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100% Stupid

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, December 8th, 2011 - 51 comments
Categories: climate change, Conservation, Mining, national - Tags: , ,

Is the John Key Party actively trying to trash New Zealand’s fragile “100% Pure” brand?

Pushing for mining on Schedule 4 conservation land, a slow response to the Rena spill, pushing for off shore drilling, delaying the ETS, polluted lakes and rivers, breaking a promise and pushing on with coal mining  on conservation land at Denniston Plateau.  And now this:

Warning over DOC cuts

Staff and resourcing cuts at the Conservation Department will send more species to extinction and cost the country its 100 per cent pure brand, a group of top academics is warning the Government.

More than 100 scientists who are at the top of their field in the areas of conservation and biology have today sent a letter of caution to the Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and DOC director general Al Morrison.

“Recessions come and go: extinction is forever,” they said.

In September, DOC confirmed it would cut 96 jobs over the next six months in a restructure aimed at saving $7.5 million.

In addition, the agency has not been able to guarantee more jobs will not be cut following pressure from the Government on the public sector to make more savings. …

Read the open letter to Wilkinson here.  Note the calibre and institutions of the 107 scientists who have signed it.  Weep for the futility of trying to reason with Nats.  No doubt Key will just tell them, as he did while trashing our  brand on HardTalk, that he could easily find scientists with another opinion.  (He never did put up when called on that one by the way.)

$7.5 Million is small change.  It’s a Treasury rounding error on their next (inevitably lowered) growth prediction.  And for the sake of saving $7.5 Million the John Key Party is prepared to further tarnish a brand that is calculated to be worth $18.4 billion (and put 96 more people out of work to boot).  That’s 100% Stupid.

 

51 comments on “100% Stupid”

  1. John Dalley 1

    It iks my beleif, that in the years to come, John Key will be seen as one of the worst and incompetent leaders of New Zealand. This plonker clearly has no clue.

  2. Jester 2

    I understand that he has been nominated as NZer of the Year again. I guess you won’t be voting for him this year Mr Dalley?

    • Campbell Larsen 2.1

      That just illustrates the flaws in a selection process that would even contemplate granting such an award to a politician, who due to their job description is able to access an extraordinary amount of exposure in the media. In addition it is quite simply ridiculous to grant him accolades when
      (a) He is just doing a job, and poorly at that if you ask approximately half of NZ that wanted to fire him.
      (b) There are actually people out there that work hard on behalf of their communities or achieve great deeds that do not receive $400k plus perks every year and whom we would be far better off celebrating.
      These awards should be about recognizing people that do good, and not as just another PR exercise for a corrupt politician. As with so many things it seems that the U.S.A has set an unfortunate and highly questionable precedent with these bogus awards being given to leaders of political parties and NZ meekly follows with nary a whimper as we trot towards the abyss.

      • Ari 2.1.1

        Actually, it’s about a third of us who want to fire him, a third who want to keep him, and a third who don’t really have an opinion or can’t be bothered to vote.

        The scary thing?

        That’s comparable numbers with revolutionary America declaring independence.

  3. John Dalley 3

    We’ll see if he in NZ,er of the year in 3 years time.

  4. vto 4

    Shrink the Dept of Conservation and expand the Dept of Mines and Irrigation.

    nutshell.

    nutjobs.

  5. RobM 5

    from John Key’s Greatest Hits:

    Put another cow in the paddock
    Boil me up some water from the stream . . .

  6. marsman 6

    100% stupid. 100% nasty. 100% punitive. 100% destructive.

  7. King Kong 7

    Never seen before. Scientists who fear that funding may disappear from their field suggest alarming results if this happens.

    Personally I stand with them because if there is not enough funding to measure the average penis size of the MacGregor Skink then the environment will collapse in on itself.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      So you don’t give a shit about the falseness of our 100% pure branding then?

      • King Kong 7.1.1

        Our 100% pure branding has been bullshit for a very long time.

        Keep the key tourist sites free of litter and don’t build mega highways through the middle of them and no one will know the difference.

        I can’t imagine there is a potential German tourist sitting there sifting through the PM10 emmission data for Nelson and saying “Zis ist unacceptably high. Zis ist not pure, das ist eine lying swinehund”

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1

          That confirms you are OK with the undermining of our 100% pure brand.

