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David Cunliffe’s Congress Speech and education policy

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, July 6th, 2014 - 116 comments
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Following on from yesterday’s announcement of proposed help to equip young students with technology David Cunliffe’s speech today is expected to announce reduced class sizes using the money set aside for the so called super teacher policy.

From Radio New Zealand:

The Labour Party will unveil on Sunday its plans to reduce class sizes by funding more teachers, using cash clawed back from current Government funding for elite teachers.

The party is holding its election-year congress in Wellington and plans to release its education policy on Sunday afternoon.

Labour will fund its plan to reduce class sizes by scrapping the Government’s $359 million plan to appoint teachers to expert and lead teacher roles.

And David Cunliffe’s speech to congress will be live cast.

Livestream details are here.

116 comments on “David Cunliffe’s Congress Speech and education policy”

  1. “to reduce class sizes by funding more teachers, using cash clawed back from current Government funding for elite teachers.”
    Hooray for common sense!!!!
    I’m sick of listening to Hekia Parata’s idiotic suggestions on education.
    I’m fed up with feeling nauseous at the thought of yet another looming battle against vouchers, bulk funding and for profit charter schools,.
    Bring it on, Labour!!

    • Chooky 1.1

      @ Tautoko Viper “I’m sick of listening to Hekia Parata’s idiotic suggestions on education”.

      …yes and I am sick of hearing how much time Parata is given to hog it on Morning Report

      …way more time than Labour whose polices were under discussion….Talk about bias!

      ….Where was Chris Hipkins?…the interviewer of Parata did her best ….but a Labour spokesperson would have done much better…

      Questions I would like the answers to:

      • National talks about “quality teaching” but for Charter Schools it was going to allow non trained teachers!…to indoctrinate?…hardly quality teaching /educating here!( in the USA Charter School ‘teachers’ are often not trained teachers/educators)
      • is it true that teachers are paid more in Private Schools?… thereby poaching ‘quality’ teachers?…if this is the case Labour should take away New Zealand tax payers subsidies to Private Schools!!!!….all teachers should be paid the same in the State and Private education sectors
      • Tracey 1.1.1

        two great questions chooky.

        Kings college, where john and bronagh chose to send their child advocates for small teacher student ratios… Is Perata and Key going to publically say that college is engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct with their claim?

    • Tracey 1.2

      anecdote to follow

      A very dear friend who lives with us is a teacher. Over 25 years experience. Afer becoming a teacher, about ten years in, completed a post grad diploma and then a masters, while teaching. Did special needs for many years and returned to the mainstream about foyr years ago, what we used to call new entrants.

      Got down to the last 800 for the nzei negotiated advanced teacher allowances. However the large increase in paperwork, the reality of working 60+ hours a week to get through paperwork, and other observations saw her recently apply for and get a job outside the classroom.

      Another very experienced teach gone. With all management units etc earning about 76k gross after 25 years.

      Now, teacher quality, 100 people applied for a new entrant position two years ago. Someone she knew appkied. After interviews dp asked if she would hire her. She said no. They hired her. That teacher is now formally under a process of supervision, its called something, i cant recall, but means she is not good. One aspect is the same for all employers, that some people interview very well effectively hiding their actual competence, second aspect is quality.

      When it comes to ceo pay, public or private sector, we are told if you want quality this is what you have to pay. We PAY police cadets to train and after three months start them on over 50k. We dont pay to train teachers, we saddle them with three to four years debt and tgen start them on??

      Most people dont teach cos of the money but i know from my friend and other teachers i know that they are at a point where they feel so undervalued and over worked that they now resent their pay and increasingly look elsewhere.

      Getting ratios down, quality and pay up should both be chased, not either or.

      So, people like srylands say apply the market, justify high, excessive pay cos of the market, but i never see him advocating those principles to teaching. They cherry pick and prattle on about accountability as in the private sector BUT they dont advocate the corrollary.

      Teachers are no longer respected and they know it. Their union is despised when it is the only public voice championing for our children and those we entrust their potential to. When you arent respected you stop caring, stop trying and get tired.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Definitely looking forward to DC’s speech and hope that there are also other big policy announcements.

