From Palino’s launch

First reactions via @tmurphyNZ from John Palino’s mayoralty launch:

Palino’s first answer to first question of his campaign: ‘I wasn’t the one who was found with his pants down in the Ngati Whatua room’

‘Whaleoil is NOT working for me. Why do you keep saying that??’ – Palino

‘We will not be running a smear campaign’ – Palino

Crosser and crosser…..

Palino melting down: shouting, voice wavering. ‘I care about these people – I don’t play dirty. What ya looking at me like that for Rebecca?

‘There’s an awful lot of corruption In this town. If you want somebody to step up and get rid of it someone who is gonna tell it like it is”.

Palino crowd heckling journos: ‘Wood from the neck up’ call at the esteemed David Fisher.

Okay so the raised voice, bellicose attack on the incumbent, the corrupt and the media has travelled from Tulsa to Takanini

$6!for a flat white at Palino’s cafe at the launch……

NZ Herald: John Palino joins Super City mayoralty race, promises 10% rate cut

Today, Mr Palino said Auckland ratepayers have faced massive increases forced on them by a wasteful council.

“Since the formation of the Auckland Council rates have risen from an initial increase of 2.9 per cent to last year’s unprecedented 9.9 per cent. Many ratepayers have had increases far in excess of these levels,” Mr Palino said.

“If elected I will institute a full review of council spending with cost savings passed on to ratepayers and redirected to essential ‘core’ spending,” he said.

“The waste and inefficiencies of present council operations mean that the council, following the 2016 election, will have a wide scope to reduce rates. Finding savings to allow a 10 per cent rates reduction across three years is very achievable.”

Auckland Now: Former candidate John Palino confirms he will stand again for Auckland mayor

Radio NZ: John Palino confirms push for Auckland mayoralty

Mr Palino today set out his pitch for the mayoralty, promising to cut rates by 10 percent in his first term.

It is his second attempt at Auckland’s top job, having lost to Len Brown by 50,000 votes three years ago.

He becomes the third centre-right candidate, alongside one-time National Party candidate Mark Thomas and businesswoman Victoria Crone, who is backed by Auckland National Party figures.

Veteran Labour MP Phil Goff launched his mayoral bid in November. Activist Penny Bright, rates campaigner Stephen Berry and former Green Party candidate David Hay are also standing.

It’s getting crowded on the centre right. Slightly to the left of that Goff must be smiling.

UPDATE: Tim Murphy has written a report of the launch at Spin off:

‘We need to look in the front-vision mirror’ – a very odd afternoon with John Palino

Very odd indeed.

And Slater has put up a fairly predictable post – he’s promoting John Palino!

NOW AUCKLANDERS HAVE A CHOICE…RATES INCREASES OR RATES DECREASES

They may be making their choices on a few more things than a promise that will be difficult to fulfil.

And Slater points out:

Other candidates like Goff and Crone announced their candidacy and promptly went on holiday with no policy to be seen as yet. That was a mistake and one Palino has capitalised on.

Palino may now wish he had gone on holiday today.

 

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32 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th February 2016

    Perhaps we should have primaries to choose Mayoral candidates?

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  2. Mike C

     /  29th February 2016

    I wonder if Palino has got the mental fortitude and capability to last the distance to the end of the campaign ???

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  29th February 2016

      According to that Chinese girl on Council’s Ethic Advisory Board, Len Brown didn’t even last 2 minutes 😀

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  3. artcroft

     /  29th February 2016

    Still if he’ll promise to cut rates rather than raise them, then I’m listening.

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    • In a discussion on this on Kiwiblog a couple of important things are pointed out.

      One is that ther mayor has just one vote on the council so can’t necessarily implement any promises.

      And Andrew Geddis points out how difficult quick changes are:

      Auckland has just adopted its 10-year plan for 2015-2025. This is legally required, took 18 months to prepare and involved feedback from some 27000 Aucklanders. It outlines in some detail the council’s spending/rating programme for at least the next 3 years (and forward all the way to 2025). (Figurative) blood was shed over its adoption.

      In short, the new mayor can’t substantially change this simply by producing a new budget – certainly not by cutting rates by 10%. Instead, he’d have to go through a whole new process of public consultation to amend the long term council plan … which then will require him to tell Aucklanders why they can’t have all the new transport initiatives that the central government is busy partnering up to help provide. Good luck with that!

      The whole purpose of forcing councils to make long term planning decisions based on community consultation is precisely to stop sudden shifts in direction coming from changes in elected leadership. And if you don’t like that, then have a bitch at whoever it was created the Auckland Supercity under this model.

      http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2016/02/palino_pledges_10_rates_decrease.html#comment-1676226

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      • artcroft

         /  29th February 2016

        That’s well said but I don’t think that message will have the cut through on this issue. Ever since Len broke his promise on rate increases many are worried about what this will cost. Any candidate that isn’t clear on rates and what Auckland can expect won’t get far.

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    • Mike C

       /  29th February 2016

      @Artie

      Plenty of the Mayoral Candidates are promising to cut the rates.

      And if they don’t follow through on that promise … then you have to wait three years to vote them out.

      But if they do follow through on their promise … then Auckland City might fall to pieces.

      It’s a simple case of “Who are you prepared to give your Vote and Trust to” 🙂

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      • kittycatkin

         /  29th February 2016

        Er…all that at the top was made up, wasn’t it ? Wasn’t it ?

