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10 Jacks are as good as their master

Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, August 21st, 2012 - 128 comments
Categories: class war, equality, jobs, minimum wage, wages - Tags:

Compare the latest figures on CEO pay to the median income of New Zealanders and to the minimum wage. It isn’t a pretty picture.

The average CEO gets 10 times the pay of a full-time minimum wage worker or the income of the typical Kiwi.

(note for journos – given most Kiwis have incomes of around the full-time minimum wage, half get less – perhaps our media analysis should concentrate more on how economics affects the bulk of us than a few thousand CEOs)

The gap is growing. The CEO pay increase was 26 times the median income increase (which, at 3.8%, was well below the 5.3% inflation that year). It was 56 times the increase that a full-time minimum wage earner got.

Does anyone think this is a recipe for a happy and successful New Zealand?

128 comments on “10 Jacks are as good as their master”

  1. Zorr 1

    But… but… if we don’t pay them enough their awesomeness will forever leave our shores and leave us destitute!!! DESTITUTE I TELL YOUUUU!!!!

    And now that I have got the retarded argument that I expect all RWNJs that come to comment in this thread to regurgitate, the discussion can continue on the fact that this is as unsustainable as current energy policy practices in our economic reality.

    • Rodel 1.1

      Zorr When God made humans the organs of the body argued over who should be the CEO (Controlling Executive Organ). The brain, argued convincingly, as the main decision maker, but the arms hands and legs thought they should be CEO as nothing could be achieved without them.
      The stomach tried as the engine of the body and even the arsehole put in a bid.
      All the other organs laughed at the arsehole’s bid, so it, closed up sulked and stopped functioning. Gradually as toxins built up, the organs became weaker and weaker. The brain couldn’t function: the legs and arms weakened and the stomach was bloated.
      Finally they succumbed and voted the arsehole as the boss, who became functional again.
      Which shows that to be a CEO you don’t need to be a brain, just an arsehole.

  2. xtasy 2

    According to this scheme, we should all join the JK gang and become CEOs of merchant and investment banks, of corporate units of any type, and screw the hell ouf the rest of the world (besides of honest, hard working and slaving, desperate, highly indebted NZers and others) and ALL get filthily rich on high risk investment dividends, returns on debit swap papers and whatever instruments.

    Casino is the game, black jack, then blank jack, full blown jack and hunkey doorey, whatever, drum the cards on the table it is all on now.

    A few losses here, a few gains there, balance it out, get an insider job advice, chat with them mates, jack up a trade and we go, go and go. 50 mil, 500 mil, a billion or more or less, this is all just a monopoly game. Have some fun and get there now, commodities are the best bet at present, no big risk, the farmers in US are starving and dying due to the worst drought in history, same in India (little rain), the people are hungry and prices rising. The gains could never be better. Fuck the starvers, you are losers, we are in on it now, and the profits are sky high.

    Buy the NZ farms and SOEs and cut the cake too, they are too ignorant in majority to even realise we pull the chair away under their arses. There will NEVER be a revolution here, they love to slave, slug it out and work their guts out for nothing. Best country to suck dry, I’d say.

    • tc 2.1

      +1 It’s scary how stoopid the sheeple are with the power generators being flogged off and as for the Farmers I guess the current generation are too busy sucking on the Fonterra tit to notice the hands going behind their back and whipping away their independance, ownership and control.

      Imagine a NZ in 10 years time where milk protein is in the permanent doldrums as China/Chile etc control the market. How will they afford to fix up the waterways, erosion from dairying….guess who gets to fix that up folks…..sucker taxpayers.

    • Fortran 2.2

      xtasy

      Can you (or somebody) please tell me where these figures come from as would like to look further. No source for figures shown – or I cannot see.

  3. Carol 3

    Ah. A timely post. I was just thinking about this injustice when I woke this morning.

    But….

    given most Kiwis have incomes of around the full-time minimum wage, half get less

    eh? Is that right?

    • infused 3.1

      No, it’s not. Good way to get you all worked up though.

      • Carol 3.1.1

        Well using the chart linked to for the median weekly income in 2011: 550

        550/40 (ours per week) = $13.75 per hour for median income per hour.

        Minimum wage = $13.00 per hour.

        But surely half of the population can’t be earning less than the minimum wage?

        • Clashman 3.1.1.1

          You wouldn’t think so would you but it shows how many people arent getting 40 hours per week.
          I have two children 17 and 20 and dont think any of the jobs they have applied for or got have been for more than 25 hours per week.
          When wanKEY comes out and says we have added x number of jobs this month these are the type of jobs he means – shit ones.

        • mickysavage 3.1.1.2

          I read this twice as well.  If you include students, supernatants and beneficiaries then it could be close.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.2.1

            Median adult NZ income is just over $28K pa IIRC. ie half of adults have an income over that figure, half under. That includes people on super, unemployment benefit, CEOs wages etc.

            • Carol 3.1.1.2.1.1

              That still works out at $13.48 per hour if the annual income is calculated as if all workers were doing a regular 40 hour week.

              Appalling.

              And it really shows that any statement about average/median income needs to be followed by statistics about the spread of hours that workers normally work.

      • deano 3.1.2

        The median income, of course, includes people who are not in full-time work or not working.

        They’re real people too, you know.

        • Carol 3.1.2.1

          Indeed, and I am one of those people.

          But the figures in the post were presented in the post above, as income earned on an hourly basis, which is confusing. But actually the idea being presented is that many people’s total income is equivalent to a fulltime worker on a minimum wage.

    • Mike 3.2

      Last I read I think that around 75% of all wage and salary earners receive less than the average weekly wage, which is somewhere around $1000 a week. I’ll check my figures when I’ve got the time later on

  4. infused 4

    ceos are generally a shit load more experienced than min wage worker… generally, there are some shit ceos.

    Also remember, most ceos jobs are very short lived. Most are only there 2-3 years max.

    • Carol 4.1

      Most are only there 2-3 years max

      That’s the way it is also for jobs for many low wage workers.

      • infused 4.1.1

        Yeah, that’s mostly their choice.

        • Clashman 4.1.1.1

          So are you saying it’s not the CEOs choice, as in they get removed from thier jobs after 2-3 years? And that justifies the huge salaries?
          Can’t stop laughing…..at you.

          • Carol 4.1.1.1.1

            I think he’s saying it’s the choice of low wage workers to only stay a short time in a job….?

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.2

          And we can all choose to be CEOs too can we infused? Where do we sign up? (LIke the American dream where everyone pretends they can be a multimillionaire despite the fact that 1/5 the population lives near or under the poverty line).

        • bbfloyd 4.1.1.3

          “that’s mostly their choice”… got any examples to show that? or is this just another example of speaking from utter ignorance??

          How many people do you know who change, or give up minimum wage jobs on a whim, unless they have got a better one, or don’t need the money?….

          You wouldn’t have a clue would you lad…….

    • Richard Christie 4.2

      @infused
      Spoken like a true serf.

  5. ropata 5

    In the last 30 years, the top 1 percent of households have secured a very large share of all of the gains in income—59.9 percent of the gains from 1979–2007, while the top 0.1 percent seized an even more disproportionate share: 36 percent. In comparison, only 8.6 percent of income gains have gone to the bottom 90 percent.

    Graphically illstrated here:
    http://www.epi.org/publication/ib330-productivity-vs-compensation/

  6. Hilary 6

    One problem (of many ) with the CEOs’ salary going up so much is that it drags the average wage up and that figure is what journalists and others usually quote. But it is an unrealistic measure, as mentioned above, and the Standard has often provided useful graphs to show this visually. The median is the actual half point measure and it is way below the average (because of the few very high earners skewing it). The full time minimum wage is an even lower figure. But when you consider what people actually live on – such as benefits, super, part time work etc, the greatest number of people in NZ actually earn (survive on) about $14,000. So graphically by far the larger numbers of people are under $20,000 while only a tiny proportion are over $100,000.

    Unfortunately, most media and economic commentary is done by those earning high incomes and they just cannot understand that most NZers are actually surviving on much less than they are.

  7. vto 7

    So a community of people produce, say, a $100,000 gold bar which they can sell and provide for themselves.

    How should that gold bar be divided up?

    How much should go to those who dug up the gold with their bare hands?
    How much should go to the people who last night fed and clothed those who dug with their bare hands?
    How much should go to those who made the roads on which the gold was delivered?
    How much should go to those who gave birth to and raised those who dug the gold up?
    How much should go to the gold explorer who found it?
    How much should go to the administrators who ensure stable contractual paths to the gold sale?
    How much should go to the cleaner of the clothes and dwellings and toilets?

    Because you see each of those compnents is absolutely crucial for that community to produce that $100,000 gold bar. If just one of them fails then the gold will not produce the $100,000. They are each essential.

