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a wee note to the msm

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, March 11th, 2014 - 49 comments
Categories: uk politics - Tags: ,

I’ll keep this short and simple. There is an independence referendum in Scotland on September the 18th.  After that date, there may be a change to the Union Jack of 1801. The reason there may be a change is that the flag is seen by some to represent the political union of Scotland, England and Ireland rather than the union of the crowns. There have been discussions on this in the UK media with prospective new designs drawn up. (Wales is not represented on the current flag)

So listen. Any talk of changing the design of the flag used by New Zealand prior to any possible changes to the Union Jack is utterly pointless.

So, how about you stop wasting our time, and your air time or column inches on all this nonsense and get to reporting on actual news. You think you can do that?

Update: Breaking from Stuff – referendum on the flag will be “after the election”

49 comments on “a wee note to the msm”

  1. Curious George 1

    What makes you think the country will have to change our flag if the UK alters theirs?

    • Bill 1.1

      I’d suggest that any country whose flag incorporating the Union Jack might want to consider whether they wished to have a historic anachronism on their flag.

      • Curious George 1.1.1

        Doesn’t having the Union Jack on our flag mean it is already a historical anachronism?

        • Te Reo Putake 1.1.1.1

          No, because we are constitutionally tied to the union jack, which is still in existence. It becomes an anachronism if Scotland votes to leave. Not that they’re going to, according to the the polls.

          • Zolan 1.1.1.1.1

            How can a historical record be anachronistic? Flag designs tend to be about origins.

            Perhaps I don’t know our constitution (such as it is) well enough, but my understanding is that we are constitutionally tied to the Crown, rather than the UK or its flag.

            Our ensign arose under a different relationship with Britain — In some sense, a different Britain. If the UK change their flag, then the ambiguity is resolved by retaining the old jack ourselves. It will merely symbolise the past, rather than imply ongoing subjection to the UK.
            If the UK changes their flag, there is less reason to change ours.

            (Of course, changing our flag is pointless if we don’t change ourselves. A lot.)

  2. karol 2

    Breaking from Stuff – referendum on the flag will be “after the election”.

    New Zealanders will vote on whether or not the country needs a new flag, but not do so until after the next election.

    Prime Minister John Key announced a referendum will be held during the next parliamentary term.

    • Bill 2.1

      Here’s hoping that’s an end to it for the time being then, aye? 😉

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.2

      …well, isn’t that just so gracious of Trickey to grant us an election without a meaningless flag referendum to boot.

      I think it an excellent example of Key’s complete lack of understanding and respect for democratic principles that he views a referendum on a flag worthy after his expressed views on the Asset sales referendum- and what a ‘waste of money’ asking the electorate such an important question was – especially with it not being held at a general election. Jolly good show old chap.

    • xtasy 2.3

      John Key has now backed off his personal intentions, to make the flag a referendum issue alongside the general election. So he seems to have been given advice, that his tactic may have been seen as a diversion tactic, risking to not only be exposed, but also be ridiculed, especially if economic growth may slow later in the year.

      It is good though, as the focus can now be on policy and stuff that matters.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    “So listen. Any talk of changing the design of the flag used by New Zealand prior to any possible changes to the Union Jack is utterly pointless.”

    Not really, Bill.

    If the union jack changes, it’s almost certain we will change our flag, if our flag has a union jack on it.

    But if we decide to change to a flag design without the union jack, then whatever happens in the UK is irrelevant as far as our flag debate goes. Since the vast majority of the proposed designs don’t have the union jack, and indeed moving away from the union jack (a la Canada) is one of the drivers of the whole debate, then really what happens in the UK is irrelevant.

    Now, one potential outcome, is we decide not to change our flag, but are then forced to change it if the union jack is changed. But I don’t see why that particular outcome should mean we shouldn’t talk about changing the flag now.

    • Bill 3.1

      But I don’t see why that particular outcome should mean we shouldn’t talk about changing the flag now.

      Because you have no idea of what elements the possible range of design proposals could contain or not contain?

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        Um, unless the UK change their current union jack into something completely different, the decision about what elements to include in a new flag design is “current union jack” or “new union jack”.

        As I’ve already suggested, most flag designs do not include the current union jack, so logically they would also not include any new union jack.

