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A tale of two journalists

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, March 2nd, 2014 - 110 comments
Categories: broadcasting, david cunliffe, john key, news, poverty, tv - Tags:

All is not well in the current state of NZ broadcasting.  Trisha Dunleavey of Victoria university has a very good article on Open Democracy (24 February 2014), on the past and possible future of NZ public broadcasting.  The article is promoted thus:

In the sorry book on Public Service Broadcasting’s travails world-wide in the age of neo-Liberalism, New Zealand occupies chapter one. There the undermining of the BBC look-alike NZBC began early. The attack really got underway with a wave of reform in 1988-1991. And it ain’t over yet.

Dunleavy ends the article looking towards the election later this year, hoping that public broadcasting will become an election issue, with Labour and the Greens leading the way.

Nowhere is the public service broadcasting ethos more needed than in the realms of mainstream news and current events. A tale brief tale of two journalists provides an indication of everything that is wrong with the current state of NZ’s television news.

Patrick Gower is an example of all that is wrong: desperate for sensationalist type headlines. Gower does little to enlighten viewers about the important issues.  Yesterday David Cunliffe did an excellent job of responding to Gower’s questions.

Rob Salmond nails it on his Polity blog, with this brief statement:

My only concern with the Cunliffe interview was that so much time was spent exploring post-election coalition minutae, which I’m sure Paddy knew no leader was going to get into on live TV before the election had been held. That left precious little time to discuss Labour’s wide-ranging plans to improve life for New Zealand families, which I think is a shame.

Cunliffe did manage to provide some clear statements on the values and issues important to him: for instance, about being different for John key even though both are very well off: Cunliffe will not pull the ladder up after him, unlike Key, and will continue to work for those struggling on low incomes.

Around 11.50 minutes into the video, Gower asks Cunliffe about his house:

CUNLIFFE: Well, that was in relation to John Key.  Probably not my best line, because the fact is we’ve both done bloody well. And we both started from humble beginnings. My dad was a country parson.  he grew up in a state house. I benefitted from the opportunities that a good state education system gave me.  And a health care system that looked after my dad when he had a series of heart attacks and nearly died. [Gower tries to interrupt - Cunliffe continues] But the difference between us is this: I’m not knocking the Salvation Army; I’m not cancelling state houses [Gower tries to interrupt again] in my own electorate.  What I’m doing is saying I want the ladder there for everybody else [Gower: "Yeah and no-one is..." ] and Mr Key’s government is pulling the ladder up.

GOWER: No one is denying that. But what you also are doing is attacking the prime minister for living in a nice house in a nice street

CUNLIFFE: Look, if I had my time again, Paddy, honestly, that would not be a line that I would use.  So fair cop, I’ve learned from that.  It was in the context of a debate, in the House, where the prime minister was dumping on the Salvation Army’s annual report on poverty, and I thought it was a bit rich. That’s why I got tempted.  I shouldn’t have.

Later that day, on TV3’s evening news, Gower then, went on to do a misleading and misrepresentative report drawing on his earlier interview. He focused on Cunliffe’s wealth, and his alleged hypocrisy in criticizing John Key for being wealthy. The TV3 News anchor begins by framing the report saying Cunliffe has been “forced” to admit he made a mistake. Then Gower:

Cunliffe admits that he got it wrong for attacking the prime minister with his nice house when he’s got one himself.

Then there’s very edited clips of Cunliffe saying the line about Key was not a good one to use.  However, any reference to the context of Key’s attacks on the Salvation army’s report on poverty have been deleted.  Gower makes it all about Cunliffe’s house. Ultimately, Gower is running National Party lines for them.

Contrast Gower’s approach, with that of Rachel Smalley.  Smalley was once tipped as a tough but fair interviewer, who probed politicians on significant issues when she started on TV3 news and current events shows.  This week on the NZ Herald, she explains her reasons for leaving TV3:

“I didn’t feel that there was any desire to invest in women in senior primetime roles and I knew I couldn’t keep doing those hours. So I was at a real crossroads. I was frustrated.

[...]

“The reality with TV is it can sometimes be like working in a crack den because there’s so much paranoia swirling around the corridors and there’s a lot of patch protection. And that’s quite exhausting.” She attributed that to new shows and uncertainty in the world of current affairs. “And that’s the environment you’re going into every day. It can be quite lonely, I think, working in television.”

She described herself as “purist journo” who was in the business because she loved knowing things – not the recognition – which in her opinion isn’t always the case in television.

“There’s a lot of people coming into media now, particularly TV and the reality is a lot coming into TV now really should apply for X-Factor because they want the celebrity and the fame that goes with it,” Smalley said.

When need true public service broadcasting, where the likes of Smalley can does interviews that enlighten and inform the public, not, as Gower seeks to do, manipulate views.

110 comments on “A tale of two journalists”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Good post Karol. I thought the interview itself showed Cunliffe at his best and he really dominated Gower. Then when I saw the clip and the story I could not believe it. The spin is strong in this one …

    • Saarbo 1.1

      Gower’s 6.00pm news article was cynical but very much par for the course for Patrick Gower. I expect this type of thing from Gower after what I witnessed at the 2012 Conference debacle.

