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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.

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  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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