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Feel the burn

Written By: - Date published: 2:29 pm, August 23rd, 2012 - 82 comments
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Crossing the line is an occupational hazard of public political comment. Especially when you set yourself up as an edgy persona. Fortunately, there’s a warning system. You think you’re being clever, but the animal part of your brain feels its wrong- it’s that burning feeling in the back of your neck. Next time, Trev, feel the burn.

82 comments on “Feel the burn”

  1. AmaKiwi 1

    I don’t understand what specific events this thread refers to. Have I missed some news story?

    • Daniel 1.1

      Ditto. I have found a number of posts on the standard in the past few months to be cryptic or confusing as they don’t have links to provide background or context

      • gobsmacked 1.1.2

        It’s good that Daniel/Ama etc don’t know, because that suggests it didn’t get much coverage in the media.

        And it’s good that it didn’t get much coverage in the media, because that tells us how irrelevant Mallard now is. Somebody should tell him. And his puppet-leader.

        • insider 1.1.2.1

          Or that most people thought what TRevor said was totally uncontroversial, and only a few extreme activists got excited about it, and it was their views and reactions that were not worth reporting.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1.1

            yes because NZers love cruelty towards poor and veneration towards the rich

            I actually agree that workers get taxed too much, and that capital and assets aren’t taxed anywhere near enough.

          • gobsmacked 1.1.2.1.2

            The “Josie” reference in the heading tells you all you need to know about what Mallard meant.

            Anything else is deliberately disingenuous, AKA trolling.

            • insider 1.1.2.1.2.1

              I assumed he was focus grouping :-)

              • Colonial Viper

                Someone mention to him that you’re supposed to do that in a small closed room with a few people, before you let loose on the world with your crazy ideas.

        • Dr Terry 1.1.2.2

          Every Party will have to carry some poor performers, so let’s hope Mallard and like will be not deter forward movement. Identify and support the strong members, try not to highlight performances of the weak.

  2. Ben 2

    I like context, too!

    It’s like these posts are written so that the subject can read them and join the dots. Everyone else is left in the dark.

    So, I guess: Hi, Trev. Hope you know WTF is going on here…

    • bad12 2.1

      Yeah, i think it’s called being politically aware, Trev decided that He aint getting enough attention these days so had a bit of a go at bene-bashing on His facebook, which He soon took down after getting a bit of noise from other member(s) of the Labour Caucus,

      I must be having flashbacks or something, at first glimpse that pic of Trev looked like ‘Black-adder, someone who thinks He is really sneaky but aint…

  3. This link shows the latest brainfart by mallard that is being discussed.

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/oh-trevor.html

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    This was Imperator Fish’ background to it, Amakiwi.

    http://www.imperatorfish.com/2012/08/when-youre-in-hole.html

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Oh good ,more missives from the Eunuchs !

    • Tom Gould 4.2

      So what’s all the fuss about? The statement looks correct to me. I guess the ‘thought police’ see things differently?

      • gobsmacked 4.2.1

        The statement looks correct to me.

        Here’s a correct statement: “Some old people are smelly”.

        Do you think Labour’s “strategist” should put it on his Facebook page?

        • insider 4.2.1.1

          If improving the lot of people assualted by teh smell of old people was a core labour strategy, yes why not?

      • bad12 4.2.2

        Go on then, show us,where are all these people that are collecting benefits and when offered work refusing to take the offered jobs,

        The numbers of them??? where in the country are they??? got a link even to a hint of a news story of such???…

        • Bob 4.2.2.1

          Here you go: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/6884286/Cracking-it-on-welfare-in-Huntly

          My favourite quote from the article “Money is all around me. Why do I need a job when money just gets given to me?”

          • bad12 4.2.2.1.1

            Nice try, take a point for the effort, the question??? where does it say in the story or the later comment from the Journo that wrote it for the Waikato Times that ANYONE of those kids had been offered ANY work???..

            • Bob 4.2.2.1.1.1

              I am not sure where you live, but where I am from you have to APPLY for work, not sit at home and wait for it to be OFFERED to them. I quote again, “Money is all around me. Why do I need a job when money just gets given to me?”, this is what middle NZ gets worked up about, and this is just a reported standing on the side of the road asking questions, how deep does this problem actually run!

