07 March 2008
RADIO: On Radio Dunedin
05 March 2008
NEWS: National on the Maori seats
"Shortly after I became Leader I made it clear that our policy on the seats would be linked to the durable conclusion of historic Treaty claims.
"National's policy at the 2005 election was to have all claims lodged by 2006, and settled fully and finally by 2010.
"As a result of the poor progress being made by the current Government, the National Party, at its three-day Caucus in February 2007, announced its policy on the Maori seats, saying the move to abolish them would be tied to the conclusion of historic settlements, expected to be achieved by 2014.
"This morning, in attempting to distinguish between our current position and the formal policy document that will follow later this year, I gave the impression that National did not have a date for the settlement of historic Treaty claims. This was wrong.
"Our goal is to settle all historic treaty claims by 2014. Obviously, this will be reflected in our formal policy when it is released in due course. National remains committed to accelerating and settling historic Treaty claims."
05 March 2008
RADIO: On the airport sale and Owen Glenn (KiwiFM)
John and Wallace Chapman talk about the "last minute populist move" by the Labour Government to impede the sale of a minority shareholding in Auckland Airport to a Canadian investor. John discusses the details of the approach by the Canadian investors and some of the possible outcomes of the new regulatory hurdle, noting that the Government has actually reversed previously held positions. Wallace then steers the conversation to Owen Glenn and John makes it clear that "we have no beef at all with Owen Glenn" but rather with the way his financial support for Labour was handled by the Party.Tweet
04 March. In a heated exchange during Question Time, John asks the Prime Minister if she has confidence in the Minister of Health and, given the number of problems evident in the system, why she would. In a remarkable display, both the Greens and ACT join the attack.