        Somehow I think it’s unlikely that the UK are going to change their flag into something completely different, which is in fact borne out by the very link in your own post, where the top two designs are pretty much just colour variations on the current jack. The 3rd one is too noisy to ever be a real flag.

    • Not a PS Staffer 3.2

      You have gone to the core of the matter, Lanthanide. A referendum before the rump of the UK makes a decision in its new flag will be wasteful, irritating and dishonest: unlesss retention of the current flag is not one of the choices. Does Key and Cunliffe intend to remove the current flag from the list of options?

  4. xtasy 4

    Yep, a very good point!

    Apart from that, people should see right through this flag debate that Key has started, and that he will continue to go on about, all just to get himself a firm place in history, as the PM and “leader” who “dared” to give New Zealand a “new” flag.

    It will only be a distraction from what matters, and what matters is policy, (real) performance, and the future direction for New Zealand, on economic, social and other terms, nothing else.

    Flags can be discussed and changed at ANY given time in future, so this is something the left and progressive forces should simply state, and not even start bothering much discussing with.

    John Key is a “(flag) rag queen”, who loves flags more than stuff that matters, it seems.

    Go and get a life, John Key, the sun on Hawaii is waiting, with endless time for lots of golf and chats over a beer and sausage sizzle with US “leaders” or business buddies.

  5. Not a PS Staffer 5

    The “Union” will be finished if/when the people withdraw from Westminster rule.
    Scotland has always has a seperate legal system, education system, police force and more. The “Yes” side is gaining with each poll and I believe Scotland will become fully independant after the vote in September.
    Shamefully the Labour Party under Milliband has thrown its lot in with the Tories. Labour is Scotland will get heavily punished for this: deservedly so. Gordon Brown from Edinburgh, the worst ever Labour leader is supporting the Tories also: dickhead. Cameron and the London establishment is thro

    For those keen to keep up with what is a very hot fight follow on
    http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics

    The “Union” is that of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. From 1801 to 1922 it was Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom of Great Britain came about from the Treaty of Union in 1706 which between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. Wales has effectiveky been a province of England since the time of Edward 1. When the people of Scotland undo that dodgy “Treaty” Great Britain will no longer exist. The United Kingdom of England an Northern Ireland will be what remains.

    • karol 5.1

      Left wing friends in England are concerned that if/when Sotland gains independence, there will never again be a Labour government in England. That is why they are resisting Scottish independence.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        it looks like little more than the UK Labour establishment trying to preserve its own self interested shot at the government benches, damn whatever the people of Scotland say.

        • karol 5.1.1.1

          I said to my friends that maybe they should just move to Scotland….?

        • Bill 5.1.1.2

          For a long time, socialists (and for the sake of this comment I’ll include Labour in the socialist camp) argued that nationalism ran counter to socialism or internationalism. Way I see that is, that it was an extension of Stalinism…no autonomy – everything under central control.

          Anyways. The Labour Party (both Scottish and UK) hold to that basic argument – that advances can only be made by creating ever bigger political units. I believe it was that man Jimmy Reid (again) who pointed out that you simply cannot have internationalism without nationalism.

          Meanwhile, the grand coalition of the Tory’s, Labour and the Lib Dems is….interesting as they endlessly parrot one another’s scare stories.

          Last thing on the independence vote aside from the subtle spin that has people thinking of a ‘yes’ vote as a vote for the SNP – it would be insane to ignore the protestant/catholic divide in Scotland. The ‘yes’ camp have tried to neutralise that fault line somewhat by pointing out that the Queen would remain as the head of an independent Scotland. But still – protestants tend towards unionism and Britishness.

      • Rosie 5.1.2

        karol, I’m glad your English friends can’t vote then!

        http://www.yesscotland.net/answers/who-can-vote-referendum-scottish-independence

        Scotland’s time has come, finally. Your friends’ may have concerns about their own country’s future but surely they must understand the history of the Scots and be supportive of their desire for independence?

        • karol 5.1.2.1

          Actually, one of them is from Scotland and, fully understands the importance of Scottish independence.

          • Rosie 5.1.2.1.1

            Is this the same one that is resistant to idea of independence based on their concerns for the political future of England?

            Sorry, I am a bit confused, seriously, I’m not being funny or anything!

    • millsy 5.2

      Scotland will not vote for independence. Plain and simple. Even the most dyed in the wool highlander will realise that independence will leave a young Scotland alone in a very harsh uncompromising world.A world that is far removed from 1707. And as the nations of Europe have found out, using a common currency doesn’t really give you much independence anyway.

