Peter Rainey

Rainey still denies the truth

Veteran trougher Pete Rainey from Nelson just doesn’t get it.

The Nelson election campaign has been marred by dirty politics, enlivened by social media stoushes, and dominated by one decades-old debate.

By Saturday afternoon, the Nelson City mayor and councillors, as voted for by you, will be revealed, following an at-times turbulent, but mostly mundane six-week campaign.

Aside from so-called “dirty tricks” by some and the occasional clash on Facebook, it has been an election campaign dominated by the Southern Link.

Dirty tricks? Oh, I see, telling the truth is “dirty tricks” now is it?   Read more »

Piggy Pete Rainey thinks that yelling at the NZTA makes a difference

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Apparently, there is traffic congestion in Nelson…snort, snigger…but Piggy Pete is onto it.

Taking action now on Nelson’s traffic congestion is even more important, with the NZTA confirming Council will not be asked to vote on the controversial Southern Link highway, says Mayoral candidate Pete Rainey.

The Nelson Mail reported on Monday that NZTA had revealed the decision on the Southern Link will not be made by the council; and even if the business case is viable, MP Nick Smith admitted it could still be 10 years away.

“This is what we have been saying all along,” Rainey said. “Whatever the decision is, it’s years away – we need to act now. Rachel Reese told a packed Tahunanui Community Centre that she will not do anything about traffic congestion other than wait for link – this is really irresponsible.”   Read more »

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Questions for the Nelson Mail

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The Nelson Mail appears to be the public outreach for Mayoral Candidate Pete Rainey. Instead of asking him the tough questions that need answering they talk about dirty politics.

Instead of asking the tough questions of Pete Rainey they try to make out he is an absolute angel who is being subjected to an unfair attack. The problem with this narrative is that Rainey has not answered important questions about a variety of issues, and it makes everyone wonder if the Mail should be renamed “ Pete’s Pravda”. Read more »

They say Dirty Politics like it is a bad thing

Radio New Zealand is continuing on the witch hunt in Marlborough and Nelson. Instead of focussing on the issues they want to shoot the messenger and root out a whistle-blower.

Nelson councillor and mayoral candidate Pete Rainey said it amounted to gutter politics, which was unbelievable in local body elections.

The blog run by Cameron Slater was described in Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, as having a history of running smear campaigns against MPs, health campaigners, environmentalists and others on behalf of Mr Slater’s political allies.

Mr Rainey, a city councillor for three terms, and co-owner of a local events management business, was recently accused of profiteering from his dealings with the council. He said the deputy mayor Paul Matheson asked for information on his business dealings with council, but Mr Rainey said it was later found to be wrong.

Whale Oil published the information.

“Look there’s definitely untrue claims made by Slater about a company I own and its dealing with the council. The information is incorrect – it’s quite clear it’s incorrect but the information is out in the public arena and I think the people of Nelson will have to make their own mind up about how that happened and who stood to gain from it,” Mr Rainey said.

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NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician – Pete Rainey III

The only man to win two nominations for NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician so far, Pete Rainey, has won a third. Sources inside the Nelson Mail have been talking to the tipline, about the plan hatched to take the catering and liquor at sports venue events for the Council itself.

This means council contractors will pick up the lucrative contracts from the council, rather than the profits going to the sports organisations. And who should benefit from this the most? The people who already manage to win contracts and subsidies from the council, including Pete Rainey.

The people of Nelson already know that Rainey had to seek retrospective approval from the Auditor General for his various council contracts when he knows full well that elected members must get this approval before they actually receive council money. They know this because he squealed like a stuck pig when the Nelson Weekly broke the story.

The amounts are:

2011 $55,051
2012 $47,821
2013 $63,242
2014 $60,926
2015 $62,232
2016 $69,983   Read more »