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State of Nations

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 24 comments

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This post isn’t a ‘contrast and compare’ piece on the policy announcements of National, the Greens and Labour. Enough to say that National are pursuing privatisation while both Labour and Green are at least trying to do good things.

Shame about the reality of the bigger picture then.

xkcd: Global Warming

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, January 28th, 2014 - 55 comments

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Spot the difference! Stating the nation

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, January 23rd, 2014 - 97 comments

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[Updated] Speeches: Key (today ZB Transcript). PM’s speech – untruths, misdirections & corporatisation of education – comment added. Cunliffe on Monday, on greater opportunities for all Kiwis. Metiria Turei’s speech, Sunday – will talk education, environment. Peters responds to Key. Greens response – education. Cunliffe’s Stand-up – audio.

Deep sea oil drilling

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, January 23rd, 2014 - 90 comments

No deep sea oil drilling

Deep sea oil drilling is in the news.  Labour’s position is to require increased environmental standards and drillers would have to display an effective ability to clean up any disasters.  The Greens would prefer to leave the oil in the ground.  If there is a change of Government this year resolving this issue will pose a fascinating test of the parties.

A big gay rainbow the true cause of the UK’s unusual weather

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, January 21st, 2014 - 19 comments

Gay Rain

It is quite an achievement for a sitting MP to be considered to be too nutty for the UKIP.  But David Silvester has achieved this dubious distinction by claiming that adverse weather events in the United Kingdom are the result of legalising same sex marriage …

UBI (2) Why should we push for a UBI? (Universal basic income).

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, January 17th, 2014 - 26 comments

stop robbing poor to feast rich

Why a UBI?

Firstly. To overturn some paradigms:
That a great many people should lead poor and constricted lives, so a very few can be rich.
That ordinary people are disposable economic production units.

There is science, and then there are dickheads

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, January 17th, 2014 - 153 comments

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Over the last three centuries science has established a pretty robust technique for overturning consensus and examining the weirder areas of science. You have to publish. Waving an untestable vague idea of cause and effect around based on wordplay is something that is better left to politicians, con artists, and religionists. Waving his dick around like Rodney Hide did on Sunday merely proves that he doesn’t think with his brain.

The politics of food: Oxfam report

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, January 16th, 2014 - 10 comments

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Some MSM reports crow about positive economic indicators, & decreases in the time people spend on benefits. Such statistics fail to show inequalities, & struggles of people on low incomes.  An Oxfam comparative international report on food security is not good news for NZ, or the world.

Oil Free Otago’s day of action

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, January 12th, 2014 - 38 comments

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Oil Free Otago is holding a weekend of action and discussion on an oil free future.

Its not easy being Green

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, January 11th, 2014 - 175 comments

Julie Ann Genter Greens

There is an important debate for both Labour and the Greens to have about the level of cooperation they should display this year.  Some commentators have suggested that the Greens will be sidelined and that the battle will be between Labour and National but this is MMP and every vote counts.  The goal for progressives has to be to increase the overall left vote.

Even David Cameron believes in climate change

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, January 9th, 2014 - 253 comments

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Some extreme weather events around the world are being cited as proof by the ill informed that global warming has ceased.  Rodney Hide, Donald Trump and the commentators at Fox News rank amongst the most sceptical.  But when even Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron concedes that these weather events may be linked to climate change then the failure to make fundamental change becomes even more puzzling.

New Zealand is doing nothing about climate change

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, January 5th, 2014 - 178 comments

Akademik Shokalskiy

The latest report on New Zealand’s performance under the Kyoto Protocol is out and the news is disturbing.  Net emissions compared to  our 1990 CO2 equivalent emissions are predicted to treble by 2030 at a time where they should be trending to below the 1990 level.  And Government policies are shown to be making little difference.  Meanwhile a report by Prof Euan Mason advocates that Agriculture should be in the scheme and that with a proper price for ETS credits significant reforestation with attendant benefits could occur.  And meanwhile RWNJs continue to show their belligerent lack of understanding of the science of climate change …

Polity: Who believes in climate change?

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 pm, December 29th, 2013 - 84 comments

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Cool-yet-depressing finding on why some people change their mind on climate change from one day to the next.

