Kia Kaha

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David Cunliffe’s message to members and supporters (repost from email)

It’s been a tough couple of days for everyone in Labour, but I have been greatly heartened by the messages of support that my Caucus and I have received from members and supporters.

As I’ve stated in many media interviews over the last 24 hours, I stand by my word and we will not be distracted from our mission to help build a better New Zealand for everyone.

What has been made very clear by our opponents is that this will be a tough election campaign. They would like nothing more than for this election to focus on smears and insinuations. However I have immense faith in the people of New Zealand to recognise what really matters in this election and to vote for positive change.

That’s positive change that only a Labour-led government can deliver. It means making sure every New Zealander has the opportunity for a secure, well-paid job, that every Kiwi has a warm dry home and has home-ownership in reach, and that our kids are given all of the opportunities they need to thrive and prosper.

Our party has been galvanised by recent events. National’s attempts to destabilize us have failed – our Caucus has been unified and resolute and party activists have stayed on the front foot making phone calls, knocking on doors and getting Labour’s message out to the public.

We know that we have a hard road ahead of us, but we also know that this election is shaping up to be down to the wire and that every vote will count. We cannot afford, New Zealand cannot afford, for us to be distracted from our duty of making real fundamental change for good.

I know we can do it this September. Together.

Kia kaha,

David Cunliffe
Labour Leader

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132 comments on “Kia Kaha ”

  1. karol 1

    Thanks, David.

    I have my criticisms of some aspects of Labour’s policies, and of the way some things have been handled in the past.

    However, I have been impressed with the way you have fronted this week and, along with your caucus, stood strong against, what are unfounded smears aiming to destabilise Labour and the left generally.

    You say you are learning, but you and your team seem to be learning quite fast.

    • Ronnie Chow 1.1

      Millionaire businessman Donghua Liu spent more than $150,000 on the previous Labour government, including $100,000 on a bottle of wine signed by former prime minister Helen Clark at a party fundraiser.

      The embarrassing revelations are contained in a signed statement from Liu, which the Herald on Sunday has obtained.

      God Cunliffe is clean as a whistle.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1

        It’ll be listed in his accounts as a donation to charity. Show me the money.

  2. Clemgeopin 2

    A good letter.

    It is time for Lanour to release policies one by one and give plenty of publicity for all the previous and coming policies; Policies that will make the voters sit up and take notice; Policies that will benefit all the voters and the country; Policies that are fair to all and for the long term good of the country economically, socially and environmentally; Policies that negate the negative policies of this present narrow visioned stupid government; Policies that will make New Zealand a trail blazing independent, visionary and great nation once again; Policies that help reduce the evil of the ever increasing wealth and income gap; Policies that will make us all selflessly batting for each other in society; Policies that help us become truly happy, proud and patriotic to the country.

  3. vto 3

    Good for you Mr Cunliffe..

    You know one thing on people’s minds in cold mid-winter Christchurch – power prices and power outages. How are people supposed to keep warm when the power goes out or people cannot afford to heat their homes sufficiently?

    How do they keep warm? What happens is that they don’t keep warm, and then they die prematurely or suffer avoidable health problems.

    It is appalling that the responsibility for keeping them warm has been tossed into the hands of people whose sole concern is profiteering, namely the investors who bought the power companies. How on earth are those interests supposed to line up? Eh? …

    … the interests of people who merely want to make profit and the interests of people who are forced by law to use electricity to warm themselves in winter do not line up. The system is fatally flawed.

  4. swordfish 4

    Vicious smear campaigns can often backfire. Let’s hope there’s a backlash among decent people against this carefully-orchestrated hysteria of the last few days. Already, the reputations of one or two journalists lie in tatters…

  5. infused 5

    The only reason they are standing behind you is that there is no point rolling you before the election. It’s already game over.

    • felix 5.1

      The only reason they are attacking you is because they know you can win.

    • vto 5.2

      Its game over for those who cannot afford to warm themselves properly over winter because of the policies of your sick lot. Do you even care about that?

    • Skinny 5.3

      The game will be over for you wingnuts infused. I predict 200-250,000 previous non voters will be coming out in Sept.

