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Encouraging polls

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, September 24th, 2012 - 69 comments
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A couple of encouraging polls. Here in NZ, the Labour / Green block continues to chip away at National – and has now taken the lead (pending margin of error of course). The latest TVNZ poll has

National 45% (down 3)
Labour 34% (up 2)
Greens 12% (steady)
Maori Party 3%
NZF 2%
Conservative 2%
Mana 1%
ACT 1%

And in America, “Poll shows Obama support growing”. Gee I wonder how that happened

69 comments on “Encouraging polls”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    Righties often point out an alleged contradiction when the ‘left’ calls bullshit on the methodology of polls, including those involving landlines, but then welcomes a lift in opposition parliamentary wing ratings in the very same polls.

    The answer is that with skewed privately owned polls a left lift inspite of the manipulation has to be considered positive news indeed.

    • Dr Terry 1.1

      Whatever the ups and downs of polling methods, this latest result surprises me that the Right should still remain as high as it is! What are we to make of human nature?

      • muzza 1.1.1

        DT – It the politics of the ignorant and corrupted, which is why those who consider themselves right, can relate to it.

        That said the real left is certainly not Labour, who are simply running distraction, as was shown by the leadership pair, and D Parker.

        R0b – Are you saying that the Dems are simply the lessar of two evils?

        Hooten – I hear that you yell alot on the radio? I personally don’t know because I don’t listen to the MSM, its that low grade. Was wondering how you feel being part of an establishment which seeks to deceive, and flat out lie to people…does it make you feel good, or do you actually believe in the systems we have?

      • blue leopard 1.1.2

        “this latest result surprises me that the Right should still remain as high as it is! ”

        Me too.

        A theory I’m deducing: Its all about Junk Politics, which appears to involve activities such as opinion manipulation and appealing to people’s baser/uninformed instincts; where success has nothing to do with the effectiveness of policies or positive direction, solely about getting numbers to be in power.

        When people are not educated in political approaches and when they are busy it leaves them particularly susceptible to this approach; this means the majority of us.

        The sad result of Junk Politics is it effectively condones, thus encourages, our baser natures, and less informed conclusions and thereby brings out the worst in us; this causes a self perpetuating effect to be involved in our political opinions and makes it take a longer time for opinion to shift especially when a party has got the spin “just right”.

        Junk Politics does nothing for the health of the community in which it is conducted in simply benefits the agenda of whomever has the winning spin

  2. Matthew Hooton 2

    This is great news for David Shearer and shows Labour has the right man in charge. His strategy is working.

    • r0b 2.1

      Feeding your own conspiracy theory meme Matthew? Bit narcissistic.

    • Tom Gould 2.2

      Nice try, Matthew, but a little obvious don’t you think?

    • Carol 2.3

      As to whom poll respondents would prefer to be prime minister, support for John Key was down one point but still strong at 44%.

      David Shearer’s support was down one point to 12%, the second month in a row that his numbers have dipped.

      • Dr Terry 2.3.1

        I suppose the masses who have voted with their feet (aussie) helps keep Keys polling high, but, even so, I have to wonder about the characters of so many New Zealand voters when I consider all the terrible things that have happened (and are happening) under the Key reign since November last. They are, of course, living in the “paradise of fools”.

        • blue leopard 2.3.1.1

          Yes totally agree Dr Terry. I recently had the misfortune to witness some shocking dinosaur attitudes (rural NZ) and while recovering from the horror I pondered how this might be what is being reflected in the polls.

        • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.2

          Dr Terry. Ordinary NZers used to receive solid left wing political-economic education via unions and other left wing organisations.

          Today they get it from TV1 and the NZ Herald. Enough said.

    • National has an absolute nightmare of a year and Labour is 11 points behind … 

      I think it best that Labour does not take advice from Hoots. 

      • McFlock 2.4.1

        I dunno. The trend from nov2011 seems pretty steady in this poll – and it overcounted the tories by 3% vs the election.
            
