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Auckland transport shambles

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, September 10th, 2011 - 111 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, leadership, public transport - Tags: , ,

I thought that last night’s RWC opening ceremony in Auckland looked good, and I’m sure that the fans that managed to get in enjoyed “party central”. But the aspect of the opening that is getting all of the headlines this morning is the public transport fiasco:

Trains fail city’s day of celebration

A day that began with hope and promise for Aucklanders eager to celebrate the start of Rugby World Cup 2011 ended in anger and frustration as the city’s public transport let them down. …

But at least 2000 missed the ceremony as trains backed up on the tracks to Kingsland station.

Last night, huge crowds built up at Britomart station in the central city as people waited for hours to catch a train home. It was still full at 12.30am, so several trains stopped at a re-opened emergency station at the Strand, at the bottom of Parnell Rise. Passengers then had to walk the rest of the way into town.

There were reports of long delays on buses at Eden Park, and thousands of people, including children, were left waiting. …

Thousands were crushed at the gates to Party Central during a three-hour wait – including a woman carted out by paramedics – and several frustrated party-goers jumped the fence. Malcolm and Laura Campbell vented their frustration after a five-hour wait. Mr Campbell shouted at security guards, “Where is your crowd control?” Mrs Campbell said authorities had a lot of lessons to learn from the organisation of Party Central. “This has been badly, badly, badly planned.” …

A police officer muttered: “Is this going to get a good kick in the paper tomorrow? Well, they f***ing deserve it.”

In other coverage: Stranded rugby fan: ‘I have never seen anything so disorganised’, and RWC transport chaos.  In short, not a good look for our biggest city, and not a great advertisement to the world.  A wise government would draw the obvious lesson – spend less time on the showy media image, and much more time on getting the fundamentals right…

111 comments on “Auckland transport shambles”

  1. Joe Bloggs 1

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    Mayor Len Brown has a lot to answer for after this shambles.

    What’s he done so far?
    Plenty of big-noting and face slapping. Plenty of taking credit for the refurbishment of Eden Park

    Threatening us with tolls, with congestion taxes, massive rates increases.

    Telling us to use trains, then driving to the park from the waterfront beecause he doesn’t trust his own rail system?

    The irony is that the roads were the only transport system to work effectively last night.

    • r0b 1.1

      Len Brown wants to invest a lot in Auckland rail.  Perhaps after this the Nats will listen to him?

      • Luva 1.1.1

        Of course Len has a lot to answer for

        He may not have built the shoddy train system and may want it improved but he encouraged all Aucklanders to use the system and to come to the water front to celebrate.

        It is his job to know what the capabilities of the system are yet he went and organised that party anyway.

        • mickysavage 1.1.1.1

          Nah last time I checked Len did not have a crystal ball.  And, and this is important, Hide determined that transport was going to be handled by a CCO.  Brown gets the benefit of getting quarterly reports and there is this wonderful sounding Memorandum of Understanding but Len’s control is not great.

          Auckland’s PT transport is now really bad.  Ten years ago it was comatose but it has improved tremendously.

          We just need to keep investing money into it.  There are decades of underinvestment to  deal with.

          • Pundit X 1.1.1.1.1

            Excuses Mickey, excuses. Auckland Transport can’t operate effectively at the best of times. Increasing demand twenty fold and expecting anything other than a clusterfuck was a massive denial of reality. As you smugly drive to your office daily, think about those who actually use the service every day and put up with overcrowding, late and cancelled trains and a safety record that is much worse than some third world countries. Len’s control is what he wants it to be. He is the Mayor and he just got a wake up call.

      • burt 1.1.2

        rOb

        Good on you trying to pass this off to National. So they had 2.5 years to prepare for this – what was underway when National took over ?

        Quite how much were National expected to listen to Len Brown and spend in the 2.5 years to rectify how unprepared Auckland was (and apparently still is) ?

        Were National expected, having been handed an economy in recession with the last of the money spent on saying we own a train set, to have Auckland sorted from the shambles of unpreparedness it was in 2.5 years ago just by spending like a drunken sailor?

        • mik e 1.1.2.1

          No but when you invest in infra structure its cheaper by 2/3rds to build commuter rail National cut the upgrade on electrification in Auckland.And changed the focus to cars.Dumb idea in a narrow isthmus like Auckland and given hard up right wing governments in Europe are ditching Motorway builds altogether because they are way more expensive to move people around ,18 times more people can be moved at any one time at third of the fuel cost a third of the build cost you do the maths .Huge savings Burt.Tell your mates the fat controller lord haw haw.Nationals solution is a so last century solution thats out of date with this centuries reality less and lees oil fat controller is making us more Dependant on oil

          • burt 1.1.2.1.1

            No but when you invest in infra structure its cheaper by 2/3rds to build commuter rail National cut the upgrade on electrification in Auckland.

            What with 2.5 years to go they decided that Labour had left the project far too late to complete it in time…. wow – Naughty National… how could they have decided 2.5 years wasn’t enough time to completely reconfigure the Auckland trains…. La la la Labour blameless….. Whatever….

    • prism 1.2

      Joe B If you hate Len Brown and the left then you aren’t capable of making a reasoned analysis of anything. And the hate is what seems obvious in your diatribe against Len Brown above. He is actually thinking and doing something about Auckland which requires new policies whether you like it or not, you poor old status quo statue. Woe is me you cry, there are new policies to adapt to, even extra taxes or costs. You don’t want anything to change, but things should get better for one JoeB but at no extra cost. Impossible!

    • Jum 1.3

      Joe Bloggs,

      That is exactly the sort of thing that John Banks or John Boscawen or Rodney Hide or Steven Joyce or John Key or Simon Bridges or Paul Quinn or Tau Henare or the English bros or Don Brash or even the late retired National apologist John Carter (last heard on radio pretending to be a Maori called Hone telling us all that women on the DPB were prostitutes) or all the business rotundtable would say.

      Or a combination of all of those using a blog name that pretends to be Joe down the street but quite plainly is not.

    • Lanthanide 1.4

      Len Brown has been mayor for 11 months. What about all the mayors before him?

      • Puddleglum 1.4.1

        Yes, I’m a bit confused after reading Joe Bloggs’ and Burt’s takes on this. According to Burt it’s not National’s fault because they’ve only had 2.5 years to sort it out.

        According to Joe Bloggs, it’s Len Brown’s fault because he’s had 11 months to sort it out. 

        As for recommending using public transport – that’s a standard call from local officials for these sorts of events because, as they know, the really vulnerable parts of the network are the roads. Typically, the public don’t heed the call to any great extent. They appear to have done so here – or, more likely, they figured out for themselves that Auckland’s famous roading snarl-ups were not the place to be. I think it’s that reputation that pushed people overwhelmingly onto PT, not Len Brown’s call.

