Why is Lower Hutt’s Mayor over-riding local sentiment on Three Waters? Check out his party ticket and the pledge that went with it

Signatories to a recently launched petition are urging the Government to introduce civics education into schools nationwide.

Joni Tomsett, described by RNZ as a 28-year-old student from the Tasman region, launched the petition on the community campaign platform OurActionStation to make civics education a core subject in all secondary schools by 2026.

Tomsett also happens to be a member of the Motueka Community Board of Tasman District Council,

During civics lessons, students would be taught the basics of government, voting, and how the democratic process worked.

The idea is commendable.

Should it be adopted, Point of Order suggests Hutt City councillor Chris Milne contribute to the  preparation of content for the local government component.  He is especially enlightening on the numbing influence of the Labour Party on decision-making by councillors who have campaigned and been elected on the Labour ticket.

This article by Cr Milne was reproduced on Kiwiblog –  Continue reading “Why is Lower Hutt’s Mayor over-riding local sentiment on Three Waters? Check out his party ticket and the pledge that went with it”

It might be a rogue poll but the Nats must offer alluring policies – and get back to championing our rural regions

Latest  political    polling    puts   Labour   at  60.9%,   which – if  carried  through  to  the election – would   give  it  77  seats  in the  next  Parliament.    Is  anyone  (apart  from the  most fervent  National supporter)   surprised?

National’s  campaign  manager,  Gerry Brownlee,  dismisses   the   Newshub  Reid Research sampling  as  a   “rogue”  poll.    This begs   the   question  whether  he  would  have done  so,  if  it had   shown his own  party  a  bit  higher than   25.1%.

Other   polls   (even  one suspects  National’s  own  private polling)    have  had  Labour     above  the  50%  mark.

With  the  Covid-19   pandemic  raging  around the   world,  New  Zealanders  are  comforted their  government  has  got it   right:   they  only  have to  look  as  far as  Victoria  to see  what happens    when   the  governing  authorities   make a  mess  of it. Continue reading “It might be a rogue poll but the Nats must offer alluring policies – and get back to championing our rural regions”

Pundits peddle opposing views on how PM should deal with Peters – but voters perhaps have other concerns

How voters react to the headlines generated by NZ First’s  latest financial  shenanigans may  (or  may not) determine  the outcome  on  September  19.

The most recent Colmar Brunton poll had NZ First down at  3%, so  some  commentators   are  already  writing  off   the party’s chances of  survival.

But the real question, as some authorities see it, is whether  Labour  will  suffer   collateral  damage  from  the fallout,  if the Serious Fraud Office probe into  the  operations of the  NZ  First  Foundation  ends  up  in court  action.  It could be  uncomfortable  all round for the coalition if  the  SFO’s  investigation  leads to charges which a court  ultimately  finds proven. Continue reading “Pundits peddle opposing views on how PM should deal with Peters – but voters perhaps have other concerns”

The PM’s Waitangi challenge: delivering enough transformation to ensure the Maori Party is not re-energised

Even though the  general election is  seven  months distant, this  may be a    week   which  offers  a  pointer  to  the mood   in a  critical  element in Labour’s support base.

The cameras  will be   focused  on   PM  Jacinda Ardern   and daughter  Neve  at  Waitangi Day celebrations.  But  will  the message her government is  delivering – transformational  change   for Maori – ring true  with  her  audiences?

Two years  ago  she  said at  Waitangi  she wanted to  be held to  account   each  year for the performance of her  government.

A  year  ago  she talked of  how  her government   would reduce  unemployment, strengthen  education,  and eliminate   inequality between  Maori and  Pakeha.

And this  week  there  has been  a  series  of announcements  involving  millions of   dollars  for  projects  in  Northland.  Continue reading “The PM’s Waitangi challenge: delivering enough transformation to ensure the Maori Party is not re-energised”

How the parties are keeping us up to date – sort of – through their blogs

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Last of the National bloggers?

The most recent National Party press statement to land in our email intray arrived last Friday, giving Opposition leader Simon Bridges a platform to say plummeting business confidence “should be sending shivers down the spines of Government ministers”.

Almost half of Auckland businesses surveyed by the Auckland Business Chamber believed the economy would deteriorate over the next six months, Bridges observed.

He blamed government policy (what else?):

“This ‘free fall’ in business confidence is a direct result of the poor decisions and uncertainty created by the Ardern-Peters Government which has done nothing to give businesses a boost.”

Continue reading “How the parties are keeping us up to date – sort of – through their blogs”