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Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 27th, 2012 - 171 comments
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The latest Roy Morgan poll has Labour down 4.5% to 29%.

There’s no way to varnish it, this is a very bad poll for Labour, particularly for David Shearer.
Yeah, it’s just one poll, and it does come off the back of the GCSB tape debacle. But it’s part of a broader trend of Labour being unable to break out of the early 30s and late 20s.

It also comes just days after a 3 News poll showing the government isn’t trusted on the economy and education. Just when Labour should be getting traction it’s going backwards.

Seems the public just aren’t seeing Labour as a viable alternative at the moment, and the anti-government vote is being bled to the Greens and NZ First (who at 7.5% are now at their highest support since 2005).

Not exactly the news Labour was looking for just weeks out from conference.

171 comments on “29%”

  1. the sprout 1

    Yep… it’s important to persevere and give people a chance to rise to the occasion.
    But there comes a time when that perseverence becomes dellusional, dysfunctional denial.

    Members of the Labour caucus, do you honestly think Shearer is the person to lead you to Government? Time is running out to make the necessary changes.

    • outofbed 1.1

      Time is running out to make the necessary changes
      Thats what we said a year or two out from the last Election when we (the Left) was saddled with Goff
      The same arguments 3 years later.
      So National WILL win in 2014 and then who will tLABOUR choose as their leader? probably Grant Robertson, that truly amazing performer who took Labour to the dizzy heights of third place in Wellington Central at the last Election.
      Fuck them
      We need to start another party on the left
      Lets face it Labour are tired, out of ideas, and frankly don’t seem to give a fucking toss.
      As an activist I not even sure that I can be bothered to get out there anymore. whats the point?

      • the sprout 1.1.1

        i’m inclined to agree with you on all counts there oob

        • outofbed 1.1.1.1

          Can’t we crowd source a new party through blogs like this?
          500 Members and some dosh Can’t be too difficult
          A lot of us here probably have some good contacts with some high profile lefties and existing MPs. Lets start making waves.
          Name would be the most difficult
          The Democratic Labour Party
          Peoples Party of NZ
          Peoples Front of Judea :-)

          • Socialist Paddy 1.1.1.1.1

            Nah, its our party.  I vote we take it back.

            • dancerwaitakere 1.1.1.1.1.1

              I sense the need for a facebook page… a kind of leftist pressure group within Labour.

              Reclaim Labour

              A group to push for leftist policies within Labour, to support candidates that would actually pursue a agenda that we can organise for and WANT to campaign for.

          • Dave 1.1.1.1.2

            How about the Rational Party? That could annoy some of the landed gentry

      • Jim Nald 1.1.2

        “We need to start another party on the left”

        Why not reclaim the Labour Party for Labour?

        In some ways, as a former National party voter who is pissed off with the banksters, their cronies, selfish bastards, incompetent twits and rorters for hijacking that party over the years, I sympathise with Labour for being hijacked by other interests.

        • QoT 1.1.2.1

          Why not reclaim the Labour Party for Labour?

          My gut answer: entrenched shit is too entrenched.

          People often talk about how people who don’t like Labour’s direction should get involved and help change the party from within … but is that possible when the old guard clearly have such a (ultimately self-destructive) strangehold on power?

          • Peter 1.1.2.1.1

            It is possible to change it from within, but the tactics need to be different than the usual “if only I got elected to some “…

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.3

        We need to start another party on the left

        Ever consider that it already exists?

      • David H 1.1.4

        Yep. If there was ever an underwhelming party it’s Labour. I am uninspired by their leader, I am appalled by the unimaginative politicians in the caucus. Well at this rate Key could rob a bank and still not lose any popularity points, as the opposition is the proverbial wet bus ticket.

  2. Morrissey 2

    Labour needs a leader to be appointed, immediately.

    That leader is David Cunliffe.

    • Labourite 2.1

      As a paid up Party member I would have to agree with you. It is difficult to keep working for a party which seems to be intent on self destruction.

      We should have learned with Bill Rowling and other “nice” but “insignificant”leaders who dont seem to instill any confidence.

      The caucus needs to put its personal views aside and start thinking of the party as a whole.

      David Cunliffe is impressive, clever and personable and appears to be the only one who could bring the people along with him.

    • Bill 2.2

      Agree. But would add that the party needs to be gone through with a dose of epsom salts too. (The King’s, Goff’s, Mallard’s, Robertson’s, Parker’s and all the other sad bastards who cling to some version of the 1980’s Labour Party need to be unceremoniously introduced to the flushing toilet bowl.)

    • David H 2.3

      Yep put Shearer in Education Sack Mallard, Goff, Dyson,and all the rest of the Me Me’s. And get some NEW blood on the front bench. Get some who actually give a stuff for something other than their fucking wallets!

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    I don’t think it’s about the GCSB tape, it feels like Labour don’t have a clear points of difference.

    Besides, the poll also indicated the Maori part up by 2% – the only reason I could think of was that Maori are the last barrier to asset sales.

    I question the accuracy and think Labour can’t be down more than 2% max.

    • Mel 3.1

      I agree. Labour needs a clear point of difference and needs to reclaim as voters some of the one million people who did not turn out to vote in the last election.

      I for one do not believe that being National-lite and continuing the same neoliberal economic policies is the way to the Government benches. Labour need to stand up for people across New Zealand.

      How did we ever get to a place where you are most likely to belong to a union if you earn above the average wage and have a degree?

      How did we ever get to a place where the gap between the richest and poorest is at its widest ever?

      How did we ever get to a place where economists use the term ‘human capital’ as if people are just part of a monetary equation and not part of families, whanau, cultures?

      How did we get to a place where right wing propaganda is taken as fact and 30 second sound bites have replaced rich dialogue?

      How did we get to a place where a Government would even consider dismantling our quality public education system?