      Also what was interesting was the host of The Nation(al) stated at the start of the show that “The Nation(al) was NEW AND IMPROVED”…which I think was a veiled attack on Rachel Smalley who everyone knows is FAR superior to Patrick Gower. Gower is a disgrace to New Zealand journalism, Key’s little lap dog.

      • phillip ure 1.1.1

        really..a pox on both their houses..

        ..in many past reviews of the nation..i have found good reasons to castigate smalley for woefully inept performances..

        ..and gowers’ effort in this one i reckon should go into media schools..

        ..as an example of how not to conduct an interview..

        ..phillip ure..

        • karol 1.1.1.1

          Smalley looked really promising when she started for TV3, Newsline and The Nation, but her performance after that was patchy. I wonder if it was due to the guidelines she was given from her managers? I’ll be watching to see how she goes in her new job.

          However, I also thought her article about why she left TV3 goes some way to explaining Gower’s dodgy journalism. As Smalley explains, it doesn’t seem to be about informing people, but is more like some, individualistic, reality TV ethos.

          • phillip ure 1.1.1.1.1

            yeah..i also thought smalley ‘showed promise’ at first..

            ..i dunno what happened..

            ..but her pitiful/pandering-to-govt-ministers/look-at-me!-i’m-a-well-behaved ‘acceptable-gatekeeper’/i-won’t-ask-any-awkward-questions! efforts on the nation last yr..

            ..pretty much had me bouncing off the walls..

            ..phillip ure

    • David H 1.2

      Is there no way to complain about the ‘editing of the story’ to give a totally different outlook.. Or can Cunliffe just Ban Gower from ALL Labour news conferences. But TV3 really need to detract and apologise to him for the misleading story.

  2. BM 2

    Cunliffe has obviously done something to really piss off Gower.
    What ever it is he needs to get it sorted other wise he’s boned.

    With the witch hunt which is currently happening within tvnz, labour will be struggling to get any positive media output.

    Not the best situation to be in, especially in a election year.

    • Ant 2.1

      I think he just wants a scalp, he got a taste of some success when he ran the story at the conference and got Cunliffe demoted. Now he thinks he can go all the way.

      Similar to Garner’s vendetta against Chris Carter.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      “Cunliffe has obviously done something to really piss off Gower.”

      Lead a party that is against National, presumably. TV3 has always shown clear bias in their political reporting, first with Duncan Garner and now his understudy Gower.

      • BM 2.2.1

        What about Campbell live, that’s heavily biased to the left.

        I do remember that Clark got a fairly easy ride and they were’nt particularly harsh on Shearer either.

        So I don’t think you can say TV3 has always shown clear bias in their political reporting

        • Saarbo 2.2.1.1

          Don’t know about that, what did Helen Clark call Campbell after the Corn Gate ambush?

          • BM 2.2.1.1.1

            One rough interview in nine years = fairly easy ride.

            • Lanthanide 2.2.1.1.1.1

              It’s very easy to wave your hand and say “oh, they had an easy time with the media” from a vantage where you were never specifically monitoring the media coverage they received during the time. It was 5+ years ago, after all.

              • @ lanth..

                ..i do monitor the media..

                ..and have done so pretty much every day since 2005..

                ..and the clark govt..(tho’ i could criticise it for a raft of perceived ‘sins’/fails..and often do..)..

                ..it was not given an easy ride by the media..

                ..especially in contrast with the craven/unquestioning-obeisance shown to key/this govt..

                ..by almost all the media..

                ..for going on six years now..

                ..and this historical/institutional-knowledge from this media-monitoring –

                is also why i was so gobsmacked recently at the calls for trawling back thru the interviews for hints/evidence of ‘leftwing-bias’ by the recently fired head of the maori tv dept @ tvnz..

                ..i mean..f.f.s..!!

                ..how could they possibly have kept straight faces..

                ..while making those calls/claims..?

                ..phillip ure..

        • Lanthanide 2.2.1.2

          I was referring to TV3 news rather than the entirety of TV3, should have made that clearer.

      • Saarbo 2.2.2

        3ox News.

      • Blue 2.2.3

        Actually, I don’t think Paddy is a partisan National hack. I don’t think he really cares about politics per se, and he doesn’t have the brains for it. He’s just a sensationalist drama queen.

        It’s much easier to score hits on the Opposition than the Government, and Paddy is just going for the free hit. John Key doesn’t have to talk to him, Cunliffe does. It’s far easier to line up the bat with Cunliffe’s head.

        It’s not exactly responsible to kick the shit out of the Opposition while giving the Government of the day a free pass, but that doesn’t seem to bother Paddy’s bosses.

        • felix 2.2.3.1

          This.

        • karol 2.2.3.2

          Gower is more about his own ego and career ambitions.

          However, now he also has some history re-Cunliffe, having thought he’d seen him off after the Labour Party conference reporting the year before last. He seems to keep looking for some (relatively trivial) angle to smear Cunliffe with, and seems to have little interest in policies and the general values of various parties.

