Lusk and Slater further connected to NZ First

Winston Peters has been a very successful political strategist over the decades, apart from the occasional hiccup, like losing the Tauranga and NZ First being dropped from Parliament in 2008, and losing the Northland electorate in 2017.

So it is odd to see him appearing to work with Simon Lusk and Cameron Slater. Slater is a discredited political activist and lacks support now even on Whale Oil. Lusk is not someone to promote on a politician’s CV given his negative methods and thrill of the political kill.

Richard Harman at Politic suggests more connections – Dirty politics, Russell McVeagh and Winston Peters. The bizarre story of two high priced dinners

One of the key players in the 2014 National Party “dirty politics” allegations appears to have become involved with NZ First.

The Hawke’s Bay political consultant, Simon Lusk, attended two recent NZ First “business networking” evenings with NZ First Leader, Winston Peters.

Lusk featured prominently in the “dirty politics” allegations along with his close associate, Cameron “Whaleoil” Slater.

The news of Lusk’s involvement comes at the same time as one of his longest term clients, Jami Lee Ross, has announced that he will give his proxy vote to NZ First but that they will cast it with National.

POLITIK has spoken to two business people who attended the functions.

They both said Lusk appeared to be very busy during the events in some sort of administrative role.

What is unclear is whether Lusk had any role broking the agreement for New Zealand First to cast Ross’s proxy vote while he is away from the House.

Peters and Slater share the same lawyer, Brian Henry who is also the NZ First constitutional officer who chaired the lengthy debate about re-writing the constitution att heir conference.

The impression must now be that Lusk and Slater are supporting New Zealand First and that Peters appears to go along with that.

Slater has shown obvious intent to inflict as much damage to National that he can since the party distanced themselves from him after Dirty Politics in 2014, and especially through last year’s election campaign and since Simon bridges took over the leadership.

This fits with Winston’s aims. Last year he had thought NZ First could take over Labour’s position as second biggest party, until Jacinda Ardern replaced Andrew Little.

He now seems to think that he can dump on National and take over from them, which fits with Slater’s agenda.

How will NZ First supporters and voters view this? Many of them were anti-National so may not be fussed on supporting New National.

And if NZ First score Jami-lee Ross as a candidate – see Ross to stand for NZ First in Botany – plan or joke? – that is not going to do much for their credibility. They already have a questionable line up of MPs.

Lusk has been promoted as some sort of master political strategist, but it’s hard to see a NZ First/Ross/Slater combination doing well with voters. Perhaps it’s the best of very limited options.

Harman:

The networking evenings bizarrely, were hosted in Wellington and Auckland by the top-drawer law firm, Russell McVeagh and drew around  60 prominent business people and industry lobbyists at each venue.

Among the attendees in Wellington, is believed to have been Business NZ CEO, Kirk Hope.

Some of the attendees are believed to have made substantial donations at the $300 a head functions to the party.

Perhaps Lusk and Slater don’t care as long as there’s money in it for them.

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32 Comments

  1. Jami-Lee Ross is in the news, still in the news, bound to be in the news for a while yet, all the while reminding New Zealanders about the National Party and its rottenness.
    It’s been Christmas for the Left Wing for months now!

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 8, 2018

      It’s always Christmas for the left – until they run out of other people’s money.

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      • Blazer

         /  November 8, 2018

        when the right run out of money ,they run to the Gummint to get some and get bailed out…taxpayers pay …naturellement!

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    • Gerrit

       /  November 8, 2018

      With Lusk and Slater on the CoL side of the fence, getting smug in the CoL is not an option.

      Once the CoL start dissing the dirty politics, expect a backlash from the electorate.

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      • Blazer

         /  November 8, 2018

        maybe Jason Ede could stand in…Botany!

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      • George

         /  November 8, 2018

        When they -start- ?
        They’ve been doing it in one guise or another since Sir John left on a high..
        The electorate don’t care for anything but touchee feelie stuff.
        As evidenced by the current carry on.

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        • Blazer

           /  November 8, 2018

          Key cut and run….before he was knighted.

          His first priority on election…bring back knighthoods…..his parting shot…accept one!Quelle surprise!

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          • MaureenW

             /  November 8, 2018

            Have to agree with you there – one for me and one for Bill – lol.

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 8, 2018

            He had served over 8 years, so hardly cut and run. He knew that it was almost impossible to win a 4th term with the same leader so wanted to give them a shot.
            It was a good strategy – and it might have worked if hadn’t been for those meddling kids!

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            • Blazer

               /  November 8, 2018

              he said he had nothing left in the ..’tank’.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 8, 2018

              He looked drained and worn out at the end. He may well have not wanted to put his health, life and marriage at risk. and that is fair enough.

              The people who grudge him the knighthood are very mean-spirited.

  2. duperez

     /  November 8, 2018

    Yesterday it was ‘Journalism versus political hit jobs’ today it’s Richard Harman “suggests”.

