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Goff’s response to Key

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, February 9th, 2010 - 78 comments
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Even National Party pollster, David Farrar, could only give Key’s speech a B

Goff says that it’s ‘Alan Bollard 1, John Key 0′. There’s talk of a step change but no actual plan that will close the gaps. ‘No bold plan, no plan at all’

‘Big Tuesday? More like tip-toe Tuesday’

Rubbishs the notion that National’s tax changes would be for everyone. Says NZers know that National won’t produce a tax package that is fair to all NZers. Look at the record, last tax cuts most of the money went to the privileged few. No NZ family under $40K got any tax cut at all.

Key was silent on cutting the top tax rate but has been promising it to his mates. Key would get $500 a week from eliminating top tax rate, head of Telecom $2000 a week. What does a minimum wage worker get? Nothing from tax cuts. 25 cent increase.

The person on $70K gets $12.69 a week from cutting top rates, compare that to the PM’s $509.

Goff opposes GST increase emphatically.

Who are the winners and losers out of National’s tax changes? The winners are Key’s mates on high incomes. The losers are typical Kiwis.

Regrets the lack of substance, conviction, anything new of Key’s speech. Lack of vision.

Key’s discovery of the importance of R&D ironic given he has cut millions from R&D. If we want to close the gap, we should be following Aussie’s lead – 25% increase in R&D. Gap on R&D has got wider, gap on unemployment has got wider. Aussie has a government that believes in doing something, that believes in bringing down unemployment. We have a do nothing government – no wait, we had the jobs summit, Key’s ‘do-fest’.

Key talks about youth guarantee but 1 in 5 young people out of work or education. Shame on Maori Party for supporting the government when 1 in 4 young Maori out of work - a flag on a bridge not important compared to opportunity for young people.

Aussie did it right - stimulus, unemployment going down. We’re going the opposite way.

National has a problem with not listening. Won’t listen to Bollard. Won’t listen to John Hattie on national standards. Pita Sharples got told to shut up on national standards, then bought off – Maori schools exempt from national standards.

56% of Kiwis got no wage or salary increase last year. But the cost of living rose. Now Key is promising to worsen that with GST increase.

Key promised to help the poor and vunerable. Key exploited Aroha and Joan Nathan before the election, then sacked after the election. Jackie Blue lied about combining offices with Sam Lotu-Liga.

Quotes from Joan Nathan: ‘Key has just made it harder for us, and easier for the higher ups’. Key’s double standards, political exploitation.

Key has no plan to take the country forward, let alone catch up with Aussie as promised.

This is a very impressive performance by Goff. He has really outshone Key here and skewered the hollow promises and big talk of this do nothing government.

Interesting to see Russel Norman also using the language of wealthy bludgers. Actually a very good speech from Norman on the fallacy of obsessing over GDP growth.

78 comments on “Goff’s response to Key”

  1. Mr Magoo 1

    Listening now.

    Have to hand it to him. A+.

    Forcefully given. All points covered in the short time. Examples given.

    Unlike the snarky/snide way Key took digs, Goff delivers the criticism with conviction and passion.

    He occasionally stumbles a little bit on his speech though. A bit overcome with the volume and force I think.

    New found respect there. He actually sounded like a leader.

    Of course these are the words. Actions are another thing. :)

    • Mr Magoo 1.1

      Captcha: GOVERNMENT

      The example at the end about the lady national used up and threw away was priceless. Throwing her own words in key’s face was the shining moment in the speech for me.

      Spoken by a person who has been most hurt by their policies and attitudes.

  2. felix 2

    Goff’s tearing him to shreds. Good to see.

  3. Loco 3

    Goff is fired up, one of his better speeches.

    Some big hits on key.

  4. sean 4

    You guys forget that Labour had 3 terms to do something radical and all they could come up with is blowing out their spending and cynically taxing the top producers in the country (forcing them to leave or reorganise).

    What is so bad about increasing consumption tax and reducing income tax and taxes on savings? After all the criticism of our debt fuelled society, surely this is a move in the right direction……

    • the sprout 4.1

      flat taxes are regressive taxes

    • Mr Magoo 4.2

      You seem to forget what you said is not actually true and just a right wing meme you guys like to throw about.

      Working for families and kiwisaver as the first two examples anyone??

      How about reducing debt from 30+% to less than 20% just before the recession so we did not fall over?

      Go back to your cave.

      • sean 4.2.1

        So, exactly how is Working For Families made any difference to the wider economy? Didn’t we go backwards in the OECD rankings on its watch?

        Putting 50% of families on a benefit paid out of other peoples tax is not a way of moving our country forwards.