    This must be our starting point. The capitalists and ceo’s can fuck off – unnecessary tits on a bull.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      So people produce and support the producers. A relative few have decided to work as plunderers, simply skimming off what the producers and their supporters create. Infused says that these plunderers are “more experienced”. And they may well be.

      But nothing excuses outfits like ANZ National Bank, cruising in towards another consecutive record profit of over $1B, while the rest of the economy staggers and the majority of NZers are doing it tough at the same time. Is it a surprise that as the leeches get bigger the host gets weaker?

      Beyond the individual “CEO parasites” there are the far more important and powerful financial/corporate parasites.

  8. Carol 8

    On the plus side for Labour, Parker has issued a press release on this:

    http://www.labour.org.nz/news/top-earners-still-gaining-as-middle-nz-languishes

    But….. what a weak response! Targeting the response on the problems for “middle New Zealand”!

    And those at the bottom of the unfair system? The ones REALLY suffering! But all Parker can say is:

    “While the economy hasn’t grown much and wages haven’t grown much, those on the highest incomes are still netting the most gain. At the same time the economy is being hollowed out and middle New Zealand isn’t growing.

    “Whatever CEOs are paid, their income is still taxable. The real unfairness in our economy is that income made through capital gains goes untaxed, which skews the whole economy to speculative investment,” David Parker said.

    More managerial speak. Where’s the indignation at the suffering this produces?! Where’s the concern for those suffering the most!?

    • Mike 8.1

      Middle NZ are the voters, which is really all any politician cares about in my opinion.

      Our political system is an illusion of democracy. We’re given an election every few years which makes the majority of the population think that they have a vote and that they can make a difference. In reality there is left or right, red or blue and although portrayed as opposites, the main parties are very similar in that the overall agenda is the same regardless. There are few differences in regards to policy, etc but they follow the same path.

      We live in a plutocracy and have done for 30 years. The corporates control policy, politicians are simply their policy delivery mechanisms. You hear politicians on both sides mentioning how good a policy is for businesses or for the economy or for growth or for investment and so on. You very rarely hear how any paticular policy might be great for actual real people.

  9. DH 9

    “The average CEO gets 10 times the pay of a full-time minimum wage worker or the income of the typical Kiwi.”

    General manager of Parliamentary Services collects $320,000 to $329,999. That’s about 11x what his cleaners get.

    I can think of three reasons why these corporate troughers ended up getting so much…..

    1/ They deliberately internationalised their wages by hiring from wealthier countries.
    (We could halt that by not giving them work permits. )

    2/ Unions lost their power, management are now free to take all the wages pool for themselves.

    3/ They brought in pay parity between private & state sector. That created a ratchet effect where both use each other to push their salaries up

    IMO this is an area where the left have long struggled, people have difficulty facing up to the fact that these CEOs are workers like every other wage slave. Capitalism is blamed yet these troughers aren’t capitalists. They’re on a wage, they don’t own the businesses and few of them have ever made any real money of their own. They’d work for less than half of what they get, what alternatives do they have?

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 9.1

      Very good points DH – Bruce Sheppard had a great analysis of the transfer of wealth to managers – although his take was that it was business owners getting shafted.

      Diversified portfolio theory leads to large investors (pension funds etc.) having little interest in the individual companies they invest in. This creates a power vacuum which directors and managers have filled.

      Of the points you make, I think the lack of union power is the strongest – the other factors are present in Australia, for example.

      • insider 9.1.1

        Not every investor is a diversified portfolio investor. Some investors are very very interested in the management of businesses they invest in. If those diversified funds take their eyes off the ball that leaves opportunities for others who are more focussed to move in and make changes. It’s disinterested and unaccountable directors that allow managers to prosper.

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 9.1.1.1

          Sheppard’s point was – if I can summarise it correctly – that the large investors have a similarly large voting block – which tends to “rubber-stamp” directorial decisions, leaving interested small investors relatively disenfranchised.

          • DH 9.1.1.1.1

            Yeah they do, the large ‘investors’ are usually highly-paid employees themselves and their own pay packet is closely linked to the salaries of management in general. There’s a definite “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” approach to management salaries. They’re all on the make, they’ll rubber stamp increases in CEO salaries because they know it will help to leverage their own wages higher.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.2

        Forget about targetting CEOs I reckon.

        Target organisations.

        Like ANZ National Bank on track to make another record billion dollar profit.

        They can pay their CEO $50M a year as far as I care, if they didn’t suck out any of that profit from the country.

        Focus on the real big dollars

        • DH 9.1.2.1

          I don’t agree. These troughers higher up expect to get paid the same wage as a person from a wealthier country yet there’s plenty of capable managers in poorer countries who’d leap at the chance to work here for less than what these pigs are pulling in.

          Wages don’t appear out of thin air, the money to pay these fat cats comes out of the wages of the lower paid. Those at the bottom of the heap are being paid NZ wages, any decent leftist govt should be making sure that every worker gets paid NZ wages & then there might be enough to go around. Especially the bureaucrats, it’s fucking obscene that we’re hiring foreigners to work in our civil service. These troughers are vultures feeding off the carcass of egalitarian NZ.

          • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1.1

            These troughers higher up expect to get paid the same wage as a person from a wealthier country yet there’s plenty of capable managers in poorer countries who’d leap at the chance to work here for less than what these pigs are pulling in.

            I think you’ll find that there’s plenty of capable managers in NZ that’d leap at the position for less as well.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      4.) The books are hidden from the producers
      5.) The producers don’t get a say in how the wealth they created is distributed

      …people have difficulty facing up to the fact that these CEOs are workers like every other wage slave.

      Nope, they’re the ones in charge of the books and set how much the producers are paid.

  10. RedBat 10

    What business is it of your what anybody earns?

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 10.1

      There is plenty of evidence that too large a wage gap creates costs that are borne by all of us, hence “our business”.

    • felix 10.2

      “What business is it of your what anybody earns?”

      Who said anything about “earns”?

    • Colonial Viper 10.3

      What business is it of your what plunder gets taken from your communities?

      FIFY

    • prism 10.4

      RedBat
      C’mon don’t you wonder what your mate is getting if you don’t already know? Particularly if you suspect that he’s getting more than you. Unfair! Anybody with a bit of grit would be trying to get a raise to the same asap. And how much extra does the next step on the ladder get you?

      If you are prepared to just get what you are handed with no aspiration to get on and get more, then you don’t have much initiative. But when the boss has huge monetary reward, and still lives in the same 24 hour world as you, don’t you crease your brow occasionally and think – is this reasonable? Or are you already on the heights of salary plus perks, and nudge nudge wink wink, you don’t want the masses talking about that.

  11. Polish Pride 11

    Complain, Complain, Complain but keep voting and thus supporting the system that enables it!

    You have a choice
    1.continue to complain about this
    or
    2.start looking at other options that fix this problem. Then help educate others about alternatives.

    Voting Rights obviously not going to fix it, but guess what… neither is voting Left!

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 11.1

      Bollocks. There is a role for government in wealth distribution as well as wealth creation – NZ left wing governments have consistently proven that they are better at it than the governmentally challenged right.

      • Polish Pride 11.1.1

        “Bollocks. There is a role for government in wealth distribution as well as wealth creation – NZ left wing governments have consistently proven that they are better at it than the governmentally challenged right.”

        Then unfortunately you do not understand the true nature of the system well enough and still buy into the left vs right paradigm.
        Voters are right accross the right vs left spectrum. As a result under the current system policy will only ever fall left of centre or right of centre. Anything beyond that such as Very Left or Very Right will likely and simply be repealed when a party from the opposite side regains power which they eventually will.

        Until we can think and shift beyond the Left vs Right paradigm the real problems that plague our society (and to a large degree these problems always have) will NEVER be fixed. The very best you can possibly hope for is a fix that at best will be temporary as the system by its very design perpetuates the problems.

        For me to finally understand this I tried to understand why it was that no matter what party was in power the real problems never got resolved. This is the reason.

        • McFlock 11.1.1.1

          As a result under the current system policy will only ever fall left of centre or right of centre.

          So the swing of the last thirty or forty years didn’t happen?
          Norman Kirk to Key? 

          • Polish Pride 11.1.1.1.1

            And in the big scheme Mcflock of the real problems facing society what has been fixed?
            Poverty?
            Environmental destruction?
            Oil Dependance?
            Child Abuse?
            Crime?
            War?

            • Kotahi Tāne Huna 11.1.1.1.1.1

              “what has been fixed?”

              Why don’t you go and check the facts? Violent deaths globally continue to decrease, for example. Did you even know?
              Or how about the global rise in life expectancy over the last 100 years? Or the improvements in child mortality?

              Do any of these actual realities enter your world view at all?

              • Polish Pride

                No because they haven’t been fixed by politics!

                • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                  That’s right! Governments and people just spontaneously decided to do things differently for no reason at all with no plan or discussion beforehand.

                  What colour is the sky on your planet?

                  • Polish Pride

                    The sky on my planet is the same as yours, medical advances among other things were the reasons behind longer life expectancy, not politics! – you have a choice try to look at why I have said what I have said or ignore it. it matters not to me I took my ego out of the euqation long ago….

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      I already looked at what you have said; according to you, I do not understand the true nature of the system, but I think you’re engaging in semantic games. I thought I’d made that clear.

                      Medical advances, better nutrition, fewer violent conflicts, etc. etc. The fact that you think these things are unaffected by politics says little other than that your definition of politics is probably unique and special.

                    • Polish Pride

                      Or perhaps it says that you credit politics with far too much and that many advances are completely independant of politics…

                      The simple discovery of the importance of washing ones hands before and after dealing with patients with contageious deseases and other medical ailments saved millions of lives yet politics had nothing to do with it.

                      Either way we will have to agree to disagree on this. You see the current system and politics as the answer to many of our problems. I on the other hand see it as the cause. But hey still happy to have you explain how our current political system can solve the problems. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said the current political system mitigates risk.. If that is acceptable to you then I believe you expect to little from the system which is in nearly every part of your life.

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      Don’t flatter yourself: you haven’t the first clue what I credit politics with. You can’t even tell the difference between “affected by” and “the answer to”!

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      The simple discovery of the importance of washing ones hands before and after dealing with patients with contageious deseases and other medical ailments saved millions of lives yet politics had nothing to do with it.

                      Well, there you would be wrong as it was the politics that got it in every hospital.

                      Setting such standards and regulations is where politics is good. IMO, This is the major difference between left and right – the left put in such standards regulations to make life better and the right try to get rid of them so that they can make more profit no matter how much it costs any body else.

                      No matter what happens we’re always going have politics, that’s a given, the system that needs changing/removing is capitalism which is the system that shifts the distribution and control of the communities resources into the hands of private individuals.

                    • mike e

                      Polish prude or prune so cheap education healthcare and housing hasn.t made a difference maybe you shoild vote for UF.

                    • Polish Pride

                      Fair enough Draco – I had not looked at it from that point of view.

                    • Polish Pride

                      Possibly a better way to explain what I am trying to get across is we have a set of problems that have always existed. Determine the ideal solution that you want and design a system that fits these starting with satisfying peoples needs and wants.. then solving the problems (assuming that is your ultimate goal).
                      Is the system we have today still the one you come up with.

                      It isn’t the one I came up with when I did this exercise over 6 months.

                  • Polish Pride

                    Mike E
                    cheap education has made a difference – it has taught a few generations what to think, not how to think. :)

                    ok fair enough these things have made a difference sure but I guess what I am saying is that many of the problems we have are because of the system and the way it is set up. The system as it is will never solve them.
                    Even the things you mention have limitations because of the way the system is.
                    example Not everyone has a good quality well insulated home – why? cost of providing to everyone…..?

                    Remove the need to pay. The resources are still available.. Take away the middle man in the equation i.e. money.

              • Populuxe1

                Seriously, don’t feed the Truther!

                • Polish Pride

                  Wow Populuxe and it only took you all day to come up with that one
                  If you want to call me that because I question the official version then so be it.
                  I am a firm believer in questioning government on everything though.
                  Perhaps you do not think governments including ours should be questioned ..!?!

            • McFlock 11.1.1.1.1.2

              Um, actually, yeah. 
                   
              The halcyon days weren’t perfect by any means, but the problems that were evident at the time were seen as solvable, and the government took responsibility for solving them. E.g. state housing and keeping unemployment down.
                           
              Some of the problems you mentioned were barely being identified at the time, but sometime in the 1980s there was a dramatic shift to the right which has not yet been reversed. The result of that shift is that the government  no longer tries to solve systemic problems. Hell, it’s even trying to get out of measuring them.

              • Polish Pride

                Some perhaps but poverty and war are two that have always existed. We life with a system that encourages both of these.
                Environmental destruction has been in full swing for the past 100 years yet we are now seeing the effects of it and their impact on us.

                I see the shift to the right of the 80s as the rise of capitalism in full swing. You are arguably seeing the peak times of the system.
                The problem is we still have that system. So what we have today is the Left and the Right of the current system.
                If you want things to change then the system needs to be changed and we need to evolve.

                When I say the reason they will not be fixed by voting Left. It is because the Right exists. The right have a competing set of goals and solutions to the problems. People will vote for the party which they best feel will solve the problems. Labour is arguably left of centre National is arguably right of centre. ( at least lets have it that way for the sake of the example)….
                With the current system lets say that with our elected dictatorship system Labour gets into power next and says We are going to fix this wealth redistribution problem. We are going to Cap CEO salariesl, raise taxes and redistribute wealth to those on low incomes. What do you think will happen at the next election(or the next)?
                chances are it will shift back to the right who will do what they have just done this past couple of years.
                We will keep shifting a few degrees to the left and then a few degrees to the right. To really change things we need a significant change such as a change of system.

                Have to go to lunch can go into other areas later like needing to shift thinking around having to have everyone employed as a goal of society or GDP as the primary indicator as to whether or not society is doing well…

                • McFlock

                  That’s the thing about democracy: people disagree, and there will be always some people who are stupid or selfish but very good at persuading others.
                       
                  I don’t see direct democracy solving that. Exacerbating it, maybe.

                  • Polish Pride

                    Unfortunately the system we have now allows 61 people to ignore the collective will of a couple of million.
                    Direct Democracy doesn’t have this problem and if carefully considered with exactly the problem you raise there are ways to ensure that the risk is minimised through how it is implemented.
                    In fact under with direct democracy under a different system (not capitalism) I would actually see the values held by the left prevailing.

                    • Polish Pride

                      I think something like that would be worth serious consideration in a direct democracy to ensure that you don’t just have mob rule.

                  • KJT

                    Rubbish.

                    Research shows that the majority of the population holds views well to the left of Parliament. Including a lot of NACT voters, funnily enough.

                    Voting policy by policy will, on the whole, favour sensible options.

                    It is also proven that the more people are involved in decision making, and the more options are considered, the better the decisions. They teach that in MBA courses!

                    And. Even if it is the wrong decision, it should be ours to make.
                    What gives 61 people, or McFlock, the moral right to decide for 4 million.

                    Capitalism works fine on the micro level, if it is democratically regulated.

                    • McFlock

                      I wasn’t suggesting a dictatorship led by me.
                             
                      Far be it for me to criticise MBAs, the flipside is that crowds are ugly, dangerous, stupid organisms prone to panic. Maybe the fact that I’ve faced a fair few of them colours my attitudes, though, fair enough. Although some of the referenda in the last 15 years have been bloody stupid, yet still garnered much support. Not just that I disagree with them, but as in “nonsensical”.
                             
                      Personally, I was kicking around the idea of making the citizenry sort of an upper house, especially for constitutional issues. But most of this stuff was kicked around by Socrates and Plato, and people still disagree.   
                             
                       

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 11.1.1.2

          “…you do not understand the true nature of the system as defined by me…”

          FIFY

          • Polish Pride 11.1.1.2.1

            Take a step back look at yourself – ask why do the real problems never get fixed?????
            They are fixable so why don’t they?

            If you truly believe it will be fixed by the left vs right paradigm….. explain how….

            • Kotahi Tāne Huna 11.1.1.2.1.1

              “Fixed” – lol – like a dripping tap, perhaps?

              Things go wrong. We manage risk, or not. Government plays a significant role in deciding how we do that. If you can explain how your position is grounded in anything other than empty slogans, please do.

              • Polish Pride

                “Things go wrong. We manage risk, or not. Government plays a significant role in deciding how we do that.”

                Perfect summary of what happens now under the current system. Problem arises, risk is managed to the satisfaction of the masses to retain enough votes to get the party in question back into power. – yes that is a cynical view vut it is not too far from the truth.

                If you can explain how your position is grounded in anything other than empty slogans, please do.

                To understand why I came to the conclusion I have come to, it needs to be looked at on a global scale.
                War – There has always been war
                Historically war has and still continues to be over resources.
                Because we live in a capitalist system the reason above still holds true. However we now add to the something else that has come from Capitalism and corporations. Profit above all else.
                War is profitable for a large number of corporations. Hallibutron, Lockheed Martin, Construction Companies. These same companies have lobbyists in the halls of power overseas. These same companies have politicians and very wealthy people that have invested in them. Because of this you have an additional driver that will always result in war.

