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David Cunliffe’s home

Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, February 20th, 2014 - 226 comments
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I have been rather bemused by all this fuss about David Cunliffe’s home.  It is no secret that he and I know each other and I have been to said house.  It’s a nice house in a nice street, but it’s no mansion.  It’s the kind of place you’d expect a professional couple who have done well in life to live in.  And David has enjoyed success before entering Parliament and his wife is a very talented and highly regarded lawyer.

As David said on Firstline this morning, he has never been ashamed of where he lives, or tried to hide it.  Like John Key, he’s come from a modest background but has been successful.  But unlike John Key, I know David is genuinely in politics because he wants others to have the same opportunities he did.

His original comment about Key getting out amongst the leafy streets of Parnell was made after Key had said about the author of the Salvation Army State of the Nation report needed to get out more.  An off the cuff remark has been seized upon and given significance it does not deserve.

Being a progressive politician does not require you to don sack cloth and forsake all of your worldly possessions.  It does require you to advocate for policies that will address social and environmental issues such as poverty and climate change.  Labour does not believe that wealth is inherently wrong, it believes that everyone should have a shot at the best lifestyle possible and there should at the same time be a minimum adequate quality of life for everyone.  National does not, and Key’s hypocrisy in taking advantage of the welfare state and then dismantling it is disgraceful.

Without a shred of embarrassment the National Party are now scouring David’s and his wife’s records to try and make some kind of point about their wealth.  Matthew Hooton for instance is tweeting asking for evidence that Cunliffe has interests in two or more properties on Marine Parade.  I know this to be absolute nonsense. They only own the one place and have no other property holdings whatsoever. The way the Right are dragging David’s family into this shows just how desperate they are.

I would advise my fellow lefties not to follow the Nats down this rabbit-hole. I was particularly disappointed to see a fuss being made by some on the left over Tova O’Brien’s interview of David in front of Fitzroy Yachts in New Plymouth. The reality is David was there doing a stand up about 120 New Zealanders who have just lost their jobs.  It’s a pity there hasn’t been so much outrage about that.

Addendum:  For the benefit of the National Party Research Unit when I say “own” I mean “have a beneficial interest in”.  Lawyers often act as independent trustees for trusts that they have no beneficial interest in.

226 comments on “David Cunliffe’s home”

  1. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 1

    They only own the one place

    Do they own the Herne Bay property or has it been placed in a Trust to minimise tax?

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Good try SHG. Part of my work involves trusts. People set up trusts for all sorts of reasons including asset protection and there are usually no tax implications whatsoever when this is done. Once John Key discloses his financial position I am sure that we can all have a good debate about this.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.1.1

        lol Mickey Savage

        And we all know that there is a greater chance for a snowflake not melting in Hell than there is of John Key honestly disclosing his real financial position for all New Zealanders to assess.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.1

          Don’t forget it’s a dinnimic environment. Honest answers change according to the conditions, and the real financial position is a moveable feast of trusts and leverage.

      • David H 1.1.2

        @Mickysavage And somehow Key’s Real address got overlooked in all of this, and it’s Hawaii not NZ, that Key calls home.

    • Anne 1.2

      mickeysavage :

      Like Chris Trotter, I see some uncanny similarities between the political scene around the mid-to late 1970s and what is happening today. The times are different so the “skulduggery” is going to take a different form, but the end result is the same – a well planned and executed campaign of smears and innuendo designed to bring down individual political opponents and sometimes using illegally gathered material. This is what John Key’s “top drawer” was set up for in the first place.

      http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/02/17/something-similar-political-skulduggery-was-rife-in-1975-why-not-in-2014/

      It is no coincidence that the former occurred under the leadership of Rob Muldoon and the present under John Key – two morally bankrupt leaders who sunk/will sink to whatever depths of political depravity necessary to maintain their hold on power.

      I have knowledge of… and some very unpleasant experiences that had their origins in the 1970s campaign, and can pretty much confirm that the Colin Moyle “sting” did indeed have a strong under-cover cop component to it. It is something I have known for years but there has never been anybody I knew who I felt able to trust with the full information. I believe I can identify two of the people who were probably involved in that affair and certainly in other nefarious political activities.

      I don’t know what the opposition parties can do about it, but they need to collaborate and take a strong strategic stand against the campaign otherwise they will be out-gunned in the same way Labour was in the 1970s.

      • mickysavage 1.2.1

        Agreed Anne.

        I have tried to write a post on what I think is happening but there is that much going on and it is so intertwined that it is difficult to explain simply. But we are seeing some very accomplished back room people pulling various strings.

        It would help if we could just avoid the personal stuff and concentrate on policy and vision. But National is weak in those areas so it will always try to divert attention.

        • Anne 1.2.1.1

          @ mickysavage

          The problem with these situations, it can take years to unravel the ‘mysteries’ because they are so convoluted in practice that it isn’t until someone starts becoming careless with their talk (as happened in my case), and together with bits and pieces of info. entering the public arena, the jigsaw comes together. By that time nobody cares any more and the perpetrators get clean away with it.

        • David H 1.2.1.2

          Not only that micky I still wonder what the real reason muldoon scuppered the Labour super scheme. That would have made us a very rich country. But the powers that be couldn’t have that, because what use would we have had for them in the end.

          • Anne 1.2.1.2.1

            I still wonder what the real reason muldoon scuppered the Labour super scheme.

            Muldoon promised a super scheme that would amount to 80% of the average wage from
            60yrs regardless of income. It was a massive election bribe, and the greedy grabbers out there (the majority I’m afraid) were in like woolly dogs. A massive landslide for the Nats in 1975 and within 9 years we were on the verge of becoming an ‘officially’ bankrupted country.

            Key is on record as saying Muldoon was the PM he admired the most, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t copy him later this year with another massive short-term bribe!

            • David H 1.2.1.2.1.1

              Yeah and another 3 years of Key and we’ll be well on the same track as 1975

            • Monty 1.2.1.2.1.2

              What crap. There is no evidence that National will engage in the pork barrel politics and massive increases in welfare that you suggest (Yes I know that your reaction will be to repeat Warner Brothers, and Rio Tinto – but that was actually about creating jobs and opportunities for NZ) Welfare in the form that Muldoon offered was a bribe.

              The sad think now is that it is Labour who seem unable to think more laterally than welfare bribes to win votes. Envy and punishment of the middle classes to pay for the vote of the core labour constituent.

              • Anne

                There is no evidence that National will engage in the pork barrel politics and massive increases in welfare that you suggest/

                Been having one of your delusional flashbacks mate? Where did I suggest massive increases in welfare? I think you might need remedial reading and cognitive lessons. Oh wait… the government knocked them on the head. Sorry fella you will have to remain an illiterate fool.

                • Monty

                  I think it is you who needs to re-read – your comment is and I quote “Key is on record as saying Muldoon was the PM he admired the most, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t copy him later this year with another massive short-term bribe!”

                  I correctly challenged that statement of yours plus the statement of David H who said “Yeah and another 3 years of Key and we’ll be well on the same track as 1975″

                  I am always amazed at the anger of the left. Under a little stress because it will be “three more years” ????

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    You’re amazed, Monty?

                    Get a clue.

                  • Anne

                    And what little man has the word ‘welfare’ got to do with the word ‘bribe’?

                    welfare: satisfactory state, health and prosperity, well-being.

                    bribe: money offered to procure illegal and/or dishonest action in favour of giver.

                    Oh yes, bribe it was when Muldoon indulged… bribe it will be when Key follows suit.

                    Prediction: the bribe will be announced around June/July of this year – three to four months before the early September/October election.

        • Huginn 1.2.1.3

          +1
          It’s all getting very Muldooney.

      • greywarbler 1.2.2

        Anne
        It would be good if someone planning strategy for Labour had a chat with you. In this world of misty apprehension of reality by the voters, it is difficult to bring reality out clearly plus the direction for travel out.

