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Auckland Council’s next 100 days

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, January 14th, 2014 - 46 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, len brown, local government - Tags:

Auckland

Let me tell you the consequences of Auckland’s leadership remaining at a standstill.

Unless Council’s 2014 budget is drafted by February Auckland could have the same kind of Government shut down that occurred in the United States recently.

Unless a Unitary Plan Hearings Panel is set up and running within the next year, every house owner and house builder will have not one but seven sets of Council rules to deal with and the Auckland Plan vision will go out the window.

Unless Auckland Council nails a funding plan in 2014 there will be no City Rail Link in the future.  We will remain a motorway dominated car dominated mess as far as the eye can see.

If fresh leadership fails to rise soon, the ratepayers of Auckland will remain Auckland’s primary source of budget funding.  There will be no alternative funding plan for Auckland, just more rates bills.

If Council’s new Chief Executive remains as trapped by political scandal as the previous one, Council’s CCOs will continue to frustrate citizens and each other rather than be Auckland’s growth engine.

If Councillors continue to cannibalise each other with investigations, Auckland will start to represent the permanent revolution of France after 1789, when the old order was deposed but no one cared what a replacement good Government looked like.  Instead they swam in their own self-righteous gore.

Unless there is a great re-start in 2014, the urban decay of suburbs will continue.  There will be no revived Otahuhu, no grand plan for Avondale, no street upgrade for Takapuna, no transit cohesion for Manukau, no new mainstreet for Papakura, no nothing for Ponsonby Road, no chance ever of electric trains to Pukekohe, no busway to Pakuranga or Botany Downs, nothing except a few millionaire enclaves and the rest of the city in quickly deepening inequality.

Unless Councillors stop fighting each other there is a real risk that Central Government agencies will start doing Auckland Council’s job for them.  This will start with the Audit Office, then NZTA and the Ministry of Transport, then potentially a Commissioner appointed to replace a consistently dysfunctional Council.  Pretty soon the last few years of reforms are replaced with a Government Department,  The people of Christchurch can tell you what that feels like.  Government may well ask if Auckland’s Council would run better without any democracy and simply have a Ministry for Auckland if this mess continues.

If there is no strong leadership in 2014, the days of Auckland hosting another Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, Masters Games or Americas Cup are over.  Would you believe a bid now from Toronto?

If the chaos at the top table continues, the smart money will close their chequebooks and go elsewhere.  In just three short years, Auckland’s film industry has gone from flourishing to failure and this will get worse.

Citizens, central Government and business can all see what is at stake if Auckland Council continues without strong leadership.  This is no moment for “forgive and forget” platitudes.  But the great momentum of last term has been halted dead.  Council’s easy road is to start the perpetual guillotine of inquiry and mire in the spectacle of destruction.  We will then look back by November 2016 and weep at what could have been.

The Council was elected just months ago to lead one third of New Zealanders into a confident future backed by Government, by sound financial plans, by a fresh Unitary Plan, and with a single unified vision.

They have 100 days to restart Auckland and unite Cabinet, Council and citizens again.  After that, the national mind turns once more to Central Government elections.  By April 2014  the people are back on side for this electoral term or they are done with you.

46 comments on “Auckland Council’s next 100 days”

  1. Tom Gould 1

    The “chaos at the top table” is political. Party political. Ideological. Just like their tea party fellow travellers in the US, the rabid right Tories here in Auckland are donkey deep in rendering the city ungovernable. Their only solution is complete capitulation to them and their agenda. So this is actually now a test of the left, not the right. Unless the left get in behind Brown and his agenda for the city, and confront the politics for what they are, the right will get it all. Including selling the city’s assets to their mates, and regressive high universal charges, and a rates cut, and the rest of the neo-con play book. So it’s now up to the left. Maybe they actually want the rabid right to win, to feed their righteous indignation and moral superiority?

    • Sanctuary 1.1

      + 1,000,000

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 1.2

      Unless the left get in behind Brown and his agenda for the city, and confront the politics for what they are, the right will get it all.

      Brown’s toxic now. No-one will go near him, and in an election year that’s a disaster for Auckland.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      So it’s now up to the left.

      Yep, we have to let the people know that the rabid right are doing exactly what the Tea Party in the US is doing and that it will cost them far more and not just in money but in loss of democracy as well.

    • Pete 1.4

      This is the problem of viewing an ethical and fiduciary issue in left/right terms. Brown has lost the confidence of most Aucklanders (left and right). ‘Getting in behind Brown’ as you put it just digs the hole deeper. Until he goes this wound is going to fester. There is no point banging on about the right in this issue – it merely deflects from the real problem. When he goes everyone can get on with the job – not just the left (or the right).

