Shane Reti

Shane vs Shane and the case of false respect

National MP Shane Reti says the possibility of facing experienced former politician Shane Jones in a battle for Whangarei at this year’s election will be a challenge, but one he’s up for.

Mr Jones is widely tipped to stand in the electorate for New Zealand First, but both he and the party are remaining tight-lipped on his candidacy.

The former Labour MP from 2005 to 2014 is not expected to make any announcements until his three-year term as Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development comes to an end in May.

Mr Reti says he’ll let events unfold over time, but will continue to focus on the electorate seat he’s held since 2014.

“We’re convinced the people of Whangarei will extend the privilege to us that we had at the last election,” he said of his chance at retaining the seat.

“(Mr Jones) will have my respect and he will be a challenge, but we’re strong and we’re prepared and we are ready for that.” Read more »

Dear Shane

via email?

Date: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 9:08 PM
Subject: RE: Happy New Year | Job creation, infrastructure and social services | Campaign 2017
To: “Dr Shane Reti, MP for Whangarei” <[email protected]>

Hi Shane,

I’m not one to normally reply, in fact this is the first time I’ve written to an MP, but I think it might be useful to get some feedback from one of your constituents, especially given John Key has stepped down and Bill English has taken over.

To be frank, after many years of support (including being a financial member) of the national party, I am not likely to give my party vote to National again this year. It’s been a few years in the making, but I’ve been growing increasingly unhappy with how far left of centre National has gone. In particular leaving middle class welfare Working for Families and interest free student loans untouched. These were nothing short of political bribes by a Labour Govt. bereft of ideas and desperate to cling to power – they have no place in our society and should have been well and truly phased out by now. Read more »

Northland loss to Winston not a lesson for Whangarei?s Shane Reti it seems

Shane Reti isn’t quaking in his boots, or even his jandals over claims that NZ First will seriously contest Whangarei at the next election.

NZ First Leader and Northland MP Winston Peters is targeting Whangarei for his party next election, but incumbent Shane Reti isn’t too worried.

Speaking at the start of the party’s annual conference in Dunedin at the weekend Mr Peters said Whangarei was ripe for the taking because of National MP Dr Reti’s low profile.

“Shane can walk down the main street of Whangarei and eight out of 10 people don’t recognise him. Now that’s a fact,” Mr Peters said.

Mr Peters, who captured Northland from National in a by-election in 2015 and has since put more campaigning focus on the regions, also named Whanganui as a possible target. ? Read more »

Whinston says its all go for Whangarei and Whanganui

Winston Peters has indicated for the first time that NZ First is targeting two blue seats in next year’s general election.

NZ First leader Winston Peters says his party is eyeing up Whangarei and Whanganui in next year’s election – and is aiming to have all candidates confirmed by year end.

Speaking at the start of the party’s annual conference in Dunedin, Peters told media Whangarei was ripe for the taking because of National MP Shane Reti’s low profile.

“Shane can walk down the main street of Whangarei and eight out of 10 people don’t recognise him. Now that’s a fact.” ?? Read more »

Wicked Campers vigilantism leaves me unhappy

“I wrote to them multiple times, wrote to the general manager, wrote to the owner, tried to speak to them, left voicemails — no response,” National MP Shane Reti said on the Paul Henry programme this morning.

The Advertising Standards Authority has called the company’s van art “deliberately provocative and offensive”. Some bear slogans advocating rape, drug use, murder and racial hatred.

After receiving several complaints from constituents in his Whangarei electorate and struggling to get in touch with Wicked Campers, Mr Reti decided to try another approach.

“We had a number of constituents write to us saying, ‘You know, Snow White smoking crack? I think Disney is going to be upset with that. Maybe you should approach them.’ And so we did.”

Disney was “very angry” with Wicked Campers’ use of their trademarks, as was Coca-Cola, whose logo is used in a reference to cocaine. Meanwhile, Pepsi was “furious”.

“Pepsi basically said, and I quote, ‘Pepsi New Zealand can confirm that it is in no way associated with Wicked Campers, and we will be following up with the company about the inappropriate and offensive use of the Pepsi trademark.’ They are really angry,” says Mr Reti.

As well as the “legal weight” Disney, Coca-Cola and Pepsi will bring to the fight, Mr Reti is warning tourists their own wallets might also be hit hard.

“When you go and pick up a rental van, often you’re asked if you’d like to take up the extra insurance, what they call collision damage waiver — and sometimes that fee can be as much as the daily hire,” he explains. Read more »

Selection results for National and Labour

Wayne Walford

Wayne Walford, National candidate for Napier

Three people won selection over this weekend. Two from National and one from Labour.

In Whangarei National selected Shane Reti ahead of incumbent scum List MP Paul Foster-Bell, showing that a strong local presence usually sees off a carpet-bagger pretending to have local roots.

The Herald profile for Shane Reti states:

He worked in general practice in Whangarei for 17 years, and was a member of the Northland District Health Board for seven years, before being awarded a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard, in 2007. ?

In April this year Dr Reti was called on by the NZ Embassy in Boston to visit the city?s hospitals with NZ Honorary Consul Simon Leeming, to see if any of the dead or injured from the Boston Marathon terror blast were New Zealanders or Australians.

Dr Reti said he was to the right of centre in his political leanings, believing in strong fiscal responsibility. ?But I also believe in a social safety net, so that makes me egalitarian. I also believe in reward for hard work, which makes me centre right,? he said.

In Napier National selected Wayne Walford to replace Chris Tremain’s sudden departure.

Walford is a former CEO of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a business mentor and trainer, and has an MBA from Waikato. He has a womble profile on Linkedin?as well as a hippy pony-tail!

Amazing people and brilliant organisations have lead me to a point where working with people, empowering potential and adding value to organisations through people spin my wheels, and fast.? Read more »

Do we still need the maori seats?

Yesterday the National party completed two selections, Whangarei and Napier. Both candidates are maori, Shane Reti in Whangarei and Wayne Walford in Napier.

David Farrar, on Facebook, asks whether or not we still need maori seats. It seems that just with National alone maori representation has never been higher.

National has had two hotly contested selections this weekend for National held seats. Shane Reti won Whangarei and Wayne Walford won Napier. As it happens they are both Maori. No quotas involved. No racial equivalent of a man ban. No head office deciding. All decisions made by 60+ local members and delegates.

National already has nine Maori MPs. They may have 11 after the election. And unlike some other parties, they select Maori MPs in winnable general seats such as Waitakere, Tauranga, Northland, Botany and also now Whangarei and Napier. ? Read more »

The issues that matter in National selection

New Zealand politics often gets carried away with dumb issues like gay marriage or the flag or becoming a republic. All these issues appeal to the liberal elite wanker class but do nothing at all to improve life for middle New Zealanders. And instead of making decisive, sensible decisions about it the liberal elites want to rabbit on and on about them.

The problem for National is an increasing number of candidates put themselves forward for selection that think these are big issues that define New Zealand and make it a better place. Instead of talking about economics and growing the economy they enter into endless debates about stuff that doesn?t really matter.

This selection season delegates should question candidates carefully. Do you believe that the economy is more important than arguing about the monarchy? Do you believe we should be trying to create jobs rather than changing our flag? Do you believe that gay marriage should be left in its current state or fought rather than fighting to improve education standards among our young?

In the blue seats of Hunua and Whangerei these questions need to be asked of Daniel Newman and Paul Foster-Bell. Delegates should compare their answers with those given by Kael Roberts and Shane Reti.