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Armstrong: Brownlee’s big idea turning to custard

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 1st, 2010 - 18 comments

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Herald chief political commentator John Armstrong writes “Gerry Brownlee’s search for El Dorado in this country’s supposedly mineral-ridden national parks has so far been more akin to King Midas in reverse. The only gold to be seen is the colour of the custard to which the whole exercise has rapidly been turning.”

David Cameron is like a hollow Easter egg, with no bag of sweets inside. He’s nothing. He’s no one

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 pm, April 26th, 2010 - 30 comments

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A classic opinion piece on David Cameron by Charlie Brooker. It was written 3 years ago, but arguably more relevant now with Cameron poised to take 10 Downing St. Also, one can’t but help make comparisons with John Key: “David Cameron is an idiot. A simpering, say-anything, dough-faced, preposterous waddling idiot with a feeble, insincere voice and an irritating tendency to squat near the top of opinion polls…”

Goff: I’ll reverse unfair tax cuts for the rich

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 pm, April 24th, 2010 - 124 comments

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Labour leader Phil Goff has come out swinging against National’s proposal to cut the top tax rate. It’s great to see Phil living up to his promise to stand up for the many, not the few. National’s plan to cut the top rate will only benefit the very wealthy, like John Key. Now we can stand assured, the 6th Labour Government will fix that injustice.

Mining spin: Govt try improve palatability of unpalatable plan

Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, April 24th, 2010 - 23 comments

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The Government is trying to run a campaign to try and minimise public outcry of its plan to desecrate areas areas of our National Parks. By purposefully releasing its mad initial plan, Minister of Energy Gerry Brownlee hoped his second-choice would appear more palatable. Well, let’s be very clear here Mr Brownlee. You have no right to pick and choose to desecrate any of our special National Parks.

Full extent of Nats’ mining plans revealed

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, April 24th, 2010 - 17 comments

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The full extent of just how far the Government would like to push mining on conservation land has been revealed in documents obtained by Radio NZ. The documents show the Nats wanted 90% of Rakiura/Stewart Island, which is still on the table, open to mining activities. In total opening 467,517 hectares for mining were initially signed off for mining (roughly one and half times the area of Samoa).

John Key to slash public services

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 pm, April 22nd, 2010 - 48 comments

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John Key is planning to slash and burn $2 billion out of our public services. Key says the slashing is needed to pay for increasing health and education costs. Bullshit. It’s about paying for John Key’s and his rich mates’ tax cuts.

Lib Dems surge ahead in Britain

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, April 18th, 2010 - 28 comments

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Just checked out the latest polling numbers over in the UK. It seems Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s performance in the first leaders debate is paying off. Clegg’s party has surged ahead at the expense of the Conservatives, taking the lead in several polls. (Latest BPIX poll, LDEM 32%, CON 31%, LAB 29%). This could have huge implications.

Key’s vomit-inducing Herald interview

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, April 17th, 2010 - 41 comments

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If you want to read something vomit-inducing this morning, there’s no need to go any further than Audrey Young’s interview with Key about his overseas trip. Key talks about touching Barack Obama, sharing secrets with Stephen Harper, discussing Berlusconi’s boat, and how Angela Merkel knew Helen Clark quite well. If only Audrey Young were taking the piss, it wouldn’t be so yellow and chunky.

Will Winston be back in 2011?

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, April 10th, 2010 - 97 comments

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In politics nothing lasts forever. That is it seems, except the Rt Hon Winston Peters. The latest Roy Morgan poll has NZ First at 3%, just below the 5% threshold (Nats 49%, Lab 33%). With Peters once again creeping back into the media spotlight, you’ve got to wonder: Will Rodney Hide’s nightmare come true with the return of Winston Peters to Parliament in 2011?

John Key received gold-nugget donation from mining industry

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, March 30th, 2010 - 69 comments

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According to a West Coast Times article sourced by norightturn, John Key received a $1000 donation in the form of a gold nugget from a mining company. It’s becoming very clear just how close the connections are between the mining industry and John Key’s National Party are.

Nats losing support over mining plan

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, March 28th, 2010 - 23 comments

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According to a poll in the the Sunday Star Times, John Key’s mining plan has turned off one in six National voters. The government claims not to be worried by the negative public relation. John Key is starting to sound very out of touch on the mining issue, and that could be his biggest mistake yet.