    Two business people attended “business networking” evenings with NZ First Leader, Winston Peters and reported Simon Lusk “appeared to be very busy during the events in some sort of administrative role.”

    The evenings “bizarrely” were in Wellington and Auckland with around 60 prominent business people and industry lobbyists including Business NZ CEO, Kirk Hope. Quelle surprise!

    Yep, that’s proof positive, the country’s first polygamous civil union is upon us – Peters/Lusk/Slater/Ross. 😊

    I guess they won’t have a first born to name but the discussions to label the first adopted will be hard out. No, no, not for the surname (I’d go with PLSR, looks like pleasure), but the christian name. For that I’d go with Richard and take the risk of it being called Dick.

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    • PDB

       /  November 8, 2018

      Any other party would have nothing to do with Lusk nowadays – the fact he is involved with NZL First (this was mentioned on here weeks ago with Lusk seemingly involved with NZL First MPs during the election campaign) is newsworthy and considering Cam Slater’s pro-NZL First stance during the election campaign and now JLR heading to Winston for support one has to wonder if more is going on.

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  3. robertguyton

     /  November 8, 2018

    Trying to transplant National’s dirty heart into the coalition Government is hilarious and fun to watch! Slater and Lusk are hard Righties. Believing they are batting for the Lefties takes a fair bit of cognitive dissonance, but there are plenty here with the willingness to believe!

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    • Gerrit

       /  November 8, 2018

      NZ First a left wing party? Don’t think so. They are part of a left leaning CoL but not off the left.

      Long term one can see the NZ First ship sailing a course further right, leaving the left high and dry.

      Judging by the Lusk / Slater involvement it could be that NZ First is being positioned, post Peters, as an alternative to the National party.

      Probably without Peters blessing and thus his insistence for the waka jumping bill and sworn total allegiance by NZ First MP’s to his coat tails.

      Enjoy Peters benign benefit whilst it lasts.

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    • PDB

       /  November 8, 2018

      Best NZL First cut all ties with Lusk then Robert considering he has been working closely with the party since at least the 2017 election campaign.

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  4. robertguyton

     /  November 8, 2018

    “Long term one can see the NZ First ship sailing a course further right, leaving the left high and dry.”
    Reality, however, is a different place altogether. Winston is aligned with the Left now, having been attacked, demeaned and dismissed by the Right, and won’t ever forgive their stupidity.
    Enjoy Peters’ benign benefit while it lasts? Certainly will – I reckon a decade, or however long Winston chooses to stay in politics.

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    • Gerrit

       /  November 8, 2018

      Winston is aligned with the left …for now.

      Sure he has been attacked, demeaned and dismissed by both National and Labour.

      Hence the need for NZ First to demonise Nationals leadership right now, for it needs the National voter to swing in behind him.

      To further strengthen NZ First position they need social conservative vote from Labour to swing their way as well. Expect some ruckus sometime immediately before the 2020 elections that sees NZ First split (or distance) themselves from Labour (possibly over the Maori seats issue) to really push the NZ First line that they are the only party that puts all New Zealanders first.

      The other point you are not taking into consideration is that Peters wont be around forever (retired or pushed out) and that the Lusk / Slater / Ross etc. faction is in for the long haul to gain the right leaning conservative voter and build a alternative to the hated (by them) National party.

      They will shaft Peters as soon as they feel they have the numbers. Refer my earlier comment regarding the tight rules around NZ First MP’s to curb their straying and or disposing of Peters from NZ First.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 8, 2018

      Winston is aligned with Winston. He is left, right, centre, and horizontal and vertical at all times. Whatever will get him some media prominence & attention, some votes from any segment of the voting population & some power anytime s his policy on everything.

      All NZF’s policies are always subject to abandonment, complete reversal, being considered but no commitment, and reinstatement, by their fuhrer, at any time. There are always just enuf suckers to fall for it over and over again.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 8, 2018

        You are repeating what I said below but with a lot more words.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 8, 2018

          Sorry. I didn’t notice. I’ve been ignoring your comments mostly today.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 8, 2018

            I’ve ignored yours better.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 8, 2018

              Bollocks you have. You’ve made a terrible job of ignoring mine. Worst ignorance I’ve ever seen from you.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 8, 2018

              I’ve ignored you bigly. Best ignoring ever.

            • Gezza

               /  November 8, 2018

              🙄

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 8, 2018

              For goodness sake, you two. Your ignoring has been equally good today, neither one has ignored better than the other. Now stop squabbling and play nicely, or someone will be on the naughty step;

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 8, 2018

    Winston First reckons this play keeps his options open and himself in the news.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 8, 2018

      How do you mean? Options for what?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 8, 2018

        He can run with Ross or cut him off depending on whether he is useful or not. And get media coverage about that whenever he wants. Also play for the Botany electorate, not necessarily with Ross.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 8, 2018

          Poor JLR. First he wrecks his own career then he’s stupid enuf to let others destroy him completely.

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