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First the Hone bash, then the royals

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, December 20th, 2013 - 116 comments
Categories: crosby textor, david cunliffe, election 2014, hone harawira, john key, Metiria Turei, news, spin - Tags:

It’s looking like Team John Key is trying every PR media spin trick in the book to try to gain an advantage for the election next year.  Does he have anything to offer Kiwis other than bash, spin and photos ops?

Show us the policies, John!

Ones that will make life easier for struggling Kiwis, improve the job prospects and social security for the least well-off, decrease the inequality gap, and deliver the conditions that will lead to thriving sustainable businesses and public services: ones that benefit all Kiwis.

Earlier this year questions arose about Key’s intentions to arrange a royal tour to NZ next year.

RNZ November 2103:

John Key says he can’t say whether a visit will take place, or who might be coming, but it doesn’t matter that it is an election year.

He says established protocols are in place and a visit would not happen close to a general election without support from both the main parties.

There is also a possibility that Mr Key will travel to the United States next year to meet with President Barack Obama.

NewstalkZB,November 2013:

Mr Key says there are established protocols about royal visits in election year, and he expects they would be followed.

He says if a visit was to happen around an election, bipartisan support for it would be sought.

“But if it happens well and truly outside of the election period – that sort of three months is broadly how I’d define it – then there’s nothing new about that taking place, and we wouldn’t need bipartisan support.

“For every election of the last five elections, we have had royal visitors to New Zealand.”

So, does that mean there won’t be an election before the end of August (given the royal tour may take a month)?  There’s no mention of Key getting bi-partisan support for the tour, so it must mean an election after August.

I’m struggling to find evidence to fully support Key’s last claim.  Was there a royal visit during the 2008 election year?  Can’t see any mention of it here.

There was a royal visit during the election year of 2005 (July),

when Prince William represented the Queen of New Zealand at VE and VJ Day commemorations in 2005, as part of an 11-day tour …

–  election September 2005. Then

 as part of her global tour for her Golden Jubilee, Elizabeth was in New Zealand from 22 to 27 February 2002.

Election was July 2002.  There was a royal visit in 1995, the year before the 1996 election.

So, it does look like Key isn’t doing that much different from some years when there was a Labour-led government.

However, I shouldn’t have had to look for this evidence. Why are the MSM articles today just reporting the planned visit in a celebratory way, without looking at the protocols and precedents around royal visits in election year, and Key’s motives for organising the visit?

Further, it surely is part of Key’s on-going MO of promoting himself and his government via photo ops, rather than through honest electioneering around clear and explicit policies.

And there was this challenge from David Cunliffe in early November at the last Labour Party conference.

Mr Cunliffe at his first Labour conference speech said Mr Key would want to invite the Royal couple to New Zealand “to bring its cutest member here for a long series of photo ops in an election year.”

He challenged Mr Key to take them to McGehan Close, a poor street in Auckland used by Mr Key in Opposition to illustrate what he described as a growing underclass in New Zealand.

 

Remember McGehan Close, John? And how 5 years later his electioneering poster child had left for Aussie after being bullied at school, taken in to CYFs care, and failed by key’s government?

key Aroha-Nathan-Ireland-John-Key-Getty-2007-1200

So now, in 20013-4, Key cares more about being seen with royals than those continuing to struggle to survive under his watch. Meanwhile Hone has been out amongst those struggling on low incomes.

 

Opposition MPs do photo ops that are strongly related to their core policies and values.

And this month Metira Turei, coming from a low income background, has been talking about her commitment to improve the lot of people in poverty today in NZ.

To have every citizen be deeply free – our institutions, economic, political, social need to be purposefully built to deliver equality.

Just making little tweaks in a band aid response to inequality is not good enough for our kids.

So I, Metiria, grown up, accept responsibility for delivering a genuinely transformed world for our children, not for perpetuating one that embeds inequality.

Turei children

 

What do Key’s photo ops show about his values this time round?

 

116 comments on “First the Hone bash, then the royals”

  1. RedLogix 1

    Great article karol. Love the quote from Metira.

    • Anne 1.1

      So, does that mean there won’t be an election before the end of August (given the royal tour may take a month)?

      No it doesn’t. If he decides it’s politic to go earlier, he will go earlier. What he says and does are always different things.

      So, it does look like Key isn’t doing that much different from some years when there was a Labour-led government.

      I don’t think they bear comparison karol. The Royal visits in 2002 and 2005 were about specific commemorative events which happened to fall in election year and would normally include the presence of a royal personage. The one involving the Queen especially was part of a global Jubilee year visit. On the other hand, we know John Key was angling for a visit by W&K (and baby) next year when he spent that weekend at Balmoral because he admitted as much. In other words, unlike the previous two occasions it was a calculated invitation designed to impress voters in election year.

      • karol 1.1.1

        That’s a good point, Anne. Generally Team Key does what other politicians and parties do, but more more calculated spin. They aim to fit within the precedents and rules, but do more diversions and superficial PR, that tends to masks their underlying agenda.

    • alwyn 1.2

      Is Meteria waring one of her uber-expensive outfits in that photo-op?
      She may have “come from a low income background” but she certainly doesn’t live like it now.
      Rather like John Key, in fact.

