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Bill English to be elected as National Leader

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  1. lprent 1

    Look, if we can’t have Judith Collins (aka Electoral Death), then Bill English (aka Charismatic Void) will do nicely. I am sure this guy can put accountants to sleep.

    It makes the 2017 election a whole lot more interesting.

    Also see for typical reactions
    The Civilian “20.9% of country thrilled”
    Brian Edwards
    “Memo to National Party Caucus: Please Pick Bill. Please, Please, Pretty Please!”

    • Cinny 1.1

      I’m thrilled, Merry Christmas, bye bye national lead government. Nzer’s don’t want more of the same, but it’s obvious that the Nat Cacus does, because they are freaking out, their whole brand has gone poof. I’m loving this.

      Whale Blubber is seriously putting the boot into Bill, i can see the nat supporters are oh so supportive of the choice, not.

      Hey Billy Boy remember when I protested you in Motueka, yelled all through your one hour speech, drowning you out so your elderly supporters couldn’t hear you. You told me that you had never seen your name on a protest sign before and was secretly delighted to see your name on my sign, well Bill, come back, let’s do it again, I’ve got more to tell the world. Do you remember? I’ve got photos.
      All the people walking past telling me nice things and offering their support, the people calling out ‘fuck john key’ because this one woman protest machine encouraged them to have a say.
      Come back Bill, I’m waiting for you…. best you get Maureen List MP Pugh a new office in Motueka, otherwise, how are you going to hold a meeting?

      Early election is on the cards, can’t wait, I’ve already worked out a question for the meet the candidates debates. Just bring it, we are ready.

    • Phil 1.2

      Brian Edwards “Memo to National Party Caucus: Please Pick Bill. Please, Please, Pretty Please!”

      It’s almost like Edwards hasn’t noticed we’ve had PM’s after Lange.

      Of the three most recent long-term PM’s, Key exhibits all the charm and charisma of the worst kind of try-hard ‘cool dad’ wanna-be. Clark always appeared ‘distant’ to the point you needed a telescope to see her. Bolger couldn’t work a room to save himself.

      Bill fits neatly into that mold.

      • Puckish Rogue 1.2.1

        Wow…just wow, talk about being negative

        Key always seems affable, Clark always seemed competent and as for Bolger:

        “Retiring politician journalist Peter Luke said that Bolger was “the most under-estimated prime minister I have come across. He made up for his lack of education by having an innate ability to relate to the aspirations of ordinary Kiwis. And, as many civil servants discovered to their cost, his image of being a simple King Country farmer did not mean that he would not understand their reports and unfailingly point to the flaws in them.”

        • Phil 1.2.1.1

          I’m not trying to be negative about English, or any other former PM for that matter.

          I’m just pointing out that when Edwards says fucking stupid things (presumably sarcastically) like…

          Bill is stupendous, charismatic, a master of oratory and, no point in denying it, a real stud.
          Charisma, mastery of the language, sex appeal. It’d be riveting, wouldn’t it?

          … he’s ignoring the fact New Zealand has quite happily voted again and again for PM’s over the last 30 years who pretty clearly have not exhibited many of those traits.

          • UpandComer 1.2.1.1.1

            Bill’s a pretty good looking guy in a rugged way. He is charming, and at times I’ve seen him electrifying. He’s sincere and quite endearing. You make a good point, but I don’t think Brian Edwards is correct anyway.

            • WILD KATIPO 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Nothing wrong with Bill English’s temperament or measured way of speaking – quite like that in a politician.

              But his neo liberalism is….

            • garibaldi 1.2.1.1.1.2

              What do you expect from a friend of Michelle Boag’s? I gave up on Edwards years ago (and turn the panel off the moment they come on).

            • swordfish 1.2.1.1.1.3

              “Bill’s a pretty good looking guy in a rugged way. He is charming, and at times I’ve seen him electrifying.”

              Christ O Mighty … I was just in the middle of eating dinner …

            • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2.1.1.1.4

              He’s a dead rat. Eat up: yum yum yum 😆

      • Paul 1.2.2

        Edwards is a good friend of Boag.
        Enough said.

    • saveNZ 1.3

      I like this comment from Ben Thomas

      “I was listening to Bill English being interviewed as I drove home last night. It was more potent than barbiturates. Future interviews should come with a health warning to those driving.”

  2. David C 2

    Its a pity Judith didnt sneak into the top Job. It would have made for great entertainment 🙂

    • Macro 2.1

      Yeah! That’s all it is to you.
      Entertainment.
      Says it all about you and your values really.

      • David C 2.1.1

        Fuck yeah 🙂

        Judith would do the Job very well, maybe a bit more to the right than is currently on offer with Bill.

