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Asset sales & Brand Key becoming inextricably linked

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, July 10th, 2012 - 163 comments
Categories: Maori Issues, privatisation - Tags:

It’s getting almost sad, how desperate John Key is to sell our assets.

He’s prepared to rush them through more quickly than the market can absorb – trading return for pre-empting the referendum.

He’s prepared to use our money to reward people who can afford to buy shares anyway with illegal bonus shares – in an effort to attract a few marginal retail investors to boost numbers but at a massive cost.

He’ll almost certainly under-price Mighty River – trading return for number of investors.

The indication that shares would be priced for a dividend return of 4%, which, after tax, is half what you get paying off the mortgage – that means, to make it a sensible investment, Key will have to entice investors with the promise of significant share price increase after a float. The only way to do that is to set the price too low.

Now, he’s preparing to overturn convention and ignore the Waitangi Tribunal – the fact that he was raising this option before the hearing shows he expects to lose. Key’s display of comtempt for the Tribunal just because it will apply the law and come to a finding that doesn’t suit him, means he is willing to throw away 25 years of healing over the Treaty just to try to get asset sales through. (and how will the Maori Party react to that?)

It’ll go to the High Court. There’ll be injunctions. Any attempt to sell shares with the question of water ownership unresolved will be a disaster – who would take up shares with such a large question affecting their value unresolved? It will probably end in another expensive share giveaway, this time to iwi.

Meanwhile, something on the order of 3,000 people a day are signing the referendum petition on asset sales.

Key wanted to get asset sales through quickly without too much fuss and without too much connection to his brand. Instead, it is becoming the policy that he is most closely aligned with – they have become Key’s asset sales. He is having to lead on them every day. And his brand is hurting for it.

Isn’t it kind of sad that, when Key looks back on his 5-6 years at the top, his signature policy will be one that made no economic or fiscal sense - it was just a wealth grab for the rich? Or would that epitmose his time as PM?

163 comments on “Asset sales & Brand Key becoming inextricably linked”

  1. Shame that Key does not understand law, amongst other things.  He made the claim that the common law does not recognize ownership of fresh water.  Although it is clear that it does not, water the rivers and the river beds are all Taonga under the Treaty of Waitangi.  Unless it can be shown that they have been sold, confiscated or otherwise taken they remain in Maori ownership.

    He is on a collision course with this one in the same way that Labour was after the Ngati Apa decision in 2004.  The politics are different though.  Labour upset a significant number of supporters by their action.  National supporters, apart form the Maori Party will applaud Key’s belligerence.

    • toad 1.1

      Labour upset a significant number of supporters by their action. National supporters, apart form the Maori Party will applaud Key’s belligerence.

      Not sure about that. The bigoted underbelly that supports National will, but every poll on the asset sales would indicate that there are a sizeable proportion of soft National supporters who do not agree with the asset sales policy and support National despite it rather than because of it. I doubt that group will be happy with Key’s belligerence.

      • ak 1.1.1

        there are a sizeable proportion of soft National supporters who do not agree with the asset sales policy

        Correct, oh wise reptilian one. Yarn with even the most rabid tory rural rumper and watch the bewilderment and mistrust bubble up. Who knows better the family fate when the farm is sold – some, via this experience, have even made the tortuous journey to a grudging respect for maori.

        And now a gratuitous racist swipe (“maori don’t own the air”) from their formerly inoffensive manager revealing desperation to maintain a grip on the family jewels ready for the docking knife.

        Anomie in the crucial heartland, ripe for a spur. Shearers, youth and maori leering up in the towns perhaps?

        • Sanctuary 1.1.1.1

          Toads are amphibians, not reptiles. Just saying.

          Now I am off to write yet another angry letter to Pack ‘n’ Save about their policy of classing tomatoes as vegetables.

      • aerobubble 1.1.2

        Surely a National voter who sees the blindingly obvious, selling a asset return far more than the
        cost of borrowing, the best assets in the portfolio, working safe assets, goes against every grain
        in any competent capitalist. And that the National partys own leadership by bringing Maori party into the tent, would actually make it easier for National voters to side with Maori over their own out of touch National leaders.

        Look in the broader game, the wealthiest (not most National voters) are getting richer, much much richer, and the size of the pie is actually shrinking, the wealthiest are not serving the
        economy by growing it, rather they are trying to buy up assets and sit on them, sit out the
        recession and force it into a global depression. Because that’s what happens, it happened to
        the Mayan who ate their future, their soils, their forests, and change their local climate, and
        suddenly instead of growing their started cannibalizing their core, their own people.
        National represent the party of preservation of the few, and they’re eating our assets.

        We need a representative right of center party, not the party for the few National. Not the
        party of the left Labor, and not wacky NZF. A party who will reintroduce death taxes, raise the top tax
        rates, work with workers to raise wages (by lowering boardroom pay, ending the echo chamber).
        And even yes nationalizing, or the very least, demanding real royalties on mining, oil, gas, etc.

        But it won’t happen because our media NZ isn’t a free media, the same tired old hacks, or their
        twins, continue to pander the same defensive dogma to keep the preservation of accumulated
        wealth parties in power.

        • Gosman 1.1.2.1

          National party supporters, (if they are true to their ideological leanings), would recognise that it is not the role of the State to own and operate commercial enterprises long term. It sometimes pays for the State to involve themselves in the development of key infrastructure but then the resulting commercial asset should be sold to the private sector so that they can take the risk.

          • Pascal's bookie 1.1.2.1.1

            You’re thinking of the ACT party. Or saying that National’s current public position is dishonest. Can’t decide, don’t care.

            • Gosman 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Is the National party a political party of the left or the right of the spectrum?

              What is the often stated position of the National party on the role of the Private sector in the economy?

              I’ll give you a clue – this is from their vision statement on their website

              “• Competitive enterprise and rewards for achievement
              • Limited government”

              • Pascal's bookie

                What’s their stated position on SOEs?

                And ‘limited govt’ just means they don’t believe in Totalitarianism. Whipiddy whoop. It doesn’t make them minarchists.

                • Gosman

                  Don’t act stupid PB, (although you are very good at it admittedly). It is obvious to most people that the National Party represents a traditional right wing view of the world where individual liberty and freedom are generally regarded as being more important than the economic and social rights of the collective. I’m sure you would love it if there were only political parties of one particular hue but I believe places like that are generally frowned upon now days.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    WTF?

                    You might like it if National was just like the ACT party and still got lots of votes , but look at their policies Gos.

