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Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch
John MacDonald: In NZ politics things have gotten more unhinged, but pulling the walkabouts isn't the answer

Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 4:37


Many years ago, I went to the loo one day in the building where I worked, walked into the mens toilet and Helen Clark was there. Turned out the men's loo was closer to the studio where she was doing an interview and so they told her just to use that. And I remember afterwards thinking ‘only in New Zealand' would you walk into the men's loo and find the female Prime Minister there washing her hands. And only in New Zealand would you have any chance of getting that close to the leader of a country without being swamped by the heavies from security. But, according to Grant Roberston anyway, that may all be about to change. Because he's been saying that the abuse he's been getting when he's out in public has got so bad, that he's had to have the same level of security around him as what the Prime Minister has. And he has said that Labour is considering doing away with the public walkabouts during next year's election campaign because he thinks politicians are becoming the targets of such abuse, that it may not be safe for them to do the shake-and-howdy walkabouts. You know, the stuff they all do - especially at election time - where they walk around malls and talk to people and pretend they're interested in what they're doing. Judith Collins did a famous walkabout last election on Ponsonby Road in Auckland. Actually, it was more infamous than famous because we found out afterwards that she'd planted a rent-a-crowd there full of National supporters. But Grant Robertson says, next year, don't assume Labour will be doing it because it's just getting too dangerous out there. But does Grant just need to harden up here and accept that - generally - politicians are fair-game and should expect to get a bit of a hard time now and then? I see the Greens are chiming-in on this too. With co-leader Marama Davidson saying that the abuse towards politicians is of a "different, more violent nature” these days. She's talking, of course, after the experience of the occupation at Parliament earlier this year where there was no shortage of fruit-loops and troublemakers. But hearing David Seymour and Christopher Luxon speak about this earlier today, it seems to me that it's parties from the left that feel the most threatened. Labour and the Greens are talking about it today - and remember back in May, the Maori Party said it wouldn't be taking part in the Tauranga by-election because of safety issues. The party said then that a string of racist incidents in the city, and death threats, made them decide that it wasn't worth taking the risk. And we've seen, haven't we, that there can be deadly consequences for politicians. Almost a year ago in Britain, Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death when he was meeting constituents. Also in the UK, Labour MP Jo Cox died after being shot and stabbed in November 2016. And you could say ‘oh, that'd never happen here in New Zealand'. But we probably used to think a terrorist attack on a mosque would never happen in New Zealand too. Nevertheless, I think Labour is less concerned about safety and more concerned about what it would look like having rabid protesters turning up wherever their MPs and candidates go during the election campaign next year. In political circles, they call that stuff “optics”. Whether something is a good look or a bad look. And footage night-after-night on the TV news and day-in day-out on the internet of Labour people getting abused is the last thing Labour would want when it's trying to convince us to give it another term in government. As far as the optics go, that would be a very bad look. Yes, there do seem to be more people out there who think very little of politicians and who are quite happy to ignore the protocols and give them an earful at every opportunity. And yes, things are generally a lot more unhinged than they used to be. But I think Labour, and the Greens and the Maori Party need to accept that this is the reality these days - and, in my view anyway, pulling the plug on things like walkabouts has nothing to do with keeping people safe and everything to do with shamelessly trying to avoid situations which might not be such a good look during an election campaign. LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch
Chris Luxon: National Party leader on political safety and the Uffindell report

Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 8:29


Today on Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings, John MacDonald spoke to National leader Christopher Luxon. They discussed the safety of politicians off the back of Grant Robertson's concerns whilst visiting Northland recently. They also talked about the report into Sam Uffindell and if it should be released publicly, and how did Luxon react to the Christchurch City Council pushback on housing intensification? LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

#BHN Big Hairy News
#BHN Luxon still getting heat | Jon Steward explains the left | Mosque survivor speaks to 'False Flag' supporters

