Winston Peters

Question one: Are you happy with NZ immigration policy as it is now?

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My motivation for creating a survey on immigration was to get an accurate snapshot of what a conservative/ libertarian voter thinks about immigration in New Zealand. I wanted this snapshot primarily for David Seymour as he had commented that the small changes ACT proposed for immigration did not gain any support from this blog and resulted in a lot of negativity from the media.

Winston Peters, of course, has always been vocal about immigration. I hope this survey gives him some insight on what our real concerns about immigration are. Are we anti-immigration? Or do we think immigration is a good thing?

John Key likes to implement policies that will be popular with voters so he too should find this survey useful. I think he will be surprised at what it shows.

Due to our large audience we easily surveyed over one thousand voters in less than a day. This survey is not of the general population but of a specific conservative/ libertarian audience. I gave two “yes” options and two “no” options for every  question.

Here are the results for question one: Are you happy with NZ immigration policy as it is now?

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Take the Whaleoil survey on Immigration

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I have created a survey on immigration so that Whaleoil readers can tell our politicians what it is that they want. David Seymour, John Key and Winston Peters need to know what it is that conservative / libertarian voters like us want. This is your opportunity to tell them. I will discuss the results in another post.

This survey allows comments of up to a paragraph in length.

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Winston the elephant

There was a rather large elephant in the room through the weekend at the National Party conference.

Though the party had, in the words of one senior Beehive adviser “stage managed the shit out of the conference” talking to MPs and delegates revealed a party that has one major issue on its mind.

And the issue is the Rt Hon Winston Peters.

National strategists have believed for a while that NZ First was making up ground but that it was winning that ground off Labour.

However, the election results in Australia, Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump all point to this being a time when established parties need to take populist insurgents seriously.

It’s not just a question of whether National will need New Zealand First and Peters to form a Government, but would he even consider it as long as John Key leads them, and if he did, would their agreement to have him join to end the same way his previous engagement with National did under Jenny Shipley in 1998.

Their preference is to have the current Government and its support parties be re-elected with much the same numbers it has now.

And that’s the official line; that’s what the goal is.

The elephant in the room is that National are slowly drifting ever more to the left, allowing Winston more play in the middle. Readers have noted that Winston is ‘starting to make sense’ to them.  Read more »

Winston blames National for the next wave of Indian overstayers

Winston Peters has never met a foreigner he likes, or one he’d not insult.

Thousands of Indian students are likely to go into hiding rather than return home, Winston Peters is warning.

The NZ First leader says the government’s 2013 decision to allow foreign students to work led to many of them taking out huge loans in their home countries, with repayments depending on wages earned in New Zealand.

“They can’t return home to repay loans and will go underground, providing more cheap black market labour for unscrupulous employers who are already exploiting foreign students,” he said on Friday.

“The Government created this human disaster in their rush to boost the international student industry.”    Read more »

National no longer transparent and open

It’s the natural progression of government. When they first come to power they open up all the previous government’s dirty laundry and they are all talking about open government.

But, as they create their own mistakes and start hiding the corpses, “open” government becomes a liability.

Opposition parties have accused the government of flouting the Official Information Act.

“This government is increasingly secretive and devious,” NZ First leader Winston Peters told parliament on Thursday.

“We have 10 outstanding complaints still with the Ombudsman, one dating back to 2014, which are serial examples of how a casual corruption is creeping in.”

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Winston on cloud nine that democracy isn’t in the hands of the media, the experts or politicians

Winston Peters is in grave danger of having a permanent grin affixed to his face, especially if the wind changes.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters hailed the Brexit referendum result as “a stunning 24 hours in world politics.”

“There has never been a national referendum in any country where so many outsiders, foreign power brokers, and financial market manipulators have intruded,” Peters during a speech at the Copthorne Hotel in Rotorua on Saturday.

Peters said “expert after expert” had told voters that Doomsday for the British was soon to come if they voted to leave.

