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Derisory minimum wage

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, February 27th, 2013 - 90 comments
Categories: class war, national, poverty, wages - Tags:

The minimum wage should be at least $15 per hour (as Labour MP David Clark’s bill proposed). A living wage is estimated at $18.40 per hour. So what have the Nats done? Raised the minimum wage by $0.25 per hour to $13.75. It’s a derisory increase. Even their own supporters think so, with the Maori Party calling it “pitiful”.

The justification usual justification for pathetic increases in the minimum wage is that significant increases will “cost jobs” – it’s being trotted out this time round too of course. Obviously there is some level at which that would occur, but reasonable increases are beneficial to the economy, not damaging. We’ve covered this before at The Standard (lots and lots and lots), but if you don’t believe us, perhaps you’ll believe Treasury:

Raising minimum wage won’t cost jobs – Treasury

“[On job losses...] This has not been true in the past. The balance of probabilities is that a higher minimum wage does not cost jobs.”

There can be only one effect of NZ wages falling further and further behind what is livable, and what is available outside NZ. Here’s Herald cartoonist Body’s summary
body-minimum-wage

90 comments on “Derisory minimum wage”

  1. geoff 1

    Simon Bridges keeps getting handed the dead rats from Key etc. He’s the male version of Hekia Parata.

  2. Tom Gould 2

    The minimum wage should be $20 an hour with no youth rates. End of. The economy would quickly adjust.

    • TightyRighty 2.1

      Idiot.

      • geoff 2.1.1

        douche bag traitor

        • Arfamo 2.1.1.1

          The arguments here are being reduced to the essentials lol.

          • Colonial Weka 2.1.1.1.1

            lol.

          • geoff 2.1.1.1.2

            Absolutely! Sometimes I just wish there was a bugspray we could use on the RWNJs.

            • TighyRighty 2.1.1.1.2.1

              Threatening people? Real classy. No ban for you though.

              Call me a fucking traitor? How much tax do you pay each year? Bludging scum. I barely earned $20 an hour till my mid twenties. Why does some inexperienced grommet deserve it off the bat?

              You are retarded.

              • QoT

                And how old are you now, TR? Little concept called “inflation” mean anything to you? CPI increases? Bueller?

                And of course because you weren’t paid well, no one should be paid well. And when you stole the other kids’ lunch money it was okay because older kids stole your lunch money.

              • Colonial Viper

                I barely earned $20 an hour till my mid twenties. Why does some inexperienced grommet deserve it off the bat?

                I always knew that Right Wingers enjoy holding back NZ’s young, while they lap up the cream for themselves.

              • geoff

                @tightyrighty:
                You are a traitor to this country.
                Anyone who holds views like yours should be done for treason. You’re a selfish, pathetic excuse for a person who’d throw the whole country under a bus if it suited his purpose.
                You’ve got absolutely no gratitude for the things people in this country built up by working together for the good of everyone. You’re an ignorant fool who’s stupid and arrogant enough to think that he’s a self-made man.
                Yep, you’re a traitor alright.
                Oh yeah.. a wee nonce like you wouldn’t have paid a tenth of the tax that I have in my lifetime and continue to do so.
                What kind of an idiot would think how much tax you paid beared any relationship to your loyalty to the people of his country. You’re a fucking tosser.

              • The Al1en

                “Call me a fucking traitor? How much tax do you pay each year? Bludging scum. I barely earned $20 an hour till my mid twenties. Why does some inexperienced grommet deserve it off the bat?
                You are retarded.”

                You use false logic to make your argument.

                “How much tax do you pay each year?”

                Not as much as you, I’d wager, but that’s got fuck all to do about fuck all. Plenty of leeches getting tax payer dollars at the top end of the scale – The pm being one of them.

                “Bludging scum”

                Citation is the word I’ve seen the clever people use, but too many letters.
                I name that tune in 4.

                “I barely earned $20 an hour till my mid twenties.”

                See, told you you paid more tax than me.

                “Why does some inexperienced grommet deserve it off the bat?”

                Equal days work, equal days pay. Simple, simple.
                What next? Why does some women/black/gay deserve it off the bat?

                “You are retarded.”

                Still trumps selfish twat.

  3. Addison 3

    And wont the trade unions want differentials maintained? If a 16 year old just out of school with no experience gets $20 what are you going to pay an experienced worker with 4 kids and 10 years loyal service. Don’t you think the ensuing cost rise will end up costing pensioners, the unemployed etc on fixed incomes or don’t they count with you!