          FYI – Europeans (and especially Germans) are far more aware of environmental issues than the average New Zealander.

          • King Kong 7.1.1.1.1

            What I am saying is don’t concrete over the conservation estate but giving a couple of bearded mongs the flick won’t make a blind bit of diffence to brand perception.

            • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.1.1.1

              No, what you’re actually saying is that you’re bloody stupid.

              We actually do need those scientists and conservation people to research our environment so that we can determine what the limits are that we need to live within. We have already surpassed these limits as the pollution of our rivers and lakes from farming proves.

              • King Kong

                So you are saying we need these people to research limits that we have already passed?

                Don’t want to seem pedantic but you were the one accusing me of being stupid.

                • uke

                  We already know we are over the limit. How far is one matter requiring clarification. The consequences of doing nothing or not enough is another.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  We still need the research so that we can pull our society back into sustainability. Ignoring the fact that we’ve gone beyond what’s sustainable won’t help.

                  You are stupid as you just proved – again.

            • felix 7.1.1.1.1.2

              ♫ Gotta pay the troll toll to get in ♪…

        • Afewknowthetruth 7.1.1.2

          KK.

          ‘Our 100% pure branding has been bullshit for a very long time.’

          Nearly correct.

          Our 100% pure branding has been 100% bullshit from the outset.

        • Sunny 7.1.1.3

          I have hosted WWOOf travellers for 8 years. I can assure you that we’re not fooling them with the ‘100% Pure’ bullshit. By the time they get down to my part of the country they’re shocked and outraged. John Key…. Bull Shitter in Chief.

    • Afewknowthetruth 7.2

      HH

      I think you may have watched too many episodes of Dr Who or Star Tek and your brain has became infected with technofantasy disease, whereby you actually believe that humans can live on a planet devoid of nature.

  8. Shona 8

    And as an acknowledged expert in this field KK , despite years of measuring your own todger daily it has never failed to disappoint . Take your tragic projection BS and F*** O**

  9. Afewknowthetruth 9

    ‘Is the John Key Party actively trying to trash New Zealand’s fragile “100% Pure” brand?’

    No. He is just desperately trying to prevent the NZ division of the Global Ponzi Scheme falling over before he gets to a position at Goldman Sachs or the UN.

    The policies Key implements have much in common with those of George W Bush. And it is worth remembering that ‘the shrub’ had a public approval rating of around 80% at one stage . The propaganda worked extremely well for a while.

    It’s not Key who is stupid, it’s the ordinary folk of NZ who believe his lies and support him who are stupid. They’ll learn the hard way, just as Americans did during Bush’s the second term of his reign of terror.

    Jester’s comment reminds me. Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize for ramping up one war and starting another. Key could be in the running for a Nobel Prize for Economics.

    It gets more Orwellian by the day.

  10. insider 10

    Sad fact of life is that we have a global recession, huge debt and the govt is making cuts everywhere. DoC is not immune. And the overly emotive ‘100% will be ruined’ plea smacks of attempted manipulation

    • felix 10.1

      Not everywhere, insider.

      • insider 10.1.1

        Well PArliamentary salaries have been immune I know, but where else? It’s my understanding from friends in PS finance roles that the govt has been capping funding for some time.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          $300M found and fine for South Canterbury Finance insider rich pricks

        • felix 10.1.1.2

          Plenty of money for tax cuts to the rich.

          Plenty of money for holiday highways.

          Plenty of money to subsidize polluters.

        • vto 10.1.1.3

          “the govt is making cuts everywhere”

          Bullshit, and just to add some examples to those already provided, being;

          no. 1 Pay rises for themselves just a few weeks ago.
          no. 2 $1,700,000,000.00 for South Canterbury Finance.
          no. 3 Billions in tax cuts for the top income earners.
          no. 4 Expanded Department of Mining.
          no. 5 $400,000,000.00 for farmers irrigation projects (because they can’t get the private sector to invest in – must be a good deal eh).
          no. 6 $35,000,00.00 in deferred payment for Joyce’s previous business Mediaworks.

          … please add ….

          So don’t believe it when they way cuts need to be made. They lie through their teeth. You can see it in their eyes.

