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Getting some accountability at PoAL

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, April 5th, 2012 - 80 comments
Categories: social democracy - Tags: ,

Darien Fenton has announced a members bill that would put public ports back on the Official Information Act. They were effectively removed in 1980’s – presumably because they were being prepared for privatisation.

It’s outrageous that billions of dollars worth of public assets can be run without any public scrutiny at all. Even more so when they’re being run against the public good by a bunch of unaccountable cowboys as is the case at PoAL.

Fenton’s called on the government to support the bill and I think they should to struggle to refuse to:

Regardless of what you think of the dispute, or where you sit on the political spectrum, it’s very hard to argue that ports’ ability to spend public money without public scrutiny is acceptable in a modern democracy.

Let’s hope the bill’s drawn soon.

As an aside, this bill had its genesis in work done by I/S over at no right turn – it’s bloody good to see Labour picking up good ideas from the wider community and running with them.

80 comments on “Getting some accountability at PoAL”

  1. james 111 1

    Getting Some profitability back into POAL
    This should be the headline will the bill deal with being competitive with your opposition, and putting a platform in place that allows you to be competitive including labour rates.

    Or will that be totally forgotten about and left off the Table. Let the rate payers of Auckland effectively subsidise the Wharfies wages by the poor return that POAL hands back to the rate payers of Auckland 2.2% versus 18% that the rate payers of Tauranga get.

    • James you should try something really unusual.  Go and read up the figures and come back with a reality based argument.  It will do wonders for your credibility.

    • Eddie 1.2

      Aren’t you running late for school? Maybe you’ll learn to do some elementary research there today.

      The post just returned a healthy $18m half-year profit for the period before it went to war with its workers. And it has signalled profits will be way down (probably non-existent, actually) as a result of its actions in the second half of the financial year.. The port’s actions have cost over $20m so far and counting. Permanent lost contracts might be $25m a year.

      All of this in an effort to transfer $6m of wealth from the workers (Auckland raterpayers) to the owners, Auckland Council. It doesn’t make any sense.

      • james 111 1.2.1

        Eddie thank you for totally justifying my position

        The Port has assets well over 200,000,000 18 million return on that assets base is less than 2%. Tauranga using the same measurement is 18%. Auckland Port isn’t performing and the profit doesn’t even cover cost of funds employed in the business

        • framu 1.2.1.1

          return on asset base?

          i was always taught that profit is income minus expenditure

          can you explain how this return based on asset base thing works? cause it sounds a bit voodoo economics to me

        • mickysavage 1.2.1.2

          Feck james.

          If you go over to the POAL website you can look up the latest financials and you will see that POAL has $721 million in assets and $320 million in liabilities.

          Where the feck did you get your figures? 

          • framu 1.2.1.2.1

            ” $721 million in assets and $320 million in liabilities”

            ahh – i think i get what james is on about now.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.2.2

            Out of his arse and his sums were wrong as well. 18m/200m *2 (because of half-yearly result) = 18%

        • Psycho Milt 1.2.1.3

          He gets the figures from people like Matthew Hooton, who’s keen to get the port moved off that prime central Auckland real estate so it can be re-developed. Using a return on assets figure not only helps with propaganda claiming the port should be de-unionised or privatised as it’s barely profitable, it also highlights how much the real estate the port sits on is worth.

          To people who don’t have an obvious axe to grind, the port is generating a good profit.

          • shreddakj 1.2.1.3.1

            I thought the port land wasn’t actually worth much since it is reclaimed land and development possibilities are limited?

        • Eddie 1.2.1.4

          Jesus. Maybe it’s maths class you need to get to. 18m is 9% of 200m. And that’s a half year profit. Double it for annual return.

        • Eddie 1.2.1.5

          Jesus. Maybe it’s maths class you need to get to. 18m is 9% of 200m. And that’s a half year profit. Double it for annual return.

          Not sure you’re right on the port’s equity -what else have you been right on? – think it’s higher

    • IrishBill 1.3

      You should support this bill, jimmy. It would give you the chance to OIA the port to get some facts – you’re clearly in need of some.

    • framu 1.4

      “18% that the rate payers of Tauranga get.” – evidence? – cause that sounds pretty fantastical

      even hong kong only returns around 7%

      and james – you do realise that the port is currently run as a profit seeking company dont you?

      all this bill seeks to do is bring it under the OIA just like all other council owned entities.

      Why are you so anti shareholders knowing whats going on with their investment?

    • mikesh 1.5

      This is just a red herring. Whatever opinion one may hold about the port’s profitability and how it may be improved has no bearing on the question of public scrutiny. I would suggest that James111 stick to the topic.

  2. Yes. it’s good to see ideas picked up from the wider community. But it’s premature to call for government support, I doubt they will consider their position unless the bill is drawn.

    • Even for you Petey that comment was totally inane.  Of course the Government will oppose the bill.  They are totally against transparency and access to information.  And they would sell the Ports off in a whisker if they had a chance.

