Tag Archives: NZ First

Winston goes to Auditor-General on saliva testing — Kiwiblog

Winston announced: I have today sent a letter to the Auditor General requesting an investigation into the government’s $60 million procurement contract with Asia Pacific Health Group (APHG).On 4 August 2020 the NZ Super Fund and a Canadian pension fund acquired APHG for a reported $550M.On 12 March 2021 the Government put out a $60M…

via Winston goes to Auditor-General on saliva testing — Kiwiblog

Face of the Day — The BFD

NZ First leader used his first speech since losing power to attack the Government now operating without him on a laundry list of culture war issues.[…] Also on Peters’ hit list at his party’s annual general meeting was the media, the Greens, National, the Maori Party, cyclists, “cancel culture,” and the increased usage of te…

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Dunne reminds us it isn’t just Jones — Kiwiblog

Peter Dunne wrote: There should be little surprise at Shane Jones’ latest racist outburst against Indians living in New Zealand. …Playing minorities off against the rest of the population in this way is a classic New Zealand First tactic and is the height of electoral cynicism.But it is also much more than that. It is…

via Dunne reminds us it isn’t just Jones — Kiwiblog

Call for Ardern to rule out NZ First — Kiwiblog

Cat MacLennan writes: It is time for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to rule out working with New Zealand First after the 2020 election. …New Zealand First has traded on racism and the demonising of immigrants since it was first set up in 1993. Each election cycle, anti-immigrant rhetoric is ramped up with the goal of…

via Call for Ardern to rule out NZ First — Kiwiblog

Shane will be shaking with fear — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Government coalition partner Shane Jones was both “loose” and “wrong” in saying Indian students were ruining academic institutions.Jones, NZ First MP and minister for regional economic development, said “unfettered” immigration was out of control on Newshub Nation on Saturday, referring to everyone who “comes here from New Delhi”. This second broadside against New Zealand’s Indian community in recent months earned Jones a rebuke…

via Shane will be shaking with fear — Kiwiblog

Shane Jones accused of stoking racism and embarrassing Peters — Your NZ

Shane Jones is highly capable & is doing a good job on the regional development fund. But scapegoating the Indian community is dirty electioneering on immigration but targeting Indians to avoid being called ‘Islamaphobic’ re: ChCh massacre 2019. Very poorhttps://t.co/L3n0EZMJtW — Dr Rawiri Taonui (@RawiriTaonui) February 29, 2020 Foreign students have been a significant part […]

via Shane Jones accused of stoking racism and embarrassing Peters — Your NZ

An insightful look at the NZ First Foundation — Kiwiblog

Luke Malpass at Stuff writes: The New Zealand First Foundation is an entirely different beast. Set up in 2017, its trustees are former NZ First MP and party president Doug Woolerton, and NZ First’s judicial officer and Winston Peters’ personal lawyer Brian Henry.On the evidence collected by Stuff and other media, it effectively acts as a second…

via An insightful look at the NZ First Foundation — Kiwiblog

A very thin denial — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is emphatically denying he or any of his MPs sent covert photos of reporters investigating the NZ First Foundation to a Whale Oil-linked blog.The photos, which emerged on BFD blog last week, showed Stuff and RNZ reporters – who have been looking into the mysterious NZ…

via A very thin denial — Kiwiblog

Armstrong on Jones and Northland — Kiwiblog

John Armstrong writes: What chance of Shane Jones prising the seat of Northland from the tightly-clenched grasp of the National Party at September’s general election? In short, not much.Jones is confronted with a simple, but ugly equation — one that he will never be able to come up with enough numbers sufficient to solve it.National’s…

via Armstrong on Jones and Northland — Kiwiblog

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

Poll – replacement NZ First leader (plus more donations drip feeding) — Your NZ

At this stage there is no indication that Winston Peters will step down as Deputy Prime Minister pending the SFO investigation into how the NZ First Foundation has been dealing with donations. Peters has both distanced himself saying he has nothing to do with the foundation, but has also said he knows the foundation has […]

via Poll – replacement NZ First leader (plus more donations drip feeding) — Your NZ

