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As on we go, drowning

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, January 30th, 2013 - 163 comments
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Despair. That’s what I felt, watching Key’s speech yesterday. Others said he was boring. Some complained of his screeching. I just felt despair. This guy is running the country. Our country. And he has nothing. Nothing for us. Nothing for you. Nothing for me. Nothing for the people we care about. Some spoils of conquest for his mates. But nothing for New Zealand.

We have to get rid of him.

We have to.

And the worst thing? They’ll be smirking to read this. Because they know what the game is as well you and I do. They know who they work for and who against. And they know they have at least 2 more years to do it. 5 years, if we’re stupid enough and weak enough to let them.

163 comments on “As on we go, drowning”

  1. Jackal 1

    higherstandard

    …why not just ignore him?

    You can’t ignore a government that’s overseeing the biggest downgrade to our living standards ever seen higherstandard… Not unless you’re truly deluded.

    I think the main thing here is to not let that despair be directed at the wrong people, and also to use that despair as fuel to work against National’s destructive agenda.

    You’re already doing that Zetetic, and as long as people don’t give up, there’s still hope that we can save New Zealand.

    • muzza 1.1

      You’re already doing that Zetetic, and as long as people don’t give up, there’s still hope that we can save New Zealand.

      Jakal, its an important point you make, as the conclusion one could draw is that the desired outcome, is for people to give up. 800,000 of them already did last election, and how many hundreds of 000’s, have given up and departed NZ!

      The sense of despair and helplessness, is part of the programme, break it, break it all, is the name of the (decades old) game!

      Those who are still here, and paying attention need to understand quickly, that sitting back and hoping is not going to stop whats happening, and what is coming!

    • Gosman 1.2

      “You can’t ignore a government that’s overseeing the biggest downgrade to our living standards ever seen higherstandard…”

      Really??? This is based on what in the way of evidence?

      • Mr Burns 1.2.1

        Yes I agree with Gosman. I have checked my own personal circumstances and I can see no evidence whatsoever of a drop in my living standards, in fact they have gone up.

        All hail King John …

        • Lightly 1.2.1.1

          I’m alright, Jack…

        • North 1.2.1.2

          Love your style Mr Burns and seriously believe that you’re mischievously tongue in cheek.

          Cannot say the same about Gosman however. The arrant cheek of it. Imagine the idiocy of assessing the lot of the rest of the world by reference to how he/she personally is doing. Reflected in this imaginary statement – “I’m employed so it’s not at 7.3% and all is hunky dory”.

          Demanding “evidence” quite as Gosman does stamps him/her as a sneering pedant who insists on defying the reality with snotty verbiage. If he/she knows anything he/she knows the evidence demanded IS there, trotted out or not. Rather than accept that he/she chooses to demonstrate his/her gross intellectual dishonesty and a good measure of “I couldn’t give a fuck…..” social twistedness.

          Grow up Grossman/woman. Have a read of Jackal below and come back acknowledging or apologising.

      • Jackal 1.2.2

        More govt debt under National than all the other previous New Zealand government’s combined, inequality at the highest levels ever, child poverty increasing from 20% to 25% since 2009, unemployment at the highest rate in 13 years and worsening, declining home ownership and more Kiwi’s leaving New Zealand than ever before etc etc.

        • Gosman 1.2.2.1

          Just a few clarifying facts for you.

          The important part of Government debt is not how high it is but how much it is compared to the GDP in the country. In this regard NZ government debt is far lower than what it reached in 1986 where it hit over 70 percent. It currently stands just under 40 percent.

          As you pointed out, unemployment is the highest in 13 years. Which obviously means 13 years ago it was worse.

          Child poverty rates have also been much higher in the past, (close to 30 percent).

          Declining levels of home ownership is not necessarily a reflection of economic malaise. The Germans have a very low rate of home ownership yet have a strong economy.

          What is more important than the numbers leaving is net migration flows. Once again the numbers here suggest net migration was much more negative in the past than we see now.

          I’m comfortable if you want to continue with the etc etc as it has been pretty easy to debunk all the claims you made so far.

          • mickysavage 1.2.2.1.1

            Come on Gossie. Government debt in 2008 was zero and is now 40% of GDP. Obviously the work of a financial genius.

            So unemployment was worse in 1999 and we are meant to celebrate this?

            Interestingly it was during the last National Government.

            Child poverty only decreased because of working for families which this Government would cut in an instant if it thought it could get away with it.

            Declining levels of home ownership are a symptom of the flow of wealth from the poor and middle class to the rich.

            And migration is important because Key said it was. How can you say otherwise now?

            Keep digging Gossie …

          • Jackal 1.2.2.1.2

            Gosman

            The important part of Government debt is not how high it is but how much it is compared to the GDP in the country. In this regard NZ government debt is far lower than what it reached in 1986 where it hit over 70 percent. It currently stands just under 40 percent.

            If you think the only important part to National’s more than 190% increase in government debt is our GDP and the government’s ability to service that debt through higher taxes, while our economy remains stagnant, you’re off your rocker gosman.

            Government debt to GDP fell from 30.7% in March 1993 to as low as 9.1% in March 2007 under a Labour government. We had a Piggy Muldoon’s National government to thank for the previous high rate of govt debt.

            As you pointed out, unemployment is the highest in 13 years. Which obviously means 13 years ago it was worse.

            So you’re OK with unemployment doubling under a John Key National led government?

            Child poverty rates have also been much higher in the past, (close to 30 percent).

            Could you link to this information please?

            Declining levels of home ownership is not necessarily a reflection of economic malaise. The Germans have a very low rate of home ownership yet have a strong economy.

            So people not being able to afford to buy their own homes indicates a strong economy? Riiighhttt!

            What is more important than the numbers leaving is net migration flows. Once again the numbers here suggest net migration was much more negative in the past than we see now.

            Net migration loss has increased under a National government… You’ll have to do better than that Gosman.

            • mickysavage 1.2.2.1.2.1

              Crown debt was effectively nil if you take into account the Cullen fund and ACC reserves in 2008.

              • Jackal

                Yes! I’m quoting what I think is operational debt without taking into account surpluses. I’m also incorrect, it fell to a low of 8.9% in June 2007.

                Can you guess what government managed that Gosman?

