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200,000 children abandoned so already rich can get richer

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, November 10th, 2011 - 52 comments
Categories: accountability, child welfare, families, john key, leadership, national, Social issues, tax, welfare - Tags:

How many children is 200,000 in the context of New Zealand’s population? Statistics New Zealand says between June 2008-2011 around 62-64,000 children were born each year. So 200,000 amounts to every single child born in this country since National came to power three years ago, plus another 10,000 or so.

That’s how many children have been written off, consigned to lives of poverty to pay for John Key’s tax cuts for the already rich. Isn’t that disgraceful?

You’d really have to lie like a flat fish to say that’s a recipe for a brighter future.

hattip William Joyce

52 comments on “200,000 children abandoned so already rich can get richer”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    As long as those children were born in other poorer suburbs, and won’t affect the house values in my neighbourhood, why should I care.

  2. madagascar 2

    So remind me why labour is proposing to borrow billions to put into the Super fund when we have such a problem with children in NZ ?

    • lame, even by your issue avoidant standards

      • madagascar 2.1.1

        The future for the left in NZ is the Greens.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Vote Greens or Labour to get 200,000 children out of poverty; vote National to add to the toll.

          • madagascar 2.1.1.1.1

            From where I sit Labour and National are different sides of the two coins – the more green MPs I can help get into parliament to keep both those scummy parties honest the better.

            • The Voice of Reason 2.1.1.1.1.1

              ” … different sides of the two coins …”
               
              Step away from the hash pipe, hippy, it’s messing with your mind.

              • madagascar

                I rest my case.

              • alex

                And that right there TVOR is why you don’t deserve your handle. In fact, you should be awarding TVOR as a name to the Greens, who have consistently stood up for ordinary people when it counts, ie recent example on the Search and Surveillance bill.

                • The Voice of Reason

                  Ha! My handle is nicked from the title of an Ayn Rand book. I use it as a joke, because it annoys righties. And, now, apparently, humourless hippies. Mind you, its position as the most pompous name on the interwebs has been totally destroyed by the arrival of Afewknowthetruth, so maybe it’s time for a change.
                   
                  The real problem with madagascar’s comment is its immaturity. It may have been a cheap shot to point out his or her’s muddle headed butchering of the coin cliche, but it was reflective of the lack of intelligent analysis of the differences between National and Labour. If madagascar doesn’t understand politics, then posting here is going to invite derision.

      • queenstfarmer 2.1.2

        Don’t forget that even the Greens are slamming Labour’s borrowing-is-saving policy.

        The Green Party is also critical of Labour’s plans to borrow to feed the Super Fund, also known as the Cullen Fund. Co-leader Russel Norman believes such a move is economically irrational.

        • mickysavage 2.1.2.1

          qsf
           
          How do you feel about National’s policy of welfare for Canterbury farmers?

        • Dan hansen 2.1.2.2

          Love the irony of the Green’s calling others economic policies “economically irrational”…

          • KJT 2.1.2.2.1

            You think it is economically rational to have a constantly expanding supply of money in a world of finite resources. OR every country is going to export their way out of debt. OR to keep a system which gives more and more of our wealth to fewer and fewer people.

            Greens are the only party who are rational about the future.

    • thejackal 2.2

      A problem with children? Children aren’t the problem buddy! National’s low wage economy coupled with high inflation is. They have no plan to fix inequality in New Zealand.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1

        They have no plan to fix inequality in New Zealand.

        That’s incorrect, they plan to fix inequality in place and increase it.

  3. John Dalley 3

    Long term Madagascar, you have just answered your own question.

    • madagascar 3.1

      Borrowing billions to throw at an investment fund seems a very poor choice compared to spending it on our children and struggling families here and now.

      • Ianupnorth 3.1.1

        You haven’t quite figured out that the biggest expenditure within society is on the young and the old; if you do not invest in kids you end up with a badly educated, unfit, socially inept future work force. If you do not make provision for the elderly to have a reasonable standard of living 9e.g. give them enough to eat, travel, keep warm, have safety and a quality of life), it ends up being more expensive in the long term.
         
        Each balances the other; having fit and active elderly reduces the demands of the health service and social support agencies, returns money back to treasury via GST, and also allows the elderly to be a visible and important part of society.

  4. Bruce S 4

    …silly me; I thought parents had the responsibility to raise, nurture and provide for their kids? When did the government usurp this role; I missed a headline in the NZ Herald somewhere? Can someone tell me where I can find these abandoned kids? Is there a scrapheap somewhere?

    • Carol 4.1

      Children are the future of the country. Children don’t choose their parents. We support parents bringing them up because it saves a lot of money that’d go to crime and health services down the track. But children are the responsibility of of all of us. “abandoned” refers to the lack of support that children require to grow into healthy and capable citizens.

      Herald headlines are no measure of the reality of our world.

    • lefty 4.2

      “Is there a scrapheap somewhere?”

      Yes a big one. Their parents are on it too.

      It was built by John Key and the banksters and is proving very profitable for them and all who travel with them in the good ship Greed and Ignorance.