      How do you think the anouncement of a 19% rise in power prices is going to go down?
      Also Key pushing for a smaller group from the original TTPA countries. Your great leader is sucking up to the Yanks by towing this line and promoting an American view, who know getting agreement from the likes of Japan simply won’t happen.

      What a suck arse slimy Key is. It wouldn’t surprise me if he had dual citizenship, what a disgusting corporate sellout!

      • Will@Welly 5.3.1

        Obviously a monumental cock-up in MBIE, releasing that figure. 19% increase in electricity is something National just can’t explain away, and given that ‘returns’ are set to soar under market forces, this does not bode well for the average household.

        • Skinny 5.3.1.1

          As winter bites so will the backlash (especially if there is a few cold snaps) when power consumers really notice higher prices due to our assets being flogged off.

          During the assets sales petitioning I had plenty of people signing and saying they had voted National but not this election due to our asset sales. Couple that with those people who despise America unpopular habit of pushing spy legislation, invading other Countries and American multi national corporates trying to force trade agreements. John Key has really messed up by floating the idea of a smaller TPPA. Labour need to come out strongly opposing any such brainless notion of pandering to ‘America’s oneway corporate agreements.’

      • infused 5.3.2

        How much did the price of power go up under the last Labour govt? What did they do about that?

        • Skinny 5.3.2.1

          That was so yesteryear fool!
          ‘Former National voters remember the last time this shit happened.’
          The power shop is an idea people like, and Winston Peters is talking a complete buyback. So you sit back and enjoy the rugby and just think England is National and cry in your drink to the hammering they are about to get 🙂 Give it to them the AB’s !

          • infused 5.3.2.1.1

            So yesterday huh. Labour wonders why they don’t connect with voters.

            Don’t watch rugby either.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.2.1.1.1

              Did wage inflation match power price rises? I’d hate to think you were only presenting one half of the equation as a feeble attempt to muddy the waters.

    • Clemgeopin 5.4

      They are standing behind him because they know he will make a good and strong Prime minister who will implement many great Labour policies of vision and fairness for all in society and not just for the wealthy and privileged which is the real agenda of National and ACT with token social fooling policies for political expediency. Come over from your dark side and be a part of the coming change.

    • Nakiman 5.5

      Mike Williams says Cunners will be rolled after the election, nobody wants the job before the election.

      • infused 5.5.1

        Rinse and repeat of Shearer.

        • felix 5.5.1.1

          Shearer never fought an election. You guys just really really wanted him to.

          • McFlock 5.5.1.1.1

            nope.

            No matter who it is, tories want people thinking the Labour leadership is incompetent and being plotted against by the Labour caucus. And if the tories can encourage self-loathing labourites to cause enough internal aggravation that the leadership make more mistakes, all the better for the tories.

            Tories would throw the same drivel at Jesus if he were leader of the Labour party. Friendly relations with a roman centurion, lots of guys hanging around, no documentation that the lepers weren’t faking…

      • poem 5.5.2

        Not true Nakiman.

  6. fisiani 6

    Iceberg??? What iceberg?

    • vto 6.1

      The icebergs formed inside the homes of people who cannot afford to heat their homes thanks to the nasty mean and callous policies of you and your arseholes. Do you even care about that?

      • fisiani 6.1.1

        The newly insulated state homes homes you mean? Insulated by a benevolent government.

        • vto 6.1.1.1

          Fail.

        • The Al1en 6.1.1.2

          Especially the ones insulated by landlords, who now factor in the cost of their contributions to the tenants,who can’t afford to turn on the 2400 heat pump because of it.

        • Tracey 6.1.1.3

          glad to see you and national support green party initiatives. hope for you yet

        • redfred 6.1.1.4

          19% Yes National are paying off their rich mates that brought Electricity companies. Mum ada my ass, rich fat cats.

          19%!

    • felix 6.2

      Good to see you’re still putting so much time and energy into the anti-Cunliffe effort.

      It must be very important to you.

      • fisiani 6.2.1

        Cunliffe is just the captain. I don’t think changing the captain at this stage would save Labour.

      • fisiani 6.2.2

        Cunliffe is just the captain. I don’t think changing the captain at this stage would save Labour. When a poll starts with a 1 in the next few weeks will you start counting the seats in the lifeboats. Ladies first as per the secret man ban thus bye bye male list mp’s even David Parker

        • swordfish 6.2.2.1

          @ Fissy

          Hush up now, Honey-Child. You know very well that a public backlash against your utterly corrupt, sinister, Machiavellian* little Party has begun.