It can be summarised by saying Republicans in the US are scientific morons, and many Americans decide based on the previous days weathers.

The lighter side of left

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, December 21st, 2013 - 41 comments

How will the media report the apocalypse? And other fun videos, images & links.

The Carbon or the Swag?

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, December 12th, 2013 - 42 comments

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So many choices! What’s a body to do?

NRT: Climate change: More windfall profits

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, December 9th, 2013 - 19 comments

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The Emissions Trading Scheme was never a particularly good way of curbing greenhouse emissions and the way that National gutted it made it distinctly worse. Now we are in a position where National has found a way to use it to providing even more polluter welfare.

Breaking News: Aratere to be used in the event of a major oil spill

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, December 3rd, 2013 - 38 comments

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As Greenpeace make a bid in the High Court to challenge the EPA’s decision to grant Anadarko permission to deep sea drill, we can reveal the content of secret documents detailing the contingency plan in the event of a major oil spill. The documents outline how the stricken inter island ferry Aratere will be deployed in the cleanup effort, should a catastrophic event occur.

1979: the year that the climate changed for me

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, November 27th, 2013 - 34 comments

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On the site we now have a a simple little graphic that shows how much heat has accumulated on our planet. It is expressed as multiples of of the heat energy of Hiroshima sized A-bombs. I’ve picked 1979 as being the start year because that was the year that I became aware of the effects of changing climate. I was a 19 year old student in my second year of a BSc in Earth Sciences, and the topic under discussion was the WMO’s recent World Climate Conference.

NRT: Climate change: The enemy

Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, November 21st, 2013 - 31 comments

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The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.

Oil rigs – coming to a beach near you?

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, November 19th, 2013 - 98 comments

Piha with oil rig

The Government is in the process of handing out oil exploration permits which would if unchanged allow drilling 6 nautical miles out from the west coast beaches of Auckland.  And Auckland Council had the chance to submit on the proposal and did so, in a very gentle way, but forgot to ask the locals including the local board.  There has to be a better way.

Nats’ demolition derby

Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, November 18th, 2013 - 107 comments

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John Key’s government is going full tilt at dismantling everything of value in NZ, and selling as much as possible to the overseas investors.  It’s the government of Drill It, Mine it, Sell it.  Find out about the asset sales referendum & how to vote.

Groser says govt ministers in denial of reality

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, November 14th, 2013 - 145 comments

phillippine typhoon haiyan

3news has shaken out hidden science denialists in National. This follows the disgraceful booing of Russel Norman by National MPs who did not want to hear him ‘inappropriately’ quote a Filipino official attributing the typhoon to climate change at a time apparently meant for empty platitudes. Meanwhile, the Filipino official that Norman was quoting has written to thank him.

NAct MPs: heckling from “their armchairs”

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, November 12th, 2013 - 128 comments

Typhoon Philippines

Today in speaking to John Key’s motion on the Typhoon in the Philippines, Russel Norman read out a statement that was spoken by Philippines climate negotiator Naderev “Yeb” Saño, who called for urgent action on climate change.  Sounds of heckling could he heard from the comfort of the government benches. [update: Yeb Saño to Russel Norman]

Quote of the day: “Atlas shrugs off climate change”

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, October 23rd, 2013 - 37 comments

john key stumped

Kennedy Graham’s post on NZ’s appalling record on climate change:  ‘Atlas shrugs off climate change – a New Zealand policy failure of monumental proportions‘, includes a great quote about Key shrugging in the face of his (and “neoliberalism”) failures.  So apt.

“Do we want to play Russian roulette with two bullets or one?”

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, October 22nd, 2013 - 68 comments

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Lord Nicolas Stern, who wrote a ground-breaking report on the economic costs of climate change against the costs of stopping it (conclusion: stopping it is cheap compared to the cost of not), has changed his mind. Climate change is getting worse, faster, and heading to worse results than he thought. It’s no longer a matter of avoiding disaster, but how bad it gets.

Well done Greens!

