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On 12/12/2019 at 9:40 AM, tripple alliance said:

Hey Thomarse , Hedley and cindy lovers  in general , there can't be many of you left ,  have a read .

Today, the Treasury released the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update. 

(1) Economic growth forecasts slashed. (2) Budget deficit forecast for 2020. (3) Broken their promise to run surpluses every year.  

(4) Over $20 billion more in debt over the next 4 years , (5) Broken their promise to get debt under 20% of GDP by 2020. 

(6) A further $15 billion increase in ‘off the balance sheet’ debt over the next 5 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RE number (5). I thought the Govt had been encouraged to loosen the strings and spend more at a time of low interest rates. Thus the debt will not go under 20%.

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I used to be a fan of John Key before I woke up.

Q said record all resignations.

Steps down from PM  a week after Trump is elected. Donated to the Clinton Foundation.

Is a mate of Obama

Did he leak intel to DNC/Hillary Obama to help with the Trump coup?

NZ is the only 5 eyes country where people with a security clearance can log on and view intel....hence the visits?

 

 

 

 

 

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This must be the same UN pact that cindy the grim reaper (next time she puts on the head gear have a look)  signed and Winston ignored .

President Emmanuel Macron has been accused of “treason” in a letter signed by 11 generals, an admiral and colonel. 

penned by General Antione Martinez, warns that Macron’s signing of the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of its sovereignty and provides a legitimate reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt.”

Voiceofeurope.com reports: The highly decorated military co-signees assert that the beleaguered Macron is “guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation” for signing the migration pact without putting it to the people.

 “The French state is late in coming to realize the impossibility of integrating too many people, in addition to totally different cultures, who have regrouped in the last forty years in areas that no longer submit to the laws of the Republic,” the letter advises, also saying that mass immigration is erasing France’s “civilizational landmarks”.

Can you imagine what will happen here when the UN sends us a hundred thousand refugees a year and we have signed away our rites to stop it .

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The Queen of Grief

Ardern is the queen of grief. The supreme ruler of mournfulness, heartache and anguish. Sympathy just isn’t enough for her. She has to suffer the pain and mortification that is normally reserved for the families and the loved ones of the victims, not for a complete stranger. The melancholy becomes intense when her grieving involves international visitors.

A minute’s silence a week after the White Island tragedy is headline-grabbing throughout the world. Akin to November 11th, Remembrance Day, when we remember the twenty million servicemen and women and innocent victims who fell in the line of duty during the first World War. Why did Ardern call for the country to observe a minute’s silence because some lost their lives visiting an active volcano?

The only ones who observed this were those who were at the site in Whakatane and the COLs who stood in a solemn circle exhibiting sober reflection as the TV cameras rolled. Really? What I would appreciate is if this same mob would exhibit such mournfulness every time a child is killed by a dropkick adult. Or every time an innocent person is killed by a speeding motorist fleeing police. Death arrives in many shapes and for their loved ones the pain is not graduated by degrees. Whether you are killed on an active volcano or drowned in a swimming pool the loss is just as severe.

Of course Ardern should acknowledge the tragedy but by embedding herself in the grieving process you must ask the question, is it genuine or is it political? I think it is neither. She has found a niche in which she performs well, she receives adulation and positive international coverage. If ever one needed positive reinforcement it’s her because every other thing she touches disintegrates into a shambolic travesty. The tears of grief are much more palatable than the tears of failure.

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Let’s Do This…But as We Tell You

We are now two- thirds of the way through the term of this Government led by the Labour Party on a slogan of “Let’s Do This.” So what have they done? In truth, not a lot and much of what they have done has turned out to be counterproductive. The question of why is answered by a group photo of the Labour MPs posted on Backchat on Sunday night. There looked to be no more competence amongst them than you would have found at the chimpanzees’ tea party at the Auckland Zoo in the 1950s.

The big failure of this Government has been to form hundreds of working groups of so-called experts to provide advice on legislation to be passed. What they should have been doing is consulting with the real experts, those working in the area affected by the legislation and who would, therefore, be personally affected by it. But that is not how the left of politics work. Today, the left increasingly operate somewhere between Socialism and Marxism. The hard left in America and Britain are of the Marxist philosophy which is where Ardern would like to take this country. So her “Let’s Do This” is more of a let’s do this but as we tell you.

Hence the working groups with people selected the majority of whom will support the groups’ recommendations which will be along the lines of what the Government wants to be written into the legislation. This is nothing short of a farce and a complete waste of time and money, Michael Cullen and his tax working group being a prime example. The CGT was never a good idea in terms of electoral acceptance and any competent Government could have worked that out for themselves. These working groups are just a sham to have the peasants, that’s you and I, believe that there is some form of democracy in action. LOL!