          As for the latest Fairfax/Stuff-Ipsos, I notice even the Dominion Post editor has dropped a broad hint that she believes it may be an outlier / rogue. Meanwhile, the Roy Morgan released on the same day continues to be assiduously ignored by Tory Tr*lls and MSM alike. The RM suggests the Nats are down 3 points, combined Lab+Green up 2, broader Left Bloc up / Right Bloc down.

          *(Well, I say Machiavellian, but that implies a cleverness that this nasty little smear campaign quite frankly just doesn’t possess. Inept might be a better word).

    • swordfish 6.3

      The Iceberg, Fissy, of a public opinion backlash – a backlash against a vicious and rapidly unravelling Tory Black Ops Smear Campaign.

      Can we assume you’ll go down with the ship ?

      • Colonial Viper 6.3.1

        I think the furious back peddling in the MSM is due to snap internal polling showing the NATs that the public was not liking their approach at all

        • swordfish 6.3.1.1

          Yep, Own Goal territory. Key makes a habit of scoring a particularly spectacular one each Election…2008 Tranz Rail,….2011 Cup-of-Tea Saga,….2014 Counter-productive Black Ops Campaign that’ll come back to haunt him. The fucker will never learn.

          • Colonial Viper 6.3.1.1.1

            Gotta hand it to Key and his minions though, all timed for when he was out of the country, organised with the most possible upside for National all going well, but the least possible downside for him if the plan went south, which it has.

            Got to appreciate competence and risk management in play.

            • David H 6.3.1.1.1.1

              “Got to appreciate competence and risk management in play.”

              But as usual when getting ahead in the ‘game’ TricKey just couldn’t shut the fuck up and stop gloating. And makes English Look like a fool. Then Woodhouse disengages what little brain he has opens his big mouth and inserts both feet 3 times. No wonder the country has gone to hell in a hand basket!

        • The Al1en 6.3.1.2

          I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks with interest. I’m particularly looking forward to JK reverting to form, saying he doesn’t recall seeing that particular emal/letter/memo/report and he can’t recall meeting/speaking/calling/lunching/golfing with anyone who could have given him the information about over a hundred thousand dollars from Liu. That will be funny.

          Of course, his highness has been in Washington playing politics at our expense with many a free meal and down time to get his routine ready for next sitting days question time. If he’s got anything I’d expect it will come out in response to Q1 under parliamentary privilege. If DC is teflon, then the exchange could well be the election result right there. Who ever comes out on top will win it September. DC wins and not only does he have credible back in buckets, JK’s last days end up with his in tatters. Coordinated attack from from the Greens, mip and winston if he’s not had one too many for lunch, and a couple of patsy questions from tim macendope aside, it’ll be riveting stuff.

          But then JK could have nothing and he’ll have to claim he heard a whisper but can’t remember from who.
          Win win for me.

          • ffloyd 6.3.1.2.1

            Chinese whisper?

            • The Al1en 6.3.1.2.1.1

              I think what has really happened here is somebody in the nats got all 08 Williams with themselves, like when he went to Australia to get the dirt on honest John and returned home with nothing.

              If there isn’t a game called Chinese rumours there should be.

  7. ffloyd 7

    It was evident immediately the letter was published that this was a beat up and a smear campaign. Key totally dismisses the intelligence and political nous of the average New Zealander such is his monumental arrogance. And he forgets that we have all seen this before in his orchestrated attacks ably assisted by the majority of the media against Phil Goff and David Shearer, so this has been expected that this is the way key would attack again. This time it is not working. Even a couple of Herald journalists are actually doing their jobs properly and not buying into this. Now the country can see key for what he really is and DC and the Labour Party for what they stand for, which is rescuing NZ from the septic tank that key has dropped us into. DC and Labour are getting some brilliant air time and they are using it superbly. It is said that ‘if it doesn’t kill you it can only make you stronger’. Well Labour is looking strong!!! Well done.