    • Mary 2.1

      Yes, but for every big policy announcement key just eats another baby, national goes up in the polls and Labour’s announcement, however good it is, is ridiculed as trivial or too expensive or too whacky or too anything at all. I’d like to know what Labour intends doing about that.

      • Craig Glen Eden 2.1.1

        Bang on Mary, Labour still does not have a clear message you can have great policy but if you dont present it with a consistent narrative you may as well piss in the wind. Please please please stop pissing into the wind Labour/Cunliffe. Time is almost up!

        • michael smythe 2.1.1.1

          Craig the message is clear:
          Vote positive – Party vote Labour
          People Matter Most
          and the foundation for building a prosperous economy /society is investment it:
          Work/ Homes /Families

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            The ‘vote positive’ moniker is not that flash – it should simply have been ‘vote Labour 2014′ or similar

            • Craig Glen Eden 2.1.1.1.1.1

              agreed CV, Labour needs a catch cry that represents Labour values, a parties name needs to be its brand, the brand has to express those values they need to be seen as one.

            • Enough is Enough 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Agreed CV

              Everyone thinks they a voting ‘positive’.

              • Tracey

                people who vote for “a lessor of two evils” probably doesnt feel positive about their vote.

            • blue leopard 2.1.1.1.1.3

              re ‘not that flash’

              I disagree – Labour and the Left have consistently been attacked for being negative.
              Vote positive is a really good move to counter this bullshit spin.

              It also reminds left-wingers to keep positive. There is nothing like framing things in a positive light, CV – you should try it some time.

              National get votes by dividing New Zealanders into hostile camps. ‘Bloody Beneficiaries, Bloody Maoris, Bloody Workers, Bloody Bureaucrats, Bloody Feminists, Bloody Gays, Bloody Tree-Huggers.’ The right-wing are grinches – they alienate us all from one another.

              Everything coming out of Cunliffe’s mouth indicates this type of divisiveness and hatred will be lessened under a government lead by Mr Cunliffe.

              The slogan, therefore isn’t just good for countering bullshit spin -it reminds us to positively promote a positive way forward and is accurate because New Zealand will be a more positive place to live in with a Labour/Left-led government.

  3. Ant 3

    Good, decreased class sizes and increasing contact time per student is the key to better educational quality.

  4. ianmac 4

    And reduced class sizes would help with those underperforming kids. It would be much more effective to use peer support and teacher expertise in a class of say 24. I think at the moment schools reduce the size of new entrant classes by bulking up more senior classes in Primary schools.
    Be great if the reductions flowed on into senior classes and this would be a major factor in developing skills for using the digital tools announced by Labour.
    Great Policy.
    The supporters of bigger classes will say that smaller classes are not the top precursors for better classrooms. It is 3rd though.

    • Melb 4.1

      What are the top two precursors?

      Where do better-quality teachers sit?

      • ianmac 4.1.1

        As North says Hatties top precursor is constructive feedback to kids. This may be from the teacher helping the kid to identify and action next steps for improvement. It can be from well organised peer to peer conferencing.
        Class sizes tests have not shown much differences but if you just translate big class processes onto smaller numbers not much will change. If teachers learn different processes for smaller classes like constant feedback and support then this pays dividends. Some say 24 is a practical number given fiscal restraints but some private schools have maximums of 18 per class and individual learning plans for each child. Funny that.

        • ianmac 4.1.1.1

          Hattie has 138 precursors which become very finely differentiated. But many items within the reach of teachers are only feasible within a smaller class size. On his list class size is actually way down but Hattie qualified that somewhere. I think that teachers would get much greater satisfaction and achieve more, and stay longer with smaller classes.

      • greywarbler 4.1.2

        Where do better-quality teachers sit?
        At present they are sitting filling out forms demanded by their process-oriented funders who don’t respect teachers ability to pass on good education to kids.

        Under Labour I hope, they will be standing, moving around, helping here and explaining there as children work on problems and research the background to them and the answers they prepare. And teachers will get more sleep instead of working into the night trying to keep up with the increasing demands from politicians.

