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Final final final warning

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, May 6th, 2014 - 59 comments
Categories: john key, Judith Collins - Tags:

When John Key said he wouldn’t like to be in her shoes if anything more came out about Judith Collins, he presumably just meant that they looked uncomfortable.  I mean high-heels, who invented those?  Crazy.

Since then we’ve had far more details showing just how much she lied about her immaculately planned hour long ‘cup of tea’, a long way from the airport (purpose of visit from briefing: to benefit Oravida).  We’ve learnt about how Oravida wanted her to talk to [redacted] about their supply issues when she went over, Oravida organising a dinner with [redacted] and their CEO, MFAT being requested to organise the Ambassador to go and to give a briefing, a lot of internal discussion going on before it being ‘squared away’ by it now being a private dinner, and Oravida receiving their import clearance certificate some weeks later, followed 3 days later by a $30,000 further donation to National.

And we’ve had Collins attack and threaten the parliamentary press gallery.

How are those shoes John?

But it’s all right, it’s all those people on Twitter’s fault.

Apparently they’re trolls and bottom-feeders and Judith has to be nasty and vindictive to them. It’s not her fault if she occasionally fails the test of humanity and gets recognised as a replicant.

So now National are swearing off engaging on social media (JK: only use it to put out pictures of what you’re up to).  Because they wouldn’t to listen to what New Zealanders are trying to tell them.

That’d be far too unpleasant.

59 comments on “Final final final warning”

  1. Tracey 1

    was disparaging publically of her own staff… and gets full pay stress leave with no medical certificate required. double standards indeed

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      No double standard at all. Employers are perfectly allowed to give their staff time off whenever they like. Similarly a medical certificate can be requested after 3 days absence, it is not automatically required to be presented after 3 days.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        you have missed some important debates and law since 2011 lanth. try one day and can request a med certificate.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.1.1

          Right, just looked it up. It can be requested for the first day of absence, but the employer must reimburse the employee for the cost. If you are sick for 3 or more consecutive days, then you must meet the costs.

          However I am correct that there is no automatic requirement for a medical certificate. The employer may request one, but they don’t have to (and my employer typically does not).

          So once again, no double standard. The rules being applied to Collins are the same rules that apply to all other employees.

          • Tracey 1.1.1.1.1

            the intent of Collins Govt’s rule change is to make it harder for employees to take sick leave. There is a double standard Lanth. She is being given time off to avoid work without any proof of medical circumstances. This is precisely what the law was intended for, by National, to make sure employees are not taking sickies to avoid a days work.

            • Lanthanide 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Under the new law, it is entirely at the employer’s discretion. There’s no double standard – the rules apply to everyone.

              A double standard is when you have different rules that apply to different people. That is not the case here.

              Furthermore, as I stated, employers can give employees time off whenever they want, for whatever reason they want. Typically employers don’t do this, but there’s nothing stopping them from doing it.

              You may think it stinks, it’s lame, whatever, but it is not a double standard.

      • Rodel 1.1.2

        Hey! I’m (we’re) the f****n employer.(s).. Have you forgotten that?

    • whatever next? 1.2

      and now she’s off twitter, she can’t even apologise to them

  2. fender 2

    “Tr0lls and bottom-feeders”

    Silly Mr Key, he’s got Twitter and Whaleoil mixed up..

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    “Frankly I’d advise other politicians to follow the same advice I follow,” Key said.

    “There’s going to be a lot of bad stuff written out there on social media … .that’s just the nature of the job, it happens on all sides to all politicians but I don’t see how any good can come from that stuff.”

    Yes, because listening to people obviously won’t produce any good. /sarc :roll:

  4. felix 4

    Well it depends how you interpret ‘new material coming out’.

    Do you take it to mean new to the public domain?

    Or new to Key?…

  5. i noted elsewhere that twitter-induced stress..

    ..is surely ‘stwess’..?

