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David Cunliffe plans State of the Nation speech

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, January 16th, 2014 - 187 comments
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David Cunliffe state of the nation

From an email from the leader’s office.

“Can you join me for my State of the Nation address at 1pm on Monday 27 January?

It’s at St Leonard’s Road School, St Leonard’s Road, Kelston, West Auckland.

If you can’t make it along, you can read and watch the speech at www.labour.org.nz soon afterwards.

This year is election year and Labour will be bringing a message of hope to New Zealand.

In this speech, I’ll lay out how Labour will create opportunities for every New Zealander, no matter who they are or where they were born.

I’ll be talking about an economy that works for all of us – one where every Kiwi can get ahead, and where no one is left behind.

This marks the start of our election year journey towards building a better New Zealand together. I hope to see you there.

Click here to RSVP.

Regards

David Cunliffe

Leader of the Labour Party”

187 comments on “David Cunliffe plans State of the Nation speech”

  1. tinfoilhat 1

    I hope for his sake it is more inspiring than his XMAS message that was on TV.

    • Ad 1.1

      David Cunliffe is going to crush John Key this year like a bug.

      • infused 1.1.1

        Keep dreaming.

        • Just Julie 1.1.1.1

          Yeeah – we sure will! New Zealand and ALL New Zealanders deserve far better than this nightmare of a government.

          • Arfamo 1.1.1.1.1

            Well, not all New Zealanders have had enough of them. But the numbers are growing. The problem is identifying another government that isn’t just the basically same sort of people in another guise.

            • aerobubble 1.1.1.1.1.1

              You over estimate the loyalty of politicians to a cause when power beckons.

              The 1% don’t want the minion class who eulogies them to win for the simple reason that it harms their wealth. There is a divergence between the Tory right and the needs of the richest, because we all now know (or should) that excess inequality harms profits.

      • Chooky 1.1.2

        @ Ad…. Cunliffe might do exactly that!.

        ..imo .the reason Labour failed so miserably last time was because Phil Goff was gobsmackingly the leader !….people have long memories ….they remembered Goff was a core supporter of Rogernomics ….so it seemed quite incredible that he was now leading the Labour Party against the sale of state assets….it was just too much to swallow and the Labour Party lacked credibility….. so people didnt vote

      • tinfoilhat 1.1.3

        Oh well while those two inflated egos do battle hopefully the Greens will concentrate on the issues and take all the party votes.

        • middxkea 1.1.3.1

          Yes the “Greens state of the nation” speech is a week before in Wellington
          Picnic for the Planet election year launch on Sunday 26 January at Waitangi Park in Wellington starting at 11am. facebook event

      • dave 1.1.4

        i ve got that feeling to! but dont get complacent we have a job to do voters to get out

    • AmaKiwi 1.2

      Cunliffe’s on-line ticketing is almost up to the standards of Kim Dotcom’s Party Party ticketing. Almost, but not quite.

  2. vto 2

    What’s he going to say?

    I hope he says that Labour will legislate to stop people who don’t live here from owning land here.

    • Chooky 2.1

      +1…and I hope he will protect Kiwi Bank from Goldman Sachs…and look after all the poor kids and their families and their communities…only then will we have a good NZ!

    • Enough is Enough 2.2

      I hope he says the assets sold by John Key during this term will be nationalised without compensation.

      That will fuck the Tories for generations to come as they will never be able to sell our country again.

      • fisiani 2.2.1

        That would f*** New Zealand for generations to come as we would be seen as anarchists.

        • Enough is Enough 2.2.1.1

          The government is sovereign and can make laws as it pleases (ask Key).

          So why would we be seen as anarchists and why would that fuck New Zealand anyway?

        • adam 2.2.1.2

          Anarchists don’t nationalise anything – never have, never will. Learn what politics you talking if you going to comment on political boards. Otherwise you come across as an ignorant fool who has been spoon fed propaganda all their lives.

    • David H 2.3

      Hopefully he will announce a Living wage and do something about the ‘Outsourcing’ that the Nats are doing. IE the ferry that will be built in Bangladesh, and the Raikl cars that went poverseas at the cost of Kiwi’s Livelyhoods.

