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‘God must be a member of the National Party’

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, August 21st, 2014 - 51 comments
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Just Wow.

Morning Report failed to get hold of Bob Harvey to offer balance on their coverage of National/Labour’s opening ads this morning, but I don’t think it mattered, because John Ansell did enough damage by himself.

Apparently:

God must be a member of the National Party, because He flattened the people’s republic of Christchurch and that’s where the economic growth has come from

So much in that – Christchurch deserved their earthquake because they voted left?

And National – according to someone from the right – has no economic plan, and relies on a natural disaster to get them out of an economic hole.

Wow.

Among other bits he also pointed out that rowing is an elitist sport so it’s the well-to-do streaking ahead under National, but the earthquake comment stood out for offensiveness and acceptance of National’s economic ineptitude…

[Update: link to Morning Report interview]

51 comments on “‘God must be a member of the National Party’”

  1. Tracey 1

    So ACT is turning on the NATS by reminding everyone we are only doing well cos of the earthquake?

  2. Macro 2

    Yes I thought it was a particularly nasty comment. Turned it off!

    • Rodel 2.1

      Macro
      Me too. Couldn’t listen to the shallow intellect and snide little man any more. (I do think he
      has the delusion that he’s clever- Don Brash thought so.)

      Comments about God flattening Christchurch with earthquakes are on a par with Slater referring to Cantabrians as pricks, scum, & West Coasters as feral.

      I wonder if the media will follow up on his despicable comments and I wonder if anyone in the South Island will vote for National after the contempt shown by Key’s supporters.

      • jpwood 2.1.1

        You should have kept listening, apparently the Green party caused the leaky buildings crisis.

        • Rodel 2.1.1.1

          Thanks but Sorry- couldn’t keep listening – vomit threatened my laptop keyboard

  3. disturbed 3

    Bob Harvey has again showed how crass the right are about humanity, and compassion for those severely affected by the tragic earthquake event of three years plus ago.

    Where are their sense of humanity for the unfortunate?

    In HB Gisborne regions they have shown the same crass uncaring lack of concern for the weather events that washed out the 800m section of the rail track, and dragged the entire population through three years of no support for assistance for the rail restoration, while the road is now crammed full of trucks and congestion through our cities and getting very dangerous.

    Now The Government instead yesterday released a plan to fund removing our railway and putting in another part of Keys’ cycleway around N.Z. how sick is that.

    This will only enflame an already severely dangerous truck gridlock situation the HB Gisborne regions have now.

    Bob Harvey did clearly show the ugly side of right wing policy toward communities suffering by bulldozing over their wishes for consultation ahead of any planned changes in his morning RNZ comments.

    Among other bits he also pointed out that rowing is an elitist sport so it’s the well-to-do streaking ahead under National, but the earthquake comment stood out for offensiveness and acceptance of National’s economic ineptitude…

  4. disturbed 4

    Opps Should read Adsell, he sure was a plonker eh!

    • Rosie 4.1

      Ansell. A henchmen of the right.

      And seriously, is that quote for real folks? Is there an audio available? He has said vile things in the past. He can add this one to the collection.

      Electorates of CHCH I hope you give a massive collective fingers up to Nat/Act on 20th September. You have been treated with contempt and indifference by this government and deserve much better.

      • Rosie 4.1.1

        Oh god it is for real. Thanks for putting up the audio. Nice to know we’re all “a bunch of losers standing around wanting things.”. Ansell in another inhabitant of Planet Key.

  5. mpledger 5

    As someone else pointed out – it looks like all white “elite” doing the rowing.

    Do they use an Australian ad agency? Surely any NZ agency would get that.

    • Bastables 5.1

      The irony is they made fun of the multi colour/ multi ethnic life boat, the inclusive one.

      National, side with Aryan superiority . . . . It’s pretty damn close to self satire.

    • Olwyn 5.2

      …it looks like all white “elite” doing the rowing. The two boats suggest something picked up from the cutting room floor of The Young Ones – it echoes the university challenge episode, but with a rowing story line.

  6. Tom Gould 6

    Moreover, what does Key have to say to a National Party spinner gloating over the earthquakes? He has noting to say when Slater called the earthquake victims scum. Great insight into what Tory insiders really think, and they are now so arrogant and out of touch, they just say it all out loud without consequences. Keep smiling, John.

    • Tracey 6.1

      no better insight into what tory insiders think than Dirty Politics, which the PM has never publicly slammed.

