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Best and worst of 2012

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, December 26th, 2012 - 93 comments
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Best leader of the year? Hmm, Russel Norman’s done a very good job but is very much in his Honeymoon period – he’s yet to be seriously tested. Winston, on the other hand, has come back from the dead in a way that few thought was possible and has dealt with the Horan stuff admirably. So, Winston. Runner up, John Key – as much as I don’t like to admit it John Key must be doing something right – his party is systematically destroying the economy but he’s still the voters’ favorite.

Worst leader of the year? John Banks. That’s the end of the Act party (thanks John, I greatly appreciate that). Runner up, David Shearer – he’s had a year of media honeymoon and he’s pissed it away and alienated his membership in the process. Here’s a tip for 2013 David – figure out what you stand for and then find a way to say it clearly. It’ll be a lot easier to cope in interviews and debates if you are articulating policy from a firm coherent ideological position. Also, show, don’t tell – if you want people to know you’ve got political vision then you need to show it – not bang on endlessly about how you’ve got political vision (honestly it’s like you’ve taken the most literal reading of Lakoff possible).

Best frontbencher of the year? Tony Ryall. Remember the big heath cut scandal of 2012? Neither does anyone else. The circus of ineptitude that has been the fiftieth parliament thus far has allowed Ryall to work under the radar.

Worst frontbencher? Hekia Parata.

Best backbencher? Well that was a hard one – there have been quite a few backbenchers doing good work. From Gareth Hughes who has been a constant thorn in the side of the government, Andrew Little who took Collins on and won (and bonus points for gangnam styling it in the house – a comic deadpan masterpiece), Julie Anne Genter who has been relentless in showing up the absurdity of the government’s roads of national significance, Sue Morony who’s paid parental leave campaign showed women voters exactly who National are… But I think the backbencher of the year has to be Louisa Wall – in getting her marriage equality bill through it’s first reading she showed the great value of lobbying and of working with supporters outside of parliament to achieve a result.

Worst backbencher? Brendan Horan. Just resign, Brendan.

Political loser of the year? Hekia Parata.

Political winner of the year? The Labour party membership. I think 2012 will come to be seen as a turning point in the Labour party’s history and potentially in the history of democratic participation in New Zealand (and, of course, you can be one of those winners by joining up).

93 comments on “Best and worst of 2012”

  1. the sprout 1

    well said IB, agreed on all counts

  2. Can’t agree more Irish.

    And despite all that has happened, despite asset sales, education stuff ups, savage cuts, foreign affairs ineptitude and rising unemployment the poll of polls has National on 43% and Labour on 34%.

    Elsewhere in the world in the UK Labour has a 10 point advantage over the Tories in the polls and in Australia the latest Roy Morgan poll has labor ahead of the coalition.

    What is happening in NZ?

    • weka 2.1

      It’s no longer Labour. It’s Labour/Greens. And that poll shows them on 45.4% compared to 43% National.

      NZF is the real worry on 6.5%

      • mickysavage 2.1.1

        So Weka Labour/Greens are neck and neck with National. Don’t you think this is still a bizarre result given what the current state of the country?

        • tc 2.1.1.1

          It’s a reflection of the own goals the mallarfia has kicked for the Labour party mickey. People want a change but not to what’s being presented currantly(sic) by the old guard.

          As odious as the Nats are they understand the spin, PR and value of new unknown faces regardless of their ability.

        • GeoffCartwright 2.1.1.2

          Two years out from election. Time is everything in politics
          Micky economy is holding barely most active voters from the middle are still employed, things haven’t got dire yet for most people…boxing day retail take will be still high.
          Once the policy direction come on stream and the twin realisation of a how bad the economy is in national and globally and also that labour has a new direction ( hopefully ) then the swing will happen. Unless laour implodes due to infighting they should sleep walk home with the greens.
          Solo I say again unity, one collective voice vs the Tories and lets organise now for 2014.

          Red alert is being reassessed and revamped.
          A caucus shuffle is on the cards, cunliffe will be back as both the members and indeed the party need him, but then again you know better than me..

