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Garrett: Sterilise the poor

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, March 3rd, 2010 - 96 comments
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Over at Kiwiblog ACT MP David Garrett is calling for a programme offering $5000 to poor brown people if they undergo sterilisation.

Or to quote him directly:

If say $5000 was paid to the likes of both parents of the Kahui twins if they chose to be sterilized, this would address many of ben’s and others’ concerns. Nothing compulsory, just an option. To take Kahui-King as examples, how much is it costing the state now to care for the children Maxyna King has had removed from her? How much will it cost to care for the 6 or 8 more she may have before menopause? How much is it costing for CYF to monitor the well being of Chris Kahui’s latest offspring? $5,000 to each of them is ludicrously cheap by comparison.

Now there is a chance that it is not the real David Garrett commenting but it seems legit and a quick call from the media to Garrett or David Farrar would confirm it.

I’ve heard MPs be racist like Carter’s “Hone” incident, I’ve heard them make misogynist statements like that idiot Tamihere’s frontbums comments and explicit homophobia is only recently something MPs avoid but calling for a programme of sterilisation? I would have thought that would be as unlikely as an MP turning up in the chamber dressed as Hitler and making a speech on… well… sterilisation of the poor.

And it’s not good enough to pass this filth off as the ramblings of a fool either. We know Garrett is a fool but he is a fool that taxpayers are paying to help make law.

And he believes in sterilising the poor.

He must be sacked.

Update: Not a single media outlet has said a thing about this filth. It seems an MP can have a ferry redirected or buy some McD’s with a ministerial credit card and it’s front page news but an MP calling for the sterilisation of the poor ain’t worth a single headline. Shame.

Update 2: Radio New Zealand is covering the story this morning. I can’t believe Garrett is still pushing the idea in interviews.

96 comments on “Garrett: Sterilise the poor”

  1. Peter 1

    Do you really expect sensible comments from an ACT Parlimentarian….

    Roll on 2011 when Rodders is evicted from Epsom taking his very strange cohorts with him…

    • Mr Magoo 1.1

      Some people do.

      I was called out for (half) jokingly calling them a party of white elitists.

      My response was that when it came to act, there was no gutter too deep in which you can sink.

      I stand vindicated….

  2. DeeDub 2

    Wasn’t Lhaws calling for this sometime last year? I believe he was planning on offering $10,000 though…..

    Sick.

  3. The Baron 3

    Irish, you’re being wilfully deceptive, and I suspect/hope you know it. While I don’t support the means, he is clearly considering the dire status of the children in those households, and trying to prevent more from meeting the same fate – not some vast conspiracy to destroy the “poor”.

    The left won’t get traction through treating the public like idiots, and resorting to hyperbole that can be easily defeated through reading the source material.

    Oh, and you forgot the token “class war” tag, by the way.

    • IrishBill 3.1

      It’s not class war it’s more like good old WWII war. You know, the one where our fathers fought the fascists to make sure sick shit like eugenics wasn’t spread throughout the western world.

    • A Nonny Moose 3.2

      Instead of saying “I don’t support it, but…” come up with a better solution.

      The philosophy is simple – better funded and maintained social and community systems.

      But of course that takes FAR too much money and time, and you won’t see benefits for years, maybe decades. Much easier to let people fail and do the cheaper solution – sterilization and prison eh.

      Damn those poor for the dog shit on your shoe, eh?

  4. Santi 4

    The right call. Those people, Kahui and King, should be prevented from breeding.

    • IrishBill 4.1

      There are probably a few people here who feel the same way about you.

    • Scott 4.2

      Neither of them were convicted over the death of the twins. So on what basis would we sterilise them? Because we don’t approve of them?

      • QoT 4.2.1

        They’re poor and brown, Scott, obviously they’ll just f$ck up any children they have.

      • Lew 4.2.2

        This is a good point. Garrett is proposing a lower threshold of proof for sterilisation than the courts would impose for a conviction.

        L

        • QoT 4.2.2.1

          Ain’t it classic ACT/Sensible Sentencing Of Minorities Trust though? Oh, sure the courts didn’t actually convict them, but we know they’re Bad People so who actually cares about the rule of law?

          • Lew 4.2.2.1.1

            Yeah. Damn courts, have to uphold pesky shit like laws and the Bill of Rights and such. Unreliable, fickle things, full of people who actually have the best interests of society at heart…

            L

    • illuminatedtiger 4.3

      Anyone else find it ironic that when brown poor folk are involved it’s called breeding whereas for others it’s “having babies”?

  5. Lanthanide 5

    The best thing you can do for the environment is not to have children. Yes you can buy eco friendly lightbulbs, re-useable shopping bags and bike everywhere, but all this pales in comparison to not having children.

    So the (hypothetical) government comes out and subsidises green technology to make it cheaper and therefore more attractive; why not offer people $ incentives to get sterilised? It’ll do far more in the long run than cheaper lightbulbs will.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      Another way to look at it – if you can get carbon credits for planting trees, you should be able to get carbon credits for voluntarily sterilisation.

