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Labour – Raise the minimum wage

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, August 1st, 2014 - 298 comments

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Labour is promising to raise the minimum wage to $16.25. It’s the right thing to do. And it doesn’t cost jobs.

Open mike 01/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 1st, 2014 - 257 comments

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NRT: The last day

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, July 31st, 2014 - 9 comments

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Today is the last day of Parliament for the term. After spending the morning on non-controversial legislation, the House will have its last Question Time and then an adjournment debate. And then they’ll be off to campaign for the election. The big triumph here? No last-minute urgency. No “wash-up”. Hopefully it’ll be a permanent change.

Local Bodies: Novopay Exemplifies National’s Governance

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, July 31st, 2014 - 26 comments

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This National led Government is strong on ideology, weak on process and reluctant to accept responsibility. The Novopay debacle exemplifies all of these well. When questioned about Novopay, National Ministers will never accept full responsibility. Stephen Joyce has just announced that the Government will be taking over the management of Novopay after almost two years of stress and wide-ranging issues. No matter what National and its Ministers claim, Novopay is largely their fault, and taking responsibility and making apologies are not what this Government does readily.

Open mike 31/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 31st, 2014 - 121 comments

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Open mike 30/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, July 30th, 2014 - 256 comments

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NRT: National’s roads are pure pork

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 pm, July 29th, 2014 - 13 comments

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The extent that the National minister have been pork-barreling the roading budget for their electorates is crazy. The OIA’s show that most of the $212 million announced by John Key at the National party conference is pure pork for ministers. They are assessed as costing more money to build than they will ever produce in benefits, even using NZTA’s infamously overoptimistic assessments. National MPs and Ministers want to be seen as delivering something for their electorates before the election. So much for assessing needs based on merits. They must be really worried about this election to misuse so much pork.

ImperatorFish: I did not order this – again

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, July 29th, 2014 - 3 comments

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Scott reposts this Nick Smith classic.

What the Herald would like to say

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, July 29th, 2014 - 31 comments

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Porcupine farm has a ‘real” front page of the Herald – what they’d like to publish if they only could.

Open mike 29/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 29th, 2014 - 297 comments

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Nick Smith losing it

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, July 28th, 2014 - 76 comments

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“Conservation Minister Nick Smith is threatening legal action against Fish and Game council members who accused him of trying to gag the organisation.”

Local Bodies: Manipulated Data and the Art of Deception

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, July 28th, 2014 - 7 comments

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The National led Government are desperate to present the good news stories to promote the success of the past six years of their governance. They have increased the budget and the numbers of their spin doctors to ensure that it is mainly positive messages that make into the public domain. The Government cleverly manipulates data to hide the extent of poverty the degradation of the environment and the success of our economy. Of course most of us who live in the real world know that National’s reality is a falsely constructed one.

Armstrong’s gotchas

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, July 28th, 2014 - 19 comments

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It’s only “gotcha” politics when the left wing does it.

Polity: Bye bye, Colin

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, July 28th, 2014 - 18 comments

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National has all-but confirmed today that there no deal for Colin Craig in East Coast Bays, or for any other Conservative. This was the right thing for them to do, for one simple reason. This decision came down to simple maths. If Key thought the Conservatives could muster double the votes that a decision to back the Conservatives would cost National in the centre-ground, then he should do the deal. If not, he should not. All the stuff about Winston running was a bit of a late sideshow, as the decision had likely already been made.

Open mike 28/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, July 28th, 2014 - 282 comments

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Tuwhera mike 27/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 27th, 2014 - 176 comments

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Tuwhera mike 26/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 26th, 2014 - 132 comments

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Tuwhera mike 25/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, July 25th, 2014 - 167 comments

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Polity: Mike Hosking

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, July 24th, 2014 - 231 comments

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For TVNZ to say that Mike Hosking is professional and would act in an unbiased fashion in leaders debates is daft. Mike Hosking has made his opinion of Labour quite apparent over the years. Hosking has a reputation around the left of being a ill-prepared moronic dickhead far more concerned about his car than the people of this country. Rob Salmond’s reaction in this post is going to be pretty typical. TVNZ obviously want to the debate to be about Hoskings rather than the debaters.

