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Glen Innes ‘war zone’

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, March 6th, 2014 - 51 comments
Categories: activism, assets, class war, housing, poverty, same old national - Tags:

The National led government is continuing its war on the poor, with the on-going dismantling of state housing.  Glen Innes has been the public face of the real agenda – to acquire prime real estate for the private market.  At the same time state house tenants, like all those on low incomes are relegated to the struggling margins.  In Auckland particularly, the relatively well off have most access to the central city and its resources.  Those on low income need to wrestle with transport poverty amongs other things.

Metro Magazine published an extraordinary photographic and video record last month of the war zone in Glen Innes: GI Blues: Inside the Glen Innes state house war zone.

When architect John Haydn began his epic Auckland photography project, he was searching for visible signs of the forces that shape the city. Or, as he puts it: “How can so few people fuck up so much beautiful land?” Haydn amassed a vast collection of photos, which he categorised in various ways. He remained none the wiser.

In August 2012, he caught a break — an article about architect friend Fleur Palmer being pilloried for trucking state houses from Glen Innes for homeless families in Kaitaia. Despite Palmer’s good intentions on behalf of He Korowai Trust, the ousted state house tenants and those seeing their neighbourhood decimated were not impressed. “What she is doing is morally repugnant. It’s taking from the poor to give to the poor,” said one protester.

Haydn was shocked by what he saw in GI: “It was site after site of desolation.” It reminded him of a visit to Bosnia just before the Kosovo war: “These mini war zones — that’s what it felt like.”

Treading the line between artist and activist, Haydn videoed house removals and their accompanying protests and began engaging with the Tamaki Housing Group. He photographed each address before and after the house had been removed, until the damage was cleaned up and grassed over. “It’s a violent thing and the people are being completely disregarded while it’s happening. It’s the disrespect which is astonishing.”

Here is a small selection of the images:

Glen Innneshouse-moving-protest Metro Magazine March 2014

Early morning protest as a state house is removed from Glen Innes. A still from Briar March’s documentary Whare Tapa Wha. Metro Magazine March 2014

Glen Innes Torrington Cresc L1002632_1_1 Metro Magazine March 2014

22 Torrington Crescent, 26 August 2013. Metro Magazine March 2014

More images and a video at the Metro Magazine link, and the March issue of Metro.

Tonight there is a protest at Glen Innes (Tamaki Housing Group Facebook page).

PROTEST MARCH TO DEFEND GLEN INNES & TO END THE 90 DAY EVICTION NOTICE ONCE FOR ALL STATE HOUSING TENANTS! TO “REPEAL SOCIAL HOUSING” & “HOUSING RESTRUCTERING TENANCY MATTERS ACT.”
THURSDAY 6 MARCH
6PM
STARTING FROM 16 TANIWHA STREET GLEN INNES!

Nick Smith and endangerred housing

From Tamaki Housing Group Facebook page

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

51 comments on “Glen Innes ‘war zone’”

  1. xtasy 1

    Yes, it is all on, and for those that do not like to get their details from personal user data gathering Facebook, maybe use this link to GPJA for the same info on the protest tonight:

    http://www.gpja.org.nz/

    For various reasons I cannot attend, but I feel sympathy for the affected and express my support for their long, enduring and committed fight against Housing New Zealand’s endless lies and the forced evictions that definitely take place.

    Others get pressured to move into often unsuitable alternative housing, which is more cramped and will expose people to more social frictions and health issues.

    Housing NZ should be ashamed of what they are doing, they do not even consider freezing temperatures in homes a reason enough to get that considered as a reason for being given greater priority for support with housing needs!

    Housing NZ changed their website, which now offers even less real information to tenants and those needing state housing, and which is an expert piece of misleading people into believing Housing NZ really cares. By the way, there are changes taking effect in April, that mean, it will be MSD and WINZ that will decide on people’s housing need (as if they had not enough work to do already):

    http://www.hnzc.co.nz/info-for-tenants/changes-for-you-on-14-april-2014

    Wait for the “Dr Bratt approach” there too!!!