                Under Capitalism we can also see that we have an abundance (not unlimited) of resorces in many areas. ‘Planned Obselesence’ is one factor that goes towards proving this. We produce enough food to feed the world many times over. but because it is not profitable to feed the poor or Africa or insert here whoever needs to be fed…..we do not.
                Instead western countries are facuing an obesity epidemic. Why? because it IS profitable to overfeed the west.
                Look at the way things are designed under planned obselecence in the capitalist system. We have built buildings that have stood for hundreds of years yet we can’t build a mobile phine to last more than 2 years on average??
                If a part of your computer breaks it can often be cheaper to replace the entire computer rather than fix the part that has broken???

                We have people being made technologically redundant! Be it because of Computer software, automation robotics or whatever… Technology has reached a level where a person or many people can be replaced and made redundant. (I have done this in my job for almost 20 years by the way). Yet under the current system where employment and the level of it is a political football, these people MUST find a job asap in order to survive effectively.

                Child Abuse in my view is closely linked to poverty (not the only factor but an importnat one) We know the importance of a healthy home and a loving family. Yet a healthy home must be bought or rented and continuously paid for. Yet some families with very little money will be under immense pressure just trying to make ends meet. When you are under immense pressure for a sustained amount of time, human nature will look to be free of it (humans by their very nature like freedom) They will look for an escape, drugs, alcohol provide that. They are also often factors in child abuse.
                A living wage although an admirable idea is very short sighted and to deliver it you must take from others. Others who are more than likely on the opposite end of the voting spectrum (or at least to the right of centre) and they will always vote against such measures (hence the left vs right paradigm) and their party WILL eventually get back into power and things will be shifted back the other way. The living wage also is a very sad alternative to moving to a system that by its very design sets out to provide for the needs and wants of all individuals that make up the society. Such a system would also ensure a far better use of resources.
                A living wage also indicates sticking with the current addiction that we have of having to work. We know that a healthy home and loving family are very important factors in any society yet One parent spends a minimum of 9(?) hours a day away from his/her family in order for his/her family to survive in this system. Our society is now at the point where to get ahead many feel that they need to ship children off to day care and have both parents work full time.

                Environment…. ETS bullshit – If you want to fix the environment plant trees, reforest using biodiversity as would be found in nature. But no instead we have another tax!?! This will NEVER fix the problem and that is the beauty of it at least for the government. It is simply another way to extract wealth indefinitely as it will never fix the problem. This is the short version on environment

                I can go on and break down each and every topic if you want me too..

                It does not have to be this way and I mean none of it has to be this way.
                You can have a system where the goal is to free people from having to work or at least have them work a lot less. It is NOT utopian people still have to work. But the reasources are there to provide for the needs and wants of everyone. You just have to try to see and understand how the current system by its very design keeps people locked in at every single level including and especially the Left vs Right political system. It is by its very design, not able to solve the problems I have mentioned. It has by its very design to opposing and competing solutions to keep you locked into and engaged by the system. Because whilst the problems exist and keep peoples attention, they will always default to the current system looking for the solution rather than asking can the system actually provide it with the way it operates. The answer is of course No! and most will never even get to the point where they stop and ask the question.

                Now I have been to a very influential MP who many know and love. I have said If you had a way and had the power to solve these problems would you?

                He said yes of course!

                I laid out the nature of the problem

                I said I also understand the solutions required. Solutions that will provide everyone a far better world to live in.
                (now please understand the solutions are not mine a very wise man came to these solutions 20-30 years ago having lived through a world war and seeing society follow the same patterns over and over and over and decided that there must be a better way).

                He effectively told me – can’t do it we are the party that supports the Unions and or goal is to ensure people have work (more or less).

                He was not even interested in explorung the solutions to see if there was a better way for society. He was not even interested in the discussion.

                Lastly this is not his fault This took place over about 4 half hour meetings as that was all he ever had time for. This is also by the design of the system so that MPs do not have time to properly consider legislation (hence it is always easier to vote on party lines) or better alternatives even when they can solve the problems of our society rather than simply manage the risk……….

                • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                  A brief response to your essay –

                  War – cf: the trend: reduced violent deaths per capita.

                  Resources: cheap oil-based economies waste resources. Politics will be part of the transition to future energy scarcity.

                  Climate: you’ve already had your tree planting scenario fully debunked and yet here it is again: a zombie argument.

                  ETS: I share your suspicions, but I note that “cap and trade” policies helped improve US air quality.

                  The rest seems pretty vague – I think I’ll pass.

                  • Polish Pride

                    War – cf: the trend: reduced violent deaths per capita.
                    What because we haven’t had world wars – suggest you look at the real reasons wars are now waged strting with GDP

                    Resources: cheap oil-based economies waste resources. Politics will be part of the transition to future energy scarcity.
                    No it won’t because the very companies whose profits depend on those resources have too many people in their back pocket – have you not seen what is happening in this country

                    Climate: you’ve already had your tree planting scenario fully debunked and yet here it is again: a zombie argument.
                    Then you and the so called ‘debunkers’ do not understand how nature works, why we are where we are today. Ask did their paycheck depend on debunking it in favour of ETS or Cap and trade. Who was paying their salaries. Often the most interesting things about statistics and studies is the information they don’t show…..
                    I know you have no clue who I am but as a side note about 5 years ago I ent to the government to determine hwat we should do from an environmental perspective….? The response I got – We don’t know we will be looking at you to see what you do!

                    ETS: I share your suspicions, but I note that “cap and trade” policies helped improve US air quality.

                    I apologise for the essay but there are better ways. Much better ways but all are not contained by continuing with the current solution.

                    The current system can be summarised into profit above all else! This and Money can be found in every single problem that we have! Be prepared to look at solutions that do not involve money but instead focus on satisfying needs and wants and you will finally be able to solve any problem rather than just mitigate risk.

                    Unfortunately to do this you need to look at the world with a fresh set of eyes and be able to take your ego out of the equation. I know you won’t like that and I am sorry… but until then your views are somewhat tainted by your faith in said system.. sorry buddy..

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      “What because we haven’t had world wars” – no. Look up Stephen Pinker’s work.

                      Climate: “do not understand how nature works”. Oh for fuck’s sake you patronising toe-rag (I am not your “buddy”).

                      Ditto the rest of your drivel. Whenever you have stated an opinion that can be fact-checked it turns out to be wrong. Every single time. Does that not give you pause? Of course not.

                    • Polish pride

                      Do you not realise that for every bs study you present attempting to debunk tree planting as part of the solution for climate change I could find 5 times the number of references to say otherwise. Do you even understand how trees work? Please post your debunking study.

                      Fact under the current system there will always be poverty. There will always be the haves and the have nots.

                      Fact under a hierarchical system (especially capitalism) you will always have war.

                      I hope like hell I am wrong but history is unfortunately on my side it appears.
                      But then you’d rather stick with the system that places profit above all else….

                      On Steven pinker, in my life time I have seen a greater level of violence with less and less personal responsibility. He is talking about times when new lands where being discovered and their were constant battles over resources fine no problem but are you seriously trying to tell me Nz is becoming safer based on the last 40 years!?! Not from my viewpoint.

                    • Polish pride

                      That said I did watch Steven pinker give a presentation on YouTube I did find it interesting, thought provoking and even a little uplifting so thanks …

                    • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                      “You’d rather stick with the system that places profit above all else” – no – that is your self-serving misrepresentation of my position. I note that under this “system” global violence has reduced, health care and life expectancy have improved, etc etc.

                      I suspect your perceptions of the causes of war (“Capitalism”) may be somewhat simplistic.

                      The reforestation argument is not as simple as you make out – “plantations substantially reduce carbon stock in ecosystems in comparison with natural forests.” Even if it could be achieved at the scale required (I note that deforestation continues apace) it would only mitigate a fraction of the problem, and that is without even considering consequent changes to albedo. Reducing carbon emissions will be more effective.

                      I’m glad Pinker opened your eyes a bit. His work has been subject to much critical analysis and the consensus appears to be that he is right. As for whether NZ is safer, I note the observed correlation between age and perceptions of crime. How many of your opinions are subject to age bias?

                      Edit: PS: if the system puts profit above all else, whence the quadruple bottom line?

                    • Polish Pride

                      “You’d rather stick with the system that places profit above all else” – no – that is your self-serving misrepresentation of my position. I note that under this “system” global violence has reduced, health care and life expectancy have improved, etc etc.

                      Ok fair enough…. Any thoughts on shifting towards a system that aims to actively free people from having to work where possible whilst still providing access to resouyrces to ensure needs and wants are met. Thus giving people more time to do the things they’d prefer to be doing?

                      I suspect your perceptions of the causes of war (“Capitalism”) may be somewhat simplistic.

