Nats’ attack on Ardern – Day 3

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, March 18th, 2017 - 68 comments
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They were still digging themselves deeper yesterday. Unbelievable:

‘Gloves off’ for Bennett, Ardern on The AM Show

National and Labour deputy leaders Paula Bennett and Jacinda Arden have gone head-to-head on Friday morning, over National MP Nikki Kaye’s attack on the latter. Ms Kaye accused the new Mt Albert MP of being all show and no substance, and will do “a whole lot of photo ops”.

During their weekly panel interview on The AM Show, host Duncan Garner asked Ms Bennett if she agreed with Ms Kaye’s statements. “She called her out on something she feels really, really strong about – It’s calling her out,” Ms Bennett said. “It’s not [personal] actually, that’s about her work and her proven accountability, that’s what we do in Parliament, I get it every week!”

Things got tense when Ms Ardern said: “I just know that Nikki doesn’t believe that.” Ms Bennett was quick to retort: “That is so condescending Jacinda, that is absolutely condescending.”

Oh please – this from Ms “Zip it, sweetie” herself.

Ms Ardern maintained that her experience with Ms Kaye, as two-time Auckland Central electorate candidates, showed they had always been respectful of each other. “She’s changed her tune on that – her prerogative – but I’m going to stick to the way I do politics and that’s not to be personal.”

“Watch that moral high ground though,” Ms Bennett warned, “It gets pretty wobbly up there.”

“You can get altitude sickness,” Garner chipped in.

“Me too I’ve visited and it wasn’t a good place to be,” Ms Bennett said. …

Ok, so National’s deputy leader thinks that the moral high-ground isn’t a good place to be. A concept to be made fun of. I think that tells us more about National than it does about Ardern.

68 comments on “Nats’ attack on Ardern – Day 3”

  1. Whispering Kate 1

    I watched that interview and I thought it was a black mark for Duncan Garner, apart from the obvious personal attacks against Jacinda Adern, Garner gave 80% of the air time to Paula Benefit and 20% to Jacinda Adern. He wouldn’t shut Pulla up and she can gab when she wants to, there has to be some balance in these two on chats on a weekly basis or it will be a farce for Labour, also Jacinda meets to grow some mongrel is she wants to go up against a large pitbull which is Pulla. Jacinda doesn’t have to stoop to their level but she can demand some space to give her views in a polite but firm way.

    • BM 1.1

      Jacinda is just too nice, I don’t think she has the ability to develop a bit of mongrel.

      You get the feeling you’d run the risk of contracting diabetes if you stayed in a room too long with Jacinda.

      • Sabine 1.1.1

        nah i don’t think you need to worry about Jacinda, she looks like someone who has her sugar and then works out with gusto.

        You see, there is nothing inherently wrong with sugar, its the over use that gets people sick. And yeah, some should abstain from it in order to keep healthy.

      • LOL, have you even watched Jacinda in Parliament before?

        She’s nice sometimes, but she can also dig in pretty hard when someone deserves it in her opinion. She’ll be fine, señor Troll.

        • BM 1.1.2.1

          No, I haven’t.

          She’s nice sometimes, but she can also dig in pretty hard when someone deserves it in her opinion.

          A bit like Nikki Kaye?

          • Sabine 1.1.2.1.1

            You think she is a ‘bit like Nikki Kaye’? So are you saying then that when Nikki Kaye spoke ill about Jacinda Ardern she was actually speaking of herself.

          • Once was Tim now no longer 1.1.2.1.2

            “Well” ekshully, not at all like Nikki Kaye.
            It won’t be long before she has “just 3 things’ to tell us, and it won’t matter if those three things contradict each other.
            As for Dunks (and the Jimminy Cricket wonder boy), watch him put his finger in the air to test the wind, check with Guyon, and modify his principles accordingly. And both will have some giggly femme fatale as the token ego feeding enabler right next to them (Christ! what a waste of a reasonable journalist – she must have a big mortgage)

          • Matthew Whitehead 1.1.2.1.3

            I actually had a lot of respect for Nikki until this incident, and would have agreed with you before it. But she’s sullied her brand now with National’s general strategy of attack politics, and it won’t go well for her.

      • Johan 1.1.3

        BM, You sound like the same old RWNJ, when you can’t get your way, you start to manufacture something. Obviously, Jacinda is a threat to National, time to remove the patch over your eye and see the big picture, Labour seems to be on a winner!

        • Mordecai 1.1.3.1

          There’s no evidence to suggest Jacinda is a threat to National. This just politics. Labour did it to Key for years, National did it to Clark. It doesn’t work anymore, and the Nats will soon figure that out.

      • Rufus 1.1.4

        Jacinda Ardern (and for heavens sake can people learn to spell her name correctly) is the ultimate passive aggressive.

        Currently her largest achievement seems to be an attempt to score points from being mortified that someone dare question her lack of achievements. We have yet to see a list of those by the way.

        • ankerawshark 1.1.4.1

          Hi Rufus,

          I don’t think its accurate to say Jacinda was mortified at all by Nicky K et al’s outburst.
          Also you misuse the term passive aggressive. If you are going to pull people up on their spelling expect to be pulled up on your use of a psychological term to describe behaviour.

          I am not sure why everyone is wanting to know what Jacinda’s achievements are. She has been elected Deputy for Labour and I suspect, given the way the Nats are acting she is achieving quite a lot in their polling at the moment. That is why they are attempting to discredit her.

          I think it will backfire. BTW click on the link in my earlier posting on The Secret Diary about Jacinda Ardern. I think Steve Braunias nails what’s really going on here.

    • Keith 1.2

      Thing is Garner is NAT boy, sounds a tiny bit objective well out from an election but as the day draws nearer he goes into bat for his party.

      Bennett trying to be all cutsie pie nice is “really really” insincere though

      • Sabine 1.2.1

        no matter how much sugar icing Bennett uses she will never be able to present anything else then a inedible cupcake. Lots of decoration, lots of food coloring and glitter but no substance, no flavour and over mixed.

        Sad!

      • NZJester 1.2.2

        Bennet has taken the title of Smiling Assassin from her former boss Key. That is a name Key received during his time in banking. He was losing that smile a lot in the time leading up to his resignation. Bennett on the other hand has been smiling away in her time in government as she kicked away the very ladders that helped her up from being a solo mum on the benefit. In the shadowy background also putting the knife into people that show her up in the media like the Te Puea Marae incident and leaking of confidential detail about Natasha Fuller as just two of the well-reported incidents.

        • Whispering Kate 1.2.2.1

          Problem with Pulla Benefit is she has no couth – no matter how much she polishes and shines her persona and her appearance she is just a bogan to her bones. I agree she names and shames when things are not going her way – which is appalling and she should be ashamed of her actions but for all that she will always be a bogan and not a nice one at that. I think people can see through her, Jacinda needs to keep her cool and do what she does well – engage people well like she does and let sincerity shine through – lord knows there is very little of it to spare these days. There are ways of toughening up without being spiteful or impolite.

          • Once was Tim now no longer 1.2.2.1.1

            I’m glad you said that, ‘cos if I had the shit would really have hit the fan.
            Upper Middle Bogan springs to mind, and if she’d have thought another political party would have given the 15 minutes of fame when starting out, she’d have gone with it.
            She’s like a beige and brown mottled bench top in Formica – chipped at the edges at that.
            No I take that back – she’s had training in ‘re-imaging’ (going forward)

    • Tricldrown 1.3

      Garner gave Bennett more rope to hang her self out to dry.

  2. Cynical jester 2

    Of course the Nats are going to attack Jacinda Ardern, she’s the one sole bright spot of a tired worn out identityless party. If Little had any brains he’d resign and allow gracinda to take over immediately with Ardern as leader. She’s shown better ability in a week than the last 10 years of abysmal leadership.

    I’m really worried about the nat/nzf coalition we are going to be suffering through come September, Yes Jacinda will become leader once Andrew quite rightly loses the election and realizes winstons a tory Islamaphobic racist pandering to full on right wingers but i wonder what will be left of nz by 2020.

    Also winston preached neoliberal beliefs back in the 90s and once a tory always a tory. He has no beliefs pr principles other than stuff anyone who isn’t white.

    • Rufus 2.1

      Why wouldn’t they now attack her? She’s Deputy Leader! It doesn’t mean they’re worried about her it’s what politicians actually do to each other.

      Paula Bennett was immediately attacked by Labour upon getting a simple Ministerial portfolio, let alone the howling when they made her Deputy leader. The same theory applied here I would conclude Bennett to be the largest threat Labour thinks it has!

    • millsy 2.2

      NZ First has come out as being against 1080, so that will make a few people think twice about voting for them.

      • Xanthe 2.2.1

        “NZ First has come out as being against 1080”
        Really! Thats the first bit of sanity so far this election. I wish them well on that and hope and expect that they will gain votes for it. If NZF is going to start putting up sane evidence based policy, lab/grn are borked!

        • You_Fool 2.2.1.1

          So NZF are asking for immediate research into the need for 1080 and only use it in the short term where absolutely needed. The Greens are saying they will reduce the use of 1080 and only use it where absolutely needed and will replace it with viable alternatives where and when possible.

          Sounds the same to me, although one is a sensationalist policy and the other one is practical… also sounds perfectly compatible to me…

          • Xanthe 2.2.1.1.1

            Hah ok
            I though it sounded a bit too good to be true

            The greens refusal to make a stand here is costing them !

  3. dv 3

    When has Bennet taken the high moral ground?

  4. Philj 4

    Politics has become a reality show for the media to exploit as entertainment

  5. The “moral high ground” is a relative concept. Moral ground that’s higher than someone engaging in petty personal attacks at the behest of their superiors isn’t notable either for its altitude or its dizzying qualities, except to people who’ve sunk as low as Paula Bennett and Duncan Garner. No doubt it does look a vertiginous height from their perspective.

    Also: I’d want compelling evidence before accepting Paula Bennett’s dubious claim that she visited said moral high ground at some point. That sounds highly unlikely.

  6. Sabine 6

    Well one thing is sure, Paula Bennett needn’t worry about the ‘moral high ground’. Since she outed the private details of citizens to the press some years ago she lay down in the gutter and never got out of it.

    She might, like Nikki Kaye, want to consider to ‘zip it sweety’ lest she shows herself to be that unlikable, mean, petty and rather ugly personality that she really is.

  7. Why does Bennetts govt allow Orivida to take our water so the Chinese can make big profits on it by selling it in China?

    • Red Hand 7.1

      To create a market. The population of China is 1,376,049,000 people (2015 est.)
      We just have to make sure we have complete, enduring, credibly defended control of the source of the water.

      • WILD KATIPO 7.1.1

        And is Judith the reliable arbiter for that role?

        Water, swamp Kauri and milk powder?

        In fact is THIS govt an impartial arbiter that we can trust for that role???

        • Sabine 7.1.1.1

          Nah, she is just the one profiting from it, and every now and then Oravida throws a little donation to the Party. They consider it good house keeping and chances are this donation is tax deductible.

          Win Win.

          In other places one would call it corruption.

          • WILD KATIPO 7.1.1.1.1

            Exactly ,… I would of called it corruption , and seeing as we are meant to be one of the least corrupt nations on earth … don’t these National party and ex Nats care about our reputation?

            Seems kind of hypocritical for Bennett , Kaye and co to be focusing on the small stuff like petty name calling when this sort of in house profiteering is going on…

            There’s some very serious breaches going on it would appear and all we get is this shclock being served up in our media…

            • Sabine 7.1.1.1.1.1

              mind when they focus on the ‘small stuff’ no one talks about the ‘big stuff’

              Win win.

              I think the tactic is called divide and conquer and just throw so much shit at the public that hey can’t focus and get overloaded with information.

              But in this case i don’t think it is working to well for them.

            • Johan 7.1.1.1.1.2

              Wild Katipo: I am certain that Duncan Garner would be more than happy to air the profiteering of present and past National MP’s. Oooops, make that a definite NO, just remembered what happened to John Campbell after too many queries about the Christchurch rebuild, starving youngsters and homelessness etc.

              • I guess so…. but going on that logic, … despite the fact that we are supposed to have laws in this country , … it seems they are superseded by the combined affiliation between a private news-media and a govt that can exert pressure to have troublesome journalists removed…

                Isn’t that collusion as well ?

                And if we are so far down that track ,… would a Carl Bernstein or a Bob Woodward have no show under this govt as well as a John Campbell ?

                But we get a ridiculous name calling session instead and that’s supposed to captivate the nation ….

                • Johan

                  Wild Katipo: Here in NZ we really live in a tiny community, compared many other countries, therefore, gaining control over the media (MSM) is not difficult. I am certain that Steven Joyce is still influential in this area along with supportive sponsors for National or ACT.

        • Treetop 7.1.1.2

          No.

          I’d like to know what the annual profit is on each one.

          No.

      • Sabine 7.1.2

        yeah, right Tui,

        lets give away meth for free, create a market and then when people are hooked it we charge for it.

        Sounds like a tinny house to me, but maybe that is what Oravida is? A government sponsored welfare depended Tinny house, with a National Party Ministers husband (Judith Collins) as CEO and an ex National Party PM Jenny Shipley on the board of that company.

        • Red Hand 7.1.2.1

          “A government sponsored welfare depended Tinny house”. German could probably put that into a single word. It does look like the old National game of looking after their mates first and foremost. Time for a change.

          • Sabine 7.1.2.1.1

            Schmarotzer =

            noun
            parasite
            freeloader
            sponger
            scrounger
            parasitical worm
            hanger-on

    • Sabine 7.2

      Well its a National Party led Government for a starter and Jenny Shipley (ex PM National Party ) is a Chair of the Company and Mrs. Judith Collins Husband is a CEO of the company and the National Party just got a nice little donations so one could argue that by allowing Oravida to take our water for free to sell it to the highest bidder is in the Interest of the National Party, like keeping it in the Family?

      And i think we can clearly state that the National Party has no conflict of interest considering that they are the Government and the law is totally on their side.

  8. One Two 10

    NZ politics has been in terminal decline for decades, and is not many years away from ‘disappearing’..

  9. Tui 11

    you keep the moral ground jacinda and come election time the people of aotearoa will say what they think of dirty politics!

    ~ Tui

  10. Here’s a song from Johnny Cash that the Daily Blog included.

    And I cant help thinking Cash didn’t pull any punches about what he believed and the relevance to all these dodgy types in high positions that bend the rules to suit themselves.

    Their times comin’ .

    Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down – YouTube

  11. Wensleydale 13

    Love Sharon Murdoch’s cartoons. She makes Bill English look positively diabolical, and her art style reminds me very much of Trace Hodgson. Keep up the withering satire, Sharon. God knows we need it.

    As for Bennett… Christ, where do you begin? The woman’s less a Minister of the Crown and more a shrieking plague wind. Jacinda’s not willing to stoop to their level, isn’t at all convinced Nikki Kaye genuinely believes the things she’s saying (given her personal dealings with Kaye in the past, presumably), and refuses to be goaded into trading barbs — and Bennett’s response? “That’s so condescending, Jacinda.” And this from “Zip it, sweetie.” Beggars belief. Honestly, if Bennett were any less self-aware, she’d be an inanimate object.

    Hopefully, her stomach-churning levels of personal toxicity will become increasingly apparent as we get closer to the election.

    • Muttonbird 13.1

      “A shrieking plague wind”

      Very descriptive of Bennett. I love the imagery.

      • Chris 13.1.1

        Yes, and to say that “if Bennett were any less self-aware, she’d be an inanimate object” is spot on. For that reason “her stomach-churning levels of personal toxicity will become increasingly apparent as we get closer to the election”, as will reminders of English in 2002. They really are perfect together.

  12. greg 14

    national have nothing to offer but abuse there failures and they are corrupt rats that have been cornered

  13. Draco T Bastard 15

    Ok, so National’s deputy leader thinks that the moral high-ground isn’t a good place to be.

    They couldn’t be the corrupt schmucks that they are if they had morals and followed ethical guidelines.

    • NZJester 15.1

      You could also say the reason the moral high ground is a bad place for them to be is because normally for National Party members that moral high ground is built on lies and so is very unstable. The moral high ground for someone like Jacinda, however, tends to be built on solid facts and so is very stable. That is how she can be comfortable being there!

  14. Drowsy M. Kram 16

    Gawd’n’Bennett – our tax dollars at work! An Apple a day…

  15. I truly get the feeling this English led govt doesn’t want to win,… their just too idiotic to be real.

    I just hope… that this whole charade isn’t just a ‘ pass the baton ‘ between the neo liberal camps.

    Is there collusion going on with the neo liberal agenda here between National and Labour?… or are English and Bennett really that stupid ?

    Is this shit real or are we really being played royally ?

    It just seems all too contrived to be real….

    Time for some reality…

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  16. Thinkerr 18

    Winston Churchill said:

    “The venom of a [person’s] enemies is a measure of [their] own strength”.

    He was, as often, right in his understanding of human nature.

    Jancinda, don’t let the bears eat you and don’t fall victim to their attempts to get you riled. Clearly, you’ve got them worried.

    I predict a life lesson looming for one or two of the people who are having a bit of fun kicking you down at the moment. Some don’t notice that politics is a fickle creature, that casts people aside when they are past their shelf life. That’s when your past actions come back to haunt you.

    The country’s currently feeling wounded and taken-in at the moment. That’s why John Key plummeted to 2% in his first post-PM survey. 98% of NZ just got wise. The time’s right for an honest face with the strength of character to back it up.

  17. Jordan 19

    What has Jacinda actually ever acheived?

    Why is Jacinda somehow better than Annette? Jacinda’s only contribution is a couple of wet rag bills – Annette is hugely succesful. Literally the only reason Jacinda was promoted is because she is younger.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • National censors NZTA
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Follow the Leader: Winston Peters – NZ First
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  • Access: Disabled floater voters 3: Education and Justice
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    2 days ago
  • Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (ono)
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • The mystery of the Wellsford-Whangarei business case solved
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    2 days ago
  • Which New Zealand are you voting for?
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • Farmers blame absence of Bill English for failure to summon Cow God
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Trust women to decide: Greens
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    3 days ago
  • Suffrage Day is now about equal pay for many women
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    3 days ago
  • How WINZ got social housing costs so wrong
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Narcissistic men are more likely to troll on Facebook – study
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    3 days ago
  • Climate change: This is going to cost us
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • National has failed our health system
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    3 days ago
  • Suffrage Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Collins and the swamp kauri petrol crisis
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    3 days ago
  • Facts about fluorosis – not a worry in New Zealand
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    3 days ago
  • PT Ridership around New Zealand
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    3 days ago
  • Australia tries to deport Rohingya to persecution
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
  • 5 reasons the car industry needs to change its ways now
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    3 days ago
  • Access Granted: Kat Greenbrook – From insight to action
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    3 days ago
  • When The Country Goes To Town.
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    3 days ago
  • More on Kiwi Rail De-electrification
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  • Limits to growth?
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    Briefing PapersBy Charles Crothers
    3 days ago
  • Winston Peters hijacks National’s protest
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    3 days ago
  • Just when will the fat lady start singing this election?
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    3 days ago
  • Prediction
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    4 days ago
  • The evidence says TOP have no hope
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    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    4 days ago
  • If you support Labour, Green, TOP, Māori, or Mana: Party vote Green
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    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    4 days ago
  • An Alternative to Neoliberalism?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • 1969: The “Nearly-But-Not-Quite” Election.
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    4 days ago
  • Why is Matthew Hooton SO UPSET at efforts to increase voter turnout? (AUDIO)
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    4 days ago
  • Its going to be a short election night
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • We need more post-publication peer review
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    4 days ago
  • No choice
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    4 days ago
  • Too many cows
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Upgrading Takapuna’s heart
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    4 days ago
  • Cameras on boats will wreck ‘way of life’ – fisherman
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    4 days ago
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  • Housing report earns Nats the red card
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    16 hours ago
  • Sluggish growth reflects nine years of drift from National
    Today’s GDP figures reflect an economy that the National Government has allowed to drift along on the basis of growing population rather than improving productivity and adding value, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is important to recognise that ...
    19 hours ago
  • National’s campaign of deception an affront to democracy
    Voters this week have a clear choice between Labour’s optimism and honesty, or rewarding National’s campaign of relentless lies, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Day after day National has been deliberately spreading lies about Labour, our intentions and what ...
    2 days ago
  • National’s economy scorecard: D for drift
    New Zealand’s economy is failing the very people it is supposed to uplift, characterised by stalled productivity, exports going backwards and a Government content to let it drift, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “Voters have a clear choice ...
    2 days ago
  • Another day – another health crisis
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    2 days ago
  • Labour will get tough on loan sharks
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    2 days ago
  • GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health
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    3 days ago
  • GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health
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    3 days ago
  • Tax cuts when kids go hungry shows National’s lack of moral compass
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    3 days ago
  • Freight being shifted off planes as fuel crisis worsens
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    3 days ago
  • Apologise now Jonathan
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    3 days ago
  • National’s health report card shows need for new plan