    • Uroskin 5.2

      Why not make homosexuality compulsory as well? I deserve carbon credits for being gay and not breeding, no?

  6. vto 6

    Is this like bankruptcy for people who default on financial obligations and cannot be trusted again, or for a long time? Would the procedure be reversible?

    • IrishBill 6.1

      Are you looking to sell?

    • Lanthanide 6.2

      Female sterilisation is reversible. Male sterilisation isn’t completely reversible, however I believe sperm will still be produced (but it is likely to be less healthy), as well as the option of freezing it a la sperm banks.

  7. Roger 7

    I think Garret was referring to child abusers with his ideas but they are still ridiculous regardless. It still highlights the self/other dynamic in his views which are not disimilar to the demonisation of Pihema Cameron who was stabbed by Bruce Emery. In this regard the relevance of referring to “poor brown people” by Irish Bill in this post does strike as true. It is frightening that thanks to the residents of Epsom, this muppet sits inside parliament’s walls with ideas like this in his head.

  8. Nick 8

    IB, who said anything about sterilising the poor?

    • Lew 8.1

      David Garrett. Are you paying attention?

      L

      • The Baron 8.1.1

        Disappointed that you too Lew seem to think that the public are fools. The focus of this (extreme and unconscionable) messaging is clearly about perpetual child abusers.

        The only way you can make the link to poor work is if you allege that all poor people are child abusers. Pity we cannot get you to resign for such a slur.

        How about you and Bill get off your shrill, partisan, hyperbolic bandwagon and just ignore this?

        • Lew 8.1.1.1

          I don’t think the public are fools; in fact, quite the opposite. But two things: I do know how easily they’re swayed by something which sounds like a good idea, on the face of it; and I believe that this government has a foot-in-the-door agenda of getting the public to agree to small things, and then using those small things to lever open huge breaches in society. It’s happening with ACC, it’s happening with the probationary period, it’s happening with Auckland governance, it’s happening with taxation and the welfare system, and there are plenty more examples too.

          L

          • The Baron 8.1.1.1.1

            … oh the old Trojan Horse huh. Pity that none of those boogeymen that you are worried about have yet materialised eh. Oh well, don’t stop shooting at shadows just yet.

            Come on Lew, you’re better than that.

  9. felix 9

    ACT have pretty much given up trying to hide their true natures. (Not that they weren’t quite obviously a bunch of fascists all along mind you.)

    Time to take a lesson from The Night of the Living Dead – “kill the brain, and you kill the ghoul”.

  10. grumpy 10

    If we had the death sentence for chikl killers, it would achieve the same result.

  11. Scott 11

    Does anyone actually remember that nobody was ever convicted for the death of the Kahui twins?

    I’m not confortable living in a society where we decide to sterilise people, not because they’ve been convicted of a crime, but because we’ve decided they’re bad parents or are a burden on the taxpayer.

  12. Xiao Banfa 12

    This isn’t actually the same thing as ‘sterilising the poor’. Classic slight of hand.

    I mean I’m a total social democrat and all that, but this idea is not as insane as you make it out to be.

    • Bright Red 12.1

      Yes it is.

      If you read Garrett’s post, he suggesting paying people to be sterilised. It’s a bribe for the poor not to breed.

      • Lew 12.1.1

        It’s a bribe for the poor not to breed.

        And that’s the exact pitch of the dog-whistle, as well: echoing the slogan, oft-repeated through the time of the last government, that welfare is “bribing losers to breed” — said by crazies from whom you’d expect it, like Lindsay Perigo, to people from whom it doesn’t come as a great shock, like Heather Roy, to those for whom stooping to this level marked a genuine hardening of heart in service of I-got-mine populism, like Bill English.

        This isn’t new; it’s old. It’s just National’s wing-man pushing the boat out so Key can pull it back in part of the way.

        L

        • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1

          Actually I have absolutely 0 intention to ever have children (see posts above), and I’m not poor. I’d gladly take $5,000 to be sterilised.

          • QoT 12.1.1.1.1

            I have quite a few friends who feel much the same – of course being educated, young white women they’d doubtless face a barrage of “you’ll change your mind” and “maybe after you’ve had a few” and “but your kids would be smart! [and white]”.

  13. Nick 13

    Lew, where does Garrett advocate sterilising the poor?

    • Lew 13.1

      Did you actually read the linked and excerpted?

      Go on. Make an actual argument that he doesn’t. I want to see how many angels you can get on the head of that pin.

      L

  14. Rex Widerstrom 14

    I would have thought that would be as unlikely as an MP turning up in the chamber dressed as Hitler and making a speech…

    Dream on, IB. You’re way behind if you think the likes of Garrett and Laws* would blush at such a thing.

    Here in Western Australia our politicians are rushing headlong (and, surprisingly, against public opinion polling, because most West Australians can’t get enough law’n’order… I think it’s slogan should be “The Masochist State”) to introduce a law which will allow Police to stop and search anyone, anywhere, anytime without the requirement that they suspect them of any wrongdoing.