John Key heckled in Levin

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, March 26th, 2010 - 14 comments

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The smile is wearing off. John Key visited Levin today to open a new district court. The visit didn’t go to plan as he was heckled by 150 locals over health cuts – which will see the region lose 24 beds.

Wait till the mining issue heats up.

The Economist slams John Key’s mining plan

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, March 24th, 2010 - 40 comments

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The flagship publication of the global free market The Economist has attacked John Key’s mining plan for undermining New Zealand’s 100% pure brand. It seems the Greens have a better understanding of market economics than John Key. Maybe Mr Key should’ve asked for advice after all on how his plan might hurt the Kiwi brand?

Nikki Kaye hits out at Key’s mining plan

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, March 23rd, 2010 - 29 comments

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National Party MP Nikki Kaye is hitting out at her own leader John Key’s plan to mine Great Barrier Island. She joins the growing list of conservative opponents against the plan, with Auckland Mayor John Banks also voicing his opposition. It shows just how toxic this mining plan is.

Key’s mining plan worse than Bush’s

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 am, March 23rd, 2010 - 51 comments

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John Key’s mining plan released yesterday is true madness. It sacrifices New Zealand’s natural heritage to make a buck for a few multi-national mining companies. The full list of changes make it clear: Key is mounting an attack on our conservation areas on a scale that even George W Bush couldn’t stomach.

Govt to open National Parks for mining

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, March 22nd, 2010 - 116 comments

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John Key’s discussion document is out and is proposing slice more than 7000ha out of our most precious conservation lands. Forest and Bird’s information was right. It includes: Coromandel, Paparoa National Park, Great Barrier Island. With Northland and Stewart Island on the wish-list too!

National Parks, not National’s parks

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, March 15th, 2010 - 82 comments

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Forest and Bird has obtained information that Prime Minister John Key is looking to mine Paparoa National Park [pictured right], Great Barrier Island, and areas surrounding the Thames township. The final details of the discussion doc will be decided at Cabinet today. Mr Key, you’re in for a fight on this one.

Brash emails hit headlines again…for the wrong reason

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 pm, March 8th, 2010 - 61 comments

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The leaked emails which helped bring about the downfall of former Nat leader Don Brash hit the headlines again today, for all the wrong reasons. The story of who “stole” the emails was nothing more than a successful Tory decoy. Journalists have already forgotten the insidious tricks used by the top echelons of the National Party.

John Key lies about “surgical” mining

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, March 6th, 2010 - 24 comments

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Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee is refusing to rule out landscape-scarring mining on our most precious conservation land. This makes a liar of John Key who promised the government was considering “surgical mining”.

John Key – Conservation Enemy No.1

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, February 21st, 2010 - 28 comments

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Prime Minister John Key is the worst enemy New Zealand’s conservation estate has had in decades. Not content with the destruction caused by mining our most precious conservation areas, Key is pushing to sell off access to the conservation estate to the highest bidders.

Brownlee lying over mining on conservation land

Written By: - Date published: 2:54 pm, February 17th, 2010 - 24 comments

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According to The Press Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee is denying he trimmed a South Island conservation park after being lobbied by mining company L&M. However, documents posted on The Standard and No Right Turn show he was lying.

Key’s “sloppy” excuse on uranium shares

Written By: - Date published: 6:22 pm, February 16th, 2010 - 18 comments

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John Key has tried to excuse himself from owning shares in a uranium company by saying he was “sloppy”. I’m afraid that’s not good enough for a Prime Minister worth millions, who likely pays top dollar for a lawyer to advise him on just these kind of problems.

I won’t raise GST

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, February 12th, 2010 - 5 comments

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This is pretty classic. Found it on one of The Standard’s old posts. I think we’ll be seeing a bit more of this image around.

