Returning from the political wilderness, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters delivered what some commentators described as a “withering attack” on the government. He said the Labour Party was pursuing “woke, virtue-signalling madness” and a “separatist agenda”.
The government, furthermore, was scattering the “seeds of apartheid” through New Zealand’s laws and institutions.
“The [government’s] basis is malignant paternalism arising from paternalism and inverse racism”.
“Co-governance, separatism, and the seeds of apartheid are being scattered throughout all of our laws and institutions.”
He said he knew nothing of the Government’s co-governance plans when he was in coalition with Labour, and now
“… with no handbrake, they are ramming it down your throats”. Continue reading “Ardern is right – Peters is politicking, but it’s rollicking politicking as he denounces co-governance and separatism” →
DR BRYCE EDWARDS, director of the Democracy Project, looks into support for New Zealand First in opinion polls, the politicking of Winston Peters and the party’s 2023 general election prospects.
They don’t get much media coverage at the moment, but the New Zealand First party could be central to the next year in politics and determine the shape of the next government.
The latest opinion survey out yesterday – leaked from Labour-aligned pollsters Talbot-Mills – has New Zealand First on 4.4 per cent. The party has been edging up in the polls all year. The last few Kantar-1News polls have had the party on 3 per cent.
This level of support is relatively high for the party, which tends to do poorly between election years and then have a surge of support during campaigns. So, it’s certainly not out of the question that Winston Peters’ party could soon register 5 per cent and suddenly become a real force in next year’s election.
This would change everything. Continue reading “Bryce Edwards: Can NZ First once again fill the vacuum at the centre of politics” →
So is Winston Peters ready to step back on to the hustings?.
He showed every sign of it when he fronted on the Robert Bolt show on Australia’s Sky TV channel this week. As the interview ended the egregious Bolt wished him well in his campaign.
Bolt had invited Peters to appear on his prime-time talk-show, clearly agitated by the Ardern government’s moves towards implementing co-governance.
It was a theme Peters relished, and, belying his 77 years, he gave a fair thrashing to what he called “manifestations of Labour’s race-based co-governance agenda”. He said the policy will lead New Zealand to “become a separatist state”. Continue reading “Polls and Peters’ political sensors prompt him to pounce on co-governance – and depleted pay packets – in pitch for support” →
This article was published today on Karl du Fresne’s blog (HERE).
Newly promoted minister Kiritapu Allan has said what a lot of people think but feel unable to say.
She lashed out in a tweet against “tokenistic” use of te reo by employees of DOC “as an attempt to show govt depts are culturally competent”. She told Stuff she encouraged the use of the Maori language, but wanted it used “with integrity”.
“You want to use te reo, you use it with integrity and use it responsibly,” Stuff quoted Allan as saying. “This isn’t a ‘everybody go out and use mahi and kaupapa’ and say you have a deep and enduring relationship with te ao Māori.”
Of course this shouldn’t apply only to DOC, where Allan was in charge before this week’s cabinet reshuffle resulted in her elevation to the justice portfolio. The same message could be directed at all government agencies where middle-class Pakeha public servants, eager to demonstrate their solidarity with the tangata whenua, indulge in an ostentatious display of virtue-signalling by using token Maori words and phrases.
I wonder whether Radio New Zealand also got the memo. Continue reading “Karl du Fresne on virtue signalling, Kiri Allan, Three Waters and secret donations” →
Shane Jones — remember him?- — has re-emerged into public life and thrown a hand grenade at the Labour government on its Three Waters policy. He has done so in a think-piece for the op-ed page in the NZ Herald at a time when the Ardern government thought it had recaptured the high ground in the nation’s politics, with its measures to take the sting out of inflation.
But Jones’ intervention has widened the battleground.
The implications, separately, are interesting. Does it foreshadow Jones, a close ally of NZ First leader Winston Peters, stepping back into politics? Could it be that Jones senses that here is the issue that could revive NZ First from its moribund state?
Of course, Jones may have compiled his explosive piece on his own initiative, but as a minister in the Labour-NZ First coalition from 2017 to 2020, he and Winston Peters always worked very closely together. It was as if they were soul-mates: each had the gift of hitting a political nerve.
This is the one Jones played on in his NZ Herald article: Continue reading “Who said Shane Jones was all washed-up? Three Waters (and co-governance) have flushed him back into politicking” →
The Ardern government is weakening many of the pillars of the free market reforms implemented in the 1980s and 1990s, including undermining the Reserve Bank and Fiscal Responsibility Acts.
More alarming is its failure to learn that bestowing privileges on a few results in enormous costs for the many.
So says Nicholas Kerr, son of the late Business Roundtable executive director Roger Kerr.
A marketing consultant in Dallas, Texas, Nicholas Kerr delivered a speech last month to the Dallas chapter of the Bastiat Society, an organisation established by the American Institute for Economic Research as a forum for business professionals to help advance peaceful trade and human flourishing.