          • North 2.2.3.2.1

            Poor Potty Gower having failed painfully in the “fine-figure-of-an-individual” stakes allays his lifelong burden with an extraordinary narcissism which says he is a major part of every story. All of this manifested in his cheap obfuscating tabloidism. A dangerous fool.

  3. ianmac 3

    At the start of that TV3 News item they played the wrong (accidentally?) clip which showed David getting his point across. Then suddenly the screen goes blank for half a minute. Followed by the heavily edited Gower anti-Cunliffe clip.
    And yes having watched the full interview Gower/Cunliffe, it was almost criminal for a supposedly neutral supposed journalist, to edit so unprofessionally.

    • ianmac 3.1

      I notice that the official link does not show the initial clip that was shown in error which showed David giving good account of himself.

  4. Tim 4

    Clever lady that Trish D – I hope she’s one involved when it comes time to reconstruct Public Service Television in NZ

    • TightyRighty 4.1

      you mean sell it? it’s not public service if it’s riddled with partisan lefties.

  5. David H 5

    Or a blanket ban on TV3 until it’s sorted out. No interviews or anything and the same reason given, the lying Gower MUST apologise. I expect Matt Macarten will be on this very quickly.

    • TightyRighty 5.1

      hahahaha. great media strategy you have there. you are a fucking genius. that will absolutely help Labour win this year, by shutting out the largest non publicly owned broadcaster in the country as he gave your leader a rough ride. toughen up.

      It’ll be interesting to see russell norman take cunliffes place in the TV3 leaders debate. better for cunliffe though, seeing russell get taken down by john key instead of him self.

    • PapaMike 5.2

      Is Matt the new Labour Leader already ?
      Why is the media taking the shine off David C in favour of Matt ?
      Or is Matt not Chief of Staff ?

  6. newsense 6

    If you want to make the news you must do something controversial…either clock Gower if you want the publicity or get Matt to do it later if you don’t…

  7. Clemgeopin 7

    It is a shame that the so called ‘journalists’ like Gower are so shallow in their job. They should be presenting issues related to economic, social and environmental policies of the parties, so that the voters have a better understanding of how to vote more effectively in a democracy. Voters depend on the news provided by the journalists.

    When these two bit media personalities spend their time with trivialities and headline grabbing crap news stuff, it is a sad disservice from the important branch of democracy, the fourth estate, and not a worth while service at all. A pity!

    Gower has turned into a biased, shameless, nasty vermin masquerading as a ‘journalist’. He is doing much harm to himself, to journalism, to news and to TV3. I am sure most people will soon realise, if they haven’t already, that Gower is just crap.

  8. aerobubble 8

    Key attacks Labour about hiring a unionist and how Cunliffe lives in top notch
    home. Sorry, is Key attacking Labour for being too far left or too far right?

    Cunliffe was there when Labour went neo, McCarten was there with the Alliance.
    Geez, and Key knows what exactly? That Labour have the widest possible church
    and Key only represents glib vain envy — oh pooh pooh Cunliffe lives in a better
    house than poor little Key.

    • tamati 8.1

      So everyone who lives in a flash house is a Tory and every who lives in a scummy flat is a socialist?

    • Rodel 9.1

      Clemgeopin
      Thanks for that.
      Full marks to Cunliffe for keeping his cool and chuckling at Gower.
      Easy interview for Cunliffe though so I guess Gower had to edit it to salvage the ego.
      I think just laughing at him as DC did is a good strategy.

      • Clemgeopin 9.1.1

        You are welcome.
        It was an interview that Mr Cunliffe did very well and the Gower sewer rat of a journalist did very badly.

        Mr Cunliffe=8/10
        Nasty Gower=1/10
        TV3=0/10

        • Rodel 9.1.1.1

          Watched the interview and later Gower’s edited version. It really was shameful. Sadly we seem to be growing another mini Fox News unethical channel in New Zealand .

          • Clemgeopin 9.1.1.1.1

            Yes, that is a shame, because in the past, it has had and still has some quite credible journalists, intelligent and erudite commentators with balanced opinions such as Bill Ralston, Colin James, Rachel Smalley, Brian Edwards, John Campbell etc. Unfortunately they also have some biased, completely nasty crap sewer vermin, pricks like Patrick Gower amidst them!

  9. anker 10

    Yes I watched David’s superb performance on yesterdays the Nation. Perfection.

    I was gobsmacked to see the edited version on t.v. news that night. I emailed tv 3 news and made a complaint. Probably will have new impact at all, but felt at least I was doing something. I would encourage others to so as well.

    I am hoping enough people saw the full interview to have a good impact. I have never doubted for a moment that Cunliffe it the one to lead Labour. His appointment on McCarten and the Nation interview just confirmed it.

    Is there anyway we could gather up all of Gowers interview’s with Cunliffe etc and make a complaint to the broadcasting standards?

    • Paul 10.1

      An online petition?

