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Farrar shills for NZ’s most racist academic

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, August 26th, 2011 - 103 comments
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Remember Greg Clydesdale? He caused quite a fuss in 2008 when the Dom uncritically ran a frontpage story based on his “research” that concluded Pacific Islanders are a drain on a society who are, amongst other sins, crowding ‘our’ beaches (dismantled from an academic perspective here and a class/ethnic perspective here, ripped apart in an interview on RNZ here, and embraced by Lockwood ‘small hands’ Smith here). Well, he’s back, spouting more anti-immigrant trash, and Farrar’s shilling for him.

Clydesdale on growing the economy

by David Farrar

Dr Greg Clydesdale says:

We cannot rely on Auckland to drive the New Zealand economy according to Dr Clydesdale who today releases a discussion paper ‘A middle path for the New Zealand economy’. 

 A key feature of recent economic debate has been the idea that Auckland will be the country’s economic driver.  The argument states that there are economic advantages to having many firms located close together.  However, Auckland’s industries have low rates of innovation and exports: key drivers of economic growth.  The city lacks the capabilities to deliver desired growth rates.

 Auckland’s location does present many economic advantages, but to expect it to drive growth is going too far.  Recent policy was inspired by recent literature from economic geography, diversity and immigration.  Dr Clydesdale states it is time to end the myths and alchemy that has influenced the New Zealand economy for so long.  It is time to get back to basics. …

Definite food for thought. The full paper is embedded below.

Conference Fashionable Policy With Super Font

So what is in the report? 28 pages of remarkably thin argument that says, in summary: Auckland under-performs economically for a city of its size. There are lots of immigrants in Auckland. Therefore, it’s the immigrants’ fault that Auckland’s economy isn’t as large as it ‘should’ be.

In one particularly nasty passage, Clydesdale tries to attribute the immigration system that he thinks is dysfunctional (because it lets in immigrants) to economist Ganesh Nana (who is New Zealand-born, btw):

There is one economist who believes we should focus on quantity not quality [of immigrants]. Ganesh Nana has had a strong influence on our immigration policy and is frequently sponsored by the Department of Labour to research the economic effects of immigration

See, it’s all a conspiracy by the ‘darkies’ to get more of ‘them’ in.

Last time when he was called out for a being a racist and a crappy academic, Clydesdale whined that everyone Left of Brash was being PC and only he had the ‘courage’ to speak out. Without a doubt, he’ll pull out that same pathetic line this time.

Why Farrar has got himself mixed up with this racist I don’t know. Come on, David, you’re a dog whistler from way back, but dog-whistling on anti-immigrant racism? That’s a new low.

103 comments on “Farrar shills for NZ’s most racist academic”

  1. lprent 1

    Perhaps he is worried that ACT’s racism isn’t getting much political traction? National is looking to come up short on the coalition front.

    • That’s why it’s important to have a stabilising presence in the centre. The only reliable option for that this election is UnitedFuture, they were trusted by Labour under Clark, and they can be trusted to keep National moderate.

      Obviously I have a vested interest in this, but think about it. Until Labour looks like being able to come back in force UnitedFuture is the best option of preventing a pull to the right.

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        Pete don’t you see that UF and Clydesdale have a lot in common?

        He is espousing a “middle” course away from the “extremes”.

        And his comments are totally content free apart from the racist dog whistle stuff. 

        • Pete George 1.1.1.1

          Take your Labour blinkers off for a minute if you can.

          If Labour don’t get enough support, as looks likely, of the parties on offer who would you rather see influencing National the most?

          • The Voice of Reason 1.1.1.1.1

            UF doesn’t have influence, it has a single, easily bought vote.

            • Pete George 1.1.1.1.1.1

              In politics you have most influence when in government. How many policies have Labour got through this term? UnitedFuture has been a part of government for 12 of the last 15 years.

              If National get a substantial block of seats as expected this election the best result will be for UnitedFuture and the Maori Party with a few seats each to hold a moderating position.

              Or would you rather National had a majority on it’s own?

              • The Voice of Reason

                Actually, I would prefer National to rule on it’s own, if it means ACT, the MP and the hairdo are kept on the outer. Even better would be a Labour led administration, with or without UF. Either, way, you’re not going to be involved, Pete.

              • felix

                I’d rather they had a majority too.

                There’s no good reason for fringe-dwelling margin-of-error parties like ACT and UF to be at the cabinet table.

                • So you support single party rule. That’s a bit last century, odd, I picked you as being a lot younger than that.

                  • felix

                    Try reading the comment again – I said I’d prefer to be governed by National alone that National ACT and UF together.

                    Of course neither of those options would be my first choice, as I’m not a moron.

                    “I picked you as being a lot younger than that”

                    Just add it to the long list of things you’re woefully wrong about, one-party Pete.

                    • I stated my preference for a National/Maori/UnitedFuture government and a bit of Act wouldn’t matter.

                      You said you prefer National ruling on their own.

                      It doesn’t take a moron to see who supports one party rule.
                      And it doesn’t take a moron to see your lies by implication.
                      But that’s just what you do.