    By the way, I was put on the waiting list in 2007, and NEVER got real offers for any suitable housing from them! As a single person there was no housing for me, they said, as they had too few one bedroom places. Also two or three years ago they changed the priority treatment, so only category A applicants (with “high priority” need) were being given “priority” for state housing support. All others on category B and C have either dropped off the waiting lists now, or are forced off the list, and the last ones will eventually be wiped off by some new criteria to be introduced some time soon.

    High priority basically means you have situations like immediate need, due to having no home, having an unsuitable accommodation with no running water, with no power, with no protection from weather and the likes, but many living in boarding houses or caravans are now considered “suitably housed”! I raised the issue I live in an expensive, unaffordable (yet just below market average rental price) type of flat, that in winter has only 10 degrees inside temperatures in the night, mornings and evenings (due to no insulation and poor heating).

    That (cold temperatures) was NOT an aspect to consider they told me, and I got it in writing. Otherwise they referred me back to WINZ with their capped accommodation supplement “support”!

    NO mention of these issues here on their website:
    http://www.hnzc.co.nz/about-us/addressing-housing-demand

    All there is for us to read is “self promotion” and “corporate style propaganda”!

    FU*K HOUSING NEW ZEALAND, THE BIGGEST LIE ABOUT “SOCIAL HOUSING” THERE IS! New Zealand no longer has true social housing policies. The negligence of social housing started under previous governments, continued under Labour, and has reached unseen levels under this government!!!

  2. Tiger Mountain 2

    give the keyboard a miss for a couple of hours!
    http://gpjanz.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/protest-planned-gi-eviction-thurs-6pm/

  3. Tracey 3

    as soon as fletchers moved into the st johns quarry with the new 600k per house and up price tag, the writing was on the wall for glen innes. the developers will expand toward the sea views.

    farras nearby…. you know the demographic has changed and more change afoot.

  4. AB 4

    Ethnic cleansing

  5. John 5

    It’s insane having a family living in a million dollar plus property, when with the same money, HNZ could house two or three families in brand new houses.

    • bad12 5.1

      John, it is Insane for you to publish such a comment when you know full fucking well that there are NO plans to replace the 12,000 homes Nick Smith plans to rip apart,

      Only those planning on adding to the Auckland house price inflation spiral by buying up even more properties to use as rental income would view what Nick Smith and this National Government are doing to the States housing stock as anything but Insanity…

    • risildowgtn 5.2

      hahah fool
      again provide evidence of where these brand new houses you speak of?

      it IS ETHNIC cleansing…

  6. Tracey 6

    is that what is happening john?

    • John 6.1

      Housing NZ have a large number of run down houses that are worth a fortune because they are on large sections.

      It’s a criminal waste of taxpayers money having such a huge value tied up in providing housing for such a small number of people when the same money can provide better houses for more people.

      • bad12 6.1.1

        So John,you would be quite happy for the State to use compulsion to buy out and bulldoze the homes of you and your neighbors so as to erect tower blocks of apartments because more people can be housed this way???…

        • John 6.1.1.1

          Where is the government forcing home owners to sell to put up tower blocks?

          If I rent a house, my landlord can move me out given the appropriate notice, for any reason they want, or for not reason – they own the house.

          No one has a lifetime right to live a rented house no matter who the landlord is.

          It’s insanity having HNZ houses worth a million dollars and getting virtually no return, when the same money could house three families.

      • Molly 6.1.2

        The initial state housing developments understood – unlike the current government – that housing comes hand-in-hand with community. Strong communities require less resources and financial help than others.

        Savage Crescent in Palmerston North is almost modern in it’s concept and design, and planners that follow its criteria now are called innovators.

        And you fail to address why these are “million dollar properties”. Not because of some improved value added to them, but a systematic failure of government to address the increasing unaffordability of housing in any real way for the last three decades. Essentially they have created/encouraged the reason that gives them the supposed justification for removal.

        Redevelopment is not the issue here – the main point is that these people (and communities) are not being offered a home back in this area, despite all rhetoric that suggests so.

        If you see nothing wrong with this, you might have to think about it a bit longer.

      • risildowgtn 6.1.3

        Where are these new houses you cont dribble out your hole?

        • John 6.1.3.1

          Thousands of new HNZ homes for Auckland, 700 new HNZ houses for Christchurch.

