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John Key’s groundhog day

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, August 21st, 2014 - 51 comments
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I am almost starting to feel sorry for John Key.

He must be dreading waking up each morning. Every day it is the same. He gets asked curly questions by reporters clearly incensed now they understand the way they have been manipulated over the past 6 years. He gets to regularly trot out the same mistruths and you can see by the looks in the reporters’ eyes that they do not believe him.

National must be worried. John Key is pretty well all they have. Without him their chances of winning the next election have all but disappeared. But every day marks the spending by him of valuable political capital defending the indefensible.

Whaledumpleak must be terrifying senior National figures with dread. Each leak so far has undermined National’s stated position that Dirty Politics is nothing but a left wing conspiracy and a beat up.

And Judith Collins has gone to ground.  She must be in danger of losing her seat things are that bad.

It is clear that the media has turned.  John Armstrong has been particularly septic.  Yesterday he said this:

It has taken the best part of a week, but huge cracks suddenly appeared yesterday in the wall of denial erected by the National Party to shield itself from the damaging allegations in Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics.

That was bound to happen. In resolutely defending the indefensible – especially when the indefensible is as well-documented as it is in Hager’s book – John Key was not only starting to sound and look rather silly, but he risked eating into stocks of one of his most valuable commodities – the degree of trust he has built up with large portions of the electorate.

This particularly applies to large numbers of “soft” National supporters who would not give National the time of day without Key at the helm.

It will take only a small chunk of these voters to defect to Opposition parties for National to be in danger of losing the election.

The longer Key denied what was fact – especially the questions raised by Judith Collins’ passing of the private details of a public servant to Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater – the more he risked sounding like he was treating voters like fools.

And this morning’s Otago Daily Times editorial is particularly severe on Key.

Justice Minister Judith Collins has become a liability to Prime Minister John Key, the Government and more widely, and disturbingly, the country.

How a Minister of Justice, entrusted with upholding the highest standards in the land, can lower her own personal standards to feed confidential personal information about a civil servant to a right-wing blogger – knowing full-well the consequences of her actions – is beyond most right-minded people.

Mr Key should sack Ms Collins now, but will not take that action.

The reason he will not sack her is, of course, because the election is a month away and to remove the Justice Minister now will give further oxygen to an issue he has already handled badly.

National’s problem is that the book discloses not the occasional discrete episode of misbehaviour but an ingrained pattern of behaviour which stinks.  And the attempted cover up and diversion has been lame in the extreme and insulting to the media.

Today there has already been a focus on Key’s denial that he knew about Slater having his OIA request for information to the SIS fast tracked.  A 2011 letter from then SIS Director to Warren Tucker to Felix Marwick has emerged where Tucker confirmed that he had advised John Key not only that he was going to issue redacted documents to Slater but that he had also taken legal advice on the matter.  Key has been claiming that he had not been told.  Tucker is now backing Key up on this but it is almost impossible to reconcile this with the clear wording of the letter.  And if ever there was a case a personal briefing from the SIS was required this was it.  No doubt Key will have to explain himself yet again.

And Key is going to have to accept that his office has been manipulating the system and facilitating the supply of information to Cameron Slater as well as briefing him on what to ask for and how.  WhoSlater has then in that particularly Slater style has mercilessly denigrated and abused far too many people for political advantage.

This is highly damaging for the National Party but no more than they deserve.  And if on election night they are bundled out of office then they can reflect on the damage that they have caused to their party and to our political system.

51 comments on “John Key’s groundhog day”

  1. westiechick 1

    This is just so beautiful. My birthday and Christmas all at once.
    Finally, finally they can see the Emporer has no clothes.

  2. Puckish Rogue 2

    I agree he probably does think its Groundhog Day:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/polls/10406853/National-strong-in-latest-poll

    National in the high 40s (again) Labour under 30 (again), the left wing trying to smear him (again) and the general public not really caring (again) and people preferring John Key over David Cunliffe (again)

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/polls/10396696/Still-to-be-seen-if-Brand-Key-tarnished

    Yep its all bad

    • vto 2.1

      Sure John, the grass really isn’t green is it

    • JanM 2.2

      So when we get another 3 years of this we’re more to be pitied than blamed?

      • Puckish Rogue 2.2.1

        We get another three years you should be greatful as then there’ll be even more money for the left to throw around and more people working to raise taxes on

        • JanM 2.2.1.1

          And whose fairytale is that you’re quoting as fact?