        The screaming of the outraged lefties would just be a bonus 🙂

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1

          Judith is vile, corrupt and toxic, and the whole nation knows it. She would have made National unelectable and it’s a shame they realise it.

          • David C 2.1.1.1.1

            “The screaming of the outraged lefties would just be a bonus 🙂”

            🙂

            • Crashcart 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Your definition of screaming is questionable. Although I have to say if that post is all that it takes to make you happy then I envy you the life of bliss you must lead.

              Simple things amuse simple minds.

            • AB 2.1.1.1.1.2

              The weak attempt of right-wingers to sound superior would make them a laughing-stock

            • framu 2.1.1.1.1.3

              so why do you think the nats arent going with judith, david?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1.1.4

              Earth to moron: I welcomed the idea. English will lose the next election too, but Collins embodies National Party values so precisely she’d have made much better sport.

          • Matthew Whitehead 2.1.1.1.2

            Basically every credible lefty has at one point said something along the lines of “I almost hope Judith Collins does get to be National Leader someday, I’ve always wanted to see their party implode.”

            Some of us are being a bit more cautious about such ideas on a post-Trump world, of course.

    • @david c (2)

      How can someone with an elephants foot sneak anywhere , though….?

  3. Incognito 3

    Bill will kill any euthanasia bill.

    Pardon the pun; it is a sensitive subject, but like John Key it would seem that Bill English is likely to refuse to go certain places because of personal convictions and plain old stubbornness AKA ‘farmer mentality’.

    The difference between National and Labour is, for me: what’s in it for me compared to what’s in it for us?

    • BM 3.1

      Would never happen in an election year, far too controversial.

      • halfcrown 3.1.1

        Agree with that BM

      • Incognito 3.1.2

        I was not referring to (the) election year; John Key had already essentially vetoed a Bill being passed because of people in National caucus like Bill English who are opposed to it. Even Bill’s wife Mary apparently is an outspoken opponent: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11763645

        If Bill English becomes the (re)elected PM next year I think it is highly likely that we won’t get any progress with this sensitive and indeed controversial issue for another term.

        This is disappointing and frustrating given that apparently public support for this has been consistently high for quite some time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthanasia_in_New_Zealand#Support

        My point remains that personal views should not get in the way of fulfilling one’s duty as political representative for the good of the whole population. Simon O’Connor is also a National MP and Chairperson of Health Select Committee that is currently taking submissions regarding medically-assisted dying. Mr O’Connor is (a) Catholic and completed his training to become a priest but was not ordained. Clearly it does not prevent him to do his job …

        Lastly, controversial issues are defining issues IMO. It is a pity that the political ‘leadership’ in NZ is marked by lack of vision, courage, and a will to change things and just plays it safe all the time, which comes at the detriment of many in our society. But apparently this is what voters don’t mind or even like, according to Audrey Young today in the NZ Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11763876

  4. ropata 4

    Headline should be:
    “Bill English to be elected appointed as National Leader”

  5. On environmental issues; climate change, mining, GMO etc. Bill’s views were formed on the farm. Ask Southland farmers about those issues and you’ll know where Bill’s coming from.

  6. HDCAFriendlyTroll 6

    Oh the irony. The person responsible for giving Little the biggest chance at being prime minister is the person the Left has despised the most.

    • lprent 6.1

      Judith Collins dropped out – what are you talking about?

    • Yeah English is far from being the most despised figure in the National Party, (that’s Collins, hands down) let alone by the NZ left in general. (I’m pretty sure that’s actually Winston, although it’s a weird love-hate relationship with him so you have to pick your time right)

      • WILD KATIPO 6.2.1

        @Mattew Whitehead (6.2)

        Pullyer Benefit wins a consolation award for runner up in a category all of her own for the most despised National party figure due to her outstanding under – performance over the housing crisis – and the outlandish fetish she has of wearing fake leopards skins in an age of conservation awareness…

        • ropata 6.2.1.1

          Parata and Tolley are mounting a strong challenge for the uselessness award

        • Paula Bennet definitely deserves some hatred, (mostly for pulling the ladder up after herself in terms of yanking training allowances away from other women trying to eventually get off a benefit- there’s a very special place in hell as far as I’m concerned for people who forget what it’s like to live in hardship) but she won’t be anywhere close to contending for the top spot until/unless Collins resigns.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1.2.1

            there’s a very special place in hell as far as I’m concerned for people who forget what it’s like to live in hardship

            I think you’ll find that Pullya Benefit never lived in hardship. Back when she was on the DPB our welfare system still provided people with enough to live on. Sure, it wasn’t easy but it was enough.

            Of course, a lot of the reason for it being not enough any more is because of the cuts that she’s made.

