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Cunliffe makes space for the Greens

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, September 24th, 2013 - 57 comments
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The cleverness of David Cunliffe’s reshuffle extends beyond how he has united Labour by keeping worthy MPs who opposed him in senior positions while demoting no-hopers like Curran. He’s also left space for the Greens to move into both in opposition and in government. That acknowledges the reality that Labour and the Greens need each other.

Economic Development: yes, Shane Jones showed he can crack out a good line or two (at about the rate he cracks out bad ones, in fact) but no-one’s under any illusions that he’ll do the necessary hard work as Economic Development spokesperson, let alone as Economic Development Minister. There space, then, for Russel Norman. He’s not going to be Finance Minister but he’s going to have enough bargaining power to demand nothing less than a senior economic role – economic development is the obvious answer, and Jones wouldn’t kick up a fuss.

Health: Annette King will almost certainly retire at the next election. Kevin Hague is a steady, if uninspiring, pair of hands with direct experience and expertise in managing the health system. Labour would happily have him as their own MP. He is a natural choice for health who won’t give Labour any headaches and will keep a lid on a difficult portfolio just like Ryall has.

Energy: David Shearer is going to be Foreign Affairs Minister. He obviously can’t then keep his new energy portfolio in government. That leaves energy for the Greens, too. I don’t see the current energy spokesperson, Gareth Hughes, as minister material. Maybe Norman would take it or Kennedy Graham.

Climate change: Moana Mackey or Kennedy Graham. It’s not much of a choice, eh? Graham would be a safe pair of hands and isn’t radical enough to scare Labour or worry them.

Conservation: Ruth Dyson is probably going to retire. Conservation is a natural Greens portfolio. Eugenie Sage is the spokesperson and would be an unspectacular, low-risk minister.

Transport: it stands out like a sore thumb in Cunliffe’s reshuffle. This $3 billion a year portfolio, which is held by National’s number 3, going to the heavily demoted Darien Fenton at number 25. The Greens’ spokesperson, Julie Anne Genter, is Parliament’s only transport expert and wipes the floor with Brownlee. Labour is very close to the Greens on transport policy but doesn’t want to burn a lot of political capital on cancelling National’s stupid motorways. They’ll be happy to let the Greens do the heavy lifting there.

That’s five Green ministers, maybe four of them in Cabinet. They would probably aim for seven ministers, five in cabinet based on current polling. So, there’s room for a bit of bargaining there, too.

You’ll notice that I haven’t suggested a portfolio for Metiria Turei. Two reasons: the portfolios she would be after are held by strong Labour MPs and there’s a school of thought that says the Greens would be smart to keep one of their co-leaders out of government, to maintain a separate identity from Labour. Or she might go for something like housing.

At the same time, by strengthening his line-up on finance, jobs,education, and work rights, Cunliffe is signalling the areas that are going to be home territory for Labour. He’s neatly giving the Greens space in areas where their people and their policies are competent and trustworthy while cementing Labour in the areas it will need to dominate to win back the non-vote and the aspirational working class who went to National.

57 comments on “Cunliffe makes space for the Greens”

  1. George D 1

    That may well be. I’ll deal with some assumptions in the next comment.

    Cunliffe’s very strong approach to the economic portfolios is a sign that for the next year he wants to shut down Russel Norman, who has been taking Labour’s oxygen in the media and thus in the minds of the public. It’s absolutely what I’d do if I was a Labour leader, but the Greens will need to work twice as hard to maintain and grow their vote in the next few months, so they can ensure they have their brand of decision making strongly represented at the Cabinet table.

  2. Chooky 2

    Interestng Post …thanks….Labour must be generous to the Greens.

    Many former Labour Party activists are now Greens and Green issues are of growing national and international importance …as well they have some very able MPs

  3. tracey 3

    Was there an election????

  4. George D 4

    Jones wouldn’t kick up a fuss. [about losing ED]
    That’s not the impression I get. Expect a fight here. There are no economic portfolios Labour can give without demoting and disappointing capable performers who rightly feel they have the talent to hold them.

