The political year ahead

January 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post looks at the year ahead with, such as:hat they see as the challenges for each party.

NZ FIRST

  • Put further distance between it and its former MP Brendan Horan, who looks set to ride out the scandal surrounding money from his dying mother’s estate.
  • Reposition itself as a true cross-bench party by seeking opportunities to work with National as well as Labour.

MAORI PARTY

  • Do a better selling job of its gains in Government – including Whanau Ora and its advocacy on tobacco control.
  • Patch up the tensions between co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples.

MANA

  • Use initiatives like Hone Harawira’s food in schools bill to broaden the party’s appeal beyond that of a Maori Party.

  • Cement the Mana Party’s place as a natural partner to Labour and the Green Party in government.

Yep, I like the idea of the natural partner for Labour and Greens being Mana.

They also look at some unfinished business:

The auditor-general’s investigation into Labour MP Shane Jones over a visa granted to a former Chinese national: David Shearer’s likely promotion of Mr Jones back to his front bench suggests he is not expecting any fallout.

Novopay: Fourth-ranked Cabinet minister Steven Joyce has been put in charge of fixing the shambolic school-pay system.

David Bain compensation: It was back to the drawing board after Justice Minister Judith Collins threw out a report suggesting Mr Bain was innocent of murdering his family and deserved compensation.

Constitutional review: Launched at the instigation of the Maori Party, it has disappeared without trace – and could be overshadowed by a parallel Maori-led review.

I must have missed this parallel Maori-led review?

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24 Responses to “The political year ahead”

  1. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    The political year ahead.

    “There’s an election coming up , how can we bribe the electorate with their own money?”

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  2. Pete George (23,601 comments) says:

    The review also said:

    UNITED FUTURE

    Reinvent leader Peter Dunne and the party – or slowly fade into obscurity.
    Hope that policies like “flexi super” give it some much-needed oxygen.

    I sort of agree, except that they have to reinvent the party without Peter Dunne, if this isn’t his last term I don’t seem him staying for more than one more. If he stands again next year they have to reinvent as more than a one man party.

    And they have to do more than ‘hope’, they have to find ways of making themselves more relevant. Flexi Super is an opportunity (credit to UF for that) but they have to take advantage of it and make it count.

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  3. AG (1,827 comments) says:

    I must have missed this parallel Maori-led review?

    http://www.kahungunu.iwi.nz/sections/homepage/Constitutional_Transformation_Review_2012.htm

    The point is, it is actually active in discussing issues/shaping views within Maoridom … meaning that by the time the Government’s version gets going, positions may already have been formed.

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  4. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    I must have missed this parallel Maori-led review?

    Been going on for a while now. Led by Moana Jackson. The Herald has an NZPA story in late 2010: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10694482 about it being set up.

    And it appears to have a website here: http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iwi.htm

    And there was some mention of it at the Radio NZ Te Papa Treaty Debate last week, which is available for download here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/lecturesandforums/thetreatydebates

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  5. pq (728 comments) says:

    yes good farrar, and as you know there is only one coalition partner and it is not Maori, well maybe a little
    ten per cent of us will vote NZ First. NZ Fist if you like .
    Assets, credibility, corporates, anger, ordinary people.
    In case people wil not understand, I am Paul Scott, signed up member NZ First and I mean business

    http://paulscottstories.blogspot. co.nz/

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  6. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    The point is, it is actually active in discussing issues/shaping views within Maoridom … meaning that by the time the Government’s version gets going, positions may already have been formed.

    Gets going? It’s already made its first decision!

    The leaflet it has recently released indicates that the Review Panel will recommend that the name of the country should be changed to “Aotearoa New Zealand”.

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  7. AG (1,827 comments) says:

    The leaflet it has recently released indicates that the Review Panel will recommend that the name of the country should be changed to “Aotearoa New Zealand”.

    I like it! We can do a sponsorship deal and shorten it to “ANZ”, complete with a rebrand of our national colours to blue.

    Hey … if you can stick a corporate logo on the front of the All Blacks jersey … .

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  8. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Maybe UnitedFuture should change it’s name to The Republican Party NZ.

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  9. Naturesong (23 comments) says:

    @Pete George: On Peter Dunne

    While I disagree with Peter Dunne on pretty much everything he says and does, he has proven in the past to be a very savvy and agile politician. I wouldn’t bet against him.

    Unless there is someone waiting in the wings with serious political chops, United future without Peter Dunne is finished as a party.

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  10. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    AG
    We could put the naming rights for the country out to tender. Why stop at selling employment law or electricity generators?

