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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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    Greens | 13-04
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    Greens | 12-04
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    Labour | 12-04
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    Labour | 12-04
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    Mana | 12-04
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    Labour | 12-04
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    Labour | 11-04
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    Labour | 11-04
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    Labour | 11-04
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    Greens | 10-04
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    Labour | 10-04
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    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
    Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke Hugh Pavletich Performance Urban Planning Christchurch New Zealand 16 April 2014 The Housing Accord entered in to today between the Government and the Christchurch City Council, can only be described as a joke. Christchurch...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
    Infographic from Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2013 A Global View Of Giving Trends (click to see full size version)...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
    “There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, Health spokesman for Democrats for Social Credit....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
    In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
    Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
    The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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