          See
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=

          [lprent: And this has what to do with this post?

          A. The post is on Glen Innes and the people who live there.
          B. The article you linked to was about Auckland (a rather bigger area).
          C. You haven't established why the two are related. As far as I can see the only relationship was Sowry's first name.
          D. I'm starting to suspect that you are a diversion troll trying shift the topic of a post. I ban people for that obnoxious habit.

          Please read the policy. ]

          • xtasy 6.1.3.1.1

            Extract from that NZ Herald article:

            “For example, in Christchurch, the other centre of great housing need, we are planning to spend $1 billion in the next 10 years and build 700 new homes by the end of 2015 – an ambitious target by any measure

            In Auckland we plan to add thousands of new homes to our housing portfolio over the next 10 years. We’ll do this in two ways: firstly by building new homes, and secondly by working in partnership with other housing providers to build thousands of new homes on our land.”

            So, thousands of new HNZ homes for Auckland??? This is just simply taking over some projected construction that has not even taken place, and selling it as “achievements”, is it? And I have first hand knowledge, how cheap, low quality three or four level blocks of flats are to be the “new homes” for many Housing NZ “customers” in Auckland (and other centres) in future. Some of the land they hold will be sold to developers, only replacing a fraction of the existing stock, and then selling the rest they have built to the market, to make profits on. I have seen some of the “boxes” Housing NZ has built or done up in GI and other places, and some are like battery hen cages for humans.

            As for Christchurch, thousands of Housing NZ homes need replacing, so 700 (most not even built yet) is a drop in the ocean!

            In the meantime the “ocean” is creeping into the larger Christchurch city area, flooding extensive suburban areas, that are now at higher risk of flooding due to geological changes following many earthquakes. They do not even have considered the latest IPCC report on climate change and projections for much faster sea level rises, so many sites will not be able to be built on.

            This government is relying on “expert” advice that is shoddy and short sighted, same as buying new trains from China, that have asbestos in paint cover!

            Run by incompetent and self serving idiots and jerks, and voted in by too many dumbed down people, fed propaganda and trash by the MSM, that is the sad state of affairs of NZ Inc!

  7. bad12 7

    Every picture tells a story don’t it, that last picture you borrowed off of Metro Karol, depicts exactly what it is, a War Zone,

    The tenants in what is obviously a State House next door can be in no doubt about the fate that awaits them, the destruction they are forced to view every day simply screams at them, ”YOUR NEXT”,

    People must be made to understand, this IS NOT a redevelopment of the States Housing stock, there are NO replacements planned for the 12,000 homes Nick Smith and National plan to sell from under the feet of the lowest income, sickest members of New Zealand society,

    As you have pointed out in this Post and as i have pointed out in a number of comments here at the Standard, the ripping apart of the States Housing Portfolio is an asset sale that matches if not dwarfs the individual sell off of any of the States Electricity Generators,

    The math is simply, Smith has a plan, flick off every property in the HousingNZ estate worth $700,000 which is most of the stock in Auckland, 12,000 properties worth $700,000 each to pay for the annual 1.8 billion dollar hole in Government revenue every year since 2009, tax cuts for the haves paid for with the sale of 12,000 of the homes of the poor,

    While asset sales involving power generators has little apparent human consequences,(until the rising price of electricity forces even more disconnections), the consequences for the 12,000 individuals or families forced to find accommodation in the private market will as the dismantling of the HousingNZ estate continues become apparent,

    This IS an asset sale of major proportions, it IS also a wealth transfer from the poorest of our society to the vote rich middle class who will fall all over themselves to cater for the extra 12,000 individuals and families who will still need housing after the destruction of their homes is complete,

    This WILL create more inflation in the Auckland housing market as that middle class compete with those wishing to buy a home to get their hands upon more rental properties,

    House prices will be further forced up by the ransacking of the HousingNZ estate as that monied middle class compete for rentals against those wishing to own a family home, along with the house price inflation will come rent inflation,

    There WILL NOT be any savings made by the Government from trashing the Housing belonging to the poorest in society, the costs of housing the poor will simply be transferred from the budget of HousingNZ to the budget of WINZ,

    The cost of extra payment of the Accommodation Supplement and Special benefits paid out from WINZ to those forced into an enviroment of private landlords ‘rack-renting’ in a spiral of inflation will far outweigh any costs shown in the HousingNZ budget,

    An excellent post Karol, i cannot remember seeing one picture in the past year that has filled me with sadness and anger as much as the forlorn picture of the State House, lights on, emanating warmth and security, next to the property deliberately and needlessly Vandalized by the current National Government…

  8. John 8

    If there are “NO replacements”, how do you explain the 500 new houses being built by Housing NZ in Auckland.

