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Gareth Morgan’s Big Kahuna

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 am, August 24th, 2011 - 105 comments
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Gareth Morgan and Susan Guthrie’s piece in the Herald brilliantly elucidates the crisis of capitalism and the inadequacy of an economic system that only recognises value in work that produces market goods and services. Their book, The Big Kahuna, on their alternative tax system has just been published and I found these videos of Morgan explaining.

First, Morgan on why there is a need for change (there is a look at the history of taxation too, which is interesting)

Next, Morgan talking about the inequity of the current tax system and how the changes would affect that. Basically, it’s a big transfer of taxation from work to wealth – like Labour’s tax-free zone/capital gains tax package but more.

Then, the details of the proposal: $11K negative tax per adult ($8,500 per youth) and a 30% tax on all income, including an assumed 6% income on all capital. Simple and straightforward, it would save $2 billion a year in costs of MSD and IRD.

Finally, Morgan deals with the issue of solo parents, the only big losers under the policy. A simple fix is to lift the tax rate to 32% and give every child $3,000 a year.

The rest of the videos are here and there’s a powerpoint presentation here.

We can quibble here and there, and I have a few unanswered questions (like, what happens with GST) that are probably answered in the book, but small problems can be fixed. This is a brilliantly simple and revolutionary base for a new tax and redistribution system that can potentially eliminate poverty altogether while targeting the biggest inequality in capitalist society – the division of capital.

The components of the Big Kahuna aren’t new ideas but together they are exciting. The new economy that will need to be formed out of this crisis of international capitalism will need a new tax system – the Big Kahuna could be it.

105 comments on “Gareth Morgan’s Big Kahuna”

  1. vto 1

    My 2c says that I have been watching and listening closely to Morgan over many years. He is consistent, logical, honourable and understands the wider structure of society. He has always been well worth listening to.

    … compare this with Key and his ideas (or lack of).

    … compare yesterday’s darkhorse post re state asset sales with Key.

    … Key is the most shallow worthless PM ever.

  2. queenstfarmer 2

    I too am a big supporter of the flat tax that Gareth Morgan proposes – a flat 25% tax on all corporte, personal and trust income.

    “The most pleasing graph in the Tax Review’s recent report is the one that demonstrates the total futility of having a progressive personal income scale.”

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      What we really want is a specific taxation outcome: that those who have the most wealth pay proportionally more of their wealth as tax than those who have the least, simply because there is a minimum fixed cost that everyone may pay in order to live a dignified life.

      Progressive tax scales attempt to achieve this outcome through a very blunt method. Starting everyone off with a negative tax balance with a flat rate on all income achieves the same goal but in a much fairer manner.

      If what you’re advocating is a flat tax rate without the additional negative tax component, then you’re not trying to achieve the goal that the current progressive taxation system is attempting to achieve.

      • queenstfarmer 2.1.1

        Agree with all that. The negative tax balance (univeral allowance, etc) is a great idea.

        The key thing is to simplify the system, get rid of the loopholes that allow people like David Henderson to pay less tax than a minimum wage worker, remove the distortions, stop the legal tax avoidance industry, cut the IRD by three-quarters, and not use the tax system as a punitive tool.

    • Blighty 2.2

      the negative tax/UBI is very progressive. Do the maths – a person on the minimum wage gets a 26% tax cut, a person on $250,000 gets 3%.

      That means it kind of gets rid of the need for other brackets. no reason you couldn’t have a second bracket though, say 33% from $100,000.

      it’s 30%, btw

      • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1

        queenstfarmer seems to have been saying that he wanted the flat tax to be 25% no matter what the actual costs were.

        • queenstfarmer 2.2.1.1

          Gareth Morgan said that. The actual flat rate doesn’t matter, that’s half the point of it.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.1.1

            Of course the flat rate matters you moron as it needs to help cover the costs of running government.

            • queenstfarmer 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Of course. What I mean is that because a flat rate applies to everyone equally, the actual rate doesn’t matter – all the loopholes and associate avoidance incentives close.

              As for the “necessary” rate, Govt does need to be able to function (Govts can borrow, cut spending, or do other various tricks) so whatever rate the Govt sets should achieve that, although the Govt is of course accountable to the electorate for its taxation & spending decisions. I’m in favour of a mandatory balanced-budget law.

      • queenstfarmer 2.2.2

        Sure, depends how you define “progressive” I guess. However, it wouldn’t be long before the usual suspects started attacking the flat tax as unfairly regressive.

        For example using the tax cuts you mention, even using the very un-flat current rates:

        A minimum wage earner pays about $3,750 in tax. A 26% tax cut = ~ $975
        A person on $250,000 pays about $73,000 in tax. A 3% tax cut = ~ $2,190.

        So the very high earner gets a bigger dollar tax cut than a minimum wage earner (bar stool economics). The usual suspects would of course go crazy about this, like they always do.

        • Blighty 2.2.2.1

          yeah, but the higher earner would likely have more capital subject to the CCT too.

