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Explaining is losing

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, November 27th, 2012 - 73 comments
Categories: david shearer, john key, Judith Collins - Tags:

David Shearer had Key on the back foot today in the House over Labour’s housing policy. It’s a good policy, and Key’s long-winded explanations didn’t answer Shearer’s pointed questions; even Speaker Lockwood Smith sat Key down for going on too long and off the point. Key had to be rescued by Chief Whip Michael Woodhouse with a patsy question, but the leadership crack it was designed to bring out fell flat too.

Labour’s housing policy is good: practical, specific, getting the economy going, meeting real needs that matter to Kiwis. Shearer means it when he talks about “hands-on government” – what a contrast to Key’s  “hands-off can’t remember” approach.

Judith Collins sat beside Key. She looked lovely in pink.

73 comments on “Explaining is losing”

  1. One Tāne Huna 1

    On the back foot?

    Was that how it looked from Planet Smith?

    • infused 1.1

      lol. labour was whipped… what planet are you guys on.

    • To be honest, there were no crocodile grins or shark eyes by any of the national members. John Key was particularly ruffled by the end as well. I don’t care if it’s David C, S, P or anyone, provided they show some teamwork.

      Also, does anyone actually know what Tariana Turia is saying? I think it is English but I am not sure…

    • David H 1.3

      Yep you got to hand it to Key he can take a baseless line of bullshit, and just spin it to fit whatever the situation requires.

      Shearer??

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    “but the leadership crack it was designed to bring out fell flat too.~

    I thought we weren’t going to be seeing any of them. All put to rest.

  3. Zetetic 3

    I can’t work out why Shearer doesn’t go to one of the many $300k range townhouse developments, rather than touring half mil four bedroom villas. They’re nice and they actually prove his policy is viable – well, that part of it

  4. chris 4

    Oh really? That’s Key being put in his place? Us left wing voters really are fucked..

  5. fisiani 5

    [lprent: I was very tempted to leave this in spam because it should be linked (and I bet it has a place alreday on the net). But I'll leave it here for discussion ]

    Every 11.5 minutes of the working week Shearer has promised what follows below. I have made it simple enough for people to understand. No wonder he could not defend it. Nor could he defend how he can find 100,000 sections each at $50,000 cos it’s indefensible.
    It’s a plot I tell thee. Someone has set him up for failure and ridicule. It’s the only possible explanation.

    1. STAKE LOT

    2. TEMPORARY UTILITIES

    3. CLEAR AND ROUGH GRADE

    4. WELL

    5. EXCAVATE

    6. FOOTINGS

    7. FOUNDATION

    8. WATERPROOF AND FOUNDATION DRAIN

    9. SEWER AND WATER TAPS

    10. BACKFILL

    11. SLAB PLUMBING

    12. SLAB OR BASEMENT FLOOR

    13. FRAMING, WINDOWS, AND EXT DOORS

    14. EXTERIOR SIDING AND TRIM

    15. GARAGE DOOR AND EXTERIOR LOCKS

    16. BACK-OUT FRAMING

    17. FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY

    18. STAIRS

    19. ROUGH HVAC

    20. ROUGH PLUMBING

    21. ROOFING

    22. ROUGH ELECTRICAL

    23. ELECTRIC & GAS METER SET

    24. GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS

    25. EXTERIOR PAINT 26. INSULATION

    27. TEMPORARY HEAT

    28. DRYWALL

    29. CABINETS

    30. INTERIOR DOORS AND TRIM

    31. PAINT AND WALLPAPER

    32. WOOD FLOORS

    33. COUNTER TOPS

    34. VINYL AND CERAMIC TILE

    35. SAND AND FINISH WOOD FLOORS

    36. APPLIANCES & SPECIAL EQUIPM’T

    37. FINISH ELECTRICAL

    38. FINISH PLUMBING

    39. FINISH HVAC & FINAL HEAT

    40. SHOWER DOORS AND MIRRORS

    41. CARPET

    42. HARDWARE AND SCREENS

    43. DRYWALL REPAIRS

    44. CLEAN UP

    45. FINAL PAINT

    46. FINAL WOOD FLOOR FINISH

    47. RETAINING WALLS

    48. WALKS, DRIVES, AND PATIOS

    49. SEPTIC TANK AND DRAIN FIELD

    50. FINISH GRADING & LANDSCAPING

    1. STAKE LOT
    One of the first steps of building a home is locating your new home on its lot. This will usually involve a surveyor who will come out and accurately drive stakes to locate your home on the lot. They will be used by the excavators and foundation subcontractors to guide their work.

    2. TEMPORARY UTILITIES
    You will need to have water, electric power, and toilet facilities available during the construction process.

    3. CLEAR AND ROUGH GRADE
    Clearing is the removal of trees and undergrowth from the actual construction site and yard areas.

    Rough grading is moving the dirt around to establish the approximate drainage patterns, yard areas, drive and walk levels, etc. that you hope to achieve.

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    4. WELL
    If you are going to have a well, you might as well dig it up front so that you will have the water available for construction.

    5. EXCAVATE
    This is where a piece of earth-moving equipment digs the hole for your foundation, and, if you will have one, your basement.

    6. FOOTINGS
    This is the structure where the house interfaces with the earth that supports
    it. All of the weight of the home rests on the footings.

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    7. FOUNDATION
    The foundation is the wall on which the first floor rests. It may be short – if you will have a crawl space, or tall – if you will have a
    basement.

    8. WATERPROOFING AND FOUNDATION
    DRAIN
    A waterproofing material or membrane (or both) is applied to the foundation walls which will be below grade to minimize water accumulating in the basement or in the crawl space. Foundation drains run along the footings and remove water accumulating in that area.

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    9. SEWER AND WATER TAPS
    If you are connecting to municipal water and sewer, this is where the pipes are laid to the house and actually connected (tapped into) the water and sewer mains.

