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Mr Key, where is your ‘positive, ambitious campaign’?

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 am, July 4th, 2008 - 67 comments
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In four separate interviews this week, John Key used more or less exactly the same line to divert from questions on his use of Crosby/Textor: ‘I’m the Leader of the party and I’ll set the tone of the campaign. And it will be a positive, ambitious, outlooking campaign because that fits with my personality‘ OK, everyone can see that’s classic Crosby/Textor – hollow and misdirecting – but where is this supposed positivity?

For the entire remainder of those four interviews Key is entirely negative:

He calls the Government vindictive (again a pre-prepared line, identical language in each interview and Key doesn’t use words like vindictive)

He paints himself as a victim of smears, when people are only challenging him to represent himself honestly, rather than do what his Aussie handlers tell him to do.

He attacks the rail deal

He attacks SPARC, using figures that have been proven incorrect

In fact, when was the last time you can recall Key saying anything positive at all? All I can think of him doing is making dishonest attacks and never, ever offering a real solution, only vague promises that he will magically make everything better.

67 comments on “Mr Key, where is your ‘positive, ambitious campaign’? ”

  1. Dan 1

    Don’t let me hear him say “Ambitious” again! Please keep repeating the clip of Tony Blair saying it years ago. At least he said it as if he meant it!
    The NZ Sucks Party running a clean campaign? Forget it. Muldoon on Moyle, Shipley on Clark, the Crosby/Textor/Brethren push polling: the list is generations old.

  2. Flippin’ heck Steve, you’re scraping the barrel today. In case you hadn’t noticed, or are ignorant about these things, John Key is the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. That means, by definition, his job is to OPPOSE the government!

    Msny media commentators have commented on Key’s “grace under fire” when the PM launched her vitriolic and false attack on him on Wednesday. I have yet to see a post on The Standard condemning Clark for her behaviour, or that of Winston Peters. This was a planned attack, given the detail that Clark trotted out in her answers to the patsy questions from Peters and Tim Barnett.

    Methinks you guys are getting paranoid, but heck, I’m only a deluded rightie, so WTF would I know?

  3. I have to agree with Steve. Sorry Inventory2. Key is talking one line and walking another. I know the faithful like yourself aren’t inclined to see the gap between the talk and the walk, but its remains nonetheless.

    Worst / funniest of all was the finger pointing at Labour for “smearing” by pointing out National had been running a smear campaign for two years.

    If that didn’t underscore National’s cynical campaign of misdirection I don’t know what would do a better job.

  4. Steve W – calling Labour to account for corrupt electoral parctices is a smear campaign? Opposing the EFA is a smear campaign? Holding Ministers to account for their portfolios is a smear campaign? Get real buddy.

  5. Carol 5

    I agree with you Steve. Also, the Nats haven’t given us much policy to debate (unlike most other parties including Labour). And Key has set himself up as standing highest office on the basis of his personality and style of leadership. So he’s asking to be judged on his performance and style.

  6. lprent 6

    I2: Have to say that Key has not run a positive campaign since joining politics. What I see is positive waffle, and negative campaigns.

    What is he going to do if he wins? More of the same? Isolate scapegoats and target them?

    I seem to have seen that before under national administrations.

  7. [lprent: trolling isn’t something that I support. How about writing something that makes sense and that fits your name. Otherwise I’ll ban you as you are not ‘fair’, don’t give any ‘facts’, and abuse my ‘media’.]

    Where’s Dear Leader’s positive campaign.
    She seems intent on just smearing.
    Just like you guys.
    Is that all Liarbour has to offer.
    Negativity and yet more tax

  8. Steve P/Steve W – I stand by what I’ve written – do you?

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2008/07/key-derangement-syndrome.html

  9. r0b 9

    Steve W – calling Labour to account for corrupt electoral parctices is a smear campaign?

    Yes it is, when they haven’t committed any.

    After the 2005 election one party lost its leader because of their duplicitous, deceitful and corrupt electoral campaign. Here’s a hint for you. It wasn’t Labour.

  10. stan 10

    Can you explain how the EFA allows free speech during an election campaign.
    for example it now seems like cartoons criticising a Gvt are illegal?
    The cartoon or the website( wwww.dontvotelabourcartoons.com) didnt cost millions of dollars and the cartoonist is
    not a member of a secret sect like the Brethren?
    The cartoonist is not trying to buy an election result either.
    Nor is the cartoonist trying to americanise the electoral system as cartoons have
    been part of our media culture since the days of Minhinnick.
    The cartoonist is not trying to buy huge amounts of advertising and although the
    Labour party may seee the cartoons as being negative.
    Most National M.P.’s see them as positive.