      • BM 2.3.1

        Good one, would have still been cheaper to just give the kiwi boat builders 8 million and then got the Bangladeshis to build the boat.

        The tax payer would have still been 8 million better off, I for one appreciate the respect John Key and the Nats give to the tax payers of NZ.

        Only an idiot would not see this as a good deal.

        • vto 2.3.1.1

          But you lot think boats and trains are old technology not worth the future…

          Don’t know how people are going to cross the seas though in the future, nor move people en masse …… yea, na, no future in moving people …… only in movies. Movies are the future ……

        • vto 2.3.1.2

          Do you think Bangladeshi steel will be up to scratch? Will it be reliable BM? Because of course I’m sure you are aware that cheap Chinese steel coming in for the Chch rebuild has been found to be not up to the standard required …..

          but just ignore all that eh….. it is all about the dollar ….. quality never goes anywhere…. is why the Germans have a shit economy and their stuff breaks down and is no good for use as tanks ….. yea, na, repeat repeat…. spin cycle dumbos

          • BM 2.3.1.2.1

            You raise a good point.

            Only white people should build our boat, those darkies can’t be trusted, shifty pricks will probably use rope to hold the steel together instead of rivets and probably cheap rope at that!.

            Damn you National!

            • vto 2.3.1.2.1.1

              Who said anything about white people? What has that got to do with it?

              You clearly are unaware of sub-standard steel coming into Chch. Are you aware of the quality of the Chinese train sets? Are you familiar with Spanish ferry building standards? They can’t keep their props on. Are Spanish white BM? Are you aware of Bangladeshi standards? Or do you just repeat what is fed to you? Do you have original thoughts BM?

              Why do we even need another ferry boat BM? Boats are old technology aren’t they BM? We don’t need ferry boats – we can just dream ourselves over the strait while we’re at the movies. Can’t we BM.

          • fisiani 2.3.1.2.2

            Seem a bit racist there vto.

        • David H 2.3.1.3

          And like the Trains how much will it cost to FIX the fucking thing to actually work in NZ conditions properly?

        • Murray Olsen 2.3.1.4

          Of course BM doesn’t see anything wrong with Kiwis being out of work, money going offshore, skills being lost……. It’s all the immediate bottom line. Bangladesh has a long history of building boats, almost all made out of wood, so it could possibly be a well built ship, despite this government’s demonstrated record of buying rubbish. On the other hand, we pay for bums to sit on the green leather to run this country and do something about the future of this country, not to run it down and fill it with cows to the extent that we won’t even have tourists coming.

          • BM 2.3.1.4.1

            Why the fuck do you care Muzz.
            You’re based in Oz, what NZ does is no concern of yours.

            • McFlock 2.3.1.4.1.1

              and yet he still has a better idea of what life’s like here than you fucking do.

            • Murray Olsen 2.3.1.4.1.2

              Why do I care? Maybe, just maybe, I identify as a Kiwi, have strong roots and children, family, and friends here, and will be moving back once my contract finishes. Of course, that’s human type stuff that you seem to have trouble understanding.

              Now for my question. Following your rationale, what does your Glorious Leader care about? He’s based in Hawaii.

    • dave 2.4

      none residents will not be aloud to buy existing homes its policy

  3. Arfamo 3

    I hope he’s going to announce a few resignations and replacements. Otherwise I’d be a bit dubious about whatever else he says.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      +1

      There are so many old Labour MPs that need to stand down it isn’t funny.

    • Enough is Enough 3.2

      Starting with Parker.

      He is a red Tory. Would go well as English’s associate minister.

      • Saarbo 3.2.1

        No, Parker is the right person for Finance for Labour. I would have picked Mallard, Goff and King need to go.

        • tamati 3.2.1.1

          Not King. She was easily one of the most competent Ministers under Clark. Time for Labour to clean out the closet but let’s not have a bloody cultural revolution.

        • Enough is Enough 3.2.1.2

          In what way is Parker right?

          How is he going to reform the economy to distribute the nations wealth amongst all its citizen’s.

          Not tinker, but reform.

