web analytics

Gilmore’s position now untenable

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, May 8th, 2013 - 71 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, national - Tags: , , ,

I feel a bit sorry for Aaron Gilmore. He’s a dickhead, yes indeed, but there’s a lot of that about, and not many dickheads get forced to stare into the mirror the way that Gilmore has.

Be that as it may, Gilmore’s position is now untenable. When it was claimed that he had threatened a barman with having the PM get him sacked, Gilmore denied it. How then does he explain this text exchange with lawyer Andrew Riches (one of the dining companions that Gilmore tried to dump on) – as leaked to Newstalk ZB:

AR: I didn’t write that note because I thought we were boisterous, I wrote it because you told the guy he was being fired, said the pm would be involved and I didn’t want the poor guy to worry about his job

AG: I know. They are trying to make it seem bigger than that. Its bullshit. ive taken the blame and apologised. Just say nothing.

When talking about the allegation Gilmore says “I know”. Clearly he has lied to the PM. As Key has already stated such a lie would be a “serious issue”. So, the ball is in Key’s court now, he’s been lied to, Gilmore should go.

71 comments on “Gilmore’s position now untenable”

  1. One Anonymous Knucklehead 1

    “I take him at his word. I will not be reading the text exchange.”

    • paul andersen 1.1

      yep ,you got that right. key is spending more and more time not reading things. he may even get to be like george bush and have to have things read to him(little golden books etc)

    • I think this may mark a change in the PM’s attitude. He got the texts from somewhere then whammo they are in the public domain.

      And in a couple of days time Gilmore will resign in disgrace. This is so choreographed …

    • Jessica Mutch just tweeted “Just finished speaking with Aaaron Gilmore. He says he’s handed over his version of texts to the Prime Minister’s office.”

      You mean there are two different versions of the texts?

      LOL!

      And so it appears that Key is not taking the honourable member’s word on this particular occasion …

      • veutoviper 1.4.1

        Just reported on RNZ National news that Gilmore has given the PM the texts but

        “… Mr Gilmore is re-iterating that he never made threats about the barman’s job.

        He says his text conversation differs from the one released on Wednesday and it has been shown to the prime minister.

        http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/134579/text-messages-about-hanmer-alcohol-incident

        ??? Murkier and murkier.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.4.1.1

          I wonder if Andrew Riches will respond to the obvious insinuation that he forges text messages. 😀

          • Jackal 1.4.1.1.1

            If Gilmore is saying that the leaked text messages are somehow forged, he needs to stump up and prove it. Otherwise we should take them at face value… It appears that the intoxicated National MP threatened the staff members employment because he wasn’t being served more alcohol. Aaron Gilmore should therefore resign.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.4.1.1.2

            Bugger! I was hoping for a couple more days at least.

        • Ben 1.4.1.2

          Surely the GCSB have these texts on file for verification?

  2. It makes you wonder who leaked the text exchange and who had it. I presume it came from the lawyer’s phone, the one who has gone all quiet on it.

    There may be an explanation to show that Gilmore’s response text was not an admission that he had threatened to get the PM’s office to fire the poor waiter. Pigs may also fly …

  3. Dv 3

    But Aaron is right he is very important.

    It his his vote that allows the Nacts to ‘govern’

    May be he should have told the PM ‘if you don’t give me what I want I will resign from the NP, and cause havoc for you on the cross benches’.

    • ianmac 3.1

      Did I read somewhere that there would have to be a by-election rather than go to the next on the List?

      • toad 3.1.1

        If you did, it was wrong. If a List MP resigns, the place is taken by the next on the List – by-elections occur only when Electorate MPs resign or die.

        • Dv 3.1.1.1

          >>If a List MP resigns
          That is from Parliament.
          Not from the Nats though?

          • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1.1

            There is nothing National can do to forcefully remove him from parliament, they can put pressure on him to resign, but he doesn’t have to.

            He can however be forced out of the National Party, at which point he’ll be in the same position as Brendan Horan. National would still be the government, as even without Gilmour’s vote, they get 63 votes for confidence and supply thanks to the Maori Party. Where it would leave them in trouble is passing legislation, as often the MP vote against the government’s bills, so if Gilmour chose to vote against or abstain, the government could have a hard time passing new laws. But it’s fairly unlikely he’d do that, because although his parliamentary career would be dead at that point, it wouldn’t make his life any easier once he leaves parliament.

