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1/3 of Kiwis in energy poverty

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 pm, May 24th, 2013 - 89 comments
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A recent survey of two thousand Kiwis show that a third cannot afford to heat their homes properly.

That’s a third of the population who are vulnerable to illness, whose children are at risk, and who are being left behind as the electricity companies are allowed to continue their price gouging.

This is why we need NZ Power.

89 comments on “1/3 of Kiwis in energy poverty”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    It’s a start, but $300/year isn’t going to make a huge difference here.

    • Opium Eater 1.1

      Maybe not for you, but for people in poverty an extra $6 is a loaf of bread and a litre of milk that might just get them through the week. People have no idea how much difference such a small amount of money can make in the lives of those of us who are jobless, caring for large families or on the minimum wage

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Spot on Lanth. Where is the strategic follow up to NZPower to lower the daily cost of living? For instance organising public transport so that most people can give up their cars in the city as just one idea. That will save $300 in car costs per month.

    • that is a great idea…viper..

      ..free public transport works brilliantly as both an economic stimulus (that money saved by punters still churns thru the economy..)..

      ..and as perhaps one of the greenest things cities could do..

      ..free (green) public transport will bring the city to life..

      ..and will raise the quality of life for all..

      ..those desiring cars will have less traffic on the roads..(and won’t mind paying a cent a litre more for fuel..to help fund those eased roads..less congestion..business will also welcome the lessened costs/overheads from less congestion..

      ..and those wanting efficient public transport will be cheered by the increase in transport options/services such a change will necessitate..

      ..and everyone will be able to move around the city..easier..

      ..the only losers from such an enlightened policy..

      ..will be the oil companies..

      ..what is not to love about all that..?

      ..phillip ure..

    • karol 2.2

      I don’t know what budget others are on, but paying $300 less per year for electricity would make a significant difference for me – that’s about $25 less on the power bill each month.

      As I don’t spend that much on public or private transport per month, there’s no way cheaper transport would mean anything close to $300 less per month spent on a car.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        For people who don’t have a car or don’t use a car in Auckland that’s probably true.

        However, for the half million families/people in Auckland who use a car frequently, 2 tanks of petrol per month is already $240.

        • karol 2.2.1.1

          Agreed. My point on $300 per year for power is that, for those on the lowest incomes it isn’t likely to be a trivial amount.

        • alwyn 2.2.1.2

          You must have an amazingly small tank in your car. Perhaps you are talking about a motor-scooter.
          2 tanks/month is 24 tanks/year. $240/year is therefore $10/tank, or about 5 litres if we assume $2/litre.
          I think you are confusing the $300/YEAR savings them being monthly figures.
          Actually I see it is Karol in the comment you are replying to who manages to turn it into a monthly figure with her remark about $300/month.

  3. burt 3

    It is precisely this statistic that makes stealth tax collection via state owned electricity companies so obnoxious. It’s a highly regressive way to gather revenue.

    • Hey Burt

      What happened?

      You posted a comment and did not mention Labour’s pledge card …

      Growing soft in your old age?

    • freedom 3.2

      better to get your energy companies to borrow excessively and pay bigger dividends instead eh burt?

      • burt 3.2.1

        Well no, that’s not the answer. But sure you can deny reality and pretend that having a choice of suppliers isn’t creating price pressure. It’s even easier to pretend competition isn’t working if you ignore the reality that having the majority share of generation infrastructure the government isn’t already fixing the price via state mandated return on investment targets.

        It might be easy to shoot the messenger – slightly harder to debate the facts eh. See the average increases unde your caring soft warm fuzzy Labour Party and imagine them with a single device to control this revenue stream.
        http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/04/labour_on_power_prices-2.html

        • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1

          National don’t have the answer. In fact, what they do increases costs and prices.

          The answer is to go back to power generation and distribution being a state service with the books open so that it’s democratically accountable.

          • burt 3.2.1.1.1

            With the books open… A socialist government with the books open… That would be a fascinating thing… It might actually get voted out before it completely stagnates the economy and taxes everything to death… Nah… The socialists will hide the profits and spend them to stay popular like they always do…

            • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Ah, burt proving his ignorance and stupidity again.

              How much of the official report about the effects of the recent disabilities act was redacted to those in parliament making the decisions? I believe it was all of it. So much for the capitalists being open. Perhaps if we forced this government to open the books they’d be voted out before they fucked the economy completely.

              When I say open books I mean open all of them.

    • KJT 3.3

      Hey. Burt said something I agreed with. Am I going nuts.

  4. dumrse 4

    I’m unsure how 1/3 of two thousand becomes 1/3 of the population. Lets see some detail of the survey.

  5. xtasy 5

    I am one living in “energy poverty”, but being as frugal and “smart” as I can, I conserve and use only what I really need. I had the odd flatmate blow up the bill significantly, but without one, things seem to be a bit “cheaper”. Then again, electricity is not cheap in NZ. But I also know it is not cheap in the very countries in Europe that NZ’s Greens and Labour would like to follow in Europe, where for instance in Denmark and Germany, electricity costs more, because of the subsidies necessary to develope and use alternative energy sources, which they are doing heavily now.

    NZ is fortunate for having much hydro electric generation, and yes, for that reason, it should be more affordable. I understand though that Trans Power has spent a lot on improving grids and the likes, and they upped prices for generators and retailers.

    So the picture is complex. I still think NZ Power is worth a go, and a good idea, because what we tried so far has not worked for the consumer. The new switching options National so often mention are not a solution, as the consumer is choosing to switch between the plague and the cholera for suppliers.

    More is needed, also more investment in the future, but that again costs money. I see this power game a bit of an overrated side debate, as no party will gain much out of it. It will cost us all to change to even more alternative generation, and it will need to be paid for. Also the alternatives like fossil generation cost more, hence are no good solution.

    NZ needs to develope more on a whole not just in segments like power generation and retail, and while it is stupid and wrong for selling state assets up to 49 per cent, neither the present government, nor really Labour and Greens have a magic solution for us at hand, that is to be bloody honest. I see no agenda where investment is made by those that have better technology and know how here, and until Greens and Labour can come up with a reliable agenda, it will be like Kiwi Build on sections that do not exist (yet).

    Yeah, I dread election 2014, with the present personnel in place, it looks grim.

  6. TheContrarian 6

    I think a lot can be said for the fact that NZ homes (older homes that is) are extremely inefficient when it comes to heating. Drafty and cold without adequate insulation. So we rely on expensive forms of heating as a stop-gap when the real problem isn’t so much heating but retaining heat.

    • xtasy 6.1

      TC – You are onto it! Some are a bit blinkered.

      Yes, insulation, better construction from scratch, indeed energy neutral homes can be built, using virtually zilch in extra energy from the grid, and not costing all that much extra.

      The Warming NZ scheme is a bit of a joke anyway, as I saw, when visiting a Housing NZ mate, who showed me the crap job the “insulators” did.

      A bit of foil under the floor boards, a few pads on top of the ceiling, and he gained two degrees in “warmth” last winter, which is not warmth at all, it is “less chill”, I’d say.

      The walls were left untouched, same as the thinly, singularly paneled windows, and the gaps in the doors. So start “saving” energy like that, and Mickey Mouse will grow wings also, I suppose.

      It is a damned time that NZers wake up to what is needed, perhaps learn from what is done overseas, especially in Europe, where revolutionary improvements are made, and much quite affordable.

      Double glazed windows should become standard, same as padded walls and ceilings, and floorboards should be addressed better than so far. Smart construction is available, same as better cheese making, and I see too little or none it here. Thousands of apprentices doing cheapo jobs like the present insulation will not help much, more is needed.

      A revolution with a new set of options, for new apprenticeships, new jobs, new skills, new trades and new high standard training should be introduced, and I would expect a future government here to recruit expert trianers from leading European countries, how things can and should be done. Get some incentives for business, to not just trade, but come here, to build, develope, invest and put some real power into this country and society. I see none of this happen.

      Do you guys all want to deal cards in casinos for rich pricks from China, to have your daughters work as massage parlour girls and do the stuff needed, to serve more burgers and shit, or have you any damned plan for this country? This is what I ask serious Kiwis, left and right!

      • TheContrarian 6.1.1

        An extra $300 in savings doesn’t mean you are warmer, just your power bill is lower. Our housing is woefully inefficient when it comes to retaining warmth. You’re staying cold….but cold isn’t so pricey.

        • Lanthanide 6.1.1.1

          An extra $300 means you can spend the same amount of money, but get $300 more heating, or get the same amount of heating, but spend $300 less on it and use it for something else.