        Present-day pollies and nouveau riche employers learned very little apart from the basic utilitarianist education from their school time except for the ability to walk over others, look for the main chance and seize it, and refine their bullying and con-man skills. The present education system is being designed by people who haven’t had the education to understand anything about what is needed to achieve a good functioning democracy with today’s world problems.

      • Tracey 4.1.3

        no other profession i know of requires employees to go to a minimum of one session, outside classroom time, a week on prof development, a new something or other, which every teacher has to attend… Often from month to month these sessions have contradictory ideas.report every minutiae of what they do

        Quality teachers, and its most of them, are struggling, and looking to leave the classrooms.

        I know of no other profession so constantly vilified and under public scrutiny as teaching. Where parents, by virtue of having children, think they know all about teaching.

        National has successfully conned parents into thinking their children are suffering at the hand of incompetent teachers to achieve their ideological ends. Now parents seem to believe teaching quality is in the gutter BUT no one is banging down nationals door demanding a better quality recruit. In other professions you atract such people with great conditions, high pay and you value them. Not in education.
        I

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.3.1

          So…all this is driven by the Ministry…what is going on at that level.

          • Tracey 4.1.3.1.1

            it appears to be driven by ministry to establish the evidence of accountability. It is hard to ascertain accountability leaving teachers to teach, so prof dev sessions, increased paperwork is required to satisfy higher up criteria.

            One problem is the one size fits all assessment system, so a teacher with thirty years experience has to sit through the same presentation as a beginner teacher, and less credit is given to experience per se, cos how do we “show” that to the ministry.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.3.1.1.1

              Thanks. Always have to keep in check the natural tendency of bureaucracies to justify their own existence, doubly so in an age of middle management speak, KPIs, measurable deliverables, action points etc.

              • Tracey

                i am sure this will exist as it does in most organisations but somehow we have to find a balance between assessing performance and stifling ability and time to teach.

                It is lazy to rely on student “grades” as the only measure of whether a teacher is good or bad.

  5. Northshoreguynz 5

    But it will go a long way to reaching Hatties number 1 which was regular feedback. Much easier to provide feedback to 24 students than 30+

  6. It’s a crying shame that the Nats don’t have the wit to look at Finland and other Scandinavian countries, to study their education systems.

    It’s crazy that National is looking to Charter Schools – a US invention – when Finland is near the top of the OECD PISA tables, and does not use that system.

    But I guess the last thing a right wing governments wants is to admit that they might learn something from Eauropean social democracies..

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Right wing governments want the private sector in complete control of what people learn. They don’t actually want people to learn how to learn or how to think which is where public education has been going over the last couple of decades. They just want more memorisation of received wisdom so that people can be better slaves.

    • Chooky 6.2

      @ Frank Macskasy

      ….its all about privatisation of education…the Americans can see big money in it….and of course they can indoctrinate kids in religious Charter Schools

  7. fisiani 7

    Six years of endless negativity and now the joke Vote Positive. The ABCs have triumphed.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      The easiest way of working out what crimes the right plans to or is executing on the rest of society is to look at what they are accusing the left of.

      It’s like some weird self diagnosis that manifests itself in projection onto others, and it’s uncannily accurate.

      Tom Jackson

    • Rodel 7.2

      Six years of endless incompetence from National and now the joke ‘Vote Parata’ . Labour has triumphed.

  8. Jrobin 8

    Frank who cares, it’s great news for Labour! National is very vulnerable on Education. The worst education policies for decades, and polling shows it to be a leading issue for voters. Class sizes make a huge difference and parents know this despite Hatties propaganda. Goodbye Charter schools and National standards too. Congratulations Labour and well done Chris Hipkins

  9. f.f.s..!..they can’t even get the sound in the livestream to work..!

  10. you’d hafta say..

    ..he is kinda kicking arse…

    ..this could be the day/speech that sees him elected..

    ..and gives a lot of rhetoric to live up to..

    ..and to deliver on..

    ..update:..it’s almost turning into a blinder..

    ..and if this doesn’t turn the media narrative around..

    ..i give all of team-cunnliffe permission to commit ritual hari kari..

    ..’cos if this doesn’t work..

    ..nothing will..

  11. Ant 11

    Great speech!

