While Aucklanders wait in traffic, Auckland Transport spends $126k on office tapware
Phil Goff’s efforts to save money at Auckland Council are clearly coming to nothing, with the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance revealing today that Auckland Transport is sparing no expense in its new office headquarters.
The CCO is spending $11 million to refurbish the old Vodafone building in the viaduct. The figure includes $3.2m on new furniture, $126,000 on fancy tap fittings, and $40,000 bike racks. Spokesperson for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, Jo Holmes, is calling on the CCO to take measures to avoid unnecessary expenditure.
“Once again, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport have more money than sense on anything but core services. Sparing no expense on this move into the most costly piece of office real estate in Auckland offers ratepayers nothing. This $11 million fit-out even includes state of the art taps costing around $126,000.”
“Why Auckland Transport can’t reuse furniture from its former building, rather than sending it to the dump, is beyond belief.”
“The Council claims that their old furniture cannot fit into the new space. Surely this should have been a consideration in selecting the new site? On the one hand, they expel the virtue of moving into a smaller space, but what they’re trying to ignore is the fact that this building is costing $11 million to fit out, an extremely costly exercise.”
“Phil Goff was elected on a promise to cut unnecessary waste in Auckland Council and its CCOs. This shows that isn’t happening.”
Breakdown of budgeted expenses on Auckland Council’s refit:
See Auckland Transport’s LGOIMA responses here: www.ratepayers.nz/auckland_transport_refurb
- The total budget for the relocation is $11 million
- $6.8 million replacing the air conditioning, installing kitchenettes on each floor, installing bike racks and rebuilding the reception
- $583,000 updating technology
- $3.3 million on furniture and fittings, including $1.2 million on new desks and chairs, $126,000 on fancy tap fittings for the new kitchenettes, and $25,000 on internal building signage
- $313,000 is allocated to contingencies.
Auckland Transport consistently pleads poverty yet the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has discovered it is spending $126,000 on taps alone for its plush new offices, the most expensive in Auckland. Is this where the money from its targeted rate which added 3% to our rates for three years in a row, because one thing’s for sure it didn’t get spent on improving roads and ending traffic congestion.
Auckland Transport is the epitome of an empire building bureaucracy feathering its own nest while achieving the sum total of nothing. If the government wants to step in and fix Auckland’s traffic woes by spending billions of taxpayer dollars then it must side-line or remove Auckland Transport’s portfolio and do the job itself. The only service Auckland Transport is good at is taking ratepayers for a ride.
The whole Metiria Turei debacle has exposed the truth about the Greens. They embrace systematic fraud and deceit and are proud to do so. It defines them. The reaction of their followers on Twitter under the #IamMetiria hashtag is an admission that their followers too are beneficiary cheats. Green is indeed the new orange. They all belong in prison.
For the many who pay their taxes, feed their families, are honest, hard-working and do not resort to ripping off their fellow man, the Greens pose a huge threat to society. Their leaders send the message to all law-abiding citizens that there is one rule for the elite few lawmakers who do not have to abide by the law, and another for all you suckers out there who have your money confiscated by the State and are thrown in prison if you fail to pay up.
They are modern reincarnations of the robber barons of old, stealing the money from honest citizens so they can live the high life in their protected, pensioned, elite luxury. They know how to play the system form the cradle to the grave. They are rip off merchants, charlatans and parasites. Turei is the paradigm but take a look at any Green MP and you will find a similar story. They have found that being in politics is a very profitable enterprise.
Not only do they rip off the system but they teach their members how to do it through their charitable trusts. Here on Waiheke, where our Green MP manipulates the local board, her politicians feed ratepayers money in the form of grants into ‘charitable trusts’ run by the Greens . Under cover of these trusts are very profitable businesses which pocket the proceeds. They pay no rent or rates on their ratepayer funded premises, use volunteer labour so they pay virtually no wages, are unaccountable, compete with local businesses, and return no money to the ratepayers or benefit to who fund them.
Nobody should be surprised. The Greens philosophy is one of Cultural Marxism which embraces identity politics, promotes entitlement, and supports all causes that undermine western civilisation. They stopped caring about the environment decades ago, although their useful idiot followers are still fooled into supporting them because they want to feel virtuous. If they didn’t know it before they must know now that the Greens are the very antithesis of virtue.
The Labour Party must be rueing the day they got in bed with these fraudsters. They too have been played for fools and are only now waking up to the mess they have got themselves into. The Greens have taken their votes, while Labour has got nothing from the deal they made earlier this year. Labour is rapidly backtracking but I fear it’s too late. The voters will think they are guilty by association.
The main worry is how her admission of benefit fraud is going down with voters.
It is becoming increasingly clear New Zealand First will hold the balance of power after the election. Winnie is no fool. Even for the baubles of office he would not taint himself by aligning with the Greens. A Labour/Green/NZFirst coalition would break down in days. They are incompatible. However, a coalition with National, however distasteful to National, could be very much on the cards. It would also be good for the country and drag National away from some of its dafter policies that have promoted racial disharmony and unbridled immigration.
This election might well see the end of the Greens. I fervently hope so. They are parasites on society who deserve nothing more than being sent back to the black hole of oblivion where they belong.
Tainui has pocketed $138 million and paid virtually no tax it has been revealed after Tainui gloated about their gains in the media. Yes, that’s right the media. The same people who only months ago were screaming how wrong it is that multinationals send too much of their NZ generated profits overseas without paying enough tax, are now silent about the rorts happening here. It turns out the multinationals pay considerable more than corporate giant Tainui.
Jordan Williams of the NZ Taxpayers Union has called for this outrageous unfairness to cease.
“While politicians complain about overseas companies like Google and Facebook not paying their fair share of tax, everyone is turning a blind eye to these enormous tribal and religious empires which pay almost no tax, despite only a tiny proportion of the profits going back into the communities they are meant to serve. It is a disgrace.”