      The UK government has already indicated that it will devolve Scotland more powers if it votes “no”.

      People have seen way too many movies — there is more to independence than Mel Gibson riding a horse up and down a paddock banging on about “Freedom”.

      • Rosie 5.2.1

        millsy – if the people of Scotland didn’t think they could go it alone they wouldn’t be having a referendum. I wonder how often they feel insulted when the outside world tells them they can’t do it, and that they are better off remaining in the Union

        As for your reference to people watching too many movies, thats fairly insulting too! Braveheart was a cringe worthy Hollywood movie made for an American audience, whose psyche contains stories of nostalgic heroic efforts for their own “independence” from Britain. It romanticises misery, and is simply a “good guy wins” movie.

        The Scots know their own history better than that and their ancestors around the world would have to be fairly daft to base their thoughts on Scottish Independence on a crappy movie. Some descendants are lucky enough to have written and oral histories of their families experiences of life in Scotland prior to their emigration. Others descend from more recent arrivals and are familiar with their ancestors stories in a more immediate way. That personal connection is bound to ally descendants with the Independence movement. You can’t really write off the interest in this referendum as being inspired by Mel Gibson.

  6. The Baron 6

    This “wee note” is stupid beyond words. Love how you’re battling away tho Bill, as if your OPINION is some form of gospel.

  7. Not a PS Staffer 7

    The “Union” will be finished if/when the people of Scotland withdraw from Westminster rule.
    Scotland has always has a seperate legal system, education system, police force and more. The “Yes” side is gaining with each poll and I believe Scotland will become fully independant after the vote in September.
    Shamefully the Labour Party under Milliband has thrown its lot in with the Tories. Labour in Scotland will get heavily punished for this: deservedly so. Gordon Brown from Edinburgh, the worst ever Labour leader, is supporting the Tories also: dickhead. Cameron and the London establishment is throwing the kitchen sink at the campaign: most of it counter-productive.

    For those keen to keep up with what is a very hot fight follow on
    http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics

    The “Union” is that of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. From 1801 to 1922 it was Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom of Great Britain came about from the Treaty of Union in 1706 between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. A bunch of bankrupt Scots lords were bought by the English. Wales has effectively been a province of England following the conquest of Edward I. When the people of Scotland undo that dodgy “Treaty” Great Britain will no longer exist. The United Kingdom of England and Northern Ireland will be what remains.
    rUK is the new lable!

    ( I was unable to edit or delete the earlier piece)

  8. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 8

    Another note to MSM – i.e. The NZ Newspapers, TV3 News and the crap propaganda shows masquerading as political programmes

    Stop trying to decide the next government for us by spreading your devoid- of-facts, poorly written/presented distractions, you moronic petty dictators, and start sharing facts.

    In short get the hell out of our way

    Thanks in advance

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      The Left needs to develop alternative media channels. It has needed to do that for the last 20 years. Too bad LAB 5 kept TVNZ on a for profit corporate basis. Thoroughly short sighted.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 8.1.1

        I would like to see alternative media channels develop – it is clearly a good idea – yet in my experience a couple of years ago we had 4 channels* that had very informative programmes on them – and between them I hardly viewed any other channels – all of these are no longer available – they were effectively banned.

        This gives me the impression there are some in positions of power that do not want the general public to know about things.

        What is the story there?

        Notwithstanding the above (or perhaps with the above in mind) those that are currently our mainstream media need to butt out of our way and stop presenting obstacles to an informed public.

        *Stratos, SBS One, SBS Two & TV7

  9. Tracey 9

    Funny how key doesnt think knighthoods are an antiquated link to an irrelevant colonial time.

    Cost of holding it between elections?

  10. redfred 10

    Interesting timing of this announcement as Government books are looking dire as deficit blows out!

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9813920/Lower-tax-take-sees-Govt-deficit-blowout

    I believe the term hook line and sinker is appropriate!

  11. captain hook 11

    the last thing the msm want to do is report the real news.
    then people might start thinking for themselves.
    while the msm are feeding them sugar coated pills the proles will lie back and accept anything pretty much.