      Now more than ever in our history we need a strong informed democracy underpinned by values other than money.

      • Rodel 3.1.1

        Well said Mel. especially re: ‘human capital’ )
        We used to be ‘personnel’ (dunno what was before that…was it ‘labour’?)……then ‘human resources’…..now we are ‘human capital’ What’s next?..’ human chattels?’

      • geoff 3.1.2

        Most politicians probably do very well under the present system. I would be suprised if many of them didn’t have rental properties and shares in fletchers etc.

        You couldn’t expect someone like that to realistically rail against the system which is keeping them in clover.

        I think things perhaps need to get substantially worse in NZ before they get better.

    • James Henderson 3.2

      there’s always going to be some random variation in polls. The Maori Party bounces around within 1% of 2.5% nearly every poll.

      But Labour’s drop is very large and against trend. Either it’s a rogue, like when the Greens polled 17% for a single poll earlier this year, or there’s a cause. So, is there a possible cause?

      Well, you just have to look at the GCSB video debacle. Shearer really put his brand on the line with that one and he came up well, well short. He can no longer be seen as a honest guy who stays out of the much because he just went and hurled an unsubstantiated rumour at Key, and handled it tactically poorly by mentioning a video that he didn’t have – that made the story all about Shearer’s inability to back up his claim, rather than the claim itself.

      The worry is, will this kind of ineptitude strike Shearer again during the campaign (a worry for the Left’s point of view) or if he becomes PM (a worry for voters who are accessing his ability to do the job)?

      • Blue 3.2.1

        Shearer never actually had a ‘brand’ – except for amongst political journalists, who are the only people who ever pay any attention to him. And that’s usually when they don’t want to write bad things about Key so they try to drum up something to say about Shearer, even though he rarely does anything interesting.

        The general public still have trouble remembering his name.

        That’s why I was surprised by this poll result – surely it couldn’t be anything Shearer did, because no one knows or cares what he does.

        But it’s just possible that the public saw the spectacle over the GCSB tape and decided Shearer is as much of a nong as John Key.

      • Dr Terry 3.2.2

        JH – You wonder if this ineptitude might strike Shearer “again”! To my mind he has been steadily inept ever since he entered parliament. It is not his fault, he just cannot be other than he is, which applies to all of us. The Labour Party as a whole must be held to account.

    • David H 3.3

      “I question the accuracy and think Labour can’t be down more than 2% max”

      Why?

      At the moment Labour couldn’t organise an orgy in a Brothel. let alone topple one of the most corrupt governments in history.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    “There’s no way to varnish it”
    Yes there is. We can compare this polls to recent trends. Here’s my take on it, as I posted yesterday in Open Mike:
    “Looks like under-sampling of Labour coupled with oversampling of MP and maybe NZFirst. So I’m not too concerned.”

    I’d say if we correct for this and compare to the trend, Labour might be at 32%. In other words haven’t gained any ground, but haven’t really lost much either.

    • just saying 4.1

      Can you explain a four percent increase in undersampling of the Labour vote relative to its true proportion, since last month? True, it could be a blip, but the bigger the difference the more unlikely that is.

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        “True, it could be a blip, but the bigger the difference the more unlikely that is.”
        That’s only true to an extent, like if the difference were 7-8% or greater.

        It’s not just that Labour’s vote has fallen by 4.5% though, it’s that there are other unusual rises to. Obviously their share of the vote has to go somewhere, but if we saw rises in National and Greens and smaller rises in the other parties it would be more believable.

        Instead what we see is the MP polling at their highest rate, 3.5%, in a long time, off a steady 1.5-2% background. Now the Maori Council’s push back on MRP sales has been in the news a lot, but the MP specifically hasn’t been, so I would be hesistant to ascribe their uptick in support to that issue. Similarly NZFirst is at the highest polling levels in a long time; admittedly off another gain in the last poll. Now they could be sucking up some of National’s support, but likewise I don’t think they’ve done anything recently to deserve such an uptick.

        Another aspect to consider: the last poll may have exaggerated Labour’s support, and this poll under-estimates their support, giving what looks like a large swing but actually is just fluctuation around their true level of support.

        • pete 4.1.1.1

          You’re correct Lanthanide: the previous Roy Morgan poll was about 1.5% above trend. This one is about 3% below, i.e. within the margin of error.

  5. millsy 5

    I think the strategy of thinking that the voters would get sick of National and throw them out isnt working.

    Time for a new plan.

    • Luva 5.1

      Agreed. It is quite clear that there is a core National vote in 40 plus% region. How else can anyone explain their cosistently high polling through the past 12 month. There has not been a posititve thing said about them since the elction.

      • James Henderson 5.1.1

        only 10 years ago, National polled 21%. Clearly, it’s core is a lot less than 40%.

        The explanation for its support not falling further could be lack of a credible alternative to Key.

        • Luva 5.1.1.1

          ummm I am not sure an election result from a decade ago answers the query I raised…peculiar.

          Why does this core of people continue to support the governement in a time of economic turmoil when they fuck up week after week.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.1

            Damn good question. Why do people continue to support an obviously corrupt and incompetent government that’s making life more difficult for the majority of people?

        • Dr Terry 5.1.1.2

          Exactly JH. Key is laughing all the way when he has an “opposition” like this. He is far ahead by default.

  6. Labour must now listen to the voters, when the nacts are committing several attacks on
    people and our democracy,the polls should be going up,not down.
    People i talk to dont like shearer as leader and he should never have been given the
    position when he had no experiance,whereas cunliffe would have been the better
    person to lead,if he had have been, the labour party figures would have been much
    healthier and stayed that way.
    If there is an early election,labour must be ready and not still ‘testing’ shearer’s ability.

  7. ak 7

    Entirely predictable. It’s Anomie Times, wherein the headline and first para and the 6 o’clock 10 second soundbite rules the polls.