        The thing to remember is that the tories are basically the nats. And it has NZ1 on 2%, just like it did before the last election. 
                     
        All said and done, if I were labour I’d be cautiously optimistic. 

      • King Kong 2.4.2

        I would also be careful about listening to a guy who decimated his own political ambitions by viciously bagging the guy who eventually won the leadership race. The dream of personal power only returns with Cunners at the helm.

    • gobsmacked 2.5

      Hi Matthew – missed you on Radio NZ this morning …

      Remember “Nixon to China”? You haven’t used that line lately.

      Given the current state of Key-Maori releations, has it been replaced by “LBJ to (bomb) Vietnam”?

      • mike e 2.5.1

        I’m suffering from lbl lol

      • North 2.5.2

        Hooten is a nasty, pompous wee shout down boy whose immaturity never ceases to amaze me. He hasn’t progressed beyond snotty little self-satisfied president of the Young Nats. Keep it up Matty Boy. You’re an emabassrassment !

    • Anne 2.6

      Hooton ran Shearer down Monday week ago on the Radio NZ political spot.

      • Dr Terry 2.6.1

        Look, let’s be quite clear, Hooton and his kind are delighted to see Shearer more secure in his job. Does anyone think National wants to see a strong Leader of the Opposition who might conceivably cope with Key & co?

    • dancerwaitakere 2.7

      I really think that what National needs is to have Melissa Lee in charge.

      That would surely result in a bounce in their support.

      Look, clearly I have no interest in ANYTHING other than good Government. Melissa Lee would provide that. She would be the right woman at the top of National.

    • fatty 2.8

      “This is great news for David Shearer and shows Labour has the right man in charge. His strategy is working.”

      Nice one Hooton…thanks for your input. Got any other ideas for Labour?…maybe kill some babies on live TV?
      You really are comic gold.

  3. Craig Glen Eden 3

    Mathews just shit scared that eventually Cunliffe will be Labours leader and then Keys number is well and truly up. You would have to be a total idiot to believe Mathew Hooten has any interest in Labour doing well when he is such a National Cheerleader and Keys pr. It will be great news when National are on 33 and Labour are on 45 Mathew, then you can through a party aye.

    • gobsmacked 3.1

      Matthew may be evil, but he’s not stupid.

      He knows that Shearer faffing around can only be good for other opposition parties – such as NZ First. They voted for the latest Bennett nonsense in Parliament last week, a warning sign to those on the “left” who think Winston is nailed-on to go with Labour and the Greens.

      • fatty 3.1.1

        “Matthew may be evil, but he’s not stupid.”

        True…its pretty obvious he is taking the piss and having a laugh about how National chose the Labour leader.
        The sad thing is that Shearer and Co are probably having a sing-a-long around a camp fire, and are patting themselves on the back for getting the thumbs-up from Hooten.

    • David H 3.2

      Hootens interested in nothing but Hooten. I saw him on TV the other day and he is a loud mouthed, bully boy, who has no interest in other peoples opinions.

    • Dr Terry 3.3

      Good, CGE! You have got it right!

    • David H 3.4

      The sooner this happens the better Shearer is NOT a leader.

  4. Populuxe1 4

    Colmar-Brunton polls are only slightly less accurate than reading the tea leaves.

    • lprent 4.1

      Yes. But the trends are of interest. It is a pity that kiwipollguy appears to have stopped in April after ritualistically writing on his last post

      I guess I will have to go back to semi-regular once-per-month or so updates.

      Whenever anyone writes that on a blog these days I assume we will never hear from them again?

      Is anyone else doing the trend/margin of errors stuff on the polls other than Roy Morgan? Morgan does it frequently enough that you can see actual trends and they graph their previous polls for that fast look at the trends and get an idea of the actual bouncing (and ignore the editorialising that passes for ‘analysis’*).