        But then I’ve spent a sum total of about 4 days in Auckland over the past 44years, so what would I know? 

    • tc 1.5

      Ah the troll universe JB lives in, it’s so obvious you don’t even care to construct a slightly plausible argument in slagging Len Brown who sits atop the NACT supercity grappling with an ignorant transport minister and a clown PM etc who throw rocks at his vision.

      History lesson JB, originally Muldoon turned down Sir Dover Meyer Robinsons rail completion plan and serious deterioration set in during the 90’s when Auckland boomed and never got it’s fair allocation of road related taxes it’s people were paying for thanks to Maurice Williamson and others in the nat gov’t.

      recent improvements are all down to Clarks labour reign which nat MPs are now taking credit for as they attend openings of projects begun 10 yrs ago, but don’t let that stop you blaming a man with a plan unlike your clueless self serving idols on the right.

      • AAMC 1.5.1

        Catch is, watching the news, it’s Len who’s being held to account, no word of McCully or Joyce.
        The message people will get will not involve the back history. Brown will be more damages than Joyce.

      • mickysavage 1.5.2

        Aye TC

        Listen up everyone.  If you want a good PT system you pour large amounts of money into it in year one, then the next year, then the next year, then the next year …

        Penny pinching for one or more years wrecks it.  Penny pinching for a decade like in the 1990s stuffs it.  It takes decades to repair. 

  2. prism 2

    What! Drunken fights on trains, emergency buttons pushed, people walking on railway tracks in the tunnels. This is normal behaviour for male crowds, especially ones with a large number of young males. It is predictable and should be planned for.

    Also likely medical emergencies should be planned for. How quickly can such persons be transferred to ambulances, first-aid stations should be calculated so as not to hold up the thousands of people who deserve to get the service they have paid for, were led to believe would be available, and to keep the flow of people in an orderly fashion to prevent unpleasant and dangerous crowding.

  3. Anthony 3

    Isn’t Auckland Transport an unaccountable CCO?

    Also I believe a lot of people left their travel far too late.

    • Infused 3.1

      This. People left it too late. Stupid people hitting emergency buttons.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Many people had bought hundreds (or thousands) worth of tickets, and they were stuck on the trains for 3 or more hours before kick off.

        No one told them they needed to be at the trains at the crack of dawn.

        Stupid people hitting emergency buttons.

        Possibly. Perhaps security staff should have been on each carriage sorting this out.

        But in reality I don’t think it was a real issue. Reason: a couple of kids playing silly buggers with the emergency stops would be FUCKING EATEN ALIVE, By the other 50 rugby heads in the carriage going WTF ARE YOU DOING.

        • infused 3.1.1.1

          They were. There are many reports of this happening. One train that stops stops all trains. Hence the huge hold up.

  4. Carol 4

    John Key was all smiley a day or so ago, saying the Cloud was going to be a great success.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/fan-central/5595388/Cloud-critics-will-have-to-eat-their-words-Key

    Prime Minister John Key says doubters of the Government’s plans for Auckland’s waterfront are going to have to “eat their words”

    As Auckland gears up for the opening of the Rugby World Cup and a spectacular fireworks display this evening, tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on the waterfront, with a limit set on the number of people allowed into the new showcase venue, the Cloud.

    And where is he today?

    Leaving Len Brown to take the flak for all the chaos. No comment from him in all the above linked articles after so much went wrong. Typical – JK is there to take credit for successes, and leaves others to face up to the failures.

    • Tigger 4.1

      Yep, Key is slippery as an eel and about as capable…

      • gnomic 4.1.1

        Eels are incredible. Have you looked into their reproductive cycle?

        Key is slippery yes, but I rate him well below the eel. What has he done for his species? Could the answer be next to nothing?

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          What has he done for his species? Could the answer be next to nothing?

          Nope, the answer is increased poverty, inequality, generally run down society and helped keep us on course for an ecological collapse that is likely to result in an ELE. He should be hung as a traitor to mankind.

          • The Baron 4.1.1.1.1

            I don’t know how you can expect people to take you seriously, Draco. JK has personally run down society and kept us on the path to an ELE in only 2 1/2 years? And he needs to be killed for it?
            I think we have found our own Jared Loughner here team! And weren’t you one getting all on your high horse about right wing extremism and threats only a few weeks ago?
            Hypocrisy and hyperbole. So out of touch with reality and sanity, Draco.

          • higherstandard 4.1.1.1.2

            Get a grip you tool.

      • mik e 4.1.2

        If we put him in SBW’s position he will be able to slip all the tackles and win the world cup he is that slippery tigger

  5. MrSmith 5

    I feel sorry for Len Brown, hopefully he can get some traction on this issue with the election looming. Overseas fans will be shocked by Aucklands public transport options, but this Government are intent on building more roads, someone needed to point out to Steven Joyce that people coming to the world-cup, wouldn’t be bringing there cars with them.

    Most of these Fan come from countries with great public transport systems so they will be bitterly disappointed, more mud on the face of the Government, of-course they will try and make it all Len Browns fault.

    • RobertM 5.1

      Yes well, Sydney and Melbourne have populations of 5 million each and great traditions of public transport use. So their isn’t any comparison. A small sophisticated city of 2 million that Auckland could be really needs the development of tram and electric bus services for intensive 5 minute interval services to suburbs within 10 kilometres of the city centre.
      Rail was always a ridiculous means of serving Eden park which is ideal for bus and tram links. The trains to Kingsland even at off peak take ages too and from Britomart and it is an awesomely indirect link compared with the buses that go straight into the city.
      After the l956 Springbok test at Eden park, trams in their last year of operation had moved 60,000 people away from the park withing ten minutes.
      NZ’s narrow gauge system of railways is really too steep, curving and narrow and too earthquake and slipe prone to be useful. If it was on any use it would be for pulp and coal hauls but the volume isn’t really there and possibly for intercity to Kapiti Coast, Levin and Palmeston Nth from Wellington and Auckland- Hamilton. Electrification of the Auckland- Hamilton main line would have been more useful than the Commutter service.

  6. Jum 6

    Joe Bloggs 1 10 September 2011 at 1:36 pm
    YOU said: ‘Mayor Len Brown has a lot to answer for after this shambles.’
    ***What Mayor Len Brown does NOT have to answer for is the fact that he knew long before last night that efficient wide-spread, well funded Public Transport would be essential to the success of something like the Rugby World Cup and its associated population needs.
    Steven Joyce most decidedly DOES have to answer to New Zealanders; he has done his utmost, with John Key’s blessing, to delay the progress of public transport.

