web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

Cunliffe, Parker swap roles

Written By: - Date published: 2:44 pm, December 19th, 2011 - 111 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, david parker, labour - Tags:

David Shearer has released his new caucus line-up, David Parker, Jacinda Ardern, David Cunliffe, Clayton Cosgrove, Shane Jones and Nanaia Mahuta making up the rest of his and Grant Robertson’s front bench.  A lot of talent, and a definite fresh look from the Goff or Clark era.

Nanaia takes over Education, Jacinda Social Development and Maryan Street (9) gets Health.

But inevitably the discussion is over the Davids’ portfolios.  Not so much Shearer keeping Science and Innovation (and showing his priorities are on jobs that will make this country richer, unlike Key’s tourism).  Rather Parker and Cunliffe’s swapping of roles, somewhat as Zet suggested.  Keeping Cunliffe as Associate Finance, so he can pass on his immense knowledge there, but letting him take on Joyce at Economic Development.  Parker is a keen mind too, and keeping the two Davids as Labour’s economic team makes sense.

Clayton Cosgrove will also have an important role to play on SOEs, as some get sold off this term.  Jones returns to the front bench to make full use of his outstanding oratory skills to attack National.

Having the Deputy on Environment shows Labour cares about its green side too – combined with his Tertiary Ed and  Shearer’s Science it’s a good look for a team aimed at making Aotearoa “clean, green and clever”.

Su’a William Sio and Phil Twyford are 2 more young stars, rewarded for their talent with spots just outside the front bench.

Goff goes back to foreign, and King & Mallard are kept on the mid-benches, with Dyson and Horomia moved into the unranked backbenchers.

Interesting portfolios on the backbenches have Moana Mackey with Energy & Climate Change and Andrew Little on ACC – both will be busy areas for the government this term.

In a team of 34 everybody gets portfolios to attack the government on, and overall it looks a good use of fresh talent, without entirely throwing out the old heads’ wisdom.

rank. name. (major portfolios, rank change from before election)

1. Shearer (Science & Innovation, +22)

2. Robertson, G (Environment, Tertiary Ed, + 8 )

3. Parker (Finance, +1)

4. Ardern (Social Development, +14)

5. Cunliffe (Economic Development, -1)

6. Cosgrove (SOEs, Commerce, Trade, -)

7. Jones (Regional Development, Maori Econ Development, +5)

8. Mahuta (Education, +11)

9. Street (Health, -2)

10. Sio (Employment, PI Affairs, +5)

11. Twyford (Transport, Auckland, +5)

12. Mallard (Shadow Leader of House, -4)

13. Chauvel (Justice, AG, Arts, -2)

14. Dalziel (Cantab, CD, Commerce, -)

15. Hipkins (Sen Whip, State Services, +10)

16. Goff (Foreign, -15)

17. King (Housing, Local Govt, -16)

18. Fenton (Jun Whip, Labour, Immigration, +4)

19. O’Connor (Primary Industries, Food, +1)

20. Curran (IT, broadcasting, prev. unranked)

(rest unordered)

Dyson: Conservation, Seniors; Horomia: Maori Affairs; Moroney: Women, ECE; Mackey: Energy, Climate Change; Lees-Galloway: Defence; Huo: Building, Stats; Prasad: Ethnic; Faafoi: Police, Customs; Wall: Recreation, Community; Clark: Revenue; Little: ACC; Tirikatene: Tourism; Woods: Youth; Robertson, R: Nominee for Ass Speaker.

111 comments on “Cunliffe, Parker swap roles”

  1. interesting 1

    Interesting that Andrew Little is almost at the end of the list.

    bit of a slap in the face for the former union leader and party president. Sue Moroney chucked down the list….

    Nanaia Mahuta given education???

    • lprent 1.1

      …Andrew Little is almost at the end of the list.

      Why? He is a new MP and there is a steep learning curve for anyone joining the house.

      • interesting 1.1.1

        because he was lorded as the great up and coming leader…saviour of new plymouth….

        I agree that he is needing to settle in etc…. my point being that the media hype around him (that Labour allowed to continue on) makes this look like a slapdown from the new guy….no doubt some will say that it is Shearer “getting rid of union influence” regardless of that being a silly statement.

      • queenstfarmer 1.1.2

        Yes. For example, you must have at least 2 years experience before you can take over the leadership. ;-)

    • Lew 1.2

      Pop quiz: what was David Shearer’s ranking this time last week?

      L

      • Bunji 1.2.1

        Oop, sorry, minor adjustment. Comparing rankings from before election (ie last time house sat). But I missed Darren Hughes minor reshuffle, so people below 8 were generally out by 1 etc as well (Grant Robertson by 2 as he jumped Charles Chauvel to front bench).
        Actually election would only have made one difference to last time’s ranking: David Shearer was the only ranked MP below an MP that wasn’t returned (Steve Chadwick). So he was ranked 22 on that proviso.

        [lprent: I also fixed the "+8)" smiley face on Robertson to "+8 )" ]

        • Lew 1.2.1.1

          Yeah. Point being, for the benefit of everyone going “OMG Andrew Little is snubbed!”: shit changes, and list rankings ain’t everything.

          L

        • Bunji 1.2.1.2

          [lprent: I also fixed the "+8)" smiley face on Robertson to "+8 )" ]
          You make it too easy for them!

    • Carol 1.3

      Mahuta is a great choice to go up against Hekia Parata. I imagine Parata will be pushing charter schools as being of great benefit to Maori and lower income families.

      • insider 1.3.1

        Plenty in the maori community seem to be saying the same. I’m not sure arguing for the education status quo is a real winner for Maori, given their failure rates.

        • Colonial Viper 1.3.1.1

          Plenty in the maori community seem to be saying the same.

          Don’t tell me – Maori corporates looking at a shot at Government money?

        • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.2

          But it’s not the schooling that’s the problem but the poverty.

        • Ari 1.3.1.3

          Labour should certainly be arguing for change to something better than the status quo as part of their argument against charter schools. Resourcing for building a culture where everyone values education in low-decile communities would be excellent, for instance.

      • seeker 1.3.2

        Yes Carol, very happy about this.

