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Cunliffe’s team

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, September 17th, 2013 - 196 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, david parker, labour - Tags:

Breaking:  Stuff is saying that Cunliffe has asked David Parker to be his deputy in a Breaking banner.

Audrey Young at the NZ Herald is claiming this will be Cunliffe’s recommendation to caucus.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has recommended David Parker as his deputy leader.

Leadership rival Grant Robertson will be leader of the House.

An interesting choice, and I imagine Parker will get finance.  But the final vote for deputy is made by caucus, not Cunliffe.

I was hoping a bit for a female deputy.  I hope that there is a strong female presence in Cunliffe’s team.  And Maori?  Shane Jones role/s?

Will update as more information comes out.  Meanwhile, what are your choices for Cunliffe’s front bench?

[Update] Tracy Watkins on Stuff:

Labour leader David Cunliffe has announced that he will be asking finance spokesman David Parker to be his deputy leader.

It’s not clear if Robertson as Leader of the House has been confirmed:

Cunliffe said Robertson would be Labour’s leader of the House instead.

Robertson said it was a consensus decision.

Cunliffe would not confirm that he had offered the position to Robertson.

He would only say that he had “sounded out” Robertson on his preferences.

Robertson would not say either if Cunliffe had offered him the job, or if he would have taken the job if offered.

“I hadn’t made any decision about that. I had some good discussions with David yesterday.”

Robertson’s appointment as Leader of the House means Labour veteran Trevor Mallard has been demoted.

I’m not sure how Cunliffe’s recommendation of Parker for deputy fits with Labour’s recent democratisation of their procedures.

The above linked Herald article is updated saying Parker will retain finance.

[Update 2]  Watkins article has now been further updated, with a focus on a “showdown” between Cunliffe and Key in Question Time today.  Typical MSM infotainment – they want big drama, rather than a serious focus on serious issues, and how the opppsotion of Cunliffe’s team develops over time. She also adds an attempt to stress potential conflicts within Cunliffe’s team at the bottom of the article.

Conflict, drama, diversion, avoiding the serious issues – all dominant characteristics of neoliberal infotainment coverage of news and politics by the corporate media.

[Update 3]  David Parker is confirmed as Cunliffe’s Deputy.

David Parker has been confirmed as deputy leader of the Labour Party.

”David Parker will make an outstanding deputy,” leader David Cunliffe said in a statement.

”He is a man of intellect and integrity, with the Labour values of opportunity and fairness at his core. I could not be happier with his elevation.

Parker will remain as the party’s finance spokesman, with Grant Robertson taking the employment portfolio, and Shane Jones remaining as economic development spokesman. Sue Moroney will be senior whip, with Iain Lee-Galloway as junior whip

196 comments on “Cunliffe’s team”

  1. Winston Smith 1

    There won’t be 50% of positions filled by females because the talent simply isn’t there and Cunliffe wants to win (as well he should)

    • karol 1.1

      WS, I said “strong presence” not 50%.

      I think the roles women MPs are given have more impact than a numbers balance. In Key’s government, the women ministers are in the lower status portfolios (for the Nats).

      • fender 1.1.1

        Meanwhile Keys “sister” party across the ditch has ONE woman in their 19-“strong” Cabinet

        • grumpy 1.1.1.1

          And Abbott has said he in not happy about that so has bought in a raft of women as ministers and Assistant Ministers outside cabinet to bring up in the future.
          Clearly the Coalition has a bit of work to do to recruit more capable women candidates but the electorate has shown that it has rejected Gillard’s gender wars and just want capability in it’s politicians.

          • Sosoo 1.1.1.1.1

            He had binders full of women, I guess.

          • Murray Olsen 1.1.1.1.2

            The only gender war Gillard was involved in was the one where Abbott and the neanderthals of talkback attacked her for being a woman. It was gender war alright when Abbott stood in front of a “Ditch the Witch” sign, or a Liberal dinner had Gillard’s big red box and thighs on the menu.
            As for capability – Australia has probably just voted in the most incompetent government it’s ever had. None of them exude anything remotely like competence.

            • JonL 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Not looking forward to the next 3 yrs here – a bigger bunch of bozo’s I haven’t seen for a while…although, looking at governments around the western world, New Zealand, The UK, USA, I guess they are all involved in a race to the bottom…….

          • Sable 1.1.1.1.3

            As long as they are not gay or a refugee, right grumpy?

        • Tracey 1.1.1.2

          “Abbott said he was disappointed there weren’t more women in his 19-member Cabinet.”

          As though he had no say in it..

        • King Kong 1.1.1.3

          And Cunliffes “sister” party just got comprehensively thrown out of Government for being utterly incompetent and an infighting mess.

          • Crunchtime 1.1.1.3.1

            Aus Labor party got voted out because of Kevin Rudd’s terrible behaviour, horrendous sexism and trial by media. Not incompetence.

            On the upside, historically when Labor gets voted out in Aus, Labour gets voted in in NZ. Time for change.

      • grumpy 1.1.2

        karol, I thought you were a Green’s supporter? Clearly Cunliffe has looked at the paucity of talent on offer and made the call on performance?

        • karol 1.1.2.1

          I’m firstly a leftie. I supported Cunliffe for leader, and I give my electorate vote to him, but have voted Green Party in recent years. It will take a long term shift towards Labour’s traditional values, for me to be convinced to vote Labour Party again.

          • grumpy 1.1.2.1.1

            ….a bit like National voters wanting input into the leadership of ACT….don’t you think?

            • thatguynz 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Didn’t National achieve precisely that with Brash’s coup within ACT? Or was it vice versa?

              • grumpy

                Probably….just saying…..

