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A good time to join Labour

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, November 22nd, 2012 - 184 comments
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Well there’s not been so much focus on the Labour Party for a long time so I figure now’s the time to point out that, thanks to rule changes (and not just the contentious ones) holding a Labour Party membership has never meant so much in terms of having a say in where the party (and hopefully, after 2014, the country) goes.

With that in mind I’d like to take this opportunity to invite Standard readers who aren’t already party members but who care about the direction of this fine (and occasionally not so fine) institution to put their money where their strongly held opinions are and sign up.

All you have to do is click here, fill in a wee form and make a very wee payment and you’re away.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be putting up a few posts about how the party works and how you can get the best democratic bang for your membership bucks and I’m sure other authors will be happy to do the same.

Like Mike Smith says – the party needs strength and unity if it’s going to win in 2014. So bring all the articulate and passionate strength you all show here to the party and get united!

184 comments on “A good time to join Labour”

  1. just saying 1

    Okay Irish.
    I’ll do that if the party machinery records my contribution as being given despite my horror at the behaviour of Labour’s parliamentary wing, and not as an endorsement of it.

    I don’t want any spike in membership from the left to be spun as a victory for the bosses.

    • Bill 1.1

      I don’t want any spike in membership from the left to be spun as a victory for the bosses

      Oh, I think even a cursory read of recent ‘ts’ posts and comments (as well as numerous other blogs) would demolish that spin should anyone be so stupid as to attempt to make it ;-)

    • Tom Gould 1.2

      Just like the Tories who don’t mind paying their golf club membership so long as they can keep those dirty Asians out. So much for the looney left’s mantra of inclusion and tolerance?

    • just saying 1.3

      Done. Bitter going down. But I’m starting to feel a bit better….

      • rosy 1.3.1

        I signed up as soon as news of the vote came in and before the Cunliffe thing blew up. I had the bitter going down feeling after that, but got over it. It feels like the right thing – it’s the only way to be in on the left-ward move that we’re looking for.

    • Chrissy 1.4

      +1 : “horror” is the right word.

  2. Peter 2

    Yes, this is the correct approach., provided that all those new members remember exactly what is going on here, and organise themselves to prevent it.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Is it true you can only vote if you hold a 2012 year membership? (which in fact expires in a fortnight or so). So Any one who joins from mid Dec onwards will hold a 2013 membership and be shit out of luck?

    • lprent 3.1

      Not as far as I am aware, but I will ask around.

    • Uturn 3.2

      From last page of comments in leadership outcome thread:

      AmaKiwi 75
      21 November 2012 at 11:42 am

      Correction.

      Labour Party membership: You must belong in the 2012 calendar year in order to vote if there is a leadership vote in Feb. 2013.

      Membership costs: $15 waged; $6.60 unwaged; $20 for your entire family (every family member gets 1 vote). Get forms from the secretary of your LEC or NZLP, Box 784, Wellington.

      • debatewatcher 3.2.1

        Would like to get confirmation about this too please

      • mickysavage 3.2.2

        Not sure.  One of the changes to the constitution said that NZ Council would determine eligibility.  But as a precaution yep join up now.

      • AmaKiwi 3.2.3

        Re-affirmed.

        You will have to have belonged to the party for the calendar year 2012 in order to vote in the Feb. 2013 leadership selection. I re-confirmed that info yesterday.

        Join before approximately 20 Dec. 2012 to vote.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.3.1

          Thanks.

        • Inventory2 3.2.3.2

          Cheers for that AmaKiwi. I’m sure that Labour will be inundated with new members in December who will then resign once they have voted :P

          • Jim Nald 3.2.3.2.1

            Why do that?

            The membership must be in there for the long haul to ensure there will no screwing of the scrum, to hold the parliamentary wing to increased accountability to be more representative of the membership, affiliates and grassroots, as well as to advocate and argue for greater democratisation.

            The real work has only just begun.

          • joe90 3.2.3.2.2

            The tory mind, dishonest.

          • felix 3.2.3.2.3

            Why would you do that, InventedTory?

            Notice how all the tories, after spending months screeching that Cunliffe as leader would be the death of the Labour party, are now openly admitting that they’re afraid of him?

            Just like we said all along. Fuckwits.

        • Clashman 3.2.3.3

          “You will have to have belonged to the party for the calendar year 2012″
          I’d like some clarification around this. Joining now means I have joined in this calender year but thats not the same as belonging to the party FOR the calender year.
          I can see a lot of dissapointed new members come Feb 2013 if whoever gets to decide eligibility ( ABCers?) decides to be pedantic around that wording.

  4. Bill 4

    Done. Well, kind of…

    Can’t help but notice the membership needs to be “approved by the Labour Party”, whatever that might mean in practice. Oh, and you can’t actually make a payment on line.

    It kind of ‘inspires’ my head to meet the desk.

    Compare to the Greens which I just checked out – where you fill the form, tick a “I agree to the terms and principles below” box, pays your money and it’s done.

    edit: Apologies. There is a payment facility. I just noticed an open browser window with ‘continue’…don’t quite know how that happened. Anyway…

    • Peter 4.1

      Incorrect. I just rejoined online. Provisional of course. Will see what happens from now, if I’m reformalised as a member.

