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Benefit reforms trigger surge in DPB births?

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, March 25th, 2013 - 120 comments
Categories: benefits, child welfare, class war, families, national, welfare - Tags: ,

National, the party of beneficiary bashing, is on a crusade against parents on the DBP. It’s horrifying quite how open they are about it:

Beneficiaries having babies ‘reason’ for reform

As the second round of welfare reforms come back before Parliament, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the 650 children born to women already claiming a benefit in January are reason enough for her tough reforms. …

The Government has been slammed for cracking down on youth and sole-parent beneficiaries when the unemployment rate is soaring because there aren’t enough jobs. Opponents argue that rather than picking on the vulnerable, the Government should focus on boosting the economy.

But Bennett is unapologetic about the welfare reforms, which are midway through implementation. And she said the focus on sole mothers and young people was deliberate.

Got that? Putting the most vulnerable under even more pressure is deliberate. The opposition parties said what needed saying about that:

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said sole parents and their children were being demonised by the reforms. “Welfare reforms that punish these women for having children are a complete distraction from Government’s failure to provide jobs,” she said.

Labour’s social development spokesman Jacinda Ardern said she got many letters from sole parents who were struggling to find work. “This set of reforms will do absolutely nothing to improve their job prospects through either training or education, or by addressing the underlying issues of the inavailability of work, particularly work that suits their childcare needs.” The reforms did little more than respond to rhetoric, she said.

So much so business as usual for the Nats, who prefer extending the helping hand of the state to needy investors and farmers than to the disadvantaged and children. But there’s more. Look at these numbers:

There were 659 subsequent children born to parents already claiming a benefit this January, she said. …

Meanwhile, in 2010 more than 7.5 per cent of live births – 4800 of 63,900 – were babies born to solo parents on the Domestic Purposes Benefit (DPB) and Emergency Maintenance Allowance.

Note that we expect about 7.5% of births to DPB parents (from 2010 data), a rate that is increasing slowly according to this report p8 (e.g. 1997 was 5.8%). So what percentage does the 659 births in January 2013 constitute? Using the rate of births to DPB parents (compared to other benefits) from the report just noted we can estimate that of the 659 births 575 were to DPB parents. Looking at births by month for the most recent 42 months (data below) we see an average of 5,189 births per month (with no noticeable variations for Januaries). So we can estimate 575 / 5189 = 11%.

(Note that these are all raw numbers, and the number of parents on the DPB is dropping fast, so we would expect the percentage of children born to DPB parents in a given month to be falling, not rising.)

So births to DPB parents in January constitute an estimated 11% of births for the month, if that continues for the year it compares to the 2010 annual average of 7.5%. That’s a – remarkable – jump (when it should be falling). Why?

Under changes introduced last October, those mothers will have to return to work when that child is 12 months old, if their older children are aged over five.

DPB parents are going to be forced to look for jobs that aren’t there, and in some cases punished when they don’t find them. Unless they have children of certain ages. Have the Nats’ “reforms” built in an inventive for parents on the DPB to have more children?

I’m cautious of this conclusion for (at least) three reasons. First, demographics and stats aren’t my fields and I could be missing something obvious about the NZ data (please correct me if I am). Second, we’re looking at data for just one month, which could be an outlier. And third, the apparent surge in DPB births is correlated with the introduction of the Nats’ punitive new regime, and correlation does not mean causation. But on this occasion I think that correlation is waving a big red flag, and backed up by a plausible hypothesis. The Nats hate the cost of supporting vulnerable children, but it seems that thanks to their punitive efforts there are going to be more of them…


Data from Statistics New Zeland, Live births by month for 2009 M01 (January) to 2012 M06 (June) (the latest available data).


2009M01 5,235
2009M02 4,951
2009M03 5,431
2009M04 5,105
2009M05 5,178
2009M06 5,141
2009M07 5,323
2009M08 5,372
2009M09 5,430
2009M10 5,506
2009M11 5,354
2009M12 5,379
2010M01 5,590
2010M02 5,008
2010M03 5,477
2010M04 5,182
2010M05 5,301
2010M06 5,210
2010M07 5,343
2010M08 5,244
2010M09 5,457
2010M10 5,396
2010M11 5,110
2010M12 5,343
2011M01 5,404
2011M02 4,806
2011M03 5,412
2011M04 4,927
2011M05 5,121
2011M06 4,984
2011M07 5,297
2011M08 5,214
2011M09 5,064
2011M10 5,048
2011M11 4,976
2011M12 4,882
2012M01 5,119
2012M02 4,763
2012M03 5,228
2012M04 4,821
2012M05 5,084
2012M06 4,714
Average 5,189

 

120 comments on “Benefit reforms trigger surge in DPB births?”

  1. BM 1

    Under changes introduced last October, those mothers will have to return to work when that child is 12 months old, if their older children are aged over five.

    Compulsory contraception will solve that issue, if people want to try and game the system then more tougher measures are required.

    Also a lot of these solo Mums seem to be only willing to take jobs that fit around school hours hence the reason many are struggling to find work.
    I know of very few positions apart from, surprise, school teachers that do a 9-3 day.

    • prism 1.1

      BM

      Also a lot of these solo Mums seem to need to take jobs that fit around school hours

      FIFY

      • BM 1.1.1

        There are a lot of solo mums out there who do work.
        This only work school hours bs, is a complete cop out.

        • Colonial Weka 1.1.1.1

          “This only work school hours bs, is a complete cop out.”

          Yeah, stupid women, wanting to spend time with their kids and actually parent them.

          • BM 1.1.1.1.1

            Just don’t expect other people to pay for it, what’s so stellar about her genetics that she deserves to be paid by the state to stay at home to look after her kids.
            There’s a huge group of women out there who would love to be in that position but they are trying to get ahead and be self supportive.

            Yeah, stupid women, wanting to spend time with their kids and actually parent them.

