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Doctor, heal thyself

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, February 10th, 2012 - 35 comments
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Does it strike anyone else as strange that National bloggers are full of ‘great’ advice for the Labour caucus about how they can use Red Alert more effectively, when their own party has a pretty pathetic online presence?

I guess they could make the same suggestions for the National MPs blog, but given no one reads it, it would be pretty redundant.

Incidentally, Farrar’s latest suggestion – that Red Alert includes a list of bills to be voted on, and how Labour intends to vote – isn’t a bad idea, especially if it’s accompanied by a qualified explanation, although in a round-about way, that’s exactly what Red Alert already does.

35 comments on “Doctor, heal thyself”

  1. I originally thought Nationalmps.co.nz was a satirical site put up by someone with a really good sense of humour.  Then I realised that it was the real thing …
     
    Labour does get far too much advice from the tories.  It should all be taken with a grain of salt.  They are not working for Labour’s best interests.
     
    Having said that Red Alert could use a revamp and I have suggested that they should crowd source the development and consider the views of the blogosphere.
     
    Some suggestions I have previously made:

    1. There should be two golden rules, no mentioning of David Farrar and no mentioning of bike races with Cameron Slater.
    2. Some MPs are better than others at keeping up with the discussion and responding to questions and comments.
    3. The linear style for comments is awkward and does not allow for multiple ideas to be developed. I much prefer the Standard’s nestled comments.
    4. The site is an opportunity for troll attacks. Trolls are invariably the first to complain about their comments going into moderation but IMHO more intense moderation is important.
    5. The site administrators need to work out their privacy policy. There have been complaints about use of IP addresses and emails to identify who commenters are. If commenters choose a pseudonym then in the absence of some breach of acceptable and clear standards their anonymity should be respected.
    6. A good blog post is different to a press release. MPs should speak from the heart rather than push their thoughts through the PR machine. Although I accept this can conflict with what is thought to be a good PR campaign can I suggest that ordinary people prefer discussion to spin.
    • felix 1.1

      “Labour does get far too much advice from the tories. It should all be taken with a grain of salt. They are not working for Labour’s best interests.”

      No micky, not with a grain of salt. It should be ignored entirely. It shouldn’t even be considered for a moment.

      Even if it’s advice you agree with, ignore it. It’s not relevant. Don’t even think about it.

      Every moment spent wondering about these “advisor’s” motives, wondering whether they’re concern trolling you, leading you astray, or offering genuine advice is a moment you should have spent working to drive them out of power ffs.

      There is no value whatsoever in taking any notice whatsoever of what National and their allies think about Labour. None. Doubt this? Then reverse the roles and tell me what you see.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.2

      Considering that the Oily Orca has become a sort of Blue Alert , with bits from parliament question time and even Farragoblog has been providing more space to parliament than he ever did.

      It would appear one or both is fully funded by national these days

      Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

  2. Chris 2

    So because the party they support has a crap online presence they can’t offer advice even though they run successful blogs themselves?

    I thought it was pretty well agreed view (even amongst Labour supporters) that Red Alert is a great idea and does offer more transperancy but the way it is being used currently is not effective or beneficial for Labour as a political party. Therefore something does need to change in relation to it.

    • Pascal's bookie 2.1

      meh.

      I don’t see anyone saying they *can’t* offer advice to Labour.

      • lprent 2.1.1

        Yeah, the question is more why aren’t they bestirring their lazy arses to help National get an effective online presence? If they put the effort into passing their skills to the National party and it’s MP’s….

        Mind you, cooperation isn’t exactly the thing that you expect from right wing bloggers. They only seem to be able to tolerate each other when they’re not having to cooperate.

        I see that Cam has quietly shifted away from gotcha as his main domain these days. Remember those halycon days of Cam and Kate when they were cooperatively working check and jowl on the brand new gotcha website. 2 weeks wasn’t it?

        • King Kong 2.1.1.1

          Surely a political parties online presence is about communicating to the public why you are the most competent and able party to vote for.

          When Red Alert performs this task for so well for the Nats why would they want to waste money on a decent site of their own.

          The Standard would also be up there as one of the best online tools for getting votes that the right have.

          • Tiger Mountain 2.1.1.1.1

            “check (cheek?) and jowl” If nothing elese Whale certainly sports an impressive set of jowls.

