It’s a new political world

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 1st, 2017 - 76 comments
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Unless you spent last night in a tent in the mountains (I wish…) you already know the news: Labour rockets ahead of National in stunning Colmar Brunton Poll result

This is Labour’s highest level of support (in this poll) since 2006, and National’s lowest since 2005. Ardern leads English as preferred PM 34% to 33%.

A month ago in this poll Labour was on 24%, now 43%. That is is the largest short-term polling shift in NZ political history (the Nats’ boost after Brash’s Orewa speech was only 17% over 3 months).

It’s only one poll and Jacinda Ardern is right to be cautious:

After the debate, both English and Ardern said the poll did not tally with their own internal polls and neither were taking it as gospel.

Ardern said the poll was “a surprise” but she was not taking anything for granted given the polls could change so quickly.

“It did surprise me. So at the moment I don’t want to rely on any one poll because ultimately there’s only one that counts, and they’re so changeable at the moment that probably both of us are going to make sure we keep campaigning hard and don’t take anything for granted.”

All true, we’re in the fight of our lives. But none the less, the psychological impact of a poll putting Labour ahead is huge. It’s a new political world in which anything is possible.


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76 comments on “It’s a new political world”

  1. lurgee 1

    No, we don’t. It’s the same vacuous, image driven world that it was before. If anything, it’s worse than before.

    It’s a sad testament to how shallow our political culture is that replacing a few dour blokes with a sparkly young thing gives you a ten point boost.

    Suggests that policy and ideology and even any sort of strategy beyond having an attractive front of shop is pointless.

    Also, bear in mind, what comes up must come down. The media will have hatchets ready. Expect “Has Ardern’s Bubble Burst?” and “Polls Drop As Voters Face Choice” headlines at the first dip in the polls.

    • DSpare 1.2

      lurgee
      A 37 year old woman with a nine years experience as an MP is not a; “sparkly young thing”. But you are clearly a repulsive old toad.

      • lurgee 1.2.1

        Odd, age and lack of appeal is often brought up when talking about National politicians.

        Ardern is younger than her opponent and the leader she replaced, and generally considered to be more energetic, optimistic and charismatic than them.

        What do you base her appeal on if not youth, energy and charisma? Certainly isn’t policy as there isn’t much to separate Little’s Labour from Ardern’s.

        • DSpare 1.2.1.1

          lurgee

          Ardern is younger than her opponent and the leader she replaced, and generally considered to be more energetic, optimistic and charismatic than them.

          I wouldn’t disagree with any of that. What I do have a problem with is you patronisingly referring to 37year old woman (or any person) as a thing – which is literally an act of objectification. If I base her appeal on anything, it is on her caucus not obstructing her (unlike other leaders who had been resented because of their election by members & affiliates representing a loss in MP power). Also her being in a honeymoon period while the Nats PR team work up functional attack lines (the ones laboriously constructed against Little; such as “Angry Andy”, being now redundant).

          This is the last example I can think of someone calling another a; “pretty thing”. He got away with it because it was clearly fictional, and even in the 1970s humorously anachronistic. In 2017 it is out of place as; “Zounds ye blaggard! Hie thee to a nunnery.”.

          • lurgee 1.2.1.1.1

            I wouldn’t disagree with any of that. What I do have a problem with is you patronisingly referring to 37year old woman (or any person) as a thing – which is literally an act of objectification.

            Oh, for Goodness sake.

            I was trying to highlight the vacuity of our political culture, the way people have been attracted to Ardern like magpies to a bright shiny object. I am not commenting on her per se but on us.

            We (the punters out in punter land) don’t see her as someone who is attractive because she has a well thought out collection of policies but because she has the advantage of a few zeitgeisty attributes that make her more superficially appealing than her male, pale stale opponent, and predecessor.

            Or can we not use that term any more because, you know, it’s not on to compare blokes to bread?

            While we’re at it, Bill English got called a rock the other day. Can’t get much more objecty than that. Did you get outraged on his behalf?

            • DSpare 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Do people often compare blokes to bread? Oh right; “stale” rhyming with male (as you did in the previous paragraph). Lots of other things than bread can go stale – cake, beer, causal objectification of a person as a; “thing”, the phrase; “for goodness sake”.