              I agree with you that there needs to be real work put in asking benificiaries that are able to work (so obviously excluding ACC and Sickness benificiaries) anonymously whether they have even tried finding work, so we can get an idea as to whether this is as big of a big problem as a lot of people think. This article really did open my eyes when I read it though, surely you can’t agree with the sentiment?
              Remember, these girls admit to deliberately bringing children into poverty for financial gain to the detriment of the economy, do you approve of this?

              • Colonial Viper

                Give us a government with the guts to deliver us 200,000 more full time jobs before you start to question teenage girls reproductive habits, thanks.

                I am not sure where you live, but where I am from you have to APPLY for work, not sit at home and wait for it to be OFFERED to them.

                Yeah join the queue of 1200 people applying for 150 supermarket jobs.

                Good luck buddy.

                Why do I need a job when money just gets given to me?”, this is what middle NZ gets worked up about,

                “Middle NZ” = 25% of the population, lives largely in an unrealistic bubble.

                That bubble is now in the process of popping. It’ll be fun to watch.

                By the way, living on the unemployment benefit = living in poverty. Not exactly glamarous eh buddy

                • Bob

                  Those 1200 people applying for 150 supermarket jobs have the right to be angry with these girls, they are the reason that the welfare system was put in place, as a fall back for the tough times when jobs are scarce, or for when you are made redundant (just 2 examples, not the only reasons). They have gone out and APPLIED for jobs, they aren’t taking bad12′s advice and witting at home waiting for jobs to be magically OFFERED to them.

                  I don’t find it glamorous at all, but these girls are almost bragging about it. I also use the term ‘poverty’ very loosley, as it relates to disposible income and has no official standard of measure in NZ, therefore a beneficiaray living in Auckland or Wellington could be in ‘poverty’ due to the high cost of living, but a beneifciary in Huntly for example, may be doing quite well for themselves, as these girls seem to be stating.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Those 1200 people applying for 150 supermarket jobs have the right to be angry with these girls,

                    Jeez you vomit bullshit. Turning the unemployed against young desperate girls with few good options, is that your strategem?

                    You bullying loser.

                    Trying to use unwed young mums as a distraction from the Government’s inability to create 200,000 real good paying jobs, which people would take up tomorrow. Capitalism offers no answers because it is more profitable for the wealthy to get rid of jobs, not create them.

                    And get your head out of young girl’s reproductive habits you pervert. And besides, most women are on the DPB for just a few years, and never go back on it.

                    Run your intra-class warfare distractions somewhere else and give us real jobs.

                    • Bob

                      What do you suggest the government does to create 200,000 jobs CV? What is Labour or the Greens suggesting they would do to create 200,000 jobs? Statements like yours is a distraction, governments can’t make jobs without it being a further drain on taxes! Governments need to create an environment for business to flourish, not just magic up jobs out of thin air!

                      Comments like: “You bullying loser”, “Jeez you vomit bullshit” and “get your head out of young girl’s reproductive habits you pervert” seem to be your modus operandi, but when it comes to ideas or finding solutions to real world problems you seem to constantly fall flat on all counts.

                      I may not have perfect ideas, I may not see the world the same way you do, but at least I am willing to look around and see when things are broken and need fixing without burying my head in the sand and saying “the government should be doing better” and getting angry without offering ANY workable solutions.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      :cool:

                      I may not have perfect ideas,

                      Your idea was to start a division within the underclass, turning the unemployed against vulnerable young mothers.

                      Gawd you suck. You amoral operator.

                      What do you suggest the government does to create 200,000 jobs CV? What is Labour or the Greens suggesting they would do to create 200,000 jobs? Statements like yours is a distraction, governments can’t make jobs without it being a further drain on taxes!

                      Yep, taxes on assets and capital, plus an FTT and increased income taxes on the top 5%. Move an additional $10B per year into direct employment and print an additional $10B. Shit dude, that’s an extra 350,000 jobs right there.

                      And because the wealthy refuse to create jobs with the hoard of capital they have amassed (a hundred billion or two, by my reckoning), the Government is going to have to do it for them by taking a small portion of that wealth and redistributing it into public service employment.

