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Open mike 02/09/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 am, September 2nd, 2014 - 439 comments

dirty7

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 …

NRT: More OIA skullduggery from National

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 1st, 2014 - 7 comments

Make-and-OIA-request

Another day, and more evidence the National government is manipulating the OIA process. Judith Collins’ office processed an Official Information Act request in just two days. The problem here isn’t that someone got their response within two days – its that other people didn’t…

Open mike 01/09/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, September 1st, 2014 - 333 comments

killer-whale

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 31/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 31st, 2014 - 250 comments

crusher

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 30/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, August 30th, 2014 - 80 comments

dirty7

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 …

NRT: Kiwis care about inequality

Written By: - Date published: 3:46 pm, August 29th, 2014 - 8 comments

homeless

Roy Morgan has a poll out today looking at the issues affecting New Zealanders and therefore this election. Social inequality is rising as an issue as the world economy has stopped getting worse.

Weekend social 29/8/2014

Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, August 29th, 2014 - 54 comments

wksc

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

National: Not Our Future marches across New Zealand Aotearoa

Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, August 29th, 2014 - 52 comments

keynixonPoster

Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National’s attacks on workers, abuse of the environment, inequality, cronyism and dirty politics.

Open mike 29/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 am, August 29th, 2014 - 162 comments

John Key working for the rich

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Open mike 28/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, August 28th, 2014 - 283 comments

andreavance

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 …

Streaming Nicky Hager lecture

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 pm, August 27th, 2014 - 31 comments

Hager and his book Dirty Politics

A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hager. Chaired by Sir Edmund Thomas and hosted by the Human Rights Foundation & Equal Justice Project. Streamed live…

Updated with a youtube of the event.

Polity: Herald on Labour

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, August 27th, 2014 - 69 comments

Herald (1)

The NZ Herald has been notable for the blind stupidity of their editorials since its formation in the 1860s and its enthusiastic fostering of the New Zealand civil war for short-term profit. Today’s editorial continues that long tradition of blind stupid ignorance by being surprised (yet again) at Labour’s long tradition of fiscal responsibility.

Open mike 27/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, August 27th, 2014 - 251 comments

dirty6

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 …

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, August 26th, 2014 - 82 comments

key-throwing-sausage

Anne Salmond on our tarnished democracy

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, August 26th, 2014 - 37 comments

democracy under attack thumb

New Zealander of the Year, Dame Anne Salmond, on how dirty politics tarnished our democracy.

Polity: Hooton on Key on SIS: Bullshit!

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, August 26th, 2014 - 117 comments

John Key grimm

Rob says: Key was either complicit in the SIS document release to Whaleoil, or he has a gross dereliction of duty. Let’s hear what his answers are to that.

Dirty pictures

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, August 26th, 2014 - 27 comments

Cameron slater john key

Cartoons and other images of Dirty Politics.

Interview with “Key”…

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, August 26th, 2014 - 16 comments

key-office-300

Billed as “Decision 2014 Part 1″, Here’s Michael Hurst staring as John Key’s office…

Open mike 26/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, August 26th, 2014 - 220 comments

David Cunliffe vote positive

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Nicky Hager public lecture Wednesday

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 pm, August 25th, 2014 - 20 comments

Hager and his book Dirty Politics

A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hager will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd). If you can’t make it, we will be streaming the lecture.

The future of the public service – public meeting in Ōhāriu

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, August 25th, 2014 - 12 comments

GinnyA

Something to go to in Wellington this Wednesday

Polity: Smoke and mirrors on housing

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, August 25th, 2014 - 14 comments

state housing

National’s own fine print takes us from “you can get up to $20,000!” to, at best, “11% of qualifying couples get up to $20,000.” Ouch…. Typical National. Long on glitz. Long on smoke. Long on mirrors. Short on actually helping people.

Open mike 25/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, August 25th, 2014 - 178 comments

newspeak

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Open mike 24/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 am, August 24th, 2014 - 194 comments

David Cunliffe vote positive

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Green Opening Address

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 pm, August 23rd, 2014 - 19 comments

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Green Party Opening Address

Update: added InternetMana one

Labour Opening Address

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 pm, August 23rd, 2014 - 74 comments

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Labour’s Opening Address – to make it easier for those who were watching the rugby

Open mike 23/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, August 23rd, 2014 - 143 comments

Slater on Christchurch Labour pricks

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NRT: Why foreigners are buying up New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, August 22nd, 2014 - 5 comments

capital gains tax

“Why would an overseas buyer pay more for an asset than a New Zealander? … But Chalkie reckons one reason stands out – tax. There are huge tax advantages available to overseas investors that simply cannot be accessed by locals.”

