The Race is Set

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, March 10th, 2014 - 66 comments
Categories: democratic participation - Tags:

John Key has just announced the election date:

September 20.  Quite early, but the media has been being primed for the last 6 weeks, so won’t see this as National being scared of dipping support, no claims of instability or going back to voters ‘too early’ like Labour suffered in 2002.

Good to have a reasonably early announcement, even if Key could have really established a precedent by announcing right at the start of the year again.

6 months – time to start talking to your neighbours and friends about the need to vote left.

66 comments on “The Race is Set”

  1. Zorr 1

    Right at the end of winter too… power prices might be the single biggest factor here…

  2. Bill 2

    So, what’s that half formed memory about Royal Visits and something about lead-in time to elections again?

    • Bunji 2.1

      Oh, that’s only precedent that it shouldn’t be done, nothing to stop them having an election in the middle of a royal visit if they wanted…

  3. greywarbler 4

    It’s good to know the date. And that John Key is so bloody sanguine about it all.

    Key said his personal view was that elections should permanently move to a “September to September” cycle as international summits tended to be held in November, and the time it took to reach coalition agreements to be stuck meant the House could be required to sit in January.

    I would agree with him that it would be good to have a date that is earlier than just before Christmas. I think mid-October should be the latest, September is probably better.

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      Weather in September can often be bad, though.

      • vto 4.1.1

        That was to be my comment Lanth. Chances of cold and stormy weather are high. Count on it, and whatever such means for voters and voting….

        • The Real Matthew 4.1.1.1

          A little early to be rolling out excuses for losing the election don’t you think?

          Good on JK for the early announcement. A fair playing field for all in that regard.

          • Skinny 4.1.1.1.1

            Lol @ “rolling out excuses” yip I’ll give you that one.
            I’m easy 195 days plenty of time to get the desired result. Campaign meeting tomorrow where the plans are rolled out in our area. It’s all hands to the pump and it’s a full house! Nice as we knew it would be 🙂

      • mac1 4.1.2

        Good weather favours the Left but we will have the three week polling period again which will help to ameliorate any weather effect?

        • James Thrace 4.1.2.1

          That theory wasn’t borne out so much on election day 2011. That was a stunner of a day nationwide and yet 800,000 still stayed home.

          • Whateva next? 4.1.2.1.1

            So, do we have ANY idea about how to inspire those people who felt “there is no point”? Be good for those to realise there is every point for those 800,000 to vote, we would still have our assets if even 150,000 of them had made it to the polling station……..ooooh I could cry about that.

            • Lanthanide 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Actually if either (but weirdly, not both, due to maths) peter Dunne or John Banks had lost their seat to any other party, including National, then National would have only had 60 seats in favour of asset sales, and not the required 61.

              So just a few thousand in either of those seats could have halted asset sales.

          • mac1 4.1.2.1.2

            James Thrace, more prospective voters of the Left turn out when the weather is good- simple effect based on availability of transport and keeping dry, and on health. Doesn’t mean they’ll win though- just that more will turn out than if it were poor weather.

            Why did fewer people turn out in 2011? Perception of your party’s chances plays a part. Easier to turn out if you think you’re in with a chance. Harder to turn out if you’re pissed off with your team.

            Harder to turn out if the polls are predicting your team to lose which in turn is harder for the Left as the polls’ margins of error seem to favour the Right.

            A constant reiteration of negativity towards politicians and politics does not help- the old “Don’t vote. It only encourages them” canard. Voter registration rules do not help the Left.

            Voting by post helps increase turnout but favours the Right. The media favour the Right.

            The Left has to work harder and organise more. We can be very good at that, with motivation and understanding of the part that politicians can play in our lives, and how important that is.Then we must educate and persuade our fellow voters of this, by talking, getting involved in campaign organisations, getting our own understanding, knowledge and arguments better learnt to share.

            It’s about fairness, employment, better wages and working conditions, freedom and opportunity, education, health and social inclusion, peace and shared prosperity.

            Simple, really.

            Had our first LEC meeting of the campaign tonight- knowing when the election date actually is made a difference in focus and determination. “The sound of the guns can now be heard, and we must march towards them.”

  4. greywarbler 5

    I thought it would be interesting to get some comparisons of fine weather days in September, October, November over last ten years. But my search skills are inadequate for the task so will have to leave for now.

    Perhaps the whole thing could be done nearer the beginning of the year after school had gone back. March/April? It would require a one-off approval I guess to increase the term of one government for extra months.

