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Cunliffe’s vision

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, September 9th, 2013 - 128 comments
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Just a few days of hustings to go, and next Monday we’ll have a new Labour leader. David Cunliffe looks home and hosed: the polls show he’s favoured by Labour supporters and, importantly, the wider public; the only unions to declare a preference have backed him; and there’s a steady trickle of MPs swapping to get themselves on the right side of history. He’s done it by offering what Labour’s lacked: vision.

There’s a lot of nonsense being talked about a shift to the ‘hard-Left’ under Cunliffe. But the facts don’t support that. The ideas he’s put forward are mainstream policies that have worked here in the past and work now overseas. What’s different is that Cunliffe doesn’t and won’t put them forward in a tepid, half-ashamed manner.

And what else is different is is unashamed focus on the economic causes of inequality. For quarter of a century, after being stung by Rogernomics, the Parliamentary Labour Party has been dominated by middle-class liberals and has predominately pursued liberal issues. It has failed to have a credible vision and plan around the economy, the small-s socialist side of things has withered, and Labour has largely bought the neoliberal consensus (including, to be fair, Cunliffe himself although the GFC was a wake up call and, to his credit, he responded where many haven’t). The working class has abandoned a Labour that only considers them as an after-thought. That will change with Cunliffe.

Cunliffe has the nous and the economic literacy (something our last visionary leader, Lange, never had) to go out there and promise a fair deal for New Zealand. He can cast Key as the guy who’s writing cheques with taxpayers’ money for foreign corporates and ignoring the working man and women. I reckon Cunliffe’s fair deal will say ‘yup, if you want higher wages, you need to let workers bargain together, you need a government that is a good employer, you need a good minimum wage’ and ‘if you want affordable housing, if you want good jobs, in a country like New Zealand it’s up to Government to lead the way by building those houses, by buying Kiwi-made, and by not leaving everything to an uncaring, inefficient market’.

Is that ‘hard-Left’? It’s hardly the collectivisation of the means of production, is it? It’s just sensible policy that works, for all of us, not just the elite.

128 comments on “Cunliffe’s vision”

  1. Tracey 1

    For a start he ought not have to apologise if he were “hard left”. In New Zealand being “hard left” hardly means you represent pure communism, it just means that you might favour policies which attempt to bring genuine equality.

    Since the 80’s most kiwis have been waiting for the good times to trickle down. Sure, the use of trickle down as a phrase has gone but the reality has been the same.

    I hope you are correct that he is going to win and he is going to swiftly move to address poverty. HOW he communicates that move to address it will determine if Labour forms the next government with Greens.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    “David Cunliffe looks home and hosed”

    No one in Team Cunliffe is slacking off a single mm until midday Sunday. To do so would be totally disastrous. Grant will campaign hard and tough to the end. Every single vote counts so if you know someone who has a vote and hasn’t cast it yet make sure they are putting Cunliffe first, or SJ first David second, if needs must.

    • Anne 2.1

      Grant will campaign hard and tough to the end.

      My concern CV is some of his caucus supporters will play dirty to the end. We’ve already seen two MPs issue a press release in an attempt to coerce their members to vote for Robertson. I have no issue with individual MPs publicly revealing their preferences – they have as much right as the rest of us – but to arrange for a press statement to appear in the local daily newspaper on the day of the leaders meeting in their region is, in my view, out of order and worthy of a reprimand.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Absolutely, Anne.

        There are also still quite a large number of member and affiliate votes to be cast.

        People have to make the voting deadlines which starts this week on Friday delivered for postal ballots (so you need to get them in the post by Wed latest), and then Sun 12pm for online voting.

        • Anne 2.1.1.1

          Yeah well, my vote was cast last week on the same day the ballot paper arrived. I don’t intend to reveal my first preference. :lol:

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            My concern CV is some of his caucus supporters will play dirty to the end.

            Funny how this has predictably eventuated.

            • Saarbo 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Team Robertson is starting to fight dirty alright. Tonights article by Gower on TV3, then Robertson’s email tonight to Labour Party members has plenty of veiled attacks against Cunliffe. And the ABC’er are working their media friends on over time. Its going to be a fight to the end.

              • Mary

                While Jones’ behaviour during this contest has shown him to be a complete liability to Labour, Robertson will be a complete liability to Labour purely because of having lost the contest. I don’t think Robertson has ever truly grown up. He’s really very much still a child.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Fourteen years old, lean, hungry and anxious, to be precise.

                  • Mary

                    Which raises the question of what to do with him. How ever remote or impractical personally I’d kick Jones out of the party, even if that’s done by making him number 50 on the list next year. Robertson’s not so simple.

                    Edit: when I say Robertson’s not so simple I’m not suggesting for a second he should be kicked out of the party – I mean where should Cunliffe put him? Deputy? Front bench? Where?

              • chris

                I didn’t get that email and not only am I a member I live in his electorate…

      • Neoleftie 2.1.2

        Being a Dunedin labour member and at the husting on Sunday, the decision by the two mp in question to release their vote choice had no bearing on me and from what I saw and people I spoke too had little bearing on their own personal decision. People were their to listen and rejoice in their right to a vote in the selection process.
        I still am struggling to make my own mind up.
        Cunliffe tick all the boxes for me cause I see we as a country need a paradymal system change and I speak as one from the furthest left of the party but also a realist.

    • finbar 2.2

      Bang on Viper,there is till a way to go and it is most definitely not in the bag yet.

  3. karol 3

    Not there yet. Waiting for next Monday before breaking out any bubbly (non-alcohol version is my choice). I will be working when the leader is announced next Sunday. Sorry I’ll miss the live announcement.

    Yes, Cunliffe can articulate a vision and policy clearly and with a minimum of words to the public. He is the strongest of the 3 candidates, IMO on many fronts. How much of a new direction he would lead, remains to be seen. But he is making some hopeful noises.