    • Colonial Viper 4.2

      If they start playing silly buggers with party membership approvals and validation like Douglas and Prebble did…

    • debatewatcher 4.3

      Surely the lack of online payments is because of the credit card details fiasco of last year when the data was stored in an unencrypted form?

      In the Constitution and Rules it says that you only pay half the annual fee if you join in the second half of the year – is that applied when joining?

    • Fisiani 4.4

      Anyone can join Labour unless they are John Tamihere. Straight talking straight guys like him are blacklisted. Fair enough we wouldnt want the Labour Party to be infected with sensisble people.

      • lprent 4.4.1

        You mean the fool who left Wishart running a recorder in front of him while he attacked damn near everything in the party, got caught up in some questions about dodgy accounting at his previous employer, left the party with a pile of spurious accusations, has consistently bad mouthed it ever since, and who has been running a stunt to improve his ratings for his radio show by trying to gatecrash a invitation only conference.

        I suspect he has a problem with the clause that says that members aren’t to bring the party into disrepute. It has nothing to do with his politics or his obsessive gender politics (why does he need to measure his dick every few minutes?). It has a lot to do with his not being able to stay out of the silliest trouble.

        Even if he gets membership, I can’t think of a branch or LEC that would want him – and there is no requirement for them to do so.

        • Populuxe1 4.4.1.1

          You forgot him abandoning his two cats.

          • Hami Shearlie 4.4.1.1.1

            I haven’t!! Anyone who could do that is beneath contempt!

            • QoT 4.4.1.1.1.1

              I’ve always said this is actually Tamihere’s biggest weakness. “Ordinary Kiwis” may not give a fuck about low-grade misogyny or possible financial hanky-panky, but you tell them he moved house and abandoned his cats and it is on, mate.

        • seeker 4.4.1.2

          lprent

          “the clause that says that members aren’t to bring the party into desrepute”

          To me some senior members have done this very thing over the last few days . Especially the chief whip and ……..

          Will they be publically censured by Moira Coatsworth?

          They have really damaged my belief in the Labour Party as a party of fairness and justice..I would say that is certainly bringing the party into disrepute. I can’t even bring myself to do what Irishbill asks yet, no matter how I try, I still find them repugnant

          Give me so called smug and smarmy any day compared to untruths, manipulation, smears, disloyalty, backstabbing, bullying, character assassination, etc. etc.

      • felix 4.4.2

        Bigoted traitors.

      • vto 4.4.3

        ” Straight talking ” is always bandied about as if it is actually straight talking.

        In actual fact most all straight talking is just loud mouth ignorant platitudes and bullshit. Which seems to fit the person you speak of there fisiani

        • Jim Nald 4.4.3.1

          “Straight talking” must not be cover, excuse or justification for bullying, derogatory, belittling or disparaging talk.

          Too often, so-called straight talking is used as a dishonest disclaimer to try to legitimise bad language, attitude and behaviour.

        • Kepeing Left all the time 4.4.3.2

          Your wordss are bordering hatred and contempt for someone who has a differing opinion to yours. Aren’t others of the left aloud to have an opinion without being vilified for having differing views? This rhetoric is as bad as Whale Oil. Might want to give others a fair go eh?

          [lprent: vto isn't exactly "left" but you will find that out. Making assumptions will get you dipped in hot oil and neatly dissected by someone. For instance there is no requirement here to be "fair". I suggest you read the about and policy pronto. ]

    • MikeD 4.5

      The criteria is really simple. It goes like this:

      Are you John Tamihere?

      No?

      You’re in!

      On a more serious note, all organisation retain the right to approve memberships, doesn’t matter whether its a union, a golf club or a political party. BTW, the unemployed rate has just been dropped at conference to a mere $5, so if you are in the unwaged category, you’re one Ed Hillary away from being part of the future of left politics in Aotearoa.

      • felix 4.5.1

        Jeez you guys, get your shit together and pick one line each.

        • fender 4.5.1.1

          Yeah I reckon.

          And “you’re one Ed Hillary away from being part of the future of left politics in Aotearoa” might be stretching the truth a little considering Labour are right of centre. Watching that little upstart Hipkins playing head prefect on telly makes me think they are going right off the rails. They are missing the skills of Darren Hughes, he was a better senior whip than the schoolboy Hipkins IMO.

  5. Doug 5

    Do you except National Party members to join Labour? A vote in Shearer in February would be the best outcome for National.

    • Peter 5.1

      As you know, can’t be a member of any conflicting organisation.

      • Uturn 5.1.1

        How broad is the definition of “conflicting”?

        • Peter 5.1.1.1

          ie. Any other political party except the Progressives. You’d probably, at a pinch, get away with being member of the Greens but I wouldn’t push it.

          Definitely not any right wing party.

          • debatewatcher 5.1.1.1.1

            This is pretty standard fare for political parties. From memory only Act allows members of other parties to join. That’s why they had the supporter category, so that members of other parties wouldn’t conflict with the usual rules.

            Realistically I doubt much vetting can or does go on, parties simply don’t have the resources for that. Of course a known name might well be scrutinised more closely.

          • Bill 5.1.1.1.2

            Looks like the Greens don’t allow for dual membership though. Which is a pity in my book. I reckon a lot of their members wouldn’t have been averse to pushing Labour from within while retaining their electoral preference.