The gun buyback program is another good example. A knee jerk reaction which I suspect, more than anything, was a not too subtle attempt by the PM to get her name in lights on the world stage yet again. I’m sure that outfit I call the Useless Nations in New York would have been impressed. Instead of talking with law-abiding gun owners, let’s tell them instead that they can’t have their guns. Never mind our friends in the gangs, they can keep theirs. As it turns out, the whole nonsense has had it’s obvious and desired outcome – most gun owners have taken their lead from gang HQ and kept theirs too.

Climate Change is another that comes to mind. Would it have been a good idea to consult with the agricultural sector on these matters? Apparently not. Let’s do this as a Minister by carrying out the boring task of attending farmers meetings to tell them to like it or lump it in regard to regulations, thereby again feigning democracy, or do it the other way. That is, if the farmers have the audacity to front up at Parliament, barely give them the time of day and label them rednecks! Any competent Government would know this is not how you win friends. But not the left. Farmers are rich pricks and will be dealt with accordingly.

Housing and Kiwibuild. Was there any consultation with the building and construction industry in terms of how viable was the pie in the sky idea of building 100,000 houses in terms of land and personnel availability? No, just “Let’s Do This.” And then when it’s found out to be a lame duck, let’s scrap the targets. How easy is that? Were landlords, also supposedly rich pricks, consulted re the effects of new regulations to be implemented and what negative effects they might have on the rental market? No, just “Let’s Do This” and then wonder why the rental market has collapsed and, as a result, rents have skyrocketed.

Transport is another. “Let’s Do This” in this area means, in Auckland, dozens of suburban buses running around with few passengers and in Wellington an unworkable bus timetable. What this Government, particularly the loopy Greens, would like it to mean is – on yer bike – regardless of whether you’re doing the school run or the supermarket shopping. They would like us to start using all the cycleways that hardly anyone uses that the government have wasted money on. Meanwhile, the number of vehicles goes up on roads that are under increasing strain, thereby increasing congestion and doing goodness knows what to the carbon emissions. Any competent Government would know you have to invest in new roads.

How about Education. Here the Unions say “Let’s Do This” and we do it. They say no to  Charter Schools so they scrap them, well not entirely, they bring them under their control, thereby once again feigning democracy. One good thing the Minister has done, no doubt at the Union’s request, is to scrap the meaningless decile system. No competent Government would allow itself to be dictated to in this manner. Union money talks!

Energy is a pearler. “Let’s Do This” became “lm Doing This”, the infamous Captain’s Call to bastardise the oil and gas industry. I wonder if the Captain might see any linkage between that, looking to the future, and the fact that in the last year we have imported the most amount of coal since 2006. I very much doubt it. We have plenty of our own but can’t mine it because the green luvvies are petrified we might kill a snail. No competent Government would have a bar of this type of bollocks.

The list goes on but the recurring theme is that you will do as we say which is the mantra of the left. The elections in Britain and America proved that those workers, particularly in the industries, who are reliant on keeping their jobs will vote for the party most likely to provide that security. Left or right is becoming increasingly irrelevant. This is something the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the hard left, including the Captain here, need to realise. Their idea of utopia where everyone is the same has never worked and won’t work now or in the future.

 

 

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/118419927/national-mp-jian-yang-organised-simon-bridges-controversial-china-trip-emails-show?cid=facebook.post&fbclid=IwAR1fZ2DVcbUlvqYa2dmbr8gdkMGoW1ruVdmt-3-SlKDr77asQZM0yOnuyz0

National MP Jian Yang organised Simon Bridges' controversial China trip, emails show

Harrison Christian11:00, Jan 05 2020

National leader Simon Bridges travelled to Shanghai and Beijing in September.

Simon Bridges' controversial China visit was organised by Jian Yang, the National MP who admitted to training Chinese spies, official emails show. 

Bridges was criticised for praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in an interview on Chinese state television during the five-day trip in September.

He also came under scrutiny for meeting the person in charge of the country's secret police, at a time when the CCP was detaining more than a million Uighur Muslims

Correspondence released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) under the Official Information Act showed National MP Jian Yang put together the trip's itinerary. 

 

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Yang came under intense scrutiny shortly before the 2017 election when it was revealed he taught English at an elite Chinese spy school before emigrating to New Zealand.

Yang also studied at another military intelligence facility where Xu Meihong, a famous Chinese spy, was his classmate, according to the Financial Times. All up, he worked in Chinese military intelligence for 15 years.

In late August, Yang emailed National Party staff with the itinerary he put together for Bridges and said: "I'm rather pleased with it".

