Centre-left and centre-right blocs neck-and-neck in Newshub-Reid Research poll showing Te Pāti Māori in kingmaker position; Luxon slumps to record-low as preferred PM and below Collins’ 2020 levels
Please open up this Dawn chorus to everyone.
May 10, 2023 Taxpayer Update
"In another worrying sign for Christopher Luxon, among undecided voters, Chris Hipkins has a positive net favourability of +30% while Christopher Luxon is on -26%. David Seymour is on -32%."
It is the "undecided" swing voters who effectively decides who win or lose elections.
The cycle lanes culture wars are just so tired and old. Nz is well behind and some grandstanding CCC councillors are just trying to placate the boomer vote. Meanwhile the rest of the world are getting on with making cities more people friendly, which is now proven time and time again to be great for business, reduces pollution and actually brings people out to enjoy and use the public spaces they pay for much more.
Deutsche Welle posted up a great short doco on this very topic on Youtube over the weekend https://youtu.be/wp6sgCtryKE
It is interesting that the Mayor, a long time critic of cycleways, turns his attention to how the staff have handled a cycleway in the centre of the city. I won’t comment on this issue because it’s so boring. Mauger rubbishes cycle initiatives. Keown backs him up. Templeton defends anything to do with cycleways. Each of them are so bloody predictable. The litany of the deaf. All talking past each other.
The key point made by Mauger is that the staff are running amok. I would recommend that he has a look at the latest staff and resident’s surveys. People aren’t happy inside and outside the council. Support is dropping dramatically. What have our elected reps done about it? Nothing visible so far.
The other thing is that our elected reps have so far been extremely compliant about picking apart the City's trading assets, at CCHL. Step by step the staff, led by the CE and the CFO and a small number of councillors before the election, are potentially putting our cities assets at great risk. The Mayor and Councillors have agreed to dilute the elected reps place at the policy table of CCHL by reducing the number of board members from 4 to 2 Councillors. They have rolled over and agreed to every board member recommended by a selection panel on which there were no elected members.
Yes, Phil Mauger, the Council staff are running amok but you are going along with it where it suits you.
The attacks from the usual suspects about anything related to any form of alternative to car transportation is becoming a bit amusing. "The War on Cars"! If you are driving a car that protects you from the elements, have A/C and heating and is capable of taking you from point A to point B in less than a minute AND you have a wealth of roads to choose from, but taking away a small fraction of available lanes for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists triggers you, get a life. Take a different route. It will add 15 seconds to your drive (give or take). The amount of energy invested in getting angry about giving other people safe alternatives could possibly save some people some fuel or charge their EVs.
I never thought I would say anything pro-Luxon. But here goes. I can see his discomfort at any potential alignment with Te Pati Māori. The Maori Party (as they were known then) used to be moderate and statesmanlike and brought many more people along with it, regarding its stance on any issues but particularly those affecting Maori in modern New Zealand. In other words, a reasonable coalition partner. Te Pati Māori is more reactionary, more prone to agitation, both of which tend to alienate people. New Zealand needs that like a hole in the head and I think National can see that they would be a liability, not because they represent Maori, but because of their divisive modus operandi.
National and Labour poll changes are both within the margin of error, so really this poll just shows same old same old.
I’m joining the Womens Party this time round because none of them are representing that majority portion of women and children in the slightest and those groups are struggling the most as always. The rest just remain a proverbial pissing competition with nothing helpful to add tidying around the edges of the same old same old.
Do we know where Te Pati Maori stand on the fundamentally flawed paradigm of economic growth/status quo economics?