            You want to have your head ripped off by a large group of angry women, you go speak to women who work and quote that sentence.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Young children need and deserve a lot of parental time, energy and attention. You seem to have forgotten that.

              The economy desperately needs wage levels where one full time worker can support a family and pay the mortgage, leaving one parent at home most of the time. This would also make it far more practical for friends and family to help solo parents.

              • BM

                I think for the first few years,it’s important, than after that I’m not so sure.

                For me child care is the equivalent of what they do in more primitive societies.
                Mum goes and works the fields, dad heads off and goes hunting, the older people look after and teach the kids.
                Very much like the village set up, modern society can’t afford to have people not contributing

                I personally think it’s almost a necessity for children to spend a bit of time in child care otherwise they might struggle when they reach school age.

                Kids that go through child care tend to be much more confident and out going as they’re been exposed to a lot of outside influence, while the ones who spend the first five years attached to Mums side can be a bit shy and withdrawn.

                • Colonial Weka

                  “Kids that go through child care tend to be much more confident and out going as they’re been exposed to a lot of outside influence, while the ones who spend the first five years attached to Mums side can be a bit shy and withdrawn.”

                  I won’t even bother saying citation needed :roll: You want to have your head ripped off by a large group of angry women, you go speak to women who work at home raising kids and quote that sentence.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Very much like the village set up, modern society can’t afford to have people not contributing

                  Actually, we can. That’s what all that productivity increase over the years was all about. Unfortunately, the only ones benefiting from that are the rich.

                  Kids that go through child care tend to be much more confident and out going as they’re been exposed to a lot of outside influence, while the ones who spend the first five years attached to Mums side can be a bit shy and withdrawn.

                  [citation needed]

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Actually, we can. That’s what all that productivity increase over the years was all about. Unfortunately, the only ones benefiting from that are the rich.

                    Of course, to BM “contributing to society” = “making more money for the rich”

                • tricledrown

                  Bigoted Mysogynist The numbers on the DPB have gone up by nearly 30% since
                  Nactional have been in power!
                  I’m surprised the number of solo mums having children hasn’t kept pace!

                • tricledrown

                  and these children grow up to be emotionally aloof r soles like you Bigoted Mysogynist

            • felix 1.1.1.1.1.2

              “You want to have your head ripped off by a large group of angry women, you go speak to women who work and quote that sentence.”

              Probably true, but that doesn’t make you or them right about anything in particular.

              Circumstances often dictate that in order to pay the bills/progress a career/not starve, parents can’t be with their kids when ideally they should.

              That in no way implies that it’s a good fucking idea, and the fact that people get angry about it in no way supports your position.

              • Colonial Weka

                I’m not sure that it is true. There are women that don’t make good stay at home mums. Those women know that the best thing for their children is for them to go to work and find other people to help look after the kids. The women that are good stay at home mums, know that the best thing for their kids is for them to do lots of hands-on parenting.

                The problem is that far too many women don’t get to have a choice in the matter.

                And of course, my sarcastic comment was just a mirror of BM’s thinking – that some women making good choices by arranging their work life around school hours is a crime.

                • felix

                  Of course not every woman is suited to being a stay-at-home mum. I never suggested anything of the sort.

                  • Colonial Weka

                    That was me replying to BM’s points not yours. I was just saying I don’t think that it’s necessarily true that working women would be angry when talking about the value of stay at home mothers.

        • prism 1.1.1.2

          BM
          You know how-many? solo mums who can work at any hour of the day and so your idea of policy is based on that small number, but that policy will have no relevance to the actual important work of child raising and the problems of most mothers with a small living income.

          Snap decisions about policy based on a small sample of people, by people like yourself are worthless. Those who have no interest in the country meeting the needs of mothers so they can care for healthy children and provide happy homes and futures for both children and mother should butt out.

        • rosy 1.1.1.3

          BM, you do realise a lot of the around need for school hours work is because it’s hard to find before school and after school programmes in some areas don’t you? There’s not always granny or auntie down the road to do the job of getting kids up and off to school then looking after them getting them to sports practice and the like when school is finished.

    • One Tāne Huna 1.2

      “Compulsory contraception”.

      Let’s be clear about this: is this what you are advocating? I know of no party that has announced such a policy.

      Bennett flirted with it briefly, but she’s there to announce policy, not to develop it.

      • BM 1.2.1

        it will happen and it will be a very popular policy.
        Part of the requirement of receiving the DPB will be that you must be on some sort of long term contraception, which will be provided free of charge by the government if you’re not all ready on contraception.

        .

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1

          You should really get your head out of womens uteruses.

        • Colonial Weka 1.2.1.2

          Compulsory contraception won’t happen because you can’t force medical treatment on someone without their consent (and NZ is still far away from the kind of fascist state that would change those laws).

          What you mean to say is that women will be blackmailed into taking contraception by WINZ threatening to stop their benefit. I can’t see that happening either, not least because how would you monitor whether someone was taking the contraception or not?

          • BM 1.2.1.2.1

            You put them on something like Mirena

            http://www.mirena-us.com/index.php

            • One Tāne Huna 1.2.1.2.1.1

              No “you” don’t. A doctor does. And there’s the huge hole in your wet-dream: Medical Ethics.

              • BM

                Actually this one here would be a much better option, basically painless and the procedure takes less 5 minutes and can be done by a nurse.
                Lasts up to 3 years and can be removed at any time.

                http://www.implanon.com/

                • Colonial Viper

                  Still got your head in womens uteruses?

                • Colonial Weka

                  Wow, we could micro-chip them while we are at it.

                  /sarc

                  Like I said, you know little about how contraception works in the real world. Go read the contraindications and side effects, then go read up on the history of hormonal and IUD contraception and the problems they can cause.