                    • felix

                      Sure Pete.

                      So which do you prefer:

                      a) A Labour party majority govt

                      or

                      b) A coalition of Labour, the Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the ALCP, and Bill&Ben.

                      ps you do realise that even if I did support a National Party majority govt (which I don’t, and you’d have to be a moron to take that from anything I’ve written) that’s still not the same thing as the opposition-less one-party state that you’ve previously advocated for.

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      But Felix does not support one party rule, Pete. Nothing he (or I) said suggests that. What we are saying is that National on its own is marginally more palatable than National having to adopt ACT, MP or UF policies in order to govern. This is because those parties will do more damage as they seem to be coming from further to the right than John Key’s politics.
                       
                      Of course, I may be wrong about UF. If you are right about UF being more centrist, then perhaps we should be calling your leader ‘no harm’ Dunne. But if they are centrist, why are you a candidate? Or is the partiy’s centrism the reason you won’t vote for them?

                    • You couldn’t help slipping in your lie again, could you. Have you advised the ODT yet? Or was that just a bluff?

                      UnitedFuture claims to be centrist and is generally regarded as centrist:

                      Our Mission

                      United Future is a modern centre party, focused on New Zealand’s best interests.

                      Wikipedia backs this up: Ideology Centrist

                      I’m enthusiastic about or comfortable with probably 90% of UF policies.

                      On Political Compass I’m a bit left and a bit liberal, but I’m sure I’ve got some righter leanings on some things.

                      Most people are more centre-ish than anything, so most people would find most UF policies quite reasonable.

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      If it’s a lie, then all you have to do to prove me wrong is say that you will be voting for United Future. But you can’t bring yourself to do that, can you? And fair enough, too. I have enough respect for you to believe you are not a liar, and therefore you won’t say that you intend to vote UF to shut me up, because it would be untrue.
                       
                      Frankly, you’re in a bind, Pete. Admit the truth, and get laughed at in your local community or refuse to admit the truth and just get laughed at here. Choices, choices.

                    • felix

                      “Most people are more centre-ish than anything, so most people would find most UF policies quite reasonable.”

                      Obviously. Hence their stunning election results throughout NZ, and the calibre of their candidates.

                      Bunch of fringe-dwelling weirdos.

                    • You may think you’re clever and have me in a bind? That’s funny.

                      If you don’t have facts is that what you usually do? Just make things up?

                    • felix

                      I wonder if the hairpiece knows that the no.3 on his “party” list won’t even pledge his vote.

                      Actually I wonder if the hairpiece knows about all the other utterly mental things his no.3 has written here…

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      Which bit did I make up? The bit where I said I didn’t think you’re a liar, perhaps?
                       
                      If I’m making it up, prove me wrong. Say that you will be voting for UF. Just say it once and I’ll quit teasing you. You were honest enough to say you would electorate vote tactically, that is, for a candidate other than yourself, so why can’t you be honest about the party vote?

                    • If you haven’t had any joy with ODT try Channel 9, they might ask me a tricky question for you in the interview tonight on the news.

                    • felix

                      Pete, if there’s a gap in TVOR’s logic you should probably point it out.

                      Otherwise it looks a bit like you know he’s right.

                    • It’s not a gap in your logic, it’s a gape.

                      I won’t tell him an answer which is both obvious and none of anyone’s business but mine and he thinks he’s onto some amazing gotcha.

                      Why not try something potentially useful instead? Like:
                      http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193350660725611

                    • felix

                      So walk me through it. Because it’s not obvious from anything you’ve actually said.

                      ps you haven’t answered this either.

                    • Do you realise your stalk trolling drives people away from the blog? I see people saying that elsewhere anyway. I guess that’s your intention. Still, it can be useful for some things.

                    • lprent []

                      It doesn’t make any significant difference from what I can see with the steadily rising numbers of page views, visitors, and comments. Ummm comments are at 312,159. Looking at the all-time top commentators

                      1. Colonial Viper (9,080) Hot damn – talk about talk….
                      2. Felix (7,743)
                      3. lprent (7,741)
                      4. Draco T Bastard (7,416)
                      5. Pascal’s bookie (6,271)
                      6. r0b (5,249)
                      7. burt (4,377)
                      8. Lanthanide (4,168)
                      9. mickysavage (3,751)
                      10. Ianmac (3,555)
                      11. Lew (3,424)
                      12. Bill (3,369)
                      13. higherstandard (3,340)
                      14. RedLogix (3,316)
                      15. BLiP (3,292)
                      16. vto (3,019)
                      17. prism (2,913)
                      18. RANDAL (2,810)
                      19. Steve Pierson (2,644)
                      20. the sprout (2,635)
                      21. Robinsod (2,448) I always has a soft spot for robinsod, and he made felix look positively benign – which is why I banned him so many times…

                      Anyhow, Felix accounts for 2.48% of the comments since April 2008 so I suspect that his ascebic ways haven’t driven too many people away. My notes say that we had barely 30k page views that month, now we have (even in the winter depths) 10x that.

                      I haven’t noticed a diminution in quality since then – in fact the opposite has been the case since we got rid of some of the more boring trolls.

