We haven’t been able to speak with NZ First for quite a while now so this is quite a big catch up: Deputy Leader Fletcher Tabuteau has been busy down in the South Island and in Niue. We will hear more about that in coming weeks. Today, Lillian talks to Fletcher about Christchurch and Capital Gains, she started by asking what Fletcher’s reaction was to the terror attacks and what NZ First was doing in response.
Lillian Hanly caught up with Fletcher Tabuteau this morning and discussed golf tournaments which Lillian was highly skeptical about, capital gains tax and the provincial growth fund. Fletcher said he was heading to Queenstown and the Middle East this week so Lillian started by asking what was happening in Queenstown.
Fletcher Tabuteau from NZ First is back after a few weeks and tells us what he’s been up to, what happens on the first day back in Parliament and why NZ First polled so low this week.
NOTE: Fletcher spoke about detention centres in Nauru moving toward closing down and the government wondering how they will make money for the island from that point. Up until then, detention centres had been a huge part of their economy, and a texter linked us to a Guardian article which found they had been making big profit for construction companies based in Australia.
For Worry Week, The Wire is looking into the militarisation of the Pacific. Given Fletcher Tabuteau is the Undersecretary for disarmament and arms control, decided to ask him about our anti-nuclear history.
We spoke to Clayton Mitchell this week, spokesperson for Labour and Industrial relations, about the Employment Relations Amendment Bill announced yesterday. Lillian Hanly started by asking him to explain what this bill is all about.
We spoke to Tracey Martin, our old regular NZ First Politician, because she is the Associate Minister for Education and you may or may not have heard there are rolling teacher strikes throughout the country this week.