Peters Speech: After The Election

Speech – New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First Leader

Member of Parliament for Northland

Dunedin Public meeting

Thursday 14 September, 2017,


Fullwood Room,

Dunedin Centre,

1 Harrop Street, Dunedin.
After the election the old parties will forget you – we won’t

Full inquiry into MP Yang called for

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since New Zealand First’s winter bus tour.

The two old parties have rolled into town and tried to buy you off.

Both have put their weight behind a new hospital for Dunedin.

National want to co-fund it with the private sector so private investors profit at the expense of patient care.

That doesn’t matter to National.

They expect a new hospital will be enough to get your votes.

So does Labour.

Just to sweeten things hitherto “Skinflint Bill” has found some money to redevelop a couple of schools here as well.

Both Labour and National remember Otago when a general election is coming up.

Then once the election is over, that’s it.

“We’re outta here,” they say and it’s over the Waitaki and up to Wellington and Auckland where they want to be.

And they forget about you all over again – until the next general election.

It will be no different this time.

After September 23 it will be back to the “same old”.

Dunedin hanging on

Dunedin is hanging on while jobs steadily go down the gurgler with the drift north flowing on.

This year you’ve had the Cadbury closure and 350 jobs gone; an axe is now hovering over jobs at Otago University.

Dunedin has received a raw deal from central government.

Look at the Hillside workshops – once one of the biggest employers in this city.

In June 2005, former Prime Minister Helen Clark visited the workshops and congratulated staff on helping solve Auckland’s congestion problems.

She praised the work of more than 200 staff in refurbishing rail carriages for the Auckland Regional Transport Authorities to an ”unbelievable” standard.

But in 2012 KiwiRail awarded an estimated $29 million manufacturing contract to a Chinese company to build the first 300 of 3000 container flat-deck wagons.

That was the killer blow.

The workshops shut down. Skilled jobs were lost jobs.

Workers left for Australia.

Now the government tells you we have to import skilled workers because we’re not training our own people here.

They say we’ve got to get skilled workers from countries like India and the Philippines to plug the gaps.

At the same time we have 139,000 unemployed and more than 90,000 young New Zealanders not in work, education or training.

It doesn’t make sense.

It’s all Auckland

And contrast the miserable treatment Dunedin receives from central government to Auckland.

Look at all the sweeteners and promises the old parties have made for Auckland in this election campaign.

There’s no end of it – roads, highways, housing developments, light rail.

National says they’ll give millions to keep teachers in Auckland and build new schools there.

Billions and billions of dollars in promises for Auckland.

Dunedin, meanwhile, has been treated like the regions – ignored, forgotten, neglected and taken for granted.

Policies to stimulate Otago’s economy

New Zealand First has not forgotten you or the regions.

We know if the wider region of Otago prospers, so too will Dunedin.

To stimulate Dunedin, we must stimulate the economy of Otago.

We will increase investment in our regions where much of our wealth is generated and in training our young people there.

This includes:

· Reforming the Reserve Bank Act to make our exporting more competitive
· A wage subsidy for small businesses that take on job seekers and provide work experience.
· Real incentives for small businesses to help disengaged youth become work ready and support mature job seekers back into work.
· Reducing business and exporter taxation rates.
· Immediate Tax deduction for professional expenses when starting a business.
· Streamlining business registration for those planning to start a business

We will return the GST paid by international tourists in Dunedin and Otago back here for infrastructure and roads, and to stimulate job training and opportunities.

We will return Royalties to the Regions and support businesses with a tax regime that enables them to grow and to pay better wages.

These are realistic policies.

Out of increased productivity and wealth for Dunedin and Otago we will then be able to fund those extravagant promises the old parties are talking about solving:

Housing, family poverty, decent healthcare.


Water is a major issue in this election

Labour stole New Zealand First policy on royalties on export bottled water being paid back to the regions from where it came.

But their planned tax on primary producers will have major implications and we do not know how much it will be.

New Zealand First believes we must work to preserve the quality of our waterways, but it has to be balanced with the need for economic development.