    • Skinny 10.2

      Here is the funny thing and I know this to be true. Paddy was so annoyed Cunliffe dominated his grand entrance debut, fronting The Nation as interviewer, he tried getting his own back by editing the main 6pm New item himself. His sidekick who does the dirty editing wasn’t around was he Paddy! He was off to the Boss concert, that little glitch had me wondering and now the truth gets leaked out of TV3.

      Seems not everyone approves of ya style aye young Paddy my son. I hope someone films him entering TV3 HQ tomorrow. I bet his bottom lip will be hanging low to the ground. In trouble I hear, especially after a high number of formal complaints have been made to TV3. Maybe an apology is coming tonight or tomorrow? Watch this space!

      • felix 10.2.1

        Enjoying your observations from inside the sausage factory. Keep them coming…

      • Clemgeopin 10.2.2

        I don’t think there was any apology or correction last night. Was there? I did not see the full news.

  10. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 11

    Thanks Karol for the excellent article – highlighting a real problem we are having here in NZ. A true public service broadcasting is what I would like to see too.

    I don’t like what TV3 News are doing and strongly recommend people to switch off or over to TV1 News – who do not show things in as much detail – yet at least manage some semblance of passing on the basic political issues going on in the country.

    in 2011, prior to the last election, I spent a hell of a lot of time viewing political shows on TV – the ‘experts’ on both sides of the political spectrum spent a lot of time sharing shallow opinions that anyone could muster up – and as you comment in your article – did not bother to focus the viewer on the policies or any ramifications of policies that any party was putting forward.

    I can have the types of discussions I viewed on TV within my own social circles – I switched on to view programmes to gain more knowledge and insight into what exactly I would be voting for – and I viewed programmes that were more akin to some opinionated commentary on the clothes, debating and personality styles of each politician, completely devoid of focus on what these politicians were planning to do to our country if elected.

    This was a really stink experience, this continues to be a really stink experience and I fail to understand the merit of such an approach to politics when sound democracy requires we make informed choices not those based on trivialities conjured up by the few apparently very shallow and easily distracted types who TV bosses deem to be mainstream enough to make it onto their pathetic ‘entertainment-masquerading-as-information’ shows that appear to be only really be aired to fill the gaps inbetween the advertisments.

  11. Clemgeopin 12

    TV3 RESPONDS!

    I sent an email to TV3 news this morning stating my disgust at their 6 pm coverage of Cunliffe’s interview.

    To my surprise, I just received a fairly long reply/explanation/excuse from them!
    Unfortunately, I can not reproduce it here as there is a warning at the end of the letter that says,

    “This message is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited”.

    So, I suggest if you are interested, do complain about the news and Gower’s shocking coverage and read their response.

    Here is their complaint box:
    http://www.3news.co.nz/TVShows/3News/Contact.aspx

    • Zorr 12.1

      Actually, that means that you are allowed to post it here. Just no-one else is. It is your information to do with as you wish.

    • Bill 12.2

      Well, you are the intended recipient, yes? And the retransmission etc by anyone other than the intended recipient only pertains to confidential and/or privileged info. I’d suggest that since it ain’t no lawyers letter, that the ‘privileged’ can be dispensed with. And as for ‘confidential’, redact any email addresses (such as your own).

      Failing that, carefully (ie, accurately with intent to meaning) paraphrase the damned thing.

      • Clemgeopin 12.2.1

        Ok, ok!

        Here is my letter to TV3:

        Hi,

        The interview on the Nation by Patrick Gower of Mr Cunliffe was good, but the news report of it on TV3 6 pm news was a shocker, being biased and nasty as though Gower has a personal vendetta against the Labour leader.
        Please look into this and rectify matters if TV3 were to preserve any credibility and value. TV3 is my favourite station and I hope its values do not go down the toilet.

        I would appreciate a reply from you.

        Thank you,
        Clem,

        Here is their response:

        Thanks for your email.

        There was a technical error on air last night which meant that the introductions for the two stories based on David Cunliffe’s interviews on “The Nation” did not get played before the stories were shown on the 6pm news.

        While this may not change your views about the stories, the introductions often provide context and detail that is an integral part of the story. Because of a series of highly unusual technical breakdowns, the stories ran without commentary and introduction.

        The corrected versions are on line.

        Shorter news items can never provide the full context and detail that a long interview can include. Reporters need to select a single “subject” or angle to cover in the item, and I’m sorry on this occasion you did not agree with the selection.
        Our reporters cover a wide range of subjects and certainly do not hold “personal vendettas”, or “biases” in the way you suggest.

        I hope you will continue to watch 3 news.

        Regards

        • Ant 12.2.1.1

          They’re so full of shit…3 News bend over backwards to cut out the context of stories, like erasing any mention of the Salvation Army.

          • Clemgeopin 12.2.1.1.1

            Yes, technical error, my foot!

            The point was the BIASED nasty piece, not the ‘introduction’ she claims was missing due to ‘technical’ reasons.

            The report by the vermin Gower could have been and should have been a factual summary of the interview, not just a silly unimportant crap about their house values! And even that piece he did not report factually, completely ignoring the very important ‘Salvation Army’ put down by Key that caused Cunliffe to respond in the first place.

