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CTU Secretary selected for Maungakiekie

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, May 3rd, 2008 - 49 comments
Categories: election 2008, labour - Tags: , , , ,

CTU Secretary Carol Beaumont is set for a change of career later this year. She’s been selected as the Labour candidate for the safe Auckland seat of Maungakiekie currently held by Mark Gosche.

As we know, Mark is standing for the list only this year, in order to spend more time with his family and Carol would be damn unlucky not to enter Parliament after the election. Mark Gosche currently holds the seat with a 6450 majority and a healthy Labour vote of 15,484.

49 comments on “CTU Secretary selected for Maungakiekie”

  1. Santi 1

    What a surprise! Another unionist running for office under the wings of the socialist Labour Party.

    For all to see here the growing influence of future party president and stalwart unionist, Andrew Little?

  2. Ted 2

    Even you guys must admit this is going to be an interesting race. National has selected a great candidate, Sam Lotu-liga (he’s definitely an improvement on Paul Goldsmith) who could put Maungakiekie in contention.

  3. Santi – I’ve just done a quick count and I can only think of one EPMU official who has entered parliament in the last 20 years. I lost count of the number of lawyers though. I guess that means the law society is pushing its covert socialist agenda…

  4. AncientGeek 4

    Great! Another unionist running for office under the wings of the worker friendly Labour Party.

    Another predictable line from Santi. A balanced perspective on life and politics. Yawn.

    From what I know of her, Carol will make a great MP

  5. AncientGeek 5

    Ted: From what I remember Carol is a pretty good organiser. I don’t think she will be idle. It is a sizeable majority to cut for the opposition.

  6. Tane 6

    Carol is an excellent operator who will be a great addition to the Labour team, and to Parliament.

    Just last week she wiped the floor with poor old Phil O’Reilly on Morning Report, and it was painful. Definitely future cabinet material there.

    And Santi, just so you’re not so surprised next time a Labour candidate comes out of the organised labour, here’s a hint – that word ‘labour’, it’s in the name.

  7. Clearly Labour has fallen below the mandatory 85% quota for union based candidates. Pretty embarrassing for Carol to just a token unionist filling up the quota.

  8. redbus 8

    Carol will be an excellent addition to Labours fourth term in government. Congrats!

  9. redbus 9

    oh, shut up, Whaleoil. It was a selection – she didn’t breeze in and suddenly get confirmed as the candidate. She was selected by the Labour members within the Maungakiekie electorate. Two members stood for that seat, the other wasn’t a union memeber.

  10. higherstandard 10

    Both Whale and red are incorrect – each to their own though

  11. Tane 11

    redbus, I wouldn’t bother with Whale. He’s too thick to make intelligent contributions, that’s why he has to rely on abuse, slander and photoshopping children’s heads onto gay porn.

    It’s worth noting though the hostility the right has to candidates who come from the union movement. This is after all New Zealand’s largest democratic organisation with 370,000 members – for the right to think that workers and their representatives should have no voice in our democracy says a lot about their lack of respect for ordinary people.

    Of course, I don’t think running union candidates for Labour or any other party is always the best way to improve conditions for workers. But Carol is a good candidate in her own right and she’ll make a valuable contribution.

  12. AncientGeek 12

    Tane: You’re right. That was a good interview.

    Radio NZ interview with Carol Beaumont and Phil O’Rielly

  13. Hey Cameron. I was just having a look the liquidator’s report and it looks like a good part of the reason your company went under was failing to pay your GST. Oh and trading while insolvent? That’s pretty stupid. Just as well someone pulled you out of the shit. Was it daddy?

    I’ve got a few more things to look into Cameron and then I’ll be doing a post about you and your dealings. Failed businessman, failed campaigner, failed, failed, failed. Failure.

  14. East Wellington Superhero 14

    Tane,
    I just listed to the Radio NZ interview.
    Even if you use your imagination you can’t say she ‘wiped the floor’ with Phil O’Reily and that it was ‘painful’. Gimme a break.
    I find it funny that she was rattling off numbers about how bad things are in the economy and at the same time she’s a candidate for who…? The Party that’s been in government for the last decade. Hilarious.