  8. Will@Welly 8

    David, if we appear to be critical, it is because we expect better.
    Six years of being held ransom, lied to, the hopes and dreams of a once proud nation being stolen away. What the people want is their trust restored.
    Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser, Norman Kirk, offered people hope.
    Deliver that, offer them a ray of hope, that there are jobs, real jobs, better pay, decent, affordable housing, then maybe people will believe in you.
    When it comes to education, only the rich want charter schools. And as for health services, no cuts to frontline services – yeah right – ask those on waiting lists who keep ‘dropping off’.
    Key & co will lie and attempt to tarnish you right up until election day – that is a given. The best reaction is to tell snake oil to put up the evidence – repeat that mantra enough and people will soon realise who the liar is.
    We desperately need change. Three more years of this administration, and New Zealand will no longer belong to those born here.

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    Time to force Labour off centre and towards the left, methinks. He’s got to come firing back with strong gutsy controversial policy and an alternative narrative to National.

  10. ianmac 10

    Good wishes David because when you go well so will all those on the so-called left. I too like the way that you stood firm against a wicked onslaught.

  11. chris73 11

    I realize now that I’ve been wrong, I thought the low polling of Labour was a good thing for National but now I see that its ackshully a good thing for Labour

    http://imperatorfish.com/2014/06/19/victory/

    • swordfish 11.1

      Oh, I see, it’s my fault, is it ? Ohhhhh, of course. There I was thinking it was your fault because you’d been left in charge, or Manuel’s fault for not waking you, but all the time it was my fault ! Oh, it’s so obvious now, I’ve seen the light. Well, I must be punished then musn’t I ? You’re a naughty boy, swordfish, don’t do it again !.

  12. Jack 12

    It was a Smear Campaign from wow to go however the average kiwi only gets half the story and only believes what the press tells them, it is a particularly nasty dangerous form of politics National and Key are playing at with the NZ Public.

    Unfortunately the average New Zealander does not have the time or the ability to read between the lines of all this nonsense and drama going on in the media.

    When are we going to get some responsible Press who are going to analyse policy properly and give us some accurate professional reporting rather than their own personal dribble depending on the colour of their cloth?

  13. anker 13

    I have total faith that David Cunliffe will make one of our best PM’s ever.

    I hope this dirty smear back firers and NZ see it for what it is.

    John Key and National have no vision to improve the lives of ordinary NZders. John Key just does deals and he will and has sold decent people short. David Cunliffe has a fantastic grasp on the issues and how the economy works. John Key does……………deals and more deals. There is no real vision to make this country great again. Our great moments like being nuclear free and standing up to the American’s (Lange) are gone with this govt. Key has weakened and agreed to whatever the Americans want.

  14. Jim47 14

    The backlash has surely come as it was labour who started the smear attacks went on and on now the chickens have come home to roost.
    And to make statements like I have seen on this post by some of you that the average New Zealander hasn’t the intelligence to see what is happening is surely going to encourage them to vote labour.

    • mickysavage 14.1

      But Jim do you understand the difference between a Minister interfering in a police prosecution and an MP forgetting that he had written a letter 11 years ago?

      • Clemgeopin 14.1.1

        And that too was on behalf of a new immigrant that was going to invest heavily in New Zealand. Cunliffe was just an ordinary constituent MP then and not a minister. Cunliffe did nothing wrong or illegal his office spelling the name of the new immigrant as Lui in lieu of Liu.

        The curious doings of cabinet ministers Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson are serious conflict of interest and dodgy and questions definitely deserved to be asked. In fact, they were so serious that the Prime minister asked one of them to go away and keep a low profile for a while and the other fellow was asked to resign! Serious? Yes, definitely!

      • poem 14.1.2

        No Jim and those like him dont understand, he cant see past pinoKEY’s nose.

      • realist 14.1.3

        Yes I think most get that.. What is on show here is the hypocrisy of it all.. Had Labour have stuck to the point way back when, and not try to play pretend that they are as pure as the driven snow then this wouldn’t have eventuated..

        This “smear” is but a retaliation… those that draw the comparison between Maurice and David do so out of ignorance or they do it to try and discredit just how murky their dealings have been (and presumably still are)..

