Honeymoon over for Jacinda Ardern as Labour drops below National in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll

The honeymoon is over for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with Labour dropping below National in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll. 

The poll results find National on 44 per cent approval, up one and sitting pretty as the biggest party. 

Labour is on 43 per cent, a five-point drop since our last poll in February. 

The poll is the second of the year, and the first with Simon Bridges at the helm of the National Party.

1 NEWS political Editor Jessica Mutch says it'll be mixed emotions for National tonight off the back of the poll.

National has regained the lead in the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll following Simon Bridges' rise to the party leadership. Source: 1 NEWS

"National itself is actually tracking really well - back to being the favourite party, and it hasn't moved around a lot since the election," she says.

"But if I was Simon Bridges I'd be worried because either people don't know him, or don't like him. Either way that's not great.

Mr Bridges is yet to resonate with voters, with only 10 per cent preferring him to be prime minister.

Ms Ardern support is at 37 per cent approval for preferred prime minister in the latest poll.

When John Key and Jacinda Ardern became leaders they were polling three times Mr Bridges.

The new National leader is getting about the same rating as failed Labour leaders Andrew Little, David Cunliffe and David Shearer.  

But that doesn't take away that Labour have had "sloppy" last few weeks Mutch says.

"Labour is down, the Prime Minister is down. She had great summer but now she's getting into the political grind."

Labour have had a sloppy and a ropey last few weeks - 1 NEWS political Editor Jessica Mutch

Mutch said the Prime Minister, who has just arrived in Europe, will be hoping this entrance onto the world stage "will put a full stop after a difficult few weeks".  

However, the drop by Labour is being picked up by its support parties, with the Greens on six per cent, up one, and New Zealand First on five per cent, up two.

The Maori Party isn't in Parliament anymore but is still registering support with one per cent. 

Labour's drop in the polls comes after a bad few weeks for the Prime Minister, with one controversy after another.

There's been the Clare Curran Radio New Zealand saga, the Russia spy story, Middlemore Hospital revelations and the accusations of sexual assault at a Labour camp.

"Oh, politics absolutely comes with it's up and downs. But over that time we've been able to progress an enormous agenda," Ms Ardern said. 

"Overall the coalition Government still showing very strong support."

But National still gets the prize for the biggest party.

"In terms of the Government, people are seeing something lurching around a bit shambolic, certainly floundering," Mr Bridges said.

"It is important people get to know me. I'm working very hard to give them that opportunity, working very hard every day all over New Zealand," Mr Bridges said.

Labour has fallen five points to 43 per cent approval, while National has climbed one point to 44 per cent. Source: 1 NEWS




Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas misled students, says Massey University Students' Association president

Massey University Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas misled students over the cancellation of the Don Brash speaking event and the student association has no confidence in her ability to do the job.

Student association president Ngahuia Kirton says her biggest concern to come out of the issue was threats to restrict funding to the association.

"As a whole, students seem to have been misled and I don’t think that their views were properly taken into consideration by the senior leadership team," she told TVNZ1’s Breakfast.

"MUSA’s position is very clear, we have no confidence in the vice chancellor’s ability to discharge her duties, so I would hope that the university council would take that into consideration," she said.

Documents obtained yesterday under the Official Information Act contain correspondence to and from Ms Thomas in the run-up to the cancellation.

In one email on 9 July, the vice-chancellor said she did not want a "te tiriti led university to be seen to be endorsing racist behaviours".

A day later, she emailed to say she would like to know the options for banning the politics club from holding events on campus.

She said the "racist behaviour of Dr Brash - given te reo is an official language of NZ and we are a tiriti-led university - can't be ignored".

Ms Kirton said the vice chancellor’s concerns that Mr Brash’s views didn’t align with the values of the university were valid but students were still misled.

"I think her concerns were more around the fact that Massey University is a teriti-led and her views that Don Brash’s views didn’t align with that is completely valid."

"I’m more concerned about the way she handled the communication and the events that happened afterwards."

"Personally, I don’t agree with Don Brash’s views, and I think many people at the student association also do not agree with them, however I do think university as the critic and conscience of society is a great place to have those healthy debates and these difficult conversations."

Ms Kirton says her biggest concern to come out of the issue was threats to restrict funding to the association.

"The cancellation of the Don Brash events aside, the student association’s biggest concern is actually the threats to restrict funding to student associations to manage backlash."

President Ngahuia Kirton says the student association has no confidence in Jan Thomas’s ability to perform her duties. Source: Breakfast

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Refugee quota increase a proud moment, Red Cross says, but now it's time to prepare

Jacinda Ardern's announcement yesterday that we will increase our yearly refugee intake to 1500 by 2020 was a proud moment for New Zealand, says Red Cross official Rachel O'Conner.

But there are some things we will have to do as a nation to prepare for the increase, which will result in New Zealand having doubled its intake in less than five years, she told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning.

"We'll need people to respond, we're going to need people to volunteer, to donate items," she said. "But a lot of it is about...having welcoming communities."

Resettlement, she explained, is difficult - away from family and friends, without work and often having to learn a new language.

"Kiwis have this value of showing care and compassion, and that is what helps build that sense of belonging," said Ms O'Conner, who serves as national migration programmes manager for the humanitarian organisation.

That's 500 extra people who'll be making New Zealand home annually. Source: 1 NEWS

Under the Prime Minister's plan, six new resettlement communities will be established so that existing ones in New Zealand aren't over-burdened. The towns, however, haven't yet been chosen.

"We're going to be looking for councils and community groups to put up their hands and say, 'Yup, we want to be one of the new six'," Ms O'Conner said.

Ms O'Conner described yesterday's announcement as "a great start". But with 1.4 million people in desperate need of resettlement, "we're seeing unprecedented needs globally at the moment", she added, explaining that the Government also needs to take another good look at foreign aid and peace building activities.

Even after yesterday's announcement, New Zealand is far from being a leader in terms of refugee intake numbers.

PM Jacinda Ardern made the announcement today. Source: 1 NEWS

"But we are leaders in the terms of the quality of resettlement that we provide," she said, telling the story of a mum who had carried her disabled teen son on her back for his entire life because they didn't have access to health care in their previous country.

After arriving in Auckland, the boy was given a wheelchair and it changed both of their lives, O'Conner said.

"She kept saying, 'I can't believe I don't have to carry him anymore'," she recalled.

Jacinda Ardern’s announcement yesterday means six new settlement locations will be in the works, Rachel O’Conner told Breakfast. Source: Breakfast


'What’s up Muzza' - is it weird to call your parents by their first name?

What do you call your parents - mum and dad, or Geoff and Pam?

The idea some people call their parents by their first name was a hot topic on Breakfast this morning, with Hayley Holt saying it was a bit weird calling her parents by their given names.

‘I’d feel a bit odd, ‘hey Robin, what’s up Muzza?’”

Many viewers said calling parents by their given names was disrespectful, with one viewer saying she had earned the title of mum.

Another said when children were older, it could be a discussion families could have together.

Newsreader Scotty Morrison said in Te Reo Māori there were “beautiful terms” for older members of the whanāu.

“As our people get older they get more and more respect because of the life they have had, the life experience, the knowledge that they’ve gained," he said. 

“It’s important in Māori culture to have that respect for the older generation.”

Some Breakfast viewers thought it was disrespectful not to be called mum or dad. Source: Breakfast


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