          • Puckish Rogue 2.2.1.1.1

            That would be Treasury (taken with a grain of salt) saying the econmy is improving and will continue to improve, why more people are coming home and that unemployment is on a downward trend by any indicators you like

            “The latest NZ Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating has risen to 139pts (up 4pts) with 63.5% (up 3.5%) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 24.5% (down 0.5%) that say New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction’”.

            But apart from that

    • Te Reo Putake 2.3

      The interesting question about that poll result is the Hager effect. It’s entirely possible that the polling on the days after the books release actually did influence the outcome in a negative way for National. By that I mean that the result could have been even better for National if it wasn’t for the last couple of day’s polling shaving a couple of points off. Say, running at 50% support pre-Hager, 48% post Hager.

      Look at NZF’s rise. It didn’t all come from Labour, eh?

      No, I think what we’re look at is the metamorphic effect in action. The great salesman, Key, has long since ceased to see the voters as people to be persuaded. He assumes their support, even when evidence shows they have clear reasons to distrust him. The confidence Key has that they still support him no matter what can only be sustained if he continues to project that confidence in public. Every time he cracks a little on camera, on radio or in print, he chips away at the facade.

      Or to put it another way, much of Key’s support is of the ‘me too’ variety. ‘Everybody seems to support John, I should support him too’. Hence the constant squealing about left wing conspiracies. ‘I’m not a left wing conspiracy nut, therefore, I must continue to support John’. It only takes a small percentage of that soft vote to go ‘hold on, is that right?’ and National are goneburgers.

      • Tracey 2.3.1

        my brother is a right winger. Yesterday we had email exchanges about dirty politics. At conclusion he was voting ACT for electorate and national for party. We are both in Epsom.

        He just sent me a link to armstrongs heralf article and told me. OK i wont vote for key and act but who do i vote for.

        anyone who has read me posting about this brother should know this is a big deal.

  3. CnrJoe 3

    An elegant elegant solution to whaling I recall hashtagKey saying.

  4. tricledrown 4

    Poll only had one day of the Dirty tricks and even then the number of MP,s required to form govt
    48% plus 2 MP,s may not be enough to get over the line the dead cat bounce!

  5. ianmac 5

    “I am almost starting to feel sorry for John Key.
    He must be dreading waking up each morning.”

    Wasn’t Mr Key quoted in his book that the Tea Tape saga upset him so much that he considered giving it all away? How must he feel about his job now with so much flak flashing past him and some flak hitting and hurting him? I am sure that he was expecting a knighthood later but what chance of that now?

  6. disturbed 6

    Wait till next week John!!

    Don’t forget to take your tranquilizers.

    Oh! and read the Nixon years (gave you a snippet) as well for preparing your exit speech.

    “I’m not a crook”.
    ““Never be petty, always remember others may hate you,

    But those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself”

    Nixon 30th July 1973 was described as someone who wouldn’t quit.
    History channel screening 19/8/14 release of “Nixon in the den” history
    “He couldn’t resign as it would be an admission of guilt”.

    Near the end in 1974.
    To save himself Nixon’s top press aid’s had been forced out. Halderman & Erlichman were forced out.

    And he was loosing all authority..

    Nixon constantly harried in press conferences, about the tapes the cover-ups, and even his personal finance.

    “People have got to know whether their President is a crook or not, “well I’m not a crook”

    Now the lone ranger really was alone.

    Forced to release the self incriminating tapes and face imminent conviction, Nixon finally resigned in August 1974.

    Now it’s August 2014. ( mmm..)

    He told his staff in a tearful rambling farewell, “Never be petty, always remember others may hate you,

    But those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself”

    The ultimate irony with his hate had become the adrenalin of the Nixon Presidency.

    The ambition & ruthlessness that had driven Nixon to the top had spiralled into a consuming rage and mistrust of others,

    That had indeed destroyed him.

    Nixon wasn’t the first President nor will he be the last to end his tenure compromised.

    The relentless pressures of office drilled down to the venerable heart of the incumbent..

    Exposed it to the media’s remorseless gaze.

    • Puckish Rogue 6.1

      Wait till next week John!!

      • Thats been the refrain of the left for years now…its a game changer…wait until the public see the real John Key…wait until people get to know David Cunliffe

      and yet its business as usual :-)

      • North 6.1.1

        Even you don’t believe that Puck’. Honest now. Make like SSLands, DumbArse, FizzyAnus, have a cuppa tea and a lie down. The clay feet of TheGodKey are a slippin’ and a slidin’ in the pool of their owner’s incontinence.