        This site is here for you all to reinforce your own strongly held believes, no matter the truth.. there is a lack of perspective that runs through these pages that is beyond belief.. You will of course find the same on the pages of the right leaning blogs.. The saddest part of all of that is that the “common people” that you tend to all moan about being ignored are as much ignored by Labour as they are by National. David is as much of a “Rich Prick” as John is.. but of course you dont want to see it/admit that it is so.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.3.1

          So now you’ve demonstrated your feeble grasp on logic by attacking the messenger, you can always redeem yourself by voting on policy instead.

          • realist 14.1.3.1.1

            the messenger? this is beginning to sound more cultish by the second.. are you suggesting that you (the left) have the exclusive grasp of the truth here? If anything I am what you would call a swing voter..

            Labour have not to date given me any confidence whatsoever to vote for them.. Love to vote on policy.. still waiting really, on either side

            • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.3.1.1.1

              You attacked the messengers on both sides. Hence the option of judging on policy rather than superficialities.

              Can’t you find any policy statements from Labour or the other left-wing parties? Try their websites: Google is your friend. Unless your entire contribution is offered in bad faith, that is.

              • realist

                oh how witty…

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Oh how insincere. You almost come across as one of those messengers you were bagging a few moments ago.

                  I tell you what, I’ll be charitable and give you some help.

                  Green policy.

                  Labour policy.

                  Mana policy – you may have to cross-reference that with IP policy.

                  There you are, lots of substantive details to sink your teeth into with that shiny good faith curiosity of yours.

                  I would have included National Party policy, but there isn’t any detail (sad but true), because they know what a vote-loser it would be (true).

                  • realist

                    true because youve said it so it must be right?

                    fact is I have been through Labours policy.. I wont bother with the other two as im not that extreme in my beliefs.. In DC Labour dont have a leader to bring about an election win (sad but true) my fear is that they dont have anyone else within the ranks that would deliver them one in 2017 either… time will tell

                    The other issue for Labour is that the Polls suggest that whatever way a Labour win would be cobbled together that they would have to give too much say to the Greens and also now Mana/Internet… that scares the hell out of middle NZ. (true) if Labour could poll in the high 30s and push into the 40s and be a credible opposition then the minority parties would wield less influence and perhaps be palatable as an option.. at present they are not… that leaves me with the decision of who to vote for… John Key or in reality not Hone and Kim…

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      ….still waiting…

                      …I have been through Labour’s policy…

                      You see? It took you less than an hour to reveal your true nature: insincere, dishonest, manipulative.

                      A perfect expression of National Party values and zero personal responsibility. Contemptible.

                    • McFlock

                      You you don’t read their policies, how do you know a party is extreme?

                      If you’re prepared to vote for Key, why do you “fear” Labour might not have a leader to win in 2017 (lol)? You do realise that if party policies were interchangeable, there’d be no point in voting regardless of who was leader?

                      🙄

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Both the statements I quoted are lies: the mendacious wretch hasn’t read the policy at all, and still knew it existed.

                      A horrible thought just occurred to me: what if there are no better wingnuts? 😈

                    • freedom

                      ” I wont bother with the other two as im not that extreme in my beliefs”
                      thus proving how insincere you are in talking about truth

                      realist, you seem to be a card carrying member of the ‘i want to know new things but won’t do anything that helps me learn’ club

                      let me tell you a little tale

                      I have had one particularly nasty thorn in my friendship paw for many many years and he is an old hard arsed bigot and it is always a hell of a battle any time we meet up, but over the last few years I have been giving him no free passes and calling him up on the bs he spouts about politics and people and all the associated crap we all deal with. He is very free with his opinions about what he wants and who he thinks is at fault and if you are brown or different chances are you copped responsibility for all of it.

                      Despite this I would persevere because in his heart he is actually a decent guy. He had plenty of good ideas about how it should be but still he drank from the kool aid every single day.

                      I would keep telling him that there is one party in particular that has all the policies he personally called for. So after getting sick of my badgering he finally went and read the policies I had repeatedly pushed on him and to his absolute stunned mullet amazement, he is now a proud supporter of the Mana Party.

                      He is a retired gent of hardcore attitude but as I just said, he is now a Mana supporter. Why? because he read the policies instead of regurgitating CT stained propaganda.