                    I don’t agree with plenty of National’s policies, but lots of people do.

                    Lots of those people, I’d assume most all of them, don’t agree with ACTs policies, or Libertarianz.

                    I base this astounding theory on the actual policies the different parties have, and the parties people actually vote for. I make an inductive leap that the policies and the votes are related. I’m in favour of this sort of thing.

                    • Gosman

                      I didn’t state they were identical. National is far more interventionist in terms of managing the business environment than ACT is. The point is you can’t argue that National party policy is not to favour private sector business development over the State sector. That is why Muldoon was such an aberation.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      But their policy is what it is.

                      It thinks MOM is superior to full privatisation, and that there are many SOEs that shouldn’t be sold.

                      Unless you think they are lying about that of course.

                    • Gosman

                      National party is a pragmatic party of the right. They tend to move gradually on policy. It is why I generally prefer ACT.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Good for you!

                      People who support the National party don’t have to agree with you to be true to their political leanings though.

                      Glad that’s cleared up.

          • Hayden 1.1.2.1.2

            Yes, they can “take the risk” that people will no longer require electricity. How courageous, these captains of industry.

            • Gosman 1.1.2.1.2.1

              People survive more than adequately in NZ without electricity, or even with electricity but off grid.

              Your argument could be applied to any number of businesses. That doesn’t mean they should be all Government owned.

              • Hayden

                Holy shit, are you serious? Care to express those households as a percentage?

                This is probably the most essential commodity in the country after housing, and it’s continued supply, for many people, is literally a matter of life or death. At the same time, it’s also practically impossible for anyone else to enter the market.

                • Gosman

                  Is there Private sector involvement in the provision of Housing in NZ, or would you rather that be under the full control of the Government as well?

                  • vto

                    The market doesn’t work here though does it gosman, that is why Housing NZ exists and all number of voluntary social agencies helping people who can’t afford a market-driven house.

                    Same with food. Heard of food banks?

                    I understand your point and would not like to see food and shelter being provided solely by government etc. But your analogy doesn’t quite flow. Look at it like this, oh great private free market diviner…. how about you lot go out and build your own electricity companies? Go on. Leave our ones alone. You are the captains of industry and fantastic at making money and setting up enterprises. So go to it – there are plenty of ways to make and sell electricity. So come on, set up yor own ones.

                    These have been set up by the taxpayer. Leave them alone. Get your own.

                    Same with that useless heap, the NZX. Tell them to go find their own.

                    But

                    you

                    can’t

                    can

                    you.

                    you actually don’t have the ability that you claim you do. You lot would be stuffed without the taxpayer. So naff off…

                    • Gosman

                      Actually the point you raise is where traditional right leaning people would see a role for Government in commercial enterprises. Where a key infratructure area is not attracting interest from the Private sector because of various reasons there is a case to be made that Government could step in and develop the industry initially. However it should then look to remove itself for this at the earliest convenience. Obviously this doesn’t tend to happen as Politicians tend to enjoy empire building a little too much.

                    • vto

                      “Where a key infratructure area is not attracting interest from the Private sector because of various reasons there is a case to be made that Government could step in and develop the industry initially. However it should then look to remove itself for this at the earliest convenience.”

                      Why should it remove itself? It has built it up and can provide for society from its returns, for one thing. There is plenty of room for the private sector alongside and no obstacle in their way. You see, the electricity sector is already developed and has been for about 100 years. So, answer the question – why don’t you lot now go and set up your own electricity companies? You crow that you are the best at this stuff, yet it never happens.

                      Have a crack at it gosman – what is stopping the captains of industry from setting up their own electricity companies today?

                      ??

                    • Murray Olsen

                      That sums it up very well. The great Kiwi entrepreneurs of NAct are good at letting the government build something with everyone’s money, then gifting it to themselves. This is the only vision they have when you examine them objectively.

                    • Gosman

                      Where’s the evidence they are gifting anything here?

                    • vto

                      oh you avoided the question i see gosman

                    • vto

                      .
                      hellooo gosmannnn ….

                      ??

                      i see felix is asking you a similar thing. Why don’t you start up your own electricity companies to trade in, instead of taking ours? You are perfectly welcome to – it’s a free world and even your very own free market. You claim to be so very good at that sort of thing. So come on, why don’t you? Eh?

                      I can’t heaarrrr yoouuuuuu ………

                    • Gosman

                      It’s irrelevant to the situation so there is no point in answering it. I could equally turn it around and ask why the State didn’t set up a new company instead of nationalising companies like BNZ or the various Coal mines that make up Solid Energy. I could then act like a spoilt child demanding you answer such a pointless question and explain the seeming contradiction of your position of why it is okay for the State to take control of industries originally developed by the private sector but not vice versa.

                    • felix

                      Why was the BNZ nationalised, Gosman?

                      (and yes, it is relevant)

                    • Gosman

                      Make your point felix.

                    • McFlock

                      why it is okay for the State to take control of industries originally developed by the private sector but not vice versa.

                      Because corporate owners extract as much capital as possible regardless of the public good, kicking back as little as possible to the community.
                          
                      Even if an SOE is run for profit, it’s dividends pay for schools and hospitals.

                    • Gosman

                      If that is the case then it applies to all Private businesses and a case could be made to nationalise all ‘Strategic’ assets. However it fails to address the point that the Government could set up competing businesses and apply higher taxes on the private companies to pay for their ‘evil’ ways. This approach would be consistent with this silly idea that somehow transferring ownership of busineses between the State and Private sector is wrong.

                    • mike e

                      Goose you in the past defended Goldman Sachs
                      Now you are saying governments like building empires.
                      Govts have just rescued the private sector again.
                      The private sector likes going bankrupt and needs regular rescuing.
                      The investment banking sector is bankrupt.

                    • Gosman

                      WTF???

                      Been on the turps again have we?

                    • McFlock
                       
                       

                       

                      If that is the case then it applies to all Private businesses and a case could be made to nationalise all ‘Strategic’ assets.

                      Yes. Yes it could.

                      However it fails to address the point that the Government could set up competing businesses and apply higher taxes on the private companies to pay for their ‘evil’ ways.

                      Cheaper and quicker to nationalise. Expenditure of the public purse needs to be responsible.

                      This approach would be consistent with this silly idea that somehow transferring ownership of busineses between the State and Private sector is wrong.

                      See “strategic assets” above.
                       

