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APEC, TPP, Crosby-Textor, Philip Morris & John Key

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, October 8th, 2013 - 76 comments
Categories: australian politics, capitalism, climate change, crosby textor, democracy under attack, energy, john key, slippery, Unions, us politics - Tags:

It’s curious than John Key has stepped into the breach to chair the TPP discussions, in Obama’s absence from APEC Summit.  Of course the anonymous NZ Herald Editorial claims it is something to cause kiwis to be proud.

I guess we won’t hear or read of Key being critical of the likes of Big Tobacco company Philip Morris, and the pressure it’s putting on the TPP negotiations to over-ride democratic legislation within (supposedly) sovereign states.  Prior to the start of the APEC Summit, some concerned medical experts had urged Key not to bow to one of the APEC sponsor’s Philip Morris.

Philip Pattemore and George Laking on NZ Doctor site last Friday stated:

Dear Mr Key

We note you are a featured speaker at the APEC CEO summit in Bali on 5-7 October. This meeting has, as a major sponsor, Sampoerna, an Indonesian subsidiary of Philip Morris, the tobacco giant that manufactures and markets Marlboro cigarettes.
[...]We are concerned that you as Prime Minister by participating in an Industry-sponsored conference will thereby accept an Industry service.  We do not see how it can be appropriate for the Prime Minister of New Zealand to speak at a tobacco company sponsored event.

We note that Philip Morris is engaged in an investor-state dispute with the Australian government over legislation for the plain packaging of cigarettes.  The industry claims this measure will cause billions of dollars of lost investment earnings based on its intellectual property – its logo and branding.  It is abundantly clear that the tobacco industry expects this legislation will decrease smoking.  Yet they ignore the public health implications and persist in trying to over-ride the democratic action of the Australian government.

The APEC website does indeed show that Sampoerna/Philip Morris is a platinum sponsor, though not one of the main hosts.  However, the main hosts are no less cause for concern, with them being mainly investment and/or BIG Energy type companies.

Nevertheless, I have been wondering how John Key got to be the Chair for the TPP discussions, given the networks of influence that link John Key and Philip Morris via Crosby-Textor, as I have already posted.  These networks also incorporate Big Oil, with anti-climate change agenda, as I included in my post:

John Key -Crosby Textor- big tobacco- big oil & fracking-Crosby Textor-David Cameron.

As I reported in that post, David Cameron had received a lot of public criticism for his Crosby-Textor linked connections with both Philip Morris and the fracking industry.

And to that, I would add London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who Key recently cosied up to in some photo ops.

Philip Morris Tobacco, is also linked with Big Oil.  Until recently they were part of the Altria group, which includes Big Oil (and wine).  According to Wikipedia,

According to the Center for Public Integrity, Altria spent around $101 million on lobbying the United States government between 1998 and 2004, making it the second most active organization in the nation.[16][17]

Altria also funded astroturf organisations such as The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition which lobbied against the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change.[18]

The Australian Council of Trade Unions, named Philip Morris as one of its concerns about the TPP discussions at APEC this week.

ACTU calls for leadership and restraint during the APEC leaders’ meeting in Bali amid fears the Coalition could sign away Australia’s right to protect itself against international lawsuits and enter patent deals that could see the cost of PBS medicines skyrocket by as much as 20 per cent.

ACTU president Ged Kearney said, “After almost four years of negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) Australia should expect immense pressure from the US to sign agreements that are not in our interests.”

“We could end up in a situation where foreign corporations are able to sue the Australian Government and vicariously tax payers for making laws that protect our best interest – for example, laws that protect farm land or our health. It’s outrageous.”

With the USA’s push to have certain clauses called “ISDS” foreign corporations could sue the Australian Government in response to developments like we are seeing in the area of coal seam gas exploration. Communities and farmers want appropriate analysis completed before exploration can begin. State governments have agreed to this but it could be overturned by foreign companies who would complain about lack of trading rights.”

“We are already seeing this issue with Phillip Morris suing the Australian government for introducing plain cigarette packaging. This is possibly due to an early 1990s investment treaty with Hong Kong.

“The ‘ISDS’ clause effectively gives corporations more rights than governments.