      • karol 1.2.1

        Oh really? You can tell by that photo? And do you have evidence of Turei’s uber-wealthy life-style? In the league of John key?

        • alwyn 1.2.1.1

          Please Karol, did you read what I wrote.
          1, I never said that she was wearing an expensive outfit in this photo. I ASKED if she was, because I wasn’t there and the image is very small.
          2, I very much doubt that she is in Key’s league for wealth now. However my comment was that she, like Key, came from a poor background and doesn’t live like someone who is poor now. Also the uber-expensive referred to her clothing, not the rest of her standard of living.
          I think that that is a reasonable statement.

          • karol 1.2.1.1.1

            Oh gee, alwyn. So comparing Turei to Key was not meaning that Turei is as wealthy as Key? And really… Turei came from a poor background struggled in her early years, and has achieved some successes – so? Do you expect MPs to look like they are unemployed?

            The differnece between key and Turei is:
            1) it sounds to me like Turei’s family did exist on a pretty meagre income for a long period. As a young adult she wasn’t that well off – wen’t to uni at a later period. Key’s family doesn’t seem to me to have struggled much, and he was able to go to uni straight from school.

            2) Turei hasn’t pulled the ladder up after herself – she remembers her past struggles, empathises with those who are struggling still, and aims to do something to build a fairer society. Nothing like the hypocrite Key doing his photo ops in McGehan Close then leaving them to flounder.

            • alwyn 1.2.1.1.1.1

              According to her own biography, as on the Green website and in an interview in the Womans weekly, going to University “at a later period”, as you word it wasn’t because she wasn’t “that well off”.
              She says that, before she got pregnant at 22 she had failed School Cert, Sixth Form Certificate, her BA and Teacher’s College, where she had apparently been at 18.After her daughter was born she settled down and instead of devoting her time to the Anarchist movement, NORML and the Mcgillicuddy Serious Party, she gor down to work and did a Law degree.
              I don’t think Key, who was a much more serious individual, thought he could waste his time on trivia.
              ref
              http://www.nzwomansweekly.co.nz/your-stories/weekly-people/metiria-turei-my-daughter-saved-me/story/4100955/
              and the Green Party website

          • bad12 1.2.1.1.2

            Pathetic rubbish alwyn, what do you expect Mets to dress in, sack-cloth or rags perhaps, she is a well paid leader of a political party who knows full well the effects of poverty, who has personal aspirations of seeing ALL New Zealanders be able to afford a new set of rags when they need them…

          • weka 1.2.1.1.3

            alwyn, what’s you point? Obviously Turei has a higher income than she did before. So what?

            • alwyn 1.2.1.1.3.1

              Why should Karol bother to point out that Metiria came from a “low income background” as if that was something unusual. As I proposed, so does John Key.
              Actually far to many politicians go on at length about how poor they were, when it isn’t really true.
              I remember seeing something by Pita Sharples about how badly his father had provided for his family. You know the sort of thing. Dirt floors, no shoes, walking miles to school, no coat when it rained etc etc.
              Then he said that his father made him choose between going to the (private) Te Aute College OR to go to a Scout Jamboree in England. Poor Pita! His father said he couldn’t afford to do both. Somehow I couldn’t feel that sorry for his life of penury.

              • karol

                alwyn – you missed the point about not pulling up the ladder after themselves. Turei is committed to helping those in poverty. Key uses the “underclass” for photo ops, then abandons them, now is more into photo ops with royals. The policies of his government amount to pulling up the ladder after himself – as for Bennett and her punitive welfare reforms.

                • alwyn

                  You might want to check up on Metiria not “pulling up the ladder after themselves”
                  From the attached item you might begin to wonder whether Metiria has crossed over to the dark side. She certainly seems to be enjoying herself gallivanting at this gathering of the Otago Aristocracy. I don’t see too many of the proletariat there with Ms Turei.
                  http://www.dunedinwearsthepants.com/2013/07/28/victoriana-is-alive-and-well-at-the-larnach-castle-winter-ball-2013/
                  It looks a rather more upmarket do than John Key’s beer and a barbeque for William on the driveway at Key’s Wellington accomodation doesn’t it?

                  • karol

                    You’re a comedian, right, alwyn?

                    So Turei wearing….. nothing, with the invisible aristocrats?

                    How long did you have to search to find anything of Turei (allegedly) with the wealthy? It ain’t her normal style.

                    Haven’t seen Key getting down and dirty to clean parliament along side the cleaners.

                    meanwhile, key goes out of his way to be sen with royals, leaders of major countries, Hollywood moguls, All Blacks, etc, etc…. etc, etc.

                    Edit: Oh, OK it works now…. FFS – that’s a winters’ costume ball in Dunedin! Are you deliberately trying to score own goals! Turei is always well into dressing up in costumes to party.