#BHN Big Hairy News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 81:53


Christopher Luxon is still getting heat about his reasoning for not releasing the Uffindel Report. Citing privacy and safety for the people who participated in the report, Mr Luxon's claims fall over slightly when challenged about making just an executive summary...or just releasing the terms of reference so the public can at least know what scope the KC had for conversation Dr Hamimah Ahmat, whose husband was killed in the mosque attacks, speaks directly to Counterspin supporters explaining she is not a crisis actor. Last week we talked about the left eating itself, comedian and Pat man crush, Jon Stewart spends some time with Pod Bless America explaining why the Right can seem to do whatever it wants and the left like to spend a lot of time 'policing their own'

The Mike Hosking Breakfast
Christopher Luxon: National Party leader going with trust approach for the Uffindell report

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 6:12


Christopher Luxon is going with the ''trust me'' approach when it comes to the Uffindell report. He had already said he wasn't going to release it to the public but he also won't release it to National Party MP's because he says "they trust me to represent the findings". National Party leader Christopher Luxon joins me now. LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

#BHN Big Hairy News
#BHN Dr Anna Brooks on Govt disinterested response to long COVID | Luxon 'praised' today over Uffindel response | Rory Nairn died from the COVID vaccine

#BHN Big Hairy News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 67:36


Grant Robertson looked to Australian research on long COVID today citing that we can't quite say what the Australians are saying as NZ doesn't have the depth of Analysis that out Ozzie cousins have. Auckland University's Dr Anna Brooks joins us and explains this is because the Government has no urgency to see what long COVID is. The NZ Herald claimed today that Christopher Luxon was being 'praised by commentators' today for his handling of the Sam Uffindel report. We were wondering where those commentators were and what they saw that we didn't The tragic story of Rory Nairn, who it has long believed his death was COVID vaccine related, was officially updated today by the coroner when the ruling came down that "Rory Nairn's cause of death was vaccine-induced myocarditis"

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time
Questions for Oral Answer 20 September 2022

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 53:40


Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Acting Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his Government's statements and actions? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Education: What progress has the Government made in supporting employers to maintain and increase the number of New Zealanders in apprenticeships? TEANAU TUIONO to the Acting Minister of Agriculture: Is the Dairy Industry Restructuring (Fonterra Capital Restructuring) Amendment Bill consistent with her Government's commitment to addressing the global climate crisis; if so, how? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "we will enter a period of more targeted spending", and does he consider that Government spending in the past six months should have been more targeted? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister for the Environment: What actions is the Government taking to enhance protection for New Zealand's most productive land? CHRIS BISHOP to the Acting Minister of Housing: Does he stand by the Minister of Housing's statement from May last year that "We have heard, we've listened, and we've acted to make sure that we are putting in a different system for Rotorua", and is he satisfied with emergency housing provision in Rotorua? CHRIS BAILLIE to the Minister of Education: Does he agree with the New Zealand Initiative that "The Ministry conducted no research on the effects of these 'Modern Learning Environments' on students' learning prior to compelling schools to adopt them. Neither did they conduct any evaluation of their effects after they were established"; if not, what evidence has the ministry provided the Minister to show that modern learning environments improve literacy and numeracy skills? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: Did he receive any recommendation from the Police regarding the asset value threshold in the proposed Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Amendment Bill; if so, what was that recommendation? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Maori Development: What recent events has he attended to celebrate te reo Maori? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Women: Is she concerned that the gender pay gap increased recently to 9.2 percent and that Statistics New Zealand did not report on the ethnic minority gender pay gap altogether? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Associate Minister of Education (School Operations): How is the Government supporting students who have experienced lost learning opportunities as a result of disruptions from COVID-19?

First Light with Rachel Smalley
Rachel Smalley: Is it time to re-evaluate the education system?

First Light with Rachel Smalley

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 3:37


"Christopher Luxon says this is on his radar. Education is on his hit list. It should be. National started this mess, and Labour has done nothing to improve it." See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RNZ: Morning Report
Luxon backs Uffindell after inquiry

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 8:23


National MP Sam Uffindell's former flatmate and her father would be happy for the party to publicly release a redacted copy of its bullying investigation. The Tauranga MP was reinstated to caucus following Maria Dew's inquiry into allegations he behaved aggressively, forcing her to flee the flat. National says the report found Sam Uffindell did not engage in the behaviour his former flatmate detailed on RNZ last month - which prompted the inquiry. That includes dismissing her claims he bashed on her door yelling obscenities. But she and her father stand firmly by her account about what happened at the flat, and are deeply unhappy Mr Uffindell's word was taken over hers. The National Party's leader, Christopher Luxon, spoke to Susie Fergusson.