      • marsman 2.1.1

        They have already opposed the introduction of the Bill that’s why it’s gone into the ballot. See Darien Fenton’s post on Red Alert.

    • Pascal's bookie 2.2

      Why not?

      This seems like a bill that is sensible and resoundingly common-sensicle.

      Why shouldn’t Peter Dunne, for example, support it as a sign of his acceptance of good ideas up for discussion?

      • Pete George 2.2.1

        I’d guess that Peter Dunne would consider it on it’s merits if it get’s drawn from the ballot. He’s done it before, soon after the Mondayisation bill was drawn (a Labour bill) he indicated support.

        Whether he supports this one or not will depend on whether it has sufficient merit.

        If I was considering it I would start from the transparency angle as that’s an important priority, but would have to balance commercial interests against that. There’s a big difference between “organisations ranging from schools to public libraries” and competitive operations run as businesses.

        I wonder if Fenton would support similar levels of “transparency and accountability ” with unions.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 2.2.1.1

          Do you think up these red herrings on your own, Pete? Unions are privately owned entities. What business do you have with their internal affairs? Transparent and accountable to their members, I should bloody well hope so, but to you, not so much.

          • Pascal's bookie 2.2.1.1.1

            “Do you think up these red herrings on your own, Pete?”

            Yeah, I’d say he does.

            • Pascal's bookie 2.2.1.1.1.1

              I am disappointed. It looks like he got the line from Whaleoil.

              • felix

                Oh, at gotcha.co.nz?

              • I beat Whale to it by half an hour, but he goes in to a lot more detail.

                Don’t unions at least owe it to their “private owners” to comply with statutory reporting requirements?

                • framu

                  what makes you think they dont?

                  and its memebrs not owners

                  • Kotahi Tane Huna said “Unions are privately owned entities”, that did seem an odd way to describe them.

                    I’m sure some unions operate properly, but there’s documented examples of union alleged malpractice:

                    Inland Revenue is chasing unionist Matt McCarten’s Unite Support Services Ltd. for $150,750 in unpaid taxes after the department forced the company into liquidation last month.

                    http://www.thelawreport.co.nz/news/4268/ird-chasing-mccartens-unite-union-over-taxes-26-july-2011/

                    • framu

                      one story about unpaid tax – whoop-de-doo

                      doesnt change the fact that it has nothing to do with the topic

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Pete George. perhaps one day you will show me exactly how much public money goes into funding unions, not.

                      Even your pathetic attempt at diversion falls over, since the appointment of a liquidator will indeed see Unite Supports Services accounts opened up to external scrutiny. Inability to pay tax is not “malpractice” by the way, that’s just another example of you regurgitating the gutter water you swim in, a baseless smear just like the baseless smear you attempted yesterday and the day before that. No wonder you are completely unelectable – not only are you ignorant of basic governance (who can forget your thinking that Mallard and Little would seek public funds), but as you keep on reminding everyone after your convenient amnesia kicks in, nasty doesn’t win elections.

                      But really, what is the point of attempting to discuss the Port of Auckland or indeed, anything at all, with you, Pete George, when all you offer in return is a Gish gallop of weasel words and diversion?

                    • felix

                      I’m sure some middle-aged white men in the South Island are decent people, but there are documented examples of such people being involved in armed white-supremacist groups.

                      etc yawn.

                • bbfloyd

                  so “mondayisation” is as significant as bringing port companies under some kind of oversight?

                  i would suggest there is no relativity between the two…..

                  rather a pathetic defense of what has been an unedifying spectacle of self serving, craven, political chameleanism up to now….

                  pete knows as well, or better than most, that peter(useless shite) dunne would never have the spine to stand up to his hero’s over anything that was truly important….

                  i know people with iq’s barely above room temperature that argue over what dunny uses to wash the stain off his tongue regularly…..

                  clue: the word “dunny” is a pointer to what is the most popular guess…

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  So, now you’ve admitted you thought it up on your own, PG, what part of “red herring” don’t you understand? We are not discussing your silly notions about unions. We are discussing the requirement that the publicly owned Port of Auckland be legally transparent accountable to its owners, rather than to a tiny minority of right wing clowns.

        • Frida 2.2.1.2

          Oh dear Pete George shows his lack of knowledge of Government yet again with another inane and nonsensical comment. Have you ever looked at the OIA Petey? More specifically, have you ever looked at the Schedules to the Ombudsmen Act where the entities subject to the OIA are listed. I think you’ll find that there are more than just “schools and libraries” which are subject to the OIA.
          Just to enlighten you because you’re probably too lazy to go and look it up. But Solid Energy (as one example) is an SOE that is clearly a commercial enterprise yet must comply with the OIA.
          Furthermore, “commercial sensitivity” is not even a reason per se to decline to disclose documents under the OIA. Relying on this reason must be balanced against the public interest in disclosure (the premise of the OIA).
          Thank goodness you never made it to Parliament, you clearly have no idea how Government works.

