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1 minute ago, Sabre said:

Due to her very long track record of lieing, bullying and intimadation, JC is about as popular as a fungal rash!

Did you just say she is a career politician?

Yes, Browlee is incompetent, and likes pork ribs too much (personal experience from Chch recovery days).

Don't get me wrong here Sabre, I don't like her, don't trust her, I'm just saying she has achieved 'Cut through'. Most people can't even remember the last guys name, let alone what he stood for...

But she is going for centrist and highly popular policies. RMA gone by lunchtime, build lots and lots of roads (even if that may not be what we need, and paradoxically, ditching the RMA will substantially delay any road building...) but hay, they are popular policies. There will be much irony when she spends loads and can't delivery anything, but that is a problem for next year. Get elected first.

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Judith has attracted my interest. The $31bn is over 10 years apparently and it will take that long IF she doesn't cancel the RMA gravy train. There will be a lot of very expensive consultants, lawyers

The rebuild of the National party should probably start with a meet and greet evening where they all stand up and introduce themselves to each other. Like hi, I'm Paul Goldsmith and I have no maori an

You sound irritated. Did you not get your dose of Mike Hoskin today? I get my news from crew.org, its the only place to go isn't it?  Don't watch TV, don't listen to radio news. What is a ne

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Given the current world situation, Labours success with covid and the general public wanting a very, very steady ship at present the chance of Collins winning is fairly slim.

The bookies are still backing Labour...

Ardern's Labour is the clear favourite, paying $1.16 to be the party that supplies the Prime Minister, with Collins' National well behind at $5. Punters don't rate Winston Peters' chances of leading the country, with New Zealand First at $26, while the Greens are paying $34.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/07/bookmakers-reveals-odds-on-judith-collins-v-jacinda-ardern-at-nz-election-2020.html

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13 hours ago, dutyfree said:

As many people as in the Labour party? You a paid up member?

Not sure of your point but happy to answer questions. 

I have never been a member of any political party.  The last time I voted labour was around 2002. Since then Greens.  I felt that labour could use a push left and the environmental message resonates 

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As the last election saw a big number of voters will change votes literally over night based on sweet bugger all. The leap to labour was large and the ONLY thing that changes was Little to Jacinda, not a thing more. At the time the jump was cosmetic not structural.

The big question going into this election is 'Will the impending economic pain be felt before or after the vote?' If it is felt before then the Govt has a problem as a hungry tummy will trump covid cuddles every time. If the Govt can hold that off until after the vote them they will probably be safe. With the money being thrown out hard and fast right up until the election the Govt has a good shot of holding the pain back but there is a bit of an air that may suggest the Government may need a little more. 

But now with Judith there at least the next couple of months will be far more fun. I see the media are after her already, no surprise, but I'm looking forward to how JA handles JC now she's lost the ability to pull the female or mummy cards out as the shut downs she uses so well. I do see much mirth ahead.

 

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You have hit the nail on the head KM. The C19 response is in the past now, it is all about the economy.

$31 billion is all well and good, but not over 10 years. I need to get through the next 3 to 6 months...

I understand a large number or people are more concerned about the next 3 to 6 months, if not if they can hang onto their job this month.

Personally, I think govt needs to be dropping cash straight into every Council in the country, to keep their infrastructure projects moving. All this BS about shovel ready. We have a number of jobs in progress that have been put on stop...

Auckland Council have a $3/4 billion hole, govt has $20bill un-assigned. Auckland Council have stopped all projects, including Watercare, Auckland transport etc. The govt could fix that with one press release.

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Yeah well if you remember Trump had no show and neither did ScoMo....like Fish I'm just interested and will wait for the substance and  detail,such as it is in the silly season of vote catching before an election. Bearing in mind the subterfuge this Govt.has foisted on us unsuspecting trusting masses over the last term I'll be looking at what is realistically feasible as opposed to vote buying fantasy.

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On 15/07/2020 at 2:19 PM, Black Panther said:

So here's a  pre covid list of achievements from the labour party website, now you can discuss specifics.

 

Up to date as of March 2020.