    How do you explain over 2000 rooms being added to existing state houses?

    And how do you explain that Housing NZ has been given more money in the last budget than at any time in it’s history ($3b of spending over three years).

    Could it be your long post could be better summed up in just two words – “conspiracy theory”?

    [lprent: see my other notes on your trolling if you wish to carry on commenting. ]

    • framu 8.1

      over 10 years john

      the real question is what houses are being built now and in GI

      when i lived in sandringham the pulled down about 8-10 old school HNZ houses in one street – but they replaced them, straight away, with new houses on the same land

      thats good – but is that what is happening in GI?

      • John 8.1.1

        This is what’s happening in Glen Innes

        http://www.hnzc.co.nz/housing-development/auckland/northern-glen-innes-redevelopment-1

        It’s stunning that those on the left are arguing we should keep one family in an old run down three bedroom house and keep two families on the waiting list, when the SAME taxpayer money could house ALL THREE families in brand NEW houses.

        It’s a no brainer.

        • framu 8.1.1.1

          fucks sake –

          “It’s stunning that those on the left are arguing we should keep one family in an old run down three bedroom house and keep two families on the waiting list, when the SAME taxpayer money could house ALL THREE families in brand NEW houses.”

          whats stunning is that you think thats the argument – its not and never has been

          did the many years of the left arguing for better quality houses for all NZers just not happen in your world?

          • John 8.1.1.1.1

            framu says “whats stunning is that you think thats the argument – its not and never has been”

            If you want to keep in a family in a state house worth a million dollars when the same money could house three families, then whether you like it or not, that IS the argument.

            • framu 8.1.1.1.1.1

              your the only one saying that

              helps if you actually listen instead of putting words in peoples mouths – stop being thick

              notice how just above you reword things to suit your view of the argument to the point you claim things that arent being said?

              do i have to repeat my self?!

              “when i lived in sandringham the pulled down about 8-10 old school HNZ houses in one street – but they replaced them, straight away, with new houses on the same land. Thats good” – thats many times more new houses than the original 8-10 by the way

              any time you want to apologise your welcome

        • bad12 8.1.1.2

          Sure is a no-brainer John, under what bridge do you plan to stash the 40 families that currently have HousingNZ homes in the area to be demolished,

          See the difference in the numbers do you, 156 State Houses to be Vandalized by Smith and National with only a proposal of 117 State houses to be returned,

          As i intimate above, that if Hobsonville is anything to judge by might suddenly become NO new State Houses for the demolished area,

          A large number of State Houses were part of the plan for the Hobsonville redevelopment, pepper-potted as they say among the new build private dwellings, the developers objected to this claiming having State Housing in the area would lower property values,

          Result??? No State Housing in the redevelopment…

          • John 8.1.1.2.1

            You conveniently miss the 500 new homes being built,

            And you conveniently forget about the 2600 additional rooms being built on to existing houses.

            Anybody who thinks it’s good use of taxpayers money to have million dollar state houses being rented for low rates effectively disqualifies themselves from any position in charge of taxpayer funds.

            [lprent: Provide a link to supporting information when you want to assert facts. This is your warning about supporting such assertions. I'd suggest that you read the policy.

            I have provided an example comment because it is clear that you have a problem with accuracy. ]

            • lprent 8.1.1.2.1.1

              You conveniently miss the 500 new homes being built,
              And you conveniently forget about the 2600 additional rooms being built on to existing houses.

              Since you didn’t provide a link and this post is about the Glen Innes development for housing NZ, my guess is that you have been lying. Of course it could be that you’re too stupid to use the net to find actual information.

