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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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    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – shifting focus: towards building an effective ...
    It has now been three weeks since the election, and we on the left are still in the phase of trying to figure out what went wrong.  That can be a useful exercise depending on how it’s done, especially if...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Who would you SUPPORT as Labour Party leader?
    Update: Who would you SUPPORT as Labour Party leader? Andrew Little (48%, 106 Votes) David Cunliffe (41%, 91 Votes) Grant Robertson (11%, 26 Votes) Total Voters: 223 Poll on who who dailyblog readers want as Labour leader It looks that...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why Andrew Little’s a credible contender ...
    Not so long ago, 3News managed the unprecedented feat of broadcasting a political piece that made me sit bolt upright in my chair, my ears and eyes straining to take in every detail. What was it, you ask? Andrew Little putting...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ta...
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    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • Disability and public transport
    People often underestimate how much people with disabilities rely on public transport. For people like myself who cant drive, public transport is the only other option after waiting for someone to drive you to where you need to go. Accessible...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • The Charter Schools Soap Opera
    So, young ACT Party rookie MP, David Seymour, is now the Parliamentary Undersecretary responsible for the further development of charter schools. How can the government justify spending additional taxpayer funding on such a position when the existing five charter schools...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • Crying wolf, crying terror and fanning the media flames of disquiet
    Outraged family of innocent man splashed as a ‘terrorist teenager’ in Fairfax media threaten to sue. The reckless and inflammatory reporting on terrorism and national security in Australia makes ABC columnist Jonathan Green wonder whether we’d be better off without...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • The Dust Settles
    Post election carnage. Up until very recently and the suspicious Hager sweep, the talk has been all about the failed Labour Party. We were bombarded with a media obsession on Labour’s in-fighting and blood letting. The analysis, though, was primarily...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The Importance of Perception in Politics
    Perception is everything in politics. And one of the many successful tactics used by National in the election, was to perpetuate the perception that they were more credible and sensible than the Opposition. That perception won the day for middle...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The audacity of the NZ Police in trying to justify their cover up of a cove...
    I’ve got this theory that in a post-colonial country, the immigrant community values a level of brutal thuggishness from their Police force because it’s the mounted constabulary that would be called upon to protect the settlers from angry Maori. This...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – My Shortest Blog Ever
    Earlier this week, FailOil penned a piece criticizing, among other things, my bowmanship. He then added insult to injury by misspelling my name (again), and inaccurately stating I’m no longer on NZ First’s Board of Directors. He wishes! The final barb...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • What have we done?
    I really had rather hoped that I wouldn’t be writing this so soon after the General Election, but here we are. John Key and National did not campaign on sending New Zealanders to war, committing our country to a battle...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The things Whaleoil did to Matthew Blomfield & why haven’t Police cha...
    The full story of the beating at home by Matthew Blomfield and the vile means which Slater decided to destroy Blomfield’s life by publishing stolen emails is as ugly as it is hypercritical in light of how Slater screamed victim over his own...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Comparing Don Brash to Cameron Slater
    I. Dont. Understand. Cameron Slater makes a complaint to the NZ Police that his emails were hacked and stolen on August 28th. By October 2nd, the NZ Police had 5 Officers search Nicky Hager’s house for 10 hours. That’s 36...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Boyack – ANZ Strike
    If you’ve been paying attention to the news this week, you may have noticed that ANZ bank workers across the country have been taking strike action. Workers are walking off the job due to an offer from the Bank that...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Why we need our own “foreign policy” based on solidarity
    Working people in the advanced capitalist world should reject appeals by the rulers of their countries to support the foreign policy of “their” country. Inevitably that foreign policy is simply a programme to advance the interests of the super wealthy...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • An Equity Solution
    Last week I used the word ‘equitarian’ as an adjective for a distributional system based on equity; much as a person who believes in the primacy of liberty might be classed as a libertarian. I was somewhat alarmed to find, from...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Amy Adams: Minister of Broadcasting
    We have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams and the good news is that at last broadcasting is in the hands of a senior cabinet minister. Adams might actually influence National’s broadcasting policy and bring the advice and expertise...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – ACT: Addicted to Other People’s Money
    Apparently, they have a saying in ACT about the deliciousness and delectability of spending “Other People’s Money”. They think it’s an addiction and a disease. Well, as applies the actions and spending of their own parliamentarians, this would certainly appear...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Sound of Music – Doe. A dear. A 4 star dear.
    The joy of a venue like the Civic is that it can provide a real sense of magic. A night out at the theatre for something as fun as the current season of the Sound of Music is great for families...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • A Dagger In The Dark: Why John Key should remain Minister-in-Charge of the ...