                      Possibly – I thought about this too and my views on Capitalism aren’t likely to change because of my desire to see people not having to work. I can’t see that under Capitalism without continuing ‘the haves’ and the ‘have nots’. After watching Pinker though I did think about the wars around the world and looking at the scenario in recent times did come to the conclusion that without America the world (as far as war goes) has probably reached a fairly peaceful point in time. A time that could even have no wars being waged anywhere for possibly the first time in human history.

                      The reforestation argument is not as simple as you make out – “plantations substantially reduce carbon stock in ecosystems in comparison with natural forests.” Even if it could be achieved at the scale required (I note that deforestation continues apace) it would only mitigate a fraction of the problem, and that is without even considering consequent changes to albedo. Reducing carbon emissions will be more effective.

                      I would agree with you on that. Perhaps just simply stating tree planting was misleading. I am referring to forest restoration with principles of biodiversity found in approaches such as such as permaculture and food foresting but on performed on a massive scale. All countries also have unemployed and probably a number of volunteers that could be trained in these principles, learn propogation techniques and start this. Once set up this is possibly a very cost effective method in tackling climate change as well as continuing the reduction of emissions.

                      I note the observed correlation between age and perceptions of crime. How many of your opinions are subject to age bias?
                      Possibly a lot. simple things such as seeing hitchhickers everywhere in NZ. A practice far too dangerous to do these days. Then there is what to me appears to be an increase in violent crimes by younger and younger people. That said Gangs appear to be less active when it comes to violent crime compared to a couple of decades ago.

                    • Polish Pride

                      Edit: PS: if the system puts profit above all else, whence the quadruple bottom line?
                      Under Capitalism I agree with the need for the quadruple bottom line….under Capitalism..

                      Look at America where Corporations have bought politicians. Legislation has been skewed to favour those corporations. Whether its failing banks receiving bailouts that the public pays for, Pharmacuetical companies being protected by legislative attempts to curtail natural alternatives. Oil companies still receiving tax breaks despit recording record profits when the rest of the world is suffering a depression or whatever industry you choose that has grown to have significant size and thus has political influence.

                      My concern is that these corporations and many other businesses see QBL as a cost.
                      Why pay people if you can automate. No rest breaks needed, no labor problems, no need to stop working and go home to see tghe family.
                      Why pay for better sytems that don’t impact the environment when you have paid for politicians that can water down or kill of any attempt to legislate environmental controls for your industry.
                      Why use resources prudently when it may cost me more and my competitors are not.
                      Obviously this is not sustainable and will end in the total collapse of the system. But I am not sure that they see this or care about it enough yet if they do. And if not what additional pain and suffering will humanity have to endure and what position will they be left in if they do?

                      I agree with the quadruple bottom line in the capitalist system…
                      But my preference is to have a system that focuses only on 3
                      1. Social progress which recognises the needs of everyone;
                      2. Effective protection of the environment;
                      3. Prudent use of natural resources;

                      but not
                      Maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment.

                      We have the technology available to free people from having to be employed. Unfortunately because of the way the system currently operates and allocates resources to satisfy needs and wants. You have to work. If a computer system replaces 100 people, those 100 people still have to find another job. to earn money to satisfy their needs and wants.
                      The resources they would use obviously do not dissapear from the system. They are still there and available.
                      It is time we rethought this and looked at shifting to a system that does not require people to work to survive. Eventually even money could be removed from the equation. The resources would still exist.

                      I am really sorry about the Essays I can’t find a way to communicate such a significant shift without one.

              • Polish Pride

                Oh sorry the ingredients to fix our problems

                Resource Based Economy
                Direct Democracy
                The man who decided that their must be a better way after living through a world war (possibly both) and seeing society repeat the same mistakes over and over and over.
                Jacque Fresco
                http://www.thevenusproject.com/
                Mpvie giving good explanation – Zietgiest Moving Forward free on Youtube

            • Mike 11.1.1.2.1.2

              A small start might be that we make politicians and their parties legally accountable for any promises or policy offerings, etc made during elections.

      • Polish Pride 11.1.2

        It is always about wealth redistribution. whether it is the Right or the Lefts version of it, it’s always about wealth redistribution.

        The focus of the system is wrong and needs to change. It needs to be about distribution of resources to satisfy needs and wants. Not redistribution of wealth.

    • Dr Terry 11.2

      What still calls itself the “left” NZ is the same as the USA – the choice is between the “right” and the other “right”. Will there ever be a bona fide “left” party again? Probably only through unlikely revolution.

  12. aerobubble 12

    Regulation failed, a huge hole allowed bankers to print money, and there is no legal recourse to send them to prison. This says quite clearly that there are many sitting on huge amounts of wealth who did not earn it, that government can be leveler to open these lawful money scams, and so the basic integrity of the monetary system exposed. No amount of re-legislation will stop future rot.

    Its how the system works, a breakdown in integrity leads inevitably to a general collapse in the market, aka depression, when people stop trusting money, and its worse, the money is now so irrationally virtual (phone payment), that once they remove the coins and paper, there is no backup system.

    Its called mass stupidity and its only to get worse. They had to have two world wars to stimulate some backbone into society and stop greed for its eventual consequences. Douglas and Thatcher did away with that uncommon sense.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Regulation failed,

      Not quite; if you look at the history of the 19th and early 20th century US you will see that regulation did not fail. It was simply removed/enacted to favour the financial sector. Glass Steagal is another more recent example.

      The banking lobby worked very hard over a century to get what it wanted, through the elected politicians of the day.

      It took very strong Presidents to stand up against the banksters, but eventually, from the signing of the Federal Reserve Act it was essentially all over.

      Giving private banks the ability to print and leverage money is giving too much power to a small part of the private sector to hold entire economies to ransom. Which again we saw with the 2008 GFC: “give us these bailout billions, or the banking system will crash and burn taking all of you with it! Mwahahahaha”. And it was just like that.

  13. captain hook 13

    anybody reading this mornings dompost will see Ralph Norris, ex ceo of Air New Zealand getting $9.5million for 5 months work while on the same page RAKON is proud to have done $56 million worth of business in one year.
    There seems to be a severe disjunction here between making something and ripping off the customers.

    • prism 13.1

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/7513646/Norris-receives-A-9-61m-for-final-months-at-CBA

      Former Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ralph Norris received a total
      package of A$9.61 million in his final five months at the bank, annual accounts reveal.
      The payout for Norris, who retired from the bank on November 30 last year, amounted to about $63,000 a day for that period – more than the average full-year salary of Australians.

      Are these salaries worked out on a Return on Investment basis. Or what? It just keeps churning out for these big boys and girls if they can organise it. There is something about the salary regime that goes to the head, ‘I’m worth it’.

      About the Rakon report -
      Shares in Rakon surged today after the Auckland firm said could quadruple its sales to Chinese technology manufacturer Huawei to US$56 million (NZ$70m) over the next five years.
      Rakon, which makes crystal oscillators, will today sign a letter of intent with Huawei – which will use the components in its smartphones, smart devices and infrastructure programmes.

      • Tom Gould 13.1.1

        Frankly, I don’t give a damn how much a handful of our local bank CEOs get paid in salary and bonus. They had the smarts over the last few years to stick to plain old fashioned banking. Gotta be worth a hat tip at least?

        • tc 13.1.1.1

          ‘plain old fashioned banking’ a.k.a ensuring you never lose and if you do the taxpayer underwrites it and they didn’t have the smarts Tom there simply was no alternative as they had gov’ts watching and a dead economic situation so back to basics was obvious.
          Sounds like you may have shares Tom as that’s the other big winners, pity about the customers.

          • Tom Gould 13.1.1.1.1

            @ tc, the decisions to stick to ‘plain old fashioned banking’ were made when the economy was doing well, when the overseas banks were going nuts. That level of prudence and caution was not entirely due to regulatory constraint, so I have no problem with giving them some credit for it.

            • KJT 13.1.1.1.1.1

              The decision by the Aussie banks to stick to old fashioned banking was forced on them by Paul Keating.

        • mike e 13.1.1.2

          Yeah Right T Gould farmers and big companies that export and rely on eurobor liebor nippionbor etc, are spewing tom that their profits have been compromised by these very banks yes the Aussie banks were involved too ,time for the SFO and commerce commission .
          Likewise the Aussie Securities commission should be looking hard.

  14. RedBat 14

    Even for an old socialist like me, this blog is a dirty, immoral place of force, dogma and the Dunning-Kruger effect.

  15. Dr Terry 15

    The filthy rich will get yet filthier, when before too long they turn to ash or buried bones. Even they have yet to find a way to beat this!

  16. Wayne 16

    It is not a valid comparison to compare CEO’s income to the average per capita income. Comparing like with like means comparing average incomes of full time workers with CEO’s. That works out to around $40,000, (Stats NZ). And that is the average of all workers, not the age cohort from which CEO’s are drawn, which will be higher than the average.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      Everybody works and works hard. Considering only paid employment is to restrictive.