          I has this conversation in 2007, as treasury indicated the looming darkness, with various party officials. Conclusion was to sleep walk in due to the cycle and the crunch.
          also it could have been much worse under the Tories….what would have happened if they economy was robust and English has spare balance to play with.
          The stuffed up early with tax cuts and now a huge hole in the accounts.

          Labour should be hitting them hard on economics – so my Xmas wish is bring back cunliffe under sharers watch but unified team approach without the wisperers…less deals wheels smoke and more focus on the new direction…and make it real for all new zealanders and not the social pandering to a small loud clique.
          The people are starving for leadership, positive change, and a new direction from the social left.

          • The Al1en 2.1.1.2.1

            “I say again unity, one collective voice vs the Tories and lets organise now for 2014″

            I’ll be doing all I can to encourage voters to reject the Labour party, as I have, and party vote Green in 2014.
            The more green mps there are, the less likely the current polit bureau won’t mess up the country like they have their party.

            Why won’t someone from Labour give a projection of where they would like the party to be in the polls in six months and a years time?

            • GeoffCartwright 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Well good on you…one vote for the green is one more vote for the coalition.
              We need the green and mana etc to keep labour on message, honest and progressive and to face upto the big issues. Unemployment, low wages, little real growth, climate change,energy shortages looming, credit crunch.
              It’s real simple people need the basics housing, food, water and energy..rest is flow on from that.

              • The Al1en

                I used to think one couldn’t have the Greens without Labour, but with Labour static in the polls and looking no more likely now to encourage the disenfranchised to vote key out in 2014 than they did in ’11, I’m not so sure.

                Hand on hearts, the most ardent top table supporters aside, after the last year and given the personnel in charge, who can’t see a near future situation where Labour are potential junior partners in coalition?

                So when they publish those poll targets, what’s it going to be?
                Incompetent forecasting or incompetent voters?

                • GeoffCartwright

                  Oh on green labour partnership more equal than not at next election.
                  Greens are the dominant left party at moment.
                  More active in the house on getting msm feed and traction.
                  Less fart tax and more connection and resonance with the public.

        • Daveosaurus 2.1.1.3

          Well, perhaps if the Labs had spent as much energy confronting the Tories as they did fighting themselves, then the results might have been a bit more definitive. But when (for example) any random post here is as likely to be attacking Labour as it is National, can any outside observer really be surprised?

          • Crimson Nile 2.1.1.3.1

            Cunliffe being ambushed by his colleagues and demoted could be considered as an example of ‘Labour Party infighting’. However, comments on The Standard attacking that behaviour are comments AGAINST Labour infighting.

            In other words, it would pay for you to remember that The Standard is not a Labour Party site.

        • David H 2.1.1.4

          Mickey it SHOULD be labour on it’s own that are Neck and Neck, but i think the MSM has lumped them together (through laziness or whyever.) I think it is Laziness to lump them together in here. Don’t forget that the Greens can always say no to Shearer and they may do that if he is still as useless or power mad, (Cunliffe debacle) as he is now!

      • felixviper 2.1.2

        “It’s no longer Labour. It’s Labour/Greens.”

        I’ll believe that when I hear it from Labour. And I mean publicly and willingly, not whispered and grudgingly.

        A Green partnership is the only way Labour is getting near government again. Ever. If they can’t hold hands in public and mean it, then they’re simply not ready to govern.

      • Fortran 2.1.3

        weka

        Yup – that’s all that matters – the combined Labour/Greens seat numbers.
        Ignore Winston he is not going to be around after 2014

        • Skinny 2.1.3.1

          Never dismiss Peters, the old dog will be around you can count on that!

          What labour & Greens can’t count on is him joining them, he dislikes the Greens as do they of him. He will more than likely side with National so a vote for NZ First needs to be discouraged too dissatisfied Left voters.

          I agree that Shearer needs to sharpen up, so I will cross my fingers in hope. Rolling him has a huge risk attached.Seeing the record rise of people suffering this Xmas, and the volunteer support services being overrun gives a clear indication another term of National is not an option.

          • mickysavage 2.1.3.1.1

            Agreed about Peters. And I think we should regard him as being the opposition and not part of the coalition.

