Oamaru Mail poll puts National ahead


An Oamaru Mail poll found 40% of people would vote for National, 25% for Labour and 22.5% are undecided.


Jan Howell 50 said she hoped that recent polls inidcating a rise by Labour would not be a continuing trend.



“I think the Labour Party is running the country into the ground. I think they have their priorities wrong. There are people really struggling in this country but a lot of their money seems to be going overseas.”



Adele Foley, 55, said…the country needed a change of leaderhsip and she would be voting for National and John Key.



Waimate accountant Tim Jones said he was confident his preferred party, National, would win the election.



“I prefer National’s economic policies. People want less control of the economy and Government spending to be reduced.”



Unemployed man Greg Petry, 34, also thought it was about the economy.



“Seeing the eocnomy is going down National will probably get in.”



However, he was undecided about who he would vote for, preferring to wait to hear which party “made more sense” closer to the election.



Health, education and the economy were the biggest concerns of most people spoken to. However not everyone thought National ahd the best answers.



One woman, 48, who did not want to be identified said she thought the economy was the big issue and that Labour were doing a good job of managing things. “I think they are doing as much as they can in a global environment.”



Pip Harrington, 74, said she would be voting for Labour because she didn’t trust National with her pension.



“I’m hoping Labour will catch up but it might be a bit late. It’s important for people on a pension.”


She said she was happy Labour had bought back the railways and was worried that National would sell them off again if they got back in to power.



But more common was a desire for change among people spoken to. One semi-retired man, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he wanted “Aunty Helen” out of Government.



“People must be sick of the granny state by now. People in government have ideas above their station. They are supposed to be looking after our interests not their own.



That level of support of support could be seen as good for National because Oamaru always votes red. But the poll is not scientific and only 40 people were questioned.


That is comforting because it means I don’t have to be scared that 7.5% of people indicated they’d vote for New Zealand First. 🙂

Discussion groups


I’m in Wellington today with Strategic Link, an agri-business discussion group.

We meet three times a year and members include people from farming, farm support and finance.

Previous meetings have covered business models, human resources and governance. Today’s theme is climate change and its impact on our businesses.

Milking before Dawn



Our heifers are calving and the cows are due to start any day now.

 The tanker began collecting milk a couple of weeks ago, though it’s only coming every couple of days.

 Apropos of that and in the wake of Montana Poetry Day which was celebrated last week, I offer this view of milking which is generally considered a fairly prosaic business.


Milking Before Dawn



In the drifting rain the cows in the yard are as black

And wet and shiny as rocks in an ebbing tide:

But they smell of the soil, as leaves lying under trees

Smell of the soil, damp and steaming, warm,

The shed is an island of light and warmth, the night

Was water-cold and starless out in the paddock.


Crouched on the stool, hearing only the beat

The monotonous beat and hiss of the smooth machines,

The choking gasp of the cups and rattle of hooves,

How easy to fall asleep again, to think

Of the man in the city asleep; he does not feel

The night encircles him. The grasp of mud.


But now the hills in the east return, are soft

And grey with mist, the night recedes, and the rain.

The earth as it turns towards the sun is young

Again, renewed, its history wiped away

Like the tears of a  child. Can the earth be young again

And not the heart? Let the man in the city sleep.


– Ruth Dallas –  

Buyer beware


An MP told me had had visits from 75 people seeking advice after the last finance company fell over.

Another MP said a constituent told hime he had invested $30,000 in Provincial FInance because an ex-All Black fronted the advertsiements.

I wonder how many people invested in Hanover Finance because a former news reader fronted the ads?

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