      The other polls are just a pain…

      * The ‘headline’ at Roy Morgan’s website on the search page is a classic example it screams “NATIONAL (46.5%) INCREASES STRONG LEAD OVER LABOUR (31%)” for the above poll. Obviously written by a political idiot who still thinks than NZ is in a FPP political system. The actual poll analysis reads “If a National Election were held today this New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll says an election result would be ‘too close to call’.”. While that is also bullshit because people actually firm up their ‘intentions’ (actually in my view usually become more willing to state one) closer to elections and the results often differ radically over the last few months of an election.

      • Dr Terry 4.1.1

        True, memories are dreadfully short, count on that in election year. National will be all sweetness and light in 2014. The punishment is likely to cease following 2013, but continue until then. Sorry, but I fear that results might be radically different in the months preceding the election – for the worse!

    • mike e 4.2

      The tea party Act don’t read can’t read can’t remember,Were you using your crystal ball to find out popuganda

  5. higherstandard 5

    The US polls may be worth mentioning at only just over a month out from their election although whether a democrat or a republican gets in it will make sod all difference to the man in the street in the US let alone elsewhere in the world.

    NZ political polls are pointless over a year out from an election. I’d like to see the bloody things banned so we don’t have to have them shoved down a throats ad infinitum each time we switch on the TV or radio coming in to the election next year.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      although whether a democrat or a republican gets in it will make sod all difference to the man in the street in the US let alone elsewhere in the world.

      QFT.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      The only US polling I bother paying attention to is here:
      http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

      Recently (last few weeks) I’ve seen a lot of headlines saying either Obama or Romney is picking up pace and when looking at 538 at the time it doesn’t support the headline at all.

      • mike e 5.2.1

        Lanth how many of Obamas supporters are going to turn out as the repuplicans are trying to make it mandatory to have an identity card

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      I’d like to see the bloody things banned so we don’t have to have them shoved down a throats ad infinitum each time we switch on the TV or radio coming in to the election next year.

      Well, that’s something that you and I agree on.

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.1

        Banned for a week before election date. Give us one week to focus on the issues and the pollies, not the opinion polls.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.3.1.1

          No, just ban the things. After all, they were the cause of 1/3rd of the non-voters not voting.

  6. BernyD 6

    The conservative NZers are living up to their name, at least the polls reflect their hearts.
    But what are their minds saying ?
    Civilised or Violent?
    We know which one their heart desires, But we can’t “Smack it into them M8!”

  7. gobsmacked 7

    Here’s another encouraging poll –

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2012/4826/

    Encouraging for Gillard, but also a reminder for NZ’s opposition … the “tide” is a misleading metaphor, because although it may be going out on an incumbent, that is not inevitable. It can also turn back, towards the government, if the leader of the opposition is derided and dismissed by the voters. Tony Abbott could still lose the election for the Coalition (which is why he’ll probably be dumped by his caucus). NZ Labour take note.

    • mike e 7.1

      Too true Gobs.
      Boat people and the sky not falling in , the anti Gina Reinhardt thing , Tony Abbots foot in mouth Disease and the big one States run by the right are causing a federal back lash with Austerity programs has Julia on the up for now.
      Obama is in the drivers seat for now as Gaffe prone Romney is becoming despised by his own!

  8. captain hook 8

    even the grass roots of the national party know that this government is composed of manques, basically crooked and on the way out.

  9. Nature doesn’t care which way you vote, you can pick Tweedledum or Tweedledumer it doesn’t matter to nature, or reality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVSCA0z8ZjM&feature=plcp
    You can vote for the golly green giant or Jesus Christ, it is going to make zero difference, as predicted by Richard Heinberg back in around 2001 “we will vote for red necked Nazis, if they will promise a way ‘out’ or way to maintain business as usual
    Obommer is being ruled by the same people as Key (and as Clark was), non of them noticed the polar ice diapering, that is for sure.
    For everyone to get a fair share of the cake, we would need at least 5 planets worth of ‘cake’.
    Every politician that promises you something better if you vote for them is a delusional liar, and believing them just make delusional fools out of most of you.
    If at the end of 2013 or 2014 you have 10% less ‘self worth’ then consider yourself lucky.
    As George Carlin said “You go out on election day, and have a swell time, I will be at home doing basically the same as you, but I will have a solution at the end”
    Every politician is backing the growth based ponzi savings scam Kiwi Saver, while they remain silent on this con, non of them is worth being called ‘honorable’ that is for sure.
    The peoples representative, yeah right.