        • Idiot/Savant 2.2.1.3

          If I was considering it I would start from the transparency angle as that’s an important priority, but would have to balance commercial interests against that. There’s a big difference between “organisations ranging from schools to public libraries” and competitive operations run as businesses.

          “competitive operations run as businesses” are already subject to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act by default, if they are majority council-owned. If you live in Christchurch, you can LGOIMA your local bus company. If you live in Dunedin, you can LGOIMA its forestry company, investment group, or the Tairei Gorge railway (its airport is already covered under the OIA). Why should ports be specifically excluded from that?

          (The reason is IMHO historical. The 4th Labour government expected all the ports to be rapidly sold, so it excluded them. Local councils had other plans. So we have council-owned assets which are excluded from public transparency)

  3. For the past few weeks I have been trying to get information out of POAL regarding the fiction that is the $91,000 average Stevedore wage.

    My original request for information from Auckland Council was then redirected to  ACIL.  Their response was that POAL was not subject to the Local Government Official Information obligations.

    I have since been directing the questions at ACIL.  The rationale is that surely ACIL would be asking these questions and it should therefore disclose the information.

    • DH 3.1

      I’m reasonable sure that the $91k is correct, it’s just not put in the proper context. The POAL release stated that the $91k was for average 49hr weeks which meant they were all doing significant overtime. They were being paid for 2548 hours each year when the standard 40hr week is only 2080hrs, not hard to rack up the $$ when you’re working regular overtime.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        False cherry picked data. “All doing significant overtime” – what 100% of the workers on the wharfs, even the ones with significant family or external commitments???

        • DH 3.1.1.1

          It looks to me to be more wilful misrepresentation than cherry picking, although they’re probably guilty of that too. When workers put in 10hrs overtime each week you’d expect them to take home a decent pay packet. They’ve distorted and misrepresented the figures to hide that the $91k is down to long hours (plus the extra in super payments etc).

          It wouldn’t surprise me if the average was 49hrs, when overtime is offered most of us are happy to take it for the extra bucks. If POAL really wanted to get that $91k down they should hire more workers & cut down on the overtime.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1

            If POAL really wanted to get that $91k down they should hire more workers & cut down on the overtime.

            What?! And have even more union members on site??? *puke*

  4. DH 4

    This is good to see;

    Lee lashes out at Ports of Auckland ‘incompetency’

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10796780

    His comment about ACIL removing experienced POAL directors is interesting, hadn’t heard about that.

    I don’t know much about Mike Lee but I like the way he sticks up for his principles.

    • muzza 4.1

      “Lee refused calls by councillors George Wood, Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax to withdraw and apologise for what they called “offensive remarks” and he called “fair and reasonable”

      What a shock, George Wood, Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax! Christine Fletcher must have been an apology!

      Well done Mike Lee for refusing to accept the snivelling calls of the councils shills (include Fletcher in that), from causing “offensive remarks. Who or what are they trying to feign offence on behalf of!

  5. LoveIT 5

    OMGee! We’re like, O, so DETERMINED here.

    Yes, thats the word – determined.

    Determined to do what, exactly?

    Please tell me, my sides hurt.

  6. Dr Terry 6

    Well, as usual the debate focussed all around Pete, how much he will enjoy it! How is it that he gets to so many? He must have some points to his favour in that so many rise to the bait!

  7. james 111 7

    Sorry have been away for a while you wanted some information on the 2.1% return this article from Bryan Gaynor really explains it well. POAL is getting hammered by POT
    As the accompanying figures show, POA has been hammered by POT in recent years: POA’s ebitda has fallen from $92.6 million in 2003 to $74.4 million, whereas POT’s has increased from $69.5 million to $95.0 million; POA’s ebitda margin has fallen from 55.3 per cent to 40.5 per cent while POT’s has increased from 47.6 per cent to 51.2 per cent; most importantly, POA’s dividend has declined from $34.5 million to $17.6 million while POT’s has increased from $22.8 million to $40.2 million.

    This is a huge concern to Auckland ratepayers as the $17.8 million POA dividend represents a return of only 2.1 per cent on POA’s $848 million 2005 takeover value.

    The biggest difference between the two companies is in terms of costs as they both have fairly similar total revenue, but POA has had total June 2011 year costs of $109.4 million compared with POT’s $90.3 million.

    This is where the argument about internal employees and outsourcing comes in, the issue at the heart of the current industrial dispute.

    In 2010, POA had total employee expenses of $51.9 million compared with only $18.5 million at POT and last year employee benefits plus pension costs were $54.9 million at POA compared with POT’s $25.3 million.

    The big difference between the two companies is in terms of contracting out.

    POA has 522 employees whereas POT has 160 permanent and 30 casual employees and, at any one time, a significant number of contractors working for it. These contractors are not included in the employee expenses quoted above.

