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John Banks set to quit at next election

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, December 4th, 2013 - 126 comments
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John Banks pants on fire

From the Herald:

Act party president John Boscawen has confirmed John Banks won’t seek re-election in 2014.

A statement from Mr Boscawen was posted to the Act party website 15 minutes before he and Mr Banks were due to hold a press conference at Parliament.

The announcement comes after the High Court ruled Mr Banks would have to stand trial on electoral fraud charges next year.

The charges relate to donations Mr Banks received from Kim Dotcom and SkyCity which were declared as anonymous in the electoral return he signed for his 2010 Auckland mayoralty campaign.

Mr Boscawen says Mr Banks decided it was “time for him to spend more time on his family and his private business interests.

“In the meantime, John will continue as the MP for Epsom and Leader of ACT.”

Will Paul Goldsmith finally get his chance to shine?

126 comments on “John Banks set to quit at next election”

  1. jaymam 1

    I guess Boscawen will stand in Epsom.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    He’s not really set to quit. He’s set to hang on in Parliament, by his dirty fingernails, while going through a court case, in order to prop up the now clearly crony government of Key and English.

    • Tracey 2.1

      drawing wages… the perk busting, face the consequences of your actions party…

    • Macro 2.2

      That’s it exactly! Had he any decency he would have quit long ago. But then, had he any decency, he wouldn’t be where he is now.
      Voters in Epsom, as they do in Ohariu-Belmont have a lot to answer for.

      • Steve Wrathall 2.2.1

        Yes, government works much better without these damn voters, eh comrade?

        • framu 2.2.1.1

          despite you rather childish retort – what do you think of all this steve? your and act supporter arent you?

          just exactly is your opinion of how closely act is following its own supposed principals?

          • framu 2.2.1.1.1

            the site is being strange again

            failed to load comment – refresh and its there but with no edit

        • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.2

          1.) The problem is that a number of voters did what they were told to do from on high – otherwise known as dictatorship and
          2.) Contrary to the lies spread by capitalists a communist society is not dictatorial. In fact, participatory democracy is the heart of communism – something the capitalists have been preventing for centuries from happening in the Western World.

          • TheContrarian 2.2.1.2.1

            “1.) The problem is that a number of voters did what they were told to do from on high – otherwise known as dictatorship

            There are many ways to compel voters to vote they way you want but they still have free will to vote for whomever they like. There were no threats, no stand over tactics and the vote was anonymous in line with democratic standards.

            • fender 2.2.1.2.1.1

              You should change to TheDracoStalker…

              No threats? No propaganda messages about the “evil” Lab/Green “wrecking ball”?

              • TheContrarian

                Draco is entertaining is all. He makes some whacky proclamations sometimes – I’ll admit I can’t resist. But I am not attempting to troll, I genuinely enjoy these discussions.

                “No threats? No propaganda messages about the “evil” Lab/Green “wrecking ball”?”

                Why would I do that?

            • Tracey 2.2.1.2.1.2

              agree. people choose how to vote.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.2.1.3

              And they still went and did as they were told like good little authoritarian followers.

              • TheContrarian

                There is nothing authoritarian or dictatorial about it. Voters have free will in an anonymous election to vote for whom they want free from threats and each party has free will to campaign for whom and whatever they like.

                Is David Cunliffe stumping for Poto Williams authoritarian? If not, why not?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  When National voters go and vote for the Act candidate because they were told to then, yes, it was authoritarian. The psychology of the group is well researched. It probably wasn’t dictatorial.

                  Is David Cunliffe stumping for Poto Williams authoritarian? If not, why not?

                  No because, IMO, a) he didn’t expect people who would normally vote otherwise to suddenly vote for Williams and b) it wasn’t planned and well published. Both of these do apply to the Key/banks cup of tea.

                  • TheContrarian

                    There is still total free-will from the voter in an anonymous election and the cup of tea was, admittedly, a rehearsed piece of electioneering but who gives a shit? It wasn’t authoritarian in the slightest and the voter can still vote for whomever they want

                • @ Contrarian,

                  Is David Cunliffe stumping for Poto Williams authoritarian? If not, why not?