        • dave 3.2.1.3

          iam in the mt roskill electorate the nats are trying lump us with Epsom parasite vermin we need phil here or they will push people out there of homes .

  4. AmaKiwi 4

    Where is St. Leonard’s Road School, Kelston?

    How do I get there on public transportation?

    I could be there at 1 pm on a Monday afternoon, but my partner is working then.

  5. alwyn 5

    I wondered what had happened to David until I saw a caption competition on the “Keeping Stock” blogsite. DC has obviously been copying Moses with his 40 days on Mt Sinai.

    I guess that his 40 days are up and it is time for him to return from the mountain top. I doubt if he will be able to match the ten commandments of course.

    Actually he probably should have read his bible a little more carefully. Like Moses and the Jews David is condemned to lead the Labour Party for forty YEARS in the desert. Sorry folks but the next time in Government will be 2053.

    • QoT 5.1

      So you’re comparing DC with Moses creating a new covenant with God, after leading an oppressed people from slavery and heralding the creation of a new Israel?

      What a totally cutting putdown, I don’t know how he’ll ever recover.

      • Tim 5.1.1

        “I don’t know how he’ll ever recover”
        me too. I’m sure he (DC) feels utterly threatened to the extent he curls up into a little ball by propagandists such as the almighty Alwyn.

        • Chooky 5.1.1.1

          lol…he came from a good Anglican family…with the New Testament ‘God of Love’….

      • alwyn 5.1.2

        I admit I don’t really think David compares himself to, or thinks he is, Moses. I suspect he really thinks he is Moses’ boss, the big chap with the booming voice.

        You remember how the story continues of course don’t you. Moses died and never did get to the promised land. Even with DC’s powers I don’t think he would ever recover from that would he?

        As the liturgy goes, at least according to “The Vicar of Dibley”. Here endeth the second lesson.

        Actually, at least from my viewpoint, it has to end here as my theological knowledge is exhausted. I didn’t do to badly though considering it must be more that 50 years since I saw Charlton Heston, in his pre-NRA days, play Moses in the film. Like many University English students I got most of my knowledge of such things from Classic Comics and the movies.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1.2.1

          Gosh Alwyn! What you think sure is exciting and not in the least bit self-serving nor vacuous, please can you tell us more things you think?

        • tracey 5.1.2.2

          You think Cunliffe thinks he works for steven joyce?????

          • alwyn 5.1.2.2.1

            That possibility really does frighten me. I hadn’t thought of that one.
            Please say it isn’t so.

            • tracey 5.1.2.2.1.1

              you said it.
              ” I suspect he really thinks he is Moses’ boss, the big chap with the booming voice.”

              • alwyn

                No you have misinterpreted me.

                I said that I suspected that David Cunliffe thought that he, meaning Cunliffe, WAS the big chap. That would require that David C thought that he was Stephen Joyce, not that he WORKED for Stephen Joyce. Unless of course God works for Stephen Joyce and SJ outranks God in the hierarchy. The mind bogles!
                I can’t imagine that DC would really think that about Joyce. It would mean Cunliffe would have to get a Bruce Willis type haircut and go for the shaven head look.

                In the meantime that is enough frivolity for the day. I have things I have to get done.

        • QoT 5.1.2.3

          You remember how the story continues of course don’t you. Moses died and never did get to the promised land. Even with DC’s powers I don’t think he would ever recover from that would he?

          Moses dies within sight of the promised land, secure in the knowledge his people will get there.

          So … now you’re saying that DC doesn’t think the movement is all about his personal success, as long as New Zealanders are the better for it?

          God, will your killer blows never stop …

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1.2.3.1

            :lol:

          • alwyn 5.1.2.3.2

            I would certainly like to think that was what he thought. The problem is that he would be the first politician in history to genuinely think that, although Mahatma Gandhi got pretty close.
            So no, I fear he doesn’t really think like that.

          • Ron 5.1.2.3.3

            Of course that was after his God told him it was OK to invade Israel and kill all the inhabitants. Nice God that chap

            Moses dies within sight of the promised land, secure in the knowledge his people will get there.

        • Chooky 5.1.2.4

          @ alywn …you read the wrong comics….. Moses has got nothing to do with it! ….you need to meet Aslan….he will sort it all out for you

          “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
          At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
          When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
          And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
          ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

          • alwyn 5.1.2.4.1

            I would have to agree, that really sounds like a successful political leader.
            Sounds more like the way that David Lange was described in his prime than David Cunliffe though.
            I really ought to have another try at C. S. Lewis, if that is typical. I never did get into his work.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1.2.4.1.1

              Atlas Shrugged might be more your thing.

              • alwyn

                Wash your mouth out! That stuff is completely unreadable.
                How did you manage to get past page 3?

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  I have no idea what you’re talking about. It comes recommended by people like you, so I just figured…

                  • alwyn

                    Do you always take other people’s recommendations and pass them on without, apparently, knowing anything about the topic they are talking about?
                    I must assume it is so as you appear to never have read even part of a work which you are recommending as reading matter. I shall remember that when I see something else you are talking about as it appears you don’t require even a smidgeon of knowledge on a topic before you are willing to utter your thoughts.

                    I at least tried to read Rand, even if I didn’t get very far. I read the first 10 pages, skipped about 200 and then read another half dozen. She was far worse than either Marx, Engels or Lenin. To be fair I read the first two in what was not a terribly good translation and they may have been better in the original German.
                    She was probably better than Stalin though. His style was pretty awful.

                    You have heard of those people have you?

            • Puddleglum 5.1.2.4.1.2

              If you want to get to know me better, try ‘The Silver Chair. :-)

          • Roy 5.1.2.4.2

            Geez, CS Lewis was an even worse poet than his pal Tolkein, wasn’t he? And here was I thinking nobody could be a worse poet than Tolkein.

            • Puddleglum 5.1.2.4.2.1

              yep, his writing was pretty clunky at times (though quite good at others) and his themes a bit derivative – but they were children’s books, I guess …

              • alwyn

                “Acclaimed as the worst poet in British History”.
                Do you realise that that implies that there could be worse poets in other countries, or other languages?
                No, no, a thousand times no!
                Thanks for the laugh.

                • Arfamo

                  Yeah, but the google search results suggested he was pretty well regarded as one of the poetic epic fails of all time, not just a winner in the British Isles. I’d have spent more time researching others but then I’d miss too much of this and the Internet Party circus.

          • Naturesong 5.1.2.4.3

            You might be onto something there.

            Cats that look like Cunliffe?

        • amirite 5.1.2.5

          Ah well, at least DC doesn;t believe in chemtrails and smacking your kid senseless like your mate Colin Craig.

          • alwyn 5.1.2.5.1

            This appears to be a reply to a comment of mine, although what it has to do with me I have no idea.
            I would request that you show some evidence that I have EVER expressed any approval of Colin Craig or that in any way he could be interpreted as “my mate”
            You can also give some evidence that I have ever showed a belief in Chemtrails or in “smacking your kid senseless”
            Otherwise I think an apology is appropriate

            • felix 5.1.2.5.1.1

              You do support John Key and National, don’t you?

              Then Colin Craig’s your mate. Suck it up, princess.

              • Arfamo

                He should be happy with that. As apologies go, that one’s pretty awesome.

              • alwyn

                What complete and utter bullshit.
                I think that the NATIONAL party will make a vastly better government than the Labour party and its cohorts will. That doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Colin Craig and his vacuous views.
                You will also have noted that Key and the National MPs voted FOR Sue Bradford’s bill won’t you.
                On the other hand you are clearly in favour of Peter Dunne as MP for Ohariu if we follow you logic. After all he was a Minister in the last Labour Government wasn’t he?
                As I say, put up or shut up.

                • Arfamo

                  Some people just can’t accept an apology with good grace. They mostly vote National I reckon. Or ACT.

                  • alwyn

                    Perhaps you could tell me where the supposed apology is.
                    There is nothing from amirite, who implied that I must accept the views of Colin Craig, and merely a fatuous remark from felix.

