Peters rules out Tauranga

March 19th, 2010 at 10:07 am by David Farrar

NewstalkZB reports:

New Zealand first leader Winston Peters will not contest the seat at the next election.

Mr Peters was the MP for Tauranga for 21 years before being ousted by National’s Bob Clarkson in 2005.

won it again for National at the last election.

No surprise as Winston now lives in Auckland.

Of course the fact that Simon beat Winston by a massive 32% – 57% to 25%, may be a small factor in it also!

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36 Responses to “Peters rules out Tauranga”

  1. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    yippee

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  2. jims_whare (398 comments) says:

    Peters should sign up for his own gold card and use the off peak travel to head to a retirement village somewhere and quietly fade away from public life…………that would bring an honourable end to a dishonourable career……….and write a book titled
    ” Winston Peters – Where I went wrong” (2000 pages) or “How to tell lies and get away with it -(Don’t do what I did) or
    perhaps start up a group called Hypocrites Anononomous (HA)(As the founding member).
    Maybe one of his racing buddies will build him a bachelor sleepout at the back end of the horse stables.

    He is the reason not to drop the 5% threshold for MMP for at least 20 years.

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  3. petal (704 comments) says:

    WOOOOOT!!!

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  4. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    The correct title would have been Tauranga rules out Peters.

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  5. MIKMS (164 comments) says:

    good bye black bird…

    Let’s give him a pity Knighthood as one of our last Privy Councillors and a pity post as a Member of The Honours Committee – Yes he was a pain in the ass but he was a legend, It’s a shame he isn’t still in Parliament doing what he did best – of course now we do have the Hon. Roger Douglas to replace him in that role and Garrett is coming along nicely :D

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  6. Fisiani (943 comments) says:

    Winston who?

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  7. Kimble (4,375 comments) says:

    Peters rules out Tauranga five years after Tauranga rules out Peters

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  8. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    We can no doubt look forward to him and Banks duking it over.

    Maybe they could have a kitty saving contest.

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  9. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Know how to hold em…Know when to fold em

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  10. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    Has Winston’s vanity finally come to acknowledge that he is not a young and handsome fellow any longer (which all the grandmothers loved). I remember one old dear telling me that she voted for Winston because he had nice hair.

    Too much booze and too much smoking makes the old fellow look even older. He is now beyond the airbrush treatment.

    Of course, Bridges has to realise he will get there one day also. In Tauranga politics is nothing about policies. It is all about who your grandmother likes the look of.

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  11. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    Ahem. Sorry to spoil the party guys, but all this means is that he’s ruled out one seat from 99. He hasn’t dismissed standing in the 98 others nor has he said his “party” will abandon attempts to get over the 5% threshold – probably as it has always done, by re-hashing the stuff I wrote for him in the mid-90s.

    But since it’ll be re-written by persons of lesser talent* as it has in the past, it’ll just sound like some tired old hack indulging in a semi-coherent outdated racist rant. Primarily because that’s exactly what it will be.

    * Not saying there’s no one better than me in the speechwriting stakes… just that Winston has never employed them :-P

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  12. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Peters shoot from the lip method of lashing out is a system desgined to make a team of researchers, PR consultants and speech writers suffer invluntary bowel movements every time they see their clients face on TV.

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  13. big bruv (13,210 comments) says:

    I do not think we can rule out a deal between Labour and Winston, if Labour were to offer up a safe seat (i.e refuse to stand a candidate) for Winston and NZ first we could well see the bastard back in the house.

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  14. deadrightkev (273 comments) says:

    It has been mentioned around town that Winston has been scouting out the Hunua electorate very seriously, the home of his first electorate success where he used the law to steal the seat from Roger Douglas’s brother Malcolm.

    There is merit in this seat because the sitting MP Paul Hutchison has been showing signs of rigamortis in parliament. It would be too much to expect even him to win another term, but he is with National so a chimp could win this seat.

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  15. Positan (383 comments) says:

    I can remember back when Peters was first introduced to a National Party conference in the late ’70s – a time when he looked like he might have some potential. However, he cost himself any respect I might have had for him some time after that when it became apparent just how much of manipulating shyster he really was. Later, I grew to despise Bolger for doing the MMP deal with WinstonFirst and making Peters “Treasurer.”

    A few weeks back I was informed by someone close enough to know that Peters had at last acquired the financial backing necessary to campaign in next year’s election. No one would be surprised that his “launch” won’t be Tauranga – he’ll be toast there forever – but there’re still legions of utterly blind, non-perceptive idiots all over the country, with surprising numbers of them, members of GreyPower, who can’t see beyond his flashy smile. Look for him seeking a seat that’s notable for the numbers of its elderly.

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  16. Pete George (22,733 comments) says:

    Look for him seeking a seat that’s notable for the numbers of its elderly.

    I thought Tauranga was a bit of a retirement village. Where can he find more grey stacked than that?

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  17. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    He should just join the Green Party and get a list seat.

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  18. burt (7,791 comments) says:

    Peters was brilliant in opposition, he didn’t care that his left hand was doing what his right hand complained about. In govt he was possibly the most high risk item NZ parliament has ever seen for exactly the same reason.

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  19. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Tauranga is no longer a retirement village. Sick of Jaffa’s we are.

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  20. burt (7,791 comments) says:

    Peters for Howick ! On a platform of protecting the rights of Asian immigrants. I wouldn’t put it past him.

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  21. Monty (962 comments) says:

    Peters is out of money and out of time. He has been rejected and barely gets a platform for his racist slurs any more – GreyPower in Greymouth is not going to swing the country.

    I hope he returns to the election race – the 3% he should get will be 2.9% less for Labour. (the remaining 0.1% just being the sadly and confused vote.

