Another poll that shows the left-wing politicians are still out of touch with voters


The left-wing have been banging on for decades against the US and ship visits.

Some are still against the visits, and are trying to organise protests.

There is a problem though…voters support a visit…and boy isn’t Newshub annoyed by the results of the poll.

The United States is on the brink of a deciding whether to send a Navy ship into New Zealand waters, ending the 33-year standoff over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear law.

The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows Kiwis are overwhelmingly in favour of a ship coming here.

When asked if a US Navy ship should come to New Zealand, 75 percent said “yes” and just 20 percent said “no”.  

If this is broken down by voter preference, 89 percent of National voters want a ship to come, 65 percent of Labour voters, 65 percent of Greens and 73 percent of New Zealand First.

It’s been more than 30 years since an American Navy ship came into a Kiwi harbour — no nukes meant no visits.

But the US is now considering an invitation to the New Zealand Navy’s 75th birthday. The Prime Minister wants them here.

“Personally I’d like to see a US ship here and I hope it comes,” says John Key.

He says the poll results show there is widespread support of the US to be part of the celebration.

“If the relationship is not is in the best place it has been, it is in a really good place,” says US Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert. “So the fact that 75 percent of them would like to see a ship is a really good sign.”


Patrick Gower really had to grit his teeth and try and spin this as a negative. I’ve bolded his emphasis in delivery.

This poll shows a huge majority of you want Uncle Sam to send a ship here. But the fact the United States is still holding out shows just what a big call it is.

Given the public opinion of Kiwis though, not sending a ship now would be a massive snub.

So Newshub are trying to frame a snub when one doesn’t yet exist.

The dishonesty and agenda of the Media party continues.




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  • shykiwibloke

    So Uncle SAMs warships are ten times more popular than the Labour leader, but MSM continue to try and convince us otherwise.

  • LesleyNZ

    Newshub needs a great big clean out by the sounds of it. God Bless the United States of America!

    • R&BAvenger

      Hopefully it’s a USMC carrier. NZ has much to thank the Marines for, thanks to their sacrifices in this nation’s defence in WW2.

      • andrewo

        If only!
        I’ve love to see some modern jet fighters in the sky for a change.

    • Sticktotheknitting

      I would welcome them. God Bless Donald Trump while you’re at it.

  • Ruahine

    Will their be any warships here from the Peoples Republic of China.

    At least they are not claiming to be Democratic.

    • Anthony

      They were here in 2010 & 2013.

  • 61dart

    Let them come. I will be on the harbour to welcome them. Labour and anti US visit boats had better not cross my bow. I just might not see them :) (Only joking. Labour is sinking fast enough now without any help)!

  • Maisie

    I picked up the word ‘snub’ in Gowers report last night and my comment then was ‘he just couldn’t let a positive report go without and word of negativity’

    • Graham Pilgrim

      If the Americans choose not to send a navy vessel, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be reported as the Americans “snubbing” John Key.

      If they don’t send a ship, and it IS in fact a snub, it will be a snubbing of all New Zealand, resulting from the policies and attitudes of previous governments.

      Frankly, I hope the US stays away, to spare us the embarrassment of pointless protests and the inevitable media hype.

  • WBC

    None of them complain when Chinese destroyers tie up alongside in Wellington. I think that pretty much wraps up the hypocrisy.

  • rua kenana

    Most US ships including warships have always been welcome here.
    Only the ones with nuclear power and nuclear weapons, like any other nuclear activity except minor medical and some research material, were asked not to come.
    It’s entirely the Americans choice to send none, and the poll was about US navy ships, not about nuclear powered and/or nuclear armed US ships about which such a poll could reasonably have asked but for some (obvious enough) reason chose not to.

    • island time

      I think the issue was that the US did not want to confirm or deny the Nuclear status of their ships.

  • niggly

    A ship visit shouldn’t be an issue under our anti-nuc legislation and anyone making out that it is (eg peaceniks, perhaps Green/Labour leadership if they do, perhaps some journos with an axe to grind about the US etc), would either be uninformed or simply stirring.

    The only remaining US nuclear powered vessels are their ballistic missile submarines (which would never visit a port like in NZ as that would signal their whereabouts to the Russians and Chinese) and some of their larger aircraft carriers (which some people suggest are too big now to visit our shallow ports).

    And the US removed nuclear weapons from their conventionally powered surface warships in the early 1990’s. You just cannot “stick them back on” (as no doubt detractors will say) because you would need crew qualified crew and operating procedures in place (and countless time to practice) to safely maintain and operate them and that just ain’t happening!

    So like the warships that occasionally visit from China, the UK and France it shouldn’t be an issue.

    • Old Dig

      This is all true, but facts won’t stop the anti John Key club from showing up and waving signs and yelling mindless chants. Nothing can happen in this country without a lefty circus getting in the way.

  • Aucky

    Bring it on Uncle Sam. A Tarawa class amphibious assault ship as used by the Marine Corps will do very nicely. Very appropriate too given our WW2 links to the US Marine Corps.

  • Left Right Out

    Was interesting listening to Geoffrey Palmer, who introduced the Nuclear Free bill…. he was on the radio this morning saying it is now time to have the US ships visit. They don’t carry nuclear weapons and 33yrs has served it’s purpose

  • sandalwood789

    I’d *love* to see a US Navy ship come here!

    My father was in the Navy and I have his love of the sea. I’d definitely go along to a ship “open day” and have a few yarns with the sailors.