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Dunedin public meeting tomorrow

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, June 21st, 2011 - 63 comments
Categories: Economy, employment - Tags: , ,

I remember a certain PM who used to claim to be “ambitious for New Zealand”. In the real world, it seems that was all just talk. Because given the choice between investing in New Zealand industry and workers, and perhaps (in the short term) saving a few bucks, Key’s government decided to put the money in to China.

It’s about KiwiRail, and the new railcars for Auckland. Dunedin’s Hillside Railway Workshops were in effect told that it wasn’t worth their while even tendering for the contract. As Marty G put it at the time: “National and Kiwirail CEO, Jim Quinn, have displayed a pitiful lack of belief in the ability of New Zealand and the kind of knuckle-dragging narrow-mindedness that has been holding this country back ever since the neoliberal revolution”. Sums it up.

Up to forty job cuts have already been announced. Labour’s Dunedin North candidate David Clark speaks out:

Workers are convinced that the 40 job-cuts already announced are just the beginning. The Government seems determined to shut Hillside down. … If Hillside is shut down, it will affect hundreds of Dunedin families. Not just the workers at Hillside, but also at the firms that sub-contract to them. And the decision is a crazy one. …

I don’t blame KiwiRail. I blame the Government. The National Government is the owner of KiwiRail and a major source of its funds. As an owner, they can instruct KiwiRail to consider whole-of-economy benefits when making decisions. Instead, the Government is saying: “take the cheapest price”.

This one is personal for me. We’re good friends with a young family. He works at Hillside – works his guts out with all the hours that he can. Big mortgage. Young kid. And this huge cloud hanging over all of them. Will he have a job next year? Does Hillside have a future? It’s torture.

Hillside is fighting back. Check out their blog. And come along to the public meeting, Wednesday 22 June, 7.00 p.m.. Cargill Enterprises Hall 199 Hillside Road (opposite Hillside Workshops). See the poster on the blog. Get there if you can.

63 comments on “Dunedin public meeting tomorrow”

  1. higherstandard 1

    Seems odd to me that Hillside is laying off so many people with the largest building boom in recent times about to come to Christchurch.

    Are they a ‘super specialised’ manufacturer ?

    • r0b 1.1

      As per post it’s called “Hillside Railway Workshops”.  Does that give you a clue?

      • higherstandard 1.1.1

        Best they diversify quick fast then.

        “Hillside, Est. 1875, is an engineering & manufacturing division of KiwiRail Limited, operating from a landmark site in Dunedin, New Zealand.

        While Hillside primarily provides services to the rail industry, it also provides general fabrication & manufacturing services for other industries, such as mining, smelter and forrestry.”

        http://www.hillsidenz.com/index.php?page=history

        • r0b 1.1.1.1

          Not sure what your point is HS, they specialise in rail, but as you list they have other skills.  They employ 170 engineers, and who knows how many other staff.  40 of those jobs are at risk because there isn’t enough work in rail.

          If they can find some way to support Chch reconstruction well and good, but the fact is that a big rail contract that could have come to Hillside is instead going to China.   It’s short term, narrow thinking by the Nats.

          • higherstandard 1.1.1.1.1

            No it’s a business decision taken by Kiwirail.

            It went to tender and a Chinese manufacturer won the tender – the question that needs to be asked and be given a detailed answer is what was the difference between the Chinese bid and the Hillside bid if the difference is only marginal you’d have to agree that it should have been given to the local company.

            It is interesting to note Hillsides history over the years.

            • r0b 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The Hillside bid was 25% over the winning Chinese bid. But counting that as the only factor is very short sighted. Hillside workers say that Chinese stock is low quality and needs frequent repair (at their workshops). Factor in putting up to 40 more people on the dole, and the consequent loss to contractors and the rest of the Dunedin Economy. The alternative was to invest in New Zealand. Create jobs instead of destroying them. Take people off the dole and get them paying taxes instead of receiving a benefit. See my post yesterday on squeezing the life out of the economy…

              • Bazar

                “Take people off the dole and get them paying taxes instead of receiving a benefit.”
                The additional $7.25 million hillside wanted is no small change, even when spread over 40 people.

                They didn’t even land in 2nd place, they were 3rd out of 8th place. So there were either serious issues and/or vastly better alterntives.

                Also while i’m here, we’ll ask viper what he thinks of this

                Viper:
                “No, let the business fail.
                Enough corporate welfare.”

