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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Mt. Albert by-election

It won't be long and there will be an election in this seat. Who do you think will win? Will it make any difference? What do you know about any of the candidates? Have your say here.


Steve Baron said...


Rusty Kane said...
Well I don't think it will make any difference, but “The People's Choice Party” will be standing a candidate. To give the party exposure and highlight the need for people's binding initiated referendum's. Now that “The People's Choice Party” local candidate has withdrawn, because of overseas obligations. I (Rusty Kane) the party leader will take his place. So I will be standing in the Mt Albert by-election on behalf of “The People's Choice Party”. By-elections are one place small parties and their ideals can be highlighted. The party hopes to take full advantage of that exposure and its democratic right to stand a candidate.

Rusty Kane
Leader “The People's Choice Party”
New Zealand.

Monday, 11 May, 2009
Steve Baron said...
I'd like to ask the new member for Mt.Albert, will his first private members Bill be to make referendums binding on the government?

Monday, 11 May, 2009
Rusty Kane said...
Yes... My first private members bill (and I like your optimism)
Will be to make referendums binding on the government. For Mt Albert I will push to let the Mt Albert electorate decide and have a citizens referendum on the motorway issue if or how Mt Albert citizens majority wish it to happen or not.

Rusty Kane said...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Rusty Kane "The People's Choce Party" candidate for the Mt Albert by-election. Answers the hard questions..
Auckland Super City Council, Maori Seats, Waterview Motorway and Mt Albert By-Election.

The full Interview.. Part One.

Q: Whats your opinion on the Auckland Super City do you agree with it.

A: Yes and no. I can see the point of having a central body to focus on Auckland's infrastructure. water roading etc.. But no if the communities and their boards only have token input. I'm also worried on have much political power the Super City Management Board will hold and who they will really represent Big Business or the wider Auckland community.

Q: Do you think Maori should be alligatored seats on the new Super City Board.

A: Yes .. off course.. Maori should be represented on all local body boards.

Q: Don't you think that is undemocratic.

A: Yes.. Democracy has nothing to do with it... we signed a treaty with Maori in good faith.. And that treaty (The Treaty of Waitangi) gave Maori certain customary rights the rest of as don't have. Their rights as the indigenousness people of this land... over this land their land..

Q: Are you suggesting the Maori have more rights than the rest of New Zealanders. therefore privileged.

A: Yes .. the same as all New Zealanders are privileged to live in New Zealand, but after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi... Maori because they where the first here and indigenous to the land.. the signing also gave them customary rights to the land that non Maori. the rest of us don't have.

Q: The Government doesn't see it that way.

A: The Government never did.. They also keep talking of democracy and Maori should be treated the same as everybody else.. that would also be a good start.... and is also in the treaty.. But the government and the rest of us that are non Maori should also recognize that the treaty is a partnership with Maori. that also gives Maori certain rights within that partnership.... We just need to honor it (The Treaty) and get on with being New Zealanders.


Rusty Kane said...

Rusty Kane Interview: Part two.

Q: As the People's Choice candidate for Mt Albert .. whats your position on the Waterview motorway.

A: Mine and the People's Choice's stance is that all the motorway options should go back to the Mt Albert community now that National have come up with a new cheaper option, and then a Mt Albert electorate citizens referendum should be held to decide their choice.

Q: Mt Albert have already decided they want the tunnel option. So why have a referendum on something that is already known, referendums are not binding on the government.

A: Yes.. that is true.. But now there is a new option not yet discussed within the community. And it is only fair that the community of Mt Albert have a chance to again way up all the options. And a referendum to decide the outcome is the best way for the community to have full involvement in the process. The government would be then very ill advised not heed the communities majority decision on a referendum, especially when the rest of the country is focused on Mt Albert and the whole Super City deal. Where the rest of Auckland's communities are feeling less enfranchised with less say and involvement in their own city. That is why the People's Choice are in the Mt Albert By-election in the first place.. to promote the need to make citizens initiated referendums binding on the government.

Q: That was my next question .. Ok.. we know why you and the party are standing in the by-election.. to promote citizens initiated referendums should be binding on the government.. but what else do you hope to achieve other than that.

A: What else is there.. If the communities and the citizens of New Zealand don't have the power of a majority say against a government decision. We are no better than a dictatorship.. that to us is the issue.. the Waterview motorway and the communities choice to choose.

Q: But we have elections every three years, if we don't like the government we can vote them out.

A: Yes... But governments don't often keep their promises and often change laws in midstream without consulting its people... and when the majority of the people do engage with protest .. they often disregard the majorities wishes for the minority... the anti smacking bill is a good example of that. Binding referendums would stop this nonsense and make governments and politicians more accountable to the majority's wishes.

Q: The Mt Albert electorate is a minority.. and MMP is to give the minorities more say in parliament. isn't what you are saying a contradiction.

A: No.. Mt Albert is a by-election within Mt Albert the views of the Mt Albert majority will be that of Mt Albert.. not the rest of the country.. The Waterview motorway system combined with the rest of the Auckland motorway system should be decided by each communities majority choice of each community that it effects, passes through or under making it in the end Auckland's majority choice.
Minorities and MMP minorities should have the right to have their say.. but they shouldn't rule the majority. If a minorities view is a good one the majority will except it as a majority choice.

Q: Who do you think will win Mt Albert by-election.. and how well do think your party will do.

A: As it stands Labour then National then the Greens.. That is much the same up and down the country .. the only change being either National first or Labour.. the Greens or the Maori party third depending on the electorate. The main parties always take the top three placings. What will be more interesting for Mt Albert is the candidate vote.. for second and third place between Nationals Melissa Lee and the Greens Russel Norman. Our goal is to came fourth meaning we have to beat Act and eleven other candidates. And that really depends on if the Mt Albert voters see through the in your face pork barrel argee bargee politics of the larger parties and protest their vote to a smaller parties candidate that has their best interests at heart.


Rusty Kane said...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Mt Albert by-election
The People's Choice Party”
Press Release. 27/05/09

Ar-gee Bar-gee Politics

"The People's Choice Party” has decided to stay well clear of the Ar-gee Bar-gee politics of the larger political parties campaigns in the Mt Albert by-election. Instead they have quietly worked away in the background building up party support, by holding media excluded in house meetings at Mt Albert residents houses in the electorate.
Rusty Kane their candidate said the main parties candidates have been focused on themselves in a three party dirty politics campaign that has simply over looked the Mt Albert residents themselves.
The People's Choice believe just talking to Mt Albert residents and staying clear of the larger parties dirty campaigns has gained them more credibility within the community who are more interested in hearing the parties policy's meeting their candidate and finding out how he and the party can best represent them in the Mt Albert electorate..
Rusty said the residents have given him and the party some really good feed back, once they have heard what the party is about and what it has to offer. He said most residents he spoke to are sick of the the way the other parties candidates are using them and the by-election for their own ends for party grandstanding. He said smaller parties like “The People's Choice Party” would never by heard in that environment. And will continue to hold the very successful media excluded in
house meetings in the Mt Albert residents houses.