Labour-Green ‘State of the Nation’

Today Andrew Little and Metiria Turei gave a joint Labour-Green ‘State of the Nation’.

I’ve been away and haven’t heard or seen anything about it so for now I’ll rely on RNZ: Labour, Greens deliver joint State of the Nation speech

In a symbolic move, Labour and the Greens have launched their election year campaigns with their first joint State of the Nation event in Auckland.

The speeches, delivered by the Labour leader Andrew Little and the Greens co-leader Metiria Turei contained no new policy, but send a clear message to voters the two parties will work closely this year.

We have already had the signal that they will work closely this year, up until the election.

No new policy is odd.

Both emphasised the “shared values” of the two parties, while launching an attack on the National-led government and new Prime Minister Bill English.

Mr Little laid out his party’s campaign priorities of jobs, affordable housing and a better standard of living.

Same old.

Mr Little criticised Mr English, calling him a “competent bean counter” and saying since taking office he had “failed the first tests of leadership” by refusing to commit to fighting harder to reduce poverty, or solve the housing crisis.

He said Mr English should front up in Waitangi next weekend, and that he should have sacked his friend and Cabinet colleague in last year’s reshuffle.

Not sure that going negative on English is a smart move, bashing Key for a decade didn’t seem to work very well.

Ms Turei acknowledged the former party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons for her environmental campaigns and the battles of the late Helen Kelly for employee rights.

That doesn’t have much to do with this year’s election.

She talked about the walk out in Parliament last year by female Green and Labour MPs in response to accusations by then-Prime Minister Jon Key that opposition MPs were “backing the rapists” during a debate over New Zealanders held in detention in Australia.

“That was a moment when our parties stood together and stood up for our values.

“I don’t need to ask the values of the people here. Or to look up feminism in the dictionary, unlike Bill English.

Speaking to an audience who already support her by the sound of that. I don’t think it’s attractive to a wider audience.

I can’t find Little’s speech on the Labour website or on their Facebook yet, but The Standard has the transcript: Andrew Little – State of the Nation speech

Turei’s speech transcript is here and The Standard are discussing it : Labour Greens joint State of the Nation livestream and discussion

Quite a bit of trouble with the streaming apparently.

NZ Herald: Highlights: Little and Turei’s big speeches



  1. Gezza

     /  January 29, 2017

    “Video Unavailable
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    😳 ❓

    • Yeah, I stuffed that up and then went out for the day.

      So I’ve changed it to a post about the joint event. Seems underwhelming at a glance.

  2. PDB

     /  January 29, 2017

    The fact that this was done on a Sunday, during Auckland Anniversary weekend suggests that they already know most people couldn’t give a stuff about their parties – or are they so out of touch they think everybody’s eyes and ears were glued to their (non) announcement? The only thing we can take from today is that their election campaign is to attack and belittle Bill English.

    Reminds me of their ‘future of work’ fiasco, the ‘big’ announcement was buried on a weekend and full of ‘feel-good’ meaningless slogans with no idea or plan on how to achieve them.

    “Competent bean-counter” – Andrew Little and Turei can only wish of reaching such dizzying heights of capability.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 29, 2017

    Same old same old.

  4. John Schmidt

     /  January 29, 2017

    When I looked at the lineup and those attending this event a shiver went through my spine at the thought that there could be enough people in NZ gullible to think that this bunch of blow hards are the best people to lead us all into insanity, poverty and debt.

  5. Colin

     /  January 30, 2017

    Since when is a state of the nation speech about some operation he had 8 yrs ago or that he cycled the central rail trail? Little hasn’t got a clue. He is now totally reliant on the Chinese horoscopes to carry him to power.

    • He seems to be trying to sell himself as a personable potential Prime Minister, an ordinary person rather than a political/union wonk.

  6. Gezza

     /  January 30, 2017

    Katie Bradford’s report on the event included a video clip of the bit where Andy stood there saying “it was Chinese New Year yesterday, so I looked up my horoscope. It said I should expect “favourable fortune, especially in my career.”

    As for my rival, his horoscope says that in September his “luck will decline in every aspect.”

    That seemed to her to be the important part of it. Such is the poverty of talent in political reporting here. My conclusion is that her primary role at 1Ewes is to wear bold coloured jackets that are too small for her superstructure.