    Pleased to see he has been reported as speaking/writing to these significant issues during the leadership contest: inequality gap, social security, affordable housing, jobs and fair employment legislation, climate change, funding for study/uni, living wage…..

    And state housing?

    • Tracey 3.1

      a property in Mt Roskill, Auckland went for 1.4 million the other day. The 5 bedroom home will probably be smashed down and 3 townhouses built. The developer who purchased will be looking at close to a million per home. This is Mt Roskill. Affordable housing will not happen without more state housing, imo.

      I dont necessarily believe people need to be able to buy their own home but they sure as hell need to
      be able to rent one for a reasonable price.

      I have friends, 2 18 year old boys, a 22 year old woman and their mother living in a 2 bedroom unit, with no insulation, in three kings in Auckland and it costs them $400 per week. She was recently made redundant, the boys are at school and the daughter is a student. The boys share a tiny room. There is no back yard.

      The father only paid maintenance for the children when winz made him, so when she had a 42k a year job he paid nothing. Now they are 18 he pays nothing.

      She recently suffered a stroke. WINZ one week paid her $7.20 and the next $187.00

      That added to the stress.

      We have used our contacts to get the boys part-time work after school which they hand over to their mum.

      They are hard working, the family are fine NZers. The mum has started to ease back to work 2 months earlier than doctors advice to ensure they have some regular money. BUT she is still only earning $42k per year (pre-tax) to take care of them all.

      This family are NOT the exception. This is not the NZ I picture for them or anyone else..

      • karol 3.1.1

        Thanks for this information and your efforts on it, tracey. So much needs to be done to turn this situation around for the benefit of the many.

      • chris 3.1.2

        It is probably worthwhile your friend contacts I.R.D.

        I was in a similar situation with the children’s father not paying his child support, he moved to Aus thinking they wouldn’t chase him… he was WRONG. I kept on I.R.D’s back and received my last payment in child support arrears in 2011. My youngest was 26yrs old by that time, he had long left home.

        oops edit… reply was to Tracey :)

  4. Tracey 4

    A week is a long time in politics

  5. weka 5

    “There’s a lot of nonsense being talked about a shift to the ‘hard-Left’ under Cunliffe.”

    Really? Who’s been saying that? I’ve seen lots of people saying that Cunliffe will shift Labour left again, or begin that process, but haven’t seen anyone talk about him going to the hard-left.

    • karol 5.1

      Cunliffe yesterday claimed he was strongly red. His speech at Dunedin.

      The Labour Party I lead will be a true red Labour Party, not a pale blue one.

      • Ennui 5.1.1

        A “Red” Labour Party…hmmm. The party of M J Savage took a Fabian socialist approach as far as they could without ever challenging underpinning the tenets of capitalism: private property and free enterprise. Labours approach was to regulate the operation of the capitalist state in order to balance the distribution of profits between labour and capital.

        That I suspect is what Cunliffe means by a “Red” Labour party, as opposed to the Red socialism of Marx. Neo Liberalism and Communism being out of the same school of rationalist materialism have proven very unkind to people. Lets hope that a Cunliffe Labour leadership eventuates that treats people as worthy of human considerations as opposed to mere numbers.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          Labours approach was to regulate the operation of the capitalist state in order to balance the distribution of profits between labour and capital.

          That I suspect is what Cunliffe means by a “Red” Labour party, as opposed to the Red socialism of Marx.

          Correct. Cunliffe is not proposing anything which has not been done either by NZ previously, or by other countries in the world right now.

          In the most basic terms, NZ currently operates as a far right country, as evidenced by how highly we keep scoring in the “ease of doing [rentier capitalism] business” surveys.

      • weka 5.1.2

        Cunliffe yesterday claimed he was strongly red. His speech at Dunedin.

        “The Labour Party I lead will be a true red Labour Party, not a pale blue one.”

        Sure Karol, but what does he mean?

        • karol 5.1.2.1

          weka, Cunliffe does spell out more what he means in the print version of his speech that I linked to. For instance,

          In doing so, we can redefine our social democracy in this post Global Financial Crisis age.

          Gone are the old lies that free markets are always efficient or fair; gone the ‘third way’ marketing gloss.

          Gone the Washington Consensus that inflation-only monetary policy and balanced budgets were the sum total of economic management.

          The last Labour Government never ran a fiscal deficit, and National has yet to run a surplus.

          The Labour Government I lead will put the power of the state into long-term investment, and manage responsibly across the business cycle.

          Gone is the failed dogma of light-handed regulation that has ruined so many Kiwi families through the leaky homes and failed finance companies.

          The Labour Government I lead will take on the vested interests of markets when necessary to guarantee the wellbeing of citizens, just as I did against the old Telecom monopoly.

          Our challenge must be to build a smart and high-value economy.

          He gives some examples in his speech.

          • Bill 5.1.2.1.1

            That most definitely isn’t a transcript. I mean, it’s close to what was said, but not a comprehensive account of what was said. For example, before the line about ‘The last Labour Government never ran a fiscal deficit…’ there was something said along the lines of ‘Gone, the lie that Labour cannot manage the economy…alongside some acknowledgement of Pete Hodgkin as member of the previous government and who was in the audience and so on.

            And it was ‘number’ not ‘measure’…same meaning, different word employed.

            Guess the link might be to his speech as prepared rather than as delivered?

          • weka 5.1.2.1.2

            Thanks Karol. Are you saying that is hard left?

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.2

          Lots of things that Standardistas have been waiting for. The analogy Cunliffe has used before is that if National say that they are going to cut you off at the knees, it is not enough for Labour to then say, we’ll only cut off your ankles, and with anaesthetic.

          If you ask a more specific question, you’ll probably get a more specific answer.