        • Clemgeopin 14.1.3.2

          I am a Labour party supporter and I am not against rich pricks per se, but against rich pricks and rich prick parties like National and ACT that have policies that help to keep increasing the income and wealth gap between the wealthy and the rest, policies that favour the rich and the powerful at the expense of the rest in society, policies that make it harder for the poor and the less privileged able to look after their families with meeting even basic needs or hope of truly improving their lot. It is both amazing and sad that you and about half the people in this country do not see this in their pursuit of their selfish greed and callous attitude.

  15. fisiani 15

    Bring back Shearer.

    • felix 15.1

      Yeah he was much easier for you guys.

      • poem 15.1.1

        Thats why the nats want him back. I dont think john key is looking forward to the debates with Cunliffe.

        • felix 15.1.1.1

          Yep, and Key knows he can’t get away with all the ugly screeching and spitting that he does in parliament where no-one much is watching.

          • poem 15.1.1.1.1

            Exactly, hence the latest smearmongering campaign to discredit and undermine Cunliffe.

    • swordfish 15.2

      Bring back The Gormless Fool formerly known as oleolebiscuitbarrell.

      He may have been a Tory, but at least he was a bit of a laugh. Tory Tr*lls just aint what they used to be.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 15.2.1

        +1

        We need better wingnuts. These ones are nothing more than a chorous of tiresome parrots all trying to get their lines out first.

      • David H 15.2.2

        Yeah Ol’ gormless was a Tory, but at least he had 2 things going for him.

        1. He was funny.
        2. He could string a few words together and make a coherent statement, unlike the Trooools we get now.
  16. Jim47 16

    Micky savage
    It has nothing to do with the letter it has to do with cunliffe and labour going after national for accepting donations from a rich man from china when they themselves did the same .
    Hypocrisy .
    That’s the talk in the street.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      No, that’s you putting your ear to the dogshit on the pavement. Labour went after National when Judith Collins failed to declare a massive conflict of interest, diverted Ministerial resources for personal gain and tried to cover it all up. Then Labour went after National because Maurice Williamson interfered in a police investigation, and John Key accepted that he had to resign.

      No doubt you will either be able to link to “labour going after national for accepting donations from a rich man from china”, or you’ll take personal responsibility for your deceitful behaviour and withdraw and apologise.

      (Nah – I made that last part up – you have no personal responsibility and your ethics are in the gutter, because you’re trash).

    • Tracey 16.2

      yea make sure you are clear jim its not about ethics honesty or integrity cos you guts abandonedcthat in 2005

    • Tracey 16.3

      are all john keys neighbours on the street? a party?

  17. Tracey 17

    key words david

    labour led govt. your united caucus is a start. for the sake of all tge left parties who want this govt gone

  18. Jim47 18

    Your reply is typical of what labour has to offer.
    Personal abuse .
    No substance.
    For goodness sake say something that would make me want to vote labour.
    I was brought up labour.
    My grandfather helped establish labour.
    He would have nothing to do with it today.
    The person that sighns on as mickysavage is so far removed from the man my grandfather who new Savage talked to me about.

    • mickysavage 18.1

      Jim if you are going to troll the site please learn to post your comments in the right place. If I had a dollar for every right winger who said they were brought up labour …

      • swordfish 18.1.1

        It’s amazing how many Tory trolls have trouble understanding the complexities of using the Reply button. Still, I guess they need to learn to walk before they can run. Clearly, for them it is, indeed, Rocket Science.

        • Anne 18.1.1.1

          A brief, simple version for their almost non existent attention spans and low level cognition.

          rightwingers are less intelligent than leftwingers

          • David H 18.1.1.1.1

            So that’s why the do the same ol’ same ol’ year after year.

          • fisiani 18.1.1.1.2

            I take it you do not understand that National are NOT RIGHT WING. This is an American study and NATIONAL fits happily within the Democratic tradition.

            • Clemgeopin 18.1.1.1.2.1

              Bull Shit. National are very much a right wing party with Tory agenda of primarily being for the welfare of the wealthy, the corporates, the bankers, the casinos, the Hollywood mugfuls, the monopolies and the millionaires. Look at their recent track record in Asset sales, Tax cuts of billions of dollars each year to primarily help the wealthy, the increase in GST that affected the poor the most, the rampant disregard for freedom and privacy laws, the GCSB snooping, support of USA for illegal non UN sanctioned wars and methods of war, the increasing gap between the wealthy and the poor, the callous environmental policies to name a few.