            I agree also that a Labour – Green – NZF coalition does not bear thinking about. It will be far too unstable.

            Labour and the Greens have to be able to form a coalition by themselves, perhaps with Mana and you never know about the Maori Party post Turia.

            • pmofnz 2.1.3.1.1.1

              Peters … we should regard him as being the opposition

              The said coalition will have a large dead rat to consume as he will be more than likely, as is the norm, the kingmaker.

    • Foreign Waka 2.2

      Two things – a policy vacuum, no one has any idea what labor really stands for – a slogan if you will such as “a fair society will not leave people in the poverty dust” and a policy that shows how…and secondly a leader whose only show on the radar gave the public a glimpse on his obvious envy towards an intelligent other. Feels like a Nero moment and as such is not an alternative. Hence the leaning to the Green Party with a leader who makes absolute sense.

      • weka 2.2.1

        two leaders actually.

        Speaking of which, it’s about time Labour looked at having co-leaders. It would help Labour to ditch the “I’m king and you’re not allowed to criticse me” model.

        • Foreign Waka 2.2.1.1

          Merry Christmas and hopefully the new year will look better than the last.
          I am not very optimistic about labor’s chances though. There is no real alternative to Mr Key and thus Nat will win again (sorry, don’t want to spoil your holiday).
          Labor made a good start showing a united front with many talents that can be called upon and a structure (at the time anyway) that seem to have favored talent pooling over submissive behavior towards the leader – ave Cesar. It did only last 5 minutes and all the young voters with their hopes for a new party with a new approach have been taught a lesson. It will take years to repair the damage. Ave stupidity.

  3. karol 3

    Excellent post on most counts, IrishBill. You have selected most of the MPs I would for good and bad years.

    However, Russel Norman’s “honeymoon” seems to me to be one backed by the MSM, especially. I also I have a niggling suspicion he’s also in favour with the current Labour Party leadership – for some reason. I’m not sure he is the strongest of the current very good Green MPs. I don’t so far see Norman as being able to provide strong leadership on the issues that are the strongest focus of the GP – equality, climate, resource-depletion, environmental destruction, poverty, grass-roots democracy, etc.

    Hone Harawira also had a very good year, even though it was always headline stuff. He has shed his image of being a bit of a hot head or loose cannon. He has established a strong sense of mission and identity for the Mana Party. He has joined in flax roots struggles, alongside those on low incomes.

    On the rest of your choices, IB, I very much agree.

    • Zetetic 3.1

      to be fair to Norman, the equity stuff is Turei’s area. If he started going on about that he would be accused of trying to overshadow her. And while he’s co-leader for the environmental stuff, it just gets no attention. Economics was the headline this year and he did a good job getting a green voice in it.

      I don’t think he’s in favour with Labour. Quite the opposite. They want a nice, quiet Green Party. Not one taking the economic space away from them.

      • karol 3.1.1

        You’re probably right, Zetitic (also agree with IB @9.07am & partly with felix @9.13am below).

        I’m looking at how things are working out, rather than what was the original Labour leadership/Caucus intention. Part of the reason economics is seen as the main issue is because that’s how the NAct government have framed it, with the MSM in agreement. It suits the MOR journalists and NAct for that to be more of the focus, while marginalising and demonising the less well-off.

        The likes of Patrick Gower have led the way in imaging a Shearer-Norman led government, and others in opposition seem to be falling in line with this: see McCarten’s top 10 as highlighted by Mike Smith in his “gathering gloom” post

        The more this happens, the harder it will be for the Greens, and Mana to take the initiative to lead the discourse away from bennie-bashing and appeasing the comfortable middle-classes.

        However, if IB is right, that Shearer brings about his own demise, all those linked to him in the MSM-led public mind will be tainted. This would open the way for a different direction.

      • Dr Terry 3.1.2

        And can we be certain that the Greens actually want to unite with Labour (as Labour is at present, anyway)?

    • IrishBill 3.2

      I think Russel is very good but I haven’t seen him under a great deal of pressure. I think he’ll do okay (as will Met) but as they become more and more likely to be Ministers they’ll come under the spotlight and they’ll have to step up their game a bit. I think they will and I have great faith in other members of the Greens’ caucus such as Hague, Kennedy, Genter, and Hughes to step up too.