“It is important that the Prime Minister holds strong on these issues and not cave into pressure that would benefit the multinational corporations but handicap the Australian Government.

The ACTU statement goes on to express concern of issues like intellectual copyright and affordable medicine, which are also TPP concerns for many Kiwis.

So, John Key’s appearance as an Obama surrogate in Indonesia, is more cause for concern than celebration – just more of his crony capitalist, elitist, big corporate serving interactions that lack democratic transparency.

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Putting the TPPA to the test

76 comments on “APEC, TPP, Crosby-Textor, Philip Morris & John Key”

  1. King Kong 1

    I didn’t read this because it looked too long and boring but the title had the whiff of conspiracy theory so can anyone sum up and tell me if the moon landings were faked or not?

    • Sable 1.1

      Yes just like internet spy networks that see data from Kiwis handed over the US was all a conspiracy theory. Wake up.

    • Bankster John Key has most of his money in shares in BOA. The TPP is a bankster financial deregulation tool and a backdoor looting institution making everything the big Corps do legal while the 99% are gagged, tied and bound to serve in the neo-feudal system this will create.

      What better to have John “the Smiling Assassin” Key do what he has been doing for the last 30 years. Close the deal with another difficult “customer or two. Lisping, effeminate and looking bloke, the collonial clot, who could not fall for his stumbling bumbling act!

      That short enough for ya. KK?

    • karol 1.3

      So you are commenting without any knowledge of what you’re commenting about? Cool. Don’t expect anyone to take you seriously then.

      Maybe things need to be written in comic strip form in short simple sentences to get your attention then, KK.

      • King Kong 1.3.1

        To be fair, a comic strip is probably not a bad format for some of these fevered fantasies.

        The Neo Lib/Evil Corporate Avengers, volume 1 – “Trading in Death”

    • fender 1.4

      Well you are a bigger fuckwit than I had previously realised King Kong. Why you would even bother commenting on something you aren’t prepared or able to study makes you look like the perfect Key supporter, again…you are a major fuckwit. Please do something worthy of a ban, because you are a complete waste of space on this great site.

      Another great post Karol, thank you, and don’t go changing to a one sentence writing format to appease any monkeys with concentration issues.

      • weka 1.4.1

        “Why you would even bother commenting on something you aren’t prepared or able to study makes you look like the perfect Key supporter, again…”

        I think you are being overly generous there fender. On a good day I’d call KK an out and out tr0ll. Other days he just strikes me as an arsehole.

        • fender 1.4.1.1

          +1
          complete arsehole

          • peterlepaysan 1.4.1.1.1

            Excuse me arse holes serve a useful purpose. I dare you to get rid of yours.

            It follows KK is not an arse hole.

            He is obviously capable of emitting shit.

            Not sure what the correct term for that is, DPF, whaleoil?

    • Paul 1.5

      Then don’t read it KK and go play with your friends at the sewerblog.
      Aren’t you on holiday at the moment?

      “The whiff of conspiracy theory”
      A conspiracy theory is an explanatory proposition that accuses two or more people, a group, or an organization of having caused or covered up, through deliberate collusion, an event or phenomenon of great social, political, or economic impact.

      I guess you believe in ‘coincidence theory’ in life then.

    • Paul 1.6

      Conspiracy Fact # 1

      1605 The Gunpowder Plot to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament as prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands, during which James’s nine-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state; often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot.

      “A conspiracy theory is an explanatory proposition that accuses two or more people, a group, or an organization of having caused or covered up, through deliberate collusion, an event or phenomenon of great social, political, or economic impact.”

      Or maybe it was a coincidence?

      • David H 1.6.1

        And the most interesting things about the Gunpowder Plot,
        1: Guy Fawkes managed to cheat the ‘Hangman’ because as he was being moved from the Gallows to the area for the Quartering he managed somehow to throw himself off of the gallows and break his neck.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes#Trial_and_execution

        And 2: The most interesting, Guy Fawkes is the only terrorist, who’s crimes have been celebrated every year since his attempt to destroy the English Government.

        • kenny 1.6.1.1

          The ‘celebrations’ are to mark the fact he was caught, not that he tried to commit the act.

    • Paul 1.7

      Conspiracy Fact # 2
      Conspiracies do actually happen a lot.