          Morgan’s graphs quite clearly show that this option is more progressive

        • KJT 2.2.2.2

          As half the wealthiest people in NZ do not pay tax anyway a CGT and/or FTT will end up catching more tax off them than an income tax.

  3. Afewknowthetruth 3

    Tax is just a red herring, a form of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The entire system is crashing. And the crash has nothing to do with tax or misallocation of capital. Most of the capital doesn’t even exists anyway, except as digits in computer systems. The system is crashing because there are just too many people on the planet chasing declining resources and polluting the air, the water and the land.

    The day Gareth Morgan starts talking about the real issues -population overshoot, declining energy supply and environmental collapse- I might become slightly interested in what he has to say. Even then, the chance of him having anything of value to contribute is probably close to zero, since those are not his area of expertise.

    The fact is, most western nations are marching straight down the road to overt fascism and ever greater disparity in wealth distribution -just look at the salaries and bonuses executives of corporations award themselves; meanwhile ‘we’ are attacking yet another oil-rich nation to open it up to looting by BP, Shell etc.. That trend will continue until the people at the bottom find conditions unbearable and revolt. The question will then be, how vicious will the elites be in suppressing the masses and will the ‘security forces’ be willing to gun down innocent people? Usually they are, since their own positions and benefits are dependent on doing so.

    • Oligarkey 3.1

      Afewknowthetruth

      I think you underestimate the spirit of rebellion in the western countries. You wait until the silly market paradigm creates consistent 30% unemployment. There will be no return to 1930s fascism – people have become far too liberal, and thank goodness the internet is more and more becoming the place that people go to for their news information.

      • bbfloyd 3.1.1

        no return to 1930’s fascism? have a good look at what is going on here in nz….. take your pick, justice, social welfare, education, the economy, workers rights, etc….. what’s NOT fascist in the approach the nats are taking? just because it isn’t as obvious, and overtly brutal as the thirties, doesn’t change the reality…

        • aerobubble 3.1.1.1

          seconded. When police fail drastically in their duty of care in the autistic light bulb fiend
          and the MSM could figure it out either. That a person entering a Earth shaken unstable
          building seeking fixtures of all things isn’t a threat to public order but suicidally stupid.
          He was no criminal seeking a quick return to pay their drug habit, he had no intention
          of selling on the light fittings. Everyone is innocent until proven in a court of law otherwise.
          So if someone is found involved in a crime does not make them guilt as hell, this
          view would have help police in the Bain case where they should have collected much
          much more evidence and protected the crime scene in case it wasn’t enough.
          We are living in a proto-fascist culture in NZ, our government should be had up for
          treason for their abuse of power of the weakest. Take the food card, one way youth
          get out of trouble is by getting fed by the cousins and pocketting the dole, saving
          it up to build a business, this avenue has now been shut by JK astards.

        • Oligarkey 3.1.1.2

          bb floyd – the worsening economic conditions are going to lead people to a more egalitarian spirit, and i don’t think everyone’s suddenly going to start following people like Paul Henry and Michael laws into crypto-fascisim The pendulum is due to swing back, and i think instead of armed conflict between communism and fascisim, we’re going to see a resurgence of community organisations, and peaceful protest. I think we are moving towards a more universal understanding in terms of religion (in NZ at least) – (Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism have a lot in common – i.e. universal love and brotherhood) so the fascists will not be able to divide and rule as easily as they once did.

          I’m actually optimistic about our future because of these things.

    • Blighty 3.2

      The system may be crashing but there will be a new system to replace it, and it will need some form of taxation, unless we’re all going to be living in as savages in a post-apocalyptic wilderness because the energy available to society declines by , say, 20%

      • aerobubble 3.2.1

        I disagree, ants don’t have tax systems. They however do have rigid codes that are
        heavily enforced too the point that ants captured from other colonies are set to work.
        The question for the intelligent ape is how to incorporate tax like feedbacks into
        society, that redistribute on a local level, and are fair locally. And then when these
        fail return to the corrupt tax system that central governments use.

        Althought my view should not be seen as a vote against a CGT, GST off food,
        deposit guarentee, these are necessarily steps forward to give investors choice.
        Computers do seen to offer a way to do away with the tax departments.

  4. Oligarkey 4

    I have an idea for a government-paid employment scheme that will stop the slide into the abyss our young people are currently undergoing.

    Next to every Mcdonalds and KFC – we get a team of people who are otherwise out of work in a kitchen making simple nutritious meals that sell for $3 each (i.e. like the Hare Krishnas do). It gives a sense of contribution to the community to those who don’t just want to sit around on handouts (i.e. most people on the dole). It takes the food bill down for families that are struggling, and ensures good nutrition for anyone that wants it. It would employ thousands of people nation wide, and take billions off the country’s health bill long-term. Deliveries to lower decile schools would be perfect as well. But this is sensible and kind-hearted, so the National Party will not have a bar of it.

    • Afewknowthetruth 4.1

      I take it you are being sarcastic.