      On the other hand I think Shearer has the potential to deliver a comedy of errors election campaign that sees whatever gains they’ve made evaporating as the media make great sport of him and his front bench. Unlike Russel or Met or Winston, Shearer has the extra hurdle of needing to prove he’s a credible PM in waiting. I don’t think he’s capable of that but I’d be very happy to be proved wrong.

      • Populuxe1 3.2.1

        Surely his little dance with the Chinese security detail counts as pressure, and I don’t think you could fairly say he acted with full parliamentary dignity there.

        • bad12 3.2.1.1

          How does one act with ‘dignity’ whilst being assaulted by a number of burly security personal???…

          • felixviper 3.2.1.1.1

            I think when Pop says “act with dignity” he means “sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up when the boss man tells you to.”

            I could be wrong and I’m sure he’ll tell me so, but he’ll probably just be using more polite words to say exactly the same thing.

      • newsense 3.2.2

        also the question is what kind of PM he’d be.

        I think no one was deluded about Key or Clark and the kind of leader they were. Shearer doesn’t have a track record, or the one he has is a bit hazy and doesn’t have his personality stamped clearly on it. No donkey deep in doo doo or vascetomy jokes yet…

  4. Bill 4

    Metiria Turei?

    • felixviper 4.1

      Good question.

      One of my favourite MPs in the house, but the way she’s been sidelined in the media in favour of Norman as the de-facto sole leader of the Greens (and the opposition) I think I’d have to put her year on the “worst” side of the ledger.

      • Fortran 4.1.1

        Metiria is seen as a token female Maori by most people.

        • GeoffCartwright 4.1.1.1

          qualify that please.
          Most you know?
          Most people where when etc?

        • bad12 4.1.1.2

          Betcha Ann Tolley doesn’t see Metiria Turei as a token anything, Metiria was the final straw that seen Slippery remove Tolley from the Education Portfolio when in one 30 second burst on a RadioNZ National ‘Morning Report’ debate She silenced the condescending Minister who sat for the rest of the debate in stunned silence,

          Anyone underestimating the co-Leader of the Greens or thinks that within the Party,(where it really counts), She has somehow been usurped by Russell Norman is deluded, they have neatly divided up areas of expertise to suit their relative strengths and it obviously works for the Party as they have remained (in the MSM polls),highly favored by the vote that put them in the Parliament…

    • Bill 4.2

      I reckon she’s been quietly solid. And if her lack of ‘celebrity’ prominence is by choice rather than accident, then she goes up in my estimation. Good leaders are ‘invisible’. And I know that doesn’t sit well in a world of politician as celebrity or media personality. But then, that world doesn’t sit well with me. And so any politician who doesn’t buy into the circus becasue they don’t necessarily have to seeing as how they are a co-leader…well, with some caveats, Metiria’s top of my list.

      • karol 4.2.1

        Agree with felix about Turei being sidelined. However, I also agree with Bill on Turei and her solid performance as a non-celebrity personality.

        I think there is a problem with us constructing our own lists, if we are guided too much by how an MP gets cut-through into the MSM. To get such cut-through, they are always in danger of reinforcing the status quo e.g. the MSM championing of celebrity culture.

        If we construct best and worst lists based on MSM cut-through, we also reinforce the such values – shouldn’t our lists be based on alternative values as Bill is doing?

        • IrishBill 4.2.1.1

          I think we can do both. My list was based very much on mainstream political aptitude (or lack of). If I were to put together a list based on alternative values it would look a little different.

          • karol 4.2.1.1.1

            Agreed, IB. I think your inclusion of several opposition back-benchers goes against the MSM grain. As does you focus on questions about Norman’s long-term viability.

            But I also agree with Bill that I would have Turei on my list, and for a good year, and not as felix said, a bad year.

            • Saarbo 4.2.1.1.1.1

              I would have placed Turei on the list, she has been outstanding.

