Steve Chadwick

Steve Chadwick launches mayoral campaign, Coffey consoles her already

Last night Steve Chadwick launched her re-election campaign for mayor of Rotorua.

Labour Rotorua, it seems, have already predicted she will lose.

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Why do the Unions have so much sway over Labour? Ctd



In an earlier post we looked at which unionists had won seats from National in the last 20 years.

The only one we came up with was Mark Gosche in Maungakiekie.

A couple of people have pointed out that we are doing a big disservice to Steve Chadwick who was from a Nurses union background and won Rotorua in 1999 from Max Bradford.

Chadwick won with a majority of 4,978 votes, after Bradford had won in 1996 by 5896 votes, which is an absolutely thumping win by Chadwick. ? Read more »

Will Rotorua be next to force unelected Maori “representatives” on ratepayers?

On Thursday there is possibly a vote, pushed by Labour hack, Steve Chadwick, to put Te Arawa representatives on Rotorua Lakes Council.

It will be a very explosive issue. A few councillors and a previous candidate have created a?group to oppose the move:

Six months ago, at the Mayor’s instigation, a “Te Arawa Partnership Plan” proposed to give the iwi two unelected representatives on the Rotorua District Council, plus 50% control of the Resource Management Committee and their own parallel administration. The plan was flatly rejected by Rotorua ratepayers. Council officials have since provided finance and staff to support several hui, the most recent on 14 December 2014.

With respect, we invited Te Arawa to reaffirm the principles of democracy.

In recent times the Council, with the support of the Mayor, has increasingly paid lip service to due process and pushed through numerous decisions and changes to delegations about discretionary spending. So, we may ask, where to from here?

Given the Mayor’s progressively unilateral decision making, and recent announcements, it is clear she will ram through her preferred model of representation at the last meeting of the year on 18 December, hoping that the political fallout will fade over Christmas. Such tactics would be ill advised and will most likely backfire. Many Councillors have recently come to the conclusion that this Council has over-stepped the mark with the lack of due process. The lack of authentic consultation prior to controversial near split-vote decisions is creating a legacy of division in our community. Ramming through unelected representation will push the boundaries of democracy, and once again, divide our district. Public tolerance of such behaviour is fading.

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Apologies to Steve Chadwick

Yestereday?s post on New Zealand’s silliest local government spending assigned the blame for the Rotorua International Airport Fiasco to Mayor Steve Chadwick.

A commenter pointed out it wasn?t done on her watch, and she has actually been prudent as mayor.

(though to be fair she has only been in the job for the last year)””

And again being fair, in that year she sacked or didn’t replace 66 employees (13%) and reduced 6 levels of management to 4.

From memory she’s cut $3.5 million from the budget and using our road as an example she’s not replacing all the tarseal but patching corners and worn areas only so I’ll cut her some slack.? Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

Another day, another very silly local government spend.

Commenter AlanB comes up with this cracker of an example of why councils should not be trusted.

Rotorua now has an international airport but as of April it will have no international flights. So Mayor Steve Chadwick and the Rotorua District Council get a nomination.

You might also look at the Rotorua District Council which spent up large expanding the local airport in to an “International Airport” on the widely trumpeted logic that it would not cost the ratepayers a cent.

All predictable, the project was over budget, the airlines didn’t fall over themselves to fly in to Rotorua.

Air NZ maintained the service (only to Sydney, now twice a week) by hitting up the Council for a Subsidy ($9.1 Million since 2009!). ? Read more »

Cunliffe attacks National when it was Clark who stopped the whaling law suit


The Tim Fookes interview with David Cunliffe continues to give up the gold.

Yesterday David Cunliffe blamed National for not being part of the law suit against Japan over whaling.

TIM FOOKES:?????Exactly. So the earlier the better, and I will get to one of your calls in just a moment, but just a quick comment on the issue that came out late last night over the court ruling on whaling, I think this is a significant victory New Zealand and Australia.

DAVID CUNLIFFE:?????????????It’s fantastic.?Well, it’s a significant victory for Australia. Where the hell was the New Zealand Government? I mean, we had New Zealanders testifying, but once again, the National Government’s asleep at the wheel. Kiwis hate whaling. We hate whaling and previous governments had a really strong record against it. Why did we leave it to the Aussies to take the thing to the International Court?

TIM FOOKES:?????So if you were Prime Minister, what would you do?

DAVID CUNLIFFE:?????????????We would have led the charge. We wouldn’t have waited for the Australians. It would have been our win.

Of course David Cunliffe was part of cabinet in the Clark government when they decided that they didn’t want to take the win, preferring instead to gift it to the Aussies.

Prime Minister Helen Clark will push for a diplomatic end to whaling after the Government dropped plans for legal action against Japan.

Miss Clark will raise the issue with her Japanese counterpart Yasuo Fukuda when she travels to the pro-whaling country next week. A spokesman confirmed the pair would discuss Japan’s annual cull in the Southern Ocean.? Read more »

Sledge of the Day

Chris Finlayson is a sarcastic bastard…and one of the best sledgers in politics…check out this one against Charles Chauvel from yesterday:

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Carol Beaumont, the Nasty Party Faction and Increasing National Majorities

Carol Beaumont will return to Parliament after Charles Chauvel jacked in a life sucking on the public teat in New Zealand for a life sucking on the public teat at the UN. Carol is a key member of the Nasty Party faction in Labour, and like others in the faction known for her inability to win votes.

At the last election there were only three Labour List MPs who managed to increase their opponents margin, Carol Beaumont, Sue Moroney and Steve Chadwick.? Read more »

Steve Chadwick standing for mayor in Rotorua, leading the city to a “brighter future”


Looks like the first failed?Labour?politician to look for a new career stuffing up local body elections is Steve Chadwick. She has announced her candidacy for Rotorua mayor.

The race is on for Rotorua’s top job, with two high-profile community leaders putting their hands up for the mayoralty of the city.

Elections for the Rotorua District Council and the city’s mayoralty will be on Saturday, October 12, with incumbent Mayor Kevin Winters and former Rotorua MP Steve Chadwick being the first candidates to put their hats in the ring.

Mrs Chadwick wants to?lead the city into a brighter future?after announcing plans to run for mayor to The Daily Post yesterday.? Read more »

Whaleoil Awards – Worst List MP nominations

We all know that generally List MPs are scum. Some are more so than others.

Here is your chance to vent about the invisibile, the useless, the hopeless, the inept and the scum list MPs.

Ashraf Choudhary would have to rate as one of the worst List MPs, not only was he useless he was also invisible. Rajen Prasad would also qualify for this and labour rated him at number 20 above capable MPs like Stuart Nash and Kelvin Davis. While Prasad?warms?a seat in parliament the other two are looking for jobs.

Then of course you?have?the nasties: Darien Fenton, Steve Chadwick, Carol Beaumont and of course Sue Moroney. All distinctly unelectable and unlikeable.

Katrina Shanks would be up there for her completely inept speech on the “Skynet Bill”, speaking about that which she knows now’t.

The entire Green party would qualify except perhaps for Kevin Hague and Russel Norman.