Steven Joyce

Steve Joyce is either mad, stupid, or both

Steve Joyce talks out loud about tolling Aucklander’s motorways.

In an election year.

Is he mad, stupid, or both?

The Government has confirmed it is now open to the introduction of electronic road tolling in Auckland.

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has told a business audience the Government could support road tolling but will not support a regional fuel tax.

“There is no getting away from the fact that central Auckland is built on a narrow isthmus which makes it hard to get around – and the available land transport corridors are rapidly being used,” Joyce said in a speech.

“So beyond the current building programme we are going to have to look at demand management to reduce the reliance on the road corridors, in favour of better use of buses, trains and ferries.”

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Simon and Steve say NO! to Goff’s plans

Phil Goff wanted to get the government to tax Aucklanders for using the roads they’ve already paid for along with a specific fuel tax to fund his inherited transport pipe dreams.

That has now reached the logical conclusion it was always going to reach in an election year.

NBR reports:

Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s major platform for funding the yearly $400 million shortfall for transport projects has been run off the road.

The government has ruled out a regional fuel tax, Mr Goff’s main hope for bridging the shortfall gap.

Finance Minister Stephen Joyce said a regional fuel tax will not be introduced as “they are administratively difficult, prone to leakage and cost-spreading, and blur the accountabilities between central and local government.

Instead, Mr Joyce says the government will explore options with the council such as tolls and congestion pricing. Speaking to NBR after his first formal speech as the finance minister, Mr Joyce says Auckland is running out of room to extend the roading network after current projects are completed.    Read more »

Show me the money

This election is looking like it will be a choice between tax cuts or increased taxes.

Steve Joyce, moving on from Minister for Corporate Welfare, is now in charge of the books and the gossip around Wellington is that he is showing some restraint…and he is also hinting at tax cuts.

The Government will deliver its election-year Budget on 25 May, with new Finance Minister Steven Joyce continuing to hint at tax cuts.

It will be the National-led government’s first budget with Bill English as Prime Minister and Steven Joyce in his leader’s old role of Finance Minister.

“Budget 2017 will seek to give businesses the confidence to keep investing and keep growing, to provide more opportunities for New Zealand families,” Mr Joyce said.   Read more »

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Labour are dreamin’ and Steve Joyce sledges them hard

Labour, who have had four leaders in the past 8 years are trying to fly the kite that having three people contest a leadership bout is a sign of divisions.

Did they forget they have a four-member leadership contest a short while ago? And a three person contest a short time before that?

Steve Joyce is not one to pass up an opportunity to kick Labour in the slats points out some uncomfortable truths:

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said a leadership contest was a reality, not a sign of disunity.

He said whoever finally got the role would have the full support of caucus.   Read more »

Can Bill English raise money?

If you talk to anyone who remembers 2002 then they will tell you a whole lot about Bill English, and one of those things is that he can’t raise money.

John Key was a rainmaker. If he held a fundraiser he pulled in heaps of cash. The mark of a good leader is the ability to raise cash.

People who were in the hierarchy under Bill English and Michelle Boag tell me that when Bill was leader they’d have to cancel fundraising events because no one would turn up or even reply to RSVPs.

Between the both of them they left the party is such financial disarray that it required the joint efforts of Judy Kirk and Steve Joyce to remedy the situation which is rumoured to have extended to over a million dollars in debt.    Read more »

The contenders?

Radio NZ has prepared a list of contenders for John Key’s job:

Prime Minister John Key’s surprise announcement that he is standing down, after 10 years at the helm of the National Party and nearly nine as PM, will have the contenders jockeying for position before the caucus vote on 12 December.

Mr Key said whoever was chosen as the next leader would have his “unwavering support”, but if his right-hand man – Deputy Prime Minister Bill English – put his name forward, he would support his bid.

Mr Key and Mr English have been the closest of partners but there will likely be challengers from the caucus.

Here’s a quick rundown of who might consider themselves leadership material:

Bill English

A former leader of the National Party in the early noughties, Mr English has been a steady hand on the economic tiller and Deputy Prime Minister since 2008. He knows politics inside out – having been an MP since 1990 – and has held a number of other high-profile positions including Minister for Infrastructure and Leader of the Opposition.

Speaking at a media stand-up this afternoon, Mr English refused to be drawn on whether he would seek the leadership, saying he needed to talk to his family and members of the caucus first.

But Mr English said he will probably announce his decision tomorrow and wanted to make sure he had enough caucus support.

Mr English, who led the National Party to its worst election defeat in 2002, said he had learned a lot since then.

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Joyce and de Joux deliver another win…for the opposition

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LOSERS: Parmjeet Parmar, Steve Joyce and Paula Bennett

The dynamic campaigning duo of Steve Joyce and Jo de Joux have delivered yet another loss in a byelection, and the thumping was huge.

National was never going to win the by-election despite silly people making all sorts of claims about the party vote.

I’m glad Andrew Little is claiming this as some sort of endorsement for him, it means he will stay as leader despite his appalling ratings.

Labour leader Andrew Little tells crowd that National threw everything at the campaign and lost badly.

“For a seat where National won the party vote in the last election, this is a real wake up call to them.”

He said next year would be tough and dirt would be thrown at Labour, and took a swipe at some in the media “who just don’t get it”.

Little told a fired up crowd that National would try and spin the result but there was not getting away from its significance – or the effort they put in to try and wrest it from Labour.

“They thought they were going to win. We had the trash talk…but the Prime Minister doesn’t come here for seven days of the campaign, and three days this week without thinking he is going to win.

“They had one thing going for them, and it was the Prime Minister. And they have lost…the result tonight is absolutely outstanding.”

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Steve Joyce shows his ignorance

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Steve Joyce thinks that those who oppose the dodgy socialist dam in Hawkes Bay are awful green types.

Well, I’ve got news for him.

He shouldn’t think we are opposing it because we are greens. We are opposing it because we aren’t socialists.   Read more »

You can run from your student loan, but you can no longer hide in Australia

As a third student loan defaulter is arrested at the border comes the news that you can run from your obligations, but hiding in Australia is no longer an option.

Another student loan defaulter has been arrested as part of a government crackdown, with warnings that Kiwis overseas can expect a knock on their door if they don’t pay up.

News of the arrest – the third since the start of the year – comes with the launch of a new information-sharing agreement between New Zealand and Australia to identify student loan borrowers living across the Tasman.

Inland Revenue has been targeting student loan defaulters in an attempt to recoup some of the more than $1 billion which is owed.

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How does get fucked sound?

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The boxing bludgers have their hands out for taxpayer cash.

Joseph Parker’s promoters are asking for taxpayers’ money to ensure the New Zealand heavyweight boxer gets a world title fight in Auckland in December.

Promoter Dean Lonergan told the Herald last week that Duco Events will require sponsorship and funding to the tune of seven figures for the December 10 fight between Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr for the WBO world title.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce confirmed yesterday that an application for Government funding had been received for the bout.   Read more »