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Broken Promise No. 1

Written By: - Date published: 5:02 pm, November 29th, 2011 - 68 comments
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Wow!  In what must be a record for broken promises, National have on Day 1 of government delivered a letter to Forest and Bird that they will renege on their promise of public consultation before allowing mining on public conservation land.

Denniston will be mined, without the public having a say.

Biodiversity and conservation values be damned.  Good to see Kate Wilkinson standing up for her portfolio again…

68 comments on “Broken Promise No. 1”

  1. vto 1

    Well you know what to do don’t you… forget all this rearguard action whereby one waits for some giant business to make such an application and then fight it. What you need to do is make those applications to mine yourself – and then not mine it. Beat the giant businesses to the resource and tie it up. Play the game straight back at them. Another similar ploy is to apply for a resource consent over mining land for some innocuous activity thereby locking it up. Think people think. And you had better be quick because the re-election of this lot will see ALL businesses in NZ eyeing up a massive opportunity to get all sorts of things through which may not normally make it. (I am).

    • TheReal Bob 1.1

      Coromandel Watchdog for info on mining , the Crown Minerals Act and the MED don’t just hand out Exploration , prospecting and Mining licenses unless you are going to work them. A statement of the proposed work programme13 that provides an overview of how the permit area will be worked that includes –
      a) the size, nature, extent, and siting of the proposed mining operations;
      b) the proposed mining methods to be used;
      c) the proposed mining and production schedule;
      d) the expected production and long-term mining scheme for the mineable resource; A statement of the proposed work programme13 that provides an overview of how the permit area will be worked that includes –
      a) the size, nature, extent, and siting of the proposed mining operations;
      b) the proposed mining methods to be used;
      c) the proposed mining and production schedule;
      d) the expected production and long-term mining scheme for the mineable resource;
      e) the proposed start date for production;
      f) any proposed prospecting or exploration work in relation to the permit area;
      g) the proposed expenditure under the permit; and
      h) if applicable, the point of valuation for royalty purposes.
      e) the proposed start date for production;
      f) any proposed prospecting or exploration work in relation to the permit area;
      g) the proposed expenditure under the permit; and
      h) if applicable, the point of valuation for royalty purposes.

      I think the bigger bulldozer may work …..

      • vto 1.1.1

        Yes Bob I realise that. But you lie down too easily. This is what the right rely on a lot of the time – a lack of balls in those opposing. And a lack of smarts too. Think about my point – there are all sorts of things that can be investigated that can stall and halt such projects as mines and dams etc…

        Areas to examine – DOC concessions, resource consents, mining applications, land ownership (there are always small ‘keys’ which are vital to a project), water conservation orders, resource control (think what is needed to mine – access, water, etc). For example, you outline a whole list of items to be satisfied before a mining licence will be granted but fail to consider how those could be satisfied and yet still stymie a mine.

        Look, this approach is exactly what industry competitors do – think the supermarkets and their approaches to competition who do all of the above and show absolutely no remorse for acting in such a manner. You lot should do the same. Sure, line up the bulldozers, but also attack the entire structure of the planned operation.

      • insider 1.1.2

        Prospecting licences are given to all sorts of companies with no capacity to exploit any resources found. They are speculative ventures and can cover vast areas of land or sea. Most end up in nothing, so don’t expect the bulldozers soon.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1

          And the reason for not allowing public consultation during this early stage is…?

          • insider 1.1.2.1.1

            I wouldn’t expect a public consultation over a prospecting licence. Most of the time it is small scale work preliminary work – maybe a small bore drill hole or excavation to test theories about the geology. you wouldn’t do an open cast prospecting – that is full on production.

            Have you ever been to Denniston? It’s a highly modified landscape which still has active coal mining. Great views on a nice day though. From memory the whole plateau was stripped of vegetation by the early settlers. It;s a bit of a moonscape now. Course they could be planning a mine in another part from the existing mines and old settlements. It’s a big area.

  2. vto 2

    Plus, get in front of the bulldozers…. with your own bigger bulldozers.

  3. Tom Gould 3

    Can this be correct, that Wilkinson deliberately lied and had her officials hold back the announcement until after the election, after she had burgled he Waimakariri seat? Surely that would be corrupt?

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Vto is on fire :D

  5. Roy 5

    National broke a promise? I’m trying really hard to feel the faintest sense of surprise, but I can’t do it…

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Thing is, National broke the promise a long time ago, covered it up and acted like nothing was wrong, and only when it was too late for anyone to do a thing about it, tell the NZ public.