                    • alwyn

                      Sorry about that. I thought I had got it right the first time but I got the link messed up. You must have looked just after I had posted it and before I managed to fix it.
                      I didn’t think anyone would have taken this seriously, particularly after the reference to the “dark side”. Unfortunately, even though it has been pointed out to me where the “smiling faces” is explained I still haven’t worked out how to put one in.
                      Come on admit it. Don’t you think it is even the tiniest bit funny?
                      As for Key being seen with royals, leaders of major countries, All Blacks etc, etc, it is unavoidable in his position. Certainly it is a lot more likely than if you are the co-leader of a minor party.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    The Larnach Castle do looks a bit like a steampunk convention. It certainly looks less upmarket than a do with visiting royalty, armed security guards, and a personal photographer, but I suppose you’ll see what you want to see. How the hell is Metiria’s going to a party in a dress that could have come from an op shop pulling the ladder up after herself? Will no one with a similar level of income be allowed to enter Larnach Castle from now on? Why are you so bitter and spiteful towards her?

                    • alwyn

                      I’m not bitter at all. On the other hand if it was from an op-shop I think she should have shelled out a little bit more money and got a larger size.

                    • karol

                      Of course Turei at the steam punk ball is a bit of a laugh. The thing about Turei is she is a very smart, legally trained politician. She still retains a sense of fun from her younger days, and remembers what it’s like to survive on very little. She can mix with the powerful and folks on the lowest incomes.

                      Respect!

                  • David H

                    What an amazing dress.

                    And if you can afford it then you too can go to the ball alwyn

                    http://www.larnachcastle.co.nz/Events/Annual-Winter-Ball.aspx

        • mike 1.2.1.2

          cant you read karol?

      • North 1.2.2

        Raving on about Metiria’s gears Alwyn you strange person ? What’s that got to do with anything ? Trust a rightie to exhibit their thickness at the drop of a hat.

        • North 1.2.2.1

          Oh my goodness Alwyn…….I said earlier “strange person”. Let me amend that …….sort of knocking on the door of perv’ and nutter person. Oh sorry…….forgot you’re the working class Tory who borrows a pair of boots to walk 20 miles to vote…….Tory. Completely fucked in the head sort of thing..

          Sad prick. What are you doing here anyway ? Your natural habitat is more like SlaterPorn.

      • Foreign Waka 1.2.3

        So sack and ash would be just right? OMG, how far does this go? Into the Dickensian ages?

  2. Skinny 2

    Key will roll out the red carpet for the royal toffs. I hope their visit back fires and sparks a strong move within NZ to becoming a Republic. The English royal family are nothing more than a bunch of snobby nosed blunders, the timing of their visit here is to prop up the Tory Government here. The cost of the visit will cost us tax payers plenty. 

    The costs should be debited to Nationals election campaign that’s why there coming here next year.   

    • Tracey 2.1

      the collective “we” shouldnt be paying. We cant afford it. If they want to come, let them pay, for everything, includng the services that surround the disruption.

      BUT it must be priced so do we need to OIA estimates?

    • Grantoc 2.2

      It aint going to backfire Skinny. Most of the population will fall over backwards to welcome them, including most Labour/Green supporters. Republicanism won’t get a look in.

      You and yours will be a very small minority and your point of view will be perceived as petty sour grapes.

      I betcha you won’t hear anything from David Cunliffe either that is remotely in support of your views because he’ll be on the wrong side of the argument; somewhere he won’t want to be in election year.

      Thats realpolitc for you, tough as it is.

      Have a happy Christmas Skinny! And raise a glass to the royals!

      • MrSmith 2.2.1

        Unfortunately your probably right Grantoc and that says a lot about the intelligence of the average Kiwi, personally I wouldn’t cross the road to piss on their shoes.

      • Skinny 2.2.2

        It’s election year you can count on the royal visit as a platform for minor fringe parties to use the visit as a way of getting good media coverage (any publicity is good publicity). You will find 
        a lot of Kiwi’s would be annoyed if the NZ taxpayer is funding one of the wealthiest females in the Worlds son on a Tory junket.

         It’s all in the message “Tax payers fund millions in an election year promotion for Tory Government”  & “The Queen & her England Family hold little relevance in former colonial outpost.”

        I would expect Cunliffe to moot the time is nearing to becoming a republic and with it a New Zealand constitution that reflects our coming of age as an independent Nation. There is a feel good factor in it and a signal of meaningful change. Like I say it’s all in the messaging and of course there are votes in it to be mopped up, means to an end.   

        You can bet Key will change his position very quickly should the call to becoming a republic be strongly supported by the people. 

  3. Tracey 3

    How much will their tour cost us? I want the money diverted into food for kids programmes, or rape prevention education in High Schools. Much better use of the money. IF they want to pay for it and our police and traffic services etc then they can come.

    • Good comment Tracey ,So I wonder if Key will take these aristocrats and Royals to South Auckland and other poverty stricken areas ,? Will the royalists in Aotearoa comment on the difference between our kids in poverty and the privileged life of their little darling. I think not.
      The whole thing stinks of of election scam. I hope New Zealanders will reseal this fact .unfortunately I very much doubt it.

  4. millsy 4

    I hope Prince “Hori” screeches his guts out when Key tries to hold him. That would be funny.

    As an aside, is there a point to monarchy? Seems to be a hangover from more primitive times.

    • fender 4.1

      Surely they wouldn’t let such a lowlife touch the most important baby in the world, they may however let him consume the contents of its soiled nappy.