              The problem is as always in the details – something that you are clearly not to proficient in working with.

              http://www.hnzc.co.nz/housing-development/auckland/northern-glen-innes-redevelopment-1

              To achieve our goals for the area, we plan to redevelop 156 properties to create at least 260 new houses, including:
              78 owned by Housing New Zealand
              at least 39 other market-based affordable houses
              and, the remainder for private sale.
              The project also involves modernising another 40 state houses in Glen Innes, and exterior upgrades to a further 276 state rental houses across Glen Innes and Panmure.

              Shit – those numbers match anything that you have said.

              • John

                lprent says “Since you didn’t provide a link and this post is about the Glen Innes development for housing NZ, my guess is that you have been lying. Of course it could be that you’re too stupid to use the net to find actual information.”

                You don’t have to be particularly smart to find the information, unless you deliberately don’t want to find it.

                Clue – it’s under the big heading “HOUSING DEVELOPMENT” – the very FIRST thing you can click on, on EVERY page of the Housing NZ site, (which I previously have already linked to).

                Lots of info about development in Ak, Chch, Wellington etc, and this from “Right Size”

                500 new homes, and 2600 additional bedrooms

                http://www.hnzc.co.nz/housing-development/right-size

                [lprent: You do realize that Auckland is a rather large city.

                That most of the houses you appear to be pointing to are many many kilometres from Glen Innes and even around the Tamaki area (ChCh?). And that many of the people in these houses are working and will be required to move far away from their jobs.

                Anyway, I'm tired of this. You obviously need a more pointed lesson in the rules of this site.

                Two week ban for astroturfing this post with irrelevant diversions. You can do that in OpenMike. ]

            • John 8.1.1.2.1.2

              lprent says “Provide a link to supporting information when you want to assert facts. This is your warning about supporting such assertions. I’d suggest that you read the policy.”

              That’s funny. I’ve ALREADY provided SEVERAL links, but people make bizarre and false claims without a whisper of complains about links.

              And many here talk about the dismantling of state housing, but when I provide facts to prove that wrong, suddenly I’m the one that’s off topic. Hell – even the lead article must be off topic if that’s the case.

              It looks like you want to censor any facts that disprove of the false accusations.

              [lprent: Ah no you haven't provided any links that are relevant to this POST that I saw. This POST was about the HNZ stock in Glen Innes and its evicted tenants. Talking about HNZ houses in Christchurch or even other parts of Auckland is irrelevant to this POST unless you can show its relevance.

              That was what you were being warned about. It pays to read my notes before starting to whine. We are always pretty bloody minded about people astroturfing all over one of our authors posts with their own pet topics.

              Doubled the ban to 4 weeks for wasting my time responding to this. Next doubling is to 8 weeks, I really have no particular problem continuing to double up. Your choice... ]

              • John

                Surprise surprise – abuse and censorship for anyone who links to facts that shine a bright light on another hollow beat up.

                What else can you do when so many lefties here so easily get shown up making totally false statements about the housing issue?

                (you’ll be doing ME a favour if you make the ban 8 weeks)

        • Binders full of women 8.1.1.3

          agreed, HNZ info I have read says that 3 bdrm homes are not a good fit for many HNZ tenants. More 4s,2s, and 1s. Less 3s.

      • PapaMike 8.1.2

        The problem with the numbers of buildings being mooted for both Auckland and Christchurch, and other centres in New Zealand is that there are not nearly enough builders to go round. After the Brisbane floods a huge number went to Queensland and are still there.
        Find the qualified builders – they are like gold dust.
        A Bay of Plenty builder said to me that he was full up, for 18 months at the earliest, with new houses.

        • Populuxe1 8.1.2.1

          Well how about training our unemployed instead of bringing hundreds in from overseas?