Why the double standard in New Zealand? Because it isn’t politically correct to criticise race based elites. Hence the silence from Labour and the Greens who love calling anyone opposed to their politically creed ‘racist’ while refusing to tackle the real racism in New Zealand.
It’s is left to pressure groups like Hobson’s Choice and the NZ Taxpayers Union to speak out against this manifest and ugly wrong being foisted on the nation’s weakest.
The tribe reported a net profit of $137.8 million on the same day that Hobson’s Pledge released a poll that showed that 68.8 percent of New Zealanders oppose tax exemptions for tribal businesses.
Failure to collect tax from rich corporates means small business and low to medium income earners have to pay more than their fair share. It impacts adversely on the welfare system. It disadvantages the poorest in society far too many of whom will be Tainui’s own sect. Yet still politicians and the media remain silent on this appalling abuse of the tax system.
Remember Len Brown’s infamous tax, the ‘Transport Levy’ that added 3% extra to rates bills for three years, which was supposed to boost spending on transport? Well, it turns out we were all deceived.
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance (ARA) has been suspicious for some time that the Auckland public was being kept in the dark about actual spending on transport. In reality spending on public transport has been stagnant since 2008. Present and future spending is declining. This was confirmed when the Alliance obtained a Ministry of Transport financial analysis of Auckland Council’s transport spending. This was reported on in the Herald yesterday.
Meanwhile the ARA has out the following information to its members.
Government documents show that Aucklanders were lied to
It has been obvious to the man in the street that Auckland Council is not keeping up road maintenance, building roads or car parks to cope with present, let alone future, demand. All Goff can think of doing is demand more car taxes, but now we know we’ve been lied to over one tax we can be certain another will do nothing but raise revenue for all the wasteful projects being undertaken by Council.
As I predicted Goff is nothing but another useless politician who has live so long in his privileged, taxpayer funded, bubble that all he can think of to ‘solve’ any problem is to increase the tax burden of all those who actually work for a living.
Winston Peters has revealed the cost of Auckland’s undemocratic, unelected race based elites (the Independent Maori Statutory Board) attempt to overturn democracy in the courts is close to $300,000.
The IMSB has tried over and over again to extort money by claiming any site they fancy has ‘cultural’ significance, despite providing no evidence to back up their claims. Sadly, they forced some hapless ratepayers into paying tens of thousands for flimsy pieces of paper called ‘Cultural Impact Assessments’ just so they could finally get a resource consent.
This rort was thrown out of the Auckland Unitary Plan. Since then Maori spent nearly $300,000 of ratepayers’ money taking Auckland Council to court. Maori, of course, never pay for anything themselves. The courts threw out the IMSB appeal.
The total cost to the ratepayer, who had to pay for both sides of the litigation, was close to a $1 miilion. The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has issued the following media release.
MĀORI STATUTORY BOARD’S $270K LEGAL BILL AN ABUSE OF PROCESS
NZ First is warning rate and taxpayers that huge legal bills will be coming their way given National’s racially based changes to the Resource Management Act.
When it comes to Maori all the general public of New Zealand has to do is pay and pay and pay again. The cost of corporate welfare for Maori race based elites is enormous. It runs into billions. That is money that will never find its way into helping lift the poorest Maori out of poverty, or pay to educate them how to stand on their own two feet, or keep them out of prison.Far from National realising its promise of stopping the Treaty of Waitangi gravy train it has simply shovelled more fuel on the fire.
The train is now travelling as fast as it can with ever more outrageous claims fuelled by appeasement that can never work. Only Winston Peters is prepared to tackle the growing threat to democracy…”unless there is a major change of course come September.”
It used to go without saying that denying people the freedom to express themselves was the hallmark of a totalitarian state. Yet the denial of right to express an opinion is becoming commonplace in New Zealand, particularly in our universities, but also in local government.
Two events that have affected me personally in the last few days serve to highlight the growing intolerance.
The first was Auckland Council’s denial of free speech for ratepayers. You can read about it here. Following a deluge of emails from outraged ratepayers, the Mayor, offered to let the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance (ARA) speak. In the last few hours he has flip flopped again and has withdrawn the offer. The political elites on Auckland Council obviously think the people who pay the bills simply do not matter.
The second was the cancellation of a talk by Aayan Hirsi Ali because of death threats. I was looking forward to hearing her in person after reading her book Heresy. For her bravery in speaking out about the intolerance of fundamental Muslims she has been braded a heretic and subjected to death threats wherever she goes. This time the death threats were being made against all those attending her talks in Australia and then New Zealand. Being brave about her own life was one thin; being brave with the lives of others was too much for Hirsi Ali to bear and so the tour was cancelled. Threats or no threats I was determined to hear her but I understand why she chose not to continue.
It is not just the jihadi Muslims who threaten Hirsi Ali. It is also their fellow travellers on the radical political left who promote intolerance. These include feminists, Cultural Marxists, and, saddest of all, the universities. You can read here Lindsay Perigo’s polemic lamenting the loss of freedom of speech written after his talk at Auckland University was shut down by Muslims.
So bad has the denial of the right to express an opinion become that 27 prominent New Zealanders have written an open letter to New Zealand universities
Nearly 30 prominent New Zealanders have signed an open letter saying New Zealand's freedom of speech is under attack at universities.
Personally, I’m 100% sure Hirsi Ali’s view of Muslims is exactly right. She makes a clear distinction between "Medina Muslims," "Mecca Muslims," and "Modifying Muslims." "Medina Muslims" are those who are actively supportive of, or involved in, acts of Jihadist terrorism, "Mecca Muslims" “are loyal to the core creed and worship devoutly but are not inclined to practice violence,” and "Modifying Muslims" “are the Muslim dissidents."