                      What is Labour or the Greens suggesting they would do to create 200,000 jobs?

                      Sweet FA of course. Both parties consider “full employment” to sit at between 2.5% and 3.5%. Its a joke. But what else can you expect from timid capitalist, free market based political parties?

                      but at least I am willing to look around and see when things are broken and need fixing without burying my head in the sand

                      Where you seemed to be burying your head was in young girls’ reproductive habits. And what you seemed to want to do was “fix” young girls reproductive habits. You pervert.

                      Now please, go away and carefully draft up a reply with whatever advisors you have around you.

                    • bad12

                      There you go BoB, you have answered the whole conundrum just like that and i hardly need raise a finger except to add the foot-note,

                      You can see the point that the economy is short 200,000 jobs and your right, they wont be magically appear out of thin air, and, Government wont create them either, if they were going to, even to try and create the conditions, this would have occurred long ago don’t you think,

                      What you should stop doing tho is bullshitting BoB, where do i advocate that the people of Huntly sit at home and wait to be offered jobs,

                      The Auckland supermarket example has been used and quite rightly pointed out that when jobs, a couple of hundred of them ,WERE OFFERED, 1000′s turned up to apply for them,

                      Perhaps you think BoB, although in your case i use the word ‘think’ without any particular belief that you actually do so, that the unemployed and solo mums of Huntly should have enmasse packed up their shit and fucked off up to Auckland and joined the fucking line for the couple of hundred jobs on offer thus swelling the ranks of the out of work in that city and probably putting themselves in an even worse financial position,

                      There are only X amount of jobs in an economy BoB, tell the fools you have elected as Government to create the conditions or create the jobs and you know full well that the people without em, jobs that is, will fall all over themselves to get them…

                    • Bob

                      CV, now you are getting somewhere.

                      ‘taxes on assets and capital’
                      Taxes on assets and capital, are you talking a CGT or taxing landlords/investors? CGT I don’t like the idea of as it effectively becomes an inheratance tax, and ‘could’ increase house prices as people would be less inclined to sell/set higher reserves to cover the tax take, supply and demand, you know the story. To negate this problem, these should be audited against peoples Income Tax.
                      ‘FTT’, completely agree.
                      ‘Increased income tax on the top 5%’, they tried this in the UK and the tax take went down (will try to find the link), all that happens is the mega rich either put their money into offshore tax havens, or find loopholes to reduce their tax exposure. The key is finding a balance on the level of tax so that people don’t see a need to avoid it, and closing loopholes, simplify the system!
                      ‘Move $10B per year into direct employment’, I would rather see this invested in Sci/Tech/Production sectors so it is less of a liability on the budget in case of another significant downturn but has a similar outcome.
                      ‘print an additional $10B’ as long as it doesn’t effect inflation significantly, no issues there either. Wouldn’t mind seeing the banking sector Nationalised while we are at it.
                      I don’t like the forced re-distribution of wealth idea, but why not link pay rates within a company? i.e a CEO can only earn 20x what the lowest payed employee gets, in this situation, for the Telecom CEO to ear $4m a year, the cleaners would need to be on $200k.

                      I agree, I think full employment should be between 0% and 0.1% (once you have removed those unable to work from the equation), this alone would help to push up wages as companies would need to fork out the $ to entice the best workers.

                      FYI, I wasn’t “burying my head in young girls reproductive habits”, I was simply taking up bad12′s challenge to show people deliberatly ‘bludging’.

                      I have no advisors, in fact I don’t even have a party membership for any political party, and have voted for 4 different parties in the past 5 elections, I just try to look at issues with an open view rather than a parties guidelines.

                      bad12, yes I do agree the economy is short 200,000 jobs, and I’m glad you agree the government cannot create them (alone).
                      ‘where do i advocate that the people of Huntly sit at home and wait to be offered jobs’ I figure that is what you meant when you said ‘where does it say in the story or the later comment from the Journo that wrote it for the Waikato Times that ANYONE of those kids had been offered ANY work??’, when the clearly state that ‘Why do I need a job when money just gets given to me?’, doesn’t sound like they are applying for any!