CHILDREN & FAMILY

  • Boosted the incomes of 384,000 families by $75 a week through our Families Package, when fully rolled out
  • Widened Working for Families eligibility to include 26,000 more families
  • Helping families with our BestStart payment, making life easier for parents with new-born babies with extra $60 a week, for up to the child’s first three years
  • Extended Paid Parental Leave from to 22 weeks, further increasing to 26 weeks in 2020
  • Increased Paid Parental Leave payments by an extra $20 a week
  • Extended Nurses in Schools to cover decile 4 and 5 secondary students and almost 30,000 extra students
  • Passed the Child Poverty Reduction Act and confirmed child poverty reduction targets
  • Rolling out the free lunch in schools programme to all Year 1–8 children in 30 schools, extending to 21,000 children in 120 schools by the beginning of 2021
  • Scrapping the discriminatory sanction that cuts benefit income to women and their children who have not declared the name of the child’s father
  • Provided an across-the-board funding increase to Early Childhood Education – the first increase in ten years
  • Developed New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy to help make New Zealand the best place in the world to grow up
  • Lifting standards at Oranga Tamariki, including focusing on early intervention to ensure children are safe and stay with their families and whānau, and ensuring the needs of Māori children are better met
  • Banning smoking in cars with children
  • Began Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions
  • Helping seniors stay connected by funding Digital Literacy training
  • Improving seniors’ financial position through upgrading and enhancing the SuperGold card
  • Largest-ever investment in preventing, and responding to, family and sexual violence

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HEALTH

  • Taking mental health seriously, with the biggest investment in mental health in any Budget, ever. In the future everyone will be able to access free mental health support, when, where and how they need it
  • Funded a new universal frontline mental health service, expected to help 325,000 people with mild to moderate mental health and addiction needs
  • Boosted funding for suicide prevention services and those who are bereaved by suicide
  • Setting up a Suicide Prevention Office to coordinate action to reduce New Zealand’s high rate of suicide
  • Developed a Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • Made doctors’ visits cheaper for 540,000 people
  • Extended free doctors' visits to all children under 14
  • Changed the law to provide legal access to medicinal cannabis, and are asking for the public's views on extending this access further
  • Made free mental health care available for over 10,000 people aged 18 to 25, with mild to moderate mental health needs - through the Piki programme
  • Launched the Mana Ake programme, putting mental health support in every primary and intermediate school in Christchurch and Kaikoura
  • Working to reduce the incidence and improve management of rheumatic fever among Māori and Pacific people
  • Boosted funding for air ambulances
  • Establishing a National Cancer Control Agency
  • Developed a Cancer Action Plan
  • Largest ever investment in radiation therapy, to ensure New Zealanders have access to quality cancer care, wherever they live
  • Rolling out the National Bowel Screening Programme to more DHBs
  • Lifted the cap on gender reassignment surgeries
  • Fixing our hospitals, including by addressing major infrastructure challenges at Auckland City Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre
  • Addressing longstanding problems at Middlemore Hospital and the Manukau ‘Super Clinic’
  • Fast-tracked the much-needed redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital
  • Boosted funding for Pharmac to ensure Kiwis have access to the best medicines.
  • Funding District Health Boards better so they can keep pace with population growth
  • Paying our carers and Mental Health and Addiction workers fairly
  • Holding a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis at the 2020 general election

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HOUSING

  • Helped more than 2000 families into public housing this year
  • Increased the state house building programme nine-fold, with 2,700 currently being built – 900 of those in the regions
  • Helping homeless people into homes through Housing First. 1,064 households have been accepted into the programme and 720 housed so far, with 1044 more places funded in Budget 2019
  • Added 979 more transitional housing places
  • Ensuring rental properties are healthy and warm with the Healthy Homes Standards
  • Introduced the Winter Energy Payment that helps about a million New Zealanders stay warm each winter
  • Fixing the building and construction sector to deliver more houses with better, fit-for-purpose building standards
  • Addressing construction skills shortages and training the workforce of the future
  • Banned unfair letting fees
  • Cracked down on speculators by closing tax loopholes and banning foreign buyers.
  • Established the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development and Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities to take a joined up approach to tackling the housing crisis
  • Building the most homes since the 1970s, including through offsite manufacturing