              • Wayne

                I dont think the Nats had much of a say in Don Brash’s decision. We were more in amazement that Don thought he was the answer for ACT. And bear in mind that Peter Goodfellow was my campaign manger for 3 elections, so I know something about this.

                • thatguynz

                  I have no doubt you are right Wayne (excuse the pun). It certainly had every appearance of a National takeover of the ACT Party though – even if that perception is incorrect :)

                • Tracey

                  so guys do gossip and speak out of school Wayne?

                • framu

                  As you say wayne – you do know something about this

                  so why you think banks and brash were chosen by act is rather odd

                  Just be honest man – its no secret. Brash was put at the head of national, then he and banks were parachuted into act because the people who back both wings of the neoliberal fantasy said so

                  no brash no cash ring any bells?

                • ghostwhowalksnz

                  National was pulling the strings with all the minor parties… Hone out after ultimatum from National
                  Don in after infighting wrecked ACT, all or nothing attempt by National

              • Enough is Enough

                I’d say vice-versa

                Act attempted to merge with National and largely did with the No Brash – No Cash aggressive take-over.

                They would have succeeded if it wasn’t for pesky democracy when in 2005 the people of New Zealand loud and clearly told Brash and Act to fark right off.

                The old bugger did not hear us and came back for more punishment in 2011.

                Even still the dopey old codger keeps popping his head up for more slaying.

            • Old Fan 1.1.2.1.1.2

              Snap!

    • Lan 1.2

      Female “talent” gets nowhere in NZ so don’t bring up this non argument. It is crap. Females don’t stand for local government because they get treated badly so what’s the point. Those who bring up the “female”-standing argument don’t know what they are talking about. Just my view and experience….MATE!

      • grumpy 1.2.1

        Absolute bullshit! One of the most conservative rural local bodies in the country, Selwyn District Council is about to elect an out there lesbian as Mayor. She will beat a whole crowd of good kiwi blokes by a country mile – because she is hugely capable!….and a bloody good sort….

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1

          Doesn’t Wellington have a female mayor?

          Isn’t Christchurch going to get a female mayor?

    • Lan 1.3

      Well I hope I am providing a response to this silly opinion in my previous entry. George Orwell was quite in support of capable females in my view. In Animal Farm female production capability ruled, as it does in the NZ dairy and poultry industry, in that it provided the economic basis for the agricultural enterprise. Think on that @Winston Smith

  2. neoleftie 2

    Interesting choice as deputy. Parker I’ve meet a few time, nice fella honest, bit dry, accomplished, always friendly and walm. Seen as a neutral within the party, orthodox mostly from the private sector. Top two are finance policy heavy. My only concern who in caucus will keep cunliffe and Parker on the left pathway, and who get finance, if Parker do we get another Cullen or will cunliffe use Parker as a frontman to reassure the market whilst pushing the lefts agenda.

    • karol 2.1

      The NZ Herald is saying Parker will retain finance. Yes it would make the top two positions finance heavy.

      i’ll be interested to see who gets social development. I think it would be better to go for someone who strongly represents a low income area (to counter “westie” Bennett) – a South Auckland MP? Ardern would possibly be better in a role that is more of a key focus in Auckland’s CBD – to boost her electorate chances. Residents in Auckland City area are more slanted towards high incomes these days, IMO.

      • Tracey 2.1.1

        Twyford?

      • neoleftie 2.1.2

        Interesting economic and employment team based cluster.
        So we have a leftie, a centralist orthodox, and a wild card jones.

        “Mr Cunliffe said Mr Parker, Mr Robertson and Mr Jones would be part of strong economic and employment team.
        Mr Robertson: “We’ve had a good discussion David and I and we’ve come to a consensus that this line-up is the strongest line-up that we can possibly put forward and I absolutely endorse and support it.”
        Mr Parker will retain his finance role.” As from herald.

        Cunliffe has stated that he wants a clusters of mp focused around policy area.

        Comments I have received is that its upto the members and unions, the party to keep cunliffe and co on track and not dilute the narrative, discourse or message by moving back to the centre after the moving double peaked centre vote.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.3

        Cunliffe has experience as Minister of Health so he’s not all finance. And he has picked that the GFC II will be in full swing by electon time next year, which I agree with.

        No social agenda will get done unless it can be paid for.

        • Tracey 2.1.3.1

          It used to be said if you could survive being Education or Health minister you would make a great PM

      • Saarbo 2.1.4

        Yes it would make the two positions finance heavy, but I think that is important going into the 2014 election. It is likely that Election 2014 is going to be fought on Economy and Finance so having these 2 in the top 2 positions makes sense. Remember how terrible Goff looked in the “show me the money” moment, and also how bad Shearer looked when asked to explain the financial intricacies of the new housing policy, I think we need representatives that can put our best foot forward. It will be very difficult for National to trip these 2 up.

        Also David Parker doesnt seem to play the childish games so many of the other Labour caucus members get involved with, we need to eliminate that stuff…its a huge waste of time and energy.

        I think Parker is a great choice. But Im keen to see Sue Moroney and Nanaia Mahuta and Louisa Wall in senior positions, Im not a big fan of Jacinda Ardern for Deputy, needs more experience…will be interesting.

    • grumpy 2.2

      With Cunliffe and Parker at the top the “left pathway” has now been abandoned. That was good enough to get him elected as leader of the party but to become PM he needs to capture the centre. Sorry, but it will be a move to the right coming up.
      The first duty of any party leader is to get elected.

      • Tracey 2.2.1

        Thats what came to my mind when I read about Parker… Is he closer to cullen in philosophy?

        • grumpy 2.2.1.1

          I understand his new Chief of Staff is ex Cullen, so right turn it is then.