                    • KJT

                      IF. A very few, given the numbers actually on the DPB, teenage girls have decided their best option in our society is a miserable and circumscribed life having children on the inadequate DPB, then it is an indictment of our society and the options we have taken away from them.
                      We have turned New Zealand into a mean and unequal place, Mostly so millionaires can pay a few dollars less tax.

              • bad12

                Which article were you reading BoB, i failed to see where any girls admit to deliberately bringing children into poverty for financial gain to the detriment of the economy,

                What you appear to be admitting BoB is that the DPB is not sufficient remuneration to raise a child with, you should then BoB be advocating that the level of DPB be raised so that it is sufficient to raise a child upon without inflicting poverty upon that child,

                The detriment of the economy BoB, your really f**king funny, care to share your drug stash???…

                • Bob

                  And I quote “I heard you crack it on the benefit if you have babies.”
                  Not sure what drugs you are on, but maybe you should lay off them prior to reading articles and mis-understanding the statements made in them.

                  • bad12

                    BoB, can you not see your own bullshit???, the last sentence of your post above saying that as far as the unemployed youth in Huntly went, ” doesn’t seem as if they are applying for any (jobs)”,

                    Thats just thick BoB, where is all this work they should in your version of Disneyland be applying for, there is none BoB you have justr spent a couple of replies agreeing that we are short a couple of hundred thousand jobs,

                    Understand the psychology of ‘youth-speak’ BoB, that kid is making mirth out of a miserable situation, it’s a macho response to something He has known for quite some time, that for Him there is nothing to inspire Him about the future, it only looks ‘Brighter’ when He reads the Australian travel ads,

                    What’s with the solo-mums BoB, does it piss you off that they have a earn and when you come sniffing round they tell you to take a f**king walk boy,

                    ”I heard you crack it on a benefit if you have babies”, exactly where BoB, making allowances even for the fact that your obviously either a f**k-head or a previously banned member do you see in that statement a person with a baby living high on the hog and laughably, shock horror, perhaps deliberately, doing awful things to the economy,

                    The FACT is BoB that it is more than a little glaringly obvious that the person in the Waikato Times story quoted as ”I heard you crack it on a benefit if you have babies” is actually a young man and your use of His words to beat up upon solo mums is abhorrent as well as untrue,

                    So really BoB in summation your full of it, you operate your little anti-beneficiary whine off of mis-reading the newspaper article and then you go on to mis-understand what those kids are actually saying, i really think you should stick to knitting socks for you mother and leave the actual thinking to others…

                • KJT

                  If the right wing were really concerned about children being bought up in poverty they would ensure that teenagers had better options.

                  As the wealthy have not responded, to having a greater share of our wealth, by re-investing it in NZ we have to take some of it back and do that ourselves.

        • John 4.2.2.2

          ‘Go on then, show us,where are all these people that are collecting benefits and when offered work refusing to take the offered jobs’

          They shouldn’t be waiting to be offered jobs, they should be actively out in search of work.

          New Zealanders have an innate sense of fairness, and seeing people getting as much income as they are, yet are not working hurts. Low income working people are doing it tough, respect for them please.

          Trev is right on this one. Which is not ‘bene bashing’. We need to make sure those in need get help, and those that can help themselves do so.

          • Carol 4.2.2.2.1

            They shouldn’t be waiting to be offered jobs, they should be actively out in search of work.

            duh!? First you look for and apply for work, then, of the large numbers that apply for these jobs, only a small number get offered them.

            Most unemployed people are now part of this demoralising process of endlessly applying for jobs that are only offered to a few.

            • prism 4.2.2.2.1.1

              Carol
              And I heard a very telling description of the masses applying for jobs unsuccessfully as ‘churn’.
              Butter gets churned, people can’t stand being tumbled and turned over and over. They lose heart in life.

            • John 4.2.2.2.1.2

              I didn’t say it was easy! But too may give up and settle in to a life of dependence. That is a real problem. It’s easy to say give them more money, but ultimately the loser is the long term beneficiary.

