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On the affiliate vote

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, September 5th, 2013 - 53 comments
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There’s been some recent speculation on the affiliate vote. Some of it’s trolling some of it’s just plain misinformed.

That said, it’s an interesting issue, and one that I’ve a few thoughts on myself.

As far as I can tell the EPMU is probably likely to be pretty balanced between Cunliffe and Robertson which is probably why they decided to offer no endorsement of a particular candidate. My gut instinct is that in the end it’s likely tip more Cunliffe’s way than Robertson’s. But only the voting delegates can know for sure.

In the SFWU it’s more complicated, it’ll be based on the turnout of regular members (who prefer Cunliffe) versus a push by Wellington officials (who prefer Robertson). As with any Servo vote, Auckland engagement will be the deciding factor as more than half of their members are in that region.

The other affiliates – MUNZ, RMTU, Dairy workers, Meat workers – remain an unknown, but those votes will depend very strongly on whether there’s an endorsement of a candidate by each union’s National Executive (and I understand there will be). An endorsement could swing the tide strongly in either direction and would probably also influence the votes of EPMU and SFWU voters too.

Just as an aside, the idea that Shane Jones will get any significant union vote is some shoddy analysis that I suspect is based on the elitist beltway belief that the working class are bigots. The truth is union members have sophisticated and progressive politics – they’re not going to vote for someone who doesn’t have their interests at heart.

53 comments on “On the affiliate vote”

  1. karol 1

    Claire Trevett is tipping that the dairy workers’ union is making a non-binding recommendation for Cunliffe – near the end of her article.

    I have no idea how good her source is.

    • IrishBill 1.1

      I understand they’ve made a recommendation but it’s not public. I assume they’ll make it public but will want to make sure their members hear it from them before the media report it.

    • Tracey 1.2

      Claire TRevitt and many of the folks commenting ont hat thread are bog on how Jones is an ordinary NZer, as opposed to an intellectual… it seems Jones’ crowd has done a great job of covering up his background…

      Truth is the first casualty and all that
      Univeristy til late 20’s (including Harvard) and government employee or MP since.

      • aspasia 1.2.1

        And the related piece of Jones-spin, promoted most assiduously by Jones himself, is how he can make the cut-through to all the nonvoters from 2011. Well…a lot of the nonvoters are in Auckland and a sizeable proportion are Maori. So why is it that Jones is not the MP for Tamaki Makaurau? Surely he could have been demonstrating these fabulous capabilities he claims to win his seat last time!

  2. Tracey 2

    Is it correct that some affiliates will have the delegates cast the vote, not the members individually per se? I think there was one exception to this?

  3. Hilary 3

    A question. Wasn’t Cunliffe Minister of Health when the MoH fought the SFWU sleepover case?

    • Malcolm 3.1

      ??

      IHC appealed it in 2011.

    • IrishBill 3.2

      Yes and I believe Trevor Mallard was the Minister of Labour – the legislation that was material to the case. However I’d guess that Michael Cullen would have had the final say on any government action in that case due to the cost involved. I agree with you though – it was a shoddy example of the kind of third way thinking the last Labour government engaged in. Let’s hope those days are over, eh?

    • Delia 3.3

      and do not forget Labour also fought to leave family carers who care for disabled relatives unpaid as well.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 3.3.1

        its was not policy at the time as far as Im aware.

        Remember, Cabinset ministers are legally prevented from ‘interferring’ in the normal operations of their departments. If the CEO appeals a court case, they they cant touch it. It would require a cabinet minute to say the government policy has changed for everyone. There would be financial reasons and broader implications before they would go down that step. Government intrusion has its downsides as well. Its not just a river of gold. Australias liberals have proposed a tax on ‘large ‘ businesses to fund their proposal

  4. Anne 4

    There is evidence to suggest the beltway pollies (don’t necessarily reside in the beltway) are getting cold feet and have been ringing up selected LEC’s – and affiliates too? – ostensibly to gather numbers and promote their candidate Grant Robertson. I don’t know whether it’s true, but I understand Grant has been ‘promising’ his supporters coveted positions.

    If it is true then shades of Nov/Dec 2011 all over again.

    • weka 4.1

      “and have been ringing up selected(?) LEC’s ostensibly to gather numbers perhaps, but more likely promoting their candidate Grant Robertson.”

      What difference would that make? Are the LECs going to tell their local members who to vote for? How does this affect positions within caucus?

