I think only putting Jacinda up on the ads played against Labour - at least it did locally, for me, in my Auckland Central electorate.
Last time I gritted my teeth and voted for Ardern, as she actually had a shot at unseating that horrible National MP (first and only time I've ever voted for a Labour anything).
But when it came time to vote this election, I honestly hadn't even heard of the Labour candidate before, figured she had no chance, so voted Green instead.
Silly me - while it's not exactly Epsom, the Labour candidate (whoever she was) actually got close to the Nat.
Since we don't have to provide ID, can't anyone pretend to be me?
I would hate to get to the polls and be told someone had already voted for me!
All in favour of a UBI.
I mean, if you need the pension, great. It's there for you. But if you really don't... why give it to you?
But isn't this whole idea that you pay tax to get money back yourself just wrong?
Don't we pay tax so that people less well off than us don't starve and (hopefully) have a roof over their heads?
And, roads, etc. The communal good. Not to get money back to our own bank account.
Why should we pay hundreds of thousands of well-off oldies a benefit they don’t need? Shouldn’t we pay more to elderly with no resources? Over 140,000 over-65’s are very wealthy
Amen. I've been hassling my father for years about the moral bankruptcy of accepting the pension as he worked until his early-mid seventies, while earning a six figure salary as a senior lawyer... he joked about it being nice "pocket money"...
Long past time to means test the pension. Fuck-all chance though of any party grabbing that particular thorny issue while all the Baby Boomers are alive and voting.
Go away, you fool.
Nice manners there. I was merely voicing my opinion and being polite... obviously a bit of debate is a bit much for you.
No, I saw that bit - but that doesn't change the fact he's a Labour guy, blogging on an (apparently) non-Labour website. Even branding it with a big red Labour sign on top would still be weird... I was being generous to suggest it should be branded that way.
Kiwiblog is one blog, with its own slant, and fair enough - whatever I or anyone might think of the content. Freedom of speech. But this is a collection of blogs, and it seems strange only Labour gets their own column... and I'm definitely NOT advocating there should be equal space for each party, boring.
It's not hard to set up a blog, right?
Why does PA publish a column from a Labour Party spin doctor (as Rob was referred to by Bryce Edwards on his usually quite good political round-up)?
Regardless of the merits of whatever Rob says here, he works for Labour. Not exactly non-partisan analysis, is it? If this is a Labour blog, it should be branded as such, or he should blog elsewhere.
I'm aware we all know who he is and what he does... doesn't make giving the guy this space any more right.
But it’s a world away from the image that shadowed him for years after he switched to rugby (and then, perplexingly, switched back to the NRL for a season)
Great piece Russell, but SBW played 2013 and 2014 for the Roosters inbetween Chiefs/All Blacks stints. Now off to sevens, hopefully for another gold medal...
But rugby crowds aren’t really like people who don’t go to games think they are. If anything, they’re a bit quiet.
Not if they're a Welsh rugby crowd! Or even a Scottish crowd. NZ fans really, really suck at being proper sports fans. I wrote about this around the Under-20 FIFA World Cup held here mid-year:
Notable absence of support from the most newsworthy politicians (who happen mostly to be male)?
No fan of our PM but Key did intend to show up for the Auckland Constellation Cup netball Test (which was awesome until the end - live netball really rocks), only the Cheerleader-in-Chief got stuck at an airport somewhere further south instead due to bad weather - Palmerston North IIRC.
And Aussie coach Lisa Alexander (who thought the support shown by fans and politicians here was great) then issued a heartfelt appeal for their PM to attend a Cup match back across the Tasman. Don't think their PM did, though.