The main weapon used to deny freedom of speech in democracies, apart from outright terror, is political correctness. Anyone challenging the world view of feminists and the radical left is immediately branded a racist, misogynist, homophocic, Islamophobic bigot.
Political correctness has been used to great affect against the weak Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy who is so afraid of being labelled a ‘racist’ that she is now the puppet of the anti-free speech, radical left. As such she is actively seeking to shut down free speak by introducing so-called ‘hate crime’ legislation.
As Dr. Muriel Newman director of the NZ Centre for Political Studies says:
Without a doubt, there is a growing intolerance to free speech around the world. A recent article in the Economist found, “From the mosques of Cairo to the classrooms at Yale, all sorts of people and groups are claiming a right not to be offended. This is quite different from believing that people should, in general, be polite. A right not to be offended implies a power to police other people’s speech. ‘Taking offence has never been easier, or indeed, more popular’.”
Democracy dies from within. It is good to see some resistance to the growing intolerance promoted in our universities and elsewhere, otherwise our decent into totalitarianism will continue.
The Resource Management Act (RMA) should be scrapped and replaced says the Productivity Commission. The Commission is deeply concerned by New Zealand’s falling productivity. Latest figures reveal that New Zealand productivity fell by nearly 1% last year. This means Kiwis are working harder and getting less.
NZ productivity remains 15% below the OECD average. Our labour productivity matters because over the long term, growth in incomes and, therefore, the goods and services that New Zealanders can consume, depends on it.
The Productivity Commission has put much of the blame on the RMA labelling it a ‘point of weakness’ in the planning system.
The Productivity Commission, which this morning released its report on how to improve urban planning, say the 25-year-old Resource Management Act had become a "point of weakness" in the planning system.
Yet the latest government tinkering with the RMA only entrenches its role as the anti-productivity charter for New Zealand. For reasons only understood by its elites, the National Government has also chosen the RMA as its vehicle to entrench unelected iwi elites as the controllers of all the nations natural resources through co-governance arrangements on Councils.
Here’s Rodney Hide writing for Hobson's Pledge, an organisation fighting for democracy and equality under the law.
'"The approach by successive governments to Maori economic development is a triumph of hope over understanding and experience. More darkly, it’s the triumph of politics over what is good and just. The policy is to pump tribalism as a viable form of economic organisation. The tribal structures themselves would hardly exist outside of state mandate and massive subsidy. The result is a long list of constitutional outrages and economic sabotage.
The latest amendments to the RMA do the opposite of ‘ensuring there is enough land and infrastructure to meet demand’ as the Productivity Commission wishes. Resource consents will become more difficult and more expensive to obtain, as the Auckland example of the Independent Maori Statutory Board bears witness. It is also undemocratic, and, let’s not mince words, downright evil.
Unless the RMA is repealed New Zealand will become more unproductive, more undemocratic, tribalist, separatist and poorer.
John Key bowed out of politics yesterday. This means he will not have to face the consequences of the policies he has put in place, especially in his third term. National has hastened through some of the most draconian legislation in New Zealand history, legislation that sets precedents for a very unsafe future. It has also enabled National to exercise its strong anti-Jewish sentiment.
Recent examples include:
1. The Wanganui is a ‘person’ legislation has made National a laughing stock throughout the land, but it is no joke. Because the law works on precedent now that the Wanganui River is a person it follows that any ‘thing’ can be a person. This includes all natural resources, all infrastructure, everything in fact that is inanimate and mute. But in order to be classed as a ‘person’ inanimate objects must, like puppets or cartoons, be given animation and a voice. Whoever pulls the strings is the master while the entity becomes the slave. The law says there is only one master in this relationship and it is Maori. This is no innocuous piece of legislation. It is now an established precedent for racial supremacy and the establishment of a master race.
2. The anti-Jewish sentiment in National is strong. There was no need for New Zealand to sponsor a motion in the United Nations that would hurt the only democracy in the Middle East, the Jewish state of Israel. Murray McCully did so willingly and with enthusiasm. This is well documented here. https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/tag/murray-mccully/
3. National has inserted draconian last minute changes into its Resource Management Act legislation that are profoundly anti-democratic and entirely based on racial discrimination. Democracy Action makes this clear in their latest newsletter.
The iwi clauses in the Bill will virtually entrench co-governance and partnership obligations, undermining the basic democratic principles of local government.
What do you call a political party that promotes
In 1933 Victor Klemperer, a Jewish academic in Dresden, made the following entry in his diary on February 21: "It [state control] is a disgrace that gets worse with every day that passes. And there's not a sound from anyone. Everyone's keeping his head down." This is how political correctness works. It seeks to silence the populace. It's instrument in New Zealand is the Human Rights Commission.
It is impossible to escape the parallels between doing business under in 1933 Germany and the "compassionate," "responsible," and regulated "capitalism" of the N.Z. economy today. At least the German government was frank enough to give the right name to its system of control.
The only party opposing all this is NZ First. If you value democracy there is only one choice in this year's election.
A Westland District Council manager awarded an Auckland cake decorator’s firm a $7 million contract to build a sewage plant an investigation by Stuff (Fairfax Media) has revealed. Now the Serious Fraud Office has been called in.
The sorry saga raises a number of questions about the state of local government in New Zealand.
A new business, run by a cake decorator, which had no track record in waste management won a Westland District Council project to build a $7 million sewage plant in Franz Josef, a Stuff investigation has found.
Westland District Council contracted Opus Consulting, a company that is deep in the local government trough throughout New Zealand, to advise the cost of possible solutions. They came up with the $7 million price tag. The new Council rejected the deal and instead opted for a solution that will only cost ratepayers $1 million. Thanks goodness for elections.