  4. King Kong 4

    He should have made his apology on radio. The press have been living on stock images of him but yesterday he turned up and everyone realised that this guy looks like a sex criminal.
    This has completely sunk him.

    • fender 4.1

      Keen to know how you are able to tell a “sex criminal” by looking at someone, animal intuition maybe.

      The thing that tells me this Gilmore fool is unfit for parliament is that he has shown a tendency to be corrupt. Expecting favours because of his ‘status’ suggests he would also perform favours for personal gain. Not forgetting of course that he has lied to our lying PM, and trying to pass the buck onto his ‘friends’, he’s a low life ass.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.1.1

        …which is how he came to be suitable for the National Party in the first place, and the circle is complete.

        • fender 4.1.1.1

          Yep, his only crime as far as his fellow party members are concerned is his inability to hide his true National Party characteristics.

        • yeshe 4.1.1.2

          someone wrote on NBR website he is the son of one of John Key’s best friends which is how he got on the list in the first place ! Don’t know if it’s true. Also, I read there (or was it here?) that the ChCh lawyer Riches is an employment law specialist and would have a critical awareness very finely tuned to the threats made by Gilmore, which is why he was compelled to write the note for the waiter.

          More to come for sure.

          • J'Accuse 4.1.1.2.1

            I think he was reflecting John Key’s ‘Master of the Universe’ persona which has filtered down to the lower ranks, under the influence of whatever substances he had imbibed.

            I have seen others act similarly ..

    • geoff 4.2

      everyone realised that this guy looks like a sex criminal.
      This has completely sunk him.

      I think he just looks like a fatter version of John Key. Hmm…

    • paul andersen 4.3

      I thought he looked a lot like john keys younger smarter brother.

  5. Matthew Hooton 5

    His position is not as untenable as it will be this time tomorrow.

    • What next Matthew?

      Nefarious business dealings?

      Inappropriate personal relationships?

      Please tell.

      I must say us lefties are rank amateurs at the undermining and exclusion of people deemed to be past their use by date.

      • felix 5.1.1

        That’s for sure.

        When these halfwits go to Hoots or Lusk for their services the first question is always “Is there ANYTHING in your past present or future that would damage you if it got out? We need to know all the details now so we can protect you if it ever does.”

        Lolz idiots.

      • King Kong 5.1.2

        My bet would be that he is Cam Slaters love child. Same greasy ringlets and fat droopy face.

        • Hayden 5.1.2.1

          Probably not feasible, but what about illegitimate half-brother? Throw in a bit of blackmail to get him on the list, very salacious and exciting.

    • felix 5.2

      Is that when the sexual stuff comes out?

    • Bunji 5.3

      You tease!

      Go on, give us a clue of what you’re hinting at…

      • mickysavage 5.3.1

        Of course this could be a cunning plan to divert the media’s attention away from the giving the GCSB carte blanc to spy on Kiwis. Expect Gilmore to dominate the media while our rights are legislated away.

        Interesing that Key is happy to throw a back bencher MP under the wheels to provide a diversion …

        • SpaceMonkey 5.3.1.1

          I suspect that’s exactly what will happen. List MPs are cannon fodder.

        • Colonial Viper 5.3.1.2

          Weird thing tho…Key was on radio yesterday chaining himself to Gilmore…that Gilmore had contributed a lot as an MP and despite needing to re-earn the trust of NZers still had a lot more to contribute…

          There’s a game afoot and the Gilmore incident has sparked something off

          • felix 5.3.1.2.1

            Perhaps not so much chaining himself to Gilmore as distancing himself from his muckspreading machine.

        • mickysavage 5.3.1.3

          So where is the big exposure?

          Or is this a plan to soften Aaron up to make him go quietly?

          “Resign now and all this humiliation will stop … “

      • King Kong 5.3.2

        Rhymes with speedo.

    • andyS 5.4

      WhaleOil has been intimating that there is more to come. Don’t keep us in suspense!

    • McFlock 5.5

      et tu, Hoot-ay?

      The funny thing is that the nats could have made a lot more ground with the asset sales petition kick-back if it weren’t for Gilmour. As it is, they now have to answer why they gave such a plonker a job in the first place.

  6. happynz 6

    Aaron Gilmore’s job is safe. No way will Key sack him. Expect another distraction soon followed by silence on the matter.

  7. gobsmacked 7

    I feel a bit sorry for Gilmore too.