    Winnie’s had some cracker soundbites recently (Norman also to a lesser degree), Dunnokey’s acted the innocent relentlessly, and Shearer’s worst stammering is all they’ve played. That, and the relentless bennie-teacher-maori-bash, of course.

    Fuggeddabout substance: the one-in-ten Block-watching anti-politicorati rule, and remain at the total mercy of the “put-up-or-shut-up” style fatcat-owned drip-feeders.

    Prediction: “Winston warming to National” next moron-bite on the rank, to be repeated ad nauseam from now to 14, despite any actual events or utterances whatsoever.

  8. Hopefully Labour gets replaced by the Greens one of these days. It does such a poor job of confronting National, and in many of its policies it is just National with the word ‘Labour’ written on it. We will never see free education, decent wages, an end to child poverty or anything that turns New Zealand around under Labour; even Winston could do a better job than Labour. No wonder people are deserting Labour in droves for other parties. But this isn’t just a trend restricted to New Zealand, it is a trend in Europe that so-called ‘democratic socialist’ parties are being replaced by green party like movements. xD

    • fatty 8.1

      true…people have seen the reality of third wayism, and the centre left parties have struggled to be taken seriously ageing.
      But how did Ed Miliband turn Labour around?
      – I haven’t been keeping up with their policies. I’m guessing it wasn’t by diddling about in the middle trying to look relaxed.

    • George D 8.2

      Except that the Greens don’t yet have a credible plan for taking electorates, and haven’t managed to push into the 15-25% margin. I believe both will come, but both will require time and work, or a strong set of events that pushes public support their way. In the meantime, Labour’s losses will be soaked up by non-voters, National, NZF, and the Greens (in about that order).

    • geoff 8.3

      My problem with the greens is that I see the appearance of reasonableness that Norman and Turei are successfully projecting but i have no idea about what lurks further down the list…

    • Dr Terry 8.4

      Truly spoken kiwi!

  9. Fortran 9

    Greens are the way to go, unless Labour can get its act together very very soon.
    Looks like Grant and Jacinta would be the best option.
    Remember ABC – still applicable.
    If not the Greens will take a large slab of Labour’s voters in 2014, which is not very far away.

  10. AmaKiwi 10

    ABC was a creation of the old guard in caucus, NOT the membership.

    No rank and file member ever told me THEY had a problem with Cunliffe as leader.

    • KhandallahMan 10.1

      #Anakiwi.  Very true.  
      The continueing of the ABC behaviour by the Wellington Central claque, as promoted by “Fortran” and “Jim Nald”, is what has the party in this bloody mess.  That nihilist behaviour has to stop now. The way to stop it is to vote against the power-centralising Remits that the NZ Council has proposed.   The Party Conference next month has to be the time that the membership takes back control of the party from Robertson and his side-kicks.  Cunliffe has to step up to save the party. 

  11. Raymond A Francis 11

    If Grant and Jacinta are the answer someone is asking the wrong question
    What, we need two people who have done nothing but be political junkies all their lives and have no real feeling/experience about the downtrodden to run the country, even national can do better than that!

    My call on this is it is just one poll and not a series showing an ongoing trend
    Labour should be polling well, National has done nothing right and a lot wrong since the election, ignore the M.P. they are history but so will the Labour party be if some nit wits decide to split the left by starting another party
    If you are unhappy with Labour put your money where your mouth is and sign up, there are so few financial members it would not take many to institute serious changes

    And the big message is don’t panic it is early days yet

    • outofbed 11.1

      And the big message is don’t panic it is early days yet

      It is not early days, we had three years waiting for the inevitable Goff defeat
      Dont panic they said
      now we are 2 yrs away from the next defeat and I am being assured ” not to Panic”
      I am not panicking just about to give up

      • gobsmacked 11.1.1

        Yep.

        The three stages of silence …

        1) Too early … give them a chance.
        2) Still time … don’t panic.
        3) Too late … the election’s coming! Don’t rock the boat!

        It’s an established political ploy, to serve the incumbent leadership in a party. It’s very old.

        • Jim Nald 11.1.1.1

          Thanks for this.
          Must forward these to Grant and Jacinda :-)
          Folks like Mr Matthew Hooton and I are hoping the wider Labour Party membership is comatose :-) :-)

    • David H 11.2

      “If you are unhappy with Labour put your money where your mouth is and sign up, there are so few financial members it would not take many to institute serious changes”

      As much as I hate to say it I have given up throwing good money after bad, and at the moment any financial support for labour whilst Shearer and his minders are in power, and the trough feeders are still there as well, is BAD spending. You want my support ? Then LISTEN to ME!

  12. Ad 12

    In 2005 Labour polled 41%! I miss Clark and Cullen. They were mild to start with, but their legacy is surprisingly strong.

    Labour has let minor parties splinter their base underneath them.
    Part of that – not all – is weak leadership since Clark fell from favour.

    Key is funny and popular. Even if his policies are shit and many departments poorly managed. Even if by 2014 he is tarnished like Clark was. The leader versus leader metric really matters.

    But there is no progressive leader to match him currently.

    If Labour’s leader can’t compete against Key, get one that can. To me being able to beat New Zealand’s most popular Prime Minister is the most important Labour leadership criteria.

    This has to change.

    • QoT 12.1

      I miss Clark and Cullen.

      Me too. She had the brains and gravitas, he had … the brains and the gravitas also.

      • Anne 12.1.1

        There are a two interesting parallels between Helen Clark’s situation in the the 1980s, and that which David Cunliffe appears to be confronting twenty or so years later.

        Helen had her enemies and detractors in both the Labour caucus and among some in the local Auckland membership in particular. Their attempts to derail her both politically and personally began even before she entered parliament, and it continued for more than a decade. She stuck it out and eventually won the day.