      The Manhattan Project 1940s

      The Manhattan Project was the code name for a project conducted during World War II to develop the first atomic bomb. The project was led by the United States, and included participation from the United Kingdom and Canada. Born out of a small research program in 1939, the Manhattan Project eventually employed more than 130,000 people and cost nearly US$2 billion ($22 billion in current value). It resulted in the creation of multiple production and research sites that operated in secret. With the total involved, this makes it one of the largest conspiracies in history. Entire towns were built for short periods of time, employing people, all under secrecy and top national secrecy at that. The government never admitted to it, the media never reported on it, and people had no idea for over 25 years.

      Or maybe it was a coincidence?
      Conspiracy theory is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy.

      • Lanthanide 1.7.1

        I don’t think a “conspiracy” involving 130,000 people is really a “conspiracy” so much as a “secret government programme”.

        • Paul 1.7.1.1

          “A conspiracy theory is an explanatory proposition that accuses two or more people, a group, or an organization of having caused or covered up, through deliberate collusion, an event or phenomenon of great social, political, or economic impact.”

    • Paul 1.8

      Conspiracy Fact # 3
      Conspiracies do actually happen a lot.

      Watergate 1970s

      Watergate: Republican officials spied on the Democratic National Headquarters from the Watergate Hotel in 1972. While conspiracy theories suggested underhanded dealings were taking place, it wasn’t until 1974 that White House tape recordings linked President Nixon to the break-in and forced him to resign.

      Or maybe it was a coincidence?

    • Paul 1.9

      Conspiracy Fact # 4
      Conspiracies do actually happen a lot.

      The Iran-Contra Affair 1980s

      In 1985 and ’86, the White House authorized government officials to secretly trade weapons with the Israeli government in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages in Iran. The plot was uncovered by Congress in 1987.

      Or maybe it was a coincidence?

      • Colonial Viper 1.9.1

        :)

        The cycle time from tin-foil hat wearer to widely accepted fact has today become shorter than ever!

        • King Kong 1.9.1.1

          Come on now!

          It turned out that it was true that the US traded arms to Iran in the 80′s therefore it must be true that the US Government brought its own buildings down on 9/11.

          You can do better than that.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.9.1.1.1

            @King Kong

            Strawman argument. You can do better than that. (Or perhaps not)

            Pauls points are very valid; that just because an interpretation of an event is labelled as an outlandish ‘conspiracy’ because it seems unbelievable at the time, hasn’t stopped it from being an accurate reflection of what is occurring.

            This point was made in relation to the post, which you didn’t read and the post had nothing to do with 911.

            Read up or shut up.

            It would be nice to see your comments moved to open mike because they have no relevance to this post.

            [karol: I generally leave it to someone else to move comments, as I have no confidence I'll do it correctly - who knows where the comment may end up? If it becomes necessary, I'll probably send the comments to moderation and ask someone else to put it in Open Mike]

            • King Kong 1.9.1.1.1.1

              So conspiracy theories can be true apart from the 9/11 one?

              [karol: can you all please keep your comments to the topic of the post, and not on any alleged conspiracies on other topics. KK, having not bothered to read the post, started this, & Paul moved it further into that territory, in order to be critical of KK's comment]

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.9.1.1.1.2

              @ Karol,
              I was aware that my comment was heading in the direction of telling you how to moderate, and I apologise for that, I very much tried to word it in a way that wasn’t doing that!

              In short, your post is excellent, thank you, and it is a drag to have someone create such a severe distraction.

          • Paul 1.9.1.1.2

            Where did you get that from?
            I did not say the US Government brought its own buildings down on 9/11.

            I simply provided 4 pieces of evidence that suggest events happen because of conspiracies, not coincidence, which would seem to be your case as you use the disparaging definition of the word conspiracy. I tend to go for the less pejorative description of the words, where conspiracy theory is a term that is a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy.

            On 9/11, I’m assuming you don’t believe that the buildings came down by coincidence. You believe that there was a conspiracy, I assume, organised by Osama bin Laden. That, KK, is a conspiracy theory.

            So you are a conspiracy theorist yourself. You just believe in different conspiracies.