    YOU said: ‘Telling us to use trains, then driving to the park from the waterfront beecause he doesn’t trust his own rail system?’
    ***Didn’t two of the conservative Auckland councillors (Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax) complain to the media in writing that Brown had his own Mayoral car and should be using it but Mayor Brown had the absolute gall, according to these two bozos, to travel on the trains to see what they were like, to see what people thought and wanted in a New Zealander-owned public transport asset and to ensure that they could feel comfortable about communicating with the Auckland Council of their complaints as well as their congratulations.

    YOU said: ‘The irony is that the roads were the only transport system to work effectively last night.’
    ***Only idiots would fail to see why the roads were supposedly less travelled last night:
    1. Tourists don’t always hire cars.
    2. Tourists knew the trains would deliver them much closer to the heart of Auckland.
    3. Parking – forget about that being available for long.
    4. When people use trains and buses they free up the roads. Duh.
    5. Locals left their cars at home because THEY HAD BEEN ADVISED TO.
    6. People like the camaraderie of these big events – people join in on trains/buses when big events are happening.
    7. They did not want to drink and drive.
    8. Etc
    9. Etc
    10. Etc.

    ***The most interesting point is that the people that think public transport is beneath them and like Joyce are deliberately trying to delay its progress are the very ones that benefit from less cars on the road. Stupid aren’t they.

    ***The second most interesting part of this thread is that Joe Bloggs was hell bent on trying to pin blame on Len Brown, when the whole country knows just how vindictive Key and Joyce have been in trying to demolish Auckland voters’ wish to have a better more widespread public transport system and Mayor Brown has, in spite of Key and Joyce’s financial and political attacks, been progressing that wish.
    NAct is obviously running scared.

    This, and the sale of assets we own, back to just a few wealthy businesses and people, often not even living in New Zealand like Owen Glenn that were given huge tax cuts to help pay for them are definite election campaign issues.

    (Unbelievable really – people live in tax havens and don’t pay taxes, receive huge tax cuts from the New Zealand workers who do pay taxes, use these huge tax cuts they have no ethical right to, to buy into assets that they have stolen from New Zealanders that cannot afford to buy back what they already own – truly unbelievable.

    Once I would have said: ‘only in America’, but we have America’s man living amongst us, preparing our absorption into the ways of greed.)

    P.S. What did Key and Joyce use – the usual helicopter?

  7. Zaphod Beeblebrox 7

    Hey lucky we rushed through all those road projects like the Sh20 bridges which HAD to be done in time for RWC. Really helped those fans stuck on the trains!

  8. Jum 8

    Joyce as Transport Minister has to resign.

    Two small adjustments such as having large bus numbers at all stations along the route to take passengers on to Auckland if any delays was an obvious one. I daresay Joyce refused to let any extra funds be used.

    Televisions provided for all train carriages would have covered for those not able to get to the stadium.

    Those with tickets had better be reimbursed, and out of Joyce’s personal bank account if I had my way. I daresay he’s still being paid to spin for Key as well as his ‘destroying New Zealand’s public transport system’ job as transport minister.

    Steven Joyce as Transport Minister should be forced to resign.
    Steven Joyce as Transport Minister should be forced to resign.
    Steven Joyce as Transport Minister should be forced to resign.
    Steven Joyce as Transport Minister should be forced to resign.
    Steven Joyce as Transport Minister should be forced to resign.
    Steven Joyce as Transport Minister should be forced to resign.

    • mik e 8.1

      Joyces choice of Chinese Rail engines is part of the problem the brand new Diesel’s can’t do the job they were bought to do they are to slow because of inferior running gear!

  9. If these idiots stopped pressing the motherfuckin emergency stop buttons every two seconds then everything would of been fine.

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      Emergency stop buttons only exist on the trains, not on the busses or ferry, which also had problems.

      Reading some comments on stuff, I believe some people were pressing the buttons because they actually wanted to get off the trains, after having been stuck on them for hours, often with them being very crowded. When you’re on a train that hasn’t been moving for hours and want to get off, what are you supposed to do, smash the windows as emergency exits?

      • Brett Dale 9.1.1

        Maybe if people in NewZealand dint wait till the last minute to get to an event where there will be over 60 thousand at the venue and 100 thousand in the street, they wouldnt have these problems, I mean seriously, people left at 6pm to get there at 7pm???

        • Treetop 9.1.1.1

          A suggestion, free transport from midday and not three hours before the match. The free transport was specified on the ticket into Eden Park, possibly it may be three hours before the opening and closing ceremony.

          You do realise that 60,000 would be leaving the rugby game within minutes of the final whistle.

          There are a multitude of problems to sort out.

    • freedom 9.2

      There were numerous reports on the radio, over the social networks and even in updates on Stuff that showed there was high volume traffic issues and pedestrian chaos all day. It got decidely worse as the day progressed culminating in what you can only generously call a rough start.

  10. Richard 10

    Ahh at last an honest open comment by a Police Officer :)

  11. Treetop 11

    The negligence which occurred within the Auckland transport system, (rail, bus, ferry) and the crowds at party central and on Queens wharf could easily have caused the loss of life.

    200 police in the Auckland CBD was insufficient and fool hardy.

  12. Carol 12

    And now Murray McCully is blaming Auckland’s transport system for spoiling an otherwise great event. Well, at least his one government minister who has made a comment on the issue, albeit to deflect the blame. But where’s Steven Joyce, Rodney Hide (architect of the current “supercity”, NAct’s selected head of Auckland Transport (Ford), and John Key (who was only yesterday saying critics would eat their words and Auckland’s waterfront would host a smooth and enjoyable party)?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/fan-central/5600036/Transport-chaos-for-rugby-fans

    Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully has criticised Auckland transport and event planners for spoiling “what was otherwise a spectacularly successful World Cup opening night”.
    [..]
    McCully said two areas “require immediate attention” to ensure no repeat of Saturday’s lapses for the next six weeks of the world cup.

    “Auckland’s public transport system failed to deliver to the required standard. In spite of reasonably successful trial events, there is no escaping the fact that last night’s performance was short of the standard required. Urgent steps will now need to be taken to ensure that these matters are rectified before the next large Eden Park match next weekend,” he said.

    He also criticised the fact two out of the six big screens set up in downtown Auckland failed to work.

    “While Queens Wharf operations were highly successful, event arrangements for those in the Quay St area simply did not meet the needs of the extremely large crowd that gathered. While such large gatherings will occur infrequently, it is important that the structural problems evident in this area are addressed quickly,” McCully said.