            • Gosman 1.2.2.1.2.2

              You seem to have missed the point which is not that the measures you have identified have got worse but they are the worst that they have ever been in NZ history. This is plainly untrue as you yourself have pointed out.

              • Jackal

                The assertion is that the current National government under John Key has overseen the largest downgrade to our living standards that New Zealand has ever experienced. There might be a couple of things where other National governments have done worse, but on the whole you’ve not convincingly shown that there has ever been a worse government.

                • Gosman

                  For a start I showed you that it has been worse in the past. As for biggest fall I would argue that both the Great Depression and the reforms of the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s were accompanied by a bigger fall in standards of living for the average NZer. I can grab data for you if you disagree. Do you disagree?

                  • felixviper

                    Off you fuck then, go get your data.

                    • McFlock

                      I reckon it’s theoretically possible that gos might be able to demonstrate that this is only the worst government since the Depression, rather than worst. govt. ever.

                      I’m fascinated as to what he thinks counts as evidence, though.

                    • felixviper

                      Me too McF ;)

                  • North

                    Give us the data dork !

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    For a start I showed you that it has been worse in the past.

                    Actually, you’ve made some assertions but have shown absolutely nothing. Typical Tory debating: Make shit up and then say that you’ve proved everything.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.3

        Really??? This is based on what in the way of evidence?

        Median Household Income Falls

      • Polish Pride 1.2.4

        You still working for a living everyday Gos…..?

    • After listening to the unbievable achoholic fired shrieking of Key it was
      a most pleasent surprise hear the excellent speech by David Shearer . It was not Lange speak but it was bloody good and he will improve quite a bit .
      It certainly made me and my wife feel good. The other feel good aspect was the way Labour and the Greens are working together, This must be scaring the Nats .we must be on our guard to make sure Crosby /Textor do not try to drive a wedge between us. Because believe me this is causing them a guts ache .

  2. lprent 2

    Unfortunately the idiot is misusing my taxes.

  3. IrishBill 3

    My apologies HS, I went to reply to your comment and accidentally clicked the moderation button. Unfortunately I’ve no idea where your comment has gone. Lynn – little help?

    [lprent: I have no idea. I replied to that comment as well. I'm rather busy at work right now. But I just looked and can't see it. ]

  4. karol 4

    He sounds like someone delivering an after dinner speech, after he (and his cheer-leading supporters) have imbibed a few too many bevvies.

    Does he take the job of running the country seriously?

    • marsman 4.1

      Heard part of his ‘speech’ on the radio. It was a screeching whine about Labour and the Greens and how they want to spend other peoples’ money. Amazing how arseholes like Key and English can accuse others of actions they themselves perpetrate, like mismanaging the economy, spending billions of dollars on Roads of National Party Significance etc.

  5. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 5

    The shorter Zetetic:

    Nothing for me.

    In his world the purpose of government is to give him stuff for nothing.

    • CV - Real Labour 5.1

      It is the role of the Government to protect and look after the interests of all its citizens, and to protect and look after the interests of the sovereign nation.

      In exchange, citizens are required to obey the nations laws and regulations, to pay taxes, and receive the opportunity to participate in democratic society.

      That shouldn’t be a hard concept for even you to grasp, right?

      • Afewknowthetruth 5.1.1

        Don’t be so silly. it is the role of government to protect and promote the interests of money-lenders and corporations.

        The New Zealand Company…………

        Enough breadcrumbs have to be allowed to fall off the table to prevent insurrection.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 5.1.2

        No. The role of government is to give Zet stuff, apparently.

        • rosy 5.1.2.1

          Was Zetetic’s sentence too long for you to quote in full, or just too long to read so you skipped a bit here and there?

      • Andre 5.1.3

        http://t.co/dUPM2Ems This stat is why ShonKey is taking our future .

        • Gosman 5.1.3.1

          Which stat?

          • Andre 5.1.3.1.1

            Ok .Graph.

            • Gosman 5.1.3.1.1.1

              Ok then, what part of that graph do you think suggests John Key is taking your future?

              • North

                You’re shrieking like a drowning man/woman Grossman/woman.

              • Blue

                None of it does Gos. All the graph shows is that less household income is used to service debt since 2008, interest rates are much lower since 2008 and overall household debt is lower since 2008. All are trending downward. Any logical human being would say this is a good thing. If, as Andre asserts, the graph shows where John Key is taking us, long may it continue.

        • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 5.1.3.2

          Andre, are you alarmed by the in increase in household debt shown in the graph?

          Do you consider this to be the government’s fault?

          Tell us: what happened in the graph between 1999 and 2008? Then tell us who was in government then. Then tell us what has happened to the graph since, and who has been in government during that period.

          • Andre 5.1.3.2.1

            The GFC Reset all past economic thinking ,The lesson is to have a sustainable NZ in all respects

            • Gosman 5.1.3.2.1.1

              Really? How come not many other countries agree with this view and most are following pretty orthodox economic paths?

              I think you are suffering from wishful thinking.

              • Polish Pride

                Because Gos they are in a Capitalist system driven by a profit motive and follow the advice of economists who fail to understand the true problem that needs to be solved within a society by any system.

            • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 5.1.3.2.1.2

              Bit confused, Andre. John Key is taking our future somewhere bad because of something to do with household debt. Except that it has decreased during the term of his government.

          • Poission 5.1.3.2.2

            Since the GFC ie since 2007 household debts portion of external debt has increased by 28 billion.

            Similarly the farming sector has also increased by around 15b$ mostly due to increased land purchases eg Crafer .

            Unbridled land and property debt inflation is not sustainable.

          • You_Fool 5.1.3.2.3

            I am no economist, but the way I read the graph between 1999 & 2008 is that the majority of NZ homeowners felt so secure in the future, both personal and national economic growth, that they felt comfortable taking on extra debt, i.e. they were confident that their jobs would still be there and that the future would mean more money for them. Since 2008 this optimistic outlook has stagnated, or turned to a more pessimistic one, in which people are less confident about the future economic outcomes and thus have paid down, or not taken out any more debt.

            This tells me that the government between 99 & 08 was one that helped the economy and NZ and had good economic sense, whilst the one since 08 has been less so…

            Is that also how you read the graph?

