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  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    Regarding the TV3 ‘Reid’ poll yesterday.

    If this poll was ‘doctored’ by Joyce, (I have assessed) there is no way to confirm accuracy .
    We contacted some of these polling companies last year after we looked into the methods used by requesting details from them.

    Results of several polling companies was disturbing.

    We found, it is all based on trust that they are accurate nothing else.

    They confirmed there is no ability for them to conduct any rechecks of voters stated choices on any with these ‘polls’ they told us.

    The same applies to the general election, the electoral commission sent us an email confirming “there no no way we can confirm voters choice was recorded accurately.

    Overseas now many countries are using a ‘Voter Verified Audit Paper Trail’ (VVPAT) voting systems (even with the manual paper voting system we still use) as they use electronic counting of paper votes after we surrender our paper vote at the polling centre, and we have confirmed that is where false recording of votes can take place.

    Here in NZ they only do a sample manual rechecking of a fraction of all votes taken during our General Election System, so there are many flaws left inside our voting system today.

    So we asked the NZ Electoral Commission to switch to VVPAT and they refused so we are left to take their word for any poll conducted, so we must be wary of this lack of verification from any poll conducted now.

    James Shaw today on TV one said their ‘internal’ polling showed the election will be very tight and every vote will count for them, so they will re-double their door knocking if able.

    • Red Buzzard says:

      +100 CLEANGREEN…highly likely a rogue POLL! ( and from TV3…look at its bias!)…samples and types of questions influence Polls. This is a very good interview from Morning Report

      ‘Election 17 political polls: How do we interpret them?’

      “With the election just around the corner, all eyes are on the political polls. Last night’s Newshub-Reid Research had National surge in front of Labour – RNZ’s Poll of Polls still has the parties neck and neck. With poll results constantly going back and forth, how are people meant to interpret them? Professor Malcolm Wright from Massey University has done a lot of work on market research and joins us now.”

  2. CLEANGREEN says:

    Two polls coming this week are Morgan poll tomorrow and Coleman Brunton poll following.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      We need NZ first to help Labour/Greens over the line?

      I don’t care how but we need to strategies now for this now to move to win this crucial election as that is the most important goal now.

      I attended this Winston peters Public meeting in Gisborne, where over 200 attended as seating was for 200 and their were twenty standing after seating was full so he is hugely popular in the provinces and here is why. Gisborne is a small City of 40 000 odd people so over 200 attending was good.

      September 13, 2017
      On the hustings in Gisborne with Winston Peters
      by Wynsley Wrigley Published: September 13, 2017 10:33AM

      ON THE ATTACK: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters claims Gisborne does not have the ear of Wellington and “the old parties”. In Gisborne yesterday, Mr Peters said New Zealand First would provide financial support to regional airports, including Gisborne’s, and support reinstatement of the Gisborne to Napier rail line.

      NEW Zealand First supports reinstatement of the Gisborne to Napier rail line and state funding of regional airports such as Gisborne’s, said party leader Winston Peters when he was in Gisborne yesterday.
      He told the Herald that Land Transport funding of Railways of National Importance, such as the Gisborne line, had long been party policy, but was disappointed that many Gisborne people would not know that.
      “We will provide much-needed funding for regional airports owned by local authorities to help pay for infrastructure improvements and to meet safety and amenity standards,” he said.
      “Unlike big airports they don’t have large revenues to help pay for the things they need. Every OECD country subsidises regional airports and air services, except New Zealand.
      “Even the USA, home of the market, knows and does that. These countries know airports are crucial for communications, business development, air ambulances, and tourism, and must be supported by central government.”
      Mr Peters said the sky around Gisborne was “darkening” because of the “old parties”.
      “Politicians come here and say what they want to do for you. I’ve seen years of them doing stuff all for you. I see Gisborne and what it’s become.
      “It still has the same people, resources and assets. It has everything, but it does not have the ear of Wellington.”
      Mr Peters said nothing could be more compelling in his argument than closure of Gisborne’s rail line.

      New Zealand First supported it from beginning
      “No one put their hand up to defend it other than one party: New Zealand First. Not now, not last month, not last year, but when it happened and since then.
      “You give us a chance in this campaign, we are going to open it.”
      He said no treasury analysis was required. No transport infrastructure was efficient everywhere. There could be both inefficient and efficient sectors, which together made a successful operation.
      If inefficient areas were wound back, efficient areas were affected because overall numbers diminished.
      He said regional airports were part of the national grid.
      “If the United States and other OECD countries understand that, why not New Zealand?”
      Mr Peters said other regional airports to benefit from the policy included Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Kaitaia, Chatham Islands, Hokitika, Masterton, Taupo, Timaru, Westport, Whakatane and Whanganui.
      “Eleven airports are being told to put up or shut up. This is astonishing. Who do they think goes through Auckland Airport? A lot of them are going to places like Gisborne, they all add up.”
      Public pronouncements
      At a public meeting at the Cosmopolitan Club Mr Peters said:
      • New Zealand First would ensure continuity of forestry supply for local processors, and keep forestry sustainable.
      • The New Zealand Forestry Service would be reinstated. “This plan is so good the Labour Party swiped it a few days ago.”
      • New Zealand First is committed to a massive campaign to seal rural roads, improve road quality and double-lane bridges where sensible. “We want Gisborne to have a fully co-ordinated transportation strategy with road, rail and coastal shipping.”
      • New Zealand First would return the GST paid by international tourists in this region for tourism infrastructure and roads, and to stimulate job training and opportunities.
      • Any water rights for exports in this region would pay serious royalties, which would return to Gisborne.
      • New Zealand First will help exporters, farmers and others by fixing the Reserve Bank Act.
      • Devaluation of the dollar would help export-orientated provinces like Gisborne.