              As regards English being called a rock, I find it hard to be interested enough in what Davis has to say to be offended. It seemed to be a bit of an old goal rhetorically speaking, because the metaphor has both positive and negative connotations. Not offensive, because it did have meaning beside reducing a person to an object. Similarly, I think I don’t think that you are literally; a dryskinned poisonous amphibian, just that your words are equally repulsive.

    • NewsFlash 1.3

      Just a quick reminder of how out of touch Bill is, he stated that housing is more affordable now than it was in 2008, you actually don’t even require any intellect at all to KNOW this is straight up BS, also Bill trying to seduce the electorate by providing unaffordable TAX cuts.

      When Bill stops treating the punters like they have just come down in the last shower, he may gain some respect, but don’t see that happening any time soon.

      I don’t like Hosking, but he did punch Bill in the nose last night, and Bill had no answer, except to try and portray Labour policies from his bias view point, just another failure from him.

      Even Audrey Young thinks Bills doomed, 9 long years of nothing.

  2. lurgee 2

    It is worth noting that for the first time Labour seems to have taken a definite bite out of National’s support. I suppose there must be a few Nats who – in spite of being caricatured as hateful, dim, greedy and heartless – must be willing to switch.

    Perhaps they can see what some on the left are slow to recognise …

    • eco Maori/kiwi 2.1

      It’s good to see the pollsters are showing the real results of there polls .
      As most pictures don’t lie so they have to show thee realty of what the public think.

      • lurgee 2.1.1

        Do you really, truly think polling companies would jeopardise their reputations falsifying results?

        And if you do believe that, why have they suddenly stopped?

        As always, everything that suits the narrative is true, everything that doesn’t is false.

  3. philj 3

    Will the Public Service get in behind a struggling National Party in its time of need? Come on TVNZ, RNZ you can do it!

  4. Crashcart 4

    Of course I fully expect all the media stories about how Bill is not fit to lead and how he should step down after this disastrous poll result. Yea right. If this was a left leader the knives would be sharpened and they would be baying for blood.

    • Muttonbird 4.1

      There’ll be some questions but you’re right, it won’t be a full court press like with Little and Turei.

      • Robert Guyton 4.1.1

        Does Judith Collins have laryngitis?

      • lurgee 4.1.2

        The right wing ACTish wing of National will turn on English if he loses, like they did in 2002. They’ll probably turn on him anyway, if he does win; they might just wait a little bit longer. The media will follow their lead. They like a good knifing.

  5. Unicus 5

    Little’s Labour Party created the message for which Jacinda is the messianic messenger- The Tories have been caught in a perfect Storm and stranded on a reef of their own deceptions

  6. North 6

    Yes you’re right of course Lurgee. Nothing has changed indeed it may even be worse, as you say , without saying how. But anyway this business of Labour on 43 and National on 41. No no no…… nothing afoot.

    Excellent spotting there Lurgee ! In fact I agree with you so much Lurgee that for myself I’m just not prepared to accept an outcome of a bright young thing over a few dour blokes. I mean that’s all it’s about really, as you perspicaciously identify.

    • lurgee 6.1

      If it isn’t Ardern’s youth, energy and optimism driving the poll surge, what is it?

      What awesome policy have they released that has brought about this change?

      Crikey, I know how Denis Healey felt now!

  7. xanthe 7

    Yay Paula Bennet for PM!

  8. silvertuatara 8

    Barry Soper…..possibly fighting to influence his ongoing relevance past 23/9/17 perhaps?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11915024

  9. Robert Guyton 9

    National’s only hope now is a populace-frightening disaster; earthquake or terrorist attack, real or imagined. Even something in Australia would do the trick.
    Edit: just seen xanthe’s comment above – not that disastrous, pleeeease!

  10. Bearded Git 10

    Really the poll everyone should be talking about is Lab/Gr 48 Nats 41.

    • alwyn 10.1

      That is certainly the number that Winston Peters will be looking at.
      I expect Winston to take a distinct shift left in who becomes the target of his attacks.

      His sole interest in the election is to see that neither major party can form a Government without his support. That is why he has been going so hard at National. He was having to cater for the quite likely outcome, as of a couple of weeks ago, that the Greens will not be in the next Parliament and that National, on as little as 44% could have formed a coalition Government without him.
      Now he will realise that, in the unlikely situation that the Green Party get back, Labour might be able to dispense with New Zealand First.

