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Fifty shades of grey turn up in Upper Hutt for NZ First leader

Sep 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

SHADES OF GREY: Winston Peters speaking at the Grey Power meeting in Upper Hutt. IMAGE: Amanda Herrera

SHADES OF GREY: Winston Peters speaking at the Grey Power meeting in Upper Hutt. IMAGE: Amanda Herrera

IT WAS a grey Winston Petersevening and Winston Peters was in his element talking up the anti-amalgamation theme this week.

Around 50 people gathered at Upper Hutt’s Expression Art Gallery, to hear the NZ First leader denounce a Wellington super city.

The event, organised by Upper Hutt’s Grey Power, addressed the issues of cities within Wellington Regional Council joining to form a new “super city”.

Mr Peters called the pensioners to voice their concerns about amalgamation with their vote on election day.

“A Government that doesn’t listen, mean’s a Government that doesn’t last long,” he said.

Mr Peters gave examples of the Auckland “supercity” amalgamation. He said the supercity was not based on democracy and was imposed by a dysfunctional leader from a dysfunctional party.

“Democratic rights are being compromised. People are having amalgamations forced down their throats.”

Mr Peters then shifted his efforts to drum up support for NZ First and gain new voters.

“The amount of acrimonious dirt that has been exposed, being orchestrated from the ninth floor of the Beehive show’s John Key’s standards are slow and low,” he said.

Mr Peters also attacked asset sales and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement on free trade.

“If the TPPA is as great as Key claims, why can’t we see it? Why have they written disclosure clauses?” he said.

The crowd responded with erratic clapping.

Earlier this year, Lower Hutt councillors voted unanimously against the amalgamation, so Mayor Ray Wallace was an interested spectator applauding the theme of the meeting.

The decision of the amalgamation with Wellington Regional Council will be announced in November after the Local Government Commission in June deferred a decision until afte the election.


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