    There is little doubt that the employees/contractors mix at POT works much better than the employees-only model at POA and it is not surprising that the current industrial dispute continues to escalate because POA and the Maritime Union have entrenched views on contracting.

    Contracting gives a port company greater ability to reduce costs when business is static or declining, as POT showed between 2003-07.

    But the poor performance of POA can also be attributed to the company’s board, management and politicians.

    The board’s capital management has been poor as dividend payouts have been too high. As a result, POA’s debt is much higher than POT’s and the former had net interest costs of $20.7 million in the June 2011 year compared with POT’s $10.6 million.

    POT’s senior management team has always been open, energetic and visionary while POA’s management team has been haughty and insular, and must take some of the blame for the company’s poor performance.

    Politicians have also interfered too much with POA. They have extracted too much cash in the form of dividends and this week Auckland Mayor Len Brown and former Auckland Regional Council head Mike Lee couldn’t resist having their say on the company.

    Lee made the ridiculous statement that POA and POT should act in an anti-competitive way by working together to get better rates from shipping companies. He went on to say that the shipping cartel Maersk and Fonterra “have kept prices right down by playing Tauranga off with Auckland” – yet Lee was primarily responsible for stopping merger talks between POA and POT.

    The politicians should stay out of the industrial dispute and leave POA and the Maritime Union to sort out their differences. However, the dispute looks like it will be long and ugly because Ports of Auckland must reduce its cost structure if it is to provide any competition to Port of Tauranga.

    • framu 7.1

      “These contractors are not included in the employee expenses quoted above.”

      kind of raises many questions doesnt it

      so your saying they do it cheaper with less staff – but dont even notice the fact that “These contractors are not included in the employee expenses quoted above.”

      carry on

    • lprent 7.2

      The big difference between the two companies is in terms of contracting out.

      Bullshit. The biggest differences are the scale of the operation, the direction of movement, the location, age of equipment, and strategic direction.

      PoT is a lot smaller in operation’s. Normally the majority of it’s traffic is export rather than the more balanced import/export loadings at PoAL with somewhat more imports than exports. PoT has a relatively shallow harbour which I suspect limits what traffic it can handle. For instance it is a lot faster to just load a vessel rather both than load and unload it.

      Each of these things affects the operations at the port and tends to make most of your actual minimal content about operations meaningless.

      Then you appear to have missed a whole pile of costs by concentrating solely on the PoT accounts. For instance are all of the labour costs listed as labour in the accounts? I’ll bet they aren’t because they are services hired from a contractor (you silly dork). Not to mention that the contractors may be directly providing the services to the shipping company and just using the ports facilities.

      When you are looking at EBITA and other such measures, the key thing to also look at is where the value is going. You can’t just compare two companies on the basis of numbers alone unless you look at their strategics.

      etc etc.

      Comparing apples with oranges is a bloody silly idea.

      In short, I’d suggest that you go and learn how to analyse balance sheets and P&L’s before you try telling a business grad such total superficial crap.

      Not to mention that Tauranga is way way past capacity, having to ration their capacity especially in Auckland, and having problems with empty containers just by even having the some of the overflow from Auckland due to the bloody stupid unlawful lockouts by PoAL. There are a hell of lot of reasons for having a port in Auckland. Not having to do the massively expensive shipping from Tauranga is one of them.

      Lee made the ridiculous statement that POA and POT should act in an anti-competitive way by working together to get better rates from shipping companies. He went on to say that the shipping cartel Maersk and Fonterra “have kept prices right down by playing Tauranga off with Auckland” – yet Lee was primarily responsible for stopping merger talks between POA and POT.

      You really are a fool aren’t you. The problem is that the shipping companies are allowed to collude in an anticompetitive way by legislation. The ports are not allowed to do so because they are subject to different legislation.

      Either both sides should be subject to the courts and the commerce commission or neither should. The current situation makes it easy for the shipping companies to do what ever they want playing one port against the other which is why they have managed to drive container costs down to close to half of the aussie ports where they are subject to anti-competitive legislation.

      Perhaps you should take some time to actually read what the issues are rather than just wanking in public.

    • KJT 7.3

      Just shows James does not know what the fuck he is talking about.

      POAL has over 800 000 box moves annually as against 500 000 in Tauranga.
      Of course Auckland’s total costs will be more than Tauranga’s.

      Labour cost per box ARE CHEAPER IN AUCKLAND.

      Claiming Aucklands costs are greater while excluding costs of contractors in Tauranga is absolute garbage.

      That Auckland needs much better management is probably correct.

      The differences in standards of co-ordination, by management, between the two ports are obvious.

      Logistics and the value of waterfront land in Auckland means Aucklands accounting ROI could never equal Tauranga, even if Auckland became much more efficient.

      And allowing Mearsk to ratchet down port costs between Auckland and Tauranga does not benefit either port, or New Zealanders.