        The interesting parallels lie in the reasons why some in the 80s caucus were so opposed to Helen:

        1) It was ideological. The faction responsible wanted to move Labour to the Right.

        2) They saw Helen as someone who was not only a threat to their political agenda, but she was seen as a threat to each and everyone of them at a personal political level too.

        I suspect the real reasons for the anti-Cunliffe sentiment are exactly the same as those Helen encountered. The irony is, when she did become Prime Minister she didn’t move Labour to the Left or the Right. She was a pragmatist who operated within the bounds of that which she knew was acceptable to the majority of the voters of the day.

  13. gobsmacked 13

    I’m not a Labour “insider”, and I don’t keep up with who is BFF with who, so … this is a genuine question:

    Who are the 17?

    Who are the MPs who are implacably opposed to David Cunliffe winning the election for Labour?

    I cannot understand their mentality, their depths of self-destructive hatred, their willingness to stay in opposition … so I’d like to know who they are.

    Or are they in fact less than 17, are there some swing votes who just said “let’s give Shearer a go”, and now could be regretting it?

    There is this repeated line that ‘caucus won’t pick Cunliffe’, but is it true? Can we name names?

    Mallard? Goff, King, Parker? Who?

    • Ad 13.1

      1. Shearer
      2. Robertson
      3. Ardern
      4. Goff
      5. King
      6. Parker
      7. Mallard
      8. Faafoi
      9. Street
      10. Jones
      11. Robertson
      12. Twyford
      13. Hipkins
      …after that I just seriously can’t remember their names.

      Anyone help?

      If MP’s want to deny it they should come on the site and say so.

      • gobsmacked 13.1.1

        Twyford? I thought he was smarter than that.

        The others I can believe. Disappointed in Street, if she’s one.

        • Ad 13.1.1.1

          Twyford is just the new Jonathan Hunt: goes where the caucus wind goes, precisely when it’s turning.

          • Anne 13.1.1.1.1

            Phil Twyford and David Shearer are close friends from way back… long before either entered parliament. His support in such circumstances is understandable.

            • gobsmacked 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Let’s hope he’s a good friend. An honest one.

              “David, you could be Minister of Education or Foreign Affairs in a Labour-Green government, for two terms or more. Isn’t that better than being Don Brash (2005)?”

              • Anne

                Shearer also has some very good ideas re-scientific and industrial research projects that would help keep our best and brightest scientists and innovators in NZ. Their successes could benefit NZ to the tune of billions of dollars. At the moment they’re going off-shore to places like the USA and Canada.

                He would also make an ideal Minister for Science and Innovation.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.2

        14. O’Connor.

      • geoff 13.1.3

        I don’t think Shearer would have Shane Jones’ support now…

      • fatty 13.1.4

        If I had to list the most incompetent Labour MPs, the list would look very similar. Is there really a reason why Cunliffe would want to stay with this gang of no-hopers?

      • Blue 13.1.5

        15. Darien Fenton.

        • Socialist Paddy 13.1.5.1

          And the woman calls herself a Socialist.

          To all activist members out there. Look at the list above and start organizing. Selections come up in 12 months or so and the list conferences will be occurring. Now is the time to find alternative candidates, people who will actually do what is good for the country and for the party, not what is best for their personal advancement.

      • tc 13.1.6

        Curran, also lost 10% of the party vote. With dead wood like that is it any surprise.

        DC was stitched up by MP’s who ignored LEC directives so who would blame him if he left but luckily for Labour he’s a true believer and like others in the party but not necessarily parliament who’ve been mugged by the mallarfia wants to turn it around.

        Dc would’ve viscerated key and not shirked the hard calls on non performing shadow ministers. DS is a nice guy who will finish last if left to run to the finish.

        • Socialist Paddy 13.1.6.1

          Three of the largest losses of the party vote occurred in Auckland Central (Ardern), Wellington Central (Robertson) and Dunedin South (Curran). And these people are in control?

      • dancerwaitakere 13.1.7

        But it is quite a serious suggestion that MPs who want to keep this neoliberal, old guard in charge should be deselected.

        Bloody easy way to get some fresh blood in the party.

        Lets organise so that the Labour Party can be handed back to the PEOPLE, or let it suffer the same fate as the Liberal.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.7.1

          Basically yeah. Even in seats where it is unlikely that an otherwise popular but Right Wing incumbent MP would be unseated, they need to be challenged and challenged hard by good candidates during selection.

      • David H 13.1.8

        Dyson
        Chauvelle

      • hush minx 13.1.9

        Dyson and David Clark

  14. The media rolled Shearer over Key’s GCSB tape .. the nancy boys and girls were too quick to fall back into step with Dunnokeyo Key and his “show me” mark II defense. Christ if Key hadn’t given them that out they might of had to do some ya know, actual journalism and stuff. Am utterly sick of journalists leaving it to politicians to ask the hard questions. Where is their own intellectual curiosity? Down around their ankles with their integrity perhaps?

    It’s not the first time the media has rolled the Labour party to fall headfirst into abject devotion of Dunnokeyo Key denials and lies. The media have yet to ask how Dunnokeyo Key managed to work with Andrew Krieger some six months after the man left currency trading, despite all the work Krieger was putting through Key’s trading room apparently making Key’s Auckland trading room “the number one dealing room in the country?”

    In their haste to pull one over Helen Clark’s Labour Government the fourth estate missed the biggest hoodwink of New Zealand voters of all time. Did our PM lie to the Serious Fraud Office in 1991 and did he go on to lie, and elabourately so, to cover up those actions in the lead up to the 2008 elections?

    http://politicallycorrected.webs.com – check out the links, specifically the Oliver Driver interview where Key talks about working with Andrew Krieger when Key joined Bankers Trust in 1987 (an impossibility if Key’s SFO statement is to be believed)

  15. Tiger Mountain 15

    Well shock horror, let the conference and financial members at large decide who leads Labour, and who ticks off on the policy boxes. Give Cunnie back his beard, doc martens and a bit of steel up his policy spine and NZ Labour won’t look back.