  12. Rich 12

    The ensign (the NZ flag is an ensign, traditionally used for minor local authorities like harbour boards and yacht clubs) of the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses:

    https://flagspot.net/flags/gb-lthse.html#cnlc

    It’s the only ensign that preserves the pre-union with Ireland version of the Union Flag. Removal of the Cross of St Patrick was considered after Irish independence, but it was kept as Northern Ireland remains part of the UK.

  13. karol 13

    Hmmmm. Interesting. So the Campbell Live text poll (which is unscientific, but usually gets quite a conservative vote – 30+% Yes to changing the flag; 60+% No.

    So did Key have to back down and he flag because their focus groups said it wasn’t a goer?

    Just a diversion, that’s all.

    • Anne 13.1

      It was never anything else but a diversion of course.

      The is the clever Key who thinks he knows the hearts and minds of the voters. Jumps in head first then Farrar does some polling and tells Key he’s f**ked up.

      The strategy was meant to be in two parts:

      First, the warm, fuzzy photo and video ops (replayed ad nauseam for the next few months) with Wills, Kate and gorgeous Georgie. We would bathe in the warm after-glow while Key’s ratings soared into the stratosphere.

      Then on election day we would have a vote on our favourite flag design in the “Grand Election Day Flag Competition”. The excitement and anticipation would be almost unbearable on election night when John Key announced the result of the competition – after he had been re-elected of course but that was just a pre-show warm up.

  14. captain hook 14

    keep getting a pop up about mass surveillance. Petitions are not the way to go. Its about gear, money, time and people. just start writing letters to your mp about how much money is spent on this and how many salaries are paid and how much the gear costs and what could these people be doing otherwise..
    And keep at it. just putting yer bloody name down wont change a bloody thing no matter how many signatures are on it. just toilet paper

  15. Te Reo Putake 15

    Lanth’s comment above got me curious. Depending on what qualifies as ‘change’, there are bugger all countries that have radically altered their flags. Some in the post Soviet era, Iran post revolution. There are regular changes to many flags, but most of the other alterations are technical in nature; adjustments to proportions, minor colour changes. So, if we did fundamentally change ours it would actually be a rare event. Particularly so given that nobody has been shot/jailed/exiled in the revolutionary run up to the change. So, um, why? Why is this even an issue? Hell, is it an issue at all?

    Nah, I reckon it’s 100% Pure Distraction. John Key, Flagpole Sitta.*

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states_by_date_of_current_flag_adoption

    *i’m not sick but i’m not well
    and i’m so hot cause i’m in hell
    i’m not sick but i’m not well
    and it’s a sin to live so well

    • Populuxe1 15.1

      Bollocks. Countries change their flags or adopt new ones all the time
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states_by_date_of_current_flag_adoption

      • Te Reo Putake 15.1.1

        I already posted that link. Read my comment again, Pop, this time with your brain switched on.

        ps, fun fact; the Union Jack predates the union of Scotland with the rest of the UK, according to some flag expert I just heard on the BBC, so succession wouldn’t require a change there.

        • Bill 15.1.1.1

          Well yeah. There was a version of the union jack dating from 1606 signifying a union of the crowns (the flag of ‘Great Britain’). Political union occurred in 1707. And the current flag is from 1801. But here’s the thing, obviously flags weren’t always the symbols of political entities (ie, states). I don’t know shit about that transition, but it’s certainly happened. It’s as I say in the post – the flag is seen as a symbol of a political entity, unhelpfully called the United Kingdom.

          And while ‘the kingdom’ will remain united, the political union or ‘state’ that the flag is, by many, taken to represent may not. It’s not a cut and dried issue. If it comes to pass, I can see the unionists rallying around the union jack on the grounds that it’s to do with a union of crowns while others will point to its political ramifications.

          And old, idiotic religious enmity might raise it’s ugly head a little.

  16. Doug 16

    A referendum on changing the New Zealand flag will go ahead … Mr Cunliffe says if Labour is in government after this year’s election.

  17. I wonder whether or not John Key will also be suggesting a change of flag for his second home, Hawaii?

    Those ‘union jacks’, you just can’t escape from them.

  18. imo The current flag encapsulates colonisation and the domination of tangata whenua by the crown. Any (acceptable to the dominators) change will undoubtedly continue that positioning and further the ‘now we are one’ bullshit – but don’t worry many Māori already feel like strangers in a strange land. Funny though because when the celebrations for any change are made, guess who will be expected to add their unique cultural aspects to the ceremonies and so on, to give gravitas and solidity to the proceedings. The distractions/distortions that this flag issue are designed to bring are deep deep deep.

