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Dunne and dusted?

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, May 31st, 2013 - 133 comments
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As of this afternoon United Future is no more.

That’s because the party can’t reach the 500 member threshold required to maintain its status as a political party.

Which means John Key’s government is reliant on a man who has lost his party, a man who is in court defending his dodgy funding, and the collapsing Maori party.

No wonder the fight for the leadership of National is hotting up.

Interesting times for sure.

133 comments on “Dunne and dusted?”

  1. outofbed 1

    United Future can’t get 500 members Nationally eh? ..Pathetic
    Dunne is a bad joke

    The Greens could probably rustle up that number of financial members from Welly :-)

  2. Lanthanide 2

    But clearly National are relying on Dunne, not United Future. He can stand as an Independent. Be interesting to have one of them win a seat, for a change.

    Edit:
    Oh, just read the linked article, and to say that this post is spin would be putting it lightly. Here’s the ACTUAL situation, as reported by stuff in the link provided:

    The deregistration was done at the request of United Future, a statement on the commission’s website said.

    Party president Robin Gunston said the party had asked for the move to be taken while it cleared up “inconsistencies” with its membership numbers.

    However the party did have more than 500 members, as required under the Electoral Act, he said.

    Nowhere does IrishBill indicate that this is expected to be temporary, in fact he very much implies that it isn’t.

    [the need to have 500 financial members and be able to sign a statutory declaration to that effect regularly didn’t suddenly spring on United Future. It has always been the case. They will have known their financials were falling into the danger zone for a long time, if they could have fixed it, they would have before it became critical. The ‘its just temporary’ line is what we call ‘spin’, designed to fool the credulous into believing a bad situation is better than it is. Incidentally, Dunne could still run as a UF candidate, but UF can’t get broadcast funding or contest the party vote unless it re-registers. Eddie]

    • Pascal's bookie 2.1

      They totally have 500 members, why, they say so themselves! They just de-registered because they wanted the publicity.

      • paul andersen 2.1.1

        dunne has been to so many parties in his long pointless career, you would think he could rustle up that many friends, even if they were the facebook sort.

        • rosy 2.1.1.1

          He has all of 60 friends on his Facebook page and fewer than 200 for United Future, so, yeah… nah.

          • georgecom 2.1.1.1.1

            Maybe Dunne setting UF up as a ‘virtual’ ‘online’ political party?

            Mind you, I thought they have been a ‘virtual’ party for some years now.

          • Murray Olsen 2.1.1.1.2

            But Pete George’s blog has a huge readership. Doesn’t it?

    • It probably isn’t. UF has looked terminal for a while. They have an obligation to file an annual return and I wonder if they have. They can either be deregistered at Dunne’s request or under section 70(2) of the Electoral Act by the Electoral Commission if the commission “is satisfied that the number of current financial members of the party who are eligible to enrol as electors has fallen below 500″.

      They may have jumped before they were pushed.

    • North 2.3

      Lanthanide, completely guessing but I suspect that to maintain a pose as a registered political party, while not having an identifiable requisite level membership, would amount to a breach of the act, albeit minor perhaps. So UF fronting up is not particularly remarkable or commendable.

      What remains memorable is the mocking “hahaha” from all sides when the Mana Movement ran into some registration problem (the exact detail of which I don’t recall) at the time of the Te Tai Tokerau byelection. Which memorably Hone Harawira went on to win. And again in 2011.

      So now it’s our turn to “hahaha” at the perennially biddable chameleon and fabulously overpaid Peter Dunne.

    • Lanthanide 2.4

      Thanks Irish. My point is that your original post doesn’t mention any of that. IMO it should have. Hence my comment.

  3. Vagabundo 3

    So what, does that mean Dunne is now an independent?

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      I think the real implication is that he should lose parliamentary funding as he is no longer a leader of a party.

      • Now that is an interesting observation Lanthanide.Will he still claim the Leadership allowance ? In bet he will if he can. However maybe he will join ACT and become a deputy leader , It will certainly be interesting to see what this human cockroach does next,

    • paul andersen 3.2

      no, he is still for sale, still hanging onto others coat tails for his job, independent ? he never has been.