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  11. Pete George (23,601 comments) says:

    Unless there is someone waiting in the wings with serious political chops…

    No, it would need to be someone outside the wings who sees the opportunity to take flight.

    The plane is ready on the runway needing a suitable co-pilot who has ambitions for a quick promotion.

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  12. pq (728 comments) says:

    vaguely off subject Farrar, general political,
    An absurd pathetic political site is Pablo, sacked lecturer , he refuses everybody who refuse his opinion
    and the fucking moron wonders why.
    Also Chris Trotter is intolerant, answer here if you can read trotsky.
    it is good that Farrar has a broad mind,
    maybe those travels down south.
    i go to many columns but you will always come back
    its like Queen Cactus says, this the best

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  13. pq (728 comments) says:

    Farrar give speaking rights, and that is important, and that is why he is strong

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  14. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    There’s a bit of brown stuff on your nose pq… ;-)

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  15. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    And re Novopay – is it any wonder the teachers are so unionised?

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  16. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    “If he stands again next year they have to reinvent as more than a one man party.”

    lol has he found a bigger trough?

    “its advocacy on tobacco control.” – yeah thats really made maori popular. how bout a poster come election time “hey bro, smokes now cost way more cause of the maori party!”

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  17. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    RRM – do you think if it werent for the teachers union the govt wouldnt fix they pay problems?

    Dime is loving the screaming and whining from the teachers. youd think they all live week to week.

    Remember the way they act next time they complain about kids in class not behaving. monkey see monkey do

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  18. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    I can appreciate why a lot of them would be angry enough to get into a collectivist group that is all about voicing their interests. You would have to be pretty good with your budgeting to do much more than live week to week on what a lot of them are earning.

    It’s not like the MoE is posting out pay cheques based on a spreadsheet of teachers’ contracts administered by old Mrs Cooper in accounts. It’s a third-party, proprietary payroll package that the ministry has bought FFS. It should just fire up and work straight away, and it should only take a couple of cycles to sort out any minor niggles. It is beyond a joke that months later it is still not right, and apparently a Minister needs to get involved. Just should not happen.

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  19. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    re constitutional review. I heard a comment on national radio by someone over the weekend that he thinks…

    The treaty should be in the constitution of the country (to which i reacted ..good god no…) AND THEN ANY DISPUTES WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN THE COURTS AND THE WAITANGI TRIBUNAL WOULD THUS COME TO ITS NATURAL END AS IT WOULD DEAL WITH HISTORICAL ISSUES ONLY.

    I dont know – maybe the idea might be OK. However I do react with horror to the basic idea that the treaty should be in the constitution. I mean which version – and thats not just language but what would be added to the original. And as no one can actually outline the ‘principles of the treaty’ then it could develop into almost anything.

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  20. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    RRM – agree, it shouldnt happen.

    Dime would have more sympathy for the teachers if the hadnt behaved so poorly over the last couple of years. national standards, charter schools etc.

    They spend their lives talking down to us and then when something goes wrong they act like spoiled kids. so screw em :)

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  21. peterwn (3,277 comments) says:

    I sort of sense that there is some pressure for constitutional review particularly enshrining the text of the Treaty of Waitangi into a ‘constitutional law’ and then letting the Supreme Court judges sort it out.

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  22. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    I heard a comment on national radio by someone over the weekend that he thinks…

    The treaty should be in the constitution of the country (to which i reacted ..good god no…) AND THEN ANY DISPUTES WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN THE COURTS AND THE WAITANGI TRIBUNAL WOULD THUS COME TO ITS NATURAL END AS IT WOULD DEAL WITH HISTORICAL ISSUES ONLY.

    That was Matthew Palmer, he wrote a book a few years back, and his speech is at the Radio NZ link I provided above.

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  23. Roflcopter (463 comments) says:

    What I got as the main points of difference at the treaty debate @ Te Papa (i went) was that Matthew Palmer’s position is that he thinks a constitution should include the ToW, whereas Moana’s view is that a constitution should be built on the ToW.

    The Constitutional Advisory Panel have already started work, and you’ll probably see more of them soon, but Moana’s crew have been working solely in the Māori domain for some time, and then will “go wider” (which sounded very vague).

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  24. iMP (2,387 comments) says:

    United Future got a worm, and then National declined to put up a candidate for several seasons, ie UF was never de-wormed. That is the only reason UF (aka Peter Dunne) stayed in power – a National-prop. MMP is about horse-trading and blind sides, not open running rugby. Who the hookers are, is best left unsaid, although there was Pam Corkery…

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