    As before I am not an LP member but can no longer watch the polticial equivalent of a bunch of boy scouts trying to erect a tent in dark weather with tab A and slot B missing.

  16. KhandallaMan 16

    Sorry Jim. Too hasty. My error in not reading your piece correctly.

  17. Chalupa Batman 17

    Its funny but the right-wingers who come onto this site and tell you sniveling hand-wringers whats wrong with Labour and why people aren’t responding get pilloried fot it.

    1. Key is popular yet you lefties sneer at him for it “ooh Keys just smile and wave”
    – Yet hes seen of Clark and Goff and will probably see off Shearer as well.

    2. Nationals in power because of Key but again you sneer at it “ooh Nationals only in power because of Key”
    – Isn’t the point to be in power so you can get things done?

    3. Labour is not the party of working class NZ it is now seen as the party of special interest groups masquerading under the Labour banner
    -The Union wing, the rainbow wing, the conservative wing, the feminist wing etc etc You can’t be all things to all people

    4. Nobody likes disloyalty especially NZ where we expect everyone to get a fair go but the impression is Labour would rather not be in power if it means someone they don’t like is in charge
    – not to rub salt into wounds but how close was Goff to being PM, if only his MPs had backed him

    5. People know what National is about, people get annoyed at half-wit MPs (and their supporters) banging on about big business etc etc.
    – Its not a big secret, we know it and we’re ok with it.

    6. This ones a question. Why does it seem that every time Labour has the govt. on the ropes Labour themselves say or do something dumb and let the govt. get away?

    7. Stop blaming the media for Labours own mistakes.
    – Makes you sound like whiny little bitches.

    • Tiger Mountain 17.1

      “the bitch keeps bitch’n , the sntitcher keeps snitch’n… ”
      aopol to K.Rtichard

    • felix 17.2

      Oh Chalupa. So much rage when you ought to be pleased with yourself.

      “Its funny but the right-wingers who come onto this site and tell you sniveling hand-wringers whats wrong with Labour and why people aren’t responding get pilloried fot it.”

      Actually right wingers usually come here and tell us everything’s ok and Shearer just needs a bit of time.

      ” Key is popular yet you lefties sneer at him for it “ooh Keys just smile and wave””

      No, he doesn’t get sneered at for being popular at all. He gets sneered at because his popularity is entirely due to the smiling and waving and piss drinking, and some of us reckon there’s a bit more to the job than that. Like reading papers, paying attention in briefings, keeping control of our intelligence agencies, knowing what ministers are up to etc etc.

      “Nationals in power because of Key but again you sneer at it “ooh Nationals only in power because of Key”
      – Isn’t the point to be in power so you can get things done?”

      So why have you lot been bleating for 4 years that they haven’t really done anything? Your revolution has come down to trivial tweaking. The brighter future has hopped on a plane to oz. The nanny state grows tentacles daily and taxes charges fees & levies have gone through the roof. Can’t even organise a single freakin’ asset sale. Still, I agree with you that they’re only in power because of Key, but it doesn’t seem to be doing them/you a lot of good in the big picture. (I reckon that’s one source of your rage, if you care to examine it.)

      “Labour is not the party of working class NZ it is now seen as the party of special interest groups masquerading under the Labour banner
      -The Union wing, the rainbow wing, the conservative wing, the feminist wing etc etc You can’t be all things to all people”

      Yeah yeah, you don’t like gays, women and workers having input into politics. What kind of fuckwit thinks gays, women and workers are “special interest groups”? Anyway in your list of wings you forgot to mention Labour’s “right wing”. That’s the one “leading” the party, and that’s the one fucking it all up.

      “Nobody likes disloyalty especially NZ where we expect everyone to get a fair go but the impression is Labour would rather not be in power if it means someone they don’t like is in charge
      – not to rub salt into wounds but how close was Goff to being PM, if only his MPs had backed him”

      Sorry I have no idea what this means. I’m not entirely convinced you do either.

      “People know what National is about, people get annoyed at half-wit MPs (and their supporters) banging on about big business etc etc.
      – Its not a big secret, we know it and we’re ok with it.”

      If that were true, your earlier point about National only being in power because of Key would be bullshit, and the party would be just as electable under, say, Joyce. Think it through, McArthur.

      “This ones a question. Why does it seem that every time Labour has the govt. on the ropes Labour themselves say or do something dumb and let the govt. get away?”

      Because they’re incompetent, cowardly, and facing the wrong way. Have you been paying attention to this discussion at all? Did you read the post?

      “Stop blaming the media for Labours own mistakes.
      – Makes you sound like whiny little bitches.”

      Ok I think you’re working from last year’s talking points. This post, and the ensuing discussion, and the many, many discussions had here along similar lines over the past year (actually the past 4 years if you weren’t born last week), are doing nothing of the sort.

      The reason the Labour party is saddled with such a lame duck leader is because the morons running it listened to idiots like you repeating talking points from cretins like Hooten and Simon Lusk.

      Maybe this time they’ll listen to the rest of us instead.

  18. Bruce 18

    What’s with all the negativity? All I saw was this bit:

    “If a National Election were held today this New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll says a Labor/ Greens/ New Zealand First Coalition would be likely to form government.”

    • Saw that, noted it, took heart : )

    • gobsmacked 18.2

      If that’s all you saw, then you must be wearing the same blinkers as some Labour MPs.

      Care to explain why the Greens would be happy in such a government? Why should they deliver (on this poll) about 17 MPs to Shearer-Parker-Peters?

      All minor parties lose votes (and MPs) in government. So if the Greens are going to sacrifice good people, they’ll want – and deserve – good results.

