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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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    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Unions – what ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media...
    East Timorese journalists raise their hands to approve the Timor-Leste JournalistCode of Ethics in October 2013. Photo: Tempo Semanal/Cafe Pacific   David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. PACIFIC SCOOP reported this week that East Timor’s Appeal Court had scrapped...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • THIS is why we need a public broadcaster!
    The richest 20% of us in NZ own 70% of the wealth, with 18% in the hands of the second richest quintile, and 10% in the hands of the middle quintile. Just 2 per cent was owned by people in...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • A vote for Key is a vote for this
    A vote for Key is a vote for this...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is s...
    Folks, it doesn’t matter if you are Right or Left, the issue of the Secret Intelligence Service being forced to feed a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater with sensitive information is an ‘us’ issue. The SIS are...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • How lost and irrelevant are ACT?
    So ACT had it’s ‘launch’. Well, what passes as an ACT launch these days. Lot’s of anorak’s with that 1000 yard star and dreams of a Milton Friedman Free Market dancing behind their eyelids all crammed into a room small...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Party rowing advert aimed at Gen Xers
    Unkind wags such as myself would suggest that if the above were a real representation of National, it would look more like this…   National know they have the rural mob and the angry provincial vote locked in, with their...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Housing propaganda – McGehan Close Revisited
    .   . Housing has become a major, defining issue in New Zealand. We have critical shortages and escalating prices in  in the main centres and falling house values in the regions. The National government has addressed the supply &...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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