    I dont suppose that anything I’ve written will have the slightest impact on you in this matter.
    I am using this argument to point out that the EFA legislation actually impacts on the right of the individual
    to free speech and have come up with this as an example.
    I am trying to whip up a storm of public protest ( and the polls suggest that I and others have been successful)
    Unlike yourself I am not peddling misinformation about the EFA

    regards
    Stan Blanch

    [lprent: As far as I’m aware there haven’t had any legal challenges to that site. Have there been challenges to the electoral commission?
    Or more likely you are just link-whoring? Or spreading mis-information about the EFA?
    Speak or you may not get another chance to do so here. As far as I can see you haven’t made a valid statement anywhere in your comment.

    Interesting looking at previous comments it looks like the only reason you come here is to link-whore]

  11. r0b 11

    it now seems like cartoons criticising a Gvt are illegal

    Are they – why? Someone better tell Tom Scott etc at Stuff!
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/0a17216.html

    Have you had any legal challenge to your site?

    Or are you just link pushing?

  12. higherstandard 13

    The view of the authors on this site is that Key is inexperienced and not in the same league as the Prime Minister….. but how come he’s out-politicing her?

    Clearly a very fast learner that surrounds himself with good advisers and takes their advice when appropriate. I also note that recently he’s looking more confident and assured with the media perhaps horror of horrors he might just make a good Prime Minister.

    Clearly a large section of the public think so.

    Oh and I was under the impression campaigning hadn’t started yet … no election date the EFA etc sort of makes it a bit difficult.

  13. r0b 14

    So IV2 – all he had to do was add his name and address, which was already (or soon became) public knowledge anyway? And he refused, so that he could claim he was being bullied? Hmmmm.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, political cartooning criticising the government carries on as usual.

    There’s even some (horrors!) criticising that nice Mr Key:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/711117a17217.html

  14. higherstandard 15

    NJ

    Sometimes the software catches people out – most of the time the moderators here are very reasonable even if a bit snippy sometimes.

  15. higherstandard 16

    He he excellent cartoon…….. still think a return of McPhail and Gadsby for a couple of months would be warranted – there’s some superb material/characters they could use.

  16. Blar 17

    He calls the Government vindictive (again a pre-prepared line, identical language in each interview and Key doesn’t use words like vindictive)

    I like how you fail to engage with the substance of Key’s claim but rather choose to label it as negative because it is “pre-prepared” (and by Crosby Textor no less, rather than a National party staffer). I think it is fair to describe the Government as vindictive – they pursued a vindictive smear campaign against Don Brash, culminating in Trevor Mallard’s “speaking of affairs” line in the House. They pursued a vindictive campaign against Erin Leigh and their latest witch hunt against John Key for asking a single supplementary question referring to tranzrail while his family trust owned a few shares in it smacks of vindictiveness also.

    He paints himself as a victim of smears, when people are only challenging him to represent himself honestly, rather than do what his Aussie handlers tell him to do.

    How can the tranzrail attack be described as anything other than a smear? The Standard has been smearing John Key relentlessly over this Crosby Textor stuff – you’ve taken a single SST op-ed that showed National engaged Crosby Textor to do polling work and then used it to claim that everything John Key says is personally written by Crosby Textor rather than any of his staff.

    He attacks the rail deal

    The gist of this seems to be that it’s ‘negative’ for John Key to criticise Government policy. The implication of that is that the only way to run a positive campaign is to accept Government policy or ignore it. If he did the former you would accuse him of flip-flopping and eating dead rats, if he did the latter you would say he needs to ‘come clean’ on his position and stop distracting people with other issues.

    He attacks SPARC, using figures that have been proven incorrect

    You are blatantly misrepresenting the situation here sunshine. His ‘attack’ was in the context of promoting National’s policy to boost kids’ involvement in sport. His ‘incorrect’ figures are open to debate – only two-thirds of SPARC’s funding is spent on actually delivering services.

    SPARC claim the internal administration costs $6.940m a year – the amount under the heading “Sparc costs” in the annual report. This covers “those internal costs associated with running Sparc’. This does not include “personnel and other operating costs directly attributable to the delivery of Sparc’s programmes’.

    Key contends that another area – the “Programme support” category (total expenditure $27.607m) also covers internal administration costs. On page 38 of the last Sparc annual report says this category covers “those internal costs associated with running Sparc’.

  17. BeShakey 18

    Interesting on the ‘positive ambitious campaign’ issue, that English is now attacking the government for criticising something (in this case the Reserve Banks framework) without having an alternative to offer. I can’t imagine the media will pick up on the hypocrisy from the man who will roll the man who will be our next prime minister.