#BHN Big Hairy News
BHN Plunket being a twat...again | Some health metrics for Luxon | VFF looking to pivot

#BHN Big Hairy News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 75:04


Sean Plunket is the ultimate victim and snowflake. He cries that no one will come and speak to him and uses that as 'evidence' that he's in the right and 'they're' not prepared to come and banter with him...but the truth is he is a shit head, a bully and is someone that has burned so many bridges that no one wants to speak with him. He plays the victim card...whilst rallying against people who he claims call themselves 'victims' Christopher Luxon is clear that there have been no positive health system metrics under Labour...we disagree, and we'll show you a pretty awesome tonight VFF and groups like it as looking to pivot to stay relevant as with the relaxing of mask and vaccine mandates, they don't have a lot to complain about now...so they've started to invent things to keep their supporters fed and, we assume, their incomes continuing

Tova
Christopher Luxon rules out Republic referendum in first term if he became PM

Tova

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 10:19


National Party Leader Christopher Luxon confirmed he would rule out a referendum to make New Zealand a Republic under his first term as Prime Minister, following the late Queen's death. Luxon told Tova O'Brien he couldn't see it being a conversation for the time being.  "People are fixated on other things," he said.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RNZ: Morning Report
Christopher Luxon on rising food prices

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 6:24


Food prices have increased by 8.3 percent over the past 12 months, the largest year on year rise since 2009. The figures from Stats NZ show grocery prices were up 8.7 percent, while fruit and vegetable prices increased by a whopping 15 percent. RNZ asked to talk to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, David Clark, but he didn't respond. National Party leader Christopher Luxon spoke to Guyon Espiner.

The Country
Rabobank Best of The Country: September 10, 2022

The Country

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 38:54


Jamie Mackay talks to Christopher Luxon, Emma Higgins, Jacinda Ardern, Graeme Williams and Miles Hurrell.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RNZ: Nine To Noon
Christopher Luxon on the Queen's death

RNZ: Nine To Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 3:42


National party leader Christopher Luxon tells Kathryn he remembers first seeing the queen as a three year old when she visited for the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

RNZ: Morning Report
How many students are wagging school?

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 4:58


So, how many students are wagging school? Yesterday National Party leader Christopher Luxon told us 100,000 children were chronically truant. This is incorrect. The figure he was referring to is from term 1 this year when just over 100,000 children were chronically absent - but not necessarily truant. Secondary Principals' Association president and principal of Papatoetoe High School Vaughan Couillault spoke to Corin Dann.

Master Builders Elevate: Building a Better Business
EP59 - Chief's Chat - David Kelly, MB CEO, on State of the Sector survey and the Constructive Forum

Master Builders Elevate: Building a Better Business

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 19:33


As a part of the 2022 State of the Sector annual survey Master Builders spoke to nearly 700 sector participants – Master Builders and past Constructive attendees - and nearly 600 homeowners who had built or completed a significant renovation in the past three years. The survey revealed that while the challenges are great, there are also glimpse opportunities to build resilience in the sector.   In this episode, Ryan and David look into the survey's findings on mental health, critical issues that the industry is facing, sustainability in building and advocacy work like consenting. They also talk about the highlights from Constructive Forum, where builders, industry leaders, regulators, and other stakeholders talked about lessons from the past, alongside strategies for the present. David said it was particularly interesting to hear from Minister of Building and Construction, Dr Megan Woods, and Leader of the Opposition, Christopher Luxon, who gave keynote addresses outlining their thoughts on the sector.Helpful links:State of the Sector survey: https://www.masterbuilder.org.nz/RMBA/News/2022%20News/A_Resilient_Sector_Well_Positioned_To_Navigate_Headwinds.aspx Where else you can find usWebsite: https://www.masterbuilder.org.nz/Elevate Platform: http://elevate.masterbuilder.org.nzInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/masterbuildernz/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/registeredmasterbuildersYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmh_9vl0pFf0zSB6N7RrVegTwitter: https://twitter.com/MasterBuilderNZ

RNZ: Morning Report
Government youth crime package missing consequences for repeat offenders - Luxon

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 8:54


National leader Christopher Luxon believes the government's plan to tackle youth crime fails to address sanctions for repeated offenders. A new package has been unveiled to tackle youth crime, building on existing initiatives with aims to get more young people into education, training, or work. Police Minister Chris Hipkins says the ultimate goal is to get young people engaged in something constructive. Luxon told Morning Report there needs to be appropriate consequences for continued wrongdoing.