  6. BM 6

    Cunliffe strikes me as a my way or the highway sort of guy.

    I wonder how he’s going to get on when caucus says “nah we don’t like that idea David, we think it should be done like this”.

    And this is where it’s all going to fall a bit flat, unless he gets Caucus on his side he’s going to achieve nothing.

    Expect the ABC division to throw away the shovels and bring in the diggers.

    • Tracey 6.1

      yea BM cos Key isnt a my way or the highway guy at all….

      Is the PM re-arranging his schedule to get to San Francisco?

      • BIGDOG 6.1.1

        Nothing would surprise me regarding San Fran Tracey.My son in law is still taking stick over Shonkey darting out of the crowd and pumping his hand at the last Warriors grand final attempt.When things have been going badly this year it always cheers me me up to ask him were his mate might be sitting.

    • Ad 6.2

      Well for the last 5 years we have had the “we’re so incoherent and disorganised we don’t even know what my way even looks like”.

      We need to know and see what unity of purpose and policy and leadership looks like. Hasn’t happened for a while, and it’s time we had someone in there with the right balance of wisdom and spine.

  7. Appleboy 7

    Oh how surprising BM. Cunliffe in charge making you nervous?

    • BM 7.1

      Not at all.
      Just saying he’s only one Man, one Man amongst a lot of enemies.

      I think there’s going to be quite a few disappointed party members once it all starts to play out.

      • Tracey 7.1.1

        I agree there will be disappointed members if they think changing the leader is all it will take to win the govt benches in 2014.

        however it is quite refreshing to see the process of leadership (given we cant vote for a leader at an election) and who can forget “No Brash. No Cash”. That’s how one party elects its leaders.

      • geoff 7.1.2

        He’s one man who most of the membership have thrown their support behind.
        If he fails to live up to the expectations of the membership he will lose that support and it would probably spell the political end of him.
        However, if he is as good as his word then he will have a very strong and loyal support base and any caucus member who tried to disrupt that would be both stupid and out on their arse.

  8. Rogue Trooper 8

    from 41:
    The way out into the light often looks dark.
    The way that goes ahead often looks as if it went back.
    The way that is least hilly often looks as if it went up and down.

    What is sheerest white looks blurred.

    David, when the world has the Way, running horses are retired to till the fields.
    When the world lacks the Way, war-horses are bred in the country-side. (from 46)

  9. Jenny Kirk 9

    Darn it, James Henderson – please don’t count your chickens before they hatch! Its too scarey …….

  10. Fisiani 10

    Cunliffe will surely lead Labour to an easy victory next year. He is clearly the only leader who can motivate the masses.

    • Tom Gould 10.1

      Indeed, who in their right mind would miss the opportunity to vote yourself a pay rise? They will be lined up around the block.

      • Rogue Trooper 10.1.1

        lol

        • amirite 10.1.1.1

          So? It worked for those who were demanding tax cuts, didn’t it?

          • burt 10.1.1.1.1

            Pay a little less tax – get a little more free money – yep – same thing if you believe you are entitled to other peoples money because they have more than you !

            • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1.1.1

              The money is issued by the NZ Government. It’s not your money.

              • Mike S

                In fact all money is owned by the banks and we pay a large fee (interest) for the privilege of using it. The reserve bank owns all of the notes and coins, it just allows us to use them. The other 96 odd percent of our money supply we are just holding for the banks who own it. All money (apart from notes and coins) can only come into existence as a loan from a bank so all money is owed, somewhere along the line to a bank, as is all of the interest attached to it, which hasn’t even been created.

            • David H 10.1.1.1.1.2

              Well that’s what Key did, he gave the top earners tax breaks, FREE money for them.

        • Rogue Trooper 10.1.1.2

          some of those “lined up around the block” will have their sleeping bags at hand to get in on those “Once a year, Boxing Day…” crumbs from the Selfridge cafeteria.

    • Crunchtime 10.2

      It won’t be an easy victory. Cunliffe needs to win the vote, then unify the caucus. THEN the real hard work starts, with much of the media going against them along the way.

      • BM 10.2.1

        Number 2 is where it’s all going to turn to shit.

      • lprent 10.2.2

        Without too much time to set any of those conditions up.

        That was what was so irritating about the experimental leadership stuff at the end of 2011 – it was a waste of time. Successful politics in NZ or in any country is a matter of practice and experience. That takes at least a decade in the heart of politics here to acquire the required experience. Ideally it would be in a range of positions including inside the party ground-level running electorate campaigns, party organisational, parliamentary debate, select committee, and with successful ministerial experience.

        If you don’t have those (ie the John Key/David Shearer model and most list positions) then regardless of how good your backstory and non-political skills are, then you’re going to have to have some absolutely trusted highly critical people behind you who are willing to limit their own agendas to prop you up in each of those areas. Key had that ability to accept his own weaknesses, accept input from a range of people and views, and people willing to disagree with him while giving good relatively disinterested advice. David Shearer was limited on the first because he wasn’t aware of what he did not know, wasn’t good at the second, and therefore lacked the third.

        This was my read of him after observing the Mt Albert by-election and when he made his decision to stand. I didn’t think there was much that I could effectively do anything for him I stood aside. Much of that was because I thought it was a colossal experimental mistake by caucus then and have that same opinion now. I think that many people who could have done stuff for him thought or found the same thing.

        Basically the experience will have scarred a perfectly good MP and probably very effective cabinet minister for no return. Damn silly move by the idiots in caucus who did it.

        Mostly what it did was make it harder for the left to take the next election.

        • burt 10.2.2.1

          lprent

          Take the next election …. do you mean buy it like the last 3 times labour won ?

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.2.1.1

            Whatever works burt, English is going to be out with the lolly scramble in the first half of next year, for instance.