    Annette King will almost certainly retire at the next election.
    I’ve heard conflicting statements from Labour people about this. I’m not as sure as you are. If so Hague would be a natural to take it. A better decision would have been to hand it to Iain LG to make something of.

    I don’t see the current energy spokesperson, Gareth Hughes, as minister material.
    He’s aiming for it, and his party would support him. If energy was in play, it wouldn’t go to Graham over Hughes.


    You’ll notice that I haven’t suggested a portfolio for Metiria Turei. Two reasons: the portfolios she would be after are held by strong Labour MPs and there’s a school of thought that says the Greens would be smart to keep one of their co-leaders out of government, to maintain a separate identity from Labour. Or she might go for something like housing.

    Metiria wants to be in Government as much as any of the MPs. And because Government in NZ is exactly equal to Cabinet, that means a Ministerial position. There is a conflict here, and it will have to be resolved. Twyford is extremely capable and would be an excellent minister of housing.


    Graham would be a safe pair of hands and isn’t radical enough to scare Labour or worry them.

    I’d say Graham would be equally likely to be given Associate Foreign Affairs, to allow Labour to give climate change to Norman or Turei. Graham is trusted, and thus is viewed as a capable deputy.


    Conservation is a natural Greens portfolio. Eugenie Sage is the spokesperson and would be an unspectacular, low-risk minister.

    Most likely presumption.

    Julie Anne Genter, is Parliament’s only transport expert and wipes the floor with Brownlee.
    Taking Twyford off the portfolio means the Parliamentary tag team has been reduced to one, so this holds.

    If it’s 33-16 things will look very different than if they’re 37-12. The Greens don’t have any room for complacency.

    • George D 4.1

      Twyford is extremely capable and would be an excellent minister of housing – particularly because housing is huge. Housing is the number one issue in Auckland, and the next election will be won or lost in Auckland (which will have 1-2, possibly 3 new electorates). Metiria needs to step up on this issue, and quickly – without her support MP on this, Holly Walker (sidelined by maternity), she can’t get as much done.

    • Colonial Viper 4.2

      If it’s 33-16 things will look very different than if they’re 37-12. The Greens don’t have any room for complacency.

      Spot on.

      But the most interesting combination is one that you did not mention…37-16 :D

  5. “demoting no-hopers like Curran”

    Ouch! I approve.

  6. Puckish Rogue 6

    He’s not going to be Finance Minister (hes not because Nationals going win the next eletion but I’ll let that pass)

    – Thank goodness for that

    Kevin Hague is a steady, if uninspiring, pair of hands with direct experience and expertise in managing the health system

    – Sounds exactly what a health minister should be

    Kennedy Graham

    – Good man

    Eugenie Sage

    – Looks like Velma Dinkley (hopefully has the same common sense and brains)

    So what happened to the annointed one? ie Jacinda Ardern, is she really the best choice for police and corrections?

    Metiria “I want to see kiwis lose value in their homes” Turei for housing would be…interesting (I’d suggest not mentioning that in the election campaign)

    I don’t see the current energy spokesperson, Gareth Hughes, as minister material

    – No neither do I but maybe Clint does? Does clint ever post here…

    [lprent: I assume that is a rhetorical question bearing in mind that he was one of our mainstays as Steve Pierson a number of years ago. Read the posts, the about to find out who we let post here and the policy to find out what I do to people who waste my moderating time.. Don’t be a lazy commenter. ]

    • It continues to show how out of touch National and their hard core supporters are that they hear “let first-time buyers afford homes” and immediately start shedding tears for the poor, poor property investors who can afford multiple properties.

      If housing prices around the board go down, then it doesn’t matter if your family home sells for less when you want to move, because it will cost you less to get a new one. Literally the only people who lose out are people renting properties, who quite frankly have it very sweet at the moment in New Zealand.