      You don’t really think that global corporations who are running the show would permit local initiatives that benefit the community and reduce their profits, do you?

      • El Mutante 4.1.1

        AFKTT, do you actually have any solutions to anything or should we just all go slash our wrists in the bath? I mean fucking hell, I actually agree with you that we’re in deep shit but we may as well try and do something about it. Without offering at least a sketch of a plan and just jumping into every single thread to tell us all how fucked we are is making you come across like some loon with a thousand yard stare wearing a sandwich board proclaiming that THE END IS NIGH and yelling “DOOOOOMED, YOU’RE ALL DOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED” at anyone unfortunate enough to walk past.

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1

          Yes, it is very tedious.

          • Bored 4.1.1.1.1

            El M and Lan, methinks AFKTT does us a service being a Cassandra. There is a lot of time spent on this site discussing how the status quo can be made to work, as opposed to AFKTT (amongst others) position which is, “It is terminally fekked”. As a non believer in “sci fi” faith in markets or technology solving energy and resource issues, I too see limited long term utility in status quo arguments.

            I agree that there needs to be some discussion of Plan B, it just gets a little difficult when the discussion just goes straight back to status quo (which as stated may be “fekked”).

            AFKTT, some forward thinking please, surprise us.

            • AAMC 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Partial solutions to AFKTT’s doomsaying seem relatively simple to draw from what he/she’s pointing out.

              Walk, cycle, reuse, grow,plant, grow, plan, inform, discuss, research, reduce, inform, plant, plan.

              I have a very small property I’m inner city Auckland, I have chickens to provide me eggs, citrus, apples, guava, fijoa, and veg, a street full of olive treess I have begun to harvest, I intend to invest in solar and water tanks and I intend to start guerilla planting the verges with more fruit trees that my community will benift from down the line. It’s not gonna save the world, but Iifwe each became more engaged, less consumptive, and laed bt example. Since o got my chickens, many of my friends have seen how simple and rewarding it is and have followed the lead.

              Warnings / ravings from the likes of AFKTT motivate me into positive action.

              • Bored

                Good work, guerilla is the way to plant for extra. I am doing a series at the moment on home camera that may be put on Youtube of a year on the garden plus plantings elsewhere..also gathering from offiste of materials and food. Go well with the chickens.

                • AAMC

                  There’s also a guy I intend tontrack down who will put bee hives on your property, maintain them and share the honey with you.

                  I was in Italy last year and was very inspired in an off the beaten track region, how every spare mm of available land – and they don’t live on our massive 1/4 acre sections – was dedicated to food production. I walk around Auckland looking at all these big lawns not a single piece of fruit in sight.

                  Too well trained to obediently drive to the shops and buy!

              • Draco T Bastard

                …start guerilla planting the verges with more fruit trees that my community will benift from down the line.

                I’ve been looking at the park across the road for that. What puts me off though is that it’s mowed by machine and it’s unlikely that any seedlings planted would survive the next mowing :(

                Huge park too – would be great as a community orchard after a few years.

                • uke

                  Likewise, my local council regularly mows over the huge areas of forage-able green leaf vegetables in the Wellington town belt. A real waste.

                • AAMC

                  Fruit trees tend to be on special at this time of year, get them big enough they have to stop and think? And plant close to the edges so they can’t as easily be considered in the way.

                  • prosaic

                    Better still, apply to council to use the land as a community garden/orchard and do it. Many other people/groups are doing this.

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      I’ve read that Pizza Hut in the US doesn’t bother doing market research for where to open their next store. They just wait for McDonald’s to open a store, and then open up one in the nearby neighbourhood. McDonald’s puts so much money into market research that Pizza Hut can just free-load on them.

      Not strictly related to your idea but I thought it was interesting.

  5. ianmac 5

    Wasn’t a flat tax one of the things advocated by Douglas? And Act? I guess Gareth is advocating flat tax alongside a whole raft of actions.
    Solo parents are fixable but Super for retirement a problem unless he is targetting the wealthy who don’t need it. Means Testing? Sounds a bit tough on those of us who are debt free, own a modest house but not wealthy.
    Anyway what a refreshing sweep of ideas even if Gareth is not a great salesman. How about a discussion between Key and Morgan? Live on TV. Ha!

    • Blighty 5.1

      there is no super under the plan – everyone gets the UBI.

      No retirement age either…

      • Lanthanide 5.1.1

        Makes it harder to pick on beneficiaries when everyone is one.

        I guess they’ll just pick on people with no jobs. But they do that now anyway.

        IMO one of the biggest social gains from a UBI policy would be opening the floodgates for more volunteer work.

      • marsman 5.1.2

        Does that mean that people currently on Superannuation would under the $11,000 U.B.I. have to somehow manage on $100 odd less per week? That seems hardly fair.

        • KJT 5.1.2.1

          I think that more work would have to be done on the actual UBI level. It would have to be enough to live on.

    • queenstfarmer 5.2

      Phil Goff supported the flat tax proposal. Great to see it getting more airtime now.