  8. ad 8

    The fastest route to accountability is to dissolve Auckland Council Investments Ltd, making the Ports of Auckland Company directly accountable to the Council.

    While there are minor tax disadvantages to doing this, the increase in democratic accountability would be stark.

    If the Council wanted to take that a step further, it could dissolve the Ports complany completely (since it is 100% owner) and simply turn the whole thing into a Council Department, like Stormwater or Parks.

    That would erase most of its entire corporate structure, but also increase political engagement/interference. The side benefit of dissolving the Company is that the asset could never be sold off, other than through the tortuous Special Consultative Procedure for such things.

    Whether there are the political numbers to do this, well, it would probably it would need another election. However none of the above requires any legislative change at all.

  9. james 111 9

    What I want to know is how come POT can do its volumes with 330 less staff than POA there are some real savings in Labour cost there alone.

    • James you are an idiot.  Tauranga has contractors too that are outside the list of employees.
       
      POAL in 2010 spent $51.9m on employees.  Tauranga spent $25.3m but a further $33,9m on contractors and $5.8m on transport contractors.  Depending on the work covered it looks like Tauranga spent MORE than Auckland on its Labour force.
       

  10. james 111 10

    What we are saying is then POA $24,900,000 profit / by 522 employees = $47,701 profit per employee
    Tauranga $57,900,000 / by 190 employees =$304,736 profit per employee given that the bottom line includes all operational labour costs if you were the employer which ownership model would you want to follow
    As Bryan Gaynor says the differences are so stark no one can argue with it not even you Micky . No not an idiot just go into things with my eyes wide open rather than a view tainted by ideaology

    • framu 10.1

      “What we are saying is”

      no – your saying that. everyone one else is pointing out that youve got a big hole in your employee numbers

      from your own quote
      “POA has 522 employees whereas POT has 160 permanent and 30 casual employees and, at any one time, a significant number of contractors working for it. These contractors are not included in the employee expenses quoted above.”

      do you not read the replies or something?

      • james 111 10.1.1

        Framu
        Doesnt matter profit is profit records all operating costs divided by the number of employees you cant argue with the figures. Tauranga is way more efficent and productive on a proft per person basis than POA

        • KJT 10.1.1.1

          Don’t know where you studied accounting, but you should ask for your money back!

          • james 111 10.1.1.1.1

            KJT
            Those are the profit results as reported divided by the Staff numbers given that in the Profit result all operational costs are recorded . Tell me what is wrong with the figures. I know they dont make happy reading for POAL or MUNZ

            • KJT 10.1.1.1.1.1

              We have told you what is wrong with your figures. Sorry if that is too complicated for you.

              Whatever the profit difference. It is not due to the Labour force.

              Have a think about how much is due to land valuations for a start.

            • mickysavage 10.1.1.1.1.2

              I can’t figure out if james is really that stupid or if he is just trying to disrupt the thread …

              • Te Reo Putake

                No, he really is that stupid. And it’s backed up by science; racists have an IQ that is, on average, 4 points lower than normal people. I’d suggest Jim Jim’s homophobia has shaved off a few more points, too.
                 
                In Simpsons’ terms, he’s somewhere between Ralph Wiggum and Cletus Spuckler.

              • felix

                Not necessarily an either or…

            • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1.1.3

              Tell me what is wrong with the figures.

              It’s that you’re missing half of Tauranga’s costs and then saying that because those costs have suddenly disappeared (they haven’t really) that Tauranga gets more profit.

        • McFlock 10.1.1.2

          You can’t honestly be that stupid.
                 
          Let’s say PoAL contracted out 400 of 500 staff with no change in efficiency – i.e. the 400 staff being paid directly simply move to another expense line item to perform the same amount of work. They would therefore have the same profit level on work being done by the same number of people. According to your logic, the 100 remaining employees are five times more efficient. Even they’re still only doing a fifth of the work that generates the profit.
               
          Seriously, not even you can plausibly pretend to be that dumb.

          • james 111 10.1.1.2.1

            All the costs to hire the workers will have come off before the NOP line so the profit is still the profit. Costs of contracting are taken into account in the POT bottom line. You cant tell me they dont included them as that would be breaking all auditing standards and not reporting an accurate bottom line.

            • McFlock 10.1.1.2.1.1

              But reducing the number of direct staff which you believe means “there are some real savings in Labour cost there alone.”. The trouble is that any “savings” in the labour cost line item are balanced by a corresponding increase in the “contracting out” line item. So the “profit per employee” metric is meaningless in this context – it’s just a filter to exclude counting staff based on an arbitrary line item label, rather than any difference in type or quality of work.

        • framu 10.1.1.3

          no you cant argue with the figures your quite correct, im merely trying to point out that your figures are incorrect because your deliberately leaving out the contractors

          so the fact your not counting the contractors in your “profit per person” is bogus because your not counting all the people who have worked there.

          divide the profit of POT by ALL people who worked there – maybe some variables for hours worked and other such factors then come back with a profit per person

          • james 111 10.1.1.3.1

            Right I agree with that but that isnt POT worry anymore they belong to the Contractor all the profit can be recorded against their full time numbers as the cost of the contractor is already alowed for in the expenses. How the contractor runs his business is entirely up to him. What I am talking about is the difference in profit and return to the rate payers between the two business models and it is huge

    • Craig Glen Eden 10.2

      But james the figure 190 is not real get it! Divide what ever you like by a number thats not real and it makes the answer bullshit. James wake up. The individual numbers of contract workers would have to be added in to give any relevance to your argument.

  11. ghostwhowalksnz 11

    Telecom outsourced its entire IT division , along with employees, to EDS many years ago. Now its bought them back.

    Sub contracting isnt the be all by any means

  12. Fenton’s bill missed the ballot this time round.

    The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn:

    22 Illegal Contracts (Unlawful Limitation on Regulators’ Powers) Amendment Bill Hon Lianne Dalziel
    45 Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months Paid Leave) Amendment Bill Sue Moroney
    30 Lobbying Disclosure Bill Holly Walker

    Could be something worth supporting in amongst that.

    • james 111 12.1

      Definetly not worth supporting the first two anyway.How could employer pay for six months maternity leave at the moment I ask you

      • Pete George 12.1.1

        They don’t, it’s paid by Government.

        This Bill extends paid parental leave to 26 weeks, which supports the
        WHO recommendation that exclusive breastfeeding is recommended
        up to 6 months of age.

        The ability for parents to choose to care for newborn babies is an es-
        sential part of supporting families to develop nurturing relationships.
        Extending paid parental leave from the current entitlement of 14
        weeks to 26 weeks would support families and also create jobs
        across the economy as employers engage staf f to replace those on
        paid parental leave.

        As the majority of paid parental leave is uplifted by women, it has the
        added benefit of creating jobs in areas of the economy where women
        work, while supporting families and the well – being of children.

        This Bill recognises the fiscal implications of this additional entitle-
        ment, by staging the implementation of 26 weeks paid parental leave
        over the course of 3 years, adding an additional entitlement of 4
        weeks from 2012–2014.

        This sounds reasonable to me. There is likely to be fiscal resistance but it would phase in as the recovery kicks in (hopefully).

  13. Don’t know how practical it would be but on a principle of more transparency and open government this seems worth giving some attention to.

    Lobbying Disclosure Bill

    This bill seeks to bring a measure of transparency and public disclosure around the lobbying activity directed at Members of Parliament and their staff, and in so doing to enhance trust in the integrity and impartiality of democracy and political decision-making.

    It seeks to ensure that lobbying takes place in as open a way as possible, and in a way that protects the interests of the public, and to establish ethical standards for lobbying activity in New Zealand, with the prospect of sanctions if rules are broken.

    http://www.greens.org.nz/bills/lobbying-disclosure-bill

    If it could be made to work without being too restrictive then it could be good.

    • McFlock 13.1

      how is “disclosure” restrictive?
           
      Personally I’d increase the penalty by a factor of at least ten.

  14. captain hook 14

    these kiwi soe’s seem to have become the repository for goon squads and “grabbers”.

  15. RedBaron 15

    Just read Jimmie3 at 1.11 p.m.

    Hahaha – I don’t believe that he analysed the Financials and wrote this in the few hours he had available.
    It’s the typical sort of crap written by accounts who are suddenly required to justify a decision that the Management has already taken. Contains a nod to the fact that there are other points of view but of course concentrates on those points where there is some specious rebuttal readily available.

    Come on Jimmie3. Cut and paste doesn’t take that long. Use ctrl C, ctrl V and please let us know -who did write this???

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      Looks to me like he got English’s office or Treasury to help him with those numbers, judging by the accuracy.

  16. RedBaron 16

    Had a quick look at the Financials – can’t see the staff numbers broken down there although there should be disclosure on the upper salaries. That has come from somewhere else, and they are set out fairly accurately.
    The other thing that caught my eye, was the exposure to derivatives and that appears to be around interest rates.
    They have little FX exposure which, unless they are making a major offshore purchase of equipment would be as expected, the price list would be in NZ dollars I suppose.

    However, the interest bill is around $0.5m but there seems to be derivatives in place of around $4.5m.
    I haven’t perused every thing in detail so there might be a simple explanation – if there isn’t then what are they expecting??

  17. John72 17

    Today’s readings :-
    Mark 15:10 – 15 Luke 23:18 – 25 John 19:12 – 16
    The crowds were just as irrational 2000 years ago as they are today. We like to think that we are more educated now, but no one needs a martyr to arouse the rabble in this day and age. I hope that no one participating in the P.of A. dispute considers themselves a martyr. Both parties keep refering to “what is in it for me.”