        • Jackal 5.1.3.3

          The graph you’ve linked to Andre shows a small decline in household debt since National gained power. This is mainly due to the tax cuts for the rich, who have used some of that money to pay down debt mainly on their properties.

          However you need to understand that that money is being borrowed by National, with government debt increasing by more than 190% between Sep. 2008 and Sep, 2012. So a decrease in household debt of around 1% paid for by an increase in government debt of around 190%.

          • Andre 5.1.3.3.1

            Thanks for your intelligent breakdown of the graph . My Brain hurts .

          • bad12 5.1.3.3.2

            Aha, what it showed was that while those with the billions dollars of private debt continue to pay this off as mortgage repayments,(where most of the debt is), the slowing of the rise in house prices over an 18 month-2 year period particularly in Auckland that recently ended with recent prices trending upward dramatically allowed for the drop in overall debt,

            A year from now the overall debt figure will have risen again and remain on an increasing track upward while house prices continue to rise,

            In other words a blip while the housing market took a breath of air…

    • onsos 5.2

      What do you base that insult on?

    • bad12 5.3

      Don’t be pathetic you gormless-dickhead, Something for Me from this Failure of a Slippery lead National Government could be the start of a food in schools program for decile 1-3 kids,

      I would not have any personal gain from that now or into the future, but, such a program would definitely be considered something for me…

  6. ad 6

    Crikey Zetetic. Turn off National Radio and the TV and the internet for a while and get an icecream.

    Best cure for the political blues is to join some local activist group and focus on improving a community. Habitat for Humanity. Salvation Army. A community garden.

    There’s still 19 months before anything is even possible; November 2014. Just displace hope from your mind. It’s not useful. Get to work on something concrete.

    The progressives will coalesce. They are already working together on some things. Entropy will shortly slow down.

    • Afewknowthetruth 6.1

      Definitely turn off National Radio and television -they are just propaganda outlets. But spend more time on the Internet. And look in the right places.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 6.1.1

        But spend more time on the Internet. And look in the right places.

        If ever there was an advertisement for spending less time on the internet, you are it, Afewknowthetruth.

        • Gosman 6.1.1.1

          But how else will you find out about the Evil Elvis impersonating Jewish Bankster Reptillian Aliens who are slowly taking over the world while at the same time controlling everything already?

          • Polish Pride 6.1.1.1.1

            Or it may just open your mind to possibilities that don’t include perpetuating a system designed (evolved) by man that sees man then working for the majority of his life, rather than doing the things that he’d really like to be doing…. but some people aren’t quite ready for anything that requires thinking outside the bounds of the current system.

            • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 6.1.1.1.1.1

              You don’t want to go around perpetuating the stereotype that left wingers are lazy, Polish Pride.

              • Polish Pride

                Your right, I don’t, I want people to take a good hard look at the system and start asking some serious questions about it.
                The resources exist
                Peoples needs are predominantly the same and as everyone has them why is the system not designed to provide those needs for everyone. They are ‘needs’ after all.
                I always think it is best to look at those needs from the point of an innocent child.
                Love
                food
                a home
                clothing
                an education
                should a child be denied any of that anywhere in the world? If the answer to this is no, then should anyone be denied these things?

                I want people to think about the fact that in the current system everything you want is pretty much available. We have the ability to make just about anything. If you want it chances are you can have it…….provided you have the money
                In fact I want people to understand that not everyone has these needs and the barrier to them having them is money. The barrier to almost anything that we want to do is money.
                I want people to see that we have the technology to automate a significant percentage of jobs so that people no longer need to work or can work significantly less in society instead of ‘having’ to work n order to earn money to survive.
                I want people to imagine removing money from the world then for simplicities sake imagine doing everything they do today but without needing money.
                You need food? You go to the supermarket and get food, you still put it through a checkout but only for stock taking purposes to replenish supply. You need a car you get a car.
                Almost everyone dreams of winning lotto and not having to work anymore and being able to do the things they want to do. The thing is people can have that, we just need to start moving the system in a new direction.
                I want people to understand that the most basic problem the system should solve is how to supply peoples needs and wants. Thats it!
                Its not about the economy, Its not about affordable housing, Its not about jobs. The only reason people need jobs is to make money so they can buy the things they need and want so someone else can make a profit so that they can buy the things that they inturn need and want and so on.
                Just give people what they need and want – sound stupid? The stupid thing is when you realize that we are already making the things that everyone needs and wants anyway.
                We are already using the resources. In fact we use far more than we need to, because we have to KEEP producing stuff in order to continuosly sell it to make money just to survive.
                Its not about being lazy Its about seeing the stupidity of the system and how it can be changed for everyone.
                Consider this… Man has built things throughout history to make his life easier to work for him, The wheel, the screw driver, the power drill ‘The System’ is the only thing ever that man has built that he has to work for. .. and he has to do it in order to survive.
                It is time to change the system to work for and provide the needs and wants of Man …and woman and child. For everyone.

                • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                  Free food, love and cars for everyone. Sounds like a modest goal.

    • Colonial Weka 6.2

      Ad, while I agree that having a break from the news is a good idea, I also think that honest expressions of despair are healthy.

      While community gardens and such are vital too, I think we have much political work to do now, not just in 18 months time. The Greens are going from strength to strength, not sitting waiting for the next election. Mana are focussed too. As well as despair at the damage Key is doing, there are practical political actions that can be taken now.

  7. Chris 7

    This guy is RUINING the country.He never talks people,just money.You could just about feel sorry for him, someone with nothing to offer but grip n grin photo ops, a bad hairpiece, ill fitting suits and a hollow emptiness.He’s tried everything except actually running the country for the people and not for his own personal gain and gain for all those he is desperate to impress and be like.A sorry little man.

    • Gosman 7.1

      And yet he is by far the most popular politician in the country. That must rip your undies.

      • geoff 7.1.1

        So you don’t disagree that is ruining the country and, judging by the ripped undie insult, you still support him? You’re quite the misanthrope, I’ll give you that.

      • bad12 7.1.2

        Ha ha ha soon to be dealt to in November 2014 by one of the most unpopular Labour leaders ever, betcha that like Slippery the Prime Minister makes you leave stains in your nappies…

        • infused 7.1.2.1

          Mr S won’t make it to 2014.