            Tories have comprehensive psychological and organisational problems with open discussion and honest debate when it comes down to it. Useful debate requires the ability to receive as well as transmit. Many Nat MPs seemingly won’t open their traps on anything unless they are in receipt of the latest CT memo from Headquarters.

        • Frank Macskasy 2.1.1.2

          Heh heh heh…

          I recall just after Brash took over from Rodney Hide, that there were a couple of threads here about how Brash could improve ACT.

          One of the mods had to pull us up short and remind posters that we weren’t here to improve ACT’s chances for election. (Fair point, too, I must admit.)

          If Brash had taken even some of our suggestions onboard, history would have been quite different, and the Banks/ACT circus would be a Parallel World we would never have know.

          As for Slater and his website, “Gotcha”… why does it remind me of the old “Truth” newspaper from the ’60s and ’70s (sans Page 3 woman)?!

          The odd occassion someone points me to “Gotcha”, for something Slater has written, leaves me feeling “ick”.

          As least Farrar presents his p.o.v with something approaching intelligent analysis…

  3. lprent 3

    It is rather amusing that David Farrar should exert so much effort making Red Alert all that it can be, when he could be helping the National MP’s list their online standards.

    After all he gave probably one of the better descriptions of them when he said

    …that I regularly describe the National blog at nationalmps.co.nz as the greatest cure for insomnia ever invented. They are so mind numbingly boring, that I only subject my eyeballs to them around twice a year, as they start bleeding as I read about some organic carrot farm they have opened.

    Of course to some degree this is a deliberate strategy by National. When in Government they want boredom, not excitement and controversy. What will be interesting is to see what National and Labour both do in the blogosphere, when they are in opposition and government respectively.

    The problem is of course that the National MP’s just appear to so damn boring and give the distinct impression of never quite gotten to getting to grips with that new-fangled e-mail, so it’d be hard to see how they would do anything in opposition. I guess we’ll have to get used to the National party being represented by the polite face of DPF, and the nasty aspects of the real party by blubberboy.

  4. ianmac 4

    Visited the National MPs website for the first time and er ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ……

  5. Olwyn 5

    Since the election last year, right wing bloggers and propagandists seem to have shifted their attention from trumpeting their own wares to trying to exert influence over the left. It is quite noticeable both here and at Red Alert. Mention something like “poverty” or “union” and they are out in droves. I think it is because in terms of public discourse the TINA narrative is no longer the only game in town. Other ideas look to have a chance of gaining traction, and they want to nip this in the bud. Do not listen to them Labour. They have their own interests at heart, not yours.

    • just saying 5.1

      I think most of the Nats realise they are unlikely to win the next election, and want to ensure Labour stays on a rightward course, and will therefore do little to undo the work (the bulk of which has yet to be done) and change the general direction they’ve set. Having a National-lite Labour-led government is the next best thing to being in power themselves, and frankly, from their point of view, shaping-up to be almost as good.

      They also have reaped huge rewards from turning different sectors of the community against each other, knowing that a united left would be a powerful beast. They have led Labour by the nose to foster this by desperately, as cued, competing for the red-neck, self-interested soft-tory vote, to the complete neglect of the majority of its one-time natural (and much larger) constituency.

      The right is continuing to call the tune, but Labour is voluntarily dancing to it.

      • the sprout 5.1.1

        my thoughts entirely, well put

      • lprent 5.1.2

        That does seem to the be the strategy of the right, especially the bloggers and commentators. In my view it explains a lot of the continuing vocal attacks on this site as well. They really don’t like their inability to isolate and separate people on the left who come and argue here – in the most part reasonably amicably. The site is clearly not going away. Must worry them

        For that reason, I’m anticipating seeing a lot more of the Fran O’Sullivan style attacks on the pseudonym policies on this site. It allows them to avoid answering critics

        * BTW: You notice that Fran O’Sullivan is completely unwilling to engage when I criticized her. It doesn’t matter if it is from someone with a real name or not..

        In my opinion she is a gutless arsehole for launching attacks on this site, all of the authors who use their real name on it, and those who use pseudonyms. She does it from the shelter of her job and the protection of the NZ Herald using the excuse of a pseudonym. But of course she doesn’t engage if there is a real name either.

        It does fit the general behaviour pattern of such pontificating fools who do use that type of idiotic argument – completely unwilling to engage. Needless to say, I can’t see us changing our policy to conform to some unrealized ideal of the journalists profession. Authors and commentators can decide what they feel comfortable with.

