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Open mike 30/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 am, June 30th, 2014 - 264 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 …

Bryan Gould: An impartial press

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, June 29th, 2014 - 34 comments

Bryan Gould working

Ed Miliband is competent, has the support of his party, but has abysmal poll ratings. The right-wing British press has played a significant role. For instance a messy bacon sandwich. In New Zealand, we all know that the British press is notoriously biased and that our own press may have their own allegiances but are reasonably  impartial. Which is why there are some disturbing features about the press treatment of the supposed “scandal” (as it is regularly referred to) of Donghua Liu and David Cunliffe.

Open mike 29/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 29th, 2014 - 252 comments

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Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, June 28th, 2014 - 79 comments

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You know the rules …

Irascible: The Herald and Key duck, scuttle and run as Donghua Liu story loses credibility

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, June 28th, 2014 - 35 comments

John Key - spy vs lie

It looks like the powers that be on the Herald’s editorial board are starting to realise that being a paid shill for the Key owned National Party is not as wise a move as they thought. Particularly as the realisation that the allegations fed from John Key and those around Donghua Liu are proving to be a quicksand that is sucking the already doubtful credibility of the paper as a crusading, principled record of fact away from it.

Local Bodies: Pay Equity, Rod Donald Was Right in 2004

Written By: - Date published: 1:44 pm, June 28th, 2014 - 3 comments

gender-wage-gap

In 2004 Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald made a speech about the Public Finance (State Sector Management) Bill. Ten years later the State Sector is still not an equitable employer. Pakeha men have done considerably better over the ten years than any other demographic and this is despite the fact that for many years now females have been out performing males academically. Women still earn less relative to their qualifications than men. There is some hope that a future Green/Labour coalition may finally address the issue.

NRT: Fixing Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, June 28th, 2014 - 5 comments

prebuild house cunliffe poto williams

Labour has announced another part of its package to fix Christchurch: an immediate crash home-building plan. The market has failed, so the government has to step in. Its that simple. As for why the market has failed, there’s the ongoing insurance problems of course, but perhaps this also has something to do with it. Living costs in ChCh are exceeding wages and the construction industry is pocketing the difference. Labour is also changing the rules about exploiting overseas labour.

Open mike 28/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 28th, 2014 - 202 comments

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NRT: Who’d have thunk it?

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, June 27th, 2014 - 60 comments

capital gains tax

Capital gains tax is now accepted by a more people than who oppose it. But for a policy long considered a “third rail” of New Zealand politics, its a significant shift.  It ought to put paid forever to the idea that parties must go with the flow of public opinion because they are unable to affect it. Weak parties are. But if Labour stops being scared of its own shadow and afraid of its left-wing heritage, it can actually change things, and build the majorities it needs to govern.

Polity: Herald editorialisal

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, June 27th, 2014 - 8 comments

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Once there is real, hard evidence of donations, then Labour can deal with it. Until then, there is nothing. The editorial is titled: “Cries of bias will not stop reporting.” Nobody is asking the Herald to stop reporting. I, for one, would just like to see better reporting. Better doesn’t necessarily mean “more favourable to my preferred political party;” better means “with greater regard for facts and less regard for compromised hearsay.”

Open mike 27/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, June 27th, 2014 - 348 comments

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NRT: So much for Ruataniwha

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 pm, June 26th, 2014 - 18 comments

Ruataniwha Dam

Yesterday, the Hawkes Bay Regional Coucil voted to invest $80 million in the Ruataniwha dam. Today, the board of inquiry upheld its resource consent decisions, effectively shitcanning the project. And that, hopefully, is that. Or will HBRC and the farmers demand National pass a law under urgency to allow them to pillage this river, just as they’re doing for the West Coast forests?

NRT: Evidence: The NSA is funding the GCSB

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, June 26th, 2014 - 12 comments

spy-eye-keyhole

Last week, The Intercept published details on the NSA’s programs with partners to tap international communications cables. Most of the article focused on a program which seems to involve Denmark and Germany, with each helping the NSA to spy on the other. But buried in one of the background documents – the US “black budget” for Foreign Partner Access Project – was this titbit. It turns out that second parties in the five eyes program like the GCSB are funded from the USA. So, “our” spies take foreign money to work for a foreign power.