  7. bad12 7

    i don’t want to speculate on who would get what portfolio after the November election as there are still the variables of the Mana Party and NZfirst which may or may not become factors of consideration,

    One scenario is that NZFirst does not regain the 5% party vote thresh-hold and is not in the 2014 Parliament,

    Another, the Mana Party gains 2 more MP’s from 2014,

    Depending on it’s strength after November 2014 the Green Party may be in a position to gain one of the big portfolios such as Social Development,

    In no particular order of importance i would see the Green Party to be interested in these Cabinet positions,

    *Conservation,
    *Climate Change,
    *Transport’
    *Social development,
    *Economic Development,
    *Housing,

    i cannot imagine either of the Green Party’s leaders not becoming a Minister in a Labour/Green Government…

    • Pasupial 7.1

      In particular order of precedence, the top four listed Green MPs are spokespersons for:

      1 Turei; Social Equity, Education, Māori Affairs.
      2 Norman; Environment and Economics.
      3 Hague; Health, ACC, Cycling, Rainbow Issues, Sport & Recreation, Alcohol & Other Drugs, Older persons.
      4 Delahunty; Environment (Mining, Toxics), Treaty of Waitangi.

      https://www.greens.org.nz/people

      The 2011 list continues: 5 Graham, 6 Sage, 7 Hughes, 8 Clendon, 9 Logie, 10 Browning, 11 Roche, 12 Walker, 13 Genter, 14 Mathers.

      By 2014, I’d expect these list rankings to have shifted a bit – mainly Genter being higher, and Clendon being lower (I’m a Green party member who follows politics when I’ve time and I’d honestly never heard of him till I just now typed out that list), plus a few extras at the tail end.

      I agree with Bad12 that I “cannot imagine either of the Green Party’s leaders not becoming a Minister in a Labour/Green Government”.

      If Labour want to keep Norman away from finance (though he should at least get some associateship), then giving him Environment would seem to be the best option. I’m assuming that Māori Affairs will be the bargaining chip for either Harawira or Flavell (depending on whose party gets the most seats – I’m guessing Mana). So that leaves Social Equity or Education, for Turei – and given her long advocacy for the poor, I’d pick her for Social Equity by preference.

      It’d be sensible for Labour to use the other high-ranked Greens in the ministerial positions they’d prepared for as spokespeople (particularly Genter in transport), but I imagine that’ll come down to post-election negotiations. I’ve speculated enough for one comment already.

      • Bunji 7.1.1

        Labour will want to keep Maori affairs (w Shane Jones) – they wouldn’t give that away (Assoc, but not main portfolio).

        Also they’ll want to keep Housing – they want to make that a defining portfolio for their next term in government. They’re not going to have another party implementing Kiwibuild.

        Norman seems a fit for Econ Development – they can find other roles for Jones.

        If Greens get enough seats I can see Turei being Deputy PM to make up for Norman having the big portfolio (Econ Dev). Gives the male-female combo on PM-Deputy too.

        But I like the idea of keeping one leader out of government so they can keep themselves defined. Don’t know if it’ll happen but it’s got a lot of plus-points, with minor parties often being damaged by going into coalition.

  8. yeshe 8

    So who is Attorney General in any of these scenarios ? We lost our best when Charles Chauvel left for UN ..

    Then who ? Is this a possible role for Metiria Turei, or just too dry for her many capabilities ?

  9. andyS 9

    The Green/Labour alliance didn’t work out that well in Australia

  10. Nate 10

    Gareth Hughes really should be getting ICT. He is amazing and extremely knowledgeable about this area.

  11. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 11

    Oooh. How clever.

  12. Comrade Coba 12

    Looks a pretty good reshuffle to me, scope for the Greens which is heartening. Big loser was Phil Tyford who has lost housing & has suffered for his attitude towards Cunliffe, I thought he was playing a dangerous game flanking Robertson on some of the hustings meetings. Also glad Ardern has been knocked down a peg or two, she now needs to preform. Moroney should add a bit of bite against Bennett. I like the idea Little gets his forte ‘Labour’ spokesmans role. Transport is interesting as it’s been passed around Jones-Tyford-Lee Galloway & now on to Fenton. She is a tireless worker & being Auckland based deserves the opportunity given she has lost Labour which she has been passionate about, so yip she will fire up against Brownlee not a problem, however needs to work & mentor Greens Genter, who Gerry got the better of her during oral question time last week.