          • Tom Gould 2.2.1.1.1

            Dr Cullen was deputy and finance and from Dunedin, just like Parker. Quite a shrewd move by Cunliffe. And Parker’s recent attacks on crony capitalism and on corporate welfare tend to signal a much more left of centre approach, as I see it, which would be a nice fit for Cunliffe as leader.

            • grumpy 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Then again, attacks on Corporate Welfare are hardly the sole domain of the left – there are plenty of hard right critics as well. As for Crony Capitalism, the same…..hardly leftie issues.
              We will see but expect more of the same from Labour as it goes for the centre.

              • Colonial Viper

                Exactly. There is plenty of cross over with conservative voters who are just as fucked off with tax evaders and crony capitalism as lefties are.

                • grumpy

                  “Crony capitalism” – eh? What finished Labor in Australia was “Crony unionism” and the ripping off of low paid union members by corrupt union officials. Don’t think “cronyism” is any respecter of Left or Right – just crooks.

      • neoleftie 2.2.2

        Within the party we have a consensus for the top team to go left, its been signalled, agree to and power holder, the brain trust and indeed us the commentators will keep the caucus on the left pathway or else….it’s the great reconnect to the lost labour identifiers who didn’t vote last few times.
        If this is a snow job I.e shearer rerun then the party will use the low street again and spin the wheels again.

        • grumpy 2.2.2.1

          I think you will find the the disillusioned left of Labour has gone to the Greens so Labour heading left will only try to get them back while alienating the much larger centre. If that’s what you want then fine…but don’t expect to win an election.

          • neoleftie 2.2.2.1.1

            Grumpy what about 800 k potential voters who are labour identifiers who didn’t vote last few times for a variety of reasons, why chase the hard hard centre voter who swings and hard to capture, lefts go after the people’s vote, the social vote, the poor downtrodden majority of people, the traditional bedrock of labour not just the socialist amongst us.

            • grumpy 2.2.2.1.1.1

              I agree that is a choice to make. If you think that group will be swayed by harder left policies then go for it but be aware that those policies may well push the existing Labour leaning centre voter to National, especially if their hard earned taxes are promised as policies aimed at those “poor downtrodden”.
              Hard call for the new leader but I think his appointments so far indicate his decision. He doesn’t live in a mansion in Herne Bay for nothing, you know. He hardly comes across as a dedicated hard leftie…..

              • neoleftie

                The policy focus for labour is jobs, job creation, r and d, direct involvement in any market, basically it’s putting people first anyhow and way…a new direction a new way..cause as cunliffe stated publicly climate change energy shortages and resource limitation inc growth is the coming hump to be faced.

                • grumpy

                  ….but….but…it was exactly those issues “climate change energy shortages and resource limitation inc growth ” that cost Labor the election in Australia.
                  Go for it.

                  • Tracey

                    you just said on this thread that Oz labour lost because of incompetent women being appointed for the sake of it.

                    “Heaps, but not many competent (Wong, Pilbersek etc.) they were chosen for appearance not performance and ultimately that is what led to Labor being rejected by the electorate.”

                    • grumpy

                      Two things, crap policies and crap people pushing them. The voters rejected the politics of division and the specif issues of carbon tax and immigration. Gillards “gender wars” backfired and caught up those most identified with it.
                      Note that both Wong and Pilbersek abandoned Gillard and jumped in with Rudd.

              • Crunchtime

                Your obsession with categorising EVERYTHING into left-centre-right is EXACTLY what the Labour party needs to ignore and be done with.

                Policy that is in the interests of New Zealand and its people is what we need and combined with strong confident leadership will get more people back to the polls that didn’t vote last year.

            • grumpy 2.2.2.1.1.2

              Why waste your time on 800k of voters who don’t vote anyway?

              • neoleftie

                No reason to vote cause labour had moved to the centre after a few votes their….Jesse grumpy

                • grumpy

                  There has always been a large non voting bloc in the lower income bracket. If they didn’t vote when Labour was tending left, why would they vote now? Have you thought that the 800k might be socially conservative low income? In short a natural voter for traditional Labour but possible left cold by the “identity politics” of modern Labour. A point well made by Jones.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    It’s not really your concern grumpy. Unless you’ve suddenly taken a surprise interest in turning out the lower socieconomic vote.

                    • grumpy

                      Quite right CV! I just find it an interesting subject on an otherwise quiet day.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Mate, you’ve posted more on this in an hour or two than you have for the rest of the year put together.

                    • RedBaronCV

                      Last time I spotted Grumpy on here he was asking about Shane Jone’s er ‘collection’. Did ya find it Grumpy, must have been good, you’ve been quiet for ages

              • kenny

                Keep up the spinning Grumpy – you must be dizzy by now.

                Your concern for the Labour Party is underwhelming; you’re made of glass.

                • grumpy

                  I have no concern for the Labour Party but this is a very interesting topic. It would apply to any party regardless of Left or Right.

              • Crunchtime

                They didn’t vote last year because they didn’t see anyone worth voting for.

                They voted in previous elections… It may have escaped your notice that the most recent election was a record low voter turnout.

                • Crunchtime

                  sorry – that should say “They didn’t vote in 2011 because they didn’t see anyone worth voting for.”

          • chris 2.2.2.1.2

            “I think you will find the the disillusioned left of Labour has gone to the Greens” grumpy

            Not in my circle of friends and acquaintances we didn’t. Many voted NZ First.

            • grumpy 2.2.2.1.2.1

              Cripes Chris, didn’t realise you were over 70….

              • GregJ

                The 65+ demographic is expected to double by 2051 and make up 25% of the population – not a demographic to be ignored or taken lightly I would suggest.

                (Edited to note details are in the first pdf)

              • chris

                sorry to disappoint you… I am not over 70, not even close.

                Why do people think those who vote NZ First are standing by their grave with one foot on a banana skin?

