shambolic yet somehow effective political machines.

However, having first entered Parliament in 1978 when Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and having served as deputy prime minister, treasurer and foreign minister, Mr Peters is not even close to being Mr Trump’s anti-politician. Besides, he ultimately lacks the necessary malevolence. The Peters grin is no Trump scowl.

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More apartheid on the way as only Maori can veto the name of a wine or spirit

This is the sort of stuff that costs governments support.

Maori are being given full control over the names of wines and spirits, says New Zealand First.

“This is utter lunacy. It is race-based decision making that could inhibit New Zealand producers’ ability to use their preferred branding,” says Primary Industries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.

“Maori are being handed special rights under new legislation that will allow them to object to proposed names associated with geographical features.

“New Zealand First decided to vote against the Geographical Indicators (Wine and Spirits) Amendment Bill because of this clause which required a newly set up Registrar of Geographical Indicators to consult a Maori advisory committee over wine and spirit labels that might cause offence.

“This clause turned the Bill which is otherwise non-controversial, into something untenable.  Read more »

Choosing MMP was our Brexit, and a NZ Trump is not likely, says Brent Edwards

It is not often I agree with someone from Red Radio, but Brent Edwards has got this one right:

The unexpected victory of Donald Trump in last week’s United States presidential election has been compared to Brexit – the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Some commentators are suggesting this political “revolution” in the US and the UK is a signal of change to come in other Western countries, including New Zealand.

Should this country worry about or look forward to a Trump-like figure emerging here to turn politics on its head? Probably not.

Aspects of Mr Trump’s approach have been and are already here, although not in the blatantly misogynist and racist guise that has so upset so many in the US and around the world. But elements of his approach are not unusual in this country.

New Zealand has had its Brexit moment as well. Mr Trump’s success and Brexit could both be said to represent segments of the UK and US electorates saying “a pox on both your houses” to the two major parties. That happened here in 1993 when a majority voted for MMP.

MMP has allowed the opportunity to give voice to the disenchanted – those who President-elect Trump referred to as the “forgotten men and women” of the US.

Many of those responded to Mr Trump’s railings against immigration and globalisation.

They responded to his message that most of their woes, including unemployment or stagnant incomes, were the result of rampant immigration and free trade exporting American jobs to overseas markets.

Sound familiar?

Last week on RNZ’s Morning Report, the New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, reminded listeners he and his party had been raising worries about immigration and free trade for the past 20 years.

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Winston stops short of calling for the death penalty

Winston stops short of calling for the death penalty for looters.

New Zealand First is asking for the government to announce new laws with powerful sentencing for those who loot during periods of civil disaster.

“These individuals are preying on others during periods of extreme stress and tragedy,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Police time is being wasted chasing looters when they should be free to concentrate on the emergency effort. Their valuable work is diverted by such selfish acts.

“That anyone would rob others at a time of such crisis is evil.    Read more »

Freight to Lyttlelton, passengers to Nelson

After the main communications infrastructure of roads, bridges and the rail corridor were devastated by the earthquake  it is pretty clear that the region is going to take a big hit in terms of tourist travel and freight.

So it seems sensible that freight will be sent to Lyttleton and passengers to Nelson. Winston Peters has some helpful thoughts on the matter.

The government should be moving quickly to look into the feasibility of Cook Strait ferries being deployed to sail between Lyttelton and suitable North Island ports.

“This is crucial as the supply lines through to Christchurch are likely to be cut for some time,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.   Read more »

Winston Peters on how Key and Trump will be like oil and water

Winston Peters has an opinion piece at Fairfax and he explains why John Key, these days, is more often wrong than right.

A tidal wave of change is blowing through the West.

Never in recent history have we experienced such political upheaval as we have experienced this year.

First Brexit, when the British public voted to leave the European Union.

Now, this week, Donald Trump, the property magnate, reality TV host and political novice, came out of nowhere to snatch the United States presidency.

The people who claim to be experts – the pollsters, the chattering classes, the talk-show hosts who live their lives in a bubble not understanding what ordinary people think – they all predicted Hillary Clinton.

They got it wrong.

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NZ Politicians react to Trump’s win

Prime Minister John Key:

Key has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US election.

“The American people have spoken and I congratulate Mr Trump on his victory after a long campaign.

“I will be writing to Mr Trump to offer my personal congratulations shortly.

“Our two countries share a strong relationship and I look forward to that continuing. Over the coming months we will be looking to build close ties with the incoming Trump Administration.”

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the outgoing Administration led by President Barack Obama.

“I have had a close and constructive relationship with President Obama and I wish him all the best for his future,” he said.

Labour leader Andrew Little:

“The relationship with USA goes beyond any individual in the office. We certainly welcome a constructive relationship with the new president. It’s too early to tell exactly what impact this will mean for New Zealand.

“The polls obviously were saying something else so it’s important we understand what it means in terms of the sense of disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction there is in the American electorate.”

Remarkably good response from Angry Andy.   Unlike James Shaw:   Read more »