NZ First referred to police/Serious Fraud Office — Your NZ

It is unclear who exactly is in the firing line (people-wise), but the the Electoral Commission has referred the party donation arrangements involving the NZ First Foundation to the police, who immediately passed the matter on to the Serious Fraud Office. Winston Peters has rfesponded saying the party would review it’s donation arrangements. Electoral Commission: […]

via NZ First referred to police/Serious Fraud Office — Your NZ

Where should the SFO focus? — Kiwiblog

It’s excellent news that the Police have referred on the Electoral Commission complaint about NZ First to the Serious Fraud Office. The Police have a woeful record when it comes to electoral law enforcement, while the SFO have shown much more ability to investigate these issues. So what offences may have been committed and who…

via Where should the SFO focus? — Kiwiblog

Winnie off to the Police — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: NZ First leader Winston Peters has asked his party’s president to prepare a police complaint over a “massive breach” of party information. “Ongoing media stories using as their source stolen information are designed to skew an even political playing field,” a media release from Peters said. This is unintentionally hilarious as the information that…

via Winnie off to the Police — Kiwiblog

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

TAKE the NZ First Tobacco Tax Survey — The BFD

 

New Zealand First has invoked the ‘Agree to Disagree’ provisions of the Coalition Agreement because it cannot support the announced 11.46 percent increase in the tobacco excise from 1 January 2020. We believe it causes more crime, targets the poor, and simply isn’t effective at reducing numbers of people who smoke nzfirst.org.nz/survey_tobacco_tax Take the NZ…

via TAKE the NZ First Tobacco Tax Survey — The BFD

Jones only declared a conflict after media asked questions — Kiwiblog

Radio NZ report: New information released to RNZ reveals that Shane Jones’ office was sent documents about a forestry company’s bid for $15 million from the Provincial Growth Fund multiple times and many months before he declared a conflict of interest because of links between the company and the New Zealand First Party.As Guyon Espiner…

via Jones only declared a conflict after media asked questions — Kiwiblog

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

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

Danyl on the Winston donation scandal — Kiwiblog

Danyl McL writes: Stuff doesn’t name the donors in the document – one source has told me that both Winston Peters and the donors could be horribly embarrassed if identities were made public. But Stuff says the foundation received 26 donations of $325,900 in just a five month period, adding: “Donors to the foundation include…

via Danyl on the Winston donation scandal — Kiwiblog

Peters claims party financials legal, but no explanation of Foundation — Your NZ

Yesterday Winston Peters claimed that NZ First has operated “within electoral laws” and that their financial arrangements using the NZ First Foundation are legal, but has given no explanation of how they have handled donations. A media release: Rt Winston Peters Leader of New Zealand First 19 November 2019 Allegations raised this morning by Stuff […]

via Peters claims party financials legal, but no explanation of Foundation — Your NZ

NZ First funding under further scrutiny, Peters reacts under pressure — Your NZ

Last week RNZ reported: Mysterious foundation loaning New Zealand First money A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it’s lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. Records show New Zealand First has disclosed three loans from the […]

via NZ First funding under further scrutiny, Peters reacts under pressure — Your NZ

Court insists that Peters provide answers — Your NZ

Winston Peters is finding out that he can’t avoid answering questions in a legal proceeding – unlike his frequent fobbing off of media questions. He has been ordered to pay “modest costs” for failing to adequately answer questions. Peters was paid a single person rate since 2010 while living in a de facto relationship, until […]

via Court insists that Peters provide answers — Your NZ

The cracks widen — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has lashed out at the Labour Party, saying the coalition partner has not acted in good faith.Peters, the leader of New Zealand First, has also said that Justice Minister Andrew Little should not have been surprised to learn that the party would push for a referendum on abortion…

via The cracks widen — Kiwiblog

Face of the Day — The BFD | Media

 

Wrongly Wrongson over at The Daily Bog Blog has described what happened yesterday to NZ First MP Tracey Martin as… the coldest most spiteful political kneecapping in NZ history Oh my God, NZ First just did a drive by shooting of one of their own MPs and it was brutal. Martin was the lead negotiator…

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Ditching the CGT — The BFD | Media

Listening to the respective Party leaders’ reaction to the ditching of the Capital Gains Tax a while back was a depressing experience. Not one of them came close to showing real leadership. What they illustrated was that it was all about politics. Jacinda Ardern said she still believed in it but the country did not.…

via Ditching the CGT — The BFD | Media

Will there be an abortion referendum? — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Justice Minister Andrew Little says he will not be doing a deal with NZ First that would lead to a referendum on proposed abortion law reform.On Tuesday, NZ First leader Winston Peters hinted that his party may only support the Government’s abortion changes if they go to a binding referendum.Little said regardless of what NZ First…

via Will there be an abortion referendum? — Kiwiblog