    So he reckons it all should have gone smoothly based on earlier “trial events”….. like those would have been without the very large crowd that attended last night? And McCully as RWC minister takes no responsibility?

    • RobM 12.1

      No responsibility but plenty of faith. You see he had all the right people talk to each other, just like Gerry in Christchurch:

      http://www.3news.co.nz/RWC-wont-break-down-Aucklands-transport—McCully/tabid/423/articleID/225148/Default.aspx

      Sceptical Aucklanders have voiced concerns the train service will break down and roads will clog up with so much traffic that cars will be brought to a standstill.
      Mr McCully said he had faith transport would run smoothly.
      “Logistically, we’ve done our best to make sure we’ve got those contingencies covered,” he said.
      “We’ve got all of the people that have a role to play talking to each other over many months now so I think we’re as well prepared as we can be.”

      • Puddleglum 12.1.1

        Good point RobM.

        He was trying to take credit (‘we’) for covering the ‘contingencies’, so he has to take the blame when it turns out the ‘contingencies’ aren’t covered.

      • Vicky32 12.1.2

        Mr McCully said he had faith transport would run smoothly.

        Hilarious! He had faith? But what did he do about it, hey?
        Friday, I refused to go anywhere after 15.00 hours. (Not that I would have gone to the match (or are they called games?) but even  so… )

  13. Sydnar 13

    I don’t think you can blame this on any single political party, largely because both have ignored Auckland’s needs for decades.

    The issues last night were the complete lack of contingency plans (eg. backup buses), abysmal communication and the decision to leave the CBD streets open to private traffic.

    All of these issues are simply logistical planning ones, and thus the responsibility of those in charge on the day and in the months leading up to it. A train breaks down – it happens – just make sure you inform the passengers and get buses there asap to get them to their destination.

    But evidently, no one thought of this, or the possibility that the central city would be inundated like the Millennium (where they did shut off private traffic and it was great).

    So really, Len Brown, who decided against using public transport and DROVE to the game to make sure he got there in time (all the while telling everyone else to use the buses/trains) should be held accountable, along with the head of Auckland Transport and Veolia.

    This was a logistical and planning cock up that was demonstrated during last year’s U2 concert. Heads should role (but they wont – local government is a haven for numpties).

    • Treetop 13.1

      Logistics, planning, contingency and communication is reliant on competent personnel and the money to fund this.

      About a week ago I saw on TV Len Brown suggesting that Queen Street be made into a pedestrian only area. Will he be listen to?

      • Treetop 13.1.1

        listened not listen

        • Sydnar 13.1.1.1

          He’s the Mayor – presumably, if he has any respect or authority, yes he will be listened to. Evidently he knew something was up. He reportedly chose to go by car – a decision made on Thursday. Hmmmmm.

          • mickysavage 13.1.1.1.1

            Concern trolling alert.

            Sydnar you can blame this on National.  In 1999 there was less than $1m a week being spent on Auckland’s roads and bugger all on PT.  In 2005 the figure was more than $1m a day and a heap on PT.

            Auckland’s PT is way better now but still unacceptable, but to get it up to scratch we will need left wing leadership for the next decade.

            Don’t blame Len.  It makes you look intellectually dishonest and troll like. 

            • big bruv 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Ha ha…nine years of a corrupt Labour government and yet you still try and blame the Nat’s for the disaster that is Auckland transport.

              • Nah BB

                Point out where I am wrong. 

                Have you been to Sydney or Melbourne?

                Those cities show what you have to do.  Fund PT properly from the start.

                NZ stopped in 1990 when the nats were in control. 

              • gnomic

                Sad simpleton – have you ever heard of the Shits and Rats (aka nasty party in drag) who systematically sabotaged public transport in OrcLand over 50 years? They couldn’t get roading based on the private motor vehicle even approximately right either.

              • Vicky32

                Nat’s

                Aside from anything else, plurals don’t take apostrophes! I shall have that carved on my tombstone, maybe then someone will listen… 

              • mik e

                Liitle pesk 30 years of under funding by right wing laissez fair governments. Labour under Cullen increased funding for public transport motorway development by huge sums National cut funding for electrification of Aucklands rail Joyce has bought cheap unfit for purpose junky [johnkey]diesel engines!BB

            • The Baron 13.1.1.1.1.2

              See Snyder, you become a troll when you hassle someone Greg likes. And since Greg likes everyone who wears a red rosette and has plans for borrowing a shit load of money, then you are a troll if you hassle any one on the left.
              See this is cos Greg is a labour party loyalist dimwit. Hang round this blog a little longer, and you’ll see that no matter what Labour says or does, they should soon all be made saints in Greg’s eyes. It gets a bit dull after the 500 comment blow job that Greg gives Phil Goff, but you’ll get used to it.

              [lprent: On this site you become a troll when a moderator says you are. Looking at the pattern of your comments this morning, I am starting to reclass you as one. Your comments contain no information and are merely a series of poorly thought out taunts. I see that has been a pattern for a wee while.

              Take a week off to calm down and remind yourself of how to behave here if you want to comment here. If you want to continue in your current style – well the sewer welcomes it. ]

            • Sydnar 13.1.1.1.1.3

              I’m sorry I don’t understand. I got caught up in the mess on Friday night and googled somewhere to comment on it, find this website and am now labelled a troll because I’m pointing a finger at Mayor Brown? Do you just fling a label out there because you disagree with someone? Does that make you a troll? I’m not sure of the parlance of online forums but it seems pretty rude.

              I organise events, for what it’s worth. Certainly not to the scale of the RWC but events nonetheless, and event planners always have backup plans (well, the good ones). What if it rains? What if traffic is at a standstill? What if we lose power? What if there’s a fight? And leaders/funders/bosses are there to question those plans and make sure they’re in place and reasonable.

              It’s a hellishly stressful job but a huge relief when over and, frankly, pays pretty damn well. So I enjoy it. And every time you have an event something goes wrong. But from previous experience, you know to have a backup plan in place. People are usually pretty forgiving of things not going to plan, but less so when you have no alternative in place. And rightly so.

              Event organisers, whoever runs Auckland Transport and, yes, Len Brown, should be held accountable. All the Mayor has to do is ask the question and demand evidence of the backup plan. Whatever your politics, whoever’s in charge on the day is held accountable. If it was Banks, he’d be the one getting the blame and that would be fine by me. What’s so wrong with accountability?

              Still makes you wonder why he decided to drive, even from the PR side of things.

              • Sydnar

                I should add that for the sake of fairness in apportioning blame, McCully should also be held to account.

                • Carol

                  Brown IS fronting up, McCully is prevaricating, and Joyce & Key are MIA.