        Imagine the National Party conference. Every cocktail party grimace – every robust handshake – every adoring gaze – dear fellow’ll be saying to himself – “Do they really, like really really mean it…..anymore ?

        Quel horreur for a busted narcissist !

  7. politikiwi 7

    The strategy here must be to bore the electorate – same questions, same answers, day in, day out. If people keep seeing this on the news and they aren’t thinking of the wider implications, they’ll get bored with it.

    And the Tories want the electorate to not turn out, so it might all be a concerted strategy…

    • Puckish Rogue 7.1

      I don’t believe National want this coming out but they’re trying to make the best out of a bad situation and doing it quite well

      • politikiwi 7.1.1

        …in your opinion.

        In mine – and most people with their heads not firmly up their own arses – FJK looks like even more of a plonker than previously. (Which I thought was impossible, and yet, here we are…)

      • Lanthanide 7.1.2

        “they’re trying to make the best out of a bad situation and doing it quite well”

        Funny how pretty much none of the MSM political commentators agree with you.

  8. disturbed 8

    Yeah right. Why don’t you now do a another Tui commercial on a clean Government!!!!!

    • Puckish Rogue 8.1

      Never said they were clean, I don’t believe any government is clean but its what can be proven thats important

      • politikiwi 8.1.1

        Then you’ve got to admit your team are fighting a losing battle.

        Looking forward to @WhaleDump over the next few weeks?

        • Puckish Rogue 8.1.1.1

          I’m not bovvered, I haven’t read any of them so I’m not likely to start now

          • Tracey 8.1.1.1.1

            that explains your vacuousness

            • Puckish Rogue 8.1.1.1.1.1

              You want to support KDC go right ahead

              • yeshe

                dear prickish toad, there are so many completely absurd leaps and bounds in your answer to Tracey … just where and how can you adduce that reading Dirty Politics means voting for KDC ? ( Well, you can ‘t vote for him .. it is Internet Mana after all.)

                I am surprised you are so obdurate as to not even read the book, yet day after day you post saccharine and flaccid messages of support to the floundering govt. Must be fun to stay on your Planet Key … maybe they can teach you how to make a parachute or at least give you some rowing lessons.

                How much brighter and more worthy of engagement you could be if you were willing to open your eyes ( just a smidgeon even) … good luck with that.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  I don’t need to read it because I can pretty much guess whats in it + the media are breathlessly recounting details and I have no desire to fork over my hadr-earned money to give to Hager

                  • yeshe

                    if you could accurately guess what’s in it, you wouldn’t be a front rent boy for them any longer, that much you can be sure of.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      Oh please half-truths, smears and unproven allegations with KDC in the background is not my idea of compelling reading

                    • McFlock

                      half-truths, smears and unproven allegations with KDC in the background

                      so much hypocrisy in one sentence…

                    • Tracey

                      as i wrote ; vacuous

                      So far so good for the offspring of sir doug graham, but i suspect by the weekend everyone will know his name and what kind of person he is.

                  • felix

                    “I don’t need to read it because I can pretty much guess whats in it “

                    Yep, I reckon you can too.

              • adam

                You go from assumptions, to self righteousness in a span of a few hours there PR. Then distraction and if that does not work, you spin into states of triumphalism. So PR, why do you feel you have to be right?

                • Puckish Rogue

                  I would imagine the answer would be quite similar as to why most posters on here feel they have to be right

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Puckish Runt has admitted that his effluent is offered in bad faith. He has admitted that when he wears out his welcome under this handle he will switch to a new one.

                  It beggars belief that someone would waste their own time on his trivial pursuits, and this in turn suggest various strategies for responding to him.

                  [lprent: We keep track of people changing handles. Too many or if they start muttering to themselves and they start getting warnings. ]

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    Selective posting (must be learning from Hager) I also said I’d let people know my new name + my ISP number and whatever else is used to determine who I am won’t be changing either

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Glad I touched a nerve. Oh by the way, you’re covered in filth. Go outside and strip while I get the hose.

  9. fambo 9

    I wouldn’t feel sorry for him. He takes no prisoners himself as his nasty comments regarding Russel Norman being a stoner indicate. Give him an inch and he will take a country mile. He’s the political equivalent of The Terminator. Don’t write him off till after the votes have been counted and the Left comes out with a clear majority.

    • disturbed 9.1

      Fambo,
      Key is a cold calculated carpetbagger as are most of the Wall St gang pre-crash so he is just what he has been made a product of nothing more or less.

      We really need to screen the background of PM’s here in NZ before let these opportunists loose on our future.