Imperator Fish: My statement to the New Zealand Herald

Written By: - Date published: 2:35 pm, June 26th, 2014 - 14 comments

journalism school

Scott Yorke writes a statement for Jared Savage at the NZ Herald to conceal while attacking Labour with. As we know Jared will treat this with his usual journalistic caution and therefore briefly read it before publishing. Some of it might be true!!! Labour should be able to prove a negative with no information. That works for that paragon of journalism Cameron Slater, so why should the NZ Herald miss out on the joys of getting headlines out of nothing being verified. In fact the only thing wrong is that the source isn’t National dirty tricks (John Key’s top drawer).

Polity: What tax would Warren Buffet pay in New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, June 26th, 2014 - 14 comments

Warren Buffet

With the ritual whining from the right about our tax rates in New Zealand now that Labour given aspects of their alternative budget, it pays to consider what the real tax rates for the wealthy here are. Because of our lack of a capital gains tax, we are in the strange position where we would tax a wealthy investor like Warren Buffet a lot less than he is in the USA. Thats outrageous.

Open mike 26/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, June 26th, 2014 - 455 comments

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Polity: Labour’s fiscal plan: B+

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 20 comments

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I’m a glass half-full kind of a guy, so I want to start by emphasising the parts of  Labour’s just-released fiscal plan that I like. The good: commitment to paying off government debt during economic good times, tax rate changes are welcome, and targeting tax avoidance by large multinationals. Bad: the top tax rate is still too low, and no need to signal second term tax cuts. Overall I would give this package a B+.

Labour’s alternative budget

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 139 comments

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Labour has announced details of its alternative budget with the headline a change in the top tax rate to 36 cents in the dollar for the top 2% of taxpayers.

CTU: Labour’s financial plan will make life fairer for working Kiwis

Written By: - Date published: 12:56 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 8 comments

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Labour’s Fiscal Plan shows a clear and positive difference from National. Those who earn over over 150,000 will pay more tax and applying tax to trusts to combat tax avoidance, are welcome steps to reducing inequality and the unfairness of the tax system.  It’s a relief to see more effort in stopping the billions of dollars of tax evasion. Labour’s commitment to funding the real costs of Health and Education, taking account of rising costs and the changing population, forces National to front up and say what it is going to do to prevent our public services from deteriorating further.

NRT: Climate Voter

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 33 comments

climate voter

On Monday, an alliance of environmental organisations launched the Climate Voter campaign. The aim is to get people to signal their intention to vote on the basis of climate change policy, in the hope of driving parties to compete for that bloc of support. I think this is a good thing. At the same time, it needs to get a lot more people to sign up for it to have the sort of impact it wants. These mass-signalling exercises can work. So, if you care about the climate, sign up.

Open mike 25/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, June 25th, 2014 - 143 comments

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NRT: The Jones appointment

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, June 24th, 2014 - 45 comments

shane-jones

When I first heard of this appointment, I commented that if McCully had offered Jones a briefcase full of cash rather than a specially-created high-paying job to resign, we’d call it what it is: Corruption and bribery of member of Parliament. From what I’ve seen in this release, I stand by that.

Updated:  It looks like this appointment either violated the Cabinet Manual or is in violation of the State Sector Act. Whatever way you look at this, the appointment appears to broken some laws. Perhaps some journos would like to look up from bullshit from National’s dirty tricks blogger and care to investigate a real story?

Polity: TPP deal on rocks. Surprise!

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, June 24th, 2014 - 10 comments

free-trade trans-pacific partnership TPP

John Key is abandoning hope of a TPP deal. As it stands at present there is nothing in it for New Zealand. Of course the usual ugly swamp that is US internal politics is making the deal descend into a mire.

Expect nothing to happen for another year or two, and maybe the damn thing will never happen.

Open mike 24/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, June 24th, 2014 - 240 comments

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NRT: Our misogynistic political media

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 pm, June 23rd, 2014 - 44 comments

Labours women

In previous elections, the major parties have submitted lists heavily dominated by men, and this passes without comment. This year, Labour has submitted one with a slight imbalance (53:47) towards women. The reaction is sadly predictable. Misogynist reporting. Also incorrect, there is no gender rule. Not mentioned: Labour’s list is gender-balanced up to position 40; that slight imbalance comes from the bottom, unelectable end of the list and will not translate into caucus places.