          • lprent 10.2.2.1.2

            burt: What do you think that the totally unsustainable tax changes of 2009 and 2010 were?

            If those weren’t pure electoral bribes paid for by putting future generations into public hock, then I suspect that your judgement is simply biased.

            Ignoring the question if Labour’s policies going into elections were brides or common sense policies, there is nothing like the harm in any of Labour’s policies that comes close to the corrupt electoral practices that National or ACT follow.

            Those taxcuts that National offered as an electoral bribe are and were completely and utterly fiscally irresponsible. Unthinking selfish *old* arseholes like yourself braying for them in the last two terms of Labour’s government were responsible for pushing fiscal debt on to future generations to pay for your stupidity…

            In retrospect and looking at the exponentially climbing government debt that shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, wouldn’t you agree? If not can you explain why you, National, and Act aren’t being fiscally irresponsible?

            Otherwise bearing in mind that it was obvious now (and I’d argue then) that tax cuts were fiscally irresponsible – aren’t they a gross *ongoing* electoral bribe? And why aren’t you looking at the current world rather than something that happened may or may not have happened 8 years ago?

            Hypocrite is the word that comes to mind whenever you write crap like that comment :twisted:

            • burt 10.2.2.1.2.1

              lprent

              Even Cullen was finally shaken from his position that $60K was rich in 2008… Offering tax cuts for the election… when 75% of high school teachers were categorised as rich by the tax system – something had to change. Oh the problems of having a big ideology and a small intellect.

              And as for what may or may not have happened 8 years ago – we’ll never really know will we – some self serving pricks made sure of that putting the previous 14 years of alleged illegal spending into the “The public must never know how much we ‘illegally’ spent” retrospectively validated bucket.

              Interesting though that once the rules were changed to ‘follow the rules’ rather than ignore them because that’s what we have always done – Labour fell flat on their face come election time.

              • lprent

                As I said – you are a hypocrite.. You didn’t deal with *any* of my questions. Instead you just did your usual whine and avoided looking at National and Act’s irresponsible taxcuts.

                Even Cullen was finally shaken from his position that $60K was rich in 2008… Offering tax cuts for the election…

                What he effectively did was to move the tax brackets to account for past fiscal drag and some more to account for foreseeable fiscal drag.

                In other words what you are implying that he should have done earlier. Of course changing tax brackets/rates every frigging year is damn expensive as it involves massive amounts of expense across the payroll systems (and on that pile of junk at the IRD – nigh well impossible).

                But as you’re probably aware (but are far too gutless to look at the implications), the the tax changes that were actually implemented by Act/National in 2009 and 2010 went well beyond that in to the region of irresponsible financial stupidity. They restructured the tax system to make the poorest pay more via GST, and the richest pay a *lot* less. When the unemployment rose, it left a gaping hole in the fiscal structure of government. It is so big now that it will take until the 2030’s to clear – if everything goes *well*…

                So are you going to offer your opinion on the irresponsibility of Act and National’s taxcuts, or are you going to continue to be a gutless whiner about Labour? Live in the past or have carry some responsibility for the future?

                Basically I suspect that you couldn’t bear the weight of owning up to your own irresponsible stupidity in demanding unsustainable taxcuts, let alone that of Act/National acedding to the dickheads pushing debt on to the future generations…

                • burt

                  Thanks Lanthanide

                  Yep, that naughty National government wanting to reign in Labour’s affordable tax cuts with smaller tax cuts that are unaffordable…. The angry sys-op will be vomiting into his chocolate milk about now.

                  lprent

                  Of course changing tax brackets/rates every frigging year is damn expensive as it involves massive amounts of expense across the payroll systems (and on that pile of junk at the IRD – nigh well impossible).

                  Now who is making stuff up….

                  The thing I started with lpent is that Labour have a pretty poor history of compliance with their own laws on electoral funding – have they won an election in the last 25 years without breaching the electoral funding rules ? It seems unlikely given how motivated they were to just bury the lot using the power of parliament to say the Chief Electoral Office and the Audit General had no idea what the law was intended to say….

                  As for ACT – I abandoned them the moment they started not practising what they preach – national have never been my cup of tea… I can’t vote for Labour while they are still stacked with self serving and (IMHO) corrupt power at any price people who think nothing of making shit up to justify their own desire to be in government rather than putting the best interest of NZ first.

                  It’s inconceivable that a finance minister who crowed about the cupboard being bare hasn’t had to face the music for such vandalism…..

                  There is only one thing I value in government over and above my personal ideological point of view – and that is integrity and principle.

                  You say National were irresponsible – if we were still in recession where Labour put us prior to the GFC – then sure their policies would be unsustainable.

                  Tax isn’t actually a lever for social engineering – it’s a device to fairly and equitably raise government revenue – I just wish the lovers of the policies of envy would understand that.

                  Pretend to bash the rich while letting fiscal drag rape gouge the middle earners – that is neither principled, fair, equitable or even sensible…. Doing that while spending money illegally to claim you are doing otherwise – that’s just wrong !

                • burt

                  lprent

                  I currently advocate for UBI type scenario. Universal benefits, higher taxation on income that really is ‘high income’.

                  Labour were once a party of universal benefits and higher taxation…. Was it the 80’s Labour governments that bent to Tory party principles of means testing? Sorry I digress.

                  So, the definition of high earner, cards on the table lprent – I say over $250K. That’s a high income. Now I can understand that if one were to genuinely believe that a large gap between the minimum wage and the top earners is a sign of sickness in society that one might get all bent out of shape about $60K ( $70K, $80K ..) being high income. But if the living wage is based around the one full time and one half time on circa $18/hour then it’s kinda pointing to about $55K-$60K for the living family. As a minimum!

                  Now how can we call $150K rich when we say the living wage for the living family as a minimum is $55K-$60K ?

