Now 64 – 57

December 11th, 2011 at 4:46 pm by David Farrar

and the have just announced their confidence and supply agreement, which means the Government can now win such votes 64 – 57. It might not even be that close as Peters suggested he might initially back the largest party on confidence and supply or at least abstain. Personally I think that commitment holds about as much value as a peso, but the initial votes could be 64 – 49 or even 72 – 49.

The key aspects of the agreement are:

  • Maori Party will vote for confidence and supply
  • Maori Party do not have to vote for the legislation outlined in National’s Post-Election Action Plan (unlike ACT and United Future)
  • Whanua Ora to be given a specific appropriation and a stand-alone commissioning agency to be established
  • A Ministerial Committee on Poverty to focus on alleviation of poverty. Chaired by Bill English with Turia as Deputy Chair.
  • Double funding for rheumatic fever prevention to $24m
  • Target 20,000 low income homes for home insulation
  • All state houses to be insulated, where possible
  • Aim to lift Maori educational and employment outcomes
  • Agree to offset pre-1990 forests
  • Continue with constitutional review to report by Sep 2013, and status of Maori seats remains unchanged for now (no abolition or entrenchment)
  • Refocus TPK on improving outcomes for Maori in education, housing and employment
  • Conclude decision making on spectrum by May 2012
  • National to support to select committee members bills to reduce gambling harm and a Maori cultural heritage bill
  • Partial asset sales legislation not to be part of a confidence or supply motion
  • Sharples Minister of Maori Affairs, Associate Education and Corrections
  • Turia Minister for Whanua Ora and Disability Issues, Associate Health, Housing, Social Development

Doesn’t appear to be anything there with a huge price tag, which is good as the top priority has to be reducing the deficit, not increasing it. But there is plenty there to keep Ministers busy, and the constitutional review especially could be huge.

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23 Responses to “Now 64 – 57”

  1. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    These two distinguished members of the whanau (Sharples and Turia) wouldn’t let the baubles of office pass them. Enjoy your last ride.

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  2. EverlastingFire (290 comments) says:

    Seems like National gain fuck all from this. It’s all about what the bros want and they don’t even have to provide confidence and supply. Tax payer money being squandered, such is the case for all things “Maori”.

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  3. trout (865 comments) says:

    Offsetting pre 1990 forests may have a very large price tag. I would like more detail. And a ‘ Maori Cultural Heritage Bill’ could well be the birth of another taxpayer funded industry.

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  4. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    Why!?

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  5. big bruv (12,354 comments) says:

    “» National to support to select committee members bills to reduce gambling harm and a Maori cultural heritage bill”

    Watch out for this one people, I can see compulsory Maori being taught in our schools being part of this cultural bullshit bill.

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  6. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    I am delighted at this agreement and disappointed at the racism of critics. Thank goodness for John Key and National for reaching out to the Maoris and ensuring some useful policies are on the agenda for the next 3 years.

    Onward and upward!

    (Curiously I note various people making clearly racist posts on this discussion do not get demerit points. Guess there really IS one rule for the National people and one for others. Having coffee with a couple of Ministers this week so will point out the double standard towards our own people)

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  7. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    National to support to select committee members bills to reduce gambling harm and a Maori cultural heritage bill

    Who is forcing Maori to gamble and why do they need special assistance? Are we dealing with imbeciles or morons?

    The “cultural heritage bill” is as vague as any IPCC “scientific” study and open to manifold interpretations. Middle New Zealand should be very worried about Labour lite offering more concessions to the racist Maori Party.

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  8. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    JamesS, are you a waiter at Bellamy’s?

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  9. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    What it shows is that we are always to be bedevilled by weak government and that despite the erstwhile endeavours and good intentions of the main party to reduce expenditure and government involvement we can only make slow but inevitable progress towards the status of Greece and Italy.

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  10. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    No. I am an exporter.

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  11. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,668 comments) says:

    tristanb @ 5:47

    2014

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  12. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    The comments from the ‘rabid’ right or left (there’s no difference) shows just why we need National Standards. Like it or not, under that ‘strange’ system called MMP the Maori Party (or its bastard children) will most probably always be a player that the Govt of the day has to deal with.

    47.3% is probably the high point for any Party under that system and 0 seat majority (once you take away the Speaker) is hardly a receipe for stable Govt.

    For me, I am more relaxed about National doing a deal with moderate Maori rather than the alternative which is Labour + Greens + Winston First + Hone.

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  13. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    Yes thank goodness for John Key and the National party providing the bedrock of a stable, intelligent, conservative and sensible government for the next 3 years.

    Dunne is lobby fodder, Banks is a loon (if he started reading the “wonky donkey’ book when halfway through he would have to stop and put the CD on to know what is happening) and irrelevant, and the Maoris are easily sidelined; therefore no one will scare the horses or do anything radical – ie: stable government.

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  14. aitkenmike (94 comments) says:

    @ Ross M – 1 seat majority as the speaker can still vote.

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  15. dime (8,752 comments) says:

    “» Aim to lift Maori educational and employment outcomes” – would shit like this be better if it wasnt just for maori. hate this racist shit.

    all programmes should be targetted at those in need, regardless of skin colour/race whatever

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  16. Bob R (1,250 comments) says:

    ***A Ministerial Committee on Poverty to focus on alleviation of poverty. Chaired by Bill English with Turia as Deputy Chair.***

    1. I wonder if they will consider the obvious – make contraceptive implants a condition of welfare entitlements and state house accomodation?

    2. Seeing MMP appears here to stay why isn’t National abolishing the Maori seats? Didn’t the Royal Commission recommend that as part of adopting MMP?

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  17. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    “Refocus TPK on improving outcomes for Maori in education, housing and employment”

    Does that mean if you are a cuz and your bro’s have got the sweet jobs at Housing NZ you get to jump ahead of the other losers for a state slum?

    One would like to think it meant that the huge amounts of dosh we have been flicking to the murris will finally be paying off and all the kind and generous Rangitira’s have been building lovely, free house’s for their tribespeople. :)

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  18. Keeping Stock (9,788 comments) says:

    Tristanb asks “why”; because if misfortune befell either Dunne or banks, or one of them threw a hussy fit, John key’s majority vanishes. The Maori Party is an insurance policy. And anyway; both Sharples and Turia were effective Ministers in the last government, so I would say “why not?”.

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  19. Bob R (1,250 comments) says:

    ***so I would say “why not?”.***

    Isn’t it a National policy to abolish the Maori seats as recommended by the Royal Commission 20 or so years ago as part of adopting MMP?

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  20. Nookin (2,887 comments) says:

    BOBR
    Indeed, this was one of the 2008 election platforms but it was removed from the table as part of the deal with the Maori Party.

    I have no difficulties with their arrangements with the Maori Party. With one exception, its members conducted themselves with dignity and took a reasonable approach to the whole issue of government. They add a new dimension.

    Just watching Stripes. The parade ground performances ranks with the funniest film scenes I’ve seen

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  21. KiwiGreg (3,129 comments) says:

    Yay!! More low quality spending and locking in of race based policies. Just what this country needs.

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  22. Mark (1,301 comments) says:

    The Asset sales programme now sits on the shoulders of Dunne. Great!!

    I am a supporter of the asset sales but not of the timing. Key has yet to provide a cogent argument as to why the government is so desperate to sell assets into such a weak equities environment. Still a debate for another day

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  23. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    I am a supporter of state asset sales any time.

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