  15. Well done, Carol will make an excellent addition to Labour’s caucus. Its important to refresh the team with people straight from the coal face, so that caucus doesn’t become simply the arena for professional political operatives as it did in the 1980s/early 1990s.

  16. Yay for Labour, Yay for Carol!

    She will be a fantastic electorate MP for the good people of Maungakiekie as well as a fantastic addition to the Labour caucus.

    Congrats!

  17. rjs131 17

    I am sure that she will live up to the excellence that previous high flying candidates with union backgrounds like Sue maroney, lesley soper, darien fenton and Taito Philip Field have made to parliament

  18. Taito Phillip Field might go from a Labour MP to a large prison cell.
    Hardly something to be proud about.

  19. redbus 19

    Why did you add Taito to that list? He’s no good.

  20. Ted 20

    Neither is Soper or Fenton. Moroney seems reasonably competent though.

    AncientGeek, she might be a hard worker but the Nats have a great candidate and are taking the seat more seriously than a lot of seats with sub6000 majorities. They’re also taking it far more seriously than they did in 2005 when they stood Paul Goldsmith of all people.

  21. Tane 21

    Ted, I don’t rate Soper but I think Fenton’s seriously underrated. She does a lot of good work and is very active, but doesn’t always get the credit she deserves.

  22. Ted 22

    Really? I must admit my experience of her is pretty limited. She took over the ‘LabourNorth’ office that was meant to cover everything north of the bridge (I live in Murray McCully’s electorate so this includes me) when Street and Hartley left.

    Since then she hasn’t really appeared at many events and hasn’t gotten any coverage in the local paper. It’s hard to do get invites and coverage as a list MP but her profile is lower than that of the two list MPs that preceded her.

    I hope you’re right when you say she does good work at a national level – I don’t really know, but in terms of I’ve found her local presence pretty weak.

  23. Tane 23

    Ted, all I’ve seen from Darien is the good work she’s done for workers’ rights behind the scenes. She’s not a high-flyer, but she puts her head down and gets a lot of work done, and whenever I’ve dealt with her I’ve been impressed. The same can’t always be said for other Labour union MPs.

    It’s only a guess on my part, but given she’s standing in the unwinnable seat of Helensville I’d say it’s probably not her top priority.

  24. burt 24

    Matt McCarten: Junior doctors deserve support from CTU – not back-stabbing

    Oh well, they sold their souls for political power and look – the real believers in workers rights are scoffing at them.

    I’m with Matt McCarten on this one.

  25. Tane 25

    So am I, as I said the other day.

  26. randal 26

    great thread for the contarians and the ‘angry’ people to have their say….go Carol!

  27. Santi 27

    A change of topic, if I’m allowed. You guys gloated and celebrated when the Liberals were soundly defeated in Australia, and lambasted John Howard all the way during the campaign.

    Any comments on the catastrophic defeat inflicted on the Labour Party in England this weekend?

    Or is it that left-wing losses do no count? :-)

  28. burt 28

    Santi

    Labour NZ played up the trend when UK Labour won pre the NZ 1999 election. I bet they can’t see any thing worthy of comparison now… it’s the other side of the world yada yada yada. Laughable.

  29. r0b 29

    Santi, Burt, I’ll tell you what’s “laughable” – critiquing posts before they’re written. Just how desperate is that?

    My 2c. The UK Labour party is currently Labour in name only and richly deserved the thrashing it just got. I only hope they read this as a great big wakeup call and get back to their roots.

    Whatever the similarities 9 years ago, today (especially post Iraq) the relevance to the NZ situation is zero.

  30. higherstandard 30

    rOb

    While I broadly agree with you the one striking similarity I see between the UK and NZ is both Labour’s seem to have lost touch with their constituency and seem to viewed by a large sector of the population as somewhat arrogant and dismissive of the general public.

  31. randal 31

    santi; another change of topic…whats shonkey johnkey going to do when he gets drubbed at this election?

  32. r0b 32

    striking similarity I see between the UK and NZ is both Labour’s seem to have lost touch with their constituency

    Spin spin spin. On what evidence (re the NZ case) would you base such a claim?