A member of the Chinese Communist Party's 25-man Politburo would meet the delegation "although we do not know who that person is", Yang said in the email. 

That person turned out to be Guo Shengkun, the head of the CCP's secret police.

Bridges' visit drew international attention from China watchers and journalists.

The Asia editor of the Financial Times, Jamil Anderlini, tweeted: "Why is the leader of New Zealand's biggest opposition party meeting with the head of China's secret police? And why is he in Beijing with a New Zealand member of parliament who spent 15 years working for Chinese military intelligence?"

David Capie, director of Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Studies, called Bridges' comments in his state media interview "truly extraordinary".

"Alarming to have such a big gap between government and opposition views/language concerning such a critical relationship," Capie said.

Yang and Bridges also arranged to travel together in the same car between events on their programme, emails show. Gerry Brownlee, National's spokesperson for GCSB, NZSIS and foreign affairs, was also on the trip. 

In late August, nine days before Bridges and Brownlee were due to touch down in China, they hadn't asked for any assistance from MFAT.

I've asked for copies of [Bridges'] programmes; offered in person briefings by senior MFAT officials; and indicated the extent of assistance MFAT can provide three times now," an MFAT staff member wrote to other staff. 

"I'm not inclined to offer again, but perhaps we will see a last minute scramble of requests."

A colleague responded: "I agree you have done more than enough in terms of making it clear we stand ready to assist." 

The following day, an MFAT staffer emailed David Mahon, a Kiwi businessman based in Beijing, and Andrew Robinson, New Zealand's Consul-General to Shanghai, saying they had the green light to "co-organise" the trip.

Yang then emailed his itinerary to National staff and it was forwarded to Hope and Robinson.

National announced in August that Yang would accompany Bridges and Brownlee to China, but the party never revealed Yang was organising the trip. 

Bridges did not respond to a request for comment. 

 

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1 hour ago, tripple alliance said:

Where's cindy ? , missing again , perhaps she has gone for a job interview at the un .

She's in Aussie helping the greenies light fires and kill the animals then blame it on climate change.

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TRUST in Police Destroyed by Politically Motivated Raid Against Young Family

January 11, 2020

 

he day that the public’s trust in Police died can be measured. It was 9 January 2020, the day approximately 12 armed and uniformed goons from the Police metaphorically kicked in the doors of a young Christian family to search for a .22lr lever action rabbit rifle.

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It is also the day democracy died as the evidence the Police used for their thinly veiled assault on a young family was the evidence provided in good faith to the parliamentary select committee looking at gun reforms. Ironically that evidence was that the Police’s draconian and ill-advised gun grab would make illegal the very firearm the Police were looking for.

Stuart Nash sold the gun grab as removing guns “designed purely for killing people” from the streets. Yet the very first gun sought in the jack-booted armed Police raid was a .22lr lever action bunny rifle.

Quite what possessed the Police to use a public submission to a select committee and then go after a lever-action rifle rather than a semi-auto rifle is beyond comprehension.

Perhaps they sought to make an example of a young man with a young family, the youngest being only four weeks old, as a way of putting fear into the gun community. That they chose to do it against a young man dreadfully slandered by media previously just makes this a political hit-job. That makes this situation a tragedy for law enforcement and democracy.

One can only imagine the briefings given to the 12 young Police assigned to assault this young family in their home at dinner-time. Imagine then the potential for disaster with Police officers tooled up for an armed confrontation. Imagine, if you will, what might happen if an assault like this on a household occurred with a person who may have been legitimately having a few ales at home. With 12 gung-ho, amped-up Police carrying firearms in a tense situation, there will always be the potential for a standoff or worse. One can also imagine the confusion in the minds of that same Police who discovered that contrary to their no doubt embellished briefing they found themselves confronting a gently-spoken family man with three young children.

The Police appear to have deliberately picked on a high profile target in their over-the-top raid but they have severely miscalculated the target’s willingness to bow down to a Police projection of power.

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How ironic then is it that the Police used far more lethal weaponry on the streets in seeking to remove a .22lr bunny rifle. They have just proven the gun lobby was right, and in the process have made the Police Minister look worse than an abject liar.

One also wonders what Stuart Nash makes of this situation when after encouraging gun owners to submit to the select committee to ensure their voices are heard, he now finds that the Police have used gun owners submissions to prepare a hit list of “dissidents” to get rid of on the thinnest of pretences. His Police force has breached the trust of submitters. Citizens can now be undeniably assured that giving evidence to a select committee places you at risk of an armed Police response. Citizens should rightly feel alarmed that participation in democratic processes now leads to an armed Police response.

