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Key / Peters 2014

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, September 27th, 2012 - 50 comments
Categories: election 2014, Ethics, john key, winston peters - Tags: , ,

A couple of days ago Duncan Garner did a bit of stirring. Noting the obvious, that the Nats are in trouble for the 2014 election and their obvious coalition partners are dog tucker, Garner speculated on the prospect of a Key / Peters coalition.

Key is refusing to rule out a deal with Peters in 2014. After quoting back some of the many negative and pretentious comments that Key has made about Peters over the years, Garner asked:

“But surely Key is too principled for that. Surely he won’t trade his past principles in the pursuit of power?”.

Ha hah. Yeah Duncan has his tongue firmly in his cheek. The Banks scandal has wiped out any last pretension Key ever had to “principles”. Kim Dotcom has him pegged:

“It’s a very fragile majority, the balance of power is threatened by the John Banks affair so I think the prime minister has had to make a choice: am I going to uphold high ethical standards or do I want to remain in power?”

Key and the Nats will choose “remain in power” every time. As Bill English said: “despite the highly principled statements … winning is everything my man”.

The Nats are perfectly predictable. But I wondered how Peters might react. Question answered:

Peters welcomes National coalition

Winston Peters has welcomed moves from Prime Minister John Key about working together after the 2014 election.

It would almost be worth it to watch Peters extract his price on the govelling Nats. Almost – but not quite. Labour / Greens need to get so far ahead that the nightmare Nat / NZF coalition isn’t possible. Otherwise it’s Deputy PM Peters anyone?

50 comments on “Key / Peters 2014”

  1. weka 1

    Thanks for this r0b. The left needs to stop relying on the idea that NZF would support a L/G government. Not only has Peters repeatedly shown himself to be unreliable in terms of being honest about who he will go into govt with, he has also in the past made it clear he will not go into govt with the Greens. Should we really be waiting until after the next election to find out if that is still true? Does the left think a L/G/NZF govt is even viable?

     
    “Labour / Greens need to get so far ahead that the nightmare Nat / NZF coalition isn’t possible”

    This is what we need to be focussing on. Now. Every poll that comes out should be looked at in terms of seats and coalition partners, not just percentages of the vote. 

    • Jokerman 1.1

      Let Us Not Forget; Mr peters record on the “yellow peril” He is not very welcoming to our South East Asian Neighbours, regretably. (which looking at the colour of his complexion, is a little ironic)

  2. higherstandard 2

    It is far more likely that there will be cast of fools from Green/Lab/Winstonfirst/Mana/Maori government led by Norman than a cast of fools forming a Nat/Winston first government.

    What ever happens after the election you can be sure of two things

    1. All and sundry will sell and promise whatever they need to in order to get control of the treasury benches
    2. Sweet FA will change for Joe and Josephine public while the politicians and their associated hangers on continue to prove themselves to be contemptible turds.

    • Dr Terry 2.1

      Make no mistake, duplicity is the trade of many politicians.

    • King Kong 2.2

      How dare you be so cynical. I have been led to believe that a Cunliffe led Labour government could cure cancer.

      [lprent: We can only wish. But what would we do without you? :twisted:]

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        Oh, that’s just your gullibility.

        • King Kong 2.2.1.1

          I guess we will never know CV as you must be quite close to having made the finishing touches to your army of revolution which will shoot all the rich and provide decades of magnificant egalitarian rule.

          • millsy 2.2.1.1.1

            Yeah well, the poor are having to live in trailer parks because the rich begrudge paying more taxes, so perhaps they should be shot.

          • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1.2

            Shoot the rich or starve the poor. Great political economic options you give us King Kong.

            • King Kong 2.2.1.1.2.1

              Unfortunately your plan involves shooting the rich then as a consequence, starving everyone.

              • Tiger Mountain

                The Wolfie Smith (Tooting Popular Front) approach “up against the wall mate, bop! bop! bop!” offers only swift gratification, far more satisfying to put the rich in tiny apartments with busted washing machines and no vehicle on a relevant benefit income with a teen payment card for expenditure.

                • King Kong

                  Problem with that is they wouldn’t be there long as they are not moaning, lazy, drug adled morons and would do something about improving their lot.