    So into the chamber trots Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz, who speaks in support of the legislation, using the example of… Hitler.

    No, that’s not a typo.

    He compared a plan to erode civil liberties favourably to Hitler, saying the dictator gained support “because he provided people security in a time of anarchy”.

    I have a feeling it’s only a matter of time till Laws and Garrett also let slip their mancrush on the Fuhrer.

    * I’ve been using the “Lhaws” spelling of late, but realised that when he makes a truly odious statement and we spell his name like that, people Googling him won’t read realise that most people think Michael Laws is a knob. Did I mention Michael Laws Michael Laws Michael Laws Michael Laws Michael Laws Michael Laws? (sorry, Lynn).

    • Daveosaurus 14.1

      You could always take Laws’ obsession with the removal of the silent “h” from words, to its logical conclusion, by spelling his first name “Micael”.

    • DeepRed 14.2

      The same policy as the “sus law” practiced by the contorversial Special Patrol Group in 1970’s Britain. It, and the SPG’s reputation, turned completely to mud when the Brixton riots erupted in 1981.

  15. gobsmacked 15

    It’ll be interesting to see how the media handle this story.

    David Garrett = Hone Harawira … i.e. he is not a Minister, but an MP from a minor party that supports National on confidence and supply. So his words and deeds should be as newsworthy as Harawira’s. No more or less.

    TV news (both major networks) gave the following story a prominent place in their bulletins:

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/hone-sees-red-after-helmet-complaints-3234992

    So which of these do you think should be held up for scrutiny by our fearless media watchdogs?

    1) riding without a helmet for a few seconds on Parliament’s forecourt

    2) advocating sterilisation.

    Hmmm. Tough one.

    • comment on a blog vs someone who contacts the media.

      I’m not saying this shouldn’t be news, but our journalists probably spend too much of their time already surfing ‘blogs =)

      • gobsmacked 15.1.1

        Graeme, surely an MP making a public statement on a blog is more newsworthy than “someone who contacts the media”. Nutters do that all the time, but TVNZ don’t usually start their bulletin with “Leading the news … Curtis in Christchurch says his Telecom mobile won’t work, blames Zionist conspiracy”.

        It’s not a “gaffe”, a slip of the tongue, out of context, etc (you know the usual pull-back lines from pollies). It’s what Garrett sincerely believes. He’s an MP. It’s news.

        • toad 15.1.1.1

          Especially with Garrett, who turned up drunk on Eye to Eye and said some very unpleasant bigoted things.

          He has probably learned something from that, but when it is a Parliamentary recess and he doesn’t have to front at Parliament, has discovered the political blogs, and has had a few, the real David Garrett re-emerges.

    • BLiP 15.2

      All over Morning Report today – nice one RNZ!!

  16. vto 16

    Physical sanction has been common throughout history. Today’s abhorrence of such sanction is an anomoly in human history.

    Which leads to the question – do you think we have it right today? That we are at a pinnacle of human enlightenment? That the rest of human history has been wrong? And how would we know that?

    just saying…

    • Rex Widerstrom 16.1

      I disagree, vto. C’mere so I can slap you upside the head for saying that :-P

    • Mac1 16.2

      Most philosophies and religion lead us that way, do they not?

      Not a bad indication that the path of peaceful intent is preferable.

      Just thinking….

  17. BLiP 17

    Should’ve realised something was up with Garret when that slice of his holiday video from his trip to Aussie was leaked onto the internet.

  18. Nick 18

    Lew, Garrett never advocates sterilising the poor. Never. Ever.

    He advocates sterilising bad parents. Bad parents are on both sides of the poor/rich divide.

    It’s your stereotyping that needs attention, not my comprehension.

    • chris 18.1

      lol, like any rich parent would ever be sterilised

    • Lew 18.2

      It’s all in the choice of examples, Nick, and in who ACT represents as a matter of demographic reality. The party and its policies represent the richest few per cent of New Zealanders. To ACT’s constituency, the $5k Garrett proffered is peanuts; to the poor it’s as much as a quarter of a year’s income. The two examples he chose were poor brown beneficiaries. If he wanted to include non-poor bad parents, perhaps he could have, you know, included some of them in his exemplary rogue’s gallery. This last bit ties into the wider ACT, National and libertarian/objectivist narrative which I alluded to above: that the welfare state constitutes “bribing losers to breed”. The phrase isn’t some abstract idea; it’s a talking point which has been a commonplace of the economic right in New Zealand for the better part of a decade. What Garrett proposes represents the logical — you might say final — solution to this problem, given that background.

      L

      • toad 18.2.1

        Hey, Lew, I’m right with you on this – apart from the “final solution” reference.

        Don’t think Godwining the argument, even with Garrett advocating eugenics, helps us in winning hearts and minds and, ultimately, the political struggle on issues of poverty and unemployment.

        • Lew 18.2.1.1

          That’s a perfectly fair enough call, toad, and I apologise.

          L

          • Lew 18.2.1.1.1

            In my defence, I’m not as bad as Matt McCarten, who responded to a similar suggestion by Lindsay Perigo on-air by saying “why don’t you just put ‘em into camps?”