    • blue leopard 9.1

      “we will vote for red necked Nazis, if they will promise a way ‘out’ or way to maintain business as usual”

      Interesting; sounds like an accurate prediction. I agree with a lot of your sentiments yet am averse, however, to the likely consequences of believing it makes no difference who to vote for i.e not voting at all. While we have this system I still think we MUST vote; there are plenty of parties to vote for; the more people who vote and vote with integrity one never knows who might get more influence, even some of the smaller parties, just so long as more of us VOTE.

      • Robert Atack 9.1.1

        But but but, if they are ALL lying, who do you trust with your vote?
        And how do you separate the liars, if they are all preaching from the same book?
        IE Growth is guaranteed, so all you hard working Kiwis will see a return on your investments in Kiwi Saver …………… which is a lie.
        And if they believe their own bullshit, doesn’t that make them even less deserving of my vote?
        They are all so utterly fucking stupid and useless, understanding reality and the facts of nature I would have to have my head read if I placed my trust in the incompetents we have in parliament.

        • blue leopard 9.1.1.1

          Robert Atack

          While we have a system of voting for “representatives” (cough), unless you vote for the closest to your set of values you STILL affect the decision by not voting. I.e approx 30% of NZ didn’t vote last election, by doing so they effectively said “we’ll go with the status quo”.

          You can’t get around this fact, and I think with the diversity of parties that were available this last election, I find it appalling that people didn’t vote.

          Even if it were for a small party, this still effects the percentages and even if a small party doesn’t get in, it still sends a message to politicians as to what are favoured NZ issues, for example: The Conservative Party’s 59,237 votes as opposed to 23, 899 votes for Act (and we all know a percentage of this number were Nat voters in Epsom). This could be a message that perhaps there were right wing people out there wanting a right wing party yet who didn’t agree with asset sales, and this despite the danger of not having one’s vote represented. (assumption I know).

          Mana’s election night party was on a street to align with the Occupy Wall Street movement; a movement that rails against all negative corporate effects on our societies. Which I would have thought went along with what you are railing against. (Why in the world Mana didn’t get more votes I’ll never know). I don’t know if there is anywhere else in the world that has had a political party so openly support this movement.

          If you don’t support those speaking out, you are simply part of the problem. There is simply no option of not effecting the results. If the party you vote for fucks up, vote for another in 3 years.

          You simply can’t NOT effect the outcome by not voting, rather you simply are going along with what the majority is voting for. This is not an effective or acceptable course of action.

          • Robert Atack 9.1.1.1.1

            If every politician is a liar then you have to be brain dead to give them a vote.
            Lets pretend as the environmentally, and economically aware vegetarian I decided to vote. Please tell me who?
            Because as far as the environment goes this growth based system is killing it, so I couldn’t vote for a party that promoted growth based anything, such as a ponzi savings scam like Kiwi Saver.
            And as I am also aware global peak in crude oil BACK in 2005 started the end of economic growth, so again why would I vote for any politician that promotes something that clearly can not happen ie a payout from a growth based retirement scam.
            They are ALL standing up and saying the Earth is flat, and you think voting is going to change something?
            How?
            We are all being severely shafted, all voting does is lets you pick the colour of the lubricant.;)
            apologies in advance

            Oh and what was that about the Arctic, fast becoming a summer swimming hole? Is any politician worth a vote talking about that? That fucking Aussie clown from the Greens is only talking about reducing the NZ dollar, so we can keep on GROWING …. the co head clown of the Greens is pro GROWTH, as they all showed when they voted in Kiwi Saver “it will be so nice investing in ‘sustainable’ developments” FFS anything that makes a ‘profit’ fucks the environment.