    • The Real Matthew 1.3

      The house will be in a Trust for Asset protection purposes

      There will be no tax advantages in doing so as the house is not rented

  2. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 2

    Then allow me to rephrase. Do the Cunliffes own the Herne Bay property or has it been placed in a Trust for some reason?

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Like I said SHG let Key disclose his financial position then we can have a proper discussion.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 2.1.1

        I only ask because Cunliffe as Shadow Finance Minister had some strong things to say about people in the top income bracket who avoided tax — sorry, “protected their assets” — by placing them in Trusts.

        I’d hate to think that Cunliffe said one thing and did another. That would never do.

        • Hayden 2.1.1.1

          Any chance of a quote?

          I’d hate to think that Cunliffe said one thing and then someone else said he said something different.

          The fact that putting your house in a family trust has no tax implications does not mean that there are no other tax advantages to a family trust, i.e., paying yourself via the trust.

          • Debbie Brown 2.1.1.1.1

            Considering that all trust income is taxed at a flat 33%, whereas for individuals only income over 70k is taxed at 33%, there really is no tax advantage to holding property in a trust.

            Not to mention that one doesn’t usually receive taxable income on the family home anyway. I sincerely doubt Cunliffe is running a B&B in the spare bedroom.

            • mickysavage 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Agreed and agreed Debbie.

              Doesn’t stop a bit of smearing tho …

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1.2

              If you’re over 70 having most of your property properly stashed in a trust is pretty handy when you are looking at rest home care options.

        • Cancerman 2.1.1.2

          It is owned in a trust.

        • felix 2.1.1.3

          “avoided tax — sorry, “protected their assets” — “

          Do you really not understand what asset protection means, SHG?

          I’ll give you an example: Someone is divorced or widowed and puts the family home into trust so that if they re-marry, a new spouse won’t have claim over the asset which, on the death of the current owner can be passed to their children as intended.

          That’s one scenario in which a trust is a legitimate tool for protecting assets and has nothing to do with avoiding tax. There are plenty of others.

          But I guess when you’re a dishonest shitbag your mind goes straight to the potential for a rort.

      • David H 2.1.2

        What is Key going to do a Banks. “I signed it, But I did not read it”

    • srylands 2.2

      It is in a Trust

      http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0000262069

      Typically, the main reason is protection of property, not minimisation of tax. Anyway it is nobody’s business but that of David Cunliffe.

      • Tracey 2.2.1

        I wonder if brownlee is renting these out, and what the rent today is compared to, say, later 2010?

        Properties (x2), Ilam, Christchurch
        Property, Bryndwr, Christchurch
        Property, Fendalton, Christchurch

        • BrucetheMoose 2.2.1.1

          Yes, after continually denying for the last two and a half years there is no housing shortage or rental prices out of control in Christchurch. His response. “Leave it to the market.”
          Now we know why.

        • BrucetheMoose 2.2.1.2

          Yes, and after Brownlee emphatically denying continuously for 2 and a half years that there is no housing shortage and rental prices aren’t out of control in Christchurch, his simplistic reply to it all has always been – “Leave it to the market to sort out.”
          Now we know why.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.2.2

        Anyway it is nobody’s business but that of David Cunliffe.

        Actually, it’s everyone’s business if that trust is being used to dodge taxes and/or other nefarious purposes.

      • karol 2.2.3

        Thanks for the links – that Amy Adams has a lot of commercial and residential properties in Trusts.

        Paula Bennett – 3 houses, including one in Mt Eden.

        Hmmm… Cunliffe is a patron of a couple of local sports clubs

        And that’s just looking at the top of the list.

  3. Tracey 3

    Ah yes, HootOn… didn’t he jump on something about this when the labour leadership race was on.

    The headline from that exchange in parliament yesterday could have been

    PM doubts Salvation Army findings

  4. Jenny 4

    It is my contention that it is the moderately well off, and even the extremely well off, that have the leisure, the education, and the chance to look at the big picture, rest of us are ground down by the struggle just to get by. Often that world view is coloured by their social position some times it is not.

    Lorde captured the zeitgeist of the time by singing of counting dollars on the train, and having no post code envy, despite hailing from the North Shore, not South Auckland.

    Most of the greatest rebels of all time have sprung from the middle classes.*

    Class position is no measure of your humanity, there have been class traitors on both sides of the class divide.

    Bravo David Cunliffe.

    *I haven’t listed them, because it would be shorter list of rebels who weren’t from the middle classes.

  5. “Matthew Hooton for instance is tweeting asking for evidence that Cunliffe has interests in two or more properties on Marine Parade.”

    That’s interesting. There are many on the right who have tried to keep the story alive of Labour’s ‘dirt digging’ mission to Australia on rumours about Key before the 2008 election. Sounds like Hooton just ceded that moral high ground for nothing…

    • Tracey 5.1

      he tried it back during the labour leadership campaign as I recall.

      Because the Nat’s focus is always about the money they cant imagine why monied people aren’t fixated on just money.

      Tolley and Collins on Turia’s clothes and more importantly the idea if you have money you can’t speak about the poor. Same meme cropping up against Cunliffe.

      I agree with jenny. Who will speak for those who are struggling, when you are drowning with one hand above the water waving and the other keeping you afloat, screaming HELP ME, just fills you up with water.

      • What impresses me about Cunliffe is that he’s taken some really heavy personal attacks over the last couple of years, but I’ve never seen him retaliate in kind. That takes a lot of discipline, and dare I say it, a strong sense of forgiveness.

        • Saarbo 5.1.1.1

          Yep, that’s a fair point.

          Hell if I had faced what he has faced over the last 2 years I would have flattened someone (or several) by now…he has a special temperament.

  6. anker 6

    I think its a real sign that National (Hooten etc ) have got nothing when they try these tactics.

    I think we need a stock phrase here. Like stick to the issues e.g Salvation Army Report, rather than attack the person.

    DC’s financial arrangements are his own affair, unless its something illegal, then call the police SHG.

    I can’t wait for the next Scott Yorke satire…………DC has taken a vowel of poverty and now lives in a caravan. National now agree to listen and answer questions about child poverty……….or Karen Cunliffe was seen in New World buying Kapiti coast cheese, rather than Valupac Colby

    • Enough is Enough 6.1

      I completley agree anker. DC needs a stock standard response to all the bullshit which is going to come his way this year.

      He has been found wanting because he simply says too much (i.e don’t give Gower the opportunity to spout bollocks).

      He doesn’t have Key’s ability to deflect with the ‘ohh shucks’ smile and lame joke. He just needs to be matter of fact and silience the arseholes.

  7. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7

    It is great to hear of people who have experienced good fortune in their lives actively working to improve the circumstances of those who have been less fortunate – Good on you Mr Cunliffe

    What a good sport that Mr Cunliffe is; and what an amazing contrast he provides to that Mr Johnny-Pull-the-Ladder-Up-Key.

    • Tracey 7.1

      have you seen that Mr Fletcher has apologised to Key for giving him wrong numbers (all too low) regarding 2013 surveillance.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.1.1

        @ Tracey

        lol I’m having a wee bit of difficulty connecting your comment to this thread’s subject (was it supposed to be in the other thread re Ireland?)….but no I haven’t heard that – have you got a link?

    • BM 7.2

      How much money does Cunliffe donate to charity?

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.2.1

        @ BM

        How the f* should I know?

        • BM 7.2.1.1

          You said

          It is great to hear of people who have experienced good fortune in their lives actively working to improve the circumstances of those who have been less fortunate – Good on you Mr Cunliffe
          What a good sport that Mr Cunliffe is; and what an amazing contrast he provides to that Mr Johnny-Pull-the-Ladder-Up-Key.

          Key donates a % of his salary to charity, is that not helping those less fortunate.?

          What does David do when it comes to helping the less fortunate?.

          Giving other peoples tax to labour supporters doesn’t count, btw

          • Enough is Enough 7.2.1.1.1

            what % does Key donate?

            And prove it arse hole

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1.2

            David sweeps maggots off the Treasury benches.