  6. Policy Parrot 6

    Does anyone know if under the BK policy prescription, GST would be retained or axed?

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      I imagine it’s sort of a separate issue. The BK policy is really about replacing the income tax system. I guess we’d need to look at the numbers to see if his proposal has excess tax gains/savings that could be used to remove GST, or if his proposal as-is is break even.

      Long term, the UBI would have to rise with inflation, too, which could make it unsustainable.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        Long term, the UBI would have to rise with inflation…

        If you maintained a static population level rather than increasing it, stopped the banks printing so much money and banned interest then there would be no inflation. Unfortunately that’s not likely to happen as the politicians actually think having more people is good (grows the economy don’t ya know) rather than the reality which is that having excess population (which I believe NZ is on the border of now) is insane.

        • Lanthanide 6.1.1.1

          The funny thing about NZ, is that for a modern OECD economy, we’re really underpopulated. San Francisco has more people living in the Bay Area than we have in the entire country. We have many thousands more kilometres of roads, hospitals and infrastructure to service fewer people. It’s no wonder we can’t keep up with the Joneses (21/30 in OECD rankings).

          On the other hand, for a sustainable low-energy future, NZ has about the right population.

    • marsman 6.2

      GST up, to 15%. It’s in the second video above.

  7. Todd 7

    You can bet GST will remain.30% tax +15% gst= 45%.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Yeah, GST really should be removed if you have a UI and replaced with a Financial Transaction Tax.

    • mikesh 7.2

      “You can bet GST will remain.30% tax +15% gst= 45%.”

      I think the 30% tax rate would apply only to the “earned” component of income not to the $11,000 handout; whereas GST, if it remained, would apply to all consumer spending regardless of which component of income that spending came from.

      eg Handout 11,000
      Wages 30,000 (say)
      Total Income 41,000
      Income Tax 9,000 (30% of 30,000)
      Net Income 32,000
      GST spending 20,000 (say)
      GST @ 15% 3,000
      Effective GST rate = 3,000/41000 = 7.32%

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    Finally, Morgan deals with the issue of solo parents, the only big losers under the policy. A simple fix is to lift the tax rate to 32% and give every child $3,000 a year.

    How much does it cost per year to keep a child in good health? Because that’s how much should be paid to parents for each child. Personally, I think you’d find that it’s far higher than $3k.

    And why is it expected for youth to have to live on less than an adult? Are their living expenses really all that different?

    Far easier and better just to make it a Universal Income that’s paid to everyone at the same rate.

  9. KJT 9

    Sort of restores some of my faith in human nature. And some confidence we may actually work our way out of the shit. Not all the rich, are “Rich pricks”.

    Buffet, Morgan, and others, are aware they live in, and benefit from, a community.

    We have been talking about something like a UBI/GMFI on various forums, including Frogblog, for some time. Simplifying both taxation and welfare.

    A flat tax plus UBI is progressive and simple. Both desirable for a taxation system.

    CGT also would be better simplified by removing exemptions. The only reason to exempt family homes is to make it politically palatable. In actuality that is going to cause lots of problems. Like every rich kid suddenly acquiring a family home.
    Similarly removing GST on food causes unessary complications which may cost more than simply helping people to buy food with a GMFI.
    There are other ways of helping people into a first home. (E.G. Rent to buy State housing).

    GST would be better replaced by a flat financial transaction tax and/or transaction taxes.
    GST is only a transaction tax with exemptions, anyway.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      There are other ways of helping people into a first home. (E.G. Rent to buy State housing).

      Do people actually need to own their homes or would it be better if they just rented from the state? IMO, renting from the state would be the better option.

      GST is only a transaction tax with exemptions, anyway.

      Yep. Realised that a while back and the big exemption is financial services.

      • uke 9.1.1

        Yeah, now you mention it, strange there’s no GST-type tax on purchases of shares, futures, options derivatives, etc. Doesn’t the financial sector call a lot of these things “products”?

        • KJT 9.1.1.1

          Exactly.

          One of the reasons why those with money prefer to spend it on, untaxed, financial gambling in existing assets rather than productive investment.

      • Lanthanide 9.1.2

        “Do people actually need to own their homes or would it be better if they just rented from the state? IMO, renting from the state would be the better option.”

        Then no one has any incentive to maintain their property or invest in it.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1

          The whole point of renting is that the property is maintained by someone else. In the case of renting from the state that someone would be the state. Throw in reasonable penalty clauses so as to minimise intentional damage and the rent could be far below present “market rates”.

          As for “investing in it” – what a load of bollocks. Appropriate rules and regulations ensures that the houses are properly maintained to high standards which includes upgrading and even installing fixings such as solar water heating.

      • Vicky32 9.1.3

        Do people actually need to own their homes or would it be better if they just rented from the state? IMO, renting from the state would be the better option.