              • dave

                get it right felix her mate crazy Colin Craig aka (the ccc)”dude they never landed on the moon”

      • McFlock 5.1.3

        praising with faint damnation…

    • Tim 5.2

      Unless the Labour party rids itself of that old-guard, and soon – it won’t be around in 40 years.
      If instead it returns to its roots and begins to actually represent that ‘broader church’ we all hear about (mainly when the right wing find it convenient to do so), then it has some hope after 2017.
      Indeed – if it manages to rid itself of the troughers and the neo-libs, it probably has a ‘brighter future’ (unlike the one the majority of Kiwis were promised last time).
      Incidentally – Wayne Hope on TDB I reckon has it about right [correct] in that the left-right dividing line exists within the Labour Party.
      For that, for taking traditional supporters for granted, for merely being the least worst option when there weren’t too many alternatives – a bit of mea culpa is in order ALONGSIDE some policies that demonstrate actual change is in the wind. I expect we might see that from Cunliffe – I understand its going to be a gradual process – but there better be some pretty bloody definitive signals that it is their programme. ‘cos if not – you know what? – there ARE other options.
      Wudn wanna be in his shoes aye!

      • dave 5.2.1

        wrong last year the membership took the party back cunliff was installed by the membership with a huge majourity the governing body has ability to remove any mps who try to hijack the party
        very different to nat corerate apointees

    • Poission 5.3

      forty YEARS in the desert.

      In 40 years no government has produced a current account surplus.

      http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/key_graphs/current_account/

      • Jackal 5.3.1

        Thanks for the link Poission. Kind of puts into perspective the propaganda surrounding increased spending that the MSM was recently on about. There’s obviously no benefit when the increased spending is funded through increased borrowing, something that the right wing reporters were at pains to ignore.

  6. bad12 6

    My message to David Cunliffe is simply this: Draw us a bottom line Mr Cunliffe, not for the comfortable middle class we and they know that they will be well looked after,

    Where Mr Cunliffe is your societal bottom line, spell that out for the benefit of the 800,000 and you may just provoke any number of them to cast a vote for Labour,

    My opinion is that your ‘state of the nation speech’ should not only spell out KiwiBuild but give as much oxygen to what Labour plans are surrounding State Housing,

    Next on my list is the means of addressing child poverty along with drawing that societal bottom line for the Social Welfare system,

    My opinion is that platitudes and generalities in addressing these core issues which effect the Have Not’s on a daily basis will gain you and Labour very little, the bread of the RED Labour Party is in effect on the plate waiting for you Mr Cunliffe to add some butter or jam…

  7. fisiani 7

    The Cunliffe will be rich in rhetoric and oratory. Dramatic pauses for effect and pretended outrage. He will delight those who see him as The Messiah. He will use the word KIWI as a prefix to half his speech. He will imply that he will solve all problems and hope that listeners will infer such a ridiculous message. All this in a time of boom and a growing healthy economy. No one is listening to Labour other than Labour.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 7.1

      Not at all Fisiani, the economic conditions are after 5 years of stagnation under National, but due to external matters they have improved .

      Not due to ‘borrow and hope’ Bill and 4th rate Golf player Key

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.2

      Then you have absolutely nothing to worry about, eh.

      It’s not like the Labour Party has just recently had an increase in membership or anything, and Green candidates did really badly in the recent local elections, didn’t they?

      The booming economy is all-pervasive and very very definite, really truly honest – Hallensteins didn’t release any bad news today for example, and everyone is over the whole forestry deaths thing – they keep dying, yada yada.

      John Banks is going to win, and become a judge. Kim.com will be extradited to the USA, and convicted and sentenced to death, and John Key will be invited to administer the lethal dose while Obama leads a “John! John! John!” chant.

      All is well on Planet Fisiani.

    • tracey 7.3

      The Key will be rich in rhetoric and empty slogans. Dramatic pauses for effect and pretended outrage. He will delight those who see him as The Messiah. He will use the word ordinary bloke as a prefix to half his speech. He will imply that he has solved all problems and lie to listeners who will not question such a ridiculous message. All this in a time of over $50 billion government debt (and rising), high unemployment, and a failed economic vision. The ones listening are those who hang their tongues out in panting excitement that his promise that one day, soon, they will enjoy riches such as his. Fool them once shame on The Key. fool them for five years shame on Fisiani et al

      FIFY

      • fisiani 7.3.1

        Yes 50 Billion in debt not the 150 Billion it could and would have been. The 50 billion is the price we paid for keeping New Zealanders in comfort following the economic mismangement we inherited from 9 sad years of typical Labour incompetance. Bill English has been taking the rough edges off the recession and maintaining near full employment such that we are now the star economy in the OECD. The only thing stopping a National landslide is MMP and voter apathy.