Countries, like Norway, are world leading models on how it can be done so we can do it.

Norway does it and so can we.

We say that money from royalties can be used to help clean up our rivers and lakes as well as the $1.4 billion New Zealand is unwisely spending buying carbon credits from foreigners.

Students and Superannuitants

Looking after young and old is important for New Zealand First.

NZ Super’s actual net cost to taxpayers is around 3.8 per cent of GDP.

NZ Super as a percentage of GDP will stay the same even with an ageing population, if NZ doubles its GDP by 2050 and we improve our productivity.

The way to maintain NZ Super’s affordability is increasing the size of our economic cake not mass immigration.

Education is a major player in the Dunedin economy and we understand the stresses students face living on just $180 a week as their student loan grows.

New Zealand First will get rid of the student loan for Kiwi students staying and working here in NZ after they finish their studies.


National has been caught out.

And New Zealand has been left exposed to being a pawn of the Communists in China.

The influence of the Government of China is real within the New Zealand government.

This is not a spy thriller from the airport book shelves.

It is the reality of the state of the National government.

And it’s worrying for us and our allies.

New Zealand became vulnerable the moment National recruited list MP Jian Yang.

His decade of work with Chinese military intelligence has only now been opened up, but not yet laid bare.

He’s trying to quell the outrage by saying he has been transparent.

He hasn’t and his explanations just don’t wash.

For a start his CV has 10 years missing which is the time he spent with the Chinese intelligence and not as an English language teacher.

Who is Dr Yang?

He is a big time fundraiser for the National Party.

He’s a central factor in National’s close links to China.

And he compiled the nest egg of Chinese money for this election.

Which probably explains why polls show Chinese here overwhelmingly vote National.

It’s not that influence we are questioning but his influence on National and National’s policy.

Dr Yang’s hands are all over our contact with foreign policy decision making.

He sits on the influential Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee.

This makes his background working with China’s military intelligence for a decade seriously significant.

We know he has used his government position to push China’s interests.

A report from China news agency, Xinhua, on March 28 proved Dr Yang and the National Party president Peter Goodfellow were “donkey deep” in an initiative to set up a high level Chinese business network – started up by Chinese milk company Yashili.

This occurred as New Zealand became the first developed Western country to sign up to cooperate on China’s Belt and Road economic drive.

This was raised by me in Parliament and recorded in Hansard on April 5th.

Which the PM dismissed.

There is further proof of Dr Yang’s work for China.

In Parliament on 26 July, recorded in Hansard, he delivered a speech that was a rave about China’s focus on 40 years of building infrastructure.

Read it and it looks like an advertisement for China, not New Zealand.

I commented in Parliament’s Hansard: “This was a message straight out of Beijing.

Dr Yang had just attended the NZ Chinese Building Industry Association annual conference.

He led the panel on China’s Belt and Road.

In six years in Parliament, Dr Yang has successfully embedded himself in the NZ government.

But who is he really representing?

National and Dr Yang cannot prove he has “come in from the cold”.

He has not.

The communist government’s takeover of NZ is succeeding, in bounds.

In five years flat they took over our milk infant formula industry.

They control it from production in NZ to the baby’s mouth in China.

They have the back door key to our dairy industry added value.

Silver Fern Farms, our biggest red meat exporter succumbed to Chinese take over, with the deal going through last year.

All over the country National and local government politicians have talked of Chinese interests funding infrastructure.

They are starting to dominate the lives of New Zealanders and clearly our economic direction.

The revelations about Dr Yang will be causing a stir among our international intelligence allies – the Five Eyes – the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.

And whereas Australia stopped Huawei access into Australia the government encouraged them in New Zealand.

Our allies have reason to be alarmed at national’s appalling naivety.

National must act now and a full inquiry is required.

There must be proof Dr Yang is not a risk.

Meanwhile, Dr Yang must step aside.

He can start by answering simple questions like:

How much contact has he had with the Chinese government representatives in NZ?

Is he still a member of the Chinese Communist Party?

How did he leave China, move to Australia and then NZ?


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