              IB given that you mention that John Key has been “systematically destroying the economy” I would have thought that he should be in the Worst list, but I take your point that your list was based on “mainstream political aptitude”. Then perhaps the ABC clique should be on your “Best” list given the way they worked with the MSM and dealt with us members after the conference.

              • IrishBill

                I don’t think alienating your support-base to the point they openly discuss getting rid of you is good politics. Especially at a time that base has just increased its power.

      • felixviper 4.2.2

        Quietly solid, yep. My complaint isn’t really with anything Metiria has or hasn’t done, but with the way it’s been reported.

        Does that mean she had a bad year? Probably not at all. But what about the long-term ramifications for the co-leadership principle? As karol has pointed out many times, Norman is now often referred to simply as the “Green Party Leader”.

        Does this become a convention, that the Greens have a male and female leader but the media only go to the male for comment?

        What does this do for women in politics beyond the Greens? And what message does it send to the rest of us beyond politics?

        • GeoffCartwright 4.2.2.1

          A sad reflcction on our society that we have such an imbedded prevelanr message.
          With such a woeful and ignorant msm we need another construct to dis emulate party information…um it’s called the party and it’s organisation.
          Shame most electorates are so badly disorganised.

  5. muzza 5

    Sadly this just shows how poorly served NZ is.

    The experiment looks set to continue unchallenged!

  6. Bearded Git 6

    Worst of the year-Collins for debasing NZ’s legal system in the eyes of the rest of the world with such arrogance.

  7. Quasimodo 7

    “Runner up, John Key – as much as I don’t like to admit it John Key must be doing something right – his party is systematically destroying the economy but he’s still the voters’ favorite.”

    Who is doing National Party PR or giving him media advice at the moment ?

    Key has abandoned trash talk and the Master of the Universe persona, and in recent TV interviews bowed his head and moved into the camera without a word, almost smooching (or making love) to it. The media have let him get away with it.

    It lets people read into it what they will, and disdains any pretence at communication, critical analysis, or broadening the horizons of the public.. the supposed functions of televisual media in our time.

    At some point he will have to venture an opinion .. and be held accountable.

  8. BM 9

    I think the Greens would do better if they ditched the two leader bollocks.
    It just oozes pc, a real turn off for most voters.

    Go with Norman, he’s the most effective and leaderish of the two, most kiwis don’t care about gender, more important is best person for the job.

    • dancervipereke 9.1

      Maybe thats the answer for Labour have David Cunliffe and Shearer as co leaders. Shearer could continue going round the country playing his guitar and Cunliffe could get on with making Labour a genuine opposition who look like a Government in waiting.

      I knew we would find a use for Shearer at some stage!

    • felixviper 9.2

      Do not feed the right-wing/hates-the-greens/wants-them-to-fail/would-never-vote-for-them trool.

    • Foreign Waka 9.3

      Not so, if anything its preferred by many under 40 to the “old” school of one leader rules and the rest just follows.

  9. Anne 10

    …Sue Morony who’s paid parental leave campaign showed women voters exactly who National are… But I think the backbencher of the year has to be Louisa Wall – in getting her marriage equality bill through it’s first reading…

    It will be a test of Shearer’s leadership whether Sue Moroney and Lousia Wall are promoted in Shearer’s reshuffle. Both of them supported David Cunliffe at the time of the leadership contest, and Sue Moroney in particular paid a price. She was reshuffled down the pack.

    They have both shown consistency and determination in their respective shadow portfolios – and they acquit themselves well in The House – so lets see if they are going to be suitably rewarded for their hard work. It would be a significant sign of a new maturity and unity of purpose in the Labour Party. Fingers crossed.

    • bad12 10.1

      I would add Charles Chauval to the list of those who have impressed in the House, He has presence when on His feet and talks in English as opposed to politico-speak…

      • Anne 10.1.1

        Yes. Very much so. But my understanding is: Chauval also supported David Cunliffe in the leadership contest. He didn’t get demoted, but I don’t think he was rewarded for his impressive performance either – unless one can call not being demoted as acknowledgment of his good performance. :)

        • felixviper 10.1.1.1

          “unless one can call not being demoted as acknowledgment of his very good performance.”