            I expect and we should expect journalists who are basically reporters to report fairly and factually and not try to create their own mischief and mislead the public. Gower has been very unjust, unfair, nasty and utter crap so far towards Labour and Cunliffe.

            TV3 news is after all a news reporting outlet and not a toilet blog for Gower’s personal power trip.

          • Clemgeopin 12.2.1.1.2

            I just replied to TV3’s response. Here it is:

            Thank you.

            I appreciate your reply.

            The point was the BIASED nasty piece, not the ‘introduction’ you said was missing due to ‘technical’ reasons.

            The report by Gower could have been and should have been a factual summary of the interview, not just a silly unimportant crap piece about their house values! See the interview and his report again. I don’t believe you honestly think that was fair to Mr Cunliffe or the Labour party and its supporters. And even that piece he did not report factually, completely ignoring the very important ‘Salvation Army’ put down by Key that caused Cunliffe to respond in the first place.

            I do not care if Gower likes National and supports it. But I expect and we should all expect journalists on National TV, who are basically reporters to report fairly and factually and not try to create their own mischief and mislead the public. Gower has been very unjust, unfair, nasty and utter crap so far towards Labour and Mr Cunliffe.

            TV3 news is after all a news reporting outlet and not a toilet blog for Gower’s personal power trip.

            What I mind is his blatantly biased constant unfair nasty reporting of the opposition leader or party as if he has a personal vendetta, even though you say he doesn’t have that. He is supposed to be a ‘reporter’ or ‘journalist’ and not a filthy mouth piece of propaganda in favour of Key or National.

            Why would TV3 want to be unjust to half the population of the country due to the vain vagaries of a single crooked front man masquerading as a powerful ‘journalist’?

            Kick him out of TV3 or make him understand how nasty he has been.

            Cheers,

            Regards,

            Clem

        • Skinny 12.2.1.2

          The glitch was Gowers editing ‘which he usually does on a laptop’ I have stood watching him him frothing and foaming in a self gratifying way as they mince footage into ‘selected clips and sound bites. I’ve worked in the film industry it’s quite amazing what you can mash together if you have plenty of footage.

  12. anker 13

    That’s so good (the letter from TV3). I’ll await mine with interest.

    Lets complain every time we see biases like this, especially by PG.

    And just in case you are trolling this website Paddy, try being fair, try really challenging John K and try asking questions about things that matter i.e. policy. Who knows you might even get a bouquet!

    • next weekend is a watershed one for gower..

      ..on the back of this attempted hatchet-job on cunnliffe..

      ..he is going to interview key..

      ..and he will either:

      1)..just allow key to get away with all the usual bullshit he has been peddling for so long to seemingly credulous/unquestioning/unthinking hacks/repeaters –

      masquerading as journalists…

      .i.e..key-stock-answer to child-poverty questions:..

      ..’throwing money at it won’t work..but arbeit macht frei!’…

      2)..he will call key on all this bullshit..

      ..will he fawn…or will he bite..?

      ..and this twinning of these two interviews..and how he handles this key one..

      ..could well be the making or the breaking of his ‘reputation’..

      ..this is the big one..

      ..for him more than for key..

      and i am leaning towards the first outcome..and not only for that moment in gowers’ interview of cunnliffe..

      ..when he spoke with his wallet..

      ..wide-eyed in his articulation of ‘the opposition by most’ – to any idea of raising the top-tax rate..(!)

      ..(um..!..paddy..!..no..!..factual-error there..!..’most’ of those top-earners..certainly..otheres..?..not so much..eh..?..)

      ..and of course there gower touches on the self-interest motivating..even if only subconsciously..the articulated views of most corporate/access-media hacks..

      ..which of course..is why they were all jonesing for key to get into power..

      ..that his first broken promise was halving those promised-cuts..for these hacks/top-earners..

      ..seems to have put them into a stunned silence/unawareness..

      ..from which they are yet to awake..

      ..phillip ure..

  13. Colonial Viper 14

    So…why does Gower still have top tier priority access to stab Cunliffe in the back?

    • Ant 14.1

      Because if he didn’t he’d probably be more of a little shit.

      • Colonial Viper 14.1.1

        If you’re a reporter with no access, you’ve got no stories to report.

        • Ant 14.1.1.1

          Don’t know if that will stop him, he’ll just use archival or parliamentary footage of Cunliffe while using John Key interview/persser soundbites about the topic, much like the initial ‘Battle of the Mansions’ story he cut together.

  14. Old Tony 15

    If Gower is biased, which I doubt, good luck to him. It might redress the imbalance created by National Radio and John Campbell’s obvious kink to the left and Labour’s spawning ground in TVNZ.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      So your answer to bias is more bias?

      That’s a pretty thoughtless and unworkable approach mate.

      • Old Tony 15.1.1

        If it lacks integrity does it lack any more than countless words of antagonism towards PG without a mention of the need to ensure balance across the MSM generally? Or could it be that in fact what you seek is not balance but only one kind of bias? I note that the pleas for a rebuilt public broadcasting system are all cast in the context of antagonism to PG, which pretty much proves that point. Please Patrick just go, and leave us to dominate all forms of journalism as we long to do….

