- #1643202sir-nigel-gresleyMemberMember since: January 10, 2017
Replies: 850sir-nigel-gresley September 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm
If Winston becomes the Kingmaker, you will have to wait until mid-October to see who will be in Government. So keep your fingers, and legs crossed for the outcome. 🙂
Happy Valley#1643225Hero42MemberMember since: July 18, 2008
Replies: 10977Hero42 September 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm
But on current polling it could be either NZ First or the Greens as kingmaker if the Greens are prepared to negotiate with National.
On the latest Poll of Polls the Greens would have 9 seats and NZ First 8 seats and either party could get National over the line. Labour would need both.
The negotiations could go on a long time and with two potential king or queen makers than the power of both is diminished.
On the other hand the youth vote could make NZ First irrelevant and the Labour Green coalition could govern alone.
Not that that would stop Bill ringing James just in case he could tempt him with deputy PM.
Cheers 🙂#1643232sir-nigel-gresleyMemberMember since: January 10, 2017
Replies: 850sir-nigel-gresley September 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm
Well he would be a better Deputy than the one they have, who is not very popular. However Winston may have his eye on that one. 😉
Happy Valley#1643259arandar September 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm
Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Greens agreed to support a National govt?
Imagine the negotiations!
Imagine the farmers’ reactions!!
It’s about as likely as that peculiar idea that we might get a Grand Coalition – A Labour-National govt – and that’s not going to happen in any of our lifetimes.
🌊Arandar🏄🏽♀️#1643321lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
Replies: 1351lilith7 September 23, 2017 at 10:48 am
“Imagine the negotiations!
Imagine the farmers’ reactions!!”
Heart attacks,en masse probably,poor things! 🙄
Interesting times… 😎 🙄#1645900drlivingstoneMemberMember since: October 22, 2006
Replies: 34938drlivingstone October 11, 2017 at 8:52 am
lilith7 I agree.As much as $10 billion of public money is required every year to deal with the negative consequences of child poverty.Independent research has shown that three quarters of that cost is avoidable.If you want to see the impact of growing up in poverty have a look at the emergency rooms of New Zealands hospitals.Poverty and poor housing is making our kids sick and all some want to do is hark back to their own youth or tell us all its our own fault.Why are we wasting $10 billion every year?
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1646170arandar October 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm
It would be so easy to minimise the ongoing and downstream effects of malnutrition on our children.
Malnutrition, physical, emotional, intellectual, is destructive of a child’s future.
Therefore, it’s destructive of its future employment opportunities, its health, its family, its community, its society.
When we add up all the negative consequences of malnutrition, and the subsequent costs to society, even the most selfish, monetarist, conservative should understand the (cost)/benefits of intervening early in a deprived child’s life.
And that intervention does not usually require the child to be taken from its family to be placed with foster parents or an institution.
Removal from family except in the worst of abusive families only exacerbates the problems.
Better, and cheaper, is to put the supports and supervisions into the child, the family, the home and school environment.
🌊Arandar🏄🏽♀️#1646325lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
Replies: 1351lilith7 October 13, 2017 at 11:56 am
Well said Arandar.
Surely the news that the rate of malnutrition in our kids has risen should be enough to sober the most money-crazed & understand that the time to change this is now;no further discussion needed,get started.#1646423arandar October 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm
If the rate of malnutrition in Kiwi elderly were rising would anyone here care? Probably quite a few.
Kids? Apparently not so much.
🌊Arandar🏄🏽♀️#1646426gabyoneMemberMember since: November 13, 2008
Replies: 2494gabyone October 14, 2017 at 8:30 am
A trip to the supermarket should be enough to convince folk how difficult it must be to feed a family on a low income. Most of the weekly specials are for food we do not need. Meat is too expensive for many, so the whole ritual of meat & 3 veg that we grew up with is disappearing. Naturally many are shopping according to price & if cheaper to buy rubbish food then that is what our families buy on a tight budget. Also when 2 parents need to work to survive then meal preparation is a matter of quick & easy.
I am appalled at the cost of healthy food for just me, and it must be hell for those feeding hungry teens. Plus younger people have grown up in an education system where any cooking classes are mostly about how to make things like Pizza rather than healthy meals.
Gabyone Auckland region
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