    • bad12 8.2

      John, conspiracy theory??? are you suggesting that Nick Smith has not stated publicly that 20% of the HousingNZ portfolio is to go,

      Are you further suggesting that Smith’s puppet, HousingNZ CEO Sowry, hasn’t publicly stated that any HousingNZ property with a value of 700,000 dollars will be sold,

      If so, i would have to suggest that you are simply TR0LLING and using LIES to do so,

      IF you are suggesting the HousingNZ budget will be used to provide any new housing you are again either lying or deluded, 1 billion dollars a year simply covers the maintenance costs of the States housing stock plus the subsidy passed across from Government to HousingNZ in the form of a book-keeping exercise which reflects the difference between ‘market rents’ and the ‘income related rents’ charged by HousingNz to the poorest members of NZ society,

      IF, John you have proof that this 3 billion dollars you speak of is to build new State housing please provide us all with that proof,

      Smith has publicly stated that the HousingNZ stock will be downsized by 20%, 20% of the current stock is 12,000 homes, to equate this into a conspiracy theory is plainly stupid,

      Do you see the abject Dumbness of defending Smith’s ripping apart of the HousingNZ estate with your applause for 500 proposed rebuilds which if the experience of Hobsonville give us any indication of the truth of such announcements might or just as likely might not be built,

      A 12,000 home loss makes such an announcement ludicrous along with your other little hurrah over the 2000 supposed extra rooms…

  9. John 9

    bad says “1 billion dollars a year simply covers the maintenance costs of the States housing stock”

    Nonsense. The HNZ costs for maintenance AND upgrades in 12/13 year was $190m.

    bad says “IF, John you have proof that this 3 billion dollars you speak of is to build new State housing please provide us all with that proof,”

    From 2013 budget
    “A record $2.9 billion investment by Housing New Zealand over three years. This includes:

    $1.6 billion on new housing developments and repairs to Canterbury properties.
    Project 324, which will put 2,000 extra bedrooms on existing houses.
    500 new infill two-bedroom homes on existing land.
    Completing around 46,000 home insulations.
    Major earthquake upgrades and repairs, including the repair of 5,000 state houses in Canterbury and the building of 700 new ones."

    So that’s 700 new houses in Chch, 500 in Ak, and 2000 new rooms (effectively 1000x 2 b/r houses, or 666x 3 b/r houses) in Ak.

    [lprent: The post is on a particular area of Auckland. What does ChCh have to do with it. ]

    • bad12 9.1

      You are still arguing from a position of Bullshit John, less 20% of the current HousingNZ housing stock which totals some 60+ thousand homes is a reduction of 12,000 of these homes,

      The best case scenario you put forward is that a bare 10% of these homes will be replaced,

      Further to that is your claim surrounding the addition of new bedrooms to existing State Housing stock, probably what you see by your little piece of mental gymnastics a master stroke of mathematical genius, in truth an utter piece of Bullshit,

      The 2000 rooms to be attached to the selected HousingNZ homes simply reflect the size of many Pacific and Maori families being unable to be accommodated in what are at present mainly 2 and 3 bedroom houses,

      So, this is obviously an addition to current houses which are being used to house current families which have grown to a size that the accommodation cannot now cater for, your equation of this to a supply of any amount of ‘new’ two bedroom housing if i may be so rude to point out is, Simply Fucking Dumb,

      Or do you perhaps propose that on the addition of a new bedroom to these properties another familiy simply be pushed in on top of the current tenants…

    • framu 9.2

      “A record $2.9 billion investment by Housing New Zealand over three years. This includes:”

      so its not 3B of new development then is it – that was the question

      ahem – “bad says “IF, John you have proof that this 3 billion dollars you speak of is to build new State housing please provide us all with that proof,””

      im starting to think you dont do that reading thing

      • bad12 9.2.1

        i would suggest framu, ‘John’ simply entered the thread with an intent to vandalize it, albeit the attempt contained slightly more information than the usual ‘wing-nuts’ put forward but not any more intelligence than the average garden slug could muster,

        Lprent has fixed ‘it’…

        • framu 9.2.1.1

          oh im well aware of that :-)

          shouldnt feed trools of course – but you know that thing cats do with mice?

  10. Enough is Enough 10

    GI is a very interesting case study for how fucked up society is.

    West Tamaki Road divides GI from Glendowie. And for not much reason other than the colour of skin if you are one side of West Tamaki Road your house is worth 20-30% more than the equivalent house on the other side of the road. It is remarkable.

    If you are on one side you go to Glendowie College, on the other you go to Tamaki College. (unless you go to that filthy elitist catholic shithole in the middle Sacred Heart College.

    This government want to toss the poor side out bulldoze the streets and make it all one blue voting paradice.

  11. risildowgtn 11

    I was in Levin other day and the nats have sold so many HNZ properties to private landlords.

    They aint replacing any of those they sell or have sold…… so john youre fuill of crap

    • bad12 11.1

      Risildowgtn, and Nick Smith is equally full of crap with His reasons for this part of the asset sale which is the ripping apart of the HousingNZ portfolio with 12,000 homes in His little plan to be sold of as unwanted,

      Levin is a nice place and big enough to have most of the facilities of a bigger place, as industry has withered in the past 30 years of the neo-liberal experiment, Levin used to be the home of a thriving clothing and footwear industry,there could be a case made which i acknowledge and reject that there is less of a need for the State to have a large stock of houses in Levin and many other of the larger towns that have suffered the same fate,

      Where the greatest need now is of course, in the cities,its where the work is which is another obvious,However, for Smith or anyone else to simply dismiss the State Housing in Levin as ‘unwanted’ is a knee-jerk stupidity,

      There are 100’s if not 1000’s of tenants occupying HousingNZ homes in Wellington at present who for whatever reason, age, infirmity, who will never work again, for those who could work there is a gross shortage of HousingNZ homes in Wellington,

      HousingNZ has a quarterly ‘magazine’ sent out to all tenants, So, tenancies in a place like Levin could easily be advertised to those who are unlikely to ever be in the workforce again and would be willing to shift to a place like Levin thus freeing up Wellington tenancies for those able to work,

      Smith of course is either willfully or genetically too stupid to see that there is no such thing as an unwanted or un-needed home…

    • John 11.2

      At any time HNZ has 3000 EMPTY houses.

      The whole issue they have is getting the right sized houses in the right places.

      In Auckland, they don’t have enough large houses, and they don’t have enough small houses.

      In places like Glen Innes, they have very highly valued (but run down) three bedroom houses on giant sections. They could provide two or three brand new houses for the same cost.

      lprent thinks that Glen Innes should be ringfenced and has nothing to do housing elsewhere in Auckland.

      When the Glen Innes situation is keeping other families out of homes, that’s obviously bunkum.

      Giving a million dollar plus resource to just one family, when the same money could provide new homes for three families, would have Savage rolling in his grave.

      • bad12 11.2.1

        Why is it you cannot understand the truth you yourself have provided John, your own figures show that the ethnic cleansing of Glen Innes will provide between HousingNZ and NGO providers of social housing 40 less houses than what are currently enjoyed by the current State tenants,

        How then can you make any claim except by being a Fucking Liar that this is in any way a positive outcome for those tenants of the State,

        i have provided an answer to your previous outrageous Lies about the total HousingNZ asset sell off which of course as we expect from ‘wing-nuts’ you simply disregard and sail on with your attempts to vandalize this particular Post,

        Only Nick Smith or an equally Stupid individual would continue to comment here in the face of having been banned for a number of weeks,

        Expect Lprent to come along later and provide you with a certificate of merit for being persistently stupid and a compulsive Liar all afternoon even when banned from commenting…

      • Murray Olsen 11.2.2

        Savage would be rolling in his grave to see thriving communities being broken up for the profits of a few Tory developers. He would be rolling in his grave that housing began to become something to make money off and the process was accelerated by the first ACT government, calling itself Labour. Savage would be rolling in his grave as the working class community of GI, or those parts of it with a sea view, were ethnically cleansed by a regime headed by a speculator who had been sheltered by a state house in his youth. There are many reasons that Savage would be rolling in his grave, but John, like most of the greedy, has no notion what any of them might be.

  12. xtasy 12

    So, may I ask, how many turned out for the protest action?

    Was it a dozen or two?

    I went to one some time ago, and I was SHOCKED about the apathy of people, and the lack of solidarity in NZ Inc.!

    Michael Joseph Savage would turn in his grave 24/7 if he would see what has become of this country, I am 100 percent certain!