      • weka 1.9.2

        “Conspiracies do actually happen a lot.”

        Great list Paul, would make a good guest post :-)

        • Paul 1.9.2.1

          I have a few more, but thought I’d made my point!
          It was prompted by KK’s dismissive ‘conspiracy theory’ comment, which is now used all the time to shut down debate and discussion, when of course pretty much everything happens because of a conspiracy of some sort or other..if you accept the basic description of the words, where conspiracy theory is a term that is a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy.

          It is interesting how the control of language by the neo-liberals is the way they get to control the discussion. Unquestioning believers like KK can’t see this.

          9/11 is the perfect example of this.
          People who believe the story about Osama Bin Laden, 19 hoijackers, box cutters, etc etc are conspiracy theorists as this was clearly a ‘conspiracy.’ Not a very believable one either.

    • Linz 1.10

      Just ignore King Kong. He’s craving attention again, poor little chappy.

    • emergency mike 1.11

      Tr0ll hungry, tr0ll got fed.

      Why feed it folks?

    • risildowgtn 1.12

      nah clown
      u cant read its THAT simple

    • North 1.13

      Real classy King Kong – “I didn’t read this……..” but sneer sneer sneer nevertheless.

      Well done. Classy !

    • David H 1.14

      Every Morning the Knuckles drag a little lower!

  2. captain hook 2

    kk is just a shit stirring little dweeb with no ideas of his own but to kissass from his masters who fund his whole little shabby show.
    no amount of antiseptic or anti biotic is suficient to put down his brand of suppurating evil.

  3. tinfoilhat 3

    Sponsorships at these international conferences doesn’t really amount to much influence at all. Back in the day when I was working, medical conferences were almost always sponsored by medical companies so they could get their banners up in the trade display halls and programmes – it didn’t make a jot of difference to the what we did in the hospital though.

    I’m sure both the learned gentleman also attend such conference where the sponsors are similar big name multinationals and it doesn’t colour the way they practice medicine.

    ….. oh and I am opposed to the TPPA unless I can see what it entails and what benefits there are in it for NZ.

    • BM 3.1

      This

      I was having a chat about conference sponsorship with the woman a couple of days ago
      She was showing me one conference she was involved with, they had sponsors for everything.

      And I really do mean everything, for example

      Sponsor for the after event drinks
      Sponsor for the bottled water
      Sponsor for the onsite cafe
      Sponsor for lunch
      Sponsor for Dinner
      Sponsor for the pens and paper
      etc
      etc.

      Big money events, these conferences.

    • karol 3.2

      Well if sponsorship doesn’t result in much influence, then why do companies spend money on it?

      And actually the APEC Summit foregrounds sponsors and talks up the opportunities for Big Business to engage with government reps.

      From APEC’S “Programme Highlights”:

      Hear from the Leaders of the Asia Pacific including President Xi Jinping of China, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Park Geun-Hye of Korea, President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico and Secretary of State John Kerry of the USA.

      Over 1,000 global business and thought leaders are expected to be in attendance, providing extensive networking opportunities with senior delegations in particular from China, the USA, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

      And from APEC’s overview of the Summit:

      The Summit program will be exceptional and will include the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Asia Pacific, some of whom are new, CEOs of global corporations and thought leaders in a dynamic interactive format.

      Through the discussions on stage, and through the high quality networking, delegates will gain the latest and perspective on the issues that matter most to your business and the region.

      And then there’s the dinner hosted by Philip Morris at this week’s APEC Summit, as on youtube:

      President Benigno S. Aquino III was honored with a sumptuous dinner hosted by Philip Morris Chief Executive Officer and APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) member Andre Calantzopolous after speaking at the APEC CEO Summit on “Why Inclusive Growth Matters”.

      The President was joined by other ABAC members from the Philippines, USA, South Korea, Indonesia, Peru and Russia.

      • Puddleglum 3.2.1

        Exactly. This isn’t sponsorship in the usual sense. It is buying access and influence – not a stall to advertise your wares.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 3.2.2

        Re sponsorship:

        ‘a new approach to marketing ideas has been created on the basis of psychological research that no longer is interested in directly targeting an audience’s conscious mind, but rather appeals to a subject’s unconscious and influences its behaviors and beliefs without he or she being aware of it. This is not ‘subliminal messaging,’ but rather a calculated and very well documented set of techniques”

        This article explains techniques that target the unconscious. The article is about muzak, mall design and product placement in films, however I believe that sponsorship is a form of product placement that employs just such techniques aimed at the unconscious.