    JOHN KEY’S DECISION to hand off day-to-day responsibility for the national security apparatus to Chris Finlayson is deeply troubling. The tradition of making the Prime Minister the Minister-in-Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and, more latterly, the Government...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • If Key reinvades Iraq – can we actually trust our media to hold him to ac...
    As John Key’s casual drumbeat for war builds tempo, it increasingly looks like NZ will pointlessly reinvade Iraq. The shame of such war mongering might be lost on the majority of NZers who electorally rewarded Dirty Politics and mass surveillance lies...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • So according to the Government, inequality and poverty are the fault of Cou...
    Like privileged elitist private school kids on a bender, this Government is drunk on its own sense of power after their astounding win at the ballot box, so high on their own supply, we have the Finance Minister now claiming...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Hager defence fund now over $30 000 – please help donate
    The legal defence fund for Nicky Hager is now over $30 000, please keep giving. If we want to have a democracy, we can’t leave it up to the mainstream media who have been pathetic in their support of Hager...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • We won’t be a target if we reinvade Iraq but there are shocking numbers o...
    In one breath Key claims reinvading Iraq won’t make us a target yet in another breath he says there are many  sympathisers here in NZ wanting to fight for IS – both breaths can’t be true. Part of Key’s casual and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • So it took 800 Australian cops to arrest one ‘terrorist’ with a plastic...
    So the supposed mass terror attack that required 800 Australian Police to take down 1 terrorist has revealed that the sword this supposed terrorist was to use for beheadings is actually a plastic sword. As I pointed out when this...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Meet the NZ propagandist and pollster who thinks dressing up like a paedoph...
    Meet the NZ propagandist and pollster who thinks dressing up like a paedophile is hilarious (welcome to new Nu Zilind). Remember, NZers just electorally rewarded dirty politics and mass surveillance lies so dressing up as a paedophile for shits and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Key sworn in under a blood moon
    Key sworn in under a blood moon...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Nash & Lusk
    I like Stuart Nash, his ambition and brains are a rare combination on the Left, but when I say ‘Left’, I mean as broadly a definition as possible in order to fit Nash into it because Nash has a lot of...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Why are the Police raiding Hager’s house and not following up on the othe...
    The astounding abuse of Nicky Hager for being a ‘witness’ in the stolen emails that made up his book should send shivers down the spine of all decent NZers. If Hager was a ‘witness’ and suffered a 10 hour/5 cop...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Let’s briefly recap Key’s first 3 weeks of National’s 3rd term
    It’s been almost 3 weeks since the National Party won a historic and powerful win, despite dirty politics and mass surveillance lies… …so let’s just have a quick gander at the Government that the sleepy hobbits of NZ have now...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Is Auckland Transport lying about their new mass surveillance system?
    I want to come back to the claims by Auckland Transport  that their new upgrade of the traffic surveillance system won’t be used for mass surveillance purposes. Here is Auckland Transport’s response again…   Martyn, The Stuff story got a few...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Hager on police action
    Hager on police action...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Bill English is the Prince Philip of New Zealand politics
    It’s hard to know where to start with Bill English and his comments blaming growing inequality on local council regulations on housing. With his latest comments he has become the Prince Philip of New Zealand politics. This same Minister raised...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • When is Nanny State not Nanny State?
    Remember the dreaded ‘Nanny State’? It was a term the foaming right wing used to decry any social policy that was deemed too socially engineering. Water saving shower heads, energy saving lightbulbs and the repeal of Section 59 were all...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • A brief word on Roger Douglas giving Labour advice in the Herald
    As part of the Herald’s desire to appoint the leader of Labour as well as the leader of National, they hilariously ask Roger Douglas for his opinion on the Labour Party. Asking Roger Douglas his opinion of Labour is like...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Hone showing more dignity in defeat than Russel Norman has ever managed in ...
    Here is Hone’s incredibly graceful interview on Native Affairs. Once again he manages to show more dignity in defeat than Russel Norman has ever managed in victory. I’m waiting for Russel Norman to now start blaming Nicky Hager for the Greens low...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
    Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
    The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
    The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
    This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.
    When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk
    The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Bunnies Offered Protection With New Technology
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    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Maori Wellbeing – Defying the Oxymoron
    When Mother Teresa was asked how do you achieve world peace, she said, go home and love your family....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Free access to proven processes for New Zealand Councils
    Auckland, 13 October 2014 – Next month local councils throughout New Zealand will gain free access to a new online library that allows them to share their knowledge and experience with other councils....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children ( The Nation 11th Oct ) and CPAG challenges government advisors to come up with a...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Time to find alternatives to 1080
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    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Who is in charge of our data? Facebook or the government?
    The Drug Enforcement Administration in the States is in the news for setting up a fake Facebook page for Sondra Arquiett who was arrested in a cocaine case. The agent, Timothy Sinnigen, obtained photos from her seized mobile phone and...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Terrorist threat level up, yet Government won’t arm police
    The Government’s refusal to arm police means police officers are ill-equipped to defend themselves or others, whether from terrorists or other armed criminals, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • “Race Relations: Where To Now?”