Tuwhera mike 24/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, July 24th, 2014 - 152 comments

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Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 43 comments

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Tuwhera mike 23/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 238 comments

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Polity: Taxing multinationals via sales

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 30 comments

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An interesting idea out of the US for how to fairly tax multinationals around the world. Declare a worldwide profit,  find out where they made their sales, an apportion the profit to various jurisdictions.

NRT: A circus of self-mutilation

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 103 comments

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No Right Turn gets rightfully acerbic about the witless fool “senior” MP in Labour who was trying to sabotage Labour in the Sunday Star Times this weekend, and about the general self-mutilation of Labour by its caucus at present.

Polity: Poll of polls update

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 30 comments

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The overall strength of the status quo bloc at around 54%, and the strength of the change bloc a little under 46%. The picture ain’t pretty.

Open mike 22/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 294 comments

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Open mike 21/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 21st, 2014 - 307 comments

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Open mike 20/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 20th, 2014 - 139 comments

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Polity: Poor pay more tax than rich in UK

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, July 19th, 2014 - 134 comments

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The British public estimates the poor pay around 24% of their income in tax, while the rich pay around 35%. The truth is very different. Once you add up all taxes, the poorest actually pay around 43% of their income in tax, compared to only 35% for the rich. We have the same perceptual issues in NZ especially if you listen to the whining of Kiwiblog. Here the poorest pay the same tax rate as the rich, and the middle classes have the lower tax rate.

Open mike 19/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 19th, 2014 - 248 comments

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NRT: Docs or its bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 pm, July 18th, 2014 - 5 comments

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Over the weekend we learned that police had been juking the stats, recoding burglaries as “incidents” to make themselves and their Minister look good. But its all fine now, supposedly – the police claim they’ve instituted a series of spot audits to ensure it can never happen again. Except when they’re asked for information about these supposed safeguards and whether they’ve uncovered any problems, they suddenly can’t find anything… Sounds like bullshit and spin.

