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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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    For some reason, Americans are terrified about the threat of Ebola, the dangers of Muslim terrorists, but not gunzzzzzzzzzzz.Meanwhile:At least three people have been hospitalised after a student reportedly carried out a shooting at a high school north of Seattle...
    Left hand palm | 24-10
  • Because they wanted a better life for me
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) The first time I saw snow I came...
    On the Left | 24-10
  • Letter to the editor – Key paints a dirty, great, big bullseye on our cou...
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz> date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Dominion Post . On Radio NZ, on 23 October, I was gobsmacked to hear this from  our...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #43A
    Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals An in-depth look at the oceans, climate change and the hiatus Citing rising seas, Florida officials vote to cut state in half Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying...
    Skeptical Science | 24-10
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline | 24-10
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings
    Press Release – The Nation Fonterra boss worried about the spread of Ebola in West Africa and potential big consequences for the company, saying it doesnt feel to me like that it is under control at the momentLisa Owen interviews...
    Its our future | 24-10
  • We can be heroes
    (Trigger warnings apply on this post for assault, misogyny, domestic violence, and bitter sarcasm/flippancy about male perpetrators of violence against women.) This is written for cis-gendered straight guys. I have nothing to say to women on the subject of male...
    On the Left | 24-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #47: Water in Public Spaces
    47: Water in Public Spaces What if we made more of water in our public spaces? Sometimes it is the simple things. People flock to water in public spaces. We need more of it in this city. And in more...
    Transport Blog | 24-10
  • Freedom of information: A good idea from India
    One of the better ideas for freedom of information implemented overseas is disclosure logs - agencies posting requests and responses publicly, allowing performance to be monitored and reducing repeat requests. This is widespread in Australia and the UK, but poorly...
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • The Age of Cupidity
    I've been trying to publish a post for the past couple of weeks.  Although I have several in draft form, when I try to finish them I find myself overwhelmed by a deep lassitude - an uncharacteristic gloom which is only relieved...
    Te Whare Whero | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Looking back with pride – Maryan Street
    Maryan Street joined the Labour Party in 1984, was President from 1995-1997 and became an MP in 2005. She talked to Labour Voices about her Labour journey and the people, events and achievements she recalls with the greatest pride....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Strong and comprehensive
    DEVELOPING “a very strong and comprehensive” Women’s Affairs policy going into the 2014 election is one of the achievements Carol Beaumont is most proud of. And being unable to implement it one of her regrets....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Christchurch’s rebuild should be decided by Christchurch, not Welling...
    Radio New Zealand has an appalling story this morning about the government's interference in the Christchurch rebuild over the new District Plan. Normally district plans are decided by elected local councils accountable to the voters who will live under them....
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • Turning a blind eye to corruption
    As we are constantly reminded, New Zealand consistently leads the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index as the "least corrupt country in the world". And as we are increasingly becoming aware, that reputation may be undeserved. Today there's another nail in...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Police Association off target with call to arm Police
    Arming our Police will lead to more crime, more violence, and more killings – by criminals, and potentially even by police. The Police Commissioner is correct in pointing out that the Police Association’s recent call to arm all officers is...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Political interference at Maori Television
    A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No - according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand:“[Maori TV CEO Paora]...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • September 14 Patronage
    Auckland’s Transport’s patronage results for September are now out and they show that the city is experiencing spectacular PT growth, growth which is also setting a number of records. The big news was earlier in the week was that when it was announced...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa, Labour MP for Manukau East, has given her Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Adrian Rurawhe
    Adrian Rurawhe, Labour MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, has given his Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Roastbusters, one year on (almost)
    March in Wellington against rape culture, from Stuff.co.nz Content warning: contains discussion of rape and sexual assault You can literally get away with rape in this country. You can be a serial rapist, with photographic and video evidence you willingly...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Labour Needs To Stop Saying What People DON”T want to hear.
    A Freight Train called Key: On election night 1975 Bill Rowling said Muldoon's landslide victory felt like being hit by a bus. Oh what David Cunliffe would have given for that bus on 20 September 2014!THE ANGUISH of Labour supporters...
    Bowalley Road | 23-10
  • And if you have to carry a gun to keep your fragile seat at number one R...
    What happened at Canada's war memorial and parliamentary buildings is a pretty bad thing. It should, however, be kept in some sort of perspective. ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Beware the sucker ploy.
    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • 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
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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