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“A Tale of two countries” – NZ/Aotearoa

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, November 3rd, 2013 - 81 comments
Categories: broadcasting, class war, cost of living, david cunliffe, democracy under attack, economy, housing, labour, telecommunications - Tags:

Two news items in this morning’s NZ Herald online cause me to feel despair for the current state of New Zealand after a couple of decades of “neoliberalism”.  People can debate some of the detail with respect to the policy direction indicated in Cunliffe’s speech yesterday, and as to whether we need a NEW, fair and inclusive direction or the resurrection of an OLD one.  However, Cunliffe outlines the problem here:

A Tale of two countries I grew up in a New Zealand where if you worked hard and played by the rules anyone could get ahead.

It was a country in which Kiwis could trust that government worked more or less in the interests of all its citizens.

Sadly, those days are gone.

We are confronted by a government clearly ruling in the interests of a few at the expense of the many, and creating two New Zealands.

One for the rich and powerful, who don’t pay their fair share of tax because they have smart accountants to ensure they avoid it.

And there’s the other New Zealand. Where people struggle to put food on the table for their families.

Where children go to school hungry, and senior citizens shiver in their homes.

Families who pay tax on every dollar they earn, pick up the slack for the mega-rich and the foreign corporations who don’t.

Middle New Zealand is working harder than ever.

Two NZ Herald articles indicate where NZ has sadly gone wrong.  Now more than ever we need a state run/supported truly public TV broadcaster linked to online delivery.  We need the kind of mainstream media that enables democracy to thrive, as Nicky Hagar explained in his Jesson Lecture.  It requires a media in which jouranlists speak truth to power and operate for the “public interest” and not the in the interest of the powerful, the lobbyists for the wealthy corporates.

Yet today an NZ Herald article shows that our ailing state supported TV broadcaster has become one dominated by the wealthy side of a socio-economically fractured nation.

State broadcaster’s six-figure salaries sign of ‘an excessive organisation’, say Greens

Nearly a quarter of TVNZ’s staff were paid six-figure salaries last year.

The state broadcaster’s figures show 226 of 940 full-time employees at the state broadcaster were paid more than $100,000 in the year to June.

Top of the list is believed to be chief executive Kevin Kenrick, on between $720,000 and $730,000.

Twenty-four employees were paid $200,000 or more.

[...]

Green Party broadcasting spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter said TVNZ was paying “excessively” high salaries when the public sector should be trying to curb pay inequality.

“They’re seemingly becoming quite an excessive organisation with a huge number of highly paid staff at a time when a lot of New Zealanders are struggling.”

TVNZ’s 2012/13 annual report also reveals it paid more than $4 million in redundancies and to settle employment disputes – the highest figure in five years.

The second Herald article waxes lyrical about some recent NZ imports, living the high life in Auckland.  The tome of the article is about how great it is to have such a glamorous elite now part of our biggest city, giving it a cosmopolitan shine.  But the unspoken downside is that these are some of the very people pushing up the price of homes: homes that Kiwis struggling on relatively low incomes are increasingly unable to afford to buy or rent.

Never mind Lonely Planet ranking Auckland one of the world’s top 10 towns for backpackers — international analysis this year shows the city joining the ranks of the world’s most desirable cities for the uber-rich. Over a glass or two of Veuve Clicquot while enjoying the view over Rangitoto, a couple of millionaires tell us why

Houses with sea views sell for $10 million – and there’s a waiting list to buy them. Gleaming superyachts wait at the wharf while their owners sun themselves at beach houses on private islands.

At restaurants, well-heeled couples don’t blink at dropping half a grand on dinner. And not far from a string of shops where handbags retail for thousands of dollars, a woman recently walked out the door of a high-street retail jeweller with a white diamond dress ring sporting a price tag of $72,690.

[...]

Over the past year, Auckland’s high-end property prices have increased 12.7 per cent, the seventh-fastest rate in the world.

Auckland’s overall property prices are now in the top 50 in the world, putting the city in the same realm as global centres such as London, Manhattan, Sydney and resort getaways including the British Virgin Islands, St Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco.