  6. ghostwhowalksnz 6

    She probably all ready knows she will get a promotion and hand over the job to someone else.

    Guess what , their reaction will be ” Nothing to do with Me”

    A long National Party tradition of moving mid to low ranking ministers around so as to deflect criticism of their decisions.

    But of course in her new job, Wilkinson should be asked “Are you trustworthy”

    Then the other tactic is to refuse all interviews , other than walkups where they do all the talking

  7. tc 7

    Mine it, drill it, sell it…..here we go as akshully I’ve got a mandate says sideshow john.

    It’s with my business rountable backers and guess what NZild….you pick up the tab….bubbles and expensive scotch all round, another 3 years yippee kiyay mo fo’s.

    Using the looky over there at labour ploy, no don’t look at us were not up to anything….well not much that matters to us that is.

  8. Wham bam thank you Mam! The first foreign dick up NZ’s ass! MAny more to follow, I’m sure.

  9. Jackal 9

    Meanwhile the MSM joke about trivia that is meaningless… like there are no real stories to report. The Natz and their overseas corporate masters gloat and our environment is going to be royally fucked over. 1% Pure New Zealand.

  10. uke 10

    The Standard could use the title of this post as a running template, maybe?
     
    Keep all the broken promises nicely tabulated.

    • Dv 10.1

      That is good idea.
      And add a source to the quote wher the promise was made.

    • lprent 10.2

      Not a bad idea. We aren’t that good at running series except when r0b does it…

      Which reminds me, I have to do the cron OpenMike etc..

      • Dv 10.2.1

        ANd also a record of when the the relevant minister doesnt front up, like Wilkinson di to checkpoint.

    • Deadly_NZ 10.3

      The problem there, is that in 3 years of mismanagement how big do you think the number will get to, May have to add the Calculators fall back E

  11. newsense 11

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10769439

    Having a massive laugh.

    Who are the EDS? Say they’ve been around for a while. The Nats have an appalling record on the environment and this latest thumbing your nose at democracy is just another example.

    • tc 11.1

      dunno who they are but getting large exposure in granny makes me suspicious that we suddenly hear from them after the election with a message that sort of frames the greens as if it’s up to them to make things happen…..who is in gov’t exactly ?

      • Tigger 11.1.1

        National killed ACT and the Maori Party. Greens are next up.

        I saw this post and just laughed. Just the start. We told you so.

        • Reality Bytes 11.1.1.1

          I think the opposite will happen, National are going to be the best promotional vehicle ever for the Greens at the rate they’re going. If National’s antics stay true to form over the next few years they will only serve to provide the Greens with even more relevance, seats and influence come 2014.

  12. Nate 12

    Makes me rather pissed off to be moving to Kaiapoi now… Will still do it and make sure to fight the bitch any way I can…

  13. how low 13

    This govt actions are like the stories you hear about drug dealers they dont care about the people they rob they just want the money to pay for their extravagant lifestyle and soothe their rotten consciences thats if they have one.

    • Campbell Larsen 13.1

      Corrupt and self serving politicians and governments do far more damage to countries than drug dealers ever could. On top of this they have the gall to pretend to be serving the people. In comparison the drug dealer looks like an honest businessman.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.1

        Its the politicians who are in cahoots with the investment banksters who are the real problem.

        • vto 13.1.1.1

          That’s right CV, and on that note, can someone explain why the government needs to engage an investment bank or two to sell the state assets? I mean, the government could easily do it solo – it’s not as if the demand is not going to be there – and save the taxpayers about $100 million.

          Why the need for an investment bank or two to sell the state assets? Anyone?

  14. Craig Kendrick 14

    Is anybody really surprised, ladies and gentlemen we are now living in fascist capitalistic dictatorship for the next 3 years.

    • mike 15.1

      lprent as well as the Broken Promises Series how about a running tally of “National minister declined to speak to us/was too busy/said the message didn’t get through/said her dog ate our invitation/could not be reached about X issue.” Maybe a wee digital counter under the ads on the right.

    • Hami Shearlie 15.2

      Busy doing what exactly? At a beginners class learning how to lie and not get caught? Maybe she was out line-dancing? Or maybe “mine”-dancing – that’s where you dance around every question put to you about the dangers of mining in nz, especially Pike River questions! Why do I always expect her to be chewing a piece of straw and wearing chaps!

