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THE WELLINGTONIAN, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
Mallard sees a glimmer of hope
Long-serving Hutt South
Labour MP Trevor Mallard
is realistic that Labour s
current polling and the lessons of
history make an opposition victory
in November something of a long
National, he points out, has
never not won a second term,
So, what s an achievable result
that would constitute a job pretty
well done in the circumstances?
Winning, nothing less.
Coming in second, when
there s no silver medal is never
nice, and it can t be the objective.
Therefore, doing something
like us getting 38 to 39 per cent of
the vote and the Greens at 9 to 11
per cent is not unrealistic.
That s a position where we
could have more than the Nats
and ACT together.
It does involve a drop for
National and an increase for us,
and a small increase for the
Greens, but again, to use the
sporting analogy, who would have
picked Samoa to beat Australia at
rugby? It does happen.
What Labour has to do, he
believes, is capitalise on the
polling evidence that Key is more
popular than his government --
which, in turn, is more popular
than its policies.
For us the challenge is to
frame the debate as not being
about Key, but about the policies
likely to flow out of an election
If we can do that, we have a
shot of winning. If we can frame it
as being a debate about ideas,
then we have a much better
A better chance certainly, than
attacking Key personally.
He s a celebrity Prime Minis-
ter, he s on a pedestal.
Supposedly, this election is a
repeat of 2002, with Labour s
attempts under Phil Goff to
rebuild trust and support (after
nine years in power) being a mir-
ror image of National s earlier
struggle to do the same.
In 2002, National leader Bill
English was reduced to boxing for
charity to boost his credibility
with the man-on-the-street.
Regardless, conservative voters
flocked to Peter Dunne.
Is there a similar risk that
centre-left voters will conclude
Labour is a dead duck, and choose
There is a danger of that. In
fact, there was an early trend that
happened about a month ago,
then it bounced back again.
Also, some soft Nats were
attracted by the capital gains tax
package -- but in similar yo-yo
fashion, the package also cost
Labour some support among
Yeah, we lost some landlords.
People with only two rental
properties, Mallard explains,
aren t necessarily National
In his view, there s an optimis-
tic side to the 2002 comparison.
One of the really interesting bits
of 2002 was the fact that Labour,
then in government, lost 10 points
in the last four weeks [before
voting day]. Corngate, we think,
was the major factor in that.
More to the point, voters only
gradually realised they weren t
keen on any single party having
an outright majority.
[Therefore], quite a few people
on the margins went to Dunne.
No, he concludes, the Rugby
World Cup will not necessarily
compress the election campaign
into just one month.
While television news will be
dominated by rugby, the tourna-
ment will bring friends, relatives,
What we re going to see is
people moving around over Rugby
World Cup, talking to people they
don t normally talk to. My view is,
they won t only be talking about
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I fully agree with Supermarket
boom (August 25) and the
comment re city supermarkets.
Countdown built on land opposite
Te Papa and this was confirmed to
me only at Easter time (land
owned by them).
Now it is a car park again.
What is happening?
Cobham Dr traffic
With the opening of the ASB
Sports Centre, one could not help
but notice the signage on Cobham
Dr warning drivers to expect
delays because of its opening.
When it was mooted that the
sports centre be sited where it is,
we residents in the eastern
suburbs were reassured by
Wellington City Council that
there would be no congestion, as
those attending would do so by
public transport .
Fantastic. Before a ball had
been shot through a hoop, the
council had so little faith in its
own transport plan that it wanted
to throw in the towel, and get
drivers to reconsider travelling
down Cobham Dr.
Tough if you happen to live in
the eastern suburbs.
Clean and green, maybe. But
before proceeding with this
venture, wouldn t it have been
more pertinent to have put a
strategic and comprehensive
transport plan in place, rather
than relying on the good old hit
and miss approach that now
appears to be self-evident?
Still, no doubt our council
officers will concoct a by-law
prohibiting all travel east unless
it is to the ASB Sports Centre,
and that should massage a few of
their ruffled egos. PETER KENNEDY
I thoroughly enjoyed the interview
with Suzy van der Kwast (August
25). What a fascinating and varied
life she has led.
There are so many cafes in
Wellington now, good and bad,
that it is difficult to recall a time
when a top-class cafe was a rarity.
What passed for a good coffee in
those days would definitely not
pass muster now.
Suzy ran her cafe with energy
and flair and for more than 20
years she made it a place to go,
and to be seen.
I used to pop in there quite
often, not just for the food and
coffee, which was invariably
better than what was being served
elsewhere, but to see famous
people from every walk of life.
What great days they were.
Contrary to your report (August
25), New Zealanders did not have
particularly high expectations
when the All Blacks set sail for
Britain in 1924.
Critics, including former All
Blacks, were virtually unanimous
in describing the team as the
weakest to leave New Zealand.
No doubt this made the team s
unbeaten record all the sweeter
for the players, who became
known as The Invincibles.
Many, including George Nepia,
Mark Nicholls, Bert Cook and
Maurice Brownlie became
genuine legends of New Zealand
FROM THE WEB
Extended bus lanes
Laura: Small businesses and
accessibility of car parks go hand
This council, excluding
councillors Pepperell and
Morrison, will never improve
economic growth, and vitality in
the commercial sector, because
they are hellbent on destroying
the viability of small businesses,
for a faster bus journey.
David Murray: Extending the
bus lanes sounds like a great idea
to me as it will give priority to
One concern I have that s public
transport related is the appalling
disregard that taxis have for the
Road Code and for Wellington s
More tsunami lines
E: So tell me why are the lines
there again? Because there are a
lot of people in council with
nothing to do and who are bored
Nah, that s not right. They were
Lynn Brown: Well, what a
waste of money, when the
tsunami hits there will be no
roads to see the paint lines.
ASB Sports Centre
Tim: Typical. ASB buying more
exposure because their banking
service and proposition is worse
than the other banks .
GiveITaGO: You will be
surprised to see how adaptable
the building is and its multiple
uses. Don t knock it till you ve
tried it. It has been designed for
the community in mind and I
really believe that it s going to be
a huge success.
Gravy: It s a community sports
centre everyone! I m sure all the
moaners would rather have the
kids of Kilbirnie stealing their
cars, stabbing each other, selling
drugs, causing chaos on the
streets. This centre is a great idea
and will serve the kids of the area
Daft Vader It s also nicely
positioned to bear the brunt of the
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