                    • vto

                      Piss off then gosman. You answered several little pithy part things around the question I asked but not the main question i.e. the little pithy part things are all you can answer.

                      As for your idea that somehow the state has taken control of industries established by the private sector, well that is just hollow and empty of any truth whatsoever, with not a single example anywhere. I see you even tried on the BNZ – you’re an idiot in trying to claim that was anything remotely like the hollow and empty thing you have just claimed.

                      You have no answer gosman.

                      Like tsmithfield, you just piss off when the going gets tough. Because you don’t have an answer.

                      Your creed, your religion, your ideology, has founded on the tides and bashed itself to bits on the rocks…. failed. Failed failed failed.

                      Go do something useful gosman – start up your own electricity company. The taxpayers have.

                    • Gosman

                      Please explain why the BNZ wasn’t nationalised.

                      This article seems to suggest that the BNZ WAS nationalised and mainly for ideological and political reasons (because Walter Nash wanted to do it)

                      http://massey.academia.edu/AndrewCardow/Papers/736429/Ideology_or_Economics_Government_Banking_in_New_Zealand

                    • vto

                      why don’t the great captains of industry start up their own electricity companies to trade in instead of taking the ones taxpayers have built?

                    • McFlock

                       

                      Please explain why the BNZ wasn’t nationalised.
                      This article seems to suggest that the BNZ WAS nationalised

                      [...]
                      ??
                      Who the fuck are you to accuse others of being on the turps when you put down shit like that?
                       

                    • felix

                      Hurry up Gosman. Why was the BNZ nationalised?

                      You should be able to find the answer in the paper you linked to but didn’t read.

                      (Hint: it wasn’t because of 50 years of compounding successes)

                  • Gosman

                    I already answered that. Mainly for political and ideological reasons driven by Walter Nash.

                    • McFlock

                      almost there! I’ll start you off:
                      “Those reasons were [...] “

                    • felix

                      Starter for 10: How many times was the BNZ bailed out by the state before it was nationalised?

                    • Gosman

                      Ummmm… felix the BNZ was nationalised when exactly?

                      Prior to that when was the last time it required Government support?

                    • vto

                      oh my giddy aunt,,,

                      the last time a bank needed bailing out was ………………..

                    • felix

                      Come on Gos, you can do it.

                      Why did the BNZ require the state to bail it out and what would have happened otherwise?

                    • McFlock

                      “Those reasons were …”

                    • Gosman

                      Answer my question felix. When was the last time the BNZ required State support prior to nationalisation? You do have access to this information don’t you?

                    • McFlock

                      Gos, Felix asked you.

                    • felix

                      Come on Gos, the reason the BNZ was nationalised was…

                      [edit: true McFlock, but I might as well be asking the cat]

                    • vto

                      Nope, he just can’t do it

                    • felix

                      Can’t bring himself to type the words, v.

                    • vto

                      Well at least we know now that there are some questions that gosman just refuses to answer.

                      And we are left with only conjecture, nothing else, to explain why…………

                    • Gosman

                      As far as the details I have the last time the BNZ required a bail out was FIFTY YEARS prior to Nationalisation. Fifty freaking years! If you seriously expect that provides justification for Nationalisation then you need help of a mental health variety. Now felix might have evidence of a more recent to 1945 bail out though.

                    • felix

                      Still no answer. I’m done with this weaseling fool.

                    • Gosman

                      Fifty freaking years felix! You can’t seriously be arguing that a company requiring a bail out 50 years previously is justification for nationalisation can you?

                    • Gosman

                      People have been born, got married, had kids, became a grand parent, and died in less time than that.

                    • McFlock

                      Oh well if it happened a few decades ago it couldn’t happen again.
                        
                      Oh, btw:
                      “And those reasons were …”?

                    • Gosman

                      Serious McFluck?!? You are going to go with the line that a company was bailed out 50 years ago it is a candidate for Nationalisation are you? Jeeze, I didn’t realise how desperate you were to try and win this argument to have to resort to such a tenuous link. felix I can understand as he specialises in BS like this.

                    • felix

                      Nope, and I didn’t do that.

                      The BNZ was bailed out in 1945 because either a) it had been failing miserably on and off for half a century putting large parts of the economy at risk or b) it was doing awesome sauce but goddam c0mmies just love taking over successful businesses for the lulz.

                      I think we all know which answer you’re going with.

                      Goodnight dickhead.

                    • Gosman

                      I call you on your BS felix. The BNZ was not bailed out in 1945. Provide evidence for this outrageous claim.

                    • McFlock

                      If it’s nationally significant enough to be bailed out, it’s significant enough to be nationalised.
                          
                      But what then were the reasons for nationalisation? Saying they were “ideological” is like answering the question “who committed the assault?” with “they were tall”.
                      Go on gos, what were the reasons for nationalising BNZ?
                       

                    • McFlock

                      That’s assuming nothing similar was done during the Depression, of course.

                    • Gosman

                      Well according to felix it was bailed out in 1945. Are you going to agree with this view McFack or you going to conveniently ignore felix’s rather obvious fluffing of history?

                      I provided a link to a paper which detailed the reasons behind the nationalisation of the bank. If you disagree with what the author has to say on the issue then explain why.

                    • vto

                      Hey everybody. It’s ok, gosman says as long as banks only need bailing out every second generation then the system is working fine..

                      … not
                      sure.. why ….

                      why?

                    • Gosman

                      Do you have any evidence the BNZ was bailed out during the Depression McCluck? IF not then it is irrelevant.

                    • McFlock

                      Nah, in your own words. You have  habit of not reading your own links.

                    • vto

                      .
                      and so nobody will ever know why our great captains of industry are unable to start up their own electricity companies instead of taking those belonging to the taxpayers…

                      good night small children… sleep tight and know that the good fairy gosman has everything under control

                    • McFlock

                      Yeah I’m off too.
                          
                      Don’t put your back out sucking your own cock, gos. You know your doctor told you to wank looking into a mirror.

                • Gosman

                  It’s not practically impossible for people to enter the market. There is a trend in a number of places for micro producers to sell surplus electricty into the grid when they have a surplus for their own needs. New technologies are likely to increase this occuring in my view.

                  I think you are obsessed by the idea of large super producers of electricity, which I admit make it difficult, (but not impossible), for new entrants. However the same could be applied to say mining. Would you want that industry to be nationalised as well (I suspect many here would)?