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    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Amnesty International Christchurch celebrates release of ‘adopted’ prisoner Christchurch Amnesty International members are celebrating the news that Chinese dissident, Gao Zhisheng, has been released from prison. Mr Gao, a prominent human...
    The Daily Blog | 13-08
  • Cambodia: Khmer Rouge trial verdict a crucial step towards justice
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Cambodia: Khmer Rouge trial verdict a crucial step towards justice The decision convicting two of Cambodia’s most senior former Khmer Rouge officials for crimes against humanity at the country’s UN-backed Extraordinary...
    The Daily Blog | 13-08
  • Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals...
    The Daily Blog | 13-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | Press Release New Zealanders will be pleased to see progress on the identification and cleaning up of toxic sites....
    The Daily Blog | 13-08
  • Oxfam gears up its aid effort to help people affected by fighting in Iraq
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Oxfam gears up its aid effort to help people affected by fighting in Iraq Over 1.2 million people have been displaced as a result of fighting in Central and Northern Iraq and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • My two worst fears for the Progressive Left in the 2014 election
    I have two fears for the Progressive Left in the 2014 election. Despite what the mainstream media have claimed for 3 years, I think the Progressive Left will be the majority come September 21st. I think we will win because...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • US ‘CERTIFICATION’: THE ULTIMATE OUTRAGE AGAINST DEMOCRACY
    The US is driving the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The demands it makes on behalf of its corporations have dominated the negotiations. US officials now chair many of the more controversial negotiating groups. The US has even bankrolled recent ministers’...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • Dragon breath and the age of consequences
    One use of the f-word has flown under the radar in the last few weeks of frantic electioneering, but it’s arguably the most important. We ignore it at our peril. At the end of last month, ice and climate scientist...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • Lochinver , Shanghai Pengxin and a Chinese Billionaire
    There has been a lot of rhetoric around the application by Shanghai Penxin to gain approval for the purchase of Lochinver Station between Napier and Taupo which comprises around 13,800 hectares.  That is almost double the area that made up...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • State propaganda on TVNZ – pssst, just don’t mention the war! Er, Elect...
    . . TVNZ’s Breakfast on 12 August, went from it’s scurrilous mis-reporting of the effigy burning, to sheer, naked propaganda. This time, Key put on a performance as a typical all-blokey cook-in-the-kitchen. The programme host, Jeanette Thomas, opened with this...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • Kumeu Political Panel – Marama Davidson Speech at Helensville Electorate ...
    Seven generations. We must plan ahead for at least seven generations. These are the words of my ancestors, my tupuna. I was reminded of these words yesterday by a man I met on the campaign trail. I asked him if...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • Electoral Commission bans Planet Key satire
    The Electoral Commission have finally come out and banned the Planet Key satire, this is their statement… …I call bullshit on this. Censoring satire is a pretty dark move by a group currently spending hundreds of thousands to convince you to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • TVNZ Breakfast as biased as Seven Sharp
    Watching Laila Harre smack down that pompous smug little prick Rawdon Christie on TVNZs Breakfast this morning was one of the great moments of 2014. Yesterday Rawdon admitted on TV that he used far right hate speech merchant Whaleoil as a source for...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • Just spoke to Electoral Commission – there’s been a complaint re the Pl...
    Have just got off the phone to the Electoral Commission after seeing this disturbing tweet from David Slack…     Electoral Commission says they have received a complaint about the Planet Key satire, they will not say who made the...
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • The Reddit 150+ list of John Key lies
    Reddit is easily one of the smartest online communities in the Galaxy, their comprehensive list of John Key’s lies is a must read for every citizen who believes the shiny laid back good guy manufactured  image that the mainstream media project....
    The Daily Blog | 12-08
  • iPredict now putting Internet MANA at 5 MPs
    iPredict had the closest final result of all the opinion polls last election, and currently they are predicting 5 MPs for Internet MANA. I think iPredict are far too low with Labour and I would be buying up to 32%...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • O’Captain, My Captain – RIP Robin Williams
    RIP Robin Williams ...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Nobody was expecting the Spanish inquisition, but Helensville at least dese...
    The farce that was the Helensville electorate debate was manufactured purposely to be a show of democracy rather than an actual democratic event. The clown organisers decided to put the event on what must have been the smallest rooms in all...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Canterbury Group Calls for Government to Close Israeli Embassy
    MIL OSI – Source: Canterbury Justice for Palestine – Press Release/Statement Headline: Canterbury Group Calls for Government to Close Israeli Embassy Palestinian Child Victims To Be Remembered This Saturday “We can no longer sit silently and watch this appalling atrocity.”...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Let’s stop feeling so guilty about global warming