  4. karol 4

    The bigger picture is the issue of National worrying about it’s support partners for the next election. In that badly typed press release from TV3’s The Nation, it says that:

    “The Nation” has received a bundle of documents apparently written by Hawkes bay businessman and Naitonal Party member, Simon Lusk.

    The documents outline a proposal to replace existing National MPs with “fiscal conservatives” who could help move the aprty to the right.

    The plan would be assisted with finance from Americna conservatives.

    We have been in touch with Mr Lusk and he says he can’t say naything because he has lost his voice.

    But I would hardly say the current National caucus leadership is “centrist” – it’s pretty right wing.

    Anyway, Martyn Bradbury says the Daily Blog has been getting the same leaks. it’s looking like Lusk has been busy:

    The Daily Blog tip line is running hot with rumours that the Prime Ministers Office is about to leak to the NZ Herald a list of National Party MPs who are paying consultants who have dark intentions. …

    the PMs office has done some fishing and have found plans put together by some of these consultants that one inside source said “if these ever found their way into the hands of Nicky Hager, it would be over for National’.

    The National Party hierarchy believe they can further their agenda via soft selling the changes as opposed to a semi-fascist one and have made the decision to leak to the Herald to kill this off.

    Key’s faction want the “far right” in support parties, while apparently others want the radicals inside the Nat Party.

    Well, i guess that’s how Key wants to spin it. He can’t keep up the pretense of the line about the Greens being “far left”, if the Nats overtly embrace the “far right”.

  5. ochocinco 5

    While I disagree with almost all of Dunne’s policies, it is a sad day when we lose another party*. From variety comes strength.

    * except Act and Libertarianz

  6. Treetop 6

    Not being able to sign the required statutory declaration required.

    How long has this been known?

    Does technically being an independent affect Dunne’s vote re legislation due to misleading being a party?

    Karma because it is going to cost Dunne by losing the party research grant.

    It has got to the point where a position or two has to be created or staff has got to be increased to check up on sloppiness in parliament.

  7. The plan would be assisted with finance from Americna conservatives

    So National still thinks it can just buy the next New Zealand election? Perhaps they don’t realise that New Zealand has already woken up.

    • Matt 7.1

      I didn’t realize NZ had woken up, either. Has it?

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      I noticed that bit too and I’d say that that is what is going to really cull Nationals support. NZers really don’t like it when foreign nationals are fucking around around in our politics.

  8. wyndham 8

    Where does this Dunne kerfuffle leave Pete George ?

  9. They haven’t got 500 party members?

    What the hell is wrong with them?

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    Just what we need, Faux News Koch Bros Neocons funding Lusk and co.

    • kiwicommie 10.1

      Didn’t work against Obama, even though 150% of Americans supported Romney. ;)

      • Morrissey 10.1.1

        Oh yes. Obama, Man of the People.

        I forgot what a champion of democracy he is.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.2

        Obama has gifted the banks and the oil companies everything they wanted, what is there for a big money corporate not to like?

      • AmaKiwi 10.1.3

        Love him or hate him, Obama has brains and knows how to organize.

        Labour?

        • xtasy 10.1.3.1

          Labour, will l try to dissect the brain of Shearer, once he has passesd, and they are taking lessons from Greens how to “organise”, I suppose. Do not stress out the grey matter of the sick and disabled, as it will only cause more harm, I’d say.

          A leader may be found, once in a millineia.

        • Morrissey 10.1.3.2

          Love him or hate him, Obama has brains…

          That’s a specious statement. Of course he has brains. So did Clinton. So did George W. Bush. So did Bliar. So did John Howard. So does David Cameron. So does John Key. You don’t get to the top of a political machine without having a sharp brain.

          Saying a politician “has brains” is like saying a footballer “has pace”: it’s a given.

          ….and knows how to organize.