        Epic. Fail. Is that seriously all you could come up with?

        Maybe you should go back to your cave.

    • Clarke 4.3

      As entertaining as your comment might be, it’s a pity it’s not reality-based.

      Under nine years of Labour the unemployment rate fell, incomes increased, the deficit fell, surpluses were generated, and the wealth of New Zealanders increased. Under Key we’ve seen none of that – and based on the anemic performance we saw this afternoon, his reputation of “style over substance” looks set to continue.

  5. big bruv 5

    Just how long will you people put up with Goff missing out on these golden opportunities?

    Neville Key delivered a speech lacking in vision, lacking in aspiration, lacking in ambition and most of all lacking the tough choices this nation has to take.

    So what does Goff do in reply, nothing….the same old tired hard left ranting and raving.

    Key is vulnerable, the public are sick of waiting, if only you guys could get your act together then we might see a real choice for the voters on NZ.

    • tracey 5.1

      big bruv

      Couldn’t agree more… if you shut your eyes and turned the clock back to 2007…. Nat were Labour and Labour were act…

      Nothing changes… this country voted for change it just didnt know that the fine print said CHANGE just not yet….

  6. Anne 6

    Congratulations to Phil Goff. Excellent speech. Notice how sour the Nats looked? Loved it :D

  7. Booooring.

    Everyone loves a progressive tax system, but nobody likes the inevitable ‘imbalances’ you get when tax cuts are applied.

    You pay more tax, you get a bigger piece of the pie when it comes to tax cuts. Simple.

    • Clarke 7.1

      Only when you apply the tax cuts at the top rate rather than the bottom rate. If Key was interested in equity – which he plainly isn’t – then he’d give every taxpayer in the country an equal $2,000 rebate, like they did in Australia.

      Now that’s one part of “catching up to Australia” he’s not interested in pursuing!

      • tracey 7.1.1

        The other part of “catching up” that we wont hear Brash ACT or the Nats talk about is the strong unions over there…

        30 years ago our wages were higher than Oz and we had strong unions. They still have strong unions, ours are much weaker. Right or wrong, am just stating how it is.

        The gap closing with Australia is a red herring to get through pay-back policies for the help to end the 9 years in the wilderness.

  8. Go Phil

    He is much more focussed and precise this year. At times last year I used to pull my hear out but not any more.

    Good old fashioned socialist tub thumping speech.

  9. tracey 9

    I would prefer to see two things happen tax-wise

    Increase the level at which ANY income tax kicks in;
    Increase the point at which the top rate kicks in

    That is more palatable to me and I am in the $100k -ish household.

    I think it is fairer across the board, then I think increasing GST would be more palatable. I confess I dont completely understand the fiscal neutral stuff, giving with one hand to take away wth the other

    • Peter 9.1

      I agree, Between myself and the wife we are well in the top tax bracket, but with 3 young children , get no assistance of any kind from anyone.

  10. Rodney Hide is showcasing the quality of the Government’s economic policies by talking about …

    Climate Change?

    WTF?

  11. Tom 11

    Rodney Rorter, the Clmate change denier??

    say it aint so. It be rainin pigs next…

  12. bobo 12

    Great speech by Goff , nice to see some fire in his belly and spoke with passion. Complete opposite to Key who looked nervous and never made eye contact with Goff the whole time looked weak. Will be interesting to see how the MSM interprets both speeches if they just ignore Goff as usual.

    • The MSM is traditionally very pro-labour. If they do not support Goff, that is saying something.

      • bobo 12.1.1

        I just want them to show highlights of the speeches nothing more. Russell Norman had some good lines about the big bank heads not being done for fraud unlike the average kiwi if they avoided tax, but his delivery was weak, Metiria would have been better I think.

      • mickysavage 12.1.2

        The MSM is traditionally very pro-labour

        Spoken like a true wingnut.

        Any chance of some supporting proof?

      • Sam 12.1.3

        What planet have you been on for the last 6 (or more) years?

      • Matt Andrews 12.1.4

        “MSM is traditionally very pro-labour”????? Read the NZ Herald ever?

        And just wait for the TV tonight. “Duncan Espiner” will rate Key as “exciting” and rave about how cool it will be for people like them to get a tax cut.

  13. Zaphod Beeblebrox 13

    Did you see Key and English’s body language listening to Phil. I hope they show that on the news.
    The bit where he skewers the Maori party deerves to be seen again as well.

    • bobo 13.1

      I saw Key doing that thing people do at parties when no one is talking to them during Goff’s speech, pretend you have a txt msg or fiddle with your phone.. It reminded me a bit of the office. Notice during Keys speech he faced away from the opposition the whole time, cant remember him doing that last year I might be wrong though.

