Winston Peters

What happens if Winston wins Northland?

Winston Peter is the only NZ First candidate capable of winning the Northland by election. If he wins National do not get a top up List MP, so the balance of parliament is altered.

If Winston does win the only major problem for National is RMA reform. National will not have enough votes to push RMA reform through Parliament, just as it didn’t last term. So the smart play from Labour & the Greens is not to run a candidate and let Winston have a chance of winning.

It will be interesting to see if Labour are smart enough to realise this, and the Greens smart enough to realise this is a perfect opportunity to show Winston they can work with him and can be trusted.

Winston Peters to stand for Northland

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Apparently a press conference to tell us something we already knew.  Ho hum.

Concrete Cancer Cover-up, Ctd – Core samples? Easy peasy

Core Samples from the Warehouse Pakuranga, Auckland

Core Samples from the Warehouse Pakuranga, Auckland

After reading the exclusive Concrete-Cancer Cover-up series, one of our eagle-eyed Whaleoil army member spotted something they thought we would like to see – photos of where concrete core samples have been taken.

And this wasn’t overseas, this was right here in New Zealand – at the Warehouse Pakuranga in Auckland.

Last week Winston Peters hammered Minister for Building and Housing Nic Smith over officials telling the Minister’s office that the $40.6m Manukau District Court rebuild has used dodgy cement and asked why core samples haven’t been taken.

It’s a good question that the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) gets very uppity about.

Just image if core samples of the taxpayer funded Manukau District Court building were taken and sent to an independent laboratory for testing and came back showing they have a problem.    Read more »

Winston’s double standards when it comes to taxpayer cash

Winston Peters is having a whinge about the cost of the investigation into the salad dodger Gerry Brownlee and his transgression with airport security

NZ First leader Winston Peters says Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee should pay for $43,550 in legal and staff costs for an inquiry into his security breach at Christchurch Airport last year.

Mr Peters released information obtained under the Official Information Act which showed the total cost included $21,275 for a peer review of the CAA’s findings by lawyer Mary Scholtens and $17,490 in staff time for the Civil Aviation Authority.   Read more »

Concrete Cancer Coverup – Winston has Nick Smith over a barrel

Like a shark, Winston Peters can smell blood from a mile away and his target this time is Minister of Building and Housing Nick Smith.

The Government has been warned about the concrete cancer issue for near on six months now, and yesterday we saw a flustered looking Nick Smith start the ol’ political trick of shifting the blame to his officials.

Nick Smith gets up and tried to crack a funny about carpets and curtains, then tries to fob off the seriousness of the concrete cancer issue happening under his watch by saying there’s competitive issues at play within the building sector.

Really? Is that the best you can do Nick? Of course there are competitive issues inside the building industry, just like there are competitive issues across all sectors – But it doesn’t stop the very simple fact that there is a very real problem here.

You’ve got to give Winston credit when credit is due. Read more »

Who is the alleged Dirty Trader at Milford Asset Manipulation?

On Saturday, we covered the Herald’s ongoing publication of Brian Gaynor’s column. This is despite his firm, Milford Asset Manipulation, coming under intense scrutiny due to a complaint to the FMA from the NZX (no less) over alleged stock price management.

Hang on, I might have that wrong. I meant Milford Asset Management under fire for alleged manipulation.

It beggars believe that Gaynor still gets to publish his column in the Weekend Herald, but I guess when you advertise heavily with NZME. (the Herald’s parent company), then the Herald gives you a get-out-of-jail free card when it comes to allegations of bad news.

Given that Milford have a mandate to buy and sell shares on behalf of the NZ taxpayer, as well as the savings of tens of thousands of private citizens in NZ, I think we deserve a little more sunlight on the goings ons at this company under fire for allegations of stock manipulation. Through a process of elimination we can shine a bit more light where Milford might prefer to keep us in the dark.

We know that Milford have six portfolio managers (which have been euphemistically described as “traders”), plus Brian Gaynor himself as Executive Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee, which technically makes him ultimately responsible for his team‘s behaviour.  Read more »

Will Labour & the Greens collude to gift Winston Northland?

The Northland by election is likely to be a foregone conclusion.

The National candidate will win the by election relatively easily. A donkey could stand and win, might yet do so if his missus lets him.

The good people of Northland are looking for someone to make cabinet…all electorates look for this of course but sadly their barometer of what makes for cabinet material and what is cabinet material are often yards apart.

Buy hey, Mike Sabin was considered a shoe in for cabinet apparently so almost anyone can make it.

There is a slight problem with predicting a march though, the Labour Party and the Greens could decide that changing the balance of parliament is more important than running a losing candidate in an expensive by election they cannot afford. We know Labour is broke they are running some crowd funding to pay for a one page advert in a newspaper, which costs about $4000…money they don;t have, or they are just after some more email addresses.    Read more »

Will the next MP for Northland please stand up?

Winston Peters’ bid to take over the now vacant Northland seat is gathering momentum.

The by-election was forced by the resignation of Mike Sabin last week.

Police knew about issues affecting the former MP but the Police Minister is refusing to comment about whether he knew and who he told.

It’s not even a week since Mr Sabin resigned, but already fighting for his Northland seat has begun.

It’s a safe National seat, but Mr Peters would fight hard, chipping into National’s lead.

But John Key says Peters is acting as a bit of a tease “[I] wouldn’t bet the marae on it.”

Along with Mr Peters, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is also considering running for the seat. Read more »

Can Rodney Count?

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Rodney Hide, in his Herald on Sunday columns buys into the Labour bullshit that Andrew Little is different from the previous leaders of Labour despite being a union appointed union hack.

He certainly seems to be at least gargling the Kool Aid, and perhaps even swallowing some.

He must also figure out an arrangement with the Greens.

The Greens scare middle voters. Little needs to show he can work with the Greens but that he’s boss. That isn’t going to be easy.

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Northland by-election

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Prime Minister John Key is confident National will hold on to the Northland seat in the by-election triggered by Mike Sabin’s resignation.

Mr Sabin, 46, announced … he was quitting Parliament.

The former policeman said he had decided to resign “due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament”.

Mr Key is taking advice about when a by-election could be held, but he’s not concerned about it.

March 28.   Mark it down.   Read more »