A Chinese name joke, a dig at this country's "Mr Spray
and Walk Away" Prime Minister, and a promise of $1000 and a
KiwiSaver account for every newborn baby - all featured in the
New Zealand First campaign launch yesterday.
Before 300 of the party faithful in Auckland, party leader
Winston Peters peppered the crowd with humour as well as
plenty of bluster about foreign ownership, the impact of
immigration, and cracking down on the 68,000 migrants who
receive superannuation through parent reunification.
"They receive superannuation, even if they haven't worked for
the past 10 years. John Key says it doesn't matter," Mr
"It does matter," a voice cried out.
"No, but John said it doesn't," retorted Mr Peters. "But then
again, that's why they call him Mr Spray and Walk Away."
At the centre of his announcement was a proposal for a
KiwiSaver account, with a $1000 Government kick-start, for
every baby in New Zealand, and to be able to use it for
tertiary education as well as a first home.
"It's so they can get out of university without a large
albatross around their neck.
"Parents and family can contribute knowing that it will go
towards tertiary education or a home - a basic need," Mr
He repeated his intention to crack down on foreign ownership,
saying National's claim that Labour had done it as well was
"Just because your predecessor did it too does not make your
actions sensible. As they say in Beijing, two Wongs don't
make a right."
Afterwards Mr Peters said it was not a racist joke. "It's
called humour. I know that in Beijing they think it's funny,
and so do I."
He outlined other party policies, including a public
paedophile register, a register of foreign ownership, and a
promise sex offenders not rehabilitated would not be