          • bad12 7.1.2.1.1

            Who cares, i f**king don’t, it’s what a Government will shape this country into that matters to me not some political pretty boy contest where the Prime Minister feels the need to debase the office by behaving like a fool because he thinks people like Him for it…

          • King Kong 7.1.2.1.2

            Exactly. Why don’t you chaps stop wasting your time and energy ripping on Key.

            Shearer is the real enemy and if you keep stamping your feet like petulant children then I am sure you will be able to topple him.

            Here, I will help you get back on the right track – “Shearer doesn’t speak very well”, discuss.

            • bad12 7.1.2.1.2.1

              F**k off you pathetic piece of s**t…

              • Tim

                After my question to KK yesterday, there goes a guy that simply delights in goading for the sake of it in order to exercise an ego. Uphill. Shit.Push

              • Polish Pride

                You gave him exactly the response he was looking for. He is now laughing at you.

  8. Afewknowthetruth 8

    After spending more than a decade trying to wake people up to the reality of energy depletion, environmental collapse, and control of society by sociopaths I gave up last year.

    Most people are:

    ignorant

    stupid

    stubborn.

    And they don’t want to know.

    So, yes, another few years of looting and polluting, with the general populace being misled and lied to constantly by our so-called leaders as they are driven off the cliff edge is more or less certain. Indeed, further steps along the road to overt fascism are more or less certain: more drones, more surveillance, more rules and regulations, more transfer of the commons into the hands of the few.

    Oil has broken through the 110 to 112 range it has been manipulated in for the past several months, and the bond market is close to capitulation, with Britain recording negative GDP growth and France being declared bankrupt.

    So, we might have to wait till 2014 for ‘the recovery’.

    Back to my garden projects. Gardening is one of the few things that makes any sense these days.

    By the way, I NEVER listen to anything Key says. It’s all drivel and a complete waste of my time. Much the same for any other politician.

    • King Kong 8.1

      Or most people are;

      Discerning

      Educated

      Realists

      Polite

      And you are a fucking nutter.

      • Jackal 8.1.1

        Or Afewknowthetruth is just highlighting the fact that there are a lot of ignorant and stubborn New Zealanders around.

        Let’s put it this way, In 2006 there was approximately 73% of the population earning between $30,000 and $120,000 (adjusted for inflation) per year making them middle class. In 2012, that percentage fell to around 40%, with no gain to the amount of people in the upper class and a huge increase in the lower class ie those earning under $30,000 per year. Despite this, 55% of the population still believes they are middle class.

        Prior to this, median annual personal income from all sources increased 56% between 1996 to 2006.

        • King Kong 8.1.1.1

          And let me guess, these ignorant and stubborn Kiwi’s are all voting the wrong way.

          • Jackal 8.1.1.1.1

            I’m not sure there’s any data on that, but it would seem that anybody who votes National would have to be a bit ignorant about what’s going on.

            • Andre 8.1.1.1.1.1

              So NZ being bashed with the thought of us being like Greece on Tv .Keeps us thinking were well off and Nats saved us….

      • Polish Pride 8.1.2

        Still working everyday for a living KIng Kong? Never stopped to think why the system is the way it is…? Unfortunately Afewknowthetruth is right – most people are asleep or are so busy working for the system, trying to provide for a family or simply just trying to survive they simply just do not have the time to think why? Why is the system this way? How would I want it to be? Then if most people would want the same, to spend less time working, more time with family and friends, No war, No poeverty, more time, less suffering. If most people want those things, what stops us from having them or at least being on a path to obtaining them.
        War is a trillion dollar industry…. you really think your going to see less of it under a Capitalist profit driven system? You think its just dumb luck that we have an obesity problem in the West while people starve in African nations.. I could go on and on but you are probably not ready to wake up or perhaps are pretty happy with your lot and quite simply don’t want to. After all this is your experience.

        • King Kong 8.1.2.1

          What are the chances of having two people who can see the truth when the rest of the world can’t, commenting on the same site?

          It’s like if spiderman and superman went to the same school.

    • Gosman 8.2

      Yes why can’t people see the light and just hand total power to someone who knows all the answers? Someone like you for example.

      • Polish Pride 8.2.1

        It is not about handing the power to anyone. It is about putting it back where it should be. With everyone.

    • Gosman 8.3

      Who declared France bankrupt?

  9. King Kong 9

    Most popular Prime Minister ever. He must be doing something right.

    You can almost audibly hear the spirit breaking and sobs of anguish in this post. It made me feel a bit creepy how much I enjoyed it.

    • Afewknowthetruth 9.1

      Lies come easily to you, King Kong.

      Michael Joseph Savage.

      • Gosman 9.1.1

        Is that a quote from Micky Savage? What did he have against King Kong?

        • King Kong 9.1.1.1

          I promised him a trip up the Empire State building when he was in New York but when he called I was playing a game of hide the banana with Mrs Kong so had to blow him out.

          Made him incredibly cross.

    • Gosman 9.2

      Totally agree. The more the left focus on John Key the less they spend on developing effective campaigns to take back the government benches.

      • bad12 9.2.1

        What do you think got the Slippery little Shyster suddenly dropping His prepared speech to screech like a demented banshee at the opposition Party’s,

        Could it be that He knows the political rug has been ripped out from under His feet by the announcement of Labour/Green housing policies,

        Or was the emitting of a tantrum worthy of a 4 year old simply because He didn’t get it all His way as the combined opposition Labour/Green/NZFirst (who incidently would thrash National if an election were held tomorrow), will not blindly bow down to His choice of Parliament’s Speaker…

        • infused 9.2.1.1

          As if. One policy? Not even a good one. Get a grip.

        • Gosman 9.2.1.2

          How many mainstream commentators are taking the view that John Key “screech[ed] like a demented banshee at the opposition Party’s”?

          I personally think this is just you and some of of your hard core lefty comrades.

