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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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    Top of the AgendaTensions Flare in Jerusalem...
    Pundit | 31-10
  • Guest post: Plain English is radical
    @aaronincognito is an anonymous soulless bureaucrat who blogs at fundamentallyuseless.wordpress.com. Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem...
    On the Left | 31-10
  • Long past time
    The Dominion-Post reports that the government is considering wiping past convictions for homosexuality. Good. As a guest-poster to On The Left has recently explained, living with a criminal conviction isn't easy; employers and agencies will simply dump applications from people...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Define Instruments Expands into South Africa
    It’s always great to see companies grow – and Define Instruments recently took their first big leap. The team has followed existing international sales by setting up a South African office. It’s the first of many new overseas offices we hope to...
    Lance Wiggs | 31-10
  • MacLennan on fixing the OIA
    Journalist and lawyer Catriona MacLennan has some suggestions on Fixing Official Information Act Abuses . She identifies three problems with the law: lack of resources to enforce the law; deliberate flouting of the act; and inadequate understanding of the legislation...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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