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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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    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
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    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
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    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced 27 July...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga  Posted on July 27, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers What does Amnesty International think of the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council on 23 July? What should happen next?Amnesty International welcomes resolution S-21/1...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Press Release Like New Zealand chose to go nuclear free, we can add to our national...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • We are going to campaign harder
    “It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Why Green isn’t the best colour for water
    Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum
    In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!
    “ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .”...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort
    The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • FMC Backs Fish and Game’s Role on Freshwater
    Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom
    This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
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