  14. aj 14

    Anderton – brilliant.

    His closing reference was perfect.

    • big bruv 14.1

      Anderton – Irrelevant.

      • kiwiteen123 14.1.1

        @ big bruv
        Lol.

      • DeeDub 14.1.2

        More relevant than you, dickhead. Although please do let us know when you’re elected to anything beyond President of your fantasy wingnut online world.

        • kiwiteen123 14.1.2.1

          No need to get personal.
          The internet is a bad world.
          I suggest you discuss the topic not ma and/or Big Bruv.

          • felix 14.1.2.1.1

            I suggest you stop pretending this is your blog before you get sent to your room you cheeky monkey.

            • kiwiteen123 14.1.2.1.1.1

              I don’t think this is my blog.
              I just think that there is no need to get personal and call people dickheads. S/He can criticise my views all they want. I won’t stop them.
              My point is that swearing and abusing people (not their beliefs) is wrong and gets one nowhere.

              • felix

                In that case I suggest you go fuck yourself.

              • Now, Now.
                May I suggest you take yourself away from the computer and take a few deep breaths.

              • felix

                That’s it. I’m telling your mum.

              • Ignoring the age-based stereotypes…
                You are upset with me because I didn’t like it when you acted like an 11 yo who has just discovered swear words.
                All I have done is told you to grow up and be sensible and reasonable.
                Clearly that was to much to ask.

              • felix

                What makes you think I’m upset?

                You know I thought you were an old man using a perv’s name (because of your clunky use of language, mostly) but your bizarre reactions and behaviour are making me think you might actually be a child.

                Bit sad either way really.

              • What clunky language?
                It’s a bit weird to tell someone to “go fuck yourself” if you are not upset.

              • felix

                You should get out more.

              • I used to have some respect for you but you are acting stupidly tonight. Perhaps you forgot your medicine? Maybe you are a bit drunk? Hang in there go take a walk. Breath in some fresh air and come back and start acting your age.
                You make some good points. Swearing make you look like a troll.
                Move on. Get over it and don’t insult people.

              • felix

                And there’s that clunky language again.

                Go fuck yourself, kT.

              • and there’s that stupid arrogance.
                I suggest you get over yourself and discuss the topic.

              • felix

                Ah, you and your suggestions.

                I’m definitely telling your mum what you’re up to.

              • That my friend would be stalking.

              • felix

                Nah, it’s called pillow talk.

                Stalking is what you do with your weird little blog.

  15. Great speech from Goff. Excellent content. Excellent delivery. Where Key was tentative and unsure, Goff was forceful and certain.

    Goff is starting to lay out a solid platform for the next Labour Government.

    Goff is looking like a Prime Minister in waiting.

    • All he needs now is some votes and he’ll be PM in no time…

    • big bruv 15.2

      What are you on about Tony?

      Goff laid out no pathway, offered no alternatives nor did he score any decent hits on Neville Key.

      If an old fashioned socialist rant is all it takes to please Labour party members then you guys are destined to see Neville Key as PM for a long time to come.

      • aj 15.2.1

        Did John mention how much cycleway he’s laid out?

      • Tony Milne 15.2.2

        Phil’s alternative speech “Higher Incomes: The Prime Minister’s Statement To Parliament (As proposed by The New Zealand Labour Party)”, combined with his “The Many. Not The Few” speech together start to outline a specific programme.

        He was also very clear in todays speech about what is in and what is out. And GST increase is out.

        You may not agree with it, but that’s not the point.

  16. bobo 16

    “He has finally shown his colours. He is a mediocre leader without the vision or the ability to change New Zealand. He is a seat-warmer who is too scared to scare the masses.”

    I guess Bernard Hickey is off Keys BBQ pool party invite list from today…

    • big bruv 16.1

      Hickey is 100% correct.

      • gitmo 16.1.1

        Goff or Key same reaction from everyone apart from the rampantly partisan ………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz more waffle and crap.

    • gingercrush 16.2

      Bernard Hickey is a very strange person. He wants no WFF, interest on student loans, a 25 cent flat tax, a severe cut to Super Annuation and increasing the age of retirement, a land tax or capital gains tax and a complete restructuring for rental properties. Not to mention major cutting of government spending.

      Basically Hickey is like Don Brash except he wants more focus on the productive sector and sees housing as the devil.

      I will never understand and the left often do support many of what Hickey has to say. Because underneath it all what Hickey wants to see would be unfathomable to most on the left.

