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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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    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand is heartened by the strong response to the inappropriate use of bikini-clad girls at a technology expo....
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet
    Lisa Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto
    Lisa Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Prime Time on Labour
    Mike Smith - former General Secretary of the NZ Labour Party Jim McAloon, Assoc Prof, Victoria University of Wellington History Department (currently writing official history of the Labour Party) Rob Salmond, consultant to Labour Leader's office and...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
    Saturday 27 September 2014 | One million people voted for National in last week’s election. Another million didn’t vote at all. In Kia Korero Mai this week, Eru Morgan talks to political commentator Henare Kingi about the figures and what...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • On The Nation this weekend: Labour, National, The Media
    This weekend on The Nation… Labour’s had its worst election result in 92 years, so what happens next? We’ll talk to former Labour president Jim Anderton, CTU president Helen Kelly, and tech entrepreneur and past donor Selwyn Pellett about the...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
    The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific Advisory Group, met for the first time this week, to develop a disaster response plan for the upcoming Pacific cyclone season, which is forecast to be severe....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Teachers support PM’s call for solutions to child poverty
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to hear that the Prime Minister is calling for new ideas to address child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • First batch of household protection kits arrives in Liberia
    Kits containing protective gear will equip a network of community-based Ebola care centres nationwide...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty
    The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has thanked retiring National MP Dr Paul Hutchison for his work to reduce child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Bag snatch hero deserves a medal – McVicar
    The Justice Spokesman for the Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, is calling for the woman known as the bag-snatch hero to be awarded a medal for bravery....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Police Remembrance Day
    This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect. Police Remembrance Day falls on...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Affordable Auckland Attacks Creeping Apartheid
    Affordable Auckland Leader Stephen Berry is disturbed by developments increasing the number of local body regions choosing racially based representation. The Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils already have Maori wards, while New Plymouth...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dairy Strategy Proving to be a Disaster
    The intensification of the dairy industry is proving to be a disaster, says SAFE. This comes after the forecast 2015 milk price payout was cut 12% by Fonterra this week. “Last year, the government effectively gave the green light for...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Where Next for the Left?
    26 September 2014 A discussion of the post-election prospects for radicals, facilitated by Fightback. 6pm | Monday 28th September | 19 Tory St [ Facebook event ]...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
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