    • Bill 18.1

      Absently wondering what would result if designs had to have the approval of both the majority of the Maori electorate role and the general one? (Y’know, each one weighted to account for 50% of the result)

      • Zolan 18.1.1

        I certainly acknowledge that we don’t want a flag that denies currency to outstanding problems, or appropriates symbols without fulfilling the substance of what they represent.

        The following might be off-topic, or usefully illustrate and expose some issues.

        I have some flag-related articles hiding on wordpress.
        They are written for accessibility rather than for depth, but should still be tested under public scrutiny.
        Intro: http://aftermoth.wordpress.com/nz-flag-debate/
        Designs: http://aftermoth.wordpress.com/nz-flag-proposals/

        Warning: This does involve talking about flags instead of talking about not talking about them.

    • Rosie 18.2

      Well said marty mars

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    14 hours ago
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk Public submissions are now being invited on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday 22 July 2016 .Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill Public submissions are now… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    17 hours ago
  • Questions & Answers – May 25
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (LeaderNZ First): This question is to the Prime Minister and asks: does he stand by all his statementssorry: does he still stand by[ Interruption ] Well, it is… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    21 hours ago
  • Budget 2016 – Scoop Full Coverage
    Article – The Scoop Team Scoop will be updating this page with Budget announcements, reaction and analysis once the Budget is released at 2pm. Hit reload to see the latest version. Budget 2016 – Scoop Full Coverage Parliament Live –… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    21 hours ago
  • Human sexuality is stupid and confusing
    Dress codes are in the news again. I’ve had my body non-consensually sexualised for so long that I’ve been through all the stages of grief about it – sadness, denial, rage – and I’ve settled on bemusement (that’s a stage of… ...
    TangerinaBy Coley Tangerina
    22 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell: the latest allegations against Helen Clark
    Column – Gordon Campbell According to former PM and current Helen Clark, the allegations leveled at her this week in a Foreign Policy magazine article by the prize-winning UN journalist Colum Lynch have been ‘totally fabricated’ .Gordon Campbell on… ...
    23 hours ago
  • A BIG win for the Arctic!
    Amazing news! Today an entire industry including major global brands McDonald’sTescoYoung’s Seafood and Iglo agreed to push back against destruction of our pristine Arctic waters.Together with the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, Fiskebåt, which represents the entire Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, Russian… ...
    1 day ago
  • Inner East cycle consultation
    Auckland Transport recently consulted on cycle networks for the inner western suburbs of the isthmus. Now they’re doing the same thing but for the inner eastern suburbs. Aucklanders have an opportunity to shape the cycle network in the inner-east… ...
    1 day ago
  • Minister undermines State Sector Act
    25 May 2016 The education minister is undermining the principles of integrity and honesty in teacher appointments by interfering with a legal decision designed to avoid cronyism.Today Hekia Parata introduced a supplementary order paper (SOP) to the Education Legislation Bill attempting… ...
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Paula Bennett’s housing deja vu
    After a week of bad media coverage about homelessness in Auckland, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett was today forced to act, announcing that she would pay homeless Aucklanders $5,000 to move to the regions (where they'd conveniently be out of… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    frogblogBy Mojo Mathers
    1 day ago
  • Fluoridation: One small step sideways?
    Fluoridation. Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room – the need to separate scientific review from community consultation. Most health officials and science-minded people welcomed the recent announcement of the government’s plan to transfer decisions on water fluoridation from local… ...
    1 day ago
  • Finding a sense of porpoise
    Being a porpoise looks rubbish.Dolphins look like they have fun. They even look like they seek out fun. Okay, the fixed grins make them seem perpetually happy but let’s be honest - when was the last time you saw a… ...
    1 day ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and one with some real business. First, there's the second reading of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill, which will hopefully either pass, force… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    frogblogBy Metiria Turei
    1 day ago
  • Forcing transparency on Ministerial transport
    One of the perks of being a government Minister is the Ministerial limo - a chauffeur-driven car you can take anywhere. These vehicles are publicly funded and used for public business, so we should be able to see who uses… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Wicklow 2 win unconditional bail
    From éirígí: Great result today as éirígí’s Sean Doyle and Citizens Against Privatisation stalwart Eamonn McGrath were released from Cloverhill prison on unconditional bail. The unexpected outcome came virtue of a “technicality” in committal warrants as papers that were due… ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • We shouldn’t just forgive, but pay back odious debt
    Over 9,000 people have signed Action Station's petition calling on the government to forgive odious emergency housing debt. The government's response? Nope:Wiping the debt of people who have been staying in motels for emergency accommodation would not be fair to… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Opening up NLTF to all modes
    The Green Party released a new freight policy yesterday. They’re looking at ways to invest to increase safety and reduce carbon emissions: The Safer, Cleaner Freight policy sets a target for moving half of freight on rail… ...
    1 day ago
  • The American Black Movement in the Sixties: Victories and Lost Opportunities