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EMPLOYMENT & BUSINESS

  • Unemployment is at its lowest level in over a decade, and wages are up 4.4% in the last year alone
  • 87,000 new jobs have been created under this Government
  • Increased the minimum wage to $17.70 per hour from 1 April 2019
  • Backed Kiwi innovators with a tax credit aimed at lifting research and development spending to 2 percent of GDP over 10 years
  • Extended research and development tax credits to new businesses yet to make a profit
  • Brought business to the table, establishing an expert Business Advisory Council
  • Introduced the Equal Pay Amendment Bill so more people are paid fairly
  • Restoring the rights for screen sector workers, with legislation giving them back collective bargaining rights
  • Regionalised our skills shortage list, helping us build thriving and sustainable regions
  • Helping businesses get the workers they need with a new streamlined temporary work visa process
  • Changed the law to make sure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax
  • Restored rights for Kiwi workers by reinstating meal and rest breaks, strengthening collective bargaining, restoring protections for vulnerable workers and scrapping 90-day trials for big businesses
  • Hiring 263 more frontline MSD staff to help people into meaningful work
  • Lifted abatement thresholds so people on a benefit are incentivised to also work and keep more of what they earn

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ECONOMY

  • Restarted contributions to the Super Fund, to help keep the cost of NZ Super affordable
  • Announced a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, to back creativity and productivity
  • Primary export revenue have soared to record highs – up over $9 billion in the last year
  • Balanced record levels of investment to resolve the long-term challenges facing New Zealand, while managing the books responsibly and continuing to meet our Budget Responsibility Rules
  • Delivered sustainable surpluses, growth well ahead of the OECD average, and low debt
  • Focused on how we’re improving health, generating skills and knowledge, defeating poverty, and being responsible guardians of the environment, not only economic success
  • Addressing long-term economic challenges like building a sustainable economy and preparing for the jobs of the future
  • Pursuing ambitious trade policy to help New Zealand businesses succeed overseas

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ENVIRONMENT

  • Introduced our landmark Zero Carbon Bill as part of our plan to safeguard the planet and the future the next generation will inherit
  • Acknowledged that climate change is bigger than politics – by holding cross-party meetings and welcoming support for a Climate Commission
  • Banned single-use plastic bags and microbeads; helping to ensure we protect our marine life, and live up to our clean, green reputation
  • Given the Department of Conservation its largest funding boost in almost two decades
  • Making it easier for New Zealanders to choose cleaner cars, with a feebate scheme for low emissions vehicles
  • Stopped new offshore exploration permits for oil and gas, while making sure we continue to support the people who work in those fields
  • Funded the National New Energy Development Centre in Taranaki, which will create jobs while helping New Zealand move away from reliance on fossil fuels
  • Established an Interim Climate Change Committee, which is considering how we can reduce our emissions and meet our goals for renewable energy production
  • Commissioned a new 100 megawatt wind farm in Taranaki
  • Launched large predator control projects in areas including Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Waiheke, and Dunedin, in collaboration with industry, iwi, and communities
  • Launched our Essential Freshwater plan to improve the quality of our rivers and lakes, as around 30% of our rivers and lakes aren’t safe for swimming
  • Supporting community-led programmes to clean up our waterways
  • Established the $100 million Green Investment Fund to invest with business to reduce emissions and tackle climate change while making a profit
  • Set out a $229 million Productive and Sustainable Land Use Package to help farmers and growers clean up our waterways and tackle climate change
  • Supported farmers to improve freshwater quality
  • Reached historic consensus with farmers on reducing emissions
  • Announced our plan to recharge New Zealand’s resource recovery and recycling sector
  • Advanced New Zealand’s performance in waste minimisation through the Waste Minimisation Fund
  • Announced our work programme to take action on New Zealand’s waste through a circular economy approach
  • Invested record amounts in cleaner public transport
  • Kicked off the One Billion Trees programme, planting trees to take polluting gases out of the air
  • Strengthening New Zealand’s ETS, so that it’s fit for purpose
  • Resolving the conservation crisis by enhancing biodiversity, and controlling and eradicating predators
  • Expanding and strengthening the protection for endangered Māui and Hector’s dolphins
  • Protecting New Zealand’s elite soils, because as a proud food producing nation, we cannot afford to lose our most highly productive land
  • Proposed a new way to deal with environmentally harmful products before they become waste, such as plastic bottles, as part of a wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills
  • Overhauling New Zealand’s Resource Management Act, as it’s unacceptable for this cornerstone law to be underperforming in a country that values protection of the environment
  • Launched Te Koiroa O Te Koiora – Our shared vision for living with nature, to help shape our biodiversity strategy for the next 20 years