        • Clemgeopin 15.1.1.1

          What nonsense you spout. You don’t even understand the specific issue being discussed here re the 6 pm crap TV3 news reporting by Gower yesterday. Watch the interview and then its reporting to see for yourself.

        • phillip ure 15.1.1.2

          good that you are speaking up for the poor persecuted corporate/access-media hacks..there..old tony..

          ..they don’t have a ‘voice’..do they..?

          ..and just ‘cos campbell..goes ‘um!..i look over there..i think we have some poverty-issues..!’..

          ..this does not indicate a ‘kink to the left’..eh..?

          ..and just on that issue for a mo’..

          ..you..old tony..would rather the media just shut up about stuff like that..eh..?

          ..it might mean you have to pay a few more dollars in tax..eh..?..old tony..?

          ..just another greedy old boomer-arsewipe..aren’t ya..?

          ..eh ‘old tony’..?

          ..phillip ure..

        • Skinny 15.1.1.3

          Come on Old Tory your taking the piss now. Key-National have had a soft run ever since elected. Your shrill fools no one on here.

          • swordfish 15.1.1.3.1

            Spot on, except for a very brief interlude following Key’s cuppa with young master Banks late 2011.

    • Lanthanide 15.2

      Does Campbell have an obvious kink to the left, or is he actually just reporting the reality of life in New Zealand for many people?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 15.3

      The newspapers are Nationals recruit school.

      Don Brash’s Chief of staff was the former Editor of the Dominion

      Keys office is full of former newspaper political reporters, then there is Maggie Barry, a former Radio NZ political reporter , now an MP- for National of course

  15. anker 16

    Still haven’t received a letter from TV3.

    Sorry Clem, I wrote my post before I saw what your letter contained. Bs..t.

    PG has very, very obviously got it in for DC.

    I think we need to brain storm a strategy.

    Any thoughts?

    • JK 16.1

      Anker, and Clemgeopin – I’ve just watched the Nation replay, and last night’s TV3 news and I totally agree with you. When you get your letter from TV3 Anker, reply politely and then send your complaint onto the Broadcasting Standards Authority. And Clem – do that too !
      Paddy Gower needs taking down a peg or two …… more than two….. his news item after the Nation interview was just OTT and WRONG.
      I’m going to complain, first to TV3 News, and then to Broadcasting SA. That’s the way to get some attention to it, and him.

      • Anne 16.1.1

        Complaints work! You won’t win the case. The Board of the BSA are a bunch of timid wankers. But it will give Gower a fright. Don’t be fobbed off with TV3’s reply to your complaints – of which you will get a copy. Bullying tactics couched in nice legalese are not uncommon in these cases. Take it to the bitter conclusion where the w—–s have to make a decision.

        I did it to Paul Holmes over and outrageous Q&A interview. I was the only one who took it to the very end. I lost on hugely laughable grounds, but won’t repeat them because it would identify the interview and possibly me.

        The amusing part was the extreme care Holmes took with subsequent political interviews.

        Edit: I might add it was well before he became ill the second time.

        • Lanthanide 16.1.1.1

          I complained to the BSA about a segment on The Edge morning show where 3 of the hosts tried to get another one to eat a marijuana cookie. I complained on the basis of it being between 8 and 8:30 so kids could easily be listening, and that they were promoting drug use.

          They narrowly rejected my complaint.

          I realised later that if I’d emphasised the peer-pressure aspect of what was happening, again with children potentially listening, I may have won.

    • Clemgeopin 16.2

      When you notice any biased unfair reporting, post everywhere and complain to TV3 management and to the BSA as commented by JK above.

      Just tell the vermin off. I don’t mind if he supports National or other Tories. He still needs to be balanced, factual and fair in his reporting. What I mind is his blatantly biased constant unfair nasty reporting of the opposition leader or party as if he has a personal vendetta. After all he is supposed to be a ‘reporter’ or ‘journalist’ and not a filthy mouth piece of propaganda in favour of Key or National.

      Why would TV3 want to be unjust to half the population of the country due to the vain vagaries of a single crooked front man masquerading as a powerful ‘journalist’?

  16. TightyRighty 17

    @clem – original docs or it’s bollocks. You could have typed anything

    • Clemgeopin 17.1

      I could have, but I didn’t.
      I don’t believe I have low standards or a lack of conscience like you generally find in many right wing nasty spinners and their gutter worthy toilet blog. Rest assured.

      • TightyRighty 17.1.1

        on the internet no one knows your a dog. so without dox, it didn’t happen. it’s just your word which is hiding behind anonymity while having the ability to easily back it up makes me think you are full of it.

  17. felix 18

    Not excusing Gower’s cretinous behaviour here, but David was wrong to admit to something he didn’t actually do.

    The correct answer to Gower’s infantile line of questioning is

    Well Patrick, if I’d known you and your mates weren’t able to understand my remarks in the context in which they were made then I would have used smaller words and spoken more slowly. But what I said was that John Key has no business describing the Salvation Army as out-of-touch with poverty, and he doesn’t. It’s the truth, and I said it, and I stand by it.

