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A Dear Len letter

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, March 8th, 2012 - 103 comments
Categories: Unions - Tags: , ,

Dear Len,

I know you have been doing a lot. The Auckland Plan is looking great. But I’m afraid we’re going to have to break up.

I delivered your leaflets in the rain. I erected your hoardings across Auckland. I phoned and canvassed support for you. I encouraged my friends to vote for you.

But it’s over.

Frankly, I find your protestations that you could not help the 292 sacked wharfies asking to be able to work to live and not live to work offensive. Don’t play the victim: your salary is too big.

You could have acted. The Council could have passed a motion instructing the Auckland Council CCO to instruct the Ports CCO to come to a compromise. The Port is a Council controlled organization and these entities are bound to be good employers.  Further, s65 Performance monitoring

  1. A local authority that is a shareholder in a council organisation must regularly undertake performance monitoring of that organisation to evaluate its contribution to the achievement of—
    1. the local authority’s objectives for the organisation; and
    2. (if applicable) the desired results, as set out in the organisation’s statement of intent; and
    3. the overall aims and outcomes of the local authority.

If the council can monitor performance the Council can state that the Port is not meeting its requirements and instruct the board to come to a compromise. Otherwise the section is quite meaningless.

We know the legislation constrained you immensely. But you could still have acted. You made a decision that it was inappropriate to intervene. You made that decision. The legislation did not make it for you.

But even if I am wrong and you couldn’t have done anything, nothing constrained your voice. You could have called for compromise. You could have said that a liveable city means well paid work forces and the right work-life balance. You could have condemned the misinformation campaign. You could have stood up for the people, who elected you.

Your silence is exactly why the Labour party and the backing for Labour people like you are dying. You turned you back on people who turned out to support you by voting for you, by delivering your leaflets and by erection your hoardings.

You took the easy option. You chose to be silent so the right could not paint you as a unionist when you run for re-election. I don’t know about you but I’m proud to be union. I’m proud ordinary New Zealanders are able to demand better wages and conditions. I’m proud of the working week and public holidays. I’m proud that the radical notion of fairness could be included in workplace relations.

You had a choice. And your protestations you didn’t ring hollow in the ears of the 292 families you have thrown onto the scrap heap to protect brand Len.

So it’s over. You don’t know me. But I put many hours into your campaign. Have fun running for re-election without it and the efforts of those who think like I do.

Yours Sincerely,

An activist

Jimmy Reid

103 comments on “A Dear Len letter”

  1. Kevin 1

    Len Brown is a spineless jellyfish. All Auckland Council employee’s be warned, your boss won’t back you.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Hes not the boss. The Council CEO is the employer of the staff.

      • the sprout 1.1.1

        True, but he is also supposed to be a spokesperson who represents his constituents – instead, like the coward he is, he sat back and silently watched 

        • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1.1

          So its a bad thing that he isnt a motormouth.

        • the sprout 1.1.1.2

          good comeback!
          i guess that completely justifies Brown selling out the workers he pretended to represent.

          • Tom Gould 1.1.1.2.1

            These workers sold themselves out by giving in to their own greed for just a little bit more, and now they want to blame someone else for the inevitable outcome? Will they turn down the redundancy cheques on principle too? Yeah right.

            • RedLogix 1.1.1.2.1.1

              These workers sold themselves out by giving in to their own greed for just a little bit more,

              What little bit more Tom?

            • Frank Macskasy 1.1.1.2.1.2

              ???

              WTF are you taking About, Tom?

              • fender

                Tom has no idea what he’s talking about. He typifies the lazy-minded fools that swallow the crap produced by the misinformation regime.

  2. Pete 2

    “by delivering your leaflets and by erection your hoardings”

    Much laughter :)

  3. The Baron 3

    How does this play out at the next election?

    Lefty tribalists walk away from Len; lefty moderates remain. Lefty vote split.

    United right straight through the middle.

    Don’t get me wrong here; while I don’t agree with your grievances, I certainly understand where they are coming from. But this all makes for pretty dire implications for a continued lefty prescence in City Hall come next elections…

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      United right straight through the middle.