                  Then come back and tell us how this would work in the real world, bearing in mind that the dept managing the whole thing are not health experts, are known for having medical opinions without a medical licence, and are generally overworked as it is.

                  • BM

                    Then come back and tell us how this would work in the real world, bearing in mind that the dept managing the whole thing are not health experts, are known for having medical opinions without a medical licence, and are generally overworked as it is.

                    1. Woman on DPB gets letter to go see local doc, gets checked out and if it’s possible placed on long term contraception.
                    This is at no cost to the patient.

                    2.Woman comes off DPB and if she wants to, goes see local doc and has implant removed
                    This is at no cost to the patient.

                    It’s not brain surgery.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      There is a cost to the doctor or nurse: being struck off can have serious career implications.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      BM, you are still not getting it. You seem to think that hormonal and IUD contraceptives are easy to use, like fairy dust, all you have to do is want to use it and then everything else is alright.

                      For some women, the trade-offs of side effects are worth it, for others they are not. In the real world, finding the right contraceptive takes time and effort and not all women are going to be ok on Mirena or Implanon. What about them? How are you going to prevent WINZ from coercing them to take things that damage their health?

                      And what about the women who can’t try those contraceptions at all for medical reasons?

                      Did you even bother to read the side effects and contraindications?

                      I’m also curious as to why you think GPs should pick up the bill (no cost). Or do you see some other way of paying for this? How?

                    • BM

                      It would be paid for by winz, not the doctor.

                      And I realise that there’s a chance of complications,but there’s a chance of complications with practically any medicine or procedure.
                      Nothing is ever risk free.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      Let me spell this out for you.

                      1. Doctor or nurse helps enable your wet-dream.

                      2. Doctor or nurse is then stripped of the right to practice medicine.

                      3. No doctors and nurses agree to carry out your nasty little scheme.

                      But we get to see exactly what the right wing looks like.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      “It would be paid for by winz, not the doctor.”

                      How exactly? Be specific, and then demonstrate some knowledge of how much the bureaucracy on that would cost compared to the savings.

                      “And I realise that there’s a chance of complications,but there’s a chance of complications with practically any medicine or procedure.

                      Nothing is ever risk free.”

                      Right, so you are in fact advocating that women be forced into medical treatment, irrespective of whether it is good for them or not, and even if their doctor says that they shouldn’t be for medical reasons. Have you been reading anything in this thread about medical ethics? Do you even know what they are? And how they are backed up by law?

                      And what about when the side effects or damage prevents the person from working or raising their child? Want to factor in some lawsuits or ACC coverage?

                      Like I said, you are pretty clueless when it comes to how contraception works in the real world, and likewise anything medical it would seem.

                    • fender

                      The best way to ensure there are no babies born ever again is to have all males adopt the personality traits of BM. Fixed just like that because no woman with half a clue would go near that nasty piece of work. Although I’m sure that like many right-wing fascist assholes he is often able to put on an act and fool some into thinking he’s human, but that is where the morning-after pill can be useful.

                    • AsleepWhileWalking

                      List of laws compulsory contraception for beneficiaries would break, just off the top of my head:

                      - Human Rights Act (multiple points of law would be broken here)
                      - Health and Disabilities Act

                      Would also breach UN conventions on the rights of women and possibly several other conventions.

                      In other words it isn’t going to happen. Ever. Of course you are always welcome to waste lots of ministerial time by continuing to argue the point with Paula Bennett via freepost letters to parliament or via email.

            • Colonial Weka 1.2.1.2.1.2

              And for the women who have side effects to an IUD? Or women who have been sexually abused and would be traumatised by being forced to have an IUD fitted?

              You really should read your own links BM. You obviously know very little about contraception and how it works in the real world.

              Mirena is not appropriate for women who:

              •Might be pregnant

              •Have had a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), unless you have had a normal pregnancy after the infection went away

              •Have an untreated pelvic infection now

              •Have had a serious pelvic infection in the past 3 months after a pregnancy

              •Can get infections easily. For example, if you have

              •More than one sexual partner or your partner has more than one partner

              •Problems with your immune system

              •Intravenous drug abuse

              •Have or suspect you might have cancer of the uterus or cervix

              •Have bleeding from the vagina that has not been explained

              •Have liver disease or a liver tumor

              •Have breast cancer now or in the past or suspect you have breast cancer

              •Have an intrauterine device in your uterus already

              •Have a condition of the uterus that changes the shape of the uterine cavity, such as large fibroid tumors

              •Are allergic to levonorgestrel, silicone or polyethylene

              Serious side effects http://www.mirena-us.com/safety-considerations/#linkC

              Common side effects http://www.mirena-us.com/safety-considerations/#linkD

              Important Safety Information About Mirena

              Only you and your healthcare provider can decide if Mirena is right for you. Mirena is recommended for women who have had a child.

              • Don’t use Mirena if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have persistent pelvic or abdominal pain, see your healthcare provider.

              • Mirena may attach to or go through the wall of the uterus and cause other problems. If Mirena comes out, use back-up birth control and call your healthcare provider.

              • Although uncommon, pregnancy while using Mirena can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.

              • Ovarian cysts may occur but usually disappear.

              • Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first few months and continue to be irregular. Periods over time may become shorter, lighter or even stop.

            • tricledrown 1.2.1.2.1.3

              Bigoted Misogynist Didn’t the Germans and Japanese try that in WW2!
              That makes you a Megalomaniac!
              Why not have all male beneficiaries have vasectomies while your about it just to prove your not bigoted sexist!

          • felix 1.2.1.2.2

            “NZ is still far away from the kind of fascist state that would change those laws”

            Going by BM’s gleeful comments just the other day about jackboots jumping on faces I’d say he’s not exactly signing up for the resistance.