      • Ianupnorth 4.2.1

        Well said!
         
        There are many small towns around NZ where Bruce can visit (if he would care to leave Remuera)
        Kaingaroa Village
        Benneydale
        Murupara
        Turangi
        Huntly
        Kawerau
        I am sure others could add to the list

        • McFlock 4.2.1.1

          Gore.

          AFAIK it’s not particularly disadvantaged deprivation-wise, but it’s still a shit-hole :)

    • Lanthanide 4.3

      What are you going to do when in 20-30 years time these children make up the majority of the workforce and you’re wanting to get superannuation? Who’s going to pay the tax to support you?

    • Scotty 4.4

      If you rely on the Herald for your info, It wont be the only thing you’ve missed.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.5

      Society has the responsibility to provide a good living standard for everybody. This has always been true because no individual can live without society.

  5. Terry 5

    I think Colonial Viper (viper indeed!) is a kind of spokeman for the nation with those three pitiful words,'”Why should I care?” (Once it was “I’m all right Jack”)

  6. Roy 6

    Kudos to Carol and lefty for their great replies to Bruce S.

  7. Bruce S 7

    Hi Carol; yes indeed, some children are the future of the country. Presumably those same children that grew up to become the parents that look to the tax payer to support their lifestyle choices at the expense of parental responsibility? Just a self perpetuating treadmill of dependence, there conveniently for the exploitation of political aspirants at 3 yearly intervals. I think I’ll look after my own future thanks.

    • Ianupnorth 7.1

      Until such times as you need the public sector to resolve your problems…. you’ll be calling on your personal fire brigade, personal ambulance, visiting your personal library to get books for your kids for their personal school.
       
      Your myth of ‘lifestyle of choice’ has a small number of adherents, but I would suggest that if more resources were put towards catching out the masses who tax avoid your actual tax bill would be far less than if you doubled or even quadrupled that ‘lifestyle choice’ group.

      • TighyRighty 7.1.1

        The fire service is funded from insurance levies, or at least started out that way and got socialized to provide us with another union. Ambulances are to my knowledge only free in Wellington, the option of private school usually offers a superior education and libraries are becoming obsolete with the advent of the Internet where you can download most of the English language classics for nix.

        • NickS 7.1.1.1

          The fire service is funded from insurance levies, or at least started out that way and got socialized to provide us with another union.

          Because fires so don’t spread from property to property in typical urban densities…

          Ambulances are to my knowledge only free in Wellington,

          Which ignores the fact St Johns relies on some state and private funding to keep the costs down, plus feeds people into the healthcare system, where treatment is generally free. They’re also very, very nice on letting you pay the ambulance fee over time if you’re poor.

          the option of private school usually offers a superior education

          Only if you’re rich that is, and amusingly enough there’s plenty of parents who could afford private schooling, but send their kids off to public schools on the basis of the education quality they provide. Then there’s also the fact these businesses have required state funding due their own failures, you know, instead of raising fees or facing up to reality and folding.

          And further more, once you control for various factors (socio-economics mostly), you’ll not likely see much difference between state and private schools in achievement rates. Not you’ve ever shown any ability to think statistically, so this is likely well beyond your ability to comprehend…

          libraries are becoming obsolete with the advent of the Internet where you can download most of the English language classics for nix.

          Funnily enough though, library membership rates are still high, perhaps it’s because there’s still plenty of books that haven’t been digitised, or maybe it’s just down to liking hard copies. Then there’s also economic factors, as e-readers still cost money, as do e-books, whilst libraries are rather cheap, if not free and carry rather large selections, and offer access to various other online reference materials that are otherwise behind very expensive paywalls (hell Nature journals /grumble).

        • NickS 7.1.1.2

          Here Tighty Tighty….

          Because you really are providing nice archive troll fodder by running away.

  8. infused 8

    This is why no one takes you lot seriously.

    • Ianupnorth 8.1

      Three monkeys; which one are you the one with the eyes covered, the one with your ears covered, cos you sure as hell aren’t the one with the covered mouth!
       
      If you have something meaningful to contribute (e.g. actually answering the question rather than trolling for a bite) then please do so, otherwise go stroke Blubber Boys ego.

  9. TighyRighty 9

    This is such a capitulation! Its like mrs love joy on the Simpsons screaming won’t somebody think of the children. The problem here is that the electorate have heard it all before from labour and have seen the vast amounts of money spent to no avail. It also defies belief that the left think they have a monopoly on caring. There are lots of great quotes about people believing they do much better at one thing than someone else because, “they care”. My favourite is “pull your head out of your ass”

  10. One Anonymous Bloke 10

    TR, I don’t think the left have a monopoly on caring, I think they have a monopoly on policies that work as advertised.