    • veutoviper 11.1

      +1. He has the fire in his belly, and must keep it.

    • Anne 11.2

      Fabulous speech. And all of it without notes or a prompter.

      He is a prime minister. A real one!

      • phillip ure 11.2.1

        yep..!..he put the ‘step’ in ‘stepping-up’…

      • Colonial Viper 11.2.2

        The gutsy no nonsense Real Red stuff was great. National Standards – ditched. 2000 new teachers – hired. Charter schools – history.

        Those and trickle down/neoliberalism doesnt’ work – utterly fabulous.

  12. ianmac 12

    Mighty speech. So pleased at the policies re Education uplift. Audience I noticed were cosmopolitan and just a sprinkling of grey hair. (Notice that the National Party forum last week on TV were totally grey heads. Not agin’ grey heads – am one myself but…)

  13. heh..!..this is funny..!

    ..auto-txt-correct on vintage i-phone just corrected cunnliffe into ‘fun life’..

    ..you can/are welcome to take that as a positive-omen..

  14. aspasia 14

    Well done David!! We’re on the way to government…a real one!

  15. big bruv 15

    Of course the very best thing that Cunliffe could do with the Education portfolio is to tell the teachers unions that it is no longer acceptable to be more concerned about protecting their pathetic and underperforming members at the expense of our kids education.

    In other words, take politics out of education. Admit that our current system is failing one in five kids, admit that we do not have a “world class” education system and admit that perhaps for some kids the idea of charter schools has some merit.

    Will he do this?, of course not. Cunliffe is in debt to the teachers unions and it is now time for him to repay that debt.

    • and did you miss the bit where he said ‘bye-bye’ to charter-schools..?

      ..he came ‘not to praise them..he came to bury’ them..

      • big bruv 15.1.1

        Why would I waste my time watching Cunliffe?

        However if he did say that then my point is even more valid. The opposition to charter schools is driven by the unions. The unions do not care about educating the one in five that fail, they simply care about feathering the nest of their own pathetic members.

        Charter schools are a good thing, not for all kids but for the one in five that fail they may well be the cure. What we do know for sure is that the current system fails that one in five and that the teachers unions could not care less.

        • KJT 15.1.1.1

          Big Bruv. Another fact free zone.

          I’ve worked with lots of Teachers. Some are better than others, as you would expect, but I have never met any that were not trying to do their very best for their students.

          Some of the best and hardest working were in low decile schools, where many of the kids were failing despite their Teachers best efforts. Which suggests there is much more than Teachers work effort at play here.

          We have proven and tested methods of lifting achievement, but because they consist of things like reducing child poverty, increasing special help, supporting Teachers and allowing them to Teach instead of simplistic measurement to keep micro-managing autocrats happy, the Government would rather use band aids that are proven failures, in the USA, Sweden and the UK.

          They have, however, succeeded in their intent, which is not to improve education, but to divert tax payer dollars into business pockets.

          It is funny that RWNJ’s think we get the best managers by paying them ridiculous amounts of money, but that we can get better Teachers by micro-managing them, underpaying and overworking them, and making their working conditions impossible.

          • big bruv 15.1.1.1.1

            “We have proven and tested methods of lifting achievement, but because they consist of things like reducing child poverty, increasing special help, supporting Teachers and allowing them to Teach”

            Proven and Tested????

            One in five fail. That is not proven and tested.

            The system is broken, it needs to be totally revamped. It needs a way of rewarding the best teachers, it needs a way of riding ourselves of the rubbish teachers. It needs the unions to get out of the way and put the kids first for a change.

            • KJT 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes BB, proven and tested, but not available to enough children because National would rather the funding went to their mates.

              You are a bit out of date BB. The tail reduced to 12% under Labour. It is now expanding again as funding is cut, to give more money to Nationals idealogical failures..

              They have set our education system back 30 years.

              Just as we were introducing a new curriculum based on best practise, research and evidence, National broke it!

              • big bruv

                KJT

                The only ideological failure has been in the way the teachers unions have destroyed our education system.