        Currently I rent from the State, and I would much rather not.. This is because and it seemed to coincide with Mark Bennett declaring on talkback that it was so, State housing is now considered a form of ‘welfare’. (This was long before income related rents, by the way.) 
        State houses are cold, badly maintained and tenancy managers are hostile and lazy. It’s impossible for tenants to get any maintenance done, because the tenancy managers and HNZC themselves regard us as beggars and one step above street-people… therefore we don’t have any right to such luxuries as outside doors that lock, rat-free ceilings, toilets with seats, safe light fittings and in my particular case, natural light! (The house is ringed by large trees, I am 155 cm and 43 kg, and so my tenancy manager’s “do it yerself” when I begged her to have the trees pruned was insulting and ridiculous…
        At least if everyone rented from the State, they’d have to lift their game. I’ve been in a State house only since Mark Bennett declared that state houses like ACC, were welfare. When Shonkey lived in one, they were not welfare. Obviously!
         

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.3.1

          State houses are cold, badly maintained and tenancy managers are hostile and lazy.

          Then, as you say, we would need to lift their game.

    • aerobubble 9.2

      Like every rich Kid suddenly acquiring a house. Oh, please like their trust doesn’t.

      Its good for society to have people retain and transmit wealth to their kids.

      Having everyone start from nothing is not feasible, or justifiable.

      It means there is money around to invest in keeping the economy going.

      The problem with the NZ economy is not rich people, its dumb poorer people who
      think rich people need a hand out.

      Capitalism is all about stressing risk takers over the first hurdle to secure
      efficiency and other social good gains.

      Capitalism is not about giving the rich a tax cut, or pushing the citizenry into
      indebtedness.

      JK is not a capitalist, he is a proto National Socialist in my personal opinion.

      Most of the right wing are now, they’ve been rewarded from cheap oil.

      The right wing needs to clean house of the tea party wankers, and their
      neo-liberal economic heros.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        Its good for society to have people retain and transmit wealth to their kids.

        Having everyone start from nothing is not feasible, or justifiable.

        It means there is money around to invest in keeping the economy going.

        Nah man you got it sorta wrong here.

        1) Retaining and transmitting wealth tends to create a class structure based on inherited wealth. We know what this looks like very well from the UK. The families which do not have tend to keep getting more; the families which don’t suffer intergenerational poverty.

        2) We wouldn’t have everyone starting from nothing. Wealthy families would still be able to transmit enough to the next generation to ensure they had a good start. But not so much that the next generation could just sit on their asses. And with the funds gained from an estate tax, the kids from families who did not have could be provided with equipment, education, incentives to move up.

        3) The money the economy needs to keep going needs to be spent and circulated. Masses of collected up capital do not perform that function. Therefore you tax capital and then redistribute it by spending it into the economy. That is what keeps the economy going; not keeping it locked up in a bunch of rental houses and a share portfolio.

  10. randal 10

    morgan still sees the world from an externally referenced viewpoint. i.e. if i have a big motorbike then I am a big man. yeah right.

    • Bored 10.1

      I think Gareth is actually a very clued up man with a positive and generous bent. I dont necessarily agree with all he says but it is very informed. I suspect he would be the same positive and generous man whether he was a big man on a big bike or a totally unsuccessful person.

      Conversely John Key is a mean hearted man a big bike would frighten unless he could bribe the manufacturers to add chrome and rate limit the power……

      • Tiger Mountain 10.1.1

        Bored, as another poster pointed out to me during the “Goff the biker showing off” debate, Shonkey is unlikely to use any vehicle that does not come with a chaffeur.

        Gareth seems better than the 99.99% of squillionaires who adopt the Crosby/Textor National Party strategy of not engaging. He went for a personal look at how aid is applied in Africa and supports UNICEF rather than any of the guilt trip christian buy a child ones.

  11. mikesh 11

    Since a two parent household would receive two $11,000 handouts, such a policy could encourage one parent to remain at home in the role of housewife or house husband. This could ameliorate many social problems as well as ease unemployment.

  12. Tiger Mountain 12

    A UBI is worth it for the various reasons put up. One of my faves is that it would help put an end to the second favourite national sport-Dirty Filthy Bennie Bashing.

    It would be a bonus to see the sadistic MSD/WINZ lot dis-established. Sure there are a few PSA members in there, but like the cops these two organisations sure know how to recruit ’em and develop repulsive cultures with an active dislike for their customers.

    Unpaid work is one of the dirty little secrets of this country particularly in caring and family settings that allows NZ society to operate on such low wages.

    • aerobubble 12.1

      The only problem I have with it is it must reflect the economy. If the economy
      is doing well then everyone who misses out in the boom should get more,
      but when the ecnomy is worse, then the amount should reduce but not too
      far. It incentivises the whole nation not to litter, to helpful to tourists, and
      look after their lot for the good of the economy. People who feel a stake in
      the economy will be less apathic towards what is going on.

  13. Galeandra 13

    AFKTT-‘You don’t really think that global corporations who are running the show would permit local initiatives that benefit the community and reduce their profits, do you?’