            • McFlock 1.2.1.2.2.1

              Lol

              First they came for the boy racers, and I supported it 100% because I am not a boy racer

              then they came for beneficiaries, and I supported it 100% because I am not a beneficiary

              then they came for the teachers, and I supported it 100% because I finished school at 15

              then I parked in a disability park, and they towed me, and I was outraged at this scandalous attack on my freedoms, this isn’t what my grandfather fought for, it’s pc gone made, hep me michael lhaws, hep me!

        • The Al1en 1.2.1.3

          “it will happen”

          No, it won’t.

    • Colonial Weka 1.3

      “Also a lot of these solo Mums seem to be only willing to take jobs that fit around school hours hence the reason many are struggling to find work.
      I know of very few positions apart from, surprise, school teachers that do a 9-3 day.”

      But that just shows you how incredibly ignorant you are about raising children and how the economy in NZ works. Many women with kids, even those in partnerships, organise their work life around school hours. It’s very common. They do part time work, often multiple jobs.

      Tell me though, and as a way of avoiding the morality, let’s use a woman recently widowed with a five yr old and a seven yr old, how can this woman do full time work and look after her kids? Just for the sake of argument, she has no family living locally and is relatively new to town so doesn’t have close friends to help with child care (let alone parenting). Her job options are all low waged. Tell us how that works.

    • clashman 1.4

      wow I don’t know any schoolteachers that work from 9-3.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.5

      I don’t know any teachers that do a 9 – 3 day.

    • Foreign Waka 1.6

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_eugenics

      Interesting that what was once an utter disgrace is now en vogue.
      I don’t think that it is right to have the personal freedom taken away from women in such manner. Besides, when do we read about forced castrations of men?

      Perhaps it would be better when women say Enough is Enough! Men seem to think that their gender is one of exception and yet, all the sorrow and pain is for the most part created through their ego. (Wars, famine, class systems, burning and mutilating of women and children etc.,etc.)

      • QoT 1.6.1

        Yep, it ain’t Godwin if someone’s literally advocating Nazi-style measures. But of course it’s magically different when they’re the ones deciding who gets the forced sterilisation.

    • Georgy 1.7

      BM – You appear to be confusing teaching contact hours with teacher work hours.

      Teachers would average a 7.30am – 5.30pm day. Some days meetings go later and some days there are evening meetings, then there is often work in the evenings.

  2. prism 2

    The punitive and patronising strictures against single parents and any male support they receive increase the instability and anxiety about poverty affecting their lives, their vulnerability grows and their ability to plan and control their lives diminishes.

    Working with, and alongside single parents and allowing them to find support to enable them to manage their family lives, and get training first in child raising to enable them to do well with this important task and have NCEA credits for it which can then be applied to further training credits would be the way. But despising people who are merely responding to the entry to adulthood in one of the ways of normal human females, which we know about already from long research and stats, is counter-productive and shows the vicious side of middle class politicians.

  3. infused 3

    I know plenty of my partners friends who have children as an easy way to keep their lifestyle. You are living under a rock if you think otherwise.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      “Children as an easy way”

      There is nothing about raising a young child which is “easy” as far as I can tell.

    • bullshit – your friend of a friend anecdote is an right wing myth. Extrapolate a tiny number as plenty into a society wide trend to maintain your smug superiority – so 101.

      • Colonial Weka 3.2.1

        It is bullshit. But even if there are small numbers of women choosing to have kids and using the DPB to support themselves, why is that a bad thing? In a society where the power holders deliberately run the economy so there aren’t enough jobs to go around, and where the majority of the country’s resources are collected by a very few, why should women not make a choice for themselves?

      • infused 3.2.2

        Keep believing that. You’re just not privy to it, that’s all.

        • marty mars 3.2.2.1

          I’ll take the noun ‘privy’ and say nice pun, albeit unintended methinks :)

        • felix 3.2.2.2

          Ok infused, I’ll keep believing that your couple of mates aren’t a large enough sample to provide any meaningful data one way or another, because, um, that’s the blindingly frickin obvious truth.

    • Jackal 3.3

      What a load of tosh infused! Having children usually causes a huge change in peoples lifestyles.

      I think you’ll find that the increase is a result of more people being on the DPB, up 8% between February 2009 and 2010. I’m not aware of any more recent stats, but presume the numbers on the DPB have continued to increase since then.

      I think the increase is a result of the defunct neoliberal agenda, because National has ensured there are less jobs available, which has increased reliance on the state and meant more children are being born into welfare dependent families. I also believe that generally most woman wouldn’t choose to be on the DPB if there was a viable alternative.

      Even with Paula Bennett’s silly changes, poor families aren’t choosing to have children in order to continue receiving welfare or to avoid work testing, which is a meme more often promoted by right wing sycophants. Because of Nationals ageist agenda, there are simply more impoverished New Zealanders in the age group that has children. More people on the DPB equals more children born into welfare dependent families.

      The dynamic of increasing the amount of poor young people is more likely to cause a reduction in the amount of births overal, which is exhibited by a reducing fertility rate since 2009. Even accounting for an increase in young people migrating out of New Zealand, if there was truly an increase in the amount of births to DPB mothers, there would likely be a comparative increase in births overall.

      Those facts make me think the conclusion you’ve reached for Anthony Robins is the wrong one, although we would need more specific statistics to make any categoric conclusion either way.

      • Populuxe1 3.3.1

        That does make some rather huge assumptions about the quality of the parenting. I can imagine some scenarios that shouldn’t exist outside an episode of Jeremy Kyle.

      • ghostrider888 3.3.2

        Good Analysis Jackal (though there may be some self-selection occurring; poor people are not stoopid, it is the conservatives who are)

        • Populuxe1 3.3.2.1

          I suspect the statistical distribution is a bit more even than that, but why let math get in the way of a good prejudice.

      • infused 3.3.3

        Not when they already have kids – it changes very little.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 3.4

      Children are parasitic in nature, from the time they develop in the womb sucking vital nutrients from the mother. If the mother has a shortage in a nutrient her body will go without while the foetus grows unimpeded.

