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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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Troughers trough

On February 27 we blogged on the expenses of MPs.

Someone like Tracey Martin, from NZ First, costs the taxpayer around $310,000 per annum.

  • $150,000 salary.
  • $48,000 Wellington accommodation.
  • $4,000 outside Wellington accommodation.
  • $111,000 in travel expenses.

Let alone expenses with support staff, etc.   Read more »

Guess which party is tough on youth crime? Go on, guess

The government is relying heavily on old studies from the United States, which do not have direct relevance to New Zealand, to raise the youth court age, says New Zealand First Social Development Spokesperson Darroch Ball.

“Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has provided New Zealand First with documents and reports that back her stand raising the court age to include 17-year-olds, and they should not have been used. Read more »

Why is Bill English still running interference for Murray McCully?

Winston Peters is holding Murray McCully to account, via Bill English.

Bill English may think this is a bit of a joke, but he knows that several large donors don’t think the same as him and have shut their wallets to National.

Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully did not have approval from cabinet to support a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution criticising Israel, says New Zealand First.   Read more »

“Labour strategists are more confident than ever that Andrew Little can become prime minister”

More confident than ever they may be.  But they aren’t actually confident that he will.  Hooton writes

What my analysis overlooked is that while the [Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and Green] did indeed act as an endorsement by Labour of the Greens, it was also an endorsement by the Greens of Labour. At least since their truce following the genetic-modification wars of the early 2000s, both Labour and the Greens have run strategies of trying to hug the other to death. Events since the MoU suggest the red team may have the stronger chokehold.

That chokehold is only getting tighter, with private polling since Labour’s elevation of 36-year-old urban liberal Jacinda Ardern to the deputy leadership indicating an immediate gain to Labour but at the expense of their Green partners rather than National.

The confidence seems to come from the fact that Labour’s strategy is to bleed the Green vote.  And to be honest, it is the only way to get there with Winston’s NZ First.   Read more »

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Winston speaks out on so-called Treaty principles

If you are wanting to stop the Treaty gravy train then it looks like that only a vote for Winston is the way to do it.

He’s dead right in that the things Maori want to improve their lives are the SAME as everyone else.

Those are the right words that most of us want to hear.   Read more »

Winston speaks on McCully’s betrayal of Israel

Winston Peters has finally spoken on UNSC 2334 and the betrayal by Murray McCully and Bill English of Israel.  Read more »

Opotiki needs a fluent “Chinese” speaking service station manager

Trevett: Winston was right all along!

Red Claire hasn’t realised even a broken clock is right twice a day and proposes Winston Peters has been right on the money when he said National was going to betray all the old people by dicking around with Super.

Never let it be said NZ First leader Winston Peters does not keep a promise.

For eight long years, Peters has promised National had a secret plot to cut away at superannuation. For eight long years, Peters was the only one who smelled this putrid, rotting rat as former Prime Minister John Key grinned and held to his pledge not to change super or he’d resign.

Then he did resign and suddenly, lo and behold, there it was – a plan from Prime Minister Bill English to raise the superannuation age from 65 to 67.

Peters’ roar of triumph was immediate. Read more »

If you are old and frightened by Bill’s comments on super, don’t worry Winston has your hunched back

On the weekend Bill English was asked about superannuation. He basically stated he wouldn’t be held to John Key’s promise and all hell broke loose after that.

He actually didn’t say too much at all, such is his strategy of maintaining the election profile of a drinking lizard.

That hasn’t stopped Winston claiming his rightful place as the protector of pensioners.

“Kiwis are being railroaded into thinking New Zealand Superannuation is unaffordable,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“All sorts of self-appointed experts, including political parties, have in recent years been making alarming noises about the affordability of NZ Super and their views on how it should be changed. This doomsday narrative has the following features:

“First. They never mention that the net cost of GDP in New Zealand is 3.8 per cent, it is low by international standards and well below the OECD average of 7 per cent.

“Second. They unanimously ignore the over 86,000 older immigrants who have come to this country in the past 15 years and acquired NZ Super after only 10 years residency, whether they have paid taxation and contributed to this country or not.

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