      He has never been someone to ignore unpleasant, for him, news.
      He will, in my opinion go into an attack mode against both Labour and the Green Party. If he can ensure that the Green Party are knocked out of the house, and hold the Labour vote to a similar number to National he will remain the King maker, and can guarantee his own access to the baubles of office. He won’t be taking any risks on the Green Party sneaking back in and he really won’t want Labour getting any stronger.

      Do you think that sounds cynical? Not really. It simply recognises that this is the way that Winston plays the game. He really doesn’t care who runs the country as long as he can enjoy the spoils.

  11. DSpare 11

    It is good that Ardern is not relying too heavily on this poll. In fact, there was a statement she made on becoming Labour leader that impressed me (though I couldn’t find a link on a quick google), something on the lines of; “votes belong to the voters, and political parties shouldn’t take them for granted”.

    Anyway, the psychological impact of this poll is greater than its statistical significance. The results aren’t really any different to the; CB poll conducted 12-16 August, though they certainly are from that of the; 22-27 July CB (assuming a 3.3 % margin of error).

    The OP states; “A month ago in this poll Labour was on 24%, now 43%. That is is the largest short-term polling shift in NZ political history”, which I think means the story is more in; polls being as much tools to manipulate reality as much as reflect it , than in the reversal of Labour’s fortunes.

    This is the first countrywide poll of the election season (writ day was the 23rd of August). Despite this being good news for those opposed to the current regime, I think it provides more evidence of how polling distracts from reporting of; policy, and public interactions by politicians, in the media. Thus reinforcing the need for a moratorium on the publication of polling by any media (even if “leaked”), during the election period.

  12. bwaghorn 12

    he he bills had his finger in the dyke since key left , now the dams burst and a landslide is sweeping him away

  13. DSpare 14

    Hey – top story on the Guardian (International edition) website:

    Ardern took control of the party on 1 August with Labour at an all-time low in the polls and has almost single-handedly reignited its chances of forming the next government… Ardern and English met in a leaders’ debate on Thursday in which English was asked in the opening question: “Bill, why are you losing?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/31/jacinda-ardern-lifts-labour-into-poll-lead-in-new-zealand-election

  14. ianmac 15

    Horizon Poll just out:
    “Jacinda Ardern has a 6% lead over Bill English as preferred Prime Minister among definite voters.

    Among the 860 adult respondents who are both registered to vote and 100% likely to vote, Ardern leads English by 43% to 37%.
    https://horizonpoll.co.nz/page/475/ardern-preferred-prime-minister-with-6-lead?gtid=0329475090128OOG

  15. ianmac 16

    Some people wonder if Polls lead voters rather than follow voters. It was said that 24% for Labour painted them as loosers so people would vote accordingly.

    But if that is so a high poll for Labour could have a an effect in the positive way. “Wow! Winners lets join ’em!” Reckon?

    • garibaldi 16.1

      There is truth in that ianmac. Just shows how shallow NZer’s are.

    • swordfish 16.2

      The idea that Polls are self-fulfilling / natural for people to back winners / voters rally to apparent majority opinion is usually called = the ‘bandwagon’ thesis / effect in political science.

      Just one of a number of rival theories on the influence of opinion polls. The polar opposite is the ‘underdog’ effect. There’s also, of course, the argument that poll results can encourage strategic voting.

  16. Scotty 17

    Haven’t heard from Josie Pagani or Phil Quinn for a while .

  17. Bill 18

    Nothing ‘new’ under the Liberal sun. But that aside…

    know what likely happens with those poll numbers if they are in line with Sept 23? (Lab 43, NZF 8)

    Ardern phones Shaw as promised. The conversation is kinda short. It goes something like – “Yeah….nah”

    She much more than hinted as such at the beginning of that debate last night, and has form (as does the party) when it comes to throwing green things under buses.

    Anyway. NZ Labour will lead the next government. There will be a period of blinkered rejoicing among tribal members and then….well, soon enough it ends in tears.

    • weka 18.1

      Remember what happened to Peters when he strongly implied that he would go with Labour and then went with National? Lots of seriously pissed off LW voters if Ardern chose Peters over Greens if she didn’t have to.

      But yeah, party vote Green still needs to happen majorly to get any kind of progressive govt.

    • Ad 18.2

      The Greens, should they get back into Parliament, are owed nothing.
      Nothing.