      • Bill 2.2.3

        Then again…ever cross your mind it’s useful to have a foil next to you? Guess not.

        • grumpy 2.2.3.1

          “A foil”???? I would have thought a deputy who shared your vision and one who could step in in your absence with a consistent commitment to your policies would be more desirable?

          • Bill 2.2.3.1.1

            Getting vigorous and constructive criticism from someone who shares your vision is kind of difficult. Far better to have a thoughtful ‘adversary’ who holds a slightly different vision as a sounding board…and so better highlight glitches and oversights etc.

            Worth remembering that Labour are going to have to convince people who do not currently share the stated vision of Cunliffe. How do you best get through to them? Convincing those closest to you who’s views more accord with those you are trying to reach is a good start.

            edit. And Parker is no more going to contradict Cunliffe in public than Cullen did Clark.

            • grumpy 2.2.3.1.1.1

              I suppose the Clark/Cullen example is a good one…but that combo hardly took Labour screaming left. Somehow hard left policies emanating from a mansion in Herne Bay just doesn’t seem probable to me. We will see if his heart is in it.

            • neoleftie 2.2.3.1.1.2

              Good point there…also in larger game Norman could step into deputy role in the coalition govt as Parker would get finance.

  3. Tracey 3

    Who would be leaking this stuff and to what end?

    Abbott has said he is sorry there is only one woman in his cabinet…

    That is the funniest thing I have heard today.

    • karol 3.1

      It’s not a leak. According to the updated version of Audrey Young’s article, linked in my post, it was a press statement:

      Mr Cunliffe spoke to reporters before the caucus meeting and was flanked by Mr Robertson and Mr Jones, with Mr Parker and party president Moira Coatsworth present too.

    • grumpy 3.2

      Abbott is genuine. His support of Julie Bishop as Deputy Leader and now her first choice role – Foreign Minister, his choice of a woman as Chief of Staff and his marvellous strong female family all show his genuine support for the advancement of women.
      By contrast, not one of Australia’s Labor opposition four leaders is female.

    • karol 3.3

      Maybe Cunliffe is showing he’s going into the caucus vote with his recommendations, perhaps pre-agreement Thus, if this is rubber stamped by Caucus, it shows Cunliffe is in control and not just doing the bidding of caucus.

  4. Macro 4

    “Conflict, drama, diversion, avoiding the serious issues – all dominant characteristics of neoliberal infotainment coverage of news and politics by the corporate media.”

    Exactly! – which is why I no longer read, nor watch, nor listen to their crap…

    If the news media really wanted to be taken seriously they would start with being what they claim to be.. presenters of new information. So great is their hubris, that they have given themselves the mantle of the “fountain of all wisdom” – and that is clearly far from the truth.

  5. burt 5

    So not much support for Part 6A then …. Do as we say not as we do !!!!! Fucking self serving socialists playing the social engineering card on everyone else then doing what the hell they like internally…. Next thing the self serving muppets will be breaking the electoral funding laws and saying the law is confusing and others broke them too so it’s not fair to just punish us ….

  6. bad12 6

    RadioNZ are saying, reported from this mornings gathering of Cunliffe,Parker,Coatsworth,Robertson and Jones, that Parker is the choice for Finance and deputy,

    Robertson as shadow leader of the House, Jones as Economic Development with Robertson,Parker and Jones all having an input to Finance,

    Trevor is still said to be in line to be Speaker…

    • Tracey 6.1

      LOL @ speaker… please no

      • grumpy 6.1.1

        Yes please! popcorn!!!!!

      • Actually I think of any of the roles you could give Trevor, Speaker is probably the best. It acknowledges his seniority while getting him safely out of the bloody way of any actual policy.

        edit: That’s not to say I think he’d be the best person in Labour to be speaker, just to say that I think Speaker is at the top of the list of Things Trevor Mallard Should Do If In Government, short though that list may be.

    • alwyn 6.2

      Is Robertson really capable of doing the shadow leader of the House job?
      A major part of the role seems to be protecting your party’s interests via things like points of order. This requires an extremely detailed knowledge of the rules of the house and of Speaker’s rulings, which Robertson doesn’t really seem to have. Do you remember the mess he made of things near the end of the last term of Parliament when he was trying to hold up the voluntary student union membership bill. He looked totally out of his depth when he was ambushed by the simple proposal to report progress. Mallard wasn’t in the house and by the time he got back it was to late. That was a couple of years ago but Robertson doesn’t seem to have got any better at this.
      Whatever one might think about Mallard one must give the devil his due and say he had the skills required in this area.

  7. nadis 7

    Mallard as a potential speaker? That’s gotta be a joke. Cunliffe would be insane to even contemplate that. Mallard would be a massively divisive choice even before you think of the history he has with many members on both sides of the house. And he has shown time and time again he doesn’t have the personal morality or gravitas to rise above being a dickhead. You just know that sooner or later he would hang Cunliffe out to dry just because he could.

    If you thought Margaret Wilson or Jonathan “shopping trolley” Hunt were the worst speakers ever, I think Mallard would leave them in the junket heavy dust.

    Surely Cunliffe is only suggesting Mallard is in line to be speaker to keep him well behaved until Cunliffe can find a time and place to bury the body?

    • Tracey 7.1

      the current speaker is giving them both a run for their money.

    • Murray Olsen 7.2

      The current speaker is the worst I’ve ever seen. At least Lockwood sometimes remembered to pretend he was impartial. This one is a partial idiot who thinks his job is to smooth Key’s passage towards a knighthood.