      • David H 4.1.1

        You could just imagine it Key standing there arms twitching as if he’s going to grab the baby, whilst he mumbles “Please lemme hold the babbeee. PEEeerrleese” Then there’s that nasty I’ve lied/soiled my pants intake of breath, and then the mumble “I’ve got my own photographers” “Purlese lemme hold the baby.” ” I need to hold the baby” “It’s my right to hold the baby” Thud, thud, thud. As the security types have to stop him from, grabbing the baby screaming. “It’s my right i neeed the photo’s”

        • North 4.1.1.1

          On a day when for a variety of reasons I am hoha you gave me a great laugh with your word picture there David H.

          “Johnny wanna Johnny wanna Johnny wanna !”

          Sadly depictions of Key The Spoilt Child while amusing conceal the reality of Key The Robber Baron.

          Oh The Hoha……..

    • chris73 4.2

      Is there a point to any monarchy

      – not really

      Seems to be a hangover from more primitive times.

      – Yep

    • Millsy.

      The whole lot are a load of bludgers ,
      Most of Europe deposed of them but they still took their ill gain fortunes with them and most if not all live in the lap of luxury.

  5. BLiP 5

    . . . I’m struggling to find evidence to fully support Key’s last claim. Was there a royal visit during the 2008 election year? . . .

    No, there wasn’t a “Royal Visit” in 2008 but we did have a “royal visitor” – John Key is just being a tricksy bugger and playing semantic hopskotch to avoid telling another one of his blatant lies. That the media lets him get away with this is typical, but hardly surprising. Remember also that a Royal Visit boosts MSM sales and eyeballs immensely, so why let the truth get in the way of that?

    • alwyn 5.1

      Can you tell me how a “Royal Visitor” is in some way not a “Royal Visit”. Do you have some strange definition that distinguishes them?

      • Tigger 5.1.1

        I suspect when we pick up the tab it’s the latter.

      • karol 5.1.2

        I suspect the difference is in the way next year’s visit is headlined: ie a “royal tour”

        A flying visit to attend a specific event is not in the same league as a very high profile PR managed tour – the latter involving a range of appearances and vast media coverage.

      • BLiP 5.1.3

        Don’t be trying that fancy footwork around here. The simple definition is that a “royal visitor” wasn’t invited by the New Zealand government and just happens to be here for some reason, whereas a royal invited by the New Zealand government is then on a “Royal Visit” to New Zealand. Simple, really. Your attempt to defend John Key’s half-truths is touching, if futile.

      • Anne 5.1.4

        No, it’s just that you apparently don’t have the cognitive ability to distinguish between a person who happens to be a member of the British Royal Family who attended a conference that happened to be taking place in NZ and a member of the Royal Family who is on an official visit. Princess Anne was not on a formal visit even if she did take part in one or two functions while she happened to be here.

    • Hanswurst 5.2

      Besides any of the above, the link indicates that the royal concerned was in NZ after the general election.

  6. Steve Wrathall 6

    “Does he have anything to offer…”
    A rapidly improving economy, which the statists deny, and out of the other side of their mouth use as justification for their spending promises.

    • KJT 6.1

      Where do the right wing find their, seemingly endless, supply of satirists.

    • Murray Olsen 6.2

      “Statists” – wow, have you just watched a Ron Paul video? What do you call it when the government bends us over backwards for the mining and drilling companies? Please try to remember that “pleasure” is not the correct answer here. What do you call the government help going to the dairy industry, the corporate welfare, the mounting intrusions by the state on our privacy? Your anti-statism is about as principled as Blubber Boy’s outrage at marital infidelity. Keep it up.

  7. infused 7

    If this is the beginning, you guys sure are going to be mad next year.

    • Tracey 7.1

      you dont mind the few million it will cost infused? kind of a form of welfare but not for the vulnerable/

      • infused 7.1.1

        Give it a rest Tracy.

        They come all the time. We pay each time. That’s how it’s always been and always will be until we break free, which no one has the balls to do.

        • Tracey 7.1.1.1

          god what a totally redundant thing to say. You really consider yourself just a powerless wee thing waiting for others to see the light? No wonder we’re in the shit. If people actually object strongly enough to paying for this kind of shit you think a populist like key would keep spending it? he would become an anti royalist in a heartbeat if he thought it would make him popular and as long as he could still have his kinghthood.

    • North 7.2

      You’re mad already you confused poor thing.

  8. veutoviper 8

    Another good post, Karol.

    Being the cynic I am, I find the timing of the visit in April very interesting for a number of reasons.

    IIRC earlier speculation was that the visit would be later in 2014 (eg Sept/Oct). An April visit now strengthens my instincts that Key will go for an early election – even as early as July.

    Both the Herald and TV3 News articles suggest that the visit will start in NZ in early April, rather than in Australia.

    The April timing also would help overshadow the Banks court case in March- and an early election would then negate a possible Epsom bylection if Banks loses.

    The Dotcom extradition hearing is also currently scheduled for April (although likely to be delayed again) – so an April royal visit followed by an early election could also be a gamble to get the election over before any “revelations” coming out about Key’s involvement at the extradition hearings etc.

    EDIT – Prince William also visited NZ in March 2011 (an election year) for the Christchurch Earthquake memorial service and to meet the Pike River families. ….