      Nor is any party.

      The Greens campaign in this contest has been shit.
      If they are invited to form a government, Ardern, should she be in that position, has made it clear that she will honour her Party’s commitments to the Greens.

      A wise Green candidate right now will be worrying less about what cabinet position they might get in the future government, and more on their very political survival.

      The track record of Labour is that they tend to change things.
      Tears are expected.

      • weka 18.2.1

        Except there is the MoU. So unless the Greens don’t make it into parliament, or unless the numbers prevent Labour from doing so, there is an agreement that Labour and the Greens will form a govt together. That’s the whole point (that some seem to have missed)

        This is been a consistent message for the past year, it was an intentional strategy, and it has been communicated openly to the electorate. If instead Labour chose NZF over the Greens when they didn’t have to there would be hell to pay.

        I think what you are saying is that you are ok with a L/NZF govt. But lots of people on the left, most I would guess, want a progressive govt instead and that will only happen with the Greens in there.

        • Ad 18.2.1.1

          “Ardern, should she be in that position, has made it clear that she will honour her party’s commitments to the Greens.”
          Just learn to read Weka.

          What I am ok with is a Labour-led government.
          Consistent indications are that, should a Labour-led government form, the minor parties will have a minor role because of how they have performed. Unless there is a very unlikely late break for them.

          A Labour-led government will be a progressive government. That’s according to the leader and to their policies.

          The rest is up to Green supporters’ responsibility, not anyone else’s.

        • Bill 18.2.1.2

          Working together to “change the government” is not the same thing as working together to “be the government”.

          And the MoU states as it’s “purpose” as being merely –

          “…to work cooperatively to change the government at the 2017 election”

          That’s simply an intention to work together to ensure the National party falls short and definitely doesn’t preclude a sympathy/thankyou card being flung into the post.

          • Ad 18.2.1.2.1

            Exactly.

            There is no sympathy in elections.

            Only performance.

          • weka 18.2.1.2.2

            From the MoU,

            lt is our intent to build on this agreement so as to offer New Zealanders the basis of a stable, credible and progressive alternative government at the 2017 General Election.

            By changing the government, they not simply talking about getting rid of National. They’re also talking about a L/G coalition. That’s the point of the MoU, and it’s why Ardern has been stating this recently.

            I guess you could try and argue that L/NZF offers a stable, credible and progressive govt, but you’d be hard pressed, and you’d still miss the spirit of the MoU.

            The MoU doesn’t imply ‘merely’, and it’s better to read the whole thing and take it in the context of the actual relationship between the two parties and what they themselves say about it.

            • Karen 18.2.1.2.2.1

              +1 Weka
              I think the thing that many are missing is that the policies of the Labour Party and the Green Party are very similar in many respects and that this is the reason that the Green Party is the preferred coalition party for Labour and is also the reason they signed the MOU in the first place.

              It also should be noted that James Shaw and Jacinda Ardern have known each other for over a decade, and that James and Grant Robertson are good friends.

              • weka

                Agreed. It’s the relationship between the two parties that is often missed I think. Understandable in an environment where that isn’t valued. Which isn’t to say that Labour won’t do what they need to to form a stable govt, but I don’t see them trashing the relationship either.

            • Bill 18.2.1.2.2.2

              I did read the entire doc.

              And the document is about campaigning more effectively against an incumbent government, not about building or cementing a specific coalition that will constitute the replacement government.

              The room exists for NZ Labour to throw the Green Party under a bus, and if the numbers for NZF + NZ Labour add up to government and Peters states he will not work in a government that includes the Greens, then the Greens are on the tarmac.

              • weka

                The MoU is about relationship. I haven’t said it’s about cementing a specific coalition, they didn’t do that for obvious reasons (they can’t predict the result, they wanted the freedom to campaign independently).

                “The room exists for NZ Labour to throw the Green Party under a bus, and if the numbers for NZF + NZ Labour add up to government and Peters states he will not work in a government that includes the Greens, then the Greens are on the tarmac.”

                Or, Labour work with the parties involved and for a progressive govt. If you’re suggesting that Peters is capable of blackmailing them, that’a a given. It’s not inevitable though.

    • NewsFlash 18.3

      She stated that Labour had an MOU with the Greens and that she would stand by it, why do you read crap into it that isn’t there?