    10. BACKFILL
    Pushing the excavated dirt into the hole next to the foundation wall around the house (inside and out). This is a good time to establish the necessary drainage away from the house at the foundation wall.

    11. SLAB PLUMBING
    Any plumbing that needs to go into the basement floor is installed here.

    12. SLAB OR BASEMENT FLOOR
    The “slab” is the concrete basement floor. It is poured at this point. In some parts of the country, plans may call for a “structural wood floor” (more on this later). Now is when it would be installed.

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    13. FRAMING, WINDOWS, AND EXTERIOR DOORS
    This is one of the most magic steps of building a house because it’s where it really starts to look like a house! The floors, walls, ceiling, and roof are the focus of this construction activity. The framer usually installs the windows and exterior doors.

    14. EXTERIOR SIDING AND TRIM
    Whatever you’re using – brick veneer, siding, stucco, etc.- here is where it gets done.

    15. GARAGE DOOR AND EXTERIOR LOCKS
    Some people wait until the end to get the garage door in. But we think having it in place creates a good place to store materials and equipment during construction. Installing the exterior locks means that the wholehouse is secure.

    16. BACK-OUT FRAMING
    This is a general category that includes partition walls that have not been installed, pillars, soffits for wall cabinets, and drywall nailers.

    17. FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY
    A prefabricated fireplace should be installed before the roughs (below). A prefab will have a framed chimney. A masonry fireplace and chimney can be installed before the brick veneer (see “Exterior Siding and Trim” above).

    18. STAIRS
    Get these in now so that the subs working inside can get from one floor to the other without depending on ladders.

    19. ROUGH HVAC
    The HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) sub is the first of the three “mechanical” subs (plumbing, electrical, HVAC) to come to the job. He will install the duct work for your HVAC system and possibly the furnace. He comes first because the stuff he puts into the walls is the biggest and most inflexible.

    20. ROUGH PLUMBING
    Next comes the plumber to install his pipes.

    21. ROOFING
    With plumbing and HVAC vent pipes through the roof, the roofer can install the roofing.

    22. ROUGH ELECTRICAL
    Codes call for the house to be “dried in” before the wiring is installed. With the exterior windows and doors in place and the roof on, it’s time. For roughs, the electrician will put in the boxes (switch, outlet, and lighting) and will pull the wires into them. Cable, telephone, speakerwires, etc. are also installed at this point.

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    23. ELECTRIC & GAS METER SET
    You’ll need these in place to get some heat in the house for the drywall installation.

    24. GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS
    It’s good to get the water away from the house as soon as possible.

    25. EXTERIOR PAINT
    Many surfaces on the outside need to be protected from the elements. So you’ll want to paint as soon as is practical.

    26. INSULATION
    Once everything else is in the walls and rough inspections are completed, it’s time to insulated your home.

    27. TEMPORARY HEAT
    With the meters set (above), the HVAC sub can get some temporary heat in the house. This will be critical for getting the drywall joint compound (mud) to dry in a timely fashion. The carpet sub also needs a warm home so that the carpet is installed at a temperature comparable to normal living conditions.

    28. DRYWALL
    Sometimes called “Sheetrock®.” This will be “hung” (nailed or screwed to the wall studs and ceiling joists), taped (at the joints), and “mudded” (joint compound applied) . . . after the in-wall plumbing, HVAC, electricals, and insulation have been inspected!

    29. CABINETS
    Base and wall.

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    30. INTERIOR DOORS AND TRIM
    The trim materials installed here may include the door casing, base mould, window stool and apron, window casing, chair rail, crown mould, built-in cabinets, stair railing parts, and others. This step also includes hanging the doors.

    31. PAINT AND WALLPAPER
    The first coat of paint is usually sprayed. Get it in before the hard wood floors are installed.

    32. HARDWOOD FLOORS
    Now it’s time to install your hardwood floors.

    33. COUNTER TOPS
    Counter tops are next. this may involve a different sub than the one who installed the cabinets.

    34. VINYL AND CERAMIC TILE
    Vinyl floor coverings and ceramic tile are installed. Two different subs. Probably should have made these two different steps, but I was trying to make it come out to an even 50!

    35. SAND AND FINISH WOOD FLOORS
    This is the first of two finishes. The last is done just before you move in.

    36. APPLIANCES AND SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
    This would include all of your major appliances – washer, dryer, range, oven, refrigerator, as well as any other special equipment you have specified.

    37. FINISH ELECTRICAL
    Here is where the electrician comes back to install the switches, outlets, light fixtures, ceiling fans, door bells, etc. He will also hook up the appliances, furnace, air conditioner, doorbell, and so forth.

    38. FINISH PLUMBING
    The plumber will install the sinks, lavatories,
    toilets, and all the faucets.

    39. FINISH HVAC & FINAL HEAT
    Your heating sub will install the registers and get the furnace and air conditioning running properly.

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    40. SHOWER DOORS AND MIRRORS
    Install shower doors. Hang mirrors.

    41. CARPET
    Now it’s starting to feel like home!

    42. HARDWARE AND SCREENS
    Typically, this is door, window, and closet hardware. Window screens.

    43. DRYWALL REPAIRS
    You may need to get the drywall subcontractor back out to patch some dings caused by the other subs’ work. This is normal.

    44. CLEAN UP
    This is the final interior clean up.

    45. FINAL PAINT
    Touching up drywall repairs and so forth.

    46. FINAL WOOD FLOOR FINISH
    This should be your last inside job before moving in.

    47. RETAINING WALLS
    These outside home building jobs can be going on while the work proceeds inside. You should not have these going on while the outside is being painted.

    48. WALKS, DRIVES, AND PATIOS
    You should wait until the drywall has been delivered to the home, because the drywall truck is VERY heavy, and could damage your flat work

    49. SEPTIC TANK AND DRAIN FIELD
    Same as above on the timing with regard to the drywall delivery. The tank holds the waste and allows microbic action on the solids. The drain field is where the effluent leaches into the soil.