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, October 13th, 2013 - 115 comments

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Yesterday was a very good day for the Greens (and the left).  Congratulations!  It’s hard to predict outcomes for next year’s parliamentary elections based on local elections, especially when the voter turnout is so low.  But the left does get a boost from the results.  Local councils need to be improved so that are more democratic. [Update: Clow (Labour) for Whau- preliminary result. Waitakere Ranges Board]

Streamed AR5 science workshop

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, October 10th, 2013 - 4 comments

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Thomas Stocker of the IPCC’s science group is in New Zealand for a few days. Local science groups have taken the opportunity to put together a stakeholder workshop to allow Stocker and NZ lead authors to present the key findings of the recently published AR5 WG1 report. The public workshop is being held tomorrow, Friday 11th, from 9am to 1pm in Wellington and will be web-cast live.

APEC, TPP, Crosby-Textor, Philip Morris & John Key

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, October 8th, 2013 - 76 comments

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John Key’s role as Obama surrogate in chairing TPP discussions at APEC just reinforce how much Key is deeply involved in crony capitalist, Big Corporate serving networks of influence: ones that link him with anti-democratic Big Tobacco, Big Oil, and climate change denial propaganda.

We’re really stuffing up, aren’t we?

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, September 29th, 2013 - 54 comments

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report makes, well, pretty damn depressing reading. Over a century after the basic mechanism of global warming by greenhouse gases was understood, and quarter of a century since the world’s nations signed the framework convention on climate change, emissions are still rising and the outlook is getting worse.

IPCC AR5: Thank the oceans

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, September 28th, 2013 - 101 comments

IPCC AR5 Figure SPM1 b

The levels of agreement in IPCC AR5 preliminary report on oceans are no longer ambiguous. Enough data has (finally) been collected.

Ocean warming dominates the increase in energy stored in the climate system, accounting for more than 90% of the energy accumulated between 1971 and 2010 (high confidence). It is virtually certain that the upper ocean (0−700 m) warmed from 1971 to 2010, and it likely warmed between the 1870s and 1971.

Kennedy Graham: Key’s UN speech “B-“

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 pm, September 27th, 2013 - 39 comments

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Good on Kennedy Graham for posting a good critique of Key’s UN speech, while the MSM largely report the speech in uncritical and glowing terms., Graham focuses on Errors of Omission. [Update: Key's Omission of Kampala non-aggression Agreement, implicitly supports Obama's UN speech for US military aggression.]