The implications are alarming. What is more alarming is that these various over the top reactions from Police were predicted by the left-wing as coming from an emboldened John Key government with increased Police and surveillance powers.

How shameful then, that these actions have occurred under the Jacinda Ardern-led, kindness government. I wonder if voters really thought that a kindness government meant jack-booted, uniformed Police roaming the neighbourhood with semi-automatic weapons and bullet-proof vehicles raiding the homes of young Christian families?

There is more than enough crime from gangs and drug dealers for Police to concern themselves with instead of harassing people that they’ve already vetted as fit and proper persons.

Stuart Nash and Jacinda Ardern have presided over the largest criminalisation of people who have already been vetted strenuously by Police, and all to cover their own failings in passing laws that allowed Brenton Tarrant the ability to purchase his firearms easily and arm himself with large amounts of ammunition. Transactions that the Police actually approved. Innocent people are being made to pay for the failures of the Police.

 

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Stuart Nash failed to listen to experts, instead preferring the excesses of his Police. He must now reap the whirl-wind for his actions. There are easily more than 5000 firearms licence holders and their extended families in his electorate. Those FAL holders will see this for what it is, a naked grab for power and a massive extension of Police powers for no public benefit. They will see that, now, participation in democratic processes places one at risk from that unfettered Police power as they seek to criminalise law-abiding citizens while letting actual criminals roam free. They should now exercise their democratic right to vote Stuart Nash from the parliament.

Jacinda Ardern should explain how raiding the house of a young family, including a four-week-old baby, at dinnertime is in any way “kindness”. Will she apologise for the trauma caused to this family? Somehow I suspect not. Her government’s actions and those of her jack-booted Police are creating more victims, this time assaulting the very democracy which saw her positioned as Prime Minister. What does she think of the wilful breach of faith in targeting people for heavy-handed armed Police action based on their participation in democratic processes? I suspect we will never know, a complicit media and a willingness to use the forces of the state to terrorise innocent people will ensue an uncomfortable silence from her.

Sadly, this is just the start. One can hope that the rank and file Police might actually start to refuse to act on raids like the one that just happened. That they see their bosses have become political storm-troopers and are using them in a war against the good guys instead of in a war against actual crime. Again, sadly, this won’t happen and our freedoms died a little bit at the hands of the very organisation that is charged with serving and protecting those very freedoms.

New Zealand has become a sad shadow of its former glory where Jack was always as good as his master. Now Jack must buckle to the jack-booted forces of the state.

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$17 BILLION , YES that's how much cindy and her lot sold to international speculators last year .

Foreigners splash $17b on NZ assets last year, up 70 per cent:

Selling our best and brightest and of course millions of hecs of land , much of it going from producing sheep and beef to trees which will make no return for many years .

They campaigned against selling assets , Where's Winston ?

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Hard disgusting facts . 

" Cindy has been in the job for more than two years and here's the result .   The number of people on a Jobseeker Support benefit has risen 10 percent, or 13,416 people, since December 2018. .

In the last three months, the number of one-off grants issued for food rose to 143,900, at a cost of $14.7m, Ministry of Social Development (MSD) figures show.

That's an increase of more than 50 percent from two years ago, and continues the trend of growing numbers of people requiring help with the basics.

The number of Hardship Assistance Grants handed out has climbed to more than 570,000 over the September quarter, at a cost of $167 million."

How can anyone possibly still believe this collection of losers , our government , have any idea of how to run a vibrant , successful economy , they haven't got a clue .

The less well off are much worse off today than they were 2 and a bit years ago .

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Remember when cindy signed up to the UN refugee pact  .

 The UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide, the Compact was drafted to address all aspects of international migration . Reality is take immigrants when told  to , this is what happens when you try to protect your country , your heritage . 

" French intellectual Renaud Camus has been given a 2 month suspended prison sentence for stating that mass immigration in Europe represents an “invasion.” , Camus will only avoid jail by paying 1800 euros to two “anti-racist” organizations, SOS Racisme and the LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism).

The writer, who is the author of Le Grand Remplacement (The Great Replacement), was charged with “public incitement to hate or violence on the basis of origin, ethnicity, nationality, race or religion.”

The conviction stems from a November 2017 speech in Colombey-les-deux Eglises to the National Council of European Resistance in which Camus declared, “Immigration has become an invasion.”

“The irreversible colonization is demographic colonization, by the replacement of the population,” said the author, adding, “The ethnic substitution, the great replacement, is the most important event in the history of our nation since it has existed; as with other people, if the story continues, it will not be that of France.”