                  • mike e

                    I’m sure we can heat our homes and cook our meals and light our houses with a mine goose

                  • Colonial Viper

                    When do you anticipate the next new entrant 100MW worth of generation will appear, Gossie?

                    Or are you just pointing to irrelevant breadcrumbs of hopium which are enough to feed sparrows, but certainly not a whole nation’s hunger?

              • mike e

                Gooseman Singapore doesn’t have aproblem with that.

                • Gosman

                  That’s cool. I can’t wait for a party on the left to argue that provision of housing should be be left entirely to the State.

                  • mike e

                    Goose not entirely true wellthy people in singapore can own their own property but your trying with feeble excuses to change thread.

                    • Gosman

                      You brought Singapore up in response to my question over whether people would prefer the State to be fully in charge of provision of Housing. Now you are seeming to change your mind. I wish you would make your mind up.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Gosman the state should only be in charge of 50% of housing provision. You know, to the 50% of the population who the free market leaves to rot, currently.

                    • Gosman

                      Any evidence to support this 50% figure or did you pull it from somewhere intimate?

                  • Hayden

                    Who said that electricity should only be provided by the state? The fact of the matter is that they are very low-risk businesses with a captive market and a supply that literally falls from the sky (that’s some mild hyperbole, before PG jumps in with a thousand words about sources other than hydro). They make the government more money than they will save on the borrowing they’re not doing (or whatever the money’s slated for this week) and they, to a larger degree than almost any other business, cannot fail. And if it looks like failing, or perhaps not making quite enough money, put the prices up.

                    Therefore, “let the private sector take the risk” is a nonsense.

                    • Populuxe1

                      However the security and affordability of the electricity supply should be guaranteed by the state as an essential part of infrastructure.

                    • felix

                      Pop, if we socialise the risk then why privatise the reward?

            • Pete George 1.1.2.1.2.2

              There’s a definite risk that our dependence of large scale electricity generation will be diminished or superceded by new technology based on any of solar, micro generation, super conductivity and improved local storage, renewable fuel efficiencies, insulation, conservation etc.

              • mike e

                Pathetic Guile so if that was So no body would buy these shares you idiot.
                Or it would be considered insider trading.

              • Reality Bytes

                All very well and true, but there isn’t much support from the government in the areas you talk of Pete.

                I have wondered on a certain scenario though:

                Let’s say soon after implementing a MOM, the Nat’s decide to heavily invest in and support those types of technologies. They provide grants for self-generation, serious commitment to getting power buy-back systems in place – to further encourage decentralization generation and self reliance etc etc

                If they didn’t just merely pay some lip service to this, and they seriously meant business – that would be a very interesting development. As it would mean several things:

                1. They would have essentially just pillaged the investors of the MOM with insider knowledge that the share prices of these assets were due to take a hit from these TBA policies. A Mom+Dad investor tax perhaps.

                2. They trawl the Greens website to get ideas for policies regarding efficient energy resource utilization.

                4. They would have (on this issue) appear to be quite suddenly shifted to the left. Since they would tactically be a) getting a good chunk of cash for these assets, then be mitigating the effects, all at the expense of capitalism.

                My gut feeling is this scenario is very very unlikely, I don’t think the Nat’s would want to eliminate the political capital they have built up as the friend of investors party. It would be quite a significant realignment for them.

                My gut feeling is they WILL pay lip service to the things you talk about Pete, but it will be a lot of talk and very little result and action, you know like oh we’ll spend 2.5mil on some random study into the benefits of solar panels or some half ass shit.

          • Bored 1.1.2.1.3

            Gos, when will you finally get around to considering the arguments of classical economists with regard to rentier behavior? Smith would have contended that private ownership of a universally necessary resource such as electrical power would drive rentier behavior to the detriment of the market. Price discovery would fail and the private sector as a whole would suffer.

            It is very interesting that in NZ and most countries infrastructure to support the market and productive (as opposed to rentier) economy was undertaken by the state. In NZ right wing governments have funded and encouraged state ownership of post, telecommunications, power, rail, water supply, air travel, roading etc etc. The private sector has benefited and been accelerated far beyond what it could have achieved otherwise.

            History would indicate over time that it is NOT a core National ideological leaning to privatise everything. Over the long run National party supporters (as much as Labour supporters) have seen through some unfounded and unproven neo lib shibboleths such as “private is more efficient”, that “the market knows best”.

            • Gosman 1.1.2.1.3.1

              My problem with this is that I don’t accept that there is anything such as an universally necessary resource and even if there was I don’t accept that electricity is one.

              The argument falls down anyway when it comes to both Food and Shelter. If any resources could be deemed “universally necessary” then it would be these. However in both of these markets in most developed countries the supply of the resources are largely in the hands of the private sector. Indeed in many countries where the Government attempts to influence the market by taking a more active role in it with say the production of food the end result tends to be shortages.

              • vto

                Incomplete gosman, see above

              • Populuxe1

                This is the twenty-first century, not the nineteenth. Arguably electricity and internet access are essential to maintaining life in the Western urban context.

                • mike e

                  So any inheritance you are entitled to you should not receive according to your theory.
                  Maori were given those rights as well European over looked those rights for as long as it suited them.
                  So your saying that you still live in the past where Maori may have rights so long as they are not aware of them that’s fine
                  .So look who’s living in the past

                  • Populuxe1

                    Comprehension fail? Or more gibberish than usual? If indeed you are replying to me And you should probably also familiarise yourself with New Zealand inheritance law – you’re lucky if there’s any estate left over these days.

                    • mike e

                      loosing it pop’s I was comparing idiot.
                      Well I must be lucky then with my inheritance.

              • freedom

                Gosman, Housing and Food are both well on the way to being State controlled through incremental legislative and regulatory methods. This process has been ongoing for many decades. Housing is continuously reminded, the State is very clear, The State tells the Housing and Building sectors what to do. From financial tweaks to absurd OSH regs the State has a firm hand on the sector. Scaffolds mandatory on a single story build? Whoever wrote that reg has never put up a wall board.

                Food is not immune. There are many major shifts in the right to grow food that may well be instigated by the greed of the market but are being enforced by laws drawn up by the State. If you have any doubts on that issue the very clear influence of the ‘Monsanto Laws’ in the coming years will confirm that for you. A good example is the $25,000 fine a NZ gardener can now face trying to give away a pack of Chamomile tea they prepared from their own plants. Certainly not a case that faces a high likelihood of being prosecuted in NZ but the fact of the matter is the State can if it so chooses. It has laws now that say it can.