    • AsleepWhileWalking 3.1

      You don’t honestly think that youth will mass submit to take the same job at lower pay than every one else?

      They are young and have options. Let’s not forget if they jump countries permanently then we can kiss their global taxes goodbye for our retirements.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Forget the taxes provided by the young to support your retirement

        It’ll be the Indonesian doctors and rest home care givers you can barely understand which you’ll notice the most.

    • QoT 3.2

      If you aren’t giving people payrises to match 10 years’ loyal service you’re a pretty shit employer and your business probably deserves to fail.

  4. Darien Fenton 4

    Anthony : the NActs voted down David Clark’s $15 minimum wage bill, just like they voted down my Minimum Wage and Remuneration Bill and SOP which would have brought about a $15 minimum wage for all workers and contractors.

    • bad12 4.1

      Perhaps the first piece of legislation passed by the Parliament after the 2014 election would need to be a bill lifting the minimum wage by $1.50 and hour over the following 3 years???,

      A piece of Legislation that need be part of Labour’s election strategy in my opinion…

      • bad12 4.1.1

        Lolz, the edit function got me again, on second thoughts i got me again and the edit function didn’t save me,

        The above should read: Legislation to lift the minimum wage by $1.50 an hour for each of the following 3 years,

        The ideal would be to have the minimum rise by that $1.50 an hour over each year for the following 5 years…

        [lprent: You'll be pleased to know that the first product goes out the door tonight, and all I am doing right now is removing debug statements. The fixes I was to do last weekend for the edit got submerged in a weekend of work work and Lyn's desire to get out of the city for the day on sunday. They will have to be done around a wedding this weekend.

        But I have weeks of holiday and spare time starting tomorrow. ]

        • rosy 4.1.1.1

          I reckon the minimum wage should be a percentage of the median wage rather than raising it by a fixed amount. That way the lowest paid won’t lose ground and employers might think twice about disproportionate increases at the top end of the salary scale.

          • McFlock 4.1.1.1.1

            not a bad idea, that.

            Maybe 65 or 70% of median adapted for a 37.5hr week (incl paid lunch breaks), given that the poverty line is regarded as being either 50 or 60% of median (depending on measure).

            I’d probably also consider median income, rather than median wage, given that employment income is often the sole source of income for those on the minimum, whereas better off folk might have rents, investments, etc.

          • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1.2

            “That way the lowest paid won’t lose ground and employers might think twice about disproportionate increases at the top end of the salary scale.”

            In that case you want average, not median. With the median, if someone goes from earning $1m a year to $100m a year, it doesn’t change the median at all. But it would shift the average/mean a little bit.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.2.1

              You got it Lanth. Avg is what it should be pegged to.

              Better still, pegged to the % movement of the the upper quartile :)

          • Addison 4.1.1.1.3

            As long as pensions and benefits follow as well! Remember some of us are trying to live on a pension and that equates to a wage of $4.5 an hour for a 40 hour week,

          • xtasy 4.1.1.1.4

            The problem with that is that either median or average wages in NZ are low by international comparison. So that is exactly how this government tries to get away with the increase by 25 cents an hour insult to low paid workers. They claim that by international standards the minimum wage here is comparatively high.

            We have a whole kettle of problems when it comes to wages and salaries, and most Kiwis earn rather moderately or lowly, compared to most countries NZ likes to compare with. Australia is the closest comparison, and NZ is a laughing stock compared to wages and salaries paid there.

            • Addison 4.1.1.1.4.1

              No minimum in the US and only aboutNZ $11 in the UK yet uUK average wages are much higher!

              • xtasy

                Addison: there is to my knowledge a minimum wage in the US, and I am not sure whether it is about 8 USD or thereabouts, but there is.

                The UK is another story.

                NZ always prided itself for being more “egalitarian” and social, but this appears to have been abandoned, surely under this government.

        • bad12 4.1.1.2

          Enjoy the wedding, my bad habit is to press submit comment without first reading my mangled English to see if it actually makes any sense,

          Have got the spelling edit sorted and will learn sooner or later the other art…

    • Rogue Trooper 4.2

      lovely and Red

  5. Kia Ora

    Does this latest rise even beat the rate of inflation, or will it just get swallowed up?

    http://willsheberight.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/minimum-wage-increase-is-a-joke/

  6. McFlock 6

    just, based on december qrtr CPI. Thanks to national’s brighter 0.9% inflation “brighter future”. They’ll probably spin it in the region of “double CPI”.