  15. mac1 16

    The point that comes to me is how will the Greens react to a broken promise on a well-publicised area. It seems that firstly, it’s a signal as to how arrogant this 2nd Nact government will be, secondly it’s a tester for the Greens (and the rest of us) as to their (our) spine and spleen, and thirdly it’s a warning that promises mean nothing.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      I can’t remember a time when National ever made a promise that it wasn’t planning to break.

      • mac1 16.1.1

        It does add to your credibility, Draco T, when you run your psychopathy angle, that the Nactoids act psychopathically, or is it ‘dinimically?” by breaking promises- without even bothering to front the media. Accountability? Not in the lexicon.

        • mike 16.1.1.1

          To the psychopath the fact that people will give them what they want and all they have to do is say “I promise X”, is greatly amusing. Promises are just things they say to get what they want.

          One might well think, “but no one could get away with repeatedly breaking promises,” but it’s not that simple. The psychopath has manipulation tactics for days without the boundaries of shame, regret, guilt, and fear like silly ‘normal’ people have. Divide and conquer, poison the well, deny, lie, claim the moral high ground, scare tactics, etc. He doesn’t need everyone to fall for it, just the ones that are useful. The rest can say what they want, he’ll just label them uninformed, jealous, crazy, hysterical, negative, etc, and his audience will lap it up. When someone calls them on a lie, they turn it around on the doubter – “You didn’t keep that promise.” “We work in a dinamic environment.” See that? The issue is no longer that he didn’t keep his promise, it’s about YOU not fully appreciating the subtleties of the situation. Maybe YOU should consider more carefully before YOU make attacking insinuations like that.

          When they are done destroying your life, and taking what they want, they will stand there like they are beyond reproach, tell you that the disasters that have happened to you since they arrived were someone else’s fault, bad luck, or most likely, your own fault. Then it will be “Akshully, I’m leaving now, have a nice life.”

          That’s a psychopath. The vast majority are not deranged serial killers any more than the vast majority of basketball players are NBA Allstars. The vast majority are living normal(ish) lives pretending that they are just like you. Their dream job is one where they get to fuck people over by using their unbridled manipulation skills. That you are stupid enough to fall for it, just proves to them that they are smart, you are dumb, and that you deserve it for being so weak.

      • Fermionic Interference 16.1.2

        asset sales?? Though not a useful promise at that and they have flubbed and bulled on about how it was needed to paydown debt but now it’s just a big money scramble

  16. Dv 17

    As all the voted are not counted, and parliament is dissolved, what authority do they have to do such stuff at the moment?

    • Carol 17.1

      There’s a parliamentary manual providing guidelines for the operation of a caretaker goernment while a government is being negotiated.

  17. Uturn 19

    A while ago, Richard Prebble wrote a book called, I’ve Been Thinking. In it he talks about how he pushed through a number of changes in NZ during the Rogernomics era. He outlines his M.O. and one of the points was to proceed faster than the puclic could react: he thought then that not taking the people with you was beneficial. He thought a nation was a private company and he was the biggest businessman in it. He was wrong. Not only did his government end, but so did Helen Clark’s, whose main problem was that they too travelled too fast for the public to follow willingly – though this time over social issues. These two politicians had different aims but both fell prey to the weakness of hubris. It shows it is a truth for our political environment.

    John Key and friends are about to make the same mistake. They will lie and cheat and sell off whatever they want and push faster than ever to their ends. But they’ll not be voted in again. A private company is not democratic. A nation removes arrogant managers with glee. I look forward to the day when NZ once again has politicians – those who understand a nation is not a business, that the economy is not all there is – instead of bored captains of industry and wannabe’s playing corporate games.

    • Fotran 19.1

      Helen broke a Constitutional subject, without consultation, by abolishing the Privy Council.
      Denniston is not a Constitutional subject, but an Environmental one, which can be changed by Parliamentary law. Privy Council should have been debated and probably referended, but was unilaterally changed with no consultation.

      • lprent 19.1.1

        FFS: You’d have to have been a dim, deaf or not very interested.

        There were decades of consultations amongst the people who knew what in the hell it was being used for. Lawyers, judges, and parliamentarians. I first ran across some of the arguments in the debate when I did my first law paper at the University of Waikato in 1980. And that was in the management school. The debate was very old then. It continued forever after that.