            Ok, so “not as bad as Matt McCarten” isn’t exactly covering myself in glory…

            L

        • felix 18.2.1.2

          toad I understand your apprehension, but when would such a comparison be valid if not in this instance?

          What if he proposes that poor people should carry ID papers at all times? What if he proposes fencing off poor neighbourhoods? When would it be appropriate to make the (glaringly obvious) comparison?

          • Lew 18.2.1.2.1

            Felix, how about when he actually does it, rather than just jawboning?

            L

            • felix 18.2.1.2.1.1

              So he’s not actually being a Naz1, he’s just talking like one.

              That’s all I was saying too.

        • BLiP 18.2.1.3

          Godwins is an observation, not a silencing device designed to inhibit free speech or some sort of immutable middle class law for bloggers who like the play nice.

    • Scott 18.3

      And who decides who is a bad parent?

      • A Nonny Moose 18.3.1

        The Media? Because if Garrett wanted to hold up examples of Bad Rich Parents, I’ve yet to see tabloid style media coverage of an abuse case where the participants were a) white b) middle class or above c) not given name supression or had the story disappear real quick.

        I can think of the example of a ChCh businessman who had been charged for historical abuse of a special needs child, but he was given such a quick pass because of his privilege the story died within days.

        What did people say about his case? That his family and god will judge. And what do they say about poor bad parents? That it’s up to greater society to judge.

        • Captain Rehab 18.3.1.1

          I can think of a couple of high profile white middle class blokes who are currently before the beak for child abuse. I wonder if they’d take $5k?

        • pollywog 18.3.1.2

          “The Media? Because if Garrett wanted to hold up examples of Bad Rich Parents, I’ve yet to see tabloid style media coverage of an abuse case where the participants were a) white b) middle class or above c) not given name supression or had the story disappear real quick.”

          Liam Ashley…Parents send their mentally handicapped kid to jail to teach him a lesson. Kid gets killed in transit. Sorry, but Jail is not the place you want to send your kids to teach em anything.

          That’s your job as a parent to teach em about life ! If you think prison is a finishing school for wayward teens then you’ve failed and clearly have no idea.

  19. Nick 19

    What, so “poor” bad parents are unable to choose for themselves Chris, only “rich” ones are? Get real. Poor parents are just as intelligent.

    That typifies you lot – denigrate the poor and give them no credit; make them rely on the State forever, so that their kids become similarly reliant and unable to choose the life that’s best for them.

  20. Nick 20

    Okay Lew, I figured that’s where you were coming from, after all you were talking (above) about angels and pinheads!

    • Lew 20.1

      Well, Nick, what was meant matters as much as what was said. So it takes a bit of a stretch to do so credibly when faced with the background and context which listeners will bring with them to the debate. So, I say again, make an argument as to how he didn’t mean the poor, given that he 1) chose two poor people as examples; 2) proposed an amount of money which would only matter to poor people, and 3) represents almost exclusively rich people.

      Go on. Try and do it without repairing to the usual threadbare obduracy of referring just to the plain words, and ignoring everything else.

      L

  21. A classic class struggle dog whistle Lew

  22. prism 22

    Why is it so terrible to talk about paying people to be sterilised? The majority of married people in NZ who want to be good parents either take birth control pills or have keyhole surgery after they have had two or three children.

    If people act out in a criminally or seriously neglectful way against their children it would be a sensible thing to hold out an offer of sterilisation. Their children are a burden to them, they either are bored with them or are so inconsistent with their attitudes that the children never know how to have a good loving relationship.

    The parents are shit role models, and screw their children up completely leaving society with the end result. We have read about crims and their parents being convicted of nasty crimes, and on they go having more, spreading the tragedies in widening circles.

  23. Nick 23

    Scott, what do you mean who decides? Adults, themselves, decide. Unless you’d have the State making that call for them.

    Lew, I thought money meant to rich people too? That’s why the Left always moan about tax cuts for the Rich isn’t it? Unless that is a facade.

    How do you know they’re poor? How do you define poor? There are some well off people on the DPB and there are certainly some well off people taking Welfare For Families.

    Garrett is as working class as they come. He is not part of any “rich” elite. He was unknown to ACT prior to the last election and is a former hard line Socialist.

    • Lew 23.1

      Nick, points in turn.

      1. Money matters to rich people, but to rich people of the sort ACT represents, five grand ain’t money.

      2. How do I know Kahui and King were poor? Are you freaking serious? How do you know the moon isn’t made of cheese? The idea that there are any substantial numbers of people who are comfortable on the DPB is propaganda. I know this, in part, because I grew up in a DPB household.

      3. The craziest righties often are former socialists. In our country there’s Douglas, Perigo, Prebble; in the wider world you’d be hard-pressed to go past folks like Irving Kristol. The thing which remains is their extremism; only the valence changes. As to him not being an elite: he’s a fucking criminal lawyer with practices in two countries.

      Come on, is that the best you can do?