      There’s a united Right Wing operating out of Auckland? Someone please update Rodney Hide!

    • Uturn 3.2

      Concern troll is… concerned.

      • The Baron 3.2.1

        Fuck off uturn. If you only wanna hear from fellow fanbois, then stick to the lab party conferences huh.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2.1.1

          Concern troll is more concerned, and wants more oil for putting out the fire

    • Blighty 3.3

      “united Right”. There’s your first hurdle. Your two candidates last time couldn’t equal Brown’s vote.

      Then, you assume Brown will be able to gain a meaningful fraction of the Left’s votes. Not with no money and soldiers he won’t.

      Don’t get me wrong. It’ll be too close for comfort but unless Brown holds on to a lot of votes and the Right miraculously unites and increases its vote (and that won’t happen unless they come out strongly against asset sales) then an alternative left candidate like Mike Lee can win.

      • The Baron 3.3.1

        Lots of “yours” there Blighty, making a crapload of assumptions about my voting preferences.

        So to clarify – I’m less into the authoritarian bigot that is John Banks than I am into the waffly open-chequebook that is Len Brown. I voted for neither. In fact, I didn’t vote at all.

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    By Len Brown’s own logic Auckland can now disenfranchise and casualise workers throughout its own workforce for the ‘greater good’.

    In fact, just bring in Chinese, Somalian and Korean workers at $13.50/day, and ratepayers will save even more.

    The logic ends with the extermination of decent paying steady jobs for workers. While senior managers somehow continue to have very well paid, full time, permanent contracts with generous redundancy terms.

  5. Te Reo Putake 5

    Time to appropriate the tag given the previous leader of the British Labour Party, I’m afraid.
     
    Gordon Brown bottled the call for a snap election when he took over from Blair and now we have our own Bottler Brown who has let the city of Auckland down, turned his back on 300 of his staff and as Jimmy Reid points out, will have to win re-election without the practical support of many of those who got him the job in the first place.
     
    Not that re-election will turn out to be a problem. On this form, he’s almost certainly going to be endorsed by NACT’s AK local body franchise anyway.
     
     

    • the sprout 5.1

      On this form, he’s almost certainly going to be endorsed by NACT

      just like the equally silent David Shearer 

  6. Well written, Jimmy.

    Pete, your 12:18 schoolyard humour does you no credit.

  7. prism 7

    When I heard Len Brown give his excuses this morning for not being able to do anything about the Ports of Auckland situation, I was reminded of the hype surrounding Obama who was going to be acting for the betterment of all. And Len Brown made the comment that the port hadn’t been returning its potential in dividends so that is presumably why it is necessary to have a 12 per cent return which is in high risk finance company territory and double the satisfactory but not exciting 6% of recent times.

    It’s interesting that the intermediate entity running the port is made of Government appointees. An excellent way for the right to divvy up the country to suit themselves. Maui couldn’t match this lot. Meanwhile Auckland ratepayers are not seeing anything but high user pays and rates steadily…guess…rising.

    • queenstfarmer 7.1

      I am curious to know where this 12% return target came from. Aspirational, sure. But it does seem rather on the high side.

      • lprent 7.1.1

        It was an agreement between the Ports of Auckland and the council. PoA is owned by Auckland Council Investments which is directly owned by the council. The statement of intent is here. Look at page 6

        POAL’s ROE increases from 6.3% to 12.0% over the following 5 years

        The rationale for the increased dividend is discussed in this transcript at stuff. That essentially comes down to “we have a monopoly and we’re not making enough money out of it”.

        The driving force behind it all is that the council sees this as a way to keep the rates down.. As Christine Fletcher charmingly points out earlier in the dispute.

        I don’t know the numbers yet but this will have an effect on the revenue available to council and potentially the rates. This isn’t just a stoush with the unions. This is about the economic future of Auckland and the employment of Aucklanders.

        Does that mean we put the rates up? Money doesn’t grow on trees. If we are not going to get the revenue coming through from the port then the money will have to be found elsewhere and we may have to cut services.