    • David H 1.4

      Will be a good match up with Hekia Parata, lets hope that Parata is better than Tolley, but i will not hold my breath.

  2. gingercrush 2

    I cannot understand the appeal of either Cosgrove or Jones. The front bench looks like a sausage factory with a Maori and a princess to represent the women. Five of the Nine ranked MPs did not win electorate seats. One actually lost his. And I thought Jones was actually looking to leave politics if Maori did not give him the vote. Instead for some reason despite openly going against Shearer (at the least he’s been telling media he went with Cunliffe) and then saying Iwi should be allowed to own assets is rewarded with a return to the front bench.

    And it gets even worse. For some reason Little gets Acc and well just Acc. Mallard is ranked number 12 and both King and Goff are still ranked MPs.

    • Bored 2.1

      Well considered assessment: what is scary is that you apply the same to the Nact front bench you look at such a depressing low level of competence that it makes the Labour side look good.

      • gingercrush 2.1.1

        Really…. If you say so. Please tell me what Robertson actually achieved in parliament last term? What did Shane Jones contribute. Exactly what did Mahuta do at all last term? Street can’t win Nelson. Ardern can’t win Auckland Central. Robertson can’t even convince more voters to vote Labour than the Greens in his electorate. Cosgrove was consistently smacked down last term.

        But heh wiuth Trevor as Leader of the House. We can look forward to more filibusting over insignificant legislation. And I can’t wait for the tongue twisted questions that are asked to ministers.

        And frankly I believe National’s front bench is actually far more representative of New Zealanders than Labour’s and undoubtedly better.

        • Uturn 2.1.1.1

          Well if you enjoy a cynical approach to politics and suggest that Labour are going the presidential pop star route to candidates, it stands to reason that if a person is already on the front bench, the electorate is more likely to vote them in. Of course, that would mean that electorate seats are completely whimsical constructs and that voters have confused politics for celebrity worship.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.2

          And frankly I believe National’s front bench is actually far more representative of New Zealanders than Labour’s and undoubtedly better.

          Labour’s front bench represents all NZers.

          National’s the wealthiest 5%. Small difference there.

        • Ari 2.1.1.3

          Robertson did fine for the Labour Party vote, and put together Labour and the Greens crushed National in Wellington Central, so it’s kinda misleading to bag on Grant Robertson for coming in third on the party vote, especially seeing Wellington has always been one of the strongest areas for the Green party vote.

    • Pete 2.2

      You have to let go of the thinking that a local electorate is somehow worth more than a list MP. We live in a proportional representation political world. Indeed, you could argue that this frees up the local MPs to take time to do their clinics and serve their constituencies.

      As for the retention of some of the old guard, there is a difference between a renewal and a purge. In fact, relegating the whole of the old guard to the back benches would be a waste of a good resource – like David Lange after 1990.

      • gingercrush 2.2.1

        Electorates still matter. And Clayton Cosgrove was voted out of his electorate and only gets into parliament thanks to a high list placing. Yet despite getting in via that, he still essentially debranded himself from Labour. In other words he really wasn’t trying to get Labour party votes.

        • Tom Gould 2.2.1.1

          Brownlee got 578 fewer votes in 2011 than in 2008, so does that make him the biggest loser, or politician of the year? Incidently, Cosgrove got 215 fewer votes in 2011 than in 2008.

        • felix 2.2.1.2

          A portfolio is a nationwide responsibility, electorates are essentially irrelevant in this context (except perhaps in special circumstances such as Chch rebuild).

          Agree about Cosgrove though, that was weird.

        • fmacskasy 2.2.1.3

          Does the same apply to National ministers? Eg; Chris Finlayson? Or Hekia Parata? Or Tim Groser? Or Paula Bennett, with only eleven votes majority?

          Just asking.

          • Tom Gould 2.2.1.3.1

            I know they can be pesky things, facts, but one overlooked by the craven MSM is that Key himself got fewer votes in Helensville, down 760 on last time. Unbelieveable, really, for the most popular political celebrity in recorded history to get less votes this time than last, but it’s true.

            • Pete George 2.2.1.3.1.1

              Not really unbelievable when the number of votes were down – he got the same 73% both elections. Just another pesky fact that also means very little.

    • Carol 2.3

      I hope Little really applies himelf to critiquing, challenging and publicising whatever nasties National has planned for ACC, and also presents a clear case for maintaining ACC as a state run service.

      • Bunji 2.3.1

        Yes, ACC will be busy – here’s hoping Little does a good job in its defence, it’s going to need all the help it can get.

  3. It seems to have the required amount of differentness and inclusiveness. The top ten ticks enough boxes for me.

    Time will tell if they can perform, if they can work together and be seen to work together, if the party will get in behind them, and in time if polls show a move in the right direction.

    There’s certainly opportunity for renewal as a party.

    Interesting (but correct) that Andrew Little has to prove himself.

    • fender 3.1

      I’m sure you will have the answers for Labour should they need them. With the amazing progress UF has made you can no doubt show them the way to success Pete.

  4. Time now for Labour to heal as a team and take it to the tories.  NZ depends on it.

    • Lew 4.1

      I take it you’re satisfied with Cunliffe and Mahuta’s new jobs, then. Good.

      Me too. I think it’s a strong team, one that uses the skills of its best people pretty well (with one exception – Māori Affairs – but you can’t please all the people all the time.)

      L

      • Pete George 4.1.1

        Yep, if anyone wanted to nit pick they would regardless, but it’s a basis for something quite different. A reasonable mix of change and experience.

        Looking at what they did or didn’t do last term is pointless – it’s a judgement on what they might be capable of doing given the right sort of leadership and opportunities – and effort. Based more on their personality than their past.

      • insider 4.1.2

        Cunliffe looks underused with just ED, particularly with Jones having regional and Maori development and Dalziell Chch. ED is always secondary to the main economic role which is Finance. I mean who really blames the Min of ED for the economy? It’s always going to fall on the PM and Finance.

        I think he should have got a meaty ministry to attack like education, MSD or health. If he is that good he should make mincemeat out of Bennett or Parata.

        • mickysavage 4.1.2.1

          The good point about the appointment is that Cunliffe will shadow Joyce.  I cannot think of anyone who could do a better job than DC.