                  Even under the extreme view that the top must not exceed 3 times the minimum – rich (to the point of being worthy of special punishment ) is $180K

                  • lprent

                    Problem is that a UBI with a revenue side like that is simply unaffordable.

                    Currently the bottom 67% of taxpayers pay about 15% income tax and about effective rate of 10-12% in various types of sales tax. ie roughly 25% of their income. Any workable UBI would be enough that people aren’t scraping to survive on it. Currently that is pretty much defined by the superannuation levels. Paying a UBI at that rate would mean that many of those 67% would effectively stop paying taxes.

                    The higher incomes at $250k pay up less than 30% income tax – in other words less than twice the lowest income groups. Moreover because of the types of transactions they do, I’d expect that their average sales tax cost would amount to less than 5% of their income. They expend more of their income in the GST untaxed sectors like property, finance, investment and overseas holidays. So they currently pay less than 10% more than the lowest wage earners do. And that is at the most.

                    In many cases they don’t even pay that because they pay people to ensure that their effective taxation and cost of getting there is as low as possible. People in the 250k wage bracket currently on average have effective taxation rates of something like 15% total.

                    So if the IRD *first* removes the effective tax avoidance loopholes to get the actual collected tax rate on higher incomes similar to the theoretical one – then you could look at a UBI. It isn’t like what most of their income is spent on is productive in the first place. Trying to get investment capital in NZ from NZ’ers is one of the most irritating things that any startup company has to do. Everyone from the banks onwards tends to put it in the high and largely untaxed returns from property speculation.

                    I’d start by making all incomes of greater than (oh say) 150k subject to a close yearly tax audit if they submit a tax return. Focus on statistics collected on use of loopholes to remove by legislation. I’d start by putting in tax on capital gains from property sales. Charge the recipients for the full cost of the IRD’s audit. That will make it more viable for high income earners to pay income tax.

                    Extend the same principle to company and provisional tax payers at some threshold values on the basis of their reported ratio of costs to profits.

                    If you want to do pipedreams then first figure out how to raise the revenue. Currently it isn’t enough to simply raise a tax rate if you can’t collect it. Figure out how to collect the existing taxes first and you may not have to raise taxes.

                    Now getting back to my original question which you are still avoiding. So I guess from your avoidance that you must think that National’s irresponsible tax cuts that are putting kids in debt before they start paying taxes themselves is a good idea.

                    • Macro

                      “I’d start by making all incomes of greater than (oh say) 150k subject to a close yearly tax audit if they submit a tax return.”
                      That is about to begin – as my accountant informed me and asked me to take out insurance to cover the audit. And not before time.

                    • lprent []

                      So they should. But it shouldn’t require insurance. It should be mandatory whenever people don’t pay the default (ie PAYE/withholding tax). With mandatory standardised computerised records it should also relatively cheap to do the basic audit, compare it with some norms and then concentrate on the ones that show issues. But charge everyone for the basic audit every year.

                      I had a look at my tax a few years ago and decided to stay on PAYE and withholding tax on interest. Sure I could have gone the whole route with accountants and the like. But it really wasn’t worth the effort and cost of the accountants if the IRD were actually doing their job.

  11. hush minx 11

    I heard Mathew Hooten call it for Cunliffe on RNZ this morning. The momentuum is clearly David’s – and has been since the beginning. Of course, people need to put their votes in for it to all come together :-)

    • karol 11.1

      More significantly, Mike Williams is calling it for Cunliffe.

    • Tom Gould 11.2

      Don’t forget that Hooten was one of the Hollow Men, so let’s not get hooked on his bon mots. He’s Tory to his marrow and cunning with it. Just wait until his cronies in the Tory media get into gear. Will Cunliffe get the same 4 year ‘honeymoon’ they give their bestie Johnny Sparkles? Unlikely.

      • Tracey 11.2.1

        too true Tom, when Hooten writes or speaks you can hear the echo.

      • hush minx 11.2.2

        Yes he was already trying out his new attack lines on Cunliffe – a bit strange, unusual behaviour etc. He’ll have to work harder than that.

      • Rogue Trooper 11.2.3

        cunning as a sh*t-house rat

      • karol 11.2.4

        John Key was tipped as a future Nat leader early on by the dominant voices in the MSM. They have mostly continued to support him since then.

        Cunliffe as possible Labour leader has been treated totally differently from the beginning. It has unfolded as a 3 Act drama, and we are still only mid way through the 3rd act.

        If he’s successful, the MSM coverage will be another 3 Act drama: episode two in a series.

        Features of a 3 Act drama: 1st act opens with a usually familiar scene indicating the status quo/stability, then problems kick in with the beginning of the 2nd act. During the 2nd act the script writers through endless shit at the protagonist, one hurdle after another. During the 3rd act, the problems are resolved and some stability returned bringing closure.

    • QoT 11.3

      I have a theory that nothing Matthew Hooten says has any meaning. He might be calling it for Cunliffe because he thinks Cunliffe will win and wants to bolster his reputation as a knowledgeable political commentator/influencer. He might be calling it for Cunliffe because he thinks Robertson will win and this lays the ground for the “caucus overrode the will of the members” tr0lling. He might be calling it for Cunliffe because he has no idea who will win but he already has a double-sided A4 of excuses prepared, whoever wins, which all feed whatever agenda his present clients want him to push.

      • Puddleglum 11.3.1

        He now also seems to think Cunliffe will be the next PM (a comment he made in another post, I think).

        So much for his repeated prediction that that honour would be David Shearer’s.

        Or maybe he thinks he has ‘kiss of death’ powers now?

        Or perhaps he doesn’t really care what he says because he backs himself, like Key, to come up with some clever ‘out’ from any position he adopts – there’s a certain buzz you can get from that, apparently. A bit like base-jumping.