    Perhaps we should be thinking about having a four year term anyway? And change election time to summer at that stage.

  5. Clemgeopin 6

    For the left…..It has to be about policies which are fair for ALL to make NZ a great and better nation once again without getting bogged down by the pro mega wealthy and pro crooked corporate National/ACT..

    It is not just the economy, but social, economic and environmental policies for people to sit up, take notice and vote enthusiastically.

    Will the left, but particularly the great Labour party be able to deliver on this? I think they will. Watch the space.

    Bring it on!

    • Clemgeopin 6.1

      Oops…The third line should read,

      National/ACT generated spin and distractions.

  6. Tombstone 7

    bring it on! time to send that bastard Key and mates packing. Labour – get your shit together and make these bastards work for every vote they get because this country cannot afford another 3 years of National. now let’s get the job done!

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 8

    And when is the John Banks trial on corruption charges happening ?

    They wouldnt want a bye election held in election year under any circumstances. As the rules stop a bye election 6 months ? before a general election, makes that little problem go away

    Whats the bet the budget is timed so that Banks vote can pass the main budget before the case is heard, just in case !

    • Skinny 8.1

      The Ghost is alive and well. Yes it’s all about Banks more ‘tricky’ distraction talk about the G8 summit and slamming Winston to boot about holding the Country to ransom.

      Key will be hoping the flag referendum will bring out the ‘one’ New Zealand feel good fuzzy vibe which the instigating party should reap by way of votes e.g black flag silver fern.

      Tricky is as tricky does!

      • PapaMike 8.1.1

        Flag referendum is off until after the election then a multi party will look at it.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      *by-election.

      The rule is that if the by-election is to happen within 6 months of the general election date, parliament may vote to leave the seat vacant until the election. But it requires an active vote of parliament, and I believe a 66% vote threshold rather than the usual 50% + 1.

      However most politicians will vote in favour of avoiding the by-election in such a case, unless it’s a marginal seat and losing it could cause the downfall of the government, because by-elections cost a lot of money. Hone got a lot of flak for his by-election up north because he resigned 1 day before the 6 month window started.

  8. captain hook 9

    God Defend New Zealand.
    Especially on September 20.
    boot the rascals out.

  9. Ad 10

    WeeeeeeeeeHa!

    I just knew the joint was too politically boring to last

  10. drongo 11

    It will be a difficult fight but Key and National have the upper hand. I’m afraid David Cunliffe will tender his resignation as labour leader around 11.30pm on September 20.

    A third term for Key is looking good.

    • Clemgeopin 11.1

      [Quote : A third term for Key is looking good]

      I actually think it will be a turd time for Key and his Nat/ACT capitalist supporting crooks. Just watch.

  11. sweetie 12

    Should I step up my copy and pasting of anti Key shit on Trade Me? Mikey, Nanagee and old Mad Mary have all gone now.

  12. phil 13

    xox
    Less hype about Nat and Lab. The only poll is election day. The pollsters should be banned until after the election. Just like some countries.

    • Thunderclap Newtown 13.1

      Which other countries ban polling this far out from election day? Just curious.

  13. bad12 14

    The scene is set, for all the foot pounding, phone ringing, and, letter box stuffing this all might come down to two simple questions,

    Can Julie Ann Genter convince the 4000 odd Green Party voters in the Epsom electorate to cast an electorate vote for the National Party candidate,

    And,

    Can Annette Sykes kick Te Ururoa Flavells tiro outta the Waiariki electorate…

    • karol 14.1

      Hmmmm…. I’m not a Green Party member, but is there a way for a non-member to help with such campaigns out of one’s own electorate?

      • risildowgtn 14.1.1

        Hi Karol

        I suggest you ring your local Green party branch or email them through their website-
        I’ll be helping Greens or Labour cos i want the torys out

        • karol 14.1.1.1

          Yes, was thinking to do that. I want to do something to help – Greens, Mana, Labour…. Greens mostly.

    • Skinny 14.2

      Yip I know 2 who will!

    • Clemgeopin 14.3

      General election 2011: Epsom.

      Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%

      ACT John Banks 15,835 44.10 -11.96 939 2.55 -3.67
      National Paul Goldsmith 13,574 37.80 +15.96 23,725 64.52 +1.93
      Labour David Parker 3,751 10.45 -3.13 5,716 15.55 -4.54
      Green David Hay 2,160 6.01 -1.39 4,424 12.03 +5.10
      Conservative Simon Kan 342 0.95 +0.95 412 1.12 +1.12
      Independent Penny Bright 124 0.35 +0.35
      Mana Pat O'Dea 66 0.18 +0.18 91 0.16 +0.16
      Independent Matthew Goode 59 0.16 +0.16
      NZ First 959 2.61 +1.16
      Māori 217 0.59 +0.01
      Legalise Cannabis 118 0.32 +0.14
      United Future 116 0.32 -0.35
      Libertarianz 31 0.08 +0.03
      Alliance 12 0.03 -0.001
      Democrats 9 0.02 +0.01

      Informal votes 443 160

      Total Valid votes 35,911 36,769

      ACT hold Majority 2,261 6.30 -27.92

      Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 48,761

      Here at the last election, the well known politician and Ex-Mayor of Auckland, Banks received only 15, 835 votes which was a drop of about 12% compared to Rodney Hide in 2008. Banks had a lead of only 2,261 which was a 28% drop! I think the new unknown ACT candidate will probably get even less. So, to be on the safe side, why not be bold, brazen, open and ask all the Green party and Labour party supporters to consider giving their ELECTORATE votes (about 2,160+3,751=5911) to the National party candidate to try and shut ACT out and completely deprive a coalition partner for the nasty Nats? I think that will be a worthy tactical sacrifice of the electorate votes (because the Green and Lab candidates will lose anyway in Epsom) to offset the dirty tactical maneuver between National and ACT.

      • Bearded Git 14.3.1

        +100

        Keep shouting this from the rooftops Clem.

      • hoom 14.3.2

        <- Proudly Electorate voted National in Epsom.

      • bad12 14.3.3

        Yes i have been posting comments on this very means of ‘tactically’ kneecapping National’s gerrymandering of the Epsom electorate throughout the present Parliaments term,

        Both candidates, the Green Parties Julie Ann Genter and,(i assume),Labour’s David Parker only need convince voters they and the support workers identify as voters indicating they will Party vote for either Labour or the Green Parties to cast their electorate vote for National in the Epsom electorate,

        It may take quite a bit of nose holding by Labour/Green voters in the Epsom electorate, but, surely when the result of such a ‘tactical vote’ is explained there could be few who would refuse such an opportunity,

        i have still failed to get my head around the 2011 result of the Epsom contest, did either David Hay or David Parker really believe that they could win the majority of the electorate vote or were they both ‘above’ seeing ‘tactical voting’ as a legitimate electoral tool…

        • You_Fool 14.3.3.1

          Labour and The Greens try and not get involved in the dirty politics of tactical voting in electorates. Whether this is a good thing or not is a different question, but it is the same reasoning as the whole “we will not discuss coalitions until after the people have spoken.”

          • bad12 14.3.3.1.1

            Whats dirty about tactical voting, in an MMP enviroment i would suggest that it is more then a bit dense to not consider tactics when considering just who and how to vote,

            It was i would suggest tactical voting that just about stole the 2011 election out from under Nationals nose in 2011,

            While everyman and his dog was calling a vote for NZFirst ‘wasted’ leading into the 2011 contest many of us seen the opportunity in pushing NZFirst not only as the means of ensuring National would not have the numbers to Govern alone but also as a means of stopping National governing at all…

        • Clemgeopin 14.3.3.2

          May be Labour and the Greens (Parker and Hays) were worried about some kind of imaginary backlash? I think by now most people know how MMP works in the formation of governments and will do the needful if unequivocally encouraged and prompted by the parties and the candidates.

  14. risildowgtn 15

    Tory’s be hard pressed to win in Christchurch 🙂

    the way these batasscrazee right wing nuts carry on its as if they have a HUGE majority- theres only a1 seat majority…. we can do this….

    • Bearded Git 15.1

      “Hard pressed to win in Chch”

      I reckon a major swing to left will happen in Chch after their handling of the earthquake has soured. But National is also in trouble in Wellington (the “dying” comment), in Dunedin (Hillside and the Invermay both controversially closed), in the East Cape (unitary authority plans) and on the West Coast (poor handling of Pike).

      Not sure if the opinion polls pick this up. Maybe the undecideds will swing left on the above issues.

      • Clemgeopin 15.1.1

        Only if they and the missing million bother or are enticed to turn up to vote!

      • Lanthanide 15.1.2

        National basically won the last election on the back of the rightward swing in Christchurch.

        But we’re a pendulum, you see…

        • lprent 15.1.2.1

          Could be a bit of a problem for them in ChCh this time in that case. People I know down there who’d normally not vote left are pretty damn pissed off with National (and Gerry in particular).