        • tracey 7.3.1.1

          National Economics 101 by fisiani… when in debt call it good by saying it could have been worse, and then pick an arbitrary number and say it like it is true . When in opposition rail about the $18 billion debt of the other mob. There’s more to intelligence than being able to read it seems.

          • fisiani 7.3.1.1.1

            Every proposal for the last 5 years to cut spending and thus reduce debt is instantly rejected by the Left. Look at the outrage yesterday over stopping the CTU rort of millions for example. Even worse than railing against reducing spending Labour want to extend in work benefits to people not in work and the Greens just want to photocopy the currency. Vote Labour get the loony Greens pulling the strings. Vote National and get a grand coalition not beholding to any of the small parties.,

            • McFlock 7.3.1.1.1.1

              Not true – most on the left were happy to cut spending on the ministerial limo fleet, but someone wanted a heated seat…

              • Rob

                Yep I agree McFlock, labour couldn’t even get the car decision correct. Why move from Holdens to BMW’s anyway.

                • McFlock

                  labour got the initial decision right, but the numpty who signed for the renewal is an incompetent who never remembers even the most basic details of his life

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.3.1.1.1.2

              Gosh, Fis, I didn’t take you for innumerate, but I think you should know that the Greens proposed to raise capital by selling government bonds. Just because some people call it “printing money” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look behind the rhetoric and find out the details.

              Oh, and the CTU thing, we covered this yesterday, when you failed miserably to refute the facts, as contained in ACC’s report. I can appreciate that you don’t want to acknowledge that your mistress is playing politics with workplace safety in an election year and all, but facts are facts, eh. Telling obvious porkies just reduces your mistress’ chances of becoming PM.

            • You_Fool 7.3.1.1.1.3

              yes that’s right, National don’t put in failed ideological ideas that were suggested by 1 seat minor parties… oh wait charter schools… never mind carry on blindly sprouting rubbish

            • tracey 7.3.1.1.1.4

              will you be doing the edinburgh festival this year?

            • Paul 7.3.1.1.1.5

              Tax cuts for the rich proved expensive.
              A truly left government would have raise taxes on these parasites and not got into debt.

              • Enough is Enough

                +1000

                That is the sole reason we are in debt up to our eye balls. Bacause the bludgers and parasites of socirty have not paid their way.

                • Colonial Viper

                  That’s only half the problem. The other half is that this nation insists on sourcing it’s supply of money from foreign bankster loans, instead of simply issuing debt free NZD as it is empowered to do.

            • Paul 7.3.1.1.1.6

              Vote National and watch your country being taken from you.

        • tracey 7.3.1.2

          I note you write “we” when you refer to the government…

        • You_Fool 7.3.1.3

          Have you read what the OECD says about NZ? Whilst it is not bad, it is not exactly glowing with praise. Also the issues raised are all issues that Labour and Cunliffe have a solution, whilst Small and wave stands on the sidelines.

          http://www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/new-zealand-2013.htm

          Also forecasts show that we are not expected to grow as fast as the average OECD.

          As I say not a bad review, but far from perfect. A B or B+ with a could do better.

        • Enough is Enough 7.3.1.4

          English gave $50b in tax cuts to the rich.

          If Labour had stayed in power in 2008, and simply maiantained the staus quo tax system, there would be no debt at all today.

          And rather than sevicing interest payments to Keys rich foreign mates and chinamen, we could be eradicating poverty and feeding our starving children.