But what you get for your money in Auckland is still attractive by international standards.

[...]

He [Real estate agent Michael Boulgaris says] says there is always a waiting list of buyers for top-level homes.

Privacy is paramount for the very wealthy, he says, followed by a sea view. “I looked at a house that was $7 million or $8 million the other day and you could stand in the main bedroom and touch the neighbour. Space and privacy are what are important.”

Charlie Brendon-Cook, of Luxury Real Estate, says some super rich are broadening their sights beyond Auckland, looking for that privacy.

Cunliffe is tipped to include something about housing in his Conference speech today.  I will be looking for something that is most likely to work for those struggling on the lowest income.  And an increase in safe, and secure state housing needs to be part of such an agenda.

81 comments on ““A Tale of two countries” – NZ/Aotearoa”

  1. Jim Nald 1

    The incoming Green-Labour Government should cap and benchmark the salary of TVNZ’s CEO as well as the salaries of top senior employees. As well, such a cap/benchmark should apply to equivalent positions throughout the public service & SOEs. To round it off, the Remuneration Authority will be statutorily required to apply a cap/benchmark to the remuneration of Cabinet Ministers and MPs.

  2. bad12 2

    To tell you the truth i cannot remember the last time i watched a whole program of anything TV1 has broadcast,

    It would appear that buying or having made content that anyone wants to watch has been discarded in favor of spending the budget on the bloated hired help,

    Obviously this largesse extends across the whole of the State Sector and i would suggest that such over-blown salaries are unwarranted,

    Servants of the State i would suggest should not be paid more than 150 thousand a year,(and even that amount seems overly generous)…

    • miravox 2.1

      “Servants of the State i would suggest should not be paid more than 150 thousand a year”

      I’d rather see they were paid x% of what the lowest paid were getting (including contracted staff), that way they’d have to increase the wages of the lowest paid to be able to increase their own salaries, instead of decreasing them through ever-tightening contracts to find the extra dosh for themselves.

      Edit: P.S. Karol – typo? Aotearoa

    • BM 2.2

      Servants of the State i would suggest should not be paid more than 150 thousand a year,(and even that amount seems overly generous)…

      Such as Julie Anne Genter or is she a special case?

      • bad12 2.2.1

        Way more special than you will ever be, 99% of readers would get that i was addressing the remuneration of those hired by that State not the Elected Representatives of the people…

        • BM 2.2.1.1

          Seems a bit rich though, here’s Genter bagging people for getting paid over a 100k and whining about the cost and how obscene it is.

          At the same time she’s on the taxpayers tit sucking over 150k + perks, unreal.
          Does she not see the hypocrisy or is she so blinded by her own awesomeness that it didn’t even register.

          • bad12 2.2.1.1.1

            A bit rich, not at all, you whine about Julie-Ann getting 150 thou a year for in effect helping run the country,(and i hear your waa waa She is only the Opposition befor you spit it out),

            Yet you are quite happy for those running, and i would say badly, a mere television broadcaster to be sucking at that same taxpayer trough to the tune of over 700 grand a year,

            i think there is something wrong inside your head if you cannot see your own hypocrisy on this issue,

            • bad12 2.2.1.1.1.1

              My view is that there is a couple of billion dollars annually of ‘Fat’ that need be trimmed from the salaries of those who work for and manage the States day to day business and assets over a decadal time frame,

              The Parliament as the Head of State should be the pinnacle of earnings that as salary the State pays to those who serve it and all those serving the State should be remunerated at a level below that of the Parliament,

              Alleviating child poverty by extending the tax credit system to include ALL children and future payments of NZ Super could be achieved by drawing a clear distinction between working for ‘the State’ and working for the private sector,

              i am sure we used to do this befor the Neo-libs arrived with their fucked up elitist ideology…

      • Just Like Tiger Woods 2.2.2

        “Servants of the State i would suggest should not be paid more than 150 thousand a year,(and even that amount seems overly generous)”

        I can help Julie there.

