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NRT: Climate change: Action is affordable

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, April 15th, 2014 - 34 comments


Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable. “It doesn’t cost the world to save the planet,”. The average cost of adapting to climate change next year is less than $30. Remember that next time Bill English stands up in Parliament threatening economic Armageddon if we try and do anything about it.

National thinks the best approach to climate change is adaption

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, April 9th, 2014 - 90 comments

Earth climate change

National is starting to talk about adaption to climate change rather than addressing greenhouse gas output. And greenhouse gas output is projected to increase in New Zealand by 50% over the next decade.

Drill baby drill

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, April 3rd, 2014 - 40 comments

No deep sea oil drilling

Two days after the IPCC has warned us of the threat posed by climate change and Simon Bridges has announced a huge block offer of parts of New Zealand and much of its territorial water.  This will include the pristine waters off Auckland’s west coast, home of Maui’s dolphin.  In a world that has to address its consumption of petroleum you have to question if it is worth the risk.

NRT: Climate change: “Adaptation”

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, April 2nd, 2014 - 51 comments


No Right Turn notes the typical response from politicians to the Fifth IPCC Assessment report. Perhaps that promoting legislation with a penalty of long prison terms for political negligence would help? It sounds like a good way for lazy politicians to retire. After all the law recognises negligence as being a criminal action in other spheres – why not for our political servants?


Act thinks the IPCC is scaremongering

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, April 1st, 2014 - 63 comments

Earth climate change

The latest IPCC report has been released and not only are scientific views on the existence of climate change hardening, but the effects are becoming more pronounced.  Meanwhile ACT has described action to try and save the planet as “moral exhibitionism” and has said that not improving the ETS is a bottom line for any future coalition with National.  If you need any reason to work to get rid of this Government this has to be it.

Climate change, peak oil and deconstructing motorways

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, March 30th, 2014 - 62 comments

Seoul Motorway after

Three interrelated articles dealing with how far from Scientific Reality Republican Politicians are, how peak oil may just be around the corner and how deconstructing motorways can improve inner city areas.

NRT: Climate change: War, disease, and famine

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, March 18th, 2014 - 38 comments


The biggest single threat to civilisation from human initiated CO2 forced climate change is going to be in food production and distribution. In a leaked version of the IPCC’s AR5 second volume ” the report predicts that climate change will reduce median crop yields by 2 per cent per decade for the rest of the century – at a time of rapidly growing demand for food.”

Invermay: Meddling Joyce Ignores the Evidence

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, March 10th, 2014 - 8 comments

steven joyce idiot

My brother has posted across at Red Alert on Steven Joyce’s bungling oversight of AgResearch’s current $100 million restructure. The Crown Research Institute is New Zealand’s largest, and a recipient of generous Government support. Andy West, the former head of AgResearch stands to gain as head of Lincoln University from a plan that independent review […]

Russel Norman’s Campaign Conference Speech 2014: Going Solar

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, February 16th, 2014 - 239 comments

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The text of Russel Norman’s speech to the Green Party Conference given today.

Positive Things

Written By: - Date published: 2:27 pm, February 16th, 2014 - 21 comments


Change becomes embedded when it emanates from and across many quarters and traditions.

Role of Government

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, February 11th, 2014 - 45 comments


Governments are holding on to their traditional roles and functions, but the world has changed. We need something else.

State of Nations

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


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


Spot the difference! Stating the nation

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


[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


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

food security

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


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

extreme weather United Kingdom waves

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

hamilton_stampone_2013 who believes in climate change

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


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


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


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

Bravo 1979 1

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


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.