    And the correct answer to the inevitable bleating that follows is

    Yes I know that’s not how you reported the story Patrick but my statements are a matter of record published in the Hansard and recorded on video. And anyone who cares to look can see my version lines up with the record whereas yours simply doesn’t.

    Never apologise for something you haven’t done. Cretins can not be appeased.

    • Clemgeopin 18.1

      Well said. Good post.

    • BM 18.2

      To be a successful politician you need the media on your side, otherwise you’re going no where fast.

      It’s taken a while but I think the penny has finally dropped for David and he maybe regretting some of the comments and actions he made earlier in his career.

      • RedLogix 18.2.1

        To be a successful politician you need the media on your side, otherwise you’re going no where fast.

        Which is an interesting thing to say BM. I invite you to think through the implications of it.

      • Lanthanide 18.2.2

        Yes, because Winston Peters definitely has the media on his side.

  18. From now on let’s refer to Gower, the gutter journo, as ‘Ratty Gower’.

    • Clemgeopin 19.1

      Gutter Rat Gower. [GRG]

      Seriously Lousy Underhand Tool.
      Secretly Handpicked Instrument of Tories.

      • TightyRighty 19.1.1

        as opposed to how many long term sleeper labour agents at TVNZ? oh no, there is one good journalist who is giving dear leader cunliffe a hard time. He must be a tory agent. what about the never ending stream of labour pollys coming out of presenting positions at tvnz? thats just good public service right?

        • felix 19.1.1.1

          “what about the never ending stream of labour pollys coming out of presenting positions at tvnz?”

          Eh? can you rattle off a few names to refresh my memory? Just the first half dozen or so of the “never ending stream” please.

          ps if what you say were true (it’s not), why would you be surprised? In what universe do you imagine that anyone with an interest in public service would be attracted to National?

  19. Whatever next 20

    If Patrick Gower was simply competing in “top real estate agent” or the like, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid.His relentless promotion of a self serving regime, at the cost of decent people is unforgivable, how does he sleep at night? Does he EVER consider the long term ramifications of his actions?

  20. Having watched the interview, in my ‘umble opinion, it wasn’t so much the questions (trivial though they were) that were pointless – but Gower’s constant interuption of Cunliffe’s attempt to answer.

    The Labour leader could barely get an incomplete single sentence in, before Gower interjected and talked over him.

    “Just answer the question!” seemed to be his refrain.

    “Well, I’d love to,” Cunliffe should’ve said, “if you shut the f**k up and draw breath, Paddy!”

    That wasn’t an interview so much as an interogation, with Gower trying to show he could talk over Cunliffe.

    As such, it was a pointless exercise as no one came away any wiser from the event.

    Gower. Needs. To. Shut. The. F**k. Up.

    As an aside; it’s a shame that Rachel Smalley is no longer “The Nation’s” host – she is far superior to Gower.

    • Clemgeopin 21.1

      TV3 is doing a great injustice and disservice to itself and to NZ by keeping an absolute #@$% hole as their political front man. The nasty unfair biased prick needs to be given the marching orders.

    • karol 21.2

      Yes Gower’s interruptions made for very poor viewing. Underlying this and the choice of questions is that Gower is not aiming to inform the general population, but to influence them.

      I do have a problem also with most of Gower’s line of questioning. Polls, post-election strategies etc dominated, with very little interest in enlightening viewers about what Cunliiffe and Labour plan to do in office – their priorities, policies, etc – along with the focus on personality politics (Key’s house vs Cunliffe’s).

      This is very much the (so-called) “beltway” focus, plus a bit of celebrity culture. Kathryn Ryan took a pretty similar, horse-race-focused line in her questions to Cunliffe on RNZ recently – except she did it better than Gower, without all the interruptions etc.

      The “horse race” obscures the significant issues. And it’s a focus that puts loads of people off politics. My guess is that the horse race focus is likely to appeal more to the “neoliberals” than to potential left voters.

    • fender 21.3

      “Gower. Needs. To. Shut. The. F**k. Up.”
      +1

      But he won’t will he, his over inflated ego won’t allow it. Gower is the main reason I don’t watch 3News any more, I’m not interested in a reporter that makes me feel violent..

  21. xtasy 22

    Yes, this is a timely post, Karol.

    Paddy Gower is an embarrassment for any media outlet, as he ensures gutter standards. He is a “hunter” with low lying instincts, it seems, and it indeed seems like he has a personal dislike or even hatred for David Cunliffe.

    But he is just one of too many, who are clearly biased, who do not report objectively and who do not inform. It is scandal, emotive and hitting headline stuff, that he is after, nothing much worth paying attention to. If there is a lack of something that may sound exciting, he just kind of makes it up, by whipping up something out of next to nothing. Sadly the MSM have almost all descended to low levels, just listen to breakfast radio on 1ZB and Radio Live, where moderators and reporters constantly bring in their own personal views and reactions.

    What really astonished me was Rachel Smalley’s move to work for 1ZB to do their morning show. I have not bothered listening in, as I HATE the ads they drum into you, the news there actually do not even start with news, they start with an aggressive ad, usually that is!