          • Tracey 7.2.1.1.3

            “Key donates a % of his salary to charity, is that not helping those less fortunate.?” Link please. At least you have changed your position, you used to post, or someone with similar views to you used to post, he donated ALL his salary?

            What percentage and to which charity/s

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1.3.1

              “Gives generously to charity” – so did Allen Robert Glick. It’s meaningless, especially in the context of the hateful policies Key enacts.

          • freedom 7.2.1.1.4

            Key donates a % of his salary to charity,

            The Prime Minister often speaks of these donations as events of record BM,
            yet John Key has never proven even $1 has been donated to charity from his Prime Ministerial salary.

            If you have something proving he has, please educate us all.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1.4.1

              Who cares how much the prick gives? Will he ever give enough to redress the damage he’s done?

            • McFlock 7.2.1.1.4.2

              personally, I just reckon that both BM and Key are just damned liars.

              • Akldnut

                I’m guessing Key would donate something to charity just so he could say he did, and even if it was pittance he would be right in claiming that a percentage of his pay goes out and be able to prove it. We just can’t disprove it.

                Until then……….wasting time and effort.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.2.1.1.5

            @ BM

            What Cunliffe promotes are things that will benefit a large proportion of New Zealanders – not just Labour voters – it is a pity not all realised that – or there would be more Labour voters and we wouldn’t have any worry about silly right-wing governments getting in at all.

            Re Key’s donations – please provide links
            Hand outs are not really the best way of helping people -nor society as a whole – it is a pity that Key doesn’t realise that, although the impression I’ve gotten over the last 6 years is that Key only gives hand-outs to wealthy people – funded by taking off the poor – and that makes even less sense – is even less effective.

            The best way a person can help others is to ensure society provides opportunities to all people – not just those who are already in good circumstances – I am of the impression this is what Mr Cunliffe indicated Labour intends to do in his Speech of the Nation.

            I don’t know all the details yet, though, of course, however: aiming for good jobs for all, including pay rates, is a very good example of the type of thing that will improve people in poor circumstances to ‘help them help themselves’. This is something that successive governments don’t appear to have focussed on at all. Ensuring our education system is not degenerated (as National clearly plan to do) is also a very important approach. You can look up Labour’s Website for more – I’m not going to list everything in that speech to you here.

      • McFlock 7.2.2

        like key donates anything other than hardship and struggle to those less fortunate to him.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.3

        Watch these right wing hypocrites in their little fantasy world. Attack Cunliffe for attacking Key’s money – which he didn’t. Proceed to attack Cunliffe’s money.

        Get all whiny when someone points out the pox-ridden corpses of ethics and honesty rotting between their ears.

        • BM 7.2.3.1

          See this is the issue, Cunliffes a rich prick, Keys a rich prick.

          For some reason only known to Cunliffe/Labour, they attack Key by implying Key’s out of touch and living on his own world because he’s a rich prick which is completely fucking ludicrous since Cunliffe’s a rich prick as well.

          Every one just thinks WTF, $2.5 million dollar do up, $700,000 income is average?, who the fuck is he trying to kid and why?

          The sad thing through is that Cunliffe feels he has to do this other wise he won’t be accepted by the labor party supporters.

          Success seems to be a dirty word on planet Labour

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.3.1.1

            “…attacks Key.” Citation needed. No cherry picking – read the exchange in Hansard and see who accuses who of “needing to get out more”, and see what ensues, then note that the long bow you were drawing just snapped.

          • Tracey 7.2.3.1.2

            Did you read the actual exchange through hansard? Key was Attacking the salvation army. I guess we can cross them off the list of charities you say he donates to.

            • BM 7.2.3.1.2.1

              Cunliffe’s just the latest in a line of Labor leaders who attacked Key because he’s wealthy.

              Look, here’s H1 trying to run down Key because of his wealth

              http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10458910

              Look, here’s Goff trying to run down Key because of his wealth

              http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2010/01/phil-goff-and-politics-of-envy.html

              http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/john-key-nbr-rich-list-denial-cw-98288

              Couldn’t find anything on Shearer, but I get the feeling he rather destroyed that angle of attack by forgetting about the million dollars he had stashed offshore.

              It’s such a winning strategy no wonder Cunliife/Labour have continued with it.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                All except for the part where it happened.

                How feeble that you have no better attack strategy than to make shit up. Hansard calls you a liar and still your incontinence persists.

                • Tracey

                  Maybe BM is really John Key, getting all his info from Whaleoil?

                  Chris Hipkins had a good go yesterday on the Slater thing.

              • Tracey

                i know you can copy and paste. was my question too hard for you?

                Did you read the actual exchange through hansard?

                It is so useful to go to the original source when you can.

              • Tracey

                ” Hon David Parker: Why does the Government use the Labour Cost Index in its determination of the minimum wage? Is it because the index is the official measure of the change in wage rates?

                Hon BILL ENGLISH: The Government does not use the Labour Cost Index to determine the minimum wage. Second, the Labour Cost Index does not measure what people get paid. It is an index of the value of labour for specific skill sets and specific industries. What measures what people get paid is the quarterly employment survey, and that shows rising real incomes.

                Hon David Parker: I seek leave to table the document that shows that the Government uses the Labour Cost Index as the basis—

                Mr SPEAKER: Order! I need the source of the document.

                Hon David Parker: It is a combination of Statistics New Zealand information and information released by the Government at the time the minimum wage is set.

                Mr SPEAKER: I think it is a marginal call, but on the basis that the House can decide, leave is sought to table that documentation. Is there any objection to that being done? There is objection.”

                Why object to the document if English is so certain he is not relying on it? It’s not a rhetorical question BM, try and answer it. I doubt you can copy an d paste an answer from kiwivblog or WO, so try to think for yourself. Why do you think Mr Engllish uses a total increase in wages to support his view of success in NZ? Even though he knows that includes huge increases for those top earners which skew the real picture?

                [lprent: Seems to be drifting a long way from the post. Move it into OpenMike (or the other posts on this topic that are still open) if you want to debate this. ]

          • Tracey 7.2.3.1.3

            “But who are they listening to for advice? It is not the Salvation Army, because John Key said it ought to get out and look at what is happening on the street. He said that to the Salvation Army. I have to say that they are not listening to the Children’s Commissioner,” Hansaard Feb 19 2014

          • anker 7.2.3.1.4

            O.k. maybe they are both “rich” but not both “pricks”.

            We can judge this by their policies. DC Best start (yes I know that includes people earning up to $150,000, but read Ian Cassel former commissioner of children’s excellent comments on this). We invest in our children we make policy about it and what we are signaling is this is a society that cares and wants the best for all children who are afterall our future.

            All John Key’s policy have been directed at enabling ambition and greed. Cassel said we need a degree of these qualities in our community, but we don’t enable and encourage and have this as the dominant theme in public policy, which is what JK and Nact have done.

            I think the left need a little code word when the right is trying to detract from the real issue by raising income, castles and the likes. I suggest they say something like “here comes the jacket again! Let stick with child poverty.

            • Bob 7.2.3.1.4.1

              “Best start ” Should be renamed beneficiary start.
              Those on modest working incomes (dependant on the number of children) get WFF tax credits and Paid parental leave (which Labour said they would extend to 6 months), so they wouldn’t be eligible for half of the 12 months, and then wouldn’t get the full $60 for the remainder of the 12 months due to their existing WFF tax credits.
              Those earning high salaries (up-to $150,000) wouldn’t recieve it for the first 6 months due to paid parental leave, and then would recieve more than those on the lower salaries for the next 6 months due to the fact they don’t recieve WFF.
              Meanwhile beneficiaries recieve the payment for a full 3 years……remind me again why public perception is that Labour are no longer the ‘workers party’ and are now the beneficiaries party?

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                @ Bob

                Are you suggesting that the people who don’t qualify for the full payment of Best Start need it?

                Or are you objecting to people without jobs being given assistance to ensure their children are better provided for?

                If your objection is the second option, what part of the following quote of Cunliffe’s State of the Nation speech do you not understand?:

                I entered politics because I want every Kiwi kid to have the same opportunities I did.