        “All of these occurrences employ some level of unconscious influence exactly because they are encouraging consumers in a way that would not be popular if the public was aware of it. Unconscious motivation is not employed solely because of its success rates or as a result of the dramatic increase in advertising competition, but rather because it can make the public act on and believe in ideas that they would consciously reject. ~Brian Walsh

        Edit: Unsure whether the links are working

        http://www.ibiblio.org/nmediac/winter2002/mind.html

      • miravox 3.2.3

        thought leaders

        huh?

    • Tracey 3.3

      bullshit. That you think that doesnt make it true.

      sponsorship like advertising works

      THAT’S WHY COMPANIES SPEND MILLIONS/BILLIONS ON IT.

      It’s about access, inside running, inside info and sub conscious permeation of the punters. Yu are being very naive to think otherwise tinfoil

      • tinfoilhat 3.3.1

        Oh dear Tracey, I suppose I could respond with the same retort to you.

        Of course these gigantic conglomerates spend vast amounts of money they have vast amounts of morons at various echelons justifying their existence by spending it just because they do so does not automatically mean it causes a corruption. Let’s face it you have buffoons in NZ like Matthew Hooten who will happily spend up large and achieve very little indeed.

        It all depends on how open those who are subjected to the various PR and spin are to accepting and acting on it. For example George Laking is by all accounts an excellent oncologist up at Auckland and will attend conferences sponsored by pharma companies and medical companies regularly to suggest this effects the way he treats his patients would IMO be quite wrong.

        On the subject of tobacco companies I wish they wold all disappear tomorrow but I don’t think they have much, if any effect on NZ governments.

        I believe that the fact that last several NZ governments have been quite cowardly towards tobacco in NZ has far more to do with the loss of the tax take and alienating smoking voters than anything else.

        • Tracey 3.3.1.1

          Of course you are entitled to your opinion. I am not saying they have total control but nor do I assume that people are able to repel every tactic they use.

          Jaques Ellul postulated that in fact the intelligentsia were the most susceptible to propaganda and its tactics because they are like sponges to information they receive and love to disseminate it. These are the very people who scoff at propaganda because “they” are able to rebuff it.

          • karol 3.3.1.1.1

            Actually, in the case of APEC, I don’t think it’s just about the dark marketing arts of persuasion (with strong use of propaganda techniques). The whole Summit is promoted as a place for business people to network with government reps.

            Networking is a strategy promoted by many kinds of workplaces, as a way to achieve things for your workplace. in the case of APEC, and it’s association with TPP this week, is that it’s all the big corporates that are primarily positioned to network with government spokespeople.

            And then there corporates like Philip Morris hosting dinners.

            And John key is very much into that kind of networking with influential business people and others – since he decided to play golf way back.

            • Tracey 3.3.1.1.1.1

              I agree that it is being touted as an opportunity for business and delegations of govts to network. My comment regarding propaganda was specifically to tinfoil’s last comment.

              the “sponsorship” is just the smokescreen to legitimise their presence.

              Wayne has rarely commented, that I have seen, on the presence of the 400-600 corporates in this whole process of defining the TPP. They wouldnt be part of it if they weren’t trying to achieve something beyond what comes their way via the standard FTA.

              • Paul

                Yes, Wayne, still not had an answer to this simple question.
                “But it’s o.k. for 600 corporations to give advice and be in on the meetings, ?

              • karol

                Yes, Tracey. Agree with you. I was commenting on Tinfoil’s comments as as much as your’s.

            • Tracey 3.3.1.1.1.2

              For example I know of a major event in NZ which is televised and sponsored by a large bank. That Bank, as part of its sponsorship demands, and I use that word accurately to be sat next tot he PM every year. The event lasts a minimum of 4 hours. Each table has about 10 people. Sponsors are buying the opportunity to have the ear of an influential politician for the evening. For a member of the electorate to get that opportunity (dinner with the PM), they have to bid on it to win at an Auckland Grammar Cricket fundraiser!