      What Weka say’s about NZF is true, they can’t trusted, and not everyone has a very short memory.

      I’m still confident that the Greens can lift back to their long term avg of 8%, still time to achieve that, just remain positive!!

      • Bill 18.3.1

        Where does it say in the MoU that the government will be comprised of the Green Party and NZ Labour? There is nothing to that effect within the document.

        Ardern will honour the MoU.

        • weka 18.3.1.1

          I’ve just commented up thread. It’s clear in the document that that is what Labour and the Greens want and intend, but obviously they can’t preempt the voters or election result. But both parties have consistently acted as if this is what the agreement is about.

          • Carolyn_nth 18.3.1.1.1

            I think the Green Party have treated the MOU as an agreement that will lead to a Labour-Green government more than Labour. I also seem to recall some talk at the time of the MOU, that it was an agreement hurriedly forged by the left wings of both Labour and the GP.

            In her talk last night, I’m pretty sure Turei said she worked on the MOU.

            With the change in leadership for both parties, I suspect there’s been some re-assessment of what will happen between Labour and the GP after the election – especially by Team Ardern.

            I suspect that Team Ardern recognise the need to continue with the MOU up til the election, but after that, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

            The only solution is too achieve a strong vote for the GP, and thus a significant number of GP MPs in the coming term.

            • weka 18.3.1.1.1.1

              “The only solution is too achieve a strong vote for the GP, and thus a significant number of GP MPs in the coming term.”

              Yes, and we’ve got 23 days to get this message out there. Committed LW voters in particular need to pay attention. It’s no longer a National vs Labour election, it’s a progressive vs centrist one and that to get a progressive govt some of them will have to vote Green.

            • Karen 18.3.1.1.1.2

              The MOU was developed over a year and was not hurriedly put together at all. It was something that had wide support from members of the Labour Party for a very long time. Both the leaders of the Green Party took part in the discussions with Andrew Little and various front bench Labour MPs over many months.

              I’m not sure what you mean by “Team Ardern” but I disagree strongly with the suggestion that Jacinda does not prefer a coalition with the Green Party over NZF.

              However, I do agree that having a strong Green Party is essential to having a progressive, left wing government. There are some very good candidates on the Green Party list who will make excellent government MPs.

              • Carolyn_nth

                My memory is that the MOU was suddenly rushed out in public, without preparing the media. It may have been worked on for a while, but the publishing of it seemed like the PR preparation had been hastily thrown together for some reason.

                Team Ardern includes a strong role being played by Grant Robertson. He is part of the right wing faction in Labour that strongly resisted members getting a vote on the leader. That faction consistently white anted to the media against other leaders like David Cunliffe. That, and Ardern’s haste in distancing herself from Turei, mean I am suspicious of where Team Ardern are coming from.

                I do not think all of the Labour (or all of the GP for that matter) are of a like mind. And judging by some comments on TS from some LP supporters, there are some LP people who would prefer a Labour-NZF coalition to a Labour-GP one.

                Ardern has not been leader long enough to build up trust. And in the last Labour-led government, they tended to shut the GP out of forming an alliance.

                • Karen

                  Grant Robertson and James Shaw are close personal friends – they share many values. There are undoubtably members of the Labour Party and some Labour MPS who would prefer a coalition with NZF – Grant Robertson is not one of them. I am not a big fan of Robertson – he is politically too cautious for my liking – but I think your assessment of his political ideology is wrong. He is definitely not part of the right wing of the Labour Party.

                  I also think you do a disservice to Ardern. She is intelligent and politically savvy. She is not some puppet being manipulated by rightwing factions within her party.That said, she does have to juggle the various factions to keep the party united. The Greens are in exactly the same position re left and right factions – hence the resignations of Clendon and Graham.

                  • swordfish

                    3 loosely-defined factions – Left / Right / Careerist

                    Robertson generally seen as de-facto leader of the Careerists (alternative name Soft Left – close to Helen Clark)

                    • Carolyn_nth

                      Ah. Yes. thanks, swordfish. I’ve seen that 3 part division before.

                      Ultimately, I think the careerists in Labour tend to be pulled rightwards. It would take a strong left wing flax roots movement to pull them leftwards.

                      At the moment political careerists seem to be focused on gaining support from mainstream media. And that restricts the limits of left wing politics when in government.