                • Jum

                  Sydnar,

                  That’s interesting that you hold McCully to account. Is he expendable but not Steven Joyce the one man, apart from John Key that has steadfastly refused to consider better funding for public transport?

              • Jum

                Sydnar,

                Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax, both Auckland Councillors, both supporters of the National government, John Banks and Rodney Hide, wrote a letter of complaint to the media about Mayor Len Brown travelling on the trains to talk to people, find out their issues and concerns and so that he could see for himself any problems with public transport – just what any real Mayor of the people would do. He should be commended for that.

                Brewer and Quax complained because his mayoral car was also following in case of any urgent issues arising he would have to be driven to. You understand of course that, unlike Key, Brown doesn’t have a military helicopter at his disposal for important events like rugby games.

                Now Brewer is blaming the public transport stuff up on just Len Brown. You are mentioning only Len Brown, not the actual name of the CEO of the Auckland Transport CCO, Ford. You haven’t mentioned Steven Joyce the Transport Minister who has been deliberately trying to stop Brown from achieving a better public transport system. You haven’t mentioned Michael Barnett the other bozo that said, hey no probs. everything is going like clockwork bullsxxt.

                Also remember that Ford’s CCO has been accused of having secret meetings and not advising Council of everything they are doing because (we all know that many Auckland assets will be on the block next year to sell so of course Ford wants to keep his activities secret).

                Then there’s Murry McCully who pulled up the drawbridge of party central and left everyone else to their fate.

                Seems to me, now Sydnar, if you aren’t one of the ever increasing rightwing crosby textor gnomes I remember of last election, then you must agree that Len Brown was probably less to blame than the other named individuals. So, I will assume from now on you will mention all those names when you are laying blame, or I will certainly be suspicious of your motives for coming on any left-leaning site which is far more objective than say National’s kiwiblog, which I daresay you know of?

                • Sydnar

                  Um, Len Brown used public transport for a week when he became Mayor. So much for that little commitment. and don’t get me started on Dick Quax – the guy is a loon.

                  I don’t even know who/what Crosby Textor is. Let me Google… really? Your answer to my point on event management and contingency plans is to throw a conspiracy theory at me? Sigh. So can I assume you’re a Labour Party hack? I hope not – I kinda liked them at the last election.

                  God forbid someone who actually works in the industry comment on it.

                  If you’d read my other posts, you’d see that yes I believe the Veolia management, head of Auckland Transport and McCully should be held accountable. I don’t think Joyce can really be blamed given the long term nature of PT funding but evidently this is a fiercely partisan blog and I’ve waded in a little naively, so am now kinda jammed in this mire.

                  And no, I’m unaware of Kiwiblog – but thanks for the headsup, I’m aware of it now. Not my cup of tea.

                  The Auckland Transport blogs are little more informed and a little less, well, ridiculous. I’ll take my readership over there (AKTNZ and bettertransport for anyone else interested).

                  • Sydnar apologies if you are being unjustifiably accused of being a troll but there is a habit of supposedly politically neutral independent commentators popping up and then running Crosby Textor attack lines.

                    You have not heard of CT? Then you cannot have been around in 2005.

                    I don’t want to cast aspersions on your bona fides but lefties have been suspicious of people popping up and doing such things as blaming Len Brown for what happened Friday night. Because he is a recently elected representative and PT projects take years and years to come to fruition. So if you wanted to blame anyone you should go back ten years and see who was in power then.

                    You could also see Auckland’s train system in 2000 (utter crap) and then compare it to what it is now, (transports ten times as many people per annum but still bad).

                    If you are really pissed off about Auckland’s PT then back in 1975 Sir Dove Myer Robinson proposed a light rail system for Auckland. Labour was going to fund it. Muldoon came into power and killed the project.

                    • Sydnar

                      I don’t really take offence. I’m not wedded enough to the online thing to mind all that much when someone calls me a “troll”.

                      And don’t get me wrong, I’m furious about Auckland’s PT, or lack of it. And in ten years time when demand is skyrocketing and we don’t have the facilities/capacity needed because of the crappy decisions being made now, I’ll be the first to stand up and howl abuse at the current decision makers (Joyce, Key, English etc).

                      But for now – backup plans upon backup plans. Basic stuff.

                      Jum – try having a civil conversation or debate. It can be quite enjoyable.

                  • Jum

                    Sydnar,

                    Bye.

  14. John Dalley 14

    If you want to blame anyone, blame John Banks and now Stephen Joyce.
    If Bank’s had got his way when he first became Auckalnds Mayor, we would not even have Britomart.
    @Joe Bloggs, you continue to be a complete disingenious idiot, Len Brown was not, is not responsible for last nights fiasco, that can be laid squarely at the feet of National. They are the ones that wanted to “get more quote” and thus delayed the purchase of new rolling stock by at least two years and are continuing to screw the auckland public around.

  15. jeremy 15

    People who say this is the mayors fault don’t know he ran for better public transport and National cut money for any such dream.

  16. deWithiel 16

    Co-ordination of the RWC was undertaken by Michael Barnett, a former Citizen & Ratepayers’ regional councillor and chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. Here’s an excerpt from an earlier press release (last year):

    Auckland Transport “Will be Ready” for Rugby World Cup 2011

    A huge amount of work has been done over the past year and will continue this year to make sure Auckland transport is ready for the Rugby World Cup 2011 – “and I have total confidence we will be ready and able to provide a first class service for visitors and get maximum benefit from hosting the event,” said Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett.

    Mr Barnett, who is planning co-ordinator for Auckland’s RWC arrangements, was commenting on a Wellington report today that Auckland is not ready to cope with the more than 60,000 overseas visitors expected to flood the city for the 2011 RWC.

    “It is a shame that a Wellington media organisation used an outdated report written in the middle of last year without covering the huge progress made since it was prepared,” he said.

    We know how many people we need to move, when we need to move them and how we will move them. It will be rail, bus, coach, and walking opportunities.

    The region is working together, with a high-level of co-ordination across Councils, ARTA and other transport agencies.

    He suggested that media take a look at the area surrounding Eden Park to see the recent progress, including:

    Roading upgrades – Sandringham Road being realigned
    Railway station upgrades – Morningside and Kingsland
    New pedestrian links to public transport being built – The ‘Link Lane’ connecting Sandringham to Walters Road

    “It’s all happening now to make sure we are ready to welcome the crowds and give them an awesome Auckland experience at Rugby World Cup matches.”

    http://www.chamber.co.nz/News/Release-Archive/Auckland-Transport–Will-be-Ready%E2%80%9D-for-Rugby-World.aspx

  17. So, if I have this straight, if you spend decades letting your public transport system deteriorate it doesn’t perform well under pressure? I’m shocked. And stunned.