        The problem that you nostalgia freaks always seem to not understand was that the Privy Council was a working part of our system that was failing. They didn’t particularly want to allocate time to us, which is why the delays to get a case accepted to be heard there kept increasing into decades. The system was slowly collapsing under the delays. That long debate eventually came to a pretty general agreement amongst participants – grudging by some, enthusiastic by others.

        If you were so disinterested in the issue to have not gotten involved in at least one of the decades, then that is your fault for ignoring it. If you participated then I guess you were lousy at arguing. But don’t start whining to us….

        Based on your inarticulate moaning in the comment, my personal bet is that you don’t even understand what the issues were.

    • BLiP 19.2

      Never read Prebble’s book – couldn’t quite suspend reality long enough to get past the title. Roger Douglas echoed the sentiment in regard to moving quickly. He wrote:

      Do not try to advance one step at a time. Define your objectives clearly and move towards them in quantum leaps.

      It is uncertainty, not speed, that endangers the success of structural reform programmes. Speed is an essential ingredient in keeping uncertainty – (read opposition) – to the lowest possible level.

      Once the programme begins to be implemented, don’t stop until you have completed it. The fire of opponents is much less accurate if they have to shoot at a rapidly moving target.

      * Brian Easton in “The Commercialisation of New Zealand”; pp 80-81.

      A neo-liberal bltizkrieg upon the public purse. The added advantage National Ltd™ has this term is the potential to flavour the caper with a smidgeon of Shock Doctrine with the impending collapse of the Euro or even, God help us all, an imperialist venture into Iran.

  18. 11. What has the government agreed to, and why?

    The government has agreed in principle BLAH BLAH BLAH…

    http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/publications/media-release/government-ramps-mining-agenda-on-first-day-back-in-office

    You got to have principles to start with otherwise it’s just more weasly words.

    Brownlee needs to sort his mining shit out and own the Pike river tragedy, otherwise…

    the Huntly East Coal Mine is a “time bomb” after explosive levels of gas were found while 40 men were working underground earlier this month.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6058526/Deadly-gas-threatens-Huntly-miners

    • vto 20.1

      Yep, piss poor on a deadly scale.

      This bunch of killer wankers can’t even set up and run the existing mining sector in NZ without allowing men to be killed and yet here they are on day 1 moving to allow more new mines.

      Deadly money-grubbing bastards.

      • Bored 20.1.1

        I weep for our slice of the planet.What is it these humans who do the organizing and the actual work destroying environments don’t get about destroying our planet? We all have to live here, us, the microbes, birds, you name it. Fuckwits.

      • pollywog 20.1.2

        eh !

        it’s bullshit that the Ministry for Energy and Resources runs a safety team to oversee electricity and gas but not mines, yet mining comes under Energy and Resources/Economic Development and if ever safety needed to be monitored for gas and electricity it’s in mines.

        Energy Safety in the Business Services Branch of the Ministry of Economic Development monitors and encourages compliance with the laws relating to energy safety. Energy Safety achieves this by working with both the general public and industry to create an environment in which:

        * people and property are safeguarded from the dangers of gas and electricity
        *gas and electrical appliances, installations, electricity supply and generating systems are safe
        * the quality and measurement of gas and electricity is maintained.

        http://www.med.govt.nz/templates/StandardSummary____49.aspx

        …apply those 3 bullet points to Pike river and say Brownlee oversaw his portfolio properly and I’ll give you 29 dead good reasons why it’s bullshit.

        Any which way you look at it, Gerry the Hut needs to get his fat slug of an arse into gear and sort this shit out !!!

        No fuckin use passing the safety buck to Wilkinson at the Dept of Labour she’s just a muppet and Parata deputising for the Hut is just as bad. Probably too worried about which shoes go best with safety orange for the photo op.

        But seriously, this is about what i’d expect from a woodwork teacher turned eatarse career politician turned fat fucking Minister for Useless Cunts !!!

        • insider 20.1.2.1

          The ESS is about making sure your toaster doesn’t electrocute you and your gas fire doesn’t poison you. They are like the regulatory arm of Consumer. One of their big achievements last year was Producing stickers with safety and health information targeted at users of cabinet heaters…

          They are not involved in the primary production end of energy safety.

          • pollywog 20.1.2.1.1

            Here insider…

            Let me rearraange the words and apply it to Pike river so it’s unequivocal where i think the blame ultimately lies for that tragedy.