                That’s why under Labour:

                •A full day’s work will cover the basics;
                •There will be more jobs available, and wages will catch-up with prices.
                •New Zealanders will pay what is fair – whether in their power bill, their tax bill, or their grocery bill.
                •And every child in this country will have the best start in life.

                You are arguing about the Best Start policy without taking the whole context into account.

          • felix 7.2.3.1.5

            “See this is the issue, Cunliffes a rich prick, Keys a rich prick.

            For some reason only known to Cunliffe/Labour, they attack Key by implying Key’s out of touch and living on his own world because he’s a rich prick which is completely fucking ludicrous since Cunliffe’s a rich prick as well.”

            No, BM, Cunliffe is not a prick.

            You guys have really got to get over the idea that just because someone once called John Key a rich prick that all rich people must be pricks.

            It’s basic fucking set theory that we all learned in primary school. God knows why you still can’t grasp it.

            • framu 7.2.3.1.5.1

              “just because someone once called John Key a rich prick that all rich people must be pricks.”

              its really really weird

              of course theres those who ignore that for the sake of the slur – but they do appear to be a minority

        • Tracey 7.2.3.2

          well, they were assisted by the media not covering correctly. Mimics the Turei thing. Media reports made it seem like Tolley responded to an attack by Turei, which was never made.

    • idlegus 7.3

      +100!

    • Its not how much money one has ,but how you spend it .Lord
      Mountbatten Labour Party member .

  8. bad12 8

    National seem hell bent upon digging the hole ever more deeper don’t they, David Cunliffe should stop defending Himself about where the Cunliffes, plural, have bought their home,

    Simply pointing out that every middle class family in New Zealand owns/part owns a very similar piece of property which they call the family home, might just shut the mouth of Slippery the Prime Minister and tragic wannabes like Hooton up for a while,

    Just like we do not expect Metiria Turei to live in a State House and dress in sack-cloth as a perquisite to attacking child poverty and the lack of income for the worst off in society, we hardly expect David Cunliffe to have to up-root His family and move elsewhere so as to conform to some Tory Scum’s idea of what is or is not correct…

    • Tracey 8.1

      YUP, cunliffe has to answer everything with. Someone has to stand up for the half of all kiwis struglling at under $22 per hour. Why not me? It’s what the peopple of my electorate want me to talk abouot.

      • idlegus 8.1.1

        “Someone has to stand up for the half of all kiwis struglling at under $22 per hour. Why not me?” – thats a very good line!

  9. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    Mike, if you really are bemused by it I’d ask where you’ve been. Cunliffe storming out of that press conference was the last straw for our fearless fourth estate /sarc.

  10. tinfoilhat 10

    As a non labour or national voter I thought this whole issue was poorly handled by Cunliffe and his team.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/89246.html

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1

      Perhaps you should read the relevant Hansard transcript (which conforms to Mike Smith’s description) and tell me where Cunliffe attacked Key for living in a multimillion dollar home, the way 3 News reported it.

      As you read, you may find evidence of 3 News “presenting” the debate according to a particular “frame”.

      • Tracey 10.1.1

        YUP. the REAL headline should have been key attacks salvation Arm Report

      • Tracey 10.1.2

        tv3 news website website

        “The comment in the House was made in relation to Mr Key putting down the Salvation Army, with their annual report on poverty issues. In that context, I think it was fair,” says Mr Cunliffe.

        “But let me be very clear – I am not ashamed of where I live. My family has worked very hard, and we’ve had opportunity which has been provided by a good state education system, a good healthcare system – it looked after my father when he was very, very ill – and I’m pleased that I had those opportunities, just as Mr Key did. The difference between us is we don’t pull the ladders up.”

        Mr Key was raised in a state house in Christchurch, and grew up to make tens of millions of dollars on the money markets. His current home is worth almost $10 million.

        Mr Cunliffe says despite his upbringing, Mr Key has turned his back on state housing.

        “Mr Key doesn’t like state housing now, apparently – he canned some in his electorate of Hobsonville. I think that is unfortunate, and I want to make sure that whether it’s housing, education or healthcare, young New Zealanders can expect a good state to give them the choices I had when I was young.”

        Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Cunliffe-not-ashamed-of-Herne-Bay-address/tabid/1607/articleID/332929/Default.aspx#ixzz2tpV3yIUo

        Read this lnk, and answer me two questions;

        IF you have never seen cunliffe or key’s house,whose do you think is in the picture?

        http://www.3news.co.nz/Cunliffe-hiding-25M-mansion-from-voters–Key/tabid/1607/articleID/332573/Default.aspx

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.1.2.1

          @ Tracey

          “IF you have never seen cunliffe or key’s house, whose do you think is in the picture?”

          Whose house was in the picture? I assumed it was Cunliffe’s

          • Puddleglum 10.1.2.1.1

            It’s John Key’s. As soon as you start watching the video it becomes clear.

            • Akldnut 10.1.2.1.1.1

              ………………..The difference between us is we don’t pull the ladders up.”

              Cunliffe now needs to rephrase this sentence because I think people are all tired of hearing it said that way.

              The difference between us is “They used the system and are dismantling it….. so hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders won’t have the same access. NZ history has shown that Labour don’t pull ladders up, we build them.

              • Good point Akldnut.

                It’s worth reminding people that it took deliberate political will and publicly organised effort to build the ladders in the first place.

  11. unpcnzcougar 11

    Seriously, he brought this crap on himself. He should have said nothing. If his wife has stopped breast-feeding perhaps they can find somewhere to live in his electorate given that was the reason he bought in Herne Bay.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      Clearly, on your planet, when John Key says something that means David Cunliffe said it. Or perhaps you’re simply ignorant of the facts.

      Read the relevant Hansard transcript summarised above.

      • unpcnzcougar 11.1.1

        I don’t pay much mind to John Key – I don’t need to. But transcript or not Cunliffe has said he bought in Herne Bay so his wife can breast feed – Cool that should be the end of it. He needs to pick a fight he can win – supporters can’t relate to someone who is probably perceived as being right of centre – sure he worked hard for what he has got – so did John Key – but the reality is most of us work hard and will never have anything near what he has and that disengages supporters – he needs to change the narrative imho.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1.1

          Cunliffe picked no fight, as you might have guessed from my comment, or the post at the top of the page. Are you English-comprehension challenged or something? Your refusal to read makes you ignorant, and your rush to form an opinion from ignorance makes you a fool. Why should anyone pay your opinion the slightest attention?

          Lift your game.

          • unpcnzcougar 11.1.1.1.1

            “Why should anyone pay your opinion the slightest attention?” Because I’m always right :-)

            • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Then pray tell – what do you think of Key attacking the sallies so soon after confessing his strong links with Whale Oil?

              Personally, I think it bolsters the narrative that Key is callous and out-of-touch, and every little helps.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    Labour does not believe that wealth is inherently wrong

    Then Labour are living in Lala Land with National and the mainstream economists. Under the capitalists system where a few people accumulate more and more of the communities wealth (Power generation, land, minerals, fish, etc) to themselves the less there is for everyone else which inevitably decreases the opportunities for them to get ahead.

    Capitalism creates poverty.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1

      @ DTB

      We have one word for many forms of Capitalism – this really does create a lack of clarity – confusion.

      Some forms acknowledge the weakness of the capitalist system and address them – other forms of capitalism enhances the weaknesses of the capitalism – we have been living under increasingly pure forms of laissez-faire capitalism – this is a form that increases the weaknesses of capitalism – as you so astutely describe.

      I know which type of capitalism I prefer – the first type – and until a better system comes along Labour, Greens and Mana are the parties to vote for the better version of capitalism.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        A kind of small business and regional capitalism is also usually very helpful for local communities.

        Trans-national corporate capitalism – well that’s just destructive and inhuman.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.2

        We have one word for many forms of Capitalism – this really does create a lack of clarity – confusion.

        I think the confusion comes about from people believing that there are many forms of capitalism when there isn’t.