    In 1993 former Prime Minister Jim Bolger was ridiculed for suggesting New Zealand was an Asia Pacific nation....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Move from ‘Clean and Green’ to Mega Farms Spells Disaster
    The age of mega factory farms is beginning, warns advocacy group SAFE. One of the world’s largest dairy factory farms has opened up right here in New Zealand. This is part of an alarming trend towards massive factory farms which...
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Flavell call for review is bollocks – McVicar
    The Justice Spokesman for Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, says it is time Maori stopped blaming others for the fact that more young Maori are committing crime....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • NZ Housing Crisis: Local Government Still Confused
    Early 2007, Local Government New Zealand and the New Zealand Planning Institute, expressed concern about housing affordability … International Housing Availability Survey … stating …...
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little is now the clear favourite to become the next leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. The market is narrowly forecasting...
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Government Misleading Public Over 1080 and Trout
    The government, the Minister and Ministry of Primary Industries Report playing down of 1080 in trout is both deceptive and misleading says a national outdoor recreation organisation....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • RainbowYOUTH Teams up with ASB
    In a move that highlights ASB’s commitment to supporting LGBTIQ (queer & trans*) youth, RainbowYOUTH has been added to ASB’s True Rewards programme....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Ballot opens for Government House Waitangi Day event
    A ballot is being held for invitations to next year’s Waitangi Day Bledisloe Reception at Government House in Wellington. Registrations for the ballot open at 12noon on Tuesday 14 October and run until the end of the month. At that...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • NZ Police host the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP)
    Nineteen Chiefs of Police from around the Pacific have gathered in Auckland for the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police annual conference hosted by NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Guns need to be on officers’ hips
    Yesterday’s armed offender incident at Waitakere Hospital shows that firearms locked in Police vehicles will, sooner or later, prove too far away to save a life, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Changing Public Attitudes Towards Crime and Punishment
    Rethinking Crime and Punishment’s latest ‘Smart on Crime’ e-Pub series, will help people to grapple with new ideas about ‘what works’ to reduce crime and social harm, says spokesperson, Kim Workman. The publication, titled “What Do I...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Real Party NZ
    The REAL party was founded in September 2014 weeks before the 2014 General Election. It was the political climate of the time that led the founders Matthew Schuck and Harrison Chapman to see a gap in New Zealands political landscape....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • NZ Aged Care Association Conference 2014
    This year’s Aged Care Association conference theme ‘Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges Today’ is about creating the best possible quality of life for the elderly from existing knowledge, analysis and creativity. It’s about operators taking the sector’s...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Joins Global Effort
    The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has joined forces with 21 other taxpayer and free market groups from around the world to support national tax autonomy and oppose international tax changes that include ‘harmonising' tax rates or introducing new...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • 10 Year Passports Looking Likely
    The Taxpayers’ Union understands that the Government is considering the reintroduction of ten year passports in changes to the Passports Act expected before the end of the year....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Council of Women Choose Not to Protect Women And Children
    National Council of Women Choose Not to Protect Women And Children by Passing Abortion Remit...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • National Council of Women calls for 50/50 by 2020
    The new leader of the National Council of Women of New Zealand is calling for gender equality by 2020....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Not joining fight against Islamic State would be “odd” –...
    Prime Minister John Key told TV One’s Q+A programme it would be “odd” for New Zealand not to join the fight against Islamic State....
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Owen interviews UN analyst and author Jeffrey Laurenti
    Lisa Owen interviews UN analyst and author Jeffrey Laurenti ____________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text 3330....
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says voters wanted “greater clarity” about Labour’s potential coalition partners and the party should have clearly spurned Internet-Mana He says Labour shares “a lot of...
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP David Shearer
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP David Shearer Headlines: David Shearer still mulling whether to stand for Labour leadership but says his family doesn’t think it’s a good idea Declares that it will be “incredibly divisive” for the Labour caucus...
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Prime Minister John Key
    Lisa Owen interviews Prime Minister John Key Headlines: John Key builds case for military action against IS, saying New Zealanders face three main risks: “Domestic beheadings” by returning fighters, aid workers and military personnel in the war...
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Bruce Jesson Lecture: Mike Joy – Paradise Squandered
    New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and most of our groundwater are in a critical state. Decades of misguided regulation and a free-for-all on diffuse pollution have encouraged agricultural intensification and driven our increasing reliance on imported feed...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Q & A 12/10/14: John Key, Foreign Fighters, Maggie Barry
    Q & A This Week SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER AT 9.00AM ON TV ONE We look at what role New Zealand might play in the US-led effort against Islamic State. Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin interviews Prime Minister John Key about...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
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