  18. Blar. You know you got your figures wrong, the CEO of SPARC cleared it up, you got it wrong. It’s OK. I can’t be bothered reading the rest of your post.

    But, remember those are all negative statements, no matter whether they are defensible or not – and Key keeps telling us he’ll be positive and ambitious, more like pouty and bitchy if you ask me.

  19. r0b 20

    still think a return of McPhail and Gadsby for a couple of months would be warranted

    Agreed. Maybe in a short run they’d regain their mojo.

  20. Daveski 21

    The desperation continues.

    Pray tell, as has been pointed out, what the Opposition should do if they can’t oppose?

    Why is Key vindictive when it’s Labour that has chosen to play the man and not the ball?

    In terms of policy, it’s ironic that you demand policy from National yet the policy winner at the last election was a last minute grab for the student vote. Labour has excelled in doing what is necessary to keep power – surely National has the right to do what it can to get into Govt?

    In terms of skills and ability to do the job, let’s compare apples and apples until Key has had an opportunity. What experience had Helen Clark outside of academia before she was an MP? I’m happy to give HC credit for her achievements (BTW it’s called balance and objectivity ;)) but on her credentials before becoming PM you couldn’t judge her.

    Quite clearly, the co-ordinated attacks from Labour replicated here indicate how worried Labour is about the result and they should be. Labour has lost touch with voters but insists on blaming everyone but itself.

  21. higherstandard 22

    SP

    Blar does have a point regarding SPARC after reading this piece

    http://stuff.co.nz/blogs/showmethemoney/2008/07/02/id-jump-for-joy-too-if-i-was-paid-100k-to-give-away-money/

    and talking to some friends in high places in the sporting admin world I must admit to having some concerns about whether SPARC is doing a good job with the funding they are provided.

  22. vto 23

    All very interesting. Somebody said above that Key is looking more confident. I agree – I suspect he is now completely confident and Clark doesnt even scare him anymore (not that she probably ever did). Key appears to be a man with talent and confidence – the sort of person who could make a great prime minister (just as Clark used to be, despite many wrong policies.)

    Lets hope, if he gets in, that those perceived talents, abilities, confidence, etc do in fact transform into great prime minister material and consequently be good for NZ.

    And if I might repeat a previous comment of mine. Recall pre-1999 Clark’s poll ratings as preferred PM would ludicrously low. Nobody in the country thought she would be any good as PM (including me). However, when she became PM it became clear that she did in fact have many talents and made a superb PM (despite those silly policies still). Compare that to Key’s preferred PM ratings – highest ever for an opposition leader!

    My point is – experience shows that it is near impossible to evaluate someone’s PM abilities until they are PM.

    (was that an objective enough rant?)

  23. higherstandard 24

    Daveski

    Don’t wind yourself up it’s all part of the Labour plan as leaked by the greens.

    http://blog.greens.org.nz/2008/07/02/formulaic-answers/

  24. djp 25

    A negative post about key being negative… I love it!

  25. Daveski. If you think opposition is only about opposing, you have no idea what democracy is.

    HS. Blar’s figures were wrong the first time the Nat’s used them, they’re no better now. And remember, National offered no plan to get more value out of the sports money – they just said ‘hey we should get more value for money’

  26. djp. We haven’t said we’ll run a positive blog – Key has said he’ll run a positive campaign.. I’m not the one telling lies here.

  27. Blar 28

    Steve, what on earth do you mean you can’t be bothered reading the rest of it? The SPARC thing was the last thing in the comment.

    The CEO of SPARC has come out and claimed only 12% of the budget goes on internal costs but at the same time acknowledged only 66% of their budget actually goes to the sport and recreation sector. In lieu of an the remainder goes, I think it’s fair to refer to SPARC’s annual report which – if you turn to page 38 – shows a total expenditure of about 34 million a year covering “internal costs associated with SPARC”.

    The CEO of SPARC has played a very clever semantic game by substituting “internal costs” – the term used in the report and used by Key – with “internal administration”. One is far larger and the fact that you have fallen for that spin does little for the reputation you are trying to cultivate as a spinbuster.

  28. r0b 29

    was that an objective enough rant?

    Yeah not bad!

    But you also need to compare the record of public statements of PM contenders. Key has an impressive array of flip flops and – ahhhhhhmm – errrrrr – lies. I don’t really recall Clark’s public record in this respect as she stood for PM, but I doubt that it was quite so chequered.

    There – was that a partisan enough reply?

  29. Blar 30

    I don’t really recall Clark’s public record in this respect as she stood for PM, but I doubt that it was quite so chequered.