  7. Geo 7

    I’m still trying to figure out how they shoe horned Slater into the cox seat.

  8. disturbed 8

    National= no jobs policy.
    Labour = now a policy to have value added products made in regional NZ policy.

    Why use Kiwis to do anything in todays world?
    National over the last 6 years always will promote use for overseas companies as a preference.

    Can we start a list?
    My short beginning.

    1/ Hillside Workshops lost a contract to build wagons and locomotive restoration. (Kiwirail now scrapping waggon every week currently.)
    2/ Fisher & Paykel sold and moved to china to manufacture there.
    3/ Closed all woollen mils and now woollen carpets are only produced in China & India.
    4/ Shoe and linen clothing manufacturing all but a few have all gone to overseas.
    5/ Loss of Aircraft maintenance to Australia now Asia.
    6/ EQC accounting went Australia. (Brisbane)
    7/Timber mills closing all over NZ Waikato, HB, West coast, etc’

    I could fill two pages but anyone out there help out and add as you will.

    • disturbed 8.1

      My list under Hillside should read scrapping “Many wagons” every week, according to our rail advisors.

      Is national trying to wind down our rail in NZ? looks very much like it.

      Please vote these vandals out all Kiwi’s.

    • Puckish Rogue 8.2

      http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbbus/2031459392-more-skilled-jobs-being-advertised

      “The largest increase in skilled vacancies, was for technicians and trade workers”

      “By region, the biggest increases were in Manawatu and Wanganui, and Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.”

      Well done National

      • tricledrown 8.2.1

        Thats because the existing trades have gone to Christchurc the latest region by region figures show rural area’s already in decline even affecting Auckland

        • Puckish Rogue 8.2.1.1

          You’re a good leftie tricledrown, don’t feel too bad when National gets back in

          • tricledrown 8.2.1.1.1

            PR Yeah right at least you have the guts to stick it out although it will be for nought

            • Puckish Rogue 8.2.1.1.1.1

              If the left win I’ll still be here and just think of all the fun you lot can have (I’ll change my name of course but I’ll let everyone know what it is 😉 )

              • tricledrown

                puckish you might change your handle but we will still recognize the drone!

                • adam

                  No trikledown, it’s the self righteous gurgle of hatred – which will still emanate, that will let us know it’s PR.

  9. I thought that was a joke. He actually said it?

    smh

  10. tricledrown 10

    The Bullshit emanating from the business World is being spun to suit National!
    i.e. Fletcher Building CHCH rebuild is making things look good considering a lot of materials that are being used in the CHCH rebuild are manufactured in Fletcher own plant in Auckland!
    Freight ways are spinning the line everything is going Gangbusters but when you closely examine their figures not so good.
    i.e. their growth is coming from online purchases coming in from overseas which means less jobs in New Zealand more money going straight overseas without doing anything for our economy!

  11. appleboy 11

    there it is again – the deafening sound of silence from our right winger lupins these days round here

  12. Adrian 12

    I love the Nats boat ad, all the Nat uniformed rowers in it are going backwards.

    • disturbed 12.1

      Lupis, is he our side or theirs?

      If a Nat’ has changed his name or not getting paid neither are we but where still here so who is genuine not for the money?

      Puckish rose its a job that’s why he will be around when labour combo gets back in. trouble is will he accept a bribe to blog such dirt as he is um..fair at.

    • AB 12.2

      Yep – some rich white guys have taken over the ship and we are going backwards into the future.

  13. Because it’s a cold southerly day I thought I’d transcribe the Asnell interview.

    SF: John Ansell’s handled election advertising for both the National and ACT party, he is with us now. We are also hoping to talk to Sir Bob Harvey the former Labour Party President so hopefully we’ll get him joining us shortly, but firstly let’s talk to JA, good morning.

    JA : Good morning. I also did 3 campaigns for Labour actually.

    SF: Oh excellent so what’s your reaction to these two adverts, which do you think is the most powerful?