  9. Matthew 9

    Would be nice if parents accepted responsibility for the welfare of their own kids

    But everything is the fault of the Key government though isn’t it!

    • karol 9.1

      Yeah right! So even if the jobs aren’t there, cost of living keeps rising and benefits are increasingly squeezed…. it’s the parents fault if they don’t have enough money….?

      • infused 9.1.1

        Jobs are there Karol. Stop spinning that bullshit.

        The fact is they would rather stay on walfare.

        • bad12 9.1.1.1

          Infused, my comment at 9.3 applies also to you which will save my fingers a little work…

          • Tracey 9.1.1.1.1

            it’s like some of the right wing hypocrites who post here have become so titlated by the Brown stuff that their brains have turned to mush and they are back chanting the leaders mantras like good little trickle downeeze. the golden rain showering down on his supporters from John Key.

        • fender 9.1.1.2

          Yeah the jobs are there, way over there in India, scrounging around in garbage dumps in an effort to find food.

          Infused with bigotry, that’s you.

          Is this ‘walfare’ you speak of similar to wallpaper?

          • North 9.1.1.2.1

            Fender it’s Walmart…….where wages are low, robber baron ethics are lower, and to collectivise is subversive. ShonKey Python territory.

        • Tracey 9.1.1.3

          it’s not a fact just because you throw the word into a sentence…

        • freedom 9.1.1.4

          Yes jobs are out there infused, you are safe in your wormtongue imaginings.

          The problem is (and it is one you and others steadfastly refuse to acnowledge) there is only one job for every couple of hundred people looking. – As one of those currently looking i think i know a little bit more about it than you do.

          Let me guess though, you want proof. Proof that there are not enough jobs, but seeing as you prefer wifi re-runs of neoliberal fantasy to vistas of fundamental reality I fail to be convinced that any amount of emperical data would ever satisfy your puerile reasonings so i would instead like to leave you with a simple but heartfelt message. (and this goes to the whole gang, you srylands the gosman BM PR richie and our ol’ mate brett dale to name but a few)

          Your commentary in 2014 will be less predictable if you stopped your pavlovian prostrations for those that built high the towers of ignorance and cruelty. You may begin to see that New Zealand is in a whole lot of trouble. Ask any engineer, or doctor or your local plumber given your longstanding love of sewers, all pressure points have a way of failing when overly stressed. Today there are over a million kiwis living well below the real poverty line, that number is climbing steadily and aside from the sport it offers you, you could not care less. Do you really think that is a fact you can simply ignore?

          Please, make it your new year’s resolution to run your life using the grey squidgy thing that resides in your head and not be controlled in all you say and do by the plastic cards glued to your arsehole of an ideology. In short your life would improve and who knows, the lives of others, even those you will never meet know of or be directly exposed to, might also find that brighter future. If you make a real effort to be more aware, that sliver of decency that pierces your words on occassion might offer you a flash of self-recognition and you would not feel quite so isolated from your humanity. Or you can continue to be an ignorant hater and watch the world around you crumble. Gotta love life, so full of choice!

    • Tracey 9.2

      So why was key highlighting it then????

    • bad12 9.3

      Question Mathew???, are there 300,000 jobs loitering somewhere in the economy that those on benefits have failed to take up???,

      The obvious answer to that is a big NO, so are you suggesting that those who rely upon a benefit for their income do not have children at all???, if so what do you propose should occur where a worker with children is made redundant????,

      Shall we perhaps make the children ‘redundant’ in some way also,perhaps we could have labour camps for such children,

      The short version of this little rant is as follows: sod off you piece of s**t…

      • Tracey 9.3.1

        mathew and infused appear to believe that everyone on welfare was always on welfare. Ipso facto no one who had children while in work could possibly be out of work now? And while on lower incomes they couldn’t afford income protection insurance, so now are the subject of the scorn of the smug.

    • karol 9.4

      Would be nice if parents accepted responsibility for the welfare of their own kids

      Yes the royals who will be doing the tour with their young child should get a real job, pay for their own kids, and do international travel out of their earnings, rather than spending so much of taxpayers money on international junkets.

  10. bad12 10

    Why anyone would attribute to these descendants of Irish Piss Pot Emptyer’s a status above anyone else in the modern world is beyond me,

    The in-breeding seems to be working tho as science says it must with each generation appearing from where i can view them to be thicker and less likely to exhibit ‘normalacy’ then the one befor, He who talks to flowers has spawned a Prince, or is that a Ponce, who addresses His future Wife, thankfully at least a step removed from the inter-breeding, as Baby-kins,

    That one word contains so much saccharin that teeth have been known to rot at it’s first reading and the waste of space who penned such an endearment of such patent false-hood should in my opinion confine Himself to Countries other than this in election years and every other year for that matter….

  11. Fisiani 11

    Getting the election loss excuses in already I see. Typical defeatism in the face of a booming economy, strong job growth and surging manufacturing, dairy, film, wine, forestry, oil, gas and housing sector.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152117115425429&set=a.10150162547855429.346317.12635800428&type=1&theater
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  12. How sad that in the following month, May 2014 there will be the potentially 10 day trial of the DEFENDANT John Archibald Banks for alleged electoral fraud?