      Fancy him revelling he knew nothing of the land when he said of the sale to Chinese Government of Lochinvar as (a tiny piece of land)

      That said it all. Lochinvar is the second largest farm holding in the North Island. Gov’t stats’.

      We cant have uninformed idiots running our assets down like this.

  10. disturbed 10

    PR John key loosing his grip yeah. you said
    I’m not bovvered, I haven’t read any of them so I’m not likely to start now
    my response to you is ;
    “None so deaf as those who wont listen?
    I have no affiliation to any party and have a free mind to think for myself still and not ever become blind to any wrongdoings by any candidate or Government unlike you.

    Leave you to your ignorance then . I am truly free.

  11. Plan B 11

    You have to watch it with the sound off to understand what is really going on.
    With the sound off you see JK looking important answering questions from a large number of media
    That is it
    That is why this whole thing is actually good for him and National.

    With the sound off, the polls make sense.

  12. Plan B 12

    Labour attacks need to quickly switch to what a mess the next three years will be with a rudderless, fictionalized, legally challenged National Government limping on for three more years. It will be a mess. Because this does not all go away on the 20th of Sept. They will be in court, they will be tearing themselves apart.

    This has blown up because of internal rivalries inside National, that will only get worse, for Labour to capitalise they need to

    1. Position crisis as an internal National problem
    2. Point out that what is going on will only continue and get worse and worse aver the election
    3. Point out that New Zealand will be leaderless as National fight it out amongst themselves

    New Zealand cannot afford three years of National infighting, defending, responding to legal action etc etc

  13. I feel very cheerful today – hugely diverted.

    The image of the “sleek team of ambitious hard working office types up early in the morning pulling together in a row boat with a plan and a common purpose’ sits in stark and hilarious relief to the reality of National’s election campaign and its ability to govern.

    The boat has a severe list to the right and is in danger of capsizing; the coxswain has forgotten where he put his megaphone, and at least half his crew are pretending they can’t hear him.

    • Tracey 13.1

      it has caught a crab

      The lines for the left have to be

      What else are they lying about
      How much time does key and collins spend on working for nz, it seems they do alot of things but rarely anything we pay them to do

  14. debatewatcher 14

    With the new Whaledump stuff coming out today, interesting background profile of Simon Lusk based on his M.A. thesis

    http://bit.ly/1w8sFpf

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    Lowering the annual fee increases for students from 4 percent to 3 percent means universities, polytechnics and wānanga will have less money, say national student and staff unions NZUSA and TEU. Slightly slower fee rises are no good if the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Lala-land forecasts on housing investment
    Some of the forecasts in the Budget beggar belief, and when they almost inevitably turn out wrong they spell disaster for New Zealand families. Here’s the clearest example. In the last year, investment in residential property ballooned by 16%. In… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Cynical bribery on the horizon
    Bill English has said time and again that new spending initiatives of around $1 billion each year are the responsible thing to do, and are the new normal. And, in the next two years, he is as good as… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Share of the economy going to workers continues to fall
    The BEFU documents today have unwelcome news for workers. Over the next four years, the share of the economy that ends up in the hands of workers through their wages will fall by around 1.3%. That 1.3% of GDP,… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Bill English’s Budget illustrates complexity in welfare system
    Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system.… ...
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  • Blah Budget: Pathetic half-measure on housing
    Yesterday, Paddy Gower thought he had a big scoop. He had leaked Budget docs alluding to a big government-lead house-building programme in Auckland. Today, the pathetic truth is revealed. The Budget puts only $52.2m – as a one off –… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Good idea on child poverty. Pity about the tinkering package.
    I can only speak personally, but I am genuinely pleased that the government is following through on its promise to focus on child poverty. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty are appalling, and anything that helps to bring them down… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Why there won’t be a surplus next year, either.
    Having failed to reach surplus in this, his promised year, Bill English looks set to fail next year, too. Having been over-optimistic this year to the tune of almost $1.2b – comparing BEFU 2014 to BEFU 2015 - Treasury has… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago

  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    10 hours ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
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    10 hours ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    11 hours ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    11 hours ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    14 hours ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    14 hours ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    14 hours ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    16 hours ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    1 day ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    1 day ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    2 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    3 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    3 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    4 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    4 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    4 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    5 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    5 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    6 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    1 week ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • US state joins NZ with GE food labelling
    New Zealand has a similar law making the labelling of many GE foods compulsory, but the Government seems to let it slide.  Because the government has not monitored or enforced our GE food labelling laws since 2003, it seems the… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago

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