  7. Rogue Trooper 7

    peanuts Galen?

  8. xtasy 8

    The NatACT treacherous government try to “justify” their insulting increase by yet another 25 cents an hour by saying, that the NZ minimum wage is so high in comparison with other countries. They claim that it is relatively high to the average wage in NZ, which though is very low, on international comparison with similar economies.

    On that basis they are misleading the public and media, justifying a low wage economy.

    Real wages and salaries, measured on cost of living expenses due for housing, food, clothing, transport and what else comes into play are LOW in NZ.

    You can buy NZ grown food and meat at a much lower rate in most European supermarkets, after being shipped there across half of the globe. Also looking at rents and the likes, you will find lower rents per ratio on income in most OECD countries, same as other living costs.

    The government is the most manipulative gang of liars there are, and John Key is the leader of that dishonest gang!

    This “increase” is an insult to all working people that have no choice but to accept what their more powerful employer dictates to them in pseudo “negotiations”. Take it or leave it is the usual approach. The alternative is a shitty income on the benefit, but Paula Benefit (herself) is doing all to make life even more miserable for those that cannot find jobs, that are sick, disabled or sole parents, with her draconian, inhumance and illegal Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill before Parliament right now.

    Sad fact is, the brain drain due to tens of thousands leaving NZ every year leaves a below average IQ population of “Kiwi battlers”, that rather roll over and take another hit, than stand up for their rights and a decent society. It is a sick and lost society, that is NZ under Key in 2013!

  9. Addison 9

    See http://www.stats.OECD.org/index.aspx?DatasetCode=RHMW This gives a comparison adjusted for Cost of living in all OECD countries. NZ is in the top third. Countries close to our economic situation like the US and UK have lower rates.

    • xtasy 9.1

      Addison – your link does not load, is that for an ominous reason?

      Cost of living is interesting, and it is certaily sky high in NZ, where you pay for meat, fruit and fish more than in countries to where it exports to. I can tell from bloody experience, so figures alone are not convincing me. I have real life experience having seen NZ fruit offered there at a fraction of retail prices here, same as butter, venison and more. Stop fooling others with misleading figures and claims, thanks.

      How can produce cost nearly half as much compared to NZ retail, after being shipped around the globe to Europe???

  10. addison 10

    Try and google OECD stats minimum wage, see if that helps. Maybe its that there is no GST on primary foods in the UK that makes many food items cheaper there.When I came to NZ the pound was worth $3.3 it dropping to less than $2 cant help either. Can you give me source for the figure that say we are low down the OECD stats in Min wage , it would be appreciated. I also find the term brain drain a bit controversial. My doctor is from the UK, my doggies vet from Australia and my dentist from Scotland!

    • xtasy 10.1

      “I also find the term brain drain a bit controversial. My doctor is from the UK, my doggies vet from Australia and my dentist from Scotland!”

      That is because the government desperately attempts to fill the brain drain hole. Whether the ones coming in actully fill it is another story. It is not just IQ by the way, it also needs to address experience, which some will learn to get.

      • addison 10.1.1

        nz products cost 50% less in UK. Well just googled Tescos latest on NZ wine and Lamb. Lamb$22 a kilo with noGST on that and villa maria at $25 abottle. At you “stop fooling others with misleading figures and claims!

        • xtasy 10.1.1.1

          “nz products cost 50% less in UK”

          That is your quote, I take it for that, thank you!

          • addison 10.1.1.1.1

            just quoting you and that seems to be inaccurate. Do you want to back up your figures, I can!

  11. Arfamo 11

    They’re probably able to choose where they want to live and work as they’re probably not trying to pay off their student loans and get established.

    • addison 11.1

      arfano, many come here for the salaries. My partner is a nurse she earns a lot more here than she would have had she stayed in CORNWALL. nearly 50% more and that’s allowing for the exchange rate. MY even older than I parents in law are moving to NZ because the cost of living is less.

      • xtasy 11.1.1

        Who pays you from the government to tell us this?

        • addison 11.1.1.1

          Why is that always your fall back line when you cant back your argument with facts. THE GOVERNMENT ONLY PAYS ME VIA MY PENSION! sadly at 66 years old I am nearly unemployable in NZ. I am just a rescector of the truth and adversary of lies that cant be substanciated.