  33. higherstandard 33

    The PMs comment on this very site about being unaware of any change in personal freedom under her watch – she could have at least acknowledged the publics concerns regarding the EFB and the repeal of Sect 59 and spoken to peoples concerns.

    The you have the MP for Auckland Central arriving in the new BMW listening to her Ipod at a recent meeting – appearances are everything when many of the public are hurting.

    The are many many more examples

  34. r0b 34

    she could have at least acknowledged the publics concerns regarding the EFB and the repeal of Sect 59

    Well I must be as out of touch as the PM. Re the EFB – what concerns? Outside of Kiwiblog and the Herald, who really seemed to give a damn? (I walked past the EFA protesters at the Labour Party congress last month – all 8 of them I think). Re Sect 59 there might indeed be more genuine and more widespread concern, but if that is the case it belongs equally to Key and national, who voted for it as well. Is Key also out of touch?

    Re other minor examples, well puhlease. Are you seriously wanting to argue any equivalence with the extent to which the UK Labour Party has lost it’s way?

  35. higherstandard 35

    r0B

    I’m honestly not trying to wind you up but as a Labour party member you’ve just mirrored the exact behaviour I suggested or are you unaware of the 500 or so who just recently again turned out to protest the EFA in the Hawkes bay.

  36. randal 36

    the pubic dont give a damn about the EFB…they want to see the parties play fair and so far the Nats are the only ones squealing because they know they cant buy any more elections…mind you the public voted against them last time for their crooked dealings (the nats) with the eb’s.

  37. randal 37

    hs the hawke bay is a great place to be if you are a sheep…baaaaaaaaaah

  38. Anita 38

    Higherstandard,

    Is there any post match media coverage around? All I can find is a press release by Boscawen and a short piece by NewsTalkZB (which doesn’t seem to have any actual coverage of the march).

    I guess maybe the local rag on Monday?

  39. AncientGeek 39

    hs: I’m known as a Labour supporter so I usually get all of the moaning that people have about the government, especially at my rather right orientated workplace.

    I get discussion on s59, the northern busway, doctors strikes, health access, schools, petrol taxes, biofuels, tibet, etc. I get absolutely NOTHING on the EFA except on the blogs. It is a non-issue, as far as I can tell, even amongst the right-wing voters.

    When I’ve raised it, I get the distinct impression that people have no idea what the Herald is making such a fuss about.

    As much as I despise the polls as being inaccurate, you’d expect it to actually register there. Again it is way down in the list of things that people are concerned about.

    Why is it that I only hear about it on the blogs when people are talking?

  40. r0b 40

    I’m honestly not trying to wind you up but as a Labour party member you’ve just mirrored the exact behaviour I suggested

    Perhaps I would have, if there was significant public concern about this issue that I was callously ignoring. But there isn’t.

    or are you unaware of the 500 or so who just recently again turned out to protest the EFA in the Hawkes bay

    I was unaware actually, I guess I must have missed the extensive nation wide media coverage. I see that much was expected:
    http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3771254

    Thousands of people are expected to march in central Tauranga on Saturday to protest a controversial law that they believe crushes the right to free speech and democracy in New Zealand.

    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is rallying its 3500 Tauranga members and the community to pound the footpaths in opposition to the law that restricts the campaign spending of electoral parties and supporters.

    I see that very little was achieved – “500 or so”? – even in this National heartland (with how much spent by Boscawan spend on advertising for this one?).

    I see that the same weekend 10,000 or so turned out to the Bay of Plenty Times Home Show. I guess to the good people of BOP gracious living is 20 times more important than democracy.

    Sorry, I’m being a little facetious. I have been in real protest marches. I’ve marched with tens of thousands in Christchurch. I’ve marched with hundreds of thousands in London. I marched in one the 20 nation wide protests about the Iraq war on February 15 2003. I know what a protest that represents the voice of the people looks like. And they look rather busier than Boscawen’s events. I’m sorry, less than 20 people turning out at the premier opportunity to protest, the Labour Congress in Wellington? Voice of the people? Ummm, no.

  41. burt 41

    randal

    hs the hawke bay is a great place to be if you are a sheep baaaaaaaaaah

    It also seems to be a great place if you are friends with a minister and own a company that can take uncontested tenders from a DHB. Move on!