  17. bobo 17

    I agree GC Bernard is very selective in what he wants. I think he is pissed off mostly about Key ruling out a capital gains tax which really would have been better than raising gst. I put that comment up as I thought Bernard was in the Key camp, I’m no fan of Bernard.

  18. tc 18

    Supercity being slammed through and alot of the hobbling and payback done under urgency like ACC/ETS without going near the debacle that is Tolley, the pathological liar Smith is, and the environmental vandal Gerry is leads me to one conclusion.

    It’s a single term no ideas gov’t and it knows it so watch it slam through no end of extra ‘looking after our mates’ stuff, in between PR opportunities that will take the next gov’ts more then a term to unwind.

    History repeats people…..Johnny clown will depart before the end of 2012 and enjoy the better travel times to his Omaha mansion….thanks Joyce.

  19. Jem 19

    It was the best I’ve heard Goff. I thought the only thing missing (and maybe I missed it as I didn’t quite catch the whole thing) was Phil saying loud and clear “LABOUR WILL REPEAL ANY INCREASE IN GST’.

  20. gingercrush 20

    The four percent growth expected this year must be shared among all New Zealanders, Mr Goff says.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10625075

    What the fuck is Goff smoking? This is the same weird as fuck economic growth story we were getting from his other speech. Who the hell is advising Goff on economic matters?

  21. I just read the speech.
    All though I don’t agree with his points, they are good ones.
    For all except one of his comments I agreed as much as I could with Goff and Labour – I can see who he thinks that even though I don’t.
    His personalizing of how much extra money Key would get a week was not necessary. I note he didn’t quote his own gains.

  22. Jan Black 22

    kiwiteen123 “What … is Goff smoking?” Probably the same thing as those zany guys at Westpac
    We expect GDP to grow by an above average 3.7% pace in calendar 2010, and 4.3% in calendar 2011
    http://www.westpac.co.nz/olcontent/olcontent.nsf/content/FM_Economic_Overview_Jan2010/$FILE/QEOJan10.pdf

  23. Con 23

    “empathically”?

  24. mummybot 24

    Nah, emphatically ;)

  25. Jon 25

    A NZ family earning under 40K is not likely to be paying any tax at all after WFF is taken into account. They get another handout under this change to balance the GST increase.
    Whenever a rich person gets a bit more money you envious pricks lose your minds.
    I’m in neither camp myself, I’m the guy who’s actually working for families – other peoples.
    No breaks for me just increased prices.

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    Today is a Member's Day, the last of the Parliamentary term. But thanks to government filibustering over the past few months, instead of seeing the third reading of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • Socially helpful photoshopping
    This one is close to my heart. It involves a man who lost his infant daughter Sophia to severe disease. She was only 6 weeks old. Sophia’s father Nathan had never seen her face free of wires and tubes. So...
    Polity | 23-07
  • Why are the electric trains so slow?
    In the first week or two of the Onehunga Line’s switch to electric trains there were major issues with the trains keeping to timetable, apparently due to overly conservative speed restrictions being put in the trains as part of their...
    Transport Blog | 23-07
  • Dairy Farming in Brazil :Nitrogen Management
    With the challenge New Zealand is facing with increased nitrogen leaching that has come with intensifying of dairy, there is understandably a tendency to ‘look over the fence’ and see how we compare with others. New Zealanders have applied our...
    Gareth’s World | 23-07
  • Gamechangers
    Updated the tracking poll. For variety’s sake this one goes all the way back to the start of 2005. It doesn’t correct for bias and the large circles intersecting the vertical lines are election results : Josie Pagani wrote a ‘what...
    DimPost | 23-07
  • Understanding the 2014 election campaign
    If David Cunliffe decided one day to redecorate his kitchen, they would call it a décor flip-flop....
    Imperator Fish | 22-07
  • Shuttling diplomacy between the bombs
    The mounting death toll in Gaza has spurred an intensified flurry of diplomacy (again), and finally a stated acknowledgement that this time the terms of any ceasefire (which will eventually come) need to differ from those of the past three...
    Pundit | 22-07
  • National Government Running Regional Health Services into Oblivion
    I am amazed anyone outside of Auckland will be voting for National this election.  They have shown only one intent in regards to regions outside of Auckland, and to a slightly lesser extent Christchurch, everywhere else  is considered a last...
    An average kiwi | 22-07
  • The MH17 blame game
    No matter who's side you're on, it's a terrible day when innocent lives are lost in another countries conflict. As questions still need to be answered as to why exactly flight MH17 was flying in controlled airspace in the first place, many headlines...
    The Jackal | 22-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believ