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


Call for a halt to Northcote campaign spending

Democrats for Social Credit Party Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, has called for all parties to halt further spending on the Northcote by-election.

“We’re pledging to put the bulk of what our Party was going to spend into a fund to donate to the Auckland City Mission and the Salvation Army food banks.

“We won’t spend that money on the campaign, we’ll put it into the fund.

“Given the dire need of so many people for food parcels from those two organisations, we will uphold our social credit principles by not spending further money on the by-election campaign.

“Although other parties have already committed part of the $53,000 they are entitled to spend, we are challenging them to stop any further spending immediately and instead put the money instead into a joint fund for those in need.

“National, Labour, ACT, and the Greens should not waste $100,000, or more, on campaigning when that money could make a huge difference for people who are struggling to feed their families.

“Candidates and their parties should put their money where their mouths are – not on thousands of flyers which will end up in the rubbish stream, not on radio advertising that most people won’t listen to, not on more signs that will pollute the visual landscape and end up at the rubbish tip, and not on a parade of highly paid Ministers and MPs and their hangers-on from Wellington, whose flights and ministerial transport will be at the taxpayer’s expense.

“To show that their concern for people is genuine and not just hot air, they must stop any more campaign spending and put the money into a joint fund for the Salvation Army and City Mission food banks.

“Dr Jonathan Coleman should also front up with a contribution. After all, he stood just 6 months ago pledging to represent Northcote voters for the next 3 years, but resigned, triggering this by-election which is costing taxpayers $1 million.

“Dr Coleman didn’t resign because he was ill, or had a family crisis, but because his bid to get into the leadership of the National Party failed. It’s clear that he didn’t want to do the hard yards in opposition, and he got a more lucrative offer in the private sector.”

Democrats for Social Credit Party supporters will collect money and food donations in shopping centres throughout the electorate.

A Give-A-Little page is being established so that people outside the electorate can contribute to the fund.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RNZ Live Updates: Weather Mayhem Strands Tourists; Major Roads Closed

Hundreds of tourists are stranded on the West Coast, and on the other side of the South Island a flood-damaged bridge has closed State Highway 1, after a weekend of torrential rain.

The heavy rain battered much of the West Coast causing major slips on a 350 kilometre stretch of State Highway 6 between Hokitika and Haast, and most of the 970 tourists tourists trapped in Franz Josef might have to remain there until Friday.

Major roads are closed on both sides of the South Island. Timaru District remains in a state of emergency with road access north to Christchurch blocked with the two bridges crossing the Rangitata River closed. Hundred of tourists were left scrambling to find accommodation in the region. More>>


NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>



Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>


Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>


Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>


Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>


Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>





InfoPages News Channels