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EDUCATION

  • Building new schools and classrooms for 100,000 students, with a plan to make sure we work with schools and communities to address increasing demand before it happens
  • Rolled out 623 Learning Support Coordinators to ensure children with diverse learning needs get the support they need to learn, supporting kids more than 1,000 schools and kura
  • Launched Mana in Mahi, supporting employers to take on apprentices, and He Poutama Rangatahi, to tackle youth unemployment
  • Funded an additional 2,000 places in the Mana in Mahi programme through the Wellbeing Budget
  • Scrapped National Standards, after listening to teachers and principals
  • Transitioned all charter schools to the state school system, to ensure the education system meets the needs of every student
  • Taking the financial pressure off parents by increasing funding to decile 1-7 schools if they don’t ask parents for donations
  • Removed fees from NCEA and NZ Scholarship, helping more than 145,000 households and around 168,000 secondary students
  • Supported Kiwis into study through our Fees-Free first year of tertiary education and training programme
  • Addressed the teachers shortage, by training and supporting thousands more teachers over the next four years
  • Funded hundreds of new places for a new employment-based teacher training programme and expanded the existing Teach First NZ programme, which enables teachers to earn while they work towards their teacher professions
  • Rolling out a school lunch programme, making sure 21,000 children in 120 schools will have lunch by the start of 2021
  • Making sure New Zealand history is taught in all schools and kura by 2022

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REGIONS

  • Investing in New Zealand’s long-neglected regions through the Provincial Growth Fund
  • Planting one billion trees by 2028, through the One Billion Trees Programme
  • Boosted KiwiRail, with a $1 billion investment in Budget 19 to improve our rail connections, which will help to get freight off the roads
  • Introduced an International Visitor Levy to support our regional tourism infrastructure and conservation projects
  • Backing Māori landowners by creating new opportunities to drive growth in their regions
  • Backing farmers to lower emissions and protect waterways while growing the value we get from our primary sector
  • Protected the productivity of the country’s vital beef and dairy sectors with a thorough and ongoing response to eradicate Mycoplasma Bovis
  • Upgrading the safety of roads and highways throughout the country through The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kms of high-volume, high-risk State Highways safer with things like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening
  • Boosted support for veterinarians in the regions

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JUSTICE

  • Banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, magazines and parts, with over 21,000 fewer firearms in circulation from gun buy-back and seizures
  • Passed the Family Violence and Family Violence (Amendments) Acts, and delivering the largest ever investment in support services, to break the cycle of family violence and sexual violence
  • Recruited to achieve the largest, and most diverse, Police workforce in history – over 13,000 employees
  • Took action to reduce court backlogs, and improve the experience for all parties, through better resourcing and processes
  • Introduced the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill
  • Made our funding increase for Community Law Centres permanent, helping more than 25,000 people every year
  • Re-entered the Pike River drift to help families get closure and justice
  • Set up Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata – the Safe and Effective Justice programme
  • Reduced the prison population for the first time in a decade, without compromising public safety
  • Launched Māori Pathway initiative, taking action on the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending rates
  • Boosted funding to increase offenders’ access to mental health and addiction support
  • Cracking down on illicit drug manufacturers and suppliers while making it easier for those with substance addictions to get treatment
  • 7,240 fewer people were victims of crime in 2018, as victimisations of crime fell by 2.7%

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MĀORI

  • Established Te Arawhiti - The Office for Māori Crown Relations to make the Crown a better Treaty partner and have better on-going relationships with Māori
  • Recognising the importance of Kōhanga Reo and the revitalisation of te reo Māori, by lifting the wages of Kaiako, and investing in building repairs and new technology.
  • Supporting marae to strengthen our whanau, hapu and communities by investing an extra $12 million for whānau-led marae development projects.
  • Working with iwi to carry out joint projects, such as the partnership between Porirua City Council and Ngāti Toa to build thousands of homes and build warm, safe, healthier homes with Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa and Te Hau Awhiowhio o Otangarei Trust
  • Expanding Whānau Ora to support more whānau
  • Progressed completing the final stages of Treaty settlements with Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga Tamatea, Ngāti Tai ki Tamaki, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Te Wairoa
  • Getting more people using te reo Māori in their daily lives, with a vision of one million New Zealanders speaking at least basic te reo Māori by 2040
  • Launched Maihi Karauna (the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation) 2019 – 2023 at Te Matatini earlier this year
  • Investing into Papakāinga development and rural housing repairs for better whānau wellbeing