                  • Shona

                    every rich person I have known has had a substance abuse/addiction problem. More than half of them were allergic to work few of them had marketable skills and as for IQ money has yet to equate with intellect in my experience.
                    Oh and I know far too many of these Tory twats due to my old age.

  3. millsy 3

    Its very easy to say that NZ First will never go with National, but I thought that before I sat in the living room and watch him give that speech that seemed to go for ages before finally declaring that he would go with National back in 96. I hope Labour learnt learnt from that year, and not rely too much on WF….

    And another thing. Peters has this thing about being all radical in opposition, but becoming all establishment in government. He showed that during his tenure as Treasurer. He was the one who deregulated ACC, removed the last of the car tariffs, sold off CEL and AIA (think about that before you oppose asset sales, mate), started to kill off the producer boards, and so on and so forth.

  4. Matthew Hooton 4

    I don’t like to break this to you, but the likelihood of a Key/Peters axis is old news: see http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/review-report-hands-key-third-term-ck-125700

    • tc 4.1

      But you do like it matthew, and shouting down people rather than let them have their say on radio, you seem to like that to.

    • Te Reo Putake 4.2

      Funnily enough, not many Standard readers have NBR subscriptions, so your prescient article may have passed us all by. But thanks for the link, the honest analysis of Key’s dwindling chances in the article has made my day.
       

      • lprent 4.2.1

        …not many Standard readers have NBR subscriptions…

        I used to have one for nearly 15 years. But they got too damn boring to read over time. There are only so many times you can hear the same doctrinaire messages without a reference to and at least a cursory (albeit derisive) look at the alternatives. It got so bad that it just read like an Act manifesto for our local plunderers.

        Dropped them at the end of the 90’s. Spend the subscription on something that was a bit more rational. But I guess I’m not your average reader of the Standard 😈

        • Te Reo Putake 4.2.1.1

          I gave up on the NBR a few years when they defamed me. But it was fun getting the editor to go into grovelling retraction mode!

    • gobsmacked 4.3

      Key/Peters has been an option for 2014 since about 11 pm on election night, 2011. You don’t need to be some Machiavellian maestro, some self-important “pundit”. You just need a memory and a calculator.

      Are there still people who believe in the empty phrase “rule out”? Have they forgotten Peters and Bolger in 1996? Or Peters’ phone pantomime in 2005? It’s a “dinnamic envirmnt”, and everything is null and void from the moment the polls close and the votes are counted.

      Labour / Greens need to get so far ahead that the nightmare Nat / NZF coalition isn’t possible.

      This basic truth should be tattoed on every Labour MP’s forehead. They don’t have to “rule out” NZ First (meaninglessly), they just have to work their butts off making them irrelevant.

      • Matthew Hooton 4.3.1

        Exactly right. Key wants a third term. He can’t get one with Act/UF/MP. Therefore he needs Peters. Peters wants to be deputy PM or something similar. Labour can’t offer that because of the Greens. QED

        • Te Reo Putake 4.3.1.1

          ” Labour can’t offer that because of the Greens.”
           
          Not so. I don’t think the Greens will seek the deputy leadership because it would elevate one of the co-leaders above the other in the pecking order. The door will remain open for Winston to ask for that job, even if Labour would prefer to have him somewhere further down the chain.

          • gobsmacked 4.3.1.1.1

            In fact, the “hydra-headed monster” (Key’s words) is more likely to be National-led than Labour. The best chance of a simple two-party deal is Green/Labour. It’s Key who wants Banks and Dunne and Turia and Sharples and Peters and Craig and whoever else.

            The “commentators” (and Right spinners) have got it arse-about-face, but that’s because Labour are letting them. Labour should simply announce that they want a Lab/Grn government – to take the initiative. If they don’t, then they (especially Shearer) constantly sound confused and defensive. Sure, they’ll take any party’s support – anybody would – but they don’t have to make it look that way.

            “I intend to form a Labour/Green government.” Say it loud and clear and throw down the gauntlet.