            • ropata 6.2.1.2.1.1

              And the costs of living have shot up way past any commensurate benefit increase
              Auckland rental and house prices over the past 20 years

              Barfoot & Thompson’s average letting fee (weekly rent) has increased by 96%, going from $249 to $488
              In the same period of time, the average sale price has increased by 225%, an increase from $220,577 to $718,852.

              That’s from a report published in 2014. Things have gotten worse since then

            • Matthew Whitehead 6.2.1.2.1.2

              There’s a difference between actual material hardship and hardship in general. I imagine Paula had a fair amount of experience of status anxiety and financial shame, and that she’s learned the wrong lessons from that. (ie. “I will never be poor again” rather than “society should provide for everyone”)

              It’s a totally fair point though that being on a benefit today vs back then is a very different experience and it’s well-taken.

  7. b waghorn 7

    if we have to have a nat pm , i guess old bill is better than what else was on offer, he seemed to take a dim view of keys use of slater and co.
    And let’s face it key was probably unbeatable in the next election ,it’s going to be interesting to see where bill takes the nats,

    • BM 7.1

      Do you think having Bill English in charge will help with the rural vote?

      • What help does the “rural vote” need?
        Dyed in the wool, that.

        • BM 7.1.1.1

          Apparently, farmers are getting a bit grizzly, feel like they’re not being listened to.

          Peters election strategy was going to be centred around targeting the rural vote, having English in charge may encourage many swing voters to stay with National.?

          • David C 7.1.1.1.1

            Peters is too fucking lazy to go around and talk to farmers.

            Unless there is whiskey involved of course.

            • marty mars 7.1.1.1.1.1

              ha – all key needed was a pony tail and he’d settle for the tail of a pony…

            • Red Hand 7.1.1.1.1.2

              Farmers are too busy to talk to Peters, whiskey or no whiskey. And what would they ask for that he could deliver after the 30 odd years he’s had making fuck all difference ?

          • Robert Guyton 7.1.1.1.2

            Farmers getting grizzly? Get away!
            Bill’s crew have been selling New Zealand farmland off to foreigners like there’s no tomorrow, so grizzly? You bet! Peter’s will stir that grizzle into a storm aimed at Bill, who after all, was/is part of the flog-it-off team.

          • Matthew Whitehead 7.1.1.1.3

            People will care about whether they’re actually listened to, not whether the PM was once one of theirs. They all know he’s essentially a banker now.

            It’s just a matter of whether they’re angry enough to consider their other options.

          • swordfish 7.1.1.1.4

            “Peters election strategy was going to be centred around targeting the rural vote,”

            More centred on Provincial Cities, I would have thought.

      • b waghorn 7.1.2

        most farmers blindly vote national , despite the fact i’ve had two respected cockies tell me farmers always do better under labour , so i think the nats could run attila the hun for pm and they would still get the rural vote

      • WILD KATIPO 7.1.3

        @ BM (7.1)

        Sure.

        People will be flocking to NZ First in droves from here on in.

  8. English is a city boy, every Southland farmer knows he hasn’t been “looking the sheep” for decades.

    • Red Hand 8.1

      Southland farmers haven’t been “looking the sheep” for decades. Too busy dairy farming.

  9. Tarquin 9

    Whaleoil isn’t happy, that has to be good news for everyone.

    • David C 9.1

      WO is a funny chap.

      Absolute blinkered hypocrite, does he actually think he HELPS Judith by throwing his toys like this?

      • BM 9.1.1

        Yeah, she must wish he’d just fuck off and leave her alone.

        A slater endorsement is the kiss of death.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.1

          Too late. She knew he was toxic: that’s why she advanced his interests. They’re aligned with hers.

        • AB 9.1.1.2

          There’s no evidence at all that she wishes that. Quite the opposite if anything. Like attracts like.

          • Matthew Whitehead 9.1.1.2.1

            Indeed. She was offered a few chances during the short contest to distance herself from Slater and she refused to take all of them.

            Either she likes being in bed with him or he’s got some blackmail material on her. I’m not sure which option is worse tbqh.

    • Cinny 9.2

      IKR and it’s super amusing. Especially reading all the comments from nat supporters whom don’t want to support the blues anymore, because their leader gave up and English is in charge.

      Oh dear Whale Blubber you are upset… do you know something boy? I bet you like to think you do.

      Some of Slaters recent comments….

      ” Labour may be led by a fool but he isn’t evil or inherently dishonest. Bill English is both.”