        “Servants of the State i would suggest should not be paid more than the average wage,(and even that amount seems overly generous)”

        Start with the socialist Genter.

    • Lanthanide 2.3

      “Servants of the State i would suggest should not be paid more than 150 thousand a year,(and even that amount seems overly generous)…”

      That’s a good way to ensure that the most productive and valuable people will never work as Servants of the State.

      Which is the whole reason these people are being paid market rates.

      • felix 2.3.1

        “the most productive and valuable people” in any organisation are seldom paid anywhere near such a rate.

      • bad12 2.3.2

        What a load, and befor the paying of ‘market rates’ did we have any worse a TV1 than we have now,

        There’s a zillion talented people in this country quite able to run the States broadcasting who would happily do so for a fraction of what the ‘fat cats’ are now paying themselves…

        • Lanthanide 2.3.2.1

          Unfortunately it’s very difficult to prove that one way or another.

          • felix 2.3.2.1.1

            * “good way to ensure”
            * “whole reason”

            Sounds like you’re pretty convinced “one way” despite it being so “very difficult to prove”.

            • Lanthanide 2.3.2.1.1.1

              I think you’d have a hard time arguing that in the general case, high performing people tend to know what they’re worth and tend to work for companies willing and able to pay them that rate.

              The specific case of TVNZ vs other companies, and the specific media people working at TVNZ, would require more specific evidence one way or the other – bad12 is suggesting that there are heaps of people in NZ who could do as good or better job than the specific individuals at TVNZ, which is difficult to prove without actually running that experiment.

              My comment however was on the general principle of pay peanuts, get monkeys.

              • felix

                I know what your comment was on. I was pointing out that the idiom doesn’t hold in reality. What we actually do is pay millions and get monkeys.

                For one obvious example the monkeys who ran the finance and banking sector into the ground. Or closer to home, the monkeys who damn near bankrupted Air NZ and NZ Rail.

                The point is that “the most productive and valuable people” are the workers who keep the trains and planes running, not the interchangeable executives at the top.

                • Lanthanide

                  “The point is that “the most productive and valuable people” are the workers who keep the trains and planes running, not the interchangeable executives at the top.”

                  The executives keep the entire company running, and in most industries growing. That enables the workers that keep the trains and planes running to have job security and a career etc.

                  • felix

                    Oh sorry I didn’t realise we had stopped talking about the examples I gave already. Can we go back to them for a moment?

                    • Lanthanide

                      Or we could look at all of the other hundreds of companies that aren’t run into the ground on an annual basis.

                      It is human nature to make mistakes and have bad ideas, especially when you’re in a competitive environment and trying to take risks in order to make more money.

                    • felix

                      Go on then. Pick a large company and demonstrate how “the most productive and valuable people” in it are the pool of CEs who move from co to co and industry to industry every couple of years.

                      I can’t think of an example.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Once again, I’m talking in general, not about a specific company, TVNZ or any other.

                      Also I’m not exclusively talking about executives either; just people that are paid a lot for their skills. There are several hands-on engineering staff at my company making $120k+, not too much less than our managing director would make (guestimating).

                      The other point I’d make is that these directors and executives are mostly in the background keeping things ticking along or introducing new initiatives for the company. Unless you’re intimately involved with a particular company, it’s unlikely you’d be able to name any of them and their particular contributions – just like you’d have trouble identifying and naming any particular cleaner who works in a hospital or train driver that keeps the trains on time.

                    • felix

                      Oh well I guess my examples of air travel and rail in NZ and the entire world’s banking and finance sector don’t stack up against your nothing.

                    • Lanthanide

                      No felix, it’s your example of a ‘few’ companies failing in the course of a decade, set against many thousands more that don’t fail in the same period.

                    • felix

                      Really Lanth? The global financial crisis was just a few companies failing?

                      Anyway “failure” isn’t what I’m getting at. I’m addressing your entirely unproven assertion that we currently pay people according to their productivity.

                      In the examples I gave that is demonstrable untrue. I’m yet to see any evidence that those who produce value are paid on that basis in general or otherwise.