                The system I stuffed, it needs over hauling. I want to see the very best teachers earning as much as an MP (even the crap left wing ones) and I want to see the worst of them out of a job. You can defend the failing system all you like KJT but you cannot defend the fact that the atrocious teachers are still in our system and defended by the unions. That is inexcusable.

                • KJT

                  Still a fact free zone.

                  • big bruv

                    One in five fails KJT. That is the only fact you need.

                    Mind you, it seems that like the teachers unions this is more about politics for you than it is about the failing education system.

                    You should be ashamed of yourself.

                    • mickysavage

                      One in 5 kids in poverty BB. That is the only fact you need.

                    • KJT

                      Dropping under Labour and rising under National. need I say more.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      The most influential factor in educational achievement is household income.

                      Whenever lying Capill-Garrett scum like Big Bruv tell lies, repeat it and keep on repeating it.

                    • big bruv

                      One Anonymous Idiot.

                      So if we gave the parents of every school child one million dollars they would all produce intellectual geniuses?

                      Only a brain dead socialist could think like that.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Only a brain-dead fool with the ethical capacity of a Capill-Garrett would mistake that for a cogent argument.

                      The most influential factor in educational achievement is household income.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.2

              It needs the unions to get out of the way and put the kids first for a change.

              Well, the teacher unions are far more expert in matters of education than the Key Govt, so it’s probably the Key Govt who needs to get out of the way.

              • big bruv

                Viper

                How the hell are unions more expert in the matters of education?

                The unions are there to protect the crap teachers, if they know anything about education it is that they don’t care how bad a teacher is just as long as the union ensured that teacher remains in the job.

                If these teacher unions were genuinely concerned (all evidence points to them not caring) they would assist in getting rid of the many crap teachers.

                • KJT

                  Where are all these “crap Teachers”?

                  In Government?

                  Hekia?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Of course the unions are expert at education. They know what is happening at the grass roots level at every school and have networks across the country which give them a better perspective than you can get from the Thorndon Bubble.

                  The National Party efforts to break up the teaching profession, privatise schools, set metrics which have nothing to do with educating children have not gone un-noticed you know.

                  If these teacher unions were genuinely concerned (all evidence points to them not caring) they would assist in getting rid of the many crap teachers.

                  Please don’t broadsmear our overall-excellent teaching profession. There are always problem members of any profession, and the Ministry of Education works very closely with the unions to sort out such issues early and quickly when Boards of Trustees raise them.

                  • big bruv

                    Viper

                    One in five fails. That is not the result of an “overall-excellent teaching profession”

                    That is the result of a failing education system that allows itself to put politics ahead of outcome.

                    If you guys really were genuine about fixing our failing education system then you would not politicise it, sadly for the left and the unions that is not possible. The results are there for all to see, the continuation of a failure rate that the left defend and the right want to improve.

                    • lprent

                      Tell me BB. Are you just being completely negative. So (ummmm) National party of you.

                      :twisted:

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The one in five fails is a dodgy stat, but it would be seriously reduced if we provided lunches in schools. But National voted against that.

                      And that’s much less to do with the teachers; a lot to do with National not understanding what is happening in actual education in actual schools.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      1 in 5 fails? Not good enough, by far. When it comes to MP’s, ACT have worked hard to lift that figure a lot closer to the magical 100% failure rate.

              • big bruv

                micky

                One in five kids have parents who are drop kicks. That is the true stat.

                The really outrageous thing about that stat is that once again you guys want to defend the feral parents.
                There is no excuse at all for any child to go to school hungry, or without adequate footwear and rainwear.

                Why do you defend feral parents?

                • big bruv

                  iprent

                  I take it you made that comment with your tongue very firmly pressed against the inside of your cheek.

                  Either that or you are simply in true Labour party mode.

                • mickysavage

                  Geez fisi I see the results through my work. Kids turning up to school without breakfast and they cannot learn. Have you every tried to survive on a benefit and pay standard rental and feed your kids? If not you should apologise …

                  • KJT

                    Not Fizzer, it is the other parrot.

                    Don’t blame you for confusing them. Neither have any original things to say.

                  • big bruv

                    Micky

                    Yet plenty of people in NZ manage to do so every single week. Why are you so intent on making excuses for drop kick parents?