Goel had a history of bankruptcy. Despite this background he was still hired by Council as its Asset and Contracts Manager. The whole sorry saga smacks of corruption similar to the recent corruption case against an Auckland Transport manager. Is it any wonder the Serious Fraud Office has been called in to investigate in Westland, but how could this happen in the first place? Where were the checks and balances? Whose head will roll?
The answer is that there are no longer any checks and balances on local government in New Zealand. Ratepayers find their money going into dodgy Trust Funds, handed out as grants instead of providing essential services, and Council bureaucrats running their own highly political agendas without any care for the purpose of local government.
The government has done nothing to tighten up accountability in local government. Instead it has allowed local government to become a byword for corrupt practices. Changes to the Local Government Act introduced by National have done nothing to stop the slide because the Act lacks any teeth.
Fairfax has done a good job uncovering this nasty story and bringing to the attention of the wider public. Social media, especially through Whaleoil and Kiwiblog, is also playing its part in shining the light on local government rorts. The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance acts a watchdog on the waste that is endemic in Auckland Council.
Local government is in serious need of reform if the nation’s decent into corruption is to be reversed.
Calls for compensation are being made by pro-democracy group Democracy Action. This follows the dismissal of the appeal by unelected race based elites that sought to reinstate over 2000 ‘Sites of Cultural Significance’.
Auckland Council had allowed race based groups to demand payment for Cultural Impact Assessments based on the so-called ‘Sites of Cultural Significance’ before the Unitary Plan had been reviewed by the Independent Hearings Panel. Sometimes these demands ran into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Often the demands were paid by applicants if they needed to progress their resource consents.
Democracy Action is now demanding that this injustice be remedied.
PAYMENTS FOR CULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS SHOULD BE REFUNDED
In his decision Justice Wylie found that “at best, only some 140 of the 2,213 sites proposed were the subject of specific submissions and evidence from mana whenua, and that only 16 were supported by detailed evidence at the hearing”.
In other words this was a rort. It was a rort eagerly entered into by Auckland Council’s politically correct bureaucracy and Cultural Marxist Councillors.
It is the first sign in over forty years that the Treaty of Waitangi gravy train might lose traction as those steeped in the democratic tradition fight back against the injustices being inflicted on the people of New Zealand by race based elites and their politically correct cohorts in the elitist establishment.
All that has been achieved through the ToW process is the enrichment of a few iwi elites at the expense of the nation, worsening race relations, and institutionalised discrimination in every facet of public life. Those ordinary iwi Kiwi at the bottom of the heap remain firmly entrenched there. This suits their tribal masters just fine. After all, in a tribal system, in order for there to be masters there must be serfs.
Let that sink in.
How the separatist agenda for a future New Zealand under iwi control (dictatorship) will work in practice is becoming clear with the take over of the Hauraki Gulf Forum by tribal interests. The Hauraki Gulf Forum (HGF) was established as a body which promotes and facilitates integrated management and the protection and enhancement of the Hauraki Gulf, under the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000.
Last year Auckland Council and the Government capitulated to iwi demands for co-governance of the Forum. As a result the Forum is now ‘chronically dysfunctional’ says Democracy Action, a group fighting to retain democracy in New Zealand.
HAURAKI GULF FORUM DYSFUNCTIONAL
Having made the co-governance Forum unworkable the next step will be for iwi to claim they should be given 100% control of the Gulf. This was made clear by iwi leader Paul Majurey at a Hauraki Gulf Forum I attended in 2013. Auckland Council and the Government will simply capitulate because they do not want to be accused of ‘racism’.
This is how democracy dies.
The Government has rejected the Auckland Mayor’s revenue raising regional fuel tax. In a statement yesterday Stephen Joyce and Simon Bridges said ‘any road pricing initiative on existing motorways and highways would be as a replacement for petrol taxes and road user charges not in addition to them.’
The news has been welcomed by the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance
DECISION TO RULE OUT REGIONAL FUEL TAX WELCOMED
Labour’s solution for every situation is to tax, tax, tax, and spend, spend, spend. The simple matter of affordability and budget constraints never enters its head.
I expect Goff knew full well his ‘regional fuel tax’ idea would never fly. The government had already told Goff’s failed predecessor the same thing. It will all be a set-up so he can say to ratepayers when he justifies breaching his 2.5% rates rise promise, ‘It’s not my fault. The government refused to let me raise alternative funding leaving me no choice but to raise rates above the promised threshold. Blame the government.’
We’ve all heard it so many times before from Labour that such an outcome would come as no surprise. In fact, Goff has already signalled he has massive rates rises in his sights. This is what he had to say.
“Putting the burden of resolving transport funding deficit onto ratepayers would push rates up about 16% next year.’
As I said before the election, Phil Goff is Len Brown on steroids.
Over $3 billion in cash has been removed from the productive economy to be handed out by successive governments as corporate welfare to a few iwi elite through Treaty of Waitangi settlements.
It has been squirreled away from the prying eyes of tribal members in a network of Trust funds for the benefit of the iwi elite. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Estimates put the total value of assets handed over to the same few at over $50 billion. And it doesn’t stop there. These Trust funds pay no tax. The iwi leaders are now very wealthy, very powerful and very adept at prising even more out of the system that has made them so rich.
Imagine if that money had been used to benefit all tribal members. There might be no more Maori poverty, no more poor health statistics, no more education under-performance. But, as it is, these statistics get steadily worse. This suits the wealthy iwi elite very nicely because these statistics are the rod they use to beat New Zealand governments into submission.
The blackmailer becomes good at his art through constant practice, yet it is well accepted that giving in to blackmail achieves nothing because the blackmailer always comes back for more. As one of them said, ‘no amount of money can compensate us for the hurt we have suffered’. This is true, so don’t bother. It is nothing but a pointless waste of our money.