    • TighyRighty 10.1

      You may think that and good on you for having your beliefs. I think you are wrong, and the evidence would tend to back me up over you. Extra billions spent on “lifting children out poverty” :2.6 (that’s approximately $650 for every person in this country by the way) , number of children that may be lifted out of poverty, 10’000? Dollars per child? $260000. Appalling really. That you would dump $260000 on families who don’t do anything to deserve that kind of cash flow into their bank account at the expense of hard working mums and dads for scrimp and save to provide.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1

        As a supporter of the “law and order” party, I expected you to have a better idea what constitutes “evidence”. Get a clue, it isn’t the mixture of advocacy and anecdote you just served up.
        Frankly, since you are describing what you imagine will happen in the future the idea that this is “evidence” is laughable.
        No, I’m talking about real measures of success, like not getting a credit rating downgrade. Like running a government surplus, like getting unemployment down to record levels, etc etc.

        Yet another clueless wingnut. When, oh when are we going to see a resurgence of intelligence on the right?

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1

          When, oh when are we going to see a resurgence of intelligence on the right?

          Never, research has shown that the average IQ on the political right is less than the human norm.

          • NickS 10.1.1.1.1

            No it’s not, if you go a googling it’s rather easy to find critiques which destroy that bit of stupidity mascaraeding as research from people all over the political spectrum.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1.1.1.1

              I should bloody well hope so too. I’m quite prepared to accept the notion that my adherence to left wing politics is more a function of my own bias than any innate merit, but when legion after legion of wingnuts fail to produce a scrap of evidence against it, you have to wonder.

              I could care less who advocates it, I’m only interested in policy that works.

  11. Treetop 11

    I’d really like to see a pie graph from National to show me what piece of the pie children in poverty are going to get. All children are important but the most needy cannot be abandoned.

    The following areas concern me
    Housing
    Medical care (in particular children over age 6)
    Education (including children with disabilities being main streamed to save money)
    Food security
    Childcare (in particular children with single parents)
    Employment and job training
    Personal development (after school hobbies/interests)

    • Ianupnorth 11.1

      I can’t really answer all of those Treetop but I can offer some insight into some policy change.
       
      Prior to 2008 there was a thing called the HEHA nutrition fund; this was a bulk funding scheme that allowed education providers (mainly schools and the ECE sector) to apply for funding towards schemes that promoted healthy eating and healthy action. These required an application, demonstrating a clear action plan and how the project could be sustainable, with full evaluation data to be provided to the Ministry of health. All applications were scrutinised by an independent committee comprising people from the local councils, DHB’s, PHO’s, etc. Examples included community gardens to educate families how to grow their own food, to supply communities with vegetables. Others included developing community kitchens so that parents could actually learn how to prepare fresh food rather than buying processed (expensive) junk.
       
      Whilst not perfect, it had safety nets – schools had to demonstrate a need, they had to evaluate, they were accountable for the spending – and it was targeted at schools under decile four, e.g. those in most need. This tackled number three and four on your list (possibly the last three too).
       
      Tony Ryall scrapped this, replacing it with Kiwisport, a $13.50 per pupil grant towards promoting sport. Now this was flawed for several reasons. Many schools simply use the money to buy tracksuits for the elite, others, especially rural schools with small rolls, can’t actually achieve much with a couple of hundred dollars.
       
      A prime example of increasing the gap between the haves and have nots

      • Treetop 11.1.1

        A pie graph showing the decline in funding which children in poverty no longer recieve could also be done.

        I found your comments interesting.

        Recently Hone made a comment similar to, bring the SAS home (cost is 40 million to deploy them) and use this money to feed all decile 1 – 5 schools breakfast and lunch, (cost PA 38 million).

        • Ianupnorth 11.1.1.1

          There was a speech done by one of the maori Party MP’s about two or three years ago – they pointed out that it wasn’t the free fruit from the Fruit in Schools scheme that made the difference, it was that it actually started getting communities to work towards health initiatives; shame they removed all the support roles from school support services, farmed it out to a private business and slashed funding!

          There is a need for some form of nutrition intervention; in countries like Finland every child (regardless of income/affluence) gets morning tea and lunch provided by the state. Their view is that there is so much to be gained from the formal act of sitting down and sharing a meal – it equates with a more inclusive society.

          • Treetop 11.1.1.1.1

            About a year ago I heard a nurse being interviewed on the radio who visits schools. Nurse made the comment that the fruit in school programme made a big difference in children with school sores and that there was an increase in school sores after the long summer holiday break. I do not know if warm weather is a variable.

            11.1.2 At least a track suit will keep a child warm and some children due to lack of food may not have the energy to participate in sport. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could have the track suit, sport and nutrition as then a child would get the most benefit. Sport is essential for fitness, not gaining weight and group dynamic interaction.

            My goal for children is for them to look back at their childhood and to have many happy and special memories.

      • One of the Masses 11.1.2

        Are the schools not accountable for the Kiwisport monies they receive & where they spend them? If the tracksuit example is true, then that is shocking.

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    Greenpeace NZ blog | 28-09
  • Letter to the editor – “An Alarmed World” according to The Listener
    . . This recent editorial from”The Listener”  is not one I ever thought I’d see… . . My response… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Listener <letters@listener.co.nz> date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The editor...
    Frankly Speaking | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • 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
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • 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
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand is heartened by the strong response to the inappropriate use of bikini-clad girls at a technology expo....
    Scoop politics | 27-09
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