                    • mickysavage

                      Answer the question BB

                    • big bruv

                      I have answered the question Micky. Now, how about you answer mine?

                      Why are you so intent on defending drop kick parents?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      First, he says it’s the teachers. Then he blames the parents. Flailing, failing and full of hate.

                      What a nasty piece of work.

      • Chooky 15.1.2

        @ phillip ure …’bye-bye’ to charter schools?…..really?…that is great news!!!

        GO Labour !

    • ianmac 15.2

      A bit pointless bb but do you know of even one case when “protecting their pathetic and underperforming members at the expense of our kids education” exists?
      We have glaring examples of the PM protecting protecting his “pathetic and underperforming Ministers Collins, McCully, at the expense of our country’s welfare” but are you concerned bb?

      • big bruv 15.2.1

        Am I concerned?

        Not at all, John Key will still be PM after Sept 20 and Labour will be onto its next leader.

        The real battle will be with the scum unions in the next term.

        • KJT 15.2.1.1

          Federated farmers, the business round table (that was, now allied with the NZ Institute), Employers and manufacturers, Tax dodgers (sorry tax payers union), The National party, ACT, etc.

          Yeah time those bunches of tax dodgers and bludgers were dealt to.

    • Rodel 15.3

      Of course the very best thing that Key and Parata could do with the Education portfolio is to tell the charter schools advocates that it is no longer acceptable to be more concerned about protecting their pathetic and underperforming members at the expense of our kids education.

  16. lprent 16

    I’m particularly liking the “Positive” part of the campaign.

    I intend to start pointing out how Nationals sockpuppets are never positive. Carping fools generally. Especially Cameron Slater and David Farrar. Can anyone remember a time when they have been different in the last 3 or 4 years? Always negative towards anything that wasn’t NAct.

  17. kiwigunner 17

    The speech was outstanding. As a principal the education policy appeals as both realistic and beneficial. Far better than the National parties executive principal idea which would have simply seen new cars in one in ten staff car parks and part time principals in those very same schools. Well done – there is still hope!

  18. Rose 18

    The sound for David Cunliffe’s speech here doesn’t seem as good as when I watched the original. I wonder if you can do it again with better sound.

  19. fisiani 19

    Taken and adapted from Kiwiblog

    Hundreds of studies have concluded that the quality of a teacher is the biggest influence on a child’s learning. The same studies have also concluded that the impact of class size is quite minor in comparison.Class size is ranked only the 106th most powerful influence on learning by Prof Hattie . That’s 106th out of 130. Now this is not his personal view. This is a summary of 50,000 individual studies and 800+ meta-studies.

    Labour’s policy is about politics, not education. Again there are hundreds of studies that confirm teacher quality is far more important than class size. There are meta-studies of meta-studies. This is not an issue there is serious dispute over.

    Basically Labour has gone for quantity over quality, It’s one of their worst policies. Some of their stuff on 21st century schools is very good, but this aspect is basically appalling. Not the reducing class sizes in itself – but choosing to do that rather than fund an initiative to have great teachers share their success with other teachers.

    Cunliffe will have this fact pointed out over and over again. The ABC’s have written his speech again. That’s the only possible explanation.

    • Chooky 19.1

      @ fiscinai

      why is it then that Private Schools mark themselves out for excellence by having small class sizes and high teacher- per student ratio …hence students receive very good individualised learning and teacher attention?

      ….same arguments for Charter Schools…small class sizes and individual attention

      ….cant have it both ways!!!…State School kids also deserve smaller class sizes and more individual attention!!!!

      • dimebag russell 19.1.1

        thats right chooky.
        and that can be achieved by using the taxes for the greater good instead of giving them away to nutbars and the tribe who think their own sh*t doesn’t stink but want everybody else to pay for them.
        they really have a cheek trying to steal off taxpayers for their own selfish ends.

    • KJT 19.2

      Yeah, because having “executive” Teachers away from their own classrooms is really going to lift achievement…………..

      Worked well for ENRON, Solid Energy and so many others, didn’t it?