          Pretty obvious.

      • tc 6.1.2

        Agree that alot can be done by better heat retention and double glazing is standard on new builds for a few years now, but insulaon only on exterior walls so again our code is weak as surge protection isnt a requirement as one example of spend a few dollars up front and save many more down the line.

        However the Bradford reforms have created a ckusterf@$k of complexity between generator, grid, lines and retailer made worse by Herr Browncoal meddling. The overhead in compliance and auditing combined with the exhorbidant pay the all to many ‘senior’ folk and boards give themselves on top of regulators who just make crap up to be complied with.

        None of them actually create, maintain or support the actual generation and distribution of power which is by and large a very mature reliable system used and perfected for over 100 yesrs now all over the globe.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.3

        A revolution with a new set of options, for new apprenticeships, new jobs, new skills, new trades and new high standard training should be introduced, and I would expect a future government here to recruit expert trianers from leading European countries, how things can and should be done. Get some incentives for business, to not just trade, but come here, to build, develope, invest and put some real power into this country and society.

        Why? We can, and should, develop the systems here. Produces more jobs and develops society rather than leaving us dependent upon other countries.

        • xtasy 6.1.3.1

          Draco – I know that you can train sparkies, brick layers and so reasonably well in present NZ, but there are new technologies applied and used in some advanced European countries, of which NZ tradespeople have little or no experience in. So my idea was to tap know how of expert instructors, to train workers or workers to be here, to do jobs that are presently not sufficiently qualified for, or that do in part not even exist here yet.

          This does not need to make NZ “dependent” at all, as the economic situation in much of Europe is not great, so you could tap into willing migrants, who will be happy to work and get paid here, to train and improve the local work force, to bring it up to top level. That is an investment, and the ones contracted have to abide by the terms of employment. So “dependence” is a non argument on that basis.

          Are we still only relying on the initial colonists, that settled here, to build cottages and huts for houses, or was there perhaps over time not also consultation and use of additional resources from migrants and others, who delivered ideas and improvements?

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.3.1.1

            My point was that if we keep importing the needed knowledge rather than developing it here then we lose the capability of developing it here. Sure, purchase the knowledge but then give it over to our own people to develop it for NZ using NZ’s resources.

      • ghostrider888 6.1.4

        Yes xtasy, we have cold homes by many Western countries standards. Building codes.

        and, market-gardening can be good for the soul. :-D

  7. xtasy 7

    What all parties are not honest about, apart from perhaps the Greens, is that this power talk is not going to solve energy poverty as such. To use energy better and more efficiently and effectively is necessary. So that means to insulate all homes in the country, to use less power or fossil fuel energy, to heat and power homes. Also build better homes form the start, and do not fall for the shit that developers and architects and the likes tell you, that it will be sooo expensive.

    They just want to charge you all more, and that is the loyalty of the crap business Kiwi, and I meet them all the time, last time in droves outside Vector Arena after 11 am on 16 May, at the post budget protest some of us held there.

    NZ has a giant problem with those that have the money and investment capability, and those that sit in key roles, to always make heaps of money, to suck every cent out of you, so that once things start moving, prices go and hike more than in any other country I know.

    The biggest enemy for improvement in NZ sits within, it is the selfish, money and asset owning, profit greedy bastards, that hold you ordinary folk over the bloody barrel. Kiwi patriotism is a bit of a fizzer to me, as it is always used by those bastards, to get you guys to pay for their profits, more homes, more investments, more yachts and lifestyle at the high living places.

    Things could move and be done, but that damned lot, the blood sucking profiteers, are the biggest hurdle to progress. Get the bloody hell rid of them!

    • The biggest enemy for improvement in NZ sits within, it is the selfish, money and asset owning, profit greedy bastards, that hold you ordinary folk over the bloody barrel. Kiwi patriotism is a bit of a fizzer to me, as it is always used by those bastards, to get you guys to pay for their profits, more homes, more investments, more yachts and lifestyle at the high living places.

      I agree, look how Labour used the nuclear-free issue in an attempt to blind people to Rogernomics, or how National today uses Anzac day and the Christchurch Earthquake to spin that they care about ordinary NZ’ers, and are ‘one of us’.

      Since the era of privatizations, rogernomics and ruthanasia, and now key-ism; more and more wealth is being put into the hands of a small bunch of neo-liberals like occurred in Russia during the period of Yeltsin; when state owned assets were sold into the hands of friends of the government at the time. A few oligarchs run the New Zealand economy, and most of them are in bed with John Key and the National party.