            • tinfoilhat 3.3.1.1.1.3

              Yes….. ?

              I must admit I’m not sure what we’re arguing about, if anything.

              As I said i’m not convinced of any benefits of the TPPA as I haven’t seen any of the details, but I can’t really get excited about the sponsors at a conference organised by a foreign government at which we are pretty much obliged to attend. There’s certainly lots to have a go at Key about but I don’t see anything in this at all.

              • karol

                One of my points is that there’s not a lot to get exited about with Key chairing that discussion – in contrast to the NZ Herald saying we should be proud Key is chairing it.

                Also, it’s in the discussions behind the scenes at such summits that fair bit of the deal making, or groundwork for it, is done.

                The doctor website I referred to also is keen for Key to reject Philip Morris’s influence at the summit.

                • tinfoilhat

                  Don’t know why anyone bothers reading the herald, they’ll conflate any little non event into a story on a slow news day.

                  As I commented previously in relation to the two Drs press release – I don’t think it would be politic for Key to comment on the sponsors of a conference at which he’s an invited attendee – I pretty much doubt he knows who most of the sponsors are, I really think this is a non story.

                  • karol

                    The sponsors would be upset to learn they’ve paid so much to be sponsors and to get front row seats for their CEOs etc, and the pollies didn’t even notice them.

                    I was alerted to the sponsor angle by the Doctor statement, then went to the APEC site. There looked to be too much focus on the engagement with the big corporates in the raitonale for the Summit. This is in keeping with who has the power in the TPP negotiations and other policies.

                    Also, there’s a lot of evidence about how corporates like Philip Morris, in tandem with Crosby Textor have had the ear of politicians – David Cameron in the UK for instance – I’ve linked to that evidence in previous posts.

          • tinfoilhat 3.3.1.1.2

            John Key part of the intelligentsia….. thanks for that I haven’t laughed so much in ages.

            • karol 3.3.1.1.2.1

              Key is part of the propagandensia. The intelligentsia referred to above are the ones who claim that are not influenced by snake oil promotions.

              • tinfoilhat

                I’m sure the first thing that’s given to new MPs is a membership card to the propagandensia !

  4. fender 4

    Obama has been quite a disappointment in too many ways, but having Key substitute for him has to be the ultimate booby prize. Highlights how sycophantic head nodders can get new gigs though, yes-men on parade.

  5. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5

    The ‘people at the top’ must be utterly crazed. They are the ones who have most benefitted from the way the system is and yet they are acting to completely undermine it in trying to push through an ‘agreement’ like the TPP.

    Ergo they are the ones who will end up losing the most when their actions cause this system to come crashing down. And it will. In fact it already is.

    I’ll correct that to utterly crazed self destructive twerps.

  6. Tracey 6

    “This meeting has, as a major sponsor, Sampoerna, an Indonesian subsidiary of Philip Morris…”

    The fact that it is sponsored by those seeking to benefit from it leaves more than just a sour taste in the mouth. The sponsor wont be privy to drafts or negotiations? Yeah Right.

  7. Wayne 7

    Karol,

    I know I will see you tomorrow, but I just don’t get your issue here, other than your general view about conspiracies and John Key.

    Obviously a PM or President of one of the negotiating nations has to chair the meeting. It seems that NZ was largely chosen because we are the registry for the TPP. Clearly all 12 nations in the TPP negotiations because they want TPP to happen.

    Although it would be a true conspiracy theory if a nation had joined the TPP negotiations to specifically sabotage the negotiations. Try Canada anyone?

    In any event that nation will not be NZ.

    I would also note that ACTU giving advice to PM Abbott is unlikely to be well received. If they were serious they might have tried to use a “friendlier” conduit for their message. But I guess PM Abbott was not really the target audience for the press release.

    • Paul 7.1

      “I would also note that ACTU giving advice to PM Abbott is unlikely to be well received. If they were serious they might have tried to use a “friendlier” conduit for their message. But I guess PM Abbott was not really the target audience for the press release.”

      But it’s o.k. for 600 corporations to give advice and be in on the meetings, Wayne?