              • QoT

                settle in

                John’s got a point, you know. We shouldn’t let beneficiaries settle. We should demand that they consistently demonstrate they’re looking for work and attend seminars about how working is good for you, or alternatively make them repeatedly go to medical appointments to establish they’re still sick.

                Wait. Pretty sure we already do that, and under Paula Bennett’s gentle guiding hand, viciously so.

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.3

        The statement look correct to you because you support Right Wing Framing of Issues. The only reason workers are taxed too hard is because assets and capital are not taxed at all.

        Beneficiaries are simply the Right Wing scapegoat/distraction.

      • Kotahi Tāne Huna 4.2.4

        “Looks correct” – oh really? So you think people in NZ are being taxed “almost to breaking point” do you? And then you woke up. It’s a nasty dog whistle, which is why Mallard removed it. Why he put it up in the first place is beyond me.

        • Anne 4.2.4.1

          Why he put it up in the first place is beyond me.

          Because he’s lost the art of engaging his brain before speaking or twittering. Add to that the arrogance of someone who has been in parliament for a long time and you’ve got major problems.

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.4.1.1

            Maybe someone dared him to put it up. I’d be interested to know where the pic came from in the first place.

            • the sprout 4.2.4.1.1.1

              He knew exactly what he was doing – its just another part of the campaign to drive left wing members out of the party

              • Olwyn

                I have wondered if it was strategic; designed to up the anti a bit so that we duffers will think that they’ve “been listening” and have “turned a corner” when they stick a couple of vaguely-left-sounding rhetorical add-ons into the next speech.

                • Anne

                  They listened Olwyn. But you’re always going to get exceptions to the rule. One of them is Mallard. You might be right that it was a strategic move on his part but if his recent record is anything to go by, it won’t be successful.

              • Colonial Viper

                He knew exactly what he was doing – its just another part of the campaign to drive left wing members out of the party

                Membership revolt, please.

            • Crashcart 4.2.4.1.1.2

              It’s been going around face book for a while. I saw it a couple of weeks ago. I doubt it even originates in NZ.

              • Blue

                The little Alice in Wonderland feet sticking out the bottom is making me think US Republican Tea Party.

  5. King Kong 5

    When are you guys going to get over the fact that Cunliffe lost.

    Tearing your own party apart in order to get your own way is a zero sum game.

  6. prism 6

    Whaleoil is such an irritant that the Sea Shepherd should take him south and throw him at the Japanese whaling boats. Their eyes would be streaming after coming into contact with him, well mine are. And the smart alec way of refusing to use a person’s pseudonym does not follow the protocol of well-run blogs that give this option.

  7. the sprout 7

    I used to defend trevor once, it was a fairly regular necessity.

    Now i think he’s out of control and a dangerous liability. He’s had a long time in parliament, now its time for mallard to go.

    • gobsmacked 7.1

      Yes, it’s high time he got out the way.

      Of course, the real problem is not that he’s some kind of maverick, like Bob Clarkson, or a social media liability, like Tau Henare or Melissa Lee. They are an embarrassment to National, but they aren’t running the bloody caucus.

      If Shearer can’t see the problem, then he’s the problem. Especially as he plays “tough guy” for the cameras on Sio, but does nothing about Mallard. Leadership fail – big time.

      • tc 7.1.1

        Agree, shearer’s lack of decisive action over the garner leak and now this means he’s trev’s boy when as leader everyone should be his to command and control.

    • Jackal 7.2

      The strange thing about Mallard is that he has a huge and invaluable amount of knowledge on parliamentary processes that Labour currently relies on, but shoots himself in the foot all the time with silly school boy antics.

      I don’t think his length of time in the house is a disadvantage at all, although it has probably given him a false sense of security. But until Labour can find someone else who can for instance relate to Lockwood Smith on his own terms, they are somewhat in a quandary.

      Shearer needs to weigh up the pros and cons… Even if Mallards experience is determined to be more beneficial than the detriment such thoughtless comments and actions cause, Mallard needs to be reigned in to some degree. This will only happen if Shearer understands the problem such dog whistles cause, and while the polls are reacting favourably, I doubt that’s going to happen anytime soon.