Evidence on drugs ignored

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, February 12th, 2010 - 21 comments

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Minister of Justice Simon Power has unfortunately decided to completely ignore recommendations made by the Law Commission on drug reform. This is an unfortunate missed opportunity. I absolutely agree with David Farrar who says: Simon Power must have a very sore kneecap after what was an un-necessary kneejerk rejection of pretty much everything in the […]

Destroying our heritage

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, February 10th, 2010 - 81 comments

John Key is hell bent on carving up our most pristine National Parks for mining. No matter what. The areas most at risk are Kahurangi and Coromandel (rumour has it that Aspiring is a decoy to soften the blow). Well, these are amazing areas that do not derserve to be destroyed at the whims of […]

The victims of Brand Key

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, February 7th, 2010 - 50 comments

Remember the struggling Auckland family that John Key used in 2007 to help build his brand? Well, according to the Herald: The mother of the 12-year-old girl John Key took to Waitangi three years ago says she has been let down by the Prime Minister, and her daughter now wants nothing to do with him. […]

Brown promises electoral reform in UK

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, February 4th, 2010 - 28 comments

The British PM Gordon Brown has announced he will push through legislation giving citizens the chance to vote on whether to dump First Past the Post (FPP) in favour of Alternative Vote (AV). According to The Guardian: Brown staked his authority on committing his party not just to a referendum on the alternative vote, but […]

Welcome to the 1990s

Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, February 4th, 2010 - 28 comments

Unemployment is now 7.3%. The highest since the 90s. What, you don’t remember that decade? Well, you’re in a for a treat. Govt says population rise behind high unemployment Social Development Minister Paula Bennett pointed to an increase of 14,500 people in the working age population. “There are simply more people joining the workforce, which […]

DPMC: The “Key” to increasing the PM’s power

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, February 3rd, 2010 - 14 comments

Last October I posted on National’s plan to fold the State Services Commission into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Yesterday, Labour’s Grant Robertson revived the rumour. And since then Government pollster David Farrar has spent much of his energy reserves vigorously defending any transfer of power that may occur. But we should watch closely to […]

Key admits mistake: Tolley and Groser shuffled out

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 pm, January 26th, 2010 - 43 comments

Today John Key admitted his mistake in two Ministerial portfolio appointments, as two long overdue changes were announced. 1) Chopper Tolley has rightfully been shuffled out of the Tertiary Education portfolio, which goes to Steven Joyce. Tolley’s record has been appalling, most infamously taking a chopper ride to get a “helicopter view” of the AUT […]

Massachusetts not about health care

Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, January 26th, 2010 - 38 comments

I’m getting a bit sick of commentary suggesting Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate race was a thumbs down for Obama’s universal health care package. It wasn’t. Health care was not an issue in the Massachusetts senate election. Why? Because in 2006 state-wide health care and coverage was enforced by Massachusetts law. Wikipedia’s […]