      • xtasy 7.1.1

        Realisation is the basic requirement to take steps for action for improvement, after careful consideration, you are doing the steps as I just mentioned. Congratulation, welcome aboard of innovative, smart and critical thinking to prepare perhaps a plan, where an intelligent government can with the state they run, set an agenda to make things happen, that need to happen.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Things could move and be done, but that damned lot, the blood sucking profiteers, are the biggest hurdle to progress. Get the bloody hell rid of them!

      QFT

      The problem has always been the rich. Time to stop looking to them as saviours.

  8. Gosman 8

    Since the State is a major player in the electricity generation and distribution sectors why wouldn’t any hypothetical new left leaning government simply advise the companies they control to stop price gouging and act more competitively?

    • geoff 8.1

      The horse has bolted. The asset prices have already been written up. See Geoff Bertram:
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/8607601/Tighter-rein-urged-on-asset-revaluations

      He even kinda praises Margaret Thatcher, at least in comparison to the idiots here in NZ who failed to provide adequate regulation when they privatised electricity, so you should be right on board with his conclusions, Gosman.

    • burt 8.2

      Gosman

      No political capital in using the simple options. Arguably it would be politically negative as the party would need to risk the sheeple catching on that Labour could have done that in their last term when they were using that device as a stealth tax collection machine scooping billions in generation profits.

  9. Lefty 9

    The SOE structures are every bit as useless at delivering energy at an affordable prive to our low income population as the private sector .

    As long as a phoney market is in place and SOE’s are expected to provide dividends nothing will change.

    Playing around with pricing and forcing more competition is not the way forward.

    The NZ Power proposal is an attempt to avoid confronting the real issues of ownership, control, market failure, lack of planning and how to address the sometimes contradictory needs to provide affordable energy to all who need it while developing sustainable sources and avoiding waste.

    The good news is that a substantial amount of our electricity generation and distribution capacity is still in public hands and it could be used as a base to develop a good system.

    A great starting point for a good left policy would be for the government to have publicly owner generators and distributors provide energy at cost for a while. Before long the government could buy back privatised electricity companies for a dollar or so as they would have no value to private owners if they could not operate profitably.

    That would put us back on track to achieving a socially and environmentally sustainable electicity system and have the added bonus of teaching a few of these fucking mom and pop and corporate investors a good lesson on reaping what you sow.

    • Before long the government could buy back privatised electricity companies for a dollar or so as they would have no value to private owners if they could not operate profitably.

      Unfortunately by 2014-early 2015, energy capacity will be drastically reduced as there will be shutting down of power stations (and poor maintenance) in order to reduce supply – in order to create energy shortages, in order to keep high energy prices; while that is all going on they will also asset strip.

      Which is pretty much what occurred with Tranz Rail i.e. the rail network was run down, and the company was asset stripped until was a total wreck.

      • ghostrider888 9.1.1

        something to look forward to kc.

      • KJT 9.1.2

        Pretty much what happened in California with ENRON. Yet another convincing advertisement for part privatisation and de-regulation. Yeah right!

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      The SOE structures are every bit as useless at delivering energy at an affordable prive to our low income population as the private sector .

      As long as a phoney market is in place and SOE’s are expected to provide dividends nothing will change.

      Exactly.

      NZPower is just another attempt of Labour and the Greens to avoid the necessity of going back to running power and other essential services as a state service paid for through taxes.

      • burt 9.2.1

        So if its paid for with taxes is there any charges for the consumer ? IE; do we have power meters to measure how much we use and have a bill associated with that as well as paying for it with taxes.

        If so how is that made accountable ?

        • KJT 9.2.1.1

          Worked fine with the old MED.

          Capital works from taxes and charges for supply.

          And the option of using power prices to both help local business become more competitive internationally and cut prices to consumers.

          And, cut the costs of fake competition and the waste inherent in “running them like a business”.

        • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.2

          If so how is that made accountable ?

          First 1000 kwH a month for $50. Then $1 per kWh after that.

          • Lanthanide 9.2.1.2.1

            I don’t even use 1000 kwH a month (maybe get close in winter), so this would be a great scheme for me, despite me being in the top 5% of income earners.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.2.1.1

              Yes, that’s the whole point. So that people don’t need to have a power bill unless they use huge amounts of power. As we build more efficient houses the amount could be brought down although I don’t see any reason to do so.