        You look around the world, ports today are very competitive, and we can’t just sit back idly waiting for business to come to us. If we are serious about our economy in Auckland then we have to be serious about how we are positioning the key infrastructure we have got to facilitate that growth.

        Damn, and I’d thought that the ports are a service and that they were there to allow other productive businesses to flourish… But evidentially their primary purpose is to suck cash from businesses to pay rates. Go figure.. How mistaken I am. :twisted:

        • Herodotus 7.1.1.1

          Bang on – The real issue is that Auckland council is spending up larger than their reveune base warrents, and is scared of rate payer revolt so has to look at easier targets to source money. And from a management point of view cutting wages to me implies that there the management team is totally inappropiate and one dimensional, and has looked at the 2nd easiest means of making more money (The easiest is to place a halt on preventative maintenance, and reek the short term profits) pity the overall costs far exceed any gains- just like those commented on above redundancies, loss of customers.
          I do feel sorry for Len as no one else who voted for the increase in dividends is standing tall in support, he is being represtented as the sacrificial lamb.

        • queenstfarmer 7.1.1.2

          The Statement of Intent doesn’t actually say where 12% came from. Was it just plucked out the air? – “hey let’s just aim to double our return to 12%”. I would hope there is more to it than that – e.g. some analysis showing that a port such as Auckland’s should be returning at least X%, etc.

          • lprent 7.1.1.2.1

            Read the transcript that I also linked to. It refers to a survey of other ports. I haven’t located that survey. But it was a middle of the workday so I was limited in my google time.

            However a ROE at that level in my opinion requires a barrier to competition (like natural monopoly allowing ratcheting of prices, innovation, or highly effective previous investment that gave a competiive advantage) or high risk (like finance companies). Natural monopoly in this case is identified in the transcript.

          • Rich 7.1.1.2.2

            You’d imagine they could make nearer their 12% by closing the port and building waterfront apartments. Maybe then all the industrial firms in South Auckland might shut down, and then they could bowl Penrose and build more flash apartments.

            • Gabriel White 7.1.1.2.2.1

              I heard that %6 is a decent return for a port, which is mostly there as infrastructure to keep the rest of the economy buoyant. I also heard it costs 3 times more to carry containers from Auckland than Sydney, dwarfing any benefits gained by casualising staff.

  8. insider 8

    Sorry the Auckland Plan is just awful. It is condemning Aucklanders to huge rates rises because a bunch of councillors and other social planners want to try and control issues the council shouldn’t be trying to control.

    • tc 8.1

      A fair chunk of the rises will be underinvestment and overspending by Blinky/Fletcher/Hubbards council and a watercare that’s been fleeced like POA without consideration for netwrork reinforcement.

      Remember blinky banging on about quality people and all those highly paid consultants, then there’s the cost of Boags recruitment and the calibre of mates brought in against a backdrop of no real IT consolidation of merit leaving a massive technology spend at akl ratepayers door.

      There’s a reason these amalgamations take years of planning/execution if you want an efficient low cots operation out the other side….a single ratings system alone can take years but then it was never about efficiency or anything other than rush in, slam through a structure that sets us up to asset strip it….thanks rortney you can go now, the previous lord mayor will take your place.

      Brown had nothing to lose by standing up for a negotiated outcome within this structure as it would’ve shown everyone what a bunch of RWNJ’s he got on his council, the path he’s chosen is odd to say the least IMO.

      • prism 8.1.1

        There’s a reason these amalgamations take years of planning/execution if you want an efficient low cots operation out the other side….a single ratings system alone can take years but then it was never about efficiency

        The amalgamation has been a fact for quite a while yet efficiency and the interaction between the various old rating bodies, and between them and the supershitty, has been noticeably lax. Pay your rates outside your area, in time, and then receive sombre overdue warnings, and penalties. Time wasted trying to contact and advise the situation is lost time and frustration and stress is the result. Neither actual credits nor accounts received information is passing at modern speed between some local govts, I think in some cases the information is collated and disseminated monthly.