          • lprent 4.1.2.1.1

            That was my thought as well.

            It will be interesting to see what the dry Parker / English facing will be like as well.

          • SMSD 4.1.2.1.2

            Yes, before the line-up was announced I hoped Cunliffe would get economic development. A chance for him to work on innovative policy, and take on Joyce.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.3

        Those are decent positions for Cunliffe and Mahuta. It demonstrates that the new leadership team has been serious about bringing caucus back together to form a new look with which to hammer Key and English.

        • The Voice of Reason 4.1.3.1

          Yep, that’ll be gutting for all the supposed insiders that have been waffling here for the last few days about the Shearer supporters and Camp Cunliffe being at each other’s throats and the party splitting asunder due to the inherent inability to unite around the new leader. Not to mention the caucus’s failure to do what the rank and file wanted, which was going to see Party cards burned en masse in the main streets of New Zealand and pensioners dashing their portraits of MJ Savage and slitting their wrinkled wrists with the shards.

          Thankfully, you weren’t one of them CV ;)

          • David 4.1.3.1.1

            I would have burned my party card en masse and slit my wrinkled wrists with the shards. Now, I feel sufficiently happy to really want to work hard to make this good, without a period of nuclear winter bone chewing and sullen, swollen resentment. So do lots of others, it seems. And I dont think, in the end, it was that hard.

        • Anne 4.1.3.2

          It nearly didn’t happen CV. Glad sanity prevailed in the end and the ‘white-anters’ lost. As mickeysavage has said there’s a chance for unity to return to the rank and file now.

          Sooner or later the story will come out TVoR, and we’ll see if you’re big enough to apologise – perhaps even say thanks to those of us who, each in our own way, tried to ensure the right result.

          • The Voice of Reason 4.1.3.2.1

            Nothing to apologise for, Anne. And feel free to let it all out now, rather than later. I’m sure we’re all keen to know the facts. If you really know what went on, that is.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.3.2.1.1

              TVOR – Perhaps you would like to train your sarcasm on the NActs once you’re finished honouring yourself?

              • The Voice of Reason

                I train my sarcasm on many deserving targets, CV, as you well know. How about you and Anne just do a mea culpa for all the crap you wrote last week and we’ll call it even?

                • Anne

                  You know TvoR, I usually agree with your comments on this site. But try to stop being so arrogant and accept there are some things you don’t know. No, I am not going to tell you or anyone else the facts because it is not my place to do so. There was a serious problem, it’s been sorted, and ultimately both Shearer and Cunliffe can take the credit for that. I salute them both.

                  • RedLogix

                    Thanks for this Anne. Somewhat encouraging to hear.

                  • The Voice of Reason

                    Not sure what I can say in reply, Anne. You seem to be suggesting that your argument is so powerful that it’s not necessary to justify it but the fact is you spent the best part of a week building up a split which turns out not to exist and today you are claiming to be a part of the team that healed the rift that didn’t exist. Isn’t that sort of thing the very definition of a straw man argument?
                     
                    And it’s not a question of what I know, it’s about what you repeatedly claimed to know. I think you were gossiping, not shining a torch on the truth. And, if you really do agree with most of my comments here, perhaps you might want to reconsider whether I’ve got this right as well?
                     
                    Anyhoo, the new, united front bench look more than capable of sticking it to Team Key and that’s the really important thing to have come out of the leadership change, IMHO. Onwards and upwards.

                    • RedLogix

                      TVoR,

                      A lot of people couldn’t get why Shearer was selected and not Cunliffe. In the absence of an obvious good reason it’s only natural that the suspicion of a somewhat lessor explanation should sneak into the vacuum.

                      For instance I did a quick search and found that I had commented more than 30 times in the last 18 months on Cunliffe, usually approvingly. Not once on Shearer … simply because he had such a low profile. We have a pretty strong idea of what Cunliffe stands for, what the man is like, his strengths and weaknesses…first hand. Cunliffe and Mahuta both gave excellent guest posts here at The Standard; Shearer did not.

                      The story about Shearer is all second-hand, it’s what other people keep telling us about him … and unless and until he fronts up and makes his case and peforms as Leader of the Labour party first-hand, then legitimate questions remain unanswered.

                      I’m willing to give Shearer a fair chance; this allocation of portfolio’s looks like a good start…. but I’m not going to give him a blank cheque just because.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      but the fact is you spent the best part of a week building up a split which turns out not to exist

                      Uh, how on earth did you reach the conclusion that various factions’ united in outcome today meant that things were just as united two weeks ago?

                      How about you and Anne just do a mea culpa for all the crap you wrote last week and we’ll call it even?

                      Nothing personal, but who the fuck are you to me again? That’s right, nobody. You sound like just another nugget who’s in over his head and doesn’t yet realise it. In my assessment people like Anne and lprent have observed the wars, been in the wars, seen the casualties and the survivors and that, as a relative noob myself, I have the utmost respect for.

                      Having said that, I’ll happily take responsibility for being wrong in my judgements of the last 2 weeks if Shearer smashes 2012 out of the park. I’m going to support him and Grant Robertson in all their efforts.

                      However, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Leader of the Labour Party is not a ‘learn on the job’ position. And this pudding isn’t even out of the oven yet. IMO your self congratulations over others’ judgement is – too put it mildly – truly premature.

                    • lprent []

                      I think TVoR has seen the wars as well. But his setting is different. My guess is that rather than the urban centers it is provincial towns and small cities with the interspersed countryside. Different environment and different responses.

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      Note to CV: Fuck off, you piffling fool. The only thing you got right is that you know nothing about me. Ask around, I go back further than most and I’ve been walking the walk my entire adult life. I’ve seen poseurs like yourself come and go so many times without contributing anything more than hot air and half arsed theories, it usually doesn’t bother me. The labour movement has always had its share of limpets and wannabees hanging around the fringes. Until I hear otherwise, that’s where you seem to fit, pal.
                       
                      But this time I asked for some facts behind the speculation and you go off like I’d goosed your granny. Grow up. You know nothing about the situation, obviously, but it suits your mindset to be a repeater of other people’s speculation. The empty bell rings loudest.
                       