                Interesting, looks like people have split opinons on what this business should have done.

                • rosy

                  “Take people off the dole and get them paying taxes instead of receiving a benefit.”

                  Instead 40 engineers and probably more from sub-contractors will go on the dole (if they don’t move to Australia) and with the upcoming policies of this government will have to work for it (not that I object in principle to working for the dole). But wait – it won’t be work in their skill-set but maybe cutting scrub? collecting litter? What else could the new ‘underclass’ members expect? /sarc

                  Ambitious for NZ again.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1.2

              No it’s a business decision taken by Kiwirail.

              That’s destructive of the local community but that’s true of all neo-liberal decisions.

              BTW, the BERL report estimated that the tenders would have to 1/3rd the price of the Kiwirail tender to come even close to matching the wider economic benefits of making them here.

          • Bo Duke 1.1.1.1.2

            I think rail is a waste of money rob, we can’t build trains cheaper than China. Air NZ has gone offshore for maintaining and engineering its planes for long time. We don’t build planes here. We don’t build cars, but I remember back when MMC used to reassemble cars imported to NZ in parts after they had been disassembled in Japan just so they could be sold as NZ assembled cars. It was a false economy then and it’s a false economy now.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Bo Duke wants us to be a nation serving coffees and vacuuming offices for $13/hr.

              Oh yeah, and exporting all our industrial capabilities to China to give them both money and jobs.

              It was a false economy then and it’s a false economy now.

              The question is Bo, who’s economy and who’s people are you advocating for here?

              Why do you see us giving China both our money and our jobs as being ‘real economy’?

              Who are you working for?

              • Colonial Viper

                I think rail is a waste of money rob, we can’t build trains cheaper than China.

                you’re not looking at Total Cost of Ownership, nor at the economic multiplier effects of keepoing jobs and engineering capability in NZ.

                Who are you really woking on behalf of?

                • Bazar

                  I thought you were opposed to corporate welfare viper, you made that clear in your previous posting.
                  http://thestandard.org.nz/nats-to-slash-wages/#comment-342223

                  Really, i’m waiting for a responce on this.
                  How can you be opposed to the government subsidizing a company when they do, and when they don’t its suddenly: “Your not thinking of the economic multiplier effects”

                  That seems pretty two faced to me

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Bazar, don’t you recognise the difference between:

                    – propping up private foreign shareholders (say the Chinese rail company) with tax payer money, and

                    – supporting the development of strategic NZ engineering capabilities and NZ jobs in a firm which NZ owns itself (KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops).

                    Basically you and your righty mates lack sound economic judgement (although your economic judgement is fine from the standpoint of the Chinese).

                    Go away.

                    • Bazar

                      Draco T Bastard: “So you support taxpayers subsidising failed businesses?”

                      Bazar: “I’d rather subside a failing business that keeps people employed, then subsidizing all the people involved with the unemployment benifit; That is as long as the costs/benfit is sufficently high.”

                      Viper: “No, let the business fail. Enough corporate welfare.”

                      —–

                      And so you claim the reason you opinion is different now isn’t because of red ink, but because the funds would be going overseas, or because it’s in the rail industry?

                      Let’s start with the fact that NZ has no strategic investment in rail carriages. We simply have that small industry and any related.
                      It’s not dairy industry, it’s not the logging industry, it’s not the movie industry, it’s not the kiwifruit industry, it’s not the wine industry, it’s not NZ air, and it’s not Kiwirail

                      The only capability NZ and Kiwirail are losing is the ability to create carriages, and we can’t even do that cost effectively in our own country, we landed 3rd out of 8.

                      I can’t even fathom what’s so strategic about it, we don’t need carriages to survive, and if for some reason there was some sort of international trade embargo, we could start up our own production again. It’s not a rare earth mine or irreplaceable daily service like NZ Air.

                      And if we can’t compete locally, we stand little chance internationally. What happens once the contract for all 300 carriages completes. It’s not very strategic when the industry dies out 8 years later of natural causes.

                      As for the government buying from overseas, that’s the wrong way to look at it. The fact is most of the money would be going overseas for parts anyway.

                      The real issue was if it was worth the government paying more money to keep a local company afloat and keep people employed and productive.
                      It’s the same issue as the government giving welfare to keep a local company and the people it employs afloat and productive.