                    • Lanthanide

                      The GFC was just a few companies failing… that wrecked the underlying economy and business confidence and took other companies with them.

                      Actually I said “productive and valuable people”, not just “productive”.

                      Also I’m not saying that people who earn 20x as much as someone else in the same company *deserve* to be paid 20x as much. Merely that the people who get paid the most, are the most productive and valuable people. They could be paid just 1.5x as much as someone else and this would still be true: they get paid more because they’re more valuable.

                      To suggest otherwise says that companies are making irrational choices in their pay decisions, and are paying groups of people far more than they’re worth for no reason.

                    • Tat Loo (CV)

                      Dude, the remuneration game is NOT a meritocracy.

                      The GFC was just a few companies failing… that wrecked the underlying economy and business confidence and took other companies with them.

                      This isn’t a very good way of describing what actually happened.

                      Your approach explains nothing about the causes, how and why failure precipitated, what happened to make the knock on effects much worse than they needed to be, why issues still are not sorted out and lessons learned/not learnt.

                      So it appears that your explanation isn’t that good.

                      To suggest otherwise says that companies are making irrational choices in their pay decisions

                      Yeah, because as per neoliberal economics, only rational decisions are made by the people who run companies, nothing to do with greed, prejudice, internal politics, misinformation etc.

                  • vto

                    Lanthanide “The executives keep the entire company running, and in most industries growing. That enables the workers that keep the trains and planes running to have job security and a career etc.”

                    What a load of hogwash. You have it completely arse-about.

                    Try this simple experiment in an example of, say the trains…..

                    1. Take your fancy pants executive and send him into the bush for a few days where he is incommunicado…. Will the trains stop running?

                    2. Take your overall-clad train driver and send him into the bush for a few days where he is incommunicado… Will the trains stop running?

                    You’re way off the planet with that claim Lanth. But I suspect that stems from looking at it through your own lenses of management / executive rather than any type of objective lenses.

        • Populuxe1 2.3.2.2

          That must be why we have a brain drain – the zillions of talented kiwis going off shore to find jobs that don’t pay as well as the ones at home…

      • Paul 2.3.3

        If they are that valuable, then I’m sure they can go to other countries and pay no taxes there instead.

      • Francis 2.3.4

        That’s a good way to ensure that the most productive and valuable people will never work as Servants of the State.
        Yet another neo-liberal lie. While there’s no problem with our most talented, skilled, hard-working people being paid a salary in proportion to the skills they have (and how much effort they put in), that’s not what happens in reality.

        The so-called “market rates”, particularly for management roles, are stuck in an upwards spiral as companies constantly increase the salaries of their management. So instead of getting a CEO who takes the job because they believe in what their company does, and wants to make a difference, you get a CEO who takes the job purely because it pays hundreds of thousands of dollars. Quite often, if things start to go poorly in the company, they’ll be the first ones to run off and go into another high-paying job.

        The alternative is in-sourcing. Get someone who’s been with the company for a reasonably long time, and thus understands how things works, and really believes in what the company does. I’m almost certain that people like this wouldn’t turn down a job because it only pays $150,000 per year (as if 4 times the median income is somehow small)…

  3. bad12 3

    Karol, David Cunliffe did mention housing in His speech yesterday,(from the reprint in the David Cunliffe speech to the Conference post),

    The reference, along with the 100,000 homes to be built, was to ‘the middle class’ struggling to pay Rents and Mortgages,

    My thoughts on just how much of a struggle the middle class are having paying said rents are unprintable,

    Is there another Cunliffe speech today???…

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      Take GST off of rates.

      Probably that’s too expensive, though.

      • vto 3.1.1

        Take GST off housing

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1

          GST only applies to new builds.

          • vto 3.1.1.1.1

            Lanthanide, not sure how many times this needs pointing out to people but if new house builds drop in cost by 15% due to the GST being dropped then there will without doubt be a corresponding drop in secondhand house values.

            GST applies to new builds but dropping the GST has an effect right across the housing sector.