                There is a difference between these situations and the structure of the Electricity Sector. The difference is the Electricity Sector began at the other end of the spectrum. Electricity was fully state controlled and as technology developed more and more people tirelessly carved niches of independence into the cliff face of State control. As the wealth transfer of the last century rolled over the public assets Electricity was is and always will be a very clear target of those who believe ownership and stewardship are somehow mutually exclusive.

              • Bored

                I don’t accept that there is anything such as an universally necessary resource... A simple statement that puts you well out of alignment with classical economic thought and well into alignment with the neo lib concept that everything can be ascribed ownership rights regardless of necessity OR more to the point “the common good”.

                Gos, to go down the path that there is no “common good” but only “proprietary property rights” has some fairly stark conclusions. In effect it says “property rights” can be withdrawn at the behest of the owner from providing what is necessary for the common good. Famines and death in India during the Raj occurred at the same time as grain was exported from the famine areas based upon the property rights of the landlords. Clearly in this case there was no balance between property rights and the common good.

                I think what your arguments lack in general is any balance: if I were to reword your arguments and replace free market with state ownership the same mechanistic dogma would appear. Friedman, Rand or Marx, its all the same extreme antisocial nonsense, none of them serve the common good.

                • Gosman

                  You seem to implay that the food supply is in the common good, (otherwise why reference the Indian famines?), yet fail to address the fact that the vast majority of food production is carried out by private individuals and not the State. How do you reconcile that?

                  • Bored

                    Easily….I dont have any ideological driven concept that either the state or private sector are better at supplying food. Experience however and a bit history tell me that the private sector appears to be pretty good at supplying it if you have the money, and that collectivised supply tends to be less reliable but at a better price.

                    Food supply and affordability is however beyond doubt in the common good. The doyens of the “free market” in the US see food supply to be sufficiently in the “common good” to massively subsidise their industrial farming practices with public money, whilst enforcing import tariff barriers to cheaper producers. Perhaps they have learnt the lesson from other states which have had private sector food supply collapses which lead to revolutions in 1794 and 1917? (That is a generous interpretation: I see it more as corruption that has a paradox of being good for Americans yet ruinous for other producers).

                    • mike e

                      +1

                    • Gosman

                      Good to see you have no ideological objection to the private sector providing a perceived common good like food. If you extend that to the energy sector then you should also have no problems with private involvement in the energy sector. This is at odds with many here who believe that as a ‘Strategic’ industry it should be fully controlled by the State.

                    • felix

                      So you think electricity provision should be run for a profit by the private sector because food production is heavily subsidised and protected by the state?

                      Making no sense tonight Gosman.

                    • Gosman

                      Is the food industry in NZ heavily subsidised and protected by the state?

                    • felix

                      Learn to read your own bullshit ffs. You made the link between U.S. food production and NZ electricity production, not I.

                      I’m the one who questioned it, fool.

                    • Gosman

                      Learn to read and comprehend dickhead. Nowhere did I make the link between US food production and electricity market.

                    • felix

                      I refer you to this brilliant bit of extrapolation that you’ve apparently forgotten about, in which by way of reply to Bored’s comment about the U.S. food industry you postulated that the same applied to the NZ energysector: http://thestandard.org.nz/asset-sales-brand-key-becoming-inextricably-linked/comment-page-1/#comment-491889

                    • Gosman

                      Where do I mention the US at all?

                      If you have a problem with the US food industry coming into this then take it up with bored not me – dickhead.

                    • felix

                      If you weren’t replying to Bored’s comment when you wrote “If you extend that”, then just say so.

                    • Gosman

                      For fecks sake felix you are having a massive comprehension failure tonight aren’t you?

                      As well as seemingly arguing that a bail out 50 years ago somehow justifies a nationalisation of a company you missed boreds original paragraph where he stated the following:

                      “…I dont have any ideological driven concept that either the state or private sector are better at supplying food”

                      Please note there is no mention of the US food sector in that paragraph.

                      If you bother to make comments on other peoples conversations try and understand what it is they are discussing. Otherwise you just look like a dumbass.

          • ScottGN 1.1.2.1.4

            Wow. This post sure sums up the crappy way business and capital operate in NZ. Too scared to actually go out and develop assets on their own they wait till generations of NZers create a bluechip company and then they move in.

            • mike e 1.1.2.1.4.1

              Goose road transport is heavily subsidized as road transport makes up one of the largest costs involved in food production.
              Our competition commission stops new competitors coming into the market ie foodstuffs progressive duopolies stifling the warehouses attempt to start a super market chain/Then the govt allows turners and growers to monopolize the wholesaling of fresh fruit and vegetables. Dairy products need I say more.
              Food banks which are opening at faster rate than the other type of banks are closing branches!

            • Gosman 1.1.2.1.4.2

              You mean like the State did with the BNZ and Coal mines?

              • felix

                But the state didn’t move in on a bluechip company in the case of the BNZ, did they Gosman?

                Come on dickhead stop dodging the question: Why was the BNZ nationalised?

                • Gosman

                  See above. You have evidence to the contrary then provide it – dickhead.

                  • felix

                    Still waiting for your answer above too.

                    Why was the BNZ nationalised?

                    (“cos goddam c0mmies” isn’t an answer btw)

          • aerobubble 1.1.2.1.5

            The state owns the public roads because there is little risk and lots of costs. Similarly, dams.
            Access to a roading network, to energy, are essentials for a functioning national economy,

    • Enough is Enough 1.2

      That is what I am afraid of here Savage.

      Don Brash rose to popularity through getting the support of red neck New Zealand and promising to bash “Maori Privilege”.

      Key will upset his coalition partner here and probably drive them away. But a a move to ignore the Waitangi Tribunal or legislate to over turn a High Court decsision will be met with support from those same Brash loving racisits.

      It is dirty politics, but he knows what he is doing here.

      • weka 1.2.1

        Except he will have to bring in legislation to ensure that NZ rivers (and lakes) are owned by the Crown (a la Seabed and Foreshore), and he will have to do that with everyone knowing that instead of ‘saving’ the rivers for kiwis, he’s doing it so he can SELL the rivers. You think that’s going to go down well with anyone other than the likes of Brash and Louis Crimp?

        • mike e 1.2.1.1

          National lost the airwaves argument.
          Now they are going to loose this argument because the national party changed the legilation back in 1996 which means treaty of Waitangi decisions are legally binding.

      • Deano 1.2.2

        if he has to legislate, at least it means delaying asset sales by at least a year until the new law is passed.