                      I don’t know who Anne is, but I’m sure she at least has some connections and I note from Cunliffe’s comments this morning that there was some substance to what she was saying. So, fair enough, then. I still don’t think it was anywhere near the crisis that was suggested in the series of comments, though, but I’m happy to acknowledge that in rejecting the hyperbole, I might have missed a kernel of truth.
                       
                       

                    • Colonial Viper

                      TVOR, I’ve already said that I’m backing Shearer and Robertson for maximum success, and I’m more than happy to do my “mea culpa” (as you call it) in a years time if they make 2012 a smasher against the NATs.

                      I’ve seen poseurs like yourself come and go so many times without contributing anything more than hot air and half arsed theories, it usually doesn’t bother me. The labour movement has always had its share of limpets and wannabees hanging around the fringes. Until I hear otherwise, that’s where you seem to fit, pal.

                      I think you’ve mistaken me for someone who gives a damn.

                      By the way, if this leadership team falls apart before elections 2014 I’ll be expecting the mea culpa to come from you. Much good that will do. So I really sincerely hope that in the final analysis you are right and I am wrong.

                    • the sprout

                      tvor if you’re actually sincere about your mary poppins heal and move on routine, perhaps you should act like the old sage you like to think you are and just stfu now

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      [sprout: wrong on both counts]

                    • I agree entirely, RedLogix.

                      I have been one of the people who has found it impossible to locate Shearer’s social, economic or political position (i.e., his analysis of those spheres).

                      I still see no evidence of what it is.

                      ‘Clean, green and clever’, by the way, is a slogan, not evidence of an analysis – unless it is the shallow analysis that suggests that the only problem is a management problem and a ‘vision’ thing.

                      I’ve never found that kind of ‘analysis’ insightful and I see no reason to begin to believe it is now. The analytic question (or the question that reveals the analysis) is how such a New Zealand would be created.

                      Perhaps TVoR can fill me in on Shearer’s understanding of the economic, social and political worlds? I presume that VToR has managed to uncover these analyses – or at least evidence of what they might be – given his support for Shearer.

                      Or, perhaps Shearer has no such analysis. Perhaps he is something of a Ronald Reagan figure – possessed of some grab-bag of disconnected ‘good’ ideas but no analysis. A titular head, whose thoughts are not to be taken too seriously as his whole ‘political’ point is not what he thinks but who he appeals to in the electorate.

                      In that case, I suppose I need to ask what analyses his advisors or supporters have, since it is their analyses that are likely to carry the policy day if Shearer lacks understanding at that level.

                      On that assumption, the front bench line up looks like they (Shearer’s advisors and supporters) have done an ok job. It looks like Shearer supporters have been handsomely rewarded and, in addition, Cunliffe and Mahuta have been given something more than a backhanded compliment, to symbolise, and perhaps facilitate, a ‘healing’. 

                      As an outsider and observer, there also looks to be a lot of talent, ‘aggression’ and firepower in the line-up, which will be needed.

                      What I will have to wait and see is whether that firepower develops into a systematic critique of the National led government’s direction and the simultaneous presentation of a clearly articulated, coherent alternative or simply becomes an ad hoc opposition with one and a half eyes on public opinion. 

                      Unpredictable and inconsistent positions will suggest the latter.

                      I can see that I may get boring about this question of Labour’s (and Shearer’s) analysis.

                      But it has to be remembered that, for all I might disagree with the right, they have a pretty clear analysis that they communicate effectively: governments hamper the economy when they are directly involved; individuals make the ‘best’ choices for themselves and, ultimately, for society; the financial success of ‘aspirational’ individuals is good for everyone; ‘handing out’ taxpayer money solves nothing and encourages dependence; etc..

                      Those statements ‘hang together’ and provide some semblance of a coherent analysis (though one that I think is woefully incorrect).

                      What are the equivalent (hopefully different) statements that Shearer would offer by way of an analysis? (you see, I’m not after policy details).

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The apparent cohesiveness of the Right’s ideology has been honed by excellent understanding of group psychology, societal memes and the destruction of alternative and competing hypotheses/ideologies. And of course the advantages of marketing tools backed by massive resourcing.

                      Too many of the representatives of the Left don’t understand critical truths and have therefore struggled with the impossible task of trying to formulate a kinder, gentler implementation of Right wing capitalism.

                      I would like to hear Shearer’s detailed opinions on the issues raised by the OWS protests and the ways forward that he sees to address those issues. In other words – lets understand what his analysis of the context and the situation is.

                    • Yes, CV. Shearer’s opinions on the issues highlighted by OWS would be a good place to start.

                      As for the right’s ideology, there’s plenty of room for the left to tap the same pool of group psychology and ‘societal memes’, as you put it.

                      One angle that I’d like to see taken up is that the development, maintenance and encouragement of individuals only occurs within stable, cohesive groups and that our modern world systematically undermines just such groups.

                      That is, the left can ‘capture’ the value of the individual (currently colonised by the right) by emphasising the crucial social conditions that typically give rise to autonomous individuals who understand their connection to otbers. This pre-empts the right by going back prior to the emergence of the individual.

                      Relatedly, the left has been frightened, I think, of notions of social ‘stability’ because of its echoes of bigotry and social conservatism and stifling conformity.

                      But the ‘stability’ the left should refer to is that required to raise full persons – stable provision of material needs; communities that are less transient; a social interdependence that is on multiple dimensions rather than single ones (i.e., people who are, at the same time, your neighbour,  plumber, parent of your child’s friends, local Red Cross collector, etc.).

                      The analysis, in short, should hold within it both a critique of what is and a prescription of what can be.

                      It’s always been there, of course, and most on the left understand it – but it no longer gets clearly articulated, or only sporadically. The electorate is not given a sense that this kind of thoroughly human world is what the left are on about.

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      Puddleglum: I supported Cunliffe, not Shearer.
                       
                      Sprout: Why have you edited out my comment above? All I did was point out your homophobic insult. Are you beyond criticism? Can you at least make it clear that you are censoring me by bolding your edit, thanks.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Puddleglum – well I hope Shearer can express it.