“Anyone watching the BBC yesterday saw all these people giving their views and no one went to the working people and asked for their commentary, but suit after suit was talking about working people’s situation,” he said.

The power class are so up themselves they can’t even see the obvious irony of what they are doing. And that phenomena exists in New Zealand as well.

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Key dampens down Winston’s rallying cry for the people to take back power

Winston Peters was the only NZ politician to predict Brexit occurring.

Understandably, he is crowing about it and telling voters that they too can take back their country…by voting for him of course.

John Key has other ideas:

Prime Minister John Key is not buying the line from NZ First leader Winston Peters that the UK vote to leave the European Union is a wake-up call for democracies everywhere, including New Zealand.

“I don’t think you can really compare and contrast something that’s happening half a world away with very different circumstances,” Mr Key told reporters on Saturday.

If anything, New Zealanders may appreciate the stability they have.

On Friday (NZT) the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, causing turmoil in world financial markets and triggering the exit of UK Prime Minister David Cameron by October.

New Zealand is in a vastly different position to the UK, Mr Key says.

“We can control our migration, they can’t,” he says.

The New Zealand economy is also in a much stronger position than the UK’s, he says.

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I guess Winston won’t be calling on Sky TV for a donation next year

Winston Peters is on to another winner, free-to air-sports. 

Winston really is having a blinder at the moment, tapping accurately into middle New Zealand.

New Zealand should copy Australia and make “sport of national significance” available on TV for free, New Zealand First’s Winston Peters says. Is it an idea whose time has come – or an idea that’s now out of time across the ditch?

Most rugby fans would have been happy enough with the All Blacks’ win against Wales in last weekend’s first test, but New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wasn’t happy with the playing field for fans.

On Radio Live‘s website that day, he said the All Blacks could only be seen live these days by “the more cashed-up members of our society”.

Test tickets were too expensive and fewer than half of New Zealand households now subscribed to Sky Sport, which has had exclusive rights to broadcast live All Blacks games for nearly 25 years, he said.    Read more »

Winston on Paula Bennett

Perennial opportunist Winston Peters comments on Paula Bennett.

If Prime Minister John Key had any political sense he would shift his Cabinet “powder keg” – Minister Paula Bennett – to the back benches with haste.

She’s prone to outbursts.

And doing dumb shit.

At Budget time she plucked a figure out of the air and decided to solve the Auckland housing crisis with a $5000 “leave Auckland” bribe. Finance Minister Bill English tried to hide his surprise and shock, but you can bet there were some words behind those ministerial walls.

Let’s face it, Bill takes some persuading to use taxpayers’ money for the greater good, even if their issues are not their fault, or they are deserving, or it might make us a better nation.

This week he pulled a rare trick to stop parents getting 26 weeks parental leave.

Not something he will look back on and be proud of – surely.

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Minor parties

It is the time of the electoral cycle when the smallest of Parliament’s parties start to have existential crises. These are real crises for Act and United Future, given they look into the abyss of extinction every three years.

There is precious little oxygen in the rarefied atmosphere inhabited by Government support parties. If evidence was needed it came this week when Dunne tried to remind people of his existence by issuing a press statement setting out the three policy themes he would be focusing on in the lead-up to the 2017 election. The themes were: an economy that provides fairness, choice and opportunity; establishing core environmental bottom lines; and embracing and celebrating a modern, multi-cultural New ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.

It was effectively a campaign launch. It fell with the impact of a feather.

It is a tricky time for the leaders of the two parties. Act and United Future are dependent on either wooing 5 per cent of voters to get into Parliament or on keeping a grip on an electorate seat.

Neither has come close to the 5 per cent mark for some time and nor are they likely to. In both cases, the electorate seat deal is the only option.

Both Dunne and Seymour are all but guaranteed to be back in the next parliament, and their existential crisis is but a media mirage. It is clear that neither is likely to get 5% for United Future or ACT. So, the only risky thing is that their sugar daddy, National, is going to drop support.  Read more »