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  • Hekia Parata fails to answer basic questions
    Education Minister Hekia Parata’s inability to answer even the most basic questions about her proposed new Executive Principal roles will have alarm bells ringing in school communities all around the country, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools are already concerned...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Guy gets it wrong by any measure
    The Ministry for Primary Industries being forced to reprint rulers designed to help recreational fishers measure their snapper catch is right up there on the incompetence scale, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI is having to spend another $8000...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Books almost $1b worse than expected
    Yet again the Government’s financial statements are worse than expected, raising serious questions about National’s management of the economy and its books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “In November, December, January and now February National’s books were worse than...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Support for Key Government hangs in the dock
    The latest documents released in the John Banks case raise serious questions about the credibility of John Key’s Government that continues to be propped up by the discredited ACT MP, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “We now know why John...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Give up Chorus – leave it to ComCom
    Three cheers for our court system in confirming the law which gave Chorus three years to prepare for a changed  copper price, says Associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. “The Government is now in the embarrassing position of having the High...
    Labour | 08-04
  • National opening up conservation land for oil and gas exploration
    The National Government is opening up over 4,600 square kilometres of conservation land for petroleum exploration, the Green Party said today. The conservation land, which is part of Block Offer 2014, is on the West Coast region of the South...
    Greens | 08-04
  • Treasury confirms National bad with money
    National is failing to manage the Government's accounts prudently, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. The Government's financial statements for the eight months to February 2014 show the operating deficit before gains and losses at $1.4 billion, or...
    Greens | 07-04
  • One pot of gold gone, Labour will create a new one
    The Financial Service Council’s savings report shows while we have lost one pot of gold, Labour’s savings policy will help create a new one, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. The Infometrics analysis on Labour’s 1974 New Zealand Superannuation Fund...
    Labour | 07-04
  • Ae Marika! 8 April 2014
    I gotta say its bloody hilarious reading what all the political commentators are saying about how any relationship between MANA and the Internet Party is a ‘sell out of MANA’s principles’. For the past three years those same commentators have...
    Mana | 07-04
  • Principals fire warning shot over ‘expert’ plan
    Calls from school principals for the Government to meet certain conditions before they support its expert teaching policy should be a wake up for Education Minister Hekia Parata, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Principals’ Federation has today said...
    Labour | 07-04
  • Media Advisory
    Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom met in Central Auckland over the weekend to discuss possibilities for a relationship between the MANA Movement and the Internet Party. The MANA Executive has extended an invitation to Kim Dotcom to address the Mana...
    Mana | 07-04
  • Human rights leaders mourned
    “In the last week, New Zealand has lost two champions for human rights, Bev Grammar and Patrick Thompson.  They were both young, principled and tireless advocates for disabled people and their contribution to progress on human rights issues in New...
    Labour | 06-04
  • Human rights leaders mourned
    “In the last week, New Zealand has lost two champions for human rights, Bev Grammar and Patrick Thompson.  They were both young, principled and tireless advocates for disabled people and their contribution to progress on human rights issues in New...
    Labour | 06-04
  • Dunne breaks his word on loan sharks
    United Future Leader Peter Dune has done the dirty on the victims of loan sharks and backflipped on his previous willingness to support moves to cap excessive interest rates, Labour’s Consumer Rights spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. “When Peter Dunne previously...
    Labour | 06-04
  • Nikki Kaye exaggerates housing numbers on flyer
    National’s Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye is so keen to talk up the Government’s failed attempt to address Auckland’s housing crisis, she has distributed flyers claiming 11,000 homes have been consented which haven’t, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The...
    Labour | 06-04
  • Key needs to front on Dunne’s links to pokie money
    Prime Minister John Key needs to explain just why he has appointed Peter Dunne as Minister of Internal Affairs given his links to the pokie industry, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Mr Dunne, outside of Parliament has been...
    Greens | 05-04
  • Government rides rough shod over local democracy
    The inability of the public to hold to account a hand-picked governance board developing the Wairarapa Water Use Project must sound alarm bells for local ratepayers and the wider public, Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri says. “It has been revealed...
    Labour | 05-04
  • Bungled law behind public backlash over legal highs
    ~~The public backlash against the Government’s attempt to regulate legal highs was inevitable after it bungled the implementation of the Psychoactive Substances Act, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says....
    Labour | 05-04
  • Top researchers forced overseas, cap in hand
    Suggestions one of our top bio-protection research institutes may have to look overseas for funding could jeopardise important work to protect our horticulture industry from pests, Labour’s Innovation, Research & Development spokesperson Megan Woods says....
    Labour | 04-04
  • No savings with power switching
    A report has dismissed the government’s grand claims that customers who switch power companies have brought big savings to the electricity market, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “This is a blow to the government which has actively touted the...
    Labour | 04-04
  • Celebrate NZ but Kiwi kids and women still missing out
    New Zealanders should celebrate living in the most socially advanced country in the world but with the same study showing a massive increase in violence against children, there is so still much to do, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The...
    Labour | 03-04
  • Lymphoedema sufferers deserve better