      And if that is really going on and it means Robertson ends up winning, it just shows that Labour’s problems are much deeper than the leadership issue.

      • Anne 4.1.1

        No, they can’t tell members which way to vote but they can ‘encourage’ some to vote a certain way which is going to be personally advantageous to them. I hope it isn’t widespread this time around and won’t make any difference to the outcome.

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          So how would they encourage? I assume the voting papers are sent out from national office. Would the LECs be holding meetings for members? Sending out newsletters/emails? I can see how lobbying caucus and the affilates that use delegates could influence things, but not how lobbying the LECs would. Or do you mean the LEC has influence on the MP’s vote?

          • irascible 4.1.1.1.1

            LECs are the coordinating committee for the branches in the electorate. Unless all the members in an electorate are in constant communication with the LEC it would be very difficult for the LEC to make any real call on how their individual members will vote especiallly as voting papers have been sent out by HO directly to the individual members. It would appear that, like the arguments about how Affiliate Union individual or delegate votes will go is pure conjecture based on a belief that the Executive has total dictatorial control of all indivdual votes at bothe Union & Individual level.

    • Hilary 4.2

      Evidence – or mere anecdote from those with an anti-GR agenda?

      • hush minx 4.2.1

        actually I wish he’d just come on here and then we can ask him! If he wins and it’s his supporters who get those coveted positions then it will be clear his talk of unity was not what the rest of us took it to mean. But if he assures us here then I for one will feel much more comfortable.
        Anyone know if he’s going to send in a guestpost?

        • IrishBill 4.2.1.1

          It would be greatly appreciated if he did. We’ll run up a moderated thread just as we did with David Cunliffe.

      • Anne 4.2.2

        @ weka
        All those ways you mentioned but mostly ringing around members I should think. There were emails involved last time but I doubt that is happening this time. There’s nothing illicit about it just underhand in my view. It certainly created bad feeling amongst some of us last time.

        No Hilary. There is evidence. Like I said, I’m inclined to believe its only small scale stuff. Here’s hoping.

        Btw, there’s no evidence that I know of which would suggest Grant Robertson is personally involved.

    • Stephen 4.3

      I am a LEC chair (Ilam). No candidate has been in touch one way or another.

      On the other hand, what’s bad about soliciting member votes exactly? It’s a campaign. I would expect candidates to do what they can to ask for the vote. That’s politics 101. If anything, it’s a bit disappointing that none of these three supposed seasoned campaigners has reached out at that level.

      Maybe I’m just miffed at not being important enough.

      I mean crikey, if it was bad form to approach organisations to seek members’ votes, that would rule out an awful lot of MP’s campaigning strategy… think about it.

      I honestly can’t get the point of your comment Anne. On the one hand you hear things. (“There is evidence”? Really? What evidence?) On the other hand, what you have heard is exactly what I would expect successful politicians to be doing. No surprise, either way.

      • Colonial Viper 4.3.1

        I am a LEC chair (Ilam). No candidate has been in touch one way or another.

        On the other hand, what’s bad about soliciting member votes exactly? It’s a campaign.

        I think Anne was talking about Labour MPs calling up individual members and branch officers applying pressure, which should not be allowed. Both the MPs being involved part (the ones who are not candidates), and the applying pressure part (as opposed to “soliciting” for votes).

        I do not think she is referring to ordinary party members from the campaigns ringing up branches and LECs.

        • Stephen 4.3.1.1

          Applying pressure? That sounds nuts, frankly. First, it’s a secret ballot. Second, even if they could tell how a member voted, there aren’t any consequences an MP can inflict. Third, each member, LEC officer or not, only has one vote, so anything but minimal effort is terrific waste of time, even if you could successfully coerce someone. I call bullshit.

          [edited afterthought]: also, what’s wrong with MPs who aren’t candidates lobbying on behalf of the one they prefer? Don’t you lobby for votes for the candidate you prefer? If not, you’re a mug.

          • Colonial Viper 4.3.1.1.1

            Do you believe in the separation between caucus and party activities?

            Second, even if they could tell how a member voted, there aren’t any consequences an MP can inflict.

            Oh I know this and you know this, but some MPs are foolish enough to try anyway.

            • Stephen 4.3.1.1.1.1

              They have to remember that they’re representatives and there to implement the party’s policy, which is why I fully support the changes that were made at our last conference. Other than that, what do you mean? MPs are also members.