      • Fortran 1.2.3

        The Maori Appellants will be satisfied with a substantial share of the shares in Mighty River however. Follow the money !

    • Gosman 1.3

      Ummmm… why was this not a problem when Contact Energy was fully privatised?

      • mike e 1.3.1

        We sold Contact energy’s assets for less than their true value and the govt was left with the debt from the Clyde dam cost over runs by a short sighted National govt of the day’
        Nothing has changed their

        • McFlock 1.3.1.1

          not to mention we know not to fall for the “mum and dad investors” bullshit these days.

        • Gosman 1.3.1.2

          I see you didn’t address the point. The water rights issue didn’t seem to come into the equation for the sale of Contact Energy. Why is that?

          • Bored 1.3.1.2.1

            The Foreshore issue awoke a fearsome taniwha. It was asleep when Contact was sold.

          • mike e 1.3.1.2.2

            Gooseman Because Ngai Tahu did a deal with Contact.

            • Gosman 1.3.1.2.2.1

              What deal was that and what is stopping the Government doing deals with the relevant Iwi’s in the case of the other power companies?

              • Pascal's bookie

                “what is stopping the Government doing deals with the relevant Iwi’s in the case of the other power companies?”

                You’d have to ask the government that one I guess. I’d say the numbers don’t really add up to start with, and further deals would make the whole thing even more farcical.

                Also, racism.

                But that’s just my guesswork, like I say, you’d have to ask the govt for a definitive answer.

                good luck :)

  2. Jim Nald 2

    Frankly, John Key’s modus operandi is quite simple: the greedy ends justify any means to achieve that? As well as consequences for the many others?

    It is encouraging to see there are people in our country who reject that.

  3. Dv 3

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/7249066/Share-deal-could-settle-Treaty-claims
    >Share deal could settle Treaty claims

    >The Government could buy back shares in the state-owned power companies to settle Treaty claims.

    So how is that going to work?
    Are the Govt going to give (cant be sell) a large no of shares to Iwi and then buy back?

    So how does that affect the $$$ received for the companies?

    How will it affect the % ownership?

    May be they will give them out of their 51% and then buy back.

    Seems very fiddly, why not just settle by giving money.

    Really weird and bizzare.

    Can anyone shed light on how this could happen?

    • lcmortensen 3.1

      The government cannot reduce their share below 51 percent without amending the MOM Act (and that being passed is as likely as pigs flying) – they would have to buy the shares back first to resell them.

      • Dv 3.1.1

        LC
        >>they would have to buy the shares back first to resell them.

        But to pay off the ToW claim they would have to gift them, not resell.
        So whats the point?

        I guess they could retain shares from the 49% to pay off ToW claim.
        But that would reduce to amount received.

        There are a lot of pigs around!!!

    • Seems very fiddly, why not just settle by giving money.

      If there’s anything to be settled that’s how it should be done. Then the recipients could do what they like with that money, including buy shares on the same basis that everyone else can.

      • Pascal's bookie 3.2.1

        “should”

        Whatever Pete.

        If it’s found that iwi do still own the water then the Crown is going to have to one of two things.

        Give it back, in which case, users of the water will have to negotiate with the owners.

        That’s going to be tricky, so the Crown is most likely going to want to negotiate and outcome that has them retaining control.

        Those negotiations will be complex as all hell, and the idea that a the value of a bundle of MRP shares will fix it is pretty laughable.

        the fact will be that if iwi own it, it will up to iwi what “should” happen.

        I strongly suggest you quit with the korero about ‘extortion’ and ‘should’ and instead approach things with the goodwill, humility and forbearance that iwi have shown for over a hundred years.

        I for one am constantly amazed at the patience and respect that comes from the iwi side in these things. It is something I am grateful for, and frankly embarassed by, given what flows the other way.

  4. just saying 4

    Was the bonus-for-not-selling included in the legislation passed?

    Your assumption about Iwi selling-out feels unnecessarily unfair and ungrateful to me. They are incurring legal fees in undertaking an action that will hopefully benefit all but the most privileged. I wonder if there is a koha system to help them with that. Iwi are the only substantial thing standing between our essential energy reserves and Key’s thieving hands at the moment.

  5. Dv 5

    If nobody owns the water, does that mean anybody can use it?

    So that could mean that a large irrigation project above a HEP could remove all/most of the water, leaving the dam stranded.

    • very good point.if nobody owns the water , who says that mighty river power can dam it and use it as they see fit? successive governments have handed responsibility back to iwi of the waterways(mostly because of pollution and the cost to clean up waterways). now those iwi are taking their responsibility seriously, key and his thieves arent happy. hahaha

    • Deano 5.2

      that’s right. when Key says that ‘no-one’ owns the water, he’s actually saying that the Crown owns the water and has decided that no-one may have exclusive occupation/usage title.

      • SpaceMonkey 5.2.1

        But “the Crown” is a different entity to “the People”. If that is what Key means when he says that… it’s another form of resource grab. But that’s what this is anyway.

    • Colonial Viper 5.3

      Well you’d have to get rid of the RMA first, also authorities like ECAN.

    • Thisblogrocks 5.4

      The Resource Management Act gives local council authority to grant access to water for irrigation etc. But im not sure if there are legal ramifications if you use water without resource consent however one would assume so. But yeah nobody owns the water, specific Iwi have had river and lake beds returned to them with the Crown merely claiming to own the space above the river bed within which the water resides.

  6. Bored 6

    Brand Key has a big problem……try this scenario…

    For supply and support they require Dunne, Banks….the agreement with the Maori party is a back stop.

    Helen and Labour forced the creation of the Maori party with the Foreshore and Seabed issue. The Maori Party consequently see this issue as the same….and withdraw from the Supply agreement.

    Banks gets suspended from Parliament for electoral expenses issues.

    Key no longer has a majority….no wonder he is in a hurry.

  7. Plan B 7

    Key will divide and conquor. Driving racial divide, a rich and poor divide. He will win. We seem unable to understand that we stand or fall together.