    Clark served in the most economically right-wing Government in New Zealand’s history. I think that is pretty chequered.

  30. Daveski 31

    SP – I am happy to agree it is a negative approach but in the circumstances you would agree that it is the sensible approach.

    Actually, I have to laugh – hasn’t NP been lambasted for being Labour lite on many issues so perhaps they haven’t opposed enough?? 🙂

    In any case, how on earth is it undemocratic?? You kid yourself. Labour has consistently shown the ability to change policy when it suits its electoral chances.

    That’s smart politics, it’s not undemocratic.

    Labour used to be smart politicians but no more.

  31. Carol 32

    Desperation? From where I’m sitting any desperation seems to be coming from Key supporters, now that his inadequacies for the role of PM are being highlighted and substantiated.

    Even with all the schooling from his “advisors” he still manages to make silly blinders (“I do support push polling”), and to not have a full grasp of the Nat line on things or many of the issues.

    Be careful what you wish for. Key as PM will more fully expose his inadequacies – and indeed I can see him being rolled by English. Troubling times ahead for the Nats.

  32. r0b 33

    Clark served in the most economically right-wing Government in New Zealand’s history. I think that is pretty chequered

    I agree about that, though I don’t recall her public statements about it.

    Note also that Key served in the party of the most morally corrupt electoral campaign in NZs history, the only one where the public outcry has ever (to my knowledge) cost a party its leader. I think that is pretty chequered too.

  33. vto 34

    Not bad rOb.

    That is a fair point, but I think it stems from their differences in experience. Key seems to be learning fast though.

    I sincerely hope though that if the nats get in they dont burn people by doing something different to what they promised (which is what is continually suggested on here). That would slut the people off big time.

  34. BeShakey 35

    Key was very senior in a very large corporation, with a large number of staff underneath him. I find it hard to believe that he could assume that anything that wasn’t spent on the frontline was being used for staff. Anyone with even a faint knowledge of how large organisations work would understand that there are more areas of spending than staff and providing frontline services.
    I’m still waiting for his positive and ambitious plan for sport in NZ (or much else for that matter – he did of course have the broadband plan which now seems to be morphing into something quite different now that business and others didn’t even like it).

  35. ‘I’m the Leader of the party and I’ll set the tone of the campaign. And it will be a positive, ambitious, outlooking campaign because that fits with my personality‘

    So not only is he a liar but a narcissist to boot. Oh joy.

  36. illegal cartoons? 37

    Are cartoons criticising John Key illegal?

    htttp://monstacartoons.wordpress.com/

    [lprent: Nope – but I don’t like non-relevant link-whoring, so I’ve adjusted your link]

  37. Matthew Pilott 38

    Blar, are you friggin’ kidding?

    I like how you fail to engage with the substance of Key’s claim but rather choose to label it as negative because it is “pre-prepared

    So you think there’s substance to Key’s claim that he won’t confirm he’s using spin-PR C/T because a ‘vindictive’ Labour government would refuse them business??

    Classic, what a joke! Please, for the love of humankind, tell me you don’t believe his line there…

    Pray tell, as has been pointed out, what the Opposition should do if they can’t oppose?

    daveski, they could give a few solutions and ideas, visions for the future. I guess if they can suck people like you in with warm fuzzy notions of being ‘ambitious’ they might not want to, but don’t criticise other people for calling them up on it – we’re not all as easily pacified!

  38. higherstandard 39

    IT

    What’s narcissistic about about being positive and ambitious ?

  39. hs

    It’s narcissistic because these are qualities he seems to lack yet he continues to talk them up like he is god’s gift to politics. Whatever happened to modesty?

  40. r0b 41

    What’s narcissistic about about being positive and ambitious ?

    I dunno – making a vanity piece DVD about it? C’mon – it’s just a teeny bit narcissistic don’t you think?

    vto: I sincerely hope though that if the nats get in they dont burn people by doing something different to what they promise

    So do I vto, so do I.

  41. BeShakey 42

    Pray tell, as has been pointed out, what the Opposition should do if they can’t oppose?

    The claim was that the job of the opposition was to oppose everything the government does. Instead, they can offer an alternative vision for the country, and hold the government to account for the things it does to realise its vision. It’d be a pretty poor opposition that opposed the government at every turn regardless of the merits of the proposal (and National hasn’t done this, although they have opposed for the sake of opposition a number of times).

  42. r0b said “I agree about that, though I don’t recall her public statements about it.”

    r0b – Did you recall Michael Bassett saying that both Helen Calrk and Michael Cullen voted IN FAVOUR of the privatisation of Telecom when in Cabinet?