      • xtasy 11.1.2

        If that is so her skills may not have convince Australian health care providers, as they pay much, much better than nz. So what “issues” are you hiding?

        • addison 11.1.2.1

          yes she has limited skills, a degree in biology, and a masters in \Nursing, registered in the UK, NZ and AUSTRALIA, yes she could work in Aus and the US and earn even more. But you know our philosophy is that there is more to life than money. We work to live, not live to work, or at least I did until old age caught up with me.

          • xtasy 11.1.2.1.1

            So is it perhaps that lifestyle choices became priority to wage and salary expectations, and that the UK is sinking fast, that NZ seemed to be the best option, while in reality other options may have existed, but were not pursued?

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1.2

            arfano, many come here for the salaries.

            Nah, that’s a daft reason to come to NZ.

            But nursing salaries here are fine if you’ve come over with £100,000 in cash to start a new life with.

            For a new nursing grad looking to build up some capital, NZ is an unattractive place to stay.

            • addison 11.1.2.1.2.1

              your right CV but that’s true most places. Its a ridiculous situation that NZ nurse go to AUS, can live rent free and get a better wage plus a bonus when they leave. Aus doctors come to nz ,get paid locum rates on short term contracts and make more than their high salaries in AUS. We don’t respect qualifications. My son wanted to emigrate to NZ as a computer wiz. his salary would have droppedfrom $200 000 to $50 000. Nzs loss last year he started his own consulting company. He employs 8 people and pays the $600 a day, NZs loss, he UKs gain.

              • Colonial Viper

                And yet you have been arguing that wages in NZ can’t go up any more. You better get your story straight.

          • xtasy 11.1.2.1.3

            addison: Yeah right:

            “But you know our philosophy is that there is more to life than money.”

            Hah, that is the enforced servitude that so many “Kiwi battlers” endure, they work their guts out for the paymaster and for their landlords and rip-off retailers and wholesalers, selling them stuff that costs much less in places like most of Europe, the US and other countries.

            There is more to life than money, in looking at your angle, you seem to believe submission and servitude is a virtue, rather than common sense and applying true intelligence, by also questioning the state of affairs.

            John Key’s dumbing down agenda is surely working when looking at so many.

            Get a life and take a deep breath, drink some clean, pure water and clense your vision and comprehension, maybe you will see more than that you are sold by the BS artists running this country?

      • Arfamo 11.1.3

        Ok Addison. Interesting.

        • Arfamo 11.1.3.1

          Out of curiosity I just googled “cost of living comparison nz uk”. First up on the hit list was this site:

          http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=United+Kingdom&country2=New+Zealand

          Indexes Difference:

          Consumer Prices in New Zealand are 12.07% higher than in United Kingdom
          Consumer Prices Including Rent in New Zealand are 11.73% higher than in United Kingdom
          Rent Prices in New Zealand are 10.82% higher than in United Kingdom
          Restaurant Prices in New Zealand are 0.45% higher than in United Kingdom
          Groceries Prices in New Zealand are 20.80% higher than in United Kingdom
          Local Purchasing Power in New Zealand is 5.40% lower than in United Kingdom

          The page says (at bottom) last update February 2013

      • xtasy 11.1.4

        The UK must be really f**ked under the Con Lib government then, so that people seek refuge even in NZ. I think that it looks a bit better in the sliding UK in Central and Northern Europe.

        • addison 11.1.4.1

          I think it was stuffed long before the right got in. Its been on the slippery slope for a while now, I think it was called the EEC.

          • xtasy 11.1.4.1.1

            But apart from that, would you not want that every working person, who makes a decent effort, to earn enough to afford a living? We do not want to compare with Indonesia by the way.

            • addison 11.1.4.1.1.1

              Of course I would love us all to have more but do you think that for one minute the added costs wont be passed on. government would put up taxes, councils will put up rates and businesses will put up prices. WHO PAYS, ALL OF US. who does it hurt most, pensioners and beneficiaries. WHO DOES IT HURT THE LEAST, THE BOSSES!

              • Colonial Viper

                BULLSHIT

                You’re simply talking about Tories taxing the bottom 80% of society.

                When a substantial majority of the wealth of society is held by the top 20%. It is they who need to pay more taxes

                PS in case you haven’t connected the dots…higher tax takes should mean better salaries in healthcare as well as more equipment and improved staffing

              • Colonial Viper

                Also, where the frak do you think that tax monies taken from the wealthiest people in the economy actually go?