    • Tim 7.1

      and then we’ll all wonder why there are so many gated communities whose residents within start protesting about an increasing crime rate, awful graffiti spoiling their well-manicured walls…..but all the while expecting state provision of a fire service, an ambulance service, and a sympathetic police force. Best they plan now to incorporate a schooling system within and a toll driven roading system that has walls either side the entire length.
      Civilisation? I think not – even if only because the 99%/1% – 1%/.001% numbers just don’t add up. The end game is inevitable.
      This unwillingness for ideologues to learn lessons from history is really quite pathetic.
      Has anyone else noticed how “democracy” is now being questioned; why youth are disengaging in trad ideas; why people are feeling less represented by their politicians?
      Still…I spose “there is no such thing as Society”. – Look what happened to that bitch too…. now there’s a Jonky legacy for you – he’ll be the NZ equivalent, and just as camp with it.

  8. vto 9

    Key will be remembered for his shallow outlook and perceptions. The man has no depth.

  9. Glg 10

    What happens if asset sales don’t go through? Will we find John Key behind the toilets with his knees smashed or what? He does indeed seem desperate to get the sales through, and charitably I don’t want to think its craven greed and self interest.

  10. captain hook 11

    New Zealand has become like France in the late 18th century.
    i.e the tax is sold off to taxfarmers and when they have collected the take anything left over is theirs.
    just about time for a revolution methinks.

    • Gosman 11.1

      Please explain how NZ is anything like France pre-revolution in the 18th Century. I’d suggest you have no idea of history given that amazingly ignorant statement.

  11. mike e 12

    When the libor scandal broke you couldn’t find a RWNJ for all the money in the bank of England.
    Now these neo con artists are backing an investment banker trying to fleece the NZ public they are hanging round like flies hovering over a piece of rotten meat!

  12. Pascal's bookie 13

    Hmmm:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1207/S00124/pms-comments-breach-spirit-of-the-treaty-of-waitangi-act.htm

    Bringing up the F&S is significant because err, oh yeah, that was an issue worth withdrawing confidence and supply over.

    And:

    https://twitter.com/k8chap

    Some interesting things going on at the tribunal this arvo

  13. Fiji Bill 14

    Emmerson’s cartoon is ripe with metaphor.

  14. Pascal's bookie 15

    DPF is still working out what to say about this I guess, but his commenters have noticed there’s a story here and are working up a good head of steam defending the notion of property rights.

    Nah, they’re starting to get their freak on.

  15. captain hook 16

    so who is the idiot who says the state has no role in owning any business?
    who said that?
    John Howard…loud barfing noises, barf barf barf.
    its not true.
    the state can do what it likes.
    hoiking up crap like that just means that some people want to get their hands on the states assets and then they invent pithy little sayings and retail them endlessly so that eventually some people believe it.
    anyway if the ancient state of Athens hadnt grabbed all the silver from a new mine and used it to build warships (450bc approx) then we would all be speaking persian now.
    Hows that for a little bit of history?

    • Gosman 16.1

      “Hows that for a little bit of history?”

      Ummmm… really really superficial and wrong on a number of levels.