  6. karol 6

    Grant Robertson produces extra evidence in Question Time that there was an extra round table business & justivce-related meeting squeezed in between a Collins’ visit to Oravida – – the business and round table meeting was replaced by the visit to Oravida. From OIA

    Collins says the media did not go ahead at her request because she didn’t schedule it. Robertson says the document shows Collins requested the meeting.

    Mallard made an interjection about money going to Collins family. He refused to withdraw and apologise as he said it was the truth – he was ejected from the House.

    • Tracey 6.1

      ms bennett says

      “national likes people to help themselves.”

      collins has certainly done that.

      karol, bennetts last community meeting on 28 april was in hobsonville, which isnt actually in her electorate! the board is by te atatu turnoff. i couldnt get a photo due to traffic flow.

    • Tracey 7.1

      has key left the chamber…

      its all left to bill..

    • karol 7.2

      The NZ Herald headline for the live blog is “Collins vs the House”. It should be “Collins & Speaker vs the opposition”.

    • freedom 7.3

      “Key replies no further pertinent information has since come out to contradict what Collins told him.”

      Really Mr Key?
      You saw the stated agenda of the Oravida meeting? How many weeks ago? How does it not conflict with 2.62 of the Cabinet Rules? Are you running your unicorn in the Melbourne Cup?

      • miravox 7.3.1

        “You saw the stated agenda of the Oravida meeting? How many weeks ago? How does it not conflict with 2.62 of the Cabinet Rules? “

        Isn’t business over dinner a Key thing? Like the chat over dinner that resulted in the deal of the century for the SkyCity convention centre, Key actually suggesting Collins catch up with Oravida mates and unnamed border official, and have a photo op at the office, would not be beyond the realms of possibility.

        Cabinet manual – pfft – gotta think on your feet to do the deals.

        • freedom 7.3.1.1

          there are very few places in life that I think firm rules are needed,
          my top three would be, in no particular order

          Theatres of War
          Swimming Pools
          Central Government

          you may notice they are all places where one wrong move can split your skull wide open

  7. Treetop 8

    Key does not like the blogs, twitter, facebook because they make him look weak.

    There is one person who knows beyond reasonable doubt the scale of Collins misleading parliament and that is Key; Key has the resources to know every detail. The game Key played today was to feed Collins to parliament to see what dirt the opposition would throw at Collins and then he will assess how much of a liability she is. Key has sent a clear message that he is not going to be overly protective of Collins when it comes to explaining herself.

    Were Collins an opposition MP, Key would probably be shouting liar.

    • Tracey 8.1

      you mean like over the owen glen and peters thing, whereby he dragged clark in, or the painting for charity.

      as for pointing to the resignations as evidence of his high standards, you can but laugh.

      • Anne 8.1.1

        Thinking about those things today. Remember the uproar? Went on for months.

        One concernend a painting for a well deserving charity. Helen agreed to sign her name to it so that it would sell for a good sum – $2000 wasn’t it?

        The other was based on mischievous lies by a spolit billionaire who likes to see his name in lights and hates being snubbed by the powerful.

        The amount of money involved in both cases were mere ‘pennies’ compared to the multi-thousands of ill gotten gains notched up by National.

        • Tracey 8.1.1.1

          I thought the signing of the painting was wrong, as it suggested she painted it.

          I never completely followed why Clark was fingered in the owen glen and peters rumble… BUT any right wing person who explains it now will be hoist on their own petard.

    • Tracey 9.1

      when did oravida buy a bar?

      • Lanthanide 9.1.1

        Because every photo a company director and their partner appears in, must be directly related to the company of which they are a director?

        • Tracey 9.1.1.1

          it was a joke lanth. Cos Oravida is more than one company, more than just a milk provider.

      • karol 9.1.2

        Collins and husband did own some restaurants at some stage.

  8. One Anonymous Bloke 10

    Only the weak give final final final warnings.

    Only the strong receive them.

    Judith is strong.