      The sacrifice normally continues this way right up until they leave home, and sometimes up until the parents are finally dead.

    • prism 3.5

      infused
      You should stop trying to understand life from reading the tealeaves at the bottom of your cup.
      What people say mockingly, or gleefully about themselves doesn’t necessarily match up with what they really think, given a chance to express their deepest feelings, to have clear options too. I hope your partner knows what sort of person you are under the outer mask.

    • One Tāne Huna 3.6

      children as an easy way to keep their lifestyle

      Infused, who cares what people do in Remuera?

  4. pollywog 4

    *sigh*…if only Paula and I we’re still facebook buddies I could have shared this with her and her legion of leopard print loving fanbots.

    We were just touching on Maori teenage pregnancy rates when I was unceremoniously de-friended.

    Feeling pretty vulnerable eh. I feel like I’ve lost that intimate connection to a kindred spirit.

    If youre reading this Paula i could really do with a hug about now :(

  5. Yep these children and their mothers (and fathers) are expendable cannon fodder for this government and the shame of this disgusting regime is on all of us. The jobs aren’t there, the support is diminishing and the vilification is increasing. What are people supposed to do? Where do they go when their desperation increases? Nowhere – the ultimate individualism. Communities will help where they can and whānau and families where they can but look around – unless you’re a mate of this government you are left to suffer and struggle. Our society will reap a horrific harvest from these moves and unless we stop them and support the most vulnerable in our society we are all implicated in the absolute shitstorm that will inevitably arrive – it’s already beginning, it’s already here.

    • pollywog 5.1

      Do you think iwi do enough to support young jobless Maori with or without kids and promote responsible parenting?

      What could they do more and should they?

      Is there a Maori party take on this as it relates to Whanau Ora?

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Don’t staff fishing boats operating in NZ waters with foreigners for starters.

        • grumpy 5.1.1.1

          …gold…

        • pollywog 5.1.1.2

          And how does that promote responsible parenting?

          • prism 5.1.1.2.1

            pollywog
            If you ask a question with multiple points, someone might comment on one only of those points.
            You referred to ” support young jobless Maori ” and that’s what CV was referring to.
            The part about parenting is a separate point.

            And marty mars that wasn’t a snide point. Maori business managers have not offered enough opportunities to their young men to participate in fishing employment. There are certain difficulties as many of them don’t like to spend time away from their rohe when training.

            Then they may not like the long time spent out at sea with tough working schedules interspersed with small sleep periods and just enough time to keep clean and eat and watch a dvd. This can go on for many weeks – firms have varying schedules – could be like 6 weeks on ship and 3 weeks off or 12 weeks on and 12 weeks off. I’m not sure what the latest work programs are.

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.3.1

            Just pointing out that the corporate capitalism and greed that the white man brought to these shores is too easily infectious.

            • Populuxe1 5.1.1.3.1.1

              So basically you’re saying that iwi and hapu didn’t compete and indeed go to war over resources and territory prior to first contact with Europeans? The myth that indigeneity brings with it some magical moral superiority (rather like the myth about their instinctive environmentalism) is one of the most ridiculous promoted by the intellectual laziness of political correctness. All humans everywhere compete for resources – it has nothing to do with race or culture, it’s universal. Just because Europeans tarted it up with symbolic currency and muskets doesn’t change that simple fact. Pretending Maori existed in some edenic pre-European paradise of peace, love and kumara is both patronising to Maori and racist. They’re not some kind bonobo or shrub – they were and are complex beings just as capabable of fucking up and choosing to adopt whatever system they like as anyone else.

      • marty mars 5.1.2

        Big questions there polly – in general I think there is always more we can do and I think iwi are trying their best under difficult and oppressive conditions. I’m aware of various parenting initiatives that different iwi support such as “Manāki Whānau/No Sweat Parenting programmes” and i quite like this one running at the moment

        http://www.facebook.com/whanauparentingtips?ref=ts&fref=ts

        working on the ground with people is the best way to go imo so that alternatives and good models can be seen, understood, and copied. Getting whānau supporting new parents is positive but many are spread all over these islands and it is practically harder to do that in my experience. But others will be able to be there in the traditional way Māori have supported their kin.

        don’t know what the Maori Party are doing e hoa.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 5.1.3

        Should they do more to support jobless Maori with or without kids? Maori value family over most other things, especially money – I don’t see why anyone would expect an entire culture to alter it’s value system for the sole purpose of aligning with National policy on welfare. Each iwi has it’s own system for assisting youth mainly in the form of scholarships and grants.

        A business is best suited operating within it’s area of expertise, and iwi are no different. Most have no experience of “creating” jobs to assist Maori. Best to stick to managing assets and distributing scholarships IMHO.

        I sense in OP comment a shift in responsibility away from the National government creating jobs, to an expectation that Maori will create their own jobs for their own people. Humph.

        • pollywog 5.1.3.1

          Hell yeah AWW!

          Exercising sovereignty over an iwi means serving the people, not yourself.

          What do you think of Ngai Tahu getting harder into dairy farming?

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/8467224/Ngai-Tahu-trials-dairy-conversions

          • marty mars 5.1.3.1.1

            What do you think about it polly?

            Not trying to butt in, but personally I have concerns and have raised them with the iwi – one of the arguments is that it will provide a training ground for rangatahi but I’d like them to become trained in organic farming and more diversified farming than just cows. They say they will set the standard for best practice environmentally and we will just have to wait and see about that especially in regards to water.

            • pollywog 5.1.3.1.1.1

              I don’t see dairying as the future for anyone, let alone ngai tahu.

              Jumping on the dairy train cos it’s a cash cow at the moment seems pretty short sighted.

              And yeah, unless you got an inside line to the river gods or a protective taniwha, I can see they’ll be paddling your waka up shit street in no time flat.