            So yeah voting sure helps.

            • Populuxe1 9.1.1.1.1.1

              If so many on the left had bothered to vote in the last election, we probably wouldn’t still be dealing with this pack of dickheads now – that’s what your fastidious conscientiousness achieves.

              • Pop you are not paying attention to what I’m saying.
                They all support a lie
                Even Hone keeps mum about the BS that is Kiwi Saver ….. and it was ‘the left’ that created this con.

            • blue leopard 9.1.1.1.1.2

              Robert Atack

              I agree with Populuxe 1 here although am sympathetic to your concerns, especially about the growth meme. I just think it pays to remember Rome wasn’t built in a day

              I don’t imagine that any one party would change the system overnight, I would imagine change would happen in increments and if people support the “voices” that are moving toward new approaches, there is more chance of that happening.

              Had people come out and voted, we might not be digging ourselves deeper into the growth meme and other problems.

              I think you are shooting yourself in the foot by focussing on a couple of issues Kiwi Saver and growth (all be it an important one) and believing there is no point in voting for the reasons I have conveyed.

          • Robert Atack 9.1.1.1.2

            Occupy Wall Street movement; a movement that rails against all negative corporate effects on our societies.

            I look at the ‘Occupy movement’ as like a bunch of 3 year olds all crying and yelling “I want”, “It’s not fair” bla bla bla
            The very simple fact is if we did divide the 1%’s fortune amongst the masses, all we would do is speed up our collective suicide.
            The first place they should have ‘occupied’ was the maternity wards, because it is the constant creation of more humans that feeds this death machine.
            As far as stopping the corporates, ‘we’ haven’t a snow balls chance. In fact the fastest way to bring this system down is to use it.
            I wonder how many Green voters were involved in the Occupy movement? And that the Greens ‘by there support of KS’ actually support ‘the corporates’ ??????????????????
            So in the end voters get what they deserve … a bunch of myopic fools as so called leaders.
            But please don’t blame me if I can’t bring myself to support the BS.

            • Populuxe1 9.1.1.1.2.1

              [deleted]

              [lprent: Wishing death or destruction on others or even urging that they consider it as an option is over the behaviour limits (as has been established with me as test case on both sides). You have been warned. ]

              • I will just lay here like a dead messenger :)

                • fatty

                  haha…I hear your message and agree with you. I think the same – too many people. But I think that the best way to reduce the world population is to create equality and raise most people’s quality of life so that large families are no longer a necessity.
                  I also think that voting is not a waste of time, I’d rather live in Hone’s NZ compared to what the other parties have to offer. And to move away from capitalism/consumerism, this can only be done gradually…or we wait for the mega-crash, which could be a long way off if it ever happens.
                  So I vote, and I moan, but I am not expecting a top down solution in my lifetime…and being involved with ground up movements does create change, its what I see as the best way, but always looking for more?

                  • blue leopard

                    +1

                    And Robert Atack
                    Just wondering if you ever viewed Democrats for NZ policies? I can’t load their page today but found this site in case you hadn’t.

                    • Democrats, etc have some good ideas regarding money, and if implemented 100 or so years ago, might have done some good, but maybe not, if their ideas helped even out the global wealth, then the planet would be consumed faster, after all who doesn’t want a 50 inch flat screen, or a nice car, and a garage to park it in?
                      I stood for the Direct Democracy party back in 2005 ish(?) they had a 2% transaction tax idea, it stacked up and all that, but it also depended on consuming the environment, so again spreading the buying power and increasing the speed we are going extinct.
                      We are pasted peak energy, if it wasn’t for the economic crash we would all know and understand peak oil production, but fortunately the global economic crash, has reduced demand for oil, so everything is just holding together, it certainly isn’t going back to the days of 3+% growth.