                      “Basically you and your righty mates lack sound economic judgement”

                      That’ll mean something when it comes from someone who has independent thought, or even a thought process for that matter.

                    • Swampy

                      The case for buying this business (Kiwirail) didn’t stack up economically.

            • r0b 1.1.1.1.2.2

              I think rail is a waste of money rob,

              I think rail (and light rail) is the transport of the future, and we’d better start gearing up for it now.

              we can’t build trains cheaper than China.

              If you take a very narrow view of costs and benefits perhaps. And who’s to say what we can accomplish given the chance? Ambitious for New Zealand – remember?

              • infused

                I think they did do a cost/benefits hence why they lost it overseas.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I guess they did do a cost/benefit analysis infused.

                  The benefits go to the Chinese, the cost goes to the people in Dunedin.

                  • You know what gets me is that these people don’t think it through. We’ll they say they should have been cheaper and compete with the Chinese. It is just what our elite wants. Empty cities, hungry people, poverty and slavish obedience. No worker ever got what he/she needed by bending over and waiting to be kicked.
                    More for them and less for us is what they want.

                    Here is George Carlin saying it beautifully. The American (and New Zealand dream) dream? They call it that for a reason. You have to be asleep to believe in it.
                     
                     

                  • Swampy

                    There is a benefit from saving money on the purchase, that benefit comes back for all of NZ, not 40 people at Kiwirail.

            • Jim Nald 1.1.1.1.2.3

              Spot the “can’t do” attitude!

              It’s like a disease that has infected the nation.

              We can’t do this, we can’t do that,
              This is beyond our control, that is beyond our control

              What’s next?
              We can’t win the RWC??!
              (Oops, there’s a recent poll ..)

              So what can we do?
              So what is within our control?
              Pray for rain and watch more grass grow for cows?
              Or get a one-way ticket to Australia for our workers?

    • Your joking right? Nobody is going to be building in Christchurch any time soon. All big talk and no action. The next earthquake is just around the corner and it will take many years before anybody in their right mind will want to invest in that city.

      How do I know? In Europe and Asia there are plenty of ruined cities were people lived and thrived until the big one struck. They are all left as people started afresh somewhere else away from the pain and the grief.
      Other than farming with Duneding being clobbered and Christchurch destroyed the South Island will be emptying out. Oh oops, great for the mining companies digging up the mountain tops as we are forced to sell our resources to John Key’s mates.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.1

        Someone quick check there isn’t oil under Christchurch, there’s got to be a reason that Brownlee wants the city to empty out.

      • Swampy 1.2.2

        Talking nonsense. There’s already plenty of building going on in Chch. All you have to do is build the right way so that it doesn’t fall over.

    • burt 1.3

      hs

      I think you have hit the nail on the head really. It’s a highly unionised work place and they make trains….. they can’t make bulldozers, trucks, cranes etc… just trains – and very expensive ones.

      I can’t think for a moment why they didn’t get recent contracts.

    • Swampy 1.4

      No. They haven’t made locomotives for about 50 years.

  2. randal 2

    there is no rhyme or reason to the governments machinations. everything they do is ad hoc and designed to cream as much cash as possible off the nut and the rest can go hang.

  3. Peter 3

    If you read Gareth Morgan in todays Herald you get an idea of what we are up against when it comes to trying to hold on to manufacturing jobs http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10733427

    My interpretation is that as long as the currency floats and commodities are in demand forget trying to manufacture in competition with China and Asia. He does appear to be presenting printing money to bring down the exchange rate and using it for investment not consumption as a possibility. The interpretation of others will be interesting.

    What he is certainly saying is that China’s export winning ways involve centralised control and manipulation of the currency. What chance for NZ?

    • YG Huang 3.1

      Tianchao Daguo – The Celestial Kingdom – was raped and plundered by the Western Imperial powers and Japan.

      They have learnt their lessons well and are playing the neoliberal game to their advantage and increasingly tilting it towards their own terms.

      Perhaps the Kiwi that is simple, naive, almost blind, nearing extinction and flightless, might start to learn from the ascendant Chinese Dragon?

  4. Jim Nald 4

    “Ambitious for New Zealand” ?

    Sometimes you’ve gotta wonder, with his poor diction, if he was misreported/misheard and actually said he is “rapacious for New Zealand”.