      They would be fully entitled to stay out of a pale-blue government.

      • McFlock 18.2.1

        They are.

        And I think that this will be the mature phase of MMP – the realisation that a party can support another on confidence and supply without being tied to Cabinet collective responsibility.

        It makes the government listen to the contributing parties rather than just absorbing them and making them share the blame.

      • Bruce 18.2.2

        Hello Gobsmacked
        You accuse me of having blinkers on which I guess makes me feel defensive – let me be clear about my position:
        * I am a voter of the left (I have voted Labour all my voting life).
        * Generally I agree with comments made by yourself, therefore I’m on your side.
        * I am here to view and sometimes respond to comments by like minded people – not wind people up (unlike right-wing commentators in my opinion).
        * Shearer is pissing me off with his finger pointing without backing himself up. I don’t like his seemingly passive behavior, and his stupid beneficiary bashing bandwagon approach. Other opposition parties are kicking Labour’s arse at the moment and polls like this reflect that. These combined issues are making me think I will vote Green in the next election for the first time in my life.

        I *want* Labour to win the next election, but I don’t want them to think they will win it by default.

        • Colonial Viper 18.2.2.1

          You just listed a bunch of reasons which made you somewhat negative, but you originally said there was not much to be negative about. Huh?

          • Bruce 18.2.2.1.1

            CV – come on mate, cut me some slack as a political novice. My comments were defensive but not that negative.

            • Bruce 18.2.2.1.1.1

              CV and Gobsmacked – ripping into the already converted does not help. Work on those that are sitting on the fence please.

            • Colonial Viper 18.2.2.1.1.2

              Dude, I’m not going postal on your ass. I’m just pointing out that at 18 you suggested there was nothing really to be that negative about.

              And at 18.2.2 you suggested that Shearer was pissing you off so much that you were considering, for the first time ever, not voting Labour.

              • Bruce

                So what? I was suggesting that under an MMP system the left can currently win NZ Government. I’m saying Labour is doing a piss poor job – this is stating the bleeding obvious.

                • Jenny

                  …..I was suggesting that under an MMP system the left can currently win NZ Government.

                  Bruce

                  Is New Zealand First of the left?

                  Would Peters back Labour or National?

                  Would Peters ever willingly enter into a coalition agreement including the Greens, especially if he had another option?

                  Two things rule against it. One Peters is a natural conservative. Two, he has previously vehemently ruled out working with the Green Party.

                  Has anyone asked Winston Peters lately if NZF has changed their position towards the Greens?

                  If not, then any talk of a Labour NZF Green coalition can only be a potential possibility, equal in potential to a National NZF coalition..

    • James Henderson 18.3

      Roy Morgan does good polling but its political analysis is notoriously naive (it’s Australian, so understandable).

      On the current numbers, would Peters play third fiddle to Shearer and Norman (and Turei) or second fiddle to Key? It’s too big of a risk for the Left – although, I personally like to think Peters would go with Labour-Greens.

      The second thing is that people elect Prime Ministers. This polling tells us something about how people perceive Shearer as an alternative to Key. People aren’t going to vote for parties that mean a new PM unless they believe there is a viable alternative.

      Third, Labour people want to stop feeling ashamed of their party. At 29%, some quarter of a million people who voted Labour in 2005 now don’t want to be associated with the brand.

  19. Tom 19

    Talk is cheap and I have doubts about the effectiveness of scribbling on an open blog but let me make one suggestion.

    Key says he does not do forensics.

    The term can be broadly interpreted, but let’s get someone who can.

    Shearer would be wise to step back a bit and give a few analysts who have spent time in the trenches have a go.

    That sounds like Robertson, Cunliffe, and some I may not know.

    There, I’ve said it. I feel better already ! Cheers ..

  20. xtasy 20

    David Shearer – I hear there is a nice top job going at the UN! Maybe consider applying now?!

  21. The Stepper 21

    No way Shearer will step down – it’s not in Robertson’s interests for him to do so.

    Wait for the narrow National win in 2014, possibly with NZ First in tow, possibly the Conservatives (though I doubt they will get over the mark). Key steps down mid-next term, easy win for Labour in the next election.

    Note how quiet Robertson is at the moment? Doesn’t want to be tarred with the Shearer brush. But he is in a perfect position to sweep to the Labour leadership post election and trounce Joyce (being the likely next National leader) in the 2017 election. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Robertson has the old guard in his pocket right now, ready to step down – or just not stand at the next election, or do it late 2015-mid-2016 to cause a by-election or two to test the waters – when he steps up. He strikes me a very savvy operator.

  22. Ad 22

    If we put Him in a tux, sucked his chin in, put him in the gym for a year, gave him some snappy one-liners, and a political license to kill, and squinted, could David Cunliffe resemble Daniel Craig?

    The next leader of the Labour Party should really be James Bond.

    • lol doesn’t need to be J Bond though… there are a lot of types better than the Johnny English we have now

    • KhandallaMan 22.2

      Cunliffe is just fine as he is. No need for a make over. Definitely no need for speech coaching from Iain Fraser!
      The people of New Lynn, who have elected him over and over with a bigger and bigger majority each time, think he is hot enought. Soon the people of New Zealand will get a chance to vote for a party led by Cunliffe. The time has come to stop the stupidity of the past four years.

      • Jenny 22.2.1

        The next leader of the Labour Party should really be James Bond.

        Ad

        He needs to be a Winston Churchill. Gruff, uncompromising, determined, inspiring. I think we would all agree Cunliffe is closer to this ideal than Shearer.

    • QoT 22.3

      I liked his more recent beardy-scruff look. But that’s my personal taste.

  23. fatty 23

    Have all the Labour voters moved to Aussie? The people that I know have moved over the ditch, and there have been quite a few, I doubt any would have voted National.
    Perhaps that’s why National is stimulating the young drain – unemployment doesn’t get out of control, and Labour lose their voters

    • they can still vote.

