Category Archives: NZ National Party

Kiwis Left in the Dark over Interest Deductibility Rules — The BFD

The new rules relating to mortgage interest deductibility, cunningly renamed the Interest Limitation Rules, are due to come into force on 1 October without a proper explanation of how they will even work in practice, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says. “Over the past year the only information shared with New Zealanders about how the…

via Kiwis Left in the Dark over Interest Deductibility Rules — The BFD

Bring Back the Epidemic Response Committee — The BFD

The National Party is calling for the reinstatement of the Epidemic Response Committee following the disgraceful behaviour of Labour MPs in select committees this week, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. “We have launched a petition to send a message to Jacinda Ardern and her Government that their undemocratic, underhanded behaviour is unacceptable and…

via Bring Back the Epidemic Response Committee — The BFD

A Media Hit Job on Judith Collins — The BFD

The UMR poll deliberately released last week appeared designed to be a hit job on Judith Collins. Most of the press releases carried the headline ‘Unprecedented poll result as David Seymour overtakes National leader Judith Collins in new UMR poll’. According to UMR this was ‘unprecedented’, a statement proved incorrect by David Farrar. He says…

via A Media Hit Job on Judith Collins — The BFD

Demand the Debate — The BFD

Judith CollinsNational Party Leader New Zealanders are being left out of important decisions by the Labour Government as they continue to make policy announcements that were never campaigned on and will have a significant impact on New Zealanders. From the Car Tax, cancelling promised infrastructure projects, the $785m Auckland cycle bridge, rushed law changes to…

via Demand the Debate — The BFD

National leaking again — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: Newshub can reveal yet more discord in the National Party, this time over fluoridation – in an extremely rare move, MPs voted down the leadership on a key health policy. The Government has proposed making Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield responsible for fluoride in water to protect Kiwis and their kids’ teeth, rather…

via National leaking again — Kiwiblog

National’s Path to Victory — The BFD

There is a road to victory for National but it’s not on the road they’re on. They need to get out of Labour-lite Crescent and turn onto the Alternative Freedom Expressway. Some of the party’s policies are the right ones but there are others that need to be ditched or changed. National has the chance…

via National’s Path to Victory — The BFD

Face of the Day — The BFD

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key had a staunch message to any National MPs who continue to leak against the party: “If you can’t quit leaking, quit the party”. He was speaking at National’s AGM in Wellington this morning, where he, leader Judith Collins and party president Peter Goodfellow addressed hundreds of delegates following a…

via Face of the Day — The BFD

Face of the Day — The BFD

National Party President Peter Goodfellow has confirmed that he is standing again this weekend for the party’s board. There had been speculation he might stand down in the wake of his 11 years on the board and the party’s devastating defeat at the election. But last night Goodfellow emailed the party’s 450 delegates to its…

via Face of the Day — The BFD

Where to from here for National? — Kiwiblog

Back in February, in the last poll undertaken just before New Zealand was plunged into Level 4 lockdown, National was sitting on 46%. Labour was on 41%. Up until this point, National had been comfortably polling in the mid-40s with the exception of a brief period following the Christchurch mosque attacks that saw Jacinda Ardern’s strong leadership during a…

via Where to from here for National? — Kiwiblog

National Party Leader Poll Results: Newshub vs The BFD — The BFD

Newshub First place Judith CollinsSecond place Mark MitchellThird place Paula BennettLast Simon BridgesThe BFD First place Judith CollinsSecond place Simon BridgesThird place Mark MitchellFourth Todd MullerLast Paula Bennett

via National Party Leader Poll Results: Newshub vs The BFD — The BFD

The job of Opposition Leader and “the difference between responsible and political” — Your NZ

The job of Opposition in a democracy such as ours is important, it is a way of holding the Government to account (along with the media who generally do this). To do Opposition well a good balance needs to be found between criticising the Government and highlighting failings, but not being seen as petty politics […]

via The job of Opposition Leader and “the difference between responsible and political” — Your NZ

Bridges botches tax plan accouncement — Your NZ

Simon Bridges launched an economic plan today that was high on rhetoric but low on specifics. The lack of detail left a vacuum that has been quickly filled with a focus on a sloppy (at best) statement on average earnings tax rates. In his speech: National’s economic plan for 2020 We will announce our full […]

via Bridges botches tax plan accouncement — Your NZ

SFO charges involve two $100k National donations — Your NZ

Newsroom: Not one, but two $100k donations to National in court Court charging documents released to the media by order of Auckland District Court Judge Edwin Paul today show that three of the four defendants – whose names are suppressed ahead of a hearing next week – each face two joint charges of deception over a […]

via SFO charges involve two $100k National donations — Your NZ

Bridges Backtracking on Ruling Winston out — The BFD

 

Showing precisely what we have long suspected, that Simon Bridges has the spine of a jellyfish, he has started walking back his declaration ruling out Winston Peters and NZ First: Bridges ruled-out NZ First at his caucus retreat in early February, saying he couldn’t trust the party. “I don’t believe we can work with NZ…

via Bridges Backtracking on Ruling Winston out — The BFD

Refusal to Work with NZ First Is Liberating — The BFD

 

