Why Prime Ministers travel
Building international relationships: why Prime Ministers
Last week I led a delegation to Samoa, Tonga, and
Niue in a Pacific goodwill mission to reinforce our strong
relationship with these countries.
Click here to see highlights of the Pacific
Next week I will be visiting the United
States, including the White House to meet with President
Rt Hon John
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On The Northland By-Election
Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.
On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>