    • Weepu's beard 10.1

      Your reverse psychology policy on this might backfire.

      It’s clear she’s not going to be sacked. The PM will have all the info on the trip by now – according to Barry Soper, Wayne Eagle threateningly stood over her staff yesterday demandingevery last detail.

      She is going to be there come election time and no matter of what you and I think of her behavior as Minister of Justice, a lot of right wing voters from the middle will admire the fact she’s still standing after all the bullets have been fired and Grant Robertson appears to be running out of ammo.

      Death by a thousand cuts is not going to work on Judith because, like pinhead from Hellraiser, she feeds off that sort of punishment.

      • McFlock 10.1.1

        won’t there be a complaint to privileges committee coming up on it?
        Another chance to string it all out and chip away at their 47% target

        • fisiani 10.1.1.1

          The National target is not 47%. That was the record result in 2011/ The target for 2014 is closer to 57% and given the impotence of the popgun assaults on the Minister of Justice in the last month that seems quite achievable. Grant Robertson is as usual all bluster and show but totally ineffective. Just ask yourself. What has Grant Robertson actually achieved in 6 years? Nowt! His plan has always been to be the leader in 2017 so he will polish up the handles so carefully that he looks busy but at all times is steadily undermining The Cunliffe as he plots to become the leader October 2014.

          • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1.1

            I think Grant Robertson is on the way to scoring a Tory Ministerial scalp. Not bad for an election year.

            The National target is not 47%. That was the record result in 2011/ The target for 2014 is closer to 57% and given the impotence of the popgun assaults on the Minister of Justice in the last month that seems quite achievable.

            I hope all National Party strategists take your advice and now rest on their laurels because according to you, they are simply going to coast in to a third term.

            • fisiani 10.1.1.1.1.1

              At the last election National scored a whopping 47% and Labour a miserly 27% yet National still did not have enough MP’s to have a majority government. Given how well National have done in rescuing NZ from the scorched earth destruction of the economy by Labour during the nine wasted years it seems only fit and proper to aim for 57% and if only 54% vote National in 2014 we can aim for 60% in 2017.

              • Lanthanide

                “scorched earth destruction of the economy by Labour”

                When we got to a net-0 debt position?

                You have a strange definition of ‘destruction’.

                • fisiani

                  Cullen gleefully crowed that “the cupboard was bare “as he was booted out by the proletariat. This too was a lie for on the back shelf of the cupboard lay a pile of unopened bills that when paid would mean a decade or more of deficits. Bill English picked up the unpaid bills and rescued the country in less than 6 years. You cannot claim that Cullen was not treacherous in leaving that large pile of unopened debts.

                  And Bill English has produced an economy that has created a whopping 84,000 jobs in the last 12 months.

                  • Lanthanide

                    You have a strange definition of ‘rescued’, when you mean “run up the largest debt this country has ever seen”.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.2

        “…a lot of right wing voters from the middle will admire the fact she’s still standing …”

        Disagree. A lot of right wing voters from the right wing of the National Party who already like Judith Collins will be impressed.

        Centre voters will run a mile from her arrogance and corruption.

  9. Delia 11

    So sad for Judith, she absolutely loved her time on Twitter…amongst those ‘trolls and bottom feeders’ The nuns had a saying when I was at school “you are known by the company you keep”.

  10. Iniuria Mulledovia 12

    TVNZ headlines:

    Opposition MPs grill defiant Judith Collins

    Sorry TVNZ but I was in another universe watching a different channel, the person I was watching seemed more like this

    Pinched faced, her fangs densely rolled up Justice laws dissolving in the saliva of hypocrisy wetting to paper mache, mouth full.

    Choking, clinging desperately to the podium, plucked chicken wings barely flapping, weighed down by the foul dense wind of self interest, a chirp, just audible segues its way out to the chamber, I did nothing wrong John, I did nothing wrong……………….