Dirty politics – the South is revolted

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, August 22nd, 2014 - 38 comments

john key repeating and repeating

Plenty of editorial comment is decrying Key’s dirty politics. Two pieces from the Deep South yesterday were particularly forthright. Can Key walk on sewerage?

Open mike 22/08/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, August 22nd, 2014 - 168 comments

johnansell

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 …

National’s opening tv ad

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 pm, August 21st, 2014 - 15 comments

nationaltvad

Some improved versions of National’s opening commercial [update: pic added]

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    The Daily Blog | 09-09
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    The Daily Blog | 09-09
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    The Daily Blog | 09-09
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    The Daily Blog | 09-09
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    The Daily Blog | 09-09
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    The Daily Blog | 09-09
  • Will National & Maori Party turn Native Affairs into Seven Sharp?
    I don’t believe one word of the assurances that have gushed out over pending changes at Maori TVs news and current affairs... Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples has dismissed claims that jobs are to be axed at Maori TV’s...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • 162% increase on early votes in 2011 – don’t believe msm hype Key will ...
    We are not the minority. Don’t. Believe. The. Mainstream. Media. Hype. There has been a 162% increase on early votes in 2011. If this incredible rate of voting continues – we could see hundreds of thousands’ more voters expressing their will...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Watch David Cunliffe smack down National’s joke tax cut
    How is it that the media can scream at Cunliffe for not knowing the answer to a John Key lie about Capital Gains tax yet be so silent when Key can’t explain where the money will come from for his...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Where is Jason Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede? How can the PMs Press Secretary – sorry ‘former’ Press Secretary, now National Party black ops specialist, just disappear? While the legal wrangling continues, the Ede-Slater emails are yet to see the light of day. There...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Not the Six O’clock News – With Laila Harré – Episode 1
    Not the Six O’clock News – With Laila Harré – Episode 1...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Hone has every reason to be pissed off – but that doesn’t mean he doesn...
    Hone has every reason to be pissed. Internet MANA’s main policy is Feed the Kids and a campaign on cannabis that overshadows the main policy was always going to annoy the hell of out of him. This Government is suggesting a...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Three’s Company: Labour-Greens-NZ First may just be the coalition New Zea...
    WITH LESS THAN A FORTNIGHT to go until Election Day, the broad outlines of the voters’ choice are becoming clear. Labour has refined its position to one of anticipating a tripartite arrangement with the Greens and NZ First. The National...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • UPDATE: Wave of companies start boycotting Whaleoil
    Since the post this morning listing companies that advertise on far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater’s blog, there has been a wave of companies and businesses now actively boycotting Whaleoil. The following companies have replied and state that they are...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Patrick Gower’s attack on Hone a tad disingenuous
    Slater seeded this claim of a rift on Whaleoil last week, and sadly we see msm once again taking their cues from him. After Dirty Politics, you might think that the bloody journalists would stop using Slater as a source and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • A brief reminder for everyone depressed by the msm polls
    Folks, this is the reality… …don’t  believe the mainstream media hype that Key will win by a landslide. Vote NOW!...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Cameron Slater’s latest ridiculous claim
    Slater is so desperate these days. Yawn. For some reason my name was misspelled when I enrolled, so I enrolled it as Martyn Bradbury, not Martin Bradbury. It is a clerical mistake. I have advance voted on the first day...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Wrecking Ball Parody – John Key version
    Wrecking Ball Parody – John Key version...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • How come Bill English’s inability to point to one new economic policy is ...
    Further proof of media bias? Key lies to Cunliffe about Labour’s Capital Gains Tax at a poorly moderated, ill produced drunken shouting match and that’s evidence of a ‘gotcha’ moment and Cunliffe is supposedly doomed. Bill English goes on The Nation...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • A brief word on Judith Collins being ‘just like Diana’
    Ummmmm? What? Judith Collins has been likened to Princess Diana by the embattled MP’s older sister. Hamilton’s Pamela Cassidy says both women were “hounded” by media. I think we can all appreciate family will rush to our defence, no matter...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Another half billion borrowed each year for tax cuts???
    After the $10billion National have borrowed over the last 6 years for tax cuts to the rich… …National are now promising another half-billion borrowed each year for even more tax cuts! While 250 000 children live in poverty and our social...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Why is Whaleoil deleting blogs?