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    Perception is everything in politics. And one of the many successful tactics used by National in the election, was to perpetuate the perception that they were more credible and sensible than the Opposition. That perception won the day for middle...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The audacity of the NZ Police in trying to justify their cover up of a cove...
    I’ve got this theory that in a post-colonial country, the immigrant community values a level of brutal thuggishness from their Police force because it’s the mounted constabulary that would be called upon to protect the settlers from angry Maori. This...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – My Shortest Blog Ever
    Earlier this week, FailOil penned a piece criticizing, among other things, my bowmanship. He then added insult to injury by misspelling my name (again), and inaccurately stating I’m no longer on NZ First’s Board of Directors. He wishes! The final barb...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • What have we done?
    I really had rather hoped that I wouldn’t be writing this so soon after the General Election, but here we are. John Key and National did not campaign on sending New Zealanders to war, committing our country to a battle...
    The Daily Blog | 10-10
  • The things Whaleoil did to Matthew Blomfield & why haven’t Police cha...
    The full story of the beating at home by Matthew Blomfield and the vile means which Slater decided to destroy Blomfield’s life by publishing stolen emails is as ugly as it is hypercritical in light of how Slater screamed victim over his own...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Comparing Don Brash to Cameron Slater
    I. Dont. Understand. Cameron Slater makes a complaint to the NZ Police that his emails were hacked and stolen on August 28th. By October 2nd, the NZ Police had 5 Officers search Nicky Hager’s house for 10 hours. That’s 36...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Boyack – ANZ Strike
    If you’ve been paying attention to the news this week, you may have noticed that ANZ bank workers across the country have been taking strike action. Workers are walking off the job due to an offer from the Bank that...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Why we need our own “foreign policy” based on solidarity
    Working people in the advanced capitalist world should reject appeals by the rulers of their countries to support the foreign policy of “their” country. Inevitably that foreign policy is simply a programme to advance the interests of the super wealthy...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • An Equity Solution
    Last week I used the word ‘equitarian’ as an adjective for a distributional system based on equity; much as a person who believes in the primacy of liberty might be classed as a libertarian. I was somewhat alarmed to find, from...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Amy Adams: Minister of Broadcasting
    We have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams and the good news is that at last broadcasting is in the hands of a senior cabinet minister. Adams might actually influence National’s broadcasting policy and bring the advice and expertise...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – ACT: Addicted to Other People’s Money
    Apparently, they have a saying in ACT about the deliciousness and delectability of spending “Other People’s Money”. They think it’s an addiction and a disease. Well, as applies the actions and spending of their own parliamentarians, this would certainly appear...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • Sound of Music – Doe. A dear. A 4 star dear.
    The joy of a venue like the Civic is that it can provide a real sense of magic. A night out at the theatre for something as fun as the current season of the Sound of Music is great for families...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • A Dagger In The Dark: Why John Key should remain Minister-in-Charge of the ...
    JOHN KEY’S DECISION to hand off day-to-day responsibility for the national security apparatus to Chris Finlayson is deeply troubling. The tradition of making the Prime Minister the Minister-in-Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and, more latterly, the Government...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • If Key reinvades Iraq – can we actually trust our media to hold him to ac...
    As John Key’s casual drumbeat for war builds tempo, it increasingly looks like NZ will pointlessly reinvade Iraq. The shame of such war mongering might be lost on the majority of NZers who electorally rewarded Dirty Politics and mass surveillance lies...
    The Daily Blog | 09-10
  • So according to the Government, inequality and poverty are the fault of Cou...
    Like privileged elitist private school kids on a bender, this Government is drunk on its own sense of power after their astounding win at the ballot box, so high on their own supply, we have the Finance Minister now claiming...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Hager defence fund now over $30 000 – please help donate
    The legal defence fund for Nicky Hager is now over $30 000, please keep giving. If we want to have a democracy, we can’t leave it up to the mainstream media who have been pathetic in their support of Hager...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • We won’t be a target if we reinvade Iraq but there are shocking numbers o...
    In one breath Key claims reinvading Iraq won’t make us a target yet in another breath he says there are many  sympathisers here in NZ wanting to fight for IS – both breaths can’t be true. Part of Key’s casual and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • So it took 800 Australian cops to arrest one ‘terrorist’ with a plastic...
    So the supposed mass terror attack that required 800 Australian Police to take down 1 terrorist has revealed that the sword this supposed terrorist was to use for beheadings is actually a plastic sword. As I pointed out when this...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Meet the NZ propagandist and pollster who thinks dressing up like a paedoph...
    Meet the NZ propagandist and pollster who thinks dressing up like a paedophile is hilarious (welcome to new Nu Zilind). Remember, NZers just electorally rewarded dirty politics and mass surveillance lies so dressing up as a paedophile for shits and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Key sworn in under a blood moon