    Heard a great interview on Natrad last week with a chap who runs a cheap ‘soup kitchen’ (Auckland, I think) which offers homeless etc the chance to purchase nutritious $3 meals or take the free one. He said that the pay for option treated the clients as people, and that they were very pleased to be able to choose and pay for at cost. All is not lost!
    Enough with doomer news btw; we either agree or don’t, but most of us have heard it many times by now. Some of us saw it coming back in the seventies, and we’re happy to stay on post.

  14. Vicky32 14

    He seems to have undergone a radical change of mind since the 1990s, when he had a column in the Herald, and gave it up, to work for the poison dwarf, Ruth Richardson.
    I remember reading his column and almost projectile vomiting at his praise of Singapore for its economic and neo-liberal purity!
     

    • I concur, Vicky32. It’s like Evil Morgan has been replaced by Sensible Morgan – and I’m liking it. Even when I don’t necessarily agree with one of his points – he is still rational in his argument.

      Contrast that to neo-liberals, who have one foot in Fiscal Fairyland.

  15. A flat tax, balanced with a UBI. Sounds logical. Sounds fair. Sounds practical.

    And sounds like it would be open to political interference.

    Take WFF and Kiwisaver. Labour implemented it – National is undoing it.

    Now apply the same to a UBI/flat tax; Labour implements it. Then the Middle Class elects National to office, along with ACT MPs. Next thing you know, the eligibility of the UBI is reduced or otherwise wound back.

    This is perhaps the only major reason against it: political interference. It would have to be enshrined in law, with a CPI indexation for regular increases to protect against inflation.

    However, if the UBI is only $11,000 per adult – and welfare is abolished, then that effectively cuts incomes for some on welfare, such as invalids with Special Needs. Problems loike this would have to be carefully addressed.

    But as I said… sounds practical.

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      There would have to be top-ups on top of the UBI for various people who qualified for them. A small top-up for those on pensions is probably also required to get it implemented – pensioners aren’t going to vote for a new system that sees them being paid $2k less per year while working people go from getting 0 to $11k.

      • Indeed, Lanthanide.

        As long as any system can achieve three standards (excuse the pun), it seems a good system;

        The three provisos are;

        1. No one at the bottom of the socio-economic “heap” are to be worse off.

        2. It must be CPI indexed.

        3. It must be made tamper-proof so that no National/ACT government can mess around with it.

        I recall that a UBI was discussed within the Alliance membership, but nothing much came of it.

        Imagine if a broad concensus could be reached between Left and Right on this issue!!

        • KJT 15.1.1.1

          With our present system of three yearly rotating dictatorships, nothing can be tamper proof.

          I imagine it is something both the left, and old style conservatives, the ones that cared about NZ, could agree on.

  16. Afewknowthetruth 16

    To all the knockers and detractors who keep saying I don’t provide solutions, let me remind you that I have frequently refered to POWERDOWN and PERMAUCLTURE as the ONLY viable options for even attempting to negotiate a path through this mess. I have written three books on solutions centred on those strategies.

    By and large people are not interested in solutions that require a change in habits, and most people are still fiimly locked into denial of reality anyway. I liken them to organising a picnic on a railway track and at the same time refusing to accept the existence of trains.

    Of course most of the knockers and detractors totally ignore what I repeatedly write about the REAL SOLUTIONS to this crisis because they:

    a. can’t be bothered to do the necessary research

    b. enjoy knocking

    c. are only interested in ‘solutions’ that allow the present dysfunctional lifestyle to continue, uninterrupted.

    d. refuse to even accept that we have a problem

    By the way, the time to implement solutions was 5 years ago, when I and many other people, such as Robert Atack, were screaming at the tops of our voices ‘Wake the f**k up!’

    Were ignored by ‘the sleepers’, of course. And I hear Robert has been banned from this site foir losing his cool with the morons who want to wreck what is left of this planet.

    [I am unaware of the details of if or when Robert was banned, and because I had nothing to do with it at the time I'm not going to re-litigate it. However I can be fairly certain he was not banned for the reason you state. The Standard accepts comments from a very wide spectrum and allows a pretty robust level of debate. The reason why most people get their butt's kicked here is because of their behaviour, not their opinions. ....RL]

    • El Mutante 16.1

      I’m no knocker, I just hadn’t seen much apart from the doomsaying. I’d pretty much agree with the permaculture thing. As far as power down goes I do have an interested in algae based bio-fuel. Got to be better than using food crops anyway. I’m in the process of trying to turn our backyard into something useful too. I would do the front as well but the missus might not like that. Lawns are bourgeois rubbish as far as I’m concerned.

      Have you seen about this? http://nzfoodsecurity.org/

      I’m still finding out more about it but bloody hell…

      Anyways, off topic, so I’ll get back to work.