It’s surprising how liberating Simon Bridges‘ refusal to work with NZ First feels. At last, the NZ voter will determine the next Government and not Winston Peters. For years the electorate, and the country, have been held to ransom on the whim of one man. He has paraded his ‘King/Queen maker’ role as a divine…

via Refusal to Work with NZ First Is Liberating — The BFD

Why Labour Will WIN or in Other Words Why National Will LOSE — The BFD

 

Matthew Hooton writes in Metro Magazine about why he thinks Labour will win this year’s election. This despite the distinct lack of delivery and policy blunders like KiwiBuild. It is as if, like the Trump administration, the governing party’s base has separated out its love for the leader from the reality of the shambles over…

via Why Labour Will WIN or in Other Words Why National Will LOSE — The BFD

Road Maggots Throw Tanty After Bishop Says ‘Make Cycle Lanes Compulsory’ — The BFD

 

Oh no! Road maggots, I mean ‘cycling enthusiasts‘, are up in arms over National MP Chris Bishop’s suggestion that cycle lanes be made compulsory. A suggestion which really is a bit of a no-brainer, but still, road maggots are angry. One News reports. Cycling advocates are furious at National Party suggestions they should be forced…

via Road Maggots Throw Tanty After Bishop Says ‘Make Cycle Lanes Compulsory’ — The BFD

Who Benefits from the NZ First ‘Scandal’? — The BFD

 

Have you ever noticed that around the time this Government is pushing a particular political direction such as changes to tenancy law for example, that the Media Party co-incidentally publishes a rash of bad landlord stories in a bid to support them? While some may think that the NZ First story may have been seeded…

via Who Benefits from the NZ First ‘Scandal’? — The BFD

National’s Law and Order ‘discussion document’ — Your NZ

The release of National’s Law and Order Discussion Document has prompted a lot of discussion. I can’t find a way to see the actual discussion document, it is supposed to be here but it appears that you have to answer a questionnaire before you get to see the document. Ah, ok, I have worked out […]

via National’s Law and Order ‘discussion document’ — Your NZ

Brian Henry threatens Nick Smith and Guyon Espiner damages claim “as high as $30,000,000.00” — Your NZ

Lawyer Brian Henry, closely associated with Winston Peters and NZ First, has threat to sue National MP Nick Smith and RNZ’s Guyon Espiner for defamation “for general damages together with special damages which from the information to hand could be as high as $30,000,000.00”. This looks remarkably heavy handed – Smith claimed intimidating – and […]

via Brian Henry threatens Nick Smith and Guyon Espiner damages claim “as high as $30,000,000.00” — Your NZ

Good for the Goose, Also Good for the Gander — The BFD

 

National is making a massive fuss over the NZ First Foundation. According to them it is shady, dishonest and smacks of corruption. Meanwhile, they are running not one, but three Foundations of their own. The National Foundation, which states its aim as We have established the National Foundation to strengthen the financial future of the…

via Good for the Goose, Also Good for the Gander — The BFD

Zero Support — The BFD

 

I have consistently refused to get involved in the criticism of Simon Bridges, mainly because a lot of it was just nasty and spiteful. Mocking someone for nothing more than his accent is childish and unnecessary, and I refuse to go there. Simon Bridges should be a role model for a lot of people; an…

via Zero Support — The BFD

Luxon wins on first ballot — Kiwiblog

Former Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon won the Botany nomination for National on the 1st ballot. This means he got more votes from the 60 delegates than the other four candidates combined, which is impressive. National is probably unique amongst political parties that selections are done entirely by the local members, and head office gets…

via Luxon wins on first ballot — Kiwiblog

National Party Distracted by Things That Don’t Matter — The BFD

I hate to say it, believe me, but the cartoon in yesterday’s Dompost accurately sums up the way the National party is allowing themselves to be portrayed. They seem to be dithering, distracted by things that simply don’t matter, while they ponder and mull over their stance on the Zero-Carbon Bill, the biggest economic hand-grenade…

via National Party Distracted by Things That Don’t Matter — The BFD

National Finally Wakes Up on Gun Reform — The BFD

 

“It has taken National five months to wake up to the fact that the government is targeting law-abiding firearm owners who have done nothing wrong”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. National has suggested it might vote against the government’s second Arms Amendment Bill. “Voting against the second tranche of gun reforms won’t excuse National’s decision…

via National Finally Wakes Up on Gun Reform — The BFD

The National Party Want Your Feedback — The BFD | Media

On the National party’s website, they are asking the public to share their thoughts on six different topics in order to help them develop policy on them. National don’t want to be like the current Government, who didn’t do the work in Opposition and have now set up more than 190 reviews and working groups…

via The National Party Want Your Feedback — The BFD | Media

Bennett goes list only — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: National MP Paula Bennett says she will not be seeking re-election as MP for Upper Harbour in next year’s election. Bennett has been appointed as National’s campaign chair for the 2020 election and said being the party’s campaign chair will be a “massive commitment” and one that she wants to give “100 percent” of…

via Bennett goes list only — Kiwiblog