                  Did Key actually go out and openly campaign for Banks, as Cunliffe did for Williams? Or was it all done with a furtive *wink and a nod*?! Yes, yes, I know people have a right to a wink and a nod and a sly cuppa tea… *rolls eyes*

        • Macro 2.2.1.3

          Steve – the voters in Epsom and in Ohariu voted in MPs who represented their interests – which as we can plainly see do not represent the bests interests of this country. So yes those voters should take a long hard look at themselves because in both instances they voted in muppets.

      • Ake ake ake 2.2.2

        “Voters in Epsom”

        umm – do they remember that puke-inducing billboard “A vote for me is your MMP insurance” ?

        That should have read “A vote for me is your MMP dalliance”.

    • Mjoy 2.3

      ………………………………..while collecting an MPs salary!

    • Mary 2.4

      And he will do everything he can to make sure the trial is as close to the election or better still beyond the election. I think he’ll even appeal the judicial review findings with this in mind. The by-election in Epsom stock on ipredict has shot right up but it’s not going to happen especially when he’d need to be convicted within six months of the election.

  3. shorts 3

    pity his poor family having him around more

    good riddance!

    • Tracey 3.1

      it’s ok, it’s family AND business interests.

      The announcement is a coincidence btw, nothing to do with the court case.

    • Ake ake ake 3.2

      yes, and:

      “time for him to spend more time on his family and his private business interests” and prison term are not necessarily mutually exclusive, whether in terms of temporality or locality 🙂

  4. CnrJoe 4

    Nowhere to run nowhere to hide

    I don’t do wrong I only do right

  5. youcannowgetapieinisandbay 5

    he will be spending time in prison with any luck. runs in the family

    • Tim 5.1

      Is there an ‘l’ missing there?

    • Tracey 5.2

      That’s a bit nasty. For all his faults he did make something of his life from very difficult beginnings… Admittedly like Key he thinks that everyone should be able to do it but without any support from society.

      • Tim 5.2.1

        Problem is Tracey, John Key also apparently had difficult beginnings – as did half the population and more (some say – including myself).
        It’s just a shame that many of those that come from difficult beginnings “pull up the ladder” – like Banks(IE), Key(SIE), Bennett(SIE), Parata(SIE), and even (though not in economic terms) Finlayson(SIE).
        No no no – fuck em all! – They have/and continue to display complete and utter self-interest, lack of any sort of compassion, recognition of various disparities (despite being aware of them) – PITY and EMPATHY is best given to the deserving – the arseholes have proven they’re quite capable of looking after themselves.

  6. Tracey 6

    the old “more time to spend with the family” malarchy. Is he going to get a plumb ED role on a board, like Huljich??

  7. Roy 7

    No need to hang around, Banks. Feel free to leave now.

  8. ruuptoit 8

    Christmas has come early..Ho Ho Ho !

  9. Tracey 9

    Colin Craig was very excited by the possibility of a by-election in Epsom.

  10. amirite 10

    Double standards in Parliament, Darren Hughes resigned after not even been charged by law, John Banks to stand trial yet still sitting in Parliament, keeping all perks and privileges.

    • Steve Wrathall 10.1

      That’s right. It’s so unfair. Get Darren back for Otaki 2014!!

      • framu 10.1.1

        im more interested in seeing you defend the act party steve – go on you can do it

        arent you actoids all about one law for all and personal responsibility?

      • Tracey 10.1.2

        Remember when John Key thought Helen should sack Winston… seems he’s changed his mind on having higher standards than labour. You dont mind lies do you Steve, provided you feel like you are welathier under the johns?

        • RedRobin 10.1.2.1

          You forget JK can not sack Banks. He is an electorate MP, unless you are promoting a dictatorship model where the PM can sack any MP at will? Scary thought.

  11. Ad 11

    Far better than a simple resignation…

    … bnecause tactically we can watch the great rotting flower of Act on trial open during the election year and wrap itself around the current government.