 

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Mike Hosking: Jacinda Ardern needs to deliver more than spin

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Don't panic, the Prime Minister has been found. She is among the vines in Martinborough.

And from between those vines she has repeated the mistakes of the previous two years. She's promised something and given it a name and headline. She is promising to run a positive, factual, and robust campaign.

Oh dear. Is that the same as saying you are the most open, honest, and transparent government ever? Or not dissimilar to last year being the year of delivery?

Neither of those two were honest, real, or delivered. It is claimed by some that the year of delivery thing was almost made up on the spot. They were, I think, at a similar rural gathering and they panicked. They didn't have anything specific or snappy enough to say, hence the "year of delivery" it was. Or wasn't, as the year itself proved.

I think we can probably put the most honest, open, and transparent government one down to the fact that she couldn't believe she was actually in government, given she'd actually came second on the night, and the bloke who came even lower than second got to pick the team.

But the message or lesson here, if anyone in Labour actually want to learn it, is that, as they enter this election year they have an issue. That issue is credibility. They say an awful lot of stuff and then, well not a lot follows.

Certainly not a lot of openness, or transparency. And as for the honesty, I think even their most hardened supporters would blush just slightly if they decided to defend the party's complete honour and integrity.

Yes, like all governments they've achieved a pile of things that they can spruik and/or defend. But it's the stuff they haven't done. The child poverty, the social housing, any housing, or the health reform. It's the things they held dear, talked of passionately, that after three years remain not only unsolved, resolved, or fixed, but have actually got a hell of a lot worse.

Now they'll offer the usual excuses about not fixing things in a day. But that was their problem, with promises and the year of delivery, they talked such a big game, and they created a gargantuan expectation. And no better example wasn't delivered in the year of delivery than KiwiBuild.

And not only did it implode in the year of delivery, it was falling apart in the year they promised to be the most open, honest, and transparent government ever. And they weren't open, honest, or transparent. They tried to cover it up by telling us it was fine until it so obviously wasn't, and then they threw their hands in the air.

So that is their real hurdle, along with having run out of money leaving them busy borrowing, and of course the economy. The economy might save them, it depends on the 2018 fourth quarter growth numbers.

But having watched this game for 35 years, if you compare them to the first term of Lange, Clark, Key, and maybe even Bolger, they're going to need to be doing a great deal more than just another snappy headline from the queen of glib phrases.

 

 

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Ardern sticks her nose where it wasn't required into a private dispute and it will cost the tax payers $45 million and open a right can of worms:

Government to buy back Ihumatao for $45 million

Duncan Garner

I have some breaking news for you, sources have told me the Ihumatao land deal has been struck and could be announced this week. 

First some background so you're not confused. This is the land out by Auckland Airport owned by Fletchers who planned to build houses on it.

Then in came a few protestors who squatted there, refusing to leave until it was returned to local Maori. 

Jacinda Ardern controversially stepped in and ordered construction to stop.

And today comes the deal, and taxpayers you've copped it right between the eyes.

My sources say the Government will transfer $45 million as a grant to Auckland Council... who will then pass that on to Fletchers.

They paid just $26 million for the private land a few years back, so they make a nice profit today $19 million for doing not much.

The Government can't be seen to pay the money directly, hence the smoke and mirrors, but none of us are fooled.

So Fletchers walk away relieved and happy, after having their private property rights trampled all over.

The Kingitanga and Tainui are then gifted the land,  as they are mana whenua.

Tainui refused to buy back the land with its own money,  as that land was part of the 1860 confiscation.

Hence the time it's taken to broker this deal.

But most of this land will then be gifted back to New Zealand as a reserve.

Except for a small block, which will be set aside for papakainga housing for the local hapu.

So winners and losers: Winners - Fletchers walk away with a big cash profit and their reputation intact.

But they should be shaking their heads that these protestors got a fair hearing by a Government willing to broker a deal that put protesting first and private land rights a distant last.

Tainui and the Kingitanga win by getting land that was never available for settlements until the illegal occupation.  

Pania Newton the organiser will be regarded as a hero.

Losers: That's you, New Zealand taxpayers who just stumped up $45 million because a bunch of protestors held the country to ransom.

This should send a chill down the spine of anyone sitting on private land.

Property owners beware,  this Government just picked protestors over private property rights.

And equally,  all those iwi who have settled and couldn't get their hands on prized private property they may pile back into the beehive demanding renegotiation.

Jacinda Ardern has set the tone for this and blame can be laid squarely at her feet as Prime Minister.

 

 

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What They Promised vs What They Delivered: Part One

Source: brokenpromises.co.nz

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins promised in mid-2018 that his government would

“reduce the reliance on expensive consultants and contractors, saving taxpayers many millions of dollars a year”.