    The vastly superior brains trust of the Reddit Community have done an analysis of the posts that Slater has deleted since August 18th and interestingly it all seems to be Cathy Odgers blogs. Perhaps after being outed as someone attempting to...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • So National will abolish the OIO, RMA and bring in more Charter Schools
    Sure, it’s ACT who are saying they will abolish the OIO, RMA and bring in more Charter Schools, but it’s National who really want to do these things. Why National are prepared to die in a ditch for ACT is...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Boycott list of companies advertising on Whaleoil
    Here is the up to date list of companies currently supporting Whaleoil that any ethical NZer needs to boycott. If we want a better media, don’t support those companies currently funding a far right hate speech merchant. 1. BNZ 2. University of...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Nominating Nick Hager for 2015 New Zealander of the Year
    Brothers and Sisters, Nicky Hager has done more journalism with this one book than the entire mainstream media have managed to achieve in 6 years of a National led Government. His exposure of the true and corrupt nature of the...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Rawshark – the country owes you
    Dear Rawshark You and Nicky have done more for Journalism with this one book than the entire mainstream media have managed in almost 6 years of this Government’s rule. The matrix of corrupt power and influence you have exposed will...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • How biased is the NZ media?
    THIS matters far more than selfies with the fucking All Blacks If you are one of the chumps out there trying to claim NZ media isn’t right wing and  biased, just pause and consider this. If the NZ Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Schoolgirls & Accountability
    When I first read about the St Cuthberts schoolgirl stripping incident I was absolutely appalled. I wanted to write a blog straight away, but decided to hold off for a few days, as I wanted to know more about the...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Dear Patrick Gower, Matt Nippert & David Fisher
    Hey guys, just a quick word. If you aren’t going to publish the Ede/Slater emails, someone else will. Cheers.  ...
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • Polls, propaganda, and Tracy Watkins
    . . 1. A bit of personal history… Since I became more and more politically active, part of the growth of my political consciousness was an awareness that the media – whether print or electronic – was not always a...
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabiliti...
    ACT party candidate David Seymour has recently said that New Zealand shouldn’t join the United Nations Security Council because it was ‘not a credible organisation’. This comment was made after candidates were asked if their parties would accept the Optional...
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • Indonesian ‘open door’ policy on West Papua ‘a lie’ as French journ...
    Two arrested French journalists, Thomas Dandois (centre) and Valentine Bourrat (left), from Franco-German television channel Arte, are photographed with an unidentified Indonesian immigration official in Jayapura in Papua province last week. Image: AsiaOne David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific....
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • But John Armstrong – you were calling for Cunliffe to resign over a $100 ...
    Armstrong’s spite driven column attacking Cunliffe today needs to be read set against the hatred Armstrong has already spun against Cunliffe. Remember when Armstrong tried to claim that Cunliffe had to resign over an 11 year old letter because there were...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Worst Vernon Small column ever?
    The media scream that Labour hasn’t talking about policy and that’s why they are failing the deeply flawed landline opinion polls. The media scream that Dirty Politics hasn’t hurt their mate John Key and Cunliffe isn’t focusing on what is important. The media scream...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Video & Audio
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Greens Take Nanny State To A New Level
    Family First NZ is labelling the Green’s ‘welcome package’ for newborns policy as wasteful and misdirected. “This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,”...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • 2,100 people send message about dirty politics
    2,100 people have signed their name to a full-page open letter featuring in the New Zealand Herald this Wednesday. The letter is designed to send a message to politicians that dirty politics is an important election issue....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Are DoC manipulating Rat Numbers?
    Ban 1080 Political Party co-leader Bill Wallace says there are serious rumours DoC has changed their rat counting technique to cover up the lack of the mythical “Rat Plague” claimed by the Department in Kahurangi National Park, and also that...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Average Full time Student Is in Financial Distress
    A new survey has found that nearly half of all full time students are in significant financial distress....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Key and Cunliffe, research revealed by Ancestry.com.au
    Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe, revealed by research from Ancestry.com.au....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Revelations a Damning Indictment of Key’s Honesty