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    50. FINISH GRADING AND LANDSCAPING
    The final finished grades are established to ensure proper drainage away from the home, and to prepare the yard for landscaping. Trees, shrubs, grass, etc. are installed.

    • McFlock 5.1

      Not a bad bet, oh great and glorious moderator :)
      The link has photos and everything. And is copyrighted, FYI. 

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      :roll:

      IMO you should’ve just left this in spam, and banned fisi if he tries it again. He’s repeated this same lame comment several times now and it’s clearly deliberate.

    • McFlock 5.3

      On the discussion side, I’m not sure the Labour policy is that Shearer will personally do everything on the list 100,000 times in the ten years to 2025.
              
      It might need improvement, but it’s not as deluded as fizzzz 

    • Draco T Bastard 5.4

      Every 11.5 minutes of the working week Shearer has promised what follows below.

      Yep and it’s been shown to you several times how it could be done and yet you still bring up this stupid BS about having to build an entire house in minutes.

      Really, you’re a fucken idiot.

      • David H 5.4.1

        Maybe we should let them in on the secret of building a lot of houses.

        Fisi

        You build them all at the same time using gangs of workers. NOT one at a time.

    • vto 5.5

      In 1941 …

      we sent 8,000 men off to World War II, which had been raging since the 1930s,
      the NZ government built 4,000 homes,
      our navy was bigger than today,
      and our airforce had stacks and stacks of awesome planes, much more than today,

      all with just 1.6 million people.

      fancy that.

      Things were much better in the old days. Bloody useless younger generation.

    • mike e 5.6

      Fishy looks like your swimming against the tide in the in the septic tank leaching away

    • David H 5.7

      Fisi WHY oh WHY do you persist with this 11.59 minutes.

      I’ll ask you a question How long does it take top make a Car, Just one? Answer A LONG time Ask Mclaren or Aston Martin they only make a few at a time. BY HAND.

      But Toyota in Japan can pump out a car every few minutes. It’s a nifty little invention Invented First by the Springfield Rifle company of America in the Civil War, and again by Henry Ford, it’s called a production line and Fisi it can be upscaled to build many houses. You just need a couple of things.

      1 A government willing to implement this. National=Fail
      2 the Land
      And Land like anything else you can always get a good price if you have the cash. And the best people at raising cash in huge quantities is a government. National would rather give this money to their mates in tax breaks than in doing anything that’s deemed to be good for the community at large. So again National=Fail.

      You may have seen that program on TV where they build a house in a week using an Army of people and suppliers, and as everyone is on the same page. Imagine that going on over a whole new housing community being built say a 500 house project being built BY an army of people. And the best part Everyone also has a job and has money so can afford to buy one of the thousands of houses they have built. It’s a no brainer, A win win. so Fisi just give it up, and admit that as a troll you are a failure, and you really need to find another interest.

      • Grant Hay 5.7.1

        Hey David. Not arguing but thought you might be interested to know that the earliest example of mass production using fully interchangeable parts that I am aware of was an agreement known as the Porter Contract, to supply clock movements and agreed between Eli Terry as the supplier and Edward Porter who commissioned the order for 4,000 30 hour wooden movements, dials, hands, pendulums and weights. The contract was signed in 1806 and the order was supplied on time by 1810. Point being, mass production is something that’s been around for a while…..

  6. Chalupa Batman 6

    Ok its good to be supportive and its great you’re trying to pump your man up and give him confidence but really you think this was Shearer getting on top of Key…

    • Treetop 6.1

      Good on Lockwood Smith for doing his job for a change regarding Key’s rambling. Smith has probably had enough of the B.S.

  7. Neologise 7

    Our great hope timidly asked one prepared question after another prepared question, hardly outstanding, I’ve seen intermediate school kids have better oratory debating skills.

  8. The Stepper 8

    Mike I hate to say it but you’re looking a bit desperate. As per the comments above, if that was Key on the back foot then Shearer will be in serious difficulty if Key decides to take the offensive.

    Presumably the crack (which may or may not have fallen flat) about Judith Collins was the very first in trying to establish a rumour about potential leadership challenges in National? Alternatively it was some kind of insult – I find it difficult in the extreme to believe it was genuinely meant – in which case what on earth did you expect to gain from that?

  9. Sunny 9

    Meanwhile Shearer and Robertson will look splendid in scab at the premiere of the Hobbit tomorrow.

  10. alwyn 10

    It was very lucky for David Parker in the house today that none of the National Ministers had a calculator handy when Parker made one of his wild claims.
    He said that building one house per hour, 24 hours per day, every day of the year came to 613,000 houses in 10 years.
    Well simple arithmetic says that the following calculation gives 87,360 houses in ten years
    24 (hrs/day) * 7 (days/week) * 52 (weeks/year) * 10 (years) = 87,360.
    This is the man who Labour regard as being fit to be the Minister of Finance. Where did they find him?
    The claim was made near the end of question 8 in Parliament today.

    • Fisiani 10.1

      Your maths is correct. Building one an hour 24/7 for 10 years would still be 13,000 short. Parker really stuffed up and Heatley called his bluff..

      The problem is that if we realistically limit it to a 40 hour working week and there are only 48 available working weeks then the inescapable maths means churning out a completed home every 11.52 minutes. Every summer barbeque will have a joke or two about this incompetance.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        Actually, the joke would be about your and Nationals incompetence. The people who are fully incapable of understanding logistics.

        • vto 10.1.1.1

          Apparently the egyptians built the pyramids. Do you think they would have been a labour lot or a national lot?

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1.1

            I suspect that they were more used to dealing with the real economy rather than the delusional one (neo-liberalism) that seems to have been invented for the purpose of justifying capitalism and which National believes in.