    Treatment and services for those suffering from Lymphoedema are inconsistent, inequitable and depend on where you live in New Zealand, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King has told the opening of the 10th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference in Auckland today. Lymphoedema...
    Labour | 03-04
  • Banker’s doubts over LVRs another nail in the housing coffin
    Thousands of first home buyers around New Zealand will be asking the Government what all the pain has been for after departing BNZ  CEO Andrew Thorburn said that the jury is still out on whether LVRs have worked, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 03-04
  • SkyCity parking concessions undervalued
    The parking concessions given to SkyCity for funding an international convention centre have been undervalued, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.The deal between the Government and SkyCity casino means that SkyCity gains a significant number of gambling related...
    Greens | 03-04
  • New analysis shows Govt turning to deep sea drilling out of desperation
    New analysis by the Green Party released today shows that easy oil and gas in New Zealand is running out and the Government is turning to risky deep sea and ultra-deep sea drilling out of desperation.Of the 405,000 square kilometres...
    Greens | 03-04
  • Labour calls for ban on fruit imported from high-risk areas
    Labour is calling on the Government to immediately ban the importation of fruit from high-risk areas after the discovery of the second Queensland fruit fly in Whangarei today, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry for Primary Industries...
    Labour | 03-04
  • Māori Party asked to come clean about what’s happening with te reo Māor...
    It is rumoured the government is planning to disestablish Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission, and Te Māngai Pāho, the Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency, and instead bring all responsibility and funding for te reo Māori...
    Mana | 03-04
  • Latest fruit fly discovery raises serious questions
    The discovery of yet another fruit fly in Whangarei raises serious questions about our biosecurity preparedness, the Green Party said today. Three Queensland fruit flies have been discovered in New Zealand since May 2012. "New Zealand can't leave our biosecurity...
    Greens | 03-04
  • Green Party launches Compulsory Code of Conduct Bill for supermarkets
    The Green Party has today launched legislation that will see a compulsory code of conduct brought in for New Zealand supermarkets and a fairer, more transparent system for New Zealand suppliers."New Zealand growers, producers and small businesses deserve a fair...
    Greens | 03-04
  • Tax and spend Nats push up interest rates
    National has changed its colours and become the real tax and spend party but is trying to hide the truth through suspect accounting, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “John Key clearly enjoys testing the New Zealand public’s gullibility. Yesterday...
    Labour | 02-04
  • Whales at risk in NZ waters from massive seabed mining project
    Evidence in front of the Environmental Protection Authority today shows that a proposed sea bed mining operation off the coast of Taranaki could negatively impact on the health of whales, the Green Party said today. Trans-Tasman Resources Limited (TTR) is...
    Greens | 02-04
  • Second million dollar fly a biosecurity failure
    The discovery of a second Queensland fruit fly in Whangarei is a massive failure for New Zealand’s biosecurity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The finding of a second fly in a trap in Parikaha, just 400m from where...
    Labour | 02-04
  • Labour fact check: Key’s twists and turns in speech
    John Key has yet again twisted the figures and selectively chosen his statistics, a fact check by Labour shows, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “John Key has a long history of getting away with misstatements that range from an...
    Labour | 02-04
  • Taxpayers fork out $2500 a week for top PR company
    The Ministry of Justice needs to explain why it is paying a top Wellington public relations company about $2500 a week to upload judgments to the Courts of New Zealand website, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “The Ministry...
    Labour | 02-04
  • National fiddles while mortgages rise
    National’s failure to address the underlying issues of the New Zealand economy means New Zealanders will be paying more for their mortgages, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “They are fiddling while interest rates, rents and mortgages rise. “The Government has...
    Labour | 02-04
  • Flip-flop Foss turns Commerce into comedy
    Craig Foss has flip-flopped completely on his inept attempt to create an unwanted voluntary code of conduct for supermarkets, says Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Craig Foss really is the laughing stock of National’s Cabinet, which is quite a feat...
    Labour | 02-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    TV News Geography...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
    The best bit about gay sex...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
    On not voting 1...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    On not voting 2...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
    Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
    Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
    Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
    Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour LeaderSpeech to the Institute of Directors15 April 2014, Auckland It’s a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in recei...
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have been driven to the wall by a...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley to perform live in Auckland
    Press Release: Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Maori Party $5000 per ticket John Key Fundraiser at sexist Northe...
    So MANA can’t contemplate an alliance with Kim Dotcom because he is wealthy and MANA is not and that’s a terrible hypocrisy. Shock. Horror. So what is one to make of the Maori Party holding a $5000 per ticket closed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • David vs Goliath – Key’s housing affordability TV debate challenge
    John Key allowed his frustration to get the better of him at yesterdays press conference when he responded to a question on housing affordability by shooting back that he would debate David Cunliffe on the issue. Cunliffe has accepted. The...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Deborah Manning joins Team Cunliffe
    Deborah Manning is a very good friend of mine and seeing her join Team Cunliffe in Wellington is just another example on top of Matt Mcarten and Clint Smith’s appointments that Cunliffe is serious about putting together the best strategic...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?
    If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000
    A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Key to Snowden
    Comparing Key to Snowden...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Latest Banksy