          Fortunately for National, the refugees in Auckland seem to be somewhat more toxic about National because what their parents and family are going through. So it probably means that the backlash down south will be diminished.

          However in both groups, I get the idea that the only problem they have is that they don’t know who they’d vote for (they know who they’re voting against).

          • Sacha 15.1.2.1.1

            “they don’t know who they’d vote for (they know who they’re voting against)”

            an unfortunately accurate summary of the problem.

  15. Whateva next? 16

    And what a great start with Gower and Garner today both standing up for integrity instead of supporting the corruption and spin the National party insult us with daily.I am heartened

  16. freedom 17

    an updated election countdown for the endless bookmarks we all grow

  17. happynz 18

    My daughter turns 18 years-old on 4 September. Will she be eligible to vote?

  18. Whateva next? 19

    Clemgeopin, Garner on Radiolive talking about Collins/ oravida and Gower suggesting Key has been ” tricky” with donations by dining…

    • Clemgeopin 19.1

      Ok, thanks.

      As Aristotle (384 BCE – 322 BCE) remarked : “One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”

      Going by their past record, I am skeptical. I would like to wait and see if these two so called journalists/commentators, along with many others in the MSM, are objective, fair and neutral in their reporting from now on and during the election period or try to influence the voters according to their own whims, fancies spin and anti left nastiness to suit their own agenda.

  19. fight back 20

    Well well A true national govt election date, a real dead line coincides nicely with the all the 50s 60s and seventies era dead national voters who would have been voting if they were still alive just shows how past it this Keyster is as a popular PM ? IN WHOS ARCHAIC book is he any way
    Lets get ready for a progressive govt that will drag us away from this sham that has made the banks rich and put most businesses and workers against the wall of compliance to the corporate regime that is killing free enterprise and human rights
    Vote out the govt that steals our children and kills the working mans right to stand up for a decent living wage, $14 blah an hour an effing joke but note funny FO Key

  20. felix 21

    Credit to Mr Key where it’s due for calling an early election.

    The sooner we get rid of him the better.

  21. greywarbler 22

    David Cunliffe this morning – impressive. Power, integrity, good policies, positivity, believability. Trivia dismissed – that is yesterday’s concern. Vision, integrity, passion.

    Start feeding anecdotes now about real people who will be improving their situation under Labour and how. How will the numerous small but incentivising policies work. Bigger ones later, once the costing is done and checked by objective economists.

    What will they do about Novopay? Education spokespeople say that the difficulties are costing schools. It is coming out of their budgets for operations grant so reducing it for other regular, known needs. One thing apparently is for maintaining swiiming pools or accessing them wherever and teaching kids to swim, or how to cope and stay alive in the water. Likely they have to cut into this to cope with Novopay. A poor quip, ‘Schools can’t teach children to float, because they are too busy coping with keeping the NACT government afloat’.

    Perhaps the person who will get training for a job that is there, and go immediately into a job they have been matched to once they pass their training. A glance to small business with a week’s orientation into the job on the government, ie first week free to business while they set the new employee into position with proper induction and a buddy. Then for business, a drop in company tax for taking on a new employee, and another for taking on an apprentice under the proper training regime to finally get a ticket, after 1-2? years training including polytech block courses.

    Plenty of good news realistic tales. And the bigger ones, like a system for stabilising our exchange rates against the financial rats eating into our bags of money and peeing on the contents, would be welcomed if in time they could come forward.

  22. Tracey 23

    Tax take down for 3 to 4 months in a row. Deficit bigger than expected and… The Crown’s net debt was a bigger than expected $59.9 billion, or 27.7 per cent of gross domestic product, while gross debt was below forecast at $83.33 billion, or 38.6 per cent of GDP.

    guess the want an election before people realise the 2015 surplus is a mirage and the great economic recovery and job increases are the biggest lies of all.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 23.1

      ‘They’ who voted Key in last time believing/preferring Key’s lies over Goff who was being realistic, honest and sensible saying the surplus would take a few years longer to achieve (& Labour would have achieved it) need to think about that when making their decisions this election.

      All I can say is I hope ‘they’ve’ learned.

      • Tracey 23.1.1

        Interesting claims more people are in work cos they are not on welfare anymore BUT not reflected in the tax take…

        • fender 23.1.1.1

          Yeah I want the “1500 people a week going off welfare” claim scrutinised in great detail..