                Let me clue you up: straight back into the economy, providing services for you and me, salaries for thousands of teachers and doctors, buying products and activity from suppliers across the nation.

                • addison

                  and the money that is not taken in taxes, is that not spent.Is that not invested in business and therefore jobs. Do you believe that giving people less to spend will stimulate the economy. If so do you want to reduce the minimum wage as well. just think of how much more money the government would have to spend then. People stimulate the economy. successful businesses stimulate the economy, It seems you want to increase taxes, ie take money from the workers and give it to the pollies to spend but you want them to have that replace d by increasing the cost of government by upping their wage bill. Abit of an inflationary spiral. Wages going up is not the answer to a boom economy, increase production is. NZ, very low production for the OECD and in the top third for wages. Not a good plan.

                  • Arfamo

                    “and the money that is not taken in taxes, is that not spent.Is that not invested in business and therefore jobs.”

                    No. I don’t think it is invested in business and jobs. It is invested in finance markets, and properties, and wherever it will earn the greatest return to the owner, not in creating jobs. Investing in telecom will be great for returns, but not for creating jobs. They’re shedding them, eh, to give their shareholders and management even more money.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Contact as well. Hundreds of millions in profits over the last few years, but dumping even more staff now in order that they can send even more profits overseas.

                      Frankly, addison has a very distorted idea of how money in the economy works.

                      Money is being pumped out of NZ as we speak.

                    • Arfamo

                      The thing about those with wealth is that many often have a deep fear, however much they have, that something bad might happen and they will lose it all. It becomes a self-reinforcing cycle. “I have to have more money in case the economy turns to shit or my investments go down the toilet and I lose everything. So I back any government that lets me make more money, even if the only real way for me to do this is via policies that make other hard-working less wealth-driven people poorer.”

                      The problem is that as more people get poorer spending decreases and the economy turns to shit, jobs disappear, people who do have jobs have to work harder and longer and more of them get injured or sick through stress. Welfare costs correspondingly increase, as does crime when the government next starts to reduce the numbers on welfare, and the amounts paid, and scapegoats them in carefully propagandised campaigns for being bludgers.

                      So the wealthiest keep perpetuating the cycle – until the numbers of those struggling to have some kind of reasonably comfortable modern lifestyle increase to the point where the government’s bullshit doesn’t work any more and the way is open for any party that has even a halfway decent looking programme to raise living standards for the now poorer majority to be voted in. That party has to have a strategy for dealing with the business community to prevent panic and capital flight. Clark & Cullen managed that.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Frankly, addison has a very distorted idea of how money in the economy works.

                      His view is the one taught at university. Thing is, it’s a load of bollocks as the private sector doesn’t actually create the wealth in the first place.

          • xtasy 11.1.4.1.2

            addison”: Do not blame the ills of the UK on the EU, thank you. The EU have given the UK special treatment and deals on a lot of things, just to keep them happy.

            Also through trade the UK has been able to take advantage of a large, duty free and low barrier market at their doorstep, which sadly, the mostly tory minded governments never learned to appreciate. They always complain about the EU, in some cases the may have a reason, but ask people that have human rights issues in the UK, what they think of the EU top court. They are granted rights that the UK courts never gave them.

            It is still some lingering class mentality in the UK that is keeping that country backward.

            No wonder so many retired UK residents did choose to settle for retirement in Spain and Italy, to enjoy the sun and other benefits.

            But since the GFC has had its fall-out there, they now rubbish their adopted countries there.

            Where are the loyalties of so many in the UK, especially their government, many in Europe ask. Cheap shots by Cameron are just another display of isolationism and attempts to get the best both ways. At some stage you lose a lot of friends with such strategies.

            By the way, I read a lot about the welfare slashing in the UK, and the same will be introduced here. If that is “progress”, I rather sink six feet under over night.

      • Rogue Trooper 11.1.5

        ahhh, the land of Poldark, (and Doc Martins)

  12. addison 12

    Fine CV just tell me what the new Labour tax rates should be. Do you not think higher wages wont mean higher prices. IF NOT WHERE DO BUSINESSES AND COUNCILS GET THE MONEY FROM? as nurses are already paid more than minimum wage please explain how there wages will rise.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Easy peasey, simply move the share of the economy that wages have (compared to the share going to company profits) back to 1960’s and 1970’s levels. Tax levels too.

      It’s nothing new or innovative. We’ve done it before, during the boom years of global middle class growth*.