  9. Craig Glen Eden 9

    !00% agree with the post. Len Brown is a disgrace, there is nothing worse than a sell out. When Conner Roberts comes looking for support for Len with pamphlets and hoardings in the next campaign he can bend over and kiss my arse.

  10. captain hook 10

    too much sucking up to the gnats and palling around with fran sullivan and letting the tories make policy went to his brain.

  11. Fortran 11

    Let’s hope Mike Lee will stand for Mayor at the next election.
    Len should B.g. .r off – he has proven to be less than useless.
    And he calls himself Labour ?

    • AAMC 11.1

      He’s just confirming to me what I would expect from Labour, or any Politician for that matter! We really do only have the options of woefully incompetent and overtly criminal to represent us in this “Democracy” don’t we!

  12. Excellent letter, I hope you sent it. Len has lost sight of the fact that prosperity should be shared.
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/ports-profits-people-prosperity.html

  13. fabregas4 13

    Seemed to me that he had chosen who to support when he spoke on RNZ this morning. Comments such as “the original offer was close” made port workers appear inflexible and blamed them for the impasse. I agree with people here saying that this is the beginning of the end of a decent work relationship. When has it been so wrong that workers can have some security in their jobs, some respect from employers and a decent level of pay? Brown promised much but this is the end of my support for him too. In fact Banks winning would have been better – at least I wouldn’t have felt so betrayed.

  14. Tiger Mountain 14

    What a “joe hunt” Len has turned out to be. The lesser evil argument for supporting social democrats into political office is sure wearing out its welcome as far as I am concerned.

    In “polite” company us far lefties are frowned on when we draw attention to the class peace approach of Labourites–and then this sellout of hundreds of working families. Learn from history.

  15. Rosemary 15

    Len Brown deserves the level of complete and utter disdain with no room for forgiveness. Just like the Maori Party for selling out Maori, and just like the Labour Party for selling out the poor, and just as is likely Peter Dunne for selling our assets. These pieces of filth need to be binned in the same long drop as the nasty filthy pieces of poo Odgers, Slater and Farrar. They are all of the same ilk. The sooner we realise this and act upon it the better off we’ll all be. Hone is the only one talking sense these days.

    • johnm 15.1

      I agree Rosemary I detest their conceited, arrogant contempt for decency and a respect for the wishes of ordinary kiwis. Most feel this but hesitate to spell it out. They are hated but in some parts of the World though justified hate speech is considered a crime as it may incite others to a crime. So it’s an expression we probably should retreat from.

  16. Ad 16

    Does anyone mind if I list what the Mayor is dealing with right now?

    - The first integrated budget of the new amalgamated Auckland, just out to the public. Ten years worth of financial direction.

    - An alternative funding plan that is not supported by government and indeed by July will likely turn into a shit-fight.

    - A draft Auckland Plan as yet still unfinalised; a plan with no legislative bind upon central government whatsoever. Thirty years worth of direction.

    - A transport program me that is far more adventurous than the government wants, with a couple of billion missing and nowhere to get it – and within the RLTP a binding common accountability framework between central and local government transport policy.

    - A central government that has little patience for such local squabbles and is largely caught between the ratings agencies on the one had forcing it to get back from debt, and rebuilding the second largest city in the country from rubble.

    - A model of corporatised governance so extreme that it has no precedent in our history, and little precedent in the OECD

    Never ever been done before.

    I wouldn’t suggest anyone be grateful, but no-one else has ever had to deal with this combination of intersecting events or forces, at least not in this country anyway.

    And I am not for a moment suggesting letting central government off the hook. Even if Shearer is.

    Nor would I suggest anyone give Brown a break. He needs to operate the levers of power far more adroitly, more speedily, and start generating some results for prospective voters.

    But I don’t think there’s anyone else who would have come within a bulls roar of holding it together this far. Go through all of the Councillors name by name, see what counter-scenarios you come up with.

    Go through the failed candidates. Or indeed any major name you could think of out there.

    New Zealand just gave birth to a civic version of Fonterra. If only Brown or the Government would allow Auckland to be bolder, more visionary.