            But other than that the rulers of Ancient Egypt would have been National supporters.

        • Treetop 10.1.1.2

          I saw the doco on child poverty on TV 3 last night. The condition of state housing (ventalation/mildew and heating) and how this contributes to child hospital admissions is not seen as an urgent issue for the government. The overcrowding resulted in scabies/school sores and the transmission of preventable disease which affect those under a year old, then those under five the most.

          • xtasy 10.1.1.2.1

            I saw it too, and I made sure I did.

            It was admittedly a bit “politically coloured”, but nevertheless, it made some real solid points and raised very valid arguments.

            The fact is: Both Labour during last governments, and certainly also National now, have done stuff all to address the appalling housing situation at Housing NZ, and also in general.

            It has been left to “the market” for too long.

            What impressed me immensely was that Swedish doctor or so, who had worked in Wellington Hospital (as I believe to remember), who upon being asked said very correctly, that in NZ, when a government changes, it goes up and down like a roller-coaster.

            We have a system, where there is no second house, no extra control to scrutinise the government, except the mostly useless select committees. So once a party dominated government takes over from one that is the opposite, they start turning everything upside down and inside out, to serve their needs and their ideological ideas and plans.

            This is different in Europe, and I have clearly seen it myself, when I returned to there after about 11 years of first living here. They had made changes, in a number of countries, but here, it was a “revolution” by the Chicago Boys like Douglas, Prebble, Richardson, Shipley and the likes.

            It happens again and again, government departments get changed, turned inside out, heads of departments, CEOs, and commissioners and what else, they all get changed to fit the new government’s preferences.

            All this bears immense costs, and who pays the damned costs? The bloody people!

            So when in Sweden there is a change of government, from left to right, or the other way around, it never causes the same upheaval as here. In NZ it is like mafia like hostile parties fighting over ground, and then stamping their ideas onto the system. Both major parties have been guilty of this. This serves very well the monetary and business interests, as they will set their lobbyists loose each time also, to influence the quasi dictatorial governments in NZ. It stinks to heaven, and NZ has third world diseases, unknown in Europe for over 50 years.

            BACKWARD and 3rd World minded, a lot of it is, what goes on here.

            So Shearer must have seen the program too, tried to take advantage of it by criticising Key and his lot, but it clearly BACK-FIRED badly!

  11. redfred 11

    Key looked like and sounded like a right a tosser, and it clearly showed they don’t want to do anything about the housing affordability.

    Poor National, clueless really.

  12. karol 12

    Didn’t Phil Heatley, in not answering Annette King’s question, repeat that line that right-wing bloggers and commenters have been circulating? ….about the number of houses Labour’s plan would require being built very hour. 

  13. gobsmacked 13

    I have genuine respect for Mike Smith and his years of sterling service to Labour, but I fear he has been drinking from the same “half full” glass as Anthony Robins. Unfortunately the glass is empty.

    Here’s how Spin works, gents … Do accentuate the positive, but Don’t insult people’s intelligence.

    If you say “Black is Grey”, some people will believe you. But if you’re going to insist “Black is White” then not only does the line not win votes, it can actually lose them. It simply increases the perception that Camp Shearer is now detached from reality. A perception continually reinforced by the leader himself.

    Yes, I listened to (didn’t watch) the first part of Question Time. I heard Russel Norman ask a question, get a silly answer from Key, and immediately Norman threw it back at him. To loud laughter, because MPs knew he’d scored a point.

    In other words, Norman was thinking on his feet. That’s part of the cut and thrust of debate, it’s what politicians have to do, and all three main leaders (Turei, Norman and Peters) have shown they can do it.

    Shearer never does. Not in the House, not in the TV studio, not at the photo-op, nowhere in the media.

    Today was no exception.

    • gobsmacked 13.1

      Here’s Scott Yorke’s perspective …

      http://twitter.com/ImperatorFish

      Like Tapu Misa, he is not some devotee of Cult Cunliffe. He was impressed by Shearer’s conference speech.

      But when Labour fail to follow up, fail to show the same focus and energy and basic competence in doing the day-job, as they did in preparing one speech, then people will naturally be frustrated.

      And when the leadership’s response to that frustration is more denial, more delusion, and even more circling of the wagons (“You is Blogger! Boo! Bloggers Are Cunliffe!”), then the cycle continues … and Labour are screwed.

      The way forward is to tell the truth. Not least, to David Shearer himself.

  14. Skinny 14

    Looks like Parker is being lined up to challenge Shearer ‘if the opportunity’ presents it self? & or is manufactured? I agree thought his math didn’t add up. Get it right & keep practicing Parker.

  15. tracey 15

    I wish fisiani and other nats could post as much detail about alleged national policies.

    • Fisiani 15.1

      I would love to but it would be moderated away.
      Come away from the Dark Side. You will in time. As do most grown-ups.

      [lprent; We seldom moderate away your comments unless you hit the bounds of behaviour. Just do it in OpenMike. ]

      • McFlock 15.1.1

        Being exposed as fantasies based on wishful thinking and a loathing of workers is not “being moderated away”, Fisi. It’s called a “reality check”.

        cf:    
        Highways that cost more than they’re worth.
        Cycleways that did not solve our unemployment problem.
        Reporting damage to school buildings that do not exist.
        Leaking the private information of citizens.
        “Resignations” that result in no paycut or demotion to the back benches.
        A “Brighter future” with massive unemployment.
           
        The list goes on… 

      • David H 15.1.2

        Maybe a Guest post Fisi’s fantasies.

        • One Tāne Huna 15.1.2.1

          Yes! Brilliant! A guest post by Fisi! Please please please make this happen someone :)

    • OneTrack 15.2

      Oh so now what Shearer announced is only an “alleged” Labour policy? Probably for the best with all the negative traction it is getting.