        • Anne 4.3.1.2

          Correct CV. Thanks.

          Read my comment at 4 before you start flying off the handle Stephen. Always a good idea to read comments properly.

          And if you are not aware of… or concerned about the shenanagens in Dec. 2011 after the last election – and indeed after last year’s conference – then I’m not sure you should be a chair of anything in Labour.

  5. Comrade Coba 5

    As one of the affiliates to Labour there are a couple of thoughts I’ll share with you all. We ‘our voting/politically informed members attended one of the hustling meetings & report back to the members that we represent within our region. Critiqued each contender on how best they will serve our collective & a general agreement was reached. We voted for a ‘leader’ & his nearest opposition was ranked third. 

    The other point is as unionists some of us felt we should have voted as a block 20% so each candidate comes up with what is the best deal for our movement. Such an opportunity was wasted, however I think the Labour Party gets the message loud & clear i.e. Left is best if you want to win in 2014.   

    • The Fan Club 5.1

      You ranked the nearest opposition third? Why? Shouldn’t you have ranked the worst candidate for your union third? Anything else is contributing to the possible election of the wort candidate, after all.

      (Also you do get that if the unions voted en bloc you’d just get the union vote taken off you at the next conference, right? Just to be realistic…)

  6. hush minx 6

    Irish – as I was reading this I thought you often add a unqiue insight into the poltical world – and I did a quick search on your past posts. Two stood out to me of relevance today:

    August last year “It looks like someone from within Labour’s top team* has decided to have a real nasty go at David Cunliffe via Duncan Garner. Regardless of what you think of Cunliffe, this kind of pointless and destructive politicing is exactly why people have no faith in Labour as a government in waiting.” http://thestandard.org.nz/too-far-3/.

    I’d actually forgotten about this. To the best of my knowledge there was never any consquence (?)

    And then earlier in April last year “It’s been no secret around the beltway that Robertson is preparing to make a play for the leadership of the Labour party and, despite my best hopes, it appears the punt taken on David Shearer has failed…However it’s starting to feel like a leadership challenge is inevitable. If it is I can only hope that the floor’s opened to all contenders and it’s done openly and with the inclusion of the broader party.”
    http://thestandard.org.nz/reading-the-tea-leaves/

    So you actually called it before anyone else I think. And to see that we do indeed have a strong democratic process underway. Well done Irish.

    • IrishBill 6.1

      Yeah, well I was a year out on that second prediction. But thanks anyway.

      • Anne 6.1.1

        From hush minx’s second link:

        My suspicion is that within the very near future, maybe after another flat poll, someone close to Shearer, perhaps Trevor, will have a hard conversation with him that goes something like “you’ve done your best mate but it’s just not worked” and I think that Shearer will step down because he’s the kind of guy that would step down if he believed it was the best thing to do.

        Perhaps you were so ‘on the money’ IB, you forced Trevor to wait another year. :)

    • Uuuurgh re-reading the ‘too far’ thread reminded me how badly Trougher Mallard needs to go.

  7. Anne 7

    Yes. It’s at the core of my concern. Is Mallard up to his old tricks again? Remember he has spent the past 20 odd years cultivating journos and commentators for his own purpose and leopards never change their spots.

    • David H 7.1

      maybe someone Needs to take Trougher aside, and tell him that the only way he can run for Parliament is to do so as an Independent!

  8. binders full of women 8

    Jones ain’t shoddy. I would think that his emphasis on jobs, jobs, jobs would! be in the unions’ best interest. In fact better than the other two. All the other two seem intent on is spend, spend, spend (till her daddy takes the t-bird away)— admittedly GR more so the DC. How many union members are on $13.75 an hour? Also Jones’s narrative about ‘why did only 18% of NZ eligible voters get on the red waka?’ is worth a thought. Or do we just believe that the voters don’t get it. I don’t get a vote- so my views are irrelevant … but this Waitakere man is happy with either DC or SJ. (with greens at 6%).

    • JK 8.1

      To Binders – Jones IS shoddy. And he’s lazy. He might sound good to you, but when has he ever done anything specific about building up actual employment opportunities for jobs. And why do the iwi-owned fishing companies which he helped set up employ slave labour from Asian countries ?