  43. Matthew Pilott 44

    I sincerely hope though that if the nats get in they dont burn people by doing something different to what they promise

    So do I vto, so do I.

    vto, r0b, what you should really worry about is the fact that they’ve said nothing about what they’ll do. Many people seem content with this, and might end up paying a heavy toll for their mood for a ‘change’.

  44. gobsmacked 45

    I was hoping somebody would rebut the original post by telling us:

    “You’re wrong. John Key IS ambitious for New Zealand. He has the following plans for our future …”

    I guess the first two sentences would be easy – they are just assertions. But the third would require evidence.

    Damn.

  45. Matthew Pilott:

    We have heard a few things. Like ACC, doctors fees etc. Just the tip of the iceberg really. I honestly don’t trust him when he says he won’t privatize anything during his first term. He’s proven to be slippery and is always the first to cry fowl to the media claiming he was misquoted (not once, twice but thrice – perhaps freedom of the press isn’t something Key supports).

  46. Daveski 47

    BS (now that’s appropriate ;)) It’s semantics but I did say can’t oppose. By definition, the Opposition has the right to oppose which in itself is not negative, which is the criticism that is being levelled at National.

    Second, policy. I agree that in a perfect world, we would sit down and compare policies and make rational decisions based on a raft of analysis. Have you read Blink??

    The fundamental point is that this is politics not policies. The All Blacks didn’t win the RWC because of policies (we don’t win with drop goals, we want to win by playing the better rugby).

    There is a political analogy here that can be levelled at both Labour and National. Within reason, do what you can to get in power. Let’s call it realpolitiks to take it back to the 19C.

    A lot of the criticism of National appears to me criticism of the fact that they are currently playing the best politics, something that Labour has done remarkably well for some time. Hence, the calls for National to change tack when they are doing so well in the polls legitimately comes across as naive and desperate.

  47. Pascal's bookie 48

    I2 I’d really like Basset to release all his notes to another historian, or simply into the public record, so that someone a little less involved in the story could look at them.

    Obviously the notes he took are his property and he can do what he like with them. But to pretend that he is either objective or that he is telling the whole story would be naive.

    And we shouldn’t assume that his notes are the whole story in any case. They are the self selected notes of an interested participant, made with an eye to shaping the narrative.

    If he has released all those notes I’d like to see them, if any one knows where they might be seen.

  48. Hoolian 49

    Blar makes all the right points.

    Pierson obviously accepts that his position is flawed, thus the floundering in his response: I can’t be bothered reading the rest of your post.

    The hardest thing about lying, Pierson, is the scrutiny that shows it up for what it is. Tut tut

  49. mike 50

    Lol, another post dedicated to John Key.
    He’s got you guys in an absolute frenzy, like some of your supporters are even starting to say steve – concentrate on what labour is doing well – surely not a difficult task at present.

  50. My argument is Key says he will be positive but he isn’t. You can refute that claim by pointing to the many times when he has been positive and how these outweigh the times when he is negative, or you can admit that you can’t find one.

    No-one has shown that Key is positive and ambitious for New Zealand.

  51. mike. Yeah post scheduled to come up on the poverty numbers. Down 50% under Labour-led governments.

  52. lprent 53

    I2:

    lprent – this might refresh your memory

    What does that have to do with a site prompting cartoons with a similar name but offshore?

    dontvotelabourcartoons.com is not the same as dontvotelabour.org.nz

    Different country and a different name.

    I hate to say this (because I do value your comments) – but you’re as bad as Whale. He thinks that a domain I’ve owned since the early 90’s is the same domain as one owned by a political party.

    I could be a pedantic programmer (in fact I am – all programmers are pedantic), but they look completely different to me in both cases. They do to the domain registries and domain name servers as well.

  53. ants 54

    Carol – “Desperation? From where I’m sitting any desperation seems to be coming from Key supporters, now that his inadequacies for the role of PM are being highlighted and substantiated.”

    So what government department are you sitting in Carol?

    How can Key’s inadequacies for the role of PM be highlighted when he isn’t the PM and has never been one? He is the opposition leader.

  54. Dilip 55

    I don’t think Ms Clark is very positive this week, she is very negative in parliament this week with Mr Key. On television last night on tv3 the reporter said Labour is running a secret internet attack campaign against John Key, that is a very negative campaign and I think New Zealanders are sick of it.

    [lprent: The reporter is welcome to talk to me or Steve. I find it hard to conceive of a ‘secret’ internet campaign though. The whole point of this site is not to be ‘secret’ but to be visible on the web all of the time. Personally I think that the Nat’s just don’t like people pointing out how stupid they look after you get past the flim-flam. Just my opinion]

  55. Dilip:

    While conveniently ignoring the Clark hate-videos which out number those critical of Key 2:1.

