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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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    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • 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
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • 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
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