          Really? You don’t think that enormous, corporate-funded Democratic Party machine had something to do with it?

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.3.2.1

            corporate-funded Democratic Party machine had something to do with it?

            Yep, it’s the funding and the administration that makes a party tick. Labour has the funding, they just don’t have the administration and are seemingly trying to go for the popularity vote. Another indication that they’ve bought the right-wing notion of the great individualistic hero.

          • Vertical Polarity 10.1.3.2.2

            George W. Bush had brains? He was just a glove-puppet put in place because of who he was, and a sympathetic Supreme Court.

            Sometimes TPTB can support someone with brains enough to do it themselves and know enough not to rock the boat – ie Obama, Cameron, Key – but in the absence of such a candidate they’ll gild a pig and buy him the throne, as in GWB.

  11. logie97 11

    Have a look at the person behind Dunne in this TVNZ website picture. Is it the party secretary, to whom Petey Boy has delivered a right upper-cut? Just wondering.

    http://images.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz_site_images/politics_news/2013/05/pm_defends_peter_dunne_over_gcsb_leak_claims_1021072525.jpg

  12. irascible 12

    The Nats have a long history of taking Republican money… the 1975 election campaign comes to mind… their cartoon ads were paid for from the USA apparently. This leak comes as no surprise at all.

    • Pete 12.1

      United Future to be born again as United Fruit?

    • kiwicommie 12.2

      Well keep in mind that the Chicago school (including the likes of Hayek and Friedman) under the wing of the US government at the time, was changing the face of South America with military coups, and flooding the world with neo-liberal ideological crap.

  13. SukieDamson 13

    Still reeling from this bombshell…

    Dunne had 500 party members?

  14. DS 14

    Dunne isn’t an independent. United Future would still exist as a political party even if it had one member. The point is that it is no longer a registered political party. You need to be a registered political party to stand candidates for list positions, and to qualify for TV funding. Any party (e.g. the NZ Communist Party, or whatever) can still stand candidates for electorates, registered or not.

    Basically this means that United Future will no longer be a party vote option – I’m unsure if this makes Dunne an automatic overhang MP if he wins his own electorate, or whether he gets treated like an independent MP, in which case the list vote will simply allocate according to 119 MPs.

    • Treetop 14.1

      Is there a precedent to the Dunne situation?

      • QoT 14.1.1

        Not that I can think of. We’ve had MPs from existing parties go independent and form their own parties afterwards while still sitting as independents (e.g. Kopu, Copeland). But this hasn’t affected proportionality because they didn’t enter Parliament at the election as independents.

        The Alliance had some interesting circumstances during their split, but the party didn’t cease to exist / its MPs weren’t returned as independents.

    • Lanthanide 14.2

      He would be treated as an independent MP.

  15. Yes 15

    Good news for national. They can put a candidate in Dunne seat and one in espom. Both nats candidates well win good conservative seats…more seats in parliament. Majority assured.

    Best news in years

    • gobsmacked 15.1

      The stupid is strong in this one.

      Google MMP.

      • kiwicommie 15.1.1

        ‘Yes’ should google ‘New Zealand election 2011′ as well, as last time Charles Chauvel defeated Katrina Shanks by roughly 6,000 votes, and lost against Dunne by roughly 3000. If Dunne lost it would mean Labour would most likely take the seat, not National.

        Peter Dunne 14,357
        Charles Chauvel 12,965
        Katrina Shanks 6,907
        Gareth Hughes 2,160

        • QoT 15.1.1.1

          It is a bit more interesting/complex if you look at the party vote:

          National 18,764
          Labour 10,036
          Greens 5,453

          The Hughes + Chauvel vote is roughly the same as the Greens + Labour vote (~15,500), the Shanks + Dunne vote is roughly the same as the National + United Future + NZ First vote (~21,000).

          The 2011 results page for Ohariu is here.

          • kiwicommie 15.1.1.1.1

            I won’t be voting NZ First again, it was the tactical vote I didn’t enjoy making (especially due to his party’s poor stances on human rights over the years); but I did vote Chauvel in that election, out of concern that if Dunne lost there was a chance of it going to Shanks.