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        • Mike C

           /  29th February 2016

          @Kitty

          No … I saw and heard Palino say on the tv news “I wasn’t the one found with his pants down in the Ngati Whatua Room” … so I can only assume that the rest of what was said “at the top” was also true 🙂

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          • Dougal

             /  29th February 2016

            Just saw his interview on TV1, what a train wreck. Tried a Malcolm Fraser towards the end. Anger at probing questions disguised as “passion”.

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            • I saw that too, not a good start from him and he doesn’t seem to have a sympathetic media.

            • artcroft

               /  29th February 2016

              Picking Lusk as his manager is folly upon folly.

            • jamie

               /  29th February 2016

              Lusk, Slater, and now Carrick Graham (as seen lurking in the shadows in the video on tvnz).

              Palino may as well hire Jason Ede and be done with it.

            • Dougal

               /  29th February 2016

              As pointed out in another post, he has tarred himself with his own brush for denying the hit he, Chuang and Wewege were trying to land on Brown. He is wrong if we are all to presume all they were talking about was Chuang’s career options..cue Tui billboard.

          • Nelly Smickers

             /  29th February 2016

            My hubby just got home from work, and sat down to watch John Palamino being interviewed by Rebbecca Wright on One News.

            As Wayne said, he’d would actually vote for him if he promised to build a wall around Epsom/Remuera to keep out the illegals.

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  4. Pickled Possum

     /  29th February 2016

    From a woman’s point of view … Palino talks of being passionate about Auckland …
    and looks dispassionately at the desk with his tired blood shot passionless blue eyes
    …just saying. I could be wrong it has known to happen way back.
    But man; from a woman’s point of view … the view is not half bad, if your into passionless.
    If he was a ‘bad boy’ then there would be big trouble in little Auckland.

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    • Mike C

       /  29th February 2016

      @Pickled

      Are you trying to say that you think Palino is good looking and that women would find him attractive ???

      I don’t think Palino is good looking at all.

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  29th February 2016

        Well I don’t but someone who was looking over my shoulder said he was so, I just typed what she said …. you know how it goes, interference from a higher place. That’s why I added the last bit “if your into passionless” I was going to say well my M….. but I was scared of being rebuked by some one about mentioning other people in my life. LOL 🙂

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        • Mike C

           /  29th February 2016

          @Pickled

          Go for Gold 🙂

          Write your Missus full name and date of birth and address in here.

          Mention your personal details to your hearts content. LOL.

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          • Robby

             /  29th February 2016

            You or Alan should take a guess Mike, since you like to think you’re good at that sort of thing… 😉

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          • Pickled Possum

             /  29th February 2016

            I am a Woman get it right and a mighty fine woman at that who has no interest in putting my name or anything else out there just so the vultures from other places on the net can pick at me to make their day go by faster, you know how it can get. 😦
            Thank You anyway Mike … suggestion declined.

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            • Mike C

               /  29th February 2016

              @Pickled

              Didn’t you say you were a man a few minutes ago … and that your wife was looking over your shoulder? :/

            • Pickled Possum

               /  29th February 2016

              sort it out Mike I said….”.Well I don’t but someone who was looking over my shoulder said he was so, I just typed what she said”

              he meaning Palino she meaning my mother. Glad we sorted that out before it became fucken tricky 🙂

            • Pickled Possum

               /  29th February 2016

              Tho Mike I must admit I should have put the word *another* in there…like this… But man; from ANOTHER woman’s point of view … the view is not half bad,( if your into passionless.) MY words in brackets

              To save any more confusion I will from now on put quotes around what my MOTHER says and it has been few times she ever comments on what I type madly and giggling away. Have a good night Mike 🙂

            • Mike C

               /  29th February 2016

              @Pickled

              Didn’t you say you were a man a few minutes ago … and that your wife was looking over your shoulder? :/

            • mrMan

               /  29th February 2016

              This is what gets you in the shit Mike. Someone/wife same thing.
              mrMan/labour MP same thing.

            • jamie

               /  29th February 2016

              mrMan is quite right IMO, Mike C.

              Please read PP’s comment again, and compare it to what you thought you read the first time.

              This is not an isolated incident for you.

  5. Tim Murphy has written a report of the launch at Spin off:

    ‘We need to look in the front-vision mirror’ – a very odd afternoon with John Palino

    Very odd indeed.

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    • Mike C

       /  29th February 2016

      @George

      “No Burlesque Dancer as warm up”.

      LOL 🙂

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    • Dougal

       /  29th February 2016

      A great piece by Tim. Certainly a focus on Palino’s firmly ensconced millstone he will find hard to discard. My observation FWIW is Graham has done little to school Palino on dealing with an advasarial media. Palino seemed rattled and emotional, not the calm steady hand required to steer Auckland out of a Brown legacy of bloated inefficiency and wastefulness…surely the crux Palino’s campaign?

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  6. Pantsdownbrown

     /  29th February 2016

    Meanwhile tumbleweeds continue to blow down Vic Crone boulevard…..

    http://vic4mayor.nz/

    With Michelle Boag at her side and Lusk at Palino’s side you really have to wonder about their intelligence (mind you a lack of IQ never did Len any harm – though he had far better spin doctors to help with his many failings).

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