              And we still have a progressive tax regime :P

          • alwyn 9.2.1.2.2

            That would be wonderful for a household of dinks. Out at work during the day and then they can heat the whole place all evening without reaching the 1000/unit threshold.
            Bit tough of course on an elderly couple who are home all day, every day. A single 2 bar heater on 15 hrs/day would use 900 units/month and there goes their allowance. I suppose they could go to bed at 7pm to save enough power to heat their hot water at a price they can afford.
            Still they don’t matter do they?

        • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.3

          Of course there would be power meters – need the information to plan after all. My idea would be a free block for every residence and business of say 1000 kWh per month and then rather steep charges. $1 per kWh seems reasonable.

          If so how is that made accountable ?

          That’s what opening the books is for.

          • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.3.1

            Hmmm taking a look at some stats maybe 500 kWh/month is a better cap, averaged lower over the summer months with a higher cap in the winter months.

            • Lanthanide 9.2.1.3.1.1

              Yes, that would be better.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.3.1.2

              Yeah, was thinking about that at the time. What I was most concerned with was having it too low and thus putting people in worse condition with the high cost of the kWh after the initial free block.

              Perhaps make it a yearly amount of 10,000 kWh. With their full power history available to them people could easily make plans.

              • KJT

                How about a power discount for businesses that, actually, pay their full due of taxes, in New Zealand!

                Instead of for price transferring, aluminum smelters.

            • burt 9.2.1.3.1.3

              It’s great to see you guys designing power billing policy on the hoof. Comedy gold… One of modern livings most essential commodities and you guys think some magic household one size fits all pricing regime is the answer. Brilliant socialist thinking… How many Kw did my last power bill show I used in a month… How much do I think I should pay for that … Right now lock and load that via monopoly implementation for everyone as a base line….

              • Draco T Bastard

                The goals of my ideas are twofold. One is to encourage savings in electricity use. The second is to ensure that everyone can heat their house as needed.

                So we set a block of power that would cover most peoples use and then we charge gargantuan amounts for any use above that. This will encourage people to use less by getting insulation installed, turning TV and radios off at the wall etc. while actually ensuring that everyone has enough to heat their home no matter their income.

                BTW, the plans brought in at the boardroom are also “on the hoof”. It’s just a group of over paid bureaucrats doing exactly what we’re doing here – tossing ideas around.

                Doesn’t have to be one size. We could look at different size blocks on a base charge.

                • burt

                  So people living alone get the same base allocation as a family of 10 ? Is the utility allocation per person or per household? Is there a department of power allocation to assess how much each house should get to compensate for factors beyond the control of the individual, the location of the house ?

                  Seems that an elderly couple in Invercargill should probably get a bigger base allocation than a young couple in Northland… Would the newly formed “Popularity via promises of lower power prices Ltd.” manage all this stuff ? What do you reckon, “promise any old shit to win an election ltd.” would just employ thousands of base allocation inspectors to asses individual needs or would you just queue while waiting for state bread to bake you a loaf and state toilet paper to restock the state controlled super markets ?

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Hey, did you know that you can go to you’re ISP and buy package deals with different amounts of data available?

                    What we’re suggesting is nothing new – it just hasn’t been applied to electricity. Does what we’re suggesting need the rough edges taken off? Yep. Still, it will work which is something that the present system doesn’t do.

      • phillip ure 9.2.2

        i agree with power etc being regarded as basic rights..

        ..(and with the green/lab proposal being reform-lite..90 cents a wk per household..?..woo-hoo..!..eh..?..and a halfway house to nowhere..

        ..but instead of loading the cost on all taxpayers..

        ..i think an easier sell of the idea is that it should be charged to business/consumers at cost + need for infrastructure etc..

        ..(and with economic-incentives to go green/use less….)

        ..once again that money saved by all will churn back into the economy in different ways..(so govt will get tax/gst etc on those monies..)

        ..and with business and consumers welcoming such reforms..

        ..the only losers in that one/case..are the profiteering shareholders..

        ..(cry us a (mighty) river..eh..?..)

        phillip ure..