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

  13. Tim 13

    Seems to me that Madge and Phil’s bullshit detectors are not functioning to well as they enter their dotage – otherwise they’d realise what a complete philistine and cnut ‘the unidentifeid guest’ is.
    I suspect they’re relying on ‘the fat ginger’ and a copter pilot who’re down with the kids and the philistines to keep them informed.
    The unidentified guest, truth be known – with his desperate attempts to be ‘down with Madge’s’ carpet slippers, matching checks ‘n’ all, as well as every other cheap celeb trying to extend their 15 minutes of fame to 15 weeks, is probably going to end up being a big reason NZ eventually moves to a republic.
    When history is written and NZ reflects on Key, the ‘brand’ will be toxic.
    Bit of a shame none of them have inherited Lady Doi’s bullshit detector.

    • Tracey 13.1

      he’s making sure if he loses the election and labour trashes the honours system, her Maj will give him a knighthood from her personally. Afterall he thinks so highly of his fellow kiwis that he made her husband one of our 20 greatest living NZers.

      • Will@Welly 13.1.1

        Don’t hold your breath Tracey, there’s still more gaps there he can fill up, with the likes of Charles and Camilla, and all the other horsey types.
        Perhaps come New Year, he’ll sprout forth a new set of credentials, calling himself the “entitled one”, or Lord or Baron of this fair land. As we all know, the man’s a ********* (take your pick), and to quote him, he’s only interested in his jollies.

  14. North 14

    Tim and The Bad above – Great word pictures !

    Slow down there though The Bad. What’s wrong with “Babykins” ?

    It’ll be a wonderful calmer when ShonKey Bad Uncle Python greedily executes the infamous Three-Hand-Grab and clamps the screaming royal issue to his chest.

    “Ooooh Babykins Babykins – shut the fuck up for the cameras will ya”.

    • Rodel 14.1

      ‘Babykins’ is perhaps better than his dad’s, ‘I wish I were your tampon’ comment to Camilla.

  15. Ad 15

    Karol you complain too much. Key’s team are better than Labour at what they do: they hold the good news for the right time in the electoral cycle and roll it out.

    Labour stacked up for the last quarter of 2013:
    – the Leadership change
    – the Party conference
    – the by-election
    – the asset sales referendum
    – the poverty marches
    – the anti-violence marches
    – the John Banks stuff
    – the Conservative Party stuff
    – etc etc

    Which on balance have made not a dent in National.

    Whereas National have held their nerve, stayed on message throughout, and now go into 2014 with:
    – State of the Nation speech
    – pre-budget announcements on roading in Auckland
    – booming economy and gradually deflating house market (of course not their doing)
    – reform the RMA
    – popular welfare reforms
    – fresh expenditure on schools and hospitals
    – an accelerating Christchurch rebuild
    – and of course Royalist froth

    National’s team are simply good at their job, and Cunliffe’s team (both caucus and office) have front- loaded all their best shots and are now shooting blanks.
    Auckland is incredibly lucky the Minister of Local Government has not put a Commissioner in to run Auckland – then Labour’s mayor would severely tarnish Labour across Auckland. Hell if I were PM and wanted to crush Labour, I would.

    For now, Labour are being beaten by a superior side. No point complaining about it. Labour have to vastly improve, or lose.

    • karol 15.1

      Yes, indeed, ad. My point exactly. Team Key are “the superior side” at being great manipulators and spin doctors. But it’s all about superficial appearances, and little real commitment to the good of all New Zealanders.

      But the left has more commitment to working for struggling New Zealanders.

      PS. It’s not just about Labour. I plan to party vote Green.

      • Ad 15.1.1

        I kinda guessed you would vote Green. I agree that Labour and Greens have more authenticity and care about the real concern of people. It just won’t win the next election.

        The superior skill of National is in the messaging around their content. The content, no matter its virtues, simply will not win. The message wins.

        • karol 15.1.1.1

          Yes. The NActs have no principles. It’s all about winning. What’s the point of voting for the (don’t count your chickens) winning team if it isn’t in the best interests of the country?

          I’m with democracy and political commitment and principles.

          Thank-you for admitting the ethical bankruptcy of your team.

          • Ad 15.1.1.1.1

            Well that will be a cold further three years for the Green-Labour team then.

            Wish it were an ethical quandary. Wish virtue and common sense prevailed in politics. But hoping that virtues and ethical quandaries will alter political discourse is just plain silly.

            Labour and Greens need to change their media and profile tactics. Doesn’t need to change their policies at all. Just need to be better at the game than National. Currently they are being outplayed. Virtuousity, not virtue, will turn this around.

            • BM 15.1.1.1.1.1

              The next election is do or die for labour.

              If labour don’t win at the next election ,Cunliffe will get the boot, with the new commanders in chief being the combo of the angry gnome and Helen Kelly.

              Labour will then become completely unelectable, all I can say is GO NATIONAL.

              A truly golden period beckons for NZ.

              • karol

                I’m glad to see you guys have already started celebrating the holiday season. Office party is it?

                Great to see you so well rehearsed with the election slogans. Be careful you don’t peak too soon.

