Dear NZ – DON’T VOTE EARLY – The foundations of our Nation are in ruin and there is no political courage for tomorrow

I can not urge this enough from you all comrades. Don’t vote early in the 2023 election.


Nationals 3 biggest donors (Hart, Mowbray and Bolton) have a combined net worth of 15 billion!

The Bottom 50% of NZ has 23 billion.

The top 5% of NZers own roughly 50% of NZs wealth, while the bottom 50% of NZers own a miserable 5%!

IRD proved NZ Capitalism is rigged for the rich and Bernard Hickey calculates that if we had a basic capital gains tax in place over the last decade, we would have earned $200billion in tax revenue.

$200billion would have ensured our public infrastructure wouldn’t be in such an underfunded ruin right now!

There are 14 Billionaires in NZ + 3118 ultra-high net worth individuals with over $50million each, why not start start with them, then move onto the Banks, then the Property Speculators, the Climate Change polluters and big industry to pay their fair share before making workers pay more tax!

Culture War fights make all the noise, but poor people aren’t sitting around the kitchen table cancelling people for misusing pronouns, they are trying to work out how to pay the bills!

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Bread and Butter cost of living pressures are what the electorate want answers to, and that’s where the Left need to step up and push universal policy that lifts that cost from the people.

The Commerce Commission is clear that the Supermarket Duopoly should be broken up and the State should step in and provide that competition.

We need year long maternity leave.

We need a nationalised Early Education Sector that provides free childcare for children under 5.

We need free public transport.

We need free breakfast and lunches in schools.

We need free dental.

We need 50 000 new State Houses.

We need more hospitals, more schools and a Teachers aid in every class room.

We need climate change adaptation and a resilient rebuilt infrastructure.

We need all these things and we need to fund them by taxing the rich who the IRD clearly showed were rigging the system.

That requires political courage and there is none!

No one is willing to fight for tomorrow, they merely want to pacify the present!

Just promise me one thing.

Don’t. You. Dare. Vote. Early. In. 2023!

I can not urge this enough from you all comrades.

Don’t vote early in the 2023 election.

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for because this is a liberal progressive democracy and your right to chose who you want in the secrecy of that ballot box is a sacred privilege and is your god damned right as a citizen.

But what I will beg of you, is to not vote early in 2023.

Comrades, on our horizon is inflation in double figures, geopolitical shockwave after geopolitical shockwave and a global economic depression exacerbated by catastrophic climate change.

As a nation we will face some of the toughest choices and decision making  outside of war time and that means you must press those bloody MPs to respond to real policy solutions and make those buggers promise to change things and you can’t do that if you hand your vote over before the bloody election!

Keep demanding concessions and promises for your vote right up until midnight before election day AND THEN cast your vote!

We only get 1 chance every 3 years to hold these politicians feet to the fire and they only care before the election, so force real concessions out of them before you elect them.

This election is going to be too important to just let politicians waltz into Parliament without being blistered by our scrutiny.

Demand real concessions from them and THEN vote on Election Day.

If the Left votes – the Left wins!

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  1. Labour has had 6 years to convince me that they can run those country well but I am sorry to say they have failed in most areas.Health ,education ,transport ,cost of living all have gone backwards. I am not silly enough to think things will change much with National short term but less wasteful spending will improve the countries long term outlook

    • Great comment and I agree completely . . the left were handed the tools and then flat out refused to do anything meaningful with them. All hat and no cowboy.

      • ” the left were handed the tools and then flat out refused to do anything meaningful with them. All hat and no cowboy. ”

        There is NO left cowboy , girl or any other pronoun you choose to use and the hat is up for negoitiation.

        The NZ Left is dead unless you find Green pronouns and woke identity a sexy new age alternative where you should never raise your voice in a debate in case you are accused of bullying.

        The NZ LEFT has died and is not coming back and to quote Neil Young ” out of the blue and into the black once your gone you can never come back “

  2. Yes….and Luxon is already demonstrating that he would not be fit to run a country ….
    His weak evasive answers as to why he can’t debate Chris Hipkins on Monday night at the Press leaders debate show all the signs of someone who has no qualms about having a dereliction of duty towards the people of NewZealand.