    What we have instead is brutal compromise from the beginning.

    But what he has delivered – what central Government just isn’t apparently capable of doing – is saying here is a plan, this is where we are going, this is how we will measure it, this is how much it will cost. Never ever been done before.

    Don’t give him a break. Give him time – give him another term.

    • Rich 16.1

      Doesn’t the council employ a whole lot of bloody expensive managers to like, help with that sort of thing?

    • QoT 16.2

      Yeah, those 292 wharfies and their families should just suck it up and live off, um, their extensive savings and property portfolios for the next two years. Then Len’ll have the guts to stand up for them.

    • just saying 16.3

      How much is he being paid?

      I’m sure someone could be found to work for a quarter of the price. Maybe he could sit by the phone and wait to find if his talents are needed for most of next term, and contribute at a vastly reduced rate, as and when?

      You don’t offer someone who repeatedly betrays their supporters, and then whines when called to account, “another term”. As for the probability that this will mean a right-wing mayor – I guess that’s something else we have to thank him for. Meanwhile he is being extremely well paid for the next little while, and has another well paid career to fall back on. He could thank his lucky stars, after what he has doomed these families to, and stop acting like a 13-year old who imagines the world revolves around him, and that he is being victimised if the rest of the world doesn’t fall at this feet in appreciation of his wonderfulness. And reflect on his own contribution to the further development of the low-wage, stability and working conditions of the majority of the workforce.

      But nah – it’s all about poor little Lennie.

    • AD, I respect your comments – you obviously know your stuff. And given any other situation, I agree with you. (Especially how National is trrying to sabotage Brown’s light rail project.)

      But 300 Port workers – do we give them time?

      And in a way, it’s not just about these 300 workers – smashing the Maritime Union will mean the further crippling of the Union movement in this country.

      Do you doubt how important that is? Just flip over to “Kiwiblog” or “Whaleoil” (you may want to wear a bio-hazard suit for the latter – it’s *icky* even by RWNJ standards) and read the vile anti-Union hate sentiment being expressed there.

      This isn’t just abiut MUNC anymore. It’s gone beyond that. This is about as close to “Class War” as New Zealand has been since 1951.

      I don’t think we have much time to give…

  17. indiana 17

    How come this letter wasn’t sent to Helen Clark when Airn NZ said they were going to contract out Engineering and Ground handling, before the EMPU in their own words “swallowed dead rats”?

    • Te Reo Putake 17.1

      Probably because the people, the worksite and the situation are all completely different from what is happening at POAL. The Air NZ jobs remain well paid and fully unionised, the complete opposite of the plan in Ak.

  18. HappyGoLucky 18

    And fuck Conor Roberts too. If he’s the brains behind the Len Brown mayoralty then he’s fucking finished in the Labour Party, as far as I’m concerned.

    • grumpy 18.1

      Labour Party????? Are you mad????? When in the last 30 years has Labour done anything for workers?

      • Te Reo Putake 18.1.1

        Oh goody, another chance to trot out Monty Python’s ‘Roman’s’ sketch! WFF, four weeks holiday, Kiwibank, Kiwisaver, KiwiRail, Air NZ …. Need I go on?

        • Rich 18.1.1.1

          Um:

          - NZ had a nationally owned bank, the BNZ, until it was privatised in 87-89. By Labour.
          - And a nationally owned railway, until it was corporatised by Labour and then privatised.
          - Air NZ was also state owned, until privatised. By Labour.
          - Also, before the fourth Labour government, most employees got a generous super package.

          • Anne 18.1.1.1.1

            Come on Rich. You know damm well that wasn’t the Labour Party. That was a small but powerful cabal inside the party who let themselves be captured by the ultra right-wing business tycoons and free marketeers of the day. Labour, under the leadership of Helen Clark, were eventually able to permanently cleanse the party of their influence. In other words, the cabal won a few battles, but happily lost the war!

      • ghostwhowalksnz 18.1.2

        How does lowest unemployment rates in a generation sound ? Maybe theres some benefit for workers .

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.2.1

          Built on the back of a massive increase in personal and mortgage debt.

      • Here y’go, Dopey Grumpy; http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/labour-the-economic-record-2000-2008/

        You’re welcome. (Please leave a gold coin donation for the maritime workers appeal in the box.)

        • Gosman 18.1.3.1

          Frank, Just read one of your latest pieces on your blog. Pure comedy gold. Seems you are now promoting the ravings of a AGW denying wacky conspiracy theorist who shares the same stage with the likes of David Icke. You must be so proud.

          • thatguynz 18.1.3.1.1

            Not that Frank needs defending – he’s more than capable of doing so himself but suffice to say I’d prefer to read his researched opinions than your “off the cuff” dribble..  At least his eyes are open to differing viewpoints.
             
            Despite your repeated protestations to the contrary, you don’t add value to any “discussion” or debate that you’ve been involved in here..  Perhaps given enough time or latitude that may change but I for one won’t be holding my breath.

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.3.1.1.1

              Gosman is good for his diversionary questions and general deflections to irrelevant points.

              • thatguynz

                That’s quite true CV – perhaps I didn’t give quite enough credit where credit’s due :)

          • Frank Macskasy 18.1.3.1.2

            Seems you are now promoting the ravings of a AGW denying wacky conspiracy theorist who shares the same stage with the likes of David Icke.

            Jeezs, mate, you whine that I don’t entertain opposing viewpoints on my Blog and now you bitch that I’m “promoting the ravings of a AGW denying wacky conspiracy theorist”?! (Not that I know WTF you’re on about. I’m not responsible for your hallucinatory versions of my Blog.)

            Anyway – Make up you mind! Which is it?!

            And since when do I have to run someone’s opinions past your desk, Commissar Gosman, to check for Political Soundness??

            However, that’s by the way.

            What really tickled my fancy was that you’ve “just read one of [my] latest pieces on [my] blog”.

            The real question is; have you actually learnt anything new to broaden your understanding of the human condition? (We live in hope.)

            You must be so proud.

            Reasonably. As of this moment, I’ve had 34,225 views since my Blog’s inception last August. (Not that I know if that’s a good number or so-so, as this is my first blog venture. Lprent and other Blogmeisters might know if that’s a good figure or not..)

  19. pdubyahnz 19

    Poor old Len, when you try to please all the people all of the time you end up pleasing none of the people most of the time

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Poor old Len, when you try to please all the people

      Doesn’t seem to be trying to please about 1000 wharfies and their families now, does he.

  20. rod 20

    Careful folks, or we could end up with Cameron Brewer, a John Banks cheer leader and lookalike.

    • Vicks 20.1

      God help us all. Brewers beavis or buttheads giggling now he thinks he is playing with the big boys is vile. His premature and public sniffing around the Tamaki electorate before the terminally ill sitting member had stood down was distasteful shameful even for a righty.

      PS I think he looks more like a character from Thunderbirds than Banks.

  21. fisiani 21

    Garry Parsloe , the tunnel-visioned strike at all costs union official has destroyed these jobs. no one else. He should hold his head in absolute shame. Thank goodness the workers with sense will be re-employed soon under new bosses and minus their treacherous trade unionist.

    [You have been warned about this before. It's a form of trolling. Next offense will see a ban. RL]

    • Jackal 21.1

      I think PoAL will have an even harder time in the employment court if they start discriminating further against those few Union members who reapply. Under new bosses… are PoAL management getting the sack then? Good job!

    • Tiger Mountain 21.2

      You really are a turd on legs Fizz. Parsloe is a great guy and genuine unionist. Go the wharfies!

      If any heads are to be hung in shame they should be Len Brown’s and any pathetic future precariously employed “stevedores” waiting by their mobile phones.

  22. George D 22

    Thanks, Jim.

  23. RedLogix 23

    I wonder how the ratepayers of Auckland feel about $28m of their money to settle an ancient feud going back to the 1950′s?

    I think the PoAL Board has been quietly told by their National mates to sack their workforce illegally for three reasons:

    1.They know that Len Brown can’t do anything about it within the corporatist framework of the Council and yet the left will blame him for it. Win.

