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Labour official threatens media with legal action over car park photo

Yesterday we featured a couple of photos of a Labour party car parked in a  disabled spot.

Here’s another one in case you missed them:

In the comments of yesterday’s post we received this threat:

Dear Cameron
I urge you to forthwith remove these images. The member had parked legally on directions of the Arena managers. Proof is attached. An apology will be appreciated. Just letting you know this was on private property. Legal action maybe considered.
R. Dawson  

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Of course he wants a new tax…socialists always want new taxes

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Andrew Little is a big fan of a new tax, he’s probably never met a new tax he didn’t like.

Labour leader Andrew Little wants a “tourist tax” charged at the border to help pay for tourism infrastructure, rejecting Tourism Minister Paula Bennett’s concerns it risked making New Zealand look like a “rip-off.”

Little said a “modest” levy would be ring-fenced to pass on to local councils to use on tourism-related infrastructure.   Read more »

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 »

Labour’s Little Lies

Andrew Little’s health campaign is based on a lie.

It is one where they claim that health spending has been cut in the last seven years.

Repeating one of his party’s election-year refrains, that health spending had in real terms endured a $1.7 billion cut during the past seven years , he said last year 60,000 people across the country had been told by their GPs to they needed a specialist appointment had been only to be “turned away” from their local hospitals.

In the Southern District Health Board 5500 people had received that message, he said.

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Labour’s housing plans are actually pipe dreams

Labour is still pushing the housing issue hard, despite the fact their campaign strategist is trying to spike an affordable housing development in his own electorate.

But have a look at these contortions in explaining their housing plans pipe-dreams:

Cities like Invercargill are now caught up in the “major mayhem up and down the country” from the housing crisis, Labour leader Andrew Little told a public meeting in Invercargill on Wednesday.

Investors cashing up from the housing bubble further north, were looking to properties in regional cities like Invercargill, pushing up both house prices and rents for working people on reasonably low incomes here, he told a crowded Big Willys bar at the Newfield Tavern.

Though he offered no figures, Little said he was “astounded to see how quickly rents are rising in New Zealand, including Invercargill.”

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Oppose, oppose, oppose, it is all they know

Labour just opposes everything, it’s all they know how to do.

The latest thing they are opposing is a new Maori land bill to correct major flaws in how Maori own land.

Those flaws have basically condemned Maori owners of valuable land to a life of poverty because there is no way the owners can do anything meaningful with property covered by, for want of a better term, Native Land Titles.

Instead of proposing something sensible to benefit Maori, Labour just opposes.

Labour says opposition to the government’s Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill is widespread, and it will repeal the legislation if it wins the election.

The bill rewrites the laws around Maori land ownership and has been controversial from the outset.   Read more »

Maori party now mortal enemies of Labour

The Maori Party has been shoulder tapping some big names as candidates in the Maori seats, but has resorted to advertising for candidates in general seats and on the party list: and they don’t have to be Maori.

Newspaper advertisements for the party call for candidates, but party president Tukoroirangi Morgan denied the advertisement was because the party was struggling to find candidates.

“We have a checklist of names, but the best way is to reach out.”

He said the party wanted to stand Pasifika candidates in areas such as South Auckland to try to build up the party vote among Pacific voters.

“I would expect for us to be contesting both Mangere and Manukau. We are working with some key Pacific leaders, church leaders, to select the appropriate people.”

He said Pasifika communities were treated “tokenistically” by the main parties, and shared many of the same values and problems as Maori.

Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis dismissed it as more “smack talk” from Morgan.

“Good on him for trying to convert Pacific Islanders to kaupapa Maori. You’d like to think Pacific Islanders could run their own kaupapa.”

Labour has several Pacific MPs, including Aupito William Sio, Jenny Salesa, and Carmel Sepuloni, in traditionally safe Labour areas in South and West Auckland.

Fight! Fight! Fight!  Read more »

Yeah, but will Labour work with you

The Maori party have signalled that they will work with Labour…making recent concessions from Nick Smith and Bill English kind of moot.

The Maori Party’s voicing interest in striking a deal with the Labour Party.

National has previously been confident in its alliance with the Maori Party – but there are signs it shouldn’t get too comfortable.   Read more »

No improvement for Labour, Ardern ahead of Little in latest 1 News poll

Six months out from the election and Andrew Little is still failing to gain traction in the polls.

The latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll is dire reading for Andrew Little and Labour.

There’s little change for the major parties though with National steady this month on 46, Labour also unchanged on 30 and the Greens holding their ground on 11 per cent.<

New Zealand First has however slipped three per cent to eight per cent this month.

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Hooton on Labour’s leadership problems

Matthew Hooton writes at NBR:

Jacinda Ardern’s eclipse of her leader Andrew Little in the preferred prime minister stakes has occurred sooner than expected.

In the first public poll taken entirely after Bill English’s controversial move on superannuation and Ms Ardern’s elevation to Labour’s deputy leadership, Labour is at 31%, its Green allies on 11% and National on 47%.  The Labour-Green axis wouldn’t quite have the numbers to govern even with Winston Peters’ NZ First, but that will certainly change as Mr Peters uses immigration, Treaty issues and broader race relations to target soft National support over the months ahead.   Read more »