The speech (the full version can be read here) was headed Unleashing New Zealand’s Potential and Suppressing Washington State’s — Lessons for Texas.
Here’s an edited version: –
While the New Zealand I grew up in during the 1970s and early 1980s was idyllic for most children, its citizens had long been experiencing declining relative living standards. In the 30 years prior to 1982, New Zealand’s rank in the per capita gross domestic product league table fell from third to 32nd.
Government owned all manner of things, including but not limited to, one of the largest hotel chains in the country; a shipping company; both television channels (New Zealand only had two until 1989); many radio stations; most hospitals; major banks; a steel mill and a printing company; all the country’s airports, ports, universities and coalmines; half the country’s forests; and, the only telecommunications, electricity, airline, and rail companies. Continue reading “The dismantling of free-market reforms – how Ardern is taking us back to the days when state monopolies limited our choices” →
Peters is back, the headlines shouted.
Well, not quite. Winston Peters may have stepped into the political limelight again, after a spell in political darkness – but he and his party are a long way from Parliament. And even though he looks fit and well, can he – at the age of 76 – find the spark which will fire up the NZ First engine again?
His disciple, Shane Jones, is firmly convinced he can. Furthermore, Jones believes the party can forge a new crusade out of the “perfidy” of what the Climate Change Commission is doing to NZ.
Jones sees the commissioners as “ideological termites”, who hold sway over the government with “mad ideas” of the sort that could required us all as if we are all going to ride bikes
Jones cites the example of 10,000 bikers in Birkenhead exerting their power on the government to build a bridge for them over the Auckland harbour.
Continue reading “Climate could provide Peters and his party with a platform for warming voters and bouncing back at the next election” →
Will we miss him when he is gone?
Love him or loathe him, Winston Peters is one of the extraordinary characters on the NZ political stage. Through his remarkable career, he has registered the highs — and lows — of politics.
But now after his latest stint as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, the latest opinion polling show he is facing political oblivion. NZ First’s support has shrunk to just 1%.
This perhaps comes as no surprise after the financial shenanigans involving the NZ First Foundation, despite Peters asserting the party and MPs have been “exonerated”.
The Serious Fraud Office announced last week that two people are being charged after a probe into the foundation.
The SFO investigation discovered credible evidence of criminal wrongdoing at the foundation, which has no other purpose than to serve the NZ First Party.
No matter how Peters rails against the SFO, the hard truth is that one of the country’s major law enforcement agencies is charging two people with connections to the NZ First Party, even if they are not current members of it. Continue reading “Polls portend the toppling of Peters and his extraordinary political career – replacing him in Foreign Affairs won’t be easy” →
How quickly the political landscape can change. A month ago, Deputy PM Winston Peters, along with PM Jacinda Ardern, was deep into a trans-Tasman sledging match after Ardern attacked Australia’s hardline deportation.
But as the coronavirus crisis broadened, it was Peters on the line to Canberra seeking Australia’s assistance in repatriating stranded New Zealanders in places as far apart as Nepal and Peru.
Whether Peters offered an apology for his earlier megaphone diplomacy is not known (we suspect not). He thought he was on a winner back then in March (the coronavirus pandemic at that time was being glossed over lightly by the government ) as he gave the Scott Morrison government a verbal towelling. He told the ABC it was a bit rich for Australia to be shipping its unwanted people to NZ when an Australian has been charged over the deaths of 51 people in the Christchurch mosque attacks.
“Did we make a song and dance about Australia about that? It was the worst tragedy we’ve ever had – 51 people lost their lives – scores and scores were damaged forever. Far worse than Port Arthur, and nobody in my country sought to abuse Australia about that, that’s my point … and we want a thing called respect.” Continue reading “When you sing Happy Birthday while washing your hands on April 11 – think of Winston” →
So when did Shane Jones first learn about NZ Future Forest Products’ bid for a $15 million government loan from the Provincial Growth Fund.?
According to a Radio NZ report today, when NZFFP applied for PGF on 8 April, 2019, the company was asked whether the project had been “previously discussed” with the government.
The application form shows NZFFP ticked the ‘yes’ box and said it had made a “presentation to the Minister” about its forestry and wood processing plans “including descriptions of the applicant”.
Jones, a New Zealand First MP who is forestry minister and the minister responsible for the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund, has consistently claimed he first heard about the NZFFP bid on 14 October last year.
The forestry company is described as having close links to New Zealand First.
NZFFP’s directors include
- Brian Henry, lawyer to New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters, judicial officer of the party and one of two trustees of the New Zealand First Foundation, and
- NZ First leader Winston Peters’ partner Jan Trotman, who joined the company in August 2019.
Continue reading “Questions are raised by RNZ report about a forestry company, the PGF and a meeting with Shane Jones” →