  16. quartz 16

    If explaining is losing then Shearer is the biggest winner ever; I don’t think I’ve ever heard him manage to explain anything.

  17. Skinny 17

    What Fish face fails too acknowledge is the housing crisis will affect the children of the 2 bob Tories!  Unlike the well to do’s, the 2bob pretenders won’t have the spare readies to handout willy nilly for their kids to get a foot on the property ladder.

     In summary;

     Nationals inaction on housing, coupled with unnecessarily high unemployment ( everyone knows someone made redundant lately) & not listening over Asset sales etc. All adds doubts that Key & Co actually know what there doing! 

     Kiwi’s as a rule don’t suffer piss & wind merchants too long.  

  18. TEA 18

    Todays question time was a laugh a minute.
    What was in your tea Mike Smith !
    labour was whipped raw, this lot is clueless.

    Nationals housing minister needs to go back to school to redo his maths tests though !

  19. Blue 19

    Proof once more that Shearer’s biggest supporters live on another planet. How can any sane person watch that video and see what is described in this post?

  20. Saarbo 20

    Mike, I suspect you equally haven’t got a very high opinion of David Shearer if that is your idea of an example of him putting Key on the back foot.
     
    But my question is why haven’t Labour got detailed costings on this Housing policy? Labour left the economy in an exceptional state when they handed the reins to National and somehow National have managed to convince New Zealanders that Labour’s weakness is in running the economy.

    Shearer needed to front foot this housing policy with every possible answer ready. He hasn’t, he has done a Phil Goff. Did the financial nous leave when Michael Cullen left? Shearer needs to do some hard yards with the bean counters and make sure he understands and retains every detail. A CEO of any NZ corporate would never get caught out the way Shearer has over this housing policy. Its a good policy, don’t f%$k it up.

    These guys make it hard to feel proud of being a Labour Party Member. 

  21. PlanetOrphan 21

    Good luck convincing the Gnats to pay wages/salaries, Key’s swinging from 0 to 2-3000 homes?
    You’ve got Keys attention, now you need to tell him how to print money ((-:

    • OneTrack 21.1

      Greens are in charge of the money print operation. Have to pay for those houses somehow.

      • PlanetOrphan 21.1.1

        Heard that before, a bit of a hole in the attack if true.

      • Draco T Bastard 21.1.2

        It’s not about paying for the houses but directing the resources that we have into producing them. That’s why the government should be creating the money and the private banks shouldn’t be and why the government never needs to borrow.

        • PlanetOrphan 21.1.2.1

          True as long as it doesn’t affect external economies.

          • Colonial Viper 21.1.2.1.1

            There is massive slack in terms of under utilised resources and surplus labour force in the economy right now. So quite a bit of money could be pushed into the economy before that becomes an issue.

  22. Skinny 22

    Well said Saarbo! I cringed when Shearer got pinned down on the 50 k section’s in Auckland. It just allowed Key to deflect the housing crisis with ease. The devil is in the detail, so if your promoting a game changing policy crunch the bloody numbers & ‘own it.’  

  23. OneTrack 23

    Alright, I still can’t get over the sexist comment regarding Collins. I thought that was just not the done thing.

  24. mac1 24

    One track- ‘pink’ just might be a reference to Key’s referring to the colour as ‘gay’ and have nothing to do with the gender of the wearer.

    Secondly, please explain for me how that comment that Mike Smith made is ‘sexist,’ anyway. And the significance of beginning your comment with “Alright.” With what, or whom, are you agreeing?

  25. Herodotus 25

    “Labour’s housing policy is good: practical, ” I am continually reading such comments and unlike those who are making them with “No” supporting information I have provided figures to support my position. I am yet to read of any figures to support the $300k house and land package. With Annette King’s figures moving accordingly to fit the ever changing position, as basic questions are being put to Labour.
    And the minimal information and artistic impression given not to scale as to a guide as to section sizes based on the 90m2 building and the size of a car depicted in the drive way, giving an indication of the area of front lawn and the view from the lounge for the back yard (30 sec mark on TV 3 news item) does not support a 120m2 section more like 300m2.
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Labour-dreaming-with-housing-plan–property-developer/tabid/370/articleID/278168/Default.aspx
    Keys figures regarding Hobsonville also IMO need a OIA to clarify as they appear well over the top. $80k development contributions seem on the extremely heavy side.
    Where are these supporters with valid supporting financial basis to support the claims being made ????
    I am not against the policy in principle (especially if it adds to HNZ stock) but only in the poor financial justification to oversell as it is being portrayed. And not one post on any site has any financial numbers. Just cheerleaders.

  26. hush minx 26

    Perhaps the deputy leader will fill in for the Labour leader one day this week in the house and then shine by comparison – and maybe he’ll have those numbers handy…oh i hate how cynical i have !

    • gobsmacked 26.1

      Not cynical at all. That is exactly what is happening. See Q 12 in the House today.

      Robertson doesn’t have to do anything except a reasonably competent job, and wait for the inevitable. With each passing month, the caucus and the wider party will become more desperate, as they watch Shearer throwing away the election win. Enter the hero … reluctantly, of course!

      • McFlock 26.1.1

        cynical would be suggesting that he goaded Cunliffe into acting so they neutered each other.
             
        Wouldn’t be the first time leader A and contender B tuckered each other out, making way for contender C.
             
        Hell, 1066AD counts for that, and it was the routine for papal elections until JP2 screwed the system. 

      • David H 26.1.2

        Roberston? The jolly little rotund man always in the background with a grin on his face, and is always ‘washing his hands’ Sorry the “Fat Controller” comes to mind when I see him there.

  27. ianmac 27

    I watched Question time yesterday Mike. I agree with your take. Seems strange to read those who claim to be Leftish being so busy doing National’s job for them, with insinuation and denigration. Weird it seems to me.
    And didn’t Judith look girlish in pink. Suits her.