                    • blue leopard

                      @ Robert Atack

                      An interesting report on the different transaction taxes and their different effects here in case you are interested

                      http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2011/wp1154.pdf

                      You sound informed and hope you keep chipping away, I think there is hope if we all just keep pushing for real approaches and encouraging those of our politicians who show the most movement in that direction.

                      I am yet to believe that ALL politicians lack integrity; I still see a few that appear to be genuinely passionate about what they are doing. At present they are working within the confines of this growth meme at; yet this is not to say that things may progress in a more realistic direction. My view is we just have to keep chipping away at them over this/these issue/s.

                      Change takes a long time not least because it takes a while for a “tipping point” of numbers of people to effect it; and one only has to acknowledge the time it takes for oneself to shift one’s paradigm to realize this is a slow process; however whats our other option? Giving up is simply to go along with the status quo; and this is simply not an acceptable option.

  10. tracey 10

    I wld be interested in any polling in chchch.

  11. tracey 11

    Ra. Sadly i think you are right… For me the last hope to try and keep some integrity in the system is to vote green… But until they have actual power who knows where their principles will go. The mp started from a point of principle and appear to have moved to ends justify the means.

  12. ScottGN 12

    Encouraging polls out of Britain as well. Latest Guardian/ICM poll has Labour on 41% with a solid 10 point lead over the Conservatives. It’s in line with other recent polls too including in The Telegraph.
    Worth mentioning I guess only because not so long ago Ed Miliband was thought to be totally hopeless and out of his depth etc up against Dave and SamCam.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      I greatly enjoyed Ed Milliband’s clear, strong, articulate stances during the Labour UK leadership selection process. Left wing, with clear repudiations and limitations placed on the market driven neoliberal model.

  13. Poission 13

    The horizon poll is out it was conducted overnight,it reduced nats by 1% Peters was the big mover.

    Interesting is two points .

    1) National has the support of 24.8% of people aged 18+, down from 32.31% at the 2011 general election.

    2) National has the support of 68.3% of those who voted for it in 2011. Its voters have not so much moved to other parties but to being not sure: 18% now say they don’t know how they will vote.

    had enough and no plan b

    Here the potential is for the opposition to step up and show some leadership,the populace has little confidence in the incumbents.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00329/job-losses-spy-claims-1-vote-support-change-overnight.htm

  14. BernyD 14

    Humble Opinion,

    My thoughts keep hinting that the Greens / Labour / anyone else are about to start thinking about the initial steps of their statutory plans, and start openly canvassing Nationals support for them.

    They wont table the entire plan, just the Logical first steps.

    Giving themselves the opportunity to fine tune them as they offer them up.

    They’ve got all the evidence, provided by National and some damn good reporting. It was known but off the record, now it’s not.

    I think they’ll have the bit between their teeth shortly :-p, Aye Bill.

    The Nats’ll have to ask for the rest.

    PS.
    Yas should take note that there is peoples lives at stake behind the Dotcom stuff, and the so called indifference you face is based on that fact, not some “Off The Record” deal.

  15. gobsmacked 15

    Latest poll bad news for Key:

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2012/4827/

    The party votes jump around, but the declining confidence rating is the big story.

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the long-term trend.

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    It’s always great to see companies grow – and Define Instruments recently took their first big leap. The team has followed existing international sales by setting up a South African office. It’s the first of many new overseas offices we hope to...
    Lance Wiggs | 31-10
  • MacLennan on fixing the OIA
    Journalist and lawyer Catriona MacLennan has some suggestions on Fixing Official Information Act Abuses . She identifies three problems with the law: lack of resources to enforce the law; deliberate flouting of the act; and inadequate understanding of the legislation...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • New research quantifies what’s causing sea level to rise
    There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a...
    Skeptical Science | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • 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
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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