            The Ministry of Economic Development monitors and encourages Energy Safety (It) achieves this by working with both the general public and industry to create an environment in which gas and electrical appliances, installations, electricity supply and generating systems as it relates to the quality and measurement of gas and electricity monitoring equipment in Pike river are in compliance with the laws relating to energy safety such that people and property are safeguarded from the dangers of gas and electricity lest they be blown up and buried.

            That didn’t happen on Gerry Brownlee, as Minister for Energy and Resources/Economic Development’s watch.

            I’d be keen to know what reports he got off Whittal on just how tickety boo things were going at Pike River before…BLAAADOW !!!

            …like i bet he knew exactly how much revenue it was generating for the state coffers and his mining buddies

            Now, as if the fat fuck hasn’t learnt anything, he’s sitting back and letting it happen again at Huntly !!!

  19. Flashmob at Parlie this week, anybody?

  20. LibertyFTW 22

    It seems to me like every single one of you have (legitimate) gripes with the Government.

    All of you agree that the Government has been corrupted and used as a tool for the elite to exploit NZ and her peoples.

    Why is it that you believe that, if only your side was in power, everything would be merry and great? Why are none of you concerned about expansion of this centralized force (something both National and Labour support) ?

    If it is being used against you, exploiting your nation and your people, why do you think that a simple shift of the people running the show will magically solve all the problems which exist?

    Is there any single person in here who supports a small government with extremely limited power*?

    Are any of you familiar with the political situation in the U.S? (I do not ask this in a condescending way).

    Do any of you agree that power needs to be de-centralized? Can you not see how centralized power is the source of the problem? Do you really need a large, ever expanding force to control your life? A force that has the capability to send people with guns to lock you up in a box for the rest of your life? Can you not see how a large state is utopian from the perspective of powerful, corrupt individuals?

    *ACT party do not and have never supported this ideology, they corrupt the NZ peoples perception of the libertarian philosophy / ideology and are as pro-state as the rest of them.

    • pollywog 22.1

      Do any of you agree that power needs to be de-centralized? Can you not see how centralized power is the source of the problem? Do you really need a large, ever expanding force to control your life? A force that has the capability to send people with guns to lock you up in a box for the rest of your life? Can you not see how a large state is utopian from the perspective of powerful, corrupt individuals?

      Quick now, get on the phone within the next 10 minutes and for just four easy instalments of $199 I’ll give you the answers.

      But wait…that’s not all !

      I’ll also throw in a set of steak knives at no extra cost and if you’re not totally satisfied within 24 hours I’ll refund your money, no questions asked.

      You have my personal guarantee

      *certain terms and conditions may apply.*

    • One Anonymous Bloke 22.2

      Yeah, because for nigh on 40,000 years, humans had “decentralised power” and wow it was amazing, a real utopia, everything was great.

  21. LibertyFTW 23

    Pollywog, i think you misunderstand what de-centralized power means. Centralized power is consistent with one entity professing to have all the knowledge and the answers. Decentralized power is the collective input of everyone making the choices.

    The irony is that you, as a statist, are the one claiming to have all the knowledge and answers and you are supportive of using the state to enforce your beliefs onto me. This is unethical and aggressive.

    OAM: It is obvious that your knowledge of history is very limited. Ignoring the ridiculous, grossly irrelevant number you pulled out of thin air (hint: 40,000 years ago is much deeper in the past than you think), produce a citation please. I do not blame you, or think of you as a fool to hold your belief, the state has preconditioned people to be complacent.

    Do either of you pay any attention whatsoever to the political and economic situation in the U.S? The state has grown so large and is so heavily corrupted that people like Hank Paulson (and his fellow Goldman Sachs cronies) are stealing from the people in broad daylight.

    Lastly, why are you two so quick to adopt a strategy of attacking the messenger? Are you slightly insecure about your beliefs? Why don’t you produce some substance to support your positions?

    • pollywog 23.1

      Lastly, why are you two so quick to adopt a strategy of attacking the messenger? Are you slightly insecure about your beliefs? Why don’t you produce some substance to support your positions?

      Sure i’ll answer your questions but firstly… Where do i send the invoice ?

  22. LibertyFTW 24

    I would also like to hear your position on economic theory, namely Keynesian economics.

    Are you aware of concepts like boom/bust cycles, price signals, market distortion etc?

    Do you think that the accumulation of capital is zero-sum (in that if you gain $1, someone out there lost $1) ?

    Historically speaking, what has been the main force behind prosperity and innovation? Do you think its central planners (Government) ?