            • debatewatcher 5.1.1.1.2.1

              It’s a fair point. I suppose the traditional justification for requiring exclusivity was to stop details of tactics etc. being leaked to rivals. But realistically ordinary members are not going to be privy to any really sensitive information. And when you’re talking about allied parties like the Greens and Labour some sharing of members and strategy would be a positive thing.

              Perhaps a better rule would be to exclude office-holders from dual memberships.

            • George D 5.1.1.1.2.2

              There are good reasons for it. The times when someone becomes a victim of conflicted loyalties offer plenty of problems for that person and their respective parties.

      • Fortran 5.1.2

        Peter

        You are assuming that a list of Nacts members are available to cross check membership applications.

  6. Georgy 6

    I think some posts about how the party works would be great and look forward to seeing them.

    • weka 6.1

      Me too. A clear explanation of the new rules would be good too. Plus how the affiliates thign works (and who they are).

  7. Lanthanide 8

    Presumably becoming a member means I’ll get stuff put in my mailbox in obvious Labour party envelopes?

    • felix 8.1

      It’s ok Lanth, people are still allowed to join political parties in nz.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.1

        Perhaps “people” don’t mind getting stuff in their letter box obviously branded with their political affiliation.

        I, being just a “person”, actually do, for reasons I don’t particularly want to go into.

        When I made my $400 donation to Labour before the last election I got an A3 envelope emblazoned with Labour in the mail that I didn’t ask for or expect. So I think I’ll be giving this a miss, unless there is a way to specify in membership that you do not want any mail correspondence (or such correspondence is in discrete envelopes).

        • just saying 8.1.1.1

          You can use my PO Box as your postal address if you’re serious.
          I could file all your mail in my recycling bin

          • Lanthanide 8.1.1.1.1

            Yes, I’m serious. Sending my postal mail to someone else would be rather compromising my privacy, however.

            • just saying 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah true.
              Could you use somone in your whanau’s address? – c/- must be something the party has accommodated before in relation to privacy matters

              • Lanthanide

                Could do that, although they get annoyed enough as it is when the occasional thing turns up there.

                • felix

                  I suppose you’ve tried asking them not to send you anything then.

                  • Lanthanide

                    I haven’t yet signed up to the Labour party, the point of these questions was to ascertain whether one would have the option to not receive anything by mail.

                    So far the answer appears to be no.

                    • Jim Nald

                      Given the modernising moves, there should be a range of options which people can indicate whether:

                      – they might or might not wish to receive mail by post (and even discretely in brown envelopes) or

                      – they prefer to receive electronic mail (and a special or more private email address can be set up in advance and provided for this purpose) … or both.

                    • George D

                      The Greens allow you to specify all correspondence by email. It saves a little of the environment, and a reasonable amount of money.

                    • felix

                      Well George, it wouldn’t be the first thing that the Greens have figured out and Labour haven’t.

    • Colonial Viper 8.2

      There aren’t many of those, the party doesn’t want to keep paying thousands of dollars to NZ Post for frequent mail outs. Most comms is by email.

  8. Perhaps we should apply to have a special online branch that Standardinistas could join.  We would then have to choose an electorate to be associated with.

    Imagine the power that such a branch could wield … 

    • debatewatcher 9.1

      That would be fantastic!

    • just saying 9.2

      :-D Let’s apply. We’d be like an urban Marae, connected by common interest and camaraderie rather than a physical place.

    • King Kong 9.3

      It’s all about the power for you isn’t it, Micky. Loyalty seems like an inconvenience

    • Bill 9.4

      hmm Wouldn’t a branch wielding an inordinate amount of power be kind of similar in anti-democratic terms to the situation at the moment where the caucus wields an inordinate amount of power?

      Or, as Nietzche cautioned “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.”

      • Colonial Viper 9.4.1

        The democratic checks and balances would have to be set up within the branch.

        But basically, a Standard branch with 1000 members will be by far the biggest branch in the Labour Party (in fact, way bigger than any LEC, with only the affiliates being bigger), so democratically it deserves a very strong say.

        In fact in terms of delegate votes you would want to split a 1000 person branch into maybe 8-10 separate branches to maximise the number of delegate votes you get.

        There is also an issue around belonging to an LEC that you live outside the electorate of. To do that you need approval from NZ Council.

        In fact, what this means is that there need to be Standard branches attached to LECs up and down the country – there is little possibility of a big Mega Branch.

        • Peter 9.4.1.1

          I investigated this at some length in 2005, for an electronic branch for Young Labour. I got as far as getting permission from the Wellington Central LEC to use them as the proxy LEC for the branch. It was Alastair Cameron (current Chief of Staff for Shearer) who gave us that permission from memory.

          So find a nominal LEC to attach yourself to, and it can be done. Right now though, I don’t suggest attaching yourself to New Lynn. Hutt South might be more fun :)

          • lprent 9.4.1.1.1

            Northland or Te Tau Tokerau. Any LEC that puts up Amendment G would be worth being around.

            • Jim Nald 9.4.1.1.1.1

              Having electronic branches as Peter notes is a great idea.

              Personally, my choice would be Rimutaka to whip up some fun.

              • Jenny

                Maybe New Zealand needs a Pirate Party. Dedicated to full internet freedom. Funding shouldn’t be a problem. After having his hands burnt by the Right and with his peculiar personal interest in securing internet freedom. A certain Mr Dotcom might throw a few hundred dollars towards it.