Imperator Fish: Critics slam Labour list selections – again

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, June 23rd, 2014 - 20 comments

imperator fish

Some things are so predicable that Imperator Fish can write about them years ahead. Like the typical reactions to the Labour list. Let us observe the predictability of the right and others to it today. Marks for any bit of originality, but don’t be surprised if there aren’t any.

Labour list announced

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, June 23rd, 2014 - 189 comments

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The Labour list for 2014 has been announced.

Polity: Colin Craig confused

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, June 23rd, 2014 - 27 comments

Colin Craig son of national

This morning’s news from the Fairfax/Ipsos poll is that 81% of New Zealanders hate coat-tailing and want it gone. I agree with them. So does Labour. So do the Greens. So do Internet MANA. National, of course, relishes coat-tailing. So – to the 81% – if you want 2014 to be the last election with any coat-tailing, vote for a change of government. In the meantime of course, we have Crazy Colin Craig who thinks that Key’s job is to give just him a seat, entirely of his own accord, with no “insipid” discussions about the quid pro quo. Good luck with that.

Local Bodies: Politics, Sharks and Voter Apathy

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 23rd, 2014 - 8 comments

school-of-sharks

I had a conversation at our farmer’s market this morning about how my election campaign was going and the person I was speaking to had the view that all politicians don’t actually do much, apart from talking. I find that this thinking is actually fairly common, many people talk about the nonsense that goes on in Parliament and how all politicians are as bad as each other, “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, nothing really changes.”  I find this view really frustrating, but at the same time I can see why people may feel this way.

Open mike 23/06/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, June 23rd, 2014 - 282 comments

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The police must investigate the alleged Liu donations because…

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, June 22nd, 2014 - 24 comments

imperator fish

Scott Yorke makes some excellent arguments in favour of a full police investigation into the Liu saga.