                  • Carolyn_nth

                    I go on past record, and from what I’ve read in various places.

                    I have yet to make up my mind about Ardern – but do see her as one of the “careerists” as mentioned by swordfish.

                    Ardern is an unknown quantity, and I suspect, to start with, she was getting strong guidance from Robertson and maybe others.

                    And technocrats, or careerists, seem to me not what is needed right now. The short term compromises can lead to the centre of NZ politics being continually dragged rightwards over time.

                    I will wait to see how Ardern develops as leader in her own right.

                    In the meantime, and based on the record of compromises made by Clark’s government, I’m not holding my breath for a strong left wing government led by Ardern.

        • NewsFlash 18.3.1.2

          It doesn’t, but it’s a MoU, and to imply that Labour would renege on it is a false statement, Jacinda actually said that if elected she would contact the Greens first to create a coalition, I don’t think she’s trying to hide anything.

          I really believe that the Greens are the preferred partner for Labour, there policies cross over more than any other party, I know your skeptical about the Labour, but I think Ardren brings a lot of transparency to the movement, she is GENUINE, and that’s why she has lifted the party and gained the support of so many potential voters, politicians like Key and English and even Tops man have eroded the trust of the people, Jacinda is now a bright light in all that darkness.

          Just remember, no political party will satisfy all the people all of the time, but one that strives towards there agenda, and are fair and honest will get my vote every time.

          • Bill 18.3.1.2.1

            I’m not saying NZ Labour will renege.

            Yes, Ardern said she’d contact the Greens first. But she did not say that would be in order to form a coalition with them.

  18. Brendon Harre 19

    Housing is the issue that goes right to the heart of this election campaign. The public have lost trust with National due to denial of this real problem. They are sick of the lies and spin. This lack of credibility and trust impacts on all of National’s policies. A tipping point has been reached.

    The voters can see in Jacinda a talented politician who passes the basic competence test and who stands for generational change, while Bill English stands for last generation thinking.

    Bill on housing is still defending his thinking. There is no acknowledgement that what the country is doing on housing is not working. He is a old-school, conservative, status quo guy and that is not what NZ needs. Bill’s housing story doesn’t add up -it doesn’t make sense. Frankly it is pathetic.

    Bill English claimed in the leaders debate that NZ would build 200,000 houses in the next 6 years and conveyed a message that there is nothing to worry about, that the housing crisis has got better under National. Mike Hoskings rightly pulled him up on the fact NZ is not building enough to house NZ’s population growth.

    But Mike didn’t state it in the most damaging way. Which is that the net increase in housing stock is even less than the consenting rate, which already is not enough to house population growth.

    To quote CoreLogic;

    “Our own analysis has shown that whilst there were roughly 10,000 dwelling consents in Auckland in 2016 (and 9,000 in 2015), the net increase in stock was only 6,000. A key contributor to this difference is the necessary reality of urban renewal which requires a property, or properties, to be demolished in order to build more multi-unit properties…”
    http://www.interest.co.nz/property/89592/auckland%E2%80%99s-property-market-looks-set-stay-weak-some-time-yet-even-housing-shortage

    Given Auckland’s average housing occupancy rate of 3.0 people per household, a net increase of 6,000 residential dwellings will only house 18,000 people. Yet Auckland is growing by 45,000 to 50,000 people a year.

    It is this fact that is driving homelessness and overcrowding in Auckland, with all its awful social and economic consequences, such as third world poor housing childhood illnesses that the NZ Herald reported on a couple of days ago.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913334

    National and Bill English do not have the answers. Bill English is not a policy genius. He is in denial. John Key threw him a hospital pass when he gave up the Prime Ministership and for a second time Bill will lead National into defeat.

    NB: I also have some other charts and facts on Auckland’s housing boom myth in the following article.

    https://medium.com/land-buildings-identity-and-values/aucklands-housing-boom-is-an-emperor-with-new-clothes-d3bed9a8fdcd

    • NewsFlash 19.1

      Yeah, and the most ridiculous thing he stated was that housing is more affordable now than it was in 2008, what dimension of reality is he living in?