        What we need is a base system that ensures that nobody is living in poverty (not influenced by the so called business cycle) and also ensures that the entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need to be entrepreneurial. Capitalism is the exact opposite of this as it increases poverty so that the resources are delivered into the control of the capitalists in an exponential accumulation. This has been true for 5000 years and the result has always been over accumulation by the few who then misused the resources resulting in the collapse of the society.

        • The Real Matthew 12.1.2.1

          Someone once designed a system that was supposed to do exactly that.

          They called it Communism.

          Apparently it didn’t go so well.

          • Puddleglum 12.1.2.1.1

            I don’t think DTB’s prescription resembles either the ideology or practical instances that have been labelled ‘communism':

            what we need is a base system that ensures that nobody is living in poverty (not influenced by the so called business cycle) and also ensures that the entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need to be entrepreneurial.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1.2.2

          @ DTB

          “I think the confusion comes about from people believing that there are many forms of capitalism when there isn’t.

          This is simply incorrect

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism#Mercantilism_2

          n.b This page doesn’t mention all the other names that we call the system we currently have either; such as crony capitalism, trans-national corporate capitalism etc

    • Enough is Enough 12.2

      +100 Draco

      And until people like Mickey Savage realise that, we are going to continue living this now 30 year neo liberal nightmare which Labour initiated and gifted us.

  13. TightyRighty 13

    I love it how OAB decides that because someone holds an opinion that doesn’t slavishly worship labour, that person and their opinion doesn’t count.

    On last polling results, no gives a toss what labour thinks.

    But more importantly, why does labour hate successful people if they don’t side with labour? Why alienate the successful so much that there is no hope of bringing them into the fold? Class warfare is alive and well in the Labour Party ranks. But only there. It’s one of the many reasons mainstream New Zealand is turned off by labour and it’s message. You can’t buy successful people with $60 a week, if they have a new child.

    • Tracey 13.1

      Why does john key hate the salvation Army and think that they, who run homes for the drug, gambling and alcohol addicted, the homeless, give furniture and other stuff to those in need, need to get out on the streets more?

      Why does he think the Children’s Commissioner knows nothing about children in poverty?

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 13.2

      @ Tighty Righty

      “…But more importantly, why does labour hate successful people if they don’t side with labour?”

      This is pretty warped, Tighty Righty

      a. The wider Labour membership voted in Cunliffe with large numbers of support – apparently a very ‘successful’ in your sense of the word – so clearly they don’t ‘hate’ ‘successful’ people in general

      b. However it is actually your main premise that is the most warped part: – not sure whether Labour hate people who side with National – yet any animosity wouldn’t be to do with their ‘success’ – it would be based on political ideology – not the amount of money they had.

      Put it this way: Are you suggesting that unlike Labour, National have no animosity toward ‘successful’ people when they ‘don’t side with National’?

      Careful with your answer

      • BM 13.2.1

        I think this is where the political left trip up, you think people who vote right are all these political ideologues who have read Atlas shrugged 1000x, quote Ayn Rand while praying at the alter of Neoliberalism etc.

        Truth is most people who vote right give more thought to wiping their arse than what they do thinking about their political ideologies.

        What you’d more likely see is people scratching their heads wondering why a business person would support a party that is so anti business, anti wealth, all seems a bit self defeating.

        • McFlock 13.2.1.1

          And any of them with half a brain would realise the opposition aren’t “anti-business”, they’re “anti-theft”. Despite your best efforts at spreading the “anti-business” lie.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2.1.2

          Perhaps because they know the left runs the economy better than the bought party does? As demonstrated by every left-led NZ government ever?

          That’s probably it. yep, I’m going with that. Government surpluses, debt repayment, wages matching inflation, just better times all round, and without the insufferable born-to-rule Tory arrogance and the rotten authoritarian stupidity.

          • The Real Matthew 13.2.1.2.1

            Amazing then that left governments get voted out of office with all those credentials

            • McFlock 13.2.1.2.1.1

              A tired lab5 was voted out by a party that pretended to be labour-lite. Not much amazing there.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 13.2.1.3

          @ BM

          I note you did not answer my question

          “I think this is where the political left trip up, you think people who vote right are all these political ideologues who have read Atlas shrugged 1000x, quote Ayn Rand while praying at the alter of Neoliberalism etc.”

          Who thinks that? I don’t

          “Truth is most people who vote right give more thought to wiping their arse than what they do thinking about their political ideologies.”

          Lol! I’d agree with that – and is why this country is getting increasingly crappy.

          “What you’d more likely see is people scratching their heads wondering why a business person would support a party that is so anti business, anti wealth, all seems a bit self defeating.”

          Yes, that is the feeling I get about the National party too – I mean it is very clear that their policies only support the very wealthy – 1% – support corporate and big money interests and they really are anti-business and anti wealth for the rest of us.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.3

      I love it how on Planet TightRighty “no-one” = 35% of the electorate and then the poor cretin accuses me of thinking people don’t count.

      What a twit.

      We need better wingnuts.

    • floyd 13.4

      Tr Define successful.

  14. TightyRighty 14

    It’s almost like OAB decides something is therefore it must be so.

    “…. as you might have guessed from my comment, or the post at the top of the page. Are you English-comprehension challenged or something”

    Lol. Classic narcissist

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1

      Read Hansard.

      I can see why you hold your opinion of the exchange, but I’ll be damned if I’ll make your arguments for you aswell as providing a reality check.

      3 News runs the PM’s attack lines for him, without context, or any mention of Key’s attack on the Sallies. You’re playing the man rather than the ball, so that tells me I’m doing something right.

  15. jaymam 15

    I am curious why the Auckland Council rates database shows that Mr Cunliffe’s property attracts 24% more in rates even though it has only one fifth of the area of a certain four sections in Parnell, all of which appear to be owned by the same entity and have a total CV of $2,450,000 (including a huge mansion), which is very cheap for an area of 3160 square metres.

    Look them up yourselves, you know how to use Google.
    LOT 6 DP 25017
    LOT 1 DP 25017
    LOT 2 DP 22229
    PT LOT 5 DP 25017

  16. TightyRighty 16

    @OAB pretty rich accusing me of playing the man when you’ve just told someone who made reasoned criticism that they’re opinions don’t mean anything because they don’t believe verbatim your version of events. So just go ahead and tell yourself whatever you like. I’m sure the mirror loves hearing it

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      Sure, you think you can just pull opinions out of your arse and have them respected, because that’s what happens in the echo chamber I suppose you imagine is a policy debate.

      Reasoned criticism that won’t read the source material it relies upon doesn’t sound very reasoned to me, but again, I understand your need to take it seriously.

      Oh, and by the way, attacking someone’s opinion is not the same thing as attacking them, you zombie maggot. That was a personal attack, by way of comparison.

    • framu 16.2

      pretty sure it from a refusal to read a factual record and insisting that the medias version is the gospel

      its not a rejection of differing thought – its a rejection of ignorance of fact

  17. Tautoko Viper 17

    So National’s argument is that if you are well-off financially, then you can’t represent or support the views of the financially disadvantaged. To me, the only people who cannot represent the views of the disadvantaged are those who have no empathy and are morally bereft individuals- the sort who are happy to reward themselves and turn a blind eye to the misery of others.
    You didn’t have to be black to march in the anti-apartheid marches.
    You don’t have to be a female to support women’s rights.
    You don’t have to be a chicken to oppose battery cages.
    You don’t have to be a sow to oppose sow crates.
    So John, you don’t have to be poor to speak up about poverty.
    Hypocrisy is defined as the state of falsely claiming to possess virtuous characteristics that one lacks. (Wikipedia) Pretending to care about the poor while shafting them with nasty policies is an example of hypocrisy.

  18. North 18

    Typical thick disgusting National Party filth. Screams of “different rules for me and mine…….more more more !

    The last defines them really.