  56. bill brown 57

    …a secret internet attack campaign

    1) How can it be secret if it’s been on TV?

    2) I can’t believe that you would be worried by a secret campaign – after all if it’s secret it’s not gonna be very effective is it?

    Oh sorry about your mate John, maybe he’ll buy you a beer one day – that is if he really give a flying f about you.

  57. gobsmacked 58

    Dilip

    Read this linked blog post, and the first comment, with examples of videos pouring abuse on Helen Clark.

    http://stuff.co.nz/blogs/insidethebeltway/2008/07/03/the-new-front-in-political-warfare

    As you claim to detest sewer politics and nasty attacks, you will of course condemn these, and the people who are spreading them. Then you will want to ask who these people are.

    Won’t you?

  58. Dilip 59

    Everybody is knowing who whale is gobsmacked, they don’t know who are putting together the anti john key videos. I did not like what the exclusive brethren did in two thousand and five because they lied about their identity and were not honest about them being involved in campaign. It is now ms prime ministers friends who are lying about their identity and that is wrong.

  59. r0b 60

    Everybody is knowing who whale is gobsmacked

    So Dillip – do you approve of whale’s videos and pictures?

  60. Matthew Pilott 61

    It is now ms prime ministers friends who are lying about their identity and that is wrong.

    back that wee gem up, will you?

    And stop blustering about the filth from the right – I’m going to call for a good old fashioned denouncement here, or assume you’re a wholehearted supporter of it all. I doubt it’s all whale…

  61. fraser 62

    Dilip “On television last night on tv3 the reporter said Labour is running a secret internet attack campaign against John Key”

    actually (if i remember correctly) the story said that there were suspicions that it was orchastrated by labour.

    key word there – “suspicions”.

    The best the news story got to as far as explaining its source was that it was made by someone with a knowledge of modern media and editing software.

    That narrows it down to 100thou or so people

  62. higherstandard 63

    GS

    Regarding your link – the journalist comments sagely that…

    “Some of the clips are extremely clever; some very funny; and some are downright sad. The sad ones – and by sad I mean ugly and bile-filled – I’m assuming to be the work of those who are particularly tribal, and therefore mostly of interest to other tribal types. I’m not sure whether they’d exert much of a subterranean influence on the outcome of the election, other than to reaffirm the views that people already hold.”

    And as for Pete Hodgson and Trevor Mallard ‘krumping’ in their defence most of us middle aged whities have had similar sad experiences when chaperoning kids at discoes ……. no wonder the kids think we’re all a bit odd !

  63. Inventory2: The ‘slur points’ used against Labour are either unfounded or highly debatable. I have looked into each as they arose and decided they weren’t up to much and certainly nothing there to base my vote on one way or the other.

    In contrast, National has avoided anything resembling substantive policy. National has repeatedly misdirected debate and / or misrepresented current policy – as with SPARC.

    On top of that, National’s plans to involve the private sector in public services has lead, under other conservative governments, to a “biddable” pool of contractors beholden to the governing party to win contracts. No big *exclusive* donations? Go to the back of the queue. Transparency dies due to “commercial sensitivity”. Profit is guaranteed while service provision is not.

    I’ve been there and seen this PPP approach in other jurisdictions…and the results have been more cost, loss of accountability and reduced levels of service. Labour has the good sense to avoid this sort of nonsense. National is chafing at the bit to bring this about.

    Your issues with labour are trivial compared to what I’ve seen as a consequence of PPPs elsewhere. Don’t even get me STARTED on drivers license testing in the province of Ontario, in Canada!!!

    The REAL corruption is about to get underway if National wins the election with an outright majority.

    Labour will look like saints.

  64. forgetaboutthelastone 65

    John Key misleads public over shares sale:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00108.htm

    No smear from HC, more lies from JK.