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INTERNATIONAL

  • Increased New Zealand’s refugee quota to 1,500 a year from 2020
  • Enhancing our role in the Pacific through the Pacific Reset: boosting disaster aid and financial support; and implementing measures to prevent and address the effects of climate change.
  • Adopted the most significant statement on regional security by Pacific leaders in a generation
  • Opened diplomatic posts in Stockholm and Dublin
  • Upgraded our free trade agreement with Singapore, so Kiwis can now visit Singapore, visa-free, for up to three months
  • Held a Pacific Conference on Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, in line with our nuclear-free history
  • Strengthen our bilateral cooperation with the EU on emissions trading systems
  • Leading the “Christchurch Call”, along with France, to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online
  • Boosting funding and support to counter child sexual exploitation across New Zealand’s cyber and physical borders
  • Increased the funding to combat organised crime trafficking drugs in the Pacific region
  • Made drug smuggling in international waters an offence under New Zealand law
  • Allocated a Defence budget capable of addressing the commitments and neglect of the previous government

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8 hours ago, Fish said:

You have hit the nail on the head KM. The C19 response is in the past now, it is all about the economy.

$31 billion is all well and good, but not over 10 years. I need to get through the next 3 to 6 months...

I understand a large number or people are more concerned about the next 3 to 6 months, if not if they can hang onto their job this month.

Personally, I think govt needs to be dropping cash straight into every Council in the country, to keep their infrastructure projects moving. All this BS about shovel ready. We have a number of jobs in progress that have been put on stop...

Auckland Council have a $3/4 billion hole, govt has $20bill un-assigned. Auckland Council have stopped all projects, including Watercare, Auckland transport etc. The govt could fix that with one press release.

No way should the government be dropping any money into any Council.

Until Councils' demonstrate a willingness to maintain levels of planned investment, capital infrastructure expenduture and its continued delivery, service level and planning along with an appropriate right sizing in terms of staffing then IMHO they are now part of the problem.

Any slow down in terms of their already budgeted expenditure has signiificant and long lasting negative effects on the wider economy and recovery.

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10 hours ago, Fish said:

Did you just say she is a career politician?

While JC has been in politics for some time (since 2002), she has had a successful career previously and is highly qualified. From Wikipedia

 In 1977 and 1978 she studied at the University of Canterbury. In 1979 she switched to the University of Auckland, and obtained first an LLB and then a LLM (Hons) and later a Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS). 

After leaving university, she worked as a lawyer, specialising in employment, property, commercial, and tax law. She worked as a solicitor for four different firms between 1981 and 1990, and then became principal of her own firm, Judith Collins & Associates (1990–2000). In the last two years before election to Parliament, she worked as special counsel for Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (2000–2002).[7][failed verification]

She was active in legal associations, and was President of the Auckland District Law Society (1998–1999) and Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Society (1999–2000). She served as chairperson of the Casino Control Authority (1999–2002) and was a director of Housing New Zealand Limited (1999–2001)

Compare this to Cindy who had achieved very little and was always living off the taxpayer somewhere up until being selected by Winston, and speaking of career politicians......

JC being the Nats leader is certainly going to liven up the election, Cindy is already showing signs of going into hiding and watching JC sort out the media twits is like watching a cat toying with a mouse.

Once again the old saying "a week is a long time in politics" comes to mind.

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1 hour ago, marinheiro said:

While JC has been in politics for some time (since 2002), she has had a successful career previously and is highly qualified. From Wikipedia

 In 1977 and 1978 she studied at the University of Canterbury. In 1979 she switched to the University of Auckland, and obtained first an LLB and then a LLM (Hons) and later a Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS). 

After leaving university, she worked as a lawyer, specialising in employment, property, commercial, and tax law. She worked as a solicitor for four different firms between 1981 and 1990, and then became principal of her own firm, Judith Collins & Associates (1990–2000). In the last two years before election to Parliament, she worked as special counsel for Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (2000–2002).[7][failed verification]

She was active in legal associations, and was President of the Auckland District Law Society (1998–1999) and Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Society (1999–2000). She served as chairperson of the Casino Control Authority (1999–2002) and was a director of Housing New Zealand Limited (1999–2001)

Compare this to Cindy who had achieved very little and was always living off the taxpayer somewhere up until being selected by Winston, and speaking of career politicians......

JC being the Nats leader is certainly going to liven up the election, Cindy is already showing signs of going into hiding and watching JC sort out the media twits is like watching a cat toying with a mouse.

Once again the old saying "a week is a long time in politics" comes to mind.

I think the leader may occupied with nanny / fisherman issues currently , if you believe rumuors

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