    • McFlock 24.1

      just another freaking moron ranting off-topic.
       
      I’ll chip in and answer this one, though: ” Historically speaking, what has been the main force behind prosperity and innovation? Do you think its central planners (Government)”
        
      Yup – more specifically, passive and outright warfare has been the initial practical application of probably every major technological advance going back to the wheel/axle combination.
       
       

  23. LibertyFTW 25

    Lol, are you seriously stating that war is what has taken us from living off the land to the society we live in today. You seriously view war as what has brought humanity from out of the caves and into modern homes? So i guess you are supportive of war, encourage it and rejoice when you hear about it on the news?

    What is your position on economics? Do you think property rights are ethical? Do you think that everything should be owned by everyone?

    Yeah, anyone who might come up with an opposing position to yours is a “just another freaking moron”. Can you objectively see how this makes you appear to be irrational?

    Are you aware of concepts like boom/bust cycles, price signals, market distortion etc?

    Do you think that the accumulation of capital is zero-sum (in that if you gain $1, someone out there lost $1) ?

    • McFlock 25.1

      Do you guys read the dr seuss edition of socratic dialogues?
        
      You missed a bit. You ask a question (generally heavily weighted to provoke a naive answer), I provide said answer, you provide a devastating reduction of said answer into absurdity using examples and pure logic. I then have an opportunity to retort.
       
      Just laughing at the answer and asking a whole bunch more idiot questions isn’t so much socratic as infantile. And you confuse “recognising an historic cause-effect relationship” with “liking that cause and not preferring another”.
       
      Oh – many people who disagree with me are not freaking morons. It is a title that is earned. Objectivists get honourable membership based on every previous objectivist I’ve encountered being a freaking  moron. Deal with it.

    • mike 25.2

      LibertyFTW

      1. Your style is condescending. Pollywog was satirizing your style and gave no political stance at all, yet you magically deduced (decided) it.

      You assume that ‘we’ all believe the same thing –

      “Why is it that you believe that, if only your side was in power, everything would be merry and great?” (citation needed)

      “Why are none of you concerned about…”

      “Is there any single person in here who …”

      People don’t like it when you put them all in the same box and tell them what they do and not don’t believe.

      “Are any of you familiar with the political situation in the U.S?” You come on a political blog and ask an absurdly open-ended question like this? Be more specific.

      There are plenty of people here familiar with the concept of libertarianism.

      2. State your case – make an argument. Don’t just post a bunch of discussion questions as if people are obliged to enter into a Platonic dialogue with you. Lose the long list of rhetorical questions, it can seem confrontational and arrogant. Look at the responses you got.

      You are the one who needs to produce some substance, and a position for that matter.

      3. Your posts have nothing to do with the OP. There is a discussion forum called “Open Mike” on this website where you can invite discussion on any subject you like.

      4. Use the “reply” button.

    • Colonial Viper 25.3

      Do you think that the accumulation of capital is zero-sum (in that if you gain $1, someone out there lost $1) ?

      Oh you forgot to mention that almost every $1 in circulation in the global economy today is based on the issuance of interest bearing debt.

      So its not about someone “losing” a dollar when someone else hoards a dollar. It is about increasing the rate at which debt cannot be paid back and hence the rate of insolvency (financial failure) in the economy.

      • LibertyFTW 25.3.1

        Well then your beef is not with free market capitalism but government influenced corruption.

        I apologize if i have come across as condescending (reading the posts i can see how i have) but the “as long as Labour are in power everything is GOOOOOD” meme pisses me off. I will refrain from commenting from now on.