      In my opinion, Labour doesn’t need to use such divisive tactics. Instead they need to focus on informing the country about where National is going wrong. There’s no doubt that the best way to limit political damage is to not give the opposition any ammunition… Although knowing the rightwing propagandists, they will just make some shit up anyway. However Labour in most casses should ignore their baseless accusations and focus on its policies, which are generally good.

      Labour needs to ensure the public is aware of their vision for New Zealand, and thankfully David Cunliffe did a pretty good job of that on the Nation today.

      Let’s put it in terms Trevor Mallard might understand: Attacking beneficiaries bad, being socially responsible good. If Labour learns to differentiate between these two things their rhetoric will be far more effective.

  8. fnjckg 8

    If i could even be bothered identifying a relevant pithy quote, it would have the words-Fool- and
    -Pedant-in it but the Newz is about to roll….let it roll, baby, roll….

  9. Tim G 9

    He also put up a half-hearted apology when he removed it, along the lines of “one of my caucus colleagues whose opinion I respect…” (I didn’t know he had any respect for them by the way he disgraces the Party) “… told me this was a bit much”.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    OK in the House, but complete and utter fail with maintaining party unity, using social media and campaign 2011. Except for beating blubber boy in that stupid bike race. That was good.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 9.1

      Giving oxygen to Cameron Slater? Fail, if you ask me.

    • Anne 9.2

      “one of my caucus colleagues whose opinion I respect…”

      Trevor Mallard gives himself away with that comment. It means that for reasons best known to himself, he has chosen not to respect some of his colleagues. It doesn’t take a lot of figuring out who they might be. That is sad because I suspect his reasons for not respecting them are based on personal considerations rather than what talent these colleagues have to offer the Party.

      Btw, I love the title of this post.

  10. BM 11

    I’m enjoying this new honest Labour, quite refreshing.
    Long may it continue.

  11. Steve 12

    Everyone knows that Zetetic is Trevor Mallard.
    Now he is gathering supporters that he has convinced to keep him in the Labour Party. The anti John Key and National followers will always go with Trevor no matter what.

    Sorry Trev, but once you and your type are out of Labour I may vote Labour. I really want to do that

    [lprent: We don't usually allow MP's to post even guest posts and it is always under their own name. So unusually I can actually deny the guess of a idiot. Goodbye repetitive fuckwit with a learning disability (you have been warned before). Permanent ban as a reward (to everyone else) for the attempt. ]

    • BM 12.1

      Really?, Trevor must be a bit of a Masochist then
      Start a thread so you can be abused, I’m not getting the reasoning?

      • Steve 12.1.1

        You can abuse if you wish BM
        “Trevor must be a bit of a Masochist then”

        Trevor likes to abuse as well. Are you Trevor Mallard mr BM?

    • QoT 12.2

      lprent, seriously. Leaving a comment pondering the RL identity of a poster up for half an hour? I’m going to assume it’s because all the mods are still gut-laughing.

      • Colonial Viper 12.2.1

        I guess its still up on the basis that its nothing more than hysterical satire…

      • lprent 12.2.2

        Was watching a movie. But I’ll bet it will be another stupid (ie whale) guess.

        I think I know RL’s first name because I met him 4 years ago…

        Edit: oh Zet – you have to be kidding me.

  12. the sprout 13

    Shearer obviously wont do fck all because for one thats all he does at the best of times, and for another, doing something would require leadership – something he is painfully, clearly incapable of.

    Then again, Shearer was never installed by mallard and robertson to actually be a leader was he.

  13. Raymond A Francis 14

    Iam quite sure if you dropped into a bar after work that was filled with blue collar workers you could find that Trevor’s comment would resonate

    That doesn’t make it right and if you have read Deborah Russell’s
    thoughtful article on the subject which says that benefits are there for all of us if the worst happens.
    Point that out to those who might initially agree with Trevor’s stupidity and I doubt if the initial idea would resonate at all

    If you mix with people on benefits, you will come across cases that might fit Trevor’s non-workers but certainly those I know have other reasons why they can’t find work (not always obvious to a MP across the road)

    Bugger all seek to be poor on the benefit ’cause as we know that is what it means if you are on it

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      Yep. Nobody likes a slacker, Raymond, much less a unemployment benefit sucking slacker. But until we as a nation make the effort to focus on the real problem – that we have deliberately created an economy short of about 200,000 full time jobs that people desperately want and would start asap – this kind of bene bashing is merely a distraction.

