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Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, November 12th, 2011 - 72 comments
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David Farrar has rather cynically authored a misleading poster about Labour’s alcohol policy on his blog and encouraged his readers to print it off, authorise it and distribute it.

Putting aside the fact the posters are dreadfully designed and unlikely to have the effect David would like them to, there’s a problem with the claims made on his poster – they’re false. There is nothing in Labour’s policy which can be fairly regarded as implying the price of a standard drink will rise to two dollars. Which means they’re potential targets for an electoral complaint and, quite possibly, a charge.

Now David gets away with this by claiming they are merely his personal opinion online (which exempts them from being an electoral advertisement under the act).

But as soon as one of his readers authorises them and posts them they’re exposing themselves to a potential charge of corrupt practice (although only on election day and for 48 hours before hand):

99A Publishing false statements to influence voters
Every person is guilty of a corrupt practice who, with the intention of influencing the vote of any elector, at any time on polling day before the close of the poll, or at any time on any of the 2 days immediately preceding polling day, publishes, distributes, broadcasts, or exhibits, or causes to be published, distributed, broadcast, or exhibited, in or in view of any public place a statement of fact that the person knows is false in a material particular.

Frankly, if David Farrar thinks these are valid election advertisements he should authorise them himself and face the music if someone complains and that complaint is upheld.

Instead he seems to think it’s fine to try to get his readers to take the risk for him and his party.

72 comments on “DPF putting his readers in harm’s way”

  1. Jimmie 1

    He didn’t say that Labour will make the price of drinks rise by $2 he said that Labour will require a minimum price of $2 per standard drink.

    I acutally think its a good idea as cheap alcohol in NZ is the cause of a lot of crime and weekend injuries – not to mention an aggravating factor behind a lot of domestic violence.

    I was once a street cop and from what I experienced if you took away all alcohol related offences we dealt with there wasn’t a lot left.

    TO be honest I don’t think this policy will change a lot as people who want to get pissed will get pissed – just pay more for it, however it is a step in the right direction.

    DPF has never been an impartial observer when it comes to matter of alcohol (remember his cork counting competitions) and probably never will

    • IrishBill 1.1

      Quite right – that “by two dollars” was supposed to be “to two dollars” fixed now. I’ve also seen the harm alcohol does and agree it needs some sort of control (whether that’s a price control or greater regulation is debatable). Of course two dollars per standard drink would still mean ten standard drinks (which is well into dangerous binge territory) would only be $20.

      Of course none of this changes the fact David is cynically trying push the responsibility for his dubious advertisements onto his readers.

  2. Akldnut 2

    Does that stand for the Building a Brighter Future hoardings?

    • IrishBill 2.1

      I think it’s primarily designed to cover attack advertising that comes out too close to election day to provide for right of reply.

  3. Fair enough, the only basis for the “$2 per standard drink” claim is Lianne Dalziel running off at the mouth. However, the fact that Labour would arbitrarily raise the price of alcoholic drinks because they’re wowsers who think you need a Labour busybody to decide how much you should drink, well that fact is very much worth putting out there in front of the voters in very big letters. It’s a throwback to the worst aspects of the last Labour govt. Anyone drawing voters’ attention to it is doing them a favour.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1

      You mean like the wowsers who arbitrarily decided on how much people can smoke by increasing the price of tobacco ?
      Oops that was National who promoted Tariana Turias legislation ( as a Minister)

      Seemed to be a good idea and had wide support from a ‘whole parliament who know best’

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      who think you need a Labour busybody to decide how much you should drink,

      Didn’t see anybody say that. You’ll still be able to drink as much as you like – it’ll just cost you more. Of course, this may cause some people to drink less due to them rationally deciding that it’s just not worth the price.

    • You mean like the wowsers who arbitrarily decided on how much people can smoke by increasing the price of tobacco ?

      No, not like those wowsers – the ones mercilessly exploiting poverty-stricken drug addicts by whacking a shitload of taxes on the drug they’re addicted to. No, this plan from Labour isn’t about raising money for the govt, it’s about raising profits for liquor companies – a small difference, but a significantly aggravating one.

      You’ll still be able to drink as much as you like – it’ll just cost you more.

      Well, duh. On that basis, maybe we should apply it to food and water as well, the govt’s debt problems could be sorted in no time.