      • bad12 9.2.2

        Can you raise your side of the debate above the level of pathetic please, us lot have plenty of energy left over after tearing strips of the Slippery little Shyster we have as Prime Minister to put forward our views on policy,

        Obviously Slippery had nothing new to announce yesterday as His supporters, you among them spend all their spare time being wankers on other peoples web-sites…

    • bad12 9.3

      The only thing i hear is the flatulence as you break wind to spread your bull-s**t on this web-page…

  10. Like i said on another post NZ just can’t have another 2yrs of this nact govt, labour
    have not shifted since the last election in the polls, the writing was on the wall when
    Goff was the leader,i for one crosssed my toes and fingers hoping against hope that
    we could just sneak in, roll on to now and we have the same problem with Shearer,
    do we just sit on our hands and wait for some sensible decisions from the mp’s
    inside caucus to allow a wider vote on leadership, this is the only way that will
    end the negative opinion of Shearer’s leadership, the time is now, in order to unify
    the base and supporters/members and then we can concentrate on the real problems
    ahead for NZ and its people and also to be ready for a snap election, which i see as a real possibilty.

    • Gosman 10.1

      “Like i said on another post NZ just can’t have another 2yrs of this nact govt”

      Ummmm… yes, yes it can. You might not like it but suck it up. It is called democracy. The party in government doesn’t always do what you think it should.

      • muzza 10.1.1

        What do you think it should do Gosman, or are you comfortable with the current heading?

        • Gosman 10.1.1.1

          I personally would like to see changes to working for families, Interest free student loans, National Superannuation entitlements and more reforms of the core public service plus an increased focus on early childhood education. However I acknowledge that it is unlikely to happen in the current political climate. I certainly don’t think the country is going to hell anytime soon like the Cassandra’s that populate this blog.

          • muzza 10.1.1.1.1

            Nothing from you which would lead anywhere useful then Gosman!

            Its already turned to custard mate, some are more insulated, and ignorant than others, so the timeline becomes elongated, but the outcomes are currently priced in!

      • scotty 10.1.2

        Democracy, Suck it up, Just like National did with Ecan.
        What heroes.

      • Polish Pride 10.1.3

        If you think that this is democracy then you simply do not understand the meaning of the word.

  11. Bill 11

    So – on the one hand what we have is these ‘hands off’ hands pushing our heads under water. And on the other hand we have those ‘hands on’ hands clasped steadfastly around the oars and rowing with the current and prevailing wind while mumbling vaguely about doing things differently?

    I reckon that, that – oh joy – about sums up our current position.

    (sigh)

    Any prospect of getting some air would be nice…

  12. I haven’t read the comments above yet, I thought Key looked scared and that heartened me. It made me feel that despite all the concern expressed on this site, it may be that Labour and the Greens are doing something that Key knows threatens his popularity; if he is looking rattled, this seems likely. My guess what is rattling him/Nats is the way Labour&Greens appear to be working in tandem to pick up as much of the range of left-wing votes as they can. Good one Labour and Greens.

    I will, however, feel exactly as Zetetic writes, if the next set of polls indicate no loss of confidence in the Nats, whose only real offer in Key’s speech appeared to be building prisons, which, I must say, Key looked well excited with. Horrible.

    • bad12 12.1

      +1, Yes indeed, you can tell when Slippery is in His element or not, compare the recent sacking of Cabinet Ministers Heatley and Wilkinson with His comments to the gathered media after yesterdays little tantrum and the difference is stark,

      When He is caught out, ill at ease, or scared our Prime Minister develops a certain lisp in His voice that doesn’t quite reach lisp and the inflection suddenly takes on undertones of a small child who is unhappy having had the ice-cream snatched from His hand…

    • Polish Pride 12.2

      Don’t – even if the polls indicate no drop in popularity, remember they are probably using landlines and will not be tapping into the growing level of unhappiness of younger voters for who are experiencing the greatest levels of unemployment and have the kiwi dream of owning a home getting further and further away.. I suspect the polls may not show this all that well

  13. Bearded Git 13

    The big worry is that over those next 2 years Key and cronies will gut the RMA. Sustainable Management will become Sustainable Development in Section 5 of the Act and the landscape protections under Section 6 will be watered down to become meaningless. The good thing is that this should be so controversial that it will see National voted out. Labour should pledge to reverse these changes if they get in.

  14. AmaKiwi 14

    Despair. That’s what I feel comparing Winston’s attack on Key to Shearer’s.

    Captain Mumblefuck ain’t got it. Never will.

    Goff, King, Mallard, Parker, Robertson really fucked up the Labour Party.

    • bad12 14.1

      Glee tho is ‘knowing’ that should an election be held tomorrow this FAILURE of a Slippery lead National Government would end up as a floor rag used by the combined opposition of Labour/Green/NZFirst/Mana to mop up after National dispatch the Shyster back from whence He came…

    • tc 14.2

      Goff, King, Mallard, Parker, Robertson and their willing flunkies (Curran, Hipkins etc) continue to really FUBAR the Labour Party. But hey it’s all about them isn’t it.

      RIP major party status under DS unless he gets a personality transplant. The disaffected 1/3 will not show up without a reason to, move along people nothing to see here. Hoots is doing a fine job.

      • bad12 14.2.1

        The current level of Labour Party support is fine with me and it leads directly to the Slippery lead National Government’s defeat in 2014 by the Opposition and your idol Slippery getting one in the back from His own Party whereupon He will tuck tail and scuttle off like a cockroach seeking shelter from bug-spray,

        What will you call for then, the return of Doctor Dullard Don Brash as leader, or ha ha ha perhaps you can envisage an ACT take-over of National where the all but brain dead John Banks is the leader,(if he aint languishing in a jail cell that is)…

  15. Olwyn 15

    Nothing for the country but instead “some spoils of conquest for his mates.”

    If we look at just about all the recent posts and comments, including the endless debate about Shearer, they can all be understood in terms of the conditions affecting a conquered people. The “feral rich,” the loss of manufacturing, the decisions that lead to an ongoing loss of jobs, the housing bubble, the benefit cuts, the slave labour prisons, etc, etc etc.

    When this economic experiment was unleashed the claims were that business freed from restraint would thrive and create jobs, that businessmen have a direct interest in their affairs, hence state-run institutions would function better as businesses. Then, in the third way years, the idea was that the market economy would mature, and ultimately deliver a level of social justice. This has all proved false. The wealthy, free to do what they like with their own money, use the attendant power to gain even more wealth and more power, and to hell with the rest of us.