            I am surprised this needs to be pointed out.

            • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1.1.1

              I seriously doubt it, because the existing housing stock is many many times larger than the number of new houses built in any year.

              Drop GST off new builds, might see a price moderation of ~5%, but it won’t be 15%.

              Such a policy would also be very difficult to actually police and implement, because there are typically dozens of companies involved in any individual house construction, and they’d now need to track 15% GST for renovations/repairs and 0% GST for new builds. Sounds like easy room for rorting there. But council rates are only charged by councils and the reporting and accounting of that money is very clear.

              Furthermore dropping GST on new construction, even if did equate to a 15% drop in existing housing stock, doesn’t do shit for people with existing mortgages, in fact all you’re doing it putting them underwater (which reduces labourforce mobility). Rents would be unlikely to go down in the short to medium term. On the other hand, council rates are an ongoing expense that apply to everyone that owns a house, and there’s a chance that a 13% drop in the price of rates could be passed on to renters; certainly it would be a factor in rent prices not needing to increase in the short term.

              • Lanthanide

                For example, a large determinant of housing price is location. In old established suburbs where there are no vacant sections and very little rebuild going on, prices would be largely unaffected by the cost of a new build because it isn’t an option in that suburb and people who want to live there are forced to buy an existing home.

              • vto

                I think you might have had a tough weekend Lanth because that is simply more hogwash.

                If all new house and land packages across the country drop in price by 15% ($500,000 house drops to $435,000) you think the effect on existing housing values would be relatively unchanged? Maybe 5% ($435,000 house drops to $415,000)?

                My opinion is that your opinion on this is nuts.

  4. Paul 4

    And the Herald puts forward articles that continue the myths of neo-liberalism.
    Damien Grant: “Poverty isn’t fault of rich”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11150603

    One assumes Mr Grant is educated.
    Therefore is he?:
    a) a disciple of neo-liberalism and so indoctrinated he believes in the cult of selfishness as proposed by Ayn Rand ..despite all the evidence now apparent.
    b) a paid puppet of the corporates who write their spin.
    c) a member of the 1% himself who actually benefits from the present paradigm.

    • miravox 4.1

      A wannabe c) + a)

      “One assumes Mr Grant is educated”

      One knows Damien Grant has a conviction for making people poorer. He’s not worth the time or effort to read, or to try and understand.

      • Paul 4.1.1

        Does his sort change when they are around 50 and realise that this aspiration stuff is just nonsense for 99% of the population?

        • miravox 4.1.1.1

          Ha! I wish -probably just take the bitter and twisted pills, I reckon.

          • Paul 4.1.1.1.1

            How does someone turn out like that?
            Did they miss the empathy gene?

            • David H 4.1.1.1.1.1

              It has to be in the environment that you are brought up in. Me I am trying my best to instill the right values into my 2.5 year old. the values that everyone is valuable, no matter what, and to share, and sharing is an alien concept to a 2.5 year old lol.

            • miravox 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Poor parenting?

              Between 4 and 14 and being a brat, did no-one ever make say “how would you like it if someone did that to you?”

    • joe90 4.2

      Therefore is he?:

      d) a disciple.

      [9] THOU SHALT KNOW THAT INEQUALITY IS NATURAL

      Neoliberals regard inequality of economic resources and political rights not as an unfortunate byproduct of capitalism, but a necessary functional characteristic of their ideal market system. Inequality is not only the natural state of market economies from a neoliberal perspective, but it is actually one of its strongest motor forces for progress. Hence the rich are not parasites, but a boon to mankind.

      http://www.the-utopian.org/post/53360513384/the-thirteen-commandments-of-neoliberalism

    • damien grant 4.3

      d) see Joe90.

      • Paul 4.3.1

        And no evidence can show you otherwise…

      • joe90 4.3.2

        Hi tealeaf.

      • NickS 4.3.3

        Oh look, another idiot how can’t grasp that natural doesn’t equal right, let alone desirable :roll:

      • Paul 4.3.4

        Damien if you fall sick, or lose all your money through misfortune, do you expect the state to help you?