  19. TightyRighty 19

    @OAB. Zombie maggot? Wow. I’m hurt seriously wounded. I have reasoned debate with people who don’t read the source material all the time. Often their opinions and insights are valuable. Disregarding someone purely because they aren’t as fanatical as you because they don’t have the same amount of spare time often leads to a narrow dogmatic view of an issue. Narrow and dogmatic, I like those words. They perfectly describe someone like yourself who is so sure of themselves they’ve confused with knowledge with wisdom.

    I can skim read almost anything and get the gist of the argument or the authors viewpoint. I can generally ascertain where they have gone wrong too. I don’t need to look up Hansard and focus on a narrow section of what was said and go by a partisan interpretation of it. I can glean from my formidable memory all the snippets of the labour rank and file being anti success and display considerable animosity to the wealthy and know that their sudden support and defense of David cunliffes success is purely because he is on their team. Therefore it’s hypocritical.

    • North 19.1

      “I……I……I……I……I……I…….

      (am a tighty righty narcissistic fuck) !”

    • Hayden 19.2

      Holy shit dude, you’re so far up your own arse even M C Escher couldn’t draw you.

    • Murray Olsen 19.3

      Aw TR, I bet your CV is a laugh a minute. How the hell did Hillary get credit for climbing Everest, or Rutherford for smashing the atom, when we know it must have been you? Aww Walter, you’re so modest, yet with your ability to skim read and memorise really formidable things, you prefer to invent what Cunliffe said rather than actually look at Hansard. Is that because you’re copying your messiah, who also doesn’t like reading documents?

      The TV3 piece was shocking, nothing more than Tory propaganda. They should be charging NAct for running it, or maybe they already have. Did they benefit from that Mediaworks loan?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 19.4

      TR, no, read the entire exchange in Hansard, don’t “focus on a narrow section of what was said”. That’s what the 3News report does. It starts at the end and doesn’t mention the beginning at all.

      Suspicion of wealth has been around longer than the Labour Party, by the way.

  20. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 20

    Isn’t it hilarious that in the second decade of the 21st century, post GFC, the election contest is going to be between the party led by the ex-Merrill Lynch millionaire white male from Parnell (educated at Harvard) and the party led by the ex-Boston Consulting Group millionaire white male from Herne Bay (educated at Harvard)?

    • risildowgtn 20.1

      Key was educated where? Harvard? BAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
      The clown was educated @ Burnside high in CHCH u clown and attended Canterbury uni…

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 20.1.1

        John Key was born in Auckland and moved to Christchurch when he was a child. He was educated at Burnside High School and gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.

        John launched his investment banking career in New Zealand in the mid-1980s. After 10 years in the New Zealand market he headed offshore, working in Singapore, London, and Sydney for United States investment banking firm Merrill Lynch. During that time he was in charge of a number of business units, including global foreign exchange and European bond and derivative trading. In 1999, John was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on two occasions undertook management studies at Harvard University in Boston.

        :)

        Please, tell me how your lizard is totally different from this other lizard.

        • Hayden 20.1.1.1

          Two occasions: before lunch, and after lunch.

          Just kidding…

        • Murray Olsen 20.1.1.2

          Undertook management studies on two occasions – probably went to a couple of seminars. Much more than that and there would be some certificate or other that all you RWNJs would be wanking on about. Tell me again, who pads their CV?

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 20.1.1.2.1

            Do you realise how desperate you sound? :)

            OK, I concede the point, Labour’s pakeha male millionaire leader who was born in the Nth Island and went to university in the Sth Island and also attended Harvard and who took up a white-collar position with a rich American multinational firm and then bought a multimillion-dollar house in an expensive Auckland suburb and now lives on an income beyond the wildest dreams of ordinary New Zealanders is TOTALLY DIFFERENT IN EVERY WAY from National’s pakeha male millionaire leader who was born in the Nth Island and went to university in the Sth Island and also attended Harvard and who took up a white-collar position with a rich American multinational firm and then bought a multimillion-dollar house in an expensive Auckland suburb and now lives on an income beyond the wildest dreams of ordinary New Zealanders.

            NOT THE SAME.

            • felix 20.1.1.2.1.1

              Yep, they are quite different. One of them is working to improve the lot of ordinary people and one is working to expand the dominance of the elite.

              That’s why you lot are working so hard to discredit Cunliffe; in your feeble grasping minds, anyone who has done alright should be stomping on those below them.

              I pity you and your ignorant selfishness. It will consume you. It will destroy you.

              • Yep, they are quite different. One of them is working to improve the lot of ordinary people and one is working to expand the dominance of the elite.

                Indeed. SHG seems to have difficulty distinguishing between relevant differences and irrelevant similarities, but not everyone suffers from that affliction. National voters, for example, don’t seem to have the slightest difficulty in establishing which of the two leaders is the class loyalist and which the class traitor.

        • risildowgtn 20.1.1.3

          hahahaha auto assuming im a labour voter you clown = massive fuck up yet again troll
          Im a Green voter.

  21. Granted 21

    Dear Mickysavage….explaining is losing.

  22. Granted 22

    Dear Mickysavage….explaining is losing

  23. North 23

    As to the simpering illiterate prick from Parnell……educated at Harvard ? My arse ! Enough money and contacts to have his name entered on some list and piss all over town about it. That’s all. War criminal Bush the Chickenhawk got his name on some Ivy League list somewhere too……..but “edgek8td”. LOL !

  24. Granted 24

    @North….envy? Jealousy..or shear idiocy? Or maybe pure hatred….all lovely attributes of course

    • North 24.1

      None of the above Grunted. A strident belief in a just society would be fair comment. Pretty much par for the course that those embracing scant wish for the just society should reveal their intimacy with the foul emotions.

      Key could be worth 500 mill’ for all I care. As long as for the price of that there aren’t hundreds of thousands living on the breadline and blamed for it. There are those numbers in New Zealand because of Key and his global ilk. And Key effetely simpers. And narcissistically tries to play Little Churchill. And fantastically declares war on North Korea. Edgek8ted ? LOL !

  25. Granted 25

    Dear Mickysavage….I actually believed that Cunliffe was going to really turn things around…he needs some serious help so less time is spent changing feet in his mouth. As a swinging voter he is now turning me off voting labour. He has about three months in my opinion tl get his act tidied up. His continual habit of going on about rich pricks is tiresome…I found that Helen Clark was and still is a committed and aspirational leader as is John Key. Cunliffe doesn’t seem to have that leadership ability…Jones probably does….it has noyhing to do with where his house is

    • Anne 25.1

      I think we have a tr–l here.

    • North 25.2

      Love the way trolls like to claim they’re an inch away from voting Labour……..except for blah blah blah. You think people don’t see through that shit…….really ?

      • felix 25.2.1

        Yep. By the way, I’d vote National in a heartbeat if they would just drop all the neo-liberal bullshit and genuinely embrace a long-term agenda of eliminating inequality by uplifting the least privileged in our society and capping wages and profits at a reasonable level, while enhancing our economic sovereignty by committing to public ownership of essential infrastructure, natural monopolies, and strategic assets.

    • Tracey 25.3

      Swinging from where. Who did you vote for last time and why?

  26. xtasy 26

    I am afraid that this is stuff the Nats will exploit, no matter what, and I must regret, yes, they have fair reason for it.

    Of course doing well professionally and with that financially does not disqualify a person like David Cunliffe from taking a solid stand for social justice, as every high earner will pay their taxes, and if a fairer tax system was in place, I am sure David will happily pay a bit more.

    But the issue is rather on “status”, on “privileges”, and that is where left or liberal leaning politicians are easily hollowed out and “exposed” for supposed hypocrisy. This is nothing new. Key is a damned hypocrite of the highest calibre by daring to turn this into an issue. He sold himself as the “state house boy”, raised by a “sole mother”, to appeal to voters, and the damned media did their bit to achieve his aims, which are the Nats’ aims.

    When it comes to Cunliffe, they set up a different set of “rules”, of course, so they try to claim Cunliffe is a high life and big earning, “elite” person, who is not connected to the concerns of the poorer people in NZ.

    They may still have a point, but it is really nothing but total distraction from how alienated the even higher earning, yet more wealthy John Key is totally ALIENATED from our common daily lots.