        • mike e 4.3.1.2

          Mad Hatter The greens won’t form a coalition with labour instead they will just vote with labour on confidence and supply! Then sort out what Policy they have in common then push for concessions on green policy!
          Being in coalition with any govt is the death nail for any party look at your Act party!

      • fatty 4.3.2

        “This basic truth should be tattoed on every Labour MP’s forehead. They don’t have to “rule out” NZ First (meaninglessly), they just have to work their butts off making them irrelevant.”

        You are right gobsmacked…I would also add that Shearer will probably lose about 10 points in the pre-election debates. So the Lab/greens etc need a substantial lead, and they need to do it soon.
        A change in Labour leadership would mean that a 10 point cushion would not be required, because any other possible leader would be fine in a pre-election debate.

        • gobsmacked 4.3.2.1

          Shearer will probably lose about 10 points in the pre-election debates.

          Tough but fair. Many people aren’t immersed in daily politics and will only pay attention during the full-on “presidential” campaign. Shearer is nowhere near ready for that.

    • David H 4.4

      And the comments are so for this.

      #4 by NeillR 1 month ago in reply to John Morrison

      Agreed. In fact, i would rather vote Greens than for National if they are going to do deals with Peters and/or Craig.

      They too appreciate comedy too.

    • mike e 4.5

      How many rats can Key swallow!
      Given Craig and Peters both are against asset sales!
      Craig is a Gaffe prone idiot!
      How many times has National stabbed Peters in the back!
      Who said the Maori party was going with National !

  5. ak 5

    “Now he’s been found out because he has no more friends,” says Mr Peters.

    “He lied about me. He simply lied about me.”

    “It just shows you how flexible his so-called standards are,” says Mr Peters

    Hmmmm…..called him a liar with no standards.

    Yes, he’s welcoming the free (and forced) respect and kudos given by this desperate Natz gambit – like the supremely canny populist he’s always been – but they nearly killed him. Literally.

    Winnie doesn’t forget little things like that; and if he’s giving the nat chooks the odd little scrap of encouragement, be assured it’s with a steely eye and a very sharp knife whetted for 2014.

    • Jim Nald 5.1

      Dear darling Winston must be running out of all available political kama sutra positions with various members in the House? By now, he ought to deserve a big clap.

  6. OneTrack 6

    Yes it’s so shocking that Key should even consider going into a coalition with someone like Winston Peters.

    By the way, what position will Peters have in the ardently hoped for 2014 coalition of NZF, Mana, UF, Green and Labour?

  7. jack 7

    Winston isn’t going with National. Duncan Gardner is shit stiring and of course trying to loose NZ first votes. Most who voted for Winston detest National. Winston just said on his Q&A web site that he wold not support any party but go by bill by bill basis. He said this in 2011 and so far has stuck by it.

  8. karol 8

    I could see Winston going with a Key government if the numbers fall that way.

    But Peters certainly laid into Key and his cavalier approach to government and GCSB oversight in the Urgent Debate today.

    Peters described Key as a typical Merrill Lynch “wideboy”, all flash and little substance; liking the high profile of a PM, but taking little responsibility; mincing on the catwalk, 3-way handshakes; flying off to Hawaii or down the road for coffee surrounded by a big contingent of minders.

    Lacking the oversight required by his office that others have done well before him: Hollyoak, Muldoon, Kirk, Clark etc. All so much better at taking responsibility than Key.

    And Peters said, come the next election, it’ll be “Good nigh, nurse” for Key.

    But, I agree, in the end, for Peters, it’ll all depend how the numbers fall at election time.

    • ianmac 8.1

      I wish Mr Peters had come out and said clearly what he thinks during the Urgent Debate. Pretty wishywashy eh? (Kidding.) Grant Robertson was pretty explicit on those items of Key ignorance which trouble many of us.

      Just heard part of Farrar on the Moira show explaining why it is of no matter and just a simple misunderstanding, and there is no need to look closer. I think that that was what he was saying. Anyway wasn’t it great that he happened to be on the Panel on this day. Fortuitous.

      • karol 8.1.1

        Ah, yes. I think Chauvel said in the urgent debate that the government held on to the report while it prepared the way it spun the story, and lined up its tame bloggers. Well done RNZ – channeling the government’s blog meisters.