          • mik e 10.1.1.3.1

            $ 2billion lost a year for extra benefits.175,000 extra jobs yeah right
            $4 billion lost a year to pay interest only on extra debt.
            $2.7 billion lost revenue from tax cuts.
            $6 billion a year lost by doing nothing about child poverty.
            $5to6 billion lost a year on doing nothing about alcohol problem.
            Govt got no money wonder why!

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      We have a global recession due to delusional economics systems that the world governments, at the behest of Washington, put in place and that this government is actually making worse by implementing more of the same. No, DoC isn’t immune to the stupidity but that doesn’t make it any less stupid.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3

      Sad fact of life is the wealthiest New Zealanders need their tax cut, they’ll die without it, sob sob. Where’s the sympathy for them?

    • prism 10.4

      insider Not 100% of attempted manipulation though, you know better, stand staunch and never let a contrary thought pass across your mind no matter how essential to consider because that might be emotive.

  11. Afewknowthetruth 11

    The system would not allow me to correct that formatting error, even though the ‘countdown’ had nearly five minutes remaining.

    ‘You do not have permission to edit this comment.’

    Huh?

    • r0b 11.1

      Fixed the error.  Can’t comment on the editing issue sorry.  Lynn???

    • lprent 11.2

      Odd.. There have been a few errors recently that seem to be database related (like the 3 comment difference in the dashboard). Maybe from a rather long run at load. I will pull the system down over the weekend for upgrades and run a few tests and cleans before resuming.

  12. Herodotus 12

    There is only one item of value, and paradoxical money has no tangible value just an illusion of value !!
    This is one area of Govt spending that IMO has to increase greatly otherwise we loss out what it is to be Kiwi.
    We are funding DoC to fail :-(
    What next commercial fishing in our marine reserves?
    Elections should never be held late in the year. Allows too much to go undetected over the approaching holiday period & Christmas. They should be in April as an aside

  13. Georgy 13

    The Key-English-Tolley-Wilkinson years will be forever known as the dark years of hell for NZ – worse than Rogernomics. The havoc they are “quietly” wreaking in our community is beyond belief. So difficult to understand why so many voted for them.

  14. Galeandra 14

    Georgy, it’s not the economy, stupid; it’s the Stupid, stupid. Makes me wonder why the Labour party is in danger of evanescing up its own orifice as it spins through its MSM-driven makeover when the real problem lies with NZ’s degree of electoral thickness.

  15. prism 15

    Galeandra – There must be some mass reasoning behind the electoral thickness. Is it simply that the electorate that isn’t very quick on its feet tends to want to give a government a second term if possible?

  16. Afewknowthetruth 16

    I’ve just remembered.

    We’re living in The Age of Stupid

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_Stupid

  17. red blooded 17

    Another announcement made just AFTER the election, we notice. Gosh, wonder why that might be?

  18. randal 18

    The kweeeweee party is a party of sooners.
    They would sooner be in London living it up on their pelf pretending they are somebody than being a nobody in New Zealand.
    The NZLP needs to invest in micropulse radio stations so they can put the message across instead of loathsome articles like leighton smith and binky et al hogging the airways and laying on the lies and bullshit.
    In the meantime the pinheads are creaming it and there is absolutely no avenue for the alternative voice to express itself.

  19. randal 19

    and at present we are being ruled by the ignorati, young fogeys and a media system that has become sclerotic and anti democratic without anyone doing anything about it or taking the practical steps to create alternatives.
    it is time for cahnge and that aint no pissweak slogan.

  20. gnomic 20

    Back in the year 2005 the smirking weasel (aka the Right Honourable John Key) was the finance spokesweasel for the National Party then lead by now former politician Donald Brash. At a meeting where he was asked how NZ was going to have a brighter future economically speaking, the weasel suggested that part of the answer was mining in national parks. In fact that was the only bright new idea he came up with. Some minor devastation would be the price we had to pay for exploiting that locked up mineral wealth. Trees, birds, snails, etc, all expendable. After all there would still be plenty of bush left over for the tourists. It was at that point I formed the opinion that the smirking weasel was a soulless emissary of globalist capitalism. There has been no evidence to the contrary since that time.