    • the pigman 15.2

      It’s been years since I’ve used this acronym, but I’m literally ROFLMAO. I know you lot hate MMP, but this is a whole new level of ignorance…

    • Morrissey 15.3

      Best news in years.

      Look out—moron about.

  16. RedBaronCV 16

    I believe the USA has a law about not accepting political donations from non Americans, however that is defined, which surfaced when Obama started receiving massive donations from outside the USA.
    Why do our electoral acts not rule out foreign donors? Shouldn’t all doantions have to come from named citizens, estates of named citizens or at worst NZ companies where New Zealanders are the majority shareholders and can vote on the donation at the AGM.

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      Political operatives like Lusk can accept all the money they want from Republican neocons because Lusk is not a NZ politician nor is he a NZ political party.

      • Yes 16.1.1

        Correct. No different from unions running labour campaigns which then become policies

        • the pigman 16.1.1.1

          Fuck you’re a laugh.

          • dumrse 16.1.1.1.1

            And you Pig, are two balls deep in denial.

            • the pigman 16.1.1.1.1.1

              (I do love it when you talk dirty, but) I’m not denying that unions contribute to Labour campaigns, dumrse, I just think it’s side-splittingly funny that Yes thinks that funding by the NZ union movement for the NZ labour party is somehow analogous to foreign corporates bank-rolling PR for a political party so that they can tool a little South Pacific state. This is his “clever little comeback” to posters pointing out the ethical bankruptcy of the National Party and its backers.

              This comes right after Yes has sagely opined that National winning Ohariu from UF and Epsom from Act would give them more seats in parliament and a “majority assured”.

              Definitely a contender for the Tories’ Most Stupid list…

              • Pascal's bookie

                “Definitely a contender for the Tories’ Most Stupid list…”

                Not even close.

            • North 16.1.1.1.1.2

              Note the righties getting all snotty when the writing’s on the wall. It’s all turning to shit boys and girls and your foul demeanour proves it. But wait – Sir Kiwi Kim Dotcom – there’s still alot of juice in that boy and dollars to doughnuts he’ll give himself the biggest squeeze at just the right time !

        • karol 16.1.1.2

          Yes – really?

          Even if it were true that Unions were running Labour campaigns, there’s a vast difference between unions representing a lot of Kiwis, and the US Republicans, who represent a lot of Americans.

          RBV’s point was about funding coming from outside NZ for NZ political parties. I don’t think CV was actually supporting that foreign funding, just saying it can be done LEGALLY by an operative like Lusk.

          • Yes 16.1.1.2.1

            But unions do run labour campaigns and make party donations. God don’t try and tell me there no link

            • mickysavage 16.1.1.2.1.1

              Yep.

              One group is foreign based and wants to maximise the rich’s control of the world. The other group is New Zealand based and wants to protect local workers’s wages and conditions.

              Of course they are the same …

              • Yes

                Good you answered my question or statement. Union pull the purse strings in labour.

                • The purse strings resemble a couple of threads of cotton and no there has been no significant union grants of funds as far as I am aware since 1999.

                  But don’t let that trouble your myopic world view. Keep thinking the Engineers Union is just as bad as the Republican party and the fact that one is local and one is based in the US of A is totally irrelevant.

                  • Yes

                    A scan of donations will hundreds of 000 of dollars from unions to labour. Cheaper to run campaigns than declare a donation

                    • Feck I am really disappointed. You mean that members of the party have been scratching around for years and there was this huge stash of dough somewhere that the party could have used?

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      It’s no good Micky. Rumbled mate. Now that it’s out that unions have an influence in a Labour party the gig is pretty much u, no wait that’s fucking ridiculous.

                    • You mean PB that the trade union formed the Labour Party out of its desire to improve the plight of the working class?

                      And that since the formation of the party members of the Trade Union movement have been staunch supporters of Labour with the desire that the party improved working conditions?