The Country
The Country Full Show: Monday, September 5, 2022

The Country

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 37:11


Jamie Mackay talks to Christopher Luxon, Jessie Waite, Phil Duncan, Chris Parsons, Steve Wyn-Harris and Grant McCallum.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Country
The Country 05/09/22: Christopher Luxon talks to Jamie Mackay

The Country

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 6:36


National's leader talks mask mandates, pine trees taking over pastoral land, distancing himself from Apostle Brian, the U-turn on KiwiSaver fees and whether this Government is the worst ever.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RNZ: Nine To Noon
Political commentators Gareth Hughes & Ben Thomas

RNZ: Nine To Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 22:48


Our political commentators discuss the government's Kiwisaver tax u-turn, the cost of living payment, Luxon ruling out a Freedoms NZ coalition, and the Greens co-leadership. Gareth Hughes is a former Green MP and now works for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Aotearoa. Ben Thomas is a former National government press secretary, a columnist and a director of public affairs firm Capital.

RNZ: Nine To Noon Politics
Political commentators Gareth Hughes & Ben Thomas

RNZ: Nine To Noon Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 22:48


Our political commentators discuss the government's Kiwisaver tax u-turn, the cost of living payment, Luxon ruling out a Freedoms NZ coalition, and the Greens co-leadership. Gareth Hughes is a former Green MP and now works for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Aotearoa. Ben Thomas is a former National government press secretary, a columnist and a director of public affairs firm Capital.

The Mike Hosking Breakfast
Christopher Luxon: National leader says Kiwisaver is about setting people up for retirement, shouldn't mess with it

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 4:14


Chris Luxon says KiwiSaver is about making sure people are set up for their retirement and we shouldn't be messing around with it. The Government has u-turned on plans to impose GST on KiwiSaver fees, less than 24 hours after the proposal emerged. He told Mike Hosking he's seen the power of having a good KiwiSaver-type operation in other countries, giving them a good backbone for investing in the likes of infrastructure. Luxon says it's exciting we're making progress with KiwiSaver and building domestic pools of capital. But he says you don't muck around with it, and you try to encourage people to do more investment in it, not less. National has done its share of tinkering with Kiwisaver in the past, and was opposed to its establishment. LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time
Question Time for 30 August 2022

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 48:49


Questions to Ministers INGRID LEARY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she consider it appropriate for the Crown Minerals Act 1991 to continue to promote exploration for fossil fuels when, in 2021, the International Energy Agency's executive director stated, "If governments are serious about the climate crisis, there can be no new investments in oil, gas and coal, from now - from this year"? CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government's statements and actions? SARAH PALLETT to the Minister of Health: What changes has the Government recently made to increase the ease of access to prescription medicines? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Is he satisfied that the Government's design and implementation of economic policy has resulted in good stewardship of public money? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he seen on tourism recovery? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many aged residential care beds, if any, have been disestablished in the past year primarily due to health workforce shortages, and what is the current shortfall in registered nurses across the aged residential care sector? CAMILLA BELICH to the Minister of Immigration: What progress can he report on the implementation of the 2021 Resident Visa? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Immigration: Does he think that his policy of making nurses wait two years to apply for residence is working, when migrant nurses already in New Zealand are leaving to go to Australia, and does he agree with the 64 percent of nurses surveyed by the Nurses Organisation that said the most important thing the Government can do to address the nursing crisis is to place nurses on the fast track to residence? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's statements and policies? NAISI CHEN to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has he made about helping Kiwis to get a better deal at the checkout? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Police: What is the total percentage increase of ram raids since the beginning of 2018, and how many businesses have had security systems installed through the $6 million crime prevention programme, funded by the Proceeds of Crime Fund, to address this increase?