          I suppose one could, if one wanted to go down the path of praising Shearer simply for not being a massive cock.

        • newsense 10.1.1.2

          yep think this is a key thing- how much talent is going to continue to be thrown away for not supporting Shearer.

          Morony fronted well and with success on her private members bill.

          Perhaps only King, Goff and Mallard are as experienced as Ryall. Who would you pick to be as safe a pair of hands?

    • Mary 10.2

      Louisa Wall shows signs of being a future leader. Perhaps a while a way yet, but a leader nonetheless.

  10. AmaKiwi 11

    “Rolling him (Shearer) has a huge risk attached.”

    Wrong. A public Labour leadership contest will revitalize the party.

    1. Party members will flock to the nationwide debates.
    2. If Shearer wins, it will legitimize the leadership he stole in Dec. 2012.
    3. Fantastic media coverage and public interest.
    4. Labour will be seen as an open, democratic party.

    Obama and Hillary Clinton fought like cats and dogs for a year. Three months later Obama took the White House BECAUSE the two candidates had stolen the spotlight for a year, attacking the incumbent’s failures.

    Shearer supporters should WANT an open, PUBLIC, leadership contest because it will do the same for Labour.

    • bad12 11.1

      Yeah i agree with that prognosis, had Shearer at the Conference gave a speech applauding the Party for its democratization of process and directly stated that it would be He who would trigger the Party wide vote in February my estimation of His leadership potential would have risen by about 99%,

      Just as importantly we all wouldn’t be sitting here debating the sheer arrogance of the man and proposing that Labour members extend the Party reform process to give the floor of the Conference the ‘trigger’ to have the question of leadership voted upon by the whole Party,

      My what the f**k is He doing there award has to go to Labour’s Shane Jones who i consider to be a wanker in both senses of the word once touted as a future leader(as He had attended Oxford or some such),has been a regular on Maori TV this year failing to expound upon anything that i could either understand in English or Maori and if i didn’t know that Jones was a member of Labour’s caucus i would have been left wondering who the idiot was answering the questions with a mouthful of over intellectualized waffle that meant in the end absolutely nothing…

      • Rogue Trooper 11.1.1

        “Green Priests” was a clever bit of phishful winking on Jones’ part though
        (he’s in both the 99, and the 1%)

    • newsense 11.2

      so in this analogy Shearer is Obama and Cunliffe is Clinton?

  11. ColonialPete 12

    I’ve been very impressed with Gareth Hughes’ work on intellectual property issues. It’s the sort of thing that doesn’t gain a lot of attention in the media, but I’m glad there’s someone in the house who gets IP issues, I used to think Clare Curran was on the ball in that respect, but her reputation is too tainted for me now. David Clark, my local MP, has made a mark for himself over the past year and I think he’s got a good future ahead of him in Parliament. I’ll be happy to vote for him again, should he keep this up.

    For me the jury is still out on my party vote. I want a Labour-Green government, but I may give my vote to the Greens for the first time in 2014, depending on how the next year and a half shapes up and if I think larger Green representation will moderate the shenanigans that have been going on in Labour. Policy will of course play into this too.

    • xtasy 12.1

      I do at times feel a lot of sympathy for Gareth Hughes, but still, there is something missing. He is still a bit too much like the smart student challenging the professor. To have authority on the political stage one must move on from that. He knows a lot, is competent, skillful and has potential, but sadly at times I feel he gets a bit carried away with issues and topics that many would consider to be rather “petty” and not “core” or convincingly “major”.

      I will definitely watch his space, as he is a guy very capable of learning and improving!

  12. Jenny 13

    Most invisible Damnatio Memoriae

  13. Mary 14

    You seem to be saying that it’s an admirable quality to manage to remain popular in the polls while your party ‘destroys the economy’ (and presumably all of the other nasty things National are doing, as well). Key’s so-called popularity remaining high is not because of anything positive about the man. It remains high due to a combination of lies, subterfuge, duplicity and taking advantage of a naive and uncritical public. I understand of course that almost all politicians regard all of these things as their stock-in-trade but that doesn’t mean that they’re things to aspire to. Placing Key as one of the best leaders of the year suggests you think that they are.