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    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Valuing Teachers
    Valuing Teachers...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth
    Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • TPPA is corporate thuggery
    TPPA is corporate thuggery...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Why we need feminism
    Why we need feminism...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Method In His Madness: Why did Russel Norman make Labour an offer it couldn...
    THE LINE FROM LABOUR is that the Greens made them an offer they couldn’t accept. Delivered in the condescending, world-weary tone one usually associates with a headmaster reprimanding one of the dimmer boys from the Lower-Fifth, the suggestion, clearly, is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • iPredict has possible MANA-Internet Party alliance at 3 seats
    Latest iPredict scores has MANA at 1.1% and the Internet Party at 1.5% – combined that’s 2.6%, the party list percentages would roughly be… 2 seats (i.e. electorate and one list): (1.2%) 3 seats: (2%) 4 seats: (2.8%) 5 seats:...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Adam Bennett and his wonky Tai Tokerau logic
    Adam Bennett, the NZ Herald’s political reporter, has published a column with some wonky Tai Tokerau logic… Unless the Mana Internet alliance pulls off the unlikely feat of reaching the 5 per cent mark on election night, all of this...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley performing for MANA fundraiser
    Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed by an...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Businessman who is taking Blogger to court for defamation attacked
    The NBR are reporting (paywalled) that Matt Blomfield, the businessman taking Cameron Slater to court for defamation, has had been attacked last night with shots fired at his home. How vicious and nasty. Thoughts are with Matt and his family....
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • When in trouble – blame the “filthy benes”!
    . . A recent Roy Morgan poll had some very disturbing news for National and it’s shrinking support-base; .   . The poll results; Right Bloc National: 43% (down 2.5%) Maori Party: 1.5% (down 0.5%) ACT NZ: (0.5%, unchanged) United...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Border ‘butchers’, absentee poll reps and West Papua’s growing strife
    A West Papuan in handcuffs at a recent “Free West Papuans” rally in Auckland. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC THE INDONESIAN parliamentary elections this week were disappointing on a number of fronts, especially for presidential frontrunner Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. His...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • NZ Women Just Aren’t Skinny Enough
    Entrants for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant pose for the press while one of their number, Miss New Zealand, faints under the hot sun of Long Beach, California. 1954. According to Miss Bikini NZ organiser Katrina Turner, the quality of...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Blatant Emotive Claptrap
    This week, amidst royalty, puppies, babies and Paula Bennett on the catwalk, it was Don Brash, former leader of the National and Act parties, former Governor of the Reserve Bank and, disturbingly, former roué of the Right, who thrust himself, shirt-unbuttoned,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Labour failing to learn the political positioning lessons from the 1996 and...
    In 1996 I threw myself into the Alliance election campaign as one of its electorate candidates. When I began door-knocking, four months out from polling day, there was a good buzz about the prospects of a Labour/Alliance electoral victory. The...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Mana and the Internet Party – strategic alliance or wtf?
      This last weekend I’ve been at the Mana Movement AGM in Rotorua where the biggest issue discussed was the much-speculated potential electoral arrangement between Mana Movement and the Internet Party. Because it’s been such an important debate for Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Border ‘butchers’, absentee poll reps and West Papua’s growing strife
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    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • What do the NZ Left want to do in Election 2014? Replace John Key or sit in...
    The Left’s ability to turn on each other is legendary. From the anger caused by Jim Anderton walking away from Labour to the recent Green-Labour pushing and shoving and some within MANA threatening to walk away if Hone cuts a...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • When media as right wing as stuff.co.nz baulks at bennie bashing you know P...
    When media as right wing as stuff.co.nz baulks at bennie bashing you know Paula has gone too far… Beneficiary-bashing is, of course, a time-honoured political tradition. Like advertising, it’s annoying, but it works. Who doesn’t hate being ripped off by...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
    “There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, Health spokesman for Democrats for Social Credit....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
    Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
    The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi
    Today is a very sad day for ACC, as news of the passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse has become public knowledge....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
    Lincoln University will outsource its staff to an as yet undecided cleaning company, but TEU organiser Cindy Doull says it’s not worth it, and what money the university might save is negligible....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • New pipe ban will increase harm to cannabis consumers
    The Government will increase harm by further restricting the sale, supply and importation of drug harm reduction equipment. “This National-led Government seems to be encouraging use of the more harmful synthetics over safer natural cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Council can’t ban legal highs
    Under current law Gisborne District Council cannot ban the sale of legal highs (psychoactive substances) in our district. Council can restrict where these substances are sold....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Online job vacancies pick up in March
    The number of jobs advertised online grew by 1.9 per cent in March 2014, following a 1.3 per cent decrease in February, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal
    The White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal, the main fundraiser for the White Poppy Peace Scholarships, starts tomorrow and runs through until Thursday, 24 April....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Lawyers saddened at passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse
    New Zealand has lost one of its greatest jurists with the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, New Zealand Law Society President Chris Moore said today....
    Scoop politics | 15-04