        • QoT 11.3.1.1

          The other thing about Hooten, you see, is that once he’s finished making a statement it becomes a past statement, and therefore he cannot be held to it because he’s moved on.

  12. hush minx 12

    It’s going to be a tense week. The public expectation is a Cunliffe win. Anything else and it will be like an AllBlack test loss where the misalignment of future and reality can cause the most amazing reactions.
    How caucus can do anything other than back the public (clear views in 3 public polls, especially amongst Labour voters) and the unions (where preferences stated publically, and at the very least – even if not more Cunliffe) and the strong showing amongst the members? Again Hooten pointed out, for caucus to do anything but back Cunliffe now would be fatal if Labour want to win in 2014. Those ABCers just have to get over it!

    • Tracey 12.1

      Hooten must be perpetually dizzy.

      Matthew Vertigo Hooten

    • kenny 12.2

      You’re right – the winning post is in sight and the leader is looking stronger all the time; the competition is slowly falling off the pace, just got to keep going and make sure you don’t put a foot wrong (and don’t count your chickens etc.)

      It’s going to be an exciting week; I can feel it!

    • Ed 12.3

      Public polls are by definition likely to include at least a small percentage of Nat/ACT/UF voters, some of whom are likely to say they are Labour voters if asked to do more mischief. Labour members should be able to make our own minds – not the opinions of polls or reporters. By promoting supporting the majority, you deny the strength the party needs from members making up their own minds. A feature if the contest has been the way in which each of the candidates have supported the statements of others – the differences are of emphasis, not overall policy. All three have gained the respect of many, regardless of who is elected. The challenge for the leader will be to break away from “presidential” politics and demonstrate that a Labour-led government is a team, respecting the opnions of others in the team, celebrating their different strengths, and not beholden to a single person dispensing favours to enforce decisions made without consultation. In my view all three candidates are capable (and there are others who could have credibly put their names forward); I believe the decision will be between Cunliffe and Robertson, and I look forward to the new team settling in and highlighting the differences between crony capitalism and cooperative politics

      • Pete 12.3.1

        I don’t think National voters are fundamentally dishonest. If they were, we’d be compelled to distrust around half the population, and that’s not really the kind of country I want to live in. Obviously there are some who get up to shenanigans like flying under false colours (John Carter pretending to be a Maori talkback caller is one that comes to mind), but I don’t think it would be statistically significant in a poll like this.

        • Mike S 12.3.1.1

          “I don’t think National voters are fundamentally dishonest.”

          I think a large proportion of them are, with themselves. How else do you explain Key’s popularity?

          “Flying under false colors” does seem to happen alot though. (Douglas, Prebble et al pretending to be Labour party MP’s is one that comes to mind). In fact I could change that to ‘pretending to be human’ for that bunch of traitors.

      • Murray Olsen 12.3.2

        ACT and UF voters could be polled twice each without becoming statistically significant.

  13. Comrade Coba 13

    I have a feeling another twist is about to unfold;

    If I was in the ABC camp (which I’m most certainly not) I’d switch all votes from the inner circle to Jones & gamble Shane’s support combined gives him firstly the numbers to take 2nd place & then he has the numbers in the 2nd preference vote to roll DC. Most of the 20% vote is for Jones as will the case be for GR.

    Then vote Grant in as deputy & bide time till some scandal involving Jones causing him to resign. Grant can stand in as Leader in the mean time and build his profile enough to win a outright postal vote.

    This is their ‘only’ chance provided Cunliffe doesn’t get the required numbers on the first preference vote.

    • Ad 13.1

      They have had too much invested in Robertson – as you have seen from the many in caucus who have already come out.

      There will be a few who get a sneak peek at the early returns before casting their vote, but for the most in the words of Richard III: “I am so far in that sin must pluck on sin.”

      • Comrade Coba 13.1.1

        It’s not about Robertson it’s all about them (ABC). Both supporters DC & GR supporters will rank Jones 2nd in other words ahead of the contender they most likely see as the main challenge to their preferred candidate. So Shane has in my opinion has the healthiest number of 2nd votes to wipe out David. It’s a tricky voting structure that may catch most people out, apart from Jones who has played a masterly hand through-out this whole process.

        • karol 13.1.1.1

          CC, sounds very clever of Jones – but not clever enough. He could just possibly win the battle and lose the wider war.

        • Bill 13.1.1.2

          Doesn’t work like that CC. The only ‘second preference’ votes that are taken into account are the ones that had the eliminated candidate as a ‘first preference’.

          Assuming that both Robertson and Cunliffe avoid elimination, but neither has 50+%, then only the second preferences on papers that voted (the eliminated) Jones as first preference get counted

          To labour the point, as long as your first preference is not eliminated, it simply does not matter who you place second and third.

          • Comrade Coba 13.1.1.2.1

            Thanks Bill, what if DC or SJ(won’t) don’t get 50+% outright, Robertson drops out and Jones picks up a huge slice of GR secondary votes. So maybe SJ is going to get the ABC’s votes just enough in numbers to beat Robertson. With the rest of the ABC backing GR & secondary for SJ. I see more votes for DC should SJ get chopped 1st. Too many assume it’s a 1 or 2 horse race which it maybe but a different horse.

            Lastly SJ the prick hang one on me during the roadshow. By greeting me like a old lost friend, putting his arm around me & giving me a squeeze ‘all in 8 seconds’ in front of the media’s camera’s & as they panned away he was gone. he did give a Welch smile back…that I gave back a nod of appreciation ‘that I’d been had.’
            Footnote: I met him in private 3 hours earlier strictly being polite, a formal introduction a line each said.

            • Bill 13.1.1.2.1.1

              So if Robertson is knocked out, do you really think an overwhelming majority the people who vote or him are going to have nominated Shane as second preference?