                    • seeker

                      @Puddleglum at 11.02pm
                      “That is, the left can ‘capture’ the value of the individual (currently colonised by the right) by emphasising the crucial social conditions that typically give rise to autonomous individuals who understand their connection to others. This pre-empts the right by going back prior to the emergence of the individual.

                      It’s always been there, of course, and most on the left understand it – but it no longer gets clearly articulated, or only sporadically. The electorate is not given a sense that this kind of thoroughly human world is what the left are on about.”

                      Have just suggested an idea based on this realisation to some people on the left with regard to advertising a petition against the sales of our electricity assets. I suggested that instead of couching the adverts in terms of business/economy as to how many units or shares ‘you’ can buy, it could be couched in terms of ‘social cost’ or value. ie.how much heat mrs p.will lose so Colnel Blimp of Remuera can gain a profit.

                      Neo liberalism under Thatcher said there was no such thing as society only the individual. From there we became ‘economically quantified’ and ended up as units to be processed as business deemed fit .

                      This time round the canny nat lot have tried to be less ‘iron fisted’ and wrapped their ‘poison for any emergence of society under the last Labour government.’ in soft, charming smiles, pink jackets for crusher collins, pearl necklaces for neglectful wilkinson and incompetent tolley, perfume and designer clothes for Hekia.
                      Gentle, paternal, patronising chiding tells us not to be jealous after swingeing tax cuts, followed by lots of jokes, followed by GST and ETS rise, followed by slapstick and more jokes..investment houses fail but never fear your friendly government is here to sell you assets which are yours anyway joke joke, Mad Butcher, Moonbeam, joke, RWC joke,smile……the banality of ripping units off…..

                      All this succeeds because our people and our communities have lost sight of
                      their social standing and their human worth and have been successfully mesmerised by money and the business world they have been swallowed up in. They have almost been turned into mindlees monetary units that obey ‘the market’ in the form of John Key and mates.

                      They have almost been successfully turned into the haves and the have nots, where the have nots perpetually serve the haves and their rapacious demands.So many, trying so hard to stay or climb into the ‘have’ camp do not really understand the social human cost in thier mindless stampede to follow the leader, buy assets and plunge New Zealand into a real darkness from which she may never recover.

                      Communication to Kiwis must be presented in human terms , the social context must be brought back into our economic rhetoric before it is too late.

                      I think this could become known as the politics of integrity, a political landscape to envy by those people who think they have ,but will find they have not.

                    • tvor if you’re actually sincere about your mary poppins heal and move on routine, perhaps you should act like the old sage you like to think you are and just stfu now

                      what about that comment exactly could you possibly construe as homophobic? or are you just trying to distract from the many other valid criticisms above that you fail to address?

          • dancerwaitakere 4.1.3.2.2

            I completely agree Anne.

          • David 4.1.3.2.3

            SINCERE thanks to all of you who, each in your own little way, tried to ensure the right result.

            • LynW 4.1.3.2.3.1

              +10 Thank you from me also. I really appreciated the debate. I was sincerely trying to make sense of it all. Now for the future….

        • Rob 4.1.3.3

          They need to hammer Joyce
          He controls The Nats and he is evil

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.3.3.1

            Joyce is going to be DPM continuing to work his Sith Lord shit in the background; Parata will be PM, front footing it against Shearer who will be the distinctly middle aged white guy against the charming, well spoken, younger Maori woman with liberally progressive centrist politics.

            • Skeptic to the max 4.1.3.3.1.1

              Parata and Shearer are only a couple of years in age apart and both already past middle age unless they are both going to live to 100+

    • tc 4.2

      Yup MS, what’s done is done, there’s more than enough talent to wipe the floor with the nats however I would’ve liked to have seen king and mallard shown the pasture.

      Unlikely as trev’s a nasty piece of work so best keep him sweet and king just didn’t deliver for my money opposite Bennett last term and as a deputy leader and isn’t it about time the helenguard was regenerated with fresh growth.

      • David 4.2.1

        King delivered a great deal last term. She was brave and full of energy and passion around the child policy (the fire in the eyes!) and she built bridges with all sorts of people: CPAG and the child poverty lobby not least. She went out after Paula, but really, the press were sold on nasty welfare reform, and you couldnt get a word in.

    • fmacskasy 4.3

      Agreed.

      The Tories will be unleashing some fairly unpleasant shite in the next couple of years and we’d better be focused to meet them head on. Or they’ll roll right over us.

  5. David 5

    I think this is pretty good, given some predictions and fears: using talent where it’s strong, some important continuity, people playing to real abilities and knowledge. Grant in tertiary education, where he’s very strong. I want to see the economic team coming up with a coherent platform early on that we can build on, and that can start the turn to a serious new direction post GFC. Jacinda and Maryan have big roles they can thrive in. Sad to see Moana Mackey loses housing: she was fantastic in that, full of energy and grounded knowledge over much of the country.

    • tc 5.1

      “can start the turn to a serious new direction post GFC”

      The GFC is still with us and lurching from one episode to the next until the system is fundamentally overhauled so it aint going anywhere.

    • David 5.2

      But then I see Annette has housing, and she is no shrinking violet either :). Phil in Foreign Affairs: we should all be basking in the experience! Put them person to person against the nats, and tell me these guys cant win???

      • gingercrush 5.2.1

        Personally I don’t think King has adjusted well to being in opposition. I still consider her to be of obvious talent and at a minister did her job impeccably. But she was disappointing last term.

  6. Claire 6

    I think that it is a pity that more women haven’t been given places on the front bench. Also, while I don’t necessarily think that holding an electorate seat equals amazing ministerial material, I think that Damien O’Connor probably should have been further up the list. Other than that, I guess we now get to see how it plays with the public….

  7. fatty 7

    I fail to see the point of Grunt Robertson…always have and always will. The only reason for putting Robertson up there is if Gerry Brownlee calls a sumo fight and Labour decide they need a useless fatty to combat National’s useless fatty.

    I would also put Hipkins in the top 8 cause he’s way better than any of those other Labour MPs…

    [lprent: Ummm you're rising in my troll test for high stupidity / low substance ratio. It'd pay to exert a bit more effort to avoid being regarded as being a waste of bandwidth. ]

  8. prism 8

    If I was advising Ardern I would get a new photo of her. The one we have at the top of the page has a greeny tinge, makes her look a bit unhealthy.

