Perhaps Pete could lease them Begging Bowl Kitty?

Labour is broke, I’ve been saying it for months, but now we have proof:

Labour is putting the hard word on supports to stump up cash, even threatening to scale back the election campaign if they don’t dig deep for the party.

On Tuesday, in an emailed plea to supporters for funds, campaign manager Andrew Kirton said the party had until Friday to raise another $9179 to reach its March target.

“There’s just 179 days until election day. We’re scaling up our campaign right now and talking to more voters, recruiting volunteers, training up our organisers and candidates, and developing our advertisements and digital campaign. ? Read more »

Little love nor money for Labour

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Are political parties still attracting the big donors?

As political parties head towards electioneering, they need to have their coffers full so are the big donations rolling in? Let?s compare donations over $30,000 received between 26 November 2011 and 20 September 2014 versus 20 September 2014 till now.



This time in March 2014 the Labour Party had declared $465,258.33 with a total of $615,258 by September from 4 identities: 120,000 from EPMU and Dairy Workers Union, 64,999 from Phillip Mills and a generous donation of $430,259 from a deceased estate. One wonders how long ago that Will was written and whether it was more in sentiment with the Labour Party of long ago. ? Read more »

Another begging letter from Broke Andrew


So let me get this straight. Andrew Little wants to use other people’s money to build houses so that people who cannot afford a house, can have a house. In the same email, he is asking for other people’s money to fund his political party. His party cannot afford to fight an election so he needs our money so he can win an election…maybe.

It’s nice that the Labour Party are so concerned about charity for others but the problem is that the political party is a charity case itself. Taxpayers are already footing the bill for Matt McCarten.

It?s important people know this: John Key has just ordered his MPs to vote against a proposal to build 100,000 new affordable homes.Yet again, he?s rejected a common-sense step to help fix the crisis.Just this week, the average price of an Auckland home hit a staggering $1,000,000. What chance do young families have of ever making the Kiwi Dream a reality?John Key has shown he has no intention of building more houses. Today?s vote proves it.

The Labour Party ?have a dream. It is the dream of winning the election. What chance do they have of making the dream a reality?

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Fundraising pages should require authentication to prevent fraud

After a man named?Philando Castile was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer, a number of GoFundMe pages were started claiming to be raising funds for his family.

One page claimed to be set up by a friend of the dead man’s fiancee to support her and her daughter. So far it has raised more than $57,000 of its $75,000 goal.

According to the dead man’s mother, not only is this woman not her late-son’s fiance but her son died without children or a fiancee.

?I am so disgusted!! People are trying to capitalise on my son?s tragedy for personal gain through GoFundMe!!!? she wrote. ?1st of all Philando Castile does not have children nor a fiancee, the account for the Philando Castile Family is through his Sister?s account Allysza Castile, so Please, if you want to donate go to that account the rest are bogus! ! Shame on You!!!?

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Will Nigel Haworth mention fundraising?

via RNZ

via RNZ

The Labour Party is having its 100th birthday bash in Wellington on Saturday. The big question at the 100th birthday is, when will Labour next make it into government? Probably not any time soon, especially since Nigel Haworth has been an abject failure as a fundraiser.

For those who have forgotten, Haworth was chosen over widely disliked union thug Robert Gallagher. In an early interview he mentioned fundraising:

Fundraising also needed to be improved, he said.

Labour spent half as much as National on last year’s election campaign and was outspent by the Greens for the first time.

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Labour fundraising off the back of past glories

Labour does not have a glorious future planned for voters. Their message consistently has been one of removing the government and stopping John Key. They do not have a vision, apart from a New Zealand where John Key is not the leader. Given their lack of vision and policies it is no surprise that they are relying on Labour’s past successes in order to try to fundraise for its future.


Twenty-nine years ago today, a Labour Government passed legislation banning nuclear ships and arms from entering our country.

It was a proud period in our country?s history: we stood on our own two feet against the superpowers of the world and said no to nuclear weapons.

To celebrate the occasion, we?re releasing two limited edition t-shirts remembering David Lange?s immortal words from the Oxford Union Debate and Labour’s commitment to a nuclear-free country.

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The proceeds from every sale go directly to electing the next Labour Government in 2017.