      *The new wrinkle is energy and resource depletion, but we’ll start here for now.

  13. addison 13

    AH back to the future,is that the new innovative policy from the new innovative Labour front bench? I am sure that will work. Going back 50 years soundslike a Green plan! Are you hiding something.:)

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Financial and economic innovation is something the world can do without mate.

      FFS did you not learn anything from the Thatcher years.

      • Addison 13.1.1

        Did you not learn what got the country 13 years of thatcher and the demise of militant unions in the UK. The end of Labour and the Birth of New Labour!

  14. Arfamo 14

    We are already back 50 years. We’ve been in the situation we have now before, with the well-to-do of the country having their interests put before everyone else’s – on the false premise that they deserve to have more say over how we are governed than the feckless poor and low paid – who will only gamble and drink away any pay increases. If you read our history you can see the same cycles, and the same bullshit, and the same selfishness and lack of empathy from those fortune has smiled upon, but who think their success is down to their “hard work” and “smarts” and can be replicated by anyone who works hard.

  15. Addison 15

    My final word before going to sleep. Last OECD survey: NZ 22 nd for production. Per capita. NZ third for minimum wage compared to median wage. OECD stats not mine!

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      Addison wants to keep the poor, poor. Sad man.

      • xtasy 15.1.1

        Colonial Viper: Another “battler”, I dare to presume. Poor diet, poor mind, poor soul and hence a lot of a “bitter” grudge against anyone asking for a “fair deal”, as he or she feels it was never given to him/her.

    • xtasy 15.2

      Addison: That is minimum wage based on average or median wage, I presume, which is not that great, when compared with most of Europe!

  16. Arfamo 16

    Raising productivity requires lifting the value of goods & services currently produced per worker or increasing the volume of goods and services per hours worked. While we may be below the OECD average for productivity, we’re not that far below it. Driving (or holding) wages down, or reducing the number of workers, might see some improvement in productivity figures, but productivity is only part of the equation that makes up a modern economy. If the numbers of jobless increase so do flow-on costs to governments, especially in the areas of health, unemployment benefit numbers, and crime, all of which require more non-productive expenditure by the government.

    Even Treasury has noted that raising the minimum wage has not cost jobs in the past and is unlikely to do so in the future.

  17. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 17

    Chris Trotter on the unions and the Living Wage push.
    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/the-living-wage-campaign-solidarity-or.html

  18. Snoop Dogg 18

    Guuuyyyyyyyyyyyysssss. You need to calm down dudes. I know exactly what you guys neeeeeeed. It rhymes with feed.