      • AAMC 16.1.1

        ‘Have you seen about this? http://nzfoodsecurity.org/

        “The Government has created this bill to keep in line with its World Trade Organisation obligations”

        So that Monsanto can control everything we eat, stockpile organic seeds is all I can say

    • McFlock 16.2

      Maybe you wrote books on those solutions. All I know of you is here – and all I have seen here is you merely being a doomsayer, poo-pooing anyone else’s perspective.
       
      You might get 10/10 for foresight, but 2/10 in winning friends and influencing people – which I think is the gist of your comment here.

  17. tc 17

    mmm liking that sea breeze coming in from the likes of Morgan/Buffet etc to offest that humid tea party/neo lib rhetoric.
    Smart enough to see the systems broken and needs radical fixes or else it continues to benefit few and causes great distress, and that it’s served them well so about time to share some.
    Whereas the NACT…….

  18. AAMC 18

    And the opposition parties should be grabbing hold of that sea breeze and directing it into this election and pointing out that some of the most successful capitalists and leading thinkers & economists are calling for change. Not just Buffett & Morgan, but Bill Gross, Jeremy Grantham, Nouriel Roubini, Steiglitz, Reich, Krugman.

    As AFKTT say’s, the politicians are too scared to LEAD the debate and talk outside the mainstream, but the mainstream just opened the door to the debate. Why aren’t Goff and Norman n co already taking advantage of this shift in narrative? Ah that’s right, they’re governed by the focus group.

    • neoleftie 18.1

      surely to realign the system a system event is required that will provide the necessary condition for that change…not just a realisation or observation by commentators or system experts but a full blown system event that allows for the shift in system rules and acceptance by the masses.
      Some of us still beleive in the ‘holy trinity’ and have waited patiently for the system to provide the right condition… resource and liquidity scarsity. Pax Rome falls again.

  19. Colonial Viper 19

    Labour’s CGT was a little brave; Morgan’s tax policy is facing the fraking firestorm.

    • mik e 19.1

      A better sell for CGT would be to raise it even more to the same level as business tax but reduce business tax by the same level as the increase in tax collected from CGT. That would go down very well in the productive sector.

  20. James 20

    If there were a UBI, how would prices (like rent) be controlled to stop even the cheapest rental property becoming more than people purely on a UBI could afford? Is that inflation?

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Housing NZ to add a thousand new houses to its stock per month and rent them out at competitive rates to ensure that the market remains fair.

      Although to be honest the only area with extreme difficulty in terms of an uncompetitive rental market is…you guessed it…Auckland.

  21. randal 21

    anybody interested in the workings of the monetary system should read “The Secrets Of the Temple” for an outsiders view of how the US FEDERAL RESERVE controls the US money supply.
    Now the point is the then chairman Paul Volcker was cowed into submission by the holders of US long treasury bonds.
    Since then the neo-cons have constructed and peddled an elaborate myth that it was the market wot done it and more importantly that it cannot be changed by governments and only by the market as if there was some magical force behind it.
    Which of course is not true.
    New Zealand is not the United States and the government can do what it likes and at the moment the government is involved in peddling state assets for private profit and claiming that the God of economics has so ordained it.
    yeah right.

  22. RedLogix 22

    This is why I was so lukewarm about Labour’s CGT package by itself… lots of fiddling about for no real gain. Whereas this is close to the complete package I’ve long advocated and the circuit breaker we need.

    I know that a UBI was at least for a time Green Party policy, now all it needs is for Labour to pick it’s ball’s up off the floor and run with it. The way this election is shaping they really have very little to loose.

    I’m hugely appreciative of Gareth Morgan getting up and putting himself on the line with this. Get out, buy the book and talk about it.

    • Afewknowthetruth 22.1

      Today I had a very long and very interesting session with a Labour candidate (who shall remain nameless, for obvious reasons). He bought a copy of my recently-published book and we went through the whole thing in considerable detail: how we got into this mess, why the present system is collapsing and why none of the strategies presented by mainstream thinkers will work.

      He could see why all the current paradigms are failing, why we need to adopt a completely new set, and what the real issues are!!!

      I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by his keeness to become informed about all the issues which are never normally even mentioned. He certainly had his eyes opened about a lot of stuff he was totally unaware of.

      The big test will be the follow up, of course, because in many respects this is all worse than Pandora’s Box. However, he could see that the longer the present system continues, the worse off EVERYONE will be. That is a HUGE step forward!!!

      This is in complete contrast to the National candidate I attempted to speak with a while ago, who asked me to leave after a few minutes because he did not want to hear what I had to say and had no answers to the questions I asked. Indeed, as far as he was concerned climate change is a myth, there is enough oil to last for hundred of years and the financial system is sound!! What a dickhead! And, being the sitting MP, he is currently voting on the future of this nation.

      I am not going to suggest there will be an immediate breakthrough but today’s meeting could result in some radical change.

      Needless to say, I will be hammering the Labour candidate mercilessly if he backtracks.

      • Colonial Viper 22.1.1

        A few people in Labour get it. And I tell every Labour MP I happen to meet. Not all are receptive (as you already know) but some do entertain the notions.