              Why do you think that the big corporates, big vested interests and the wealthiest in the country give big donations to National while Labour gets only small donations from ordinary people and occasionally some bigger donations from a few wealthy people if it is lucky.

              Don’t be fooled by their keeping some of the excellent social policies of the previous Labour government’s for political expediency to fool the gullible to think of them as ‘nice’ non rightists. Hope you are not one of those gullible fools that has fallen for their trickery.

            • Francis 18.1.1.1.2.2

              Says more about the American Democrats than it does about National.

              • Colonial Viper

                Correct – secret courts, secret law, mass surveillance, drone strikes, guantanamo bay, banker bailouts, actions against journalists and whistleblowers the list goes on and on.

        • freedom 18.1.1.2

          The reply button is a pretty complex action without thumbs and they have to wipe all the spittle of their screen to see the mouse but of greater concern is how many of them simply cannot spell.

      • Clemgeopin 18.1.2

        I can kind of believe that a lot of these selfish tory-minded RWNJobs were once Labour voters when they NEEDED Labour policies to help them progress. But then once they get some wealth, some of them lose their noble values, get selfish, ungrateful, disloyal and drift towards National and ACT. And not only that, these bastards want to pull the ladder up so that other less fortunate or less privileged in society can’t progress.

        • Anne 18.1.2.1

          Paula Bennett

          • Clemgeopin 18.1.2.1.1

            May be..
            Judith Collins and/or her family?
            John Key and /or his family?
            Roger Douglas and/or his family
            Richard Prebble and/or his family

        • David H 18.1.2.2

          Key got his start in life, education, housing, and all at the expense of the Taxpayer and his was an Immigrant family.

          Bennet ? was just another loose woman who got caught. (fell pregnant) Solo Mum, but was clothed, housed, and educated, at the Taxpayers expense.

          Maybe the taxpayer should send them a bill for all this largess. Now that they can afford to pay for it.

          • Clemgeopin 18.1.2.2.1

            And the Maori party Labour turn coats who are now disgracefully supporting, propping up and kissing the backsides of National. What a shame!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.2

      Jim47, why would I want you to vote Labour?

      You got called out for telling lies: if you really wanted to get back at me you’d post the link I challenged you to, but you can’t, and what’s more, you can’t even take personal responsibility for it.

      I apologise for letting my insults detract from your pathetic demonstration of National Party values.

      PS: speaking of National Party values, your grandfather may have passed on some good traits. One or more of your other ancestors obviously carried the low-IQ distended amygdala genes though.

  19. Jim47 19

    I did wouldn’t publish.
    So did it the other way.
    Typical left.
    Dosent work

  20. Ronnie Chow 20

    Good God , it must be that new short back and sides with the Brylcreem cowlick.He sounds convincing . To quote Lenin. in front of whose preserved remains I have personally laid a wreath ,
    “To accept anything on trust, to preclude critical application and development, is a grievous sin; and in order to apply and develop, “simple interpretation” is obviously not enough”

  21. Charlieboy 21

    Wouldn’t you love to see what Obama would do if Labour won the election. No golf with Jonny, bugger! Worth a vote for Labour just to see the back flips, and u-turns in the U S state department.Visit, what visit.
    And don’t forget the GCSB paper shredders running white hot into the night.Ah the panic.Go on,vote Labour and let the gnashing of Tory teeth and the tearing of toupees begin,wot fun.
    Take back our country!

    • Clemgeopin 21.1

      How true and exciting!

      Would be fun to watch Key frantically clearing his ‘top drawer’ and other ‘dirty tricks’ files.

    • David H 21.2

      And for that reason alone some NACTS would probably vote Labour just for the fun.

  22. freedom 22

    one more step of the journey done
    another step ahead

    after all, that is how you reach new destinations

    Kia kaha Mr Cunliffe

  23. Wyndham, George 23

    Kia kaha David Cunliffe
    Tories will do everything and anything to hold onto power.
    Has always been that way. Will always be that way.
    Keep doing the right thing.
    Your job is to give a vision of a future led by a Labour Government.

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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but important read. IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the Greens had egg on their faces. At the time, Christopher Luxon said ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago

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