      L

    • Scott 23.2

      Nick, I’d be more sympathetic to your view that Garrett doesn’t want to forcibly sterilise bad parents, if he was not at the same time arguing on his own blogsite that bad parents should be stopped from having kids. See http://www.davidgarrett.org.nz/?p=718

      I say that one abused child should move the onus onto the parents of that child to show that they are fit to have the care of more children, and allow the authorities to determine whether they can

      Then on the same day he goes onto Kiwiblog and argues that sterilisation is a good idea.

      Join the dots.

      Garrett is clearly an embarrasment to his party. That’s saying something.

  24. illuminatedtiger 24

    In my opinion if you took away the compensation you’d be getting pretty close to Fascism.

  25. Jenny 25

    ACT, the self proclaimed anti-tax party is in full support of raising GST to 15%.

    These venal bludgers should not be made welcome in polite society, let alone have a seat in our highest legislative body.

    Roll on the 2011 election so we can be rid of them.

    Maybe there are some circles ACT MPs may be welcome in,

    But I am prepared to bet, that even the people of Epsom are aghast at the scale of ACT’s greed and self serving hypocrisy. Not even to mention their scape-goating and immoral hate mongering.

    Even the people of Epsom must be shuddering at the sight of these gauche carpet baggers descending on Auckland trampleing democracy and without any mandate at all, alienating $billions worth of public assetts to place in the hands of unelected, unacountable “managers”.

  26. Nick 26

    Lew, Garrett is not, and has never been, a criminal lawyer.

    He has a problem of articulating issues in the wrong way. As Lindsay Mitchell points out, no discussion is possible in this country about people’s rights and ability to procreate and parent, carte blanche, without someone inevitably turning it into a hysterical accusation of advocating eugenics.

    Let’s not forget what is driving this discussion. The horrid abuse and sometimes possibly merciful death of children who were never wanted, got in the way, provided a target for sadism or relentless cruelty for someone who hasn’t emotionally developed because they were treated the same appalling way.

    So should parents be stopped from having bad kids who will inevitably end up in jail and most likely dependant on drugs and the State? Of course they should! After all, they are prevented from having animals in the same situation.

    • Pascal's bookie 26.1

      “So should parents be stopped from having bad kids who will inevitably end up in jail and most likely dependant on drugs and the State? Of course they should!”

      You’re supposed to be pretending it’s a choice Nick.

    • BLiP 26.2

      What’s driving this discussion is the mendacious exploitation of child abuse by a failure of an MP in a failing party trying anything to get some attention.

      And as for your equating children of the poor with animals . . . yep, that’d be the ACT Party to a tee.

    • Lew 26.3

      Nick, So the full thrust of your rebuttal to me is that he’s not a criminal lawyer. I guess that means it is the best you can come up with.

      The reason there isn’t the possibility of having a discussion about “people’s rights and ability to procreate and parent” without the discussion turning to eugenics is because limiting those rights constitutes eugenics. These are fundamentally guaranteed by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

      Article 16 * (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.

      You or Lindsay might not like it, and David has already expressed his disdain for that declaration, but the fact is that New Zealand and its governments are bound by it, and we have laws on our books which implement these provisions in our country. Any government who dares repeal them is welcome to try, in the full glare of the world’s gaze. Until then, it’s a non-starter; it’s simply not up for discussion. And that’s how it ought to be in a civilised society.

      We need to find other ways to achieve toe goal of curbing child abuse. It’s not as if people aren’t working on it.

      L

    • Jewish Kiwi 26.4

      No discussion about the rights of people to procreate can happen without accusations of eugenics because that is what eugenics is, tool.

      Via a judge or via a programme. The result is still the same.

  27. Olwyn 27

    Up until the destabilisation of the working class in the eighties and nineties, the situations Garret is referring to were very rare. Mothers stayed in hospitals with babies for longer, Plunket had much more to do with new mothers, and were able to give extra attention to those with problems. Buying a house with the cashed-up family benefit as a deposit gave couples an incentive to stay together, and of course, government policy involved full employment. The fact is, childcare is a socially acquired skill – we are too complex to assume is is “just there” as it is for cats, and uprooted, destabilised people do not easily acquire it. That is one reason why Plunket was invented in the first place; a migrant population had no forebears here to turn to for hints. Furthermore, the standard pattern for oppression is to degrade a group of people, and then punish them for their degradation.

  28. A Nonny Moose 28

    By the by…conspiracy theory. What got rammed through in Parliament that we’re not supposed to be seeing because of this dog n pony show?

  29. Lew 29

    Brace yourselves, we’ve got another poster child, and the wingnut machine is starting wind up again.

    L

  30. SPC 30

    It is no coincidence that Garrett’s blogpost and his post on Kiwblog took place after their conference at which Lindsay Mitchell made a certain speech about “colour” and welfare (which Hide supported).

    The wider theme is not money to sterilise certain people in society, but about witholding entitlements (child tax credits) for babies born on welfare and about welfare term limits.

    The extremists of ACT appear to have been let loose to enable a more moderate policy to be countenanced by National – a wedge position to erode our historic welfare system.