    Mind you, Harawira and his entire family will probably do the same to Labour.
    Goes around comes around.

    • Bill Drees 11.1

      Agree 100%.

      Labour supporters should be encouraging Banks and ACT to continue on this course. The stench will spread to the perfumed Key.

      • Ake ake ake 11.1.1

        That is true.
        But Key would likely have been on the phone a lot.
        A by-election, an early general election – all on the books.
        Key would not be ruling anything out.

        Wave goodbye to:
        “It’s not a matter of political convenience, it’s a matter of political principle.”

  12. Craig Y 12

    Remember this classic hit? Ah, memories…As John Banks sinuously writhed and swayed lubriciously to the strains of Kim Dotcom’s Amnesia, he wondered why he had returned to Parliament in the first place… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CvRSZxqk_I

  13. Craig Y 13

    Remember this classic hit? Ah, memories…As John Banks sinuously writhed and swayed lubriciously to the strains of Kim Dotcom’s Amnesia, he wondered why he had returned to Parliament in the first place… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CvRSZxqk_I

  14. North 14

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer talking-down bold faced hypocrite !

    Knighthoods to Kim and Key for services to New Zealand.

    Kim – unleashed rodent control.

    Key – cuppa tea and a rod for his own back.

    If this is theatre wait for April next year.

    KDC’s extradition hearing.

  15. gobsmacked 15

    But ACT won’t quit. They will continue to exist, put up candidates, and waste votes on the right. Even 0.5% is a loss to the “bloc”.

    Epsom will revert to National, forget Craig in that electorate.

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      Actually ACT winning a seat but not getting enough party votes to warrant it makes them an overhang, which is positive for the right.

      • gobsmacked 15.1.1

        OK, I could have phrased it better … I think they that next time they will waste votes on the right.

        I just can’t see them holding Epsom or any other electorate. Too much baggage.

        • Steve Wrathall 15.1.1.1

          Lots of posters here couldn’t see ACT holding Epsom in 2011

          • Tracey 15.1.1.1.1

            do you think National will effectively stnd SIDE IN EPSOM, FOR act IN 2014? oops caps lock

            • Steve Wrathall 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Whether the Nats hug the ACT candidate (2008, 2011) or not (2005), the voters of Epsom will do the right thing, regardless of how many tweets David Cunliffe sends them on election day

        • Lanthanide 15.1.1.2

          Agreed.

      • alwyn 15.1.2

        That is a possible, but I would think a very unlikely situation, at least in the General seats.
        On the figures from the last election it would require a candidate to get far more votes in a single electorate than their party got in the entire country.
        The 120th quotient in the last election was 9,048. Any party that got more votes than that were entitled to a seat that is not an overhang one. Of the single seat parties Mana had 24,168 votes, ACT had 23,889 votes and United Future had 13,443 votes. All were well over the quotient for the last seat by wide margins.
        When I say that hey have to get more votes personaly than their party does I note that the lowest candidate winning vote was 12,064, much above the 9,048.
        The Maori seats are rather different and only 2 of the successful candidates (Turia and Mahutu) got more votes than the final quotient. The other 5 did not.
        It might be possible for a lone candidate to win in a Maori electorate and be an overhang seat but it doesn’t seem likely in a General one.
        There is one way to fiddle the whole thing of course. Set up an organisation such that you have two parties. One has candidates who run for electorate seats, but does NOT register the party for the list.
        The other part runs candidates only for the List, and has no electorate candidates. Call them Pelect and Plist.
        If that had happened at the last election, and been the National party that did it, they would have been entitled , via Natelect, to 44 seats. Via Natlist they would have been entitled to 59 seats. There would have been an additional 44 overhang seats.
        If the Labour party had done it they would have got 22 for Labelect and 34 for Lablist.
        This only works for large parties of course and it assumes nothing else happens.