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    Public Address | 21-04
  • Another report won’t help the East Coast
    The Government has a critical role to play in regional development on the East Coast says Gisborne-based Labour MP Moana Mackey “The release of the East Coast Regional Economic Potential Study highlights a number of areas of strength and weakness...
    Labour | 23-04
  • Another interest rate hike will punish mortgage holders
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says another interest rate hike on Thursday will cost home owners an extra $25 a month on a $250,000 mortgage, on top of the $25 dollars a month from the previous rates rise, and she...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Green Party launches Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill
    The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand's first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party.Members of the public will be invited to shape the proposed law, which will protect ten basic rights and...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow
    The Associate Minister of Immigration Nikki Kaye’s decision not to intervene means kidney transplant patient Sanil Kumar must leave New Zealand by tomorrow, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad. “Kumar, a plumber and sheet metal worker, was on a work visa...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Time to do the right thing for our veterans
    A Labour government will adopt the Law Commission’s recommendation to ensure all war veterans are eligible for a Veteran’s Pension, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Veterans are only eligible for the pension if they are considered ‘significantly’ disabled, or more...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Public servant is owed an apology
    Nigel Fyfe is owed an apology from the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “The former MFAT official has now been restored to a position in the Ministry...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Laws for enforcing not trading off
    The idea that a Government department can give a nod and a wink to traders that it won’t enforce shop trading laws and for a Government MP to then claim it as grounds for a review of the law is...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Kiwis still paying too much for ACC
    Kiwis are still paying too much for ACC so that the National Government can balance its books, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “ACC Minister Judith Collins told Cabinet levies were too high but ACC’s proposed cuts would impact the...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Collins’ memory recovery raises further concerns
    Judith Collins sudden memory of briefing the New Zealand Ambassador to China about her dinner with a Chinese border official and her husband's fellow Oravida directors raises further concerns about exactly what was discussed, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This...
    Labour | 21-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Turning Shane: How Murray McCully deprived Labour of Mr Jones
    THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF TRAITOR. The first is the person who betrays his country for a higher cause. The second betrays his country for money. The third betrays his country for the wrongs it has done him. By far...
    The Daily Blog | 23-04
  • Why NZ needs a Digital Bill of Rights
    I’m glad the Greens have taken on board some of my suggestions for a NZ Digital Bill of Rights. October last year I blogged… what should a NZ Digital Bill of Rights look like? -freedom of online expression -freedom of...
    The Daily Blog | 23-04
  • The blue collar cred smoko room mythology of Shane Jones as told by the msm
    So apparently, Shane Jones leaving is the end of the Labour Party. Yawn. Vernon Small screams, “Disarray. There is no other word to describe the mess the Labour Party plunged into last night” while John Armstrong predicts “resignation couldn’t have...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Flockton Floods Again
    Last week the Flockton Basin flooded again – the second time in six weeks.  And not just roads and land, but homes and garages.  Some people have been flooded multiple times since the earthquakes.  One couple, after the March flood...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The PI vote and political stunts
    The mainstream media got quite excited a couple of weeks ago when a number of Pasifika church leaders were photographed at the Manurewa markets wearing blue, Key-people t-shirts. The clergy pictured in those articles said that they had changed allegiance...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • EDUCANZ / EDUCAN’T
    Oh hello, select committee … sorry to interrupt your tea and bickies, but I have something on my mind that I really need to talk to you about. You see, word on the street is that you are planning to...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Why Waiariki and Epsom are so important this election
    Two of the lynchpin electorates that need to go the Opposition’s way if there is any chance of a Labour led Government are Waiariki and Epsom. Epsom is the only lifeline for ACT and if the 6000 progressive voters in...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • TV Review: Seven Sharp: third strike lucky
     More prophetic than anyone could imagine – Jesse in a coffin  Jesse Mulligan was the last of the original ill-fated trio to be dumped from Seven Sharp.  This happened last week with little notice given and less notice paid.  His removal was more inevitable than the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The Liberal Agenda 23rd-27th April
    The week is dominated by the launch of the NZ International Comedy Festival – our picks for the week are… WEDNESDAY 23rdSunrise Yoga on Queens Wharf 7am-8.15am Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street (bottom of Queen Street) Free ********************************************************************* THURSDAY 24th5...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Shane Jones caption contest
    Shane Jones caption contest...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost
    Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • On climate change denial
    On climate change denial...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Labour on manufacturing
    Labour on manufacturing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager...
    When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager, show them this graph...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Introverts Unite (separately)
    Introverts Unite (separately)...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The problem with food
    The problem with food...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Why queues outside synthetic cannabis shop is proof regulation is working
    Latest moral panic on synthetic cannabis is that there were queues waiting for a store to open over Easter. Yawn. Before the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA), there were up to 6000 venders and hundreds of different brands. Since regulation via the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Shane Jones resignation: Labour dodge a bullet & the Greens smile
    Best Friends Forever now Thank God Shane Jones is selling out and taking a job for National… Shane Jones to leave Labour, set to work with Murray McCully Shane Jones is quitting Parliament and the Labour Party, and there is...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The only one happy with ACTs new ’3 strikes’ for burglary will be priva...
    The great scholarly Grand Cleric of the libertarian right, Jamie Whyte, has come down from the mount with two stone tablets and sadly all he has is 3 strikes, not 10 commandments… Jail burglars after third offence, says Act Party...
    The Daily Blog | 21-04
  • Trade and Investment Agreements: Human Rights For Sale
    On March 29, many New Zealanders took to the streets in defense of democratic rights by opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A week earlier, delegates from dairy unions from around the world (including the NZ Dairy Workers Union...
    The Daily Blog | 21-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Total figures for campaign against alcohol fuelled violence
    The final total figures for the eighth police led Operation Unite: a Blitz on Drunken Violence was announced today by Jon White, CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA)....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • ACT’s proposal to further three-strikes policy short-sighted
    JustSpeak is calling out the ACT Party’s extension of the three-strikes policy as knee-jerk punitivism, political populism and based on a culture of fear, rather than evidence....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • InternetNZ pleased Green Party taking issues seriously
    InternetNZ is pleased to see the Green Party join Labour in having a serious discussion about online rights....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Age Concern calls for building accessibility for elderly
    Age Concern has made a submission strongly opposing the clause within the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill that exempts building owners from providing or improving building accessibility. The current Building Act 2004 clearly acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Internet Rights & Principles Coalition: Internet Rights Bill
    The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRP Coalition) of the UN Internet Governance Forum applaud the release of the NZ Green Party’s Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill for public consultation. The IRF Bill is a pioneering project for the internet...
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Gender quotas should be a last resort
    The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (IoD), says introducing gender quotas is not the best solution to increase the number of women directors on New Zealand boards....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Taika Waititi lends support to #BeefWithBullies campaign
    Even if Chardonnay doesn’t like your Michael Jackson dance moves, that’s no reason for you to be made fun of. Renowned Kiwi director, Taika Waititi has pledged his support to the Mad Butcher’s anti-bullying campaign #BeefWithBullies. With...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Commissioner proposes limit on credit reporting charges
    The Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards, is proposing an amendment to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code that would limit what credit reporters can charge individuals wanting immediate access to their credit information....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Does ACC system provide access to justice asks UN
    The United Nations Committee responsible for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ("CRPD") has formally raised access to justice and other issues with the New Zealand Government. The Committee considered a report submitted...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Iwi concerned over future of country’s oldest wharenui
    An East Coast iwi says they are concerned the Crown has not made good on its promise to return their wharenui – the oldest meeting house in the country. “The Government promised to return our wharenui, now they are reneging,”...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • NZDF-Supported Anzac Day Commemorations in France, Belgium
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be increasing its support for official and locally-run Anzac Day commemorations in France and Belgium this year with a 10 person contingent, including a Māori cultural element, from New Zealand as well...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Third National Māori Housing Conference set to take place
    Success stories in Māori Housing developments from around Aotearoa will be shared at a National Māori Housing Conference, to be held in Whanganui from May 1-3. Conference hosts the Whanganui Iwi Housing Forum and national umbrella organization Te Matapihi...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads
    Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads Tourism New Zealand, the New Zealand Transport Agency and Air New Zealand have joined forces to target Chinese tourists with important road safety messages before they get behind the wheel. A...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Renewable energy in the Pacific under EU-NZ Partnership
    European Commissioner Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister McCully depart on 23-27 April on a joint mission to the Pacific to see EU-NZ renewable energy and energy efficiency projects....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Bill
    Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Building Amendment Bill for Earthquake Prone Buildings to the Building Act....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years
    Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years as interest rates and house prices rise...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • ACT should abandon Three Strikes
    Rethinking Crime and Punishment is urging right wing politicians to do their homework before coming up with one-off “tough on crime – high on vengeance’ sentencing policies for which there is no evidence of success. He was responding to the...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Noho Hewa’: Visit of Native Hawaiian filmmaker
    Native Hawaiian filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly, will be in Aotearoa New Zealand for two screenings of the award winning documentary 'Noho Hewa: the wrongful occupation of Hawai'i', a powerful portrayal of the multiple links between militarisation and...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Rural Contractors NZ hits the road during May
    Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) will be updating its members on the latest changes in health and safety, transport and employment laws – as well as other topics – in a series of roadshows being held around the country during...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill
    Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill Landlords and tenants should be alarmed at Labour MP Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that would immediately impose stringent requirements upon rental properties without defining those requirements,...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years
    US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years. NZ well qualified for UN Security Council seat...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical
    Just in time for this week’s ASEAN Renewable Energy Week, new scientific results have questioned the economic viability of large dams. Calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund show that the Malaysian Bakun Dam scores even worse than the average large...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail
    Last year there were more than 52,000 reported burglaries. According to the Treasury, for every 10 reported burglaries, there are another 12 that go unreported. This means there were more than 120,000 burglaries last year – or over 2000 a...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment
    Derek Leask yesterday 20 April 2014 made the following observations in response to a media enquiry about the recently announced appointment of Mr Nigel Fyfe, currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (Legal and Operational Services and Legal...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum
    The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an ‘Election Year Oceans Forum’ at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
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