  28. KhandallaMan 28

    Mike Smith (and ianmac) 

    You would do well not to draw attention to Shearer’s performances if you want the membership to stop wishing Cunliffe into the Leadership role. 

    You have only highlighted  that the Conference performance was a once-off: the result of intenses coaching and rehearsal. 

    This is how it should be done:

     http://blog.labour.org.nz/2012/10/25/38028/

    • ianmac 28.1

      It is not so much support for Shearer or not. It is the searching and finding every little bit to support the anti and the negative stuff. Like a nagging wife. Once you start looking you will find them. Yes?

      • Craig Glen Eden 28.1.1

        I would put it another way the people who are helpling the Nats are those who keep making out Shearer is doing the job when he isnt. If Shearer was taking the Labour Party forward and I honestly believed he could defeat Key and the Nats at the next election I would say so but he wont, he cant and its straight out stupid to be making out he is landing hits against Key when he isnt!
        So ianmac and Mike you can continue to say white is black all you like but it isn, Shearers got to go and the sooner the better because if he stays so will National.

        • Red Rosa 28.1.1.1

          Got it in one.

          Shearer is the gift to the Nats that just keeps on giving.

          The whole thing is painful to watch.

          Maybe there will be enough drift to the Greens in 14 for some sort of Left coalition to win.

          And maybe not. Unless those numerous, disillusioned, one-time Labour supporters are galvanized into action, the Nats will cruise in by default.

        • David H 28.1.1.2

          Bingo. Shearer is just painful to watch in the house, the cringeworthy way of blandly asking questions. ( I once had an English Teacher who was like shearer, he could put a class to sleep in 5 minutes) Then he gets abused, and he just carries on blandly asking his questions. And when you have none, to bugger all, inflection in your voice, it just makes you sound BORING.

      • mac1 28.1.2

        “The Boxer” syndrome, ianmac.

        “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

        la de da de da de da de da de da.”

        Complete with hands over ears.

  29. xtasy 29

    Sorry Mike, but that is NOT what I observed!

    If it was so, I could forgive and (hesitantly) start asking myself questions.

    Sadly, Shearer is flogging a “dead horse” now, nothing more and less, and King made a joke of herself too, both yesterday and today.

    They should have thought about all this well before the “Great Speech” of “DA Leader” (to nowhere), but somehow they did not do enough research. Hence now they suddenly pull out the argument, well we will use (cheap) “government land” and the likes, talk about mixed housing and so on.

    I always suspected that mixed and intensive land use for housing was on the agenda, but sorry, that is NOT how it was presented. They talked more about HOUSES than HOMES, which can be different things altogether.

    So no traction today, no traction yesterday, while Winston is digging into Key and so about the South China Airways deal. Also the Greens had a few good questions, and Labour is merely “trying”, like usual.

    Sad, sad, sad, soooo sad all this. I just wonder, but it shows, it is a bit like Hitler in the last days in his Berlin bunker, I suppose. Shearer will “fight to the end”, whether it makes any sense or not, whether it will lose more votes or not, it is now all about Pride and Dignity!

    • David H 29.1

      More a case of how many more votes are going to be lost as a result of this bloody mindedness by Shearer?

      The amount of those on here who are going to vote differently is climbing, and if the general voting public see a quarter of what we see, then Labour will be the poor sister to the Greens.