  16. Puckish Rogue 16

    Good

    Act still have a chance to put someone decent in at Epsom, with Banks gone Epsom can still be wobn by Act

    (Though his work with charter schools should be lauded)

    • gobsmacked 16.1

      PR – genuine question, for you or Steve or anyone sympathetic to ACT (not me, obviously).

      Do you think they should fight the next election, and (very probably) waste votes on the right?

      Or should they just pack it in?

      • Steve Wrathall 16.1.1

        By that I presume you believe ACT won’t win Epsom. My answer to anyone predicting that is always the same: Are you prepared to make the same wager as Keith Locke did in 2005? And none of this body paint & G-string nonsense. It’s got to be the full monty

        • framu 16.1.1.1

          you know what dogs do with cat shit? – thats the act brand now.

          Eaten, shat out, eaten again, vomited up then eaten once more

          so ACT might win epsom – and epsom will have firmly aligned itself with one of the most corrupt parties ever in NZ history

          cmon steve – whats ACTs mantra again?

      • Puckish Rogue 16.1.2

        I think they should fight because there are more then enough numbers of people who support Acts policies (the original Act party not the warped version we have now) to justify them being in parliament to represent those people

        However they need to go back to their core policies and drop their ties to outfits like the SST, they need to get rid of their core group of conservatives, the Act party is (or at least was) a party based in libertarian ideals so they need to get back to that

        John Banks is a conservative, he should never have been in Act

        My opinion only of course

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.1.2.1

          Libertarians are Republicans Tories with bongs.

        • Francis 16.1.2.2

          Problem is, National has a fairly strong libertarian policy base, and thus has taken a lot of the votes from ACT.

    • Tigger 16.2

      Lauded by? The Devil? Business?

    • framu 16.4

      wouldnt the assorted criminals and thieves party need to be decent first, before they can hope of running someone decent?

    • CC 16.5

      Yeah – Sweden’s PISA ratings plummeted worse than NZ thanks to Charter Schools. Sounds like typical ACT policy that should see them retain a presence in Parliament – preferably cleaning the dunnies at the minimum wage rate.

  17. karol 17

    John Banks says there’s nothing here he wouldn’t do again – re the charges against him. video on Stuff.

    Lost his moral compass – if he ever had one.

  18. Tracey 18

    A few hours after declaring war on hooning boy racers, Auckland Mayor John Banks was pulled over for speeding on his new jetski in Hobson Bay.

    Mr Banks and his three child passengers – his two sons and a friend – were not wearing lifejackets, in breach of another bylaw.

    And the jetski was not registered, as required, with the Auckland Regional Council…

    He rejected any comparison with the hoonish antics of drivers on Quay St on Saturday night, saying “there was nothing at all dangerous about it in any shape or form”.

    “The difference is there wasn’t a solitary soul around to run over, run across or run in front of, or anything like that.”

    But the Harbourmaster’s duty skipper, Karl Koller, who pulled Mr Banks over, questioned this.

    “He was near other vessels and also in close proximity to land.

    “As you can imagine, something going as fast as [jetskis] do, there’s not a lot of time for error. If something goes wrong you need to be a little bit further away from land to stop yourself ending up on the land.”

    Mr Koller, who spotted the rule-breaking while on a patrol, said Mr Banks was travelling “well above” the five knots permitted within 200m of shore or 50m of another vessel.

    The jetski was planing, which indicated it was doing at least 10 or 12 knots.

    Mr Koller said an apologetic Mr Banks was let off with a warning…

    In his first week in office, Mr Banks also had trouble with the traffic rules on land, copping three tickets for misparking his new Bentley.

  19. karol 19

    Question #1 for Question Time today:

    Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the stability of his Government?

    And Colin Craig should take note of Question #5:

    SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What steps is the Government taking to improve the understanding, skills and adoption of science and technology in New Zealand society?

    • Lanthanide 19.1

      Hmm, bit of a lame #1 question. Be better to be asking that towards the end of Banks’ actual trial. All Key is going to say is “yes, I have full confidence in the stability of my government”.