    MIL OSI – Source: Greenpeace NZ – Headline: Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming Emma Thompson is currently in the Arctic aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. She wrote these words after walking out onto the fragile sea ice...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Greenpeace’s Supreme Court win made New Zealand’s democracy a little st...
    MIL OSI – Source: Greenpeace NZ – Headline: Greenpeace’s Supreme Court win made New Zealand’s democracy a little stronger Sometimes you just have to take a stand. Greenpeace’s win yesterday in the Supreme Court in a precedent setting case about...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | Press Release In Government, the Green Party is committed to help Christchurch become a better, more resilient and sustainable city. The...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Golden Shore
    We made the Golden Shore easily, all of us. We even had togs and wandered up the beach to our parents where we picked up exactly where we’d left off. (Or perhaps where we imagined we’d been.) They lovingly dried...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • We have Lift-Off: Some thoughts on Labour’s campaign launch.
    IT IS EASY to forget, sometimes, just how big the Labour Party truly is. When the party’s rank-and-file, their friends and families and the generally supportive turn out for Labour’s triennial campaign launch the numbers can be impressive. To fill...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • How not to debate on television: the Joyce-Robertson example
    Grant Robertson and Stephen Joyce talking over each other at every turn on the Nation - with Lisa Owen barely able to even moderate her own breathing let alone two front bench sluggers – was a study on how not...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • If they chanted ‘F**k John Key at a party – what will they can’t at t...
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch on Tuesday 19th August at two different meetings. 1pm at Christchurch University: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party Russel Norman...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Grant Keinzley – Medicinal Cannabis debate needed now
    John Key is making an absurd claim with his “fundamental” message that drugs are bad for you. Thinking like his is outdated because it does not reflect current medical understanding. Because of close-minded politicians like him, we are left living...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • The Mendacities of Mr Key #7: What is Dear Leader actually saying here?
    .   . Dear Leader Key has continually refuted knowing of Kim Dotcom until one day prior to the police raid on his Coatsville mansion on 20 January 2012, as he confirmed in Parliament eight months later, David Shearer: Does...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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 Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Bullet holes in Hone’s electorate office vs bonfires and drunk chants
    Is it just me, or are the mainstream media’s unbelievable bias towards John Key showing once again? Fake $100k wines, mythical $15k books, false claims of $150k donations, Hosking as debate moderator, nazi rally smears & lies about effigy burning...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: 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...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • 3 guesses about Nicky Hager’s new book
    Nicky is about to inject some critical analysis into politics with the launch this Wednesday of his brand new book. Here are my 3 guesses on his book. 1 – Right wing spin doctors in Wellington will be crying harder...
    The Daily Blog | 11-08
  • Generation Zero welcomes “overdue” boost to cycleway funding
    Nationwide youth organisation Generation Zero has welcomed Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee’s announcement of an additional $100 million over four years for urban cycleways, and says local councils should “get building” now that it appears...
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • The forest safety battle is not yet won
    Point scoring in the media will not make our forests safer places to work, says the Forest Owners Association....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Bishop to get local cycleways moving
    Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop has promised to be a fierce advocate for the Petone to Wellington cycleway as part of the Government's commitment into urban cycleways. "The $100 million investment set aside by the Government will be hotly contested...
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • ACT’s three point plan to respond to global Economic Shock
    New Zealand is a small trading nation. This makes us especially vulnerable to global economic shocks or downturns....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • AA welcomes additional investment in safe urban cycleways
    AA welcomes additional investment in safe urban cycleways The AA welcomes announcements today of an extra investment of $100 million to accelerate safe cycleways in urban centres. AA General Manager Motoring Affairs Mike Noon says this investment benefits...
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Focus on poverty must be sustained to deliver for children
    In at least the last four election campaigns, advocates for children and families have been working to ensure a strong focus on children in the hope that all parties will develop comprehensive policies to improve the health, education, safety and...
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Better solutions for child health than a WOF
    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has recently called for a Warrant of Fitness for rental properties because of rising rents, overcrowding plus poor and deteriorating rentals. The NZ Property Investors’ Association (NZPIF) supports improving rental...
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Huge support behing Thermakraft’s rebuild
    Thermakraft suffered a fire in their East Tamaki Bitumen plant in early July, which caused a temporary stoppage in some areas of production....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Collins must resign for leaking public servants’ details