    • Lanthanide 17.1

      Yes. And then it’s all the current mayors fault when decades of mis-management come home to roost.

      • Sydnar 17.1.1

        But this is a planning muckup, as any event planner (my occupation) will recognise.

        Things go wrong, they always do. Provided you have a redundancy built into your event planning, you mitigate the downsides. So if a train grinds to a halt – a very foreseeable outcome given the decades of PT neglect, you jump to plan B – get spare buses there, inform people over the PA system and keep things progressing. You don’t leave people stuck there for 2 hours.

        A decent event/organisation head will have asked this question repeatedly – “What’s the backup plan? What’s the backup plan when the first backup plan fails?” in this case, it’s Auckland Transport, event organisers and, frankly, yes, the Mayor, regardless of who it is. If Banks had been mayor and this happened, I’d equally hold him accountable.

  18. Afewknowthetruth 18

    Orcland. The most dysfunctional city in New Zealand.

    A few years ago they couldn’t even organise an electricity supply.

  19. vto 19

    Blimmin’ useless

  20. Bryan 20

    The system always was going to fail. BS about people leaving too late – Insufficient trains/rolling stock etc. I went to station with 11 year old son and many others at 3pm to catch train to Britomart from Greenlane. Eleven !! trains went through too full to pick up. We boarded train to Onehunga and then travelled back past waiting thongs at stations to get to city. Fortunately (after one hour wait at Newmarket) we got to Britomart at 7.20pm in time see fireworks/ opening ceremony.
    The atmosphere was tremendous and the game on big screen a treat.
    The crush on Quay Street was immense ( any kind of panic may have turned into a disaster ).
    The patience of the punters was unbelievable by and large.
    Who is to blame –
    A dishonest exhortation to use public transport. Responded to by thousands.
    The unfinished tired old rail system, a one way bottleneck station at Britomart fairly obvious that it would not cope despite best efforts.
    All associated geniuses past and present – McCully, King Leonard, RWC planners/organisers, Veolia transport etc etc – now appear surprised and shocked.
    The fast electric trains required are still a couple of years away
    The Nats could have pushed the rail network along since 2008 ( yeah right Steven Joyce the motorway slut ) but there was no such directive from Helengrad in most of our 9 years of utopia either.
    Arrived home at 0030 Saturday

    • RedLogix 20.1

      A very excellent summary Bryan.

      The man at the top resigns. And that man is the Minister who has consistently underfunded Auckland rail for the last three years.

      This is basic and really should not be up for discussion.

    • marsman 20.2

      The LOOP through Britomart should have been on the agenda years ago. We need to get rid of that malevolent moron Steven Joyce, he’s destructive!

  21. hobbit 21

    What a load of BS.

    The problem is idiots pressing emergency stop buttons and of course, letting off the fire extinguisher. Having a medical officer on each train would have helped, rather than delaying trains to meet medical staff on the ground (as said above).

    This is the failure of Auckland Transport. Operator Veolia also has a lot to answer for, although what they can do is limited by Auckland Transport.

    I don’t think Britomart was the problem here, so the loop would not have helped.

    This government has put an incredible amount of money into rail nation-wide, especially the Auckland network. Electrification and a fleet of new trains will be completed by this government!

    We would have had modern electric trains running now if Labour had not fucked around when they brought the national rail network back in 2004. In fact, Labour brought the Auckland rail network in 2002! And they sat on their butts and did nothing. There was more than enough time to buy a new fleet of electric trains and complete the electrification of the network, in times of surpluses too.

    Rather, it’s left up to this government, in times of deficit.

    • RedLogix 21.1

      The operator Veolia certainly should be answering some hard questions. All the issues you mention were highly predicatable; we’ve had exactly the same experience on a somewhat smaller scale here on the Wellington system in the last few years.

      Veolia had every reason to know what could go wrong, and every responsibility to ensure they had a Plan B and Plan C to cope with things going wrong. If they failed to do this then the head of Veolia resigns; if they didn’t have the resources to cope they had a duty to communicate this.

      Ultimately however it is the Minister who is politically responsible.

    • Jum 21.2

      Hobbit,

      Check out your history, fxxkwit.

      National sold the railway to mates who stripped and onsold parts of it, destroyed the whole spirit of places like Otahuhu and the apprenticeships schemes and the Planning Department some time back, just as they are deliberately causing a break down of any public services that are the backbone of this country, as well as the people who produce the food.

      Let’s no longer kid ourselves that any one group of people makes a country. Everyone does – if they’re allowed to.

      This government wants rid of Len Brown; the only person actually working to improve public transport in Auckland.

      Now, I want rid of Steven Joyce and Michael Barnett the orchestrators of this ballsup.

      Minister of transport and the ‘me me’ Michael Barnett, ceo of Auckland chamber of commerce wanting knighthoods for their sterling work in Auckland. They deserve something quite different. A request for their resignations or better still the turkey who allowed them to run amok – John Key.

      Greed caused this – plain unadulterated greed.

      • hobbit 21.2.1

        Temper temper, and take off your tinted glasses, you sounded okay until you broke into the ‘Len good – Joyce bad’ mumblings.

        I’m not denying that rail suffered from a lack of investment in the final years of Tranz Rail ownership – it did – massively -, however that is not a reason for Labour sitting on their butts for 6 years after they brought the Auckland network and not purchasing a modern fleet of rolling stock. They knew the amount of people using it was going to double, and they tinkered.

        BTW: The restructuring of the railways was the best thing that ever happened to it IMO. God knows what the railways would be looking like today if it had not been shaken up – would probably have been declared bankrupt years ago. Forcing it to keep thousands of staff on to keep the unemployment numbers looking good was never a smart move.

        • RedLogix 21.2.1.1

          however that is not a reason for Labour sitting on their butts for 6 years after they brought the Auckland network and not purchasing a modern fleet of rolling stock.

          Because the job was contracted out to a private global corporation, Veolia Transport. You know… the political wisdom of the day being that the private sector is always more efficient and effective than the public?

          Besides your timing is crap. You forget that the govt of the day was still in the process of reclaiming the track system from TransRail and setting up OnTrack. The buy back of the rest of the system and setting up KiwiRail was still years into the future. And until that happened the public sector had very little leverage to actually implement any real improvements.

          Unless of course you are now arguing that the Clark/Cullen govt should have re-purchased the non-track rail assets from TransRail years before they did?

          Forcing it to keep thousands of staff on to keep the unemployment numbers looking good was never a smart move.

          And throwing those thousands onto the scrap heap of unemployment was somehow smart?

