Let me focus on some key issues that people need to be made aware of.
Dissolution of Parliament
Back in 2006, the Demos dissolved Parliament when Kiriau Turepu won the by-election in Matavera which would have given the CIP a majority. Fred Goodwin, QR at the time, mulled it over the weekend and dissolved Parliament before it commenced on the Monday to swear Kiriau in. CIP was robbed of the chance to be Government and didn’t get over it and eventually lost the elections. We’ve also had our Constitution toyed around while a Government of only six Demo Ministers ran the country up until the elections in 2010. When the PM dissolved Parliament, the Demos called him “selfish but had forgotten that the precedent has already been set by them in 2006 and 2009.
Toagate/Withholding Tax/Air NZ Underwrite
During the Demo Government rule from 2006 to 2010, we had the failed Toa deal that has cost this country money which resulted in the CIP introducing the 15 per cent Withholding Tax to meet Government’s obligation with Toa. We’ve also had the Air NZ underwrite introduced during Wilkie and the Demos time and CIP had very little time and choice when it signed the agreement in 2010, a few weeks after winning the election. Then recently, Wilkie decided to politicise the underwrite deal and called it “illegal and reckless” when the CIP Government committed to underwrite until 2018.
Back Tax/VAT Increase
A treaty signed in 2009 between the Demo Government and the NZ Government allowed taxes for NZ pensioners to be collected here instead of being in NZ. The Demo Government didn’t do anything about the collecting the tax until Richard Neves spotted a few non-paying pensioners and decided to activate the tax laws and powers and withdrew money from bank accounts. Government has since prepared a bill to wipe the back tax and reimburse the withdrawn money. The VAT increase to 15% was another issue that was mentioned way back around 2007 - 2008 when the Demos were Government and Finsec Ivaiti was in charge at MFEM but it was quickly shut down by DPM Maoate and Cabinet.
We’ve talked about water for many years and have had numerous studies and plans drawn up but Government has never been bold enough to take action. Finally, Teariki Heather as Minister is putting his name and reputation on the line to move things forward. The CIP Government has a plan and support from New Zealand and China is in place while water tanks are distributed as promised. The critics had gone into overdrive and Heather gets criticised for conflict of interest. The project is perceived to be too costly and petitioners want alternatives to be looked at. The Demos have jumped on the petition bandwagon and have made it a political issue but have not done anything while in Government for up to 10 years.
You can see the difference between the Demos and CIP just be comparing the issues and what was done. There are more things that can be used as a comparison but these issues have dominated the media in the last three to four years hence the reason for it being chosen. Now it is up to the voters to choose. Do you want a Government that makes the hard decisions or a Government that hardly makes decisions?
Voter by Choice
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