  13. Richard29 13

    +1 to Metiria in Deputy PM – she would provide a good Robin to Cunliffes Batman. Plus complements him well in terms of Male/Female, Pakeha/Maori, Economic Focus/Social Focus.
    I could also see her picking up associate housing and assoc Maori affairs.

    But it’d all be heavily dependent on the Lab/Green coalition winning over sufficient numbers of the 800k non vote to govern alone. If they fail to make 50% and have to hobble together a deal with Winston then all bets are off…

    • bad12 13.1

      That’s not a bad point, perhaps there has been a lot more thought and forward planning gone into the make-up of a future Labour/Green Government by David Cunliffe than we have given Him credit for,

      David Parker as Minister of Finance would not be giving much away by relinquishing the Deputy PM’s role to Metiria or Russell…

  14. Rogue Trooper 14

    “How do you like them apples”.

  15. Rich 15

    Wasn’t Economic Development invented by the Clark government because she couldn’t get Treasury to do anything other than spout neo-liberal dogma. One might hope that a new government might require Treasury to provide policy advice in line with their general goals and beliefs, in which case there’s be little point in ED.

    • Murray Olsen 15.1

      That’s why it would fit in Sealord Jones’s capable hands so well.

    • srylands 15.2

      “One might hope that a new government might require Treasury to provide policy advice in line with their general goals and beliefs, in which case there’s be little point in ED.”

      I suggest you read the State Sector Act.

  16. A.Ziffel 16

    The fascinating presumption here is that the new leadership wants a coalition with the Greens.
    Clark said no.
    Goff said yes with ministerial appointments for the 2 co-leaders.
    Shearer said yes with a proportional cabinet.

    As yet, I’m unaware of any indication from Cunliffe on this topic.

    • Rogue Trooper 16.1

      “keep feelin’ fascination”

    • Lanthanide 16.2

      The new leadership wants to be in government. The only way that will happen is in a coalition with the Greens.

      The new leadership would probably prefer to get an absolute majority and not need any coalition partners, but not even Key managed that.

      • A.Ziffel 16.2.1

        Clark led a minority government for 3 terms without being in coalition with the Greens.

        • George D 16.2.1.1

          As far as I can tell, against the wishes of most of the membership.

          The proof was in the eating however. Look how coalitions with United Future and then New Zealand First hobbled their ability to enact a progressive agenda and then tainted them with the negativity Peters was able to generate. They couldn’t be their own party and they couldn’t bring a solid coherent progressive vision to the people. The public got tired, it all fell apart, and look where we are now…

          • handle 16.2.1.1.1

            Clark chose partners to the right because they would help drag votes off National and the Greens had nowhere else to go. We did not see much internal ideological tension over that decision.

        • Lanthanide 16.2.1.2

          Gosh, you’re right!

          Want to go back and look at the number of seats each party had in the house during that government?

          Then, once you’ve done that, come back and tell us about everything you’ve learned, and how next time you’ll try and make relevant comments!

          • George D 16.2.1.2.1

            Sure, as I’ve done many times before:

            In 2002, 52 Labour MPs were elected, Jim Anderton and Matt Robson were elected, and the Greens got 9 MPs. 61 MPs were needed to form a majority.

            In 2005, 50 Labour MPs were elected, Jim Anderton got elected, 6 Greens were elected, and 4 Maori Party MPs were elected. 61 MPs were needed to form a majority.

            Now, in either case, Government actions in the previous year had caused the loss of support from within and formation of new parties, and had created dynamics in which forming a coalition came at a cost to Labour. It meant that Labour would have had to do some things they weren’t comfortable with. So they took the other way out, and we have what we see today. You can argue the choices and that I’m deluded about their likelihood, but they did exist.

            ETA: I’m glad all of this is history.

          • A.Ziffel 16.2.1.2.2

            Apparently the juxtaposition of minority & coalition government was lost on you.

            Labour don’t necessarily have to be in coalition with the Greens to form a government.
            They do require support on confidence and supply.

            I don’t know whether the new Labour leadership wants a coalition, nor whether the Greens would support Labour without a coalition. But I certainly don’t see that a coalition is a prerequisite for the next “Labour-led government”.

  17. outofbed 17

    Cunliffe makes space for the Greens?

    The best way to do that is let the Greens have ago in Chch East with a sitting MP if they got elected the Greens get another list MP and there would be no National party Majority 61-61 eh?
    Just needs a cup of tea in some cafe in chch and is done and dusted

    Anyone know if the Greens are standing an MP or standing at all ?

    • bad12 17.1

      Lolz, i too used to think something along those lines, and have been corrected a couple of times both here at the Standard and by none other than the Electoral Commission,

      By-elections for some reason are First Past the Post affairs and whomever wins doesn’t have the ability to alter the proportionality of the list,

      So if Labour didn’t win the by-election they would be light one MP…

      • outofbed 17.1.1

        So what you are saying is that if a list member for the Greens wins a byelection The Greens list proportionality remains the same? even though he/ she is not a list member anymore?
        You would think there would be a vacancy on the list seat
        I agree labour would be light one seat but replaced by a greenie who therefore is a list mp and an electorate mp at the same time

        • bad12 17.1.1.1

          Yep, fortunately or unfortunately that is how the cookies are crumbled as far as by-elections go, they are run simply on FFP without any changes to list makeups even if proportionality would demand it,

          i made the mistake with the Ikaroa-Rawhiti one thinking Labour would be better to let the Mana Party win, lolz it doesn’t work that way…

          • Lightly 17.1.1.1.1

            No, the number of list MPs per party is fixed for the term and the number of electorate MPs a party has can change as a result of by-elections, meaning parties’ total number of MPs can change.

            If a list MP becomes an electorate MP, a new list MP comes in to maintain the party’s allocation of list MPs (remmber the ‘Tizard effect’ that kept sitting MP Phil Twyford from standing in Mt Albert?). So, a sitting Green MP winning a by-election would increase the number of Green MPs to 15. That was actually one of the Greens’ campaign messages in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti campaign.

            However, if Labour doesn’t win the seat, they go from having 34 MPs pre-Dalziels resignation to having 33 – their number of list MPs stays the same and their number of electorate MPs decreases by 1.

            It’s a zero-sum game for the Left.

    • George D 17.2

      The Greens are standing, they haven’t decided and declared a candidate yet. I believe it’s in a few days.

  18. outofbed 18

    I suppose for it to work they would have to resign their list seat

    • bad12 18.1

      We are being a bit naughty here taking the Post miles off of it’s topic, so my last comment, in a little email exchange i had with the Electoral Commission over the question of by-elections and their inability to alter the Proportionality of the Parliament the EC says while there is no specific Legislation which addresses this particular question they arrived at ‘doing it that way’ by their interpretation of the existing Legislation,

      My opinion: pretty shoddy Legislation…

  19. Anne 19

    I have been watching today’s question time and there is no doubt that the Labour caucus has found a new lease of life. I noted a sense of confidence and purpose in their questions and supplementary responses that hasn’t really been there since the 2008 election. Congratulations to David Cunliffe. I don’t know how he did it but morale seems to be high including among the now largely defunct ABC club.

    That spells hope for all the opposition parties too.

  20. Georgebolwing 20

    It works like this:

    a) Lianne Dalziel resigns from Parliament. Labour’s caucus is reduced to 33. National/ACT/United stays at 61; Greens stay at 14 (all list).

    b) Green list MP stands for bi-election and wins.

    c) Greens entitlement to list seats remains at 14, plus one electorate seat: total 15.

    d) next available person on green list offered vacant list place.

    e) National/ACT/United retain current majority. Labour caucus minus one, Green caucus plus one.

  21. Murray Olsen 21

    I’d like to see Hone Harawira as Minister of Police. It’s about time they had a minister who knows what they get up to and would rein them in. I can’t see much except business as usual with Jacinda Ardern.

  22. Sable 22

    Labour have no choice but to accommodate the Greens if they have a hope of forming a government. The Greens have been doing a lot of the hard work taking on Keys and they have most certainly earned their place at the table. Now its up to Labour to show they can do the said same.

  23. Tony 23

    Eddie says:

    “Annette King will almost certainly retire at the next election.”

    Annette has indicated she will run in 2014 so not sure where Eddie’s information is coming from!

    “Ruth Dyson is probably going to retire.”
    Again wrong. Ruth Dyson indicates she will probably stand again.

    Ross Robertson is going and possibly Trevor Mallard but not King and probably not Dyson.

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    For eight years, the Soya Moratorium has protected the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. It has just been renewed for the eighth time. But what happens when it ends for good, 18 months from now?The Soya Moratorium was the industry’s answer to our campaign...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • 2014 New Zealand River Award Winners
      Two Canterbury rivers – the Otukaikino and Cam – took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd...
    Gareth’s World
  • Neetflux: Leak absorbent
    ...
    On the Left
  • Housing Accord first year results
    The results for the first full year of the Housing Accord between the government and Auckland Council have just been released. It’s a politically charged topic – witness the government talking it up (“First year Auckland Housing Accord target exceeded“),...
    Transport Blog
  • Armchair psychoanalysis of the day
    A week ago I was having coffee with some fellow politics nerds, scoffing at the idea that newly elected Labour MP Andrew Little could defeat Key in 2017. ‘The best he could hope for’, I pontificated, ‘Is to get up into...
    DimPost
  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists 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...
    Its our future
  • Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
    The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd...
    Skeptical Science
  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete submission on the Countering Terrorist Fi...
    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
  • John Key’s Immoral Governance
    I was in Wellington last weekend, alternating between spending time with my two student children and attending our Green Party executive meeting. Being with intellectually engaged and compassionate people was a useful foil to the depressing events that hit me...
    Local Bodies
  • FFS
    This is all getting really silly now. Alice in Wonderland stuff. The Prime Minister is ranting that he "absolutely [did] not" lie to reporters on Tuesday. He told reporters he had not been in communications with Cameron Slater about the...
    Polity
  • The Labour Party plot to kill Cameron Slater: the shocking evidence
    Cameron Slater has claimed that people within Labour have tried to kill him. Shortly after Slater made this astonishing claim, I received from an anonymous source a recording of a conversation between senior Labour Party members in which a plan...
    Imperator Fish
  • Getting it Wright on sea level rise
    Sea level rise of up to 40cm around New Zealand by the middle of this century is already locked in and will cause significant problems for coastal communities and infrastructure, according to a new report just released by Dr Jan...
    Hot Topic
  • The Kiwi Bach is a Sinking Ship and Taxpayers Should Not Pay to Bail You Ou...
    A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Jan Wright released today highlights the perilous status of our national institution – the seaside bach or crib. The PCE’s report is a summary of the state of the...
    Gareth’s World
  • Climate change: Rising seas
    One of the primary consequences of climate change is sea-level rise due to thermal expansion and melting ice. What impact will this have on New Zealand? The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is going to tell us:The Parliamentary Commissioner for...
    No Right Turn
  • Guest Post: Dear AT HOP
    This is a guest post by reader Frith Stalker Dear AT Hop I have used Auckland buses for 30 years I am very smart, very pedantic, very polite and very Rule Abiding I am your perfect customer. I always thank...
    Transport Blog
  • Staff deserve right to use te reo Māori
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 41 Student’s at most tertiary institutions have the right to use te reo Māori as provided for and protected in their institution’s policies and practices, but staff do not always have that same right. TEU’s...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • 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 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
  • 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...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
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  • Government Urged Not To Miss Cosmetics Win For Animals
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