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    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • Latest power price data shows National has failed families
    Latest data showing New Zealanders' power bills have risen 2.3 percent in the last year show National has failed families and households, the Green Party said today.Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment data issued today shows average residential electricity prices...
    Greens | 15-07
  • MANA announces its general seat candidates in Tamaki
    MANA is pleased to announce its general seat candidates in Tamaki for the 2014 election. We have 10 seasoned community campaigners keen to bring MANA’s full set of big, bold policies to the election campaign,” says MANA Leader and MP...
    Mana | 14-07
  • Media Advisory- MANA Youth Ambassador
    MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, and recently-appointed MANA Youth Ambassador Wairangi Koopu, will be available to speak to the media on the first day of the Internet MANA Road Trip. The Road Trip starts at Cape...
    Mana | 14-07
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    The Government's inaccurate response to the Green Party's clean rivers policy shows it is scared of the Party's plans that will actually make rivers clean enough to swim in, the Green Party said today. Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce,...
    Greens | 14-07
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror in Gaza, the Green Party said today.Thousands of civilians in Gaza have fled their homes as Israel has continued an offensive to destroy Hamas rocket sites...
    Greens | 13-07
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    Ex New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu has joined the MANA strategy team as the new MANA Youth Ambassador in another game changer move for the MANA party. “When we say we want more...
    Mana | 13-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Speech to Local Government New Zealand Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching t...
    Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, without consideration of fear or favour.”  In other words, tell me what you think,...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon
    Commentators seem surprised at the popularity of the Mana/Internet phenomenon. The ultimate ‘odd coupling’ is doing reasonably well in the polls at over 2% support, and Right Wing pundits are guessing that the Party might even reach 5% by the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?
    Trick question.  Any TPPA would be crap. But a future government will try to sell it to us anyway. It is clear that there won’t be any deal until well after the election and the new government is installed. So...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Te wiki – Maori Language Week
    Maori Language Week has become an entrenched feature of New Zealand.  New Zealanders have come to accept that for one week a year the normal institutions of the white settler society will make some attempt to engage their stakeholders using the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA b...
    Last Saturday morning the volunteer brigade of Internet Mana  went out in the freezing cold to deploy Internet Mana billboards. They braved the cold weather of that icy cold morning only to have National party thugs destroy the billboards and...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is his...
    27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Rape Culture is not blah blah blah
    To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s ...
    IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air. This chilling exposé of the strategy and tactics adopted by New Zealand’s largest industries to ensure that no effective action to combat...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • CTU resolution on Palestine
    Further to Unite’s position on Palestine, this is the Council of Trade Union position on Palestine… Preamble: Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organizations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal A former chef at an Auckland cafe has been awarded more than $50,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal. The Employment Relations Authority...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation’s efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Road fix needed now, not later Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Internet MANA Auckland road show at Kelston – what the media are missing
    The Town Hall in Kelston yesterday was packed well before the start time of 2pm. What many welded to Wellington in the Press Gallery don’t understand about Internet MANA is that its energy and flaxroot mobilisation is far larger than...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is an investment in families and our kids’ education and in reducing poverty. The...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Apocalypse Now
    For a brief moment, the nations of the world seemed united in a peaceful pursuit. The  World Cup finale in Brazil captured the imagination of a global TV audience. Within days, catastrophe exploded into the headlines, sending shards of outrage,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Palestinians suffer from media’s use of derogatory labels
    Why, in our news media, is an Israeli with a gun a “soldier”, but a Palestinian with a gun a “militant”, or even a “terrorist”? The terminology is clearly prejudicial to the Palestinian cause, because New Zealanders are more likely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Another example of media bias – Key’s holiday vs Cunliffe’s holiday a...
    Another, sad, tired example of media bias in terms of holidays this time. I pointed out in the weekend the extreme bias being exhibited by the media… The current level of negative bias being exhibited by the conservative corporate media...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • MANA answers the call to have Apartheid Israeli Embassy kicked out of NZ
    Last week I asked “which NZ political Party will have the courage to call for the Apartheid Israel embassy to close?“, MANA have answered that challenge and have stepped forward as being the political party with that courage… The Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald to speak at September 15t...
      So Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak at Kim Dotcom’s Auckland Townhall event . Dear oh dear, how will the mainstream media journalists handle this news? All week they’ve been screaming how unfair it is that they will have...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release “How can someone go to Court on the issue when a person doesn’t even know if...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, the...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday 17Jul On Friday the 18th of July, Unite will be picketing SkyCity Casino urging them not to outsource the Cleaning Services department. This proposal...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • TOUGHLOVE urges more funding for Parent Support
    TOUGHLOVE has issued a challenge to all of New Zealand's political parties to state where they stand on helping parents of youth at risk. The challenge comes just ahead of the organisation's thirtieth anniversary celebrations in Auckland on Friday 25th...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Reports: Aotearoa stands in solidarity with Palestine
    Fightback supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as a tactic to show solidarity with Palestinian resistance. The following reports are from demonstrations over the weekend from Fightback activists and supporters....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Mental Health & Addiction Services Funding Crisis
    The funding crisis threatening the effective provision of NGO mental health and addiction services will be the main topic for debate by health spokespeople from all the main political parties at a public meeting in Penrose....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Job losses show the dangers of relying on dairy exports
    Today’s announcement from Fonterra that up to 110 jobs will be cut at its Canpac facility in the Waikato shows the dangers of relying on dairy exports to China to sustain our economy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Cambodian Workshop successful, says Labour MP/PGA President
    Labour’s Associate Disarmament Spokesperson and Parliamentians for Global Action (PGA) President Ross Robertson is pleased with the successful outcome of the Asia Pacific Regional Parliamentary Workshop held last week in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Mangere College students take stance on family violence
    The students of south Auckland high school, Mangere College, became the first in the country today to implement the ‘It’s not OK’ campaign throughout the school in an effort to help prevent family violence occurring in its local community....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Fairer Deal For Parents on Benefits – Christine Rankin
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig is backing a campaign seeking to reform the way Work And Income treats shared care parents. Mr Craig confirmed his party's stance in an email to Fifty Fifty campaigner Duncan Eddy last night, stating: "I...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Kmart stamps out bullies with partnership
    23 July 2014 – Kmart has helped stamp out bullying quite literally, with active team members from stores across the country pounding the pavement on a ‘Big Walk’ for charity organisation Foundation for Youth Development (FYD), as part of Kmart...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • More momentum needed to achieve Smokefree 2025 goal
    New research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal by ASPIRE 2025 researchers suggests the Government’s goal to achieve a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 may be failing to gather the political momentum needed to ensure it is achieved. Analysis...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Fight for 26 weeks paid parental leave to go on
    The coalition to support 26 weeks paid parental leave says that public demand for six months leave with a new baby is not going away, and the group will continue to push for government to do more to support better...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Don’t Apologise for Putting Family First, Mr Cunliffe
    Family First NZ says Labour leader David Cunliffe should not be apologising for putting his family first and having some holiday time with them. “All parents need some rest and recharging time, they need family time, and most importantly they...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Referral to the Police – Wayne Walford
    On 21 July 2014, the Electoral Commission referred Wayne Walford, National Party candidate for Napier, to Police for displaying election advertising on a signwritten vehicle promoting his candidacy and the National Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • RSA condemns downing of flight MH17