      • quartz 9.4.2

        AH. Thursday morning Nietzsche.

      • King Kong 9.4.3

        If you are quoting Nietzche, he also said something else you chaps might enjoy.

        “For man to be redeemed from revenge, that is for me the bridge to the highest hope, and a rainbow after long storms.
        Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!”

      • rosy 9.4.4

        Dunno about MS, but I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek there Bill.

        But otoh I do wonder whether a cyber-branch is worth exploring, a branch that could cater for people who move house a lot, or live overseas (but returning often enough to remain on the electoral roll – is there an ex-pat branch?), have difficulty getting out and about etc, etc. An on-line branch could be pretty useful.

        • Colonial Viper 9.4.4.1

          It would have to be allowed for in the Party constitution and, well, no one wants to go near that for a while :D

          Tell you what though – a Labour Party Sector grouping could be formed, The Standard Sector. The downside is that its more factionalising; the upside is that The Standard Sector could play a role for and against policy across all other sectors.

          Ahhh, we’d be hated lol

          • rosy 9.4.4.1.1

            Ahhh, we’d be hated lol

            Moreso than now?

            • Colonial Viper 9.4.4.1.1.1

              The upside is we’d have the best parties in the party :)

            • just saying 9.4.4.1.1.2

              Mickey is an office holder in an established branch. I’m assuming members can only be in one branch at a time.

              Try again later.
              edit in wrong place, should be in reply to the crack about Mickey below.

              • Nope JS

                Members can be members of and have votes in an ordinary branch and a special branch.  Happens all the time with youth branches.

                • Correct Micky S. Im a branch member in town but valso a member of the Rufus Rogers Branch. ie (over 60s )_ Trouble is these days Im more at home at home with “my old wrinklies than the younger members) However that’s a good sign . Because our party now belongs to the young .

                • Correct Micky S. I’m a branch member in town but also a member of the Rufus Rogers Branch. ie (over 60s )_ Trouble is these days I’m more at home at home with “my old wrinklies than the younger members) However that’s a good sign . Because our party now belongs to the young .and I’m happy with that. The presence off so many young people at the conference was in stark contrast to the old grey heads in National . Labour and the Greens are stacked with the young. Oldies like me can be proud .

          • King Kong 9.4.4.1.2

            The Direct Internet Consulting, Heart of Labour Enterprise.

            or

            D.I.C.H.O.L.E

        • just saying 9.4.4.2

          :-D And we’d have the best attended meetings in the country (as well as the cheapest to run).

      • Rogue Trooper 9.4.5

        s ssshhh

    • John Chapman 9.5

      Perhaps an affiliated Org mickey.

    • vto 9.6

      mr micky, don’t you have to be a real person to join such a thing? how would you get around that and the anon thing?

      • Colonial Viper 9.6.1

        You join as a member, a real person, choose the branch, you just don’t put your handle down on the application form :)

        BTW head office has to approve the constitutionality of a new branch.

    • Kepeing Left all the time 9.7

      As long as it is isn’t Manukau East, their branch is as moribund as its candidate.

  9. David H 10

    OKay so I followed the link. A question or 3

    1: How long is the membership for? if it runs out in dec, then i’ll wait till feb thanks.
    2: Is the party going to honour that, what was voted on, and passed over the weekend?
    3: Why should I pay for a party that has just done it’s level best to alienate me, and thousands of others?
    4: Why should I, by joining, give the party even the least satisfaction of seeing their numbers go up?
    5: When are they going to start listening to us?

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      1. Only 2012 members can vote in any post Feb leadership 40/40/20 contest. If you join as a 2013 year member your vote will not be valid.
      2. They have to, unless they declare that they are going to abrogate the constitution of the Labour party and turn Bainimarama.
      3. Because this is politics. When they piss you off and try and push you away, you stand your ground and fight back. Leaving is them winning.
      4. You mean seeing the men* and machinery of the insurgency increase. They won’t find that very satisfying. *Gender inclusive languaging to be inserted later.
      5. Oh, shortly after we organise an LEC levies strike until we get satisfaction that caucus rules are being applied to all MPs equitably.

      • AmaKiwi 10.1.1

        The Labour Party central office is understaffed, underpaid, and overworked. If you wait until the last minute (end of Dec. 2012) to join you might not be counted as a member for 2012 and can’t vote in Feb. 2013.

        On top of their usual workload they now have to organize a postal ballot in case there is an election for leader. On their first try, they have to create a system which is seen to be completely fair and not vulnerable to tampering.

        They have got a lot of extra work this holiday season so BE NICE TO THEM.

      • QoT 10.1.2

        *Gender inclusive languaging to be inserted later.

        Sigh. Typing “people” is just so difficult.

  10. Send Shearer an e-mail from our darkened room and closed curtains,let him know
    that people are going to join the labour party not because they support him,but because
    they are disgusted with his and his ‘troops’ in the actions that he took against cunliffe and
    giving the membership the two fingered salute, our membership vote will help unseat him in feb, he needs to have confirmtion or he will assume it’s because he is adored by all and sundry and he did the right thing re; cunliffe.
    This is a character that lives in his own fantasy world.
    I will join up with labour,my e-mail to him, will say the above.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Ahhh Shearer’s not a bad guy actually, sadly speaking in this political drama, he’s actually the fall guy.