    The media will assist National by raising as the DP did yesterday to extreme scenarios (UB) and of course in support for questioning inter-generational welfare amongst Maori – this is to condition us for whanau ora, to weaken MP in their negotiations with National and for National to gather support from the MP to weaken the wider welfare system in return for whanau ora.

  31. Vivienne 31

    During campaign 2008 Garrett referred to Pacific Island women as ‘dusky maidens’ and believes prostitution will always exist and is essential. That was the front runner of his behaviours and attitudes now being revealed to the country.

    The guy is a masoginist, a racist and all the rest of it. A very nasty man

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  • Time to cut out the middle-woman
    Four days before the Scottish Independence Referendum, the UK's supposedly neutral monarch intervened, telling the Scots to "think very carefully about the future". While cloaked as a "private exchange", it has now emerged that the whole thing was scripted by...
    No Right Turn
  • The courts and the Public Records Act
    Nicky Hager won an important victory in his case against the police yesterday, forcing discovery of the police's internal working documents about the decision to apply for and execute a search warrant against him. While some of the documents will...
    No Right Turn
  • Deficit deficit deficit deficit deficit deficit deficit tax cuts!
    Bill English’s laser-like focus on delivering tax cuts in 2017 whether it is a good idea or not reveals a deep problem that right-leaning parties have with being responsible. The whole idea behind deficit spending, which National has done a...
    Polity
  • Does intensification increase traffic congestion?
    Earlier this week, I took a look at the relationship between congestion and density. I was investigating geographer Phil McDermott’s claim, based on some dodgy data comparing between cities, that increasing density would increase congestion. Economists know that it is...
    Transport Blog
  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!
    When Susanna Andrew and I sat down to write our proposal for that old-fashioned thing, a book on paper, we wanted to make the book we wanted to read. What we wanted was to sit down each summer to a...
    Public Address
  • LMAO
    Andrea Vance reports / mocks: Acronyms will go MIA in Defence Force briefing papers as new minister Gerry Brownlee says NOMW (not on my watch). Brownlee has ordered military top brass to remove all acronyms from their ministerial documents as...
    Polity
  • What do plummeting milk prices mean for our fresh water?
    This year milk prices have soured like a bottle left in the sun. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the economic impact of the fall in prices, but what, if anything does it mean for our...
    Gareth’s World
  • Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings
    The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Cuba libre
    President Obama announced this morning: President Barack Obama announced the United States would restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, drawing resistance from lawmakers opposed to reconciling with the communist-run island. Apparently those opponents include...
    Polity
  • Find the perfect gift for the gender stereotype in your life
    Trademe has decided to make your holiday shopping easier with a handy-dandy gift finder. Just plug in the vital statistics of the person you’re shopping for, and voila! It’s the perfect tool to reduce the stress of the gifting season....
    On the Left
  • Auckland housing facts
    Statistics New Zealand has published a new study on housing trends in Auckland. It is sobering stuff. Here are the core findings: Since the mid 1980s, home ownership has plummeted in Auckland even faster than across the rest of the...
    Polity
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to...
    frogblog
  • An economic comedy in four acts
    Scene IBill English bounces out of his Beehive bed with a surplus of energy, yet feeling rather lacklustre can only pour himself a glass of milk and drag himself to the balcony looking out over central Wellington. He glances over at...
    Pundit
  • Ten best paid bosses in tertiary education
    And their lowest paid colleagues Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 44 Last week the State Services Commission announced the total remuneration for chief executives and vice-chancellors at public tertiary education institutions. Prof Stuart McCutcheon earned at least $660,000. That is...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten most popular stories of 2014
    This Tertiary Update’s top ten most read stories for the year included, at number ten, the massive job cuts at Manukau Institute of Technology and at number two the petition opposing those job cuts. Two more of our most read...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten branches that recruited the most new TEU members
    Waikato Institute of Technology – of 142 members in September 41 joined in the last 12 months = 28.9 percent Tai Poutini Polytechnic – of 54 members in September 14 joined in the last 12 months = 25.9 percent NorthTec...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten rights the government will take away next year
    …but that TEU plans to protect Next year several new laws will come into force that will remove some of your rights. It is more important than ever that you protect your rights by being active in a strong union...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten Te Kaupapa Whaioranga wishes for the New Year
    For the tertiary education worker who has already got a partridge in a pear tree, and a pair of socks, here are other ten things they’ll be looking for. Sadly you will need to campaign for them rather than be gifted...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Ten of our favourite TEU photos for the year
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    Tertiary Education Union
  • City Centre Priority Cycle Routes
    An update to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board (page 25) provides some new information about improvements to cycling planned for the CBD and include some artist impressions of just what they might look like – although unfortunately because it comes from a...
    Transport Blog
  • TISA text: US threat to privacy, civil rights, data security
    Press Release – AFTINET Leaked US proposals in the Trade in the secret Services (TISA) negotiations include rules that would threaten privacy and civil rights protections for digital personal data Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and...
    Its our future
  • 2014 will be the hottest year on record
    For those of us fixated on whether 2014 will be the hottest year on record, the results are in. At least, we know enough that we can make the call. According the global data from NOAA, 2014 will be the...
    Skeptical Science
  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
    Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland.17...
    Its our future
  • Males only?
    Like Vaughan Rowsell I get asked to facilitate or be on panels and speak at events a fair bit. Actually not quite like Vaughan – he’s incredibly popular, and for good reason. Vaughan’s publicly announced that he will not accept...
    Lance Wiggs
  • An OTL milestone
