Winston Peters

National’s RMA reform is neutered and comatose

They really should just shelve it until next term.  

It’s a watered down waste of time and resources.  Oh the irony.

The government’s latest attempt to reform the Resource Management Act continues to run into trouble, with the chairman of the select committee conceding on Thursday that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will miss its third report back deadline of Nov. 7.

In part, the delay appears related to the fact that Environment Minister Nick Smith is still negotiating with the Maori Party over aspects of the bill, which is struggling to gain sufficient support from government support partners to pass into law.

Prime Minister John Key said on Monday he believed agreements had been reached with the two-MP Maori Party, but Smith confirmed in a text message on Wednesday that “discussions with the Maori Party are progressing and constructive but not yet concluded” and were “some time away”.

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Key moves to mitigate Winston’s inroads into law and order

Law and Order issues are normally the purview of National. But last week Winston Peters made a big play towards addressing those issues in his speech to the Police Association.

Winston Peters promised tougher sentencing for violent offences and 1800 more Police.

John Key has seen the risk and has moved quickly to attempt to mitigate.

Prime Minister John Key says he understands concerns about law and order – saying as a parent he worries about his daughter getting hassled or even raped.

This morning, he told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that there was “no question” that more frontline officers helped, but that was only one factor and the overall structure of policing needed to be considered.

“You really need is to take a bit more of a sophisticated approach and say, ok, let’s just accept there are more resources…let’s talk about how do we deliver what New Zealanders really want, which is not just a number…that a politician barks out at you.  Read more »

Understand the left-wing positions on immigration

It is nigh on impossible to understand the left-wing’s stance that all immigration is good immigration, and opposing immigration is racist. That seems to be their default position. Nevermind issues about protecting our own lifestyle or finding immigrants who are compatible with our unique culture…the default position seems to be the more the merrier…except of course, it is a direct influencer of the problems we now have with housing.

But can we really understand their thinking?

It is probably best to ask a left-winger…fortunately Danyl has provided us with his insights.

A few months ago I was discussing politics with a chemist who supported National. He liked the fact that John Key changed his mind about things. ‘Half of what I learned about science as an undergraduate has been proved wrong,’ he said. ‘I’ve had to change my mind and keep changing my mind my whole career. That’s what intelligent people do.’

I think Key’s tendency to blow with the wind has more to do with political expediency than intellectual honesty, and I said so. But I agree that the ability to change your mind is an important trait, and since then I’ve been trying to think of recent instances in which I’ve changed my mind on political issues, and I couldn’t really think of any, which worried me a bit.   Read more »

Winston keeps winning voters over with his immigration stance

JESSICA [MUTCH] Even though you call this tinkering, do you feel somewhat vindicated? This has been something that’s been close to your heart for a long time.

WINSTON [PETERS] Well, if they did something sound and substantial, I would agree with them, but take, for example, parental reunion. They’ve said it’s suspended now until 2018. Well, they’ve gotten almost 2500 applications. That’s why it’s suspended, sitting parked up now. When it comes to the issue of the skills category, nearly one in two are coming in without skills. They’re here now. And then when you come to, for example, the changes on the student visas, well, you remember what happened. Students were coming in for export education, then they said, ‘You can work in our economy.’ It’s no longer export education when they say that. And then they said because we weren’t competing with the rest of the world’s best education institutions, ‘Oh, we’ll give you a pathway to residency.’ You see how it’s perverted it? And then a lot of people in the export education business are actually from abroad in this country exploiting their own people, and the fraud is massive. Now, when we produced all that information, this government met us in Parliament and in the media day after day, saying that this wasn’t true.

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As predicted, Winston gazumps Little’s Police committment

Andrew Little’s good headlines lasted just one day as Winston Peters gazumps his promise on Police numbers:

Labour has pledged an extra 1000 police if it wins the next election but NZ First’s Winston Peters has trumped that with a promise of 1800.

Mr Peters will disclose details when he speaks at the Police Association’s annual conference later on Friday morning.

Ahead of his speech, he’s told reporters “our policy is 1800, as soon as possible”   Read more »

Little gets one right, shame he will be gazumped

Andrew Little got one right yesterday.

For a party that is pro-union, pro-corrections and pro-criminal the announcement that they would fund 1000 extra Police was somewhat surprising.

Labour has pledged to put 1000 extra police officers on the beat in its first term to reverse a “surge” in crime, in new policy unveiled by leader Andrew Little today.

The Police Association says the ball is now in the Government’s court.

“It is a hell of a good start…we will certainly be interested to see how [the Government] respond,” new Police Association president Chris Cahill said.

In a speech to the association’s annual conference, Little said the policy would increase the total number of police officers to 10,000.   Read more »

Better late than never: Government cuts immigration numbers

National are trimming the sails in the lead-up to 2017 as their polls are showing immigration as one of the hot-button issues for the next election.

The Government has buckled to pressure and slashed immigration numbers.

For the next two years the effective cap on residencies granted will be cut by 5000 to a range of 85,000-95,000.

That is hardly a slash…hell it isn’t even a decimation.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse stressed he still thinks the Government’s immigration settings are correct.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government is taking a responsible, pragmatic approach to managing immigration.”  Read more »

Oh the Irony. Maori are actually Asians

This almost makes me giggle…but years ago it was Winston Peters who made these claims and everyone scoffed at him.

Taiwanese tribal woman Jouan Pan is in New Zealand with a mission – to get her “long lost cuzzies” to visit “home”.

Taiwan is believed to be where the cultures and languages of the Austronesian tribes began, and that indigenous people of Taiwan and Maori are genetically connected.

Its Council of Indigenous Peoples along with tribal tour operators are in New Zealand to promote Taiwan’s indigenous tribal tours for the very first time.

“Our relationship with New Zealand as very special, because we consider Maori as part of our extended family,” said Pan, a senior council officer and member of the Amis tribe.   Read more »

NZ First wants us to adopt the Brexit immigration stance

Winston is onto it….charging for and shoring up his centre vote.

The decision to leave the EU has brought a harsh crackdown on immigration to Britain – New Zealand would do well to follow the lead, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“As Home Secretary Amber Rudd pointed out in announcing the sweeping changes: ‘We won’t win in the world if we don’t do more to upskill our own workforce’.

“She said while Britain would continue to attract the ‘brightest and best’ the government had recognised some companies were taking the easy option and employing migrants instead of training locals.

“She added: ‘Foreign workers should not be able to take jobs that British people should do’.

“New Zealand should take heed.   Read more »

Rob Hosking on the rise of Winston Peters

Rob Hosking looks at the rise and rise of Winston Peters.

This is Winston’s hour.

The New Zealand First leader was made for these times.

He’s like a renegade political commando, out of favour with his superiors, commanding a ragtag bunch of misfits.

But the political ground – the political divide, if you like – is moving his way and away from the traditional left-right divide democracies have seen for the past century or so.

It is shifting not only in New Zealand but also in other western democracies – in fact, it seems to be shifting less here than in other countries.

But it is still shifting.

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