    • lprent 11.2

      My apartment is commonly known as “the cave”, and yes I did buy it precisely because it was long and therefore there would be a place that I could stick the computer screens here neither my eyes nor the screens got washed out.

      But these days with LCD’s it isn’t as bad. At work, I’m just a few metres away from the harbour – but at the back of the room.

      I’m a computer programmer and so my brain, back, wrists, and especially my eyes are really really important to my profession. I take good care of them.

    • starlight 11.3

      Update, I have e-mailed his electorate office.

  11. Mary 12

    No, now is not the right time to join Labour – now is the right time to join Mana or perhaps the Greens. This is what will send the right message to Labour which is that people are sick of the party failing to make a stand for the vulnerable and the poorest of the poor and therefore for fairness. I hope Labour gain just the minimum amount of support necessary for a Left coalition but that Mana and the Greens effectively run the show. This is the message that Labour needs to hear. It’s way too early to show support for what they’re doing because they ain’t doin’ yet.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      leaving Labour now gifts the win to the bullshit Palace Politics of the last few days. Now that members have a constitutional say its more important than ever that we drive up party membership.

    • just saying 12.2

      Obviously it’s a personal decision.

      Two things:

      Membership is not a liftime commitment (unlike support for the leadership it seems). It can be rescinded as and when.

      And neither is it a commitment to vote for the joined party.

      At the moment I’m going for Mana for the party vote. I’m waiting to see how things unfold as far as my electorate vote goes, at this stage, it’s green,

      Edit – now I am a member I will be lobbying my local branch

      • Jim Nald 12.2.1

        “And neither is it a commitment to vote for the joined party” – indeed.

        If anything, I sometimes feel some of the Labour Party MPs in the past tend to put a higher value on a vote they have to chase, rather than accord due weight to a vote they think they already have.

      • AmaKiwi 12.2.2

        Strategically, this IS the time to join Labour.

        In Feb. 2013 you might find YOU can make a difference.

        If you find you don’t, quit then.

        Greens and Mana members are not going to decide the Labour leadership.

        • Jim Nald 12.2.2.1

          As stated above, the membership should be for the long haul, a constant thorn on the side to ensure the party becomes more democratic, accountable and representative.

          If the decision post-Feb 2013 is to resign, then make sure the resignation will constructively, visibly or audibly (and preferably with documented trail), aggravate those who have not exercised power fairly and responsibly, with the aim of galvanising positive change.

  12. Richard Down South 13

    Joined and paid… hopefully I can help make a difference… if not, Labour will be in serious trouble, as I doubt I’ll vote for them again, and I have always voted Labour, except for the last election where it was Greens party, Labour local seat

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Good man, join the ranks, it’s going to be an interesting year 2013

      • David H 13.1.1

        Then maybe the membership should do some talking to the undecided’s and remind them a storm is coming, and it’s the pissed off members wanting change!!

  13. Hami Shearlie 14

    Looks like the Labour Party are going to be swamped with new members!! Shearer will be overjoyed, he’s a success at last!! For about 10 weeks!

    • rosy 14.1

      I think it’s a case of biding time until even caucus decides he’s a lost cause. It’s supporting the members that voted for greater transparency, and adding to their voices, that is important. It can take some time to take a party back. Voting for Labour as it is is not compulsory.

    • Jim Nald 14.2

      If Shearer falsely trumpets and claims the credit, he would truly be confirming most of the observations made about him here and elsewhere. And to disabuse him of any incorrect claims, the new members can come here and state the reason why they joined.

  14. gobsmacked 15

    Currently I’m more inclined to join the Greens. But I’ll give it some thought.

    Can anybody advise what would happen in this scenario (highly likely, IMO) …

    1) Shearer survives in Feb. Has the numbers in caucus.

    2) Shearer is declared to be “secure”. He then carries on … being hopeless.

    3) By late 2013, or early 2014, the caucus are getting panicky. The media are having a field day with Shearer’s performance, the members and union backers are frustrated. Plus, with new list rankings and all that, MPs start worrying about their own jobs.

    So … Shearer “steps down” (jumps, pushed, doesn’t matter). Robertson steps up.

    Who then chooses the leader?

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      Caucus with a simple 50% +1 majority.

      The special 60%+1 threshold and possible subsequent wider party votes only happens every 3 years, shortly after each election. Shearer said he held the vote on Tuesday under the same rules, but really it was held under the old/current rules, he just added his own condition that if he didn’t win 60%+1 he would voluntarily resign. Of course he got “100% support” anyway.

      The reason one is being held this upcoming February is because the leadership vote that would have occurred last year after the election was postponed till now, because Goff was stepping down and they had that silly tour of the country (that was then ignored by caucus) before they picked Shearer as the new leader.

      • gobsmacked 15.1.1

        Thanks, Lanth.

        In that case, Robertson’s got it in the bag. He just has to keep saying he supports Shearer 100%, until “for the good of the party and the country” Shearer gets rolled.

        • Galeandra 15.1.1.1

          No problem Gobsmacked, ‘in the bag’ until after leading in a losing election; then Cunliffe can roll him in 2015….
          Probably optimal for Cunliffe anyway– this caucus is too weak to carry the country and win anytime in the next three years no matter who leads them.