RNZ: Morning Report
Christopher Luxon wants proposal to charge GST on KiwiSaver fees canned

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 9:40


The National Party leader says plans to charge GST on KiwiSaver fees should be stopped. The move is part of a new government bill imposing GST on financial services, and modelling suggests it could result in more than $100 billion less saved in KiwiSaver accounts by 2070. Christopher Luxon told Morning Report it shouldn't go ahead. Revenue Minister David Parker said the change is being made to get consistency of GST treatment across all investment services.

The Mike Hosking Breakfast
Mike's Minute: Economics of idiots causing labour shortage

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 1:46


The statistic that should send a chill through every one of us was the one you might have seen over the weekend from a construction company. They hired 52 people, but lost 54 to poaching. It's that fundamentally destructive aspect of the economy that has seen us almost certainly in a recession in the first half of this year, and quite possibly another one in the latter part of this year and into next. The economy is broken, it can't function without enough people and we don't have enough people. You can't hire 52 and lose 54 without serious consequences for what you do. The 54 will have got pay rises not because they're doing anything different or producing anything more but merely because the people who hired them were desperate. Meantime, Christopher Luxon was in the Bay of Plenty looking at one of the country's biggest kiwifruit operations. This is an industry that is one of the great success stories of this nation and yet is in the middle of a crisis over quality, at least in part, because of a labour shortage. Quality for a country like this is everything, we don't do quantity we do quality. It's suggested the fruit was picked wet and rough. Why? Because of the labour shortage. The answer? It's more workers Where from? The Pacific. It's not hard; Luxon promised an expansion of the RSE scheme immediately. But he shouldn't have to make such a promise because it should be already in place, and it should already be in place because it's obvious. The Government will tell you they have already expanded the RSE scheme but here is the simple truth - if you still have a problem, it doesn't matter what you have done because you haven't solved the problem. The policies of this Government around labour and immigration are literally destroying the economy and the country. We have aged care facilities closing because they can't get nurses, we have one of our major exporters with a reputational crisis because they can't get labour and we have construction workers going round in circles from site to site because they can't get new workers. Put simply, it is the economics of idiots.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RNZ: Morning Report
Youth worker on suggestions to get tough on youth crime

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 5:26


National wants to get tough on youth crime. Party leader, Christopher Luxon, suggests locking the worst young offenders up and throwing away the electronic key. But is it that simple? Auckland youth worker Carly Laughton takes a different view as she considers the same subject in her work on the city streets. She spoke to Guyon Espiner.

The Mike Hosking Breakfast
Christopher Luxon: National leader continues to slam justice process for youth offenders

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 3:52


National continues to slam our justice process for youth-offenders. The party is calling for tougher penalties for young people who commit robberies and ram raids. It says while there's been a halving of prosecutions of young people since 2017 – ram raids have increased 518 percent under Labour's watch. Party Leader Christopher Luxon told Mike Hosking there's a range of escalating tools in the justice system that aren't being used. He says there are too many family conferences and not enough use of community service or home detention. Luxon also believes youth justice residences need to be used more for repeat offenders. LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1/200 Podcast
1/200 Episode 175 - Just Can't Get Enough is Enough

1/200 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 61:27


On the 18th anniversary of the Enough is Enough rally and 6 months after the parliament grounds occupation, the Tamakis were back marching through Wellington this week. We discuss their direction, how Christopher Luxon has reacted, and what to anticipate at the electoral end of the reactionary right. With Rustie, Kyle and Philip.https://www.patreon.com/1of200

The Country
Rabobank Best of The Country: August 27, 2022

The Country

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 38:51


Jamie Mackay talks to Christopher Luxon, Peter Newbold, Jane Smith and Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, while Rowena Duncum catches up with Michael Harvey and Sir David Fagan.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Country
The Country 23/08/22: Jane Smith talks to Jamie Mackay

The Country

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 5:35


This North Otago sheep and beef farmer, and former BFEA winner reckons Christopher Luxon has been badly briefed by industry leaders when it comes to He Waka Eke Noa and that she's been badly treated by the OIO when it comes to getting answers from the OIA.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time
Question time for 23 August 2022