      • fatty 23.1.1

        true…it’ll be interesting to see what the overseas votes are at the next election. The problem is that there is even less motivation to vote when living overseas, especially when you have no intention of coming home anytime soon. If I was living in Aussie and I looked at the current political circus going on over here, I wouldn’t be heading back anytime soon.

  24. tsmithfield 24

    Labour should be ashamed of themselves. Even as a right winger I agree that there has been lots of opportunities recently for Labour to capitalise on the problems National has had recently. Labour hasn’t shown much in the way of tangible results despite all the opportunities it has had. National may well lift its game and Labour will have lost its opportunities.

    It might help Labour’s credibility if they didn’t keep getting caught out making shit up.

  25. infused 25

    And you guys STILL don’t get why this is happening.

    • gobsmacked 25.1

      But you’re here to tell us. Thanks!

      (please don’t disappoint and say “coz Labour aren’t National”, as if Clark never won any elections)

    • fatty 25.2

      from the I’ve read, a lot of people here know what the problem is with Labour. Are you gonna say why you think it’s happening?

    • “And you guys STILL don’t get why this is happening.”

      3 reasons uppermost in my mind

      …Um Labour don’t want to object and oppose the clowns in power too vehemently cos they want to do fairly well much the same thing when they get in.

      …Maybe polls are rigged. (try ringing someone different for a change)

      …Nzers have fallen into a coma~or some such similar near death state-comfortably blind~cause: overeating or half-starved.

  26. Binders full of women 26

    Don’t care if it’s Shearer or Cunliffe… just please please please get rid of olde guard.. give that Richie Cunningham fella a go and maybe John Tamihere + Maharey + Brian Gould then us Waitakere men would come flooding back. Actually warming to Shane Jones as well- I feel he is on the side of workers (not meant as a bene bash- more of a green bash cos they wanna shut down everything). Waitakere man out.

    • gobsmacked 26.1

      Nice try but you overdid the performance. 4/10.

      Homework: Wedge-driving for Dummies, chapter one.

      • Colonial Viper 26.1.1

        I think it was pretty obvious sarcasm myself…”Binders full of women” sorta gave it away. Just IMO

        • Jenny 26.1.1.1

          Yes I picked it as a joke as well. Bfw might as well have suggested Shame Jones as leader and Tamihere on the front bench.

  27. Treetop 27

    Labour need to focus on young voters and those who do not vote. By getting out on voting day people will get the government they voted for. No use sitting around and complaining when you did not vote or thinking that your vote does not count when it does.

  28. Saarbo 28

    The November conference will be a good time for Labour to decentralise some of the leadership decision making to the members. This will help revitalise the membership and rebuild Labour.

    Caucus have made a major mistake in appointing David Shearer as Leader, he is simply too inexperienced. The Membership were clearly behind Cunliffe for the same reason that right wing commentators were supporting Shearer, they knew Cunliffe has the brains, drive and experience to rebuild and change Labour into a strong Party that New Zealanders want to support.

    Cunliffe needs to be provided with an opportunity to become Prime Minister, from what I have seen of him since starting in politics in the early 2000’s he could become one of our better leaders. He needs a chance and I am sure the members will make sure it happens.

    • Jenny 28.1

      The November conference will be a good time for Labour to decentralise some of the leadership decision making to the members. This will help revitalise the membership and rebuild Labour.

      Caucus have made a major mistake in appointing David Shearer as Leader, he is simply too inexperienced….

      Saarbo

      The reason David Shearer was promoted despite his inexperience, was because of the flax roots backlash against the recycled neoliberal leadership of Phil Goff. To be able to still continue in this same general policy direction, the (conservative) Labour caucus needed a clean skin with no discernable links to a neo-liberal past.

      A more democratic flax roots led Labour Party could see a real return to the even earlier Labour Party tradition. (pre 1984).

      All my best wishes to the Labour Party membership in revitalising their party at their upcoming conference.

  29. redfred 29

    Helen Kelly, get her into Parliament asap. She is smart, can debate and comes across well.

    If only someone like Mallard would retire, by election get Kelly in there. Get rid of Shearer; he comes across as a well meaning bumbling uncle.

    Probably need to drop the top 10 on the Labour list, all have performed dreadfully. Dreams are free, I’ll no doubt vote for Mana with my list vote again

  30. karol 30

    Labour list 2011.
     
    David Sh…?  Who?  Where?
     
    And for that matter Grant who?
     
    And look who came immediately after Goff and King?
     
    What has Labour been thinking since 2011?

  31. ak 31

    Yeah but why stop at Cunners and Kelly? There’s bound to be other Messiahs who can save us all the trouble of writing, leafletting, helping out foodbanks, CPAG, unions, benny advocacy groups, women’s refuge etc – you know, actually practising what we preach, instead of just moaning and wailing and blaming it all on Shearer or whowever’s the next poor sap that we burden with the impossible task of usurping massive, entrenched power.

    It’s been going on for quite a while…..

    And Cunners entered the conference to the acclaim of all, who laid palms before him. And noting the presence of lying, thieving scum, he picked up his rhetorical whip and drove them from that night’s 6 ‘clock rugby ground. But the high priests and scribes went among the crowd with the Herald, and quietly reclaimed the 6 o’clocker.

    Anyone else remember how the rest went?

    Akshly, it worked out ok in the end. Progression moves in mysterious, inexorable ways. But it took time, and work.

    From the many, not any one.

    Life’s a precious gift: embrace it and use it with courage – or waste it, waiting in purgatory like lost, trapped sheep.

  32. Sam 32

    Hmm yeah but just because _you_, as clear bastions of the One True Left, like Cunliffe doesn’t automatically mean that everyone else does. In fact a lot of “ordinary people” find him disingenuous and smarmy.