    Or more accurately, I feel no respect for journalists who are fearless in pursuit of a nobody, but useless in pursuit of the truth. Anyone see Rebecca Wright on Campbell Live? Sharp, fierce, direct questioning of a National MP. Taking no crap. Which would be great except … I have never seen her – or anybody else – tackle Key the same way.

    Aaron Gilmore’s biggest mistake: not giving out free bottles of wine to the press gallery.

    • amirite 7.1

      He may be a nobody but he holds that vote that gives National a majority in the Parliament. About time for journos to give’em grief. As for tackling Key FGS, he won’t even go on Radio NZ for the fear of being butchered. I suspect that his cohort of bodyguards won’t allow any journo to get too close.

      • Jim Nald 7.1.1

        Key won’t need to front up on Gilmore. My understanding from sources within the inner sanctum is that the twit (for clarification, the latter) is being cut loose and there should be one more day to run in the media before the unceremonious dumping, just before the weekend.

      • gobsmacked 7.1.2

        he holds that vote that gives National a majority in the Parliament.

        True for Banks or Dunne, not true for a list MP who simply gets replaced. Of course Gilmore could “do a Horan” and go independent, and then vote with the opposition – in theory. In practice, Key would be overjoyed, and Shearer would be horrified. “Look, sleazy Gilmore has found a home with Labour!” – a slogan made in Nat heaven.

        I suspect that his cohort of bodyguards won’t allow any journo to get too close.

        He is interviewed on dozens of regular slots every week. The interviews are soft, and the contrast with Gilmore (and their respective influence) is precisely my point.

  8. veutoviper 8

    The Herald now has put up an article with the full text exchange, which includes additional ones to those quoted in the post above.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10882235

    The Stuff article also includes the following

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8644577/Aaron-Gilmore-texts-to-lawyer-revealed


    “Riches, who won a bravery award for rescuing survivors from the collapsed PGC building after the 2011 earthquake, stood by his original statement yesterday.

    “I will be making no further comment and will allow the public to draw their own conclusions.”

    A spokeswoman for Key said he was unavailable for comment last night.

    MP’S NO-SHOW

    The revelations came amid news the under-fire list MP did not show up to a regular meeting at Parliament this morning.

    He was expected at a procedures meeting in the Beehive office of Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee this morning.

    The meeting, between ministers’ advisers and backbenchers, is usually held after 8am to discuss that afternoon’s Question Time. Beehive sources say Gilmore is usually present and “very vocal,” and his absence was notable.

    Gilmore could not be reached for comment this morning. “

  9. toad 9

    Gilmore appears to admit in the texts he was carried out of the bar. After 2 beers and 3 glasses of wine. Yeah, right!

  10. NickS 10

    The revenge of the Riches is harsh, but so totes justified.

  11. freedom 11

    exhalations of relief are heard from the 9th floor 🙂
    http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/taliban-claim-responsibility-for-rude-hotel-comments/

  12. Te Reo Putake 12

    If I were in Parliament, I’d be asking a simple question to the PM.

    ‘Did Aaron Gilmore contact you, or try to contact you, on that Saturday night?’

    I think there’s every chance he did txt Key while in a drunken funk. And Key has ‘forgotten’ about it or, in the alternative, said nothing ‘because I haven’t been asked that question’. Arrogance has bought Gilmore down, it’d be lovely if he took Dunnokeyo with him, too.

    An FOI request for Gilmore’s taxpayer funded phone records could be very revealing.

  13. Rogue Trooper 13

    What I would like to say about “positions untenable” is this;
    It is no longer tenable for me to observe at the Anglican parish (oh Sarah, sigh) due to the Auckland hypocrisy over Gay ordinations, when it is CLEAR that many Gay folk are permitted to ordain, while others are denied. Talk about an “own goal”.

  14. NickS 14

    And I see the stuff.co.nz editor(s) has chosen to use the most gumby-ist of the gumbys photos of Gilmore available.

  15. Pete 15

    I wonder if Gilmore will go feral, stay on in Parliament and vote against the budget out of spite. Would that mean the Nats would have to court Brendan Horan? If the stars align, the government could fall over this.