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    Brian Edwards | 22-09
  • Labour and Greens voters are more alike than different
    Most political analysis in New Zealand seems trapped in the two-party winner-takes-all world, or perhaps they are numerically challenged by the number which comes after two. Whichever, to discuss the National-Labour divide without mentioning the Greens is almost pointless. (I’ll...
    Pundit | 22-09
  • The truth about our ‘rockstar economy’
    There were knowing smiles among economists when earlier this year John Key set the election date a couple of months early. He told us it was because there were various international gatherings that the prime minister had to attend. But...
    Pundit | 22-09
  • Post-election blues
    Frank Macskasy has written an interesting piece on the Daily Blog about things Labour needs to take away from this election.Some people picked him up on his claim that National has not increased its vote over 2011, pointing out that the special...
    Te Whare Whero | 22-09
  • The minor parties – some thoughts & questions
    The Greens They ran a blinder of a campaign. Their polling numbers were looking great, as they closed on 15% in some polls. Then they got just 10.02% on the night (although their vote share is likely to rise by...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-09
  • The threshold has to go
    Another election, and once again we've been reminded of the unfairness the two major parties built into MMP in an effort to stack it for themselves and prevent competition. ACT got 14,510 votes and one seat in Parliament, while the...
    No Right Turn | 22-09
  • Was Scotland’s referendum rigged?
    Things haven't gone well in Scotland after their historic referendum to choose whether they became independent from Britain or not.As it turns out, an apparent majority of 55.3% chose to stay with mother England.However, there has been a growing disquiet...
    The Jackal | 22-09
  • Don’t you get tired of this?
    I have seen so much of this lately: And this: And in so many cases when we challenge this cherry-picking and confirmation bias we get this:...
    Open Parachute | 22-09
  • Access: You Can Call Me Brave Now
    People say I’m brave when they see me in my wheelchair. That can be frustrating. I’m not brave just because I happen to have a disability. There are, however, instances in my life where I have had to find a...
    Public Address | 22-09
  • New Fisk
    John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria...
    No Right Turn | 22-09
  • MMP, electorates, and misaligned incentives
    Amongst the post-election entrail reading, I've seen a couple of people suggest that one of the reasons labour lost was due to a lack of tactical voting by Greens. If only Green supporters had held their nose and voted tactically...
    No Right Turn | 22-09
  • On a wave of mutilation : where to now for Labour?
    2014 was a disaster. Unfortunately for Labour, the disaster has now been surpassed. The party will be beginning (another) process of determining what went wrong, and what can be done to fix things. I hope they don’t throw all of...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-09
  • O’Connell St officially opened, time to close it again?
    On Friday evening the new O’Connell St shared space was officially opened. The street is by far the best shared space created in Auckland to date thanks in large part to the historic buildings in the area which feel like they’ve been...
    Transport Blog | 22-09
  • The issues that matter
    I'm not bitter and twisted. No, really, I'm not. Much....
    Imperator Fish | 22-09
  • Upcoming MOOC makes sense of climate science denial
    In collaboration with The University of Queensland, Skeptical Science is developing a MOOC, or Massive Online Open Course, that makes sense of climate science denial. The Denial101x MOOC will launch in March 2015 on the EdX platform. Registration has just opened...
    Skeptical Science | 21-09
  • Where to from here for National?
    If John Key wants to have a stab at a fourth term as Prime Minister, there’ll be no one in the party to stop him. He’s weathered the Dirty Politics and Moment of Truth storms, and come out the other...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-09
  • Things you can do about global warming now we have a new do-nothing governm...
    Australia’s brilliant First Dog On The Moon on climate action (courtesy of The Tree), deemed by me to be relevant in the aftermath of an election that has delivered New Zealand another three years of National-led government, and therefore little...
    Hot Topic | 21-09
  • Semi-diamonds in the very rough
    In the midst of the Labour soul-searching (which may be ongoing for some time) I want to give some praise for three especially good Labour performers in the election: The first is Stuart Nash. Stuart has worked his butt off...
    Polity | 21-09
  • A failure to properly report on Climate Change
    I'm not sure if you've noticed the mainstream media, after a grueling 2014 general election, are too engrossed with their continued promotion of brand Key to bother properly reporting on matters of more importance like Climate Change events.While the international...
    The Jackal | 21-09
  • The deconstruction – what went down
    So, in the end it wasn’t even close. Unless the special votes are dramatically out of kilter with the votes counted on election night, National has the numbers to govern alone. The worse-case scenario now for National is that they...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-09
  • Reality-adjacent
    John Key and David Cunliffe both spent much of the election campaign talking about the dreaded “things that New Zealanders really care about”. But Key, under direct attack, was much more disciplined about sticking to those things. The metacampaign, Dirty...
    Kiwipolitico | 21-09
  • The lurch to the right begins
    John Key is busily constructing the smokescreen for his third term, and the key phrase is going to be “centre ground“. “Obviously there are some things we want to do; RMA (Resource Management Act) reform, employment law reform, but they’d...
    Boots Theory | 21-09
  • Who’s to blame for National
    After the huge number of advance votes placed in the lead-up to election day, the overall turnout was shockingly low. It’s easy to imagine that this would follow pre-existing trends in favouring the right. National actually got fewer votes than...
    The little pakeha | 21-09
  • This is not an election advertisement
    The laws we have around Election Day are just a bit silly. Yesterday everyone’s Twitter feeds were a bit like this: um…er…ahh….ummm….dum de do………ahem…….18 hours 53 minutes to go………nice weather we've been having?……….um……. — Election Satire (@2014satire) September 19, 2014...