  5. TO understand why this is happening we should really have look into John Key’s and other politicians blind trusts. Chinese factories are not all Chinese owned. They too sell shares and need to find “financing”.

    John Key’s wealth is tied up in Bank of America and quit possibly other banking institutions through his blind trust and that alone makes him quit possibly the most compromised PM this country has ever seen.
    The banking system is collapsing and in order to save his and his banking mates hides he needs to, just like in Europe, bankrupt as many as possible local industries so him and his mates can come in and buy NZ’s resources for pennies on the dollar.

    Here is a video of Max Keiser and Alex Jones in which he tells how in the hotel next door assholes like the Forbes heir are licking their chops over all the Greek resources they can buy for their useless soon to be worthless dollars. That is how these scumbags operate and that is why Dunedin needs to loose it’s industry.
    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

    No ideology just predatory scumbaggery.
    At least in Greece they are now going after the big boys they are actually going to take Paulson, Geitner and the whole corrupt lot court and whether they actaully appear is neither here nor there because like in Zwitserland the Bilderberg group had to end and vamoesh because they wanted to arrest Kissinger and Bush could not go there becasue they wanted his ass in jail the same will go for Greece and Spain and France were they actually do something against these criminals such as Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

    • Oleolebiscuitbarrell 6.1

      St Elmo’s Sire (1985)

      Kevin: You know Jules, there is the brink of insanity and then there is the abyss, which obviously you have fallen into!

      • travellerev 6.1.1

        St Elmo’s FIRE, that would have been FIRE.

        You know I sincerely hope that there will be a day where I will be happily locked up tranquillised to the gills and thinking happy thoughts all day long. Maybe do some therapeutic water colour painting perhaps.

        That would have to be at the time though when laws of nature could be broken at whim by us mere mortals and John Key really is a saint and not a scumbag and while were at it a time when war really is started to help the local population to gain freedom against the forces of darkness instead of another destructive event killing of thousands if not millions of innocent people.

        Until that time I’m afraid dumbo’s and ignorami like you will try to score points of me while really just being so stupid as to make me wonder if you share your one braincell with at least 15 other people.

        But I keep hoping, I keep hoping….

        • Oleolebiscuitbarrell 6.1.1.1

          The only possible explanation for the contract being awarded to the Chinese is that John Key has an interest in the contractor? Really, Ev? Even by your standards, this is quite startling.

          Do you not consider it may be possible that the contract was awarded to the Chinese contractor because, you know, they promised to do it at the cheapest price?

          Nah. That couldn’t be it. That’s just crazy.

          • travellerev 6.1.1.1.1

            No OB,

            That would be libellous. because that would be directly accusing him of fraud. (Little fraud but fraud never the less)
            What I’m saying is that John Key said he had come back to New Zealand to do the right thing for New Zealanders.

            The problem I’m saying he has is that his wealth is tied up mostly in Bank shares and bonds. The banking system is collapsing and the only way he and his banking mates can stay rich is if they can get rid of all that worthless crap they’ve got in their portfolios and bank accounts and in order to make him and his mates really rich they have to get their hands on real wealth i.e. natural resources and real assets such as power plants, airports etc.

            The only way they can do that is by bankrupting the local populations so they can force them to sell their real resources and assets. (Big scam)

            So to do the right thing for New Zealanders would be to keep projects such as making the trains here and keep real wealth and labour in this country.

            The right thing for him and his scumbag mates is to bankrupt NZ as a country so they give the jobs to factories in countries were they use slave labour and brutal suppression (China is also collapsing by the way). That way they get the product for their soon to be privatised again train tracks and trains cheap and they get to bankrupt the local population so they can force them to sell of their real world wealth for crap toilet paper with $ printed on it for better still some digital 1 and 0’s.

            SO if you want to know why John Key and this government act they way they do and on whose side they are that is your answer. They don’t care about you. they want more for themselves and less for you.
            Now be a good boy and click on the links I gave you a little earlier and hear what Max Keiser has to say about it and how his former rich pals are wetting themselves in the hotel next door talking with the Greeks on how to give them the islands, airports harbours and other real assets for pennies on the dollar.

          • the pink postman 6.1.1.1.2

            What ever do you mean Olbarrell, by doing it at the cheapest price. Do you mean cutting costs , inferior material ,metal ect. Do you mean using unskilled workers and near slave labour. Do you mean that after a year or two maybe soon the bloody things will fall apart,just like the other crap we are saddled with from China.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.3

            Do you not consider it may be possible that the contract was awarded to the Chinese contractor because, you know, they promised to do it at the cheapest price?