    It may perhaps help Cunliffe to show he “shares” his home by hosting some social events that offer participation from the less fortunate, or maybe he could reconsider, that moving to his own electorate, may win him more votes, as it may be more convincing to the voters he and Labour wish to attract. That is what I think.

    Otherwise I am well aware that political parties and movements need talent and well qualified spokespersons and leaders, sadly in the commercial world we live in, they are tending to be the ones that corporate business hires, or if not so, that they would like to hire.

    Labour and all “left of centre” parties all over the world face the same challenges in this, where it is hard to find the talented and able leaders, who have NO exposure to a business career or similar.

    A different society may change things, but that requires us to start rethinking and voting in parties that will deliver such different society and better values.

  27. Tanz 27

    It’s all a game of Monopoly, in the end, the pieces end up back in the box and we all end up the same.

    Store up your treasures in Heaven.

    There is nothing wrong with wealthy MPs its only paper.

  28. Skinny 28

    I don’t have any issues with his family’s wealth, or anyone else for that matter if they share DC’s view for a fair & just society.

    David Cunliffe just needs to keep it short and sweet. “The real difference between John Key and myself is I have a social conscience and have burning ambition to lift the quality of life for what I deem as normal Kiwi’s, certainly not the rich who have no want for a fair and equitable society.”

    Watched TV1 and TV3 News and the coverage of the Super Market duopoly revelations, showed TV3 start off ok then spun bullshit that Cunliffe didn’t believe in Jones claims. National idiot ex cop (wants to remove the age old law of a right of silence… etc) Sabin would be proud of his political reporter son Brooke for setting the plot Garner is putting out there, which will play out shortly in a Garner-Gower slam dunk soon maybe even tomorrow?

    Hey Duncan full creds your at the top of the game, it’s understandable in your eyes how you see it all now merely as a ratings game and squaring up the ledger with the odd MP. However come on man enough is enough. Your messing with alot of people who are just trying to make the best of what they have been dealt in life. Frankly we couldn’t give a toss about the politicians to be honest. Let things play out fairly and give em a serve when it is really justified.

  29. North 29

    Brooke the son of Mike. Well !

    • Skinny 29.1

      That is correct, he plays a good hand rarely showing a bias, he is like a deep sleeper spy, only coming out when it matters, we got a glimpse of that on tonight’s skewed coverage of the announcement that the commerce commission has formally launched an inquiry ‘ring fenced’ to complaints against Countdown. Foss fucked up the announcement by stating the ‘whole sector’ is being investigated, National are in damage control and will try out better Labour, see the Greens are trying to get in on the action by Mojo trying to table a code of conduct, rejected by National who will try bury it with their own ‘robust’ flakey scheme.

      Back to Brooke how disappointing for his Father that his arch enermy Winston Peters gets a soft time of it since Key has warned off any attacks outside of his own charade. However if Winnie falters by dropping a bombshell NO deal Key, Brooke will hunt him down like a dog, both are unlikely, if Peters did it would be the 10 days out for polling stunt again. Not enough time to for Brooke to inflict any damage, he would be flushed out though.

  30. Sacha 30

    This is just another example of the Nats neutralising their political weaknesses before the election by projecting them onto opposition members. Just like calling Cunliffe and Norman untrustworthy. Works a treat if everyone plays along.

  31. Granted 31

    @ anne and north….nope not a troll. I read this site every couple of days….just one of the crowd, but eventually make an occasional comment borne out of frustration….the noisy ones see the quiet ones as trolls….get over yourself….you do more damage to the site. Unless of course you just want every visitor to the site singing off the same song sheet….surely not?

  32. Ergo Robertina 32

    It is surprising DC is using the line (on Firstline) that he has ‘worked hard’ in relation to having an expensive property.
    Plenty who work very hard cannot even be paid a viable (living) wage in the neolib economy, let alone becoming wealthy.
    The working hard line suggests that if we play the game we get ahead, whereas a labour leader should be pushing to change the game.

    • Tombstone 32.1

      I couldn’t agree more and I think you’ve hit on a very important point which I have long raised with friends and family. It really irks me when I hear people who have done well life putting it down to having worked hard because if that was indeed the magic formula then how come care givers, laborers, nurses, cleaners to name but a few are not living in lovely big homes and commanding big fat salaries? The reason of course is that not everyone is cut from the same cloth. Some people are born with the ability to grasp highly complex mathematics whereas others are born with a natural inclination toward working with their hands and struggle with academia – we are all wired differently. To assume that everyone has the potential to become a high powered lawyer is in my opinion quite simply dumb. Key was raised in a state house and knew very early on in life that he wanted to pursue money and power. I was raised in a state house and I was more interested in getting out on my BMX and tearing up the local track with my mates and getting into mischief because that’s what boys did. Our wants in life were simple and a lot more humble. Nobody ever told us that how we lived as youngsters was wrong because it wasn’t. We were kids being kids. We had no idea that life as an adult would become this difficult. That successive governments would continue to turn the screws and force us into this never ending battle to keep our heads above water. The only thing I can remember people moaning about was traffic cops … people hated them! But I digress – I agree with you. The language needs to change. We need to place more emphasis on how valuable carers, nurses, cleaners, rubbish collectors, factory process workers etc are to society and how quickly things would fall into disarray if they weren’t there to do the jobs that they do. That needs to be recognized not by the way of lip service but in their pay packets. We need to talk about the outrageous salaries being paid to those at the top and expose it for what it is – outrageous greed. Labour need to clearly outline what they stand for so the public are in no doubt as to the options they have … relentlessly attacking Key and National will only put people off in the end. But claiming that working hard is the key to good fortune is not always the best way to frame things and can in fact sound a little smug to be quite honest.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 32.2

      Yep, false frame much?

      “My partner and I both earn a decent income, but it makes my blood boil that so many citizens are being prevented from doing the same, by prejudice, privilege and petty politics. Worse still, those who can’t are being vilified, and we all know who by.”

  33. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 33

    Didn’t you get the memo? If you don’t have a nice house, then you didn’t work hard. So nice of Mr Cunliffe to remind us.

    • felix 33.1

      Still having trouble with set theory I see.

      Seriously, we learned this shit in primary school.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 33.2

      SHG. I have a nice house. I worked for it, but not as hard as a nurse, for example. Or a minimum wage earner. I had (relatively modest) advantages from birth. Lucky me.

      I wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for the hard work of others. That nurse who saved my life. That minimum wage earner who works for the person who has enough money to hire me, blah blah.

      Why is this stuff so hard for the right to understand? You behave as though there’s no such thing as society but you all want to live as neighbours. Epic cognitive dissonance.

  34. big bruv 34

    Of course it is a modest home Micky, I hear that the butlers are not required to wear formal attire when the master is in Wellington. I wonder if you can confirm that over the holidays Cunliffe even polished the Rolls himself?

    Such a good man to the staff as well, apparently Cunliffe gives them every second Sunday off as long as he is not in residence.

    A real man of the people

    • Tracey 34.1

      So if you are not poor

      …you cannot advocate for them
      them?

      the corollary therefore is john key can only advocate for the very wealthy currency trading and banking?

      Oh, wait a minute

  35. big bruv 35

    Tracey

    Of course you can, what you should not do is pretend to be poor like Cunliffe does.

    Speaking of the “poor”, do you know if Cunliffe is polishing up on his south Auckland accent for the coming campaign?

    • Enough is Enough 35.1

      You racist

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 35.2

      @ big bruv

      Where has Cunliffe ‘pretended’ to be poor’?

      Your comment indicates that you don’t see the difference between advocating for the poor and pretending to be poor.

      Mr Cunliffe has not been pretending to be poor he has merely promoted the message that we need to ensure everyone has the opportunity to improve their circumstances – this is good for the individual and it is good for society – these opportunities are being systematically taken away by Key’s Government.

      Key is getting frantic and making personal and illogical attacks in response…and you appear to be being suckered in.