    Key sworn in under a blood moon...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Nash & Lusk
    I like Stuart Nash, his ambition and brains are a rare combination on the Left, but when I say ‘Left’, I mean as broadly a definition as possible in order to fit Nash into it because Nash has a lot of...
    The Daily Blog | 08-10
  • Why are the Police raiding Hager’s house and not following up on the othe...
    The astounding abuse of Nicky Hager for being a ‘witness’ in the stolen emails that made up his book should send shivers down the spine of all decent NZers. If Hager was a ‘witness’ and suffered a 10 hour/5 cop...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Let’s briefly recap Key’s first 3 weeks of National’s 3rd term
    It’s been almost 3 weeks since the National Party won a historic and powerful win, despite dirty politics and mass surveillance lies… …so let’s just have a quick gander at the Government that the sleepy hobbits of NZ have now...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Is Auckland Transport lying about their new mass surveillance system?
    I want to come back to the claims by Auckland Transport  that their new upgrade of the traffic surveillance system won’t be used for mass surveillance purposes. Here is Auckland Transport’s response again…   Martyn, The Stuff story got a few...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Hager on police action
    Hager on police action...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Bill English is the Prince Philip of New Zealand politics
    It’s hard to know where to start with Bill English and his comments blaming growing inequality on local council regulations on housing. With his latest comments he has become the Prince Philip of New Zealand politics. This same Minister raised...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • When is Nanny State not Nanny State?
    Remember the dreaded ‘Nanny State’? It was a term the foaming right wing used to decry any social policy that was deemed too socially engineering. Water saving shower heads, energy saving lightbulbs and the repeal of Section 59 were all...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • A brief word on Roger Douglas giving Labour advice in the Herald
    As part of the Herald’s desire to appoint the leader of Labour as well as the leader of National, they hilariously ask Roger Douglas for his opinion on the Labour Party. Asking Roger Douglas his opinion of Labour is like...
    The Daily Blog | 07-10
  • Hone showing more dignity in defeat than Russel Norman has ever managed in ...
    Here is Hone’s incredibly graceful interview on Native Affairs. Once again he manages to show more dignity in defeat than Russel Norman has ever managed in victory. I’m waiting for Russel Norman to now start blaming Nicky Hager for the Greens low...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • Key’s sick version of making state homes into an episode of ‘the block...
    The Cabinet reshuffle of Housing with multiple Minister’s now overseeing it bodes ill for the poor of NZ. National have decided the solution to the horror situation of the increasing numbers of NZers living in cars is to flog off...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • New terror warning
    New terror warning...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • Ethics, broadcasters and Skycity
    Ethical standards in journalism and broadcasting have been dropping for a long time and it’s no surprise to see the new lows plumbed by TV3 News and Current affairs head Mark Jennings who now approves broadcaster Paul Henry continuing with...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • Income Tax to Vote for
    On Sunday I saw on TV3’s Three60 (episode 28) a speech by David Cameron announcing his party’s policy on income tax. The highlights (with British pounds converted to $NZ at £1=$2): first $25,000 tax free (up from first $20,000) top rate of 40%...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – Me, Me, Me! Meh.
    “What’s Labour going to do for me?” was the most frequent question I heard on the campaign trail. It was a depressing indictment on the cultural shift that neoliberalism has wrought in New Zealand (and around the world as Paul Verhaeghe described...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Stop Deep Sea Oil (shhhh don’t mention climat...
    Last Tuesday I went to the anti deep oil drilling protest in Queen Street, where we marched up to the Sky City Convention Centre. After a number of speeches were given. We were all asked to hang around for the...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • Burqa’s, Mulsim bashing and the sudden need by Key to reinvade Iraq
    I love how Key can tell the NZ media before the election that we won’t re-invade Iraq, and then as soon as he wins, just shrug it off and look to do just that. Not content with the ability to...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • How was raiding Nicky Hager’s home for 10 hours so important?
    You would think would you not that there were many crimes in NZ worthy of investigation far more important than raiding an investigative journalists home. Not in the new Nu Zilind though, in the new Nu Zilind, investigative journalists who...
    The Daily Blog | 06-10
  • How come we have to pay for an upgrade for Auckland’s electricity infrast...
    How come we have to pay for an upgrade for Auckland’s electricity infrastructure? Wasn’t Key the one who sold 49% of our power companies? For all Key’s ‘use of the word ‘freak’ to explain this power outage, it was a...
    The Daily Blog | 05-10
  • Will Obama’s Bombs Stop Beheadings? Russell Brand The Trews
    Will Obama’s Bombs Stop Beheadings? Russell Brand The Trews...
    The Daily Blog | 05-10
  • Why the Green Party should not go to the centre
    Since the election many commentators have argued that the Greens are too left-wing and the party would do better if it moved to the political centre. Most of these commentators endorse the Greens’ strong environmental stance, but say the party’s...
    The Daily Blog | 05-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – OURTEAROA: Bringing Back Civil Society and ...
    Like just about everybody in the political prognostication and power-projection game, I make a regular habit of entrail reading. The trouble with entrail-reading, however, is that it customarily requires the beast you’re looking into to be dead, its belly slashed...
