Election 2017 – four weeks to go

The targeted election bribes are coming thick and fast, too many for separate posts.



Gareth Morgan must have all his policies posted, he is now concentrating on pushing populist buttons,

Note very hip looking:

And Seymour still duking it out with peters


  1. “Could be real collateral damage.”

    • PDB

       /  August 26, 2017

      Must be Winston’s turn…………maybe why he has gone quiet of late?

    • Sorry reposted this

    • phantom snowflake

       /  August 26, 2017

      (5:22pm) Re Tim Murphy and his cryptic clues: “#motherofallscandals” and “Royal Flush of scandals” make it likely it is another hit on Metiria Turei. (Royal relates to her house having a turret, and the “mother” reference is concerning her time as a single mother.)

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  August 26, 2017

    Apparently there was some ponytail shenanigans in Nationals last TV ad


    Looks like National are trying to steal a march on the Greens you couldn’t get much closer to green and still be blue with those t-shirts, s… teal, get it. Beautiful outdoors, lovely clean water not a dairy cow in sight, only politicians polluting the pristine environment.

    My only concern would be that they were blindly following the leader and they didn’t show any concern for the poor people that fell over. They just seemed to be focused on themselves but it is a National Party ad so you would expect much else.

    • chrism56

       /  August 26, 2017

      When you actually look at the ad, it is nothing like it is made out to be. It seems to be a few bitter leftwingers out there who are struggling for relevance and haven’t got over KDS try to manufacture a controversy.

    • the pony tail hit job was ridiculous, and Grant Robertson should have more important things to be spending his time on.

      Maybe he needs an expert working group on social media.

      • Key resigned last year fgs. You could hardly credit they’d still be at it. As for Robertson, I’d expect nothing less. Not only a nasty sort but, as you say Pete, a time rich one.

        Relentless Positivity flies out window

    • This one can’t shut her trap on Twitter. She’s always in trouble for jumping the gun. Seems she was very wrong and nothing was directed at Lisa

    • Missy

       /  August 26, 2017

      And here she is ‘loving’ a voter registration station that has a sign with implied violence.

      • That’s the way it’s done in certain places of the world and under certain regimes.

      • Blazer

         /  August 26, 2017

        unbelievable…Tories have no SOH….talk about P.C nonsense….although ,desperate for..points.

        • Missy

           /  August 26, 2017

          So threatening violence is funny Blazer? Well done, I think that says more about you than ‘Tories’.

        • Missy

           /  August 26, 2017

          Blazer, the left go on and on about male violence in NZ, and now one of their candidates is ‘loving’ a sign that promotes the threat of male violence, a little hypocritical. How is she able to have any credibility when she talks about male violence in the community when she has ‘loved’ a sign that promotes it?

          And on top of that you think it is funny that there is a sign that promotes the threat of violence to force a certain type of action by the community.

          • Blazer

             /  August 26, 2017

            do you take everything in life literally,you poor sad ….specimen…try Jimmy Carr or Frankie Boyle.

            • Missy

               /  August 26, 2017

              Not surprised you like the tax dodging Jimmy Carr and Frankie Boyle to be honest, more hypocritical lefties.

            • Blazer

               /  August 26, 2017

              very popular U.K comedians….some people like to have a laugh!…and some people are so serious,so earnest….it makes you wonder how they get through life.

  3. Jacinda Ardern. Policy Wonk or not?

    Questions are being posed. What’s she ever done of any substance and how does she rank on policy?

    “In her nine years in Parliament, Ms Ardern has prepared just two pieces of legislation, neither of which became law.

    “Her Care of Children Law Reform Bill proposed nothing more than requiring the Law Commission to make recommendations on gay adoption. Her Child Poverty Reduction and Eradication Bill was limited to setting up a new Child Poverty Reduction Board. Even her statements on climate change last Sunday – reported by the media as somehow visionary – were soon revealed to be supported by nothing other than a promise to set up a new Climate Commission in Wellington.

    Serious politicians from yesteryear, from Ruth Richardson on the right to Sue Bradford on the left, would regard this as a pathetic contribution.”

    Follow NBR @TheNBR twitter


    • I am posting this response on NBR. As a business owner it resonates with me.

      “An open Letter to Jacinda Adern.

      I’m not sure if many of the commenters on the NBR are small business owners like myself, however I wanted to put forward the view of one small family business owner (husband and wife team with no staff) that will be contributing about $300,000 of company tax into the government coffers for the year ended 2018.

      We are a small technology business that earns about 90% of our revenue from exports. What that means is solely through our own efforts, we bring fresh monetary capital into NZ and into the tax system that would otherwise not be here if we chose to live outside of NZ.

      This business was built from the ground up over a journey that has taken 25-years. Its foundations were created on sacrificing personal lifestyle, funding against a small personal assets, borrowings secured against my parents’ house, personal guarantees, weathering unpredictable cash flows, taking on ever increasing debt to keep the dream alive, personal illnesses and many other stresses that you will never know about.

      Your unwillingness to clearly state your and Labours position on the introduction of a capital gains tax, leaves no alternative than for me to assume the answer is yes. We are therefore forced into taking appropriate steps to mitigate the new political and financial risk that you believe that you have the right to impose on family businesses and SME’s. Your supposed ideology is based on the belief that a capital gains tax is for the greater good; I might even be open to thinking a bit more about that concept if the “greater” had shared my journey.

      Those of us whose businesses are mobile will move; to be frank, we developed a business relocation contingency strategy four years ago. This was undertaken solely on the possible change over to a Labour led government at the 2014 general election and your parties desire to introduce a capital gains tax that would impact severely on the exit (retirement) strategy of the owners of SME’s that account for 97% of all enterprises in NZ and provide 26% of NZ’s GDP.

      You openly stated yesterday that you are “bloody minded”. I can state that your perception of bloody mindedness is nothing compared to mine, based on the fact I have 25-years of “skin in the game” that you have now put at potential risk. Within the next 4-weeks, both you and I will know the outcome and we will execute our strategies accordingly.

      In summation and quoting the words of Margaret Thatcher; “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”.

  4. Blazer

     /  August 26, 2017

    ‘ NZ and into the tax system that would otherwise not be here if we chose to live outside of NZ.’…your choice,hardly altruism.
    ‘The problem with neo liberalism is that you eventually run out of taxpayers assets to privatise ”

    • patupaiarehe

       /  August 26, 2017

      You just don’t give up, do you Blazer. The government don’t create jobs, business owners do. The government merely provide an environment that is friendly to businesses, or isn’t.

      • Blazer

         /  August 27, 2017

        So what ‘environment’ has this Govt ‘created’ to justify itself as the catalyst for this so called ‘rockstsar economy’?