  14. Herodotus 15

    All we need to do is stop Trevor from gazing at his own reflection ;-)

    Symptoms of this disorder include:
    Reacting to criticism with anger, shame, or humiliation
    Taking advantage of others to reach their own goals
    Exaggerating their own importance, achievements, and talents
    Imagining unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty, power, intelligence, or romance
    Requiring constant attention and positive reinforcement from others
    Becoming jealous easily
    Lacking empathy and disregarding the feelings of others
    Being obsessed with oneself
    Pursuing mainly selfish goals
    Trouble keeping healthy relationships
    Becoming easily hurt and rejected
    Setting goals that are unrealistic
    Wanting “the best” of everything
    Appearing unemotional
    Any diagnoses of what these symptoms represent ?

  15. George D 16

    A Labour MP does not make a statement like this by accident.

    The others who tweeted the same image Trevor Mallard:

    https://twitter.com/gtiso/status/238396007203880960
    https://twitter.com/gtiso/status/238396068063227904
    https://twitter.com/gtiso/status/238396274544615424
    https://twitter.com/gtiso/status/238396377472839680

    This wasn’t an accident. Out, Tory.

  16. burt 17

    On one hand it’s good that you lovers of all things Labour are finally starting to see that Mallard is a complete liability – on the other hand it’s a shame that you are not also seeing that his peers, the tainted by supporting NZ’s first retrospectively validated PM, are also a liabilities.

  17. jcuknz 18

    If it wasn’t so sicknessingly objectionable the spue from Colonial Viper might be humorous for its out landish inpractability.
    I am all for the state … that is you me and everybody .. paying for the girls to raise the first kid they have the mis-fortune to have but it should be clearly understood than one mistake and that is IT. No more …and the state should pay for however further births are stopped, either birth control or abortions.
    The concept of the state encouraging births both inside and outside of marriage is of the fifties and is completely inappropriate in the 21st century. With machines taking the drudge work out of the economy …. the idea of creating lots of jobs for people is complete left wing foolish impractibility.

    • fnjckg 18.1

      Good Lord! just when u thought it couldnt get any…

    • burt 18.2

      …. the idea of creating lots of jobs for people is complete left wing foolish impractibility.

      Most left wing thinking is foolish impracticability but it get popular support so it gains votes.

      One day the loopy left will face the fact their notion of creating a fairer society by trying to stop the achievers from achieving is folly – till then we are probably stuck in a cycle of continually retrying the failed experiment one more time believing it will work this time.