      Remember he has the MP votes as well on confidence and supply, unless they chose to broke that agreement. His government is stable, it’s just a matter of whether he’ll be able to pass right-wing legislation or not.

    • Tracey 19.2

      I wonder what cunliffe’s supplementary is

  20. And the conservative party, stocks just went up, thus giving the right more MP’s and handing victory to National.

    But hey, you guys are the ones that love MMP.

    • framu 20.1

      “thus giving the right more MP’s and handing victory to National.”

      explain how brett – dont we need an election first?

    • Pascal's bookie 20.2

      Yeah, because all those swing voters are just aching for a Colin Craig in cabinet yup.

    • you_fool 20.3

      Because corruption by current ministers looks real good for the government – Also no one is fooled that Banks is not-national, so really all the mud will stick on National, thus decreasing their portion of the vote. Whilst the conservatives might pick some of it up, it is a zero-sum game leaving 40% as 40%, Lab-green stay in 45%+

    • onsos 20.4

      The Conservative Party will not pick up ACT votes; the two parties are fundamentally not aligned. Craig will win support at the expense of National.

      The majority of the people who vote Conservative would otherwise have voted National. National would rather have those votes. Craig may also pick up votes from NZF, and in evangelicals who would otherwise not vote, but that is much less clear.

      It is not clear how Craig will win his way into parliament. He can’t win an electorate. He could, theoretically, wend his way over 5%, but it’s looking unlikely. If the Conservatives win support, but don’t get to Parliament, National’s prospects are grim.

      National could give him an electorate, but that relies on the electorate playing ball–and it is not clear that this will happen. Epsom is not an option; Craig does not fit with the electorate at all, and (while it is utterly blue), boundary changes make it unlikely that Craig would win. There has been talk of East Coast Bays, but it would be a bold call to predict a Conservatives victory there.

      The bigger problem for National is this, though: the more credible it is that the Conservatives will get to parliament, the less people will vote for National. If the Conservatives get to parliament, it will be because of a National gift, and it will mean that National will be dependent on them for confidence and supply. Moreover, this will be clear well before the election.

      This association will compromise an already compromised National party. Middle New Zealand will leave National in droves.

      • Tracey 20.4.1

        dont the majority of people who vote ACT, vote National with no ACT?

        I agree with you that the Conservatives worship religion and ACT worships money. We are better off with neither.

        At least the Greens want to protect the environment, something we actually need to survive.

  21. Will@Welly 21

    I bet Key wishes the C.I.A. had spirited Kim DotCom away with them after the raid, thereby shutting down part of the debate. As for “Honest John”, perhaps he should get used to sleeping on a hard mattress, cold showers, and sleeping in a bunk. As for hanging around with unsavoury figures, well John already does that, so prison life will be no different, infact, the clientele there might be more honest.

    • fender 21.1

      Any discussion about “Honest John’s” sleeping arrangements in jail has to include this gem from McFlock “Unfair? It would be quite dangerous – if banks were to lie down on a straight bed, he’d be guaranteed to accidentally smother at least one of his faces.”

      Fu*king classic..

  22. captain hook 22

    the little twep should quit now.

  23. So there you go supporters of MMP, we will now have Colin Craig in Power at the next election. A man who wont beleive we walked on the moon, unless Baby Jesus tells him personally.

    Anti science Politicians now in power!

    • framu 23.1

      you missed the bit where banks doesnt believe in evolution – so whats different?

      also – you seem to have a crystal ball

    • Lanthanide 23.2

      Yes, because those fringe ring-wing parties are so generically interchangeable since they don’t actually have any principles other than “screw the poor”.

    • Tracey 23.3

      Dont blame supporters of MMP, blame any party who steps aside to let hm in.

  24. karol 24

    So, according to the NZ Herald, John Banks claims:

    Asked whether he regretted returning to Parliament, Mr Banks said it had been difficult.

    “This is a very different place to when I arrived under Robert Muldoon.”

    “It’s much more feral, much more septic, a lot more nasty.”