    How does Rachel feel there, amongst the mostly right wing radio hacks at that station, predominantly male, I ask?

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/byline/rachel-smalley

    But perhaps she has gone there for only temporary employment, as she apparently is going to co-host Q+A on TVNZ.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/rachel-smalley-joins-tvnz-5822538

    So all those who cherish her journalistic skills may feel relieved that she is staying in current affairs, now it seems for TV One. Personally I find her a bit of a mixed bag, when it comes to interviews and so. Sometimes she has impressed with her performance, at other times the opposite.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 22.1

      The money is in radio.

      Plus she will probably be promised stand ins for that old aussie buzzard Leighton Smith or Hoskings.

      Then one day she will have her own show

  22. Papa Tuanuku 23

    How can Labour go on the attack over this?

    • karol 23.1

      Labour (and the Greens) can campaign for the development of a digitally connected true public broadcasting service.

  23. Clemgeopin 24

    I have now made a FORMAL complaint to media works. They are OBLIGED to investigate and respond within 20 days. After that, depending on their response, I can drop the matter or lay a formal complaint with the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

    Here is the link for Formal complaints.
    http://www.mediaworks.co.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=288

    Cheers!

  24. Murray Olsen 25

    I complained to TV3 about Gower. Unlikely to do any good, but……..

    • Skinny 25.1

      Good work Murray, just watched TV3 News no sign of Gower probably laying low for a day or two, however their reporters appeared nervous especially O’Brian who was all over the shop getting her blurb out. Brooke ‘snake’ Sabin started off playing a straight bat but sniped a cheap shot at the end. Frontman Mc Robert held the ship steady, he always keeps his cards close to his chest in a true professional manner.

    • Clemgeopin 25.2

      Good on you.

      I think when we see injustice or unfairness we should take some action and let the nasty scoundrels get away with crapping to the public. Otherwise the bastards will continue their dirty tricks with impunity.

      • Clemgeopin 25.2.1

        Oops, the word ‘not’ is missing in line 1.
        It should read ‘not let the nasty scoundrels get away’ etc

  25. Whatever next 26

    Mediaworks would need to be impartial to hear any complaints, or it is like complaining to JK about Judith Collins Twitter comments, but very good on you Clemgeopin for doing something

  26. poem 27

    As always, another great post Karol !!

    I find Patrick Gower totally repugnant. What was seen on The Nation wasn’t even a real interview, it was more of an exceedingly lame attempt by Patrick Gower to try and crucify David Cunliffe in a mindless political point scoring exercise, and thanks to a confident, capable and eloquent speaking David Cunliffe, it back fired on Gower beautifully. Gower couldn’t look more of a petty little fame seeking dork if he tried harder, and his twisted skewered piece on it later was disgraceful AND disgusting and I have made a complaint to TV3 as well.

    Never saw Smalley as being much better, was pleasing when David Cunliffe had her floundering like a fish out of water too.

    • Clemgeopin 27.1

      I was informed by the ‘Broadcasting Standards Authority’ that it is no use using TV3 their ‘informal feedback’ box found under ‘contact’ to complain because if they do reply to you, that response will be an informal response which does not count if you want to later proceed to the broadcasting Standards Authority to complain that you are unsatisfied with their excuse or explanation.

      So, you should use the ‘formal’ complaint process using the following link:
      http://www.mediaworks.co.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=288

      TV3 are OBLIGED to investigate and respond within 20 days. After that, depending on their response, you can decide to drop the matter or lay a formal complaint with the Broadcasting Standards Authority. You can not complain to the BSA without first getting a formal response from TV3 which they are legally required to give within 20 days.

      After that, you can, if you wish, complain to the BSA through this link:
      http://bsa.govt.nz/complaints/how-to-complain

      Cheers!

  27. JK 28

    Thanks for this, Clemgeopin. I was wondering why TV3 hadn’t responded to my complaint on their website. I’ve now re-written it and sent it to MediaWorks – and following their response, it will go to the BSA. (I’ve kept a copy so I know what I’ve sent !) Hope you’ve done the same ….. tedious stuff, doing all of this …. but worth doing if we can get Gower, TV3, and other like-minded hicks to pull their sox up and behave more objectively.

    Please keep us informed of ongoing conversations you have with mediaworks/BSA etc – I’ll do the same. Might have to move it across to Open Mike if it takes 20-days or so to get a response.

  28. floyd 29

    There is online under THE DIARY by Rachel Glucina an article about the bromance between key and gower accompanied by photo of them in pool in Indonesia. Need to be made of stern stuff to look at it. Two rats in a swamp! Also in the pool was… a security guard! I wonder where he kept his gun???? What was going to happen to key in a pool with only three people in it.? Needy much.
    Bet this is where it all started. gowers desparation to abuse and denigrate and leave false impressions of the Opposition parties under the guise of journalism is palpable. He should be followed to see how many times he goes to keys tacky mansion to get his weekly orders and training. Mind you it would be very hard to track a rodent.

    pg is an insult to all real journalists

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