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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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    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
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  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
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  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
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  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
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  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
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  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
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  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
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  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
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  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
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  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
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  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
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  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
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  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
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  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
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  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
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  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
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  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
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  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
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  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
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  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
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  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
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  • Economic ideology destroys us all
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  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
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  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
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  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
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  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
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  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
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  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
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  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
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  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
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  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
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  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
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  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
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  • Review into Phillip Smith’s escape submitted to Government
    A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government today....
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  • Len Brown gets haybales from giant chicken and Ms. Santa Cla
    Today at 10.30am, Ms. Santa Claus and a giant chicken delivered haybales to Len Brown’s office, urging Auckland City Council to decline a resource consent application sought by cage egg producer Craddock Farms....
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  • Increased Abuse of Parents A Predicted Outcome
    Family First NZ says that the increasing level of parental abuse , especially towards mothers, is an unfortunate but expected outcome of the rise of children’s ‘rights’ and the undermining of parental authority....
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  • Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms
    The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses....
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  • Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation
    Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981...
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  • Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand
    JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand...
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  • Christmas Day in Prison
    Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day....
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  • Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence
    Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship...
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  • EPA grants marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari oil field in the South Taranaki Bight....
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  • DHB puts staff and patients at risk in order to save money
    The Public Service Association (PSA) is alarmed that the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) is proposing to cut the 4 and 2 roster system, established nationally, for mental health nurses. The PSA represents more than 210 mental health nurses working...
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  • Ambivilence about alcohol marketing recommendations
    Ministers Adams and Dunn issued a media release yesterday nearly two months after receiving a final report from their Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, and four years following an original announcement to review alcohol...
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  • Alcohol forum recommendations: a step in the right direction
    The Forum has stated clearly that that it accepts alcohol marketing plays a role in heavy alcohol consumption and subsequent harm, and that young people need to be protected from it by regulation....
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  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
    Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his...
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  • Holiday home hazards revealed
    Common sense ways to look after your property this summer Auckland, 18 December 2014 – Burglars aren’t the only threat to your home during the holiday season, says AA Insurance. It’s more likely to be broken water pipes, burst hot...
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  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
    Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace 18 December 2014 Funeral directors are relieved that Wellington City Council has finally dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Funeral Directors...
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  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
    As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson...
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  • Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges
    Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources....
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  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
    ‘The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland....
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch...
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  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
    Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
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  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
    Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent...
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  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
    The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment....
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  • Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step
    Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own....
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  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
    Wellington in-house lawyer Tania Warburton is the inaugural winner of the research scholarship established by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ)....
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  • Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate
    The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning....
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  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
    Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between...
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  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
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  • Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s
    Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age....
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  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
    Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015....
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  • Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings
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  • Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use
    Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths...
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  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August...
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  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
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  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
    New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period....
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  • Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service
    This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to...
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  • New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune
    The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices...
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  • Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry
    The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North....
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  • Protest at killing of schoolboys – Vigil 17/12/14
    A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014....
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  • Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle
    Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow....
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  • NCWNZ Wins Court Case
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  • Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus
    Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
    The horizon for workers looks gloomy with the release today of the Budget Policy statement. “Continuing real cuts in Government funding of public services are inevitable as a result of today’s Budget Policy Statement. The policy ignores the social,...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector....
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  • The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning
    “Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy....
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
    Batteries may be required for some of the best toys under the tree this year, but they are just as essential to enjoying the greatest gift of all, says Housing New Zealand General Manager of Property Services, Marcus Bosch. “Smoke...
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is delighted that the High Court has found in its favour in its case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Government cutting back health services to dangle tax cuts
    The health service is already too stretched, and cutting further into New Zealanders’ health services to fund tax cuts is irresponsible, the CTU said today. Leaked cabinet committee papers have revealed District Health Boards need an additional $440 million...
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  • Christian Network calls for prayers and understanding
    New Zealand Christian Network director Glyn Carpenter is calling for people to pray and exercise understanding over the Sydney hostage incident....
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