  2. The Baron 2

    Mickey, what a sensible set of comments. Credit where credit is due etc etc.

    Regardless of what you think of the scandal that caused all of this, the problem remains that crucial momentum is lost and now nothing appears to be happening. I read in the paper today that some initial funding plan for the city rail link was due from Brown before year end – now not done due to the obvious distractions.

    Either our councillors need to unify, let bygones be bygones and move on to the work that needs done; or Brown needs to step down. This do nothing no mans land risks exactly what you outline above. That would be a great shame.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1

      No. The Tea Party loons need to pull their heads in and accept that they lost the election, probably because the majority of electors can see that they are Tea-Party loons. Brown has plenty of power and should use it to ignore them, or if they continue to get in Auckland’s way, drive over them inflicting maximum damage.

      Force them to justify playing their panty-sniffing games with Auckland’s future and don’t blink. This is another opportunity to expose the Right for the scum they are.

  3. Will@Welly 3

    Len’s got three years to redeem himself. First, he has to confront his demons. Instead of hunkering down, hiding away, he needs to prove he is the “man of steel”. He needs to galvanize the left around him and carry the fight to the right, and long-term, he needs to help find a successor.
    Rodney Hide set up the Super City to flog off Auckland’s assets, that is what National wants. Greed.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1

      Since when is he hiding away ?

      Is the PM and the Cabinet ‘keeping a low profile’ too ?

      of course not. Its the bloody holidays.

      Did Rodney Hide face such a wringing of hands when he took up with a ‘coach’ at the Remuera Racqets Club, ditching his wife and family some time later ?

      Oh no the ‘rules’ were different then , nothing was said as he was from the’ right side’ of the marital bed.

      Later when Hide took his paramour on a taxpayer funded global tour to her brothers wedding, it was all smoothed over, his views on ‘ his entitlements’ were forgotten once he ‘paid it back’

      The hard side of politics is nice for some, when they have the right wing noise machine on their side

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 3.1.2

        Since when is he hiding away ?

        Is the PM … ‘keeping a low profile’ too ?

        Yep, playing golf with Barack Obama is pretty damn invisible. Good point.

        Later when Hide took his paramour on a taxpayer funded global tour to her brothers wedding, it was all smoothed over, his views on ‘ his entitlements’ were forgotten once he ‘paid it back’

        The fuck? It ended his political career.

  4. rich the other 4

    Good ,
    now you know how the rest of the country feels when the greens oppose almost every development around the rest of the country.

    (. There will be no revived Otahuhu, no grand plan for Avondale, no street upgrade for Takapuna, no transit cohesion for Manukau, no new mainstreet for Papakura, no nothing for Ponsonby Road, no chance ever of electric trains to Pukekohe, no busway to Pakuranga or Botany Downs, nothing except a few millionaire enclaves and the rest of the city in quickly deepening inequality.) Poor you.

    These are the type of thing the greens perpetually oppose in many parts of the country.
    Wgtn/Kapiti coast motor way development , wgtn airport extention , Taranaki , Dunedin , Hawkes Bay oil exploration , west coast mining , etc etc .

    It’s hard to be sympathetic when the rest of the country is paralyzed by factions , perhaps in the future Labour will stand up for the rest of NZ , something that’s well overdue.

    Auckland’s solution is easy ,get rid of len , problem solved.

    • karol 4.1

      Hmmm… the kinds of development the Greens support are many of the ones in line for Auckland – the rail network for instance. The Greens are not opposed to everything – just those things that are counter-productive.

      So you think “the rest of NZ”, are for oil explortaion that doesn’t have environmental safe guards?

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.1.1

        He thinks? Citation needed.

      • rich the other 4.1.2

        The point is , the rest of NZ is happy for AK to have it’s rail link and are in fact paying plenty towards it.
        It’s the roading projects around the lower NI that have been delayed for two years by the greens or their associates , the irrigation schemes in canterbury, the dam in HBay which is very hard to understand especially when the green zealots continue to preach global warming and then stall water conservation.

        These projects cannot possibly be described as counter productive , the rest of NZ is entitled to be developed to ensure prosperity for all.

        Labour’s lack of clear support for these projects is a no brainer and will ensure defeat at the polls .
        Once again , get rid of len and move on.

        • Paul 4.1.2.1

          “Preach global warming”.
          We’re discussing Science here, not religion.
          Flatearthers like yourself are the ones who rely on a belief system without evidence.
          Your mate David Cameron even acknowledges it. Is he a green zealot?