  23. sheeprus 24

    I don’t know enough about politics to know who to vote for. I just go in and tick wherever it feels good

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Health running on empty
    Get ready for more cuts to health at a local level, affecting all New Zealanders, after a Budget that failed to deliver even enough for health services to stand still, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. “District Health Boards this ...
    1 hour ago
  • Nats’ budget a double-crewed ambulance parked at the bottom of the cliff
    National’s election year Budget shows that there’s no coincidence Finance Minister Steven Joyce doubles as National’s campaign manager, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The 2017 Budget reveals a lack of vision, and is simply an election year budget with ...
    18 hours ago
  • After nine years, it’s the One Dollar Bill Budget
    National’s Budget 2017 is an irresponsible election bribe which after nine years exposes a government that’s run out of energy and ideas to tackle the big issues facing New Zealand,” says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “This is simply cynical electioneering ...
    21 hours ago
  • Alfred Ngaro might be sorry – but to whom?
    The fact that the number of people classified as homeless on the Social Housing Register has doubled over the past year alone should be the real reason for Alfred Ngaro’s recent apologies, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “As ...
    2 days ago
  • Government’s data-for-funding backdown embarrassing
    The Government’s U-turn on their shambolic attempt to collect private client data from social services is an embarrassment for a senior Minister, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “After months of criticism and mismanagement, the Government has finally cut ...
    2 days ago
  • Overloaded hospitals reach crisis point
      The country’s hospitals have reached breaking point with some hospitals discharging patients to free up bed space and patients with serious injuries having to wait hours to be seen by a doctor, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   ...
    2 days ago
  • National fails on critical school building needs
    Students are paying the price of the Government’s failure to invest fast enough in school buildings to keep pace with Auckland’s increasing population, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Parents should lay the blame for their children having to put up ...
    2 days ago
  • Tipping culture is not welcome in NZ
    Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett’s comments about tipping have been in the news and have sparked off a series of furious discussions about tipping in Aotearoa. From our point of view, tipping every time you’re provided a service is a ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health a huge cost for Police
      The cost of dealing with mental health incidents for our police was a staggering $36.7 million which shows just why we need Labour’s fresh approach on Mental Health, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “Police now ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson: Speech to Otago-Southland Employers Association
    Thanks to the Otago Southland Employers Association and Virginia for hosting me this evening.  It is always a pleasure to come back to the city and region that shaped who I am as a person. I believe that growing up ...
    4 days ago
  • Renting a home in the Wild West
    It can be tough renting a place to live, and it could be about to get tougher. Radio NZ is reporting that the American Rentberry app wants to start operating in New Zealand. Rentberry allows landlords to play perspective tenants ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
    4 days ago
  • Free West Papua leader in Aotearoa
    Last week I hosted Free West Papua leader Benny Wenda at Parliament and travelled with him to a number of important events. Benny is spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and lives in exile in England. 14 ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    6 days ago
  • Nats unprepared for record immigration
    National’s under-investment in housing, public services, and infrastructure means New Zealand is literally running out of beds for the record number of new migrants, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour opposes Ports of Auckland sale
    Labour would strongly oppose the sell-off of the Ports of Auckland to fix a short term cash crisis caused by the Government blocking the city’s requests for new ways to fund infrastructure, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National ...
    1 week ago
  • Workers pay the price of Silver Fern’s Fairton closure
    The threatened closure of Silver Fern Farms’ Fairton Plant in Ashburton raises serious questions about the Government’s support of the sale of half of the company to a foreign company, when it appears this outcome may have been inevitable, says ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s answer to the housing crisis: One new affordable house per 100 new Aucklanders
    National’s fudge of a housing plan will make Auckland even more of a speculators’ paradise, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    1 week ago
  • Government can’t be trusted with private data
    The independent review of the Ministry of Social Development’s data breach in April has shown, once again, that the Ministry cannot be trusted with private client information, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “The investigation by former Deloitte chairman ...
    1 week ago
  • Another crisis, another half-baked National plan
    The National Party may have finally woken up to the teacher supply crisis facing our schools but their latest half-baked, rushed announcement falls well short of the mark in terms of what’s required, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
    Alfred Ngaro’s recent comments have exposed the Government’s ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ approach, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    1 week ago
  • Breaking news – National admits there’s a housing crisis
    National finally admits there’s a housing crisis, but today’s belated announcement is simply not a credible response to the problem it’s been in denial about for so long, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National can’t now credibly claim ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats lay the ground for housing bust
    Goldman Sachs’ warning that New Zealand has the developed world’s most over-priced housing market, with a 40 per cent chance of a bust within two years, shows the consequences of National’s nine years of housing neglect, says Labour Housing spokesperson ...
    1 week ago
  • Well they would say that, wouldn’t they?
