Winston Peters

NZ First want taxpayers’ money paid back; They could start with their own $158,000

NZ First want taxpayers’ money paid back from the failed Charter school up north, ironically in the pensioner-of St-Mary’s-Bay’s electorate.

The government last year refused to consider the survival of a Northland charter school unless its owners agreed to reimburse the Crown if it was shut down, documents show.

Education Minister Hekia Parata would not confirm if the trust that owned the failed Te Pumanawa o te Wairua school had agreed to reimburse the Crown.

New Zealand First said the government must ensure it is reimbursed if any more charter schools close.

Documents obtained by the party under the Official Information Act show the government last year wanted the owners of the school at Whangaruru to agree to sell its property and chattels if it closed.

A spokesman for Ms Parata would not say how the trust responded to that request. He said only that the school’s land and other assets would be the subject of a commercial negotiation process.   Read more »

Get on with it then

John Key has said he will work with any party to get RMA reform through, even if that means dealing with Winston Peters.

Prime Minister John Key isn’t ruling out ditching concessions made to the Maori Party over Resource Management Act reform if other parties were prepared to support the National Party’s preferred approach.

His comments follow a speech last night by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in which he complained his party supported fundamental reforms to the RMA which other parties had rejected but the government had not approached NZ First for support.

In a state of the nation speech in Auckland today, Key said more work needed to be done to lift the supply of new houses in the city to meet its growing population and the government’s priority was reforming the RMA.    Read more »

With attitudes like this I’m not sure Ron Mark should be deputy

Ron Mark staged a coup to oust Tracy Martin from the deputy leader position in NZ First.

But I’m not sure he should be deputy leader, especially when he holds views like the ones he espoused on Facebook recently.

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Winston plays the same old race card, except he’s right

Winston Peters really is a bit of a one-trick pony.

He’s played the race card yet again; this time over the RMA, and this time he is dead right.

Changes to the Resource Management Act are the result of the Maori Party “brownmailing” National and will take New Zealand down the path of separatism, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

Mr Peters has focused on the reform of the RMA in his state-of-the-nation speech, delivered at the Orewa Rotary Club — the same venue where former National leader Don Brash made his controversial remarks on what he saw as a trend to racial separatism.

The NZ First leader said that under the new RMA bill, every council would be required by law to invite local iwi to participate in the formulation of policy plans, including water management plans.

“This is just the starting point,” Mr Peters told the audience. “Iwi really want much, much more.”

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God forbid, a National-Green government?

Rodney Hide makes a bold prediction about the future NZ government, but first some commentary.

The other amazing thing is how stable our politics has become. The parties have grown comfortable with their roles and us with them.

Colin Craig set about to shake it up but only succeeded in shaking out himself.

This year will be the end of Colin Craig. He bit off more than he can chew suing and defaming three people with the resolve to stand up to his bullying. The fact we all have the facts on our side seems to be escaping poor old Colin. The long drawn out court battles will see the awful truth revealed.

Throughout the year, we were told it was all about to change for Key and National. I might have been guilty of saying that myself.

But it never did. The great ship of National steamed on, no matter the troubled water. Even losing the true-blue seat of Northland didn’t rattle the cutlery or spill the tea.

In the New Year those of us in the commentating business will continue to declare tipping points and a change. And one day we will be right. Not everything lasts forever, not even Dunne.

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$12m Saudi sheep “facilitation payment” hasn’t delivered a single dollar in return


“Despite the National-led government splashing $12m of taxpayer cash on a specious Saudi sheep farm, our exports to Saudi Arabia actually fell 17.5 percent in the year to November 2015,” says the Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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Body language analysis of people in politics

…Apollo 11’s crew from left to right is Buzz Aldrin (the second man to walk on the Moon), Michael Collins(who orbited the Moon in the command module while his fellow explorers were on the moon’s surface),Neil Armstrong (the first man to walk on the Moon) are standing next to Barack Obama.

…Note the position of each man’s hands. From a body language perspective, the two men who walked on the moon – Neil and Buzz – show the highest level of confidence with their hands at their sides (most alpha). Michael Collins who did not walk on the moon has his left hand in his pocket – projecting a bit less confidence. President Obama who was just shy of eight years old when this historic event occurred is humbled to be in the presence of men who just aren’t famous – but historic. Thus Mr. Obama has his hands configured in what is known as a “fig-leaf” or “genital guarding”. Here this beta nonverbal signal is in deference to the living legends who are in his company.