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    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A shout out to the unsung heroes – our Public Service staff
    Government departments, particularly in the social welfare, education and health areas get a lot of shtick. And it’s not unjustified. We have problems in the way that our government departments treat those in need. And I do not intend to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Key’s ducking for cover – utterly unbelievable!!!
    .   . I don’t often re-print media stories verbatim – but this piece by Andrea Vance, for Fairfax Media,  deserves wider circulation. Please note the highlighted statements by Dear Leader as he ducks, weaves, obfuscates, and deflects any and...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Who is the source of Hager’s emails?
    Who is the source of Hager’s emails? Kim Dotcom has categorically denied he has anything to do with this and Nicky Hager has categorically denied that Kim was the source of the emails. Whatever you think about Kim (and he...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Dirty Politics – Audio+Text Why It Is Essential Raw Data Be Released Imme...
    MIL OSI – Source: RadioLive – Sunday Panel Analysis Headline: Dirty Politics – Audio Analysis by Selwyn Manning + Rodney Hide + Mark Sainsbury MIL Video: Selwyn Manning, Rodney Hide, and Mark Sainsbury discuss and debate the explosive details revealed...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • TV One and TV3 Political Polls – not such a landslide now
    Before the impact of Dirty Politics has been felt, the National Party high point in the Polls had been reached and their inevitable  drop begins. Despite the mainstream media telling NZers for almost 3 years that John Key would win...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – You will not believe Key’s defence of hackin...
    He actually used a sporting analogy. Can you believe it? John Key, asked on the fact that his staff had entered into a Labour Party computer and downloaded their database, Key replied, “It’s a bit like the Wallabies positing up their...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A brief word on 100 Top political Tweeters
    The NZ Herald has put together a very useful list of top 100 political twtter accounts, what is most interesting from the lists is that the right wing all work hand in glove with each other where as the Left...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Are Whaleoil’s traffic stats a bloated illusion?
    Dim Post has done a critical analysis of just how real Cameron Slater’s traffic stats are. TDB has only been around for a year with a fragment of the digital footprint of the older blogs, yet we have managed to become...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Is Jordan Williams deceptive enough to blackma...
    There are so many issues raised by Nicky Hager’s book, that any one of them would be worthy of total focus on. Let’s chat about the claim in the book that Jordan Williams bragged to Slater and Lusk that he had...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Why ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evi...
    This sign shows how National’s see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil denial isn’t working. National’s response to the book is that there is NOTHING in there that deserves anything more than the most briefest of eye motions. Key won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Roy Morgan Poll August 20
    National (48%) holds its lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) as ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations provide a new challenge for PM John Key’s leadership. NZ First surge to 6.5% - highest support since September 2013....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Glen Scanlon to Head Digital Media at Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealand has announced the appointment of Glen Scanlon to the recently created position of head of digital media....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Israel’s Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported
    It seems that it is only ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin
    South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Residential Property Speculators Days Numbered
    Rent heat cools as homes are replaced ... Liz McDonald ... The Press http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/your-property/10400851/Rent-heat-cools-as-homes-are-replaced Comment on thread (in moderation) … Christchurch is a “severely unaffordable” City as the Annual Demographia Survey ( www.demographia.com ) illustrates … thanks...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Academic’s study shows need for a Ministry of Public Input
    A book by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment recommends the creation of a Ministry of Public Input to collect, process and communicate the publics’ ideas to government. The University of Auckland’s political marketing expert says the...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Government inaction killing innocent motorists
    Innocent people are dying due to long delays in installing centre lane barriers on high risk roads, says an outspoken road safety campaigner....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Property revaluations for council rates must be reformed
    Opportunity to bring controls on rating value changes and more equitable level of annual rates increase...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ron Mark Sets the Example
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the pledge by Mayor of Carterton and NZ First candidate Ron Mark who has announced he would relinquish his roles as Mayor and member of two District Health Boards if successfully elected to Parliament. Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election
    MEDIA RELEASE: Angry rural communities want issue of 1080 aerial drops taken to the polls, says party co-leader Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Governor General Gives Direction to Conduct Election
    The Governor General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has given the green light for this year’s General Election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • New Zealand Animal Groups Unite to Help
    WELLINGTON (19 Aug 2014) – The Be Cruelty-Free campaign to ban animal testing of cosmetics in New Zealand just got bigger and stronger, as two leading animal protection groups come on board. Joining forces with Humane Society International which has...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Students Interrupt Steven Joyce at University Event
    A group of 30 students this evening interrupted an event about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce began to speak, students interrupted with a speech of their own....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Caritas among first responders offering relief in Iraq
    As the plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution reaches tragic levels, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of families affected by the war and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #31: Nats take hit
    Election race narrows significantly · National party vote now below Labour/Greens · National’s probability of leading next government dips to 72% · Joyce expected to take over as National leader before end of 2015, as Collins’ prospects fall...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Call for applications – Fulbright scholar awards
    Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to a range of scholar awards for New Zealand academics, artists and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • CWS launches appeal for Iraqis on World Humanitarian Day
    Christian World Service is appealing for help for tens of thousands of Iraqis caught up in one of the world’s horrifying conflicts....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Promoting the Voice of the Rangatahi
    Young Māori voters are seen by the Māori Party to have a vital part to play in saving the Māori seats in Parliament says the Māori Party’s youngest candidate, Reverend Te Hira Paenga. “What we’re hearing on the ground is...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nelson Election Candidates’ Community Forum
    Nelson’s community and volunteer sector has some serious questions to put to the local candidates in the run up to next month’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
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