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Labour has announced its party list for the 2014 election.
Five sitting MPs Ruth Dyson, Kris Faafoi, Clare Curran, Trevor Mallard and Rino Tirikatene have opted off the list as has Napier candidate Stuart Nash. . .
Did those not on the list step aside voluntarily or did they jump when they learned their plaes?
Hamish Rutherford gives Curran’s statement:
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran makes a short statement over the phone about withdrawing from the Labour list:
“I made a decision to withdraw from the list. I’m focused on winning Dunedin South for Labour and a hundred per cent committed to campaigning for the party vote. Not just in Dunedin but across the region, Otago-Southland region. And that’s all I’m saying, okay?”
This might be nearer the truth:
Rutherford also lists the winners and losers:
Winners on the Labour list:
David Clark up from 49 in 2011 to 26 this year
Iain Lees-Galloway from 37 to 24
Loiusa Wall, not placed in 2011 is ranked 12
Chris Hipkins rises from 30 to 9 this year
David Shearer was 31 last time, ranked 13 for 2014
Megan Woods rises from 47 to 20.
Carol Beaumont down from 22 in 2011 to 27 this year
Maryan Street, 7th in 2011 is ranked 15 this year
Phil Goff, leader in 2011 and number 1 in 2011, is ranked 16
Damien O’Connor who rejected a list place three years ago is back – at 22.
Is that a sign he’s back in the fold or that he’s worried about losing his seat to National candidate Maureen Pugh.
Have the people ranking the candidates followed the party’s rules that 45% of caucus should be female?
That can only be determined when the votes are counted.
They have however fallen one short of the 65 list candidates the rules stipulate they should have.
That seems strange when at least two electorate candidates lots – 16 men and 5 women by my count – who are standing in electorates aren’t on the list at all.
Mallard says he chose not to seek a list place:
You’d think he’d understand how MMP works by now.
Everyone who wins a seat will push those who are depending on a list seat further down so unless Mallard loses his seat his not being on the list makes no difference to anyone else on it.
Chris Bishop, National’s candidate will be doing all he can to help him.
On current polling there will be some MPs facing the knowledge their chances of staying in parliament aren’t high and hoping the party does lose some electorates.
The list is:
1 David Cunliffe 2 David Parker 3 Grant Robertson 4 Annette King 5 Jacinda Ardern 6 Nanaia Mahuta 7 Phil Twyford 8 Clayton Cosgrove 9 Chris Hipkins 10 Sue Moroney 11 Andrew Little 12 Louisa Wall 13 David Shearer 14 Su’a William Sio 15 Maryan Street 16 Phil Goff 17 Moana Mackey 18 Kelvin Davis 19 Meka Whaitiri 20 Megan Woods 21 Raymond Huo 22 Damien O’Connor 23 Priyanca Radhakrishnan 24 Iain Lees-Galloway 25 Rachel Jones 26 David Clark 27 Carol Beaumont 28 Poto Williams 29 Carmel Sepuloni 30 Tamati Coffey 31 Jenny Salesa 32 Liz Craig 33 Deborah Russell 34 Willow-Jean Prime 35 Jerome Mika 36 Tony Milne 37 Virginia Andersen 38 Claire Szabo 39 Michael Wood 40 Arena Williams 41 Hamish McDouall 42 Anjum Rahman 43 Sunny Kaushal 44 Christine Greer 45 Penny Gaylor 46 Janette Walker 47 Richard Hills 48 Shanan Halbert 49 Anahila Suisuiki 50 Clare Wilson 51 James Dann 52 Kelly Ellis 53 Corie Haddock 54 Jamie Strange 55 Katie Paul 56 Steven Gibson 57 Chao-Fu Wu 58 Paul Grimshaw 59 Tracey Dorreen 60 Tofik Mamedov 61 Hikiera Toroa 62 Hugh Tyler 63 Susan Elliot 64 Simon Buckingham
With Prime Minister John Key and President Barack Obama showing strong support for a comprehensive Trans Pacific Partnership, New Zealand farmers will support leaving countries behind that are not prepared to eliminate agricultural tariffs.
“The Trans Pacific Partnership was established to eliminate all tariffs and bring a new level of discipline to the use of non-tariff barriers,” says Bruce Wills, the National President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand.
“If we have a country that is not prepared to accept this reality, then they should not be allowed to slow down progress for all. . .
US milk exports affecting NZ farms – Tim Cronshaw:
Fonterra’s milk suppliers are wary of the ability of United States feedlot farmers to step up or slow down milk production faster than they can.
When grain is cheap and commodity prices are high, as was the case in the soon-to-finish 2013-14 season, this can be to the advantage of operators keeping cows in confined feedlots. As they ramp up milking, this has a bearing on world supplies and the prices Kiwi farmers receive.
Logic would say they will ease off as global commodity prices falter, but narrowing down their next move is complicated. . . .
The noblest of farmers – Bruce Wills:
The word nobility, to me at least, describes people who give of themselves without thought of personal advancement or enrichment.