    Boots Theory | 21-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-09
  • The best result John Key could have got
    John Key got his best result: a majority on his own or with young David Seymour if National’s vote drops on the special votes as much as the half per cent it dropped in 2011. He didn’t need the Conservatives...
    Colin James | 21-09
  • Economics and the Puhoi Warkworth Board of Inquiry
    The final decision from the Board of Inquiry confirming the Puhoi to Warkworth toll road was published on 12th September but, what with one thing and another, I’m only now getting round to writing about it. The final report is largely unchanged from the...
    Transport Blog | 21-09
  • Bugger!
    This election campaign was a roller-coaster of unexpected revelations and controversy. For the Greens this meant our strategy of running a clean campaign, sticking to a clear plan and releasing properly costed, practical policies never made the impression it should...
    Local Bodies | 21-09
  • Fair Play
    Article – Alexander Lowe The Australian Football League (AFL) has cancelled a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Royal Brunei Airlines. AFL had earlier this year pledged to combat eliminate homophobia in sports so discovery of sponsorship...
    Its our future | 21-09
  • Gordon Campbell on Labour’s very bad year
    While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left. Even the victory by Labour’s Stuart Nash in...
    Gordon Campbell | 21-09
  • Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose
    I see suggestions that the National Party somehow manipulated results to gain their unprecedented win as an extension of “dirty politics”. I have no doubt that there has been a vindictive streak in ministers’ ranks for some time as this...
    Closing the Gap | 21-09
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #38
    "Today, we march... In Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm, Paris, Madrid, Porto, Geneva, Ljubliana, Budapest and so many other places." - 350.0rg SkS Highlights As to be expected, Dana's The 97% v the 3% – just how much global warming are...
    Skeptical Science | 21-09
  • Hard News: Five further thoughts
    1. Christ, what a shellacking. Click around Harkanwal Singh's Herald interactive. In electorate after electorate, polling place after polling place, National won at least a plurality of the votes. Even where voters collectively chose to return their Labour MPs to...
    Public Address | 21-09
  • The law of unintended consequences. Data security edition.
    This report from Flashpoint: ‘Measuring the Impact of the Snowden Leaks on the Use of Encryption by Online Jihadists’ (available here as web page or PDF) concludes (SPOILER:) Meh, not so much. The Flashpoint report recounts how the use of...
    The Paepae | 21-09
  • A healthy dose of humble pie
    I got one thing right about this election. I managed not to do anything as misguided as publicly state a prediction that National would get anything like as low a vote total as 44% ... as for instance, did Bryce Edwards. Yep,...
    Pundit | 21-09
  • Alas no mystery – it’s voter apathy
      There once was a PM named Key Re-elected with a majority The left fell flat What happened Matt? Alas  it’s voter apathy...
    Politically Corrected | 21-09
  • Labour must change
     Labour's problems can't just be fixed by a switch at the top. Change requires more than that. It must challenge the intellectual, organisational and cultural fundamentals of what it means to be Labour....
    Pundit | 21-09
  • Looking Ahead
    Win or lose, there are never any final battles in politics. A defeat simply means the firing of the starting gun for the next round in a never-ending struggle. And, especially for the left, it is the struggle that matters....
    Bryan Gould | 21-09
  • Left in tatters.
    A while back I wrote a post arguing that the NZ Left was in serious disarray. Various Left pontificators fulminated from the depths of their revolutionary armchairs against my views, denouncing me for being defeatist. I responded as politely as...
    Kiwipolitico | 21-09
  • Psephology-o-rama: Hangover nerdery edition
    I was really privileged to be able to work with the TV3 election night team last night, providing some quantitative analysis on the results as they came in. One of the things we put together was a tool that could...
    Polity | 21-09
  • The Key to a 4th term
    The coming days will see a welter of words on the reasons for the spectacular success of National and the failure of the broad left. As a 'pundit', I might as well add my views....
    Pundit | 20-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Unity in Action
    Yes the Left have taken a drubbing, but never mind, time to pick ourselves up off the floor, patch up our wound pride, dust ourselves off, cast around for our friends and allies, and re-enter the fray. Lots of work...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • LGNZ congratulates National
    LGNZ congratulates National Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) congratulates re-elected Prime Minister John Key and the National led government on winning their third consecutive term following Saturday’s general election. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • The Letter – 22 September 2014
    John Key’s win is historic. In the history of MMP elections – worldwide – ever – no government has won an absolute majority. MMP was imposed on Germany to make sure that country never had another Hitler. It is designed...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election Coverage – None Better Than Trans Tasman
    To get a steer on what was going to happen in the election - away from the histrionics of the mainstream coverage - the best place to go was The Main Report Group’s weekly political report Trans Tasman....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Federated Farmers intemperate
    For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • MP’s Stolen Items Recovered
    Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services today [ September 19 ], items which had been stolen from NZ First MP Andrew Williams’ Wellington parliamentary office have been recovered and returned....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election results bad news for those on benefits
    Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Opportunity to progress water infrastructure
    “National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean
    At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!
    Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message:...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
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