    2. If the Court looks like ruling adversely, then as per the Hobbit dispute, the Govt will simply change the law to cover them. Win

    3. MUNZ will be crushed. Legislation will be introduced later this year to finish off the remnants of the Union movement in this country. Membership is already less than 18% of the workforce, 8% if you leave out the public sector. The goal is to reduce this to zero. Because this is a critical component of Key’s goal to reduce wages, it will come to pass. Win.

    They don’t care about winning a third term. It’s what they can achieve in this one.

    • indiana 23.1

      Rate Payers may consider it money well invested

      • Colonial Viper 23.1.1

        yeah until they get fucked over. Because it is a simple matter to carve off little bits of society “for the greater good” – right up to the point its your turn to be carved up.

    • Anne 23.2

      Superb RedLogix.

      Sit down Standardistas and think about what RedLogix has said. Don’t fall into the trap the Nat. Govt. and their PoAL Board mates have set for you!

    • Aye Redlogix.  One of the thoughts I have had is that if MUNZ is taken out no one is safe.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 23.4

      No you cant make a law to overturn a particular court ruling. They may make a law change which will apply to later industrial disputes

      • RedLogix 23.4.1

        I think this govt is capable of it ghost. They’ll use the media to whip up a storm of anti-union hysteria, pass retrospective legislation and get away with it.

        • Frank Macskasy 23.4.1.1

          Interesting p.o.v. Red…

          • Colonial Viper 23.4.1.1.1

            RL is correct. The Right Wing did not go into this without thinking through desired final outcomes and an exit plan.

            Its also likely POAL placed informants inside the union hierarchy ahead of time.

  24. JamesGeorge 24

    Bya all means lambast Len, but don’t overlook all the rest of the labourites who have been silent while this horror show has played out.

    Old ‘wasshisname’ surfaced on “Breakfast” this morning.

    He who hasn’t said anything since demanding and getting the parliamentary leader gig, finally surfaces on TV this morning to tell us “labour doesn’t have a role is this dispute” That he wishes “the parties would go back to arbitration but he wouldn’t force them to” and then caps it off by saying Labour supports all Kiwis “who want to work”.
    Not content with backing lawyer len on his attack on working Kiwis, ‘wasshisname’ expanded the betrayal to insinuate that not only those who engaged in industrial activity were parasites guilty of ‘not wanting to work’, the unwaged also fit that bill.
    As well as turning his back on unionists ‘wasshisname’ casually put the boot into the unemployed also.

    Realistically this is a good thing. The lying bourgeois shitbirds who comprise the parliamentary wing of the labour party have been the enemies of ordinary kiwis since the days of the Lange govt.
    Now they cannot hide from the sad parody of a humanist party that they became it is better that they put themselves out of their misery.

    • George D 24.1

      Yeah, there was silence from the Labour Party. I heard that it was ‘tactical’, and that the soft approach was what was going to win things. As it always does…

      • Colonial Viper 24.1.1

        and that the soft approach was what was going to win things.

        you need to answer the questions win what exactly?

        And for whom exactly. The answers will be enlightening.

  25. the sprout 25

    Thanks for the post Jimmy, I was planning on writing something similar myself.

    Len Brown has proven himself to be a coward – one that’s betrayed the people he pretended to represent, the people who voted for him because he led them to believe he would stand up for their interests. Listening to him on RNZ this morning made me feel disgusted that the left had helped to elect him.

    It’s now time for the Real Left to look for a new Mayoral candidate, not a weak, spineless scab. 

    • ghostwhowalksnz 25.1

      Penny Bright represented the far left . and 2700 people supported her. A bit short of becoming Mayor

    • Colonial Viper 25.2

      It’s now time for the Real Left to look for a new Mayoral candidate, not a weak, spineless scab.

      I fear the comment misses the point that on gaining high position, siding with the moneyed Right always offers far more personally in both the long term and the short term, than siding with the revolting peasants ever could.

  26. Jenny 26


    This says it all really

  27. Lazy Susan 27

    Your post is bang on. I sent this email to Len last night.