      “Bill English is a nasty vindictive man who holds grudges for years. He gets others to do his knifing and smiles like he knew nothing about it.
      He was a disaster last time and will be a disaster this time. I couldn’t care less that he is Catholic, he is a nasty vindictive man. If you only knew what has gone on the past couple of days then you would shocked”

      “Nicky Hager has finally won.
      This blog (WO) will get stronger with a Labour/Green/NZ First government.
      It isn’t what I want, but I am telling you that is what you will get. A greatly diminished National party.”

  10. Tiger Mountain 10

    have you dick pounders above lost your bookmark for kiwiblog or something?

  11. Ad 11

    Bill English will do a pretty good job.
    I’d like to see Bridges as Deputy rather than Bennett.

    • Puckish Rogue 11.1

      To me hes the best (for lack of a better word) of a bad situation, Coleman (my choice) has about as much charisma as Bill but at least Bill has the respect of being one of the best finance ministers NZ has ever had and Jude (who would have been awesome) has been unfairly targeted by the left and is thus a bit tarnished

      So by default its Bill but I guess, in trying to salvage something positive, he’ll be able to work with Winston so even National drop down to 40% they’ll still be able to form a government with NZFirst

      Why john why? Why did you have to go, a fourth term was yours for the taking…oh the humanity

      • Andre 11.1.1

        Do we need to set up a support group for you?

      • b waghorn 11.1.2

        jude unfairly targeted my arse puckie , the horrible cow is isn’t fit for politics unless she moved to some african third would outfit ,
        every time you talk here up you lose a bit more credibility as being someone who gets politics.

        • Puckish Rogue 11.1.2.1

          Its true I do have a blind spot when it comes to Jude, she will be PM one day, oh yes she will 🙂

          • b waghorn 11.1.2.1.1

            leader of the nats when they lose their second election in 2020 to Mr Little is more likely to be her future.

            • Puckish Rogue 11.1.2.1.1.1

              I don’t know about that, I can easily see a National/NZFirst government leading for another two elections

              • b waghorn

                do you think key quit to make your scenario possible? not that i think it will happen.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  That’s a tough one to answer…I think no, I think he just didn’t want to be PM anymore. I’m not sure why he did that when he would have won a fourth term but he obviously marches to the beat of his own drum

                  I think he gave great consideration to all the factors surrounding his resignation and probably considered Winston to be a happy coincidence

          • Matthew Whitehead 11.1.2.1.2

            If Judith ever gets a chance to be passed the PM baton (presumably by assassinating English before he can call for the election next year) she’ll lose the next election so fast it’ll still be spinning by the time the Leader of the Opposition gets ahold of it.

    • swordfish 11.2

      “Bill English will do a pretty good job. I’d like to see Bridges as Deputy”

      Two social conservatives leading a Party that won the last 3 Elections partly by making significant in-roads into morally liberal sections of the swing vote.

      From a Left point of view – that sounds good !

  12. Siobhan 12

    Bill on Radio NZ this morning declaring his abhorrence of ‘injustice’.
    So looking forward to some resolution on Pike River, a full inquiry on abuse in State Care, proper funding in Health Care, so, you know, hard working people don’t go blind and lame waiting to see the specialist……oh the list goes on.
    But luckily Bill, a man of fine Roman Catholic morals and principles, he’ll see us right.

  13. Bill is a good choice – for the left – thanks gnats, thanks keyhole.

    • BM 13.1

      Why?, I would have thought having a more staid person in charge would help Nationals chances.

      He’s up against Andrew Little, who’s biggest selling point was going to be his staid non-flashiness.

      You’re going to get that in spades with Bill English, so why change?

      • Puckish Rogue 13.1.1

        Plus Winston Peters will be able to provide all the charisma and personality National requires 😉

        • BM 13.1.1.1

          Yep, the straight guy/funny guy combo, always a winner.

          Winston can be the new JK.

          • Puckish Rogue 13.1.1.1.1

            Well its funny but originally the left wanted MMP because it’d make things “fairer” and by fairer they mean they’d be in power more often but its the right that seems to have adapted MMP better

            Of the seven elections held under MMP National have won four and look good to extend that to five from eight elections

          • WILD KATIPO 13.1.1.1.2

            ” Yep, the straight guy/funny guy combo, always a winner.

            Winston can be the new JK. ”

            ……………………………………………………………………………..

            @ BM (13.1.1.1)

            Except Peters hates neo liberalism.

            And Bill English IS neo liberalism.

          • swordfish 13.1.1.1.3

            BM “Yep, the straight guy/funny guy combo, always a winner.”

            Puckish Rogue = Good Cop ?

            BM = Bad Cop ?

      • marty mars 13.1.2

        English has already shown he doesn’t have what it takes. Little will make him look even more out of his comfort zone – it’s gonna be mayhem – little has got a sense of humour and a glint in his eye – with Bill in front of him not key he will be smiling.