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    The Government has invested $1.4 billion in New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccination programme to ensure every New Zealander can receive a free vaccination, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Government has today confirmed for the first time the amount of money it has allocated over two years for vaccines and ...
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  • Top Scholars from 2020 recognised at Parliament
    New Zealand’s highest scoring students have been recognised and presented with awards of excellence by the Prime Minister and Minister of Education today at Parliament.  Rohan Kumar from Hutt International Boys' School, and Yi Fan (George) Yang from Westlake Boys’ High School were today presented with the Prime Minister’s Award ...
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  • Speech to Contact Energy event at Parliament
    It’s great to be here to celebrate Contact Energy’s new 580 million dollar geothermal power station to be built on the Tauhara field near Taupō. I would like to congratulate Contact on this project, which will see a 152 megawatt power station operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a ...
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  • Technical amendment to Medicines Act
    The Government is aware of a High Court decision today about processes to grant provisional consent to some approved medicines, and is making a technical amendment to modernise the law. The Court has said that while the Minister of Health can, under Section 23 of the Medicines Act, grant approval ...
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    22 hours ago
  • COVID-19 fund benefits hundreds of thousands of learners
    More than 2,000 schools, kura and early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo have been funded to help more than 300,000 New Zealand children and young people affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More than $30 million from the Urgent Response Fund has been allocated between ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Speech to the AI Summit
    Check against delivery. E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wā, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, Tāmaki herenga waka, nei rā aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei ...
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  • COVID-19 milestone: 5000th vaccinator completes specialised training
    A significant COVID-19 workforce milestone has been reached, with the 5000th vaccinator completing specialised training to administer the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “A huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to boost numbers of trained vaccinators and this is a milestone worth celebrating,” ...
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  • Immigration Reset: Setting the scene
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you for being here tonight as I outline the government’s planning to ...
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  • Australia New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting 2021
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting on 30 and 31 May. Prime Minister Morrison, accompanied by Mrs Morrison, will arrive in Queenstown on Sunday 30 May and talks will take place on the ...
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  • International collaboration delivers new tools to help tackle agricultural emissions
    The Global Research on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), an alliance backed by New Zealand is delivering promising new technologies such as cow vaccines and probiotics to tackle agricultural emissions, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said. Eleven research projects, funded and delivered under the alliance of 64 countries, have been recently ...
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  • Take your time and get home safe this Road Safety Week
    The Government is urging Kiwis to drive carefully and check their speed, Transport Minister Michael Wood said at the start of Road Safety Week.                 Michael Wood said despite the Government investing in safer roads, drivers still need to take care.     ...
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    2 days ago
  • Budget boosts Carbon Neutral Government commitment
    Budget 2021 delivers $67.4 million to support the transition to a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 State Sector Decarbonisation Fund receives significant boost to support more schools, hospitals and other government organisations to replace coal boilers with clean alternatives Funding boost will also accelerate the Government’s ‘electric vehicles first’ ...
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  • Report shows progress on Homelessness Action Plan
    The Government has welcomed the release of the second progress report on the Homelessness Action Plan, showing that good progress is being made on every one of the immediate actions in the Plan. “Homelessness will not be solved overnight, but I am pleased to see that this plan is continuing ...
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    4 days ago
  • Arts and cultural festivals get funding boost
    One of New Zealand’s oldest cultural festivals and a brand new youth festival are amongst four events to win grants to help them grow, attract new audiences, and boost local economies.  Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has announced new support from an incubator fund launched last year to ...
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  • Govt to rev up reductions in transport emissions
    The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050, a Ministry of Transport report outlining ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government recognises David McPhail’s contribution to New Zealand comedy and television
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni today pays tribute to David Alexander McPhail (11 April 1945 – 14 May 2021) – New Zealand comedian, actor, producer and writer. David McPhail ONZM QSM had a comedy career that spanned four decades, across both television and theatre.  “David’s contribution to ...
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  • Support for drought-stressed regions fills a need
    An innovative iwi-led plan to help maintain water supply to a far North community battered by drought is set to get underway with support from the Government, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says.  “The impacts of climate change are not something that just our grandchildren will have to ...
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    5 days ago
  • KiwiSaver default provider scheme improvements slash fees, boosts savings
    Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. The new default provider arrangements, which will take effect once the terms of the current providers ...
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  • Industry leadership for our training system becomes reality
    Six new Workforce Development Councils formally established today will ensure people graduate with the right skills at the right time to address skill shortages, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. Every industry in New Zealand will be covered by one of the following Workforce Development Councils: •           Hanga-Aro-Rau – Manufacturing, Engineering ...
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    6 days ago
  • Rotorua Emergency Housing update
    The Government has announced a suite of changes to emergency housing provision in Rotorua:  Government to directly contract motels for emergency accommodation Wrap around social support services for those in emergency accommodation to be provided Grouping of cohorts like families and tamariki in particular motels separate from other groups One-stop ...