Chris Hipkins, 2018.

The total spend across all 30-plus public sectors at that time was just over $550m.

Broken promise:

Annual reviews show spending on contractors and consultants at 13 of the largest departments increased by a total of 14 percent in a single year to $720m.

Source: rnz.co.nz

Promise: Child Poverty

“The Government will protect the environment, create more jobs and lift incomes of families to reduce child poverty, while running surpluses and paying down debt.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

Seven of nine measures of child poverty have worsened under this Government. Percentage of children in households in material hardship and under 60% median income after housing costs – In June 2018 increased by 12,000 and rate increased 1.0% for Labour’s first year.

Source: Stats NZ

Promise: Jobs

“The Government will protect the environment, create more jobs and lift incomes of families to reduce child poverty, while running surpluses and paying down debt.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken Promise:

Job growth has fallen from 10,000 new jobs a month under National to only 3000 and the number of people on jobseeker benefits has increased by over 22,000 since the election.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Promise: Infrastructure

“This Government is committed to major investments in housing, health, education, police, and infrastructure.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

Reallocation of funding for $5 billion of state highway projects resulted in Treasury advice that there would be “a downturn in major projects, including the re-evaluation of 12 state highway projects, many of them ‘market ready,’ which are no longer included in the pipeline.

 

“As part of keeping our society safe, this government intends to add another 1800 new police officers over the next years and will investigate a volunteer rural constabulary programme. Community law centre funding will increase and a Criminal Cases Review Commission will be established. Family violence networks, including Women’s Refuge and Shakti, will get more funding.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

They shifted the goal posts and claimed the 1800 wasn’t a net new officer number, which took into account attrition, but 1800 graduates. 

Every previous question the Government had answered up until late 2019 was answered in a manner consistent with an “aspirational” goal to deliver 1800 net new Police this term.

That has now been abandoned.

brokenpromises.co.nz

Promise: Child Poverty

“This government will address the social deficit in this country and it will start with children. About 290,000 children live in poverty in New Zealand, in many cases without adequate food, healthcare and housing.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

This Government hasn’t reduced child poverty.

In fact, seven of nine indicators of child poverty have gotten worse under this Government.

Source: Statistics NZ

Promise: Housing

“When the $1.5 billion project, now dubbed The Porirua Development, was announced last November, the government said the first renewed state home would be ready in 2019, while the first Kiwibuild home would be ready in 2020.”

Stuff.co.nz

Broken Promise:

Now Kainga Ora says the first stage of state homes will be completed next year, and the private/Kiwibuild component of the 25-year project will start in 2021.”

Stuff.co.nz

Promise: Volunteer Rural Constabulary

“…will investigate a volunteer rural constabulary programme. Community law centre funding will increase and a Criminal Cases Review Commission will be established. Family violence networks, including Women’s Refuge and Shakti, will get more funding.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

This was investigated and New Zealand First was taken by surprise to learn Police had recommended not proceeding with it.

Public comments from NZ First MPs suggest the matter isn’t settled and a voluntary rural constabulary may be formed. It won’t. The policy is dead.

brokenpromises.co.nz

Promise: Police

 

“As part of keeping our society safe, this government intends to add another 1800 new police officers over the next years and will investigate a volunteer rural constabulary programme. Community law centre funding will increase and a Criminal Cases Review Commission will be established. Family violence networks, including Women’s Refuge and Shakti, will get more funding.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

They shifted the goal posts and claimed the 1800 wasn’t a net new officer number, which took into account attrition, but 1800 graduates. 

Every previous question the Government had answered up until late 2019 was answered in a manner consistent with an “aspirational” goal to deliver 1800 net new Police this term.

That has now been abandoned.

brokenpromises.co.nz

Promise: Child Poverty

“This government will address the social deficit in this country and it will start with children. About 290,000 children live in poverty in New Zealand, in many cases without adequate food, healthcare and housing.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

This Government hasn’t reduced child poverty.

In fact, seven of nine indicators of child poverty have gotten worse under this Government.

Source: Statistics NZ

Promise: Housing

“When the $1.5 billion project, now dubbed The Porirua Development, was announced last November, the government said the first renewed state home would be ready in 2019, while the first Kiwibuild home would be ready in 2020.”

Stuff.co.nz

Broken Promise:

Now Kainga Ora says the first stage of state homes will be completed next year, and the private/Kiwibuild component of the 25-year project will start in 2021.”

Stuff.co.nz

Promise: Volunteer Rural Constabulary

“…will investigate a volunteer rural constabulary programme. Community law centre funding will increase and a Criminal Cases Review Commission will be established. Family violence networks, including Women’s Refuge and Shakti, will get more funding.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

This was investigated and New Zealand First was taken by surprise to learn Police had recommended not proceeding with it.