                    • Bored

                      Never heard that term Pete “stalk trolling”.Cool term, implies you are being stalked by a stalk troller….which implies…

                      I have more pressing questions like, “Is Dr Greg diminishing the average horsepower output of Clydesdales?”

                    • felix

                      Stalk trolling. lol. Don’t like having your ideas questioned, do you Pete? I guess that’s why you think government would be so much better without opposition.

                      Why won’t you answer the question, Pete? You found my answers to the inverse but equivalent question relevant, and TVoR’s too.

                      So why not yours? Are you special? Are you better than us?

            • McFlock 1.1.1.1.1.2

              “UF doesn’t have influence, it has a single, easily bought vote.”
               
              Funnily enough, even its own candidates can’t be sure of their own vote, they’re so middle-of-the-road.

            • Liberal Realist 1.1.1.1.1.3

              Dunne will prostitute himself to either of the major parties.

      • lprent 1.1.2

        United Futures track record of special interest group achievement does not fill me with any wish to see them back in parliament. Think that there is a good probability that dunne will lose his seat, and even if that doesn’t happen, the party percentage is likely to leave him as a onefer. But I think that losing Act out of parliament should be sufficient to dampen down any rightward trend in national.

        Also, as is becoming quite consistently clear in the polls (as well as in conversations) left style policies are definitely the flavor of the times. We really can’t afford the extravagances of the right’s habit of chasing fiscal revenue drops (without banking the savings from cost reductions first) causing structural deficits in the governments accounts. Or having too many people get under employed for too long with the burdens that places on following generations of tax payers – we are still carrying the costs of the 90s now – ask at any womans refuge. Or ripping critical regulation and infrastructure out of state control and into private asset strippers (I am still pissed about National ‘deregulating’ the housing market in the 90’s and the hell of getting my apartment fixed).

        The right in National are quite likely to find that their favorite policies get stripped to allow electoral success. It looks like National is going to require the highest party percentage ever achieved under MMP to take the treasury benches. I am picking that John Key and his allies will water down the policies.

        The best bet for the right neolibs to keep momentum is to get Act back in. So we get support for the nasty racist vote catching lines that Act is the main progenitors of these days.

      • mik e 1.1.3

        The right wing nag’s should find there way to the knackers yard.No growth in the Auckland economy Farrar promotes This archaic piece of s*** who is saying Nationals focus on growing Auckland is a mistake.Sounds like they’ve shot themselves in the hoof the pair of plodders! They have lied about the lack of investment in innovation .Labour increased the amount of money put into R&D 4 fold under the Clark /Cullen Government. Only to be cut completely back to 1999 levels by National then restored to a third of the levels that Labour had implemented 2 years later! ACT Party political broadcast I smell

  2. Don’t you find Mr Farrar increasingly unreadable and irrelevant? (To make the point, as many of us are in this odd, ephemeral world).

    • davidc 2.1

      Well in this case DPF didnt write anything so there wasnt anything to read other than…

      “Dr Greg Clydesdale says:”

      • Blighty 2.1.1

        and “Definite food for thought. The full paper is embedded below.”

      • mik e 2.1.2

        I read Clydesdales report I found it very poorly researched most of the facts were untrue.It was merely a piece of propaganda supporting Dinosaur Don.Like Clydesdales 1800s economics just Utter BS.Horse doo doos in other words. Dickensonian

      • felix 2.1.3

        “Well in this case DPF didnt write anything… “

        That’s kinda the point. He just republished the work, in full, without criticism or comment. On his very popular website.

    • aerobubble 2.2

      Don’t you find that voters gave government a whole lot of slack when the
      economy was growing (even if they themselves were loading up on debt).
      Its easier to kick the little guy when your prospects are good.
      Its a whole site different to kick up a fuss about immigration when
      as a distraction from inept government.
      Farrer is desperate, so is the psuedo right. Because the right wing I grew up
      with, before Thatcher, Roger, had some actual conscience.
      National are wasting our future to hold on to their control of the economy.
      Democracy is supposed to remove bottlenecks like them.

    • Richard 2.3

      Yes.

      DPF was actually sort of interesting when he was criticising Labour when Clarke was in power. I would hardly say he was always particularly balanced or sane in his criticism — but there was often some valid, or at least debatable, point.

      Now he is largely just either posting pictures of his holidays, or recycling rubbish lines about how great the government is, or baiting the sewer.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Well I don’t know. Farrar’s definition of racism is anyone who criticises Israel, otherwise he seems pretty comfortable with darkie bashing. And Mr. Farrar been moving (or has always been) to the far right for ages now, he seems really to be naturally an ACT extremist only he loves being a courtier at the centre of power – and who can blame him, power without accountability, isn’t that what every right winger strives for?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1

      Add into that mix, political stool pigeon for the US Embassy, boss of an unaccredited polling company……. and much more

    • RedLogix 3.2

      Succient and well formed as usual Sanctuary. Having interacted with Farrar reasonably extensively over a period of time, I came to the conclusion that the he’s one of those ‘cancerous and corrosive’ individuals whose made an art form of making himself look good on the surface, in order to mask something ugly underneath.