    Property investors’ lobby groups have been up in arms this week about Labour and Green parties’ plans to close tax loopholes and fix the housing market. That’s probably a good thing. Like an investor in any other sector, they expect ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Alfred Ngaro reflects National’s culture of silencing debate
    Image from Getty Images Community groups must be free to advocate for the people they serve. It’s these people who see first-hand if ideas dreamt up in Wellington actually work on the ground. It’s essential that they can speak freely ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Bill English must reassure community organisations
    The Prime Minister must do more to reassure community organisations after Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro's apparent threats to their funding if they criticise government policy which has left a born-to-rule perception amongst many, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Alfred Ngaro ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extremism and its discontents
    Another scar on global democracy appeared recently, this time in Germany.It seems that the number of soldiers on duty with extremist political leanings has become a concern to the military leadership in that country. Soldiers were found openly possessing ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s suicide approach disappoints
    Mike King’s sudden departure from the Government’s suicide prevention panel, amid claims the Government’s approach is ‘deeply flawed’, is further evidence National is failing on mental health, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. “Mental health is reaching crisis point in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National backs speculators, fails first home buyers
    National is showing its true colours and backing speculators who are driving first home buyers out of the market, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “By defending a $150m a year hand-out to property speculators, Bill English is turning his back ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More oversight by Children’s Commissioner needed
    More funding and more independence is required for the Children’s Commissioner to function more effectively in the best interests of Kiwi kids in State care, says Labour’s spokesperson for children Jacinda Ardern. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to end tax breaks for speculators; invest in warm, healthy homes
    Labour will shut down tax breaks for speculators and use the savings to help make 600,000 homes warmer and healthier over the next ten years, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “It’s time for fresh thinking to tackle the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Health of young people a priority for Labour
    Labour will ensure all young people have access to a range of health care services on-site at their local secondary school, says Labour’s deputy leader Jacinda Ardern. “Our policy will see School Based Health Services extended to all public secondary ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ratifying the TPPA makes no sense
    The recent high-fiving between the government and agricultural exporters over ratification of the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) is empty gesture politics in an election year. Ratification by New Zealand means nothing. New Zealand law changes are not implemented unless the ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    2 weeks ago
  • NIWA report proves National’s trickery re swimmable rivers
    National have a slacker standard for swimmable rivers than was the case prior to their recent so-called Clean Water amendment to the National Policy Statement (NPS), says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker. “The table 11 on page 25 of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • MPS shows new approach needed on housing
    The Reserve Bank’s latest Monetary Policy Statement provides further evidence that only a change in government will start to fix the housing crisis, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is more evident than ever that only a Labour-led government ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fresh approach on mental health
    Labour will introduce a pilot scheme of specialist mental health teams across the country in government to ensure swifter and more effective treatment for those who need urgent help, says Labour’s Leader Andrew Little. “Mental health is in crisis. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sallies back Labour’s plan for affordable homes
    The country’s most respected social agency has endorsed Labour’s KiwiBuild plan to build homes that families can afford to buy, and delivered a withering assessment of the National Government’s housing record, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Education is for everyone, not just the elite
    Proposals by the National Party to ration access to higher education will once again make it a privilege only available to the elite, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Speaking at the Education Select Committee, Maurice Williamson let the National ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cancer support changes far too little, certainly late
    Anne Tolley’s belated backtrack to finally allow Jobseeker clients suffering from cancer to submit only one medical certificate to prove their illness fails to adequately provide temporary support for people too sick to work, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kids must come first in enrolment debate
    The best interests of children should be the major driver of any change to policies around initial school enrolments, not cost cutting or administrative simplicity, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.   “The introduction of school cohort entry is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Feed the Kids
    While in Whangarei last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Buddhi Manta from the Hare Krishna movement whose cafe is making lunch for some schools in Whangarei. His group have been feeding up to 1,000 primary school kids at local ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    3 weeks ago
  • DHBs’ big budget blowout
    New Zealand’s District Health Boards are now facing a budget deficit of nearly $90 million dollars, a significant blowout on what was forecast, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   Labour believes health funding must grow to avoid further cuts ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Govt plays catch up on drug funding
    The Government's backdown on Pharmac is welcomed because previous rhetoric around the agency being adequately funded was just nonsense, says Labour's Health spokesperson David Clark. ...
    3 weeks ago