    In a way you cannot entirely blame governments for their capitulation. If you are Lichtenstein and the Germans are advancing, you save more lives by a quick surrender than by attempting to defeat a much larger enemy. At the same time, thinking of what is happening in terms of conquest gives us a measure as to how much use governments and aspiring governments are willing to make of what leeway they have on behalf of their people.

    Middle class right wingers with a string of rentals may scoff at what I am saying, since they have not been hard hit. But middle class people too are dependent on an ever-dwindling tax take to prop up such things as the value of their houses. Aspiring apparatchiks with degrees in politics and policy analysis are similarly dependent. And if you cannot afford to take a year off without going on the dole then you are not really among the elite, whatever airs you want to give yourself.

  16. felixviper 16

    It’s good to see Gosman and King Kong so hard at work today.

    Someone must’ve criticised their god.

    • Gosman 16.1

      Just rarking up the natives on their favourite topic – How much they dislike the fact that John Key is PM and there is nothing they can do about it.

      It is similar to poking a stick in to a hornet nest but without the potential for personal harm occuring (other than certain lefties having a stroke).

      • felixviper 16.1.1

        Miserable fail in that case. No-one takes any of your frantic attempts at distraction as anything but.

      • bad12 16.1.2

        Just naively scoring the own goals with every comment that takes you a step closer to the point which will see you given the kick back to the Blubber-boy sewer where you belong so that you can whine endlessly about how unfair your treatment here has been when by your own admission you come here just for shits and giggles with your stirring…

      • framu 16.1.3

        well at least youve finally admitted that your not here to engage in good faith.

        weve always known you for a foolish time waster – its good youve seen the light on this at long last

    • Andre 16.2

      The neanderthal,s are biting back.

    • King Kong 16.3

      For me it is more along the lines of celebrating the fact that my “God” appears to have smited you.

      Even Zet, after attempting a rally from the depths of despair with this piece immediately turns the guns back on Shearer in his next. Utter fucking dissaray.

      • felixviper 16.3.1

        Yawn. You guys need some new schtick.

        • King Kong 16.3.1.1

          Coming from the home of endless;

          “beneficiaries deserve lots more money”

          and

          “gays are people too”

          I will politely decline your advice.

          • felixviper 16.3.1.1.1

            Think I’ll just leave that to stand on it’s own.

            • framu 16.3.1.1.1.1

              can we get that one on record?

              “King Kong – considers gay people to be subhuman”

              coming from a monkey thats pretty priceless

      • Tim 16.3.2

        Can I ask you another question KK? I’m not anxious to get into any debate with you (because I don’t see much point in pushing shit uphill) but I’m just wondering if you ever attended “Backbenchers” when it was going. ???
        There used to be this guy that regularly attended that obviously adhered to the idea that God made man in His own image – except that John Key was the God.

        • King Kong 16.3.2.1

          Went once or twice certainly not regularly. You probably would have noticed me, tall, classically handsome and immaculately dressed.

          • fenderviper 16.3.2.1.1

            Yeah I remember now, you were the guy with hands in pockets touching yourself all the while, much the same as you do here.

  17. Scintilla 17

    At least we can rely on Winston to give JK a lashing!

    “The best part of the Prime Minister’s speech today was when he sat down. That was the very best part of that speech. The rest of it consisted of the same old, same old neo-liberal, free-market pixie dust. It sounded like he wrote it in the shower or in Antarctica or somewhere like that. The philosophy behind it goes something like this: first, flog off the country to overseas investors; second, create a currency speculator’s paradise; third, change the labour laws again to kick the workers in the guts; fourth, cut Government services; fifth, starve the regions; sixth, subsidise overseas businesses, like Warner Bros and ignore chances to keep New Zealand enterprises going back home; and, seventh, when in doubt build another motorway. New Zealanders’ great leaders were once people of vision. They did not spend their livings gazing into a computer screen. They did not spend their young lives betting against their country’s currency so they themselves could become wealthy. They surrounded themselves with like-minded individuals. They wanted to make life better for their people. Their vision was of an independent nation making its own way in the world, using its own New Zealand resources, with educated and skilled New Zealanders who could expect some sort of fulfilment and satisfaction, and they went on to create the greatest country on earth—all in the lifetime of some of us. ” http://tinyurl.com/a82ynn8

    • Andre 17.1

      Might find intresting…. Order paper 30th . DEBATE ON PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT
      Interrupted debate on the question, That this House express its confidence
      in the National-led Government and commend its programme for 2013 as
      set out in the Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament (Rt Hon John
      Key) and the amendment proposed thereto.
      (Debate interrupted 29 January 2013)
      Amendment reads as follows:
      To delete all words after “Government” and to substitute “providing that
      Government delivers an unequivocal commitment to New Zealand
      children and to ensuring they can grow up to be great New Zealanders,
      and requires the John Key-led administration to present such a
      commitment to the House.” (Brendan Horan) ….

    • Colonial Weka 17.2

      Winston Peters can go fuck himself. He has a major responsibility for the centre in NZ having shifted so far to the right, so he can’t complain now about the right fucking us all over. He may have a silver tongue but he is still a dumb, selfish, egotistical fuck.

      • kiwi_prometheus 17.2.1

        I like him, he’s as scheming and cynical as any other polly but at least he lands some punches on some of those other jerks.

        Also he isn’t afraid to oppose the immigration flood – he might get my vote next time.

        • Scintilla 17.2.1.1

          Winston also slipped in a little smear for Joyce over his mates-rates deal for media frequencies back when he became an Airwaves Overlord. Never lets a chance go by. Shearer could take a few lessons from the Old Dog.

  18. Skinny 18

    There is only one way to make a change and that’s to get involved. I’ve had a few years away from Labour ( since Goff took the leadership). So I guess it’s time too join the local area ( i moved city ) LEC and start organizing for the Election defeat of National. The party is much much more than the leader, and leaders come & go with the adequate membership numbers & desire to roll a leader. Until then I will focus on the party brand.

    I suggest some of you other consider doing the same, a bit of talk and do!

    • Afewknowthetruth 18.1

      If voting made any difference the global elites would ban it.

      You get a pro-money-lender, pro-corporation government whichever [mainstream ] party you vote for.

      Yes, a few more breadcrumbs might fall off the elites table under Labour. Or not.