    • ghostrider888 5.2

      a “stormy harvest looming indeed marty” (“the chances of anything coming from Mars, are a million to one, yet still they come…”)

  6. AsleepWhileWalking 6

    Where are Family First on all of this? Aren’t they anti-abortionists and all that too?

    Obviously this policy can only lead to increased abortion rates, but the FF are suspiciously quiet. Why is that?

    Mush be pushing for a policy on DPB parents being barred from sex altogether, because they should be married after all.

    • QoT 6.1

      Why is that?

      Because their real goal has fuck-all to do with the sanctity of life and everything to do with controlling women’s lives and bullying them into a make-believe 1950s way of living. Whichever strategy is the strategy du jour to achieve that works for them.

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    Have the Nats’ “reforms” built in an inventive for parents on the DPB to have more children?

    Possibly, National and the right in general has been wanting to increase the population if NZ for some time. IIRC, they wanted the population to be 20m by 2000 back in the 1970s and we’ve been hearing more about the benefits* of a high population again lately.

    * There isn’t any really. What they see is an illusion created by the abstract nature of money. Oh, and having more people in the country will mean that there’s more possibility of clipping the ticket and thus making the rich richer.

  8. pollywog 8

    It’s a cunning plan to get paid 20hrs a week looking after other people’s kids while you pay someone else to look after yours.

    Everyone’s in a job and it looks great in the govt’s books, especially if you’re only paying youth rates!

    • AsleepWhileWalking 8.1

      Brilliant! And Work and Income are no longer on your back. Ideally you would set up your own company and claim the costs back on the tax you pay from your benefit.

  9. DPB parents are going to be forced to look for jobs that aren’t there, and in some cases punished when they don’t find them. Unless they have children of certain ages. Have the Nats’ “reforms” built in an inventive for parents on the DPB to have more children?

    I may be missing something (ie genuinely missing a significant point, not engaging in sarcastic rhetorical flourishes), but I’m struggling to see the incentive to produce additional children here. The idea behind the “reform,” to generously grace it with the govt’s preferred term, is that the existing work requirement after your youngest turns five is already an incentive to have more children. Changing the work requirement to “youngest-hits-18-months” for those additional children makes having more a lot less attractive. (Or at least, that’s the govt’s theory – and regardless of the many reasons why actually doing it would be a bad idea, the theory itself is plausible.) What I’m not getting is how you think the work requirement kicking in at 18 months might create an incentive? I suppose recipients could game it by producing children fewer than 18 months apart, but that theory doesn’t seem at all plausible – it would be a hell of a lot of work, to try and avoid a bit of work.

    • Colonial Weka 9.1

      It’s not about avoiding work though. It’s about having WINZ turn your life upside down and creating stress in an already stressful situation. I’m not sure people appreciate how nasty and demoralising WINZ can be, and how ludicrous it is to be forced into work ready programmes when one is already struggling to manage at home on lots of levels.

      It’s not like someone sits down at that point and makes a logical decision to have another child as part of their long term financial plan. Women find themselves pregnant, and maybe this time they think enough, I’m not having an abortion, it works better for me to keep this child.

      For some women, having children brings many benefits despite the hard work involved. For some having another child is preferable than being forced into minimum wage casual work and benefit abatement poverty associated with the UB. And don’t get me started on childcare. What we’re doing is asking women to work for well below minimum wage, often with little job security.

      btw, having kids spaced less than 18mths apart didn’t used to be uncommon. And presumably it is a longer time for the policy to kick in, taking into account the 9 mths of pregnancy.

      • Psycho Milt 9.1.1

        For some women, having children brings many benefits despite the hard work involved.

        And if they can find a bunch of investors or volunteers to finance that for them, best of luck.

        For some having another child is preferable than being forced into minimum wage casual work and benefit abatement poverty associated with the UB.

        Exactly. For some, having children offers the significant benefit of providing a respectable career and someone to love them, without the bother of going through the troublesome business of education and employment, or sieving through the available munters for a potential husband. It’s an understandable approach for the unskilled to take, but I can sympathise with the government’s reluctance to fund it.

        • Colonial Weka 9.1.1.1

          “And if they can find a bunch of investors or volunteers to finance that for them, best of luck.”

          Why? What is wrong with people being supported by the state to have kids?

          You still seem to be under the impression that most women plan pregnancies. I’m not sure that’s even true across the whole population, but it’s certainly not my experience within the underclass. Conception isn’t a cut and dried, rational, intentional decision for many people.

          You can argue abstinence or control all you like, but sex is natural for most humans and always will be. The best way to reduce single parents needing the DPB is to offer ways out of poverty. You and NACT aren’t doing that.

          “For some, having children offers the significant benefit of providing a respectable career and someone to love them,”

          But that’s not what I said, and you’re a pretty cold, disconnected bastard if you think that career and being loved are the major motivators for most women having kids.

          • Psycho Milt 9.1.1.1.1

            What is wrong with people being supported to have kids?

            Well, let’s see. It’s wrong:
            1. Because the taxpayers of the country haven’t expressed any enthusiasm for funding motherhood as a career.
            2. Because the kids produced under this funding model are higher risk for poor outcomes on just about everything we bother to measure: poverty, abuse, neglect, health, education, you name it this funding model is crap for it.

            You still seem to be under the impression that most women plan pregnancies. I’m not sure that’s even true across the whole population, but it’s certainly not my experience within the underclass.

            Well, that’s exactly the problem, isn’t it? Pregnancy isn’t a great, unexplained mystery, it’s an obvious and entirely predictable consequence of fucking without contraception. Humans aren’t rabbits, and children don’t have to be an inevitable consequence of having a sex life. Those too thick or too broken to figure out such an utterly basic concept for themselves perhaps do need the govt to step in and order them about.