    PM signals Gilmore should stand down

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government railroading Maori Land Bill through
    Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell seems determined to railroad his Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill through despite the large number of submitters in opposition to the bill, says MP Meka Whaitiri, whose Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate contains nearly 30 per cent ...
    23 mins ago
  • Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents
    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s claims that her Government’s work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “Anne Tolley is seriously ...
    2 hours ago
  • Time has come for state apology on abuse
    Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions. Speaking after the launch of Elizabeth Stanley’s book “The Road to Hell; state violence against Children in Post-war New Zealand”, Labour’s Justice spokesperson ...
    2 hours ago
  • It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away
    New Zealand still needs legislation to ensure adult New Zealanders are not exploited by being taken on as contractors for less than the equivalent of the minimum wage, says Labour list MP David Parker.  “My Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment ...
    3 hours ago
  • Lessons from the Future of Work Commission: Building Wealth from the Ground Up
    Good morning, and thank you for attending today’s Future of Work Seminar here in Wellington. I want to particularly acknowledge Beth Houston who has spent many hours pulling together the programme for today’s event, and to Olivier and the staff ...
    5 hours ago
  • Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey
    The latest National Member’s Bill pulled from the ballot is yet another waste of Parliament’s time and shows the Government’s contempt for the House and the public with much more important issues needing debate, says Labour’s Shadow Leader of the ...
    1 day ago
  • Gun laws creaking under the strain
     Questions have to be asked  after surprising revelations at the Law and Order Select Committee about the police and their ability to manage the gun problem in New Zealand, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “The lack of resources is ...
    1 day ago
  • Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
    The finding by Otago University researcher Dr Kate Amore that most homeless people are in work or study is one of the most shocking aspects of the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Social service agencies report many ...
    1 day ago
  • Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
    National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says. “Under the Electoral Act the provisions establishing the general electorates ...
    1 day ago
  • Trade dumping bill could hurt NZ industries
    The Commerce Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. This bill worries me. I flagged some major concerns during its first reading.   I am now reading submissions from NZ Steel, ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    2 days ago
  • Just 8 per cent of work visas for skills shortages
    Just 16,000 – or 8 per cent – of the 209,000 work visas issued last year were for occupations for which there is an identified skills shortage, says Labour Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The overwhelming majority of the record number ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard won agreement shouldn’t be thrown away
    The Government should ignore talk across the Tasman about doing away with the labelling of GM free products, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “Labelling of genetically modified products was a hard won agreement in 2001 by Australian and the ...
    2 days ago
  • National’s privatisation Trojan horse
     The National government is using the need to modernise the school system as a Trojan horse for privatisation and an end to free public education as we know it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There is no doubt that ...
    2 days ago
  • Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
    The fact that more than 300 sections are shamelessly being advertised on Trade Me as land-banking opportunities during a housing crisis shows the need for a crackdown on property speculators, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Of the 328 ...
    2 days ago
  • Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
    The National Government’s failure to address the housing crisis is leading to dire warnings from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s about the impact on the strength of the economy and New Zealand banks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Standard ...
    2 days ago
  • Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
    The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
    2 days ago
  • Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
    The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. ...
    3 days ago
  • Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
    The Reserve Bank’s struggles to meet its inflation target, the rising exchange rate and the continued housing crisis shows current monetary policy needs to be reviewed - with amendments to the policy targets agreement a bare minimum, says Labour’s Finance ...
    3 days ago
  • Slash and burn of special education support
    Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
      Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
    6 days ago
  • Maritime Crimes Bill – balancing security and free speech
    Parliament is currently considering the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, which would bring New Zealand up to date with current international rules about maritime security. The debate around the Bill reflects two valid issues: legitimate counter-terrorism measures and the right to ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    7 days ago
  • Teachers’ low wages at the centre of shortages
      Figures that show teachers’ wages have grown the slowest of all occupations is at the heart of the current teacher shortage, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  In the latest Labour Cost Index, education professionals saw their wages grow ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s Tax Law undermines common law principles
    A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act ...
    1 week ago
  • Government slippery about caption funding
      The Government has refused to apologise for taking the credit for funding Olympic Games captioning when the National Foundation for the Deaf  was responsible, says Labour’s spokesperson on Disability Issues Poto Williams.  “This shameful act of grandstanding by Ministers ...
    1 week ago
  • Default KiwiSaver investments should be reviewed
    The investments of the default KiwiSaver providers should be reviewed to make sure they are in line with New Zealanders’ values and expectations, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Most New Zealanders would be appalled that their KiwiSaver funds are ...
    1 week ago
  • New ministry should look after all children