      • kiwi_prometheus 18.1.1

        So you are anti democratic then? – probably fantasize about the “dictatorship of the proletariat’, right?

        • CV - Real Labour 18.1.1.1

          I’m sorry, which part of the system was the democratic part again? Sometimes its mighty hard to recognise.

        • Afewknowthetruth 18.1.1.2

          That is a ridiculous comment.

          Anyone with e brain knows I am pro-democracy: I am just against the faux democracy we have at the moment -a faux democracy in which bought-and-paid-for liars acquire positions in parliament via the corrupt media and advertising companies, with taxpayers money being spent on billboards that tell lies.

          • Robert Atack 18.1.1.2.1

            Democracy might work if the brain dead masses actually voted with their grand children’s future in mind, instead of all the bullshit that is this suicidal system.
            But as we keep pointing out it is all academic deck chair shuffling.
            We’ve shot our load in an orgy of selfish consumption and idiotic growth, now we are just drowning in the wet patch.

  19. xtasy 19

    The biggest obstacle to getting rid of Key is:

    1. A biased, brainwashing, dumbing down mainstream – and in part even government run – media;
    2. a lack of awareness of the real challenges and problems ahead for the whole world, naturally also affecting little, “isolated” New Zealand, by the bulk of the brainwashed and not well informed populace;
    3. the fact that NZ is NOT UNITED, it is very divided, and a certain sector of the population does not give a damn about anyone and anything else, as long as they get what they think they must, above all else;
    4. a deficit or lack of awareness of the environmental catastrophy the whole human species and misdirected “civilisation” is heading to, simply, because little, still comparably “green”, quiet, and less populated NZ does not appear to show any signs of stress, pollution and other problems to most people. So the wrong perception is, we live on little, faraway, isolated islands, and what will affect the rest of the world will not hit us;
    5. an obsession by a large chunk of the middle class to try and copy an US dictated, outdated lifestyle of consumption and waste, that will never be sustainable for much longer;
    6. a total lack of skills and knowledge of the average NZer, who is mostly urbanised, motorised and artificially “pampered” from natural exposure, good or bad, to cope with any natural catastrophy that may hit.

    NZ and NZers are “drowning”, because of the above, AND because too many think, they need a John Key, to keep the ship afloat, to keep them going to have all the above lifestyle, and to allow them to ignore above and other challenges.

    The main problem is the mentality and ignorance of the bulk of NZ society, which only represents itself in having a Key run a rotten government, and a hopeless Shearer promise things he does not know how to deliver and does not even ensure, he can deliver.

    The main problem is in the BLOODY HEAD OF TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, SADLY THE MAJORITY!

    • xtasy 19.1

      Further to my comment:

      How do YOU change this?

      If you write a comment here, you may make a start.

      If you post something on a Facebook page, you may spread and share some messages amongst a selected few.

      If you write a comment on another blog a few hundred may read it.

      What difference does that make? Not much.

      The internet is valuable, but also limited. It leads to isolation amongst groups, individual bloggers and certain fad adherents.

      There is potential to share, but get real, it is not as large and huge as many like to claim. Most use the internet, but the internet and forums have become just another expression and representation of division and isolationism, yes also individualism, only limited “sharing”.

      So one must think and move further, contacts must be followed up with physical face to face contacts, with social organisation and meetings, with activities, with road and street actions, whatever kind.

      The main problem is we all sit at home after work, study or whatever, and share a few lines and comments here and there, but we do not make enough difference.

      There must be a rediscovery of social interaction in a physical, real world, there must be ORGANISATION, of people, real people, with body, face, sweat and no sweat, whatever, that is what is needed, and what is also lacking.

      So with all this talk about blogs, internet revolution and the likes, you are losing the way most of you behave. You make NO DIFFERENCE, as you are invisible, not organised, no solid united force, you just write many lines and bits of lines, abuse at times, recommendations and compliments at times, but hey, where does this take you. I see NO MOVEMENT of substance in NZ, just much pseudo talk and organisation and expression. The MSM do not even know how to behave and express themselves anymore, so they hide behind vague, non important, silly stories, that are low risk.

      Take action, confront, occupy, occupy, meet, debate, do overcome your isolation and over-individual approach, go to town, the city, meet in places, squares, pubs, clubs, whatever, but MEET and TAKE ACTION, as that only will change anything at all.

      • Polish Pride 19.1.1

        I’d say have you stopped to consider that the system is designed the way it is for a reason – to keep people busy, tot give them the time to think., and if they find the time to think then certainly not enough time to action change and mobilize the apathetic masses.

        • xtasy 19.1.1.1

          Polish Pride: STOP blaming the f**ing system!

          You apparently know what is rotten, so that knowledge holds you responsible and accountable also, to spread the truth, to wake the idiots up, and to take action.

          To simply blame the system is a cop-out, cowardly and useless talk.

          Take bloody action, no matter what, and how small, start the bloody revolution that is needed. It all starts in people’s heads, with ideas and action after that.

          No reason to blame anything and anyone, but all of you yourselves!!!

          • Polish Pride 19.1.1.1.1

            Unless you are educating people on the true problem ie. the system….. and the true problem that any system needs to solve meeting peoples needs and wants then you will unfortunately NEVER fix the problem.
            And don’t worry I am taking action and am trying to wake people up. I am not just bleating from the sidelines. I have actually sat down and figured out why things aren’t getting fixed regardless of whose in power. I have determined that the wrong problem is being focussed on and this is largely the reason why after many decades the big problems still exist and are getting worse in some cases.
            I have also figured out what the system should be doing and what actions are required to transition to a system that will work for everyone, where everyone will have more not less and we will be able to consume less scarce resources in doing so.
            I keep asking the question – do you really honestly believe that the left can will fix the problems once the get in. But know one is bold enough to answer. I am guessing that in all honesty they know that even if they get into power the problems will still exist.
            The reason is unfortunately like it or not because of the way the system is structured and the way people behave i response.
            Example at a very very simple level – when was the last time that a govt of any persuasion was in power for more than 3 terms. The fact is that you continue to have a swing to the left on policy and then a swing to the right.
            Can I make a suggestion – Forget the system for a moment. Forget politics. Just sit down and think about people. Think about the two things we ALL have in common – needs and wants. Now design a system that delivers these things.
            Q: did you come up with the system we have today?
            Did you even need money in your system? If yes, I’d be interested to know why..
            I have analysed this in depth. It is after all what I do for a living. I determine the true nature of any problem and help people develop solutions that solve those problems.
            Unless you truely understand the actual problem, you just aren’t ever going to solve anything. I’m sorry but you’re just not. You are simply looking in the wrong place.