    • felixviper 14.1

      I don’t think he’s saying those things are admirable at all. I think he’s saying they’re being effectively deployed in pursuit of Key’s goals.

      • Mary 14.1.1

        Yes, I know, but I don’t think that the test for best leader of the year should be judged on how “effectively” such deplorable qualities – lies, subterfuge and duplicity – are deployed.

        • felixviper 14.1.1.1

          Sorry, I assumed when you said “You seem to be saying” that you meant “You seem to be saying “.

        • ochocinco 14.1.1.2

          Because those aren’t deplorable in themselves, only when deployed for the wrong reasons

          Lying, subterfuge, and duplicity are entirely valid weapons. Machiavelli would roll in his grave at your comments.

          • Crimson Nile 14.1.1.2.1

            Perhaps Jesus or Buddha would make a better example in terms of political leadership?

            • Mary 14.1.1.2.1.1

              Yes, if they used those “tools” to starve people and wreck the economy and turn neighbour against neighbour I’m sure it’d be fine.

  14. peterlepaysan 15

    What has the LP done to attract back all the “no shows” at the last election?

    San fairy ann.

    If the LP cannot revive a lost electorate how the hell can it attract disillusioned NP voters?

    Watching a society being wasted maybe necessary for UN negotiators. I am not so sure about that strategy in our society.

    Shearer and his cabal appear to be somewhat to the right of Key. Roof painting is objectionable.

    • Mary 15.1

      “Roof painting is objectionable.”

      Yes, and shows what Labour’s got in store. Time to ditch Labour, not join them.

      • GeoffCartwright 15.1.1

        Mary Mary contrary to the spin…shearer is naive an amateur polli, the message is about fairness and no person should be allowed to Rort the system poor unemployed or elite capitalist.
        One rule one law one new Zealand.

    • GeoffCartwright 15.2

      Gosh…the wide middle hate hate bludgers in society. Can’t attack the nobs cause well shearer and co are nob envyers elites are elites so sheared and co have to appeal to the middle again and the one framed message is fairness’ hard day bork for good pay anti system rorting hence the naive and lame use of framed language.
      CC hand puppet material.

  15. gnomic 16

    The smirking weasel aka ‘Sir’ Shonkey can’t do anything without having his sweaty palm held by ‘Lord’ Ashcroft and Crosby Textor or whoever is doing the focus groups now. I wouldn’t be surprised if the focus groups are coming up with news the Nats don’t want to hear. The middle classes are not going to be overjoyed by the various backdoor taxes required to compensate for the asinine Treasury forecast shortfalls.

    Not entirely convinced by Ruzza. What makes him think he is qualified to be Minister of Finance, or how that could be a sellable bill of goods to the great NZ electorate in its dubious wisdom? Squeaky voice, ginger, and an Ozzie. Why is he even here by the way? The give me back my flag episode didn’t help. Who does he think he is, the late saintly Rod? Short back and sides, questionable suits, and a doctorate is it of late, won’t do it.

    Metiria on the other hand has impressed me when I’ve heard her in the House. Seems to have a bit more to her than the co-leader. Reminds me of hearing the emergent Shipley back in the day. Not that a comparison with NZ’s first woman PM would be considered flattering.

    What, no mention of the ever-on-the-rise Judith Collins? Destined to greatness surely?

    Or ‘Frontbums’ Tamihere? Could one really wish to belong to a party which accepts this individual as a member? Shurely shome grave error here?

    Couldn’t Winston just fall under a bus or something? Is somebody who refers to the Greens as turd blossoms really relevant any more, if he ever was? He is after all merely just a Muldoonist when all’s said and done. Something he has in common with the smirking weasel oddly enough.

  16. xtasy 17

    Best MP performers:

    Russel Norman, still learning but a resolute, smart and convincing force to count on;

    David Parker, a very smart economic spokesperson, with much potential, to get over shyness;

    David Cunliffe, a bright mind, a true economic expert, a bit over on wordings and slogans and still due to learn more about accepting a “team” to be the solution to succeed, huge potential;

    Winston Peters, of course of the old school, having his closet stories and issues, but a total political survivor of the best beast categories, a real animal to show the government where to go;

    Kevin Hague, a bit in the shadow, but an excellent political performer, exposing all the crap that went on within ACC, exposing the government in an expert manner, same also showing integrity and much knowledge;

    John Key – still hanging in there, albeit rather weak now, but a smart and very articulate operator, always the main challenge for the opposition to deal with;

    Bill English – also a very experienced operator on the government front, not necessarily honest and convincing, but stubbornly solid, resolute, and always finding some answers to excuse government’s poor performance;

    Judith Collins – a hard as nails polly that is not to be messed around with, she will find an angle to attack, no matter how good the challenge may be, she lost credibility though with the handling at ACC, the criticism of a senior, neutral judge from Canada, and in a few other areas;

    Tony Ryall – this is a hard as nails politician the opposition has failed to get dealt with. He is good at propaganda, delivers the broken record success stories of elective surgery waiting times shortened, but he is also smart at covering up the failings in health, quite evident, sadly Labour has failed to expose enough;

    Julie Ann Genter – another great performer for the Greens, disecting the transport nonsense this government has tried and tired to deliver, as it is all about highways and too little about public transport in major centres;

    Grant Robertson – being very good at digging into John Banks, the GCSB scandal, Dotcom and all associate issues, plus more in his portfolio, as he is good at speaking, digging up stuff, but he should rethink his political loyalty to the hopeless Shearer camp;

    Tariana Turia – for sticking to the line of sale for the Maori Party to get something out of the deal with the Nats, but sadly it is losing momentum, as few see the real gains;

    Hone Harawira – as a very outspoken, honest and resolute voice of the truly downtrodden, the unemployed, Maori, Pacifica and others, on benefits, in public housing and down and out;

    Metiria Turei – for taking a very uncompromising stand on poverty in NZ, destroying families and marginalising many down the bottom end;

    Jacinda Ardern – to raise her voice for the beneficiaries in NZ, but it has only been of recent that this appears to have been more honest. Sadly she has been a bit willy nilly on much over the last couple of years. She has a last chance to get her act together, to be honest, resolute, convincing and take a clear stand for the poor and neglected she is supposed to defend. We want her to learn, grow and represent us, that is beneficiaries with little hope (no corporate and other elite cop out talk thanks)>

  17. AmaKiwi 18

    “Grant Robertson – . . . . . should rethink his political loyalty to the hopeless Shearer camp.”

    From Day #1, Shearer was Robertson’s path to power.

    When Shearer falls, the dagger in his back will have Robertson’s fingerprints all over it.

  18. bad12 19

    My ‘don’t talk down to me you fat b*****d’ award has to go to the Greens Julie-ann Genter who with relentless tenacity tortured the admission out of Gerry Brownlee that the Governments ‘roads of no significance’ didn’t even meet the Government own cost/benefit measurement…

  19. bad12 20

    The ‘take your 3% and stuff it you know where’ award has to go to Winston Peters who brought NZFirst roaring back into the Parliament with 6.2% of the vote despite ACT, National, and every mass media organization in the country for the previous 3 years telling us all that Party wouldn’t get over 3% of the vote and was finished,

    Notable performers in the House for NZFirst this year were Tracey Martin, and Asenati Lole-Taylor who showed they are not shy and put the NZFirst position across loudly and with style,

    Brendan Who gets my ‘fastest career in politics’ award…

  20. bad12 21

    My politician(s) of the year award has to go to those members of the Labour Party who pushed for and guided through the Conference the changes to the Labour Constitution,

    Although my belief is that the ‘trigger’ for a leadership vote should rest with the members at the annual conference and that Cabinet positions should also be voted upon by the membership at the same time the changes made recently were a massive step in the right direction….

  21. bad12 22

    The ‘we have our s**t together why havn’t you lot’ award has to go to the Green Party, while all the other Party’s in the Parliament have spent the year dancing around on one foot with the other firmly placed in their own ear-holes the Greens have resolutely failed to offer up internal scandals and instead stuck to the basics of evidence based opposition,

    Such staunch adherence to the party principles and policy should see them well rewarded in 2014…

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    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
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