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    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Milk price fall shows need for Economic Upgrade
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Milk price fall shows need for Economic Upgrade The 35 per cent fall in milk prices since February shows New Zealand needs an Economic Upgrade to limit its overreliance on the dairy...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • This Government doesn’t care about vulnerable people
    This National Government has talked a lot about welfare reform. There is a lot of talk about statistics but not a lot of it makes any sense. There have been so many name changes to different benefits that it is...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Christchurch rebuild migrants face debts, cramped accommodation
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Christchurch rebuild migrants face debts, cramped accommodation By Michael Morrah Reporter Reprinted from TV3 News In the third winter since the earthquakes, men and machines are still working across Christchurch. As the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • 15/9/14
    IT IS THE EVENING of Monday, 15 September 2014. The General Election is just five days away and the Auckland Town Hall is full-to-bursting. The Internet Party has made certain that every one of the 1,250 seats is occupied by making...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Hawera’s House of Horrors
    Looking at these images from a typical pig farm in Hawera will disgust you. Yes those torture-looking devices are to remove pig’s tails and teeth, and that is indeed a gag-inducing shopping trolley with a display of decaying piglet tails...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • Surely Whaleoil insinuating Tania Billingsley led her rapist on is the new ...
    I don’t even know where to begin with Cameron Slater’s  latest ugly and offensive blog  insinuating Tania Billingsley led her rapist on. For a crypto-facsict who claims any of the evidence Kim Dotcom is producing is all one giant conspiracy, Slater spends...
    The Daily Blog | 16-07
  • The September 15th Dotcom vs GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland
    The last Town Hall meeting we had in Auckland to discuss the the GCSB mass surveillance laws looked like this… Just announced… “On September 15, I’m doing a Town Hall event in Auckland and I invite everyone to come there...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Did Key collude with America to trap Kim Dotcom in NZ?
    In light of the latest evidence that shows the SIS dropped their issues with Kim Dotcom coming into the country 90 minutes after acknowledging ‘political pressure’, the spin from Government mouthpieces is very clear, this is an immigration issue and...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • 6 myths Indonesia’s biggest forest destroyer wants you to believe
    MIL OSI – Source: Greenpeace NZ – Headline: 6 myths Indonesia's biggest forest destroyer wants you to believe Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. But these destructive companies...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • MANA announces its general seat candidates in Tamaki
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA announces its general seat candidates in Tamaki Posted on July 14, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesMANA is pleased to announce its general seat candidates in Tamaki for the...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions A new briefing by Amnesty International sheds light on a growing pattern of sectarian killings and abductions by the Islamic State in Iraq...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • UK rushes through invasive surveillance laws as intelligence agencies go on...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: UK rushes through invasive surveillance laws as intelligence agencies go on trial Amnesty International and Privacy International have accused the UK government of trying to rush through legislation in an attempt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Key’s credibility on the line in Dotcom case
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Key’s credibility on the line in Dotcom case As the Minister responsible for the Security Intelligence Service, John Key needs to front up to New Zealanders about the increasingly murky process surrounding...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Which NZ political Party will have the courage to call for the Apartheid Is...
    And the butchery by Apartheid Israel against the Palestinian people continues unabated… Gaza conflict: Israel restarts air strikes amid rocket firePalestinian officials say 192 people have been killed in eight days of Israeli air strikes. Israel on Tuesday reported its...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much do I lo...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • What would the merged Internet MANA Party list look like?
    The arrangement between Internet Party and MANA has the party rankings listed like this… MANA Internet Party MANA MANA Internet Party Internet Party  MANA Internet Party MANA Internet Party …based on those rankings and looking at the Internet Party’s list...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • The weather’s getting worse, and we did it
    If you thought that damaging floods were happening more often, you were right. Weather and climate-related disasters are becoming more common — and major flooding is the biggest contributor to the increase — according to a new report from the...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Canterbury’s future to be democratic
    Last week David Cunliffe outlined the final major plank of our Canterbury specific policy – Kick-starting the Canterbury Rebuild. Labour announced that we would return decision-making to local organisations by immediately beginning to wind down CERA and cancelling its extraordinary powers....
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • EXCLUSIVE: Has the Government manipulated Corrections statistics as well?
    The media need to stop creating mythical $100 000 bottles of wine that don’t exist, $15 000 books that don’t exist and $150 000 donations that don’t exist and start focusing in actual National Party political corruption and not the...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Kenya: Victims still seeking justice for the post-election violence
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Kenya: Victims still seeking justice for the post-election violence The Kenyan government’s continued failure to properly investigate crimes committed during the 2007-2008 post-election violence and to provide justice and reparation for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • No excuse for power price hikes
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: No excuse for power price hikes The latest electricity price hike, coming as it does during the coldest winter months, will once again hit hardest those least able to afford it –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Joyce performs U-turn in Labour’s garage