      • just saying 5.1.3

        Just wanted to make a more explicit link to my comment at 5.1 and the topic at hand.
        It’s been clear for a while, that the right is deliberately bombarding the social media including talk-back radio with extremist right wing propaganda and hate speech. As has been noted, anytime any genuine conversation about poverty, inequality etc. begins, it is all but closed down in many cases. The right is successfully not just manipulating popular opinion, shutting down discourse, and dissent, and creating disunity by these methods, it is also successfully creating a false impression about public opinion, and by all these methods effectively having considerable control over the Labour Party.

        I was chilled when I heard Phil Goff quoted as saying he liked to listen to talkback when he had a chance, to hear what people were saying.

    • Anne 5.2

      Do not listen to them Labour. They have their own interests at heart, not yours.

      Well said. It was my observation and experience last year that some of the RA authors spent more time responding to the opposition commenters than their own site supporters – especially if they had a public presence of some sort eg. Farrar, Slater, Hooton et al. Sometimes it seemed the rest of us were only incidental to the real area of interest which was to establish dialogue with their perceived online National equivalents.

      The site is an opportunity for troll attacks.

      Oh the irony!
      With a few exceptions, most of the trolling was by individuals who had been sent to the site to undermine it in election year by… Farrar, Slater, Hooton et al. The consequence was that a number of excellent Labour supporting commenters walked from the site in disgust. Most have never been back.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    I read somewhere that National had donated funds to Red Alert because it was doing such a good job for them. That has got to be a worry for Labour.

    • bbfloyd 6.1

      no ts… worrying about bitchy comments from right wing syncophants is what stupid people do…. last time i looked, none of the posters on red alert struck me as stupid….. the trolls that plague the site and try to stymie genuine discussions are another story altogether though…

    • Hahahahahahahaha …

  7. felix 7

    Err, the National Party actually has a pretty effective online presence.

    But if you think that “nationalmps” blog has anything to do with it you haven’t been paying attention.

  8. The Stepper 8

    Hasn’t the lack of an (apparently uncontrolled) website for their MPs helped National though?  Clare Curran has gained some respect for engaging in the debate (while also making some bloody stupid statements) but Mallard’s entries are actively destructive.  Raymond Huo makes some good points but often looks like a half-baked fool.  Don’t start me on Darien Fenton.

    National controls the message.  As much as that might be disliked, it’s very effective among the wider electorate.  I have no knowledge of what happens in the Greens, but they seem to do the same.  Party picks a line, MPs follow it.  Find an issue, let your big guns front it.  Don’t let someone spoil a perfectly good idea (or attack) by an undisciplined, ill-thought through impromptu statement.

    • SHG 8.1

      Clare Curran has gained some respect for engaging in the debate

      Where, in Bizarro World? You don’t get respect for engaging in the debate, you get respect for having something USEFUL to add to the debate. She’s a total waste of space.

      • Whether or not Ms Curran’s contribution is “useful” or not is a subjective matter. The fact that she is contributing should be the main point.

        If you think any issue(s) she has raised is not “useful”, then address it.

        Calling someone “a total waste of space” is not helpful to debating issues.

        • SHG 8.1.1.1

          http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/05/27/lets-all-admit-it-our-internet-speeds-are-rubbish/

          Curran finds out about a site on the interwebs called “speedtest.net” (/facepalm) and has discovered that NZ is actually geographically remote and its “bandwidth data” or something is, um, less good than that of someone somewhere else.

          http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/05/28/advertised-vs-actual-broadband-speed-there-is-a-difference/

          Curran discovers that broadband in South Korea and Japan is faster than in NZ and DEMANDS AN EXPLANATION.

          http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/07/03/beyond-lol

          Curran, Labour spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology, decides that typing “LOL” is silly and that everyone should stop it.

          Do you do Droopol (sp?) tell me. Would you do some stuff for us? #pleasenicely—
          Clare Curran (@clarecurranmp) May 10, 2011

          Curran, Labour spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology, seeks crowd-sourced assistance with Open Source content management framework. Shortly before it was revealed that Labour’s “Droopol” installation was sharing confidential donor information with the entire Internet.

          There was her hard-hitting poll on Red Alert:

          “Internet speeds: are they fast enough?”

          [ ] YES
          [ ] NO

          Who can forget her glorious campaign to defend the long heritage of the Highlanders jersey, a taonga with the immense cultural significance that comes with not actually existing before 1996 and being manufactured by Adidas in China.