                • BM

                  Nah, I work from home, but to celebrate the end of the working year, I cooked
                  a very nice piece of rolled pork scotch fillet covered with a home mode plum sauce and rosemary glaze.

                  Very tasty, I have to say.

          • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.2

            Yes. The NActs have no principles. It’s all about winning. What’s the point of voting for the (don’t count your chickens) winning team if it isn’t in the best interests of the country?

            Parliamentary politics was never supposed to be the power base of the Left. And it can never be, simply because of the compromised nature of the game, starting with: you need to do what you need to do, to win. Otherwise why bother?

            In contrast, the power base of the Left are supposed to be those elements which the neoliberals have already destroyed. As discussed previously, they used to include various activist trade unions, womens organisations, social groups and radical movements.

            It is those activist groups on the Left which are supposed to supply an alternative narrative and to pressure the political parties to make principled decisions. Because the political parties are not going to do it themselves, in isolation.

            • karol 15.1.1.1.2.1

              It is those activist groups on the Left which are supposed to supply an alternative narrative and to pressure the political parties to make principled decisions. Because the political parties are not going to do it themselves, in isolation.

              Agree with this entirely.

              But I also think the parliamentary left have become too focused on winning, and not enough on serving the community. Partly this is because the elites have worked hard to kneecap the activist base, and to empower those with highest status and resources.

              • Colonial Viper

                But I also think the parliamentary left have become too focused on winning

                I dunno, it hasn’t really seemed like that to me…

                Partly this is because the elites have worked hard to kneecap the activist base

                Yep. However we should also remember that Parliamentarians sit somewhere around the top 1% by income; that is by definition, ‘the elite.’

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 15.1.2

        Team Key are “the superior side” at being great manipulators and spin doctors.

        At politics you mean? Well… yeah. Self-evident.

  16. Fisiani 16

    National received 45+% in 2008 47+% in 2011 and could easily get 49+% in 2014 having had such a successful 6 years.

    • Skinny 16.1

      Your deluded if you think Key will get another 3 years. The difference was 20,000 votes last election. All the benefit bashing comes at a cost, National are the ones who will get atleast a couple hundred thousand of the 800,000 slackers that didn’t vote last time to the polls voting against them. Couple that with L/G rhetoric about the abolishment of the youth rates, oh boy there is going to be a backlash from the young on slave wages. Assets sales, spying, fishing quota’s, corporate welfare & on & on.

      All those sad old faces Collins, Brownlee, Parata, Smith, Henare & the stench of the rats abandoning the sinking ship. The more smiling Key is in the news the better, Banks & Dotcom will rub that last layer of teflon off his public face!

  17. nznative 17

    Last election was the high tide mark for the Nats and they just got home with the help of Banks, Dunne and the Maori party.

    This time I expect a dirty election from the Nats ……………

    and I expect them to lose

    • Will@Welly 17.1

      The Nats are full of confidence. With the economy – their part of it, that is – turning around, expect to see election bribes coming thick and fast as they attempt to hang on to power.
      Look at TV One, 7 Sharp, Mike Hoskings being “appointed”, that guy is in the pocket of the Nats – he’s been put in there to lend “credence” to their policies. Look at MediaWorks, Steven Joyce’s old firm, they’ve featured John Key on the radio, uninterrupted. And now the Cameroon Brewer freebie, whose pulling whose strings. We can expect to see more of this political intrigue as we get closer to the election. Prince Wills/Kiss me Kate, coming out here for a date with John Key, making him at least look plausible to his adoring followers.And won’t the mags be thankful, a boost in circulation, which they in turn will reciprocate for National, with stories and B.S. as the election gets closer.
      So don’t get complacent nznative. John Key is the provable snake oil in the mix.

  18. BrucetheMoose 18

    The alternative would be for Key and his lot to do their jobs and run the country properly with competence and integrity.
    Looks like that is too hard basket. Bring on the cameras and lights- IT’S SHOW TIME!

  19. tricledrown 19

    Bumptious Midden
    You are what you eat.

  20. tricledrown 20

    Its very hard to talk with a plum in your mouth BM.

  21. Ian 21

    Labour has not got a chance in hell of getting anywhere near power until they cut ties with the greens,get a leader that can take on John Key and have a massive clean out of their job for life MP’s .I used to vote labour,even voted for Helen to get rid of that tired and dysfunctional National Govt.A short visit from our future king and queen will make stuff all difference to labours chances. Stop clutching at straws and deal to the real issues. First of all take a good hard look in the mirror.

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      National’s lies are finally seeping into the consciousness of voters. Until National cut their ties with every crazy electoral life raft flotsam and jetsam passing by, and there is no other way to describe Colin Craig, they are finished. I used to be a National voter, but far from being the party which respects the institutions and laws of the land, we have a dysfunctional government which is being bought and sold by a few crony corporates. Organising a short visit from the future king and queen makes John Key look even more clueless and lost for ideas than usual. National needs to deal with real issues or 2014 is lost for them. First of all John, try and not be an amnesiac when it comes down to matters of principle and morals.

    • North 21.2

      Piss off you talking down cargo cultist. What gives you a mortgage on anything ? Your frenzied support for the psychotic narcissistic robber baron ShonKey Python says it all about you. Piss off to your mates at SlaterPorn.