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Joyce performs U-turn in Labour’s garage Just four days after calling Labour’s ICT Garage Grants ‘off the planet’ Steven Joyce has supported the policy and trumpeted funding for ICT entrepreneurs, Labour’s ICT...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – The Internet Party: What we’ve been waitin...
    I returned home from South America in January to help change the government, but didn’t expect that I would actually stand for a party and run for government. Although I have supported and worked alongside Labour, the Green Party and...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Latest power price data shows National has failed families
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Latest power price data shows National has failed families Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | Press Release Latest data showing New Zealanders’ power bills have risen 2.3 percent in the last year show...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Collins is implicated up to her eyeballs
    I’ve always had a natural suspicion of police crime statistics – not because I have any inside information or contrary evidence but because policing is political. When crime stats are reported by police as going up is that a way...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Kiwis stand with Palestine
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Kiwis stand with Palestine Rally against Israel’s brutality in Gaza. WELLINGTON: WHEN: Friday 18th July, 12.30pm – 1.30pmWHERE: Embassy of Israel – Baileys Building, 36 Brandon Street (off Lambton Quay), Wellington Rally...
    The Daily Blog | 15-07
  • Brazil: World Cup protests and violence must be investigated
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Brazil: World Cup protests and violence must be investigated Following the dramatic conclusion of the World Cup Amnesty International is now calling for immediate, independent investigations into the many abuses committed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • History points to poor DHB decision
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: History points to poor DHB decision A damning Government-ordered review has found Nigel Murray, due to take up the role of CEO at Waikato District Health Board next week, was in charge...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • What do the new Kim Dotcom papers show and a quick word to Cameron Slater a...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? The secret Dotcom papersThe SIS tried to block Kim Dotcom’s residency application but dropped their objection 90 minutes after being told there was “political pressure” to let the tycoon into New Zealand,...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • Government must explain “political pressure” in Dotcom case
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Government must explain “political pressure” in Dotcom case  The release of documents that say that government officials were under “political pressure” to process Kim Dotcom’s residency application needs an urgent explanation from...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • Oh David Farrar, the Government’s mouthpiece, is leading the charge for o...
    Oh, so David Farrar, the Government’s mouthpiece online, the one who has justified all of John Key’s actions on expanding the GCSB mass surveillance laws, the one who didn’t call for a halt on the TICS Bill and the one whose...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • What does it mean to be a girl?
    The words “…like a girl” have been used as an insult to humiliate both men and women for generations; “you run like a girl”, “you hit like a girl” or even “you speak like a girl” are used to shame...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • GUEST POST: Michael Wood – Epsom on the ground
    Campaigning in Epsom requires a keen sense of the absurd. Here in its tribal heartland, the party of government, who came a narrow second three years ago, are nowhere to be seen. The incumbent party pretend that nothing odd is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • GUEST BLOG: James Papali’i – Bilingual Language and Literacy Schools Im...
      When my dad came to N.Z in the mid-50s as a young man, he got here only through the support of his aiga (family) and nu’’u (village) who had struggled for years to save and invest their scarce resources...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • The Badge In Our Flesh: Some Thoughts on Masculinity
    WHAT REALLY BAFFLES ME about the reaction to David Cunliffe’s “I’m sorry I’m a man” remark is how proud so many men are of their masculinity. It’s a mystery, because to be a man – even in a secular liberal...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Has John Key changed his position or was he just changing his tune...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release The inquiry needs to be wide enough to investigate whether or not Mr McCully was guilty of incompetence or...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Government punishes beneficiary babies Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “This is exactly why the number of children living in poverty has grown by 35,000 under this National Government, but yet...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • Gaza crisis has to stop
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Gaza crisis has to stop The rising death toll in Gaza is alarming and is likely to worsen with escalating violence from both sides, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Only...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • Deaths should prompt change
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Deaths should prompt change Eight adverse reports relating to rest home care in as many months, resulting in several deaths, cannot go unchallenged, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. In the latest...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07
  • Political Masters Not Police Responsible for Illegal Spying
    The outcome of the Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation into the failure of police to investigate illegal spying on New Zealanders confirms the need to establish a fit-for-purpose inquiry into the actions of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies...
    Scoop politics | 17-07
  • In Auckland Council Even Secretaries Have Secretaries
    The Taxpayers’ Union has learned that the Auckland Council is currently advertising the role of personal assistant to serve the Executive Assistant of the Chief Executive. The role is currently being advertised at Seek.co.nz....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Public Sex Offenders Register Will Not Protect Children
    “Criminal justice professionals invited to speak at the Sensible Sentencing Trust debate to launch a campaign for the establishment of a Public Sex Offenders Register, told the audience that such a register will do more harm than good” said Kim...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Standing with Israel Peace Rally – Midland Park, Wellington