  42. Occasional Observer 42

    Carol Beaumont is going to have her clock wiped by Sam Lotu-Iiga. Hard for a carpet-bagging union hack to even come close to making it a competition.

  43. AncientGeek 43

    There was a good set of interviews on Focus on Politics on the national program (that bastion of propaganda according to Dean).

    Once we got past the predicable whinging by Bill English, and defense by Annette King. It started to get down to people at the coalfaces. Helena Catt in particular was talking about the effect on her office at the Electoral Commission.

    What it highlighted for me again was the problems with doing legislation in our short electoral cycle.

    From what I understand work was started on the EFB about the middle of 2006 because of the grey areas that had been found in the existing law. Helen Clark announced that Labour would be putting forward a bill in October 2006. That was when the Auditor Generals final report on the 2005 election spending was released. Nicky Hager highlighted further problems with the existing act when he released his book in November 2006. The bill was presented to parliament in July 2007 and passed in mid-December.

    Bearing in mind that the AG’s final report was probably required before the bill was really started to be worked on, it just shows that the timeline was tight. The act recognises that the election campaigns do start well before that ridiculous 90 days that the old act stipulated.

    The EFA is an extreme example because clearly the rules had to be changed to get rid of the deficiencies of the 1993 act, as Peter Dunne pointed out in the interviews. It needed to be put in before the election year. But that merely highlights the underlying problem.

    The effective legislative period is probably less than 2 years between elections. As a government, who’d want to put forward legislation that required heated debate during an election year.

    Assuming that you were putting forward a bill that you campaigned on during the election. There is barely enough time to get bills drafted, get the required support from other parties, get proper consideration by the house and select committee, get required amendments, and get passed before you’re in election year again.

    I think that we need to start looking at shifting to a 4 year term. One of MMP’s effects has been to lengthen the campaign period. It is seriously cutting into the time required for the work of government of any persuasion.

  44. AncientGeek 44

    I’d add that if national gets their wish, manages to form a coalition, and scraps the act. It is going to have exactly the same kind of problems getting it’s replacement through the legislative program.

    The time lines are just too tight

  45. AncientGeek 45

    OO: ‘carpet-bagging’?. From memory that is her electorate, certainly it is the one she has been active in for a number of years.

  46. Dean 46

    “There was a good set of interviews on Focus on Politics on the national program (that bastion of propaganda according to Dean).”

    I’m not the one who called elections where you could choose anyone you liked so long as they were from the ruling party “vibrant” Ancient.

    Perhaps you might want to examine your own statements before you judge mine.

    You do like democracy, don’t you? Please enlighten me.

  47. Occasional Observer 47

    It’s funny you should claim that she’s a local girl, Ancient Geek, because the CTU directory, online, notes her office is in Wellington. Of the 30+ full-time employees of the CTU, a big chunk of them are based in Wellington, and Carol Beaumont appears to be one of them.

    She’s Australian originally, though, isn’t she? Along with that other fine, upstanding, voice for moderation and general communism, Brenden Sheehan.

  48. AncientGeek 48

    OO: I didn’t claim she was local (as in born and raised there). I claimed she had been active there, and maybe lived there. As I said “from memory”.

    Maungakiekie is out of my usual range. I’m running back in memory over the last decade or so. But it is not uncommon for people to relocate to where their job or education takes them. For instance a union organiser in Auckland might be expected to move to Wellington when they start working for the CTU head office. Sometimes they do it permanently, sometimes they rent out their house here.

    If that is your definition of a carpet-bagger (that they have to have grown up in the electorate), then most MP’s are. For instance John Key grew up in Christchurch, not Helensville. Helen Clark grew up in the Waikato, not Mt Albert.

    Side-issue: Damn- that was crazy. Had captcha present something unreadable, and when I asked for another one, it just froze on the page. Reloading the page didn’t help – captcha didn’t display. Then all of a sudden a refresh worked. Guess something went offline somewhere.

  49. No, not a carpet-bagger. While Carol has been working in Wellington in recent years, she has continued to spend a lot of her time in Auckland, to the point that you could say she has been living here as much as in Wellington. And she lived here for some years before her CTU role. So can we leave the petty stuff about carpet-bagging.