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Ministers should not be leaking neutral public servants details so they can be attacked for partisan politics, as Judith Collins has admitted following allegations in Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • 926 same sex marriages since law change
    Nine hundred and twenty six same sex couples were married in New Zealand in the year since the successful implementation of changes to the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • The Greens have become full socialists
    "The Greens Party launch sounded like the launch of a socialist party. The environment is now very much a second thought" said Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Voters Wanting To Know Values of Candidates
    Family First NZ has had a massive response to its resource Value Your Vote 2014 which highlights the voting record of current MP’s on a number of controversial family and conscience issues from the past twelve years....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • National stands alone in opposing aged care funding boost
    The Service and Food Workers Union has called on the National Party to match the commitment of other parties to lift aged care funding. The SFWU represents thousands of low paid caregivers working in residential aged care....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • NZEI welcomes Green Party’s tax policy
    The Green Party’s plans to invest in children and reduce the harm done by child poverty will have a big impact on educational success, says NZEI Te Riu Roa National President Judith Nowotarski....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Labour-Greens combined spending promises pass $28bn
    Less than five weeks out from the election, the Labour-Greens set of combined spending promises for the upcoming election has now hit a whopping $28.1 billion over four years, National’s Associate Finance spokesperson Steven Joyce says....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Urgent Action Need on Accessible Housing
    New Zealand’s housing stock will become a liability for future generations without urgent leadership from government, says CCS Disability Action....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • BSC president demands answers on Hager book claims
    Building Services Contractors NZ president Patrick Lee-Lo is calling for an explanation of cleaning boss Grant McLauchlan and PR consultant Carrick Graham’s roles in blogger Cameron Slater’s savage attacks on the organisation....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Academics play key role in ‘Game Changer’ political survey
    Two University of Auckland academics have played a key role in establishing Vote Compass, an interactive on-line tool for voters to use in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Online voting debate gathering steam
    InternetNZ is pleased to see the debate about online voting gathering steam and is happy with the progress noted in the Online Voting Working Party’s report in recent weeks....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • 93-yr-old Holocaust survivor speaks on Freedom for Palestine
    We were very pleased with the great turnout around New Zealand for the Freedom for Palestine rallies held in eight centres around the country on the weekend. Perhaps the highlight which was not reported by the media was when 93-year-old...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • New Zealanders fed up with dirty politics
    New Zealanders fed up with dirty politics All over New Zealand, people are saying they are they are "fed up" with dirty politics. New Zealanders want better from politicians. They want clarity and accountability. They want to know what their...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Fair Play on Fees to Lodge Documents Against BNZ And Westpac
    Fair Play on Fees to Lodge Court Documents Against BNZ And Westpac for Unfair Fees...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • ONE News Launches Vote Compass
    Vote Compass is the most sophisticated survey of voter attitudes that has ever been undertaken in New Zealand. Explore the issues and policies, and consider where YOU stand in this election....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Kim Dotcom: Hacking Accusation a Diversion
    Cameron Slater’s hacking accusations are simply designed to deflect attention away from his dirty political behaviour, says Kim Dotcom. “This has been designed to shift focus away from Slater’s own dirty dealings on behalf of the National...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Green Party to Choke the Golden Goose
    Reacting to the Green Party ’s policy announcement to raise the top personal income tax rate to 40% for earnings over $140,000, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Q+A Child Poverty Debate
    Q+A Debate between National's Paula Bennett & Labour's Jacinda Arden on Child Poverty Key quotes: “ How our children live in this country is the top priority for this government.” “ I believe that how the economy is doing is...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • New Website Lists Doctors Who Oppose Contraception
    A new grassroots project aimed at sharing information about doctors and other medical professionals who hinder reproductive health-care access because of moral or religious reasons is being launched today online....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Canterbury student to launch young voters’ app next week
    A University of Canterbury commerce and law student, who produced a website to help young voters in next month's elections, will next week launch a mobile app, Candidate, to provide more information for new voters....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • On The Nation: Education Issues
    Patrick Gower hosts an education debate with National’s Hekia Parata and Labour’s Chris Hipkins and reveals the results of a special 3News-Reid Research poll on education policy....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • More Than 600 Attend Emotional Rally in Christchurch