                      Oh noe, we have all been rumbled …

                    • Yes

                      Unions run labour

                    • Oh noe …

                      The Labour party is influenced by Unions.

                      Who would have thunk?

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Do go on Yes. Tell us more of this stunning shit you’ve found out.

                      Guys, I hope Yes doesn’t find out there are hippies in the Green Party, or that the Maori Party is run by Maori. I just couldn’t handle the revelations.

                    • IrishBill

                      Damn, and we had been hoping for so long nobody would make the connection between the “labour” movement and the “labour” party. If only we’d had a clever fellow like Lusk to tell us how to keep it on the down low…

                    • farmboy

                      A while back it was owan glen but even he eventually realized they it was a dead end sunset party

                • Colonial Viper

                  As opposed to bankers and international corporate boards of directors for National?

                  • logie97

                    farmboy comes in on the conversation with mention of owan (Owen) glen. Mmmm, wouldn’t mention Glen too often in your dialogue at the moment, farmboy. Seems that most of what Glen gets involved in turns to shit currently.

                • North

                  Yes……get with the programme……more foul demeanour.

                • Morrissey

                  Good you answered my question or statement.

                  He did more than that; he refuted your ignorant statements thoroughly.

                  Union pull the purse strings in labour.

                  You don’t have a clue.

                  NOTE TO MODERATOR: Lyn, why is this fool tolerated? He knows nothing, and adds nothing to the conversation.

            • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.2.1.2

              We’re talking about foreign donations to non-political party actors in NZ and you bring up idiotic irrelevancies nothing to do with the issue being discussed? Fucking moron.

              Get us a better class of RWNJs please please please

              Oh MS your steady replies always make me look so…reactionary :P

              • I have thought that for a while CV.

                All the most effective RWNJs are probably meeting in Cameron’s tree house trying to work out how they are going to respond to tomorrow’s disclosures …

              • I did not mean that my steady replies make you (CV) look reactionary …

                I was referring to the need for the RWNJ quality to be improved …

                :wink:

                • Colonial Viper

                  Indeed, that is the way I chose to read it haha.

                  But thank you kind sir :)

              • dumrse

                Judging by your diatribe, the truth hurts.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Sigh. Yes that must be it.

                  • North

                    OK team…….we just been busted on Slater Porn by Yes and DumbArse. Time to turn in our knighthoods.

                • dumrse

                  Judging by your name the truth should hurt.

                  How is the meeting in Cameron’s tree hut tonite? Worked out what to do yet?

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    They’re gonna do a big reveal. They have made a list of all the journos who might be on the Lusk stuff, and assigned crack operatives to each of them. Phone calls will be made and they will push the Lusk story off the pages with the revelation that the Labour party is in cahoots with some unions.

                  • dumrse

                    Looks like its getting late …..

                    • North

                      Planet Key where you reside is some hours behind us dumbarse. The sun’s barely over the yardarm at the 19th. Not late at all in your magic land.

        • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.3

          Correct. No different from unions running labour campaigns which then become policies

          Unless you are making a reference to foreign American unions like the UAW running the NZ Labour Party which happens to be a NZ registered political party subject to our electoral laws…what the fuck are you on, moron?

      • RedBaronCV 16.1.2

        So how is this stopped? Do the people who place the political type ads have to be funded locally or be a locally registered charity or some such?

        • mickysavage 16.1.2.1

          State funding of political parties RB. Make it a contest of ideas not of wallets.

          • Colonial Viper 16.1.2.1.1

            Do I need to say at this point how absolutely absurdly frakking short sighted and visionless Labour Governments are, with what they choose to spend their political capital on.

            • Matt 16.1.2.1.1.1

              That cannot be repeated often enough. It takes a special kind of incompetent to lose to National at this point, but I know Shearer & Co. can pull it off.

              Recently someone made the observation that National had only one electable member, but when the opposition has none, who cares?