        • BM 13.1.2.1

          Yeah, what would Bill know it’s not like he’s been helping to run the country for the last 8 years in conjunction with one of the best and most popular PMs NZ has ever had.

          Up against Andrew Little who only made it in last time as a list MP by the skin of his teeth ,was handed the labour leaders job by the Unions and has taken labour to it’s lowest polling position in the history of the party , you’re right he hasn’t got a chance

          • marty mars 13.1.2.1.1

            You just said it – key was the man, Bill’s a backroom dude. You don’t bring the backroom to the frontroom for a number of reasons but hey – good move gnats – for the left!!!

            Edit – whats the problem anyway bm, you righties happy, me leftie happy – you sound a little desperate, like you may not actually be happy – is it that the slippery snake is feathering his own nest and leaving the pigs to the muck, like bleating sheep the fish is on the hook and no amount of rat eating will get the cats paws clean.

            • Puckish Rogue 13.1.2.1.1.1

              Key v Clark was great viewing, Key v Goff was entertaining, Key v Cunliffe was compelling

              English v Little is going to be of interest to masochists and insomniacs only

              • May be interesting to those who care who leads the country – not many gnats in there I’d agree – more interested in what’s in it for them.

                I see a polite, friendly, calm, and reasoned debate – which will degenerate into baiting, insults, smears, loud voices, pushing and swearing – only from john campbell though. The pillars will stand there looking unconcerned…

                • Puckish Rogue

                  I think someone might need to check their pulses half way through to make sure they’re both alive

                  • maybe the deputies will pull up their pants and get into it too, to liven it all up – they could be gooses to bill and andrew maverick’s.

                • Well said… marty,… I think its high time we got rid of a lot of these egotistical wannabe rock stars and got back to a more measured and civil approach in politics…

                  And if boring politicians means that’s what we need to achieve that – so be it.

            • Matthew Whitehead 13.1.2.1.1.2

              Yeah he’s trying to convince himself not us, lol.

        • UpandComer 13.1.2.2

          The problem for Little is that Bill has all of his strengths, but has additional qualities. Bill is an intellectual. Bill is humble and affable, and his laconic speech isn’t forced. If you want to compare the calibre look at Little’s speech in reply on the budget debate for the last budget, then watch Bill’s response later in the debate. It was quite astounding.

          • marty mars 13.1.2.2.1

            put a link up I’d like to look at that.

            Bill has had key running interference and has had it cushy. When he is running out there all alone in the spotlight he won’t like it, won’t do well at it, and in fact will probably avoid it. That may actually be all good.

            The more I think about it the more I am looking forward to these debates between little and english (if he is in fact still there by then).

      • weka 13.1.3

        I think Collins was potentially more of a win for the left, because she would have been hated by so many centrist and swing voters. But she would also have caused a a lot of chaos and drama, too much, and we don’t need a chaotic election. We need one where people can focus on which are the best parties to run the country.

        English vs Little, two steady as she goes, sensible leaders. Which means the debate will be around policy and messaging not personalities. That’s a good thing for NZ and for the left.

        (if Gareth Morgan stays in, that will be the dramatic element).

        • Puckish Rogue 13.1.3.1

          So Finally got round to watching Morgan v Henry and all I can say is Morgan should hire someone to speak for him…that voice makes him hard to be taken seriously

          Yes I am shallow, why do you ask?

          • Phil 13.1.3.1.1

            [Morgan’s] voice makes him hard to be taken seriously

            Counterpoint: John Major was UK PM from ’90 to ’97 despite sounding exactly like every hack comedian’s impression of a reedy upperclass english twat.

          • ropata 13.1.3.1.2

            I seem to recall a prominent recent politician that talked in a tumble of jargon, slurred and sounded like he had a mouth full of marbles. Was quite popular I think.

            But JK would never have been ruffled by Paul Henry’s antics, he would probably have stepped back and asked Henry if he wanted the interview to continue or not, because he was being extremely rude

          • Naki man 13.1.3.1.3

            “So Finally got round to watching Morgan v Henry and all I can say is Morgan should hire someone to speak for him…that voice makes him hard to be taken seriously”

            True, a face like a dropped mince pie isnt helping either.

        • WILD KATIPO 13.1.3.2

          @ weka…

          I’m with you on that… Collins… only good for the scandal bait. Nothing more. We don’t need that sort of thing in this critical era for NZ.

          I don’t mind English in some ways, I recall for publicity reasons he got into the boxing ring… for a charitable cause a long time back. For publicity as well , obviously ,… but the guy gave it a go and showed he wasn’t all shallow tinsel like the last idiot we’ve been continually embarrassed by. Nor was he a pony tail puller.

          Thank goodness the corporate show pony’s gone.