  4. marsman 4

    Are we meant to feel sorry for the ‘white’ employers who are forced to take on these immigrants for low wages and long hours to do shitty work that no one else wants to do?
    Morons like Clydesdale (and Key for that matter) never look at the people running the businesses,maybe they are the impediments to growth and/or maybe they put too much of the returns into their back pocket.
    Besides ‘growing the economy’ is starting to sound too much like yet another nonsensical neoliberal mantra. Maybe we should be looking at quality/equality of life for everyone.

    • Bill 4.1

      How about quality of economic activity over quantity?

      A spin-off would be that workers can then have a life and develop their human potential…their qualities if you prefer…by utilising the free time that would accompany such an economy.

      Surely that’s more desirable than our potential as people being stymied by the imposition of full time employment (time constraints and a very narrowly defined environment within which to act) or by the poverty that comes knocking when full time employment isn’t achieved?

      Which would, incidentally, help to address Clydesdale’s ‘quality versus quantity’ argument, no?

  5. queenstfarmer 5

    So Farrar’s transgression was posting an excerpt from this chap’s writings, and adding the highly controversial comment “Definite food for thought. The full paper is embedded below.”

    And you’ve just done the same thing. Wonder if we will see a new post entitled Eddie shills for shill for NZ’s most racist academic.

    • felix 5.1

      “So Farrar’s transgression was posting an excerpt from this chap’s writings, and adding the highly controversial comment … “

      If he posts these views without criticism it’s fair to assume he supports them. No?

      If not, I guess it doesn’t matter what he posts then, eh q? For example, if he were to post an excerpt from “Mein Kampf” without criticism would you still be tonguing him so?

      p.s. I can’t be bothered explaining “Godwin’s Law” today so get over yourself.

      • queenstfarmer 5.1.1

        If he posts these views without criticism it’s fair to assume he supports them. No?

        No. I can point to John Minto’s writings on how there should be a maximum wage, and say “food for thought” if I wish. Only someone quite illiterate, or blinded by their own ideology, would take that as an expression of support.

        Your suggestion demonstrates the same quality of thinking as Sue Bradford’s suggestion that everyone in the country who does not vote “yes” in a referendum should be counted as a voting against it.

        • felix 5.1.1.1

          Sure you could point to Minto’s writings, but you don’t.

          And if you did point to them, without criticism, I’d assume you supported them.

          Farrar often posts excerpts of things he doesn’t agree with. And he always lets you know what he thinks of them.

          • queenstfarmer 5.1.1.1.1

            Put a cap on eye-popping incomes

            Food for thought

            • felix 5.1.1.1.1.1

              I don’t believe you.

            • vto 5.1.1.1.1.2

              I agree with the general thrust of Minto.

              In recent years people at the top of these types of private and public organisations have come to accept that remuneration at these levels is in fact justifiable. They have self-justified (as we all do at times for our various vices ha ha).

              It started some years ago in the corporate world.

              In NZ’s public sector it seemed to take hold during Clark’s rebuilding of the publuic sector. I recall when public sector pay rates exceeded private for the first time ever near the end of Clark’s reign.

              It was exemplified recently when Brownlee paid his overlords for CERA twice the recommended rate, and without even checking with them first no less.

              There is a gigantic difference today in what people think they are worth. The highest paid really are living in la-la-land.

              Bring on Minto’s Maximum Wage! If it is good enough for the goose it is good enough for the gander. In fact, business would probably love it because it means a lower employee cost. So rather than lower employment costs by lowering the lowest, lower the employment costs by lowering the highest. Yes. That’s it. Right, now back to mine own less than minimum wage (sometimes better not to add these things up).

            • mik e 5.1.1.1.1.3

              Horse food I presume QSF. Recycled by a Clydesdale = horse s**t.

    • mik e 5.2

      You Should be spin Doctor QSF.I find some of Mintos comments archaic others relevant, None of them racist Clydsedales comments are both archaic and racist.If he looked into the damage the National party does to the economy every time it gets elected . He would be standing on firmer ground.

  6. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 6

    I am interested in this dog whistle thing.

    Say you were concerned about the level of immigration (I am not BTW). Would it be possible to voice that concern without being open to the charge of do whistling?

    • felix 6.1

      “Dog whistling” means that you say something in such a way that that it goes over the heads of everyone but your intended audience.

      It means if you want to say something (for example) racist, you phrase it in such a way that only the racists really get what you’re saying, and everyone else hears an innocent speech.

      If you do it carefully, the actual words will be innocent and you’ll be able to stand by them and say that there’s literally nothing racist in them. But you’ll know there is and so will the racists who heard it.

      If you want to voice a concern about the level of immigration you should simply do so. If you do it honestly you can’t possibly be accused of “dog whistling”.

      Does that help, Ole?

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 6.1.1

        I know what dog whistling is supposed to be, thanks, Felix.

        It just seems to me that any time anyone says anything at all adverse about the level of immigration, he or she is met with a claim of racism. And that just seems a bit dishonest to me.