    She is very competent and will be a great addition to caucus. (This is not something that I’ve said about all the candidates from the “industrial wing” of the labour movement.)

    I’m not sure about her timing, but wish her all the best.

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    I've been busy lately, and have been unable to prepare the submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill that I would have liked. I also have a half-written blog post fact-checking claims made before the bill was released by...
    Public Address
  • US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP
    ...
    Its our future
  • Stuart’s 100 #59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks
    59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks What if there were flower sellers on Queen Street? Our city centre is really starting to burgeon with pedestrian activity and public life through the day and well into the evening,...
    Transport Blog
  • The Law Society on the spy bill
    At the moment the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee is hearing submissions on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. One of the first submitters was the Law Society. So what did they think of it? It is a...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s TXTs and the Public Records Act
    Today in Question Time, in response to further questions about the Prime Minister's communications with sewerblogger Cameron Slater, Steven Joyce (on behalf of the PM) informed the House that Key deletes all his text messages, "in case his phone is...
    No Right Turn
  • No freedom of speech in Pakistan
    Veena Malik is a Pakistani actor. In May this year she played a role in a historical wedding scene based on the marriage of one of Muhammed's daughters. For this, she has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for...
    No Right Turn
  • Council washes hands of pensioner housing
    Hamilton City Council is washing its hands of its social responsibility to care for its elderly residents by selling off its homes for pensioners, Labour’s Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney says. “The Council’s decision to sell its remaining 344 pensioner housing...
    Labour
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Deep State Surfaces
    IT IS EIGHTEEN YEARS since education lecturer, Denis Small, surprised two Security Intelligence Service (SIS) agents attempting to break into the home of the anti-free trade activist, Aziz Choudry. The SIS was to pay dearly (quite literally as it turned...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why bother joining a union?
    This past couple of weeks Unite has had a number of graphic examples on why it can make a huge difference in you work life whether you are a union member or not. 100 cleaners jobs at SkyCity were saved...
    The Daily Blog
  • Ferguson – it just ain’t cricket
    Why do white men fear young black men? Why in this country do we continue to struggle with this? Asked by an old black guy in Ferguson, the crafty questions were answered by an abrupt end to the story to...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be bett...
    Psychologist Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a depressing but impressive book that is the culmination of his life’s work. Kahnemann proposes that people think in two different modes – ‘fast’ and ‘slow’....
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?
    . Cameron Slater (L) and John Key (R) . Timeline Sunday 23 November: John Key apologises to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater over the publication of an email that forced Justice Minister Judith Collins’ resignation. Monday 24 November: John Key and...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lisa Owen interviews Glenn Inquiry chair Bill Wilson
    Lisa Owen: Family violence in this country has been described as the slow-burning disaster. It accounts for half of homicides and takes a third of police resources. The Glenn Inquiry's final blueprint was released on Friday, calling for a designated...
    Scoop politics
  • Lisa Owen interviews Finance Minister Bill English
    He’s still “confident” the Government will make its forecast surplus in the 2014/15 year although dairy prices have dropped “further and faster than expected”...
    Scoop politics
  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
    We'll debate why the State needs new powers to spy on Kiwis and the controversial laws that are being rushed through Parliament....
    Scoop politics
  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
    On arrival with his police escort at Auckland Airport tomorrow morning Phillip Smith will be met by other police staff and complete customs and immigration formalities....
    Scoop politics
  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
    UNICEF NZ Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles UNICEF NZ has once again launched its nationwide search for six new Youth Ambassadors and is calling on enthusiastic young people to apply before Friday, 12 December 2014....
    Scoop politics
  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
    The Kiwifruit Claim’s statement of claim has been filed in the High Court in Wellington this afternoon....
    Scoop politics
  • Judgment: John Banks Dotcom Donation Appeal
    A The application to adduce the evidence of Messrs Schaeffer and Karnes is granted. B The application to adduce evidence of Mr Dotcom’s driving conviction is declined. C The appeal is allowed. D The conviction is set aside and a...
    Scoop politics
  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put to 134 public hospital specialists...
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  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014
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