      • millsy 3.3.1

        Dont you just love the crocodile tears that the right have about the tax increase on tobacco?

        The cry and cry about it being a ‘tax on the poor’ and then next day they complain about how the poor spend all their benefits on smokes and booze.

        (of course right wingers rent their houses to poor people, and then have no worries about putting the rent up)

        • Psycho Milt 3.3.1.1

          Have less of this “the right” if you don’t mind. Believe it or not, you can be left wing and not object to people enjoying a smoke.

        • Vicky32 3.3.1.2

          The cry and cry about it being a ‘tax on the poor’

          By and large, it is though… There’s a tremendous amount of elitism is anti-smoking hysteria.. I have never met an ASH fanatic who didn’t (a) drink more alcohol in a week than I have in my entire life, and (b) come from a solid middle class background.
          “The lower classes smoke” and “we need to ‘help’ them stop”… they bray, but “don’t touch alcohol, it’s something we all need”. (Oh, you can increase the price of alcopops and DB bitter, but don’t touch our nice wine!) :(

      • Draco T Bastard 3.3.2

        No, this plan from Labour…

        Except it’s not Labour’s plan.

        On that basis, maybe we should apply it to food and water as well,

        We already have that system (well, we do in Auckland) – it’s just not well implemented. Healthy food should have little or no taxes on it and unhealthy food should have major taxes on it. I’m pretty sure that alcohol comes under unhealthy food.

        • Psycho Milt 3.3.2.1

          Labour don’t have it in their health policy to put a minimum price on alcohol? In that case Irish Bill’s right, anyone putting those posters up is in deep shit.

          …unhealthy food should have major taxes on it.

          Unhealthy food is food that will make you ill. I don’t think taxing it is really an appropriate replacement for proscribing its sale. But in all seriousness, there really is no end to the “inappropriate behaviour” that you lot would like to apply the power of the state to discouraging, is there? A difference does exist between being in govt over the citizenry and being the parent of a bunch of children, and Labour really, really needs to learn that difference.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.3.2.1.1

            Not everybody knows everything and so regulation should be used so that everyone is using the best information available.

            Unhealthy food is food that will make you ill.

            Yes, and yet unhealthy food is what a lot of people eat because it’s cheaper or, at least, appears cheaper. 24 bottles of coloured sugar water ~ $10, half a litre of bottled water ~$2.50 (of course, bottled water shouldn’t even be on the shelves as tap water is just as good).

          • Andrew Geddis 3.3.2.1.2

            Labour do have this in their health policy.

            “Labour will seek to implement those recommendations contained in the Law Commission report Alcohol: Curbing the Harm that have not been included in the Government‟s legislation. These include:
             Minimum pricing for alcohol
             Restricting alcohol advertising
             Lowering the drink-driving tolerance.”
            http://www.ownourfuture.co.nz/media/files/Health_Policy_Document.pdf

            • Draco T Bastard 3.3.2.1.2.1

              Ah, Ok, my bad. Although, the actual price isn’t mentioned.

            • Ianupnorth 3.3.2.1.2.2

              The bottom line is that anything that is injurious to your well-being needs a degree of control. The research clearly shows that, for example with tobacco, increasing the price brings a reduction in overall consumption. Other activities (e.g. awareness campaigns, warning labels, restriction of sales) simply do NOT change anyone’s health behaviour in the same way as pricing.
               
              NZ has appalling alcohol issues – the drink driving stats are horrendous. Remember, against all the evidence, the Nats refused to have a drink driving level the same as most other OECD countries. NZ has almost twice the level of other countries.
               
              Yes, such a policy would be very unpopular; but it would also do a lot more than Tony Ryall has done for reducing waiting times in ED!

  4. Albie Chase 4

    I have heard a number of Labour MPs say that alcohol pricing and availability are their major concerns in alcohol reform. So you can make of that what you will. It’s not unfair or outrageous to claim that therefore some Labour MPs support raising the liquor price. No more outrageous than saying, for example, that National intends selling more assets after the next election, which is what Labour is saying.

    • IrishBill 4.1

      That’s not what the advertisements claim though. I suspect we’ll find out eventually though as it’s likely that someone will take these to the electoral commission anyway – I’m not certain David can really claim he is not a promoter and they are not election advertisements in this instance.