      • Craig Glen Eden 21.2.2

        The Nat trolls are definitely out thats for sure. Like many I left Glen Eden 4.30 got to town 6.30.

        People on trains very tolerant, trains stopped for long periods no communication as to what was happening and carriages started heating up, people wanted to exit but couldnt.

        The volumes prove people want to use trains. A huge problem was the the party central concept bloody stupid! A party for twelve thousand when the City has 1.4 million? Also they needed more live gigs spread all around the City. Should of had three or four parties with live Kiwi music out West, South, and on the Shore etc.

        Positives police did a great job really good presence without over policing. Hats off to them all.
        Joe public very tolerant given this huge failure. We will no who needs to be held responsible by who takes the least responsibility. Seriously how the hell could you blame the guy thats been in for Eleven months as Mayor?

        Lastly I couldnt believe the bad reception Key got from the downtown crowd people booing and screaming all sorts of negative stuff the young folk really seem to be seeing through John the con. People started yelling vote Labour get rid of this dick.I have to say that made the night even more special.

        • Jum 21.2.2.1

          Craig Glen Eden,

          Lovely to hear what ‘Craig Glen Eden 21.2.2
          10 September 2011 at 9:00 pm said.

          Everything you said I agree with but this following bit you said: priceless.

          “Lastly I couldnt believe the bad reception Key got from the downtown crowd people booing and screaming all sorts of negative stuff the young folk really seem to be seeing through John the con. People started yelling vote Labour get rid of this dick.I have to say that made the night even more special.”

          Glad to see the young are starting to take an interest in the damage Key and Joyce are doing to their country’s future – that’s if they even bother to stay.

    • Draco T Bastard 21.3

      Rather, it’s left up to this government, in times of deficit.

      Labour fucked up by not getting on to this when they first got into power in 1999 (it really was that important) but NAct have been actively preventing Auckland from improving PT since they got in power in 2008. They went really feral when Len Brown got voted in as mayor rather than their preferred lapdog (John Banks).

      To even think that NAct are doing something to improve PT anywhere is to be completely blind to what they really are doing while accepting as gospel the BS that they spout as truth.

      • Afewknowthetruth 21.3.1

        There is plenty of evidence both Labour and National governments have been dancing to the oil company’s tune for decades: force people into cars (notice how they have attacked motor scooters and motorbikes which don’t use enough fuel) and once yoiu have your populace locked into dysfuntional arrangements you can profit from selling them what they are addicted to and are dependent on.

        This is all going to get very interesting now that we are well past peak oil and oil depletion is progressing towards the critical point.

        Sure, the implosion of so many economies around the world has temporarily depressed oil prices but writing is on the wall and there is only one way this is going to end: tragically.

        • Draco T Bastard 21.3.1.1

          (notice how they have attacked motor scooters and motorbikes which don’t use enough fuel)

          Yep, I did notice that and, as you say, it’s all to do with ensuring the oil companies make a profit.

        • The Baron 21.3.1.2

          Plenty of evidence huh. Care to share some – just one single link that proves this assertion will do.
          Quickly, before the imminent collapse!

          • Draco T Bastard 21.3.1.2.1

            Why would he do that? He’s already supplied heaps and you didn’t believe them then. In fact you’re one of the more extreme disbelievers of reality who comment here.

    • mik e 21.4

      Labour had put 360 million dollars aside to electrify the network National gave that to you idiots for tax cuts instead Hobbit with a name like that you think that $ 98 million spent on its production would have been better spent on Electrification.Instead of hob nobbing it with Hollywood moguls

  22. HC 22

    As a regular public transport user in Auckland I am NOT at ALL surprised about what happened. Major roads are grid locked during normal rush hour times every day, and buses run late most the times, because drivers are expected to keep within timetables that it is impossible to stay within. I have been to many countries in Europe and a few places in Asia. Of course certain mega cities in Asia may be worse, but with a population of only 1.4 million Auckland is hardly comparable. I lived in Europe for a few years not long ago, and the trains and buses were frequent and mostly very reliable and good. For sure it can be done here.

    Repeated governments have failed to have the foresight to develop in public transport, to upgrade a hopelessly backward system and to bring in a reasonable train and bus network. At least the last Labour government with the strong support from the Greens started to wake up and begin improving the previously hopeless train network in Auckland.

    Len Brown can hardly be held responsible for the chaos that happened on 09 September 11, because there has not been a stronger defender and promoter of public transport as a mayor for a very, very long time. Some of his plans may be a bit over-ambitious, but the fiasco last night has proved that much, much more must be done.

    Because there are so many short-sighted people, many will now think, bugger the trains and buses, I need my car to get from A to B. That is counter productive. We need more double tracking, more stations and better functioning systems. It can be done in other countries, why not here? Laissez faire economics will hardly fix it, because that would mean to simply react to the inevitable disaster to strike at some time in the future.

    Maybe too many are too busy re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, instead of putting their brains into gear for things that are more important?

    • Draco T Bastard 22.1

      Repeated governments have failed to have the foresight to develop in public transport, to upgrade a hopelessly backward system and to bring in a reasonable train and bus network.

      The stupid idiots sold it off and left it to the market only to discover that the market didn’t work (I doubt if they’ve worked out that PT is a natural monopoly yet even though the evidence has been around that proves it since the 19th century) and once that happened instead of doing the right thing and pulling it back into government ownership they subsidised the profits of the private owners. Logic and the grasping of reality doesn’t appear to be a politicians strong point.

      Some of his plans may be a bit over-ambitious…

      It only seems so because PT wasn’t built up properly over the last 50+ years.

  23. Jum 23

    Herald, August 30, pg A7

    Only the Herald could scream out headlines like ‘cars still the favourite for speed and convenience’ and yet the accompanying picture shows hundreds of cars bumber to bumper going north and south.

    Hilarious.

    But sickening – this is what Len Brown is fighting against and this sort of sick joke of a Herald headline with the picture showing the opposite is what has caused this transport problem last night.

    The owners of these conservative newspapers really want to keep the pollution spilling out in Auckland and I want to know exactly what Key and Joyce are getting out of these people and their backers to prevent Aucklanders getting the public transport system they need.

    Shame on you greedy men.

    I want Key and Joyce’s political heads to roll for this.

  24. gnomic 24

    The rail termination on Britomart is a sad joke resulting from decades of wrong decisions mostly by rightists. The lack of the onward loop is another sad joke. Joyce is a sad joke. And not a genius by the way.

    The definitive account of the pernicious influence of the motor trade on Auckland’s public transport through the subversion of local government remains to be written. No doubt all the skeletons are buried deep.