Public comments from NZ First MPs suggest the matter isn’t settled and a voluntary rural constabulary may be formed. It won’t. The policy is dead.

 

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What They Promised vs What They Delivered: Part Two

Promise: Youth Suicide

“New Zealand’s high suicide rate, especially for adolescents, is shameful. This government will increase resources for frontline health workers and will put more nurses in schools to make it easier for young people and others with mental health problems to get the help they need. Free counselling will be available for those under 25.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

A pilot giving free counselling for 18-25 year olds was announced in 2018, it hasn’t been universally rolled out (and the announcement was just a commitment to tendering out a contract).

Source: stuff.co.nz

Promise: Aged Care

“David Clark, the Minister of Health, made a commitment prior to the election in a speech he gave in Christchurch that the first Budget of a Labour-led Government would see the appointment of an Aged Care Commissioner”

Newshub

Broken promise:

No one has been appointed. 

Promise: Medicinal Cannabis

“Funding for alcohol and drug addiction services will increase, and drug addiction will be treated as a health issue. Medicinal cannabis will be made available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain. As part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Green Party, this government is committed to holding a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis at, or by, the 2020 election.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken Promise:

The Ministry of Health is still analysing feedback on a proposed scheme.  The first regulations aren’t expected until some time in 2020. Meanwhile, National researched and developed a credible regime which the Government could have picked up and implemented by now, but they ignored it.

brokenpromises.co.nz

Promise: Seniors

“Seniors will be entitled to an annual free health and eye check as part of the new SuperGold Card.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

Despite the Deputy Prime Minister’s big promises of caring for older New Zealanders. 
Scoping was done and announced in 2018 but no follow-up since.

Promise: Free Doctors Visits

“Free doctor visits will be extended to everyone under 14, with teen health checks for all Year 9 students.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

A lovely sentiment that has not been delivered. The promise was made by Labour to NZ First. The last time it was mentioned publicly was on the 30th April 2018 on Newshub.

Promise: Early Childhood Education

“It [the Government] will grow the number of early childhood centres, and fund them to employ qualified and registered teachers.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

The overall number of licensed Early Childhood Education services has actually decreased from 4,567 centres in 2017 to 4,532 in 2018.

Source: Education Counts website

Promise: Financial Literacy

“This government will offer all high school students free driver training and financial literacy, as part of a toolkit giving all school leavers valuable practical skills.”

Speech from the Throne

Partially Broken Promise:

They only partially delivered a tool for teachers to teach this. It was “a very once-over-lightly effort and will do little to properly raise standards in this area.”

Promise: Mental Health

“It will pilot counsellors in primary schools, and it will rebuild outdated or unsuitable classrooms.

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

In June 2019 the NZ Association of Counsellors backed a petition asking for counsellors to be placed in primary and intermediate schools. No sign of progress any time soon.

 

 

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What They Promised vs What They Delivered: Part Three

Promise: Driver Training

“This government will offer all high school students free driver training and financial literacy, as part of a toolkit giving all school leavers valuable practical skills.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

The Prime Minister has announced a scheme to help 2500 young drivers, so only around 1 per cent of secondary school students have access to the scheme.

Source: Education Counts website

Promise: Careers Advice

“This government will modernise and re-develop a comprehensive system of careers advice and guidance that is integrated into learning and will ensure every student has a career plan that is regularly updated through their schooling.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise: They have completely failed to deliver this.

Promise: Education

“It will end bureaucratic national standards and replace them with new forms of assessment that meaningfully reflect student achievement. It will ensure that all students have access to technology to support their learning, and it will ensure that every child with special needs and learning difficulties can participate fully in school life.

Speech from the Throne

Broken Promise:

NCEA and the Curriculum are still under review two years later.

They have failed to ensure that all students have access to technology to support learning.

“The Government’s learning support plan has only a component of what is required for supporting children with complex needs.” 

brokenpromises.co.nz

Promise: School Donations

“It will remove or reduce financial barriers to access, by offering more funding to schools that do not charge fees…”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

Deciles 8, 9 and 10 schools have been denied the school donations programme.

Promise: Gender Pay Gap

“It will eliminate the gender pay gap within the core public sector and encourage the private sector to do the same.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

Pay equity legislation has stalled. The Government blocked the National Party bills twice, and have left their own sitting on the order paper for more than 6 months.