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      Labour will take a tough stance on loan sharks and make sure that the Commerce Commission is properly resourced to protect Kiwi consumers, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs spokesperson Michael Wood.   “People on low incomes must be protected from ...
    3 days ago
  • GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health
      A letter of complaint by medical practitioners to the Ministry of Health and Capital and Coast District Health Board underlines how badly patients are being let down by mental health services in Wellington, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern.  “The ...
    3 days ago
  • GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health
      A letter of complaint by medical practitioners to the Ministry of Health and Capital and Coast District Health Board underlines how badly patients are being let down by mental health services in Wellington, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern.  “The ...
    3 days ago
  • Tax cuts when kids go hungry shows National’s lack of moral compass
    National’s campaign of tax cuts that give $400 million to the top 10 per cent of earners, at a time when 120 Kiwi kids every year are being hospitalised for malnutrition, shows they have lost their moral compass, says Labour’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Freight being shifted off planes as fuel crisis worsens
    Export freight is being shifted off flights because of the Government’s failure to manage the risk of disruption to jet fuel supplies, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson Stuart Nash. “It has been revealed to Labour that non-perishable export freight is ...
    3 days ago
  • Apologise now Jonathan
    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman must apologise for his part in a $2.3 billion shortfall that has contributed to delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. “All the Minister could say in an interview this morning ...
    3 days ago
  • National’s health report card shows need for new plan
    From increased GP fees, to kids getting sick from cold homes, to denial of important surgeries, National’s underfunding of health has hurt Kiwi families, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.   “It’s time to invest in the health of ...
    4 days ago
  • Eye clinic wait downright dangerous
    The fact that 9,500 Kiwis are waiting one and a half times longer than they should to get follow-up eye appointments is unacceptable and dangerous, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson David Clark. “These people are entitled to the reassurance that if ...
    4 days ago
  • National has serious questions to answer over Auckland fuel crisis
    Thousands of air travellers looking for answers to Auckland Airport’s fuel crisis should be demanding the National Government come clean over its failure to secure fuel supply for the airport, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern.  “There are serious questions the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come clean on trade before the election
    In the two days before the election, New Zealand MFAT negotiators will attend a negotiations meeting in Japan on the successor to the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), now called the TPP-11. The negotiations are shrouded in secrecy but we ...
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    6 days ago
  • National unravels on transport
    The release of extraordinary information showing that the East-West link could be the most expensive road in the world, at $327 million per kilometre, shows that National is fiscally reckless and out of ideas on transport, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson ...
    7 days ago
  • Saudi cover-up a perversion of democracy
    The Government has been exposed as dishonest after it was revealed that  they were wrong to claim they paid out $11 million dollars to a Saudi businessmen after legal advice, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Parker.  “OIAs revealed on ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour supporting Te Reo Māori in schools
    Labour will support a future where New Zealanders from every background will have the ability to use Te Reo Māori in everyday conversations, says Labour’s Deputy Leader and Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “Labour will commit to a target that ...
    1 week ago
  • Is National planning a secret fuel tax?
    Sources suggest National is considering a secret fuel tax to fund its controversial Roads of National Significance (RONS) programme, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood. “While the Government keeps up its stream of lies about Labour’s tax policy, sources indicate ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan for West Coast prosperity
    Labour’s regional development plan for the West Coast will build on its strengths in engineering and tourism, while delivering a much-needed upgrade to the Buller Hospital, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern.  “Labour’s vision is for a thriving regional New Zealand, ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour committed to fair and progressive tax system
    Labour is committed to a tax system where everyone pays their fair share and where we start to address the imbalances that have fuelled the housing crisis, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Michael Wood. "Today ...
    1 week ago
  • A challenge to Bill English
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    1 week ago
  • Flavell’s fake news an insult to Māori voters
    A desperate Te Ururoa Flavell has resorted to fake news about Labour’s position on his unpopular Ture Whenua reforms, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s tax cuts reckless and irresponsible
    It is time for Bill English and Steven Joyce to stop the scaremongering and lies, and front up to New Zealanders about the impact of their tax cuts, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Bill English has no credibility on ...
    1 week ago
  • Calculator shows Labour’s Families Package delivers
    Labour has launched a new online calculator that show how much extra families with kids will get from Labour’s Families Package, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “Families can go to www.labour.org.nz/calculator and see how much better off they ...
    1 week ago
  • Strengthening New Zealand’s identity through Labour’s media and film policy
    Labour has today launched its media and film policy aimed at strengthening New Zealand’s identity and providing sustainability for the industry, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to invest in parents and babies