    On both the Tv3 AM and TV1 Breakfast shows this morning he looked shifty, dodgy and dishonest…
    That’s the ‘canary in the coalmine’ right there..

    Thought he might be in Christchurch but wasn’t sure quite where…
    Even though he definitely knew he couldn’t make the debate…

    Who believes this shit!!!…apart from the delusional..

    Of course the weak interviewers could have tied him in knots…but chose not to..

    This straight out wilful dishonesty should set the alarm bells ringing loud and clear..

    He is definitely running scared and/ or hiding something…

    His deceptive manipulative arrogance is beyond palpable and deeply concerning!

  3. Whatever you do, don’t vote for the parties of Business As Usual, these are the parties of war and climate change.

    ’10 New Zealands’ of Antarctic ice lost in ‘alarming drop off a cliff’
    Olivia Wannan
    19:01, Oct 03 2023

    Right now, Antarctica should be reaching peak ice – but the Southern Continent instead began to melt prematurely.
    An emergency summit of scientists warned the record-low sea ice could affect New Zealand’s weather.
    Niwa scientist Natalie Robinson said she worried for her children’s future….

    • agree. the grow baby grow, growth at all costs cheerleaders are living in the 70’s. nothing is growing… it’s all depleting and it’ll be a spiral to the bottom if we all keep on with neoliberal BAU BS. $3 a litre petrol is hurting now. wait till its $5 or $10

    • New Zealand can do nothing to stop the effects of climate change.
      We are hostage to the big industrial polluters in the northern hemisphere.
      Which is why all we can do is virtue signal.
      Virtue signaling doth butter no parsnips.

  4. One reason only.

    Force Labour and National to accept substantial tax reform is needed.

    The status quo is no longer acceptable.

    The Greens are flying because of their wealth tax debate they started in 2017.
    63% of the population want it and Labour and National are not listening.

    THE THE PRESS debate is now going to be between the Minor Parties .
    Greens , Act , Nz 1st and Te pati Maori Tues 10th at 7.30pm and Broadcast/ live streamed at 7.30pm on

    Marama Davidson will be representing the Greens.

    Chris Luxon has screwed up big time in my opinion.

    The Press Debate is the big one two hours long and with all the free promotion it has had over Luxons refusal to play ball has added to its prestige.

    • Soooo Mary_a….you swap between the greens and Labour then?, hardly a big decision for you eh?
      Your rabid hard left comments on The Standard show your posting on here as meaningless as to any meaningful changes in your vote if there are any ‘big changes’

      • @I’m right … I have been posting here at TDB as well as TS, for many a year now. I’m left, not rabid left. Well not yet anyway. We will wait until I’m foaming at the mouth and biting right wing politicians, before I can be considered rabid!

  5. Free food at school sounds good but I would ask why would you have a policy that encourages people to have children they cannot feed and care for . I am all for a benefit scheme that helps people when thinks go wrong such as ill health accidents or job lose as this are out of people’s control but it seems wrong to make feeding children a right .

    • people might have had their children before they lost their jobs.
      also currently there are not a lot of people that can actually afford food, hence why the need for more and more food parcels from charity

    • Are you suggesting that only the wealthy can have a family?

      If that’s the case who will be doing all the s..t jobs – you won’t find rich kids wanting to spend the rest of their lives living on basic pay.

      • No I never said that .The majority are not rich in the except way but I suggest they have enough pay the bills and live a life that is not constantly under pressure so they can spare time a money to nurture the growth of their children

  6. I voted ACT today, because I have been so disappointed by the performance of Labour & the Greens over the last 6 years. It’s time for a change.

  7. I am not voting early–on the day at a local booth for me.

    The point is that much may change yet…in terms of scandals (what did that hastily resigned Act President do?), policies (not too late for x, x, and x) and and political leadership changes and gaffes.

    Workers have to be given time off by employers to vote also–stick it to the man by voting during working hours.

    • Rubbish Tiger Mountain…you have stated many times your voting TMP because of their tax policy, so would you change if Chippy got rolled in the next 10days, or change your vote if TMP said something outrageous against non maori (just kidding, they do it all the time, but with useful idiots like you, they still get the vote from the ones they despise…)

      • Speaking of you being a useful idiot I’m always Wrong, who or what is TMP?
        I do very much pity who you will vote for Im a right idiot, as it will be a wasted vote.