  17. Michael 17

    Aristotle got it right, in Book V of his “Nicomachean Ethics”, when he wrote that distributive justice must be geometrically proportional. Admittedly, his writing on this point is obscure, but I think it means that Aristotle reckons the proper proportion, or ratio, of wealth between richest and poorest is 4:1. In other words, the richest person in the community must not be more than 4 times richer than the poorest person in the community. Of course, Aristotle excluded women and slaves from his calculations, entirely, but even so, it is apparent that our current distribution of wealth, and resulting levels of inequality, are grossly unjust, from an Aristotelian perspective, at least. What has this got to do with 21st century NZ? Aristotle’s point is that democracy cannot be sustained amid conditions of gross inequality (more than 4:1, if my reading is correct), and that the polity degenerates into oligarchy (the few oppressing the many), after which the oppressed turn to a tyrant to slaughter the oligarchs. IMHO, we are now well into the oligarchic stage of government. I don’t know if it is possible to regress back into democracy, or whether we must endure tyranny first, but I guess we’ll find out.

    • Gosman 17.1

      The trouble is there isn’t much in the way of evidence that increased wealth gives you more in the way of influence in election outcomes. If there was then your hypothesis would make more sense.

      • Polish Pride 17.1.1

        Ummm Gos have you followed the US elections……!?!

        • Phil 17.1.1.1

          Gosman’s got it right – there’s actually more evidence to favour the idea that money follows electoral popularity. That is; the candidate that has the best chance of winning to begin with is the one that gets the campaign contributions. This appears true at a corporate as well as individual donor level.

          I’d recommend hunting down the Freakonomics podcast on the subject of elections and campaign spending. It includes a good line from Rudy Guiliani which goes something like “all other things being equal, I’d rather be the guy with more money. But having more money doesn’t help if you don’t spend it wisely.”

          • fatty 17.1.1.1.1

            “there’s actually more evidence to favour the idea that money follows electoral popularity. That is; the candidate that has the best chance of winning to begin with is the one that gets the campaign contributions.”

            Can you provide a link to that evidence please?

      • North 17.1.2

        Just have a look at recent history Gosman. Kiwi Dotcom had bucks. Botox had the spot (potentially). KDC’s bucks promised Botox a smoother ride to the spot. Wouldn’t Botox view KDC very kindly if, with the support of KDC’s bucks, he Botox, made the spot.

        Botox is a bottom-dweller not essentially unlike Garrett and Love Perks Rodney. Of course he would.

        We’re not complete idiots, even if still and even now, after all that’s happened, old Botox has the gall to lecture us ! Money doesn’t buy influence ? Bah !

        A right wing article of faith.

      • Mike 17.1.3

        Oh for goodness sakes, why the fuck would any corporation or person give huge sums of money to political campaigns then? Can you really convince yourself that a corporation like say Sky City for example, donates money to politicians and political parties simply because they want to give away some of their profit for no particular reason? Of course you can’t. (Well, if you can then you need to try expanding your thinking to include the critical kind)

        What more evidence do you need, for example than in that beacon of democracy, the USA, where BILLIONS of dollars of corporate cash fund political campaigns. Of course they give away their money for fun, they don’t expect or get anything in return. You know as well as any normally functioning human being that the more wealthy the corporation or person, then the more the means and capability of political influence.

        If I am a foreigner with millions of dollars to invest in New Zealand, I can easily get permission to live and operate here. If I am a foreigner with no money to invest in New Zealand, will I find it just as easy to come and live here? No, of course not because money buys political influence, in this case immigration.

        At the other extreme, If I pay $10 and join the labour party, I will have far better chance of gaining access to and putting viewpoints to labour party politicians than if I don’t have $10 to join the party. So even at the very small money end, increased wealth (a spare 10 bucks) will buy me more political influence. (than no 10 bucks)

    • North 17.2

      Thank you Michael. You have really made me think.

    • Herodotus 17.3

      From “The Persian Expedition” – Xenophon book 7 ch 2 the pay gap of foot soldier to generals 380 bc “ each soldier a starter of Cyzicus every month, double pay for a captain and 4 times as much for a general …” Now way back 2400 years there was a very flat pay scale from the boss down to those who were arrow and chariot fodder !!!
      – A wee history lesson on pay scales.
      Sometimes those old timers had a better perspective on things !!

  18. Herodotus 18

    IMO most coys succeed by good fortune, or right place right time. Good CEO’s that I have worked for “lead”
    http://www.shirlawsonline.com/editorials/1-are-you-a-good-ceo
    most at best are adequate most …….. hopefully cause little damage.
    It’s those golden handouts that get me… Paid out for failure. I wonder how many lower down the food chain are treated wg=hen they are let go for reasons of restructuring or a down turn in the economy?
    http://nz.finance.yahoo.com/news/reynolds-gets-1-75m-termination-200240143.html
    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2010/03/05/gordon-campbell-gattung’s-attack-on-telecom/
    “…but her own $3 million package was OK and the $5.4 million payout she received in 2007 was also value for money” Love to hear the CEO’s support for all those contracted out
    The Legitimacy of CEO Pay: The Discourse of Telecom, the Media and the Public
    http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/bitstream/10092/6219/1/12636336_TelecomCeoPay-WorkingPaper.pdf
    At least these incomes that are “earned” are taxed. So NZ inc benefits from 28% of this income. Unlike those who accumulate wealth from other untaxed sources.

  19. KJT 19

    Already commented on this here.

    http://kjt-kt.blogspot.co.nz/2011/04/kia-ora-corporatism-and-neo-liberalism.html

    “”The idea that individual shareholders, managers or directors are the main contributors to the success of a corporation, and thence the economy. And deserve the greatest share of the rewards. The jobs and income of all other employees and State servants is a generous charitable gift from these people.

    Except, maybe in the case of genuine entrepreneurs, we all know this is not true.

    Many corporations and State or private enterprises run despite management, not because of them. In fact the constant parade of new brooms trying to make a name for themselves, with rapid changes and cost cutting, cause competent staff to resign and demoralise the rest.””

  20. Polish pride 20

    Everything I have said is wrong!?! Interesting I guess on your planet war is no more. Poverty no longer exists. And you don’t have any environmental problems etc. etc.
    Difference is I have the ability to look and see what is happening in the world and can think for myself. As a result I can see better options. You on the other hand are so blinkered to the flaws of the current system that you cannot see them. I wonder party member by any chance!?! I don’t believe the bs the govt shovels. You clearly still do. I also don’t want to wait another 50 – 100 years to solve problems than can be fixed now. Even if that means changing from your preslcious elected dictatorship model. You have completely missed the message and when you wake up in 15 years to find bugger all has changed it will be because of the current left vs right paradigm but you’ll still be scratching your head thinking if only everyone would vote left. I was where you are several years ago… Then I woke up. Well done on confirming your inability to take your ego out of the equation – your little bit about pointing out I’m not your buddy… That’s your ego :). The bit about me being a patronizing toe rag ( not my intention btw so apologies for that) but that is also your ego!

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 20.1

      War – one word – Pinker. Your perceptions proved inaccurate.
      Poverty – again, great improvements over the last 150 years – look up Hans Rosling’s video presentations. Check your perceptions.
      Environmental problems – reforestation looks good but falls over in reality. For one thing, massive die-off of existing forests is now in progress – Pine Bark Beetles ring a bell?

      I am acutely aware of the “flaws of the current system” – it is you who are wearing blinkers as to its benefits.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 20.2

      PS: you were the one who started with the “buddy” business. Does that make you an egotist or a hypocrite? Check your perceptions.

  21. locus 21

    just assuming that a CEO in NZ is on about 270k per annum and continues to get a 9% payrise per year.

    And assuming a teacher is earning 50k per annum (an average NZ wage) and gets a 3% payrise annually.

    By 2020 the CEO will be earning $538k and the teacher $63k i.e. $475k wage gap

    By 2030 the CEO will be earning $1,273,000 and the teacher $85,000 i.e. $1,188,000 wage gap

    • RedBat 21.1

      Perhaps it is better to be a CEO.

      • locus 21.1.1

        it’s always ‘bettter’ for the top 0.1 percent of society …

        But the point of this discussion is that it’s time the 99.9 % put a stop to this s*it and changed the game so income is distributed more fairly. Let’s say we introduce a labour law which limits the money and other rewards paid to a CEO to 5 times the pay of the office cleaner.

        And guess what…. it would still be ‘better’ to be a CEO.