    • Tim 7.4

      …..just as long as he dosn’t start talking about “The New Zealand People” a la the Crosby T inspired “Australian People”, or the “American People”.
      I suspect there’s a Pagani or two who’re buying into that technique (all the while sipping the latest of late Ch ch chArdoney)
      And btw .. Josie: Boy! Boy OH Boy! – do I have a tip for YOU on the latest flavour!
      (Rilly Rilly gorjiss). (It’s an M’bro sclusive – ‘cud go either way – but right now – Wow! WOman! Whoar. I mean – not just a Phil Ure Whoar … but a Whooooooooooooooar!)
      …. I’ve also got some Bangladeshi whose rilly rilly trustworthy whose willing to get your kids to their daily whilst you’re off whoring (minimum wage – less even if you like) ….. and you know what? – they’re USED to that godawful Horowhenus/Kapiti traffic – so … experiemced what?

    • thechangeling 7.5

      With 150-250,000 people under/unemployed in New Zealand and another 500,000 or so living on the minimum wage, Cunliffe represents some hope as opposed to NO HOPE from the corrupt National Party Business Roundtable Vested Interest Government.

      • fisiani 7.5.1

        stop making up numbers. As you can see NZ has more people employed than ever before. Stop moaning and start enjoying your brighter future.
        http://www.tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/unemployment-rate

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.5.1.1

          Um, has New Zealand’s population risen during that time? Because if it has, you would probably be better quoting percentages, y’know, just for honesty’s sake.

        • tracey 7.5.1.2

          WaRNING

          IRONY ALERT

          “fisiani 7.3.1
          16 January 2014 at 1:53 pm

          Yes 50 Billion in debt not the 150 Billion it could and would have been.”

          fisiani 7.5.1
          16 January 2014 at 3:54 pm

          stop making up numbers.

          • Draco T Bastard 7.5.1.2.1

            :lol: :twisted:

          • Will@Welly 7.5.1.2.2

            tracey – by the time fisiani gets to writing the actual numbers, he’s lost his train of thought, so he grabs whatever he thinks sounds right. A bit like Bill English/Stephen Joyce.

            • You_Fool 7.5.1.2.2.1

              And if you do go get numbers for him that completely invalidate his comment he just ignores it and goes off and sprouts nonsense somewhere else, much like English/Key/Joyce/rest of NAct

    • Ad 7.6

      2014 is New Zealand’s economic “sugar rush”, financed by insurers.
      Had nothing to do with the government.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 7.7

      In a separate meeting and speaking with a totally different vocabulary and accent, Cunliffe will then reassure NZ’s media and business leaders that he didn’t actually mean any of that stuff and that they should understand he was just telling the workers and activists what they needed to hear.

  8. Philj 8

    Xox
    Kiwi first,
    STATE Housing boost,
    No youth unemployment, training or work.
    Sustainable population economic policy
    Immigration policy.
    Set up a proper Public Broadcasting Service, FTA TVNZ is total crap
    Lower electricity costs, drive price down and repurchase State Assets. Upset the money changers, JK’s mates.
    You can make an omelette…

  9. Enough is Enough 9

    Our people need us now

  10. tracey 10

    Let my people go!

  11. kerry 11

    Cant wait to hear another monumental policy announcement like the truly inspirational “kiwi assure “

  12. millsy 12

    Cunliffe needs to grab the inititaive in this speech. Kinda like what Brash did with his Orewa speech 10 years ago (yes that long). He really only has one chance.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 12.1

      You mean, when it’s widely (and favourably) reported in the MSM? No, wait…

      He has plenty of chances, this is a good one.

  13. tracey 13

    “A Labour-led government will make good on its promise to regulate the electricity industry and stamp out ‘super-profits’, a threat that has weighed on power company stocks, deputy leader David Parker says.”

  14. Skinny 14

    Oh no David Cunliffe don’t do it! Most Kiwi’s are still on summer time break time mode. The last thing we want to hear is a state of the nation speech. I for one ‘will not’ be spending a public holiday listening to political promises! 

    Wtf are you idiots thinking? And another thing ‘no’ I don’t want to go down to Christchurch to learn how to campaign! I bet it involves door knocking in CC. You Wellington LP clowns need to get real!

    • QoT 14.1

      If you’re referring to the “campaign college” they run, you know they hold those all over the country, right?

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  • ‘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
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​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
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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