    • karol 7.2

      Wayne, what does it mean that NZ s the Registry for TPP, other than NZ was one of the original countries involved in the negotiations and is the “administrator”?

      TPP has moved on since the earlier days and now, as well as more countries being involved, the US is dominating the negotiations.

      Then, after meeting with other countries’ reps. Key had talks with the US trade rep Mike Froman.

      Given that Obama is dominating the negations, and it seems likely nothing will be decided without him, it looks like Key is considered a subservient enough ally to chair the discussion.

      Key will be in the hot seat for the 12-member Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, after United States President Barack Obama pulled out of the conference.

      The talks will be crucial to meeting the US target of a deal by the end of the year, although

      After a tough round of bilateral talks on the fringes of the summit, Key heading into the meeting with Froman late last night (NZ time) warned of difficulties ahead to achieve the deal.

      • Wayne 7.2.1

        Not really that surprising he would talk to the US trade rep, actually for the reason you stated, they are the largest economy among the 12 negotiating states.

        Actually this government values the US relationship, and getting to speak to their main players is sought after. Basically the NZ government puts its main focus on Australia, China and the US. I would ask, realistically would you have it any other way?

        And getting to speak to the main players in China and the US is always sought after by everyone. For a small country it is pretty hard to get “face” time with them, since so many other nations also are looking for it.

        • karol 7.2.1.1

          I would prefer if our government took more of an independent line in negotiating with the various countries. I think Key’s government panders too much to the US government and to US-based (and other) corporates.

          I would expect US reps to be quite a bit of pressure on Key, given Obama’s absence. There were also signs that the US administration put heavy pressure on Clark re Trade & military deals, during her time as PM.

          BTW, if NZ is the administrator of the TPP, why was the leader of late arrival in the negotiations, the US government/President, initially going to chair the TPP discussions this week?

        • Paul 7.2.1.2

          And what would you sell for that Wayne?
          Copyright law
          Pharmac
          The ability of corporates to sue the NZ government it it changes the law against their interests.

        • Anne 7.2.1.3

          Actually this government values the US relationship, and getting to speak to their main players is sought after.

          No more so than the previous government Wayne. In fact it was the Labour govt. that took the initiatives to rebuild the relationship between 1999 and 2008. The fruits of their ‘labour’ became apparent after National came to power, which enabled your PM to claim all the credit. A decent PM would have acknowledged the work done by the previous government but I certainly don’t recall it happening. I guess that has never been Key’s style. He likes to have all the honour and glory for himself.

  8. Ramsay 8

    This is all a bit Glen Beck for my tastes.

    • Tracey 8.1

      arguing with idiots?

      • Ramsay 8.1.1

        I’m referring to the drawing of lines between supposedly related parties on the (digital) chalkboard and the “through the looking glass” mentality.

        • karol 8.1.1.1

          Ramsay, I have done a long string of posts on the theme of Key’s networks. So I tend not to repeat everything I have said before. It’s a dense mix of intersecting and overlapping networks. And they are something crucial to key’s MO.

          I recall under one post way back, I indicated a particular weekend when I thought Key had met with Ian Fletcher prior to his appointment as GCSB chief. Some right winger made exactly the kind of comment you have made here, about that guess on my part – it was a very educated guess, and I was pretty certain I was correct – and later it was confirmed by Key, in a public statement, that he had met Fletcher that particular weekend.

          I have a fairly strong background in research, and am used to following strongly indicated hunches and educated guesses – I look carefully for clues. Sometimes, with the lack of transparency around a lot of Team Key’s dealings, with the likes of TPP, we can only read carefully through and with the information we have.

  9. Tracey 9

    Tinfoil

    who accused key of being part of the intelligentsia?

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  • Media Advisory
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    Mana | 10-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail
    Last year there were more than 52,000 reported burglaries. According to the Treasury, for every 10 reported burglaries, there are another 12 that go unreported. This means there were more than 120,000 burglaries last year – or over 2000 a...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment
    Derek Leask yesterday 20 April 2014 made the following observations in response to a media enquiry about the recently announced appointment of Mr Nigel Fyfe, currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (Legal and Operational Services and Legal...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum
    The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an ‘Election Year Oceans Forum’ at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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