  10. ghostrider888 10

    just pop this here, there, and everywhere-

    “Why are the rivers so polluted?
    Ask Steven Joyce!”
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Campaign-blames-Joyce-for-river-pollution/tabid/1160/articleID/299039/Default.aspx

  11. I couldn’t afford to heat the places I lived in back in the early 80s. This was because I had no money. I wasn’t unusual. Electricity prices were set by the government. 30+ years later, there are still people who can’t afford to heat the places they live in, it’s still because they’ve got no money, and it’s still not unusual. Electricity prices are not set by the government. I wouldn’t build up great hopes for change based on how much control the government has over electricity prices.

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      ” 30+ years later, there are still people who can’t afford to heat the places they live in, it’s still because they’ve got no money, and it’s still not unusual. ”

      The whole ideal of economic growth is that everyone’s living standards are supposed to improve over time as the economy grows. Instead, as we’ve seen, over the last 20-30 years most of the growth has been stolen by the top 1-2% that run the economy as a whole.

      Rolling over and saying “it’s always been that way, so it should always be that way” is not the appropriate response.

      • Psycho Milt 11.1.1

        Er, living standards have improved over that time. Back then, we didn’t have a car or a phone, and the times we had a TV it was at least 15 years old and the screen was in black-and-white. Obviously there was nothing in the place that included a microprocessor. That’s no longer typical for beneficiaries.

        Thing is, “living standard” isn’t unitary, the components vary in the level of improvement – the housing is just as shitty now, hunger is as hard to avoid and heating is just as hard to pay for. An “appropriate response” to that from governments ought to concentrate more on jobs, wages and conditions than on fiddling with how electricity is priced.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          How do you charge a cell phone or watch your TV without electricity?

          Is there any use having a flash new computer and no electricity to power it off?

          Surprising you would list all these new gadgety things as evidence of improved living standards and not consider power and internet basic necessities.

          • Psycho Milt 11.1.1.1.1

            I think you’ll find the power requirement differential between charging devices and heating a house is quite large. The computing power available in a bottom-income house has skyrocketed from a starting point of 0 over the last 30 years, but the heating costs have remained about the same, assuming the current housing is as shitty for insulation and double-glazing as the ones we were living in back then.

        • Lanthanide 11.1.1.2

          Cars, phones, colour TV and computers aren’t necessities of life. Home heating (and therefore a primary energy source, electricity) is. Without adequate heating, people literally die and have much worse health issues, which ripples through the entire economy as people take time off work and devote money to medications instead of things that would improve their lives / the economy.

          All that stuff is window-dressing. Holding it up as if it is some great advance in living standards is a sham when the basics aren’t met.

          • Psycho Milt 11.1.1.2.1

            It is of course possible to game the definition of standard of living such that it shows no improvement, but I lack interest in such games. My point is essentially the same as yours in comment number 1: govt control of power prices isn’t likely to make that much difference to whether people at the bottom can afford to heat their homes or not. I’ve merely elaborated on it to make clear that the essential factor in whether you can afford to heat your home is whether you’re short of cash, not who controls electricity pricing.

      • dumrse 11.1.2

        “The whole ideal of economic growth is that everyone’s living standards are supposed to improve over time as the economy grows”. Perhaps many of them fail to take the opportunities presented over the 3+decades like, giving up smoking, drink less, quit the dope, get a job, excel to the next level. These are not hard to achieve and whilst I may agree not every one will keep up, we see far too many choosing to remain on their arses not even trying to do better. They get left behind and in a short space of time the gap widens to the extent they may never catch up. To a greater or lessor degree, their destiny was in their own hands.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1

          But at the same time too large a share of GDP has been deliberately and systematically shifted into company profits, and taken away from workers’ income and wages as a share of the economy.

          Put another way – anyone who wants full time employment should be given that employment so that they can prove and improve themselves.

          • Psycho Milt 11.1.2.1.1

            …too large a share of GDP has been deliberately and systematically shifted into company profits, and taken away from workers’ income and wages as a share of the economy.

            On this at least we’re in complete agreement. Wages and conditions are one of the few areas in which it makes a difference whether you vote Labour or National. Labour might not do much to help, but at least they won’t be actively trying to make things worse.

  12. ahem..!..make that 90 cents per day per household..

    phillip ure..

  13. infused 13

    But there’s a lot of other factors isn’t there. It’s not just about turning your heaters on. The main issue is insulation. New houses barely need heat pumps/heaters running. That’s the issue, not the cost of power.

    Properly insulated house doesn’t need heaters running, which fucks your whole argument for NZ Power.

    The govt should be pumping that up. It’s the Labour way though, ambulance and the end of the cliff.

    Fix the actual problem.
    Fix the actual problem.
    Fix the actual problem.

    • Clockie 13.1

      We have a brand new house in Chch with full spec insulation and double glazing and a top of the line 6K heat pump. I assure you that during the winter months that heat pump has to be used quite heavily from May-Aug.

      You may have forgotten about this.

      http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/home-insulation-scheme-green-success-story

      It certainly wasn’t a NATional initiative. That lot don’t even do ambulances..

    • Draco T Bastard 13.2

      Well, my own suggestion is to make new build houses to conform to the Passive House specifications. What I’d expect from National on that is whinging about making houses cost more despite the fact that, over their lifetime, such houses cost far less. It is, after all, the same whinge we hear from them when it’s suggested we need to intensify housing.

      • Lanthanide 13.2.1

        I have no idea why Passive Houses haven’t taken off globally. But the fact is, those houses are actually significantly different to design and build than regular ones, and do also require specialised components to really live up to the name. Since the houses are effectively hermetically sealed to reduce heat loss through drafts, you *need* to get a special system that brings fresh air into the house while also retaining the existing heat in the air, which isn’t cheap. Similarly the triple-glazing used in the windows is expensive.

        Economies of scale will bring all those prices down, but we can’t go from 0% passive houses to 100% passive houses the next day, the economy simply can’t move that fast.

        • Draco T Bastard 13.2.1.1

          But the fact is, those houses are actually significantly different to design and build than regular ones, and do also require specialised components to really live up to the name.

          Yep, realised that ages ago. More R&D needed – what a pity.

          Since the houses are effectively hermetically sealed to reduce heat loss through drafts, you *need* to get a special system that brings fresh air into the house while also retaining the existing heat in the air, which isn’t cheap.

          Actually, it is. All it requires is a small heat pump. It takes the heat from the exhaust and pumps it to the inlets so that the heat isn’t lost.

          Similarly the triple-glazing used in the windows is expensive.

          ATM but, as you say, economies of scale would bring that down. One effective way to get those economies of scale is to make it mandatory on new build houses.

          but we can’t go from 0% passive houses to 100% passive houses the next day, the economy simply can’t move that fast.

          True, which is why I suggested it only for new build houses/residences.

    • KJT 13.3

      We would like to fix the actual problem.

      The actual problem being privatisation of essential infrastructure, which should have never happened, and one of the reasons why I will never vote Labour, ever again!

      1. The problem should never have occurred in the first case. But some stupid “useful idiot” idealogs in Labour, did it.
      2. The next best option would be re-nationalisation, but National are doing their best to make that impossible. If you think Muldoon left the cupboard bare, wait until this lot leave.
      3. Which leaves us with our least preferred option, but at least we know we can do it. Regulation. NZ Power. To take back some control so that power supplies are run for the benefit of New Zealanders, not a few hundred shareholders.

  14. Swan 14

    When the policy came out a number of lefties tried to argue against the effect of subsidies on the demand/supply balance. They argued that demand for power is inelastic. This survey shows otherwise.

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    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Unity in Action
    Yes the Left have taken a drubbing, but never mind, time to pick ourselves up off the floor, patch up our wound pride, dust ourselves off, cast around for our friends and allies, and re-enter the fray. Lots of work...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • LGNZ congratulates National
    LGNZ congratulates National Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) congratulates re-elected Prime Minister John Key and the National led government on winning their third consecutive term following Saturday’s general election. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • The Letter – 22 September 2014
    John Key’s win is historic. In the history of MMP elections – worldwide – ever – no government has won an absolute majority. MMP was imposed on Germany to make sure that country never had another Hitler. It is designed...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election Coverage – None Better Than Trans Tasman
    To get a steer on what was going to happen in the election - away from the histrionics of the mainstream coverage - the best place to go was The Main Report Group’s weekly political report Trans Tasman....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Federated Farmers intemperate
    For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • MP’s Stolen Items Recovered
    Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services today [ September 19 ], items which had been stolen from NZ First MP Andrew Williams’ Wellington parliamentary office have been recovered and returned....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election results bad news for those on benefits
    Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Opportunity to progress water infrastructure
    “National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean
    At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!
    Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message:...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
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