  8. The Act outlook includes the belief that people are responsible for their own actions and that Government shouldn’t provide “cradle-to-grave welfare”.
    My pioneering forebears endured and built the modern New Zealand in the belief that they were building what they would have desired for their following descendants. Part of their wishes were:
    “An old-age pension was first introduced in 1898 – New Zealand was among the first countries in the world to provide one. To be eligible men and women had to be over 60 and earn below a certain income.”
    Free Healthcare.
    In 1938, the Social Security Act from the First Labour Government attempted to provide government funded healthcare to all. A free health system, with hospital and other health services universally available to all New Zealanders was the vision behind the Social Security Act 1938.
    The Education Act 1877 (passed into law on 29 November) established free, compulsory and secular education for all Pākehā New Zealand children. (This Act did not apply to Māori children, but they could attend the free schools if their parents wanted them to.)
    NOW this has become compromised. Tertiary education in New Zealand, from 1990 onwards—in simple terms—operates on a “user pays” basis. The student loans scheme was introduced to assist students with their fee payments, handicapping those from poor families with a debt to start their working life.
    AND note NZ led the world on 19 September 1893 by becoming the first self-governing country in the world to enshrine in law the right for women to vote in parliamentary elections on 19 September 1893.
    The USA gifter of the private plane for ACTS use for example , comes from a country, USA, that never ever come near to achieving these egalitarian principles.
    When I see the Take us Back type slogans this is where I want us to be taken back to.

    • on+watch, Lets put a spanner in the works of your nostalgic revisionist rant that leave the part out where pakeha stole Maori lands and you maybe right that NZ was promoting universal suffrages simultaneously dispossessing Maori of their lands and livelihoods which is a genocide.

  9. In summary, the left will always govern for ALL New Zealanders. How? They will govern to improve the outlook for those of the lowest socio economic through to the wealthy who although may not be affected by Labour policies will remain wealthy.
    The right bloc however govern at the top end, the very wealthy, where they believe the wealth will trickle down and therefore there is little interest in creating policies for middle and lower income earners.
    Whilst a few here have condemned Labour and labelled them as failures, the reality is, that is so far from the truth. They have governed for all NZ, it is only the right wing media and wealthy supporters who are complaining particularly on this site, who feel their wealth has been impacted by a Labour government.
    Sadly it looks like the impact of powerful lobbyists will return us back to a National government where the sole belief is to support the wealthy and it will trickle down to everyone. That has been proven to be a false ideology.

    • Gus if Labour had done such a great job of looking after the not wealthy they would not be in danger of being deposed.In this society the rich and poor both have 2 votes and they have equal worth. As a Labour supporter you need ask why they are on the back foot.

      • Seriously Trevor, I do struggle at times with people’s comprehension. Go back and re-read my comment and you will see the explanation as to why Labour are on the back foot. I can only assume you read my whole comment?

      • So you buy the line from Luxon that “not one person is better off in the last 6 years”?
        Because even at 26% that’s an even bigger lie than being in Te Puke.
        But Bratwurst, again your interpretation of my comment is also very very poor, think a little deeper if you are able.

  10. I’ll vote either Thursday or Friday next week since I have work on election day (part time worker so I prob don’t qualify for time off to vote since I can do it early)

  11. I got Kids Bro! I vote early so I can wrangle those monsters when my missus votes. Frankly Luxon and Seymore could eat a child alive on TV and I’d still spite vote for them. The adherence to social justice by the left has left me cast adrift. If the state has to burn to teach those retards a lesson…. So be it

  12. ” Bread and Butter cost of living pressures are what the electorate want answers to, and that’s where the Left need to step up and push universal policy that lifts that cost from the people.”

    ” The Commerce Commission is clear that the Supermarket Duopoly should be broken up and the State should step in and provide that competition ”

    Its all to late Bomber and will have to wait for whatever presents itself as the next neo liberal social democrat vehicle that takes its place in opposition to the coming armies of Mordor.

    I never vote early unless I am working like last time as part of the election day staff who assist the public to vote but not this year.

    I wait because as Harold Wilson once said a week is a long time in politics and he should know , you never know what can happen before Saturday October 14.

    Once your vote is cast its locked in and no going back.


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