    Labour will fund an additional 100 Plunket and Tamariki Ora nurses to increase the help available for vulnerable parents and babies, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “It’s so important that our children get the best start in life. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to build affordable homes and state houses in Hawke’s Bay
    Labour will build a mix of 240 affordable KiwiBuild starter homes for first home buyers and state homes for families in need in Napier and Hastings, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “In 2016, the populations of Napier and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour pledges more for Whānau Ora
    Labour will strengthen the oversight of Whānau Ora and provide an extra $20 million over four years to improve outcomes for whānau and families, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis.    “We’ve created a new position of Whānau Ora Reviewer ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s housing band aid
    Throwing subsidies at an under-supplied housing market is one last desperate bid by National to be seen to do something about the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “First home buyers have been the collateral damage of National’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing, families, education and environment top priorities in Labour’s first 100 days
    Labour will take urgent action in its first 100 days in office to expand support for families and students, make rental homes warm and dry, find solutions to the mental health crisis and accelerate efforts to clean up our waterways, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour pledges to unlock funding for Te Hiku sports hub project
    The Labour Government will inject nearly $3 million into the Te Hiku Sports Hub project, to help realise a much-needed health and recreational facility for the Far North, says Labour Deputy Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s plan to get job seekers into better work
    Labour will provide real support for people looking for work by increasing the amount of money someone can earn before their benefit begins to reduce, reinstating training incentives, and putting a renewed focus on upskilling and training, says Labour’s Social ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour sets strong target and plan for climate action
    Labour will set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and take the necessary steps to achieve it, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.  “Climate change is my generation’s nuclear-free moment. We have to take our place ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are education cuts missing in National’s Fiscal Plan?
    National needs to explain why its plans for cuts to school transport have not been announced in its fiscal plan, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.   “Buried in the Pre-election Budget update is a $5m a year cut to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Joyce must come clean on Health and Education funding
    Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and tell them whether he will fund health and education to meet increasing cost pressures, or risk seeing services cut and costs increase for parents, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing crisis is National’s legacy
    Reports of tenants languishing in boarding houses for years because they cannot get a state house is yet more evidence National’s legacy is the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “We used to pride ourselves in this country ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour calls for release of report into civil defence flaws
    The National Government must stick by its word given to other political parties and release a technical report before the election addressing critical flaws in New Zealand’s civil defence capability, Labour Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran said today.  “Cross party ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Credibility shot as Government runs out of steam
    New Zealanders are witnessing the desperation of a government clinging to survival, evidenced by policy on-the-hoof, dodgy maths and dirty politics, says Labour MP Phil Twyford. “New Zealand had been hoping we’d seen the end of dirty politics, but what ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Steven Joyce must apologise to New Zealand
    Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and apologise for his patently false and cynical attack on Labour’s Fiscal Plan, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Every respected economic commentator has come out and said that Labour’s Fiscal ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Bill English didn’t answer because the Oreti is badly polluted
    Last night Bill English was asked by Paddy Gower in the Leader’s Debate: “Which river did he swim in as a kid, and is it now polluted?” Bill English named the Oreti River, but did not answer whether it is ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Nats put out dodgy numbers – again
    National’s promise to increase the number of elective surgeries to 200,000 is bizarre, given Jonathan Coleman has claimed 200,000 electives are already being performed, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s Award to encourage young people into trades training
    Labour will introduce a $2,000 award for the best pupil in vocational courses in each public secondary school, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “We know there’s huge demand for trades workers, particularly in the building sector, where construction ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Not another Nick Smith wild goose chase
    Only the election on September 23 can save the country and the RMA from Nick Smith, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and Environment spokesperson David Parker. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government supresses Climate Change report
    The Government has deliberately sat on a critical Climate Change report for 5 months which they must now release, election or no election, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “I want the report released immediately, so that New Zealanders ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Joyce gets it wrong on Labour’s Fiscal Plan
    Labour’s Fiscal Plan is robust, the numbers are correct and we stand by them despite the desperate and disingenuous digging from an out-the-door Finance Minister, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Steven Joyce has embarrassed himself. This is a desperate, ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Making renting secure and healthy
    Labour will move to make renting a more stable and healthy experience for families, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. ...
    3 weeks ago

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