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    Last week the US announced a new bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Its hard to see how bombing will do any good (except for US defence contractors), and easy to see how it will cause blowback. To...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe
    Dear David,I want to first congratulate you on the campaign you ran. You gave it your all, and did well in the debates. I was deeply disappointed in the result that Labour got on September 20th - but I’m sure...
    Public Address | 30-09
  • Long run or short season for David Cunliffe?
    When you’ve read this short post have a look at the interview below with David Cunliffe on last night’s Campbell Live .  But first,  if you haven’t done so already, please  read my previous post on the ex Labour leader, titled...
    Brian Edwards | 30-09
  • Seaworthy ships and stormy seas – PPTA annual conference 2014
    30 September 2014 Pirates, privateers, seaworthy ships and stormy seas all featured in PPTA president Angela Roberts' nautically themed opening speech to the association's annual conference this morning. Describing the political context PPTA ventures out into as "often stormy and...
    PPTA | 30-09
  • Key admits exiling people without trial
    Back in February, we learned that John Key had responded to the "threat" of people travelling to Syria to participate in its civil war by cancelling their passports. This was done without any sort of due process or review, let...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Reflections on Melbourne and Sydney
    2014 was an auspicious year. Whether by cosmic alignment or fickle chance, Easter Monday and Anzac Day fell in the same week, and I was able to shoot off to Melbourne and Sydney for ten days with only three days...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • The “Pacific solution” devolves into rape and child abuse
    Australia's "Pacific solution" of imprisoning refugees in remote gulags in an effort to pschologically torture them into going home has turned into a catalogue of horrors: neglect, beatings and rapes, torture, and murder. And now they've got a new one:...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    David Cunliffe formally resigns today, setting up a head-to-head battle between him and Grant Robertson, although there’s still a chance that David Shearer, Andrew Little and/or Stuart Nash might throw their hat(s) into the ring. As the Labour MPs arrived for...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    ...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Th Austerity Disaster and its impact – Lessons for New Zealand? (Fro...
    Europe’s Austerity Disaster29/09/2014 by Joseph StiglitzJoseph Stiglitz“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • The Damage Fallacies of Neo-Liberal economics cause
    The on-going and recent scandals (Judith Collins & Oravida, Maurice Williamson & Donghua Lui, John Key & Dirty Politics....)  in New Zealand that have swirled around the neo-liberal National Party government of Key, supported by the discredited political parties of...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • Changing Leaders Will Not Be Enough
    Trial By Ordeal: The techniques of the Seventeenth Century Witchfinders-General might be preferable to the process Labour has adopted to uncover the reasons for its woeful performance in the 2014 General Election. It's a pity the Party has not allowed...
    Bowalley Road | 29-09
  • Starting a constructive conversation on the future of the Treaty of Waitang...
    To learn more about our upcoming Treaty project click here...
    Gareth’s World | 29-09
  • Gillard on NZ Labour
    I arrived in Australia a month after Tony Abbott had been elected Prime Minister, a week after Bill Shorten had been elected Labor Leader and a month before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from Parliament. It quickly amazed me how...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil
    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations. And they are not...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-09
  • Auckland Transport Early October Board Meeting
    The Auckland Transport board meeting is on Thursday and below are sections from the various reports that caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the huge number of items on the closed agenda with 18 specific items for decision/approval or...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Labour not “part of the communities we live in”
    Labour leadership aspirant Grant Robertson told a blunt truism to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand the Monday after the election. “Politics has to be about more than elections,” he said. “It has to about being part of the communities...
    Colin James | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • “Unless you can perform miracles, it’s time to go David”
    To be honest, I haven’t really had time to keep up with the volumes that has already been written regarding the (current lack of) leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party. One piece that has however caught my eye is...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • How sustainable is New Zealand?
    Behavioural economics is not a complete theory but it demonstrates that we are not the economic rational being usually assumed in economics theory. One of the most troubling divergences is that we make time-inconsistent decisions so our short run choices...
    Pundit | 29-09
  • The Labour leadership meltdown continues
    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The Labour leadership meltdown continues
    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the farcical elevation of David Seymour
    With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple...
    Gordon Campbell | 29-09
  • Bike to the Future
    Bike to the Future. 28 September 2014. Photo: Tamara Josephine. The wunderkinds at Generation Zero put on a great event yesterday. Part celebration, part protest, the Bike to the Future event was attended by about 400 (500?) people, including young...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Peter Williams – Hero of the Week
    There are not many lawyers who I respect. However, that's not the case with Peter Williams, who is clearly one of the good guys.Not only has this highly experienced Queen's Council worked tirelessly to uphold the law, he has also...
    The Jackal | 29-09
  • Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands
    Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies....
    Hot Topic | 29-09
  • Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?
     Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?If so, will they be better equipped than they were in Afghanistan? In the following clip we see John Key reassuring  the nation after five New Zealand soldiers were killed...
    Arch Rival | 29-09
  • The question will only go away if we let it – please like & share thi...
    After only a few years in parliament, a relative newcomer to politics, John Philip Key became the leader of the National party of New Zealand.  He was subsequently elected the Prime Minister of New Zealand on 8 November 2008 and...