  11. Chooky 13

    Bomber Bradbury’s take…John Key is beginning to show signs of stress

    “What was most interesting about National in the house today” –

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/05/06/what-was-most-interesting-about-national-in-the-house-today/

  12. Plan B 14

    the husband, it must be asked, what is he doing there? It could be said to look like he is suitable for the ‘job’ for only one reason and it is not a good one, I just wonder that is all.

    • Huginn 14.1

      The husband is a Samoa-born former policeman wannabe oligarch and Collins has taken a huge hit on his account.

      There’s a lot of dog whistling going on to bring in the PI voters.

  13. tc 15

    Jude does her bit for the camera and off for a nice rest and some simmering rage at being caught and made to stand up in front of the class to tell the whole string of porkys one more time.

    Key has no choice but to tough it out, he’s in as donkey deep as she is, hell they all are.

    What a lovely albatross she’ll make adorning john philips chest in the run up to the GE

  14. Tom 16

    John Key must have had full disclosure from Collins. I’m assuming he knows everything, and is just keeping his fingers crossed that it doesn’t all come out under his watch.

  15. Redzone 17

    I’m thinking more lIke an annoying dog turd on keys shoe that he can’t get rid of.

    Collins is stuck till at least the election it now appears and will remain an excellent distraction in the lead up. Free hits as this isn’t going away any time soon.

    Keep trying to defend the undefendable key. You look weak, colluding and a double standard hypocrite.

  16. Penny Bright 18

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Documents-back-Collins-version-of-events—Key/tabid/1607/articleID/342920/Default.aspx

    “Prime Minister John Key admits the sequence of events around Judith Collins’ dealings with Oravida in China does make it look as though the Justice Minister has done something wrong.

    But he maintains she hasn’t, and says documents released under the Official Information Act over the last few days prove she’s telling the truth.

    “People have been making allegations for a long time and actually none of them have had much basis to it,” Mr Key said on Firstline this morning.

    “Yes, we accept – and Judith accepts… the combination of events could lead to the perception of a conflict of interest.
    But outside of that, actually nothing has changed and nothing is inconsistent.”

    Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Documents-back-Collins-version-of-events—Key/tabid/1607/articleID/342920/Default.aspx#ixzz30vHbZ9nd

    What utter CRAP!

    Read this ‘Meeting Brief Oravida’ for yourself – it clearly shows that the ‘Visit and Tour of Oravida Facilities’, was pre-planned, and it’s stated ‘Purpose/Objective being:

    “To increase the profile of a successful importer and distributor of New Zealand products into China.”

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Portals/0/images/MFAT_paper.pdf

    Small technical point – Minister of Justice Judith Collins’ husband is a Director of Oravida, and is owned by Mr Deyi (Stone) Shi, her close personal friend, as is fellow Director Julia Xu.

    Another small technical point – please note that the following photo, taken of both the Minister of Justice Judith Collins, and the NZ Ambassador to China, Carl Worker, attending the ‘visit and tour of Oravida Facilities’ on 23 October 2013, is STILL up on the Oravida Ltd website:

    http://www.oravida.com/lwl/newsen/

    “10/23/2013 NZ’s Minister of Justice and NZ’s China Ambassador visit Oravida Shanghai”

    http://cabinetmanual.cabinetoffice.govt.nz/files/manual.pdf

    2.87 No Minister should endorse in any media any product or service.

    ………………………

    2.89 When accepting an invitation, a Minister should inform the organisation that it may not:

    (a) use any photos taken of the Minister at the event; or
    (b) publicise the event,

    errr……. so – how is the ‘Visit and Tour of Oravida Facilities – not a CLEAR breach of the Cabinet Manual?

    WHY IS JUDITH COLLINS NOT BEING STOOD DOWN AS A MINISTER??

    In my considered opinion as an anti-corruption campaigner – this is a CORRUPT ‘conflict of interest’. which NZ Prime Minister John Key is trying to minimise and cover-up.