    JA: Well I was surprised how clear cut the win was to National um the Labour Party um has an ad with lots of people standing around doing nothing and asking for stuff including Labour MPs standing around dumbstruck offering no thoughts on how to afford it (laugh) and the National’s got this fit, sleek team of um ambitious hard working office types up early in the morning pulling together in a row boat ah um with a plan and a common purpose and um the bit I like though um is the is the cheeky cameo of the lifeboat full of Labour and Greens pulling in different directions and so that..I think it’s a pretty effective I wasn’t expecting to like either of them um they’re normally pretty boring these sort of things but um that cameo you know the real message for National which you’ll hopefully be seeing more of hopefully from my rightwing point of view is um is the influence of the Greens, you know the people who supported the thinking behind leaky homes could soon be in charge of state housing, Russell Norman the Australian Communist (SF laughs) could be in charge of finance in 1 months time (SF laughs again) that sort of thing that’s what the Nats are going to have to be running with (SF still laughing) the Cunliffe cabinet is going to be 1/3rd Green…

    SF: Well let’s just just let’s just hang on a second though because if we can talk about how this actually plays out because you know what is the reaction going to be because ultimately Labour are absolutely sticking to their message of saying vote positive that’s what they want that’s what they are going with whereas how is the National advert going to be seen by people?

    JA: Well ah there are a couple of downsides, one is the elitism of rowing but rowing of course is the is the NZ sport where we lead the world you know we get up early we we train hard and we lead the world and that’s the National ethos really that’s what they are trying to say I mean they are overstating the case about their economic management um god is obviously a member of the NP because he um flattened the people’s republic of ChCh and that created the economic growth. (SF half laugh)
    SF: oh ok so but
    JA ..boasting about but um the Labour campaign talks positive um but doesn’t offer anything positive they don’t say how they’re going to do any of this stuff how they’re going to give all these people what they want um…

    SF: So the imagery very strong then in the National advert you’re saying but what about the music and I know a lot has been certainly been talked about on this on Twitter using Eminem that’s kind of an interesting fit with National isn’t it?

    JA: I think that’s a bit of a beat up I didn’t thinking of it from a viewer’s point of view I don’t notice the music you never do the purpose the purpose of music is to heighten the mood you don’t actually sort of listen to it so much …

    SF: but if you know that song doesn’t that immediately make you think of Eminem and and isn’t that a danger?

    JA: I don’t think Eminem is the most positive sort of role model

    SF : well the title of the song is ‘lose yourself’

    JA : yeah well ok so

    SF : it’s not a great word to have associated with your advert is it

    JA : I think that’s largely the media trying to beat that up trying to find something wrong with it I think you know I’m surprised how good the ad is um it’s painting the I don’t think the public are going to care too much about that angle it’s really the imagery of the ad itself and the positivity, you know one ad talks about being positive while there’s a bunch of sort of losers standing around wanting stuff and the other ad actually is um being positive and reminding people that you know the country is going in the right direction and people are well at least the National Party caucus with no other influences in the caucus really to upset them are um you know having their own way ….

    SF: well look

    JA: ..in contast with ah a potential labour cabinet of all these different um odds and sods trying to pull different ways

    SF: Well look thank you very much for your time and your perspective on that. That’s John Ansell who has handled election advertising for National, Act and indeed Labour he was saying there. We hoped to speak to Bob Harvey former LP president unfortunately not able to get hold of him.

    So, Russell Norman is an Australian Communist; god is a member of the National Party; the Greens caused the leaky homes debacle; ordinary Kiwis are a bunch of losers standing around wanting stuff and the people who represent minority interests are odds and sods.

    With friends like that ……

  14. greywarbler 14

    Keep Calm and Carry On. John Ansell was someone who has been involved with three Labour election promotions. He was giving a report on the feeling that the general bloke and blokess would give. Fairly correctly also.

    His response on the Labour one was not too different to mine. A question, a pause, then a stilted reading from a card. He said that Labour were all talking about what they wanted with no mention of how they would get it. And that gap is where Labour can be tripped each time, on the idea that Labour is going to go for higher wages and run the country into debt etc. This would come from people who haven’t a clue how we are already in that position and why. And they need a small saveloy of information to slip into their open mouths.

    Some of Te Reo Putakes notes –
    1 the Labour Party um has an ad with lots of people standing around doing nothing and asking for stuff including Labour MPs standing around dumbstruck offering no thoughts on how to afford it (laugh) and the National’s got this fit, sleek team of um ambitious hard working office types up early in the morning pulling together in a row boat ah um with a plan and a common purpose
    (Sounds as if he is being quite objective there. I think a focus group would say that same thing.)

    2 potential labour cabinet of all these different um odds and sods trying to pull different ways
    (Is this relating to MMP from an unchanging dinosaur, or the breadth of experience and intellect that Labour has cf to National’s young ‘uns, or just wondering if there is any teamwork and collegial thinking in the likely Labour Cabinet..)

