Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

NZ First poll shows Labour coalition more likely than ever

NZ First poll shows Labour coalition more likely now than ever


New Zealand First’s East Coast candidate, Mere Takoko, has revealed that her party’s internal polling shows Labour’s Moana Mackey is just 2 percent away from winning the East Coast electorate seat from incumbent Anne Tolley.

The former business journalist says she believes Kim Dotcom’s revelations tomorrow regarding the GCSB will be a game-changer pushing the Labour coalition “over the line.”

“This is consistent with current polls that show National is losing its lead. The Labour coalition only requires a less than 3% swing to the left,” says Ms Takoko.

“National and their current partners are likely to fall short of 60 seats, leaving New Zealand First in the position of kingmaker.”

Ms Takoko says she is concerned by the results and will register her ballot “for farmers and small-medium businesses owners” on Tuesday at 12pm ahead of the September 20th election.

“Our farmers and small-medium businesses are sinking under a paper of bureaucracy and they can expect more taxes under a National or Labour led Government.

“We have always supported a lower dollar for exporters which is good news for farmers. We will also cut their tax rate from 28c to 20c,” says Ms Takoko.

New Zealand First believes Labour’s ill-timed and ill-informed capital gains tax of 15% will drive some investors to pass on costs to first homebuyers and rental tenants as well as put an unnecessary squeeze on small-medium business owners.

The Party is also concerned that National will increase GST, as they did from 12.5% to 15% in 2010, which will create less purchasing power.

“That’s obviously going to be bad for our local businesses. We will stop Labour from passing a capital gains tax onto New Zealanders and we will drop GST off food and rates to help low-income families who do not currently have any spending power,” says Ms Takoko.

“We will be the only party that can contain the belligerent tax policies of both the right and left with the goal of maximum employment, stable prices, lower interest rates and financial stability. Our bottom line is that we hit the 10% party vote threshold nationwide.

“I’m glad to see we are well above that threshold here on the East Coast at 15.6% for the electorate. We are looking forward to our best result ever,” says Ms Takoko.

New Zealand First’s East Coast electorate pole was conducted between September 8 to 10 among 732 voters from Opotiki, Whakatane, Gisborne, Tolaga Bay and Ruatoria.

732 valid votes cast: 28% Tolley, 26% Mackey, 15.56% NZ First, Greens 15%, Internet Mana 4.6%, Conservatives 2.0%, Undecided 8.8%. Margin of error +/-4% (based on 95% certainty by removing demographic bias as per standards of New Zealand Political Polling Code)

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available.

Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>

 

PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>

ALSO:

'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels