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NRT: Stinkier and stinkier

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, March 24th, 2014 - 37 comments

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In the ongoing saga about the Problem Gambling Foundation, The Salvation Army were unaware that the Ministry of Health had decided that they would take over as the national provider. They hadn’t even applied for it. It appears that only thing driving the ministry’s decision was the complaints from the gambling industry about the PGF trying to reduce problem gambling…. Is the gambling industry is thoroughly corrupting National’s ministers?

Polity: Buy low, sell high. Except National.

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, March 24th, 2014 - 27 comments

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Rob at Polity points out National’s intensely unstrategic view about investments and asset sales. In a down market where all the indications said “buy,” National sold our assets for a pittance, and refused to invest in the Super Fund. The Super Fund has been making returns of 21%, far exceeding the Crown’s cost of borrowing. And National will only start investing in the Super Fund when equities are expensive again.  It is almost as if they wanted to waste taxpayers funds eh?

LocalBodies: National Slumps in Polls As Ministers Struggle

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, March 24th, 2014 - 22 comments

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There is danger of reading too much into polls months out from an election. Commentators were claiming that National was too strong to lose the next election based on a rogue poll. Few looked at multiple polls, accounted for the margin of error nor the trends over past months. The last fortnight has seen a National with the latest Roy Morgan Poll plummeting from the Colmar Brunton result of 51% to 45.5%. And it is based on a lack of ministerial performance…

Open mike 24/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, March 24th, 2014 - 171 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Open mike 23/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, March 23rd, 2014 - 63 comments

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NRT: One way of fixing it

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, March 22nd, 2014 - 3 comments

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No Right Turn looks at one reason why Yahoo moved from the UK to Dublin. Escaping the ubiquitous and ever increasing surveillance requirements of paranoid security agencies who appear to only be interested in protecting elites rather than citizens. As it is, it is preferable to site site servers offshore away from silly unenforceable laws. They’ll just go to locations that offer the best server security.

Open mike 22/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, March 22nd, 2014 - 181 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Polity: Looking behind the Kohanga finger pointing

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, March 21st, 2014 - 8 comments

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The news this morning has all kinds of finger pointing between Hekia Parata, Derek Fox, John Key, the Kohanga Reo trust board, and others.

Why are so many people pointing fingers all over the place? Because everyone involved has screwed up one way or another.

Polity: National cuts charity funding because charity criticises National

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, March 21st, 2014 - 77 comments

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You’d have to ask if skycity asked the government to get rid of this turbulent critic? After all their brief is to reduce problem gambling.

Open mike 21/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, March 21st, 2014 - 165 comments

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NRT: A good idea from NZFirst

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 pm, March 20th, 2014 - 4 comments

New Zealand Mine Explosion

From an environmental economics perspective, mining is a wealth transfer, shifting public wealth (minerals) into private profits of mining companies. Along the way, it creates jobs, but it is basically spending capital. When the resources run out or become unprofitable to extract the jobs disappear and a regional economy geared solely to resource extraction withers and dies. NZ First wants to change that.

Open mike 20/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, March 20th, 2014 - 172 comments

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Labour and the Greens announce forestry policies

Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, March 19th, 2014 - 39 comments

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Labour announced policies today seeking to reinvigorate the Forestry Industry and to promote more local processing of logs.  And the Greens have announced a policy designed to increase the use of wood in local buildings.

Polity: Losing count of Judith’s lies

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 19th, 2014 - 57 comments

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“Justice Minister Judith Collins’ “cup of tea on the way to the airport” at her friend Stone Shi’s company in Shanghai involved a 30km detour in the opposite direction…”. That’s pretty embarrassing for Collins. Caught, red-handed, again, lying in the Parliament and misleading your boss. I wonder what he will do now?

Open mike 19/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 am, March 19th, 2014 - 227 comments

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LocalBodies: Gerry Brownlee, Making Stuff Up Again!

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 pm, March 18th, 2014 - 35 comments

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The crazy thing about Gerry Brownlee is that he is so incompetent because he never seems to study anything that he is responsible for. On Monday, Local Bodies wrote about his current burst of illiterate and untutored whining and blowhard posturing about roads. And yet people on the inside of the National party appear to rate him? What does that say about their competence?

NRT: Climate change: War, disease, and famine

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, March 18th, 2014 - 38 comments

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The biggest single threat to civilisation from human initiated CO2 forced climate change is going to be in food production and distribution. In a leaked version of the IPCC’s AR5 second volume ” the report predicts that climate change will reduce median crop yields by 2 per cent per decade for the rest of the century – at a time of rapidly growing demand for food.”

Open mike 18/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, March 18th, 2014 - 310 comments

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NRT: An economic upgrade?

Written By: - Date published: 2:24 pm, March 17th, 2014 - 59 comments

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No Right Turn reacts to David Cunliffe’s speech on Friday. “…one thing is clear: we need to move our economy away from a focus on milk. Our environment can’t sustain it, and its not delivering for anyone other than a narrow class of wealthy farmers.” “… rich economies have multiple sources of income. And they consciously develop them through industrial policy.”

Polity: The Greens’ draft list

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, March 17th, 2014 - 107 comments

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Rob Salmond at Polity looks at the draft Green party list. “The Greens have released their draft party list today, in advance of a party member STV vote. The top 20 is…”

Open mike 17/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, March 17th, 2014 - 180 comments

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Happy Saint Patrick’s day. Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Open mike 16/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, March 16th, 2014 - 147 comments

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Open mike 15/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 15th, 2014 - 111 comments

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Weekend Social 14/03/14

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, March 14th, 2014 - 17 comments

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Space for non-political chat and communication.

David Cunliffe’s speech to the New Zealand Institute

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, March 14th, 2014 - 124 comments

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Speech notes from today’s address to the New Zealand Institute.  “Trickle-down economics and its neoliberal parentage have failed New Zealanders and left many of our emerging businesses starved of investment capital and skills.  The opportunity gaps have widened and there is no clear, shared strategy to a high value, high income future.  That’s something Labour will change. We want an economy that works for all New Zealanders.”

ImperatorFish: A statement from Shane Jones

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, March 14th, 2014 - 14 comments

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[probably satire] This statement has been reposted from ImperatorFish and is believed to be a work of satire by Scott Yorke (who generously allows us to reproduce his posts). However with Shane Jones, one can never be too sure what is truth and what is fantasy. Shane Jones or a reasonable facsimile thereof takes on why he isn’t going to attack the terrible Green party again (to the nearly universal chorus of “dickhead”).

NRT: A global cyberwar against everyone

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, March 14th, 2014 - 14 comments

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The latest NSALeak: the NSA is deliberately spreading malware on a massive scale to spy on everyone. This isn’t the sort of targeted operation they aimed at Belgacom – its effectively a global cyberwar against everyone. They infected 100,000 computers already, and they plan to infect millions – well beyond any possible number needed strictly for “national security”. Why? So they can pwn you

Open mike 14/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 am, March 14th, 2014 - 153 comments

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Polity: Endangered! Polls without cell phones

Written By: - Date published: 5:07 pm, March 13th, 2014 - 28 comments

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Here’s a pretty astounding graphic from the US about cellphone vs landline use. The US is a few years ahead of New Zealand on mobile adoption and decoupling from landlines, but Rob Salmond thinks that within 5 years we will see these kinds of proportions in New Zealand. This will make current pollsters’ policies of refusing to call cell phones hugely problematic…

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 3:07 pm, March 13th, 2014 - 73 comments

John Key and baby

Look forward to getting your comments on this one …

LB: Greens hit the ground running

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, March 13th, 2014 - 35 comments

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Dave Kennedy (aka bsprout)  at Local Bodies is the Green candidate for Invercargill. He posted this on Monday in response to Josie Pagani’s pundit post. It is on the preparedness of the Green party for this election It got overshadowed in the news cycle by burst of corrupt stench of self-entitled elitist behaviour from National, but is worth reposting anyway. It is going to be interesting to look at this election campaign where National is fighting two large parties on the left.

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    Greens | 31-03
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    Labour | 31-03
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    Greens | 29-03
  • Greens back nationwide day of action over TPPA
    The Green Party is 100% behind rallies throughout New Zealand warning the public about fishhooks in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the secrecy with which it is being negotiated, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said today. New Zealanders from...
    Greens | 29-03
  • Green Party calls for Auckland Airport Rail by 2025
    The Government must start the Auckland City Rail Link next year to avoid holding up the development of a rail line to Auckland International Airport, the Green Party said today.Auckland International Airport has released a 30 year development plan that...
    Greens | 28-03
  • NO PRESTIGE IN TRYING TO HIDE POVERTY
    “When so-called iwi leaders condemn teachers for daring to highlight the massive failings of the New Zealand education system for Maori children in case the Minister of Education might be embarrassed, then they show themselves up as a sad and...
    Mana | 28-03
  • A Green Labour can get behind
    A Green Labour can get behind...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • National Party Board-game
    National Party Board-game...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Remember how Simon Bridges first reacted when confronted about opening up a...
    Remember how Simon Bridges first reacted when confronted about opening up a forest for drilling?...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • The dirty filthy bennies and their beneficiary stealing ways
    The dirty filthy bennies and their beneficiary stealing ways...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | Press Release The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Tech evolution joke
    Tech evolution joke...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • The Greens won’t forget a forest like Simon Bridges
    The Greens won’t forget a forest like Simon Bridges...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • National and child poverty and beer adverts
    National and child poverty and beer adverts...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • The lies Nick Smith tells
    The lies Nick Smith tells...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • The Bible and slavery
    The Bible and slavery...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Broken men
    Broken men...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Dancing poodles
    Dancing poodles...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Swimming in rivers with Simon Bridges
    Swimming in rivers with Simon Bridges...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | Press Release With a crisis of housing affordability, now is not the time to be dismantling our state housing legacy....
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | Press Release Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Saving our Kauri Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere...
    The Daily Blog | 13-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour will move to save the Kauri Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-04
  • EXCLUSIVE: MANA to progress talks with Internet Party
    The debate as to whether or not MANA should progress talks with the Internet Party to form an alliance went very late into the night. I tweeted it at 11.33pm after the debate had concluded… …I wasn’t the only one...
    The Daily Blog | 12-04
  • Apathy is not the solution to the problems we face
    In various conversations, I’ve realised that there is a type of trend with people, particularly the young, who think that that their actions won’t amount to much, thus leading to general inaction when it comes to injustice that they witness....
    The Daily Blog | 12-04
  • Long live the King? Welcome to the gerontocracy – a critique of the royal...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             On the face of it, hard times for republicans. Prince William ,the Duchess of Cambridge and young George have received monster coverage. Journalists and politicians drool as the esteemed couple attend...
    The Daily Blog | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National's tax dodge National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay...
    The Daily Blog | 12-04
  • MANA AGM – When Hone met Kim UPDATE
    Willie jackson kicked off the AGM bagging the mainstream media for their usual racism in judging what Hone does as some how worse than the deals every other white politician makes. It clearly touched a nerve, here is Tova O’Brien...
    The Daily Blog | 12-04
  • Do the Greens need a new political strategist?
    Reflecting on the fall out between the Greens and their tantrum at Labour deciding on Labour led Government as opposed to Labour-Green Government language, some questions about the Greens tactical abilities start arising. Who leaked this failed deal to the...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • MANA AGM Update
    Last minute discussion this morning with Annette Sykes before the AGM opens It will be an AGM in excess of 300 as MANA members coverage upon the Rotorua Marae to hear what possible Alliance between The Internet Party and MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Jon Stephenson Reflects on Life on the Syria-Lebanon Border
    The border with Syria at the Lebanese town of Mashta. Photo: Jon Stephenson. The civil war in Syria has now entered its fourth year, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 200,000. The UN reported in September...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Everythings fine…things to consider in an election year.
    (Image  source- Senator Scott Ludlum) Australian politics are beginning to bore me. Kiwi politics are beginning to bore me. World politics are beginning to bore me. Politics full stop are beginning to bore me. Australian Liberal coalition government policies are...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Moral Compass
    Some days I find myself dismayed at the state of our country. I look around and I hear and read things and find myself at a loss as to what has happened here. Sympathy, empathy and understanding seem to be...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • TDB Comedy Festival picks 2014
    It’s the comedy Festival again, a buffet of laughs and a reminder that Auckland is a vibrant place to go to at night. TDB will be reviewing as many as we can see. Here are the TDB picks for 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Everything But: Why Labour is distancing itself from the Greens.
    UTTER ASTONISHMENT. That was my first reaction to the news that Labour would not be campaigning for a “Labour/Greens government”. As someone who chronicled closely the fortunes of the Alliance, the eventual announcement of a Red-Green coalition had seemed a...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Invite: Election 2014 Discussion Series
    Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Invite: Election 2014 Discussion Series 11 April 2014 Please join us for the launch of ‘Child Health and Poverty’ the first release in our election year series on child poverty –...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal? John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Is Judith Collins unapologising Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks...
    The Daily Blog | 11-04
  • Green-Labour relationship – lime tantrums and red ambition
    How the news on the supposed Green/Labour break down is being reported in NZ media There is no Party more middle class and white than the Greens and with many voices inside social media, their collective bitterness at Labour preparing...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • To what extent should we foul our nest?
    Pollution is a big issue that comes in many forms. Our consciousness is heightened, this century, by the matter of anthropogenic climate change, meaning climate change caused by humankind fouling our unique home with greenhouse gases. What concerns me about...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Right wing lies continue
    A few weeks ago I did a blog asserting that data on unemployment that was available seemed to indicate that a large number of people were being denied access to the benefit one way or another. I compared the number...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Film Review: Divergent
      The film Divergent, based on the wildly successful trilogy by Veronica Roth (who started penning the series before she even turned 20),  is set 100 years into the future in post war dystopian Chicago, the world is now divided...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Cunliffe coalition deal no deal
    This happened yesterday, just as I was finally beginning to warm to David Cunliffe. Just as I was beginning to feel really hopeful about the potential outcome of this election. I confess that I leaped to “Nooo! WTF!?” type conclusions...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Universal Basic Income? Reprise
    A number of comments following my blog last week, on the adaptation of a Universal Basic Income in New Zealand, reinforced the essential problem; that even simple new ideas can be extremely difficult to communicate. So I would like to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • How the news on the supposed Green/Labour break down is being reported in N...
    How the news on the supposed Green/Labour break down is being reported in NZ media...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • “I’m not aware of any of the emotional clap-trap that the member is tal...
    “I’m not aware of any of the emotional clap-trap that the member is talking about”...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Zombie apocalypse now
    Zombie apocalypse now...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • On Capitalism
    On Capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Shaw wisdom
    Shaw wisdom...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Never before have the words ‘laid’ and ‘bare’ seemed so wrong
    Never before have the words ‘laid’ and ‘bare’ seemed so wrong...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | Press Release The Associate Minister of Health, with responsibility for problem gambling services, Peter Dunne today admitted in the...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Veterans short-changed The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads,...
    The Daily Blog | 10-04
  • Framework for Independent Forestry Safety Review agreed
    The Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel has agreed a framework for doing its work and work is well underway on the development of a public consultation document....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Labour Targets First Time Voters
    Labour has selected Young Labour Vice President Arena Williams to contest the seat of Hunua at the General Election on 20 September this year. At 24 she is Labour’s youngest candidate....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • People with disabilities most adversely affected in crises
    A University of Canterbury expert says people with disabilities are among the most adversely affected during conflict situations or when natural disasters strike....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Researchers look at impacts of prejudiced comments on line
    Canterbury researchers looking at impacts of prejudiced comments on line April 13, 2014 University of Canterbury psychology and management researchers have been looking at the impact of online and social media prejudice toward ethnic groups. The increased...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Lack of female quota culture harming company performance
    New Zealand’s low proportion of female board members on large listed companies is solidifying the glass ceiling for women, a University of Canterbury gender quality expert says....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Funding pledge Kauri’s Best Hope Yet
    ‘The funding for ‘Kauri Die Back’ (PTA or Phytopthera Taxon Agathis) promised by the Labour Party yesterday is the trees’ best hope yet’ says Waitakere Ranges Protection Society (WRPS) President, John Edgar....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Sensible Sentencing supports call for Victims’ Commissoner
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is supporting a call for an independent Victims’ Commissioner saying it appears to be the only way to ensure Victims’ needs are adequately taken care of....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Trust gets mandate to go to battle with the Crown
    Trust gets mandate to go to battle with the Crown More than 1000 iwi members from an East Coast tribe have given the green light for Te Aitanga A Mahaki Trust to go to battle for them with the Crown...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Sensible Sentencing supports call for Victims’ Commisser
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is supporting a call for an independent Victims’ Commissioner saying it appears to be the only way to ensure Victims’ needs are adequately taken care of....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Forest owners: The ETS is on life support
    New Zealand has met its Kyoto obligations by a whisker, but it has little to do with the ETS, say forest owners....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Govt should pay for roads
    “Finding the money to pay for roads should be easy. But the options being put forward by submitters to the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) funding subsidies review lack imagination, show little knowledge of history, and will be more expensive...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Hone Harawira: MANA decision was unanimous
    Hone Harawira: MANA decision was unanimous, Sue Bradford didn’t stay around for the vote....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • MP’s Cutting It Fine On Parenting Campaign Deadline
    The response to a questionnaire sent to all 121 MPs early in March has disappointed a single parent seeking politicians views on the WINZ policy on shared care parenting....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • ‘Lunacy’ that property speculators get tax free capital gain
    Labour leader David Cunliffe: ‘lunacy’ that property speculators get tax free capital gain. Labour leader David Cunliffe told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that a Labour led government would impose a capital gains tax of 15% on realised gains from investment...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Taxpayer Paying Public Servants a Bonus for Joining a Union
    The Taxpayers’ Union is outraged that taxpayers are being forced to fork out bonuses to Parliamentary staff on the condition that they join a trade union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says “This is union welfare and a political...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Affordable Housing a couple of decades away.
    Housing Minister Nick Smith: Affordable Housing a couple of decades away. Housing Minister Nick Smith told TVNZ’s Q+A programme today that it will take up to 20 years to address the imbalance between incomes and house prices. “The target that...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Scoop politics | 12-04
  • High Court Decision a Big Loss for Te Reo Māori
    Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) is disappointed with the recent High Court decision that counsel at the Waitangi Tribunal was not entitled to cross-examine in te reo Māori....
    Scoop politics | 12-04
  • Invest in social spending, cut military spending
    Below is the statement from the United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order in advance of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, Monday, 14 April; followed by the details of this...
    Scoop politics | 12-04
  • de Ruyter confirmed for Invercargill
    Party leader Stephnie de Ruyter has been confirmed as the Democrats for Social Credit candidate in the Invercargill electorate for this year’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 12-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar
    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 those affected, FIRST Union said today. Staff...
    Scoop politics | 12-04
  • Paddy Gower interviews Finance Minister Bill English
    Finance Minister Bill English confident Government books will reach a “paper-thin” surplus in 2014/15...
    Scoop politics | 12-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Mana Party leader Hone Harawira
    Lisa Owen interviews Mana Party leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Mana leader Hone Harawira says only exploring options with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party Harawira: “There’s whole range of areas in which we stand in common with the Internet Party...
    Scoop politics | 12-04
  • Judge’s criticism of sex attack victim leads to complaint
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is lodging a formal complaint against a Judge who was reluctant to allow a sex abuse victim to read her victim impact statement in court saying the Judge showed an unacceptable bias towards the offender....
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Pay disparity in New Zealand
    This week Auckland journalist Steve Hart looks at pay disparity in New Zealand with an extended interview with Paul Barber of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services....
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Building Amendment (Earthquake Prone Buildings) Bill
    The Select Committee has a great opportunity to improve upon the proposed Building Amendment (Earthquake Prone Buildings) Bill. The bill gives too much time to a group of buildings that is too large. In the 20-30 years that the bill...
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Govt Clamp Down On Tax Dodgers
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Minister of Revenue’s comments at the OECD Cash and Hidden Economy Conference today. The union's Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “The high returns from clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance...
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Preliminary campaign results show road safety gains
    Preliminary analysis of Police's recent two month enforcement of a reduced speed threshold has shown a significant drop in the proportion of drivers exceeding the 100km/h speed limit, alongside a record low number of road deaths....
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Smart squeeze on Capital’s emissions
    Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomes the news today that Wellington City has continued a downward trend in its level of greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade, during a period of overall population and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Freedom Camping Act 2011 and unintended consequences
    An open letter to Rt Hon John Key, Minister of Tourism, New Zealand regarding the freedom camping act 2011 and unintended consequences including high court challenge of Thames Coromandel District Council by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association...
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Greens Ignore Evidence in Push for New Taxes on Fast Food
    Responding to Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague's calls for taxation, regulation and legislation on fatty food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: "Mr Hague is misleading New Zealanders in saying that evidence supports...
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Taxpayer Funding For Development, Not Subsidising Golf Pros
    Responding to today’s Fairfax report that golfer Lydia Ko is asking for more taxpayer support since turning pro than she received when she was an amateur, Jordan Williams, Executive of the Taxpayers’ Union, says: "Golf is one of the richest...
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • On the Spot Anzacs Were Sent to Gallipoli
    New Zealand and Australian troops were deployed to attack the Turkish mainland at Gallipoli because they were on the spot. The National President of the Royal New Zealand RSA, Don McIver, says forces from both countries were training in Egypt...
    Scoop politics | 11-04
  • Legal action the wrong focus for Chorus
    InternetNZ is disappointed that Chorus is seeking leave to appeal the recent High Court decision on the Commerce Commission’s decisions regarding initial pricing for copper broadband services. The Court ruled strongly against Chorus: it’s time...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Bill Will Bring Welcome Protection For Vulnerable Consumers
    The industry organisation representing credit unions and building societies in New Zealand is delighted that the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill passed its second reading in Parliament yesterday, and says it will bring much...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Family Budgeting happy to see progress on Lending Law
    Family Budgeting CEO, Raewyn Fox says the passing of the second reading of the bill to overhaul consumer credit laws is very good news. The changes address the key concerns budget advisers have been experiencing with their clients....
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Website to encourage strategic voting launched
    Fresh from winning a Gold Medal at New York Festivals International Television & Film Award for his hard-hitting documentary Mind the Gap , Bryan Bruce has today launched a website to highlight the rights of Kiwi kids. He also wants...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • UNICEF NZ Asks Youth to ‘Shape Your World’ at Youth Congress
    UNICEF NZ is inviting young people from across New Zealand to attend the UNICEF NZ Youth Congress which is being held in Christchurch from July 11-13, 2014. Interested attendees are asked to apply as soon as possible in order to...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • “Socrates” seeks Royals’ help to return Elgin Marbles
    Mid-way through a sell-out tour of New Zealand, Greek philosopher Socrates, played by Emmy-award winner, Yannis Simonidis, has asked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to help facilitate the return of the Parthenon Marbles....
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Seabed mining application riddled with uncertainties
    Trans Tasman Resources’ (TTR) bid to mine 66 sqkm of the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight is so riddled with uncertainties that the EPA should decline the application, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) told the EPA hearings in Hamilton...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Mining application riddled with scientific uncertainties
    Trans Tasman Resources’ (TTR) bid to mine 66 sqkm of the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight is so riddled with uncertainties that the EPA should decline the application, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) told the EPA hearings in Hamilton...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Tweaks required to Environmental Reporting Bill
    The Environmental Defence Society has released its submission on the proposed Environmental Reporting Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to require regular reports on the State of New Zealand’s environment and to ensure that the reports are independent, fair...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Westpac customers switch to cleaner banks
    Scores of Westpac customers across New Zealand will be closing their accounts in the next few days, in response to the bank’s continued financing of Bathurst Resources, enabling their planned new coal mine on the Denniston Plateau. Around 160 customers...
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Final milestone to settle claims of Maungaharuru-Tangitu
    Leaving in the dark, early hours of this morning, a bus-load of kaumātua and whānau travelled from Hawke’s Bay to Parliament, their sights set on witnessing the third reading of the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Hapū Claims Settlement Bill....
    Scoop politics | 10-04
  • Palm Oil Campaign Gaining Support
    The Auckland Zoo played host to a workshop run by Unmask Palm Oil, an Auckland-based consumer rights campaign, on Saturday morning. 45 people attended the workshop, which was held to inform the public about the adverse social and environmental effects...
    Scoop politics | 09-04
  • Winston Peters is Right on Interislander Bailouts
    “Taxpayers are sick of bailing out Kiwirail and the Interislander every time one of the dud ships hits a wharf,” says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of theTaxpayers’ Union. “Winston Peters is right, the Government is not a good manager of...
    Scoop politics | 09-04
  • Local Council funding review will encourage more debt
    Seven years after the Independent Rates Inquiry warned that the rating system was unsustainable Local Government New Zealand has come to the same conclusion....
    Scoop politics | 09-04
  • Authority finds Police use of force during arrest justified
    In releasing its report on the use of force by Police in arresting a high-risk man who posed a serious threat of harming himself or the officers at the scene, the Independent Police Conduct Authority found that Police complied with...
    Scoop politics | 09-04
  • Maori Party Right to Butt in to Close ‘German Gateway’
    “The Maori Party has every right to ‘butt in’ when Hone Harawira talks about playing a confidence trick on Te Tai Tokerau voters to use their Maori seat as a ‘waharoa tiamana’ (a German gateway) to get Kim Dotcom's Internet...
    Scoop politics | 09-04
  • Private PostShops threaten customer service and workers’ pay
    The Government’s decision to rush through changes to New Zealand Post’s Deed of Understanding has opened the door to privatisation and job cuts, says the union for postal workers. New Zealand Post yesterday signalled their intent to begin looking...
    Scoop politics | 09-04
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