As a result of this long drawn out process of corporate welfare for an elite few huge resentment has built up on both side of the racial divide. New Zealanders understand it is impossible to compensate for the supposed ‘wrongs of the past’ without creating further wrongs today and these there are aplenty. The same elites seek ever more power through an apartheid system of co-governance.
Not all Kiwis are taking this lying down. Winston Peters in his Waitangi Day address this year, unreported in the mainstream media, had this to say
The expression partnership is either creative and legally and constitutionally wrong or had to include every New Zealander regardless of ethnic background being in partnership with the Crown.
The same theme is taken up by Don Brash in his 2017 Orewa address on behalf of Hobson's Pledge Trust.
Who benefits from these unprincipled constitutional preferences? Assuredly not most Maori. They gain absolutely nothing from such preferences, which overwhelming benefit only the Maori and Pakeha elite.
Until and unless New Zealand reaffirms this underlying message of being ‘one people’ there will only be division and disharmony in the land. There is soon to be an election. Only those supporting ‘one people’ deserve your vote.
John Key has told a newspaper that he believes the next National government will be supported by NZ First. Key has been an astute politician despite his shortcomings and his assessment of the likely outcome of the next election makes sense. Labour is in disarray following its handling of the Willie Jackson affair and the Greens have opted for a policy of giving its List MPs seats to the Snowflake Generation, signalling that no other generation matters.
Andrew Little’s woeful handling of the Willie Jackson affair has his Party in open revolt, leaving Labour’s chances of winning the next election as minimal. Here is Kiwiblog on the current state of Labour under the heading ‘The Rebellion Spreads’
No open revolt? He [Andrew Little] has caucus members hiring PR firms to help them campaign against his decision. Let’s look at who he has put offside with this:
Labour is also considering enlisting the help of political prostitute Leila Harre who has rejoined the Labour Party after making herself a laughing stock by continual party hopping. Her inclusion on Labour’s List is unlikely to be an asset.
She has been a member of the New Labour Party/Alliance, the Green Party and was leader of the Internet Party, which was bankrolled by internet mogul Kim Dotcom and entered an alliance with the Mana Party at the 2014 election. That was a failure - Internet-Mana gained only 1.4 per cent of the vote.
Mainstream media (MSM) and the polls will inevitably underestimate NZ First’s growing attraction for the large segment of former National voters who will vote for Winston to counter National’s push for increased immigration and a new constitution based on co-governance with race-based iwi elites.
There is a growing disquiet in the country that the Treaty of Waitangi gravy train has gone too far. National promised to finalise the ToW process but in fact has accelerated the race based privilege of iwi elites to the point where it either takes over the country completely with the new power sharing constitution or is de-railed forever.
With Labour and the Greens both pushing for more iwi control, Winston and NZ First stand alone against the tide of increased racial separatism. I suspect National will secretly be hoping to have NZ First as a partner to help it out of the hole it has dug itself into through giving in to the Maori Party. This has lost it a considerable amount of support among National’s traditional voters. These votes will not be transferred to the Greens or Labour. If National wants to win them back in the future it needs to be working with NZ First after 23rd September.
Trying to pick winners and losers with taxpayer dollars is not something the Government should be doing, especially when it comes to foreign policy. The consequences of getting it wrong have already harmed New Zealand’s overseas interests and will prove costly for this export dependent country. Sadly for New Zealand this fact appears lost on our political masters.
The NZ Taxpayers Union continues exposing National’s attempts to influence the outcome of the recent US Election. It has discovered that $7.7 million was handed to the controversial Clinton Foundation affiliate, the "Clinton Health Access Initiative". Now it has revealed a further $5.5 million is to be handed over.
On Wednesday the Taxpayers' Union revealed that the Government has budgeted to give another $5.5 million dollars of taxpayers’ money to the controversial Clinton Foundation affiliate, the "Clinton Health Access Initiative". This is on top of the $7.7million already forked out. Click here to read the details.
Taxpayers are not happy. Watch the video.
noted If you’re not happy with abuse of your money you can sign the petition here.
National’s recent forays into foreign affairs have been disastrous not only for trade but also for the country’s standing as a democratic nation. John Key twice picked the losing side while he attempted to interfere in recent overseas elections. He openly sided with the Remain camp in the Brexit vote and then with the Democratic Party in the recent US Presidential Election. Both have damaged New Zealand’s overseas standing. But nothing will prove as damaging as this blatant bribe to the losing side in the US Presidential race to curry future favour with what National had hoped would be the incoming Clinton administration.
The consequences have been swift and harmful to New Zealand interests. This week President Trump consigned New Zealand’s long fought for international trade partnership, the TPPA, into oblivion at the stroke of his pen. The main plank of National’s economic plan was gone, just like that.
New Zealand has further enraged the Trump administration with its sponsorship of the UN Security Council resolution against Israel in the last days of the Obama administration. The Huffington Post noted Murray McCully’s well known anti-Semitic, pro-Arab sentiments presumably following the scandal over the Saudi Sheep saga.
Here is the The Taxpayers Union again.
Given the lessons of the Saudi Sheep saga, we are staggered that MFAT appear to still think handing out money for diplomatic purposes is sensible. Even worse, this money comes from the NZ Aid budget which should be going to programmes which are the most effective at helping the world’s poor - not sidetracked into political objectives.
Making an enemy of the world’s most powerful economy while being openly hostile to democratically elected nations is an indication of just how out of touch the National has become during its third term The long term health of the nation is at risk as long as National persists in its policy of undermining democracy.
I’m looking forward to 2017. It has started on a high. The blog has reached over 5000 unique viewers and over 18000 page views a week. My Twitter followers have passed the 400 mark. It bodes well.