          Curran also demonstrated her in-depth knowledge of telecommunications, her feel for the zeitgeist, and her sense of strategic timing when she announced the Labour Party’s desire to investigate and legislate regarding the pressing issue of audio volume levels during TV advertisements… during an election campaign.

          In conclusion: total waste of space.

  9. DH 9

    I’m not surprised at the activities of Farrar & Co but I am bemused by Labour’s handling of it. Admittedly we tend to view scenes through our own lens & I see this as two businesses competing against each other so mine is a sales & marketing perspective. Labour are making some pretty fundamental mistakes IMO. MPs don’t talk to opposition bloggers, that’s like the area manager taking on the competitors shop assistants. What on earth are they thinking?

    The business analogy isn’t a bad one for Labour to follow; they’re both competing against each other & they’re trying to sell similar products into the same market. Labour wouldn’t go amiss if they took a leaf out of the Nats book & hired some experienced sales & marketing people to develop a decent PR strategy. There’s some fairly universal rules of selling that Labour would benefit greatly from following.

    Red Alert has to go IMO, the connotations from that title are cringeworthy. They’d be better off using sympathetic sites to spread the word & offload the dirty stuff. People here for example are far better equipped to sort out right wing trolls & there’s no political fallout then either.

  10. chris73 10

    Its no secret, the right want Labour MPs to use red alert more because its a great tool for the right

    I (and I admit to a great deal naievity in this) had an impression that to be an MP one had to be reasonably intelligent and make good, sound arguements

    red alert changed my mind very quickly of this (quaint) notion

    • DH 10.1

      Why would it do that? I’d expect MPs to be picked on what they bring to the table, each ministerial role requires a different skill set. Being a good debater is a skill in itself & doesn’t make someone more able to run a country or fill a ministerial role. Many of the smartest people in history had poor or limited social skills, didn’t stop them being smart though did it.

      • chris73 10.1.1

        The problem being that red alert shows some of the MPs being as thick as a post, not really the impression you want to have of your MPs

        • KJT 10.1.1.1

          Why is that a problem. We knew that already.

          National will not let their MP’s talk without a minder because they think we do not already know.

        • DH 10.1.1.2

          I thought of a few replies to this but it is hard to argue. Some of them do create an impression, right or wrong, that’s not conducive to winning votes. The Nats approach is more effective PR, they gag those who aren’t good public speakers.

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      I suppose dishonestly reporting that someone else has behaved dishonestly could be regarded as a wonderful example of irony. But if the dishonesty of the reporter is transparent then it’s also a wonderful example of crass stupidity. Either way,...
    Brian Edwards | 15-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Wise heads want wise response
    Labour accepts the challenge laid down by the Wise Response group to protect and future-proof New Zealand’s environment and economy. A petition calling for urgent action was presented to Labour’s Environment and Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey at Parliament this...
    Labour | 09-04
  • Greens support high profile Kiwis’ call for climate action
    The Green Party fully supports a group of high profile Kiwi business people, lawyers, academics and commentators delivering a petition to parliament today calling for the Government to take the threat of climate change more seriously.Wiseresponse, a group of over...
    Greens | 09-04
  • Mayor’s jobs initiative shows up inactive Govt
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council are to be congratulated for providing opportunities for young people to get into work, but it stands in stark contrast to the National Government overseeing spiralling youth unemployment, Labour’s Employment, Skills and...
    Labour | 08-04
  • National discovers public servants needed after all
    New figures released today show National has done an embarrassing U-turn after discovering it actually does need the public service, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Wellington now has the most public servants it has had since 2000. Figures...
    Labour | 08-04
  • School closures about saving Hekia, not kids
    The National Government's decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston schools is another disaster for Christchurch and proves this Government is more interested in saving face than in what is best for children, the Green Party said today."Hekia Parata's stubborn refusal...
    Greens | 08-04
  • Cosgrove writes to invite Countdown to Committee
    Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has today written to the Chief Executive of Progressive Enterprises Dave Chambers, asking him if he would accept an invitation to appear before the Commerce Select Committee. “Yesterday National MPs blocked my motion to invite...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • TV News Geography
    TV News Geography...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
    The best bit about gay sex...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
    On not voting 1...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 2
    On not voting 2...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
    Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
    Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
    Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
    Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour LeaderSpeech to the Institute of Directors15 April 2014, Auckland It’s a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in recei...
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have been driven to the wall by a...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley to perform live in Auckland
    Press Release: Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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