        OK that’s not quite enough and we are basically already out of time…

  23. We are all so timid. While a good start and great to see someone such as him being so passionate – Gareth doesn’t go anywhere near far enough and he still views tax largely as a mechanism for raising govt revenue not as a means for achieve economic and social change.

    Our biggest problems lie at the border where we have a grossly over valued currency that equates to a subsidy on imports and a tariff on exports. Then have a great foreign debt burden that is essentially parasitic on our economy and much of it does little to grow the economy and much to weaken it, there should be a tax on foreign investment into the country and that tax should be able to be manipulated to do the money supply function that the RBAct presently does. All the factors of production should be taxed – at present labour carries much of it which means that it suffers a price disadvantage over capital and energy. Gareth’s tax on capital is a good idea. There needs to be a holding cost on assets – if they are not being used for best purpose there needs to be an incentive to put them back on the market.

    Capital gains tax is a waste of time – as it is so arguable, and is essentially punitive – better to tax inflation at its source – by taxing debt than through its consequences in asset prices. The most important thing that Gareth does is that he is thinking critically and he is doing something and he is passionate about it. A rare set of responses – good on you. The country is paralysed by talk and by debate over trivia. Good to see the big issues on the agenda -where is labour on this – time for some bold statements about the future of this country not carping criticism of the tired and the lame about parliament.

    • Colonial Viper 23.1

      You are correct that a tax policy is only one part of a much wider economic policy. But he got it nailed IMO.

      Now, if one were to ask him his views on wider economic policy for NZ…put it this way, I reckon he will have enough framework for a sequel.

    • aerobubble 23.2

      Taxing capital gain will cap speculative traders and make it harder, yes punitive, to make
      money in NZ, because its too darn easy and that’s why our currency is so desireable.
      Shifting managers to think about keeping their customers, rather than as they
      do now shafting their customers. We need to invest and end the pathway for many
      kiwis that grow businesses only to sell up and move them to Australia, where they
      do charge punitive capital gains taxes.

      NZ has made it so easy that we just keep building cheaper, and selling it off faster,
      to huge cost down the track, poverty, foriegn ownership, our best and brightest
      leaving. Please stop being so damn lazy and cheap it creeps me out.

  24. Oligarkey 24

    AFKTT – did you know that the road blocks are occult spiritualist beliefs within secret societies? These people want mass starvation. They believe that it’s written in the stars.

    So we’ve got to do it forming our own organisations. That said, mainstream democratic change will be very difficult, but ultimately need to happen if we’re to have a chance.

    • Afewnkowthetruth 24.1

      I am aware that there are a lot of very evil bastards out there behind the scenes, pulling the strings, and that many have weird beliefs that may go back to Egyptian times -the third eye symbolism on the US dollar note being an example.

      The bit I cannot yet understand is that by causing abrupt climate change, acidification of the oceans etc. they risk making the Earth uninhabitable for their own progeny. It is a really evil and weird belief system that requires people to exterminate their own blood lines! Nevertheless, that seems to be the game they are playing.

      Some say that rather than relinquish their power, the elites will orchestrate a global nuclear war. We will undoubtedly find out over the coming years, since the present system is going down fairly fast now, and if they are going to use those ballisitc missiles they will have to use them while they are still operable. The ‘China syndrome’ meltdown at Fukishima may render nuclear war unnecessary, of course: from what I have been reading it is already Hiroshima/Chernobyl on steroids!

      In the meantime I’m awaiting the update on the US drought monitor, which has been looking dire for many weeks. (the present hurricane system, Irene, is forecast to drift northwards and skim the US coast, delivering zero rain to the regions worst affected by the severe drought). US grain harvests are likely to be disastrous this year, though Russia will be better than last year (when they lost around 40%, due to the extreme heat and drought conditions they endured).

      All I know for certain is there is very little sanity and zero planning for the future anywhere in manstream.

      • Colonial Viper 24.1.1

        US grain harvests are likely to be disastrous this year

        No doubt what is left will get turned into ethanol for cars.

      • Thomas 24.1.2

        Afewknowthetruth: The Eye of Providence? China syndrome? Seriously?

        Are you a real person or just a parody of a conspiracy theorist?

      • El Mutante 24.1.3

        So I should cut one of the arms of my leather jacket and make sure I have enough fuel for the last of the V8 interceptors then.

      • lprent 24.1.4

        The basic problem is that there is no effective global body to deal with global issues because global as a technicallity wasn’t even a useful concept until we got into orbit to look down on the topic and started a global net to talk about it below the political level.

        Previous attempts to envisage globally were completely constrained by the time delays

  25. Oligarkey 25

    Thomas – the craziness of the elites is very real. The rituals that many of the elites partake in are mind blowing and sickening. I have only recently had my eyes opened to it. Go watch the doco about “boys town” called “conspiracy of silence”. You can find it on google video.

  26. mik e 26

    Gareths figures are some what dodgey massive amounts of money required he needs to work out his figures a lot more but the basic idea is very good.

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  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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