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    As I write, the conflict in Gaza has seen yet another ceasefire deal squandered, with more death and destruction. Israel has repeatedly claimed its right to self-defence as justification for ‘Operation Protective Edge’. That claim is supported by leading Western...
    frogblog | 31-07
  • Murray McCully’s taxpayer-funded pissups
    Today was the last day of Parliament before the election, so naturally the government used it as cover to dump the quarterly Ministerial expenses reports. The media picked up pretty quickly on Tim Groser's $300 dinner of foie gras, (endangered)...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • STOP BOMBING ALREADY!!! (Leaked White House Transcript. 30 July 2014, EST )
    Gaza, an open-air prison? Israel’s $3 billion-a-year welfare check threatened? America scolds Israel? STOP THE PRESS!!! A leaked White House transcript of a heated phone-call earlier today reveals that US President Barack Obama told Israel’s Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to...
    Snoopman News | 31-07
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #31A
    10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change A carbon tax that's good for business? Alaska communities at highest risk from ocean acidification Climate criminality': Australia OKs biggest coal mine IPCC climate change report's findings must be...
    Skeptical Science | 31-07
  • Poll of Polls update – 31 July 2014
    Roy Morgan has just released their latest poll, and finally there’s some relatively good news for the Left! It certainly didn’t take long for Micky Savage at the Standard to have a quick half-gloat… Or Martyn Bradbury at the Daily...
    Occasionally erudite | 31-07
  • Is the Gaza conflict going to resolve differently this time?
    The world witnesses yet another tragic spectacle of the perennial Israel /Palestine war over Gaza. There are the appalling pictures of dead and injured children in schools and hospitals. Enormous explosions are seen on our screens where multi-story buildings are...
    Pundit | 31-07
  • Parliament rises on a good note, thanks to some meddling kids
    The above video provides a good introduction to the slavery conditions of workers on foreign charter vessels fishing in NZ waters, as well as the Christchurch Anglican church’s involvement in it. While the Government took a while to act on the problem,...
    Cut your hair | 31-07
  • Stuart’s 100 #4: Aotea Arts District
    Stuart’s 100 continues: 4: Aotea Arts District What if Aotea felt like an Arts District? The area around Aotea Square is home to a surprising number of performing arts venues. I say surprising because it’s not often that you feel...
    Transport Blog | 31-07
  • The Māori Party and slave-fishing
    In the early C19th, when William Wilberforce was camapigning to abolish slavery in Britain's colonial posessions, he met with strong opposition from the British establishment. Few of his opponents were bold enough to say that they actually approved of slavery....
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Colin and Jamie walked into a bar …
    A quick couple of points about some typically nutty stories provided by everyone's favourite comic puchlines - the Conservative and Act Parties....
    Pundit | 31-07
  • Our Work and Wages policy
    I want New Zealand to be the fairest, most decent, society in the world. To get there we need to grow the economy. But we also need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get ahead. That’s because...
    Labour campaign | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill today 31 July 2014 reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    MUNZ | 31-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    MUNZ | 31-07
  • Purge! Trotter vs Quin vs Labour
    In the last couple of days there have been two columns looking beyond the election to, in the eyes of the authors, the inevitable internecine Labour blood-sports that follow. Each has a purge to propose. Phil Quin thinks Labour is...
    Polity | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey. Tertiary education is full of...
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-07
  • Fiji: The law means nothing II
    Last month, we saw how Fiji's electoral law works in practice, when the supervisor of elections was instructed to register dictator Voreqe Bainimarama's "Fiji First" party despite the name being similar to that of the wound-up One Fiji - an...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Unbelievable
    Why didn't Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully act sooner in the Malaysian diplomat case? Because he couldn't be arsed reading his email:DAVID SHEARER (Labour - Mt Albert) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did his office receive an email at...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • The last day
    Today is the last day of Parliament for the term. After spending the morning on non-controversial legislation - including apparently the anti-slave-fishing bill - the House will have its last Question Time and then an adjournment debate. And then they'll...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Traffic still at 2007 levels
    Gerry Brownlee’s media release yesterday trumpeted up traffic levels in 2013 surpassing those in 2012 – apparently this is a sign of New Zealand’s economic recovery that we’re driving a bit more. Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says increases in vehicle...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Oily pigs at the trough
    We all know that National MP Simon Bridges is a lackey for the oil and gas industry. But what wasn't readily apparent is just how much taxpayer's money the Energy and Resources Minister is willing to throw at his oil...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • World News Brief, Thursday July 31
    Top of the AgendaRussia Reacts to New U.S., EU Sanctions...
    Pundit | 30-07
  • God Save The People!
    THE WORDS to When Wilt Thou Save The People? were written in 1827 by the "Corn Law Rhymer", Ebenezer Elliott. The refrain, "God Save the People!", is, of course, the radical working-class agitator's rejoinder to "God Save the King!"Elliott's song became the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-07
  • Why ACT always needs to play the race card
    During the 2011 election Don Brash was leader of the ACT Party, and he did something really stupid and crazy, but also rather admirable: Act leader Don Brash is calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying prohibition of the drug has...
    DimPost | 30-07
  • Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research
    In my last post (Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh) I described how Declan Waugh (a self-professed “scientist and fluoride researcher”) badly misrepresented data from a Finnish study which had concluded the prevalence of ailments attributed to fluoridation were “likely connected...
    Open Parachute | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution.
    Challenging The Conventional Wisdom: The Labour Right believes the party can only succeed by conforming to the prevailing political and socioeconomic orthodoxy; the Labour Left understands that the whole point of the party is to challenge and change it.PHIL QUIN writes a...
    Bowalley Road | 30-07
  • Who wins the Education Debate ?: UMR and Herald-Digi Polls on Quality Teach...
    Herald-DigiPollThe Herald have just released further results from a Herald-DigiPoll (part of their Mid July political poll), which finds that "New Zealanders would rather money was spent on improving teaching standards" - ostensibly National's position - "than on reducing class...
    Sub zero politics | 30-07
  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher
    Earlier this week, Act Party leader Jamie Whyte notified the world that he had delivered a speech entitled Race has no place in the law and, it seemed, sat back in anticipation of plaudits for his tremendous argument.Sadly, the next...
    Public Address | 30-07
  • Policymaking in a hyperglobalised world
    Speech to a conference of the Industry Training Federation and Polytechnics, 31 July 2014 First, some context. We are living through a turbulent decade. One element is the coming of age of a disruptive technology, digital technology, which is turning...
    Colin James | 30-07
  • Scientists criticise National Science Challenges
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 25 Radio New Zealand has used an official information request to expose serious unrest among scientists this week over the way the government is handling its NationalScienceChallenges project. The...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • League tables due out this week
    The TertiaryEducation Commission will publish 2013 educational performance indicators (EPIs) this week. The information ranks universities, polytechnics and wānanga institutions on their performance against the criteria, and inevitably morphs into league tables. However, TEU...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Joyce monitoring, not acting, on loan cuts
    The tertiary education minister Steven Joyce dodged a question last week about whether he would exempt medical students from the seven-year limit on student loans. Answering a written parliamentary question from Green MP Holly...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Whanganui prisoners want automotive course back
    Prisoners who want to study at UCOL are the subject of a fierce debate between TEU’s UCOL branch president Tina Smith and Whanganui MP Chester Borrows. Chester Borrows told the Wanganui Chronicle last week that...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Fascinating chart on global income change
    Last year Joseph Stiglitz, Prof James K Galbraith, and Branko Milanovic presented a paper that included the following graph, which set the economics world all a-twitter: It shows the change in income around the world in roughly the first 20...
    Polity | 30-07
  • Nurses celebrate partial victory for new grads
    Nurses celebrated yesterday when they learned their 7000 signature petition had helped pressure the government into funding a further 200 more positions in the nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Adjournment Speech
    Speech – Mana Party Itd be nice to be able to say that for all the differences between us and this National government and its coalition partners, the last three years had seen our country come out of the Global...
    Its our future | 30-07
  • Development opportunities after CRL: Will Newton become a second Newmarket?
    A couple of weeks ago Auckland Council quietly released a new version of its Capacity for Growth Study. The CFG study is an important and interesting document – it models the potential for future residential and business development under current...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay Exemplifies National’s Governance
    This National led Government is strong on ideology, weak on process and reluctant to accept responsibility. The Novopay debacle exemplifies all of these well.When questioned about Novopay, National Ministers will never accept full responsibility. Initially the Government blamed Labour because they...
    Local Bodies | 30-07
  • Labour’s living wage announcement welcome news for public servants
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the...
    PSA | 30-07
  • Novopay debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house. Glenn Barclay, PSA...
    PSA | 30-07
  • Israel celebrates killing of children
    As the Israeli bombardment and occupation of Gaza intensifies with Unicef estimating that 230 Palestinian children have been killed to date, the international response to numerous Israeli war crimes appears to be floundering. Although an investigation will be conducted, without...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • A video has emerged showing far-right Israeli protesters celebrating the death of children in Gaza in Tel Aviv this weekend.The protesters, who were picketing a much larger anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night, can be seen...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • Novopay triumph for government
    Today the National government announced the future plans for the troubled education payroll system Novopay. The system has had a rough ride since it was implemented almost two years ago. At parliament today the Cabinet Minister for Fixing Up Really Bad...
    My Thinks | 30-07
  • Stuart’s 100 #3: Plane Tree Avenues
    Stuart Houghton’s 100 ideas for Auckland continues 3: Plane Tree Avenues Franklin Road, with its historic plane trees, is one of the most loved streets in Auckland. What if plane tree avenues defined all the major city fringe streets? This...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Too Much some recent articles on Inequality
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    Closing the Gap | 30-07
  • From truffle to light crude; oil doesn’t come cheap
    The Governments oil salesman Simon Bridges just can’t catch a break these days. Whether it’s having to admit that he’d never even heard of NZ’s largest forest park (Victoria FP) which he’d just opened up to drillers or getting stick...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-07
  • Submit on the Draft Parking Discussion Document