The momentous events of 2016 (particularly Brexit and the election of President Trump) herald a sea change in the long struggle of those who have spent their lives battling against the increasing power of the State to control and influence all aspects of our lives. For the first time we have hope that the common sense of the common people, rather than the Socialist establishment elites of the post WWII era, can prevail.
The offensive starts with the inauguration of Donald J Trump this week as the 45th President of United States. Trump is the first ‘independent’ president. He is only nominally a Republican. He is hated as much by the elites in the Republican Party as the Democrats. This is good. He has broken the mould of American politics and so brings hope of an end to the oppressive PC establishment polices of the stagnant Bush-Clinton-Obama era of the last quarter century. I love that the Obama legacy is Donald Trump with Republicans in charge of both the Senate and Congress.
The offensive continues in Europe where elections in France, Holland and Germany could continue the destabilising of the EU started with last year’s Brexit vote in the UK. The tide is running against centralised blocs with global influence. It may be too strong for the member states to resist the momentum.
Trump and Brexit have dislodged the cornerstones of globalisation. Global institutions like the United Nations, home of the One World government movement, have fought, like the EU, against the interests of individual nation states, especially in the first world democracies of the west. All Trump has to do is stop funding this monolith of political correctness and the whole edifice will come crashing down.
In similar vein, all Trump has to do to end the ridiculous, unscientific, energy sucking myth of ‘climate change’ is stop funding the universities and institutions who have profited from the multi-billion dollar gravy train of government grants that has sustained it. Then he should stop subsidising the ‘sustainability’ industries. If wind and solar cannot exist without subsidies then they are not ‘sustainable’.
While globally 2017 is shaping up to be every bit as interesting and significant as 2016, locally it’s a different matter.
Quiescent New Zealand continues supporting its increasingly Socialist (state centric) political parties. This means that whichever parties make up the next coalition government we will have more of the same, stultifying political correctness that has engulfed the rest of the world. The only possible hope of change here is that the balance of power will be held by NZ First, but Winnie is no Trump or Farage. New Zealand, once a world leader in forward thinking political movement, has become a stalwart of the UN, with its cultural and political elitism.
Meanwhile the inauguration beckons and I’m looking forward to it. It will be a victory parade of the un-PC. Few, if any, celebs, thank goodness, as they give in to death threats and intimidation from the ‘peace loving’ PC brigade. Instead it will be policemen, firemen, military vets, bikers and marching bands or, as Trump puts, it ‘the number one guest is the American people’.
How refreshing!. He has mustered a Heartland Army to begin the offensive against the effete, perpetually offended snowflakes. It should be no contest.
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
I was reminded of these words by Dumbledore, when he awarded points for bravery to Neville Longbottom in the first Harry Potter book, after reading the courageous speech by Casey Costello explaining why she has become the spokesperson for Hobson’s Pledge, a group formed to ensure the promise made by Governor Hobson, that we are now one people, is not eroded by separatism.
Casey is, like most Maori, first and foremost a Kiwi. That is to say, she believes in equality, democracy, and unity. It should not be a brave thing for her to put these Kiwi virtues first and foremost, but in the increasingly stifled latter-day New Zealand where political correctness is the norm, she risks vilification from her iwi, her friends and the media for speaking out against the growing move towards separatism.
She needs to know she is not alone. In fact she speaks for every Kiwi who believes in freedom of speech and has not yet been cowed into submission by the cry of racist that inevitably attaches to anyone who criticises the disgraceful attempt by tribal elites, aided and abetted by the government, to keep Maori locked in an entitlement culture that is demeaning and unnecessary.
Here is her speech in full. It deserves to be read by all Kiwis.
SPEECH – Casey Costello
Around the world the era of political correctness is coming to an end. The silent majority is at last making its voice heard through Brexit and the election of the anti-PC Donald Trump. There is a new air of optimism among those of us who have been held true to the principles of freedom of speech and democracy. We no longer give a damn about the name-calling of the corrupt mainstream media, political elites and self-serving PC brigade.
Casey Costello speaks for all of us who believe in one law for all, one people and a future New Zealand free of the separatist agenda.
Goff’s ‘big’ idea is light rail (trams). Like Len Brown before him Goff wants to stamp his mark on Auckland with a vanity project that will cost megabucks and do nothing to relieve the city’s worsening traffic congestion. With Brown it was the black hole under central Auckland, the tunnel for the City Rail Link: with Goff it’s light rail –which he thinks is a road.
Kiwiblog takes up the story.
Did Little even talk to Goff on his bribe?Radio NZ reports:
The truth is there is no money in the kitty. The cost of the CRL continues to rise while Auckland’s credit card is maxed out. Auckland Council debt per household is over $20,000. A pathetic Goff has only one solution – get everyone in New Zealand, courtesy of central government, to contribute. Goff is already blaming his failure as mayor on central government, like any failed Labour leader would.
His lacklustre performance at his swearing in ceremony yesterday doesn’t bode well. His speech was summed up in one sentence by the left wing Radio NZ: ‘in a speech uninterrupted by applause, Mr Goff failed to commit to specific goals’. Ouch!
Goff the Gormless, Goff the Grey.
The lull in local government politics between elections, congratulations, commiserations and the start of a new three year term offers a hiatus for political commentators like myself. This quiet time provides space for reflection on more global issues and their impact here in New Zealand.
With only three weeks until the most powerful nation on Earth elects a new leader, the American election naturally fills the vacuum. From a New Zealand perspective I’ve never witnessed such extraordinary interest in an American election before. Everybody is talking about it, everybody has an opinion.
It’s ground hog day for mainstream media (MSM). TV, the press, and radio are having a ball at Trump’s expense. On one day this week I counted ten anti-Trump articles in the on-line Herald alone. All the comment was glib, self-serving and mostly a re-hash of other mainstream media sensationalism from around the globe.