        • felix 6.1.1.1

          So now it’s racism you’re worried about being accused of?

          Make up your mind Ole.

        • William Joyce 6.1.1.2

          I’m with you Gormless – a dog whistle can’t not be detected by the human ear. So, for your own reasons, you have to assume it is there – even though you can’t really tell.
          It’s like thinking there’s a secret conspiracy against you, but you don’t have any evidence – “that’s because the conspirators are so clever that you can’t see them!”
           
          I know nothing of Greg Clydesdale or even if he is a racist. I would be interested in the debate to know if what he says has any merit. Sometimes even our enemies can bring us some truth. I had a relative who grew up in pre-war Europe and had all the attitudes of race that were common at that time. But even in his racism he started me thinking about things – e.g. the sociology of tribalism – as seen in things like ethnic cleansing or football hooliganism.
           
          Labels (like “he’s a racist”) are often used as means to avoid analysis and cut straight to knee-jerk reactions.
           

    • Blighty 6.2

      If he didn’t want to dog-whistle, he could just come straight out and say ‘I don’t like having all these dark skinned foreigners in ‘my’ country’

      That’s not dogwhistling.

      And you can see why the Clydesdale’s of the world don’t do that.

      In fact, if you listen to that interview on RNZ, at the end, he pretty much admits it’s all about not liking having foreigners crowding ‘his’ beaches, and that’s the end of any semblance of respectability of his argument.

  7. grumpy 7

    I think the wood is obscured by the trees.

    1. There are a lot of unskilled immigrants in Auckland – more than probably the rest of the country combined
    2. Most who do work, work for minimum wage.
    3. The minimum wage is ridiculously low.
    4. Their combined income has a nagative relative effect on the Auckland economy.
    5. Therefore the Auckland economy underperforms.

    So, is it a problem with immigration or low minimum wage rates?

  8. randal 8

    Hey good reading folks. I like to hear the pros and cons of how to support racism without being a racist. However the guts of the matter is this. Without low paid workers doing the menial tasks like carrying away the crap let over from the supremacist beanos then auckland would really be in a mess and the funny thing is that oafs like farrar and clydesdale dont look like they have ever done a tap of hard work in their lives.
    and Eddie I like your choice of words. Shill says it all. Fat fairground barkers bellowing at the prejudices of the unwashed.

  9. vto 9

    Race seems to be a ridiculously difficult subject to raise and discuss in our fair lands. Ingrained assumptions and stereotypes and prejudices instantly spring to the fore the moment it is raised. It is bloody hopeless.

  10. Afewknowthetruth 10

    1. The populace of NZ in 1769 was approximately 100% Polynesian, and they were doing quite nicely for themselves, having done quite nicely for themselves for several centuries.

    2. Everything started to get ‘fucked-up’ the moment European colonists arrived, and became increasingly ‘fucked-up’ once NZ became an industrialised society, as sustainable systems were replaced by unsustainable systems and population overshott commenced.

    3. The ‘fucking-up’ went into ‘hyperdrive’ when cheap oil became freely available.

    4. Everything became truly ‘fucked-up’ once a consumer society, based on the conversion of [finite] oil into waste had been established.

    5. Auckland is NZ’s largest centre for converting finite resources into waste and is the largest centre of population overshoot.

    6. Now that global oil extraction has peaked and the economic system is imploding we still have ‘idiots’ talking about economic growth.

    Richard Heinberg, amongst many others, points out that ECONOMIC GROWTH IS OVER.

    http://richardheinberg.com/bookshelf/the-end-of-growth-book

    The inability of manistream commentators to discuss reality suggests they are either suffering from deep psychosis (detachment from reality) or are compulsive liars.

    7. Industrial civilisation is in the early stages of complete collapse, since the energy and resources necessary to maintain the complex systems that support present arrangements have peaked and are in decline.

    8. Humanity will either eventually return to the stone age or become extinct. Futile attempts to prop up failing systems by utilising energy sources which have ever-decreasing EROEI increase the likelihood of humanity becoming extnict before the end of this century (along with most other mammalian species) via abrupt climate change and environmental collapse. None of the strategies necessary to prevent ‘meltdown’ -permaculture and powerdown etc. -are even discussed in official circles, presumably because the bankers have our leaders ‘by the balls’. Derrick Jensen put it this way: those who benefit from present arrangements will not voluntarily give up their positions of privilege and power (even if continuing on our present path destroys their own children’s futures).

    9. If any remnant of humanity survives the bottleneck event we have entered in the Auckland region it is likely to be predominantly Polynesian.

    • vto 10.1

      Are you sure about your point 1. there mr afewknowsomething? What were their child mortality rates like? Health status? Housing quality? Relations with neighbours? Much warmongering going on? You sure you aint wearing them rose-tinted specs again?

      And if the above issues have improved since other immigrants have arrived then how can you say it has all been fucked up since?

    • and they were doing quite nicely for themselves, having done quite nicely for themselves for several centuries.