    This is the same John Banks who was at the centre of a very extremely nasty smear campaign to undermine PM Helen Clark – as researched by Lewis Stoddart and reported on in his 2008 paper:

    Helen Clark, the first woman elected Prime Minister of New Zealand, has for decades been the subject of political attacks. These have been made on the basis of her history as an academic, her gender, domestic status and personal life, and not least her politics. John Banks and Lindsay Perigo, in their host roles on the Radio Pacific breakfast talk show The First Edition, crystallised various of these attack strategies into a characterisation which I describe as ‘communist lesbian dictator’. […]

    The primary means by which Banks and Perigo characterise Clark as a communist lesbian dictator is by constructing an us/them moiety division, containing in the ‘them’ group Clark, her government, its supporters and an astonishing assortment of the world’s evildoers; and in the ‘us’ group the hosts, certain of their political allies, and the ‘battlers from Struggle Street’ [who make up the notional Radio Pacific audience. The dualism is established by means of a sustained symbolic attack campaign primarily invoking well-known symbols of the communist threat, a prurient/deviant lesbian ‘feminazi’

  25. bad12 25

    Banks’s little ‘i will stay on in the Parliament until the election’ is one hell of a big Presupposition, befor that little scene comes to be a reality Bank’s has to first escape a conviction from the High Court…

    • karol 25.1

      Also note that Cunliffe said in his Radio Live interview today that he thinks an early election would be likely, and that he is totally ready for it. So Banks could be right about being there til the next election.

  26. amirite 26

    Lest we forget – Banksie at his racist fascist bigot best:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOAu5bjZBDk&w=560&h=315 …]

    • ianmac 26.1

      Ugh amrite. That Banks fellow! Yuck.

    • Tim 26.2

      Oh you hater you @ amirite! Don’t you know you’re supposed to feel pity and sorrow for John Banks’ predicament!
      Don’t you understand it’s all a left wing conspiracy!
      Don’t you understand that JAB has only ever attempted good for his constituency, and fought for good, DECENCY, the Kiwi way, philanthropic endeavour – all in amongst his concern for various little European waifs, and EACH and EVERY other DECENT clean living (including pump-filled alcoholics – ‘cos it’s legal’; private property owning (including those benefitting from the pilfered) NZ People; and of course, most of all – his sponsors!
      I’m amazed you could even think ill of this perfect specimen representing those NZ People!
      I’m sure there are many in that Epsom lektrit that’ll be considering ways of rallying in his defense.

      (Good luck with that)

      • amirite 26.2.1

        Ah, but I haven’t finished yet – here’s this little chronology of Banks’s homophobia as well:

        http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/2/article_4884.php

        • Tim 26.2.1.1

          Oh @amirite! I couldn’t possibly click on that vile internet site! It has “gay” in the URL.
          Besides, I’m too busy avoiding whaleoil slicks and penguin shit disguising itself behind a wall of ‘incisive, investigative’ jonolism and polling – judging that “voice of the Nation”, …. and Natrad’s nicest people on this God given planet Earth.

          (We’re really lucky people aye – it’s truly a God zone with good wholesome, democratically erected representatives in our Parly armint, wholesome values cognisant of their responsibilities over and above their personal greed).

          Have faith (brutha!) …. or have another toke.
          We might even get Judy Bailey – “the Mother of the Nation” to endorse them all some time soon.

          Just as an aside – I understand there’ll be an alternative to Destiny firing up soon – in case you’re wondering about alternative retirement plan not locked away behind that synthetic gated community.
          It’ll have Excellent credentials – truly, really really natural … a former cop, nothing in his closet – including matters sexual – just a good wholesome God-faring citizen we can all hope to worship and aspire to be alike.

    • Yes I well remember the disgusting “Honi incident ” with that other racist Tory John Carter.On Radio Pacific talk back ,that had the rednecks frothing at the mouth.

  27. amirite 27

    John Armstrong now bleating that Banks ‘was never going to stand again’, because he was unhappy he’s a one band Act man. Basically admitting he’s just Key’s sock puppet in Parliament. Doesn’t see anything wrong or immoral in that,so very right wing.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11166885

    • Tracey 27.1

      Was John key supposed to arrange things so he wouldnt have to stand trial???