        • karol 4.1.2.2

          The point is , the rest of NZ is happy for AK to have it’s rail link and are in fact paying plenty towards it.

          Citations needed, especially re- the rest of NZ are paying plenty towards Auckland’s rail system.

          Edit: Or I could just help you out with this.

          • Paul 4.1.2.2.1

            Wasting your time Karol. Rich and like minded folk don’t rely on evidence for the arguments.
            As is clear from their ignorance of the science of climate change.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.3

          These projects cannot possibly be described as counter productive

          Actually, they can be and are.

        • millsy 4.1.2.4

          Some of us actually like to have clean water and air. You sir, are not one of them.

          I look forward to the day when company managers who gave the OK to pollution are led away to prison in handcuffs.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.2

      The best solution to delay is an election? No wonder they say right wingers have below average IQ.

      You lost the election. Then your boys Slater and Wewege made you look like scum (not that they had to try too hard). You had a shit candidate who just managed to tell enough lies to get plausible doubt.

      I think it’s great: Aucklanders are getting a good look at the New Zealand Tea Party, whereas the only career Len Brown damaged was his own.

      Are you sure you should be calling for an election so soon after demonstrating that you are a bunch of unelectable partisan panty-sniffers?

    • Ad 4.3

      This is an unhelpful misdirection.

      Do you have any comment about Auckland Council?

  5. captain hook 5

    No he doesn’t. He is a trouble maker and a fomentor of dissent.
    Its still holidays and Len Brown is still the mayor and the sky is still blue and it is not going to fall on anyones head.

  6. tinfoilhat 6

    The Auckland council and Mayor are a total shambles.

    We were sold the need for the amalgamation so as to gain increased efficiencies, lower cost, and presumably lower rates.

    None of this has happened, under the current and provious council and Mayor Brown we have got the no real movement in much needed projects the previous councils had set in progress.

    More costs for the residents of Auckland in every sense of the word. Rates have risen exponentially in the past few years to the stage that many people are on the tipping edge. We are having to sell much loved homes/units/town houses because we can’t absorb the huge rate hikes on our limited incomes. Added into this the water rates: the biggest rort ever inflicted on Aucklanders. Whereas once we paid them twice a year – averaging around $100 each time, I now pay once a month averaging $60 to $70 per month. An increase from $200 to $700 plus per annum. Multiply that for families with small children and I don’t know how many of them manage to cope.

    Local boards are hamstrung and aucklanders don’t seem to be able to have any contact with the mayor or his council

  7. Paul 8

    And there was me hoping this thread might not be hijacked by the dullards and those desperate to distract.

  8. Paul 9

    Auckland is currently one of the world’s most desirable cities. Why? Because all of those who claim it to be so, state that it is because has lots of space, big houses on full sections, parks, green spaces, ability to drive to beaches etc.

    So Len Brown wants to eliminate every single thing that the world loves about Auckland, and then claim that people will like it even more when all of that is taken away? Lets destroy all of the heritage buildings, pave over all of the parks, create terraced housing that the world hates. For god’s sake, if people love something, who in any normal rational mind, would create the exact opposite, and claim that they will like that even more? Len Brown, sink to the bottom of the ocean, along with your morals.

  9. Adam Michaels 10

    It is a very sad situation, indeed to have the focus on the Mayor’s personal failings instead of the important things that need to be done in Auckland.
    With each passing day, Len Brown’s position seems more untenable and the pressing issues that face our largest city receive less attention than they are due.
    Aucklanders do not benefit from this regime, and in the long run, neither does the rest of the country.
    Leaders must be able to demonstrate that they have a vision and a means to take people along with the implementation of that vision.
    Local government needs to be able to bargain strongly with central government.
    That means the Mayor and the councillors working together.
    Time is running out for the Auckland Council. Even if Len Brown resigns- and he should, to put us all out of our misery-what a mess the city is left with.
    And who, on the Council is going to clean it up?

    • lprent 10.1

      Adam. FYI and in response to your comment amongst the mostly mindless short comments that I saw it amongst.

      Being polite doesn’t matter, nor generally does your opinion. Being able to argue intelligently and without silly slogans does matter. One of us has to release any new commenter to this site. I merely scanned (without reading) your comment because it didn’t fall into one of the moronic troll patterns.

      Read the policy if you are uncertain.

  10. RedBaronCV 11

    Well Len could sack the CEO for unauthorised spending on the witch hunt , collapse the CCO’s, hand a junk of the rates to the local boards to spend on their own areas needs (central back office perhaps) and do the regional council thing of only the really big framework issues with the council but the local boards get to oversee this. Should create a grassroots system that would be locally responsive and difficult for the RWNJ’s to unpick. BTW I don’t live there.

    Let each area set it’s own plans, height limits etc but maybe not building regs. That’ll keep everyone happy.

  11. Tanz 12

    could we just have Penny Hulse in charge instead? She would make a much better fist of it, and how can Len show his face in public now? Aaron Gilmore resigned for far far less, as did poor old John Banks. Len just is so stubborn.

    • Ad 12.1

      She has all the influence she could want, without any of the grief.
      Why change?

    • Lonnie 12.2

      Google Narcissistic personality disorder. They have NO shame and many other bad attributes because they totally believe that they are so fabulous. God’s gift to the world and any haters must have some sort of problem themselves, never them. Sure, Lenny knows he’s stuffed up but he still believes that his “fabulousness” will see him through. “They” love attention, even bad attention which just reinforces to them how special they are.

  12. Penny Bright 13

    FYI.

    The NZ Serious Fraud Office choose NOT to investigate our bribery and corruption complaint against Mayor Len Brown and Sky City.

    Private Prosecution will be filed in Auckland District Court as soon as Graham McCready’s documents arrive – should be Wednesday 15 January 2014:

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz/nz-serious-fraud-office-choose-not-to-re-evaluate-our-bribery-and-corruption-complaint/

    Remember how the Police corruption scandals rocked NSW in the 1980′s and were the impetus for their anti-corruption legislation, which set up their Independent Commission Against Corruption?

    In my considered opinion, 2014 is going to be the year of scandals about corrupt corporate cronyism, particularly of the casino variety, and this is just the start…………

    Why do you think PM John Key has not come out calling for the resignation of Mayor Len Brown?

    This is NOT ‘left’ vs ‘right’.

    That went out 30 years ago when the 1984 -87 Labour Government introduced the neo-liberal Rogernomics ‘reforms’.

    This is the corporate minority vs the public majority and those who serve their interests.

    Beware the smiley faces and the ‘personable’ manner of the treacherous SELLOUTS.

    Penny Bright

    • RedBaronCV 13.1

      Personally Penny I think there should be a lot more questions asked about how the CEO managed to spend $100,000 of ratepayer money on what amouts to a witch hunt. Who authorised that?

      • Pete 13.1.1

        The council authorised it. The CEO merely acts on their instruction. Thats how these things normally work. No CEO would authorise a review of the mayors behaviour without council sign off. You are flogging a dead horse here. If it is only $100k I will eat my hat (to coin a phrase). At that level it would be pretty good value if you think of the time, resources and advice obtained.

        • RedBaronCV 13.1.1.1

          Don’t think so Pete.
          “that’s how these things normally work” I agree but:
          - last meeting of old council 26 September 2013
          - local body election day 12th October 2013
          -Inquiry announced on 21 October 2013 by the CEO
          -Inaugural meeting of the new Council 29 October 2013

          Nothing that I can find in the minutes of the governing body from 29 October refers to any authorising of the inquiry. Nothing in the inquiry terms of reference refers to the council authorising it.
          The CEO probably has some powers over the transition period but he still has to follow the rules. (Otherwise he could give a contract to his mates to build a new harbour bridge). See Penny below

          Was he ever entitled to spend the funds?
          Can a CEO in this position hands out a “job for the boys” no tender etc?
          Why did he usurp the incoming council on this matter?
          Why did the terms of reference include finding the security guard – there is no financial issue for the ratepayers there, that was just purient.

          Yes it will be more than $100,000 probably closer to $250,000 for a question mark over a couple of hundred dollars. That’s just waste.
          If I was a ratepayer I’d be looking for some personal liabilty from the CEO.

  13. Penny Bright 14

    FYI – there is a LOT more to come out about the Ernst and Young ‘inquiry’.

    In my considered opinion, as an anti-corruption campaigner, who recently spent $870 (Aust) to attend a full-day workshop at the 2013 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference on how to conduct an ‘internal investigation’ on alleged ‘misconduct’ – that there is NO WAY that the Ernst and Young inquiry / report was done in a proper way.

    Just check out for yourselves – the Auckland Council Code of Conduct, section 8 “Compliance”, and read for yourself the process which SHOULD have been followed …..

