Q&A – Peters, Bridges, Fletchers

Interviews on NZ Q&A today:

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters

As China increases its influence in the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston has announced a “reset” in our Pacific policy, saying New Zealand must do more to maintain its leadership in the region.

He’ll explain why to Corin Dann in his first major TV interview since the election.

The panel also discuss what Peters wouldn’t – the future of NZ First.

New National leader Simon Bridges…

…talks about his new job on Q+A on Sunday morning – how will he change the National Party?

Is Bridges wearing a green tie significant?

He’s coming across ok in his answers, thoughtful and giving some insight into how he ticks politicvaally. He could grow into the job.

And Fletcher Building:

Fletcher Building is pulling back on new projects after major losses. Whena Owen talks to industry insiders who are concerned about the future.

20 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  March 4, 2018

    Steffen Rusten
    @steffenrusten
    Bridges: I think prisoners serving less than 2 or 3 years should be able to vote

    Lisa Owen: Well they can’t.

    B: I thought they could

    LO: they can’t. Because of National’s bill. So you support prisoners with sentences under three years being able to vote?

    B: No.

    Seriously!!?
    Bridges, mucking-up his first week as LotO.

    • sorethumb

       /  March 4, 2018

      Greens base their views on Foucault.

    • Gezza

       /  March 4, 2018

      So, that was on The Nation. I thought this was about the Q&A Programme?

  2. Blazer

     /  March 4, 2018

    Good performance by Bridges as well…looking like he may have what it…takes.

    • robertguyton

       /  March 4, 2018

      A shite memory? (see above)
      And a “fluid” position on matters?

      • Blazer

         /  March 4, 2018

        thats just minor detail.I’m talking about perception,poise and…polish…thats what voters…like.

        • robertguyton

           /  March 4, 2018

          Ahh! His “key” attributes! Hair too, needed for Women’s Weekly photo-shoots.

  3. Blazer

     /  March 4, 2018

    Sir Don MacKinnon,the last of the old style National minister who was….reasonable and…decent.Key perfected the black ops ,win at any cost dirty politics now embraced by….the ‘born to rule’.

    • Gezza

       /  March 4, 2018

      So, getting back to Q&A, Peters did ok I thought, managed to criticise growing Chinese-government influence in the Pacific. Got it wrong where he said said under National they were given some roading project up North, but was it McKinnon who pointed out it’s actually gone to a Spanish outfit.

      • Gezza

         /  March 4, 2018

        Thinks we should be aligning our Foreign Policy more with Australia in the Pacific, & upping our aid to Pacific Island countries to 3% to counter Chinese aid. Will be interesting to see whether there’s any reaction in Chinese diplomatic circles.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  March 4, 2018

          I’m sure the Chinese will have approved his words before he said them.

      • sorethumb

         /  March 5, 2018

        He said they have total control of infant formula from the farm up and blamed Jenny Shipley (China Girl)?

  4. Gezza

     /  March 4, 2018

    I didn’t think Bridges was particularly impressive on Q&A. He spoke too fast & said too much that didn’t really amount to anything.

    • Blazer

       /  March 4, 2018

      ‘said too much that didn’t really amount to anything’…that is the art of politics,perfected by…Key…’what I can say….is…!

  5. kiwidave

     /  March 4, 2018

    My tweet after watching Q and A: @NZQandA Had to rewatch @winstonpeters to make sure: DIDNT answer ANY question. Waffle, diversion and generalised nonsense. Buried interviewer in bullshit

    • Blazer

       /  March 4, 2018

      provide one question he failed to..answer.

  6. robertguyton

     /  March 4, 2018

    Bridges reckons he’s on the side of the angels!

    “r0b 1
    4 March 2018 at 9:59 am
    Constitutional law expert Prof Andrew Geddis is scathing – quotes from Bridges’ speech on disenfranchising prisoners, which it seems he has now forgotten.

    https://twitter.com/acgeddis/status/969770239670894593 (and followup tweets)

    “The Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill is a worthy bill from a great citizen of New Zealand, Paul Quinn.”

    ” There is no reason why serving prisoners should have the right to vote. Those people have landed in the clink because they have done something serious.”

    “Labour members are soft on crime. They want criminals to vote.”

    “I think we are on the side of the angels here, and the Labour members are on the side of the criminals. “”

    • sorethumb

       /  March 5, 2018

      Geddis is one of those hero’s from the leafy suburbs.
      When people have bad neighbours the cotton wool they are surrounded in come courtesy of those types.