          Halle – bloody – lujah !!!

          I certainly dont mind English’s much talked about ‘ blandness’.

          Fact is,… regarding issues of politics that shouldn’t even be an issue . I’ll defend English from that point of view as I do Andrew Little,… another one described as being ‘ bland’.

          It is just unfortunate that Bill English is disadvantaged by being an adherent to the odious , contemptible ideology of neo liberalism. It also didn’t help that ( quite rightly ) he earned himself the title of the ‘ Double Dipper’ .

          He should have known better.

  14. Morrissey 14

    The most devastating dismissal of Bill English came from Helen Clark on 23 May 2002, following a disastrously inept speech by the double dipper during the Budget Debate. The chamber was waiting for her to deliver the coup de grâce and, with an exquisite sense of timing, she obliged:

    “The leader of the Opposition is looking forward to an election like a turkey looks forward to Christmas.”

    http://www.vdig.net/hansard/content.jsp?id=94034

    What Hansard fails to record is the absolute thunderstorm of hilarity and derision of Bill English that followed those words. That speech more than any other showed that English was finished.

    Yet the National caucus, in its infinite wisdom, has brought the zombie back to the table.

    Let the hilarity ensue….

    • Rosemary McDonald 14.1

      Morrissey…does your memory of the ‘Dipton double dipper’ incident extend to a brief comment Butcher Bill made on camera in an on the run interview that went something like….

      Crooked smirk ….”If there’s a loophole you’d be a fool not to exploit it.” More crooked smirking, then exit stage left into the bowels of Parliament.

      I have hunted futilely for this footage….

      • Morrissey 14.1.1

        That’s a very Trumpian thing to say. Unfortunately for English, he lacks Trump’s charisma.

      • Paul 14.1.2

        So Christian of him.

      • Graeme 14.1.3

        There’s also also a speech from 2002-3 where he said “The National Party is deeply rooted…. ( very long pause in best Lincoln public speaking style) in it’s membership”

        Was delivered to an electorate or grey power meeting in Gore and remember it being broadcast, but could have just been audio on National Radio.

        • Rosemary McDonald 14.1.3.1

          Hah! You sure it wasn’t “…deeply rooted……by it’s…”?

          • Graeme 14.1.3.1.1

            The delivery was so wooden and forced it was quite funny and has stuck in my mind since. It was pre-internet, and thankfully hasn’t turned up as a gif….yet

            Get what you say about by, the same lot selected Todd Barclay to be our MP

  15. saveNZ 15

    Natz like to cheat so although great news noticing that the Natz have no suitable leaders to fill Key’s corporate + entertainment jack boots

    English (corporate minus entertainment),
    Bennett (entertainment minus corporate),
    Coleman (void),
    Collins (just plain scary, a bit like Missy from Dr Who)

    I would not count a victory for the left yet.

    Last election Labour should have won, but didn’t.

    I think Labour will win….but only if Labour really work hard to collaborate, not get complacent, read the economic climate that seems to be declining (but not be doom and gloom party – lets solve Natz mistakes with some more taxes for voters!) and not repeat last elections mistakes.

    • garibaldi 15.1

      The other thing we need ,save nz ,is some of the media to be on our side for a change. Their relentless sycophancy is extremely hard to combat.

  16. adam 16

    I see BM and Puckish are into the denial stage. Although BM does have anger flowing through him at the best of times, so one can never be too sure.

    • Infused 16.1

      Doubt it. If you had your finger on the pulse, you’d see that most nzers don’t want change at the moment. Anyone but bill would be big change. Big change will lose the next election.

      • adam 16.1.1

        “Use your aggressive feelings boy, let the hate flow through you.”

      • Psycho Milt 16.1.2

        Big change will lose the next election.

        Yes. Key’s whole schtick has been about not doing more than tinkering with Labour’s programme, and it’s served him well. Collins and Coleman maybe thought it was time some of the political capital that Key built up should be spent on an actual right-wing programme, but if they’d got their way they’d have found the political capital was Key’s, not National’s. Looks like a majority of their MPs are aware of it, even if Collins isn’t.

  17. Infused 17

    I wonder if Whaleoil will list himself as ‘cry baby of the week’

    he’s a fucking idiot. Anyone else would have sunk National. No one likes Judith Collins. All she would have done is bought back the National of old, which the country has moved on from.

    • garibaldi 17.1

      With reference to your previous comment infused, I would suggest your “most NZers ” is not what you think it is. Many people have fallen off Key’s wagon since the last election.

  18. The Chairman 18

    Interesting allegations being made over at Whaleoil

    There is now deep divisions inside National.

    English has threatened MPs.

    Hekia Parata is playing a role in threatening and strong arming MPs.