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  • Further COVID-19 vaccine and economic support for the Pacific
    New Zealand will be providing protection against COVID-19 to at least 1.2 million people in the Pacific over the coming year $120 million in Official Development Assistance has been reprioritised to support Pacific economies in 2021 Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health and Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William ...
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    6 days ago
  • Statement on the escalation of violence in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today expressed Aotearoa New Zealand’s grave concern at the escalation of violence in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Gaza. “The growing death toll and the large numbers of casualties, including children, from Israeli airstrikes and Gazan rockets is unacceptable,” Nanaia Mahuta said “Senior officials met ...
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    6 days ago
  • Trade Minister to travel to UK and EU to progress free trade agreements
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today he will travel to the United Kingdom and European Union next month to progress New Zealand’s respective free trade agreement negotiations. The decision to travel to Europe follows the agreement reached last week between Minister O’Connor and UK Secretary of State for ...
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  • Pre-Budget speech to Business New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa It’s great to be here today, at our now-regular event in anything-but-regular times. I last spoke to some of you in mid-March. That was an opportunity to reflect on an extraordinary 12 months, but also to reflect on how the future was shaping up. In what ...
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    6 days ago
  • Te Hurihanganui growing with Nelson community celebration
    Nelson is the latest community to join the Te Hurihanganui kaupapa to drive change and address racism and bias in education, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Speaking at today’s community celebration, Kelvin Davis acknowledged the eight iwi in Te Tau Ihu for supporting and leading Te Hurihanganui in ...
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    6 days ago
  • Te Hurihanganui Nelson Community Celebration 
    Te Hurihanganui Nelson Community Celebration  Victory Community Centre, Nelson   “Racism exists – we feel little and bad”. Those were the unprompted words of one student during an interview for a report produced by the Children’s Commissioner in 2018. They were also the words I used when I announced the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Child wellbeing reports highlight need for ongoing action
    The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, while setting out the need for ongoing action.  ...
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  • Formal consultation starts on proposals for Hawera schools
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced a formal consultation for the future of schooling in Hawera. "Recent engagement shows there is a lot of support for change. The preferred options are for primary schools to be extended to year 7 and 8, or for a year 7-13 high school to ...
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    6 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Government is progressing another recommendation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain by convening New Zealand’s first national hui on countering terrorism and violent extremism. He Whenua Taurikura, meaning ‘a land or country at peace’, will meet in Christchurch on 15 and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Hundreds of new electric cars for state sector
    Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure 11,600 tonnes of carbon emissions saved over ...
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    7 days ago
  • Apartments give new life to former Trade Training hostel
    A building that once shaped the Māori trade training industry will now revitalise the local community of Ōtautahi and provide much needed housing for whānau Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The old Māori Trade Training hostel, Te Koti Te Rato, at Rehua Marae in Christchurch has been ...
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    1 week ago
  • Opening of Te Kōti o Te Rato at Rehua Marae, Ōtautahi
    *Check with delivery* It is a great pleasure to be here with you all today. I acknowledge Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the trustees of Te Whatu Manawa Māoritanga o Rehua Trust Board. The opening of six new apartments on these grounds signifies more than an increase in much-needed housing for Ōtautahi. ...
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  • Major step to pay parity for early learning teachers
    Certificated teachers on the lowest pay in early education and care services will take another leap towards pay parity with their equivalents in kindergartens, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said in a pre-Budget announcement today. “Pay parity for education and care teachers is a manifesto commitment for Labour and is reflected ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Wind Energy Conference
    Tēnā koutou katoa Tēnā koutou i runga i te kaupapa o te Rā No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa  Thank you Grenville for the introduction and thanks to the organisers, the New Zealand Wind Energy Association, for inviting me to speak this morning. I’m delighted that you ...
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  • Speech to New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium
    Speech to Through the Maze: On the road to health New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium Mōrena koutou katoa, Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou, Kua tae mai nei me ngā kete matauranga hauora, E whai hononga ai tatau katoa, Ka nui te mihi! Thank you for the opportunity ...
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  • Govt to deliver lower card fees to business
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark has today announced the Government’s next steps to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay, which is estimated to save New Zealand businesses approximately $74 million each year. “Pre COVID, EFTPOS has ...
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  • Government support boosts Arts and Culture sector
    Government support for the cultural sector to help it recover from the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in more cultural sector jobs predicted through to 2026, and the sector performing better than forecast. The latest forecast by economic consultancy ‘Infometrics’ reflects the impact of Government investment in keeping people in ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt takes further action against gang crime
    The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their families safe, Police Minister Poto Williams and Justice Minister ...
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  • Thousands of MIQ spaces allocated to secure economic recovery
    Five hundred spaces per fortnight will be allocated in managed isolation facilities over the next 10 months, many for skilled and critical workers to support our economic recovery, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor say. “The Trans-Tasman bubble has freed up more rooms, allowing us to ...
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  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
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