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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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    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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