    As a result, anger is brewing within.

    Whaleoil can no longer support National with Bill as leader and expects the Party to suffer an immediate tanking in the polls.

    He believes John Key’s legacy will be one of wrecking a successful government. And Bill English will make Andrew Little look dynamic.

    • BM 18.1

      Slater is a deluded fuckwit who still thinks he’s a player , he’s got about as much credibility as that other asshat Martyn Bradbury.

      • The Chairman 18.1.1

        One wonders if his agenda is to undermine Bill in an effort to advance Collins?

        Nevertheless, there could be some truth in what he’s asserted.

        It seems the knives are being drawn and Key has even left yet.

        • Infused 18.1.1.1

          Likely, but who gives a shit about him. He thinks far too highly of himself.

          I know more about what is going on there than him. Like his back bencher comments. He has no clue.

          • The Chairman 18.1.1.1.1

            It will be interesting to see if National suffer an immediate tanking in the polls.

      • Red 18.1.2

        Yep he is about as deluded as some here who think suddenly because jk goes Angry Andy, Wobbo and his green buddies suddenly become attractive, The recent polls would suggest otherwise, How much government support is simply the jk factor is not measured, only pm popularity in contrast to Mr 8pc and other contenders Time will tell, as early as the next poll. Here I will suggest the left will be devestated when they realise that their unpopularity is not an external jk issue but simply people are not buying their kool aid Hopefully this will lead to some deep soul searching and reflection on how KDS had blinded them to their real issues

        • ropata 18.1.2.1

          I think you’ll find that objections to charter schools, for example, are based entirely on undisputed data, not KDS. Try and get past your emotion and look at the evidence.

          • Carolyn_nth 18.1.2.1.1

            Indeed. I’m not overly optimistic about a change of government next year. But some people are very worried about the poverty and inequalities, and hopefully desire for change will build over the next year or two.

            Just listened to a concerned Dunedin Head teacher on Checkpoint, talking about the children who are not getting the help and support they need. She says they can easily end up on the wrong side of the law.

            She talked about the costs of keeping people in prison, compared with the cost of provisions that will give children better futures, and help them stay out of prison.

            Checkpoint tweets on it

        • garibaldi 18.1.2.2

          Sooner or later Red(hopefully sooner ) the people will realise that the Right is wrong. Your free market policies of aspirational greed are destroying the decent society, and rapidly at that. Kiwis still have a sense of fairness and will respond accordingly.

        • WILD KATIPO 18.1.2.3

          @ Red….. (18.1.2 )

          Hilarious !!!

          Absolutely hilarious !!!!

          Here is evidence of yet another neo liberal right winger who indulges in the use of recently invented acronyms that are not listed in either modern psychiatry or in the official English language …

          However , we do have a word that IS included in the English language and that word fits people like Red perfectly .

          SYCOPHANT.

        • Red Hand 18.1.2.4

          Who are Wobbo and Mr 8pc ?

    • UpandComer 18.2

      Kanye Slater is just being Kanye. Did you see his post when JK left “Prime Minister’s come and go, but I’ll always remain in Tel Aviv” of something hilarious like that.

  19. Guerilla Surgeon 19

    Say what you like about conservatives, they can certainly organise an election. Sorry …. a selection.

  20. rsbandit 20

    How many Nat voters will change their vote? I’m guessing: very few. Those who do are likely to go NZFirst, not Labour. Winston will not go Lab/Green/First.

    Labour has a lot of work to do.

    • Mind you…. the almost guaranteed vote for the National party will be starting to dry up when immigration is returned to a more realistic equilibrium…

      Hard times ahead for National when they have to campaign like REAL politicians now the pony tail puller has left them in the lurch….

    • Grey Area 20.2

      Hold on to that thought.

    • They don’t need to change their vote that much, they can also just not show up at the election because the only thing they like about the Nats was John Key. That works just as well from the perspective of Labour and the Greens, even if it’s not exactly great for democracy.

      Now, that said, I think polling is likely to prove over the next few months that National is gonna be a bit of a sinking ship post-Key, but I’m willing to revise my position if evidence doesn’t support it.

      It only takes about a 3-5% shift towards Labour and the Greens to have them governing outright, depending on how accurate the sampling from polls has been.

    • swordfish 20.4

      “How many Nat voters will change their vote?”

      Latest Fairfax-Nielsen Poll says potentially … 16%

      (admittedly, that’s as a % of all respondents)

      http://subzpsubzp.blogspot.co.nz/

  21. millsy 21

    English is a neo-liberal technocrat who opposes public sector provision of anything. That said, he doesn’t look like the sort of guy who will go round getting off on pulling ponytails or making out he is a ‘regular kiwi bloke’.