    The Black Power slogan of the 1960s was replaced with empowerment for the black American middle class and burgeoning capitalist layers The reign of the first black president in the United States is coming to an end.  Obama, or O’Bomber… ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: Three Dreams
    I have three dreams. One is characteristic, one is recurring and one is singular.The characteristic one is simple in concept: it's me and my friends going places and doing things. In the last one I can recall, there was a… ...
    1 day ago
  • Did you know this about tigers?
    Next in our series, we turn to the king (and queen) of the jungle - the tiger. Here are 10 incredible tiger facts from forests campaigner Richard George:10. Tigers have better short-term memories than humansTigers’ have one of the best… ...
    1 day ago
  • How well do you know the Polar Bear?
    Since the very beginning of Greenpeace, our movement has been fighting to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable animals. And over the years, we’ve learnt some truly incredible things about the magnificent creatures we share this planet with. So… ...
    1 day ago
  • How well do you know the orangutan?
    Next in the series, forests campaigner Richard George shares his 10 favourite facts about one of of our closest living relatives - the orangutan:10. Orangutans are ticklishThere are two kinds of ticklish. There’s the gentle kind that feels itchy and… ...
    1 day ago
  • Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time
    “Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time.”  This is one of the opening statements made by “John Doe” in his “manifesto” on the Mossack Fonseca trust arrangements. The article continues: “The debate over its sudden acceleration… ...
    Closing the GapBy Ben Smith
    1 day ago
  • Dying For Latvia?
    Preparing For War: Nato forces in the former Soviet republic of Latvia as part of the 2014 "Silver Arrow" military exercises in the Baltic states. Such naked demonstrations of Nato's extended reach - right up to the borders of the… ...
    1 day ago
  • How much do you really know about turtles?
    I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.Over the years I’ve had the privilege of watching turtles from the bow of Greenpeace ships, and many of my colleagues have encountered these peaceful ocean wanderers far out at sea… ...
    1 day ago
  • How much do you know about whales?
    I’m Willie and I’m an oceans campaigner here at Greenpeace.Over the years I’ve had the privilege of seeing lots of whales, both from the deck of Greenpeace ships, and also on whale-watching trips. I’ve been lucky enough to see massive… ...
    1 day ago
  • Are noisy oceans to blame for beached whales?
    Noise is the most invisible of all the man-made threats to the ocean, but to whales who ‘see’ by hearing, they simply cannot escape it.Water is an excellent medium for relaying sound, enabling some species of whale to communicate across… ...
    2 days ago
  • Sylvia Park growth plans
    Sylvia Park is already Auckland’s largest shopping centre, but it’s likely to get even bigger in the next few years. Kiwi Property, who own the centre, have plans to expand the retail offering, as well as adding office buildings. In… ...
    Transport BlogBy John Polkinghorne
    2 days ago
  • PrintNZ Forum Speakers Enlighten Delegates
    Press Release – PrintNZ New Zealand captains of industry Mike Hutcheson, Mike Pero and Kim Campbell shared significant business insight and interesting personal life experience during the PrintNZ Forum at SkyCity on May 13.PRINTNZ FORUM SPEAKERS ENLIGHTEN DELEGATES New Zealand… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    2 days ago
  • Nick Smith: There is NO crisis
    MyThinks has been fielding many questions about Nick Smith. “What’s happening with housing?” “Does Nick Smith know anything about any of his policy areas?” “Why does he look so shifty when he’s telling us what we should think?” These are… ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 days ago
  • Tracking the 2°C Limit – April 2016
    April is starting to come down off the shockingly high anomalies of the first couple of months of this year. GISS is clocking in a still strong warm anomaly of 1.11°C. This is by far the hottest April in the… ...
    2 days ago
  • Fanshawe St Bus Stop improvements
    Occasionally it is small projects that can have a lot of impact on people’s PT experience. With the ever growing number of people working near Victoria Park, an upgrade to the bus stops on Fanshawe St along with improvements to the… ...
    2 days ago
  • Fanshawe St Bus Stop improvements
    Occasionally it is small projects that can have a lot of impact on people’s PT experience. With the ever growing number of people working near Victoria Park, an upgrade to the bus stops on Fanshawe St along with improvements to the… ...
    2 days ago
  • An abuse of the Speaker’s chair
    Last week NewsHub revealed leaked MPI reports which showed that MPI had been turning a blind eye to widespread criminal behaviour in the fishing industry. Today was the first day of Parliament since those revelations, and given their seriousness, it… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An abuse of the Speaker’s chair
    Last week NewsHub revealed leaked MPI reports which showed that MPI had been turning a blind eye to widespread criminal behaviour in the fishing industry. Today was the first day of Parliament since those revelations, and given their seriousness, it… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Punakaiki Fund invests in Populate
    Crosspost from Punakaiki Fund. New Investment: Populate One of our core motivations at Punakaiki Fund is being able to help and watch companies create a large number of sustainable new jobs. And one of the best people around at hiring… ...
    Lance WiggsBy Lance Wiggs
    2 days ago
  • A piece of gratis media advice for Hilary Clinton
      Here’s some free media advice for Hilary Clinton now just trailing Donald Trump in the polls: Stop smiling and waving to “people you recognise” in the crowd. It’s insulting to everyone else, looks (and may well be) dishonest… ...
    2 days ago
  • A piece of gratis media advice for Hilary Clinton
      Here’s some free media advice for Hilary Clinton now just trailing Donald Trump in the polls: Stop smiling and waving to “people you recognise” in the crowd. It’s insulting to everyone else, looks (and may well be) dishonest… ...
    2 days ago

  • How the budget fails new New Zealanders
    Greens co-leader James Shaw was absolutely correct to say the 2016 budget is just papering over the cracks. There’s nothing in this budget to increase wages, address inequal pay for carers or deal with the shocking pay rates and employment… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 hours ago
  • Parents will pay more as school budgets frozen
    Parents will pay more for their kids’ education as a result of this year’s Budget after the Government froze operational funding for schools, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This means schools are effectively going backwards. They will need to… ...
    4 hours ago
  • Sticking Plaster Budget fails the test
    Bill English’s penultimate Budget fails to tackle the structural challenges facing the economy – a housing crisis, rising unemployment, underfunded health and creaking infrastructure, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This Budget applies a sticking plaster to a compound fracture.… ...
    5 hours ago
  • John Key fails middle New Zealand with no fix for housing crisis, more underfunding of health
    Middle New Zealand has again missed out in this year’s Budget with not a single fix for the housing crisis, and health and education woefully underfunded again, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “This Budget is just a patchwork… ...
    5 hours ago
  • Labour Bill would back Kiwi jobs
    The Government’s $40 billion of buying power would go towards backing Kiwi businesses and jobs under a Labour Member’s Bill which will be debated by Parliament, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “My Bill – which was pulled from… ...
    8 hours ago
  • Julie Anne Genter: My Budget 2016 wish is fairness
    When my parents first visited me in Auckland ten years ago, they remarked on how there were no homeless people on the streets. Coming from Los Angeles, they were used to seeing the impacts of horrendous inequality and a lack… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    9 hours ago
  • Steffan Browning: Pesticide reduction and Organic Growth Strategy in Budget 2016
    Pesticide reduction The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to launch a pesticide reduction strategy that multiplies the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ capacity to reassess pesticides and other toxins.  The Agricultural Compounds and… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning
    10 hours ago
  • Steffan Browning: Pesticide reduction and Organic Growth Strategy in Budget 2016
    Pesticide reduction The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to launch a pesticide reduction strategy that multiplies the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ capacity to reassess pesticides and other toxins.  The Agricultural Compounds and… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning
    10 hours ago
  • Minister won’t fess up on wrong figures
    The Minister of Health was caught out telling porkies in Parliament today when he was asked about the number of people getting access to mental health and addiction services, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. ...
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Scrambled announcement policy on the hoof
    Paula Bennett’s scrambled desperate announcement that she will pay homeless people to move to the regions is just the latest evidence of the disarray this Government’s housing policy is in, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “This is policy… ...
    1 day ago
  • Police Minister admits resolution rates fall short of expectation
    Police Minister Judith Collins has admitted in Parliament current burglary resolution rates are not meeting the expectations of our communities, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash “Out of 284 police stations in New Zealand in 2015, 24 stations recorded zero… ...
    1 day ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 day ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
    1 day ago
  • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
    Dairy exports have fallen 11 per cent compared to this time last year, a fall of almost $1.5b, showing the Government must take clear action on diversifying the economy in tomorrow’s Budget, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David… ...
    1 day ago
  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
    Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New analysis shows… ...
    1 day ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
    Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
    1 day ago
  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
    John Key didn’t tell his own Finance Minister he was about to go on radio and announce he wanted $3b of tax cuts, just days after Bill English ruled them out, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “In Parliament today… ...
    2 days ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    2 days ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    2 days ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
    Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 days ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 days ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 days ago
  • A great Budget would