  21. concerned 21

    If you wish to communicate with the public, then a bumper sticker with the headline that started all this comment would be a good start.

    The sooner the next election campaign starts, the better.

    The one good thing about our wonderful new National government is that they seem to be capable of generating a good bumper sticker line exposing their stupidity every day. Only if the public is exposed to these messages every day for the next three years will there be any guarantee that they will actually vote in their best interests, and not for 100% stupid policies.

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  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • I feel sorry for Labour Party members and supporters
    I feel really sorry for the members and supporters of the Labour Party as they watch their caucus tear itself to shreds. And no matter what the outcome of the coming leadership race Labour members and supporters will be the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Ummmm, why is Auckland Transport spying on Aucklanders?
    Ummm. What? Sophisticated surveillance coming to Auckland Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that can put names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland. The surveillance has the capability to also scan social media...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • It. Is. About. The. Economy. Stupid.
    Liam Dann does a good job of explaining the positive and negative issues looming for the NZ economy and as dairy prices plunge again overnight alongside a large Wall st sell off  and China Bank rumours begin, his case for the negative...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Don’t think of it as reinvading Iraq, think of it as redecorating Iraq
    I think some NZers view Iraq like an episode of The Block. Yes Iraq is the worst country on the street, but with a bit of elbow grease by our SAS and some great deals down at Bunnings, hey presto we...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Mana Maori alliance
    Most Maori you speak to on the street can’t understand why Mana movement and  Maori Party don’t combine it confuses them why Maori are divided cross benches in Parliament instead of a unified political power that represents 15% of the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • How You Can Help the Homeless
    At any one time, there are an estimated 357 homeless people in Central Auckland alone, many enduring hardships beyond the rain, wind and cold of sleeping rough. October 10 is World Homeless Day when the public are invited to learn...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Over 20% of Gold Production Now Pledged to Kiwifruit Claim
    Kiwifruit growers representing over 20% of New Zealand gold kiwifruit production have already pledged to join The Kiwifruit Claim, the chairman of the claim’s grower committee, John Cameron, said today....
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • ‘Creepy’ Decision on Up-Skirt Filming Slammed
    Family First NZ says that a discharge without conviction given to a man who filmed up a woman's dress in a Wellington department store is a ‘creepy’ decision that should concern all people who value their privacy. “This decision by...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Speaker leads delegation to CPA Conference
    Strengthening New Zealand’s ties with parliaments from across the world will be the focus of the upcoming delegation to the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 4-10 October and the 131st Inter-Parliamentary...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Response to Russell Brown and Tertiary Education Union
    The allegation that I have worked with others to discredit public health efforts is wrong. My public comments in relation to public health researchers have been where academics have mislead the public about official support or endorsement, and where...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • 17 jobs lost as Bridon/Cookes reaches the end of its rope
    Seventeen workers at the iconic Bridon/Cookes wire rope company in Auckland are to be made redundant as the company ceases production in New Zealand. The company has blamed the high New Zealand dollar for making it uncompetitive to keep the...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Slip in University Rankings – Funding Not the Problem
    Responding to the slippage of New Zealand universities' rankings , Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Time to rethink police chases, says safety campaigner
    Police chases are dangerous and generally unnecessary, says the American Federal Bureau of Investigation....
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Robertson now expected to be Labour leader by Xmas
    Grant Robertson is now overwhelmingly picked to become the next leader of the Labour Party by the end of the year, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Another potential Labour...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Documenting historic Māori land law cases for the first time
    A new book from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law will continue to put the spotlight on Māori Land Law judgments which have never before been published....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • ‘Oily’ people greet Petroleum Summit diners
    Greenpeace activists smeared in fake oil have greeted guests arriving at the part-Statoil sponsored Petroleum Summit dinner this evening....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Key Decisions Made About Labour’s Leadership Election
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has made the key decisions about the timetable and process around the election of Labour’s Party Leader. The result will be announced on Tuesday 18th November, following a comprehensive and extensive process unique...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Suspected $6 Million Dollar Wananga Fraud Alarming
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on on the Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi to front up over claims the Wananga has pocketed government overpayments amounting to $6 million of taxpayers' money. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
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  • Communities Still Count
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
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