    We are a group of fair-minded New Zealanders who maintain that: 1. It is the Israeli governments right and responsibility to defend her citizens. 2. Israel did not want this war, nor did they initiate this war; they were forced...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Response to IPCA report on GCSB investigation
    Police note today's IPCA report, which dismisses all three aspects of the complaint made by Dr Russell Norman in September 2013 regarding the Police investigation into the interception of private communications by GCSB staff....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Police justified not prosecuting GCSB on Dotcom interception
    An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today on the Police investigation of the interception of private communications by officers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has found that the Police decision not to prosecute was justified....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Corruption-free status as vital as All Blacks success
    New Zealanders should celebrate having the world’s least-corrupt public sector as keenly as they celebrate the success of the All Blacks, says the chair of Transparency International New Zealand, Suzanne Snively....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Ad From NZ’s Largest Natural Health Retailer Misleading
    The Advertising Standards Authority has today upheld a complaint against Health 2000 . The complaint, regarding therapeutic claims made in an email advert about "GO Healthy Vir-Defence", was made by the Society for Science Based Healthcare...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Be Cruelty-Free NZ Welcome Labor Pledge for Animals
    WELLINGTON (16 July 2014) - The pledge from the Labour party to ban cosmetics testing on animals, plus the sale and import of animal tested products, comes after a two year Be Cruelty-Free New Zealand campaign by SAFE and Humane...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • MANA here to help in Opotiki
    Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Wednesday 16 July 2014 “Our heart goes out to the community of Opotiki at this tragic time” says MANA candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA is here to help.” “We hear the call from...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Economic ignorance on display again by Winston Peters
    Jenny Shipley, a former prime minister of New Zealand, has accepted a position on the board of CCB New Zealand, a wholly owned subsidiary of the China Construction Bank....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Is government keeping up with the pace of technological chan
    Press release, Canterbury Software Inc, 16-Jul-14, Christchurch, NZ: Canterbury Software is hosting a special event for members and guests to hear the politicians’ ideas for the future of the technology sector....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Seafood NZ welcomes funding for seabird conservation work
    Seafood New Zealand today welcomed Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith’s announcement that the Government will provide $300,000 of funding to two community groups to support their work in protecting some of New Zealand’s special seabirds....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Voice of profession ignored – PPTA
    The government is clearly determined to pay only lip service to the hundreds of secondary teachers who gave the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) a resounding “no” through written and oral submissions....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Opposition Announcement on Cosmetics Testing Welcome News
    Animal advocacy group SAFE say they’re delighted at today's announcement from the Labour party that they have committed to a ban on cosmetics testing on animals, plus the sale and import of animal tested products. The news comes after a...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • New national body for community sector
    Two national community sector umbrella organisations have unveiled a proposal to merge and create a new body linking together the community and voluntary sector. The community sector is huge – most recent numbers include nearly 100,000 organisations,...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Key And Coleman Should Come Out of Hiding
    The Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration are hiding on holiday and leaving public servants to face the fallout from the Kim Dotcom immigration scandal, says Internet Party leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Royal Society looks beyond census data to NZ’s future
    The Royal Society of New Zealand sees a future where multiple ‘national’ identities exist, we face an ageing but increasingly active older population, and a relatively large and youthful Māori and Pasifika population offers a ‘demographic dividend’....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Heval Hylan suspended from legal practice
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has suspended Heval Hylan of Auckland for a period of nine months....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • The Party Party!
    Take Kim Dotcom & 10 of New Zealand's most awesome music acts & boom! A nationwide tour of epic proportions kicking off on July 23! The Party Party is one BIG night of fun inspired by getting out the VOTE...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Report shows public sector skills must be valued more
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed the release of a Productivity Commission report that recommends placing more value on the skills of regulatory staff....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • New Zealand regulation not keeping pace
    New Zealand regulators often have to work with out-of-date legislation, quality checks are under strain, and regulatory workers need better training and development....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Prices rising where they hurt families most
    “While overall price inflation is still modest, and should give no reason for the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates further, the rises are occurring where they hurt families most: in food, housing and electricity,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Politicians, Favours and Immigration
    Today the Herald ran a story about Kim Dotcom’s residency application which suggested that political pressure had been applied in his favour. Who knows the truth in this case?...
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Shops take advantage of Kiwis who don’t know their rights
    Shops take advantage of young Kiwis who don’t know their rights In their attempts to combat shoplifting, some New Zealand shops are ignoring the law and riding roughshod over customers’ rights, taking advantage of shoppers’ lack of legal knowledge....
    Scoop politics | 16-07
  • Winston Peters’ Attack Suggests a Vulnerability
    The Taxpayers’ Union is challenging Winston Peters to front up with the precise number of paid up New Zealand First members, after Mr Peters falsely accused the Taxpayers’ Union of lacking grass roots support. Taxpayers' Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Greens’ Policy Lesser of Two Evils