      • Chooky 19.2.1

        +100…”Executive Teachers” …the NACTs were planning to use as the thin end of the wedge…ie split off NACT/ and Charter School sympathetic sycophantic teachers from the real educators ….and reward their “chosen” for services towards privatising education and Charter Schools

    • Weepu's beard 19.3

      If class size is so unimportant, let’s get some real bang for our buck. 100, 200, 500 kids per class!

    • KJT 19.4

      What hundreds of studies.?

      Not that I am aware of and I have looked at a great many education studies.

      Including many which say that the most effective class/tutorial size is 6 to 8 and the most you should have in a workshop is 12. High school workshop classes have up to 36.
      That the ability and effectiveness of a Teacher drop markedly when you have too large a class. Especially, as in most of our lower decile schools, there is a wide variation in abilities and levels.

      However the biggest influences are the quality of Teaching and the effect of background and what Freire calls the “social contract” (You are aware of Freire, are you Fizzer, seeing as you have studied so much about education?).

    • NZ Femme 19.5

      The expert you are relying on to make your point Fisi, ranks Charter Schools even lower than class size. Your critique fails to mention that.

  20. anker 20

    Fantastic speech. Fantastic person (Cunliffe) he will make a truly great PM.
    Fantastic policies.

    Labour is going back to its pre Rogernomics roots. It’s not a moment too late.

    • big bruv 20.1

      Back to 1970’s economics because that worked so well last time?

      • mickysavage 20.1.1

        Can’t you do better than this BB? I am really disappointed with the lack of a sophisticated response to Labour’s policy announcements. Is the PMO working overtime trying but failing to find holes?

        • Rodel 20.1.1.1

          MS
          Did you really expect a sophisticated response from BB.. really?

        • big bruv 20.1.1.2

          Micky

          I’m still waiting for you to tell me why you insist on defending drop kick parents?

          As for a sophisticated response, scroll up a bit old chap and you will see where I have given plenty of sophisticated responses.

          Now, care to answer my question?

          • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.2.1

            Back to 1970′s economics because that worked so well last time?

            Labour needs to construct a brand new vision with brand new solutions for what will shortly become a very difficult and very different future. A new kind of democratic economic socialism and democratic communitarianism is required. Cunliffe’s presentation today was great – but only a small fraction of what NZ will shortly need.

            References to 1970’s 1980’s 1990’s 2000’s economics are both irrelevant and dangerous – what we have now is a combination of factors never faced before. Fossil fuel and physical resource depletion. A corporate/billionaire oligarchy and security surveillance state. China as the industrial and population power of the Pacific. And the continuing deterioration of US dollar financial hegemony and stability in the next few years. A vast global financial system whose assets and debts are many multiples beyond what the physical world can pay our on. Catastrophic climate change.

            Unfortunately, I believe that we are living in exciting times indeed.

  21. Appleboy 21

    I was there, and have to say I am more positive than ever we will get rid of national now. This policy will have a big plus with the wider electorate.

    I like the mention that in the last 2 elections national fell away 6%. Let’s say we see them at 44-5.

    Labour picks up to 32 (easy now) Green at 12-3. MMP discussions will easily out Key now.

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Def better after today. That damn super policy is still a 2% drag…

      • KJT 21.1.1

        Yes. How do you reconcile that with “helping hard working New Zealanders”? The ones that are stuffed by their hard work by 60, let alone 65.

        The policy needs to match the words.

        Maybe David Cunliffe means it, but I am not sure that many others in Labour’s caucus have realised it is not 1984, and that the great Neo-liberal experiment has failed…

        • Colonial Viper 21.1.1.1

          An MP who shall remain nameless spoke before Cunliffe about the “success” of Labour’s China FTA…

          And its not just the loss of jobs, income and industry which neoliberalism has wrought – but now the willingness to destroy entire countries and ecosystems in pursuit of illusory monetary profit

          • phillip ure 21.1.1.1.1

            in the interests of accuracy..viper..

            ..the reference was to nationals’ reliance on disaster income..and the income from the trade deal labour did with china..

            ..and that being ‘it’..

            ..which is/was a fair-call..