  9. karol 9

    Just looking at NZ First’s website. I have always thought of this party as old style conservative – right wing. But looking at their statement of what they stand for….. how is it different from a centre left party?

    http://nzfirst.org.nz/what-we-stand-for

    New Zealand First was set up to arrest the social and economic decline of this country and to restore its status as a land of fairness and opportunity. We believe in the dignity of work and adequate reward for labour. The basic needs of adequate food, shelter, healthcare and education must be met. The state must also protect its citizens and ensure their wellbeing is not threatened by reckless trade and defence alliances. We believe society should protect those most vulnerable. New Zealand First wants to attack the appalling level of poverty and the lack of fairness in economic and social policies. As a country we have to use our resources and our ingenuity to earn more

    Though, it may all be in the interpretation of social decline , which I imagine comes from a socially conservative position.

    And comparing this with National’s “vision and values”, which seems to have an Orwellian gloss to me:

    http://www.national.org.nz/About/vision.aspx

    National’s Vision For New Zealand

    The National Party seeks a safe, prosperous and successful New Zealand that creates opportunities for all New Zealanders to reach their personal goals and dreams.

    We believe this will be achieved by building a society based on the following values:

    • Loyalty to our country, its democratic principles and our Sovereign as Head of State
    • National and personal security
    • Equal citizenship and equal opportunity
    • Individual freedom and choice
    • Personal responsibility
    • Competitive enterprise and rewards for achievement
    • Limited government
    • Strong families and caring communities
    • Sustainable development of our environment

    Well I know what they mean by “personal responsibility” and “individual freedom and choice” competition and rewards.

    For a lot of the rest my response is

    yeah, right

    Limited government for them: Nanny Paula state for us.

    National security, caring communities, democracy, sustainable development 🙄

  10. xtasy 10

    Come on, get back to your senses, please, this is idiotic.

    Peters most strongly resents Key, he hates him! As long as Key is leading National, he will never work with that lot. Key and English were instrumental in dismantling Peters, when questions arose about his donations by Owen Glenn, when Peters was still supporting the previous, last Labour government.

    Winston will NEVER work with Key, but to be fair, he may consider to talk to and perhaps to some degree work with another National leader. Yet I cannot see Peters get on with English, Joyce or any other male Natiaonal leader of the closer ranks. He may though feel to be able to work with a Nat Party led by Collins, if she would ever manage to take over the lead.

    That is all so hypothetical stuff, by the time this may be considered, there will be another election, which will shake up the landscape considerably. Expect a new right wing party replacing ACT. This may well be the Conservatives. Expect that Labour gains a few more votes again, and Greens also will maintain their strenght, maybe even gain votes.

    Maori Party, certainly UF, ACT, will have to worry being in there again.

    Hone will sadly not gain, due to particular issues I rather not disclose.

    What NZ needs is a new, left of centre party, that adheres to progressive, social, yet economically sensible, fair, education focussed, neutral and cross culture policies. Labour is no longer “left”, the Greens are “socially responsible”, but not really “left”, and Mana on its own lacks resources and personnel to get more foothold.

    If the Alliance had not stuffed up years ago, things may look better. But I suggest a new start, for a true worker, socially deprived and social justice focused party, which at the same time is prepared to offer sensible educational, training and employment approaches, which will mean procreative-economic planning that NZ could well do with.

    • David H 10.1

      And the other thing is Winston is getting on in years, So who leads the party when he’s gone? The same with Craig’s mob its all one man bands, with helpers and when the name is gone…..

  11. Fortran 11

    Garner is only shit stirring – Peters will sell himslf to anybody.

  12. burt 12

    Refusing to rule out a deal with Peters; he’s obviously extremely desperate for the levers of power. Who could possibly vote for a political party that isn’t refusing to do a deal with peters….. Dooh.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    22 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    3 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
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    4 hours ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    16 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
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    19 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
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    21 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
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    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
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    23 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
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    1 day ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    2 days ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
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    2 days ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
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    2 days ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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    2 days ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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    3 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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    3 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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    3 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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    3 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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    4 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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    4 days ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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    4 days ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    5 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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    6 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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