    A great Budget would embrace the challenge of our polluted rivers and move the money away from justifying the status quo water rules into cleaning up waterways. A great Budget would take the Ministry for the Environment freshwater budget and… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    3 days ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
    On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the… ...
    3 days ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    3 days ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
    Today I want to talk about success. As we know success can come in many different forms, from the fact you all made it here at such an early hour on a Monday, for which I am very grateful, to… ...
    3 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
    The Government must ensure next week’s Budget stops the squeeze on middle New Zealand and delivers shared prosperity for all New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. The call follows new research commissioned by Labour that shows working… ...
    4 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
    Marama and Metiria at Homes Not Cars launch On Thursday, Metiria Turei announced the Green Party’s plan to start addressing the emergency housing crisis facing our country. Too many people are without homes right now – homeless. It is the… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    6 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    6 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
    Motorists who have been overcharged for their car registration should get a refund, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “Minister Nikki Kaye’s ‘faulty risk’ rating scheme has blown up in her face with over 170 different models of car having… ...
    6 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
    The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “I have been the first to defend the Auckland City Council when Bill English has been blaming… ...
    6 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
    Labour is expressing concern for New Zealanders’ privacy rights as the Government signals Customs will have the power to inspect electronic devices coming across the border, says Labour’s Customs Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “We agree that customs officers should have the… ...
    6 days ago
  • The Price of Water
    This week I hosted a public meeting at EIT in Hawkes Bay to discuss how we might put a price on the commercial use of water, so that water may be valued and treated more sustainably. I invited a… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    6 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
    Today I received a petition from the NZ Captioning Working Group urging the government to legislate for accessibility via closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders. It was timely because today is the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 week ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
    The Government is not doing enough elective surgery to keep up with New Zealand’s ageing population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s damning that the targeted national intervention rate for cataract and knee and hip surgery is the same… ...
    1 week ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
    The Government must substantially increase funding for secondary schools in next week’s Budget after a new survey found 86 per cent of principals consider their college under-resourced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Just 14 per cent of secondary principals… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
    The Labour Party is reiterating its call for an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s fishing industry after two reports revealed the Ministry for Primary Industries turned a blind eye to widespread fish dumping in New Zealand waters, says Labour’s Fisheries… ...
    1 week ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
    On Wednesday and Sunday of last week the local residents of the Karangahake mountain in the Karangahake gorge of Hauraki/Coromandel peacefully protested against a gold mining drill rig on private land adjacent to the DOC land. The drilling rig was… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
    New Zealand’s national electricity grid stretches the length of the country and contains some 11,803 kilometres of high-voltage lines and 178 substations. It wouldn’t make sense for competing power companies to duplicate and build their own expensive electricity transmission system… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 week ago
  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
    The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Over 25 years the urban growth boundary hasn’t… ...
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
     It is outrageous that schools are relying on money and iPads from foreign land investors to meet the learning needs of their students, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “Several OIO land applications by offshore investors have claimed that without… ...
    1 week ago
  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
    A young South Auckland Māori woman recently tried to get hold of me around midnight. I missed her call. The woman wanted me to know the sharp reality facing too many families looking for a stable place to live. Things… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago

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