    Auckland Transport have had their Draft Parking Discussion Document (2mb file) out for consultation over the last couple of months, but this closes at midnight on Thursday. This covers the full range of parking issues around the city, including on-street, off-street and park...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Reaching out to voters
    This is going to be the biggest grassroots campaign we’ve ever run. A couple of weeks ago I shared some of the stats from our voter outreach programme with the media. It’s campaign activity that’s often hidden from view, but...
    Labour campaign | 30-07
  • Nick Smith hides shameful vacant house numbers
    Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has lodged an official complaint against Housing Minister Nick Smith with Parliament’s Speaker for refusing to release data on the number of vacant state houses around the country. “Nick Smith is clearly embarrassed by the...
    Labour | 31-07
  • GC Star supports Beyer +video
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer. In a short video clip, Waititi announces that he supports “the iconic and the wonderful” Beyer in her bid for New Zealand’s...
    Mana | 31-07
  • Mana supports the Silent Leaders Challenge
    “Tomorrow I will be participating in a challenge to break the silence about hearing loss”, said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “I’m doing it to feel what it is that those who are hearing-impaired face every day”...
    Mana | 31-07
  • ADJOURNMENT SPEECH – MP Hone Harawira
    It’d be nice to be able to say that for all the differences between us and this National government and its coalition partners, the last three years had seen our country come out of the Global Financial Crisis with a...
    Mana | 31-07
  • Evidence refutes doomsday wages predictions
    Minister of Labour Simon Bridges should cut the tired old rhetoric about rises in the minimum wage causing job losses and understand New Zealand has a serious problem with low wages and working poverty that needs to be addressed, Labour’s...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all
    Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Mr Joyce deliberately obfuscated and refused to answer questions on the actual connection numbers...
    Labour | 31-07
  • McCully’s excuses in tatters
    New evidence has emerged today that shows Mr McCully’s excuses for not knowing about the Malaysian diplomat case don’t stack up, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “Mr McCully said he had received no information about the Malaysian diplomat...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Poisons Centre 50 years; celebration or wake?
    The Government’s plan to roll a number of helpline services together looks set to proceed with disastrous consequences, Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark says.  Latest reports suggest Australian company Medibank is the most likely provider....
    Labour | 31-07
  • Green Party statement on passing of FCV legislation
    The Green Party congratulates all parties in Parliament for supporting the completion of the Foreign Chartered Vessel legislation.Legislation passed today ensuring the end of a shameful era of human rights abuses under successive governments and several fishing companies."Human rights and...
    Greens | 31-07
  • Govt must condemn Israel’s killing of civilians in Gaza
    The New Zealand Government must condemn Israel for its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that continues to inflict massive civilian casualties, the Green Party said today.At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp...
    Greens | 31-07
  • Veterans short-changed by new Act
    National Government reasons for rejecting a recommendation by the Law Commission to give veterans a payment to cover funeral expenses don’t stack up, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff. The Veterans’ Support Bill passed its Third Reading in Parliament...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Labour will establish Centres of Vocational Excellence
    A Labour Government will set up Centres of Vocational Excellence to boost training and innovation in industries that are vital to our economy and our regions, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics play a...
    Labour | 31-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Health Minister Tony Ryall has just announced the...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing vessels in New Zealand waters before the end of the Parliamentary term, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Ae Marika! 29 July 2014
    It wasn’t till I read John Armstrong’s column in the NZ Herald last week that I realised what a huge impact the Internet MANA tour has had, but the reality is that we achieved what no other political party has...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Eight children were killed in Gaza last night, they were playing in an...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    The end of the disastrous Novopay system must not serve as a stalking horse for the next big threat National poses to schools - the bulk funding of teacher salaries, the Green Party said today."Today's announcement that the National Government...
    Greens | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “That will put around...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue the failed payroll system two years after it was introduced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says....
    Labour | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics New Zealand’s latest building consent figures show consents in Auckland are down for the second month...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world's smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui's dolphin. The plan is the third component of the Party's environmental priority this election: clean rivers and beaches.The key policy points in...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media rele...
    The government is fudging the figures over Wellington road project, Transmission Gully, the Green Party said today.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said today it had let the contract to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for "a net present cost...
    Greens | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    New Zealand needs to listen to Pacific Island leaders when it comes to climate change action, said the Green Party today. Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is rife at the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit which commenced today...
    Greens | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government's attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows National will stop at nothing to open up our coastlines to deep sea oil, the Green Party said today.The article outlines...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the...
    Labour | 29-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Jamie Whyte loses the plot and why this is Dame Devoy’s finest hour
    I was a damningly critical voice over Dame Susan Devoy’s appointment as the Race Relations Commissioner, but her righteous condemnation of Jamie Whyte’s farcical statement that Maori somehow have the same legal privilege of 17th Century French Aristocracy is such a courageous stance...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour jumps 6.5 points up to 30%, National tumble
    Latest Roy Morgan Poll: National down to 46%, Labour up to 30%, Greens down to 12%, NZ First down to 5%, Maori Party up to 1.5%, Internet MANA up to 2,5%, ACT, United Future and Conservatives stay unchanged. To take into...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • What is the nature of satire? Issues for the Human Rights Commission as the...
    Congratulations to Fairfax media for their detailed coverage of the current Human Rights Commission case being asserted by Louisa Wall that Al Nisbet’s cartoons were racist and deserved censure. Pity Fairfax published the cartoons in the first place however. The Human...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free s...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auckland consents down second month in a row National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York
    Ummmmmmm. What? An email to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office about former Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail invoking diplomatic immunity remained unopened for weeks – allegedly because communications were limited as the minister travelled to New York. So Muzza...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The infallible NZ Police
    You would think 44 years after one of their own framed an innocent man by planting evidence that the NZ Police would admit they got it wrong. Not so. The whitewash report yesterday into the Crewe murders does the usual...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?
    Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said. 1 – That easy-Maori-University-entry chestnut is one of the worst examples the right...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming
    Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. For the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?
    Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Mr Fixit is broken – Novopay becomes Neverpay
    There are deals so poorly agreed to with the barest amount of oversight green lighted for ideological reasons so mangled and damaged that not even Steven ‘Mr Fixit’ Joyce can dress it up beyond the turd cake it is. Novopay is one...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Right-wing – strong on crime!
    . . National, ACT, and the Right, generally, are renowned for being “tough on crime”. What follows are just a few examples,  to illustrate National/ACT’s “toughness”. . . Ms Hauiti isn’t the first MP to mis-use tax-payer’s money, and most...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.
    PHIL QUIN writes a mean political column. His long-standing connections to the right of the New Zealand Labour Party are extensive and strong. When he writes about politics, especially electoral politics, it is from personal experience and with considerable authority....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Seafood NZ Says Kaikoura Conservation Legislation a Template
    Seafood New Zealand has hailed the passage of the Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill by Parliament today as a template for seafood and environment conservation measures throughout New Zealand. Parliament passed the bill into law on the last...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura Welcomes Third Reading of Bill
    Whale Watch Kaikoura General Manager Kauahi Ngapora today welcomed the third reading of the Kaikōura (Te Tai ō Marokura) Marine Management Bill....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal
    NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)
    Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%
    National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%)...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Study could be used to counter high suicide rates
    Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step
    Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill
    Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe
    With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • GC Star Supports Beyer
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • New ACC Executive appointments announced
    ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony
    Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush
    A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. – Closing the Gap
    Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign
    Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Petition generates progress for new nurses
    Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza
    “Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
    Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory"....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August
    Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say
    The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit
    Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act
    The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre
    Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels
    New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
    Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Time to lift unliveable wage rates
    The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’
    In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift
    Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage
    Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful
    Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality
    The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues
    In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe
    Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins
    Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue
    As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work
    Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza
    As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said,...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years
    Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • 100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
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