        • damien grant 4.3.4.1

          No. Either I can pay or I am insured.

          • Tat Loo (CV) 4.3.4.1.1

            You sorta didn’t read what was actually written, did you? And instead decided for some reason to answer your own imaginary question.

          • lprent 4.3.4.1.2

            Personally I think that your ability to assess risk is more of an issue. Only an idiot would accept an analysis from Bill English without checking it.

            Your quoting of his tax fallacies carefully managed to ignore that the majority of the GST and most other consumption taxes was paid by the poor. Because Bill English was lying with numbers. He was referring to revenue only from income tax, and expenditure paid by all taxes. GST has been of similar revenue size to income tax since it was raised to 15%.

            You read like a complete fool content with aphorisms because you lack the capability to do analysis.

      • locus 4.3.5

        I’m sick to my stomach with narcissistic randists being given a stage by the msm on which to act out their sick fantasy that income inequality is ‘natural’. If it’s is a necessary condition of capitalism to maximise inequality (the logical outcome of your philosophy Damien), then capitalism is rotten.

        In the ever swelling propaganda of the neoliberal right this kind of self-serving rant is typically showcased alongside oikings of disgust about the lower class who deserve their poverty because they have chosen it, or are lazy, or are bludgers, while the wealthy have earnt what they’ve worked hard for.

        Just keep on spouting randian ideology long enough and apparently all intelligent people will agree.

        The basic difference between your sociopathic opinion Damien, and left wing thinking is that we think.

        • damien grant 4.3.5.1

          “If it’s is a necessary condition of capitalism to maximise inequality”

          It isn’t.

          • Tat Loo (CV) 4.3.5.1.1

            Then you’re leaving money on the table. Make sure your shareholders don’t hear of your lack of vision, or you’ll be replaced.

          • locus 4.3.5.1.2

            Minimising payment for the factors of production (e.g. labour) is a basic mechanism of capitalism. This means that the owners of capital – or their business managers – do all they can to remove the power of workers to negotiate a fairer share of the profits.

            The end result of this, if unregulated, is… the maximisation of inequality.

            Perhaps you’ll tell us what controls you think are appropriate to curb the burgeoning income disparity resulting from neoliberal capitalism?

    • QoT 4.4

      Ah, that’s Damien “poverty is meaningless and doesn’t exist and I’d rather buy an iPhone” Grant.

      Another of the Herald’s wonderfully insightful, edgy columnists.

    • Blue 4.5

      It’s much simpler than that. Damien’s a sociopath who hasn’t figured out what’s wrong with him and why hardly anyone agrees with his ideas yet.

      • Paul 4.5.1

        We are failing as a society if people can grow up with so little concern for other people as he has.

  5. tricledrown 5

    Tea party homespun propaganda no research same sort of BS Thatcher used.
    Sarah Palin and Bachman use this comparing the home budget crap with running an economy.
    Fox News or herald.

  6. tricledrown 6

    Damien Grant how did John Key make it out of poverty Hey didn’t have a farm or business He could improve over the others.
    He got a hand up by the state his mother got a widows pension state house free education and healthcare even though their family had paid no tax or had jobs.

    • damien grant 6.1

      Children are educated in Iran; this does not validate their political or economic system.

      • Tat Loo (CV) 6.1.1

        Thanks for your irrelevancies.

        Now please answer the question (if you can): how did John Key make it out of childhood poverty and have the opportunity to become PM?

        • gobsmacked 6.1.1.1

          Damien blithely assures us: “Either I can pay or I am insured.”

          OK, it’s not unusual for right-wingers to hark back to the 1950′s, or even the 19th century.

          But Damien has bigger, bolder ambitions – he believes we should go back to the 16th century.

          http://www.historyonthenet.com/Tudors/poor_law.htm

          Yes, it was way back then that our English forebears first worked out that there was a collective responsibility, and that it should be financed by taxes. An idea that’s been developing ever since.

          So on the one hand, we have 4 centuries of human history.

          On the other hand, there is Damien.