    The Daily Blog | 05-10
  • 2014 Election – Post-mortem Up-date
    . . Counting of Special Votes are completed and the Electoral Commission’s final election results have been announced; National: 47.04 (60 seats – down 1) Labour: 25.13 (32 seats – no change) Green Party: 10.70 (14 seats – plus 1)...
    The Daily Blog | 05-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
    Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
    The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
    The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
    This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.
    When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk
    The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Bunnies Offered Protection With New Technology
    SAFE is announcing the spring launch of its “bunny protector” – a new mobile phone app that will help shoppers on the go avoid animal-tested cosmetics products. Suitable for both iPhone and android, the ‘SAFEshopper Cruelty-free NZ’ app will...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Maori Wellbeing – Defying the Oxymoron
    When Mother Teresa was asked how do you achieve world peace, she said, go home and love your family....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Free access to proven processes for New Zealand Councils
    Auckland, 13 October 2014 – Next month local councils throughout New Zealand will gain free access to a new online library that allows them to share their knowledge and experience with other councils....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children ( The Nation 11th Oct ) and CPAG challenges government advisors to come up with a...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Time to find alternatives to 1080
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA wants an immediate plan to find a more humane alternative to the use of 1080 poison to control possums, rats, and stoats....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Who is in charge of our data? Facebook or the government?
    The Drug Enforcement Administration in the States is in the news for setting up a fake Facebook page for Sondra Arquiett who was arrested in a cocaine case. The agent, Timothy Sinnigen, obtained photos from her seized mobile phone and...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Terrorist threat level up, yet Government won’t arm police
    The Government’s refusal to arm police means police officers are ill-equipped to defend themselves or others, whether from terrorists or other armed criminals, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • “Race Relations: Where To Now?”
    In 1993 former Prime Minister Jim Bolger was ridiculed for suggesting New Zealand was an Asia Pacific nation....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Move from ‘Clean and Green’ to Mega Farms Spells Disaster
    The age of mega factory farms is beginning, warns advocacy group SAFE. One of the world’s largest dairy factory farms has opened up right here in New Zealand. This is part of an alarming trend towards massive factory farms which...
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Flavell call for review is bollocks – McVicar
    The Justice Spokesman for Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, says it is time Maori stopped blaming others for the fact that more young Maori are committing crime....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • NZ Housing Crisis: Local Government Still Confused
    Early 2007, Local Government New Zealand and the New Zealand Planning Institute, expressed concern about housing affordability … International Housing Availability Survey … stating …...
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little is now the clear favourite to become the next leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. The market is narrowly forecasting...
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • Government Misleading Public Over 1080 and Trout
    The government, the Minister and Ministry of Primary Industries Report playing down of 1080 in trout is both deceptive and misleading says a national outdoor recreation organisation....
    Scoop politics | 13-10
  • RainbowYOUTH Teams up with ASB
    In a move that highlights ASB’s commitment to supporting LGBTIQ (queer & trans*) youth, RainbowYOUTH has been added to ASB’s True Rewards programme....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Ballot opens for Government House Waitangi Day event
    A ballot is being held for invitations to next year’s Waitangi Day Bledisloe Reception at Government House in Wellington. Registrations for the ballot open at 12noon on Tuesday 14 October and run until the end of the month. At that...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • NZ Police host the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP)
    Nineteen Chiefs of Police from around the Pacific have gathered in Auckland for the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police annual conference hosted by NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Guns need to be on officers’ hips
    Yesterday’s armed offender incident at Waitakere Hospital shows that firearms locked in Police vehicles will, sooner or later, prove too far away to save a life, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Changing Public Attitudes Towards Crime and Punishment
    Rethinking Crime and Punishment’s latest ‘Smart on Crime’ e-Pub series, will help people to grapple with new ideas about ‘what works’ to reduce crime and social harm, says spokesperson, Kim Workman. The publication, titled “What Do I...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Real Party NZ
    The REAL party was founded in September 2014 weeks before the 2014 General Election. It was the political climate of the time that led the founders Matthew Schuck and Harrison Chapman to see a gap in New Zealands political landscape....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • NZ Aged Care Association Conference 2014
    This year’s Aged Care Association conference theme ‘Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges Today’ is about creating the best possible quality of life for the elderly from existing knowledge, analysis and creativity. It’s about operators taking the sector’s...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Joins Global Effort
    The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has joined forces with 21 other taxpayer and free market groups from around the world to support national tax autonomy and oppose international tax changes that include ‘harmonising' tax rates or introducing new...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • 10 Year Passports Looking Likely
    The Taxpayers’ Union understands that the Government is considering the reintroduction of ten year passports in changes to the Passports Act expected before the end of the year....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Council of Women Choose Not to Protect Women And Children
    National Council of Women Choose Not to Protect Women And Children by Passing Abortion Remit...
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • National Council of Women calls for 50/50 by 2020
    The new leader of the National Council of Women of New Zealand is calling for gender equality by 2020....
    Scoop politics | 12-10
  • Not joining fight against Islamic State would be “odd” –...
    Prime Minister John Key told TV One’s Q+A programme it would be “odd” for New Zealand not to join the fight against Islamic State....
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Owen interviews UN analyst and author Jeffrey Laurenti
    Lisa Owen interviews UN analyst and author Jeffrey Laurenti ____________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text 3330....
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says voters wanted “greater clarity” about Labour’s potential coalition partners and the party should have clearly spurned Internet-Mana He says Labour shares “a lot of...
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP David Shearer
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour MP David Shearer Headlines: David Shearer still mulling whether to stand for Labour leadership but says his family doesn’t think it’s a good idea Declares that it will be “incredibly divisive” for the Labour caucus...
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Prime Minister John Key
    Lisa Owen interviews Prime Minister John Key Headlines: John Key builds case for military action against IS, saying New Zealanders face three main risks: “Domestic beheadings” by returning fighters, aid workers and military personnel in the war...
    Scoop politics | 11-10
  • Bruce Jesson Lecture: Mike Joy – Paradise Squandered
    New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and most of our groundwater are in a critical state. Decades of misguided regulation and a free-for-all on diffuse pollution have encouraged agricultural intensification and driven our increasing reliance on imported feed...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Q & A 12/10/14: John Key, Foreign Fighters, Maggie Barry
    Q & A This Week SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER AT 9.00AM ON TV ONE We look at what role New Zealand might play in the US-led effort against Islamic State. Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin interviews Prime Minister John Key about...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Christians, the Death Penalty and Restorative Justice
    Today is the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty, promoted by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Its aim is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty and to achieve the universal abolition...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • INZ claim that listeners of Indian radio Station not NZers
    Immigration New Zealand staff have made the astonishing claim that New Zealanders are unlikely to listen to Indian Radio Stations; a claim which is likely to be very suprising to the more than 155,000 New Zealanders of Indian descent living...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Korean Navy to Visit Auckland
    Korean Navy to Visit Auckland Two ships of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) will visit Auckland from 13 – 16 October as part of a 96-day training deployment, incorporating 12 ports in 12 different countries. The Royal New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Government has abandoned at-risk youth
    Latest education and training figures suggest the Government cut education programmes for at-risk youth even as youth unemployment increased....
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Police attaché role to boost close China-NZ ties
    New Zealand and China are further bolstering their targeting of the illegal methamphetamine and precursor trade, with a new Police Attaché beginning work with police in Guangdong and Fujian provinces in Southern China....
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Election Writ Returned And Successful List Members Elected
    General Election Writ Returned And Successful List Members Elected The Electoral Commission has returned the writ for the 2014 General Election showing the names of the successful electorate candidates and has declared the successful list members...
    Scoop politics | 10-10
  • Girls should be free from violence
    UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) joins with others in the call for the elimination of violence against girls on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October....
    Scoop politics | 09-10
  • Insights Issue 38 – 10 October 2014
    ________________________________________ The right don’t want to eat the poor Rose Patterson | Research Fellow | rose.patterson@nzinitiative.org.nz...
    Scoop politics | 09-10
  • International Day of the Girl 2014
    To mark International Day of the Girl 2014 (Saturday,11 October), UNICEF New Zealand and Youth for UN Women are hosting an art installation and public event in Wellington focused on empowering adolescent girls and breaking the cycle of violence often...
    Scoop politics | 09-10
  • Introducing NZPRA
    New Zealand property Rights Association is a newly formed society established in response to concerns about property rights being eroded in New Zealand - especially by authorities since the series of earthquakes in Canterbury post September 4th 2010....
    Scoop politics | 09-10
  • Home detention for sex abuse image collection
    A Christchurch business analyst was sentenced to nine months’ home detention and 200 hours community work after pleading guilty to charges involving pictures of children being sexually abused....
    Scoop politics | 09-10
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