            The best way to reduce single parents needing the DPB is to offer ways out of poverty. You and NACT aren’t doing that.

            I’m pretty confident that “ways out of poverty” do not include doubling-down on the single parenthood by having more kids. This isn’t an either/or – there’s a need to get these children out of poverty, but there’s also a need to lower production of them in the first place. Yes, we needn’t look to NACT for training, childcare etc, but we needn’t look to Labour for anything aimed at lowering production of the problem, either.

            …you’re a pretty cold, disconnected bastard if you think that career and being loved are the major motivators for most women having kids.

            I certainly would be, were I ever to suggest such a thing. It’s a motivator for some of the women Paula Bennett’s interested in,though.

            • Colonial Weka 9.1.1.1.1.1

              “Well, let’s see. It’s wrong:
              1. Because the taxpayers of the country haven’t expressed any enthusiasm for funding motherhood as a career.”

              But it’s not a career. You can keep asserting that, but there is no evidence that any significant number of women women choose to have children as a career move.

              “2. Because the kids produced under this funding model are higher risk for poor outcomes on just about everything we bother to measure: poverty, abuse, neglect, health, education, you name it this funding model is crap for it.”

              Nope. The reason for the poor outcomes is because of the structural inequities within society, including running the economy with a level of unemployment, and what Bennet is doing is making it worse. You cannot use a stick to stop people from having babies (unless you are the Chinese govt I guess).

              “I’m pretty confident that “ways out of poverty” do not include doubling-down on the single parenthood by having more kids.”

              Completely missed my point. Which is that, if here is no way out of poverty (and that is true for many people, irrespective of their personal decisions and actions), then having a child can be a meaningful choice. Or it’s a meaningful choice despite the poverty.

              “This isn’t an either/or – there’s a need to get these children out of poverty, but there’s also a need to lower production of them in the first place.”

              But if you solve the poverty, then it doesn’t matter if women have children on their own. And the rate of sole parent families was always going to increase due to the financial emancipation of women.

              “Pregnancy isn’t a great, unexplained mystery, it’s an obvious and entirely predictable consequence of fucking without contraception.”

              I think you would be surprised at the number of pregnancies that result from contraception failure. And fertility isn’t as cut and dried as you make out. Nor is the need for sexual contact. Nor is the degree to which sex gets used as currency. You can pretend that sex is primarily a rational decision that is weighed up carefully, but mostly it’s not.

              “It’s a motivator for some of the women Paula Bennett’s interested in,though”

              Citation needed.

              • But it’s not a career.

                So, not a career, just full-time work that you happen to do for decades, and build up skills in, and get paid for. OK.

                Nope. The reason for the poor outcomes is because of the structural inequities within society…

                …so it’s just coincidence that these poor outcomes occur a lot more often in some types of families than others? I’m not a big believer in statistically-significant coincidences, but who knows, maybe that’s true.

                But if you solve the poverty, then it doesn’t matter if women have children on their own.

                Well, yes, and if we solve illness then it doesn’t matter if you wash your hands or not. Excellent idea, but step 1′s a big’un.

                I think you would be surprised at the number of pregnancies that result from contraception failure. And fertility isn’t as cut and dried as you make out. Nor is the need for sexual contact. Nor is the degree to which sex gets used as currency. You can pretend that sex is primarily a rational decision that is weighed up carefully, but mostly it’s not.

                I’m familiar with the waster apologist view that it’s just totally, completely impossible for a group of humans to lower their birth rate regardless of whatever contraception is available. It’s bollocks, isn’t it. What’s actually surprising is how few pregnancies result from contraceptive failure or general stupidity – but then, it’s not surprising, because most people aren’t wasters and manage to fuck for decades without littering the countryside with unintended offspring.

    • r0b 9.2

      Where does 18 months come from?

      The cited article says: Under changes introduced last October, those mothers will have to return to work when that child is 12 months old, if their older children are aged over five.

      Doesn’t that create an incentive to have children under five? As CWeka has said, I don’t for a moment think this is about “avoiding work” – because there is no work – I think it is in some cases partly about not having your life turned upside down by a punitive process when you have little or no control over the factors involved.

      • Psycho Milt 9.2.1

        Where does 18 months come from?

        My subconscious. Sorry, not sure how I came to have that figure in mind.

        Doesn’t that create an incentive to have children under five?

        According to the govt, the current system (you’re work-ready when your youngest turns five) creates an incentive to have children under five in your care. The “reform” supposedly removes that incentive, because acquiring your next child under five will have very unpleasant consequences. It’s a vindictive approach to take, but the logic of it is sound enough.

  10. Visubversaviper 10

    Many of my refugee friends are on the DPB and they would all love to work. They either came here as widows from conflict situations, or realised when they got here that they did not have to stay with the bloke they were married to when they were 13. They go to language classes as soon as their youngest goes to school so that they can have enough English to manage in the workforce. They first look for work in their own communities, cooking and childcare mostly, but the holy grail is a full time job. They say it as if it was in capitals and parenthesees – a “Full Time Job” and when I went back to work full time 5 years ago a number of them rang to congratulate me.
    The problem of course is that the jobs are just not there. They are not there for lots of white, educated, confident, and experienced older women so what chance does a 35 year old only just literate African woman have?

  11. Confusing heading. Should read “DPB births trigger surge in Benefit reforms”.

  12. Roy 12

    Something that was pointed out to me by a female friend: If the policy changes were introduced in October, a January surge in births can’t be blamed on the policy changes, because the January babies would have been conceived last April.
    You’d think that Ms Bennett would know how long pregnancy is, wouldn’t you?

  13. AsleepWhileWalking 13

    I wonder if the Poverty Action Group will mount another challenge against the new SSA legislation in a similar way to what they did with section of the SSA which penalised beneficiaries for not naming the father (or in a handful of cases the mother).