  8. SDCLFC7 8

    Good move making Parker deputy. Signals that Norman won’t get near the cheque-book and shows continuity with the two previous governments where the deputy was the finance.
    I also think, having lost, Robertson is now too damaged to be the deputy.
    Don’t know about the front-bench; wanted Cunliffe leader but don’t rate the quality of those who supported him. Could it be this
    Cunliffe; Parker; Robertson; Jones; Adern; King; Moroney; Lees-Galloway; Cosgrove; Mahuta
    Little; Twyford; Shearer; Hipkins; Street; Mackey; Sio; O’Connor; Clark; Wall

    • Enough is Enough 8.1

      What do you have against Norman as the Finance Minister?

      Parker would not be out of place in a National Caucus. Norman will be a lot more suited to introducing real change to New Zealand rather than the tinkering which Parker iwill deliver.

      • SDCLFC7 8.1.1

        Because if the electorate thinks that Norman could get Finance under a Labour lead government then 30-33 points is where we will stay.
        The Labour caucus needs a right and left side because you need to cover a lot of political ground to pull the votes in.
        Cullen implemented a lot of socially democratic policy as finance minance but he was able to win over the business community along the way – Norman will never do that. He hates them and it shows.
        Getting in office and then declaring war on the business community will not win anything.
        If you think that governments are able to steamroll through idealogical legislation without moderation then you are in the dark ages.
        This lot might be a poor government, and might follow idealogical lines like squeezing the public sector; scrapping with teachers; reducing spending and lowering taxes, all things that Labour will reverse for their own idealogical reasons, but they are not a government of extremism and neither will the next Labour government.

        • thatguynz 8.1.1.1

          “If you think that governments are able to steamroll through idealogical legislation without moderation then you are in the dark ages.”

          So SDCLFC7, how would you categorise what the present government has done – or rather, who has provided the moderation to their legislative approach? I’m truly intrigued.

          • SDCLFC7 8.1.1.1.1

            I stated what I thought they have passed along idealogical lines, and that Labour would reverse them along idealogical lines.
            It should be accepted that this is not a government of the far right ergo it has had some moderation – we still have some progressive tax rates, we still have workding for families etc. Do not read that as me trying to be some John Key apologist. I do not support their governance or their way of governance but there is lot further right they could’ve gone, therefore they are not extremists.
            Likewise the next Labour government will not be one of far left extremism and so Parker, as finance minister (which is where this started) putting some distance between us and Norman’s financial musings, is good for Labour’s prospects of governing next term.

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Don’t run scared mate, the world is going to get much better for the vast majority of NZers.

              And I expect Norman to have a major economic role in the first LABGRN govt.

              and so Parker, as finance minister (which is where this started) putting some distance from Labour and Norman’s financial musings, is good for Labour’s prospects of governing next term.

              Repeat after me: the end of the practical and theoretical failure that is neoliberalism.

        • grumpy 8.1.1.2

          Exactly!

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.3

          Sorry mate you don’t seem to understand the difference between big corporate business (who too often act as monopolistic rentiers) and strugglinh SMEs and small contractors that we really need to support.

          The corporate sector and the major banks have been fucking over the real business sector – the SMEs – for years.

          Why are you going to bat for the big end of town, instead of focussing on the struggling small businesses/SMEs who really need the help through cuts in their broadband costs, cuts in their bank fees, access to cheap credit to build their businesses etc?

  9. Enough is Enough 9

    I don’t often agree with podgy Garner but this is a beauty and I hope will come to fruition today:

    “Mallard’s time is up. The public tired of him years ago. He has been one of the main protagonists in the fight against Cunliffe. He should be dealt to. He has done his time in NZ politics.

    He’s currently on the taxpayers tit living it up in San Fran – it should be his last trip. He’s done well out of NZ politics and it’s time he was moved on. I don’t see what he offers anymore.”

    • Tracey 9.1

      yup. he and amy adams been sunning themselves and schmoozing in san fran, in her case while she loooks like losing the rma reform battle and fucking up the copper….

    • SDCLFC7 9.2

      Nah; yeah his caucus influence will be gone, and that’s fair enough but he’ll be hilarious as speaker.

  10. Ad 10

    What I particularly enjoy is the volume of media oxygen Labour and Cunliffe continues to suck from Key.

    After 5 years, we are the story.

    Cunliffe needs to keep feeding mystery-conflict-tension stories all the way to Christchurch.

    2 weeks before the Christchurch by-election, it needs to shift to policy stories.

    This is our moment to shift the discourse – and he knows it, which is helpful.

  11. Anne 11

    On midday TV1 news Mallard was described as having been demoted.

    If true… confirmation he was the mastermind of the anti-Cunliffe campaign which we now know began well before the 2011 election.

    edit: oops, EisE got in first.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Indeed. Some of the top positions have now been clarified. Cunliffe will be working his way through the rest of the caucus list over the next few days.

      • karol 11.1.1

        Yes, CV. Robertson. Jones, Deputy & whips were the people & posts that needed to be attended to first.

        I understand the need to have a strong financial lead against the Nats, but wish there was equal focus on social policy and roles.

        I will be looking for a strong social policy cluster, including, possibly Twyford, Wall, Ardern, King, Mahuta, Hipkins…. who else?

  12. Linz 12

    Radio NZ website: 12:14
    David Parker new Labour deputy
    Updated 7 minutes ago
    Labour Party finance spokesperson David Parker has been elected as the party’s new deputy leader.

    Labour leader David Cunliffe says Mr Parker will retain his finance role, with Shane Jones set to take on economic development and Grant Robertson employment.

    David Parker.

    LABOUR PARTY
    Mr Robertson is also the new shadow Leader of the House in place of Trevor Mallard.

    Tuesday’s caucus meeting also elected new party whips. Sue Moroney is the new senior whip and Iain Lees-Galloway the junior whip.

    They replace Chris Hipkins and Darien Fenton.