As this will be one of my final columns as the President of Federated Farmers, I am in awe of the people who work incredibly hard for this organisation and farmers in general. To be fair, having a good team makes leadership easy and in our provinces and branches we are blessed with great people. People who meet councillors and officers on plan changes one day, maybe Worksafe NZ the next and then may help to resolve a dispute among neighbours. Being available 24/7, they work with the Rural Support Trusts when either we don’t have the right kind of weather or too much of it.
Throughout it all, they still have their farm to run and their family to care for.
Our people do this because they are not just passionate about farming but they care for its future. They believe, as I do, that farmers and farming are a force for good in our country. While farming defines part of our national identity we are not immune from the odd ratbag. In saying that, farmers are overwhelmingly honest, decent and generous folk who genuinely care. . . .
The event, in Alexandra earlier this month, featured parallel presentations from a string of companies and organisations with products, services, and – in the case of Otago Regional Council – regulations, which are set to change the way we farm.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the turnout,” BLNZ central South Island extension manager Aaron Meikle told Rural News. “Both seminars have been busy all day. I’d suggest there’s been well over a 100 people come through during the day.” . . .
Couple getting in the olive groove – Gerard Hutching:
There are several ways to harvest olives: laboriously beating the trees with sticks, using a hand rake, or using a mechanical rake.
But Helen Meehan, owner of olive grove Olivo in Martinborough, in the Wairarapa, prefers the relatively new method of mechanically shaking the tree until the olives drop into nets.
It’s all about saving time, she explains, even though about 20 per cent of the crop stays on the tree. . . .
Claire Trevett tweets:
Followed by this:
The real story isn’t who’s where – it’s that this is being leaked before the official release which is usually a sign of some very unhappy campers.
The choice in this election is stark.
There’s a centre right government led by a strong and popular National Party with John Key, the most popular Prime Minister in many, many years, with several capable new MPs.
It will almost certainly need support parties but their influence will be as minor as they are.
Then there’s the alternative – an unstable left government led by a weak Labour Party with the unpopular David Cunliffe heading stale faces supported by the Green, New Zealand First, Mana and Internet parties who will exert far more influence than their minor status.
That’s a choice between stability and progress from a National-led government or instability and regression from this:
That looks like two white businessmen which is a strange image for a coalition that includes a radical Maori separatist and several feminists.
Whatever the gender and race of the people behind the hands, I hope we see more of this because this clearly shows the prospect of government by what Bob Jones so accurately described as a rabble of dissimilar, mutually antagonistic parties, all with unpopular leaders and wildly different messages. . .
If a picture is worth a thousand words – every one in this is telling the undecided in the middle to vote for National.
Labour said it would announce its list yesterday afternoon.
That changed to this morning.
Now former party president Mike Williams has just told Kathryn Ryan that the list will be released at 3pm this afternoon.
The timing isn’t significant the party management is.
One suggestion for the delay was that the party couldn’t handle the list ranking while dealing with the fallout from the Liu donation allegations.
It is just as likely to be a problem with telling MPs and candidates
Whatever the cause for the delay, how can a party that is once again demonstrating problems running one of its most important internal activities smoothly hope to convince voters it can run the country?
The higher value of our dollar means our exports are more expensive for the people who buy them but it also lowers the cost of imports.
The positive side of that is illustrated by Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Economic Service Sheep and Beef On-Farm Inflation report:
Prices for inputs used on New Zealand sheep and beef farms decreased 0.6 per cent in the year to March 2014, following no change in the previous year according to the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service Sheep and Beef On-Farm Inflation 2013-2014 report.
The decrease has been driven by the decline in the cost of fertiliser, interest and fuel, says B+LNZ chief economist, Andrew Burtt.
Fertiliser and fuel are imports and their price is very sensitive to the value of our dollar.
Of the 16 categories of inputs, prices for 12 increased and four decreased, however the size and weighting of the decreases more than offset the increases.
Prices decreased by 6.1 per cent for fertiliser, lime and seeds; 3 per cent for interest; 2 per cent for fuel; and 0.1 per cent for weed and pest control. Electricity and repairs, maintenance and vehicles accounted for the largest price increases during the 12 months to March 2014 and were up 4.9 and 2.6 per cent respectively.
Over the most recent five-year period, on-farm inflation was 2.9 per cent, and 36.2 per cent over 10 years. In comparison, consumer prices increased by 10.9 per cent over the last five years, and by 28.5 per cent over the last 10 years.
Excluding interest the underlying rate of on-farm inflation was -0.1 per cent and was down from 0.7 per cent for the previous 12 months. It is only the second decrease in underlying on-farm inflation since this report started in 1972-73.
The full report is here.
The opposition keep saying they will bring down the value of the New Zealand dollar.
They won’t be drawn on what the right (or given their view the left) value should be.
Nor do they talk about the costs of that policy – decreasing the purchasing power of all of us and increasing the costs of many necessities.