Cunliffe does a u-turn

June 24th, 2014 at 7:47 pm by David Farrar

Brook Sabin at 3 News reports:

Labour leader David Cunliffe has had to perform a U-turn after this morning announcing Labour was against oil exploration in the Maui’s dolphin mammal sanctuary, when it actually approves.

National has jumped on the gaffe, saying Labour is hypocritical because it allowed 13 wells to be drilled in the area.

The Government has opened up 3000 square kilometres of a marine mammal sanctuary for oil exploration on the North Island’s west coast – home to the Maui’s dolphin. The Green Party obtained documents revealing that last week.

This morning Labour came out opposed, aligning itself with the Greens.

“I don’t see any need for the exploration permits to overlap the sanctuary, so yes, I’m opposed to that,” said Mr Cunliffe.

But this afternoon saw a U-turn from Labour, because the last Labour Government approved 13 wells to be drilled in the area.

But it turns out Mr Cunliffe is open to exploration in the dolphins’ home if “done responsibly”.

So Labour were for it, then against it, and now for it again so long as it is done responsibly.

I’m really looking forward to the next round of public polls!

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34 Responses to “Cunliffe does a u-turn”

  1. radvad (765 comments) says:

    Trying to play catch up with the Greens will always bite him on the bum. What a wally.

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  2. All_on_Red (1,582 comments) says:

    Why is it I suspect it was more to do with Key saying today in Question Time that he looked forward to campaigning in Taranaki and repeating Cunliffes words. And as he said it was looking straight at Andrew Little….
    Cunliffes a puppet of the Unions.

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  3. EAD (1,082 comments) says:

    Definition of a Political Kabuki Theatre:

    “An extremely stylised political show where the roles of the actors (for example, MPs) are as predefined as the outcome, the result being, even under the most extreme circumstances, only barely (if at all) recognisable as what can be considered reasonable discourse amongst educated men and women interested in the public good.”

    Welcome to the world of NZ politics.

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  4. lilman (959 comments) says:

    This Dolphin issue is just more Eco bullshit.
    I have a brother who fishes the Taranaki bite,has done for 30 plus years,he has never seen a Maui Dolphin.
    I challenge anyone to say they have a confirmed sighting of 1 Maui Dolphin in the last 25 years in the area.
    There is No confirmed Dolphin sighting or capture in the bite.
    Apparently 1 was found that had died of old age that wasnt in the area.
    Its insanity,the whole argument is ridiculous.

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  5. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    The worst thing about Maui’s Dolphin is having to be constantly lectured about it by an Aussie Ginga bastard that can’t even speak proper Zild!

    No wonder Mr Speaker is starting to get really pissed off with the prick! :)

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  6. trout (939 comments) says:

    Apparently Maui’s dolphin is a breakaway cluster of Hector’s Dolphin (of which there are plenty around Otago/Southland)) that has relocated in the North. Perhaps the DNA has changed over time but the question is whether Maui’s dolphin is a distinct species that deserves a high level of protection when the population (55) is probably unsustainable.

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  7. big bruv (13,887 comments) says:

    What an amazing success Matt McCarten is turning out to be as campaign manager/Chief of staff.

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  8. Andrew (84 comments) says:

    “I’m really looking forward to the next round of public polls!”

    Heh… From now on I’m gonna ask all respondents if they read KiwiBlog. Then I’ll weight to ‘correct’ that . :)

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  9. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    So some dirty old Scottish dolphin shagged a Wahine dolphin and had to get out of town before he got called a n***** lover then trout. Typical of the history of this outpost I might say and we end up having to listen to a ginga Aussie prat whining on about it for the rest of our bloody lives….MMP stinks really! :)

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  10. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    The sad thing for Labour is that he presumably thinks this policy is a winner.
    Does he seriously think he can win the green vote by being vaguely green? Or does he think that he can win non green voters by being more green? I suppose he has to try to get media coverage but Labour looks like it will be getting fairly cozy with 20%.

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  11. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    ahh, OK I see he u-turned again.. hmm I’m getting dizzy…

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  12. smttc (752 comments) says:

    The guy is just useless.

    How the hell 11% think he would be capable of running the country is beyond me.

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  13. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    I’ve heard it said that around 10% of the population is as thick as two short planks.

    I always thought that was the Green voters till now! :)

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  14. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    I use to give Cunnliffe the benefit of the doubt, but I now seriously wonder if he is playing with a full deck.

    Sad really, a strong opposition is great for the country.

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  15. smttc (752 comments) says:

    Johnboy, thanks for clearing that up. Explains a lot.

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  16. coge (190 comments) says:

    That’s a flip flop for the text book.

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  17. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    This is a National Party smear campaign! How long has National known about dolphins? Why didn’t they tell Labour? Clearly a conspiracy!

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  18. tom hunter (4,834 comments) says:

    So Labour were for it, then against it, and now for it again so long as it is done responsibly.

    When Key recently met Obama is it possible that Cunliffe was meeting with John Kerry for advice?

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  19. Reid (16,447 comments) says:

    Sad really, a strong opposition is great for the country.