    • Saarbo 8.2

      Jones is an interesting candidate, he has some appeal, and listening to him at Hamilton, I got the feeling that he will win some people over. Prior to listening to him I wouldn’t have given him any chance whats so ever. The one union rep I spoke to said he would vote for him. Like Cunliffe, Jones comes out with fresh thinking rather than continuously quoting Norman Kirk as Robertson does.

      I think Jones appeal is his brutal honesty at times, this doesnt always serve him well in politics. Obviously Jones doesn’t appeal to women but he seems very contrite around the “filly’ comments. He is sexist in a way that all of those private boys schools (St Steven’s in his case) produce. Over the years I have met many people who have attended private boys schools (St Pauls College in Hamilton, Te Aute, St Stevens), and they all have incredibly backward views when it comes to women. The result is that these people all seem to struggle in holding down stable relationships…(they get there eventually though). Personally I wouldn’t send my son to one of these schools if they were the last schools standing, its beyond me why people would actually pay money to send their kids to these institutions…weird (Private Boys Schools, not just the 3 schools Iv listed).

      He will get my number 2 vote because of his honesty and his experience outside of parliament, he seems contrite regarding his blatant sexism. Robertson played a part in the Shearer experiment, and I suspect a bigger part than is been let on, he will get my No 3 vote.

      • lprent 8.2.1

        Obviously Jones doesn’t appeal to women but he seems very contrite around the “filly’ comments.

        He is always somewhat contrite in the “I wasn’t aware that it would cause offense (and aren’t people so senssssittttivvvveee)” kind of way. After the 5th or 6th time you hear him go through the identical charade, you realise he is simply a complete dickhead who has no idea how to change himself.

        I just rate him as politically incontinent. He’d probably do well on talkback radio..

        • Saarbo 8.2.1.1

          Yes, he has an involuntary nature to the shit that comes out of his mouth, I’ve come across plenty of people like him before but few with his intellectual horse power (or position). Im not a fan of Jones as my past comments will clearly have shown, but he gets my number 2 ahead of Robertson because Jones weaknesses are known versus Robertson who like Shearer we have never seen in power. My intuition suggests that Robertson is into that machiavellian crap, he has taken advantage of the intentions of the ABC’ers and run with it. This realpolitik stuff will only get him so far, I want to see how he goes after a few years in power, then we can assess his weaknesses because one thing is for sure, he will have weaknesses that we are not aware of. As for Jones, its fair to say that you scare me when you suggest he would be good on Talkback, because thinking about it, he does have a lot in common with John Tamahere. I guess if I could just pick one name on my vote form I would. The upshot of all of this is that David Cunliffe should be further ahead than he currently is being polled, he is in quite a different league to the other two.

  9. the sprout 9

    Given Robertson’s association with Shearer and the neoliberal Mallard old boys club, I cant imagine why any informed union vote would go to Grant.
    And then there is the way Brown treated MUNZ, presumably on the advice of his advisors – the very same that were advising Shearer.
    Grant’s recent past as Shearer’s deputy should give unions pause for thought.

    • Comrade Coba 9.1

      There will be very few Union votes going to Grant for the very reasons you point out. Brown can be given the benefit of the doubt, as he didn’t have the left numbers to openly come out strongly. That should change with the LBE’s, Matty M has been doing stirling work to promote left candidates voted in. Handy test run for the general election in 2014, he is a waste dicking around with the one trick pony. Dotblob would be a better option for him and other lefties. Atleast they wouldn’t have the funds to worry about?

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  • New Fisk
    It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • May the best candidate win
    Over the weekend, David Cunliffe bowed to the inevitable and resigned to seek a new mandate from his party. Good. After such an election loss, its appropriate that a party leader accepts responsibility. At the same time, they may still...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • The importance of housing choices in cities
    Good cities should provide choices to their inhabitants. Any big (or small!) city is composed of a variety of people with various preferences, needs, and budgets. Look around you: Aucklanders are a bloody diverse bunch, and we’re getting more so...
    Transport Blog | 28-09
  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic
    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 28-09
  • Letter to the editor – “An Alarmed World” according to The Listener
    . . This recent editorial from”The Listener”  is not one I ever thought I’d see… . . My response… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Listener <letters@listener.co.nz> date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The editor...
    Frankly Speaking | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
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  • Prime Time on Labour
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  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
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  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
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  • Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty
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  • Bag snatch hero deserves a medal – McVicar
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  • Police Remembrance Day
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  • Affordable Auckland Attacks Creeping Apartheid
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  • Where Next for the Left?
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