    I am writing to you to express my disgust at what is happening at the Ports of Auckland. I campaigned for you during the local body elections – leaflet dropping throughout the Western suburbs.

    I believed you would rein in the worst excesses of the CCO structure that Rodney Hide set up. Having just watched your interview on Campbell Live I feel betrayed.

    POAL have not acted in good faith yet you clearly throw your support behind the company and criticise the Union for not accepting the initial offer. Having had 25 years of neo-liberalism do you not think it is about time people such as yourself support the improvement of workers conditions rather their further erosion.

    Suggest if you are appalled by Len’s take on this you make your views known to him by email to len.brown@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

    Also, if in Auckland turn up for the rally on Saturday 4pm at Britomart. Winning this battle is crucial.

  28. Jenny 28

    It is really heating up at the wharfies picket at Teal Park, 50 to 60 percent of the passing cars are blowing their horns, even passing police cars, have tooted. Almost every truck driver leaving or entering the port blow their horn.

    Train drivers and almost every bus driver toot even though we have been told that both groups have been warned by their employers not to.

    The residents of Judges Bay have called the police down to try and stop the noise.

    Going from this experience at the picket today, the feeling is that the wharfies have a lot of latent support.

    If the wharfies can mobilise this expression of public support then anything is possible. And the machinations of the Ports of Auckland management and the Council will amount to nothing.

    The success of the rally at Britomart and march to Teal Park for speeches will be an indication of what is possible.

    • Colonial Viper 28.1

      Nah, the police will protect the scab labour and help smash the picket lines like they always do.

  29. Colonial Viper 29

    I’d like to ask Eddie and TVOR if it’s 1951 yet.

    You know, because all this optimism about how the union has a winning strategy, and how when MUNZ ask nicely, Labour is going to swing into action stations behind them. So until then we should just be calm, But it isn’t really working out, is it.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/1951-it-aint-for-now/

  30. SOUTH AUCKLANDER 30

    Hey Mayor Brown, you’ve been a good mayor relatively so far,but this cock-up with the Port is rediculous! You need to do a u-turn, speak up, thats Aklds asset, as by being so, should be doing the right thing by our Akld working men, who deserve to work an 8 hour day, their whanaus need them at home. Dads, Uncles, Grandads, are special people needed by society. Why should people be forced into 12 hour days. 40 hours is the standard working week, why doesn’t The Port, hire some of the unemployed of Akld, re-employ the men they have sacked (plainly wrong) and have 3 x 8 hour shifts.

    That would kick-butt our Port, and we could become an awesome international Port. Hey, wheres all the thinking caps in the business world????

    Common Len, I pay my land rates, and water rates, and hardly ever venture into the City itself, but in protest, I am thinking I will not pay my share on Inner City Aklds Rates, sue me if you like, not sure of your chances, I’m a partner of a man who has been unemployed for 4 years, due to the lack of jobs in this city, Say what, are we the largest City in N.Z. or not? And people can’t seem to get a job in it? Crazy I tell you!!

    Len, do a turn-around, speak up for the people of Akld, it is wrong what has been done, and negotiations need to start again!

    Kia Kaha to those families, who probably, like me, are going to have to go on the Unemployment, due to their men losing their jobs, and now ain’t that great, N.Z.’s social welfare stats are gonna go up! Kia Kaha to all Aucklanders, and Kia Kaha to N.Z.

    How do we let Len know that he needs to speak up? That is the question?

  31. Len (not Brown) 31

    When confronted over the POA dispute at the “Plan” forum in Takanini last Wednesday Brown said the Airport made a 12% return that’s why the Council wanted 12% from the Port.
    He also said that there were work practices at the Port that “we all know have to change”. He referred to MUNZ as “the old union”, implying that he would like a new (scab) union to replace to replace MUNZ on the Auckland waterfront?
    Brown is worse than a scab – he is a scab herder. Why would any working class people vote for Brown at the the next Council elections?

  32. John72 32

    Mathew 20: 1-16
    The problem is not new.

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    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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