              As far as can make out, a fair few people are voting for Robertson over Cunliffe in the belief that Cunliffe was all set to attempt a coup around conference time – while ignoring the fact that it was Street [a Robertson backer] who was set to pull the pin on Shearer lately.

              All that aside, both Robertson and Cunliffe are indicating (to one degree or another) that they will reaffirm and promote the left credentials of Labour. So, it seems to me that Jones could only get a swathe of second preferences in the event that people view values and (potential) policy as secondary to perceived personalty.

              And if that’s the case, then a lot of Labour Party members are well and truly fucked in the head.

              • Comrade Coba

                Or they don’t like DC & see him as problematic. I have witnessed David can piss you off at a rapid rate, just recently he did to me & a group observing us.

                • Colonial Viper

                  DC certainly knows how to piss Tories off real quick.

                  Let’s get over what you find friendly and personable, and focus on who can take the fight to Key from day 1, shall we.

                  • Comrade Coba

                    Yes quite right CV I actually thought that if he can annoy me, than he sure as hell is the correct contender to Lead the LP to unsettle Key.

        • finbar 13.1.1.3

          Even trickier when the caucus members individual vote is 150 to the Party members 1.Those in the caucus and there is plenty of them who dislike Cunliffe, must be spinning on how they can pull Robinson rabbit out of the hat.

      • Rogue Trooper 13.1.2

        was musing on the difficult allegiances the ‘old guard’ carry, as I munched through home-made lasagne. (didn’t serve it cold, re-heated it). ;)

    • Ron 13.2

      I am curious. I realise that the rules of voting say you must rank the candidates, But could you vote the same person first second and third?

    • Olwyn 13.3

      The thing is, it’s their job to oppose National while in opposition, and to show some commitment to winning elections and governing. That is what they are paid to do, and paid rather well to do by NZ standards. It would be utterly ridiculous of them, as a body, to ignore polls, ignore members, ignore the unions, and manipulate the vote so as to serve some internal parlour game. It would ring very hollow if they were to do that and then cry, “Come on everybody, get unified! We have to face the real enemy now!” We are not paid to vote for them, they are paid to represent us. Our judgement depends on whether or not we think they are doing so.

      • Craig Glen Eden 13.3.1

        I agree in theory with everything you have said Olwyn then I look at the last leadership selection and the way that so many of this caucus behaved and I despair.

        • Olwyn 13.3.1.1

          I have to admit my own heart is in my mouth too, but you would think that they would take note of the facts that there’s an election within a year, and that their last sales pitch for their own agenda was not a vote winner.

  14. Crunchtime 14

    Robertson says the opinion poll results indicating strong support for Cunliffe “aren’t relevant because the Labour membership votes for leader not the public”… yeah. I think strong public support for Cunliffe is something the Labour membership will note.

    And no, I don’t think Nat/Act/UF “mischief” can affect that.

    I agree, every voter within Labour needs to carefully consider their vote and where it will take Labour… and the choice is quite clear.

  15. Winston Smith 15

    I do wonder how Cunliffe will unite the labour caucus…I reckon his best option would be to have a massive blood letting/revenge strike

    • karol 15.1

      Cunliffe has said he will work with every MPs strengths. Positive, and constructive, if he does that.

    • Clement Pinto 15.2

      That is one option. i.e, send them to back bench.

      Another option Is :

      For the sake of unity and magnanimity, give shadow cabinet positions purely based on merit, but at the first sign of disloyalty, banish them to the back bench irrespective of their ability.

  16. newsense 16

    will Cunliffe’s chats on the Standard be as famous as Clark’s chats on Bfm with Havoc????

  17. Ron 17

    Can someone please share with the community why there is so much hatred of Cunliffe. Radio tonight was making much that even MPs like Twiford DC’s nearest electorate will not support him. Obviously I cannot be sure if this is true or not but there has to be some reason beyond mere jealousy.
    Has David secretly joined the klu Klux Klan or worse secretly joined the ACT party. So how about some comment on just what other MP’s feel is wrong with Cunliffe. I would be most disappointed if it was just envy or one of the other venial sin.

    • Retired Engineer 17.1

      Phil Twyford got it into his head 5-6 years ago that Cunliffe supported Carmel Sepuloni for selection in Waitakere. This was Lynn Pillay’s seat and she and EPMU hubby Mike had a big influence.
      Phil Twyford then went on to replace Chris Carter in Te Atatu.
      But the silly blouse is still sulking over this perceived slight by Cunliffe.

    • Boadicea 17.2

      Twyford is a nice guy and will build a good seat in Te Atatu. He had a good career in Oxfam and as such has similar background to Shearer.
      He had a tiff with local Labour when he took overt from Carter. The old hands left . Loads of New Lynn Labour people canvassed for him to win in Te Atatu. Relationships are strong and GE and Cunliffe lead the West Auckland hub.

      I heard that ass$&@e on the radio. Who was he? I didn’t recognise the voice .

  18. hush minx 18

    Well I just read this on Garners blog:

    “If Cunliffe becomes leader a number of careers will end.

    Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove are well known life-members of the anti-Cunliffe club. Annette King may call time on her long career too.

    I actually think this primary has been useful and whoever takes on John Key will be stronger than David Shearer. But that leader has a massive job to do in the caucus.

    Caucus is openly bleeding and the weeping sores are there for all to see.”
    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Robertson-vs-Cunliffe/tabid/674/articleID/37760/Default.aspx

    The thing that really worries me is how rabid some of these MPs are. So Ron, I do not think there is any logic to their actions. They are so emeshed in the emotional space they cannot see the wood for the trees anymore, and the desire and need of the party no longer matter.

