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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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    . . from:      Frank Macskasy to:           Sunday News <editor@sunday-news.co.nz> date:      Fri, Aug 22, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday News . He says he doesn’t know about Judith Collins...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Just what is the Prime Minister’s role?!
    . . FROM: Frank Macskasy SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor DATE: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 TO: The Listener <letters@listener.co.nz. . The editor The Listener . John Key says he knew nothing about the activities of his one-time media consultant, Jason...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Just what is the Prime Minister’s role?!
    . . FROM: Frank Macskasy SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor DATE: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 TO: The Listener <letters@listener.co.nz. . The editor The Listener . John Key says he knew nothing about the activities of his one-time media consultant, Jason...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • A life working for social justice, David Shearer
    I believe New Zealand can be the best country in the world, where everyone can get a fair go and anyone prepared to work for it can achieve their dream....
    Labour campaign | 22-08
  • Key’s pathetic excuses
    Aug 15, 2014Aug 18, 2014Aug 18, 2014Aug 19, 2014Aug 20, 2014...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • Is Whale Oil a journalist (2)?
    Some time ago, I wrote about Cameron Slater’s claim to be a journalist, which he is invoking for the purposes of protecting his confidential sources. The District Court ordered him to turn over his sources in a defamation case brought...
    Media Law Journal | 22-08
  • Government considering starting CRL on time
    I’ve long suspected the realities surrounding the City Rail Link and its close relationship to some of the biggest development projects in Auckland would in some ways force the governments hand and require an earlier start than 2020. Yesterday the...
    Transport Blog | 22-08
  • Poll of polls
    Polity's poll of polls is up to date, over at the Poll of Polls page. The short version, good to use as a more-or-less pre-Dirty Politics baseline, is: National: 50.4% Labour: 26.4% Greens: 12.0% NZF: 4.6% InternetMANA: 2.3% Conservative: 2.1%...
    Polity | 22-08
  • Primary Teachers Rise Up!
    I have been a primary teacher for 35 years and for over half of that time I have been an active member of the New Zealand Educational Institute, New Zealand's largest education union. NZEI Te Riu Roa represents 50,000 members, including...
    Local Bodies | 22-08
  • Friday melts, weird weather and whales (it’s been a long time…)
    It’s been a long time since my last post: apologies for that. You may blame a bad cold, an urgent need for root canal work, the peak of the truffle season (and truffle tours for culinary heroes1 ), the start...
    Hot Topic | 22-08
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies – Today No. 29: It’s a left-wing smear campaig...
     Key: 'Left wing smear campaign'   Key continues to back Collins    John Key is wrong. He is not the victim of a smear campaign, and here's why: First, let's define "smear campaign". Wikipedia: A smear campaign, smear tactic or simply smear is...
    Arch Rival | 22-08
  • How Many National MPs are Corrupt?
    Reading through the ‘dumps’ of information allegedly showing Scumbag Adulterer Cameron Slater’s messages with National Party Hacks, there is a lot of discussions about money changing hands, Tobacco Companies making ‘donations’, and so on. Not only has Key’s Office and...
    An average kiwi | 22-08
  • Tolley feeds Slater too
    Because of Nicky Hager's excellent book, Dirty Politics, we know that a number of senior National party officials and Ministers have been caught out supplying information and content to the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blogsite, information that Cameron Slater uses...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • Unsurprising
    No bloggers have signed up to join the Online Media Standards Authority. This isn't really surprising. For a start, membership costs $500 a year (and ten times that if too many people complain) - well beyond the means of most...
    No Right Turn | 22-08
  • Nelson fishing museum satire or not?
    Apparently, unless Fairfax is now taking on The Civilian in the field of satirical news, the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith and fishing magnate Peter Talley are planning a fishing museum in Nelson. And the Minister considers this "ambitious new...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter Responds To Paul Buchanan.
    Uncharacteristically Idealistic: Normally a cool-headed realist (as befits an expert in international relations) Dr Paul Buchanan has taken issue with Chris Trotter's "cynical" Bowalley Road posting Dirty Politics - Is There Any Other Kind? by offering a passionately idealistic defence of...
    Bowalley Road | 22-08
  • This should not have taken five years
    Back in 2009, after the Herald was given information showing that National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi was suspected by the Immigration Service of paying off a woman at the centre of allegations he had made bogus job offers, Immigration Minister...