      I have some direct knowledge of Mr Banks as Minister of Police over a client of mine who bought some disks from citibank… my impressions of some of his actions did not sit with his depiction of himself today.

      • Anne 27.1.1

        Aha Tracey, I have a vague recollection of “disks bought from Citibank”. Something to do with the Winebox case was it not?

        • Tracey 27.1.1.1

          My case was a small part of it. The winebox is one thing that stops me from villifying Peters completely like so many do.

          • Anne 27.1.1.1.1

            Me too. He stood up to the moneyed and powerful boys and eventually won. They all had to leave the country before the police could get to them. 🙂

            I often wonder if that is the real reason Rodney Hide, John Key and the rest of them so hate Peters. He cocked his fingers at them.

            • RedBaronCV 27.1.1.1.1.1

              I’ve always had a soft spot for Winston over the winebox. Have always wondered whether the campaign(?) against him at the 2008 election was a bit of payback for the wine box.

          • Rodel 27.1.1.1.2

            Could be Hooton the fabricator ( tongue in cheek or another part of his anatomy)
            Oh Jeez it could be the return of Mr Hyde (Falstaff himself)
            or maybe Dr Jekyll (Don that is).
            But seriously I think Rodney might see himself as released from his toxicity and beloved by the Epsomians again.(NB I am not joking!)

            But please God..not Don.He is so 20th century boringly unconvincing
            .
            How about Cam? After English and his justification for his own fiscal incompetence I need someone better to laugh at.

  28. karol 28

    Bradbury has tweeted that hooton is standing for ACT leader – true?

    • Ake ake ake 28.1

      How can ACT get any uglier, nastier and more corrupt?!?!

      • Arfamo 28.1.1

        How can ACT get any uglier, nastier and more corrupt?!?

        Easily. They just keep doing what they already do. I think they call it policy development.

    • Tracey 28.2

      Hooten lives in the Epsom electorate so its probably not true…

  29. Seems ‘dodgy john’ has almost gone?

    Next – ‘shonky’ John Key?

    Penny Bright

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

  30. Tracey 30

    Isn’t “not reading stuff” what he did when an ED of Huljich? Seems in banksie’s world doing right, includes taking money for not doing his job.

  31. Tracey 31

    When Huljich was in court the herald reported on it as follows

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10774195

    I emailed the author as follows

    “Isn’t this the company that Don Brash and current
    Minister John Banks sat on the Board? Surely their gross misjudgment at best
    was worthy of mentioning int he article too? Afterall they hold themselves
    as being so wise as to tell everyone else how to run the economy and their
    lives and they couldn’t oversee a simple fund?”

    Hamish replied as follows;

    “Hi Tracey,
    I put this in the story I filed but it appears to have been edited out
    through the proofing process. I can’t do any more than that.

    Cheers,
    Hamish Fletcher”

    Rather makes a mockery of any media bashing or whatever of Banks, as suggested by Prebble.

  32. North 32

    Prebble ? Might as well go out and bay at the moon as to take seriously anything that crazy scab says.

  33. peterlepaysan 33

    Actually the one we should feel sorry fo is Mrs Banks, and the kids.

    Imagine him permenently underfoot.

    sheer purgatory!

  34. Mike 34

    Paul Henry would be the perfect candidate for the ACT party leader: he fits the necessary criteria: narcissism, lack of common sense or good taste, inability to comprehend that some people do not agree with him, obsession with wealth and fame, foul-mouthed, contempt for people who he sees as inferior (which is just about everyone else), dodgyness. Do you have his phone number?

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    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
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    5 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
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    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    5 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
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    6 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
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    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
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    6 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
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    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    6 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    7 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
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    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
    JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND AFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AMIDST THE COVID-19 SITUATION  The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis.  As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Singapore and New Zealand are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We ...
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    1 week ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
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    2 weeks ago