Kelvin Davis can feel an ill wind blowing…

A vote for the Mana Māori deal is a vote for National, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

“They’re welcome to each other. It’s only a matter of time before Māori work out there’s no mana in this deal.

“After nine years of this National Government, propped up by the Māori party, there’s not a lot to brag about. Māori are more likely to be overweight, depressed, homeless, incarcerated and uneducated according to these disturbing statistics produced under National’s watch.

“The Kiwi quarter acre dream is more of a nightmare as the housing crisis hits Māori hard. Māori are five times more likely to be homeless than Pākeha. Māori home ownership is 28 per cent compared with 56.8 per cent for Pākeha.

“The job market isn’t delivering for Māori either. Read more »

I wonder what McCully is cooking up to insult the Cook Islands with

Everywhere he goes…except Muslim countries…Murray McCully finds something to upset the locals.

This latest junket is to the Cook Islands.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to the Cook Islands this week to undertake a range of meetings, including with Prime Minister Henry Puna and his Cabinet.

“My discussions with Prime Minister Puna and his Cabinet will cover a range of matters including New Zealand’s support to the Cook Island’s tourism sector, which accounts for over 60% of national GDP,” Mr McCully says.   Read more »

NZ Media bias between these two stories couldn’t be any more blatant

Can you spot the difference?

Two fabulously wealthy men.

Both want to become New Zealand citizens.

Look at how differently they are treated by both Newshub and the NZ Herald.


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Guest Post: New Zealand Media Afflicted with Bad Case of TDS

A guest post by Olivia Pierson.


Trump Derangement Syndrome is sweeping the world afflicting populations everywhere: male, female, black, white, young and old – nobody with half a brain is immune.  Media outlets have become the most venomous transmitters of this epidemic, along with cultural snobs, self-styled feminists and pussy-whipped Beta, Delta and Gamma males.  The reach of the syndrome is enormous, originating in American newsrooms and Hollywood parties, swiftly spreading across the Eurozone and Middle East, before settling in the great bottom of the South Pacific deep inside the bowels of Australasian news entities. New Zealand has a particularly bad case, evidenced by daily dysentery sprayed out of media outlets all over the country; sadly, like all diarrhea, it’s highly smelly and contagious (and irreversible).
Public citizens need to be vigilant in identifying the symptoms of TDS which may include:   Read more »

The state of the electoral nation, according to ACT

From ACT’s Free Press

Elsewhere Up and Down the Country
We have said that this year’s election will be the most strategic ever, and ACT’s strategic importance keeps increasing. No party can govern alone and it is impossible to avoid a left wing, regressive government without ACT. This week Free Press tours the machinations up and down the country.

Ohariu
Peter Dunne’s position in has been made challenging by the entry of Greg O’Connor to the race and the withdrawal of the Greens’ candidate. Dunne’s majority is 710, and there are 2700 Green votes up for grabs. At first blush Dunne is 2000 votes under water. We wouldn’t write Dunne off but it’s a big hill to climb.

It’s not what you can see that’s going to be the problem.  It will be the things that become apparent along the way.  As I like to say:  it’s never the original sin that gets you, it’s the covering up.

The Mana-Maori Deal
[Yesterday] the Mana and Maori Parties announced that Mana will not stand in the six Maori electorates other than Te Tai Tokerau, where the Maori party will give Hone Harawira a clear run in return. It looks likely that Harawira will win Te Tai Tokerau back off Labour, and the Maori Party will win Tamaki Makaurau and Ikaroa-Rawhiti off Labour in addition to Wairiki, which they already hold.   Read more »

He really can’t shake the ‘the only parasites are employers’ thing, can he?

In 2012, before he had the unions shoe-horn him into the leadership, Andrew Little had quite a bit to say about employers. Back then he said; “The only parasites are employers…”.

Yesterday he reiterated that with an angry little rant on the steps of the Cadbury factory in Dunedin, flanked by his bovver boy local MPs.

Labour leader Andrew Little took aim at an American food giant, saying a decision to close a profitable Dunedin factory was nothing more than “greed”.

Little, told media outside the factory that while it would be nice if a case could be put to Mondelez International, which own Cadbury, to keep the Dunedin factory open “they seem pretty determined to close down the plant here”.

“Cadbury are doing this not because the plant isn’t profitable, they just want more profit out of it. They are doing it for greed.”   Read more »

Maori/Mana deal reduces options for English

Bill English is on record as saying he preferred a deal with the Maori party ahead of Winston Peters.

Now with a kiss and make-up deal between the Maori and Mana parties that hope is somewhat distant now.

The Maori Party and the Mana Party are about to sign an agreement that’s expected to involve electorate deals designed to enhance their chances of winning seats.

Neither party will talk about the agreement ahead of the signing today in Whangarei.

Peace moves between the two parties have been going on since July last year when Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan approached Mana’s leader Hone Harawira.

At the time, Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox ruled out an alliance but said they were “open to a more cohesive relationship”.   Read more »

Why National are in trouble

Guest post

Several commentators and other bloggers are saying the latest Colmar Brunton poll is great for National and the Key/English/McCully effect has made no difference. History tells us otherwise, they are in trouble.

Back in February 2008, National was polling at 54%, in the election they won with 45% of the vote.

In February 2011 and February 2014, National was polling at 51%, in the election they won 47% of the vote.

Every time National has polled high in February but dropped 4% or more each time in the elections.

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