  5. randal 5

    look farrar is just a sociopath who has used his job as a polling statistician to springboard into letting his dark unconscious loose on the world.
    because of his usefulness to ‘that’ party he has now become some sort of savant/talk show panellist when he is just a nasty piece of work and anybody with their wits about them should be able to see it.

  6. Nick C 6

    Is the ad a lie/misleading though? It does say a the bottom where the claim is sourced from, voters are free to decide for themselves whether the claim matches the evidence (i.e. whether the statements by Labours spokesperson is the policy they are likely to impliment).

    And yeah, fuck the wowsers who want minimum alcohol prices. Its clearly discriminatory (If you’re wealthy enough to drink ‘good’ wine you wont be effected) and the high prices will go straight to the profits of liqour companies.

    Which begs the question: who is writing Labours alcohol policy..

    • rosy 6.1

      My understanding is the minimum price is it’s to stop supermarkets using alcohol as a loss-leader – counteracting a marketing ploy that is a major factor for binge-drinking young people. It’s not a tax that ups the price on all booze. I don’t have a problem with that reasoning at all.

      • Nick C 6.1.1

        Well thats the stated aim. The effect will be to stop price competition between alcohol companies down the lower end of the market. Demand for alcohol is generally accepted to be price inelastic, so the drop in consumption will be relativly small compared to the increase in price

        And since it doesnt opperate like a tax the profit goes straight to the liqour companies.

        • rosy 6.1.1.1

          Do you have any sources for that? As far as I’m aware people on low incomes spend less on alcohol than people on high incomes – suggesting that there is an elasticity in demand. Secondly if it’s the supermarket using alcohol as a loss-leader the how does that increase the profits of the liquor companies? It should increase the profit of the supermarket, because they’re not selling below cost – (maybe they could make something else the loss-leader – like, for example, apples?) and just as an aside… when did you start worrying about a company making a profit on sales?

          • Nick C 6.1.1.1.1

            http://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.com/2009/07/and-further-on-price-elasticity.html

            My understanding is that supermarkets rarely use alcohol as a loss leader any more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2387777/Supermarkets-drop-alcohol-loss-leading . The low prices are better explained by a high degree of competition. The competition leads to low prices which reduces profits. By implimenting a minimum price you effectivly ban price competition and allow the alcohol companies to sell their products at a much higher margin.

            “when did you start worrying about a company making a profit on sales?”

            When it comes as a result of rent seeking regulations which only benefit shareholders, as opposed to a company being successful in a competitive market which benefits society.

            • rosy 6.1.1.1.1.1

              The first sentence in that blog you linked to… Brian Easton is quoted as saying

              “It is generally assumed that the demand for alcohol is largely price inelastic. However, it is believed that the main groups whose consumption is sensitive to changes in price are:
              the young;
              binge drinkers; and
              heavy drinkers.”

              The next 2 paragraphs read as if Easton has said the opposite.

              That looks like the minimum pricing target group to me and it looks like it’s a debatable position this elasticity – I’ll go with the “however” in Brian Easton’s, and WHOs’s views, for now.

              So we have the supermarkets admitting they have used alcohol as a loss-leader, but now, voluntarily do this rarely. So I’ve got to assume they still use it, on occasions, and they know it’s harmful to society. Excellent reason to ensure it can’t happen again.

              I have absolutely no problem with regulation that ensures competition does not do more harm than good. Particularly regulations n products that cause addiction. This is simply a re-run of the tobacco debates.

        • Eric Crampton 6.1.1.2

          I’m not sure that profits from minimum pricing wind up going to the liquor companies; you need to assume some other market failure in the system to get there. See here. Not that I like minimum pricing; I’m just not sure that it can confer rents.

    • McFlock 6.2

      Unfortunately the election ad doesn’t say where one can buy 16 cans of beer for $14. If it’s accurate, then I hope it’s a nation-wide chain. Otherwise it’s misleading from the start :)

      • 12 cans of 5% strength beer = 15.6 standard drinks x $2 per standard drink (Dalziel’s stated preference) = $31.20.

        There’s lots of places you can get a dozen beer for $14. But it will be shit.

        • felix 6.2.1.1

          I seriously doubt you could find a dozen 5% beers for $14 anywhere in NZ.

        • McFlock 6.2.1.2

          The cans in the ad look very much like they say 4% alc/vol, not 5. And that’s goes evenly into $32 price at $2/can.

          At the very least it’s typically weaselly to have one price rounded to the cent, but the other price rounded up to the next dollar.

        • Psycho Milt 6.2.1.3

          Rheineck, Pak n Save Palmerston North. Not sure if it’s 5% but it is definitely shit.

  7. ropata 7

    do the nats deny that nz has a problem with irresponsible drinkers?
    johnkey’s alcohol problem is an embarrassment to the country.

    nobody seems to recall that the *labour* govt lowered the legal drinking age to 18, lowered the age of entry to bars, enabled the proliferation of neighbourhood bottle shops, and allowed supermarkets to stock alcohol.

    dpf is a nasty little propaganda gnome, and the comments on his blog have really declined since the notional party took power. in some ways dpf is worse than whaleoil because he cloaks his radical rightwing ideology behind a facade of plausible sounding banter.

    • Jilly Bee 7.1

      Hey Ropata – ‘nobody seems to recall that the *labour* govt lowered the legal drinking age to 18, lowered the age of entry to bars, enabled the proliferation of neighbourhood bottle shops, and allowed supermarkets to stock alcohol’. I’m absolutely sure that it was Jenny Shipley’s National led Government who brought in that legislation just prior to losing the 1999 general election.

      • Policy Parrot 7.1.1

        JB – ropata is just illustrating a myth that some on the right have invented to suit their own purposes. Anyone who actually takes the time to check knows that it was the Shipley regime – but then anyone who takes the time to check actually doesn’t generally vote for NACT either.

        Doesn’t help that the media constantly repeat National’s mistatements, outright lies, and innuendo as if they were Archer-proof, and mocks Labour’s exposure of Key’s actual lies.

      • ropata 7.1.2

        @Jilly Bee, you are right, I didn’t do my homework… it was one of Shipley‘s last pieces of poor legislation before leaving parliament in disgrace.

        Doctors attack ‘stupid’ law of lower drinking age
        An Auckland emergency doctor has predicted the cost of lowering the drinking age will be many more alcoholics as the city’s hospital treats a soaring number of young drunks.

        Another doctor, this time in Christchurch, says the number of underage drinkers being treated for potentially fatal alcohol poisoning has doubled since the drinking age was lowered from 20 years to 18.

        The clinician’s warnings come as officials complete a new report for Justice Minister Phil Goff on the impact of youth drinking.

        The Herald understands the report has only just been completed, and it is not clear if the Government is actively rethinking the drinking age.

        In a conscience vote, MPs decided 59-54 to lower the legal drinking age in 1999.

        Mr Goff, Health Minister Annette King and Prime Minister Helen Clark were among those who voted against the change.

        Dr Peter Jones said it had been “crazy” for MPs to lower the drinking age because it had created more health and social costs when governments were telling hospitals they could not have more money.

        “Clearly, it seems to me a stupid move.”

        Since it took effect, in December 1999, the number of intoxicated young people being admitted to Auckland City Hospital’s emergency department has risen every year.

        I apologise for my earlier incorrect statement about Labour.

  8. You can see the panic in the posts of Farrar and others, especially in relation to the rise in support for the Greens. “Imagine what will happen if the Greens got into power” they say (as if the very fabric of our society is under threat). So I did… http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.com/2011/11/green-threat.html

  9. Insider 9

    I think that some of these ‘commentators’ need to come clean about their affiliations and their involvement with campaigns. Yes, we know Farrar is a Nat but his infiltration with the mainstream is purely part of the Nat political strategy.

    Cameron Slater is a ‘former’ Nat who attacked everyone up until a few months ago. Now he only attacks Labour.

    Paul Holmes has been consistently undermining Labour on Q+A and in his Herald columns. Jenny Shipley and family (who headhunted John Key) marketed his Extra Virgin Olive Oil in China.

    Richard Long (Dom Post opinion leader) is a former Nat chief of staff.

    Claire Trevett (Herald politico journo) is a former Nat press sec.

    You wonder how much momentum their influence has generated in the coverage of this election.

  10. The DF is just worried because he’s a piss-head. Maybe if he got himself to AA we wouldn’t have to put up with all the dross he blogs.

  11. Uturn 11

    I find it strange that we will discuss global warming/climate change globally, take it seriously enough to tax the bejeebers out of people in the hope that our great-grandchildren might have a better world. We’ll protest in the streets, screech hysterically at deniers. But we’ve known for thousands of years that alcohol is a more clear and present danger to anyone’s life, but are content to rehash the same mumbled tired old concerns without really doing anything.

    Tonight someone will die from an alcohol related incident. They’ll have no use for a cooler world and they won’t have any grandchildren either. I guess it’s ok then.

    • …we’ve known for thousands of years that alcohol is a more clear and present danger to anyone’s life…

      What we’ve known for thousands of years is that humans like drinking alcoholic beverages, and that if people try and stop us making and drinking them we’ll circumvent their restrictions. Like a lot of human activity, it has a down side – deal with that as it happens, because trying to stop the activity is doomed to failure.

      • Uturn 11.1.1

        People traded slaves for thousands of years too. If we try to stop that, then we… oh wait a minute.

        The problem with the idea of dealing with it as it happens, is that no one deals with it, even when it does happen. Another alcohol related death? Oh dear, so sad, lets all go to the wake and get pissed. Even on the drink drive ads now, the survivors meet up at the pub the following week or month. How wierd is that?

        In the absence of people smartening up, I don’t see anything wrong with increased taxes on a known threat that no one takes seriously. It seems like a good way to officially condemn one of society’s delusions.

        If were a wealthy heavy drinker, I’d say it was a conspiracy to increase the chances of retarding my career, via self inflicted alcohol abuse, while poorer types were excluded from the darwinian experiment – thus increasing their chances of success. I wouldn’t be crying on behalf on poor people I’d honestly rather see dead. It’s an anti-rich conspiracy I tell you!

        • Psycho Milt 11.1.1.1

          Well, see if you get the votes for it. But I suspect your comparison of drinking alcohol with slavery wouldn’t really attract voters, seeing as it’s completely deranged.

          • Uturn 11.1.1.1.1

            If I thought your miscomprehension was genuine, I’d explain it, but instead I’ll just let you weep into your beer. Have another, you can afford it, you’ve earned it.

        • Jackal 11.1.1.2

          You might be interested to know that there are more people being traded as slaves today than at any point in history.

          Prohibition doesn’t always work… education does. Unfortunately much of good work done has been usurped through mass media advertising campaigns and the fact that a lot of alcohol is heavily discounted. The best move would be to stop all advertisements and discounts.

          If you factor in the social cost of alcohol, $2 per standard drink isn’t all that much to pay. The other dynamic is that people who don’t have much money usually have more time so can still have a drink by brewing their own… those who are rich can pay the extra taxes.

          New Zealand research echoes overseas studies (eg. Room and Rossow 2001) in finding that alcohol is a key factor in many assaults (Young et. al. 1997), and a common trigger for family violence (Morris 1997). New Zealand statistics also bear out the long-recognised link between alcohol and road traffic accidents. In the 2000 calendar year, for instance, drink-driving was a factor in 26 % of all fatal crashes and 14 % of all injury crashes (Land Transport Safety Authority 2001).

          Not surprisingly, a significant amount of energy is directed by agencies like the police, ambulance service, and others, towards dealing with alcohol-related problems. In fact, it is estimated that around NZ$100 million is spent annually by the New Zealand Police responding to alcohol-related incidents, out of a total budget of c.NZ$790 million (2000/01 financial year).

          People don’t usually lose their jobs when they become wealthy enough to afford large amounts of alcohol and pickle their brains through overconsumption. You only have to look at some media types and politicians to see that.

          The legal aspect of the posters aside… they’re god damn awful! I would determine that anybody who bothers to print them off would have to be highly inebriated. It makes me feel like drinking just looking at them… heavily to erase the memory.

          • Psycho Milt 11.1.1.2.1

            The best move would be to stop all advertisements and discounts.

            Actually, the best move would be to treat the citizenry as adult citizens of their country, and not recalcitrant children whose behaviour you need to correct. And if you want a “user pays” approach to the health system, I’m sure ACT would agree with you but bugger all else would .

            • Jackal 11.1.1.2.1.1

              A user pays health system wasn’t what I was getting at Psycho Milt. I’m the last person to promote Act policies. In fact it’s Nact that has allowed alcohol to continue to be subsidized at the counter and advertised while the taxpayer picks up the bill.

              Not advertising to people isn’t treating them like children… it’s just ensuring that people who are easily influenced are not coerced. It reduces any association that alcohol is somehow required to function socially when in reality it creates social dysfunction on a large scale.

              I’m not the fun police either… but there are a few people ruining it for everyone.

              Clearly many people cannot act like adults while consuming and that’s why we have so many drunk drivers and violence associated with alcohol. Head off to an A&E tonight if you don’t believe me.

              We can either have limitations and additional costs at the counter or we can pay the hospital bill through taxing wages etc. It’s more fair to tax responsible drinkers and problem drinkers more than to tax those who remain sober.

              The other aspect is that it costs bugger all to produce alcohol and companies like Lion Breweries are raking it in. Alcohol is also a drug… according to statistics it causes the most social destruction.

              • So, you don’t want a user pays health system but you want people who are more likely to burden the system to pay more than those less likely to burden it. I suppose we could call it “statistically-more-likely-to-be-a-user pays,” but it’s not as catchy as “user pays.” It opens up a lot of new territory though – a tax on playing sports, a tax on climbing ladders, a tax on swimming, a tax on tramping, a tax on being poor, a tax on growing old, the possibilities are endless.

                • Jackal

                  Amusing! However if the cops are spending around 15% of their budget on alcohol related incidents… shouldn’t those benefiting from creating that dysfunction pay instead of the taxpayer?

                  You’re also confusing the fact that getting drunk is premeditated while all the costs to the things you list are purely accidental. There’s a huge difference between getting pissed and driving drunk to falling off a swing sober.

                  You might also note that there are auxiliary benefits to most of your examples… care to weigh up the pros and cons of alcohol?

                  • …if the cops are spending around 15% of their budget on alcohol related incidents… shouldn’t those benefiting from creating that dysfunction pay instead of the taxpayer?

                    Two problems with this approach:
                    1. The cops spend a huge proportion of their budget on crimes committed by men, and a significant amount on crimes by Maori – perhaps we should find a way to bill them for it? It’s only fair, apparently.
                    2. The good people who provide us with tasty and pleasantly mind-altering alcoholic beverages for a reasonable price aren’t “benefiting from creating dysfunction,” they’re fulfilling a commercial demand, the same as people who sell vegetables or any other stuff you might eat or drink. There’s no more reason they should be made to pay for the mayhem some particular user of the product causes than Subaru should have to fork out when Petrolhead Loser uses one of their vehicles to take out two other cars in an insane display of bad driving.

                    You might also note that there are auxiliary benefits to most of your examples… care to weigh up the pros and cons of alcohol?

                    This sounds more like ACT by the minute. What are the benefits of any pleasurable recreational activity you enjoy? If you want to try and put a dollar value on it, go ahead, but some of us aren’t keen on making society about who costs more than whom. If we made this stuff a matter of cost/benefit ratios, recreational drugs and sports would both be banned outright.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      The good people who provide us with tasty and pleasantly mind-altering alcoholic beverages for a reasonable price aren’t “benefiting from creating dysfunction,” they’re fulfilling a commercial demand, the same as people who sell vegetables or any other stuff you might eat or drink.

                      And yet it’s not the same. Vegetables are a necessary part of life and eating them doesn’t cause social damage the way that alcohol does. As a community we really do have to consider the overall effects of products on society.

                      There’s no more reason they should be made to pay for the mayhem some particular user of the product causes than Subaru should have to fork out when Petrolhead Loser uses one of their vehicles to take out two other cars in an insane display of bad driving.

                      And yet that is exactly what this government did when it went and put the registration fee up on motor cycles. Yes, motorcyclists are over-represented in accidents but the accidents are mostly caused by car drivers.

                      If we made this stuff a matter of cost/benefit ratios, recreational drugs and sports would both be banned outright.

                      Nope as both have social benefits that can’t be weighed but we do have to consider ways to minimise any damage that they cause as well.

                    • Vegetables are a necessary part of life…

                      Which is why the Inuit and the Masai died out in a generation… oh, wait. Anway, if Labour really are starting some kind of programme to price food and drink according to how good or bad for you some do-gooder social scientists claim it is (their messing with GST is another step down that path), let them come out and say so – it’s a crap idea and voters would most likely punish them for it.

                      As a community we really do have to consider the overall effects of products on society.

                      Absolutely. And in the past we’ve done that sensibly by making various actions like drink driving, vandalism and assault criminal offences. The proposal to do things stupidly by telling companies how much they have to charge for a drink is a new one.

                      And yet that is exactly what this government did when it went and put the registration fee up on motor cycles.

                      A National govt attempting to undermine ACC? It’s no surprise, and it doesn’t make what Labour’s proposing a good idea.

          • Ianupnorth 11.1.1.2.2

            The education doesn’t work, see my post above – it is a waste of money; only pricing works.

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.3

          People traded slaves for thousands of years too. If we try to stop that, then we… oh wait a minute.

          Slavery is alive and well with an estimated 1.4m of them being sex slaves.

  12. Thank fuck prostitution is legal.

    Let’s face it, judging by appearance only, a bottle of leg opener and some hush money was the only other way he was ever gonna get his leg over.

    Then again maybe he’s got loads of personality ?

  13. Tom Gould 13

    Regarding S99A, this morning I was handed an official authorised National Party pamphlet that says “Labour’s Debt Trap … $15,600,000,000 Extra Debt”. How can this be an authentic statement when Labour has specifically said in writing that the sum claimed is incorrect, making the claim “a statement of fact that the person knows is false in a material particular”? On the face of it, this must surely be a corrupt practice, right?

  14. randal 14

    nick c stop trying to sound intelligent.
    there is a complete difference between raising a question and begging the question.
    the question that needs to be raised is who gets the states assets when kweewee and his mates complete the sale documents?
    I bet kweewee’s retirement fund gets a large parcel.

  15. Gareth 15

    Any minimum price would have to be carefully considered, the are heaps of brew beer and spirit kits available which are cost effective now, too bigger rise and you may create a massive black market.. Let alone bigger issues with dodgy grog

  16. Carol 16

    Psycho Milt@7.05AM

    On the comparison between the price of veges v’s that of alcohol… see also Rosy @9.54pm last night. It seems that supermarkets in the past, and continue to sometimes, price alcohol low as a loss leader. This is what I object to.

    I don’t drink or buy alcohol (except maybe on rare occasions as presents. Every week I buy veges, usually at fruit and vege shops, though this is more difficult to do while I can’t drive. I understand the pricing of veges by supermarkets impacts on the price at fruit and veg shops.

    I do strongly object that the price I pay for necessities is subsidising other people’s purchasing of alcohol.

    • On the other hand, we shoppers who buy lots of alcohol but not much fruit and veg really enjoyed supermarkets loss-leading on alcohol while it was happening.

      Here’s the thing: if you have a problem with supermarkets’ pricing policies, the best answer isn’t really to get the govt to force supermarkets to charge me more for stuff I want to buy, it’s to shop elsewhere. And if shopping elsewhere is difficult because previous govts have helped a supermarket duopoly to develop, well that right there is actually the problem you need to look at, not alcohol prices.

      • Carol 16.1.1

        PM, everyone must buy some food, but no-one needs alcohol…. so I see that as a false equivalence. And I was indeed focusing on the pricing and behaviour of supermarkets and said nothing about policies on alcohol pricing.

        • Psycho Milt 16.1.1.1

          I can see that it would be a false equivalence if the matter of whether you need a particular product or simply want it were relevant to the question of whether the govt should arbitrarily require increased prices for that product. But I don’t see that it’s relevant.

          • Carol 16.1.1.1.1

            Is it arbitrary? Certainly, re (non)equivalence, the supermarkets must assume that vegetables are more of a need, and alcohol more of a luxury – that must surely be the assumption behind pricing alcohol low as a loss leader. So, the government/party probably is trying to combat such pricing by advocating a minimum price for alcohol. Whether that’s the best way to combat using alcohol as a loss leader, I don’t know.

            But my objection is that they aren’t equivalent, and I object to subsidising people’s alcohol habits – would prefer less mark-up on the essentials for a healthy life.

  17. Ianupnorth 17

    Interesting to note the ownership of NZ breweries
     
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10765846 – not one Kiwi owned!

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  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
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