It reminded me of similar content from MSM during the Brexit debate when the same treatment was handed out to UKIP leader Nigel Farage. It reminds me of the MSM pack attack on Don Brash and the Hobson’s Pledge movement. Methinks the media doth protest too much.
Here is an alternative view on Trump from a black American that would never see the light of day in the Herald or be heard on Red Radio (Radio NZ as it is unaffectionately known).
Donald Trump Is A Complete Asshole. But He's Got My Vote.
Here he lists many of the woes inflicted on middle America by the progressive liberal elites epitomised by Obama.
And I remembered how frustrated and angry I've been with what’s been happening in this country. Frustrated with all of these so called “leaders” we hired to actually handle this stuff. Frustrated at how much they all talk a really great game and deliver really inspiring speeches, but never seem to actually get anything accomplished. Frustrated at how dysfunctional they've been these past 8 years. Frustrated at how their dysfunction has impacted the economy. How that dysfunction has impacted companies I've worked for. How that dysfunction has destroyed so many innocent lives and affected entire communities of people.
The same frustration was felt in Britain before Brexit. The same frustration can be felt in middle New Zealand and accounts for the rise in popularity of Winston Peters.
They say the definition of insanity is "continuing to do the same thing but expecting different results." I've seen how these politicians operate. Repeatedly. So now I’m willing to try something and someone completely different.
That's just about my take on things. He concludes:
Despite everyone who initially laughed at his candidacy. Despite everyone who initially said “he might be a great businessman, but he knows nothing about politics.” Despite everyone who initially said he’s just a reality TV star and refused to take him seriously. Despite everyone who insisted he’ll just fade away. He didn’t just prove everyone wrong. He didn’t just do well. He didn’t just go far in the process. He didn’t just become the Presidential nominee. He completely dominated. From day one. He dominated every political conversation. Every day. He dominated the news. Everyday. He dominated every one of his competitors – 16 of them. Every day. For an entire year. He completely changed the game. Broke all of the political rules. Made completely brand new ones. And he turned the entire political world upside down. Possibly forever.
If Trump gets elected then MSM has got it wrong again, just like they did over Brexit. Worse still President Trump might just turn out to be OK. If that happens then the world as MSM has portrayed it to themselves and the nation is very different from reality.
Maybe the little people have got it right and mainstream media no longer reflects mainstream thinking. Maybe it is the media pundits who are out of touch with the underlying discontent of a growing number of solid middle of the road Kiwis who work hard, pay for society’s ‘protected’ elites (including MSM), and for their trouble get called racists. Maybe MSM is a relic of the past, like the philosophy it peddles. .
The real fear underlying the uncritical hysteria of MSM is that very soon the boot may be on the other foot.
The Herald is running an article today about voter apathy in light of the falling voter turnout in local body elections. In 2013 it plummeted to 36% in Auckland. Even on Waiheke where turnout has traditionally been much higher than Auckland turnout has fallen from 70% twenty years ago to around 50% at the last election.
The article identifies key demographics of apathetic voters as the young, ethnic minorities, the poor and uneducated. Various interest groups including students, the homeless and ethnic minorities are invited to have a moan about candidates not addressing their concerns.
Voter apathy is a serious issue that needs addressing, according to Massey University political scientist Dr Grant Duncan.
Of course people are unwilling to sift through the information. There is information overload. Council agendas are turgid. The information in Council agendas is poorly presented and too overwhelming for the vast majority to bother with. They are a bureaucrats dream come true.
People’s lives are busier than ever. They have to juggle home, job, family and friends as well as their own health and wellbeing. There is little energy left over for worrying about Council issues. People only worry only when Councils affect their lives. For instance, not finding a car park at Matiatia adds unnecessary stress to busy lives. The problem needs fixing not spending $150,000 on more plans and 'consultation' about the issue.
People suspect to endless rounds of ‘community engagement’ are little more than a sham, another vast waste of their money when politicians have already made up their minds.
"If I am sleeping in my car or in someone's garage, I'd be more worried about getting through the next day than who to vote for in the next election," Duncan says.
Let’s get back to basics. Rates are a property tax. They are to pay for communal local property and services like roads, parks, recreation spaces, ratepayer halls, libraries, and rubbish collection. They are not there to pay for social services. That is why we pay other taxes.
Naturally it was the Helen Clark government that muddied the waters with its 2002 Local Government Act. The Act widened the purpose of local government to include just about everything. That’s when the wheels really came off. Voter apathy increased markedly. Local Government became little more than a gabfest. Rates soared.
Property owners, who had to pay for all this, also became disillusioned with the system. They too started to switch off.
To its credit this National Government has tried to refocus the purpose of the Act to get back to providing core services and infrastructure, but the culture of waste that took hold in the intervening Clark years is hard to break.
If elected I will stick to the purpose of local government which is:
to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.
In a report in today’s Herald Bernard Orsman exposes the ballooning cost of Brown’s vanity project the City Rail Link. He says the project cost could blow out to $3.4 billion instead of the $2.5 billion announced by Brown. At the same time the government has announced it will finally commit to picking up the tab for half the cost once a ‘Sponsor’s Agreement’ is in place. However, it made the announcement on the condition that a dollar figure is made public.
The Government has confirmed that the cost of the City Rail Link has blown out to between $2.8 billion and $3.4 billion.
No wonder the Council didn’t want to announce a figure. The cost of the project may have blown out by as much as a third. At $1 billion a kilometre it is the most expensive transport project in NZ history. It is also certain that the cost will balloon beyond the $3.4 billion, to say nothing of the associated ongoing maintenance and subsidy costs.
Will it be worth it? I don’t think so. The cost of subsidising every passenger journey will be borne by all ratepayers, the vast majority of whom will never use the link. The project is already taking its toll on other regional transport infrastructure such as simple routine road maintenance as every cent is sucked out of the system to pay for this one vainglorious hole in the ground. In order to keep the city from crumbling into the sea host of new taxes and levies is being foisted on the hapless ratepayer and car driver. Meanwhile debt escalates, and debt interest repayments gobble up increasing amounts of Council’s revenue. Rates will have to rise for sure.