    No Right Turn | 22-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 22 August 2014
    The latest Herald Digipoll has just been released, and with a polling window running from 14 August to 20 August, the entirety of the polling was completed following the release of Dirty Politics. The results show a sharp fall of 4.9% for National. However,...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-08
  • Hard News: In The Green Room
    Next Thursday, John Key and David Cunliffe will meet in the first TVNZ leaders' debate. At the same time, Green Party co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman will appear in The Green Room, a "companion" debate streamed live online.I'll be...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • Walking in Manukau
    Just over a month ago I was out at Manukau City, at the open day of the new MIT, which doubles as Manukau station. This is a brilliant facility, with world class integration of land use and transport. If you...
    Transport Blog | 21-08
  • World News Brief, Friday August 22
    Top of the AgendaThai Junta Leader Appointed PM...
    Pundit | 21-08
  • Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective
    A press release from the Royal Society of NZ today. I think the “take home message is: “The panel concluded that the concerns raised by those opposed to fluoridation are not supported by the scientific evidence” A review of the...
    Open Parachute | 21-08
  • Seismic testing stopped in Norway but coming soon to Northland
    Seismic testing for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been stopped four days after it began and one month ahead of schedule after Greenpeace exposed it to the media. But off the coast...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 21-08
  • Hard News: Friday Music: A Strange Road
    It was one thing when the Electoral Commission declared Darren Watson's 'Planet Key' song and video to be an "election programme" under the Broadcasting Act. But quite another for it to then find it to also be an "election advertisement"...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • More proof
    Adam Bennet in the Herald reports: New evidence has emerged appearing to contradict Prime Minister John Key's claim he was never told by the SIS it intended to release politically sensitive secret documents to Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. But...
    Polity | 21-08
  • Up Front: Oh, God
    I'm not a militant atheist. I've always been grateful that I was raised by a good Christian woman; one who believed in kindness, and giving, and generally not being a judgemental homophobic arsehole. Those people's voices are largely missing from...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • New Fisk
    Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script...
    No Right Turn | 21-08
  • Key fails to keep his lies straight
    When evidence emerged yesterday that John Key had been briefed on Cameron Slater's expedited OIA to the SIS, he was quick to deny it. Apparently when the SIS director and the Ombudsman referred explicitly to "discussions with the Prime Minister",...
    No Right Turn | 21-08
  • Enter the Mad Butcher
    One aspect of the disgusting messages between National party propagandist Cameron Slater and his accomplice Aaron Bhatnagar that hasn't been picked up on by the mainstream media yet is their discussion about Peter Leitch AKA the Mad Butcher.This part of...
    The Jackal | 21-08
  • NEWSFLASH: John Key Clone Used to Fake News Conference
    Incredibly “Left Wing Smear” Campaigners have used a time machine, travelled back to August 8th 2011, with a Clone of John Key (That they made days before, using number eight wire and Oravida Milk Powder), and held a News Conference...
    An average kiwi | 21-08
  • Norway in sneak attack on the Arctic
    The Esperanza has been in Svalbard, in the Arctic, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 21-08
  • Vote Choice: Social Media Round-up
    We will return to our regularly scheduled coverage of party leader’s position on abortion. Meanwhile, this week’s Vote Choice series focuses on what we have heard from supporters across social media. We’ve also listed some interesting resources that can help...
    ALRANZ | 21-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like a laser-beam into the darkest, most noisome...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like a laser-beam into the darkest, most noisome...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-08
  • Is Penlink worth it?
    As the Council puts together its 10 year budget over the coming months there will be some really big questions that need to be addressed in the area of transport. When to start City Rail Link? How fast to build...
    Transport Blog | 21-08
  • Abandoning Science – And The Planet
    Weeping For The Planet: The famous "Crying Indian" advertisement, produced by Keeping America Beautiful, struck a deep chord with Americans when it first screened on "Earth Day" - 22 April  1971. It was a time when both the Left and the...
    Bowalley Road | 21-08
  • Peters: With Real Representation, Real Progress
    Speech – New Zealand First Party Early this month, the New Zealand First candidate for Tauranga, Clayton Mitchell, organised a meeting between local city councillors and myself. You will recall that back then he and New Zealand First gave a...
    Its our future | 21-08
  • The Green Party’s campaign video
    The Green Party's 2014 election campaign opening broadcast.A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand.http://greens.org.nz #LoveNZ...