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 60:46


CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all of her Ministers? SHANAN HALBERT to the Minister of Housing: What action is the Government taking to increase the supply of affordable rental housing? NICOLA WILLIS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement by the Reserve Bank in its August Monetary Policy Statement that "domestic inflationary pressures had increased since May", and what role, if any, does he think Government policy has played in that? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What announcements has she made about artists' resale royalties? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government's statements and actions? ANGELA ROBERTS to the Associate Minister of Education (School Operations): What action is the Government taking to lift school attendance? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many people, if any, waited longer than 24 hours in an emergency department over the past month? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Immigration: What work is the Government undertaking to tackle skill shortages and help Kiwi businesses fill job vacancies? RICARDO MENÉNDEZ MARCH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she support sanctioning disabled people and people with health conditions who receive jobseeker benefits for "failing to prepare for work"? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Justice: Is it still the Government's intention to be "the most open, most transparent Government that New Zealand has ever had"; if so, is she confident the Official Information Act 1982 is fit for purpose? RACHEL BOYACK to the Minister for Emergency Management: How is the Government supporting Nelson and Marlborough through recent severe weather events and flooding? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statements and actions?

RNZ: Morning Report
Christopher Luxon on Brian Tamaki's new 'Freedoms NZ' party

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 5:04


A new political party has emerged on parliament's lawns. About 2000 supporters of the Destiny Church-led Freedoms and Rights Coalition staged another anti-government rally at Parliament. Its leader Brian Tamaki put himself at centre stage, announcing a new coalition of three parties called Freedoms NZ. National Party leader Christopher Luxon has previously been asked by media if he'd work with fringe parties - but there hasn't been a firm answer. Luxon spoke to Susie Ferguson.

The Country
The Country 22/08/22: Christopher Luxon talks to Jamie Mackay

The Country

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 6:21


National's leader comments on a Hayden Munro's opinion piece about him, why the economy is in trouble rather than recovery mode, and why he supports He Waka Eke Noa. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Country
The Country Full Show: Monday, August 22, 2022

The Country

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 38:17


Jamie Mackay talks to Julian Raine, Christopher Luxon, Phil Duncan, Peter Newbold, Steve Wyn-Harris and Grant McCallum.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RNZ: Nine To Noon Politics
Political commentators Neale Jones & Tim Hurdle

RNZ: Nine To Noon Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 27:01


Will the Labour caucus kick Gaurav Sharma out this week - and have his accusations caused lasting damage to the party? Should National's leader Christopher Luxon release the detail of an inquiry into Sam Uffindell? And are this year's local body elections at risk of being overrun by conspiracy theorists? Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of public affairs firm Capital. Tim Hurdle is a former National party advisor and was campaign director for National at the 2020 election.

RNZ: Nine To Noon
Political commentators Neale Jones & Tim Hurdle

RNZ: Nine To Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 27:01


Will the Labour caucus kick Gaurav Sharma out this week - and have his accusations caused lasting damage to the party? Should National's leader Christopher Luxon release the detail of an inquiry into Sam Uffindell? And are this year's local body elections at risk of being overrun by conspiracy theorists? Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of public affairs firm Capital. Tim Hurdle is a former National party advisor and was campaign director for National at the 2020 election.

Gone By Lunchtime
Gaurav Sharma and Sam Uffindell, suspended

Gone By Lunchtime

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 43:36


Two junior MPs, one new and the other very new, have become the centre of political attention in the last 10 days. Both have been suspended from their party caucus. Ben Thomas, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Toby Manhire examine the allegations by Labour's Sharma, the extraordinary way it played out and Jacinda Ardern's response. And what of National's Uffindell? Should he be punished for an assault more than 20 years ago, has he atoned and how did Christopher Luxon deal with it? Plus: what do the cases together tell us about the culture in the parties and the strange workplace of parliament? Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

RNZ: Morning Report
Christopher Luxon still opposed to waka jumping law

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 5:05


National Party leader Christopher Luxon is standing by his party's opposition to the so-called "waka jumping" legislation, which allows the Speaker to remove MPs who have left their party. Labour's Hamilton West MP Gaurav Sharma and National's Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell  have both been suspended from their respective parties. Under the law change the Speaker can be asked that MPs who leave their party be removed from Parliament. Christopher Luxon told Morning Report National never supported that.