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    Labour | 04-11
  • Gareth Hughes to the Prime Minister on climate change and fossil-fuel power...
    Full transcript to follow. Does he stand by all his statements?...
    Greens | 04-11
  • Joyce and English at odds over exports
    Bill English’s convoluted attempts to gloss over his Government’s failure to grow exports has got himself into a disagreement with Steven Joyce, says Labour Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “This Government is failing to meet its goal of increasing exports to...
    Labour | 04-11
  • Key shouldn’t take New Zealand to war
    Prime Minister John Key should not seek to involve New Zealand in a conflict with the Islamic State, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today. Prime Minister John Key signalled this week that a New Zealand commitment to a campaign...
    Greens | 03-11
  • National’s housing plan economically reckless
    National's plan to sell state houses and provide income-related rent subsidies to private landlords will drive up rents and house prices for everyone and is economically reckless, the Green Party said today."Shifting the responsibility for housing from the Government to...
    Greens | 03-11
  • Key’s housing plan will make crisis worse
    John Key's plan to sell off state houses and instead give subsidies to landlords is economically stupid and will make the housing crisis worse, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “There are three very good reasons why John Key’s plan...
    Labour | 03-11
  • Canterbury faces hostile takeover
              The National government’s submission on the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan seems hell-bent on softening up the people of Christchurch for a hostile takeover under the government’s forced amalgamation agenda, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson,...
    Labour | 03-11
  • Annual Pokie Profits: What’s the real cost?
    Last week the Department of Internal Affairs published the latest figures on how much New Zealanders lost to pokie machines in pubs and clubs over the last year. While it is good to see that in the year ending in...
    Greens | 03-11
  • Key must act on South Auckland housing
    Prime Minister John Key needs to be held to this morning’s promise that his Government would meet the social housing demand in the areas that needed them most, says Associate Auckland Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “His promise on Breakfast will...
    Labour | 03-11
  • UN says cut emissions; NZ Government increases emissions
    A major climate report released overnight by the United Nations on climate change is an urgent call to action, the Green Party said today.The report brings together the recent round of UN reports that summarise where climate science has got...
    Greens | 02-11
  • Inequality kills
    The level of inequality in New Zealand is killing children. Babies born to the most deprived 20 percent of New Zealand families are five times more likely to die than those born to the wealthiest 20 percent. Five times as...
    Greens | 02-11
  • Alternative energy becomes crucial for the world
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reinforced the need for all electricity to be generated from low carbon sources, says Labour’s acting Climate Change spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.  “This stark analysis of where the world is at on climate change...
    Labour | 02-11
  • An asset sale is an asset sale is…
    Paula Bennett’s admission that the Government’s state housing sell off is an asset sale shows John Key’s promise that there would be no more asset sales wasn’t worth the paper it was written on, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King...
    Labour | 02-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • The SIS won’t use 48 hour warrantless spying for ‘evidence’
    Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we? The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • There’s a better way of discouraging would-be jihadists
    The Prime Minister claims there is a growing threat from New Zealanders attracted to Islamic State and he wants to increase state powers to watch such people and take away their passports. I believe there is a better way to...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Nationwide Day of Protest Captures Public Attention on TPPA
    . . NZ, Wellington, 8 November 2014 – Wellington basked in a beautiful summers’ day with nary a breeze and only a few clouds in a clear, blue sky. The sort of summer day that we keenly await after months...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Disability employment rights
    A three hour seminar in Hamilton called ‘Just One Day’ is to be held at the end of this month that will provide employers with information pertaining to hiring employees with disabilities. With employment statistics for people with disabilities as...
    The Daily Blog | 08-11
  • GUES BLOG: Anjum Rahman – where’s the evidence?
    It’s a common tactic, when a state wants to impinge on the civil liberties and basic rights of its people, to create a common enemy – a distraction so that people are more focused on fear of harm from the...
    The Daily Blog | 08-11
  • Anti-TPPA march from above
      Anti-TPPA march from above...
    The Daily Blog | 08-11
  • The Nation Review: Labour leadership debate
    Terrible, terrible lighting for this live debate between the 4 Labour Party candidates. They all looked grim in a 3/4 full lecture theatre. Grant was very polished and confident. David was very centre of centre. Andrew Little was surprisingly conservative....
    The Daily Blog | 07-11
  • Mr Key’s Mythical Principals
    Where do I start? John Key cockily asserts that he’s canvassed principals and only one or two kids per school, at most, are coming to school hungry.  Of course, Key doesn’t name these principals or their schools. As Peter O’Connor commented,...
    The Daily Blog | 07-11
  • Why are so many NZ Whales beaching?
    In the last few weeks the news has been full of dead whales. We’ve had a pod of Pilot whales stranded in the Bay of Plenty. Before that two Cuvier’s Beaked whales, possibly mother and baby, were washed up at...
    The Daily Blog | 07-11
  • Cooking The Medical Books: Citizens suffer in stoical silence so National c...
    FUDGING THE FIGURES is what governments do when effective policy solutions are ruled off the table. According to Radio NZ News: “New research shows nearly 40 percent of patients who need hip and knee operations in at least two district...
    The Daily Blog | 07-11
  • Train wreck of an interview
    Watch at 6.57 how much a train wreck this interview becomes on what is the high alter of finance, CNBC. The host seems to have no idea whatsoever of basic Irish history and geography. Hat Tip Gordon Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 06-11
  • MEDIA WATCH – Paora Maxwell, a liability.
    For some reason most staff at Māori TV didn’t want to work for their new CEO, Paora Maxwell. Apparently he has a reputation for being phenomenally rude to people. But despite unprecedented staff opposition, warnings from the outgoing CEO and...
    The Daily Blog | 06-11
  • Supporting our Elders and Youngers
    On Sunday I participated in Radio NZ’s ‘NZ2030′ Sunday Morning feature. In the twitter feed I got one very negative comment, and one quite positive. Keith Rankin is batshit crazy. My generation not going to sacrifice lifestyle to subsidize asset rich boomers.  ...
    The Daily Blog | 06-11
  • Continuing crisis is the nature of capitalism
    The decision of the US Federal Reserve to end its programme of “Quantitative Easing”signals a desire for a return to “normalcy” in capitalist policy circles. Perhaps deliberately, the announcement was made on October 29, the anniversary of the 1929 crash on Wall...
    The Daily Blog | 06-11
  • The #Reeferendum Train Has No Brakes
    Earlier this week, the US went to the polls for its Mid-Term electoral season. As generally seems to be the case, something disappointing happened. But it was not everywhere a tale of doom and gloom. In three US polities – Washington DC, Oregon,...
    The Daily Blog | 06-11
  • Public Fury Skyrockets Over Inadequate Response To Roast Busters
    I think the government and watch keepers of the justice system have totally underestimated the level of public outrage and frustration over not only the Roast Busters issue but over the issue of a totally inadequate system that has completely failed to take...
    The Daily Blog | 06-11
  • Risk and Resilience: Introducing John Key’s “Free Thinkers”.
    FREE THINKERS! Wow! How very different this National Government is from its predecessors? Can anybody imagine Rob Muldoon appointing a group of “free thinkers” to help him identify the potential security risks confronting New Zealand in the 1980s? Crikey! Imagine...
    The Daily Blog | 05-11
  • YES – it really DOES matter that you turn out this Saturday for the In...
    There is a mythology that the TPPA will never happen. That is a reckless assumption. It encourages complacency and inaction. And it is seriously wrong. The political leaders of the twelve countries know they have to do the deal soon...
    The Daily Blog | 05-11
  • John Key’s amazing magical ‘behind the wire’ forcefield
    Is Oceania at war with Eastasia before our war in Eurasia is over? ‘behind the wire’ is a magical forcefield from La-la land where bullets bounce away effortlessly while NZ soldiers teach Iraqi’s to march. It’s the phrase that the...
    The Daily Blog | 05-11
  • The Great SIS fishing expedition begins
    And so the great SIS fishing expedition begins. The scare tactics for ISIS was to allow for even more surveillance laws. Our forces will go to Iraq to blah blah blah and they won’t blah blah blah. The loophole to...
    The Daily Blog | 05-11
  • SIS get powers to spy in your house because 80 people like ISIS
    The fear machine has worked. Apparently 80 people like ISIS in NZ so this means the SIS need new surveillance powers to spy on you in your house for 48 hours without a warrant. How the hell does that make...
    The Daily Blog | 04-11
  • Confusing headlines over Mediaworks
    I’m not sure what to make of the recent headlines over Mediaworks… What we’re paying MediaWorks says its 2015 season is the biggest investment in local programming in company history. Here’s what taxpayers are contributing through New Zealand On Air...
    The Daily Blog | 04-11
  • The legacy of Dirty Politics & Key – 40% of NZ scientists feel gagged
    Wow. Just. Wow. Forty percent of scientists feel gagged Forty percent of scientists answering a survey say they have felt gagged because of management policy or concern over losing funding. The Government was considering guidelines to scientists on the difference...
    The Daily Blog | 04-11
  • Commenting on TDB
    We have a new moderator who will focus on all moderation on comments from now on – ‘Scarletmod’ will do our moderation. We will also crack down on personal abuse between commentators, as well as sexist, racist and homophobic language....
    The Daily Blog | 04-11
  • Bob McCoskrie & The Burning Bush Of Fact-Free Portuguese Hypomania
    I really don’t like Bob McCoskrie. I’m not sure why, exactly … it might be his followers; it may be my distaste for what he stands for … or it could just be the way he simply starts outright lying to try and sway people once he runs...
    The Daily Blog | 04-11
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS – 2
    The drum beat for war quickens now. The focus here should be that Key said before the election that we wouldn’t be going to war, but that horse has bolted and joined the Navy. Key raises the terror threat from double yawn...
    The Daily Blog | 04-11
  • “By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them”: There’s nothing ‘moderate’ ...
    NEW ZEALAND’S LOVE AFFAIR with John Key, like most enduring relationships, is based on trust. Ever since he wrested the leadership of the National Party from the scary Don Brash, it has been Key’s unwavering mission to present both himself...
    The Daily Blog | 03-11
  • This weeks Waatea News Column – Mass Surveillance and Maori
      This weeks Waatea news column – Mass Surveillance and Maori...
    The Daily Blog | 02-11
  • Electoral Commission has some questions to answer
    There is some social media buzz online regarding a letter allegedly sent by the Electoral Commission to some voters telling them that their votes weren’t counted?   Questions for the Electoral Commission: Have you sent these letters out to voters? How many have you...
    The Daily Blog | 02-11
  • Will state housing privatisation & health be Key’s Achilles heel?
    This is interesting… No state house sale moves: Key The prime minister’s denial of the sale of state houses being an asset sale was “pretty sneaky, because he knows selling off that many state houses without building as many or...
    The Daily Blog | 02-11
  • The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey – 4 stars
    Oh the delightful oddities one can come across on a Wednesday night in the big city. The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey is one such delightful oddity. The London’s Battersea Arts Centre has put the eternal tale of Homer’s Odyssey into a...
    The Daily Blog | 02-11
  • Who are the good guys in the Middle East, Prime Minister?
    Before deciding on a military contribution to Iraq, our Prime Minister should explain who he would be supporting, or be allied with. Let’s look at who would be on his side. The Iraqi army. Any training of this army by...
    The Daily Blog | 02-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests
    A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU congratulates new Labour leader
    The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union congratulates Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. “I have worked closely with Andrew and know he will be a strong and successful leader,” says Bill Newson,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning
    The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPA must refuse phosphate mining application
    Text of the Press Release issued by KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining), Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 17 November 2014: “EPA must refuse phosphate mining application” The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Compulsory smoke alarms needed in rental accommodation
    The tragic deaths of three young people during a house fire in Hamilton, hot on the heels of a 3 year old dying in a house fire the previous week, point directly to the need for compulsory smoke alarms in...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • CAA fines Minister for security breach
    The Civil Aviation Authority has completed its investigation into an alleged security breach at Christchurch International Airport by then Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee and two aides on 24 July, 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Pacific climate funding must prioritise the poor
    Caritas supports the government’s prioritising of the Pacific for direct climate change related funding, rather than making a major contribution to the global Green Climate Fund....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Stopping drink driving will take more than just lower limit
    Stopping drink driving will take more than just lower limit Stopping drink driving crashes is going to take more than just reducing the adult drink driving limit, says the Automobile Association. The adult (20 and older) limit will lower to...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • “Smacking” legal opinion hides real problem
    In seeking to challenge and clarify the legal interpretation of section 59, the conservative political lobby group, Family First, are once more attempting to deny the very real psychological impact of physical discipline on our children....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Sutton Quits … The sorry saga of CERA
    President Truman described the MacArthur speech as horses..t. History has been kind to Truman on this issue....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Key Announces Government Inquiry into Smith Case
    In a press conference held in Wellington today, Prime Minister John Key announced there would be an independent government inquiry into the recent escape of Philip John Smith....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Kiwi Asset Managers Win Global Acclaim From Visiting Expert
    A visiting international expert is applauding New Zealand engineers for their guardianship of our water and roading infrastructure....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Great Britain welcomes NZ Ebola commitment
    The New Zealand government decision to deploy 24 volunteers to Sierra Leone to help combat Ebola is very welcome, said British High Commissioner Jonathan Sinclair....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Protect children – make family assistance fairer
    Child Poverty Action Group says New Zealand's family assistance package is poorly designed to meet the needs of families facing an increasingly casualised paid work environment....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Little Favoured For Labour Leader, Deputy Race Open
    There is now nearly a 90% probability Andrew Little will be elected leader of the New Zealand Labour Party tomorrow but less clarity than ever about who will be his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • CERA Chief’s delayed resignation raises questions
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the decision that resigning CERA chief executive Roger Sutton should remain in his position until 31 January raises questions, considering his behaviour did not meet the standard expected of our senior public...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Resignation of CERA Chief Executive
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today confirms that Roger Sutton has chosen to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Legal Opinion Sets Up Challenge To Smacking Law
    An independent legal analysis of court cases involving prosecutions for smacking since the anti-smacking law was passed has found that the anti-smacking law is complicated, difficult to apply, and lower courts are getting it wrong....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Help Barnardos bring Christmas to children in need
    Child poverty in New Zealand has hit the headlines in recent months, with John Key and his government naming it as their top priority. This is great news, and there’s lots of good work happening around the country to aid...
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Tūhoronuku IMA welcomes Waitangi Tribunal report
    Ngāpuhi negotiations entity Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) welcomes the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal report that found “Treaty signatories did not cede sovereignty to the British Crown”....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Julia Gillard in Conversation at the University of Auckland
    Julia Gillard former Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Australian Labor Party will give a talk at the University of Auckland this Tuesday 18 November....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • NZ Police Commissioner appointed as White Ribbon Ambassador
    NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush is the latest in a number of high profile New Zealand men who have accepted the role of White Ribbon Ambassadors. He joins Prime Minister John Key, Maori Party Leader Te Ururoa Flavell and recently...
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Proposed caged chicken farm ‘backward step’
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA strongly opposes the proposed Craddock Farms colony cage chicken farm in Patumahoe, South Auckland and calls on Auckland Council to refuse resource consent....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Stop and think about why you are opposing modern egg farming
    The Egg Producers Federation is urging those attending the hearing this week and opposed to Craddock’s new animal welfare friendly egg farm in Pukekohe, to stop and think....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Alcohol and Distorted Views Implicated In Family Violence
    According to research conducted for the Glenn Inquiry, a belief that family violence is a normal part of family life is the biggest barrier to perpetrators acknowledging their behaviour is wrong....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Hearing for Proposed Mega Factory Farm Ruffling Feathers
    A resource consent hearing could condemn millions of hens to torment and misery for decades to come, and animal rights advocates are furious....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • South Korea Free Trade Agreement
    ‘Coverage of the free trade agreement just concluded with South Korea has been all about agriculture – which is being talked up without anyone being able to see the fine print’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey, It appears the legal...
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • SPCA Inspector hunger strike for starving dogs
    An SPCA Chief Inspector will begin a three-day hunger strike today (Monday 17 November) to highlight a spate of dog starvings in Whangarei....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Prime Minister John Key
    Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text 3330....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • John Key on TV One’s Q+A programme:
    Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand may get a dispensation on climate change targets because we produce dairy....
    Scoop politics | 16-11
  • Stop ratting on Porirua supermarket workers
    Stop ratting on Porirua supermarket workers Workers at Porirua PAK’nSAVE were joined by community supporters and a giant inflatable rat, at a picket outside the supermarket today. PAK’nSAVE workers, members of FIRST Union, have been negotiating for a payrise...
    Scoop politics | 15-11
  • Update on return of Phillip Smith to New Zealand
    Police are awaiting a decision from the Brazilian courts on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 15-11
  • It is Cheaper to Kill Patients than to Care for them
    Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway who is now reconsidering his proposal to resubmit the “End of Life Choice” bill to the ballot, is quoted in the Manawatu Standard on 13 November as saying; that he acknowledged the importance of palliative care...
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Chris Finlayson
    Admits some of those on the Government’s watch-list may be nothing more than “juvenile fantasists”, while others are alienated from society or have chip on their shoulder...
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews David Kilcullen
    If NZ decides deploy military to train Iraqi forces to combat IS, the military effort could take years and being ‘behind the wire’ doesn’t mean they’ll be safe...
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • National Government Expands Oil and Gas Drilling
    The National Government is flying in the face of climate science and public opposition as it opens over 100,000 sq km to oil and gas exploration. The Government's proposed Block Offer 2015 is a huge step in the wrong direction....
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • Parliamentary Conference on Growth for Development
    Member of Parliament Jami-Lee Ross is in London next week to take part in the International Parliamentary Conference on Growth for Development hosted by the United Kingdom Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) and the World Bank Group....
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • Roy Morgan Poll Nov 14 – National Enjoy Honeymoon
    National enjoy delayed honeymoon with big lead over leaderless Labour before new leader is selected next week Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National (49.5%, up 6% since early October). Support for Key’s Coalition partners is down...
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • Cybersecurity strikers target G20: Symantec
    Symantec has warned the upcoming G20 Summit is an attractive target for the ‘Flea attack group’ – malicious cybersecurity strikers. The group has been circulating mischievous emails throughout 2014 in anticipation of the Brisbane event....
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • House fire death highlights dangers of novelty lighters
    The death of a toddler in a Hamilton house fire last Sunday underscores the urgent need to strengthen rules on novelty lighters, says the New Zealand Fire Service....
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • NZDF’s Devonport restructure confirmed
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the NZ Defence Force (NZDF) restructure at Devonport Dockyard, announced to staff today following an absolute shambles yesterday, is effectively further privatisation as 52 jobs formerly done by public servants...
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • Auckland Pacific Sector Ranks Labour Leadership Candidates
    The Auckland Pacific Sector of the New Zealand Labour Party met last night to discuss and rank the Labour leadership candidates. After much debate and discussion it was carried by a unanimous vote that the leadership candidates be ranked in...
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • Keep your eyes peeled for this plant
    Central District Police are asking people to keep an eye out for suspicious activity in their communities especially for gardening of an illicit variety....
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • Treaty Signatories Did Not Cede Sovereignty in February 1840
    The rangatira who signed te Tiriti o Waitangi in February 1840 did not cede sovereignty to the British Crown, the Waitangi Tribunal has concluded....
    Scoop politics | 14-11
  • Insights 43/2014: Poverty: efficiency versus compassion?
    (Child) poverty: efficiency versus self-professed compassion? Dr Bryce Wilkinson | Senior Fellow | bryce.wilkinson@nzinitiative.org.nz...
    Scoop politics | 14-11
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