  33. Bruce 33

    Lets look at what Key does: We have an issue important to many NZers… “Oh shit lets tell the voters what they want to hear to make criticisms go away”

    Shearer could learn from this.. while its not ethical, it works.

  34. Descendant Of Smith 34

    At this point I care little about the people cause I want to know about the policies Labour are going to adopt.

    I could add to my old list but seriously can Labour in it’s current guise come even close to implementing a single left wing policy such as:

    8 hour workingday
    40 hour working week
    Decent minimum wage
    Increased taxation of the well off
    Increasing benefit rates to a liveable amount – at minimum putting the $20-00 per week back on benefits – you know the $20 per week they put back on super and the one they had 9 years to put back on benefits but did not
    Centralised wage bargaining forcing firms to compete on the quality of the product and service not on who can pay the crappiest wage
    Ensuring minimum salaries are say 120% of the minimum wage to stop employers getting around the minimum wage requirements
    Building more state housing and letting people live in their state houses for their entire life if they wish – you know giving people security
    Employing people with disabilites and young people in the public sector to give them an opportunity for a decent life and a good start – cause the private sector won’t and will never employ them all
    Regional development to support rural areas and not just farmers

    These things were not even “left” when I was growing up they were normal

    Maybe I’ve missed their press releases – don’t tell me Labours not a rightwing party.

    • LynW 34.1

      Yep, I’m with you DOS. Is it really too much to expect a fair and reasonable system for the majority of New Zealanders.

    • Draco T Bastard 34.2

      Ensuring minimum salaries are say 120% of the minimum wage to stop employers getting around the minimum wage requirements

      That can be addressed with the same legislation that brings back a 40 hour week – double time for any work over 40 hours.

  35. Phil 35

    Anyone else think about the irony of a King being the only one to take effective action against a conservative government?
    An unelected monarch going in to bat against a flagship Tory policy?
    Makes me giggle.
    Oh, and while I’m at the gates of irony, what’s this bout no Jacinda, no Chardonnay socialists leading the Labour party? This when we have a Labour MP openly demonstrating against those of another sexual persuasion, animals, I think was how he described gays.
    What a hoot, where is that old Solidarity from our current crop of leaders?
    Also, and thankfully finally, as my sides are hurting now, reclaim the party? Start another party of the left? Think Scargill and the “Real Labour Party” back in the UK, now that was a wild and woolly ride I can tell you. Having to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes at this point.
    Labour? Over and out.
    I don’t mind being politically homeless anymore, it’s better than being politically shameless.

    • kiwicommie 35.1

      Anarchist-Communism and Anarcho-Capitalism are better alternatives to being ‘left’ or ‘right’ as non-state systems without corporations are a far better ideal than state socialism or state capitalism. The ‘left’ or ‘right’ still makes you pay for electricity, education, healthcare and water (rather than giving it out for free through progressive taxation); government can be described as just another inefficient, democratically elected corporation or a state monopoly. But for now it is fun to just vote for parties based on issues you believe in, usually small parties have something to offer.

  36. Leopold 36

    No – Keep Helen Kelly out -she is far more valuable in rebuilding the union movement than being a powerless backbencher in the Loser Party

  37. burt 37

    Still 20% too high !

  38. Matthew Hooton 38

    David Shearer would be much higher than this if he hadn’t accepted Grant Robertson and Fran Mold’s advice re the claim about the GCSB video. A real shame for Mr Shearer.

    • Paul 38.1

      A sincere comment?
      Or just the usual bait?

      • Matthew Hooton 38.1.1

        both!

      • Anne 38.1.2

        If it’s sincere then a fair enough comment.

        If it’s merely bait then we know what to think of the claim.

        So, which is it Matthew?

        Edit: both! – it would seem.

        So folks he hasn’t told us anything that wasn’t already known or guessed.

        Conclusion: must try harder.

        • Matthew Hooton 38.1.2.1

          i said, it’s both

        • Paul 38.1.2.2

          Bait is trivia – isn’t that looking for a unintelligent debate?
          A sincere view is the opposite as it is open to new ideas.
          If you want to persuade people round to your point of view, don’t play games.
          I am assuming you voted National or another party of the right. You are on a left wing blog site.
          Why are you arguing the case for Mr Shearer? Would you vote Labour if he was leader?

          • Matthew Hooton 38.1.2.2.1

            I think I have voted for Act more than for National, but, in general, I am a National voter. But I would be more likely to vote Labour were David Shearer its leader than, say, David Cunliffe or Grant Robertson. I think that is true of most of my friends who are more centrist than I am, and who have a record of switching between National and Labour.

            • Jim Nald 38.1.2.2.1.1

              Let’s hope David Shearer is reading this because if he is chasing after votes like Mr Hooton’s, then Shearer should leave the Labour Party asap and join National.

              But if I were Michelle Boag, I would slam National’s door shut in Shearer’s face.

            • mickysavage 38.1.2.2.1.2

              That does it. I am supporting Cunliffe …

              • McFlock

                lol

                The tories here remind me of the orders Churchill gave to some of the irregular warfare units in WW2: they were tasked with sowing “alarm and despondency” among axis forces.

    • Dv 38.2

      And mr Key would be a lot higher. Too if he didnt “forget” so much. A real shame for mr Key.

    • PlanetOrphan 38.3

      That’s the problem with “Spoken Mystery”, DS handles it much better than JK without a doubt.
      But never worthy of continued silence, get the info out and move on.
      Don’t let it sidetrack the issues NZ are looking for.

      DS needs something a lot more solid that he can get his teeth into.

  39. fabregas4 39

    And one poll later up 3.5%. All that angst. It is the trends that count. By this I do not mean that the trends are positive for Labour.

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    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • New research quantifies what’s causing sea level to rise
    There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a...
    Skeptical Science | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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