    The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.  “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft ...
    1 week ago
  • Ratification okay but we need action
    Today’s decision to ratify the Paris agreement on Climate Change by the end of the year is all well and good but where is the plan, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Government’s failure to plan is planning ...
    1 week ago
  • Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
    Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
    1 week ago
  • Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
    Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s affordable homes plummet 72% under National
    Comprehensive new data from CoreLogic has found the number of homes in Auckland valued at under $600,000 has plummeted by 72 per cent since National took office, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “This data tracks the changes in ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt should face the facts not skew the facts
    National appears to be actively massaging official unemployment statistics by changing the measure for joblessness to exclude those looking online, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Household Labour Force Survey, released tomorrow, no longer regards people job hunting on ...
    1 week ago
  • More voices call for review of immigration policy
    The Auckland Chamber of Commerce is the latest credible voice to call for a review of immigration and skills policy, leaving John Key increasingly isolated, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister is rapidly becoming a man alone. He ...
    1 week ago
  • Better balance needed in Intelligence Bill
    Labour will support the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill to select committee so the issues can be debated nationwide and important amendments can be made, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Serco circus has no place in NZ
    A High Court judgment proves National’s private prison agenda has failed and the Serco circus has no place in New Zealand correctional facilities, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • State house sell-off a kick in the guts for Tauranga’s homeless
    The Government’s sale of 1124 state houses in Tauranga won’t house a single extra homeless person in the city, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Tauranga, like the rest of New Zealand, has a crisis of housing affordability and homelessness. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Axing Auckland’s affordable quota disappointing
    Auckland Council has given away a useful tool for delivering more affordable housing by voting to accept the Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendation to abolish affordable quotas for new developments, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ae Marika! Māori Party Oath Bill fails
    The Māori Party must reconsider its relationship with National after they failed to support Marama Fox’s Treaty of Waitangi Oath bill, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Police Minister all platitudes no detail
    The Police Minister must explain where the budget for new police officers is coming from after continuously obfuscating, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lost luggage law shows National’s lost the plot
    The Government has proven it can’t address the big issues facing the tourism industry by allowing a Members Bill on lost luggage to be a priority, Labour’s Tourism spokesman Kris Faafoi said. “Nuk Korako’s Bill drawn from the Members’ Ballot ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Hiding behind the law – but can’t say which law
    National is refusing to come clean on what caused the potential trade dispute with China by hiding behind laws and trade rules they can’t even name, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark. “National admitted today that an ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Work visas issued for jobs workless Kiwis want
    Thousands of work visas for low-skilled jobs were issued by the Government in the past year despite tens of thousands of unemployed Kiwis looking for work in those exact occupations, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “A comparison of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis nationwide now paying for housing crisis
    The Government’s failure to tackle the housing crisis is now affecting the entire country with nationwide house price inflation in the past year hitting 26 per cent, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “None of National’s tinkering or half-baked, piecemeal ...
    2 weeks ago
  • OCR cut piles pressure on Government
    Today’s OCR cut must be backed by Government action on housing and economic growth, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler’s monetary policy statement underlines the limits of Bill English’s economic management. He says growth is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must explain the McClay delay
    Todd McClay must explain why it took two months for him to properly inform the Prime Minister about China’s potential trade retaliation, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark. “This may be one of the most serious trade ...
    2 weeks ago
  • OCR cut would be vote of no confidence in economy
    If Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler cuts the OCR tomorrow it would show that, despite his loudly-voiced concerns about fuelling the housing market, the stuttering economy is now a bigger concern, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Leading medical experts back Healthy Homes Bill
    Leading medical experts have today thrown their weight behind my Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, saying it will improve the health of Kiwi kids, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “The Bill sets minimum standards for heating, insulation and ventilation ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister, it’s time to listen to the Auditor General
    Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman needs to listen to the independent advice of the Auditor General and review the capital charge system imposed on District Health Boards, says Labour’ Health Spokesperson Annette King.  “The capital charge on DHBs has been ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Peas explain, Minister
    The Minister of Primary Industries needs to explain how the failure of its biosecurity systems led to the Pea Weevil incursion in the Wairarapa, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says “The decision to ban the growing of peas in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PM’s police numbers wrong
    The Prime Minister has said that police numbers will increase in-line with population growth, however, the Police’s own four year strategy clearly states there are no plans to increase police numbers for the next four years, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministerial double speak on GP Fees
      The Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga was simply making it up when he claimed today that General Practitioners had been given money in the Budget to lower fees, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “In a reply to a ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere