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Some random thoughts on the Northland result

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, March 29th, 2015 - 62 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, by-election, labour, national, national/act government, nz first, same old national, winston peters - Tags:

Stephanie Rodgers has covered the implications of the Northland election result well but I thought I would add a few comments.

Firstly I am not aware of such a significant swing ever occurring in a New Zealand election.  To go from a 9,300 majority to lose the seat by 4,000 votes is unheard of.

Secondly the turnout was huge.  Usually by election turnout figures are well down on general election turnout figures for the seat.  I have compared previous by election total vote figures since 2008 and calculated as a percentage the by election total vote compared to the previous general election vote in the seat.  The calculations are set out in this table:

Prev election By election %
Mount Albert 35,219 20,943 59.5%
Mana 34,759 23,314 67.1%
Botany 31,733 15,421 48.6%
Te Tai Tokerau 20,455 12,339 60.3%
Ikaroa Rawhiti 18,732 11,268 60.2%
Christchurch East 28,977 13,726 47.4%
Northland 35,707 28,468 79.7%

There are still 1,528 special votes to be counted but as you can see already the turnout as a proportion of the previous general election’s votes is significantly higher than any other recent by election.  Locals were clearly motivated to vote.

National looked messy despite all of the resources poured into the seat.  Use of multiple Ministers in taxpayer funded limousines may have been a big turnoff.

As for Labour Bomber Bradbury is trying to paint this result as some sort of negative for Andrew Little.  He needs to rethink his views.  On the back of polling that has improved from 25% last election to the low 30s and with Labour looking more and more united Little has had a dream start to his leadership.  His handling of the by election messaging was adept.  While at the same time respecting local candidate Willow-Jean Prime he managed to get a significant number of Labour supporters to hold their noses and vote Winston.  And he did this in such a way that did not stampede straying National voters back into supporting their usual party.

On the right the blame game and finger pointing is heating up.  Cameron Slater reported yesterday that he had been asked by the Electoral Commission to take down some historical posts.  I suspect elements associated with National may have been behind the complaints.

As for the future I suspect that New Zealand First will struggle to hold the seat.  By elections provide a perfect opportunity for people to express their concern or dissent and clearly this is what happened here.  I would expect next time if not the time after for the seat to revert back to National even if the rumours are true and Shane Jones runs next election for New Zealand First.

62 comments on “Some random thoughts on the Northland result”

  1. The Fairy Godmother 1

    Yes the result is a wonderful result for the left. As for Bomber’s nonsense I have just unliked TDB on Facebook.

    • tc 1.1

      Bradbury is rapidly losing what little credibility he has and becoming the slater of the left.

    • Upnorth 1.2

      how can you say that 94% went to the centre right and right parties NZF and National

      Labour became irrelevant

  2. Skinny 2

    “As for the future I suspect that New Zealand First will struggle to hold the seat. By elections provide a perfect opportunity for people to express their concern or dissent and clearly this is what happened here. I would expect next time if not the time after for the seat to revert back to National even if the rumours are true and Shane Jones runs next election for New Zealand First.”

    I disagree and am going too pull you up there Mickey. Very simple clean out deadwood
    within Labour place Prime in a high enough position on the party list so Peters retains Labour supporters candidate vote. While we are at it, oh what may have been right now if Davis got one of the deadbeat males list placing instead of a backdoor placing.

    As for Jones I pinned him down on that last night, he is keeping his options open, obviously he wants the leadership, but would have to line up internal party support outside Peters. But yeah slotting in as 2ic is highly likely.

    • Pasupial 2.1

      Jones would certainly be a better fit with NZF than he ever was in Labour. The way he accepted money from Nat MPs to run his leadership campaign and then fled to a created-just-for-him governmental job when that was revealed!

      I do have to feel for Tracey Martin if the turncoat Jones does get the #2 slot as heir apparent to the NZF throne. She has put in a lot of hard work and is extremely competent. To have risen so high in such a blokish party is testament enough to her political skills.

      • Skinny 2.1.1

        I was actually surprised Jones was so cordial to me considered the lambasting I’ve previously given him for being so f..ing useless, and sellout grief he copped.

        Yes i really rate Tracey Martin it was really nice finally meeting her, knew she was the most left of their tory lot. I had a wider grin then Peters when Pita introduced me to her and the other MPs, she said oh wow your ???? Geez really nice to meet ya and out come their cards lol. My partner didn’t miss a trick, see your not just a legend in your own mind LOL.

        The one prick i ‘d watch is Peters chief of staff, I took an instant dislike last time we met, so this time I devoted a bit of time seeing how he ticks. I don’t like the beat one bit, very suspect on Labour, just like the last prick Peters had, Tory through and through. Anyway I will target Martin got her back over Jones.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.2

      With MMP they can easily vote National on party vote and Winston on electorate next time round.

      Now, if only Labour can really do a deal with the greens, so they stop playing musical chairs game they cant win and drop completely the electoral vote and stick to party vote only.
      That means the white urban liberals have only one choice for the green vote when they tell their stories round dinner tables. getting up to 14-15% should be achievable them

      • Pasupial 2.2.1

        gwwnz

        It is difficult to secure Party vote when you are unwilling to contest electorates. There is little chance of the GP refraining from running in as many electorate seats as their party organisation can support. Selected areas may choose to not run electorate campaigns (eg Northland byelection, Te Tai Tokerau & Waiariki last election) but there would have to be a significant potential advantages to the party for that to happen. Labour are unwilling to be seen as doing a deal, and; given previous events, the GP is unlikely to trust them to reciprocate fairly for any un-negotiated action (or inaction).

        What might boost the left vote is if; Labour concentrated on Electorate Vote, while letting the GP increase their Party Vote. This is supremely unlikely, however; so why should the GP aid another party who has never lifted a finger to help them? (oops – forgot about Fitzsimons in Coromandel, but that was a long time ago and only the once)

        Skinny

        I get that it would be advantageous if; Davis and Prime, could be higher on the LP list. But who of; Parker, Ardern, Cosgrove, Morony, or Little, do you think is going to accept demotion to enable this?

        • Tracey 2.2.1.1

          Mt Roskill will be available for a new Labour MP.

        • Karen 2.2.1.2

          I don’t think Cosgrove will be anywhere as high as he was last time on the Party list, and certainly not ahead of Davis.

        • Skinny 2.2.1.3

          Cosgrove, out gone history. Parker reprogrammed, brain chipped, he is real solid had a very enlightening chat with during the leadership bid. I would get him back near the top quickly before he crosses to NZF. Moroney gets a life line if she goes on list only and out of Hamilton West. She is very solid union wise and that lec is a brick outhouse on left thinking.however Sue should never have stood there, it is a Labour seat and we want it back big time. It is a mans seat, I was always told this and after 3 failed bids by Sue I agree, so did Tracey Martin who is Hamilton based, no offense sisters and I not prepared to debate it. DC out, Shearer too join Goff and leave. And keep cutting the deadwood, I dislike Clark for today’s woes in Labour.

  3. Grantoc 3

    Its too early to say whether or not Peters/NZ First will hold the seat in 2017.

    Some factors that may influence this include:

    i. The extent to which he can deliver good outcomes for Northland. To a large extent he’ll have to rely on National to be able to do this (they hold the purse strings). If so this may mean a stronger relationship with National.

    ii. The quality of National’s candidate in 2017. They won’t make the same mistake as they did this time. Along with this the quality of their local campaign will also be better.

    iii. The fact that this was a by election whereas in 2017 it will be a general election; therefore quite different psychological dynamics will come into play.

    iv. Peter’s motivation. This by election was a kind of utu for him on National. That may not be so strongly felt by him in 2017. He’ll be older. He may even want to move on from politics. If this happens, any other NZ First candidate will struggle, simply because they are not Winston Peters.

    As I say there are too many variables to make confident predictions for 2107.

    • Pasupial 3.1

      v. Years of drinking alcohol and late nights may finally catch up on Peters. He still has the charisma to beguile his target demographic. Even the MSM couldn’t catch him on more than the occasional slip-up (eg the hastily retracted musing on a cannabis referendum). But; “The candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long…”.

    • Tracey 3.2

      If he cant deliver outcomes for Northland it will be because National renegs. This might push a repeat at election time to try and uproot National from Government entirely. Nats need to deliver on their promises even more now, cos they will need the seat in 2017.

      • alwyn 3.2.1

        “cos they will need the seat in 2017”
        Why will they need the seat? It will be a General Election then and all that will happen if they don’t happen to win the electorate is that they will get another List MP. They will end up with exactly the same number of MPs either way. So will New Zealand First, regardless of the result in the electorate. (Assuming they get over 5%)
        The only reason that a party “needs a seat” is if they aren’t going to get 5% of the party vote. Can you really claim that will be the case for National?
        In other ways it is often better for a Party not to hold any electorates. That way they cannot lose one of their quota of MPs if there is a by-election.

        “If he cant deliver outcomes for Northland it will be because National renegs”.
        You can only say this about things that National promised. Then it will be National that will deliver, and not Winston. There is also no way he can deliver the things that only he promised, of which there was an expensive little list. National don’t have to help him there.
        National may be able to apply a little coercion to Winston. Say they nominate that they will need his vote to amend the RMA, and that without amendment it will be impossible to build something that Winston wants. They don’t have to do anything. They can put a proposal forward and then, when someone opposes it, simply lose the case. Then he will cop the flak, won’t he?

        • tracey 3.2.1.1

          if their party vote drops significantly, they will need the seat… to lose a very safe seat such as this may well be a harbinger of things to come. Remember English and 20.something per cent. In that case they may well find their electorate seats are their best bet.

          “In other ways it is often better for a Party not to hold any electorates. ”

          Are you really saying national won’t stand any electorate candidates or are you just surmising about possible permetations in he future?
          National don’t need Winston but that wont make Winston cop flak cos the electorate knows he is not in government.

          Anyone who voted for Winston thinking he could bring the government down would be foolish and probably voted ACT in northland.

          • alwyn 3.2.1.1.1

            “if their party vote drops significantly, they will need the seat”.
            Rubbish. That would be to assume that they were going to get some overhang seats, and that has only ever happened with the Maori Party getting 3 electorates when their party vote would have only got them 2 MPs or Peter Dunne in the current Parliament.
            Labour might have got close to an overhang situation under Cunliffe but they still got list seats.

            “Are you really saying national won’t stand any electorate candidates”.
            Of course I am not saying that. What I am saying is if you are going to lose an MP, for any reason, it is better that it be a list MP rather than and electorate one.
            Remember when young Master Hughes, a Labour list MP, blotted his copybook in 2011? Don’t you think that when he had to resign that Labour were much happier that he had been a list MP rather than an electorate MP for Otaki? Imagine having to have had to have run a by-election and to try and hold the seat when your party member had had to resign after what, although it was never prosecuted, looked dreadfully like a nasty case of sexual assault. Far better that he just vanish and someone else comes straight in off the list.

    • Murray Simmonds 3.3

      Absolutely agree with your analysis, Grantoc.

      Peters is variable in his performance – sometimes good for the country or the region, other times, useless.

      He may well have got elected on the basis of his “loveable old rogue” image this time around (laugh if you like, but thats how I perceive him), but that persona is unlikely to work on any future occasion.

      Certainly not if he fails to deliver for Northland.

  4. Penny Bright 4

    Very karmic for Winston Peters and NZ First – remembering the 2008 General Election, and the unprecedented mud-slinging campaign to help ensure NZ First didn’t make the 5% MMP threshold.

    Why?

    Because our system of ‘democracy’, in my considered opinion, works according to the ‘Golden Rule’ -ie: those who have the gold make the rules, and we get the government that the majority of BIG business want us to have.

    In 2008, the majority of BIG business CEOs did not want Winston Peters / NZ First to be part of ANY coalition government.

    In 2008, when I filed in the Auckland District Court, a private prosecution against John Key over his shareholding in TranzRail (after the Police and SFO refused to act on my complaint ) there was not ONE sentence in the NZ Herald.

    Yet when Rodney Hide made a complaint about NZ First to the SFO, there were MAN ON THE MOON headlines in the NZ Herald.

    This complaint was not upheld by the SFO – but the mud stuck.

    Penny Bright

  5. In my view, Andrew Little and Willow-Jean Prime, showed the political nous required in this Northland buy-election, and helped achieve this significant political result, without and ‘deal’ with NZ First.

    In my view, Martyn Bradbury, on this matter, doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    I’d say this directly to him on his Daily Blog – but like Cameron Slater – he has banned my from commenting.

    Like Cameron Slater – Martyn Bradbury ‘can’t handle the TRUTH’?

    Penny Bright

    • Karen 5.1

      Martyn Bradbury is an idiot. No idea who he is working for these days but it doesn’t appear to be the left.

      • tc 5.1.1

        he works for that awesome brilliant and never wrong chap who looks at him from the mirror.

  6. RedBaronCV 7

    And what about the Nacts. I guess there will be some factional infighting over this.
    But dragging all those cabinet ministers up there gave the locals an eyeful of what they had actually been voting for compared to what they though they had been voting for.
    Out in the provinces I’m guessing they rarely see more than their local MP. A lot of the blues ( and for that matter other colours) see some one who sorta looks like them so they vote accordingly. But in their mind they are also voting for local farmers/ business owners circa 1980. (when toyota corollas used to be 1200cc).

    Maybe this showed them that the NAct party “owners” are very different from them and what they think they are voting for but instead are multi national wide boys – a very different brand from what they envisage. ( 2L Corollas).

    Nact now has to contend with NZF which resembles where Nact used to be 20+ years ago parked up with 12 odd seats on the left of them. Do they have to move left to start taking them out? If NZF gets in some name politico’s ( Shane Jones?) into the party Nact may have to contend with some real voting splitting in the provinces next election?

    • Scintilla 7.1

      Out in the provinces I’m guessing they rarely see more than their local MP.

      We had a Presidential style visit from JK a year or two ago, at the local high school. He was very friendly, chatty and intent on coming across as “a real nice bloke”. He did a major walkabout lasting a couple of hours and connected with many students who were all outside showcasing their talents in various ways. The response to him was astonishing. Lots of cheering and waving and wanting to touch the Overlord’s hand. His office followed up cards and letters from students with personally signed cards, photos and little badges. You know, like those old-style, signed photos of film stars.

      As far as I know, this style of visit is common throughout the country – he does put in the groundwork to carry off that good bloke image. If he’s been doing this for the last 7 years, I daresay that has paid off in terms of drumming up new supporters who are conditioned to associate National with that Good Bloke.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1

        His office followed up cards and letters from students with personally signed cards, photos and little badges. You know, like those old-style, signed photos of film stars.

        So he followed, to the letter, the How To Manual on how to become a successful used car/insurance salesman.

        Where he’s failing, of course, is in how to run a country.

        • Scintilla 7.1.1.1

          Indeed he did. It was very interesting to see this Cult of Celebrity in action and how smoothly it went down – an insight into how The Face of the party operates with the citizenry. I personally found it very creepy indeed.

          • repateet 7.1.1.1.1

            I’d comment about the creep doing creepy stuff on Thursdays but we aren’t allowed to refer to the absence of members from the House. Creepy Thursdays!

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 8

    The national partys return of election expenses will be interesting exercise in fantasy.

    Will be able to see the difference between what Sabin claimed for a benign campaign where he won, and what was spent by Joyce on Osbournes behalf in a desperate campaign to haul backs Winstons lead

  8. Treetop 9

    Not vote splitting is an individual choice. Winston is a true centre/middle politician who likes to beat the odds. A cheeky win from a charismatic believer.

  9. greywarshark 10

    While at the same time respecting local candidate Willow-Jean Prime he managed to get a significant number of Labour supporters to hold their noses and vote Winston. Holding their noses…. Lol.
    The business with the large cars and pork-barrel promises probably gave visual images and a reality to the strong background murmuring that complaints about UNACTS though heard vaguely, had been dismissed or ignored by many conservatives.

    If things can be achieved by Winston that NZF can point to, and Shane Jones steps up with realistic scenarios, and promises continuing commitment to fight for infrastructure and planned improvements for Northland’s capacity to handle and grow business which have jobs in NZ attached to them, then I think NZF would have a fighting chance at the next election. I think that Labour would be helped by this. It would have to prove itself as a Party with grunt and commitment also, to be able to measure up to a NZF candidate like Shane if he has real mental muscle and determination to be of value.

    People in Northland have combined in anger at the continuing neglect of the electorate. And many have noticed the extractive nature of the businesses which leave little advantage and permanent ongoing enterprise behind. At preent they have logs being cut, trucked out and sent overseas in large numbers. ‘Teeth being pulled out from the gum without care to the patient’s woes.’ The people living alongside the poor quality roads where the forest is being sawn have industrial noise of trucks passing at all hours, are covered in dust continually, their houses, gardens and health affected, feel unsafe on the roads when they venture to use what they thought was their own amenity, and are just terrorised by the whole machinery of the enterprise. Plus they had problems with their roads and properties after very heavy floods a while back, which they still had not recovered from.

    The name Tammany Hall came to me while thinking about the Northland situation and how the unsatisfactory state of things there is reflected in all areas of the country, to some extent or other. Reasonable needs and actions are left undone, while the politicians happily go on their way with policies that are prioritised on which brings the most benefit to the individual MP and the UNACT Party.

    Tammany Hall was an organisation that grew up in New York City mainly of like-minded Irish Catholics who helped their people and their immigrants. It became a monster. And I think its story is an apt a description of NZ National Party.and its present lack of commitment to the general citizens and the country’s good policies for now and the future. Read and learn the lesson from New York and perhaps its progress and demise will give us an example of how to change our falling comet trajectory before we hit rock bottom.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tammany_Hall

    Well into its regime it was a very efficient machine for graft and power.
    Tammany’s control over the politics of New York City tightened considerably under Tweed. In 1858, Tweed utilized the efforts of Republican reformers to rein in the Democratic city government to obtain a position on the County Board of Supervisors (which he then used as a springboard to other appointments) and to have his friends placed in various offices.
    From this position of strength, he was elected “Grand Sachem” of Tammany, which he then used to take functional control of the city government. With his proteges elected governor of the state and mayor of the city, Tweed was able to expand the corruption and kickbacks of his “Ring” into practically every aspect of city and state governance.

    Although Tweed was elected to the State Senate, his true sources of power were his appointed positions to various branches of the city government. These positions gave him access to city funds and contractors, thereby controlling public works programs. This benefitted his pocketbook and those of his friends, but also provided jobs for the immigrants, especially Irish laborers, who were the electoral base of Tammany’s power.[30]

  10. Seems that Derryn Hinch made a few random comments about the Northland by-election …..

    Penny Bright

    • Potato 11.1

      I see he has a post called ‘A Kiwi Conspiracy’ which has a warning that it is illegal to access in NZ. Not sure about that ? But it would be illegal to repeat anything he said. Anyhow, I’m sure he doesn’t say anything we don’t already know.

  11. hoom 12

    So we get to go back to hating on Winston now right?

  12. Brendon Ross 13

    Was really surprised at tdb/Bomber totally not understanding how well Little played the bye-election. I feel for Ms Jean-Price, but as she is a very smart lawyer I’m sure she totally got what Little was doing. I thought she ran a great campaign, esp. As she could have been forgiven for kicking back into cruise mode.
    A number of people have argued with me about Labour standing a candidate rather than just ceding the electorate to Peters… that is the sort of stuff NZer’s seem to hate about MMP. Voters must have the choice… the Party and activists can then suggest, as Little et al. did, that they not need feel beholden to their traditional Party.
    Brilliant first election under Little… 2017 stars now!

    • Tracey 13.1

      Didnt Labour announce WJ Prime before Winston announced he was standing?

    • Draco T Bastard 13.2

      that is the sort of stuff NZer’s seem to hate about MMP.

      This is the type of comment that proves that the people making them don’t understand our electoral system.

      An electoral vote is not an MMP vote. It’s not even preferential. It is FPP and that means that there’s two possibilities for winners. That’s it, two. Increasing the number of people to vote for decreases the possibilities of winning for one of them. It’s this nature of FPP that had us changing to a proportional system after being stuck with the duopoly of National/Labour for so long.

      Now, what people hate about our present system is the coat-tailing where one party can give up a seat to another party and have that other party bring in more MPs despite other parties with higher voter support being locked out because of our unrealistically high threshold.

      • Brendon Ross 13.2.1

        I think you may have misunderstood my point, which reflects badly on my writing, so I will try to clarify.
        I understand that yesterday was FPP, not an MMP election; that said, for Labour to have not run a candidate would have been seen as an MMP style move, forcing Labour voters into a decision. I believe that NZers have, in Elections past, not reacted well to these sortt of back-room deals.
        The coat tailing is also so etching that angers people… why would you assume people cannot be angered by two or more things at a time?
        I hope this 2nd post clears up our minor misunderstanding.
        Faithfully, Brendon Ross.

        • Sacha 13.2.1.1

          “these sortt of back-room deals”

          What did Labour get in return? Go on.

          • Brendon Ross 13.2.1.1.1

            What did Labour get in return? What????
            I don’t believe I indicated that I thought they (actually, we, as I am a member) did.
            I will once again try to clarify,
            I think it would have been foolish for Labour to either have not run a candidate, or to have stood the candidate down… actually one more, to have blatantly shafted their candidate (I recall a brutal scene in a doco on Wellington Central covering the first MMP race… and YES I understand bye-elections are FPP… where Nat candidate heard Bolger tell Nat voters to back Pebble for their electorate vote over the radio. A crappy thing to do!)
            This is the sort of behaviour I think annoys voters, when they precieve back-room deals have been done, forcing them to vote a certain way.
            So ONCe AGAIN my point was aimed at the deft way Andrew Little played his politics. There was NO deal.
            I will endeavour in the future to construct my arguments with far more clarity to save us all valuable time.
            Yours faithfully, Brendon Ross Coromandel, member#1064824

            • Sacha 13.2.1.1.1.1

              “when they precieve back-room deals have been done … There was NO deal.”

              Glad we cleared that up then.

              • Brendon Ross

                Cool… I went and looked at my originl post and it wasn’t well expressed.
                Regards, Brendon.

  13. Draco T Bastard 14

    Former hairdresser in line to become MP
    My bold.

    And the MSM attacks begin. IMO, if it had been a National candidate stepping into the position vacated by Winston the headline would’ve been Former business woman.

    • hoom 14.1

      Can we call Key ‘former financial whizz’

    • tracey 14.2

      Winston says they may not take on an extra MP

      • Draco T Bastard 14.2.1

        That’d be silly of him and would indicate that he’s kowtowing to National.

    • jenny kirk 14.3

      Meanwhile the MSM called Osborne a “businessman” when all it was was doing his wife’s hairdressing (beauty salon?) business’ accounts !! Definitely double standards!

  14. SMILIN 15

    of course the fault to watch out for now in this first attack on the established order of things in the electorates is Key and his master weapons the ability to sell bullshit to farmers when buying milk aka their vote and also all his discretely donated revenue for the the party, Keys money go round, if the authorities ever get it figured out as I believe Dirty Politics alluded to, it will be a red letter day for national which they deserve for misleading the voters of this nation

  15. weka 16

    Interesting discussion on NZF, whether Peters will step aside from his list position, and who might be next in line. (There was also a tweet from a journo earlier that Peters might choose to not step aside).

    • tracey 16.1

      herald or stuff online carried an article earlier today

      • Skinny 16.1.1

        Yeah the NZH article was written by crafty Clare T, unlike MSM TV news, my little pony’s. Her skills last night was to float around the party with her ear to the ground eavesdropping on conversations. The penny dropped when I zoomed in on the face in her article, very tricky jurno reading that negative head line grabbing spin, certainly fools a few mugs.

  16. Olwyn 17

    I think the most interesting question, following on the Northland result is whether it tells us anything about where the most telling battle line now lies. If it does, then the significant battle line lies with representation and sovereignty. That is, the willingness to act on behalf of the people who vote for you, and having the power to do so.

    Look at it this way. In the seventies/early eighties the battle line was drawn between conservatism and liberalism. The liberals’ delight at winning inadvertently helped to allow neo-liberal economics to slip in below the radar. In 2008 it was the GST, when people were convinced by National that they shouldn’t risk what they had gained during the 2000’s being spent on people who they thought should be looking after themselves.

    At the moment a lot of people who thought they were among National’s “good guys” are finding themselves being asked to use up what remains of their families’ wealth in maintaining family members who are locked out of proper jobs and/or housing. Moreover the TPPA and the GCSB give the impression that this state of affairs is soon to be locked in.

    If the battle line does lie where I think it does, then the centre-left is posed with some very hard questions. Most New Zealanders would fear being cast out of the western club, but in order to benefit from it, we have to develop alternatives if we are to have much leverage within it.

    • Olwyn 17.1

      That was meant to be the GFC not GST – I wrote it last night while keeping an eye on cooking pots at the same time.

  17. millsy 18

    Moral of the story:

    1) Any election is winnable, with the right candidate and the right conditions.
    2) Labour needs to (i) not stand a candidate in Epsom and tell everyone to vote for Goldsmith and (ii) start getting their shit together and embracing tactical voting.

    National/Key are not invincible.

    And given I called this before anyone else, even those who knew better, I am going to call Shane Jones and possibly John Tamihere to stand for NZ First in 2017. The reason why I pick JT, is because if Jones signs up then our favourite homophobe may be tempted to join him.

  18. sirpat 20

    hmmmm so this result does what for the average joe who used to vote labour last election to bring them back on side??……how does one communicate THAT to the average folks who will read all the intellectual discussions I read here?…..

  19. Scintilla 21

    the significant battle line lies with representation and sovereignty. That is, the willingness to act on behalf of the people who vote for you, and having the power to do so.

    Agreed. I think there is a huge number of eligible voters who either don’t vote or “float” because they never feel well-represented. As if it does not matter which party they vote for, because it will just be more of the same no matter what campaign promises have been made. As you say, Olwyn, reality has bitten hard for many families as it becomes so much harder to get by – and “getting by” is all we do. If the TPP goes through, we will be slaves in our own country. In my Orwellian vision there will be an influx of rich refugees from the rest of the disintegrating planet who will buy up as much of NZ as they can and impose their own rules.

    • Olwyn 21.1

      Peters’ biggest victory up north was in his making representation look possible again. This is no mean feat, and he was able to get away with it because he went unmarked until it was too late to stop him. Let’s just hope the idea now starts to gain broader momentum.

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    10 hours ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    13 hours ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    16 hours ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    18 hours ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 day ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    1 day ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    2 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    2 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    2 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    3 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    3 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    4 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    4 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
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    4 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
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    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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