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    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should party vote...
    There are 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should consider casting their party vote for Internet MANA this election. 1 – Feed the Kids: There is no excuses now that National have flirted with the idea...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • What I want from a change of government
    The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour, Green, NZ First coalition....
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Why is the “Progressive” Coalition so Regressive?
    Have you ever, when parallel parking, got yourself wedged into the curb? The car in front is centimetres away and your rear wheel is touching the curb at an angle. This is a metaphor for the state of economic policy-making...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Of course the Greens could work with National
    A warm soy latte with John Key?   Sharp in take of breath moment as TVNZ last night reported Greens could work with National post the election if National win. It’s a smart move. The Greens are so viciously anti-tribal...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Quality of Journalism
    “Skilled journos getting unwarranted shit from hack bloggers & online warriors could earn big $ in PR/marketing, so thank you for what you do”. As this tweet rolled across my screen this morning the irony had me rolling my eyes. Why on...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – #BlueGreen2014 – Or: The Media Jetskiis O...
    During Thursday’s iteration of One News, I was virtually shocked off my seat to hear a reasonably well-known political pundit slash nominal “journalist” prognosticating about the likelihood of the Green Party “switching gear” on its electoral strategy … and deciding...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Winning on the Economy
    One of the great tricks of the right over the past twenty years has been to desiccate debate about our economy. ‘The economy’ is spoken about as if it is an independent entity, divorced from the realm of democratic politics...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Curwen Rolinson – They’re tryna build a prison system ...
    Well, at least we now know how National intends to deliver that extra hundred and fifty thousand jobs they’ve promised us. Although on sixty cents an hour, it’s not *quite* the reasonable pay packet – or, hell, living wage that...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ General Election is in full swing September 11 2014
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss the fallout from the dirty politics revelations and also how the political leaders are fairing. The NZ General Election is in full swing. Since we last talked, the fallout from the dirty...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • If it barks like a dog…
    If it barks like a dog…...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • The obscenity of National’s tax cuts
    It should be an abhorrence in a nation that once prided itself on its egalitarianism that National want to borrow another $500 million per year while 250 000 – 285 000 children live in poverty. There are two reasons why...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • National’s work prison gulags
    All jails to become ‘working prisons’ under NationalMore prisoners will be put to work and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government. Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley says the working prisons model will be expanded...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Top 10 questions if the Conservative Party get over 5%
    1. If the Conservative Party get over 5% do we automatically go back to 1950? 2. If the Conservative Party get over 5% will  the National Anthem be changed from “God defend NZ’ to “God God God” 3. If the...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • BackBenches Auckland Election special & TV3 Leaders debate review
    Fascinating time at the Auckland election special of BackBenches this year. I was at the filming in 2011 and it was a very different beast. I remember in 2011 a sea of blue. Team Key acolytes were everywhere, there was...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Was the Donghua Liu Affair another example of Dirty Politics?
    . . – Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules’ What appears to be an orchestrated  Beehive plot to dig dirt for throwing at Labour leader, David Cunliffe, ahead of a crucial parliamentary debate is revealed in a paper trail linking Immigration Minister,...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Public interest at risk more than business interests this election
    This election is not just about which political party wins. It’s about the privilege of multinational corporates, including the all-powerful media. It’s about access to minerals and resources needed to prop up the prevailing economic order and to stave off...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Green Pasifika candidates
    In the last couple of elections the Greens have stood Rev Mua Strickson-Pua as their candidate in Mangere. A well known personality in the Pacific community, often seen by many as a little eccentric. I’ve enjoyed seeing Rev Strickson-Pua make...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Gordon Campbell’s 19 reasons Why We Can’t Afford Another Nat...
    National Party Billboard if it was honest   The ever brilliant Gordon Campbell over at Werewolf has put together 19 reasons why we can’t afford another National Government. I highly recommend you read the entire thing – his 19 reasons...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Sandy Smiles
    The man tapped the glass with his pen at two minutes and I wound up my less than positive comments about the MPs who’d betrayed the Whangarei Electorate. It’s hard to stay on-message when looking at the state of this...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Purity and Power: Chris Trotter critiques John Armstrong’s advice to the ...
    WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY COLUMN from John Armstrong! There have been many this year, but his latest (10/9/14) stands out because of the cynical amorality underpinning the writer’s political analysis. “The Greens face an old dilemma”, opines the NZ Herald’s Chief Political...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • New funding to support high value food exports
    Auckland, New Zealand. 15 September 2014...Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National, Greens Big Movers on Bribe-O-Meter
    The Taxpayers’ Union has updated its election policy 'Bribe-O-Meter’ to reflect the cost of recent campaign promises. The update takes into account Labour’s new fiscal tables and all announcements up to Friday and is based on numbers provided...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Policy Costing Expert Questions ‘NZ Power’ Numbers
    Dr Michael Dunn, engaged by the Taxpayers’ Union to provide the figures for the 'Bribe-O-Meter' election costing website , is questioning the Labour Party’s costing of it’s flagship "NZ Power” policy....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Meet the Real Colin Craig
    Watching Conservative Party leader Colin Craig struggling to explain his tax policy on The Nation this morning finally revealed that he is making dishonest promises....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Lifetime Achiever Generous of Investment in Whanau Ora
    Earlier this month, Maori Party's Te Tai Tonga and Christchurch based candidate, Ngaire Button, said she was rapt local hero, Tihi Puanaki, was named Regional Winner of the Pride of NZ 2014, Lifetime Achievement Award. Button is clearly delighted...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore And Seabed
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • New Zealand’s participation in Five Eyes
    “Our policy is we're committing to a full review of all of New Zealand's security services. We will be repealing the GCSB legislation and we will replace it with something that is guaranteed to be more protective of New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Once in a Lifetime travels north!
    After Once in a Lifetime ’s packed launch and sold-out panel discussion at the Christchurch Word Writers and Readers Festival, members of the editorial team are presenting the book to Auckland and Wellington audiences, in an attempt to increase...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Q+A: The role of the GCSB and our participation
    Green Party co-leader Russel Norman told TV One’s Q+A programme that they would close Waihopai and review the role of the GCSB and our participation in Five Eyes....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • NZ First poll shows Labour coalition more likely than ever
    New Zealand First’s East Coast candidate, Mere Takoko, has revealed that her party’s internal polling shows Labour’s Moana Mackey is just 2 percent away from winning the East Coast electorate seat from incumbent Anne Tolley....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    Initial allegations made by journalist Glenn Greenwald yesterday appear to have dented National’s chances of leading the next Government, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict,...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • ACT is holding the Balance of Power
    ACT will hold the balance of power after the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Statement From Hone Harawira And Laila Harré
    The Prime Minister has used his security access to further own political interests, demonstrating he is unfit to hold the office....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Key “rejected mass surveillance plan”
    National Party leader John Key told TV1’s Q+A programme that the GCSB looked into a plan for mass surveillance after two companies were subjected to a major cyber-attack – but he rejected it....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Monday a Moment of Truth for Key on Spying, Says Harré
    Assurances given by the Prime Minister and the GCSB that spy agencies do not conduct mass surveillance on New Zealanders look set to be tested on Monday, says Internet Party leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Outdoor Voters Poised to Vote
    A New Zealand-wide outdoor recreation organisation predicts the outdoors voting public will have a big impact on the election result....
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Patrick Gower Interviews NZFirst Leader Winston Peters
    Good. It looks like you’ve got a good crowd there. If we could start, Mr Peters, with Kim Dotcom and Monday night – the big reveal. A personal view from you, do you think that John Key knew about Kim...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Lisa Owen Interviews Glenn Greenwald
    Says there are serious questions about whether the government has been truthful about changes to the GCSB legislation. “What I can tell you is that the statement that the GCSB made to New Zealand citizens last year — 'we do...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Lisa Owen Interviews National Party Leader John Key
    Lisa Owen: We've got the top five polling party leaders today, but first, Prime Minister John Key. I spoke to him first thing this morning and began by asking him, post-election, who would he prefer to form a coalition with...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • On the Nation: Lisa Owen Interviews Colin Craig
    Lisa Owen: Conservative Party leader Colin Craig joins me now. Good morning, Mr Craig. Colin Craig: Good morning. John Key was on this programme this morning, and he had a chance to endorse you with a week to go. He...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Patrick Gower Interviews Labour Leader David Cunliffe
    Patrick Gower: Yes, David Cunliffe, let’s look at the polls. Any way you slice or dice it, you’ve got a lot of convincing to do with voters to get that left block across the line. How are you going to...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Vote for Healthy Seas and Dolphins
    WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) , NABU International and Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders....
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Provinces Deserve a Fair Go
    Thank you for the opportunity to talk to you today. At the outset of my talk today it is important to emphasis that New Zealand First has a strong commitment to regional development....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Cunnliffe is lying about ACT policy
    "Mr Cunnliffe says that ACT’s policy would enable shopkeepers to have loaded guns in their shops for self defence." said Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Support kiwi business-friendly policies in Election 2014
    Support kiwi business-friendly policies in Election 2014 The Motel Association of NZ (MANZ) is calling on voters to make sure they vote for the party and candidate who will do the most to support kiwi businesses in the election next...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Disappointment with early start to Holiday Highway
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is disappointed by the Prime Minister's announcement today that the Puhoi-Warkworth Highway would start construction in 2016. The highway is over 18 kilometres long, and latest estimates put the cost at over $760 million....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Rural Women welcomes travel cost settlement
    Rural Women New Zealand welcomes news that a proposed settlement has been agreed that will lead to home support workers being paid mileage and wages for the time they spend travelling between clients....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • InternetNZ political survey gets answers
    In July this year, InternetNZ released its Election '14 and the Internet document, outlining seven key Internet issues for focus and discussion during this year's election and over the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
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