    • higherstandard 24.1

      I got to the game easily on Friday night – motorways were working perfectly.

      • Carol 24.1.1

        And if all the people who chose to use public transport had taken their cars instead, there would have been major road gridlock, large numbers of people would have had nowhere to park, and you may never have got to the game.

      • RedLogix 24.1.2

        Yes because so many people were misled by Veolia’s promises that the train system would cope.

        Or are you trying to imply that if everyone had taken their car instead that the motorways would have ‘worked perfectly’?

  25. Gareth 25

    Lets be honest, the train system was never going to cope with that volume of people. There are to few trains with too few carriages. It was always going to struggle and once you get a problem it goes exponential.
    Hell i’ve waited for hours on tube plaforms in london because some twit pulled the brake for a laugh in peak hour.
    For the volume of people that needed to be shifted in that period of time there would have to have been more, longer trains travelling at closer intervals with the caveat that nothing went wrong with regards to signals etc.

    No ones fault really, apart from the fact that someone should have been able to do the numbers during the planning phase realised that it wouldn’t work. A supplementry method would have been to run alot of buses on closed mtorway lanes into the central city.

    • RedLogix 25.1

      There are to few trains with too few carriages.

      Well yes if the wikipedia page is to be believed then Veolia’s current complement doesn’t look like it would cut mustard:

      Veolia operates the following rolling stock:-

      9 ADK/ADB class two-car DMUs (ex Transperth), owned by ARTA, operated in pairs;
      10 ADL/ADC class two-car DMUs (ex Transperth), owned by ARTA;
      3 DBR class locomotives, owned by KiwiRail, operating in top-and-tail mode with one five-car SX set (ex Brisbane), owned by ARTA;
      20 DC class locomotives, owned by KiwiRail, operating in push-pull mode with 20 sets of 3 or 4 SA cars and an SD driving car with driving cab and remote controls (ex British Rail Mark 2 carriages rebuilt for suburban service), owned by ARTA.[1]
      4 DFT/DFB class locomotives, owned by KiwiRail. Used in a similar way to the DC class locomotives, using six-car sets (5x SA and 1x SD)

      So you have to ask then, who failed to raise the red flag?

      • Carol 25.1.1

        Cameron Brewer is blaming Len Brown for promising that the public transport system could cope. (just reported on RNZ). But as links above show, McCully also promised the system would cope,

        http://www.3news.co.nz/RWC-wont-break-down-Aucklands-transport—McCully/tabid/423/articleID/225148/Default.aspx

        Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully has assured Aucklanders their city won’t grind to a halt during massive opening night celebrations.

        […]
        Sceptical Aucklanders have voiced concerns the train service will break down and roads will clog up with so much traffic that cars will be brought to a standstill.

        Mr McCully said he had faith transport would run smoothly.

        “Logistically, we’ve done our best to make sure we’ve got those contingencies covered,” he said.

        “We’ve got all of the people that have a role to play talking to each other over many months now so I think we’re as well prepared as we can be.”

        as did the head of Auckland Chamber of Commerce,

        http://www.chamber.co.nz/News/Release-Archive/Auckland-Transport–Will-be-Ready”-for-Rugby-World.aspx

        A huge amount of work has been done over the past year and will continue this year to make sure Auckland transport is ready for the Rugby World Cup 2011 – “and I have total confidence we will be ready and able to provide a first class service for visitors and get maximum benefit from hosting the event,” said Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett.

        • rd 25.1.1.1

          How about the NACTs introducing a local petrol tax to help pay for Public Transport.

        • HC 25.1.1.2

          Good points raised here, Carol! Also who was for not just months, I believe YEARS, talking up PARTY CENTRAL as the event site for Aucklanders to go to, watch the games and have a great time? Who has been hyping up party central and encouraged people to head to the city to watch the RWC opening celebrations en masse, to catch trains and buses to get there? Right, first of all it was DON KEY, followed by Stephen Joyce, McCully (“Giddy Serious” or not?) and other government ministers and members.

          To blame Len Brown for all this is ridiculous.

          They should have promoted a number of viewing and partying sites around the city, so that not almost all would simply head to the waterfront. The buck stops somewhere at the very top. Who brought us ‘The Cloud’ and other fancy ideas. Suddenly there was only room for 12,000. What a joke!

      • Draco T Bastard 25.1.2

        Well, I’m pretty sure that it was pointed out 2005 through 2011 by a lot of people on the left that the system wouldn’t work due to not enough investment to upgrade it.

  26. john 26

    well i got in my car at 230pm and it took 25 min to get to downtown auck from east auck,drove into the skycity car park and parked my car…..nice
    as i passed the train station’s i was glad i was in a car
    hay donkey please give us more money for pt….yeah right all the money’s gone on nice to have’s

  27. Jum 27

    It was interesting to hear Murry McCully this morning saying that the party central venue was just great – no problems at all – he’d just pulled up the drawbridge and left all those poor people outside to fend for themselves. – Nice going McCully.

    Just more evidence of the rich and the poor division that’s building in New Zealand.

    Then we had Guyon Espiner talking to the independent European Commission Chair and I could swear that the questions Guyon asked him will relate to New Zealand in a short time from now.

    Riots and loss of sovereignty to name just two.

    Hope Labour takes note of the financial transaction tax looking to happen in Europe.

    The panelists on Q and A discussed the tax after and dear wee Fran O’Sullivan, talked about speculation on our dollar.

    Nobody thought to bring in the elephant in the room which is Key and buddy the damaging speculators on our dollar when he was working hand in glove with the financial moneytraders that caused all our ills and now he’s in control of our future – thank goodness for 3 yr election times – oh I forgot, this one’s already been corrupted by media and by spinners.

  28. TTT 28

    Well, if you look back at the governments that have made big decisions against public transport investment in Auckland, National is the demon. The 1956 Master Plan, axed labours electrification, and rail enlargement scheme… Robbies Rappid Rail, following similar themes + the cbd tunnel was again dismissed by national in 1976, in favour for the completion of the 1963 Leuw Cather & Co Highway extension plan, even though this American outfit noted within the report that a “balanced” investment (ie PT+ roads) would be the only way forward.

    What has ensued is decades of Americanised road planning, with serious neglect to the public transport network. The only improvements that have been made since 2000, were all under the Labour government. Electrification, double tracking etc etc were all proposed and allocated funding before JK took his turn on the throne..

    The current and previous GPS documents are the easiest way to cut through the crap, and see where national’s transport priorities lie, over the next 7 years 272 million is put aside for public transport infrastructure whilst 11.5 billion is set aside for state highways investment. Sustainable management? yea right. Talk about the most backwards transport planning regime in the western world.

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    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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