        • Draco T Bastard 21.1.1.2

          Yeah, I can’t see Labour winding down the neo-liberal experiment yet no matter what Cunliffe says. They’re keeping GST and the extraordinarily flat tax structure that is the hallmark of the neo-liberal dream.

        • Anne 21.1.1.3

          They’ve changed the rhetoric on the Super scheme KJT with particular emphasis on the person who, for one reason or another, can no longer work after the age of 60. They have included an interim payment that will be “no less” than the actual Super payment. I presume it will be available to those who have spent their life doing hard physical labour and whose bodies are worn out, or people with health problems and/or disabilities.

          Could it be they finally listened to many of us here on The Standard who have been running a bit of a campaign on this subject? :wink:

          • phillip ure 21.1.1.3.1

            if labour clearly explain those early-qualifying details..

            ..raising super won’t be a problem..

            ..but they haven’t explained that enough yet..

            • KJT 21.1.1.3.1.1

              I think that we should be heading towards more universality, not less.

              Not to mention the current criteria for “jobseeker” is, anyone who can lift a paintbrush with their tongue.

              “We cannot afford it” is the Neo-liberal catch cry.
              Once Labour starts reducing it the next bunch of RWNJ’s will reduce and privatise it further.
              The problem with Kiwisaver also is that it is simply privatisation of super. We already know how well privatisation of essential services works.

              The fact that only 3% of elderly live in poverty compared with 25% of children…………
              And almost no children lived in poverty, in the 60’s and 70’s, when we had a meaningful child welfare payment.

              Shows the effectiveness of UBI in reducing poverty.

              • @ kjt..

                ..i totally agree with you (ideologically)…

                ..i’m for universality. @ 60..

                /.i’m for partial-nationalisation of key/sin-industries..

                ..i’m for ubi as a giant poverty-killer..

                ..i’m 4 a 4 day work-week-weeks/job-shaaring..

                ..i’m just talking about what is needed to be done to sell that particular labour policy to those with the knee-jerk negative-reactions..(i include myself in that group..)

                ..for this election-campaign..

              • Colonial Viper

                I think that we should be heading towards more universality, not less.

                Yep. Breaking a universal system up with exceptions and thresholds just makes it easy for the Tories to wreck properly the next time they take power. And there is always a next time.

          • Colonial Viper 21.1.1.3.2

            Could it be they finally listened to many of us here on The Standard who have been running a bit of a campaign on this subject? :wink:

            I think they listened to us enough to do a bit of extra internal polling on the topic, and found that they better change emphasis, if not actually change course…

  22. Jrobin 22

    Labour will probably have to compromise on their Super plans anyway as they will be in coalition with the Greens. This may be the first policy to go once negotiations happen post election. They are going to be a lively govt. after the deadbeats and plastic people we’ve had to tolerate for the last six years. Can’t wait

  23. dimebag russell 23

    the country will go forward now when Labour wins.
    ipredict that for sure.

  24. Mike the Savage One 24

    Well, I followed the speech via life stream, read some of the articles about Cunliffe’s bio in the NZ Herald (believe it or not), and I an starting to wonder, perhaps there is still some hope?!

    My main worry is the mainstream media, and that Gower character on TV3 was already at it again, in their 6pm news, trying to catch Cunliffe out on some figures, and picking a few words and phrases, to throw doubt into viewer’s minds.

    TV One were rather more balanced and cautiously positive about the speech and the new policy planning for 2,000 more teachers.

    Education is an area most will be concerned about, and charter schools and national standards are still rejected by many, or at least viewed with scepticism.

    The message is clearly, if you have a family with young kids, or are keen to start a family, Labour has more to offer, it seems.

    I remain very apprehensive towards Labour and leader Cunliffe, and will follow what else they will announce and deliver over the coming weeks. The alternative budget was still very much “Labour Light Blue” kind of stuff.

    For the many younger, single voters, who are in rather large numbers disinterested in politics, this will not be enough to bring in additional votes.

  25. Lexie 25

    This policy needs to be fully costed, Cunliffe needs to be fully briefed prior to policy release on likely questions to be asked from media. Such as how many school pupils there are, to explain the overall cost and how are all the extra buildings needed for reduced class size going to be funded.

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    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
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  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
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