    • Saarbo 18.1

      That is just fucken amazing, that these ABC arseholes continue to talk to Garner undermining David Cunliffe. I imagine that some of Garner’s story is about him trying to save face because he is looking like a real chump at the moment and his credibility is not looking flash. But obviously the ABC’ers are currently fighting hard for their survival and Garner and Gower have always been closely aligned to the them.

      This from Garners link:

      “I have spoken to a number of Labour MPs in recent days who openly despise Cunliffe. The hatred and bile towards him has not subsided. It actually seems to have got stronger and louder in the final stretch of this race.
      One senior MP in the Robertson camp described him to me over the weekend as “an insincere prat” who is “a fake that would be shown up bloody quickly”. Others have described him in similar terms. You get the point.”

      If David Cunliffe is successful it is absolutely critical he gets rid of these poisonous people, otherwise it will be impossible for him to operate, they have NOW given him no other option. He just needs to win.

      Having worked with Cunliffe he isnt a “prat”, he is someone who is very very bright and possibly works too fast for some people, and I suspect some of these people have had the big egos dented….its not Cunliffes problem.

      Bottom line: If Cunliffe wins then the ABC’er must fuck off.

      • Tangee 18.1.1

        Well to me these MPs are the problem its all their self interest and they dont care about the party or what the people are saying that they want Cunliffe. If Cunliffe dont win there is no way in Hell Robertson can take us to victory. The bad mouthing is starting to show and all because Cunliffe is showing better results yay.

      • Hami Shearlie 18.1.2

        And now that ghastly Clare Curran is stirring up trouble for anyone even mentioning that Grant Robertson’s gayness may be a negative factor in his campaign for leader!!! As if David Cunliffe cares about any of that!!! Charles Chauvel supported him and he’s gay, so Cunliffe is highly unlikely to be anti-gay!! It all smells of the ABC brigade getting really really desperate!!! Well, listen up ABCers, it sure didn’t help Robertson’s campaign that he FLAT OUT LIED about his partner Alf not being at the pub on Seven Sharp – I think that alone has people wondering – what else will he lie about?? What a time to be caught telling porkies?? Shows his inexperience I would venture to suggest!!

      • Retired Engineer 18.1.3

        Garner is the prat in all of this.
        No new news here. Various ABCs phoning journos and slagging off Cunliffe.

        Imagine he these jokers in your workplace, your factory or office. What would happen to them in a real work place. Cosgrove, Ardern, Curran and the likes are a work place hazard.

  19. hush minx 19

    And just imagine conference if the caucus play such silly games. I seriously worry for the future of the party. And I shall go back to the Greens, who just look so sane by comparison :-)

  20. Ron 20

    I am really looking forward to conference I hope that my new found confidence that things will be done right is not going to prove misplaced.

  21. Sable 21

    Talks cheap and actions speak louder than words. If Cunliffe wants votes and more importantly wants lasting support he better be prepared to reform Labour and keep his promises or he could find himself out on his arse even if the wins this election.

  22. Mike S 23

    I think there’s alot of media hype trying to make this out as a close fought thing and a party divided. I predict an easy outright majority for David Cunliffe as new leader.

    4 of the 6 union affiliates have told their delegates to back Cunliffe. That’s around 10% of the total vote. The other 2 unions have indicated that their members are to decide. I believe they will probably both be in line with the other affiliates and show a clear majority for Cunliffe. But let’s say he gets 50% of the votes from the other 2 unions, that gives him another approx 5% of total vote.

    The members, I feel, are strongly in favour of Cunliffe. 60% of member support is a low estimate in my opinion, but that would give him another 24% of the total, making 39%.

    This would mean he would need less than a third of the caucus vote (around 10 out of 34 mp’s) to secure 51% of the total.

    Pure speculation on my behalf of course, but If anyone wants to chuck a few coins on it, i’m in! In reality I believe it won’t be anywhere near as low as 51%, but more likely a much larger majority for Cunliffe.

    • Mike S 23.1

      I hate to be so vain but the opportunities to puff my chest are limited these days. I was pretty close! (yeah yeah, except for the last f’ing sentence!)

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    The People's Flag Is ... Mint Green? Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern (whom Twitter immediately dubbed Gracinda) pose in Mint Green for one of the glossy women's magazines. In a non-revolutionary era, superficial is about as deep as it gets. BIKERS?...
    Bowalley Road | 22-10
  • Auckland’s disturbing panopticon
    Earlier in the month, we learned that Auckland was planning to install a creepy panopticon, complete with ANPR and facial recognition, for vague and undefinied purposes. This produced a flurry of OIA requests via FYI, and one of them (for...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • How to Sell a House: Free Advice from a couple of experts. (Self-Described!...
      In the 32 years that Judy and I have been together we have bought and sold quite a few houses. Six years is the longest we  lived in any one of those houses.  Our friends regard us as gypsies. The...
    Brian Edwards | 22-10
  • Judith Collins’ two-tier OIA service
    Back in August, we learned that sewerblogger Cameron Slater was receiving extraordinary OIA service from then-Minister of Justice Judith Collins, in one case receiving a response to a request within 37 minutes. But it wasn't just extraordinary for its speed;...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Fluoridation – a racist conspiracy?
    Political activists campaigning on health issues often resort to scaremongering. This can be dangerous – especially when their stories have no real basis but rely on selective and distorted information. Paul Connett’s Fluoride Action Network (FAN) often resorts to this sort of scaremongering. Now...
    Open Parachute | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • Unbelieveable
    This week we've seen the Prime Minister desperately trying to cover up his war plans by pretending that Obama's war-planning meeting was just a "regular" meeting of defence partners which we just happened to be attending. Over on Kiwipolitico Pablo...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Are the police using ANPR to target the disabled?
    The media this morning is full of stories of the paralysed man caught driving using a walking stick to reach the pedals. Its good that he's off the road, but there's one point in the story which raises questions:The driver...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • 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
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • 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
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
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