    Divide and rule, and we have just that, and the idealists believe in good values and goals, but they are abandoned by selfish, divisive people, who do not feel they belong together, and the true spirit of Aotearoa NZ is long DEAD!

    Welcome more migrants, who are mostly having individual aspirations, who want to “better” themselves, and I met so many of them, but who do not at all identify with this country and its history.

    What a sad country this has become, it is a country devoid of spirit, and it is just a shallow superficial remnant of what it claims to be.

    • karol 12.1

      About 100 (as stated on their Facebook page) – the problem for such a demo is that for most of us, it was at a difficult time. Many are just leaving work, and it’s not that easy to get to from the other side of Auckland. A weekend demo would be a good idea.

      Actually we need a nation wide day of action on state housing.

      • xtasy 12.1.1

        I had some contact with Waitemata Unite, and that was discussed at one stage, but that talk of “national day of action” may sound great, without true coordination and resolute efforts, without having heaps of affected actually front up and take a stand, it is a LOST CAUSE.

        The latter is the main problem, as most affected are SCARED, they depend on housing from Housing NZ, and Housing NZ know this, so they do not dare to bite the hand that “feeds” them, which I know many people of being the situation they are in.

        The biggest enemy are the people themselves, not daring to stand up and that is the whole issue for the whole of welfare, housing, employment and all other major issues. This country is now run on intimidation, corruption and hostility created by the ruling forces between groups of population. It is to put it simply “divide and rule”, and as long as people do not realise this, succumb to this, and do not join ranks with whatever neighbours, no matter what background, this society is “stuffed”.

        • karol 12.1.1.1

          There is a TPPA demo in Auckland on March 29 – that’s a good issue to mobilise around. I will be going to that. It’s easier for me to get to demos if there’s a few weeks notice.

          • xtasy 12.1.1.1.1

            I agree, some sound notice and good organisation (I know GPAJ are behind this) does certainly “help”. What worried me before is that some activist groups do not necessarily work together all that well.

            And what we see now with the media attacks, it must tell each of us all, to join forces, no matter what, to put the major disagreements aside, as otherwise we will make it too easy for the Nats to hammer the progress this country needs, and to bring all Neanderthal men and women to the booths again, giving them a 3rd term. (Sorry Mr and Mrs Neanderthal, if there are any left, for any offences caused).

            Thanks, karol, you are a good soul!

  13. Brendon Harre 13

    Glen Innes is just one battleground. How is the wider war going?

    All is not fine in our fair cities. We have a problem of housing affordability. Something has gone wrong, the marketplace doesn’t work. With housing if interest rates go down, incomes go up, we move from single to double income families, we provide more government subsidies, WFF, accommodation supplements then house prices go up. All the gains are captured by the property owning class and the property less working class loses out. Inequality rises and a whole host of social problems get worse. This problem is called economic rent and is related to inelastic supply of housing. How we build new houses.

    This problem is not seen in other markets, kids clothing down at your local department store hasn’t been going up in price because family incomes have risen. Although you could question if the weekly grocery shop from our duopoly owned supermarkets has a somewhat similar effect.

    What to do about it? Well a good discussion is had here
    http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2014/03/nzs-english-ramps-up-housing-supply-side-attack/

    And here
    http://transportblog.co.nz/2014/02/27/bill-english-on-intensification-vs-sprawl/#comment-100140

    Definitely follow the link to the Chris Harris paper about how Labour was on the right track in the 30’s and 40’s.

    But then think about the Central government ideological football this created as discussed by Goosoid and myself here.
    http://transportblog.co.nz/2014/02/27/bill-english-on-intensification-vs-sprawl/#comment-100212

    These are big questions. They are about what sort of cities we want to live in. How to affordably build them. How to reduce inequality.

    • karol 13.1

      Thanks, Brendon. Yes, these are important issues that need to be foregrounded again and again this year. This Chris Harris paper.

      • Brendon Harre 13.1.1

        Thanks Karol I think I am probably more centrist than many here. My preference would be for our Regional councils/Super councils to be put in charge of building our cities. Rather than have a repeat of Labour massive building programs followed by National government undermining the same.

        Having said that. It is democratic decision and that is best achieved by a informed public. So happy to keep raising the issue. : )

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    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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