  14. Treetop 14

    I would like to know a bit about who provided the sperm for the 650 babies born in January?

    What percent (fathers) are already on a benefit?

    Why are they not with the mother and child?

    Was there a contraception failure?

    Targeting the child and single parent will not achieve anything.

    Bennett needs to get it that single parents are left holding the baby and to ask herself why?

    Why was Bennett left holding the baby?

  15. Hami Shearlie 15

    I’ve noticed with all the comments above, no-one ever mentions the fathers of these children!! Are they all immaculate conceptions? If people gripe and complain about the money paid to solo mothers to raise their children, do they not realise that half of this money is the responsbility of the dead-beat fathers of these children. The mothers are easily identified because they stay with the children and raise them. So if people are wanting to pour scorn and ignominy upon the mothers, how much more opprobrium should be rained down upon the fathers of these children – Where are they all? Hiding while working in Australia, or here, or maybe living on another single benefit of their own? More than likely they are starting new families all over the place and then disappearing, only to pop up somewhere else and start yet another tribe!! If the Natz are keen for solo mothers to be pressured into taking contraception, how about compulsory vasectomies for these dead-beat dads!!

    • Treetop 15.1

      For sure the dead beat dads have a poor attitude. Sometimes the attitude is, another one won’t make a difference, the state will look after another one etc.

      I am not for a second saying that anyone has to endure psychological, verbal, sexual or physical abuse or stay together when the relationship is an unhealthy one.

  16. feijoa 16

    I believe the research tells us that all around the world there is only one thing that reduces the birth rate
    it is
    the EDUCATION OF WOMEN
    (not contraception availability)
    (sorry dont have a citation, but read it in Dompost last year, good article by a Massey /Vic Professor in sociology I think it was)

  17. Mary 17

    “Labour’s social development spokesman Jacinda Ardern said she got many letters from sole parents who were struggling to find work. “This set of reforms will do absolutely nothing to improve their job prospects through either training or education, or by addressing the underlying issues of the inavailability of work, particularly work that suits their childcare needs.” The reforms did little more than respond to rhetoric, she said.”

    According to statistics, Labour having said this publicly while in opposition means it’s inevitable the same sorts of reforms will become Labour policy when they are next in government.

  18. KJT 18

    If the right wing were really so concerned about women, “breeding for a living” (Which can only possibly be a few anyway, given the statistics as to who is on the DPB) they would be working on giving them better options.

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    The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll has just been released, and there’s some interesting results there. National drop 2%, down to 48%. That’s on top of the 2% they dropped in the mid-August Colmar Brunton poll. On the left,...
    Occasionally erudite | 31-08
  • UKIP set to hammer Tories
    Douglas Carsewell stunned the British political establishment last week.Not by defecting to the UKIP - who cares how right wing fruitcakes arrange themselves? - but by doing the honourable thing and resigning his seat so he can legitimately continue to...
    Left hand palm | 31-08
  • Carbon
    CARBON is the first film in the Green World Rising Series.“Carbon” is narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, presented by Thom Hartmann and directed by Leila Conners. Executive Producers are George DiCaprio, Earl Katz and Roee Sharon Peled. Carbon is produced by...
    The Jackal | 31-08
  • The National Party, Integrity and John Phillip Key
    There have been a few things floating around in my head over the last week. I’ve started this post several times and deleted it as I tried to gather those thoughts together into some kind of coherent narrative. Following the...
    My Thinks | 31-08
  • A Wicked Web Is Uncovered
    Following image is from the good work of some of the folks on the Facebook Page – ‘John Key Has Let NZ Down’ – you can request membership HERE...
    An average kiwi | 31-08
  • Matthew Hooton’s assertions re the Prime Minister’s Office
    ‘Explosive’ is one of those words that gets kicked around in politics and political reporting to the point where it’s almost lost its meaning. But it’s not an exaggeration to describe right wing spin doctor and self-declared National Party loyalist...
    The Paepae | 31-08
  • Jerome Mika: Labour’s candidate in Papakura
    Jerome Mika was just dashing home on Friday for a quick change prior to the launch of Labour’s Pasifika policy at Auckland’s oldest bilingual pre-school, A'oga Fa’a Samoa at Richmond Road Primary School.  He likes the choice of venue: all levels of...
    Labour campaign | 31-08
  • Is the NZ National Gov’t, One of the Most Corrupt in the World?
    There are two main types of corruption.  Whether it be  economic or moral, they are as bad as each other in regards to the consequences they can wreak. As we have seen over the last two weeks or so, as...
    An average kiwi | 31-08
  • Sad news – Victor Stenger has died
    I was sad to read that Victor Stenger died during the week at the age of 79. Victor was a prolific author, writing on science, religion and philosophy. He often dealt with difficult issues coming out of the religion-science debates...
    Open Parachute | 31-08
  • Enemies without and enemies within
    Yesterday, when the news of Judith Collins’ resignation broke, I asked where the Cameron Slater email had come from. It hadn’t been released by Whaledump, and it hadn’t featured in Dirty Politics. Instead, it had been sent to the Prime Minister’s...
    Occasionally erudite | 31-08
  • The Red, the Green and the Blue:….Left Bloc / Right Bloc Monthly Pol...
    Following on from the previous post, here are the Monthly Poll Averages (since April) for both (1) The Four Largest Parties and (2) The Left and Right Blocs.You can see from Table (1) that Labour's monthly average has been falling...
    Sub zero politics | 31-08
  • Airplane fares reveal the value of time… and the importance of choice
    High airplane fares are in the media this week, as Air New Zealand is about to pay a special dividend after a 45% increase in profits. Some people have suggested that the airline should cut fares on regional routes instead....
    Transport Blog | 31-08
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! 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...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’
    The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at taxpayers.org.nz . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland
    Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland
    Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Voters favour parties with factory farming policies
    A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud
    After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, 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 produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
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