          • RedBaronCV 16.1.2.1.2

            I think maybe a little bit of matched funding , so that for each individual donation up to a certain level there is a match of funding. Would this mean that the number of members would count not just the wealth of the members? And maybe a number of members over a particular level? Not sure how to express it but I would struggle to give funds to the so called “kiddie Basher” party -oops – do I mean Colin Craig.

            Still as a start can we at least work out to get rid of republican money, overseas corporate money and what’s his name Ashcroft and whoever funds the SST?

            • mickysavage 16.1.2.1.2.1

              Sounds good RB as long as there is a cap.

            • Colonial Viper 16.1.2.1.2.2

              Also need to tightly limit the media expenditure/access of all politically active groups and individuals in an election year, not just registered political parties.

              And re-extend the campaign expenditure limitation period from 90 days back up to say 6 months

              And stop all political polls from being published or discussed in the media for 72 hours before election day.

    • paul andersen 16.2

      I would say that the act party used david garret as bagman for money given to the senceless sentencing trust by private prison owners in the states.

  17. A.Ziffel 17

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the possibility of Dunne having another stint as Minister of Revenue under a Labour led government.

  18. Tuna 18

    Dunne just changes with the wind. As long as he is offered baubles, he will be in the next government. Key will need him more than vice versa.

  19. georgecom 19

    Notice seen on lamp posts around Wellington:

    “Lost, one political party. Answers to the name of Future NZ, United NZ or United Future. Last seen sometime in August 2012 at Annual Conference in Auckland. Large reward (from Parliamentry Leaders fund) offered for safe return of desperately needed party. Telephone Peter on 0800 864833 66 388873 (0800 United No Future).”

  20. xtasy 20

    Wow, I am stunned, not Dunned, for sure, this is some development, is it not. I never thought my curse would come true, but apparently black magic is working, here in Aotearoa NZ, indeed!!!

    It was when the final vote was on for the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill, pushed through by the Natzies and Bennett, that I dared to send our dear “friend” of peculiar loyalties a serious email (with absolutely sensitive information), asking him to vote against the bill. He never replied, he ignored it, and now, hey damned, he is paying the damned price for this!!!

    Peter Dunny Boy, get a life, retire now, because Winston also has more ammunition to fire at you next week, mate. Better curl up with your greying curly hair, call it a life in politics, resign and spend the rest of your days writing your annals or “anals”, whatever.

    Get off the chair, get out of your chair, which you no longer deserve, you have been a hanger on, a liability of sorts, for too many of us for far too long. We look forward to an early by-election in Oahiriu, not OHHhairyoooh, please.

    Get yourself shifted mate, you have overstayed your right to suck off the tax payer’s teat for far too long. Good bye, Dunney Boy!

  21. xtasy 21

    Before all you guys and gals get too damned excited, wake up, Labour has been in a stupor, a slumber, led by an incompetent dippo from dippistan, who can barely string two words, let alone a comprehensive sentence together.

    If you really think that in a by-election, to be called short notice, that Labour are “ready”, you need your bloody heads read!! They are fucked, they have wasted one year last year when National and Key were stuffing up galore, like stuff ups served on a silver platter, and Shearer and Labour were too incompetent to even get the most basic challenge thrown at them.

    The new year now has had Nats gear up again, Key fight it out, and Shearer is losing traction.

    It is time to get rid of the man, and stop your damned stupid false sympathies and crap, please. You are hanging onto a total loser!

    Meanwhile Key is getting away with damned murder!

    Now if Dunne stuffs up and has to resign, what the fuck will happen? Labour are totally unprepared, even the Greens are, as they thought nothing will need to be done before 2014. Shearer will shit himself, and he will stuff up day in and out during an election campaign.

    With the shit that happened over the last months and especially two years, Labour should have got a leader, got a team, and got their shit together, so if a by-election happened, they would hit the road with tyres or rubber hitting the road while they are running.

    They are NOT, because Shearer and Labour caucus stuffed up, and will never win an election now. So that allows the Nats to even win another election, should Dunne or Banks drop out. How fucking useless can any opposition be to allow this to happen?

    F*** Labour and Shearer for this scenario, you are real losers!

    • Arfamo 21.1

      David Shearer is the right man for the job of leading Labour into obscurity.

      They need to urgently get on to the job of picking the right person to lead them into government.

    • Colonial Viper 21.2

      Now if Dunne stuffs up and has to resign, what the fuck will happen? Labour are totally unprepared, even the Greens are, as they thought nothing will need to be done before 2014.

      Well, it does seem like rather bad staff work from Labour to have burnt Charles Chauvel off.

  22. Yes 22

    How niave are you guys..unions have 20% of the leadershell vote tell me that is NOT funded influence. The %age points of the vote include from rank and file..ummm union members can double dip on the leadership vote.

    Labour leadership = unions vote + union funds

    Good grief sounds like the stuff you are talking about in USA

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 22.1

      :roll:

    • karol 22.2

      Now… to repeat, one word at a time….

      New. Zealand. unions. representing. kiwi. workers. are. not. the. same. as. US. Republican. donors. representing. powerful. Americans.

      Did you follow it this time, Yes?

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 22.2.1

        The Labour Party is funded by New Zealanders, and this is a matter of open public knowledge, and has been since its inception.

        The National Party is funded by foreign business interests, and they keep very very quiet about it.

        No difference at all ;)

        • Yes 22.2.1.1

          Funded by new zealanders labour party? Seriously! Look a bit more closely at the donation and labour party accounts

          • Colonial Viper 22.2.1.1.1

            And what do they reveal to you, Mr Conspiracy Theorist?

            (haha see what I did there)

        • kiwicommie 22.2.1.2

          Maybe someone should let the Democrats know that the National party is just a Republican party fifth column. ;)

          • Colonial Viper 22.2.1.2.1

            maybe someone should quietly let the Republicans know how many National MPs are bleeding heart gay marriage loving infidels.

            • kiwicommie 22.2.1.2.1.1

              I doubt they care about people outside the US, so long as they support neoliberal economics and bleed people die, kinda like how tv preachers don’t care so long as you send them money and claim to be christian.

    • millsy 22.3

      And what’s your problem with that? Unless you want to kick the unions out of Labour and have it become a right(er) wing party.

  23. Jenny 23

    It can’t be all that hard to sign up 500 members. All it takes is a handful of committed activists, going around all their friends and contacts.

    What this says is that United Future do not have any, or hardly any, active members at all.

    What this means, is that come election time Peter Dunne will have no one to erect his bill boards, or knock on doors, or letterbox leaflets. Will National Party members step in to fill the gap?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 23.1

      Perhaps there’ll be a grass-roots surge of people who stand for nothing.

    • Treetop 23.2

      “It can’t be that hard to sign up 500 members.”

      What does Banks have that Dunne does not have?

      Can a voter be a member of two parties?

      • Murray Olsen 23.2.1

        Banks probably has very little now. ACT had the socially inept libertarians of ACT on Campus, but Banks stands for everything they profess to be against. Putting him in as ACT leader was possibly the only thing that wouldn’t have killed off the party quicker than beginning meetings with a waiata and the ceremonial entry of a framed copy of Te Tiriti.

  24. vto 24

    What this does is yet again highlight the lack of credibility that so many in Parliament have.

    No credibility.

  25. ianmac 25

    The President of UF said variously that they have been working on the membership problem for a month, for a couple of months, for quite a while. I interpret that there efforts have stretched back for perhaps a year?

  26. Lanthanide 26

    Interestingly, Jim Anderon managed to retain enough members for Jim Anderton’s Progressives to serve as a registered party in all elections it contested. Got close to getting a 2nd MP one time, too.

    When I lived in Wigram, one time I got a phone poll asking for the party of the candidate I’d vote for. I said “Jim Anderton” and they said “no no, the party, not the candidate” so I said “Jim Anderton’s Progressives” and they were confused. Idiot.

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    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • 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
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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
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