  22. McGrath 22

    I have to agree with Ian. The Greens are a deadweight around Labour’s neck. I’d rather Labour win outright then have them be a slave to the whims of the Eco-Terrorists…

    • Macro 22.1

      eww!! Send politicians to slavery now!

      Who are the Eco-terrorists again? Ah yeah NACT….. They have shitted on every environmental policy ever enabled in NZ and continue to do so.

      • Colonial Viper 22.1.1

        Isn’t Crazy Colin Craig the dead weight around National’s neck?

        The Greens at least have policy that is proven good enough for both National and Labour to work with.

  23. adam 23

    I can’t call them fascist loving pig dogs Macro, BM, Ian and company, because they will enlist some law they worship from some neo-liberal who hasn’t even read the original Godwin. I can’t say if were #1 in freedom – then shit, I worry for the rest of the world.

    The propaganda from the right is nasty, and is so much in bed with Gobbles love of the BIG lie, its not funny.

    And, we can’t call out you wankers on the right – because you will fall back to – I’m sorry. it really was just a joke – really – we didn’t mean to be vindictive little pricks because you lefties keep chipping away at our privilege.

    Have a nice holiday, and hug a black Santa – it might remind you your a human being, not a unit of consumption.

  24. Not a PS Staffer 24

    Labour are not winning it in the eyes of the Press Gallery, in the eyes of the Public and in the eyes of some of Cunliffe’s greatest fans.

    What is Cunliffe doing at an political planning and daily operations level that is any different from what the previous Labour leadership was doing?

    The Weekly Shadow Cabinet meeting is good: but whose arse has he roasted for indiscipline and laziness? I’ve seen enough of that to be worried. Phil Goff deserves a bollicking at least for his TPP approach. Others are invisible.

    The Media Team has changed, I assume. Has he recruited from the same pool as the previous leadership? I’ve seen enough to be concerned. Exit a few of them now and let Simon Cunliffe hire from a different gene pool.

    Cunliffe made some brilliant speeches while being shafted by King and that piece of shit Mallard.
    I hope to fuck he has a few ready for the new year: he has to come out of the starting blocks at full speed. Key is still winning: Cunliffe has to take the fight to him. And he has to win.

    • Colonial Viper 24.1

      Too much pressure on one pair of shoulders. National are renewing their caucus at speed. What the frak are Labour doing. If Labour are going to continue a TPP/raising the retirement age swerve to the right in 1Q next year, we’re pretty much fucked.

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    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Unity in Action
    Yes the Left have taken a drubbing, but never mind, time to pick ourselves up off the floor, patch up our wound pride, dust ourselves off, cast around for our friends and allies, and re-enter the fray. Lots of work...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Reward offered in latest seal shooting
    It is with shock and dismay that our organization learns of the latest shooting of a New Zealand fur seal, this one on Stewart Island. This is the third such crime to reach our attentions since May this year and...
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Taxpayers Forgotten in Ministerial Horse-Trading
    Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments reported on Radio New Zealand , that he is considering giving Act MP David Seymour a ministerial role because “When they have more staffing and resources as a result of a junior ministerial role...
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Labour’s Defeat Points to a Forgotten Target Market
    With the devastating defeat for the Labour Party in the election, Labour seems to have lost touch with what resonates with New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Cunliffe may survive year but doomed by end of 2015
    NZ First is expected to take one seat off Labour once special votes are counted, maintaining the election-night result that John Key’s National Party will be able to govern alone, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders...
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Making All New Zealand the Place Talent Wants to Live
    The development of the provinces is becoming a major issue for New Zealand, and for the new Government. Television New Zealand’s Sunday programme (21 September) addressed the plight of towns such as Whanganui, where jobs and populations are declining....
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • China’s booming torture trade revealed
    The flourishing trade, manufacture and export of tools of torture by Chinese companies is fuelling human rights violations across Africa and Asia, new research by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation reveals....
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • President Obama Congratulates Key
    The President called Prime Minister Key late last evening to congratulate him on his third electoral victory....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Seven Pasifika MPs elected – highest number ever
    AUCKLAND ( Pacific Media Watch / The New Zealand Herald ): The highest number of Pasifika MPs elected in New Zealand's history were voted in at the weekend general election....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • LGNZ congratulates National
    LGNZ congratulates National Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) congratulates re-elected Prime Minister John Key and the National led government on winning their third consecutive term following Saturday’s general election. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • The Letter – 22 September 2014
    John Key’s win is historic. In the history of MMP elections – worldwide – ever – no government has won an absolute majority. MMP was imposed on Germany to make sure that country never had another Hitler. It is designed...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election Coverage – None Better Than Trans Tasman
    To get a steer on what was going to happen in the election - away from the histrionics of the mainstream coverage - the best place to go was The Main Report Group’s weekly political report Trans Tasman....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Federated Farmers intemperate
    For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • MP’s Stolen Items Recovered
    Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services today [ September 19 ], items which had been stolen from NZ First MP Andrew Williams’ Wellington parliamentary office have been recovered and returned....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election results bad news for those on benefits
    Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Opportunity to progress water infrastructure
    “National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean
    At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!
    Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message:...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
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