       
      Afewknowthetruth, I think you are suffering from the Victorian notion of the “noble savage” living in some south sea paradise.
      You forget that as soon as the musket was introduced to this “paradise” it gave an arms advantage to some tribes who, (with little further help from Europeans), were able to wage their own wars of conquest and settle pre-existing rivalries.

      • Adele 10.2.1

        Teenaa koe, Willliam Joyce

        Rose tinted glasses are only worn by the blue rinse brigade, which I am sure suits you well, Pre-colonisation society was largely stable, ordered and prosperous. Things did become ‘fucked up’ from the time the rose tinted disembarked onto these shores.

        The version of history that I and the majority of Maaori hold varies vastly from your baised views.

        • vto 10.2.1.1

          Adele: New Zealand’s only native ostrich.

          • Adele 10.2.1.1.1

            I would rather be an Ostrich than a plover egg.

            Circumcise your brain from its imperialist foreskin and experience the real world of Te Ao Maaori.

          • Adele 10.2.1.1.2

            I would rather be a native Ostrich than a goose egg.

            Circumcise your brain from its imperialist thoughts and perhaps than you might see past the foreskin of your distorted perspectives.

    • aerobubble 10.3

      What utter tosh you speak.

      1. The populace of NZ in 1769 was approximately 100% Polynesian, and they were doing quite nicely for themselves, having done quite nicely for themselves for several centuries.

      Rubbish. After desperately clinging onto the few outcropping rocks of the Pacific
      they got lucky and sited a volcaneo eruption and a wide bueatiful land. Too late!
      They had lost connection with the wider world, its diseases, its advances, its
      warlike nature. While the poor where dying of new disease caused by ‘new’
      forms of social integration (bad government) the Maori were failing to keep
      up with their innoculations.

      2. Everything started to get ‘fucked-up’ the moment European colonists arrived, and became increasingly ‘fucked-up’ once NZ became an industrialised society, as sustainable systems were replaced by unsustainable systems and population overshott commenced.

      Europeans coming to NZ was as fatal to NZ and Pacific Islanders, and just
      as inevitable given our species unbalanced need to invade and discover.
      You can’t blame Maori for doing something Europeans did too.
      Destroy this land, only after a couple of centuries did they have
      to reinvent their culture to live more sustainable with the land.

      3. The ‘fucking-up’ went into ‘hyperdrive’ when cheap oil became freely available.

      No. Peak oil is inevitable drive of our species, we would likely never be
      born, or even speak to each other, let along communicate with the other
      side of the planet if it weren’t for cheap oil. The fucked up thing about
      it is your ego, peak oil made us who we are, its how we’ve used peak
      oil that has fucked us up. Its your and mine frigging egos.

      4. Everything became truly ‘fucked-up’ once a consumer society, based on the conversion of [finite] oil into waste had been established.

      Rubbish. If we had a integrity in our university systems we’d have a cheap source
      of energy by now to see us through. But Thatcherism essentially believes
      intellect to be a threat and so forces the universities to make money.
      Universities need to waste about 10% of the GDP of the nation on useless
      stuff to be of any value to our species.

      5. Auckland is NZ’s largest centre for converting finite resources into waste and is the largest centre of population overshoot.

      Nonsense, Auckland is a project that ignores the people and only listen to the
      sepculators and property developers. Its was always going to fail further than
      most global cities, it just doesn’t care about its people.

      6. Now that global oil extraction has peaked and the economic system is imploding we still have ‘idiots’ talking about economic growth.

      Richard Heinberg, amongst many others, points out that ECONOMIC GROWTH IS OVER.

      http://richardheinberg.com/bookshelf/the-end-of-growth-book

      The inability of manistream commentators to discuss reality suggests they are either suffering from deep psychosis (detachment from reality) or are compulsive liars.

      Rubbish. Economic growth will review what it measures as valuable and then
      start measuring them properly again. Wealth will be restored. Money is currently
      not valued correctly, well never is really, but it usually only modestly
      out of whack with reality.

      7. Industrial civilisation is in the early stages of complete collapse, since the energy and resources necessary to maintain the complex systems that support present arrangements have peaked and are in decline.

      No. Most people do live in buildings that while being crap will be easy to fix up with some
      drying mud come the collapse. In NZ we have gardens and will eat the flowers until
      the vegies patches get going.

      8. Humanity will either eventually return to the stone age or become extinct. Futile attempts to prop up failing systems by utilising energy sources which have ever-decreasing EROEI increase the likelihood of humanity becoming extnict before the end of this century (along with most other mammalian species) via abrupt climate change and environmental collapse. None of the strategies necessary to prevent ‘meltdown’ -permaculture and powerdown etc. -are even discussed in official circles, presumably because the bankers have our leaders ‘by the balls’. Derrick Jensen put it this way: those who benefit from present arrangements will not voluntarily give up their positions of privilege and power (even if continuing on our present path destroys their own children’s futures).

      Reality will not ask them to volunteer.

      9. If any remnant of humanity survives the bottleneck event we have entered in the Auckland region it is likely to be predominantly Polynesian.