    The Jackal | 21-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn, workers to vote on new offer
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs)...
    PSA | 21-08
  • Required reading: “John Key – The End Game” by Bryan Gou...
    John Key – The End Game             It is one of the wonders of the modern world that the democracy that past generations fought and died for is regarded as of little consequence by those who currently enjoy its benefits.While many...
    Arch Rival | 21-08
  • John Key’s 69 Top Lies: Today no. 30 – Cameron Slater is nothin...
     3News Video John Key talks Nicky Hagers Dirty Politics  As much as John Key may wish it were otherwise, Cameron Slater is part of the National Party. Below is a photo of Cameron Slater's National Party membership card, taken by Cameron Slater himself as...
    Arch Rival | 21-08
  • 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 | 21-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • “Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compens...
    Fast Food = Slow Pay   Lola is a manager at a major fast food chain. Last year her employer arbitrarily cut her hours from 32 hours to anywhere between 18 and 26 hours each week. “I said I can’t...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics
    I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’.  There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy. My overwhelming feeling is one...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Pak’nSave pull adverts from Whaleoil
    Pak n Save have replied to complaints that their adverts were appearing on hate speech site Whaleoil by deciding to block their adverts from appearing on the site. Their reply… Congratulations for Pak’NSave on making this type of ethical stand. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
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    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Te Kuiti man imprisoned for images of young children
    A Te Kuiti man caught with pictures of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment. Sickness beneficiary Daniel James Parry, 35, appeared for sentence in the Tauranga District Court today (Friday) after pleading guilty...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Japan Maritime Training Squadron visit – Open Day, Band
    • The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron will make port in Auckland from Wednesday 3 September to Saturday 6 September...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • MP Perk Transparency Needed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the increase in taxpayer-funded entitlements for MPs and their families published on the legislation website this afternoon . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Debating the future of Auckland’s housing
    With only weeks until the General Election, Auckland’s mounting housing crisis will be put under the spotlight in an Election Debate hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. The debate’s topic “Market forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Let’s sort this out – Human Rights Commission
    A Whangarei woman allegedly censured for greeting customers with Kia ora can get in touch with the Human Rights Commission says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “We really need to resolve these kinds of issues. I had thought that...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Aged Care Association welcomes Labour’s wages policy
    The New Zealand Aged Care Association welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement that if elected, it will raise the minimum wage for aged care workers within its first 100 days in Government....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Honorary doctorate for Secretary-General of the UN
    An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree is to be bestowed on His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the University of Auckland on Wednesday 3 September, both in recognition of his role as an international statesman...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya
    The New Zealand Bar Association joins the International Bar Association (IBA) and other Law Societies and Bar Associations worldwide over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Bob Parker, China State Media and Tibet Forum
    Former Christchurch mayor was signed up to position statement without his knowledge; observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • “Walk the talk to reduce the wage gap”
    There’s just a few weeks left to convince the candidates of all political parties that reducing the wage gaps makes good sense....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Digital Currency on the Drawing Board
    Government policies and digital currency ideas and issues will come together at three public workshops next week....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • NZ Cycle Trail welcomes $8 million fund
    Government funding of $8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT)....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Judges Comments Bonkers – McVicar
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar is accusing a Judge of forgetting that he is the gate-keeper for the community and not a benevolent caregiver for law breakers. "The comments by this Judge are not just alarming, they're completely...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Oxfam: World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians
    As the New Zealand Government prepares to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty, and after ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again in Gaza yesterday, Oxfam is calling on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Degrees in Picking up Rubbish
    Responding to the Fairfax media report of a University of Otago survey of Wellington’s street-connected walkways, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Another Union row
    “ The teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the government sector. National has no one to blame but themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Whyte: Speech to Grey Power
    National’s failure to increase the age for super and reform health is a threat to every New Zealander’s security....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Local Govt should not go into business
    “No one should take any comfort from the fact that “Infracon”, a roading company in Tararua and Central Hawke's Bay, is to go into liquidation. This puts the future of more than 200 jobs in doubt. ACT sympathises with those...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand
    CPAG is calling on people across society to join a march from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland to demand action on child poverty in Aotearoa....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Ngapuhi Chair Says Enough of the Political Sideshow
    Time for side-shows to end so we can focus on future of our nation – Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Chairman, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
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