    The Royal New Zealand RSA has today denounced the downing of flight MH17, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, as an act of terror....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • EDS joins Trans-Tasman Resources High Court appeal
    “EDS has today filed a notice to join (in opposition) Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) appeal against the decision to reject its marine consent application to mine ironsands in the South Taranaki Bight,” says EDS Executive Director Gary Taylor....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Over 1100 dead Kiwis
    Research presented to the NZ Defence Force today shows that an average of 16 service personnel have died away from the front line every year since 1945. Add those from the front line and the figure is 18....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Petition to repeal carer legislation presented at parliament
    Today Rachel Noble, Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly presented a petition, with thousands signatures, to parliament demanding the repeal of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) 2013....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Claudette Hauiti to step aside at election
    National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Prime Minister to local government conference
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) was pleased to host the Prime Rt Hon John Key at the 2014 LGNZ Conference today in Nelson. The Prime Minister addressed the audience of 550 delegates including mayors, chairs, chief executives, councillors and senior...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Students Challenge Parliament to Protect Student Voice
    Student representatives on Victoria University of Wellington Council. LEFT: Elected-at-large student representative David Alsop. RIGHT: VUWSA President Sonya Clark....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Flockton basin residents deserve fairness
    It is blindingly obvious that the land in the Flockton basin has dropped because of the earthquake causing increased flooding and flood vulnerability says Labour’s Christchurch Central Candidate Tony Milne....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Labour’s announcement on regional development
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed today’s announcements from Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe on regional development. The Hon Cunliffe launched Labour’s regional development policy to more than 550 delegates at the annual 2014...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Standing Orders Committee: Review of Standing Orders
    The Standing Orders Committee has presented its report on the Review of Standing Orders. The committee reviews the Standing Orders, procedures, and practices of the House and usually reports towards the end of each parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally on 26th July, Aotea Square
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Human Rights Commission welcomes The Way Forward report
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has welcomed The Way Forward report on an integrated system for Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. “The Way Forward report is truly a way forward. We’re not starting from scratch, all the jigsaw...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Young people to face MPs in UNICEF NZ Election Debate
    The UNICEF New Zealand Youth vs MPs Election Debate takes place today (22 July) at the Beehive Theatrette providing a unique platform for young people to debate issues of importance ahead of the 2014 general election. UNICEF NZ will also...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Taskforce Welcomed to Curb Excess Local Government Control
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s announcement at the LGNZ conference in Nelson to establish a 'Rules Reduction Taskforce'.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • LGNZ releases election manifesto
    LGNZ releases election manifesto focusing on the need for strengthening New Zealand’s communities and economies...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Local government celebrates outstanding performance at LGNZ
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate the leadership role local government plays within communities. The Awards were presented at a prestigious dinner...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Cocktails for Industry Officials, Squalor for Pigs
    When members of the pork industry meet at their annual conference at Auckland’s Novotel Hotel today, animal advocates are expecting urgent action to address cruelty issues on factory farms. Animal advocacy group SAFE says pork industry officials...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Forest & Bird to mark On the Block campaign at Parliament
    Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird will hold a photo opportunity at Parliament at noon today to highlight the, unprecedented rights sell-off to frack, log, drill and mine New Zealand’s public conservation land....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZCCSS calls for government to raise care workers’ wages
    The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is joining the call for the government to increase funding to the aged care sector to enable fair wages to be paid to workers caring for New Zealand’s older people. “The...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • CTU Urges Reserve Bank Not to Raise Interest Rates
    The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another rise in interest rates will raise the dollar further, striking another blow at high value manufacturing industries who are exporting or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ACT announces Jamie Whyte as Pakuranga candidate
    Dr Whyte was elected ACT Leader in February. Since then he has been travelling around the country meeting New Zealanders and talking about ACT’s key messages of low, flat tax, cutting green tape, getting tough on crime, and “one country,...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Whyte calls on Craig to name his flat tax rate
    ACT Leader Jamie Whyte has hit out at Colin Craig for failing to name his party's suggested flat tax rate. "Page 9 of The Press today is an advertisement for Colin Craig’s Conservative Party and their policy of having two...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • The Letter 21 July 2014
    All tax and spend ; Do not add up ; Bad economics ; We have moved to the left ; Being in government was a mistake...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Aggressive phone scam targets Inland Revenue customers
    Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers who are targeting people for money and threatening actions such as deportation and prison if not paid....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • A talk on wealth, a rant on inequality, & NZ’s latest stats
    I'm giving a talk in Wellington tomorrow night on wealth in New Zealand: how much of it there is, how it's distributed, and why we should be talking more about it. It's at 5.30 at Connolly Hall in Thorndon, and...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Growing Up in New Zealand Report exploring vulnerability
    The Chief Executive of the Families Commission says the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) report released today is the first step towards developing a greater understanding of vulnerability in the New Zealand context....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Christopher Giddens Struck off
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Christopher Giddens be struck from the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Downing of MH17 shows the Ukraine crisis is a global issue
    The downing of Malaysian airlines’ flight MH17 clearly shows the Ukraine crisis is not a local or regional affair, it is a global issue and the world community needs to help the Ukraine, University of Canterbury Ukrainian expert Associate Professor...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZEI supports Green party’s commitment to quality ECE
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Green Party’s plans to boost the quality of early childhood education by restoring funding for centres with 100 percent qualified staff....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First Tax Policy Breaches the China FTA Peters Signed
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to introduce a capital gains tax on foreign owned homes and assets, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Interview with Metiria Turei
    We believe that the Green Party and Labour can work together. After the election, we will look at our shared goals and where we can work together to achieve positive goals for New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First GST Policy Not Thought Through
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to remove GST on food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • KASM to fight seabed mining decision appeal
    Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) today notified the High Court of its intention to join the EPA in opposing an appeal by Trans Tasman Resources against the EPA’s decision to refuse consent for the country’s first seabed mining proposal....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • MANA Policy Statement- Economic Justice
    A just economy is one where everybody is able to afford the cost of living and enjoy a decent quality of life. In a just economy, tax rates are fair. Those who earn more pay a higher proportion of their...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Waitangi Tribunal Releases Its Report on the MV Rena
    In its interim report released today, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Wairoa District Council Should Not Be Gagging Staff
    Reacting to the Dominion Post article that the Wairoa District Council has removed council staff members' personal submissions on the Council's annual plan, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Staff making personal submissions...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming local economies
    Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming New Zealand’s local economies Cloud-based accounting software firm Xero could be based anywhere in the world but Chief Executive Rod Drury keeps the company’s head office in Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ‘Pay Up or Lose Licence’ Message Is Getting Through
    Coromandel MP Scott Simpson says fine dodgers are finally paying up since the introduction of strict new rules for traffic offenders. Scott Simpson MP says ‘People who get caught breaking traffic rules now have two choices - pay up or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
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