    3 [National] are overstating the case about their economic management um god is obviously a member of the NP because he um flattened the people’s republic of ChCh and that created the economic growth.
    (That’s actually a bit of a dig at National there, pointing out the obvious.)

    4 the real message for National which you’ll hopefully be seeing more of hopefully from my rightwing point of view is um is the influence of the Greens, you know the people who supported the thinking behind leaky homes could soon be in charge of state housing
    (Doesn’t like Greens. And is willing to spray them with any herbicide handy. And talking communist and finance is scaremongering.)

    A lot of his comments are just him giving the blokey public response. And Christchurch is National’s main get out of jail card. But how did the theme that the Greens caused the leaky homes problem get going??

    • greywarbler 14.1

      I apologise deeply to TeWhareWhero. I was admiring the huge amount of work of putting John Ansells remarks up and the wrong name was in my mind. (Is Te Whare The White House?) I thought it was good to see what John Ansell said. And look at the context in which he said it. He’s still someone to watch out for but not quite the worm I heard about.

      • TeWhareWhero 14.1.1

        It means The Red House.

        • greywarbler 14.1.1.1

          TWW
          Thanks I would have looked it up but it would have taken some of my coughing time which is keeping me busy. And I was learning colours in Maori from my grandchildren’s cd by Anika Moa just the other day. Kakariki is green, Kowhai is yellow. Viruses in bodies or computers – they are damnable things.

  15. aerobubble 15

    Minimum wage rise have to be linked to productivity rise. So why on Backbenchers were there so many Nats all demanding they pay too much tax, and shouldn’t have to put taxes back up after the huge productivity collapse in the financial markets. Don’t they believe in free markets anymore. That the perverse incentive of tax cuts for the wealthiest is government intervention gone to far when not coupled to real tax cuts (not GST rises) on the poorest. Its not so astonishing believing they think God is a Nat when they believe they have a divine right to tax cuts without any economic merit.
    And even basic economics teaches us that we pay more we get better productivity, less turnover of staff, etc, so paying people less means a drop in productivity, higher turnover in staff, and so less economic wealth creation. So why is even the tax payer union for stopping minimum wage rises?
    Are they just dumb, or more of the same blinkered greed that caused the GFC?