    Politically Corrected | 29-09
  • Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review”
    In  Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent” I promised to review the anti-fluoridationist “International Peer Review.” This is Anti-fluoride  critique of the recent review Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of the Scientific Evidence produced by the Royal Society of NZ together with the Office...
    Open Parachute | 29-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #35 A Corner to Remeber
    35: A Corner to Remember   Flatiron Building c1917 What if a flatiron building could rise on every forgotten corner? Continuing the series on forgotten spaces, the corner site at the bottom of Anzac Avenue where it meets Customs Street...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • A model for unaccountability
    National signed its confidence and supply agreement with ACT today. The headline news is that David Seymour get more patronage from National, in the form of being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister of Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • TEU elections returning officer’s report – national president and vice-...
    National President: The result of the ballot which closed at 5.00pm on Friday 26 September is that Sandra Grey has been elected as National President Te Tumu Whakarae for the 2015 and 2016 term. Vice Presidents: The results of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • TEU elects Sandra Grey president
    TEU members have voted Dr Sandra Grey to return as their national president for the next two years. Grey, who was previously president during 2011-2012, is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington in social and public policy. Grey’s...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • Labour’s Review: Terms of Reference Agreed
    Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result.  The review will comprise three elements - a review of Labour's 2014 General...
    Labour campaign | 29-09
  • Pissing on the OIA
    So, not only do our police juke the stats; they also deliberately flout the OIA to cover up evidence of their crime:A damning internal police document has emerged that appears to show senior officers discussed not releasing embarrassing details about...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • New Fisk
    It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • May the best candidate win
    Over the weekend, David Cunliffe bowed to the inevitable and resigned to seek a new mandate from his party. Good. After such an election loss, its appropriate that a party leader accepts responsibility. At the same time, they may still...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • The importance of housing choices in cities
    Good cities should provide choices to their inhabitants. Any big (or small!) city is composed of a variety of people with various preferences, needs, and budgets. Look around you: Aucklanders are a bloody diverse bunch, and we’re getting more so...
    Transport Blog | 28-09
  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic
    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 28-09
  • Letter to the editor – “An Alarmed World” according to The Listener
    . . This recent editorial from”The Listener”  is not one I ever thought I’d see… . . My response… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Listener <letters@listener.co.nz> date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The editor...
    Frankly Speaking | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand is heartened by the strong response to the inappropriate use of bikini-clad girls at a technology expo....
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet
    Lisa Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto
    Lisa Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Prime Time on Labour
    Mike Smith - former General Secretary of the NZ Labour Party Jim McAloon, Assoc Prof, Victoria University of Wellington History Department (currently writing official history of the Labour Party) Rob Salmond, consultant to Labour Leader's office and...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
    Saturday 27 September 2014 | One million people voted for National in last week’s election. Another million didn’t vote at all. In Kia Korero Mai this week, Eru Morgan talks to political commentator Henare Kingi about the figures and what...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • On The Nation this weekend: Labour, National, The Media
    This weekend on The Nation… Labour’s had its worst election result in 92 years, so what happens next? We’ll talk to former Labour president Jim Anderton, CTU president Helen Kelly, and tech entrepreneur and past donor Selwyn Pellett about the...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
    The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific Advisory Group, met for the first time this week, to develop a disaster response plan for the upcoming Pacific cyclone season, which is forecast to be severe....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Teachers support PM’s call for solutions to child poverty
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to hear that the Prime Minister is calling for new ideas to address child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • First batch of household protection kits arrives in Liberia
    Kits containing protective gear will equip a network of community-based Ebola care centres nationwide...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty
    The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has thanked retiring National MP Dr Paul Hutchison for his work to reduce child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Bag snatch hero deserves a medal – McVicar
    The Justice Spokesman for the Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, is calling for the woman known as the bag-snatch hero to be awarded a medal for bravery....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Police Remembrance Day
    This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect. Police Remembrance Day falls on...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Affordable Auckland Attacks Creeping Apartheid
    Affordable Auckland Leader Stephen Berry is disturbed by developments increasing the number of local body regions choosing racially based representation. The Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils already have Maori wards, while New Plymouth...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dairy Strategy Proving to be a Disaster
    The intensification of the dairy industry is proving to be a disaster, says SAFE. This comes after the forecast 2015 milk price payout was cut 12% by Fonterra this week. “Last year, the government effectively gave the green light for...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Where Next for the Left?
    26 September 2014 A discussion of the post-election prospects for radicals, facilitated by Fightback. 6pm | Monday 28th September | 19 Tory St [ Facebook event ]...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
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