    From increased GP fees, to kids getting sick from cold homes, to denial of important surgeries, National’s underfunding of health has hurt Kiwi families, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.   “It’s time to invest in the health of ...
    3 days ago
  • Eye clinic wait downright dangerous
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    3 days ago
  • National has serious questions to answer over Auckland fuel crisis
    Thousands of air travellers looking for answers to Auckland Airport’s fuel crisis should be demanding the National Government come clean over its failure to secure fuel supply for the airport, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern.  “There are serious questions the ...
    4 days ago
  • Come clean on trade before the election
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    GreensBy Barry Coates
    6 days ago
  • National unravels on transport
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    6 days ago
  • Saudi cover-up a perversion of democracy
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    7 days ago
  • Labour supporting Te Reo Māori in schools
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    7 days ago
  • Is National planning a secret fuel tax?
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    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan for West Coast prosperity
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    1 week ago
  • Labour committed to fair and progressive tax system
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    1 week ago
  • A challenge to Bill English
    ...
    1 week ago
  • Flavell’s fake news an insult to Māori voters
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    1 week ago
  • National’s tax cuts reckless and irresponsible
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    1 week ago
  • Calculator shows Labour’s Families Package delivers
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    1 week ago
  • Strengthening New Zealand’s identity through Labour’s media and film policy
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    1 week ago
  • Labour to invest in parents and babies
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to build affordable homes and state houses in Hawke’s Bay
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour pledges more for Whānau Ora
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    2 weeks ago
  • National’s housing band aid
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    2 weeks ago
  • Housing, families, education and environment top priorities in Labour’s first 100 days
    Labour will take urgent action in its first 100 days in office to expand support for families and students, make rental homes warm and dry, find solutions to the mental health crisis and accelerate efforts to clean up our waterways, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour pledges to unlock funding for Te Hiku sports hub project
    The Labour Government will inject nearly $3 million into the Te Hiku Sports Hub project, to help realise a much-needed health and recreational facility for the Far North, says Labour Deputy Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s plan to get job seekers into better work
    Labour will provide real support for people looking for work by increasing the amount of money someone can earn before their benefit begins to reduce, reinstating training incentives, and putting a renewed focus on upskilling and training, says Labour’s Social ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour sets strong target and plan for climate action
    Labour will set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and take the necessary steps to achieve it, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.  “Climate change is my generation’s nuclear-free moment. We have to take our place ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are education cuts missing in National’s Fiscal Plan?
    National needs to explain why its plans for cuts to school transport have not been announced in its fiscal plan, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.   “Buried in the Pre-election Budget update is a $5m a year cut to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Joyce must come clean on Health and Education funding
    Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and tell them whether he will fund health and education to meet increasing cost pressures, or risk seeing services cut and costs increase for parents, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing crisis is National’s legacy
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour calls for release of report into civil defence flaws
    The National Government must stick by its word given to other political parties and release a technical report before the election addressing critical flaws in New Zealand’s civil defence capability, Labour Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran said today.  “Cross party ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Credibility shot as Government runs out of steam
    New Zealanders are witnessing the desperation of a government clinging to survival, evidenced by policy on-the-hoof, dodgy maths and dirty politics, says Labour MP Phil Twyford. “New Zealand had been hoping we’d seen the end of dirty politics, but what ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Steven Joyce must apologise to New Zealand
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    2 weeks ago
  • Bill English didn’t answer because the Oreti is badly polluted
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    2 weeks ago
  • Nats put out dodgy numbers – again
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    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s Award to encourage young people into trades training
    Labour will introduce a $2,000 award for the best pupil in vocational courses in each public secondary school, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “We know there’s huge demand for trades workers, particularly in the building sector, where construction ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not another Nick Smith wild goose chase
    Only the election on September 23 can save the country and the RMA from Nick Smith, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and Environment spokesperson David Parker. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government supresses Climate Change report
    The Government has deliberately sat on a critical Climate Change report for 5 months which they must now release, election or no election, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “I want the report released immediately, so that New Zealanders ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Joyce gets it wrong on Labour’s Fiscal Plan
    Labour’s Fiscal Plan is robust, the numbers are correct and we stand by them despite the desperate and disingenuous digging from an out-the-door Finance Minister, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Steven Joyce has embarrassed himself. This is a desperate, ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Making renting secure and healthy
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    3 weeks ago