I was with Helen Clark the day she made the call to take Tampa refugees. Took less than 5 minutes. Leadership. #increasenzrefugeequota
Today John Key resigned after eight years as PM and 10 as National Party Leader. He will step down as Leader on Monday 12 and a new Leader will be elected by his caucus. He will stay on in Parliament to within the six month window to avoid a by-election (as am I). People are asking "why is he really going?" with the economy peaking and National high in the polls. As our Leader Andrew Little has said, we should give him the benefit of any doubt - ten years is gruelling and he is making a call for his family and his own wellbeing. He recognised he didn't have enough gas in his tank for four more years. Agree with him or not, we should take a moment to recognise his service to NZ and the contribution that he has made through some tough times. I think Andrew expressed that superbly today. At the same time, we should and will remain resolute in the principles for which New Zealand Labour Party stands: fairness, opportunity and security for every Kiwi - not just the lucky ones - in this uncertain world. It is appropriate to recognise John Key's contribution while also recognising the costs of his policies: - Pumping up GDP with unrestrained record migration has created a housing bubble that has put the security of many NZ homeowners at risk, and locked a generation of renters out of the Kiwi Dream. It was a calculated gamble that could only work for the short term. John Key is leaving before all of the resulting social deficits are counted. - Rampant inequality and poverty that is for many is a grinding torment. Our social fabric is strained to breaking point. We are becoming not one New Zealand but two - the asset owners and the strugglers. Many have already given up hope. - An inability to use his personal popularity to address the serious challenges of the long term: climate change, superannuation, real productivity growth driven by innovation and infrastructure deficits made worse by overhyped growth. - For all the chimera that was the flag debate, our sense of identity, nationhood and constitutional independence is no further advanced. But for all of this, and despite the dirty politics that reached a new low in 2014, I do - quite honestly at a personal level - wish him and his family well. He has given of his best and he has let go of power. Now it is Labour's turn to seize this opportunity and do the right thing by New Zealanders. I believe that under Andrew Little's leadership Labour can and will do just that.
I will resign the leadership of the Labour Party & nominate for a primary across caucus, membership & affiliates. facebook.com/david.cunliffe…
Dear FB friends, I wanted to let you know why I have been off air a bit in social media recently. My mother Barbara passed away aged 92 on Monday this week. I am currently down in her home town Timaru, with my brother, making the funeral arrangements. Mum's funeral will be at St Mary's Anglican Church, Church St, Timaru, at 4pm this Saturday. All are welcome to join with our family for this sad occasion. Because of this I will not be able to speak in the New Lynn LEC Celebrity Debate on Friday evening, and want to express my sincere thanks to Hon Peter Nielsen for standing in at short notice to take my place affirming the merits of a universal Financial Transactions Tax! Thanks too to all of the New Lynn LEC volunteers who will be campaigning in Mt Roskill this weekend. But this is, quite rightly, a time when I need to be with family and close friends - to mourn the passing of a wonderful woman who lived life to the full and was an inspiration to many. Thank you Mum for all that you have given me and all our family. We will miss you and never forget you. You chose your time. Rest now in peace.