    I guess the Prime Minister can’t hold his Ministers accountable to the ‘highest ethical standards’ – if he doesn’t ‘lead from the front’ and practice these himself?

    CORRUPT Judith Collins protected by ‘shonky’ John Key?

    http://cabinetmanual.cabinetoffice.govt.nz/files/manual.pdf

    Conduct of Ministers

    2.52 A Minister of the Crown, while holding a ministerial warrant, acts in a number of different capacities:

    (a) in a ministerial capacity, making decisions, and determining and promoting policy within particular portfolios;

    (b) in a political capacity as a member of Parliament, representing a constituency or particular community of interest;

    (c) in a personal capacity.

    2.53 In all these roles and at all times, Ministers are expected to act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards.

    Ultimately, Ministers are accountable to the Prime Minister for their behaviour.

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption/anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’.

  17. Treetop 19

    Nikki Kaye has just caught up with what is required for infant milk formula to be exported to China. Collins appears to have had a head start.

    Peters has pointed out that there is a difference in the way that NZ and China do business.

    How many Chinese companies have an off shore CEO?

    How many Chinese companies donate to the political party of the off shores CEO’s partner?

    How many border officials have a private dinner with the CEO and his partner when the CEO’s partner is in their country doing government business?

    Collins has embarrassed the NZ government and she may have put off the Chinese doing business with NZ as no one would want to be part of a side show/circus in another countries parliament.

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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • One good thing
    Today's budget is a dismal affair, as the government shuffles money around and announces new spending while conveniently forgetting to mention that its a sub-inflation rise and that health and education are going backwards - as they have every year… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Budget tougher for students – NZUSA and TEU media release
    Lowering the annual fee increases for students from 4 percent to 3 percent means universities, polytechnics and wānanga will have less money, say national student and staff unions NZUSA and TEU. Slightly slower fee rises are no good if the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Lala-land forecasts on housing investment
    Some of the forecasts in the Budget beggar belief, and when they almost inevitably turn out wrong they spell disaster for New Zealand families. Here’s the clearest example. In the last year, investment in residential property ballooned by 16%. In… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Cynical bribery on the horizon
    Bill English has said time and again that new spending initiatives of around $1 billion each year are the responsible thing to do, and are the new normal. And, in the next two years, he is as good as… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Share of the economy going to workers continues to fall
    The BEFU documents today have unwelcome news for workers. Over the next four years, the share of the economy that ends up in the hands of workers through their wages will fall by around 1.3%. That 1.3% of GDP,… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Bill English’s Budget illustrates complexity in welfare system
    Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system.… ...
    Gareth’s WorldBy Geoff Simmons
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Pathetic half-measure on housing
    Yesterday, Paddy Gower thought he had a big scoop. He had leaked Budget docs alluding to a big government-lead house-building programme in Auckland. Today, the pathetic truth is revealed. The Budget puts only $52.2m – as a one off –… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Good idea on child poverty. Pity about the tinkering package.
    I can only speak personally, but I am genuinely pleased that the government is following through on its promise to focus on child poverty. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty are appalling, and anything that helps to bring them down… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Why there won’t be a surplus next year, either.
    Having failed to reach surplus in this, his promised year, Bill English looks set to fail next year, too. Having been over-optimistic this year to the tune of almost $1.2b – comparing BEFU 2014 to BEFU 2015 - Treasury has… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago

  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    9 hours ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    9 hours ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    9 hours ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    9 hours ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    10 hours ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    10 hours ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    12 hours ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    12 hours ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    13 hours ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    15 hours ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    1 day ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    1 day ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    2 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    3 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    3 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    3 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    4 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    4 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    4 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    5 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    5 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    5 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    1 week ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • US state joins NZ with GE food labelling
    New Zealand has a similar law making the labelling of many GE foods compulsory, but the Government seems to let it slide.  Because the government has not monitored or enforced our GE food labelling laws since 2003, it seems the… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago

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