    • Tracey 12.1

      so ones spiel during the contest about business etc which all sounded a bit cullen-esqe has paid off

  13. captain hook 13

    the last 10 c0mments are just piffle designed to throw ordure at the NZLP and hope that some will stick in the minds of the ignorati.
    how I wish some of the posters here would start discussing issues instead of retreading tired crap from tory party handouts.
    it seems the the gnats dont want debate.
    they just want everyone to buckle under.

  14. Wayne (a different one) 14

    No amount of shuffling the deck chairs is going to help Labour.

    They are all “dead beat drop kicks” – they can’t hold a candle to the National line up!

    • Crunchtime 14.1

      Hilarious blatant troll post is hilarious. Even with the solid and biased backing of the media for years the Nats are still headed to defeat at the next election.

    • thatguynz 14.2

      “They are all “dead beat drop kicks” – they can’t hold a candle to the National line up!”

      Hahaha, thanks mate – I didn’t realise quite how much I needed a good laugh today until I saw this. Truly, you have my gratitude.

    • fender 14.3

      No don’t bother holding a candle near the National line up, that hot air stench is highly flammable and there’s a timer set for Nov. 2014 explosion/implosion. Any request for an earlier fireball should be made to one J. Collins.

  15. alwyn 15

    After his attempt at Question Time in Parliament I think that Cunliffe needs to set up a new role in his “team”
    He needs someone to ask questions for him. I used to think that no-one could be worse than Shearer at question time but David Cunliffe had a damn good try at doing so. Surely he can do better than that? Was it just an aberration or is he someone who is going to be completely dominated by Key who is a master of his trade?

    • Tracey 15.1

      yes and no

    • Enough is Enough 15.2

      Fark

      That was a fairly rubbish first day in the seat for Cunliffe.

    • karol 15.3

      Nerves. Questions were solid. Delivery had a hiccup.

      Cunliffe actually controlled the terms of engagement. I noticed Key treated the questions very seriously and had prepared quite well. He couldn’t rely on just his song and dance routine and diversions. The ground has shifted.

      • Winston Smith 15.3.1

        “I noticed Key treated the questions very seriously and had prepared quite well”

        – Thats why hes so good at what he does because when he needs to step it up he does, Labour have basically trumpeted their plans so of course JK will prepare accordingly

        – the question now is can anyone in Labour step it up as well?

      • Anne 15.3.2

        Cunliffe actually controlled the terms of engagement.

        Exactly. And Key isn’t always going to come as well prepared as he did today. Cunliffe will get him in the end because he has the more potent brain.

        As for the wee hiccup over caucus/Chorus. Have a listen to the First Question again. Key’s diction was even more appalling than usual. Here’s what I picked up:
        orijnal – original
        Strucksha – structure
        consiring – considering
        consira-ation – consideration (said it several times)
        simition – submission.

        The Queen’s going to have a laugh after he’s had his weekend at Balmoral Castle. She has a reputation for being a very good mimic.

        http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/20988

        • Anne 15.3.2.1

          Why has my 5:26pm comment gone into moderation I wonder. Because I mentioned Key’s weekend away with the Queen?

          [lprent: Surely not. I'm sure that akismet doesn't consider the queen to be a subversive spammer. Neither Key nor you normally get auto-moderated... Might have been parliament. There is always an awful lot of trash going on there. ]

          • Anne 15.3.2.1.1

            Well, it might not have been the Queen Iprent. Maybe akismet thinks Key is leading the Queen astray…. :shock:

        • Chooky 15.3.2.2

          @ Anne….i have it on personal authority that the Queen couldn’t stand Margaret Thatcher, who kept trying to ingratiate herself with her Majesty…and i don’t think she liked her politics much either….

          …… and I know the Royal Family favours the Greens

          ….so where does this leave John Key?……

          • Anne 15.3.2.2.1

            Yes, and interestingly up until now she’s got along much better with Labour PMs than Conservative PMs – Churchill excepted of course when she was very young and needed his advice and support.

            • Chooky 15.3.2.2.1.1

              John Key may like the Queen….but does the Queen like John Key?

              • Anne

                I doubt it after she’s spent a weekend listening to his appalling diction and having to get someone to decipher it for her. Perhaps she should be advised to hire a special Key translator. Could save her a lot of problems.

                I wonder if they’ll take him up in thar yon hills for a spot of deer shooting. Bit dangerous I should think.

      • felix 15.3.3

        “The ground has shifted.”

        Indeed karol. Those expecting to see fireworks today likely missed the real action, which was simply that no-one is playing Key’s game any more.

        And Key only really has the one game. And he knows it, even if his sycophantic fan club are a bit slow to read the writing on the walls of the chamber.

        Tick tock.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15.4

      Alwyn & Enough is Enough

      What are you talking about??

      I don’t think the parliament performance was bad at all

      I agree with Karol’s comments

      Was a good solid performance for the reasons Karol provides.
      It is very clear that Mr Cunliffe is not afraid of Mr Key and I like the way Mr Cunliffe is not apologetic for the questions and views he holds.
      Nice bite at the end of his last question too.

      I also note that the Speaker was showing a lot more respect with cutting Key off.

      Nice to see the Labour Party members visible looking so happy.

      What is with the negative feedback? Is it just because JKey said it was a poor performance those of you saying so, believe him??

      Although this might be an unpopular thing to say, I am sorry to see Mr Mallard not shadow leader of the house* anymore, I enjoyed his humour. I think it is playing to Robertson’s strength to give him that role though.

      *hope this is the correct term

      • karol 15.4.1

        Maybe some people were expecting a killer blow from Cunliffe today. That was never going to, or hardly likely to happen.

        Hamish Cardwell, Scoop on Cunliffe’s first Question Time:

        http://youtu.be/B51OOCJ7QT4

      • karol 15.4.2

        Hansard version of Question One.

        Robertson was slow off the mark, but no doubt he will improve. Peters and Norman started off doing Robertson’s job for him.

        Hon David Cunliffe : Given that it was his Government that negotiated and signed the ultra-fast broadband contract with Chorus and that he now says that under that contract Chorus will go broke, why did his Minister Steven Joyce get the ultra-fast broadband contract so wrong? The Government cannot have it both ways.

        Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Under no scenario is the Government saying it got the contract wrong with Chorus. What the Government is saying is that the Commerce Commission should have taken into consideration, in our view, all parts of the determination or the indication that we gave. That included benchmarks with other alternatives, which is the standard practice, and Sweden and Denmark were the only two benchmarks that, in fact, actually the Commerce Commission believed it could get a similar view from. The Commerce Commission itself said that under section 18(2A) it was not sure how to interpret it, so it ignored it. Actually, section 18(2A) spells out very clearly the expectations of what the Government thought pricing should be.

        Hon David Cunliffe : Given that the Prime Minister’s actions have overridden both the contract entered into by his Minister Steven Joyce and the regulatory process of the independent regulator to provide a $600 million subsidy to one of New Zealand’s most powerful corporates, would he agree that this smells and tastes of crony capitalism?

        • Tracey 15.4.2.1

          “Rt Hon JOHN KEY : No, because under every scenario, consumers will pay less.”

          something to watch…another lie perhaps.

          He also stood by his statement chorus could go broke because they said they might lose 160m and that would be against a net profit of $171m… o not really broke.

          ” Chorus also said that under the draft determination of the Commerce Commission, it could lose up to $160 million of annual earnings. To put this in some context, Chorus’s net profit for the 2013 financial year was a touch above that; $171 million.”

          Remember when the Pm didnt read reports… like the police report about J Banks?

          ” Hon Amy Adams : Has the Prime Minister seen any reports analysing the claims of the imposition of a so-called $600 million copper tax?

          Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Funnily enough, I have. I have seen the reports issued by Covec,”

          • karol 15.4.2.1.1

            If you look to an earlier exchange during that question, you see Key is referring to every scenario in the government’s discussion document:

            Hon David Cunliffe : Why does the Prime Minister say that it would be cheaper than under every scenario when, relative to the scenario proposed by the regulator, Kiwi consumers will be paying up to $150 a year more per household?

            Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Under every scenario proposed in the discussion document, there will be—

            Hon Members : Oh!

            Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Well, that is what we are talking about. Under every scenario proposed in the discussion document there will be a reduction in price to consumers. That will have an impact on Chorus of, somewhere over the 5-year period, between $100 million and $500 million. But it is worth remembering what the price is at the moment. It is $44.98. I go back to 2007 when the total copper price was $47.28, and I do not remember the Labour Government back then demanding—

            Mr SPEAKER : Order! That is a sufficient answer.

            Dr Russel Norman : I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The question was a very straight question, and it was about comparing it with the Commerce Commission proposal not with the Government’s proposal, and the Prime Minister has refused to address the question.

            • Tracey 15.4.2.1.1.1

              yup more manipulation… he knows the questions are taking account of CommComm but chooses to frame his answers to address his reports/discussion… therefore it isnt a lie, but it is irrelevant to what is being asked of him.

  16. Virginia Linton 16

    I agree with Blue Leopard and Karol. We watched Question Time, great result by Cunliffe, Robertson and Parker. Measured questions, keep it up over the corporate cronyism. Heaven knows there is plenty to seek answers to on that front! Well done.

    • Olwyn 16.1

      I agree with Blue Leopard, Karol and Virginia Linton: a solid and forthright performance from Labour. You can see that John Key’s Bart Simpson-like jokes are going to wear thin pretty quickly: if he’s going to keep up, he’s going to have to do his homework from now on.

  17. hmmmm right leaning Epsom candidate retaining finance, I am disappointed honestly.

  18. Tony Moder 18

    Not from a traditional Labour supporter background but watched the question time and I thought Cunliffe looked excellent his questions had impact and Key looked less confident for a first up day on the job if you like, a very good performance ny David Cunliffe and Key now is just a really desperate style that lacks real clout.

  19. Murray Olsen 19

    I’m seeing even more Tory trolls spinning here than usual. I hope they’re getting paid.

    Meanwhile, I’m hoping that Jones cocks up badly enough to be sacked before the election. His idea of economic development seems to be mining the land, drilling the seabed, poisoning Papatuanuku, and emptying the seas with slave labour. Maybe the idea is that he will bugger stuff up and be replaced in government by one of the Greens.
    I also have no idea what people have seen in Jacinda Ardern. She seems to be the most ineffective woman in the lineup, even though some of the effective ones, like Curran, only seem to do damage. Maybe I’ve missed something, but I’ve looked hard enough.

    [lprent: King Kong finished his exile and has ook'ed his way back into the debate. I think a few other minor chimps came with him. ]

    • chris73 19.1

      Well National were late with my invoices so I decided to do some freelance work for Cunliffe and once National saw the fine work I was doing they paid up pretty quickly so now I’m back on board for National and getting paid to be on here

      – The above may or may not be true depending on how gullible you are

  20. Wayne (a different one) 20

    Silent “T” unleashed an attack on the Prime Minister and Government in the house today, with all the fury and dominance of a “wet bus ticket”.

    I could see it in JK eyes, he was really unsettled and is an extremely worried, worried man by the change in Labour leadership.

  21. jaymam 21

    I am delighted to see David Parker as deputy. He was excellent in the election meetings for the Epsom electorate last election There was much robust debate, and should be again in 2014.

  22. gobsmacked 22

    Labour/Cunliffe should avoid falling into the trap, of buying into the “King Hit” narrative.