      • Jane 15.1.2

        I had thought the 60% +1 or wider vote was now the norm, a little less happy that it is only once after an election. After an election is an odd time to only have it, if they win why would the leader be changed, easy to get 60%+1, if they lose then the old one resigns and someone takes the poison chalice of the subsequent post election turmoil with 60%+1. It is mid term when the party leadship is disarray and distracted like it is now that 40% of caucus should be able to call a vote and if not 60% +1 then the wider one. Feel like we have been had a bit.

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.3

        Caucus with a simple 50% +1 majority.

        Not quite – this is the caucus trigger threshold in normal times.

        If it is triggered by caucus, it then goes to a 40/40/20.

        • just saying 15.1.3.1

          This is important and I’m not clear on it.

          Am I right in thinking that outside of specified votes (next feb and after an election), if 50percent + 1 of the caucus vote “non confidence” in the leader at any time, an ensuing leadership race will be decided by the 40/40/20 formula (members, caucus, affiliates)?

        • Lanthanide 15.1.3.2

          Ok, can you confirm that Viper, because that wasn’t my understanding of the process, at all.

          Essentially you’re saying at all times, leadership votes are 40/40/20, the only thing that differs is the caucus threshold to trigger such a vote (40% or 50%).

          • just saying 15.1.3.2.1

            Where in the b’sphere could i find the actual party legislation?
            Will try red alert.

          • Colonial Viper 15.1.3.2.2

            Indeed that is my understanding Lanth. I believe the following is the rule (also known as the 40/40/20 rule) which applies no matter how it is triggered (40% or 50% caucus threshold).

            Rule 297A

            d) The election of the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party shall be determined by the votes cast in an electoral college composed of the following:
            i. Parliamentary Labour Caucus (40% of the total vote)
            ii. Party members (40% of the total vote)
            iii. Affiliate Party members (20% of the total vote).
            Voting will be preferential and concurrent in all cases.

            • gobsmacked 15.1.3.2.2.1

              OK, so if a leader gives an interview to Ian Wishart 3 months before the election and says “White Power! Nuke the Darkies!”, can the caucus choose an interim replacement, or do they always have to trigger a party-wide contest?

              Is there a “Mike Moore 1990″ scenario, in which Labour MPs say “We’ve picked a new caucus leader, just before the election to try and save our skins”, and it would then have to wait to be confirmed after the election?

              I’m sure it’s in the fine print somewhere … leaders can die in office, after all. I’m just wondering about the logistics of it.

              I suppose I should ask Grant Robertson, he’ll have it all worked out.

    • Hami Shearlie 15.2

      In Robertson’s electorate Labour rank THIRD in the party vote – oh dear!! Robertson may be “liked” by the ABCs’ in Caucus! So what! I don’t want someone they “like” to be leader – I want someone who can WIN THE ELECTION! I want someone who can burn Jonkey to a crisp! And that someone is definitely NOT Grant Robertson. He has the wrong look(which is shallow but necessary on tv), won’t appeal to the South Auckland voter, and has as much political grunt as a Furbie. Can’t see him being able to produce great new ideas on the economy or anything else. Being “liked” doesn’t win elections! Being confident, being able to compose great economic policies , being a great salesman, being self-assured on television does! Simple!

      • Wellington is a Green stronghold, it really has very little to do with Robertson.

        • Colonial Viper 15.2.1.1

          Ahem…bullcrap :)

          In 2005 and 2008 Labour scored almost twice to three times the number of party votes than the Greens.

          In 2011, Labour lost the party vote to the Greens.

      • weka 15.2.2

        “In Robertson’s electorate Labour rank THIRD in the party vote”
         
        Doesn’t matter. With MMP lots of people (self included) vote tactically – eg giving their electorate vote to Robertson and their party vote to the Greens. That’s good, and is how it is supposed to work. It’s also a distinct message to Labour. If you want to look at Roberton’s performance reflected in the vote, look at the electorate vote.

        • Jim Nald 15.2.2.1

          James Shaw, Wellington Central Green Party candidate, is on the cusp of the list.
          James is a fine bloke.

          For the party vote, the Greens got 556 votes more than Labour. (Labour was even further behind National which was 4669 votes ahead.)

          For the electorate vote, the difference between Shaw and Robertson was 13,611.

          That is one hell of a message.

  15. pete 16

    “Who then chooses the leader?”

    National voters, of course.

  16. newsense 17

    Can anyone tell me after that absolute failure of political maneuvering, ability to handle the media, and ability to control the message amongst a handful of MPs and the New Lynn LEC any non-members should seriously consider joining to vote David Cunliffe into the leadership?

    Sure we don’t want more of this Mallard/Pagani crap that gets haegeographies from Fran O’Sullivan, DPF, Matt Hooton, John Armstrong and co, but how has Cunliffe proved himself capable of being leader over the last year?

    He has been active with his speeches and positions, and has been a very capable minister, but has not shown himself to be a shrewd political operator. If he’s on a winning ticket there needs to be some people backing him who can make sure this shite wouldn’t happen when fronting up for NZ overseas. Or he just needs a better team, and perhaps not have himself as the leader of it.

    • lprent 17.1

      I’d guess that the answer to that is to say that I haven’t seen him ‘maneuvering’. He just has a lot of noisy supporters – many of them here.

      In fact I’d guess that if he was looking at anything then it’d have been in Feb, or after the next election if there was a loss. The ‘maneuvering’ seems to have largely been from the Shearer/Robertson et al camp with their assorted minions. They are also the ONLY ones I have seen pushing media.