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  22. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    deadrightkev says:

    Winston has been scouting out the Hunua electorate very seriously

    Interesting… accords with what I’ve heard. I was applying the old journalistic standard of needing at least two independent sources before running a rumour, so now I feel free to confirm it… assuming we’re not talking to the same person, of course :-D

    Positan says:

    A few weeks back I was informed by someone close enough to know that Peters had at last acquired the financial backing necessary to campaign in next year’s election.

    Care to name names, Positan? (The donor(s), not your informant).

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  23. Positan (383 comments) says:

    Rex, all the information I was given is as I declared it. I wasn’t told who, or how many, donors/backers there might be.

    I’ve been friends with the person who so informed me for more than 40 years. If he’d wanted me to know more, or felt he could have told me more, I’m sure he would have done so.

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  24. kiwitoffee (383 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t the heading be ‘Tauranga rules out Peters’?

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  25. bustedblonde (138 comments) says:

    maybe he knew Euminedes has been active again http://roarprawn.blogspot.com/2010/03/hello-and-goodbye.html

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  26. Jules (37 comments) says:

    You have to remember that 90,000 people voted for NZF in the last election. A ‘Grey” vote is as good as anyone elses.
    It’s life as the media want us to live it these days. The media very successfully created ‘wrongdoing’ that was later proven not to be factual, but they don’t shout about that do they!
    That is why I look at ‘alternative’ media – to get biased news that leans the other way, or at least might be centrist, but I’m probably kidding myself – Ha ha.
    NZF have consistently topped ACT, UF and Progressive in the polls (including Curia’s flawed efforts) and the Maori party a lot of the time, and they are not even in parliament. The polling Co’s still include NZF – so why do you think that would be?

    The printed media really P*** me off, in their headline grabbing, derogatory, sensationalist, negative spin on things – in order to sell printed papers. But what’s the betting the Harold lays off National just before the election – just you wait and see……
    Yes, word has it that The Rt Hon Winston Peters will not be standing in an electorate seat this time. For surely his campaigning efforts would be better spent campaigning NZ wide rather than confined to an electorate.
    Ask Mr Peters, why he is not responding to ‘issues’, and his retort is “The National party are doing a great job undermining themselves. We’re revising the Gold card benefits – oh, hang on, no we are not. Whanau ora is for everyone, oh no its not say their bedpartners, oh yes it is. Bloody hell, is it or isn’t it. Teflon man is surely the right moniker.

    And, you don’t have to be good looking to get elected to Parliament – there are some pretty ugly MP’s there at the moment. How shallow are some of the participants making comments here – worrying trend. I suspect they are ugly looking too.

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  27. minto57 (197 comments) says:

    What do you mean by Jaffa anyway is it someone Winstone warned us about (just another f* foreign aucklander) or is it some one who resides in Auckland. Because where I stand moost of the people are foreigners and they are not that sypathetic to our way of life(like speaking English) the New Zealanders who reside here seem to originate from hick towns like Tauranga are making a effort to better their former dull provincal lives.

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  28. Positan (383 comments) says:

    Jules, you’re evincing every one of the traits of a dedicated Winston First-er. I think you should try to work a little harder on recalling Peters’ parliamentary performance – the “NO” placard lie and all the other displays of arrogance that so turned off the electorate. To anyone possessed of the slightest ability to discern, the Gold Card was nothing but a bribe – and one that benefits northern North Islanders far more advantageously than in parts of the country. Honestly, I’ve never yet found a use for mine.

    Instead of being clever and trying to take the mick out of National for at least trying to examine where legitimate savings could be made in curtailing demonstrably unjustifiable spending, why don’t you reflect on what you find admirable about Peters’ past performance and attitudes and question whether your interest isn’t far more selfishly focused than purporting to see any actual benefit actually rendered to the country. I’m sorry to say I’ve seen so many normally-sane Grey Power people overwhelmed by Peters and his stagecraft that my opinion of such persons’ ability to rationalise is now very much diminished. Peters is a self-interested shyster – end of story. He’s proved it so many times and there’s no room at all for that fact to be questioned.

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  29. Pete George (22,733 comments) says:

    Peters is a self-interested shyster

    I think most people eventually reached that conclusion.

    You have to remember that 90,000 people voted for NZF in the last election.

    You have to remember that even that isn’t a high proportion of the grey vote.

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  30. Ross Miller (1,659 comments) says:

    Why someone whose been there, done that (albeit by fraud) would ever think he might be embraced by the electorate in the same way as a souffle rises second time round escapes me. I mean, who would want to touch him with a barge pole? What might he add to your brand?

    Errrrrrrrr ….. silly Question. Labour would embrace the devil if it meant getting back into the drivers seat.

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  31. Clint Heine (1,563 comments) says:

    Anybody else think Jules is Winston? I just had a shudder going down my spine when I read that post!

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  32. Johnboy (14,876 comments) says:

    No need to panic last time I spotted him the fags and the scotch were winning the battle against him fronting up in 2011.
    Good riddance.

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  33. Dirty Rat (504 comments) says:

    big bruv (5660) Says:

    March 19th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    I do not think we can rule out a deal between Labour and Winston, if Labour were to offer up a safe seat (i.e refuse to stand a candidate) for Winston and NZ first we could well see the bastard back in the house.

    Umm what makes you think Kia Ora Key wouldnt do a deal, like put Winston up in Epsom.

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  34. burt (7,791 comments) says:

    Clint Heine

    Yes.

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  35. burt (7,791 comments) says:

    Clint

    Surprised Jules Winston isn’t posting under the nickname of ‘Spencer’.

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  36. Ross Miller (1,659 comments) says:

    Dirty Rat … because Key knows Winston is a liar and a destructive menace with nothing to offer.

    Bit like Hide’s view of Douglas (minus the liar bit) post the coup (or even before)

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