            Only a dick would think that “cheapest price” was the same thing as “cheapest total cost of ownership”.

            So are you a dick, Ole?

            • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.3.1

              And only the delusional would think that cheapest price was the same as best deal. The BERL report made it quite clear – the best deal was having the trains made here.

  6. ECOGIRL 7

    This is not just about Hillside.
    It is about Kiwi Rail as a whole.
    With the idea to mothball several lines including The Auckland to Northland Line, this is a full on assult on Rail transportation in New Zealand.
    It reeks of Steven Joyce, the tarmac junkie, with roads my way or no way.
    Also note Kiwi Rail is not owned by the Government. It is a State Owned Asset. It is ownd by all of us and therefore we all ought to have our say if Hillside stays or goes. As we all should have a say in contracting contracts to China or South Korea for OUR rolling stock.
    This is the same arguments as selling a percentage of OUR Energy Companies.
    I back announcement yesterday by Labour to have 75% agreement in Parliament as to the sale of OUR assets which OUR predecessors built for us.
    Selling, lay offs, contracting off shore are all betrayals.
    Go to http://www.saveourrailnorthland.org.nz
    Facebook: Save The Northland to Auckland Rail LIne

  7. Oleolebiscuitbarrell 8

    It is ownd [sic] by all of us and therefore we all ought to have our say if Hillside stays or goes.

    Maybe you could, I don’t know, catch a train once in a while. Then, if all the other people who claimed rail must be saved (while at the same time insisting that it buys its inputs in the most expensive way possible) did the same, it’d probably help the thing being quite such an enormous waste of money.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Shit dude have you tried the standing room only trains between Welly and Masterton in the last year? Don’t keep your eyes closed mate.

      (while at the same time insisting that it buys its inputs in the most expensive way possible)

      You don’t believe that sacking NZ workers and putting families on to the unemployment queue is “expensive”?

      You live in a fucked up neoliberal world my friend. Actually it seems that we all do.

  8. ECOGIRL 9

    How interesting Oleolebiscuitbarrell.

    Do not forget to consider heavy haulage, wear and torn raods, accidents-yes logging trucks topple over everyday, being past peak oil-prices of fossil fuels are only going to increase, carbon emissions, opportunities for tourism on rail, job creation, service improvements, cycling ways beside rail-corridor is wide enough, build rolling stock in NZ as govt gets GST, PAYE, tax from profit, increased employment means more people are spending, which in turn generates more employment etc etc and so forth.

    NOT A WASTE OF MONEY!!

    Head back in biscuit barrell.

  9. tombstone 10

    I agree with the mayor of Dunedin when he asks ‘who’s economy are we helping to build here? China’s or our own?’ – I’m sick to death of politicians and corporates selling us out to China because every time they do it’s Kiwi’s who lose their jobs. It’s Kiwis who end up having to sign on the dole and who end up having to struggle to make ends meet while Key and his like continue to ram home this bullshit notion that selling out to the Asian market is some how good for us. No it’s not! It’s good for the guys making all the money at the top, the corporations and wealthy investors by exploiting cheap Chinese labour but for the average Kiwi it’s disastrous. There was a time when we used to produce things and guess what? People had jobs. If you didn’t like your job you could walk out and straight into another. Work was abundant. Then gradually over time we stop producing more and more and instead started farming that work out to China and all the while would you believe it? More and more people were being laid off because they were no longer needed. It’s one thing to tell people to get off their arses and work it’s another to do what’s required to ensure that they have jobs to go to and National have done nothing but the complete opposite. The trains were a prime example of this and I wish those poor buggers in Dunedin all the best. Once again highly valued jobs have been sold out to the Chinese and that angers me to no end and so it should every other Kiwi. What a disgrace. Fight back!

    • Swampy 10.1

      It is very simple. To be able to sell our stuff to overseas markets we have free trade agreements. That means we have to buy stuff off overseas markets and can’t protect local manufacturers.

      When we had full employment was when we had a guaranteed ironclad market for our produce with none of these inconvenient strings attached. When that market collapsed Muldoon spent nine years trying to pretend we could keep going on borrowed money.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        Swampy, if free trade is so simple how is it all these free trade agreements can’t fit on to 2 sides of an A4 page?