      Advocating for people in unfortunate circumstances does not equal ‘pretending to be in unfortunate circumstance’ and to say these two are the same is sheer nonsense.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 35.3

      you greasy luttle fulla un a blue suit au

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 35.3.1

        @ SHG

        …So I take it that means you have no proof of the [false] assertions made by big bruv and other frantic righties on this thread then….

  36. Puckish Rogue 36

    If I was advising Cunliffe I’d just have him say something along the lines of “yes I’ve got a nice house in a nice suburb, my wife and I both studied hard and made sacrifices and we want to give the same opportunity to every child in NZ that we had”

    Its not that hard so whos advising him?

    • Tracey 36.1

      Puck

      I tbought I read yesterday that he eventually did say that. But i agree with you that he scored an own goal on this one.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 36.2

      If I was advising Key, I’d say, “look, under normal circumstances, making snide remarks about charity workers who’ve just given you a reality check is a bad idea, but with Paddy Gower’s tongue up your arse you can say anything you like.”

      • Tracey 36.2.1

        It does seem that way sometimes. Sticking a boot into the sallies would usually make a story or even reporting on the sallies report.

      • tinfoilhat 36.2.2

        yes that would go down well with the voters ‘:roll:’ => ‘icon_rolleyes.gif’

        • One Anonymous Bloke 36.2.2.1

          Ah, if I were advising him what to say to voters, I’d urge him to stick to ad hominem remarks about opposition politicians, never get pinned down on policy detail, and to work on his “tell”.

  37. captain hook 37

    mathew hooton is a fink and a slimy little creep.
    he thinks because he has a gold rolex that he is abig man but he will always be small.
    he manages to stay just this side of the law but his time is coming.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 37.1

      Once upon a time there was a mounted policeman doing his rounds, and he came across a bloodied man in the remains of a nice suit studying the remains of a nice car. “Officer! Look what that idiot did to my car!” the man yelled as the officer approached.

      “Sir, are you by any chance Matthew Hooton?” the policeman enquired.

      “How did you know?” demanded Matthew.

      “Well, your left arm’s been torn off and all you can think about is your car!”

      “Agghhh!” screamed Matthew, “My Rolex!!!!”

  38. felix 38

    Here’s a thought.

    big bruv, tighty righty, chris73, BM etc are all saying that anyone on a high income is not allowed to stick up for anyone on a low income.

    Does that mean no-one in parliament is supposed to stick up for the poor? At all?

    Is that what they’re really pushing for?

    • mickysavage 38.1

      I suspect Felix that this would in their eyes be an ideal result.

    • MaxFletcher 38.2

      It shouldn’t matter what someones bank account looks like – only their actions should matter.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 38.2.1

        What a useless word “should” is.

        While you’re busy making up lovely ethical models, household income is the single largest factor in determining education outcomes.

        • MaxFletcher 38.2.1.1

          What I am trying to say is it shouldn’t matter what is in Cunliffe’s account, the policies he advocates are what matter.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 38.2.1.1.1

            The thing is it does matter. Now, I think Cunliffe’s use of “leafy suburbs of Parnell” was drawing a comparison between Key and the report’s author, of whom Key had said that they need to get out more, but nonetheless he invited the comparison with his own circumstances.

            The funny thing is, if you take it as a comparison between the report’s author and Key, it’s a very good point: the Salvation Army is much better equipped to judge the scale of poverty than Key – who has quite a few other legitimate demands on his time, never mind the leafy suburbs.

            Another way wealth matters is its source, the manner in which it was gained. From a religious perspective, hyper-compressed camels leap to mind. The very scientific Baloney Detection Kit regards the source of information relevant to credibility.

            Should is a useless word.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 38.2.1.1.1.1

              Nah, attitude is far more important than bank balance – in fact it is quite important that wealthy people have good attitudes – if everyone in good circumstances had a kindly attitude toward those in less fortunate circumstances we wouldn’t have to be advocating for jobs, work conditions, safety measures to address deaths in mining and forestry, addressing systemic failures , addressing systemic corruption, dealing with financial crises, LIBOR scandals etc – we would have a much fairer society without bringing in more and more rules and policies to curb the effects of those with seriously bad attitudes.

              Most -if not all – of the problems we face are due to poor attitudes – our system would work much better if people had better attitudes.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                There’s plenty of evidence that widening income gaps has a deleterious effect upon attitudes.

                Through that lens, attitude is a symptom of the comparison between bank balances.

                • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                  …and yet we are receiving the message from National that because Mr Cunliffe is well-off he must not advocate to close these gaps.

                  Someone responds that the policies Mr Cunliffe is advocating is more important than his bank balance and you call bullshit on that… yet you are now saying it is due to our governments not following the type of policies that Cunliffe is promoting that extreme bank balances are created and ensuing bad attitudes toward the less well off is created….I do believe you have just supplied reasoning against your own point re bank balances being more important than policies.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    I didn’t say that bank balances are more important than policies, I said the comparison between one bank balance and another, applied nationally, has an impact on attitudes. Which is an argument for them (measures of relative wealth) being relevant to policy makers.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Perhaps I’m being too abstract.

                    For example: take John Key. He’s held up as an example of success, but in his own electorate lives a man who is younger than him and wealthier than him by several orders of magnitude. Even at that rarefied level, the gap between the rich and the obscenely wealthy makes for little jealousies, and magnified, given a cats paw of FBI warrant, well, who knows what could happen?

    • chris73 38.3

      Nope, I’m saying that Cunliffe talking about Keys home and how much its worth is pretty damn stupid when you live in an expensive house yourself and then making it worse by trying to suggest that your own life style of 500 grand a year + 2.5 million dollar house is “middling”

      • felix 38.3.1

        “I’m saying that Cunliffe talking about Keys home and how much its worth is pretty damn stupid when you live in an expensive house yourself “

        Except that didn’t really happen, chris.

        This isn’t actually about houses or wealth or salaries or investments. It’s about John Key being so out of touch with what’s happening outside of his 10 million dollar Parnell mansion that he thinks the Sallies need to get out more.

        Can you believe that, chris? John Key thinks he knows more about how bad the struggle is for those at the bottom than the people who actually deal with it every day.

        Now do you see Cunliffe saying anything remotely similar to that? No, of course not. On the contrary, he is holding up the Sallies’ report and saying these people are at the coal face, they know what’s going on better that you or I, listen to them for fuck’s sake.

        But no, Key knows better. And that’s what this is really about, chris. It’s about Key being so arrogant that he can sit in his mansion and imagine that he understands poverty better than the people at the coal face of poverty.

        There is no equivalence between Key and Cunliffe in this instance. None at all. That’s why you’re pretending it’s about having a nice house instead.

  39. Hami Shearlie 39

    Why are TV3 showing a house on their website which they imply is David Cunliffe’s house? The article below the photo and the headline are all about Cunliffe’s house, yet the photo is of John Key’s “mansion” sprawling itself over 3 property titles? Misleading yes, on purpose, quite likely! I’ve had a good look at Marine Parade in Herne Bay, and although there are some “mansion” type houses there, there are also many very ordinary looking houses too, certainly not “mansions”! The only reason they are worth so much is their proximity to the water, and the views they may have – many of the actual houses are certainly not what anyone could describe as “mansions” – there are many streets in Auckland, which have many more “grand” houses!

  40. felix 40

    “Why are TV3 showing a house on their website which they imply is David Cunliffe’s house?”

    That’ll be because they’re dishonest shitbags, Hami.

  41. Huginn 41

    There’s a weird and misogynistic refusal to recognise that David Cunliffe is married to a woman who is working very successfully in a well paid profession. He’s probably been the family’s secondary income earner for years.

    If she was struggling with work life balance issues while she was breast feeding and if she thought that living in Herne Bay would be helpful, then he may not have had much say in it.

  42. well I never 42

    Key difference between Key and Cunliffe if that despite living in multi million dollar homes, Cunliffe is still very interested in those who don’t. Key isn’t

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    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    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
  • 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…
    ...
    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
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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,...
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  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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,...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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....
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  • 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
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
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  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
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  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
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  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
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