Isn’t it interesting how the placement of the hands can show whether or not a politician is confident or Alpha. Now for no reason in particular here are five photos of New Zealand politicians. Going by what you have learned which one is the most Alpha do you think?

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I wonder if Phil Twyford thinks Winfrey is a chinky sounding name

I wonder what Labour and Winston are going to say about another filthy foreigner wanting to get their mitts on prime Kiwi real estate.

Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey intends to buy land in New Zealand, NBR understands.

In Auckland this week for last night’s one-off talkfest at Vector Arena titled “An Evening with Oprah,” Ms Winfrey dined at award-winning Japanese restaurant Masu in Federal St on Tuesday evening.

Accompanied by about 20 security guards, who were dotted around the venue, Ms Winfrey ate in the private dining room with an entourage of over a dozen people.

It’s understood that during the course of the night – either at the restaurant or elsewhere – Ms Winfrey spent a great deal of time regaling her companions with her plans to buy land here.

She had previously talked about her interest in real estate purchases in an interview with TV3’s Hilary Barry, which aired on TV3 in November.

Asked about what she’d most like to do in New Zealand, Ms Winfrey replied, “I am a woman who loves land the way some women love shoes. If I had a choice between a great piece of land and a great piece of shoes, I’d choose the land.”

Should Ms Winfrey follow through on her expressed interest in purchasing a piece of New Zealand, she will require an IRD number and a local bank account under recently introduced foreign buyer rules. She may also be required to apply for clearance from the Overseas Investment Office if the land purchase  is significant or sensitive.

The self-made entrepreneur has a net worth of $US3.2 billion according to Forbes Magazine.

I can’t wait for the howls of outrage from the left-wing that one of their luvvie pals in the media is going on a buying spree of OUR land!

I don’t know about you guys but I reckon Winfrey sounds kind of chinky.



Liam Hehir on Winston and Seymour

Liam Hehir writes at the Manwatu Standard:

Elite political newsletter Trans-Tasman has named David Seymour its “Politician of the Year”. Seymour, who is the leader of the ACT Party and its sole MP, is said to have played a blinder and to have proved his doubters wrong. In giving him the title, the newsletter editors said they were surprised at “the degree to which he seems to have made ACT a potential vote winner again”.

It’s hard to think of a better example of the disconnect that exists between New Zealand’s political commentators and the voters.

Word around Wellington is Trans-Tasman has lost the plot.

It’s certainly true that, in many ways, Seymour has done very well. As the champion of our right to gather in pubs to watch Rugby World Cup matches, he managed to strike a pose that was both popular and libertarian. His earnest manner, together with his support for bien-pensant causes like the Red Peak flag and assisted suicide, has largely defused the hostility he could ordinarily expect from the liberal punditry, whose default setting would be to tar him as a Right-wing fiend.

He has also proven a stable and reliable support partner for the Government and, by all accounts, has worked well as parliamentary under-secretary to the Minister of Education and Minister of Regulatory Reform.

But while all of this might have been terribly impressive, one thing David Seymour has singularly failed to achieve is improving the standing of his party with the people who really count – ordinary voters. In the 2014 general election in which he limped in to Parliament, ACT received just 0.69 per cent of the vote. And yet despite Seymour’s supposedly outstanding year, the last five public polls (as recorded by Curia Market Research) have shown ACT registering just 0.5 per cent, 0.2 per cent, 0.5 per cent, 0.5 per cent and 0.6 per cent support in the party vote stakes.

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Here’s a worry: The left supports National’s RMA bill, the right doesn’t

The government has been slapping themselves on the back that they are going to get their RMA ‘reform’ through the parliament with Labour support.

Peter Dunne is problematic, but Act is now upset as well with the lacklustre reforms.

The Government has failed to get the backing of two of its support partners for major planning reforms but has still been able to progress the law changes with votes from the Maori Party and Labour.

The Act Party and United Future voted against the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill this afternoon at its first reading.

The long-awaited reforms aim to simplify planning rules and make them more consistent around the country, involve iwi more in planning decisions, and place greater emphasis on the supply of housing.   Read more »