    The rally organised by ‘Canterbury for Justice in Palestine’, marking a National Day of Action to end Israel’s massacre in Gaza, saw more than 600 people march up Riccarton Rd to Shand Crescent Reserve....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Cameron Slater – “Prime Ministers come, Prime Ministers go̶...
    Today on TV1’s Q+A programme: Cameron Slater - "Prime Ministers come, Prime Ministers go” Key quotes: Susan Wood: You must realise now that from the Prime Minister's perspective you'd be pretty toxic. He'll be wanting to keep away from...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Q+A Nicky Hager: my source may release the raw data
    Q+A Nicky Hager: I think what we're seeing is damage control not debate “Dirty Politics” author Nicky Hager told TV1”s Q+A programme that he believes his source will release the raw data that he based his book on. “I think...
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Howard League Taking Advice On Dirty Politics” Allegation
    The Howard League for Penal Reform has worked tirelessly over several years to try to reduce the number of suicides in New Zealand prisons....
    Scoop politics | 17-08
  • Electoral Commission Censors Musician
    Electoral Commission Censors Musician and Undermines Freedom of Speech The Electoral Commission has told Darren Watson, a musician, to stop selling or promoting his satirical song "Planet Key" or he may face prosecution. The song and music video...
    Scoop politics | 16-08
  • Lisa Owen Interviews Whale Oil Blogger Cameron Slater
    Blogger Cameron Slater reveals death threats since Dirty Politics has been published: “I've got a torrent of death threats as a result of Mr Hager's book”...
    Scoop politics | 16-08
  • Lisa Owen Interviews Nicky Hager, Phil Goff & Metiria Turei
    Lisa Owen: Good morning to you all. If I can come to you first, Nicky. You heard Mr Slater there saying that he’s had death threats as a response to your book and the information out there, and you need...
    Scoop politics | 16-08
  • ACT Death Warrant Signed by Own Party Leader
    In a host of quotes in a recent media article, ACT Party Leader Jamie Whyte pretty much signs the Electoral death warrant for both the Act Party and Epsom Candidate David Seymour, and then sends it to the voting public...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Bob Parker Accused of Being Misinformed Over Tibet Fiasco
    Former Christchurch mayor was ‘signed up’ to controversial statement without his knowledge and observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Internet Mana Party advertisement to be removed
    The Youtube advertisement begins with the Internet Mana Party logo and the phrase “Join the Revolution” and includes video footage of an event featuring “Kim Dotcom Internet Party Founder and Visionary”. Those at the event react to a number...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Family Group Gets ‘F John Key’ Ad Banned
    Family First NZ is welcoming a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority to uphold their complaint and ban the Internet Mana party’s ‘ Join the Revolution’ advert on YouTube which includes a crowd chanting "f*** John Key”....
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • ‘Revolution’ Clip Now Rated ‘PG’
    Internet MANA has voluntarily taken down its Join the Revolution video clip and replaced it with a more “family-friendly” version following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority....
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Save the Children Welcomes Child Protection Register
    Save the Children welcomes the government’s moves to introduce a Child Protection Offender Register. Child protection is a priority for Save the Children’s development and humanitarian programmes locally and internationally....
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Newspaper publishers rebuff attacks on Canon
    The Newspaper Publishers’ Association, which manages the Canon Media Awards, has condemned attacks on Canon over the company’s sponsorship of the bloggers’ award won by Cameron Slater....
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Robin Williams goodbye video scam
    Robin Williams goodbye video scam Within 48 hours of the news surrounding the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, scammers honed in on the public’s interest and grief. There is currently a scam campaign circulating on Facebook claiming to...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Counting the cost of lost heritage
    Oamaru’s most visible attraction is its architectural heritage. Letting the Courthouse go will prove more costly to the local economy than spending the money to save it, and is a short-sighted approach by government, said Hessel Van Wieren, Democrats...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Winston Rides The Worm On Land Sales
    Winston Peters promise to clamp down on land sales to foreigners was rated most positively by New Zealanders last week....
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Where have all the whitebait gone?
    Whitebait season opened today and many whitebaiters may be asking themselves, “where have all the whitebait gone?” With predictions that it will be only an average season, it’s a very pertinent question....
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • NZ Superfund office occupied: call to divest from Israel
    In light of the murder of nearly 2000 captive Palestinians in Gaza, activist group People Against Israeli Apartheid are currently occupying the NZ Superfund office to oppose the investment of New Zealanders tax money into companies which profit...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Party politics well past its Use-By date
    There is one valuable lesson from Nicky Hager’s book: that the age of party politics is passing for New Zealand and New Zealanders. “What we have learned from Dirty Politics is that, for far too much of the time, New...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
  • Responsible lending too taxing for some
    In July a ‘responsible lending’ discussion paper was released which will help introduce changes to the New Zealand credit legislation. Within days, Napier Family Centre (NFC) received a visit from one woman whose loan agreement with a local lender...
    Scoop politics | 15-08
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