The CRL is the Oliver Twist project crippling Auckland
The justification for more state intervention in our lives is nearly always a desire to do good, but alas the law of unintended consequences almost always ensures lasting harm.
Take the taxation of smoking.
Smoking is harmful to health. Smokers were not paying the full heath costs of their treatment when they became ill. Increasing tax on cigarettes had the double benefit of reducing demand for cigarettes as the price increased and raised sufficient revenue to pay for the health costs of those who continue to smoke. So far so good.
But successive Governments have gone much further. They have raised taxes on cigarettes way beyond the point of covering health service costs. They have raised tobacco tax to the point where it has become oppressive and counter productive. Each new draconian increase is having a decreasing effect on stopping smoking but is leading to unintended consequences that are very harmful to society.
This was pointed out by the Taxpayers' Union last January when National increased tobacco tax by a draconian 10%
While politicians cry crocodile tears about the harms of smoking, they are refusing to allow the sale of healthier alternatives. It appears the only reason is to protect the revenue stream from the taxes on traditional cigarettes.
ACT Party leader David Seymour has gone further this week blaming tobacco tax for increasing crime.
"A carton of cigarettes is now worth nearly $300 due to the tax increases, and we've had 17 robberies in Christchurch in the last seven weeks targeting tobacco. You don't have to be a genius to work it out."
Taxes are now prohibitive and prohibition leads to increasing crime. It creates a ready black market in stolen cigarettes. The easiest targets are local superettes. These are owned predominantly by new immigrants, especially Indians.
The increasing crime against racial minorities has led to the formation of a new race-based political party, The New Zealand People’s Party.
The acting leader is Roshan Nauhria - successful Indian businessman and member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The People's Party was announced this week with a narrower focus than its name suggests. Its target is Asian and ethnic voters and its issue is fighting crime.
Like Hide I expect to see more race based political parties all screaming about their special needs. It has been successful to the tune of billions for Maori. Why not for other race based groups?
It’s all very sad. Once the principles underpinning the rule of law and democracy are removed it is a slippery slope to an uncertain and dangerous future.
I leave to the last word to Ben Franklin one of the Founding Fathers of the US Constitution.
History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy…
These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.
The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to withdraw its draconian proposal to give itself the power to amend tax laws without any consultation or parliamentary scrutiny. The TU is calling this Government proposal ‘the biggest threat to taxpayer rights in a generation’, which it is.
Those of us of a centre right disposition, like myself, who believe in less state interference in our lives, lower taxes and the widest possible extension of individual freedom of choice have become increasingly dismayed with the Key government as it lurches ever more to the left with its love of state control of everything.
This latest Stalinist proposal has, like too much legislation, been shoved in at the last moment in the hope of hiding it from public scrutiny. Even the former head of policy at the Inland Revenue is aghast at the brazen audacity of this latest move to undermine the rule of law, as is Labour.
Proposed law the biggest threat to taxpayers’ rights in a generation
Around New Zealand National it is clear middle New Zealand has had a gutsful of National's lurch to the Left. Check out the number of Facebook 'likes' on this blog.
If it continues alienating its natural voters with race based privilege, undermining the rule of law, and imposing draconian tax laws then National will find it is no longer able to form a government without the help of NZ First. It will have only itself to blame.
The local body election process got underway this week with nominations opening for candidates. The question ratepayers will be asking themselves is ‘who will stand for reasonable rates and sensible spending?’ Usually it is hard for ratepayers to know which candidates will be the ones to vote for big rates rises and which will not. Politicians are apt to make big promises but keep quiet on how their promises will be funded. In reality, they have only one answer, the hapless ratepayer, but don’t like to mention that inconvenient fact. Fortunately, this year is different.
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has called on all Councillor candidates to sign a Ratepayer Protection Pledge to identify those who stand for reasonable rates and sensible spending and those who do not. The Alliance has issued the following media release.
RATEPAYERS' ALLIANCE LAUNCHES 2016 RATEPAYER PROTECTION PLEDGE
Mayoral candidate Phil Goff has already refused to sign the pledge. Ratepayers now know he will put up rates until the pips squeak to fund his plan to expand the role of Auckland Council into a mini state to rival the Government. He told me he wants Auckland Council to get involved in areas that are not its province but that of Government, areas such as social welfare and state housing. Imagine the cost!
Goff will require lots of cash to fund his big plans but has limited funding options. Ratepayers beware. You have been warned.
National Party Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye is supporting a proposal to confiscate (a word being bandied about more and more by National MPs) the Waiheke ferry service from Fullers and hand it over to Auckland Transport.
Nikki Kaye’s call for a monopoly takeover of a private business by local government shows she is out of touch with reality. Instead, she is demonstrating a growing trend among National Party MPs to take over the ground vacated by Labour as the Party lurches ever leftward towards state control of the country.
Kaye’s call for Auckland Transport to take over Fullers Ferries Waiheke Island to Auckland ferry service is already meeting resistance from the Waiheke Ferry Users Group. Here is FUG’s media release.
Keep Auckland Transport away from ferry services
Nobody in their right minds would sign such a petition. Auckland Transport has a reputation of being high-handed and not acting in the best interests of Waiheke or Auckland. It would be akin to letting the drunkards run the brewery. Explore has blamed its failure on 'unfair competition'. The truth is it couldn't attract enough customers to make its service pay. In other words it simply wasn't good enough to compete.
Already National has increased the Government’s share of the economy, a trend that is worrying their supporters. It is in danger of relabeling itself the National Socialist Party of New Zealand, a tag no political party would or should want.