Manukau Courier : November 26th 2010
2 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 OPINION Cavendish Dr Cavendish Dr Puhinui Rd LAMBIE DR We Are Here Unit 27, 16 Lambie Drive, Manukau City (Opp Fire Station) Phone: 263 5644 NO DEPOSIT EASY FINANCE/TRADE IN WELCOME • LAYBY AVAILABLE • WE ACCEPT VISA/MASTER/Q CARDS & FARMERS CARD *Conditions Apply • Lending Criteria Applies Phone Repair & Unlock • Broken Screen • Keypad Problem • Texting & Sound • iPhone Repair • Charging Problems etc Install & Repair • Head Units • Speakers • Amplifiers • Subwoofers etc • Security Alarms Sony 6x9's XS GTF6935B Domain Head Deck Samsung GT-E1080 Vodafone, 2 Degrees, SMS, Flashlight, colour screen 39 Prices Slashed Opening Hours Open 7 Days 10am - 6pm LG U880 1.3MP camera, MP3, micro SD card slot, 3G, bluetooth, video calling USB, Aux, MP3,SD Digital Touchscreen Flip out, DVD, CD, MP3, USB, SD NOW Domain 7" Fusion Pack $199 NOW PLC Car Alarm NOW was $79 was $189 Samsung B3410 2MP camera, MP3, FM radio, video, max 8GB memory, speaker phone was $299 3 way, 300 Watts peak power was $349 NOW .99 NOW$199 was $999 Nokia N8 NOW$129 NOW$899 Vodafone 715 $99 NOW 1.3MP camera, MP3, micro SD card slot, 3G, bluetooth was $149 with installation $179 NOW$59 JVC 6x9's 490W Panasonic RX322 USB, Aux, MP3 $149 NOW was $249 $89 $399 was $599 NO PRICE CHANGE ON GST Rise 12.2MP camera, bluetooth, GPS, MP3/MP4, 16GB internal memory, card slot upto 32GB, video recording vehicle security system, starter disable, code learning, battery back-up $85 NOW 12" Sub 1000W, Box + Fusion amplifier Institute of Applied Lear ning Call 0800-300-312 And our team will show you how You want to work as an Administrator or Office Manager OR Work in an Office as a Computer whiz Start before Xmas FACTORY SHOP CLEARANCE All at cheap clearance prices, and all must go! • Boys & Girls trainer Swimwear • Men's and Women's trainer Swimwear • Ladies Fashion Swimwear • Shorts & tights • Tops, Tee's and more... Hours till Christmas: Monday-Friday 9am -- 4pm Saturdays 9am -- midday Closed 23rd Nov -- 17th Jan 81C Cryers Road, East Tamaki Ph 274 5070 www.sliqueline.co.nz 3312918AA Labour at a crossroads Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM Relieved: New Mana MP Kris Faafoi at his celebrations after winning the byelection. The Mana byelection was close to a disaster for the Labour Party. The winning candidate Kris Faafoi lost 5000 of the 6000 majority held by the previous MP Winnie Laban. The final vote was both a relief and an embarrassment for Faafoi and Labour leader Phil Goff. Relief because at least Faafoi won but embarrassment because Labour so very nearly blew it. If Labour had lost the seat Goff might have been removed as the Labour Party leader. His selection of Faafoi was always dubious, partly because having had no previous history of note with the Labour Party, Faafoi's main claim to fame was being Goff's press officer. As a former journalist with TVNZ he appar- ently had impressed Goff and the Labour leader- ship. But Faafoi certainly didn't impress party members who com- plained about him being parachuted into the job ahead of worthwhile local candidates who had done their time in the party. Many locals decided it was too much for them to swallow and gave their vote to Jan Logie from the Green Party or Matt McCarten, the indepen- dent candidate. McCarten's vote unfortunately crashed in the last week before the election after a desperate Labour Party, perhaps understandably, poun- ded out the message that a vote for McCarten was in fact a vote for the National Party candi- date Hekia Parata. Parata's performance of getting within 1000 votes of winning in what was perceived as an impossible seat to win should see her catapulted into Cabinet before the next election. She's also a strong possibility to win Mana at the next general elec- tion because Faafoi won't have the New Zealand Union movement or every available Labour MP to call on for support. Labour will be very disappointed with the Mana result. What should have been a walk in the park turned out to be a near disaster for the party and Goff's leader- ship. The lessons surely are obvious. Labour needs to select candidates who have an affinity with the local electorate. They need to select candidates who have done more than just write press releases for the leader of the party. But perhaps most importantly they need to get back to their grass- roots and commit to the working class much more, rather than sound- ing like a watered-down version of the National Party. There seemed to be no real difference in the policies presented by Faafoi and Parata so surely it's time for Labour to totally review their priorities and strategies. If they don't, then they risk being attacked again by the likes of a Matt McCarten and maybe next time they might not be able to rely on a syco- phantic union movement to save their bacon.
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