      Yes. Zombies plague has started, now the zombies are waking up and cannibalizing.
      Just remember that to survive stay as far away from the Zombies as you can,
      make sure you have enough basic food and water, and don’t make any loud noises
      so they rush you. Zombies == anyone with any power and conditioned in the present
      madness.

      • prism 10.3.1

        @aerobubble Who is ‘you’ that you are addressing in the above long post. Can you direct your answers to the individual concerned which will add to the enlightenment the rest of us gain from your considered input.

        • Bored 10.3.1.1

          Thanks Prism, a reasonable request to Aero.

          He says some interesting things however and there’s a lot to agree with, and a lot to be critical of so Aero, some criticism, your statements in italics:

          Peak oil made us who we are, its how we’ve used peak oil that has fucked us up. . Quite so, we have been profligate and fallen into a dependency trap from which AFKTT is quite right when he suggests it’s a problem. You contend that If we had a integrity in our university systems we’d have a cheap source of energy by now to see us through. …you are right about the integrity of the Uni systems but even they cant beat the laws of thermodynamics and the actual physical limits to energy availability, there is no magic bullet, warp drive and speed will not be available. So we face getting used to doing whatever we do slowly.

          On that note you are right that Economic growth will review what it measures as valuable and then start measuring them properly again. So true, but wealth will diminish to levels supported by output and purchasing power available to buy that output. If we are doing things manually, or with a team of Clydesdales as opposed to “cheap hydrocarbon energy slaves” that’s going to be much less. In short cheap energy equals wealth creation ability…..expensive rare energy makes wealth much harder to create.

          Never mind, we will produce human energy (wheat, oats etc) with the aforementioned Clydesdales hauling the plough, in far less quantities, grown with far less petro-chemically derived fertilizers. In between whiles we can eat from gardens and will eat the flowers until the vegies patches get going. The thought makes me very hungry.

        • mik e 10.3.1.2

          Less is more aerobubble the end of economic growth is a fallacy we are transferring to a more sustainable growth model which will keep economic growth going for several more decades yet!

      • Colonial Viper 10.3.2

        8. Humanity will either eventually return to the stone age or become extinct.

        We should be able to sustain a ~1950 lifestyle long term with some elements of high tech thrown in to boot. (Depends of course how badly we want to keep overshooting now).

        But yeah, going for a weekend in Sydney is going to mean a week or two in a steamer.

  11. prism 11

    I like Clydesdales – always seem large, calm, reliable, hard working horses. Pity to have their name brought into disrepute. I think he’s probably got a thorn under his saddle and once that was fixed he could seem to have much more horse-sense.

    Why do so many economists turn out to be sour and dry. Is there something in the water they drink while they are at university? Perhaps its an acceptance ritual that they have to drink their own water. That would make me dry. It is unfortunate for us with the unattractive and poisoned people they turn out to be, but when discussing them it certainly makes it easy to take the p.ss.

    • Bored 11.1

      Its no mistake energy in first generation industrial revolution countries was measured in horse power. We still use it, its going to make it easy to reverse engineer energy requirements, the issue is can we grow and train the delightful Clydesdales quickly enough? Or the ploughmen?

    • mik e 11.2

      prism they are captive to their masters independents like Gareth Morgan have practical and life experience and don’t ruminate and belch Chicago horse Dung .

  12. Galeandra 12

    ‘So what is in the report? 28 pages of remarkably thin argument that says, in summary: Auckland under-performs economically for a city of its size. There are lots of immigrants in Auckland. Therefore, it’s the immigrants’ fault that Auckland’s economy isn’t as large as it ‘should’ be.’

    This is a most disappointing post, Eddie. I skim-read the paper and have to say I don’t believe you read it at all. It’s a critique of economic growth policies including immigration policies and practices over the last decades, and the economic growth assumptions underpinning them- where does ‘thin’ come from? Given that it’s almost a literature review anyway. To see the analysis as an exercise in racism is a huge stretch, to the extent that I accuse you of doing the dog whistling.
    There have been too many of this type of low calibre post on The Standard; lift your game.

    • Joe Bloggs 12.1

      +1
      Like

      Well put Galeandra.

      It’s ironic that felix should raise Godwin’s Law when Eddie’s post is such a great example of the Delingpole Corollary – there are few things quite so emetic as the liberal-left on its high horse

      • Bored 12.1.1

        Is the high horse a Clydesdale? Their emetics are great for my garden, dont know if it works on orchids though..

      • Jan 12.1.2

        It is thin. From my quick read it’s also poorly written (Verbs and subjects sometimes doesn’t agree ;-).

        He takes aim at people who say that correlation is the same as causation” i.e. more immigration = greater prosperity – without evidence – just because in many countries the figures trend in the same direction.

        He makes that case that while true in many countries that is for other reasons. He doesn’t look at

        a) how New Zealand would be doing without high levels of immigration – umm I can take a non-evidenced based guess about skills shortages.

        b) the effects of institutional and individual racism that sees so many well-qualified new migrants employed well below their capacity (driving taxis, book-keeping in the food industry and so on) with consequent impacts on national productivity.

        So – if there is no causal correlation between greater diversity and greater productivity in New Zealand (in contrast to other places) is that because of the very attitudes espoused by people like Mr Clydesdale.