    The Taxpayers’ Union is cautiously optimistic about the Greens’ innovation policy released today. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Although the Greens’ policy still leaves room for picking winners, on balance it is better...
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Aaron Gilmore’s Replacement Living up to Expectations
    Responding to the Fairfax article that first-term National list MP, Claudette Hauiti has handed in her Parliamentary charge card after inappropriate use, including using it for a trip to Australia, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams...
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Waikato-Tainui supports Maaori language strategy
    Te Reo Maaori will be strengthened under the government’s Maaori language strategy, says Rahui Papa, Chairman of Waikato-Tainui tribal executive Te Arataura....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Vigilantism will become a reality – McVicar
    “This sentence is an insult to every New Zealander and will continue the demise and loss of faith in what can now only be described as Mickey Mouse legal process at best.”...
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Family violence package ‘useful but not the last word’
    The founder and funder of the Glenn Inquiry, Sir Owen Glenn, has welcomed the package of initiatives aimed at addressing family violence announced by the Prime Minister – but warns that they need to go much further yet....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • ACT announces Dr Ron Smith as Hamilton East candidate
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte is pleased to announce Dr Ron Smith as ACT's candidate for Hamilton East. Dr Smith was formerly the Director of Defence and Strategic Studies at the University of Waikato and has written extensively on international...
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Corporate Welfare: Another Million on the Tab
    Reacting to Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce's announcement that taxpayers will be handing over another $1 million to early stage ICT start-ups, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Time to deliver on aged care promises
    The Service and Food Workers Union has called on Prime Minister John Key to deliver on his promise to address chronic underfunding and poverty pay rates in the aged care sector when his Government “gets into surplus”....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • NZ First Lining up Another Double-Dipper
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Tauranga City Councillor Clayton Mitchell does not intend on rescinding his Council seat if he is elected as an MP for New Zealand First, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Brent William Thomson struck off
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Brent William Thomson of Auckland be struck from the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Judge Abuses Female Victim (Again)!!!
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling on the Solicitor-General to appeal Justice Raynor Asher’s fatally flawed decision to grant a sexual predator permanent name suppression, to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Elderly and Caregivers Welcome NZ First Support for Increase
    New Zealand First has positively responded to the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s call for increased funding for caregiver wages....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Inappropriate granting of Resource Consents
    In the past week West Coast Regional Council has granted two resource consents non-notified, claiming the effects are minor and there are no circumstances that would warrant public notification....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Is it worth voting? – A debate for our times
    Is it worth voting? – A debate for our times In a world of ever-growing economic inequality and accelerating climate change, questions are being raised about the ability of the current political system to respond adequately to such complex challenges....
    Scoop politics | 15-07
  • Impact of violence on children in Gaza and Israel
    Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on impact of violence on children in Gaza and Israel...
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • LGNZ Funding Review working group appointments
    LGNZ Local Government Funding Review working group appointments Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has announced the appointment of a cross-sector working group to its LGNZ Local Government Funding Review, which seeks to determine a sustainable...
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • Candidates Forum Focuses on Social Justice Issues
    Social justice issues will be at the forefront of a candidates forum being held Wednesday 23 July, hosted by the Wellington Young Feminists’ Collective. 'Ladies in The House 2.0’ will give voters the opportunity to discuss a wide range of...
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • Rotary expresses concern to Foreign Affairs Minister
    Rotarians in partnership with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the United States based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are committed to the eradication of polio and New Zealand Rotarians with support of the New Zealand public have given...
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • Spy Email Revelations Not About Kim Dotcom
    Spy Email Revelations Not About Kim Dotcom – It’s About New Zealand, Says Internet Party...
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • Forest & Bird welcomes aspects of new Internet Party policy
    Forest & Bird welcomes several aspects of the Internet Party’s new environment manifesto. Its policies cover fracking, deep sea oil drilling, and freshwater management - amongst others....
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • The Letter 14/07/2014: 60 Days to Go
    National in the Pundit Poll of Polls has broken 50%. Labour has dipped below 30%. In the month prior to the last election both major parties saw their support drop – National to 47% and Labour to just 27%, where...
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • Young NZers call for parties to act on children’s rights
    Fifty young people (aged 15-18 years) who attended the UNICEF NZ Youth Congress in Christchurch at the weekend, have called on political parties to address six priority issues including youth unemployment, poverty and mental health....
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • Maori Party Aiming for All Seven Seats
    The Maori Party is aiming to win all seven Maori electorate seats in Parliament at the forthcoming General Election....
    Scoop politics | 14-07
  • ASB says “No” to homophobia in corporate sponsorships
    ASB has affirmed the Bank’s commitment to diversity and to supporting athletes, teams and other groups regardless of factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity....
    Scoop politics | 14-07
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