    The Prime Minister’s honesty is now central to the election, says Internet Party Leader Laila Harré, following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden that there is mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by the GCSB....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Organisations Have ‘Duty of Care’ for Players says Law Firm
    Concussion injuries in amateur and professional sporting arenas are currently highly topical. Concussion potentially appears to have been implicit in the recent death of a young player in Northland....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Media Release from Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Expanding Whānau Ora – a bottom line for Māori Party
    Leaving the best to last, the Māori Party has launched its Whānau Ora policy today following a fun family event at Te Ore Ore Marae in Masterton last night. “When we change what happens in our homes, we change what...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Colin Craig’s Incredible Claims Continue
    Hot on the heels of a Conservative Party candidate proposing to double the price of a bottle of wine, Colin Craig has come up with an even more fantastic idea to buttress his uncosted tax policy....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • The Letter: Jamie Whyte is going to Parliament
    Friday night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Jamie Whyte in Parliament. TVNZ rounded down the poll result (ACT was on 1.2%). With the high wasted Conservative vote, just 1.2% makes Jamie an MP. It is ACT, not NZ First that...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Why are we letting Dotcom steal our election?
    Why are we letting a convicted German fraudster and his American polemicists steal our election?...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan
    ACT has a five point plan to grow the economy by a third. To lift economic growth from the Treasury's long term forecast of just two percent to three....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Christchurch rebuild cost sharing plan must be improved
    “The agreement between the government and the Christchurch City Council about sharing costs of the rebuild is due to be revised in December, as some costs are more accurately known now than they were originally,“ says Warren Voight, Local...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • New funding to support high value food exports
    Auckland, New Zealand. 15 September 2014...Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National, Greens Big Movers on Bribe-O-Meter
    The Taxpayers’ Union has updated its election policy 'Bribe-O-Meter’ to reflect the cost of recent campaign promises. The update takes into account Labour’s new fiscal tables and all announcements up to Friday and is based on numbers provided...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Policy Costing Expert Questions ‘NZ Power’ Numbers
    Dr Michael Dunn, engaged by the Taxpayers’ Union to provide the figures for the 'Bribe-O-Meter' election costing website , is questioning the Labour Party’s costing of it’s flagship "NZ Power” policy....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Meet the Real Colin Craig
    Watching Conservative Party leader Colin Craig struggling to explain his tax policy on The Nation this morning finally revealed that he is making dishonest promises....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Lifetime Achiever Generous of Investment in Whanau Ora
    Earlier this month, Maori Party's Te Tai Tonga and Christchurch based candidate, Ngaire Button, said she was rapt local hero, Tihi Puanaki, was named Regional Winner of the Pride of NZ 2014, Lifetime Achievement Award. Button is clearly delighted...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore And Seabed
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • New Zealand’s participation in Five Eyes
    “Our policy is we're committing to a full review of all of New Zealand's security services. We will be repealing the GCSB legislation and we will replace it with something that is guaranteed to be more protective of New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Once in a Lifetime travels north!
    After Once in a Lifetime ’s packed launch and sold-out panel discussion at the Christchurch Word Writers and Readers Festival, members of the editorial team are presenting the book to Auckland and Wellington audiences, in an attempt to increase...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Q+A: The role of the GCSB and our participation
    Green Party co-leader Russel Norman told TV One’s Q+A programme that they would close Waihopai and review the role of the GCSB and our participation in Five Eyes....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • NZ First poll shows Labour coalition more likely than ever
    New Zealand First’s East Coast candidate, Mere Takoko, has revealed that her party’s internal polling shows Labour’s Moana Mackey is just 2 percent away from winning the East Coast electorate seat from incumbent Anne Tolley....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    Initial allegations made by journalist Glenn Greenwald yesterday appear to have dented National’s chances of leading the next Government, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict,...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • ACT is holding the Balance of Power
    ACT will hold the balance of power after the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Statement From Hone Harawira And Laila Harré
    The Prime Minister has used his security access to further own political interests, demonstrating he is unfit to hold the office....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
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