        Why do they take thousands of pages of detailed exceptions, rules, loopholes, exemptions and differing treatment? This isn’t free trade, this is corporations and money men setting up complex rules to suit themselves.

        RWNJ’s don’t get that “Free Trade” is the name of a game that other countries play hard ball in and that NZ in its naivete is losing.

        China has bumped up dairy tariffs against us several times since signing on to “Free Trade” because it is willing to act in their own country’s interests. Unlike the National Government.

  10. Pascal's bookie 11

    Here’s a couple of interesting wee tidbits by way of the good people at newshoggers;

    item : manufacturer of ice cream sticks re-relocates from China to Ontario. Labour’s still cheaper in China to be sure, even for the makers of ice cream sticks, but the savings made don’t make up for the energy insecurity. Also, and too.

    item : speaking of insecurity.

    • Jim Nald 11.1

      Cheers.

      Re the second link, this stood out (and I thought Nats had, in 2008, campaigned on investing in infrastructure … oh, that was half the story – not NZ’s infrastructure, but China’s):

      “.. Even if wages in China explode, some multinationals will find it hard to bring many jobs back to America, argues Mr Pisano. In some areas, such as consumer electronics, America no longer has the necessary supplier base or infrastructure. Firms did not realise when they shifted operations to low-wage countries that some moves ‘would be almost irreversible’ ..”

      Dear Hillside, Dunedin and the South Island
      Thanks to the National Government, get ready to wave and kiss goodbye to your workers, skills, experience and infrastructure
      R.I.P.

  11. Wayne 12

    It’s Kiwis who end up having to sign on the dole and who end up having to struggle to make ends meet while Key and his like continue to ram home this bullshit notion that selling out to the Asian market is some how good for u

    Oh, tombstone, you basically talk shit.

    New Zealand’s unemployment rate is hardly at a historical high (that was in the early 90s when it was well over 10%), and furthermore 6.6% unemployment is nowhere near as bad as the United States and many European countries (over 20% in Spain, 15% in Greece and Ireland, 10% in France). In fact without the Asian market and Asian trade, both New Zealand and Australia would be down the tubes. Australia’s economy floats on Chinese demand for raw materials to fuel China’s industrialisation.

    So you really think, tombstone that cutting out the Asian market, cutting out China, Japan, (2nd and 4th) largest trading partners respectively, cutting out the other growing Asian economies would actually improve New Zealand’s economy?

    You are absolutely deluded.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      And Wayne you are a fucking economic traitor.

      Plus you are absolutely deluded for thinking we are better off exporting our tax money and our jobs and our industry to China.

      Those countries in Asia you speak so fondly of, they are laughing at us for exporting our industry and our jobs to them. These are countries run by Asian governments who prize industry and technology for their own labour forces, and who support their own country’s industry and technology to the nth degree. They get how important that is economically Wayne, unlike you and your National money masters, you miserable running dog.

      China and Japan can’t produce milk and wool like we can, we have something that they can’t make well (or at all) in their homelands.

      In contrast, we make fucking better rolling stock than China.

  12. Wayne 13

    Those countries in Asia you speak so fondly of, they are laughing at us for exporting our industry and our jobs to them.

    How many jobs exactly? Come on. Front up with a few facts. The thing is unemployment now is still less than it was in the early 90s, well before there was major trade with China.

    New Zealand is hooked into the rising Asian economies like it or not. Even just trading with Australia that is indirectly the case, since Australia is propped up by Chinese demand for her raw materials.

    In contrast, we make fucking better rolling stock than China.

    How do you fucking know Mr Engineer? Where do you come up with that from? Obviously the customer will decide that. In the final analysis quality relates to price as well.

    you are a fucking economic traitor.

    Well lets see how many jobs will be lost when we follow Mr Tombstone’s advice and cut economic relations with Asia. Then see who the economic traitor is you dumb fuck.

    The fact is New Zealand’s unemployment rate was at a record low of 3.4% right before the big meltdown in 2008 – caused by American corporate corruption. Not through trade with Asia you nincompoop

    Now you provide some figures to back up your point about this purported huge net loss of manufacturing jobs to Asia. Otherwise shut the fuck up.

  13. Jim Nald 14

    Kinda related to this and I hope there will be a post on TS …..