            I am not simply blaming the system and I certainly do not see it as a cop out. To make real change happen people need to see why things are failing.It is not simply because National is in power as much as many would dearly love to believe this. I am trying to get people to understand why the system is failing us. It is only once more and more people wake up to this, that we will then be able to head towards a much better world.

    • Afewknowthetruth 19.2

      Agreed on most of that except the spelling of catastrophe.

      NZers live in a slave camp -actually very close to a concentration camp- in which they are told what to think by the corporate-controlled and state-controlled media.

      I remember vividly the NZ Herald publishing a piece of tosh written by the then US Ambassador saying that climate change was a myth; when I wrote an article presenting the real science and the truth about climate change the NZ Herald refused to publish it.

      When Direct Democracy was launched TVNZ sent a camera man. TVNZ decided not to broadcast because it was DD was not a party of bought-and-paid-for liars and [posed a threat to the various rorts TVNZ is involved in. so it goes on. I could give hundreds of examples of how the media manipulate the populace but there just isn’t time.

      If people have not worked out by now that they are constantly lied to there really is no hope for them.

      As I have said before, I now understand how 6 million Jews ended up in gas chambers.

      • Andre 19.2.1

        Xtasy ,,,Perfect…

      • xtasy 19.2.2

        You KNOW better, so your posts here are welcome by me, even if some have little patience with you.

        At least, although I do not fully share your very catastrophic views, you are aware of what is going on. It takes bloody action, a bloody wake up call, a rattle and shake, and more, to wake people up.

        Otherwise only the end catastrophy will wake them up.

        You are at times a bit of a doomsday prophet, but to me you do at least in part share what is at issue and a major concern.

        Sadly too many cling to emotional daydreams, hopes and vague whatever agendas, but do not quite realise how bloody serious our situation here is.

        I disagree with you, insofar, that I believe that there could be an answer and solution, but it will never be easy, comfy and sweet, like some think.

        At least I grew up on a humble farm, I know the very basics of life, life and death, of humans and animals, the need to grow, to look after crops and animals, naturally also humans, to nurture, to be one with nature, to respect nature, to learn the seasons, the crop circulation, the cycles of the moon, and much more. But sadly most live in cities, in apartments or climatised homes, thinking, it is all for the taking, and the supermarket shelf is the real life.

        Get a fucking real life, maybe go fruit picking or digging earth on a farm for a change, it would do a lot of city dwellers some real good. My belief is if there ever will be some socialist society, all must learn the basics, to learn how to do the most menial task, before they can judge on others, and become better ones, skilled higher.

        That is lost, and that is partly also, where society has failed. Never forget, you are all mortal, and you need food, water and air to survive, day in and out. Nothing more basic teaches you what life is about. And sharing is important, but it is not easy to force it, better force people to learn, to learn to fish, rather than to just feed them through. Despite of that line, I absolutely expect a fair and decent welfare state, which I fear, not even Labour would ensure now.

  20. vto 20

    It might be easier if we just slowed down, like tortoises and turtles.

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    One of the better ideas for freedom of information implemented overseas is disclosure logs - agencies posting requests and responses publicly, allowing performance to be monitored and reducing repeat requests. This is widespread in Australia and the UK, but poorly...
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • The Age of Cupidity
    I've been trying to publish a post for the past couple of weeks.  Although I have several in draft form, when I try to finish them I find myself overwhelmed by a deep lassitude - an uncharacteristic gloom which is only relieved...
    Te Whare Whero | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Looking back with pride – Maryan Street
    Maryan Street joined the Labour Party in 1984, was President from 1995-1997 and became an MP in 2005. She talked to Labour Voices about her Labour journey and the people, events and achievements she recalls with the greatest pride....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Strong and comprehensive
    DEVELOPING “a very strong and comprehensive” Women’s Affairs policy going into the 2014 election is one of the achievements Carol Beaumont is most proud of. And being unable to implement it one of her regrets....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Christchurch’s rebuild should be decided by Christchurch, not Welling...
    Radio New Zealand has an appalling story this morning about the government's interference in the Christchurch rebuild over the new District Plan. Normally district plans are decided by elected local councils accountable to the voters who will live under them....
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • Turning a blind eye to corruption
    As we are constantly reminded, New Zealand consistently leads the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index as the "least corrupt country in the world". And as we are increasingly becoming aware, that reputation may be undeserved. Today there's another nail in...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Police Association off target with call to arm Police
    Arming our Police will lead to more crime, more violence, and more killings – by criminals, and potentially even by police. The Police Commissioner is correct in pointing out that the Police Association’s recent call to arm all officers is...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Political interference at Maori Television
    A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No - according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand:“[Maori TV CEO Paora]...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • September 14 Patronage
    Auckland’s Transport’s patronage results for September are now out and they show that the city is experiencing spectacular PT growth, growth which is also setting a number of records. The big news was earlier in the week was that when it was announced...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa, Labour MP for Manukau East, has given her Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Adrian Rurawhe
    Adrian Rurawhe, Labour MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, has given his Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Roastbusters, one year on (almost)
    March in Wellington against rape culture, from Stuff.co.nz Content warning: contains discussion of rape and sexual assault You can literally get away with rape in this country. You can be a serial rapist, with photographic and video evidence you willingly...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Labour Needs To Stop Saying What People DON”T want to hear.
    A Freight Train called Key: On election night 1975 Bill Rowling said Muldoon's landslide victory felt like being hit by a bus. Oh what David Cunliffe would have given for that bus on 20 September 2014!THE ANGUISH of Labour supporters...
    Bowalley Road | 23-10
  • And if you have to carry a gun to keep your fragile seat at number one R...
    What happened at Canada's war memorial and parliamentary buildings is a pretty bad thing. It should, however, be kept in some sort of perspective. ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Beware the sucker ploy.
    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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