      The biggest problem that I think that Cunliffe has is that he has been a bit lazy in not anticipating that this kind of move would be made against him.

      • Jim Nald 17.1.1

        To be fair, I would not say lazy but he was a bit too trusting of the process.
        And had not really anticipated the underhanded moves.
        My message to DC is –
        from now on,
        be constantly vigilant,
        don’t be surprised by the worst and be prepared for the ugliest,
        and keep smiling.

        • Anne 17.1.1.1

          Excellent advice Jim Nald. I hope David (Cunliffe) sees it. :)

          • Jenny 17.1.1.1.1

            I support the last two words to which I would add. Keep and open heart. People aren’t as bad as they seem they are just frightened.

  17. Fisiani 18

    When there is Snowfall in Hades is the answer to ” A good time to join Labour.”
    I made that mistake as a 18year old but saw the light as I grew up and my idealistic cliches turned into a realisation that socialism like slavery will one day be a thing of the past.

    • lprent 18.1

      Ah yes. I think that you are pretty much working against the tide of the last couple of centuries of history. You do realize that to a gentleman of the early 19th century that in every developed country that the political parties would all look socialist? Including the tea party republicans.

  18. Member41 19

    Love it. Same people that have finished tearing the Alliance apart have now got Labour in their cross-hairs. I just hope we have the strength to withstand this hysterical minority.

    Pretty sure we do. Democracy has challenges but will set up us much better. Our membership are by-in-large sensible. We have set a new left-ward direction for the Party’s policy and are getting behind it. Most of us.

    Would very much encourage people to join to help us and to be a part of setting our direction. But being a member does include an obligation of loyalty and solidarity to the cause above personalities, and above getting everything your own way all the time.

    • IrishBill 19.1

      Our membership is barely five percent of what it was immediately before the fourth Labour government drove out many members of the same ideological spectrum as the Standard’s community. Some of us are the same people.

  19. Jenny 20

    I’d like to take this opportunity to invite Standard readers who aren’t already party members but who care about the direction of this fine (and occasionally not so fine) institution to put their money where their strongly held opinions are and sign up.

    IRISHBILL

    Would they have me?

    • Te Reo Putake 20.1

      Too right, Jenny! If you’re not a member of another party, you should be sweet. You’ll find plenty of like minded members and this is an historic opportunity to take back the workers party. So, if you’re ever going to join, now’s the time.

      • Colonial Viper 20.1.1

        :)

      • Herodotus 20.1.2

        Even if we are under continual moderation with Redalert. Would be fun to be a member and be banned from their blog !!!! Even if I am in an electorate that the caucus and the party gave the bird to in the by election a few years ago. the only active member in the electorate am aware of is A1len’s.

        [lprent: You're under continual sparodic moderation here as well. But we're far more interested in overall behaviour. ]

    • lprent 20.2

      Yep. Just at present I think that some of them would adore someone who gets my first name wrong. ;)

      Oh well at least it isn’t Lyn. How in the hell did I ever hook up with her? Makes answering the phone a bit confusing…

  20. Tim G 21

    Just renewed (last paid year of membership was 2009) – thanks for the reminder Irishbill. Couldn’t resist e-mailing the admin:

    a) asking for branch information for those living overseas (noting that you are forced to provide an NZ mailing address when you complete the application form); and
    b) pointing out that my renewal had nothing to do with my impression of the success of the parliamentary wing.

    I am afraid a Standard(in)ista Branch would be doomed to failure. There is such a pluralism of views represented across those commenting on this blog. To be honest, while most commenting do show respect for that pluralism there is a bit of shutting people down/telling them their views are BS etc., and the last thing we want is to legitimise that through a party structure.

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Oh, it’d make for lively branch meetings haha…In fact the branch meetings would be just like another day on The Standard haha

  21. venezia 22

    Just renewed membership and sent the email as just saying suggests.

  22. Jenny 23

    Thank you for that kind invitation TRP. Your kind offer has given me serious pause for thought. The Labour Party has achieved truely great things in the past, maybe it could again.

    Unfortunately I do somewhat consider irksome and petty, the condition placed on membership, not being a member of another party. I have often considered modern party politics to be too sectarian for my taste. I wish I could belong to them all. (Though I might draw the line at ACT and U.F. and probably National as well, because they all seem to have no internal democracy at all, So what’s the point?)

    Being a more movementist sort of girl. I like to belong to groups, like trade unions, or anti-nuclear, or anti-apartheid, or antiwar, or Occupy, or environmentalist. These movements’ greatest strengths were that they were open to everyone as long as they agreed the basic kaupapa for their reason for existing. I have often found myself working alongside National Party members and Labour Party members in the same cause.

    To my mind the greatest danger we face and probably the greatest calamity humanity has ever faced is the threat posed by global Climate Change. Colonial Viper once said it, “It will take more than a political party to address climate change”. He’s right it will. What I don’t want to do, is get trapped in a silo which prevents me engaging with every sector of society that might agree to join the battle against climate change, left right or centre.

    This is my emotional response to your offer. However though these are my own feelings and though it may sound hypocritical I support as many people as possible from the left joining Labour at this critical juncture.