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  • Start as you mean to go on
    The GCSB has a new director: His family tease him by calling him Johnny English. He has a 3000-strong record collection – not classical, but some “out there” 1980s indie rock. Andrew Hampton is also a government fix-it man –… ...
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  • Polity: Mike’s minute: Mike’s maths!
    Today, media ubiquity Mike Hosking took to nzherald.co.nz to vent his frustration at Labour for suggesting that it would re-convene the same Tax Working Group first used by National. He was clearly very upset.For Mike, Auckland’s housing crisis is a… ...
    1 day ago
  • Polity: Mike’s minute: Mike’s maths!
    Today, media ubiquity Mike Hosking took to nzherald.co.nz to vent his frustration at Labour for suggesting that it would re-convene the same Tax Working Group first used by National. He was clearly very upset.For Mike, Auckland’s housing crisis is a… ...
    1 day ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
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    frogblogBy Denise Roche
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  • Helter smelter deja vu: Tiwai Point uncertainty stalls NZ renewables
    Simon Johnson looks at how New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy… ...
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    1 day ago
  • Helter smelter deja vu: Tiwai Point uncertainty stalls NZ renewables
    Simon Johnson looks at how New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy… ...
    Hot TopicBy Mr February
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
    It's eight days since the Prime Minister airily assured Guyon Espiner on Morning Report that "in my experience with Work and Income", homeless people could go along to their local office and get sorted with some emergency housing.We now know… ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
    It's eight days since the Prime Minister airily assured Guyon Espiner on Morning Report that "in my experience with Work and Income", homeless people could go along to their local office and get sorted with some emergency housing.We now know… ...
    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
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    frogblogBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
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    frogblogBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
  • What we are expected to believe
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    1 day ago
  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
    The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development’s public shark-jumping exercise the other week got me thinking. While their flagship policy of a new megabillion eastern tunnel project is a bit mad, their report does a reasonable job of diagnosing one… ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    1 day ago
  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
    The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development’s public shark-jumping exercise the other week got me thinking. While their flagship policy of a new megabillion eastern tunnel project is a bit mad, their report does a reasonable job of diagnosing one… ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    1 day ago
  • Why are whistleblowers being prosecuted as spies?
    Whistleblowers are a ‘check’ on government, corporate or organisational secrecy and malfeasance. I recently read Tim Shipman’s preview of the Chilcot report into the origins of the Tony Blair-led UK engagement in the US’s invasion of Iraq, which looked at… ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 day ago
  • Spend and Tax
    As a general rule, New Zealanders want more public spending. Surveys (such as the 2014 Election Survey) show consistent support for increases in spending, particularly in the areas of health, education, housing, law enforcement, public transport and the environment (in… ...
    Briefing PapersBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • The birth place of the artist
    It may not be the best reason to fund the arts. It’s certainly not the only one. But travelling to the small city of Rovereto, at the feet of the Italian dolomites, reminded me of the lasting influence that a… ...
    Bat bean beamBy Giovanni Tiso
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right, and battle bots
    In his victory speech at the Cannes film festival this week, the British film director Ken Loach warned that the rise of far right parties in Europe was being fuelled by the economic policies of austerity, and manifested in a… ...
    2 days ago
  • Why Corrections prevented Tony Robertson from getting treatment in prison
    Tony Robertson was sentenced to eight years in prison for indecently assaulting a five year old girl in 2005. He was considered a high risk prisoner and the parole board declined to release him on four separate occasions.  He was… ...
    PunditBy Roger Brooking
    2 days ago
  • Have We a Housing Policy?
    The Prime Minister’s announcement that there is nothing new about homelessness is both an example of his strengths in reassuring the public that there is never really a problem and the weaknesses of the government’s policy approach..read more ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Have We a Housing Policy?
    The Prime Minister’s announcement that there is nothing new about homelessness is both an example of his strengths in reassuring the public that there is never really a problem and the weaknesses of the government’s policy approach..read more ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Climate denial arguments fail a blind test
    As we saw in the recent legal ruling against Peabody coal, arguments and myths that are based in denial of the reality of human-caused global warming rarely withstand scientific scrutiny. In a new study published in Global Environmental Change, a team led by Stephen Lewandowsky… ...
    2 days ago
  • Palmerston North librarians gather to support UCOL colleagues
    At 5pm today at the UCOL Library, representatives of library staff from the City Library, Massey, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and local schools will meet in a show of support for UCOL Library staff whose jobs are threatened. “We all… ...
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  • Accountability for Iraq?
    Six years after it was established, the Chilcot Inquiry into the UK's involvement in the Iraq war is finally about to report back. And from the sound of it, its going to pin the blame squarely where it belongs: on… ...
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    2 days ago
  • Accountability for Iraq?
    Six years after it was established, the Chilcot Inquiry into the UK's involvement in the Iraq war is finally about to report back. And from the sound of it, its going to pin the blame squarely where it belongs: on… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Not Quite But Getting There
    It seems that Labour might have finally gotten the memo about getting it’s A into G but perhaps not quite digested the content. Still it’s a start. The last month has seen a steady stream of both Labour and Little… ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate change: The latest inventory
    The annual inventory report [PDF] of our greenhouse gas emissions was released on Friday. The headline data: emissions are still increasing: There's been another "recalculation" in the last 12 months, making year-to-year comparisons difficult. Naurally, this seems to have shifted… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate change: The latest inventory
    The annual inventory report [PDF] of our greenhouse gas emissions was released on Friday. The headline data: emissions are still increasing: There's been another "recalculation" in the last 12 months, making year-to-year comparisons difficult. Naurally, this seems to have shifted… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Australia lets kiwi detainees literally rot
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago

  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
    21 mins ago
  • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
    Dairy exports have fallen 11 per cent compared to this time last year, a fall of almost $1.5b, showing the Government must take clear action on diversifying the economy in tomorrow’s Budget, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David… ...
    40 mins ago
  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
    Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New analysis shows… ...
    4 hours ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
    Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
    4 hours ago
  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
    John Key didn’t tell his own Finance Minister he was about to go on radio and announce he wanted $3b of tax cuts, just days after Bill English ruled them out, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “In Parliament today… ...
    21 hours ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    23 hours ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    23 hours ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
    Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
    A great Budget would embrace the challenge of our polluted rivers and move the money away from justifying the status quo water rules into cleaning up waterways. A great Budget would take the Ministry for the Environment freshwater budget and… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
    On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
    Today I want to talk about success. As we know success can come in many different forms, from the fact you all made it here at such an early hour on a Monday, for which I am very grateful, to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
    The Government must ensure next week’s Budget stops the squeeze on middle New Zealand and delivers shared prosperity for all New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. The call follows new research commissioned by Labour that shows working… ...
    3 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
    Marama and Metiria at Homes Not Cars launch On Thursday, Metiria Turei announced the Green Party’s plan to start addressing the emergency housing crisis facing our country. Too many people are without homes right now – homeless. It is the… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
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    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
    Motorists who have been overcharged for their car registration should get a refund, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “Minister Nikki Kaye’s ‘faulty risk’ rating scheme has blown up in her face with over 170 different models of car having… ...
    5 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
    The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “I have been the first to defend the Auckland City Council when Bill English has been blaming… ...
    5 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
    Labour is expressing concern for New Zealanders’ privacy rights as the Government signals Customs will have the power to inspect electronic devices coming across the border, says Labour’s Customs Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “We agree that customs officers should have the… ...
    5 days ago
  • The Price of Water
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    5 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
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    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
    The Government is not doing enough elective surgery to keep up with New Zealand’s ageing population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s damning that the targeted national intervention rate for cataract and knee and hip surgery is the same… ...
    6 days ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
    The Government must substantially increase funding for secondary schools in next week’s Budget after a new survey found 86 per cent of principals consider their college under-resourced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Just 14 per cent of secondary principals… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
    The Labour Party is reiterating its call for an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s fishing industry after two reports revealed the Ministry for Primary Industries turned a blind eye to widespread fish dumping in New Zealand waters, says Labour’s Fisheries… ...
    6 days ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    7 days ago
  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
    New Zealand’s national electricity grid stretches the length of the country and contains some 11,803 kilometres of high-voltage lines and 178 substations. It wouldn’t make sense for competing power companies to duplicate and build their own expensive electricity transmission system… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    7 days ago
  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
    The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Over 25 years the urban growth boundary hasn’t… ...
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
     It is outrageous that schools are relying on money and iPads from foreign land investors to meet the learning needs of their students, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  “Several OIO land applications by offshore investors have claimed that without… ...
    1 week ago
  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
    A young South Auckland Māori woman recently tried to get hold of me around midnight. I missed her call. The woman wanted me to know the sharp reality facing too many families looking for a stable place to live. Things… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal
    Confirmation again yesterday that the manslaughter charge in the Moko Rangitoheriri case was a deal done by the Crown Prosecution Service is justifiably the cause of outrage, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.“This should never have been a case where… ...
    1 week ago
  • Overseas investor funds school’s digital devices
    The Government must address the inequality laptops and tablets in classrooms are causing after a Queenstown school was forced to use a donation from an overseas investor to get their students digital devices, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Documents obtained… ...
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
    This Government has consistently failed to recognise the links between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and intimate partner violence. For me, the recent review of CYFS has highlighted this misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impacts… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
    This Government has consistently failed to recognise the links between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and intimate partner violence. For me, the recent review of CYFS has highlighted this misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and its impacts… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
    It was interesting to attend the ForestWood Conference in Auckland recently and learn about the extent of innovation in the wood processing and manufacturing sector. The forestry sector may be New Zealand’s third largest export earner, but raw logs make… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
    It was interesting to attend the ForestWood Conference in Auckland recently and learn about the extent of innovation in the wood processing and manufacturing sector. The forestry sector may be New Zealand’s third largest export earner, but raw logs make… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Key plucks $3b out of thin air – reckless and irresponsible
    John Key refuses to give up on his dream of tax cuts to the wealthy, despite being shot down by Bill English, and is resorting to plucking numbers out of thin air, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “On radio… ...
    1 week ago
  • John Key woefully out of touch on homelessness
    John Key is completely out of touch if he thinks desperate South Auckland families forced to live in cars can simply go to Work and Income for help, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Many of these families are working and… ...
    1 week ago
  • Under-reporting shows need to review quota system
    The Government must launch an independent review into New Zealand’s 30-year-old Quota Management System following a new report suggesting gross under-reporting of catch in the New Zealand fishing industry, Labour’s Environment spokesperson David Parker says.  “The Auckland University report found… ...
    1 week ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
    A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue
    A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the fair share for most New Zealanders?
    Most New Zealanders reading the news that chief executive pay has risen 12 per cent in the last year will be wondering when they are going to get their fair share, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “More and more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the fair share for most New Zealanders?
    Most New Zealanders reading the news that chief executive pay has risen 12 per cent in the last year will be wondering when they are going to get their fair share, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “More and more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Mega media merger is bad news
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    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    2 weeks ago

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