The Morning Rumble Catchup Podcast
SPECIAL - Christopher Luxon - Leader Of The National Party

The Morning Rumble Catchup Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 11:06


We are joined in studio by Leader of the National Party and Rog's hero, Christopher Luxon talking Sam Uffindel, his Rock 2000 picks and his Lunch Money Lewis cover.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Morning Rumble Catchup Podcast
SPECIAL - Now That's What I Call The Rock 2000 - National Party Picks

The Morning Rumble Catchup Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 2:36


The Rock 2000 voting is now open and they are pouring in, including from Christopher Luxon and the New Zealand National Party.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

RNZ: Checkpoint
Luxon's staff knew of Uffindell's past, but did not inform National leader

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 4:57


A staff member in Christopher Luxon's office was told about Sam Uffindell's antics as a school bully during the Tauranga by-election campaign, but failed to flag it with the leader.  Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell was stood down from National's caucus late last night after RNZ revealed further allegations of aggressive and bullying behavior from a former flatmate.  Mr Luxon has ordered an investigation into the claims but has not committed to bringing him back in the fold at its conclusion. Here's our political reporter, Katie Scotcher.

RNZ: Morning Report
Commentator on Sam Uffindell standing down temporarily for investigation

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 5:03


The National MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the party's caucus while further allegations of bullying raised by RNZ are investigated.  A female flatmate of Uffindell's from his University days, in 2003, says she was bullied and intimidated so badly she was forced to flee for her own safety. Uffindell denies the allegations, saying a number of flatmates fell out during his second year at university, but he rejects accusations his behaviour was intimidatory or bullying. National Party leader Christopher Luxon says an independent inquiry will be done by Maria Dew QC, over the next two weeks. Terms of reference for the inquiry will be decided today. Political commentator Brigitte Morten spoke to Guyon Espiner.

RNZ: Morning Report
Sam Uffindell stood down pending investigation after fresh bullying allegations

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 10:18


National MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the party's caucus while an investigation is done into further allegations of bullying raised by RNZ. A woman who flatted with the Tauranga MP at university in 2003 says Uffindell was an aggressive bully who once pounded on her bedroom door, screaming obscenities, until she fled through her window. In a statement issued late last night, Uffindell denied claims he engaged in "intimidatory or bullying" behaviour, but said there was a falling-out between flatmates. The allegations follow revelations that Uffindell, as a teenager, beat up a younger boy at Auckland's prestigious King's College boarding school and was asked to leave. The MP yesterday described himself as a 16-year-old thug but said he was now a changed person. RNZ has spoken to his former flatmate and her father. They did not want to be named. National Party leader Christopher Luxon released a statement late on Tuesday night. "This evening my office became aware of very concerning accusations made to RNZ about behaviour shown by Mr Uffindell toward a female flatmate in 2003 while at university," he said. "Mr Uffindell disputes the allegations and in the interests of natural justice, an independent investigation will now be undertaken to determine the facts. While this process is underway, Mr Uffindell will be stood down from caucus. "The investigation will be conducted by Maria Dew QC and I expect it to take two weeks. "However, as these allegations have only come to me in the last few hours, the finer details of the investigation, including the terms of reference, are yet to be confirmed and will be finalised over the next couple of days." Uffindell has also responded and said when he was a student at Otago he enjoyed a student lifestyle, which included drinking and, at times, smoking marijuana. While in second year a number of flatmates fell out - and two of the flatmates left midway through the year. He rejects any accusation that he was engaged in behaviour that was intimidatory or bullying. he says it simply did not happen. Uffindell said while there is an investigation into these accusations he will not make further comment.

RNZ: Morning Report
Christopher Luxon waiting for investigation results on Sam Uffindell

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 9:25


National MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the party's caucus while an investigation is carried out into further allegations of bullying raised by RNZ. A woman who flatted with the Tauranga MP at university in 2003 has told RNZ's Morning Report Uffindell was an aggressive bully who once pounded on her bedroom door, screaming obscenities, until she fled through her window. In a statement issued late Tuesday night, Uffindell denied claims he engaged in "intimidatory or bullying" behaviour, but said there was a falling-out between flatmates. The allegations follow revelations that Uffindell, as a teenager, beat up a younger boy at Auckland's prestigious King's College boarding school and was asked to leave. National Party leader Christopher Luxon spoke to Guyon Espiner.

RNZ: Checkpoint
National leader Luxon on Uffindell's school bullying revelation

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 7:06


National leader Christopher Luxon says he feels for the victim of Sam Uffindell's attack while at Kings College in the past.  He told Checkpoint he believes Uffindell is genuinely contrite, but said it is disappointing Uffindell did not disclose the event to the public before being elected MP for Tauranga.  On the selection process, Luxon said "in hindsight we got that wrong, and it should have been made public."  When asked if further revelations could mean Uffindell is gone, Luxon said he has been assured the worst incident in Uffindell's past has been disclosed. Luxon said he would not speculate on hypotheticals.   

RNZ: Morning Report
National's deputy leader on new MP's school beating incident

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 4:20


Another MP and another headache for the National Party over its candidate selection. It's newest MP in Tauranga, Sam Uffindell, has admitted he was kicked out of his boarding school as a teenager for beating a younger student. Deputy leader, Nicola Willis, says neither she, nor leader Christopher Luxon, were told by the party about Uffindell's admission before he was selected. In fact, she only found out yesterday. She spoke to First Up's Nick Truebridge.

RNZ: Nine To Noon
National leader on Uffindell: "I should have been told"

RNZ: Nine To Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 5:48


The National party leader Christopher Luxon has just fronted media over the revelations about the Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell. Sam Uffindell was kicked out of Auckland's King's College when he was 16, for taking part in a violent assault of a 13-year-old. Mr Uffindell told the National Party about the incident before he was selected. But Mr Luxon has told media that as leader, he should have been told about it , and so should voters in the Tauranga by-election. Susie speaks with RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson.

RNZ: Checkpoint
National's beneficiary policy faces criticism

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 3:28


National and Labour are trading blows over young beneficiaries after Christopher Luxon revealed the number of under-25-year-olds on a jobseekers allowance has jumped 50 percent in the past five years, despite businesses screaming out for workers. National's new welfare policy proposes job coaches for young people who've been collecting a benefit for more than a year, individual job plans, and benefit sanctions for those who fail to follow through. The Prime Minister says the government is already getting people off benefits and its doing most of those things already. Here's our political reporter, Katie Scotcher.

RNZ: Morning Report
National Party 'out of touch' with welfare plan - Labour

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 7:00


The Labour Party says the opposition National Party is "out of touch" after it released its new welfare plan during its national conference at the weekend. National Party leader Christopher Luxon says jobs coaches would be allocated to beneficiaries under the age of 25. Anyone who had been receiving welfare for more than a year, who then stayed off for a year after receiving a job, would be eligible for a one-thousand-dollar payment. Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says there's no evidence the plan would work, and it turns young people into villains. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to Corin Dann.

RNZ: Morning Report
Luxon concludes party conference with welfare policy

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 4:04


National Party leader Christopher Luxon has concluded his party's conference with a tried-and-true political tactic: a full-throated promise to get young beneficiaries off welfare and into work. It was the first conference for Luxon since he took over as leader just eight months ago and he spent much of the weekend boosting his profile with members. Deputy political editor Craig McCulloch was at the event at Christchurch's Te Pae convention centre - and pulled together this report.

RNZ: Morning Report
Christopher Luxon on National Party's welfare policy

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 7:36


A National Government will take what it says is a new approach to reducing benefit dependency among young people. The National Party are particularly keen to do something about the 13,000 under 25-year-olds who have been on the Jobseeker benefit for a year or longer. Under the plan, community providers will be contracted to provide 18-to-24-year-olds with a job coach. At the same time, jobseekers will receive more support and even a $1000 bonus payment if they stick it out in a new job for twelve months. Those who don't go along with it will face sanctions. National Party leader Christopher Luxon spoke to Guyon Espiner.