    We could call it Trevor Mallard Syndrome. The opposition embarrass a Minister in the House and think that’s their job done. So Richard Worth and Pansy Wong have left Parliament, woo hoo (or “who?”)- but the Nats are still running the country. BIG PICTURE, please, David and team.

    Cunliffe isn’t going to bring down Key in the House, and doesn’t have to. In any case, a “King Hit” is going to end up like this …

    Oppo: “Yesterday he said black is white. Today he said black is yellow? WTF?”

    Key: “Your momma’s fat, and Labour poo!”

    Oppo: (series of points of order)

    Speaker: “The Prime Minister has answered the question.”

    The gov’t is not going to fall because of Question Time. Cunliffe’s job in Parliament is to be competent, to show that he knows his stuff, and to keep at it, week in week out. The votes will come over time, they aren’t going to magically appear as demanded by the press gallery who have the attention span of toddlers.

    • karol 22.1

      Agreed, gobsmacked.

      As I recall, key wasn’t very good in the House when he began as Nat leader. Of course, Key also got a prolonged media honeymoon, unlike Labour Leaders. As I call, Key’s handlers kept him away from doing many media interviews also, early on.

      Key doesn’t stand up so well to doing a lot of serious interviews, and needs to prepare well in advance.

      I suspect Cunliffe is not only a better communicator on serious matters, but has a higher work ethic, and a better grasp of policies and procedures.

    • Blue 22.2

      Agreed. In practice ‘king hits’ in Parliament by the Opposition on the Government almost never happen. The deck is totally stacked in favour of the Government and Key himself got smacked down by Clark a lot back when he had more hair.

      Those who piss themselves at the Chorus/caucus thing might remember Johnny Sparkles’ famous speech about “a Labour Party I lead”.

    • Puddleglum 22.3

      I think that’s why Cunliffe said that he didn’t expect to have Key with his trousers around his ankles in their first encounter.

  23. Rodel 23

    Just watched TV1 news on Cunliffe’s joust with Key.
    Honestly they are worse than Gower in headlining on trivialities.(Cunliffe saying ‘caucus’ instead of ‘chorus’. …. big deal) Have we any reporters in New Zealand who can focus on real news?

    Watching parliament a short time later, Cunliffe (and Norman) had key strung out flapping like an undersized snapper. TV1 ignored all that.
    No wonder I watch Al Jazeera… real news about real issues by real journalists.(Not the Alfred E Neumans that they are all starting to look and sound like) Grrr

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 23.1

      +1 Rodel
      Just watched that too; what a load of absolute nonsense it was. I expect more from TvOne, although perhaps not anymore after that.

    • Clement Pinto 23.2

      Cunliffe’s minor error at question time in the house on the first day of his momentous rise to power was no where as bad or embarrassing as Key referring to the rugby trophy as this great ‘TROTY’ in front of the whole wide world! Eat that, you stupid reporters! These small minded so called ‘political reporters’ are just silly chaps who take such childish delight at unimportant stuff rather than informing/analysing real politics, and masquerade as ‘prominent journalist’! Pathetic!

  24. Delia 24

    Wonder what Key was thinking when he looked across the room at the two David’s, not as relaxed as he claims I bet. Than his petty caucus laughed at David saying caucus twice, like the school kids they are. Well you know who gets the last laugh.

    • lurgee 24.1

      The Dalai Lama? Since he can reincarnate, he’ll probably be around last.

      Either him, or Colonial Viper, who doesn’t think my jokes are funny. So he (?) would probably be the last one to get the joke, and thus last to laugh.

  25. Leroy 25

    Labour are back and with a vengeance!

    The new process for electing the leader has to rate 9/10 (Clare Curran spoiling a perfect 10/10)…I was originally against it, but credit has to go to the party (and David Shearer) for giving Labour time in the press that they couldn’t have bought!

    David Cunliffe is politically astute…he took the portrait of himself down in his electoral office when he was holding his press conference and he never does interviews outside of his New Lynn electorate, even if it means driving across Auckland. He is aware perception is reality.

    Already we are seeing a change in language with Cunliffe referring to the Nats as the ‘Key Government’.

    As a loyal Labour supporter (and a political science graduate) it is great for the first time in my live time to have a labour leader who has finance and private sector background.

    The next lot of polls will be interesting!!!

  26. Rogue Trooper 26

    the move to conservatism , grumpy.

  27. tricledrown 27

    A Davids and Goliarth battle!

  28. CeeH 28

    I was very impressed with Mr Cunliffe’s performance. His ammo, to debate the broadband – copper-based network access pricing – misfired a couple of shots – but like Team NZ he stayed on course and kept driving towards the finish line. David was cool, and calm, kept firing the shots (and never cheap shots like JKs) “Given that … ” and in the end Mr JK had to resort to entertaining his MPs – DC was wearing him down. That’s skilful. Maybe Labour should take in placards saying “Laugh Now” and wave them whenever JK retreats to his comedy act – his weak line of defense or his escape route. Go Team Labour!

  29. chris73 29

    Good to see Cunliffe using his flat, monotonal voice to talk about well something because I was nodding off while he was talking, its so much better then when he injects passion into his voice

    I did wake up though when first Cunliffe then Robertson gave JK some free hits

  30. Comrade Coba 30

    I’m rapt David Parker got the nod, I pick him as deputy from the get go, I even ring him to tell him he had mine & other mates support. Good call with Iain Lee Galloway getting a whip position too. Winners are grinners :)

    • CeeH 30.1

      First time getting to know him and I like him. JT on Radio LIVE said he is very intelligent and very loyal. I enjoyed the interview on Firstline – thanks to Karol’s posting. A good Labour Strike Force coming together!

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