  13. So, summing up: Clydesdale’s drawn the conclusion that it may not make economic sense for the country to be importing fast-breeding unskilled immigrants when it already doesn’t have enough jobs for its existing unskilled workers; and your view is that this conclusion is not only stupid, dishonest and vindictive, but racist too? I’d be interested to see an argument for that view that wasn’t ridiculous, but haven’t yet.

  14. Galeandra 14

    Bored, it should work on orchids, as a tea at very great dilution. You don’t want too much green and floppy growth. Perhaps a Shetlands’ would be better from that pov?

    • Bored 14.1

      I am not that keen on floppy green growth, might stick to chicken **** for my gardens purposes. Dont have a lot of joy with orchids, bit heavy handed on this…prefer the virtuous circle of Clydesdale emetics onto rhubarb, growth, more emetics …

  15. randal 15

    Roll up your windows and hold your nose.
    It aint no tulip and it aint no rose.
    Well I am really going to stick my head out here and call the clydesdale and farrar utterings two great steaming piles of horseshit. OK?

  16. Steve 16

    I was looking for a comment from DPF here – must have been banned.
    You have my email lprent

    [lprent: He can comment if he wants to, either here or on his own site. I don’t think we have ever had a reason to ban DPF. ]

  17. Afewknowthetruth 17

    ‘sustainable growth model which will keep economic growth going for several more decades yet’

    Thsi blog is infested with scientifically illiterate and mathematically illiterate fools.

    ‘Sustainable growth’ is an oxymoron:

    The most important video you will ever see: (but only if you want to cease being a fool and actually watch it,)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-QA2rkpBSY

    • mik e 17.1

      A few you are not going to change the world Schroeder BBC world has the research . His research says countries with high debt and poor innovation are going to stagnate for the next 10 to 20 years. That food producing countries that are handy to Asia will do well.The eurozone and the US will struggle because of high debt That makes NZ with its high debt and food production slightly better off.

      • ropata 17.1.1

        Thanks mik e for some sanity amidst the paranoid prophecies of doom.
        Some weirdoes on this site love their apocalyptic fantasies of the world burning and mass suffering.
        I think AFKTT is so alienated from normal society that he wants it all to end, proving himself right.
        Not so different from the end of world scenarios cherished by neocon warmongers hoping to provoke Armageddon.
        The Antichrist is coming to get us!!!

  18. Monique Watson 18

    Hey Pete. Do you reckon we’ll be voting for the same party then ? Oh why won’t you say? Stamps foot. Oops I’m getting into that daft entrapment territory patented by ole whats his troll stalker face. Did ya hear about the ipredict on the correlation of age with electoral voting systems at the referendum?
    Yup. I would have been on earlier PG but I was booking a venue for the 26th November. The future is purple.

    PS. You don’t strike me as a fringe dwelling weirdo PG.
    No fringe.
    Are you another kind of weirdo?

  19. MirrorMirror 19

    How many times have you said sorry?

    Words are just words to you.

    I don’t believe you are sorry, I believe you are an empty person who doesn’t know how to grow depth.

    To be a good writer you have to have depth.

    Have heart and you will grow heart.

    Maybe this is your cue.

  20. Well P.G I always remember the late Nye Bevan’s quote ,He who walks down the middle gets knocked down. I also completely believe what William Gilbert wrote .”You are either a little Liberal or a little Conservative

  21. Jum 21

    Re:
    Vicky32 …
    28 August 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’m so pleased Vicky32 because you are now saying that in New Zealand women will never have to undergo the same sort of treatment suffered by that rape survivor in that American/Catholic or Catholic/American hospital.

    (For your info – From your two previous attacks on me, do read carefully, I said ‘this PARTICULAR rape survivor’ did not go to the phone book, find where the next Catholic hospital was and go there…’ in reply to your comment about rape survivors. Either you did not read the link I sent you or you are getting a bit hyper yourself. It was about a rape survivor in America. They don’t have DHBs there.)

    My intention was to warn that if everything else from personality politics and neo-conservatism as well as religious ideology was emanating from America then no doubt the controls over women’s freedoms/choice (call it what you will) will be under attack too in New Zealand.

    But you’re saying that Catholics, the Catholic Hospitals and the Catholic Church in New Zealand are such wonderful people and institutions and totally unlike their American offshoot that the attacks on women’s choice could not possibly happen here.

    You must also be saying that the Catholic hospitals in New Zealand would be accepting of performing abortions here. Is that correct?

    Will that (still) be the case when Key’s government opens up the public health system to private purchase?

    If that remains so, and New Zealand’s women’s choices are sacrosanct, then I’m very pleased Vicky32. You obviously have the inside knowledge on everything the Catholic Church and its administrators do in New Zealand, and no way would they turn away a rape survivor. Wonderful. Just put that down in writing and sign it will you, and in 50 years time we’ll have a look at it and we’ll find out if you were right or whether you were just peddling mischief to women.

    Belittling my New Zealand citizenship will lose you any chance of me listening respectfully to rants from you in future. I will just attack.

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    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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