          • Tat Loo (CV) 6.1.1.1.1

            There are actually lots of very successful countries in the world full of happy, high achieving people, which are run on the kind of economics suggested by Damien Grant.

            I’m sorta, uh, struggling to remember which ones…uh…exactly…but there’s lots of them, and the track record is exemplary!

            • miravox 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Well if there isn’t, it must be because no-one is brave enough to implement his economics in its pure form…

              Else he could give a shit, as long as he’s all right.

          • joe90 6.1.1.1.2

            I’m picking an island or apostle – although Damien might just be a little creepy.

            http://leftycartoons.com/the-24-types-of-libertarian/

  7. tricledrown 7

    Don’t forget the child allowance and free milk in schools.

  8. joe90 8

    On income inequality.

    Anyone who has worked in the corporate milieu knows that the arrival of McKinsey on the scene tends to not be a sign of good news for the rank and file. What is less known is McKinsey’s role in the creation of the CEO-to-worker gap itself. In 1951, General Motors hired McKinsey consultant Arch Patton to conduct a multi-industry study of executive compensation. The results appeared in Harvard Business Review, with the specific finding that from 1939 to 1950, the pay of hourly employees had more than doubled, while that of “policy level” management had risen only 35 percent. If you adjusted that for inflation, top management’s spendable income had actually dropped 59 percent during the period, whereas hourly employees had improved their purchasing power.

    [...]

    But invoking the name McKinsey as a rubber stamp for self-serving corner-office decision-making is a long corporate tradition, and for six decades now, those holding the strings of the corporate purse have chosen to simply skip the “rigorous” part in rationalizing ever more absurd levels of CEO pay. In its 1996 obituary, the Times reported Mr. Patton’s chagrin at how managers had abused his survey, in large part by assuming that “all [executives] were above-average performers.” Asked in the 1980s how he felt about the effect of his work, his reply was simple: “guilty.” Consider, too, that the 1982 CEO-to-worker pay ratio was only a relatively paltry 42:1. One wonders how he’d feel today.

    http://observer.com/2013/08/the-godfather-of-ceo-megapay-mckinsey-consultant-arch-patton-didnt-invent-wealth-inequality/

  9. tricledrown 9

    Tat loo Agentina tried that experiment cutting all benefits including the pension .
    82 year old grandmas had to work breaking rocks on motorways for a pitance !
    Unemployment went from 6% to 38% .
    If grants wishes were made to come true in our country the likes of key and his mum would be picking through rubbish tips for a fee scraps!

  10. Disabled Liberation Aotearoa NZ FLANZ 10

    DLANZ feel ‘hand on heart’ the government has not considered the ramifications of what DLANZ would describe as a ‘Systemic Abdication of Sovereign Responsibility’ The fact that over 270 thousand kids and their whanau / families, live in recognized ‘poverty levels’ (Solutions to Child Poverty in NZ – Families Comm. 2012), clearly indicate Aotearoa NZ ‘Laissez Faire – We Don’t Care’ attitude is causing great chaos, pain and economic havoc onto its citizens.

    Disabled of DLANZ had hoped our request to the NZ Maori Party Conference.2013, to call for an early election would stop this systemic indifference, sadly no response. The NZ Disability Strategy 2001 “Whakanui Oranga” is a solution based Social Model of Disability which as like the ‘Litmus Test’ Whakanui Oranga NZDS 2001, is a structural frame world strategy that helps identify ignorance from indifference when it comes to setting policies for future generations of Aotearoa.’s Able-bodied / Maarohirohi, and Disabled / Hape (with and without other disabilities Hauaa)

    Speaking as a Hape (Physical and haappy; to be here :-) , It would be fair to say that: From Damascus to Darfur, Doha to Detroit and all the way back to Dargaville…Children suffer in poverty, while hypocrisy reigns / rains (Refer i.e. ‘Solutions to Child Poverty in NZ’ 2012)

    Kia Kaha Waitangi and keep smiling to all
    Doug Hay…dougie (-:

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    Greens | 13-04
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  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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