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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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    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    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. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    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
  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 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
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