Andrew Kirton
Labour General Secretary

Based on these T-Shirts and the State houses’ tea towels they were selling earlier, Labour’s campaign slogan should be,’?New Zealand’s future is in the past. Vote Labour.’?


‘A vote for Labour is a vote for the good old days.’

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But seriously those T-Shirts and tea towels are so boring. They need to be selling ones similar to these…

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Labour on the bludge again

Just a week after Prof. Nigel Haworth went on the bludge for $2 donations he is at it again.

From: Nigel Haworth, Labour President
Date: 31 December 2015 at 10:08
Subject: This year and next


Today sees the end of a very successful 2015, and tomorrow we begin our Centenary Year. 2016 means two things for Labour – the celebration of our contribution to a strong, inclusive New Zealand and the hard yards of organisation for victory in 2017.

Members and supporters have been incredibly generous this year. In fact, 2015 has been our best ever year for fundraising online: and that?s down to people like you. And I understand all too well that for many of our members and supporters a donation to Labour is not easy to find in tight budgets.?Thank you so much.

Your generosity has meant we?ve been able to run new training for our local organisers and run high profile campaigns, like our Christmas Island detainees campaign, and our campaign against selling off State Houses.

This has also meant we?re in a great position to expand everything we do next year. We?ll be able to do things like run more local campaigns and provide more training to our volunteers, campaign managers and candidates in advance of the 2017 election ground operation.

But I?d like to end the year with a real bang and set up Labour and Andrew Little to start 2016 with our goals set even higher. The simple fact is?that we need to raise this money to be able to win in 2017, and return a Labour-led government committed to backing the Kiwi Dream.

So [REDACTED], if you can, I?d like to ask you to make a final donation for 2015: one which will help us enter 2016 in the?best possible place.


As ever, thank you for all you do.

Nigel Haworth
Labour Party President

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What are the current Conservative Party finances, and where will donations end up? [UPDATED]

The Conservative Party sent out an update making things sound all under control and sunny. ? But they need money. ?(Don’t they all?)


A political party asking for donations isn’t remarkable, but in the case of the Conservative Party, this may actually be a bit of a problem. ? Read more »

Yep, we called it first, highway robbers illegal and they are bludgers too

The other day we called the chuggers from Coromandel highway robbers and it turns out we were right…and the media has picked up on our call.

A small-town group’s roadside fundraising methods have been labelled “aggressive” by authorities, with commentators even calling the stint highway robbery.

Coromandel group Koputauaki?Combined?Community?Centre carried out illegal fundraising after they stopped cars on an open road and asked for gold coin donations.

People from the centre set up traffic cones on a 100km/h stretch of Colville Rd, north of Coromandel town, over the weekend and reportedly asked motorists to donate a gold coin before they were allowed through to continue their journey.

Fundraising Institute New Zealand chief executive James Austin described the methods “aggressive”.

Thames Coromandel District Council said the activities breached a council bylaw, and that council had spoken to its lawyers about the breach.

Council’s Thames area manager, Greg Hampton, said the centre did not apply for a permit for the fundraising, so had breached a bylaw. A permit is required under the Public Places Bylaw, and the group also should have submitted a traffic management plan, Hampton said.

Hampton could not confirm whether council was considering legal action.

“We haven’t really discussed that yet, and we haven’t had an official complaint.”

Controversial blogger Cameron Slater weighed in on the debate, stating on his Whale Oil blog that the activities were “highway robbery”.

“Imagine this sort of carry-on popping up all over the place??This needs to be stamped out, and stamped out hard.”

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One Labour MP got 1/6th of all the funds raised

… Labour MP Stuart Nash was the …?biggest recipient of donations, declaring he received $99,000 last year.

He said that was the key to his success in winning the Napier electorate – and in being the only candidate to win a seat back from National.

“The majority of the money actually went on full page ads in our community weekly and Napier mail,” he said.

Mr Nash said money was not the only thing needed to run a successful campaign but it was incredibly important.

“Would I have won without that level of money and level of support? Possibly. But this certainly made it a lot easier because we were able to build a profile.”

In total, Labour’s 71 candidates raised just over $604,000 in donations – less than half that of National’s candidates.

71 candidates got $604,000 – about $8500 on average. ?Or, if you take Nash’s lot out and divide by 70… $7214 per candidate. ? That’s just really, really sad. ? No wonder they’re all looking at Nash and going “what the hell?”. ? Read more »