    I have no idea how this happened, but this is the 100th post on On The Left! Things are probably going to slow down a bit around here over the holiday break, but thanks to all our bloggers and readers...
    On the Left
  • It’s nearly Foodmass
    Christmas is coming. The halls are decked with boughs of holly (plastic), and decorated with snow (artificial). Tips for Christmas (stress-free) have been appearing since November. Children are over-excited and desperate shoppers are looking for the perfect presents for people...
    Pundit
  • No justice in the UK
    Four years ago, G4S guards killed Jimmy Mubenga by restraining him inappropriately during a deportation - effectively asphyixiating him. But today, a British jury refused to convict them:Three private security guards who restrained the Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga have been...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key wants arbitrary detention
    That's the only conclusion that can be drawn from his comments today about the need to lower the threshold for detention:Prime Minister John Key said the Sydney siege gunman highlighted the conundrum for authorities over protecting citizens against potential terrorism...
    No Right Turn
  • Futility: Educating an IED
    Through this year, I have sadly been lured into spending energy trying to teach Martyn Bradbury about modern political science, and what it means for modern politics. He appeared misinformed about what polls are and how they work, so I...
    Polity
  • The OIA Review
    Yesterday, the Ombudsman announced that they had begun their review of OIA compliance. They'll be looking closely at 12 central government agencies, and surveying 63 more, as well as all 27 Ministerial offices. They'll also be soliciting submissions from the...
    No Right Turn
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    frogblog
  • Equality, Efficiency and Economic Theory (Social Journal Europe)
    Dani RodrikIn the pantheon of economic theories, the tradeoff between equality and efficiency used to occupy an exalted position. The American economist Arthur Okun, whose classic work on the topic is called Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff, believed that public...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon
  • New Fisk
    Peshawar school attack: Massacre of the innocents born of ambivalence towards Taliban...
    No Right Turn
  • How we pay for a universal basic income – Whiteboard Wednesday.
    Lots of people like the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), but can we afford it as a nation? In this Whiteboard Wednesday Geoff looks at the three parts of the Big Kahuna package – Unconditional Basic Income, Flat...
    Gareth’s World
  • This will go down well
    Back in September, Mexican police arrested a group of 43 student teachers who had been travelling to Iguala for a protest against the local government. They handed them over to a local drug gang, who murdered them. Since the massacre,...
    No Right Turn
  • AT Metro Launched
    Last week we mentioned about how Auckland Transport was launching a new PT brand. That occurred yesterday and as well as new look buses, they have also launched a new brand for their public transport operations – AT Metro. Auckland Transport has...
    Transport Blog
  • Whales, dolphins, and ‘gunshots’
    I've just returned from seven days on board SV Vega as part of a small team monitoring the impacts of seismic testing on marine mammals off the west coast of Northland. No research has been done in this area, so...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Meat workers need Jobs that Count
    The CTU is supporting todays Meat Workers Union campaign to combat insecure work in a core New Zealand export industry. Photo:  ...
    CTU
  • 2014: A Venture Capital Odyssey
    Fresh off the wire from Hong Kong, from your friends and mine at io9: Hong Kong based venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV) has appointed a machine learning program to its board. Called VITAL, it's an "equal member" that...
    Polity
  • Buzzfeed takes the Herald
    Here's a Herald article this week, titled (I kid you not): 20 somewhat horrible things I do to my kids that I don't feel guilty about [Facepalm] I want the Herald to be good. I really do. I know some...
    Polity
  • Sad
    There's a lot of non-cheery news out there in the lead up to Christmas. There's the Taliban school massacre, the Sydney siege, the US Torture Report, and - at a much lower level, and closer to home - the Treasury's...
    Polity
  • “I said surface, not surplus”
    Here are ten explanations, excuses or distractions Bill English might like to employ over the coming days in response to news that his long promised budget surplus looks to have disappeared....
    Imperator Fish
  • Talking terror
    [Content note: discussion of terrorism and violence] Last month I wrote about the aims of ISIS as NZ’s terror legislation ramped up, how their structure and organisation has become almost impossibly fluid, adapted to social media and the internet in...
    On the Left
  • Letter to the editor – Time to milk a tragedy again, by our Dear Leader
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz> date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The Editor Dominion Post . Once again, predictably, our esteemed Prime Minister has exploited a tragic situation for his...
    Frankly Speaking
  • Govt spend on transport out of step with reality
    The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. The Government released its Government Policy Statement...
    Greens
  • Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction
    Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to act...
    Greens
  • Foreign buyers for iconic island must add value
    Labour will look very closely at any Overseas Investment Office application to purchase Pakatoa Island if it is not bought by a Kiwi, says Labour’s Land information Spokesperson Stuart Nash. “Pakatoa is an iconic island in the middle of Hauraki...
    Labour
  • Way opening for April Sun in Cuba
    The United States of America’s President’s historic announcement yesterday to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba should be applauded by the New Zealand Government. The announcement marks a turning point in more than five decades of hostility between the two countries...
    Greens
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to...
    Greens
  • Energy users need answers on Vector share plans
    Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says. “It...
    Labour
  • Turning up the heat on working conditions
    A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry....
    Labour
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    Greens
  • Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk
    Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. "National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its...
    Labour
  • Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
    John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. “The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review...
    Labour
  • Bill English’s face is redder than his books
    The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. This is the...
    Labour
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and...
    Greens
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit
    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic...
    Greens
  • Minister closes down dissent on climate change
    Minister closes down dissent on climate change In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. “In...
    Labour
  • Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders
    The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson.  “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience....
    Labour
  • Farewell at Phillipstown
    Last Wednesday, I attended the farewell for Tony Simpson, Principal of Phillipstown School. It was a very emotional event where many of us in the large crowd shed tears. Bagpipes and tiny tamariki performing kapahaka brought the house down and...
    Greens
  • The CIA Torture Report
    Earlier this week, the United States Select Committee on Intelligence released the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The report, which was five years in the making, looked into the CIA’s interrogation techniques from 2001...
    Greens
  • Haere Rā 2014
    We’ve almost reached the end of the Parliamentary year so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of my highlights of the term in this blog post. It’s been an absolutely hectic year juggling an election campaign...
    Greens
  • Labour applauds High Court decision on Ruataniwha
    Today’s decision by the High Court on the Ruataniwha scheme is a victory for NewZealand’s environmental groups, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson RuthDyson....
    Labour
  • A welfare system for the 21st Century
    Today Child Poverty Action Group released a background paper on ‘The complexities of ‘relationship’ in the welfare system and the consequences for children.‘ The report includes 16 recommendations to modernise our welfare system which is no longer fit for the...
    Greens
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare...
    Labour
  • NZ should formally recognise Palestine
    New Zealand should follow the lead of Sweden, and now recognise Palestine as a separate state On 30 October, Sweden’s new government formally recognised the state of Palestine, only the second Western country to do so, after Iceland. Down here...
    Greens
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems...
    Greens
  • Time to end legalised cruelty of factory farms
    We can ensure that animals are kept in safe and ethical conditions. Claims of economic impact and practicality as justification for animal cruelty just don't stack up.Use our easy e-letter to write to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy...
    Greens
  • Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself
    While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says....
    Labour
  • Big bickies for bosses despite subpar performance
    While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional...
    Labour
  • Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining
      The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham...
    Labour
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on a...
    Greens
  • Dirty Dairy Accord failing to clean up rivers
    The first monitoring report of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord fails to show progress on cleaning up our rivers since the Accord was introduced, the Green Party said today. The Accord's targets for stock exclusion are weaker than the previous...
    Greens
  • The Indignant Kiwi: Why we need to do more to protect our national bird
    A kiwi, about to be released into the wild, was first introduced to Prime Minister John Key and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on her recent visit to New Zealand. By all reports, Dr Merkel was delighted to meet the rather indignant...
    Greens
  • Conflicted interests and health promotion; my opinion.
    As it happens, I know quite a bit about health promotion. It was an area I worked in prior to becoming an MP. What differentiates health promotion from the strict biomedical model, or from health education, for example, is its...
    Greens
  • Transparency on foreign buyers register needed
    News that Overseas Investment Office officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project,...
    Labour
  • National moves on state house sell off
    The Labour Party understands the Government has decided to move ahead with a mass sell-off of state houses. Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says he has been told by sources that Cabinet agreed the plan for their sell-off this week....
    Labour
  • Back-down on expert teacher plan welcomed
    News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Teachers throughout New Zealand...
    Labour
  • John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases
    Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now...
    Labour
  • An astounding disregard for Māori Affairs
    I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to...
    Greens
  • Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard
    The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Farmers have been bracing themselves for this expected announcement but it will be small towns and those who...
    Labour
  • Reducing inequality creates a stronger economy
    An OECD report finding New Zealand has one of the fast growing rates of income inequality shows “trickle down” economics has failed and that everyone is better off under a stronger economy, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government should...
    Labour
  • Government surplus target turning sour
    The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is two blows in one morning for the Government’s economic credibility after...
    Labour
  • Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming
    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
    Greens
  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
    Labour
  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining.   “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today so the...
    The Daily Blog
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
    The Daily Blog
  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
    The Daily Blog
  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
    The Daily Blog
  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
    The Daily Blog
  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
    The Daily Blog
  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
    The Daily Blog
  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
    The Daily Blog
  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
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  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
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  • Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence
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  • EPA grants marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd
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  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
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  • Holiday home hazards revealed
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  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
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  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector....
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  • The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
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