Overall the gender pay gap (9.3%) has not changed since 2017. The Public sector gender pay gap was 10.7% in 2018. (Source: Stats NZ & stuff.co.nz)

Promise: Rent to Own

“This government will make life better for renters. A ‘Rent to Own’ scheme will be developed.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

This was a promise made to the Green party and so far nothing has happened.

Promise: Foreign Housing Register

“A comprehensive register of foreign-owned land and housing will be created, and the Overseas Investment Act will be strengthened.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken Promise:

Nothing has been heard about this since it was mentioned during the 2017 election campaign.

Promise: Apprenticeships

“This work will begin immediately, as part of this government’s 100 Day Plan. To boost the workforce, employers will be financially supported to train 4000 young people as apprentices, including on-the-job construction training.”

Speech from the Throne

Broken promise:

Not even close. The 4000 were supposed to be delivered by the end of 2019. Now that target has been quietly dropped. Only 417 have started the Mana in Mahi programme and 32 per cent of them dropped out. Now they’re aiming for 2000 young people in training by 2023.  Meanwhile the number of young New Zealanders on the dole has risen by 5500 under this Government – and that’s in a tight labour market!

 

 

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17 hours ago, rdytdy said:

Ardern sticks her nose where it wasn't required into a private dispute and it will cost the tax payers $45 million and open a right can of worms:

Government to buy back Ihumatao for $45 million

Duncan Garner

I have some breaking news for you, sources have told me the Ihumatao land deal has been struck and could be announced this week. 

First some background so you're not confused. This is the land out by Auckland Airport owned by Fletchers who planned to build houses on it.

Then in came a few protestors who squatted there, refusing to leave until it was returned to local Maori. 

Jacinda Ardern controversially stepped in and ordered construction to stop.

And today comes the deal, and taxpayers you've copped it right between the eyes.

My sources say the Government will transfer $45 million as a grant to Auckland Council... who will then pass that on to Fletchers.

They paid just $26 million for the private land a few years back, so they make a nice profit today $19 million for doing not much.

The Government can't be seen to pay the money directly, hence the smoke and mirrors, but none of us are fooled.

So Fletchers walk away relieved and happy, after having their private property rights trampled all over.

The Kingitanga and Tainui are then gifted the land,  as they are mana whenua.

Tainui refused to buy back the land with its own money,  as that land was part of the 1860 confiscation.

Hence the time it's taken to broker this deal.

But most of this land will then be gifted back to New Zealand as a reserve.

Except for a small block, which will be set aside for papakainga housing for the local hapu.

So winners and losers: Winners - Fletchers walk away with a big cash profit and their reputation intact.

But they should be shaking their heads that these protestors got a fair hearing by a Government willing to broker a deal that put protesting first and private land rights a distant last.

Tainui and the Kingitanga win by getting land that was never available for settlements until the illegal occupation.  

Pania Newton the organiser will be regarded as a hero.

Losers: That's you, New Zealand taxpayers who just stumped up $45 million because a bunch of protestors held the country to ransom.

This should send a chill down the spine of anyone sitting on private land.

Property owners beware,  this Government just picked protestors over private property rights.

And equally,  all those iwi who have settled and couldn't get their hands on prized private property they may pile back into the beehive demanding renegotiation.

Jacinda Ardern has set the tone for this and blame can be laid squarely at her feet as Prime Minister.

 

 

Christie:

Yes. By shooting her mouth off when she was trying to board a plane and escape, she created an expectation that the government will intervene. That gave the protesters hope, and so they stayed. Now she is going to have to take responsibility for what happens next, and my prediction is that it will not be pretty.

If this report by Duncan Garner is true, then this should be the end for this government. Yes, Jacinda wants to be praised and hugged at Waitangi celebrations next week, and she will do almost anything to achieve that. But giving away the property rights of all New Zealanders because of a baying mob will surely see this government voted out. Even current Labour supporters do not want to see their property rights eroded so that Jacinda can feel comfortable on Waitangi Day. Because yes – the timing is critical. That is how shallow our hopeless prime minister really is.

She hasn’t thought it through, of course. She couldn’t solve it with a hug, so she has caved in to a bunch of motley protestors, who have no rights at all to the land they are claiming. But that is Jacinda for you.

I hope Duncan Garner is wrong. New Zealanders deserve better than to be trampled on like this. But then again, in some ways, I hope he is right. If that is what it takes to get rid of this hopeless government, then it is money well spent.

We had better not write off Winston Peters quite yet though. His political career is on the line here, too. If Winston does not step up and stop this deal from going ahead, he is finished, and he is a better survivor than that. So, the next few days will be interesting. But Duncan Garner would not come out and make a bold statement like this without being fairly certain of his facts. Of that, you can be sure.

Let the games begin.

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