    Not if its the NZ Liarbore Party it’s not.

    The last time it was strong it was led by a toxic bitch who poisoned every single thing her stinking fingers laid themselves on. In fact she’s the reason Liabore haven’t bounced back from their defeat nine years ago, they have a structural weakness called LGBT-Sisterhood who like the wicked witches from the west poison everything they lay their hands on, in a junior, ineffective way compared to their mistress sure, but nevertheless effective enough to doom the Liarbore party to opposition forever and ever until they rid themselves of this cancerous and corrosive vat of haters and wreckers.

    Isn’t it fun. Personally, I’m having a great time, watching it bubble away. Just imagine what they’re going to do to Grant, given he doesn’t have a front-bum. Poor bastard thinks he’s safe cos he’s halfway toward acceptable in their eyes. but no-one with dangly bits is acceptable, in today’s brave new pwogwessive NZ Liarbore Party…

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    Snigger.

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  20. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Under labour almost all of the country was open to exploration Under what was called ‘priority in time’ permits. That meant that any space not marked down for block offers could be claimed by an explorer. Vast areas offshore were available to anybody who wanted to claim them and whose exploration and drilling programme was approved. All sorts of fly by nighters were tying up waters on the hope of selling them to a bigger player. This was happening right up to the end of the last labour government.

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  21. Andrew McMillan (50 comments) says:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq4xqsRCEAA0_62.png

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  22. Steve Wrathall (284 comments) says:

    Dolphins love frolicking around oil platforms anyway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mIG4CbsDWU

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  23. greenjacket (465 comments) says:

    And yet again, Labour shows that they are incapable of even basic political research.

    How hard would it have been for Cunliffe to get his PA to email to the parliamentary library asking what Labour’s policy was? Yet even that simple research is beyond Cunliffe. How on earth he thinks he can be PM when he is so completely disorganised beggars belief.

    It isn’t that Labour are unprepared for government – they aren’t even prepared for opposition.

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  24. OneTrack (3,092 comments) says:

    big bruv – “What an amazing success Matt McCarten is turning out to be as campaign manager/Chief of staff.”

    A game changer.

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  25. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (888 comments) says:

    Fellows – I suggest we all take a pause and keep quiet. There is bound to be some bad news on National this week. This is unbelievably going good for National and I am sure some National MP would have done something wrong like smiling at a old woman in a mall in a friendly manner. Wait for Nanny Herald to turn against National this week….

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  26. Lindsay Addie (1,512 comments) says:

    DC for some reason reminds me of a bloke named Hamlet……..

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  27. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    What a effen goober this pathetic piece of gutless socialist crap is! He definitely shows the same traits as his mate Campbell on Tv3 . . . just a worm.

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  28. tvb (4,420 comments) says:

    This is the problem when you have as your coalition partner a party who is eating away into your core vote. National will have the same political problem with the conservatives should they give them some help.

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  29. kiwi in america (2,449 comments) says:

    It’s called making policy up as you go along – something Cunlifffe has been very adept at. He probably saw Norman’s question on this topic in the Tuesday Questions for Oral Answer list and thought “I’ll show the Greens – we won’t let that Aussie ginga upstage us”. Then he saw Key spank Norman hard and repeatedly on the issue of the Maui dolphin AND signal that he’d tie Labour to Green’s nuttiness on the campaign trail – nek minnit…..u-turn No 33!

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  30. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    insider

    Under labour almost all of the country was open to exploration Under what was called ‘priority in time’ permits.

    Sure, but it’s different when Labour do it.

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  31. James Stephenson (2,177 comments) says:

    DC for some reason reminds me of a bloke named Hamlet…….

    Inside the war-room

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  32. ross411 (838 comments) says:

    lilman (814 comments) says:
    June 24th, 2014 at 8:15 pm
    This Dolphin issue is just more Eco bullshit.
    I have a brother who fishes the Taranaki bite,has done for 30 plus years,he has never seen a Maui Dolphin.
    I challenge anyone to say they have a confirmed sighting of 1 Maui Dolphin in the last 25 years in the area.
    There is No confirmed Dolphin sighting or capture in the bite.
    Apparently 1 was found that had died of old age that wasnt in the area.
    Its insanity,the whole argument is ridiculous.

    Call the news stations and ask to speak to the relevant reporter, and tell them this. Challenge them to get off their fat wine riddled-arses for a change.

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  33. ross411 (838 comments) says:

    igm (1,252 comments) says:
    June 25th, 2014 at 7:34 am
    What a effen goober this pathetic piece of gutless socialist crap is! He definitely shows the same traits as his mate Campbell on Tv3 . . . just a worm.

    Look, the Campbell Live Len Brown interview was PR to help Len plain and simple. But in the recent Cunliffe interview where the Liu stuff was being addressed, Campbell actually asked some hard questions and interrupted Cunliffe’s bland election speech non-answers.

    Campbell is partisan, no doubt, but occasionally he separates tongue from Labour arse, and does his job. Credit to him when he does.

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  34. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Cunliffe – yeah nah.

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