  9. jaymam 9

    I like the new line-up.

  10. dancerwaitakere 10

    Law and Order as well as Maori Affairs and ACC not being held by members of the front bench?

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      To leave ACC off the front bench is a mistake IMO; we know that ACC has a National target painted on its very valuable capital rich forehead, and giving it to a rookie MP is not what it requires.

      • dancerwaitakere 10.1.1

        Not to mention a rookie MP who was parachuted in ahead of many other proven performers, and is not seemingly sitting in the back with a highly important portfolio,but will not have a great platform to be on message.

  11. Ant 11

    I don’t really give a fig about who sits where until I see policy direction. There’s been lots of vague talk not a lot of specifics, hopefully there might be something substantial in the new year.

  12. Redbaron77 12

    I am reasonably happy with this line up. David Cunliffe is in No.5 spot in with Economic Development. I would have prefered him in No.3 leading the Finance team however I will hold my peace. Good comments raised on ACC and Maori Affairs. I can possibly understand why Maori Economic Development is given more priority over the broader portfolio of Maori Affairs particularly when so many Maori families and people are struggling financially… However I would like David Shearer and members of the Maori Shadow Cabinet to explain the reasoning behind this decision given Maori are a core constituency of Labour.

  13. Reality Bytes 13

    I think this is a very well thought out and strong lineup. It’s a shame Cunliffe didn’t get Finance, but he got the next best role suited to his capabilities imo. As good as he is, they do have to think of winning the next election, and part of that is essentially branding themselves as a new generation to appeal to a wider audience and win over people that voted for the Nat’s this time round. It’s a shame but that’s the game.

    From what I know of them, all of the people on the front benches really suit their roles imo, and it’s good to see that Cunliffe and Mahuta have not been punished really, and given the respect they deserve. Good to see Goff is doing an important role that he is very experienced at too. Ardern definitely is a rising star given a very important role that suits her talent. I was very impressed with her passion for social issues and I think she is perfect for the role, although shearer would be good at this role too, I’m sure he’ll be providing the benefit of his knowledge and experience to Ardern.

    Very clever that Shearer has picked science and innovation for himself, that really is a vital portfolio to move us all forward imo.

    Best of luck to the team in 2014, I think they definitely have what it takes to help us ALL move to a better future, not just to the top 5-10%. It’s good to have some quality to vote for next election.

    • RedLogix 13.1

      Agreed entirely RB. Equally the onus is now on Parker to perform; because like Goff he may well have been a competent and reliable Minister, but at present Parker is short on winning confidence and empathy with the public.

    • Ari 13.2

      Yep, have to agree this lineup generally bodes well. We’ll have to see how it performs and whether everyone is up to their new roles, and if not I hope Shearer will reshuffle again as necessary.

  14. ad 14

    The current Labour leader now has just one day to prove he has what it takes against the Prime Minister, with the Address in Reply. Something like the first packdown against the All Blacks. Your either gain their respect in the test environment, or you never will for the duration of the game.

    Included in this first address must be dazzling policy coherence, charm, and televisual bon mots sufficient to make the commentators take notice. The Aid Worker bonhomie will go up in smoke the moment Shearer enters the Chamber.

    He knows now after being outed on television lying about his Bench offer to Cunliffe, that he is on notice from all sides of Parliament including his own.

    The next test upon him will be whether he can forge an active cooperation with the Greens as to how this government is tackled in the House, and then also active cooperation with the Greens in the Select Committees.

    The further test will be whether he can convince his team to work harder over the Summer break to come up with more penetrating policy and a more sophisticated comms programme than the Government – to outpace, to outplay, and to best this Government particularly during the media downtime, so that the full echochamber effect of the blogs have much stronger sway.

    Some will be tempted to say that it is Dunne who should be targeted. Unless Shearer can prove that he is actually better than Key – who is is superior even to Clark other than in her first term – then there is no defeating them. No other target matters.

    Shearer’s success or otherwise as the current leader will be measured with the first poll that comes out. And we know from the Leadership vote that poll failure will not be tolerated as it was with Goff.

    We have not witnessed a New Zealand government with this strong a Parliamentary presence in several decades. He has his main opposition party as divided and weak as they have ever been, and in Joyce he has a Minister of Everything with the kind of cold commercial precision that has not been seen since the first term of Roger Douglas within the Lange administration.

    This is the moment we see what the neophytes are made of. Let it begin.

    • fmacskasy 14.1

      Interesting points. I particularly agree with this comment,

      “Some will be tempted to say that it is Dunne who should be targeted. Unless Shearer can prove that he is actually better than Key – who is is superior even to Clark other than in her first term – then there is no defeating them. No other target matters.”

      The Greens and Peters can take on Dunne. Shearer has to go head to head with Key – and if Key is out of the House when awkward questions are being asked – this should be trumpetted to the entire country.

      • Reality Bytes 14.1.1

        Yeah imo it’s massively beneficial to Labour that Winnie got back in.

        Why? Because Winnie can do what he does best: Colorfully call people out on their BS.
        Man I am SO looking forward to the guy ripping into Key and calling them out on his shenanigans! I bet Key’s biggest regret of the election outcome is that Winnie got back in hahaha :)

        The best part for Labour is they can sit back somewhat and let Peters do what he does best which is attack. NZF can absorb the ‘oh he’s being nasty/mean/negative’ flak.

        Even if you disagree with Peters solutions and politics, the guy is frank and raises important issues to the publics attention, a bit like Rodney Hide, except Peters has more of an axe to grind! Gonna be entertaining for sure.

        Winnie can raise the issues and take the negativity hits, meanwhile Labour can move forward on offering solutions without patronizingly being labeled as the negative/nasty party by our lame-stream media.

        One thing I am very interested in is whether Peters will take many potshots at Labour, it would seem hard for him to convincingly criticize Labs based past performance since they have re-modeled themselves.

        I have a gut feeling that Lab+NZF could actually be grow to be quite amicable to each other this term, and a Lab-Greens-NZF coalition could represent a very real possibility for our next government.