  22. Whispering Kate 22

    With Double Dipper informing us of his intention to increase social spending do not believe one word of it. He has a long term agenda which is drier than a really dry gin – it was only Key who held him back from completely dismantling the public service of this country. Key’s reasoning behind this was not altruisic, he was just a money trader so he gambled with the electorate, tempering down the right wing agenda and kept his eye on keeping in power so he could enjoy the selfies and big noting for which he loved so much. When situations became uncomfortable and he lacked the bottle for it – Pike River, inconvenient earthquakes and probing interviewers like Kim Hill he decided he couldn’t take the heat in the kitchen and piked.

    I think Double Dipper is of the Jesuit kind of Catholic, enjoys being the stern punishing side of the church – he probably self flagellates at night to make himself feel rightous. Be careful, very careful what we wish for – having the jester in charge may not be as bad as what we are heading for with the Dipper calling the chips.

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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
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    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
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  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
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    1 week ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
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    2 weeks ago

  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
    Seddon House in Hokitika, once a hub for government on the West Coast, has been earmarked for government use once again. “Today we’re announcing a $22 million investment from the Government’s $3 billion infrastructure fund for shovel ready projects for the purchase and restoration of Seddon House in the heart of ...
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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes two diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced two new diplomatic appointments: •         Michael Appleton as New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. •        Tredene Dobson as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Viet Nam.  Sri Lanka “New Zealand is opening a post in Colombo in 2021 because we are ready ...
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    1 day ago
  • NZ’s most prestigious conservation award – Loder Cup presented to Graeme Atkins
    The Minister of Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, today presented Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup, to the 2020 winner Graeme Atkins while in Gisborne/Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa. “Graeme Atkins of Ngāti Porou is a Department of Conservation ranger whose contribution to conservation goes well above and beyond his employment,” ...
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    1 day ago
  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
    Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today. The Minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED ...
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    1 day ago
  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week theme of “Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou” which means “Navigating the changing environment” is a call on all Pacific peoples to be strong and resilient in the face of COVID-19. “This theme is a reminder to us ...
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    1 day ago
  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
    The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work has been undertaken by sports officials including New Zealand Cricket, Netball New Zealand and government officials to ensure that international sport can return safely to ...
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    1 day ago
  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
    Northland’s indigenous tree canopy is set to grow for the benefit of mana whenua and the wider community thanks to nearly $2 million in One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Komanga Marae Trust has received more than $1.54 million to restore and enhance the native ...
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    1 day ago
  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
    The Government has delivered a new hospital for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will benefit from better access to high quality integrated health services. Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government backing local with PGF loan
    A West Coast distillery will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment that will enable it to expand its operations and create jobs in the town of Reefton, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Reefton Distilling Co will receive a $928,000 ...
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    2 days ago
  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
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    2 days ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
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    2 days ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
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    2 days ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
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    2 days ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
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    3 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
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    4 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
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    4 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
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    4 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
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    4 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
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    1 week ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
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    1 week ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
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    1 week ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
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    1 week ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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    1 week ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
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    1 week ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
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    1 week ago
  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
    A new digital hub and development centre in Murupara will be instrumental in growing the region’s productivity, said Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau at the official opening of two community initiatives today. “I’m pleased to be here celebrating a significant milestone for two projects set to make a ...
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    1 week ago
  • PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast
    PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast Unemployment to peak at 7.8%, down from 9.8% forecast in the Budget Year-to-June accounts show tax revenue, debt and OBEGAL better than forecast Global forecast downgraded as COVID-19 second waves and uncertainty grows Balanced plan to support critical public services, manage debt and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Spruce-up for Ōtaki community facilities
    The Kāpiti Coast town of Ōtaki will receive $1.4 million in Government funding for two projects providing scores of jobs for locals while improving community facilities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Māoriland Charitable Trust will receive a $900,000 Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) grant to upgrade the ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Jobs for Nature programme
    The Provincial Growth Fund will provide $11.88 million to fund fencing and waterway projects nationwide that will improve the environment and create jobs in their communities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “These projects will create more than 100 jobs nationwide with work starting within the next couple ...
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    1 week ago
  • Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability
    As part of the COVID-19 recovery, the Government has strengthened its procurement rules to ensure its annual $42 billion spend creates more jobs, uses more sustainable construction practices and results in better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, Government Ministers announced today.   Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says the $42 ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built
    The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Fund, Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We heard the call from the community and the council. The Theatre Royal ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • District Court judge appointed
    Chrissy Montague (formerly Armstrong), barrister of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Wellington, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Montague commenced practice in Auckland in 1987 and went into general practice dealing with Wills, Estates, Trusts, Conveyancing, Relationship Property ...
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    2 weeks ago