    More particularly I hope Cunliffe sticks with Labour and continues speaking and advocating for the climate and social justice both. If he gets the policies he has been talking about taken up then yes I would join in a flash. And would probably be joined in a flood back to Labour by the movementist activist left.

    Until then. I hope you will understand me that I feel I must keep my options open at the current time. Though in saying all of the above, I and I am sure many others on the wider left are willing to be convinced.

    • Bill 23.1

      The problem with having open membership to any organisation that issues, makes or filters decisions at the center or top that perculate out or down, is that those occupying the positions of power (which are also the positions that most information flows through) are vulnerable to number’s games. (Ie, their power and positions can be usurped)

      Think of the Greens (or any other org. that adheres to a more or less fixed ideological view). When they first started, what would it have taken for another party to ‘wash in’ through their membership and, essentially, wipe them out?

      Completely open membership – or more accuarately, open participation – can only occur safely when decisions don’t emanate from a fixed higher position that is vulnerable to being assailed – where substantive democratic processes have levelled the environment where decisions take place.

      To put it another way. Entry into an environment that empowers people and that is structured to help them make decisions – that is truly democratic – will always be open. But any environment that encourages power to concentrate in the hands of some at the expense of others can never be open. And the more concentrated the power, the less open the environment (by necessity) becomes.

      That space where the power concentrates becomes the domain of the ‘high priests’. And the ‘high priests’ (in their own eyes at least) are the ‘rightful’ repositories of the ‘proper’ knowledge and understanding – the appointed – and thereafter protectors of the true vision/ideal or whatever. And, of course, the ‘true’ vision or ideal will become bastardised and merely a script to follow for those focussed on attaining a position of power over others (with all the privilege and respect and so on that goes with the territory)

      And over time, everything that was once fluid ossifies into rigid structures that are maintained through processes of patronage and cronyism etc. The next positive step beyond that, if there is to be one, is iconoclasm…a breaking up and a smashing apart of those structures and traditions before the whole sad cycle begins again.

      Well, unless during or after the breaking up, democracy is demanded and any potential for power to concentrate thwarted and denied.

  23. mike e 24

    fishy business So you have become a slave of delusionary behaviour.
    A slave to failure of neo liberal BS policy of the Chicago Cult!

  24. xtasy 25

    Having been to the odd protest over the last few years, which sadly seem to get less and less public support (due to total ignorance and stigmatisation by MSM, police surveillance making participants feel like “crims”), I have seen the odd Labour supporters be there. Sadly their numbers have been very small, albeit appreciated. There usually was good support from Mana, in some cases the Greens and even the Maori Party.

    So in order to have a true “game changer” one would expect any persons associating themselves with Labour to also take more action and be on the street and in certain venues. The unions seem to largely only look after their particular clientele and forget others.

    We have draconical welfare reforms to be heard by the Social Security Committee shortly, so where is bloody Labour on that?

    Ardern is rather quiet, so are others. It almost seems they do not mind the reforms bashing beneficiaries even more, to make life unliveable and encourage suicide, rather than take a bloody stand and defend human rights.

    That is what makes me bloody furious about “Labour”. So much talk and little walk, so much catering for some bizarre “centre population”, they themselves cannot clearly describe.

    I am sorry, I have NO faith in Labour any more. Basta! A NEW party to the left is needed!

  25. happynz 26

    For us overseas Kiwis with no fixed address nor regular income, where would we apply for membership?

    • Tim G 26.1

      You just need an NZ mailing address by the looks of things – I used my parents’ but I don’t see why a friend’s wouldn’t do. It is clear they are not squaring it with the area in which you are a registered elector (if indeed you are one).

      I sent an accompanying e-mail to their office admin with some questions in that vein, so if I hear anything I’ll let you know.

  26. karol 27

    I have pondered on this issue of membership.  I am not a committed Labour Party supporter, so won’t be parachuting myself in to membership, just to vote on the leadership issue.

     
    I will not be giving my party vote to Labour under the present caucus leadership.  They will need to move away from neoliberalism and to a new style of leadership for me to consider voting for the Party.

    I will be lobbying/emailing my electorate (Labour) MP over the leadership issue, as it will determine whether I give him my electorate vote. 

    • Bill 27.1

      I’d like to think that members of Mana and the Greens would do likewise. Not because they would consider giving their vote to Labour (although some might be in that position with regards the electorate vote), but just on the honest basis that for their preferences to gain more traction they need a more left leaning parliamentary bloc.

      It would certainly allow Labour mps to get a taste for where the broader parliamentary focussed left is sitting at the moment. And who knows? Some of them might well be a bit shocked at the degree to which they have been ‘out of touch’. And those same mp’s might just reposition themselves in light of their new understanding.

      Like I say. Who knows? But it certainly wouldn’t do any damage.

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    On the Left | 21-10
  • TDB Today: Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    In my post at The Daily Blog this week I take inspiration from the great Ian Dury, and reflect on the disconnect between political ambition and the state of the climate system as it continues to warm. It will be...
    Hot Topic | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    frogblog | 21-10
  • Tracking the performance of the 1 hour Xero model
    DISCLOSURE: I hold Xero shares.  Last year I built a very quick and dirty spreadsheet to analyse Xero, and wrote Valuing Xero – in one hour. The article was cross-posted to the NBR, where it attracted far more comments. More on those...
    Lance Wiggs | 21-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
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    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
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