        • fender 14.1.1.1

          I can see the Greens gaining strength in future as more and more people become concerned for the environment and see climate change weather events hit home. Younger voters are attracted to the green brand. I’d like to see Labour work closer and more constructivly with the Greens. Thats where the future needs to be once this bunch are done doing their damage.

    • fender 14.2

      How come we get such bottom of the barrel stuff when it comes to “Minister of Everything”?
      He needs attacking too especialy when the Tourism Minister is off living the tourist lifestyle.(Does he not understand it’s not him thats meant to do the touring)

  15. Bunji…

    Not so much Shearer keeping Science and Innovation (and showing his priorities are on jobs that will make this country richer, unlike Key’s tourism).

    Key is vulnerable here. Considering that he spends his holidays overseas, in Hawaii, he is hardly leading-by-example, and failing to promote our own country.

  16. Blue 16

    Front bench line up pretty much as given to the newspapers last week. No surprises there.

    Looks like Ardern (+14) and Hipkins (+10) did very well out of their votes for Shearer.

    Personally I think Jacinda is too inexperienced to be given that portfolio just yet, but then what the hell am I thinking – inexperience is the flavour of the day right now.

    Nice touch with ranking only the top 20 so the rest can’t tell exactly how far they’ve been demoted.

    All of the known Shearer supporters did very well, aside from the expected shuffling off of Phil, Annette and Mallard.

    I hope that Ruth Dyson and Sue Moroney didn’t vote for Shearer given their catastrophic falls from number 5 and number 10 to being unranked.

    On the other hand it seems likely that Shane Jones, Clare Curran and Su’a William Sio ended up on Team Shearer.

    I’m happy that David Cunliffe retains an economic portfolio and a high ranking. And it’s good to see Phil and Annette putting their experience to good use in substantial portfolios. Good on Nanaia for getting Education too.

    • Reality Bytes 16.1

      Well it’s either getting faulted for lacking experience or it’s getting faulted for being in the role too long and offering nothing new/representing the old-guard.

      There are no absolutes. Time will tell whether the appointments were wise and the concerns over inexperience were well founded or not. For all we know these people could offer excellent fresh ways forward.

      Let’s watch and see.

    • Ari 16.2

      Jacinda can certainly handle SD, and she’ll run rings around Paula Bennet for sure.

      There’s inept inexperience and talented inexperience, and Jacinda is most definitely of the latter variety and will hold her own just fine on the front bench.

  17. Annette King will be more than a match for Phil Heatley on Housing.

    Considering that this country’s housing problems are woeful, this is another area of vulnerability for this government.

  18. hush minx 18

    So how do we judge how this new team do? Perform in the House with blood letting on the floor and appropriate writhing of Ministers? Gallery full of praise for sharp insightful attacks backed by solid policy proposals? Regular front page coverage of Labour stories and leading items on the news? Stimulating debate in the social media? Increase in polling? Or activists feeling like they are investing their time in something worthwhile? If we want to see improvement we better figure out what we are measuring and how to know whether we’re achieving it.

    For example, tomorrow David Shearer will present himself in to Parliament. As many have mentioned he’s not a strong speaker. Yet if he does ok, with no stumbles that will be viewed as a win. But is it really? What would a strong speaker look like?

    I know it’s not fashionable, but whoever is in those leadership shoes need to match Clark and Cullen (96-99) in their performance. Anything else is second best and make do. And will not bring Labour to the Government benches in 2014.

    • Ari 18.1

      I think reality needs to be acknowledged that standards have drastically lowered since Clark was Prime Minister. Sure, some in the commentariat will say that Labour will be failing if they don’t have a leader that can give a speech like she could right off the bat, but Shearer is going up against John Key, not Jim Bolger, and frankly, I know pre-teens who can compete favourably with Key. Of course, people will expect more of Labour than National- they always do- so Shearer will need to beat Key by a significant margin. I think the question is not whether he can speak eloquently, but rather of whether the content of what he says resonates with the public.

      • hush minx 18.1.1

        Sure by the time Clark was in the 99 campaign she was well seasoned and knew what she was doing, and was well practiced. But I’m finding it difficult to chart how Labour (as a whole but also individuals) will be rated if we don’t establish what their performance expectations are. For me, aiming for a team that was an effective, clear and smart as Cullen and Clark is the goal. I want to see results which step them along the way to that outcome.

        • Ari 18.1.1.1

          Oh, as a team, we should absolutely aim for those standards. I thought you meant Shearer needs to instantly live up to Clark, which is an incredible set of shoes to fill.