    I hear there will be a protest rally & march in Dunedin that will meet at 12:30pm, Octagon, tomorrow (Saturday 25th) – re ‘Same Work Same Pay, No Youth Rates!’

    I believe this is combined with ‘Save Hillside!’

    All the very best, Dunedin.

    Solidarity with the workers. Particularly vital especially with opinions and attitudes like Alasdair Thompson’s that are around.

    • Jum 14.1

      Too far for me to be there but all the best Dunedin.

      Perhaps everyone who can’t be there can have their blog name put on a board to be carried in the march; then we can all be there with you and be counted.

      I cannot believe Joyce can keep a straight face talking about commercial returns from an asset we own that he is refusing to support on our behalf. National is our agent; why isn’t he working on our behalf to give our asset better support and the people bidding to operate or build that asset jobs.

      He is deliberately stopping Kiwirail from behaving as a New Zealand asset with its coaches built here in bad times, giving our unemployed workers jobs. He is deliberately derailing the future growth of a New Zealand owned asset. Rail is a New Zealand good. One of the basic uses of a New Zealand owned asset is to provide a safe employment base for our workers in times of recession and high unemployment. Foreign and private owners have no loyalty. Governments hellbent on giving our assets and dividend income to private shareholders also have no loyalty to Kiwis. In Otahuhu the railway workshops trained apprentices until National closed it down in 1992/3 and it became a ghosttown for jobs. Now Joyce is doing the same in Dunedin. New Zealand assets can still be run efficiently and issue dividends to the people of New Zealand through hospitals, schools, defence, etc. Get rid of the assets and all the egalitarian parts of New Zealand will be destroyed and the special flavour and philosophy of New Zealand gone.

      Questions, because I don’t trust Quinn and Joyce:
      1. When did the foreign tenders come in?
      2. When did the Kiwirail tender go in? Like Annette King I believed Quinn had decided not to let Kiwirail bid.
      3. Did Kiwirail management or Joyce know what other tenders were before they tendered the Kiwirail bid?
      4. What happened to that early bid that the engineers? had prepared which was just as competitive as China but Quinn refused it?

      Labour must stop this criminal behaviour by NActMU against New Zealanders by regaining Government on 26 November.

      • Swampy 14.1.1

        Why did the Labour government allow the Matangi units to be built overseas.

        • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1

          More relevant, why is National allowing these units to be built in China now? A Labour Govt would put in place local purchasing policies which would be an advantage to all NZ engineering firms.

        • Jum 14.1.1.2

          Swampy

          You must have been swallowing too much liquid ooze from the Black Lagoon.

          Different world between when Labour organised for the other units to be built overseas and when NAct shafted Kiwi workers. Labour obviously also believed it would be back in this term to complete its science and technology rollout but people had got a little relaxed about the good that Labour was doing for them and thought that ‘nice’ Mr Key would carry on the good work Labour was doing – because that’s what he said. He even pretended he had mistakenly said he was leader of the labour party at a press conference; that WAS cunning of him wasn’t it. Anyone who has read Hollow Men would have known that. He lied then, and he’s still lying.

          Only a NActor could not see the difference between then and now with the financial meltdown, that global NActor types instigated and gained from financially at the expense of everyone else. Labour would not have turned its back on its workers in these times. What a shame workers didn’t keep faith with Labour. Maybe they’ll have learned before 26 November that NAct will always shaft them in favour of money and more money for its mates.

          Key’s been bought and sold and is now delivering to everyone but the people of New Zealand who aren’t in tax havens or divided global trusts. Lord Ashcroft, Key’s pre-election adviser doesn’t or didn’t pay tax. I can’t even believe Key has only 50 million dollars. But 50 million dollars sounds just enough to spin his success but not too much that people will start to wonder where he got it. Like I said – cunning.

          And the creep Joyce continues to tell us that Kiwirail is a commercial entity and cannot be helped – what an idiot that man is (or a very clever one, manipulating the public to think he gives a damn about wanting rail to be successful in New Zealand as a New Zealand-owned public good).

          Do you understand what a public good is Swampy?

          A public good is an instrument that helps all New Zealanders to be able to enjoy a lifestyle that gives them some independence and the knowledge with which to enjoy it to the full, plus the health that allows that. Public transport/Free Hospitals/Free Education – all on the block with this government.

          With this government it’s public loss and private wealth.

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    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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