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/governingbody/codeofconductelectedmembers.pdf

    8.5. Conduct Review Independent Panel

    The governing body shall constitute a Conduct Review Independent Panel. The members
    of the Panel will be selected from a list of persons with appropriate skills and knowledge, to
    be recommended by the Chief Executive. The Independent Panel is not a Committee of the
    governing body and its sole function is to investigate those matters referred to it and to
    make recommendations on those matters to the governing body/local board. Up to three
    members on the list will be deemed to be ‘convenors’ who will be the Council’s primary
    contact in relation to convening a panel when required. ‘Convening’ a panel includes
    chairing that panel. A convenor may appoint other convenors to a panel.

    8.6. Procedures of the Conduct Review Independent Panel

    The Independent Panel will establish and notify standard procedures, fair to both
    complainants and respondents, which it will apply to the investigation and consideration of
    all complaints referred to it.
    ________________________________________________________________________

    Seems that former Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay effectively made up his own process and appointed his own people?

    Having been to an expert workshop, and studied this matter, it appears very clear to me that the ‘Terms of Reference’ weren’t ‘scoped’ in a proper way either …………

    (More on this later ………………)

    Penny Bright

  14. HtD 15

    Len Brown was voted in under false pretences. He got the religious people by pretending to be a Catholic and the poor(er) by pretending to care, whilst he was on the take from Sky City and other big business. On voting day, we didn’t know that, but wed do now. Brown’s wife can’t trust him and he takes backhanders…why should anyone trust him?

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    Below is my draft submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill. I'm primarily interested in the freedom of information issues; I expect other groups to be focused on the reporting itself. I support the aims of the Environmental Reporting Bill of...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Government’s ‘rock star economy’ throws hospital staff ou...
    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star...
    PSA | 16-04
  • Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co
    As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s...
    Hot Topic | 16-04
  • Progress of FCV “slave ships” Bill is good news – but much work remai...
    The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the progress of the “slave ships” Bill in the New Zealand Parliament is good news – but much work remains to be done....
    MUNZ | 16-04
  • Judith Collins’ reputation dependent on Slater’s scandals
    Judith Collins' reputation as the possible next leader of the National party is in shreds. Her reputation as a minister of the crown in the Key owned National party caucus is in tatters. A resignation is the only honorable thing...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 16-04
  • Photo of the Day: Red III
    Learning Your Stripes, 2013, Regan Gentry, Papatoetoe. Commissioned by Auckland Council aer  ...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • The cost of tax cheats
    How much do corporate tax cheats cost? In the US, over US$180 billion a year:US taxpayers would need to pay an average of $1,259 more a year to make up the federal and state taxes lost to corporations and individuals...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Cats cavorting through capital – Morgan
    The capital’s cats are cavorting through Wellington properties at a rate of 49 million trespasses a year, according to a new study by anti-cat campaigner Gareth Morgan. Island Bay and the rest of the Southern Ward turned out to be...
    Gareth’s World | 16-04
  • “Stick to your knitting”…Gratuitous insult from Minister Groser to NZ...
    Climate Minister Groser continues to insult the New Zealand people – this time through our leading scientists. On Monday the IPCC released Working Group III’s section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Building on Group I (science) and II (impact), this...
    frogblog | 16-04
  • Needlessly shitty
    Parliament has been rejecting select committee submissions for not being written in English or Maori:The Health Select Committee is rejecting 60 submissions against plain packaging legislation because they were made in neither English nor Maori. [...] Committee chairman, National MP...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Fiji: Hoist by his own petard?
    Last year Fijian dictator Voreqe Bainimarama tried to ban political parties in an effort to limit opposition in the lead-up to promised elections. A key part of the crackdown was a ban on political campaigning by anyone who wasn't a...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • The first victim!
    It is well established that the first victim in war is truth. Mind you the dispatch of truth usually comes well before the shooting starts. I have a personal interest in Ukraine and the dispatch of truth occurred for me...
    Open Parachute | 16-04
  • Key makes it up on “fat tax”
    Today John Key rejected suggestions that a tax on sugary drinks could save dozens of lives a year. Why? Read on: The New Zealand Medical Journal reported in February that a 20 per cent tax on sugary soft drinks would...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 16-04
  • Labour focuses on minor transport issues
    Labour released a small part of their transport policy yesterday and frankly it’s absolute rubbish with it seemingly designed just to target a handful of complainers. You can get a good feel for what they’re aiming at when the policy...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
    Lincoln University will outsource its staff to an as yet undecided cleaning company, but TEU organiser Cindy Doull says it’s not worth it, and what money the university might save is negligible. “We’re disappointed... The post Lincoln cleaners outsourced appeared...
    TEU | 15-04
  • Gordon Campbell on the life and ACC work of Sir Owen Woodhouse
    With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. In its original incarnation in the early 1970s, ACC had been a...
    Gordon Campbell | 15-04
  • 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
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
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