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Rail vs Driverless Cars
    A few days ago there were two major transport stories, the first was about a new record for rail patronage and the other topic was about the government looking to make it easier for driverless cars to be on New Zealands roads....
    Transport Blog | 25-10
  • The Bridge
    A photograph of my Father in Ha’api, and myself in Nuku’alofa – in different times, but holding the same familiar expression As we flew over Auckland (Okalani) on the way home from Nuku’alofa, I couldn’t help but imagine what this...
    On the Left | 25-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #43B
    Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change Researchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as...
    Skeptical Science | 25-10
  • When do we reach ‘peak cow’?
    How much is enough? Or even too much? It's a fundamental question for any business or economy when you're dealing with supply and demand. And it's a crucial question when it comes to New Zealand's dependence on the dairy industry. So...
    Pundit | 25-10
  • ‘Progressives’ who side with imperialism
    Although the Alliance for Workers Liberty has no co-group in New Zealand and is a minor player on the British far-left, we’re running the article below because the AWL ideas being critiqued in it are certainly relevant here (and probably...
    Redline | 24-10
  • ‘Progressives’ who side with imperialism
    Although the Alliance for Workers Liberty has no co-group in New Zealand and is a minor player on the British far-left, we’re running the article below because the AWL ideas being critiqued in it are certainly relevant here (and probably...
    Redline | 24-10
  • The Songs of Yesteryear – Or, What I Was Listening To 40 Years Ago
     Sonnet to the Fall: Penned by the group, Dulcimer's, founder, Peter Hodge, the song also features the English actor, Richard Todd, reading Hodge's poetry. Dulcimer's first album, And I Turned As I Had Turned As A Boy was released on the...
    Bowalley Road | 24-10
  • Beach Rd Cycleway stage 2 design
    The new Beach Rd cycleway is fantastic addition to the city however at the moment it’s a little short only extending from Churchill St to Mahuhu Cres. That’s set to change next year as the second stage gets underway which...
    Transport Blog | 24-10
  • Taylor Swift NOT entertaining misogyny, even for laughs
    I saw this on Graham Norton’s show last night and was impressed with Taylor Swift’s deft ‘warning’ to comedian John Cleese … to not engage in comic misogyny – not even as a joke. Good on her. Here’s a short...
    The Paepae | 24-10
  • Tory Austerity mythology exposed ( from The Guardian & Social Europe Jo...
    The same neo-liberal mythology which declares  National as the best manager of New Zealand's economy is used in the UK to boost the credibility of the Conservative Party with disaster-ous consequences.This article from The Guardian and reproduced in Social Europe...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 24-10
  • Neo-Liberal Economics and the danger to nations’ sovereignty. From So...
    The TPPA debate has echoes in Europe as Neo-Liberal economists conspire to remove national sovereignty through the Juncker Commission.Will The Juncker Commission Continue To Entrench Neoliberal Policies?Lukas OberndorferA few days ago, the designated European Commission finally showed its true colours:...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 24-10
  • Saturday playlist: new beginnings
    Every Saturday we’re going to post a couple of music videos, probably on a particular theme, unless we run out of ideas and it just turns into Stephanie spamming us with professional wrestling soundtracks and Nicki Minaj. This week’s theme, fittingly: new beginnings....
    On the Left | 24-10
  • Save us from Ebola, Muslims but not guns!
    For some reason, Americans are terrified about the threat of Ebola, the dangers of Muslim terrorists, but not gunzzzzzzzzzzz.Meanwhile:At least three people have been hospitalised after a student reportedly carried out a shooting at a high school north of Seattle...
    Left hand palm | 24-10
  • Because they wanted a better life for me
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) The first time I saw snow I came...
    On the Left | 24-10
  • Letter to the editor – Key paints a dirty, great, big bullseye on our cou...
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz> date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Dominion Post . On Radio NZ, on 23 October, I was gobsmacked to hear this from  our...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #43A
    Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals An in-depth look at the oceans, climate change and the hiatus Citing rising seas, Florida officials vote to cut state in half Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying...
    Skeptical Science | 24-10
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline | 24-10
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings
    Press Release – The Nation Fonterra boss worried about the spread of Ebola in West Africa and potential big consequences for the company, saying it doesnt feel to me like that it is under control at the momentLisa Owen interviews...
    Its our future | 24-10
  • We can be heroes
    (Trigger warnings apply on this post for assault, misogyny, domestic violence, and bitter sarcasm/flippancy about male perpetrators of violence against women.) This is written for cis-gendered straight guys. I have nothing to say to women on the subject of male...
    On the Left | 24-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #47: Water in Public Spaces
    47: Water in Public Spaces What if we made more of water in our public spaces? Sometimes it is the simple things. People flock to water in public spaces. We need more of it in this city. And in more...
    Transport Blog | 24-10
  • Freedom of information: A good idea from India
    One of the better ideas for freedom of information implemented overseas is disclosure logs - agencies posting requests and responses publicly, allowing performance to be monitored and reducing repeat requests. This is widespread in Australia and the UK, but poorly...
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • The Age of Cupidity
    I've been trying to publish a post for the past couple of weeks.  Although I have several in draft form, when I try to finish them I find myself overwhelmed by a deep lassitude - an uncharacteristic gloom which is only relieved...
    Te Whare Whero | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Looking back with pride – Maryan Street
    Maryan Street joined the Labour Party in 1984, was President from 1995-1997 and became an MP in 2005. She talked to Labour Voices about her Labour journey and the people, events and achievements she recalls with the greatest pride....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Strong and comprehensive
    DEVELOPING “a very strong and comprehensive” Women’s Affairs policy going into the 2014 election is one of the achievements Carol Beaumont is most proud of. And being unable to implement it one of her regrets....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Christchurch’s rebuild should be decided by Christchurch, not Welling...
    Radio New Zealand has an appalling story this morning about the government's interference in the Christchurch rebuild over the new District Plan. Normally district plans are decided by elected local councils accountable to the voters who will live under them....
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • Turning a blind eye to corruption
    As we are constantly reminded, New Zealand consistently leads the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index as the "least corrupt country in the world". And as we are increasingly becoming aware, that reputation may be undeserved. Today there's another nail in...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Police Association off target with call to arm Police
    Arming our Police will lead to more crime, more violence, and more killings – by criminals, and potentially even by police. The Police Commissioner is correct in pointing out that the Police Association’s recent call to arm all officers is...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Political interference at Maori Television
    A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No - according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand:“[Maori TV CEO Paora]...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • September 14 Patronage
    Auckland’s Transport’s patronage results for September are now out and they show that the city is experiencing spectacular PT growth, growth which is also setting a number of records. The big news was earlier in the week was that when it was announced...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa, Labour MP for Manukau East, has given her Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Adrian Rurawhe
    Adrian Rurawhe, Labour MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, has given his Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Roastbusters, one year on (almost)
    March in Wellington against rape culture, from Stuff.co.nz Content warning: contains discussion of rape and sexual assault You can literally get away with rape in this country. You can be a serial rapist, with photographic and video evidence you willingly...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Labour Needs To Stop Saying What People DON”T want to hear.
    A Freight Train called Key: On election night 1975 Bill Rowling said Muldoon's landslide victory felt like being hit by a bus. Oh what David Cunliffe would have given for that bus on 20 September 2014!THE ANGUISH of Labour supporters...
    Bowalley Road | 23-10
  • And if you have to carry a gun to keep your fragile seat at number one R...
    What happened at Canada's war memorial and parliamentary buildings is a pretty bad thing. It should, however, be kept in some sort of perspective. ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Beware the sucker ploy.
    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • 2014 Arctic sea ice extent – 6th lowest in millennia
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as...
    Skeptical Science | 23-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere