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Auckland’s forgotten West

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, June 17th, 2014 - 107 comments

Auckland June 2014 storm damage NZ Herald

Almost a week after last week’s storm, some people in West Auckland are only just getting their power back on, while others are still without hot water. Some parts of Auckland’s west are becoming increasingly neglected under John Key’s watch, especially since the centralising-moves following Hide’s blueprint for the “supercity”.

The neoliberal power game: cities for sale

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 4th, 2014 - 27 comments

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An NZ Herald article about Mai Chen’s book on Auckland Council, supports big power, big money, big competition, and economic activities focused on anything but the production of material needs and wants.  It ignores the struggling precariat living with housing, income, transport and energy poverty.

Second class citizens. Beggars belief

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, April 29th, 2014 - 58 comments

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Out of sight-out of mind seems to be the logic of Auckland City’s bylaw to come into effect next month, to outlaw begging on the streets. The clear message from Native Affairs report, ‘Walk on By‘, last night, is that the bylaw is the result of pressure from the comfortable middle classes. [Update: bylaw only says it's an offence where begging causes a nuisance]

Auckland Council CCO 2 step

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, March 7th, 2014 - 13 comments

Asset theft National disgrace Demo Auckland Dec 2012

Mai Chen argues that the current review of Auckland Council CCOs will put them on a tighter leash.  Tony Holman argues against the whole CCO set up: it’s a trojan horse, 2 step towards privatisation of Auckland assets.  Aucklanders need to have their say. Vote out Team Key to prevent such sales.

A glorious waste of money for the titillation of perverts

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, February 8th, 2014 - 67 comments

Auckland Five_Page_1

The fiasco of the wet dick and the perverts shuddered to a conclusion yesterday with the direct bill of around $250,000. Len Brown was strong-armed into paying $40,000 for the audit which turned up nothing much except that his wife brought a lot of hotel nights. Questions remain about who was responsible for the waste caused by the lack of scoping of the external audit. Looks like dirty politics at the ratepayers expense.

Herald massaging a message

Written By: - Date published: 5:19 pm, January 23rd, 2014 - 23 comments

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The Herald continues its tabloid-style vendetta against Len Brown by serving up non-news in a shock-horror frame to make the mayor look bad. With a combination of the delicate removal/rewriting of what was said and a a senile loss of memory about the chains imposed on Auckland by National, Act and Rodney Hide – the Granny Herald continues its downward slide into irrelevance.

Auckland Council’s next 100 days

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, January 14th, 2014 - 46 comments

Auckland

Auckland Council probably has only 100 days left to sort itself out.  Otherwise it is going to be a long three years where the prospects of good being achieved will be poor.

Local govt is on the move

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, January 6th, 2014 - 51 comments

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The Local Government Commission is currently proposing to crush a number of local bodies together into the same kind of mess that the Auckland super city has been suffering. Undemocratic and divorced from anything local because only a wealthy few can consider standing and those few can ignore any local wishes from the token local boards. The only defense that citizens have against the LGC is to force binding poll. Be ready to do so for Northland and Hastings/Napier.

Wet Dick and the Perverts

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, December 27th, 2013 - 135 comments

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It should be the name of a group from a bizarro version of the 1960′s. But no, it is what passes for the governance of the Auckland City Council these days. There is our mayor with his wet dick. Then we have the five perverts who are busy emoting faux outrage whilst quietly forgetting that we elected them to help run a city. Dick Quax, Cameron Brewer, and the handful of other perverts in council can play with that aspect of their lives on their own time.

Auckland in search of democracy

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, December 24th, 2013 - 29 comments

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Media beat-ups around personality politics divert from Auckland’s real problems: an undemocratic council structure that panders to corporates, & that does not represent Auckland’s diversity, while doing little to counter the destructive impact of the inequality gap.

Reef piranha

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, December 22nd, 2013 - 42 comments

piranha

Today’s Herald editorial gets one thing right – a media pack has turned on Len Brown. But it’s not gutsy journalism – it comes straight out of the Rupert Murdoch playbook. Len’s latest sin is his upgrades – EY says  they total  $32,000 for 64 occasions. That’s $500 an upgrade, which seems  a lot on top of what Len paid. The report does not detail how this total was arrived at, and I cannot find any example of any journalist asking questions about it.

Ernst and Young should investigate Cameron Brewer

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, December 20th, 2013 - 239 comments

Cameron BRewer

Cameron Brewer apparently forgot to file a declaration of interests in 2012 which should have included details of a four day junket to the Gold Coast paid for by Mediaworks.  Dick Quax forgot to file returns in 2011 and 2012.  Is an investigation required?

Showdown at Auckland Council

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, December 19th, 2013 - 264 comments

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Today’s Council meeting will no doubt develop a great deal of heat but little light.  And then hopefully everyone can settle down and working on the real job which is to create Auckland into a great city.

NZ Herald: Disgrace to democracy

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, December 18th, 2013 - 245 comments

NZ Herald Mayor Brown time to go altered

The  right wing NZ Herald editors, have misused their position in the news mediascape to  produce some shameless, highly partisan and manipulative propaganda. They do not have the interest of all Aucklanders at heart. More considered analysis needed. Let’s wait for tomorrow’s public meeting.

SkyCity: they’re toxic

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, December 16th, 2013 - 170 comments

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The detail of the Ernest and Young report on Len Brown clears him of all significiant wrongdoing on the local government purse. The hotel room upgrade values are just complete bullshit for someone who had a regular family timeouts at one hotel – which did most of the almost all of the upgrades. The type of customer that all hotels want. The political question is about receiving anything “free” from Skycity.

Public transport vs private transport. Don’t waste money on fasttracking motorways

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 am, November 26th, 2013 - 99 comments

Transit-versus-Cars

Ok, I know this image has a lot of issues. It is a 256 color animated gif. Dithered to hell. Bad colour balance, tilt and even a moving focus point. But it certainly makes its point about what kind of road space we’re paying for to inefficiently fill with cars? Have the idiots at NZTA and in this incompetent National government not read their own statistics? Roads aren’t filling up. Public transport does.

Oil rigs – coming to a beach near you?

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, November 19th, 2013 - 98 comments

Piha with oil rig

The Government is in the process of handing out oil exploration permits which would if unchanged allow drilling 6 nautical miles out from the west coast beaches of Auckland.  And Auckland Council had the chance to submit on the proposal and did so, in a very gentle way, but forgot to ask the locals including the local board.  There has to be a better way.

Len Brown will today propose a living wage for Auckland Council employees

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, November 7th, 2013 - 15 comments

living wage

Len Brown will today propose to Council that it funds a living wage for all Council and CCO employees.  It is intended that this is funded through savings, particularly with high level wages, and efficiencies and will be brought in over three years if supported by the Council.

BLip: The swearing of the Auckland council

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, October 30th, 2013 - 18 comments

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BLip is well known on this site for his ever-growing linked lists of the lies of John Key. But it appears he has been branching out into the role of reporter in this hilarious account of the swearing of the Auckland council last night that was picked out of Open Mike.

On the waterfront: art & politics

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, October 29th, 2013 - 81 comments

Dunedin Labour Day Parade 1894

Auckland authorities disrespected past worker struggles in allowing an art work on the waterfront, that commemorates the ruthless suppression of the 1913 strike. After protests, it has now been covered.  Time for the many to unite for fairness at work & in daily living!

The Blame Game

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, October 27th, 2013 - 106 comments

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And so it continues.  Inside the Palino-Wewege-Cook-Slater camp, every one is pointing the finger at everyone else and putting the blame elsewhere for the clumsily executed smear campaign against Len Brown.  Got to wonder who is in the shadows frantically pulling various levers?

Playing dirty: The politics of contradiction

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 pm, October 19th, 2013 - 167 comments

most trusted name in news slater

Slater’s track record speaks for itself. As the Brown-Chuang-Wewege-Palino story unfolds, his angle on the story shifts, and the contradictions abound. On The Nation this morning,  Slater lays it out: politics is a dirty game, and that’s the game he’s playing.

The NBR and Editorial Independence

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, October 18th, 2013 - 21 comments

NBR

The NBR has fired long time senior reporter Jock Anderson for writing a sympathetic Len Brown editorial.  This apparently was against instructions even though the comments appeared to be balanced and fair.  This raises concerning issues about NBR’s editorial independence and the control over content that management has.

Making sense of the census: regional decline

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, October 16th, 2013 - 30 comments

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Yesterday John Key, some MSM journos and a few Standard commentators were gloating that recently released Census 2013 data showed David Cunliffe was wrong in his concern with regional decline.  The evidence shows Cunliffe is correct.

What’s the play?

Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, October 16th, 2013 - 108 comments

emmerson on slater and len brown

No-one’s happy with the revelations about Len Brown’s private life, apart from Slater (himself also an adulterer) who is wallowing in all the details that Chuang seems only too happy to provide. But what’s interesting is that this is clearly a political play. Who’s behind it and what do they have to gain? The players: Slater, Slater snr, Chuang, and Palino.

The attack on Auckland’s Democracy

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, October 16th, 2013 - 172 comments

len-brown

With Tea Party type zeal Cameron Slater is trying to bring down Len Brown’s mayoralty.  What has happened is a tragedy for Len’s family and himself.  But as Mayor of the super city we need him to move on from this.

(Un)affordable rents in Berm City

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, October 3rd, 2013 - 43 comments

Green Party home for life

Central Auckland, gated city candidates get cosy about their grass verges. The west has a crisis in affordable rents & homelessness. Labour & Nats housing policies bow to the middle class home ownership agenda.  Greens & Mana look to state & council housing.

Unions Auckland’s list of supported Council candidates

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, September 22nd, 2013 - 25 comments

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Unions Auckland has released a how to vote card based on candidates who will support a living wage, no privatisation of Council assets and sorting out a fair deal for the POAL workers.

Auckland Council Elections out west

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, August 18th, 2013 - 5 comments

Westie Ewen GilmourSome thoughts on the battles out west for seats on the Auckland Council.

Auckland Council Elections

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, August 16th, 2013 - 28 comments

Super City Rodney HideNominations are closed and Auckland Super City’s candidate lists have been published.  Following are some comments on the Mayoral candidates.  I also hope to post on the Councillor contests, where interest will be greatest.

Submit to prevent SkyCity corruption

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, August 14th, 2013 - 5 comments

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The SkyCity deal still needs some urgent attention from members of the public interested in getting a submission to the select committee. They close on Thursday 22 August next week. The politically corrupting influence of the gaming industry means that members of the public will have to push the politicians to stop them giving SkyCity these extraordinarily lucrative and destructive concessions for a economic pittance.

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    Greens | 14-07 12:07 am
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    The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror in Gaza, the Green Party said today.Thousands of civilians in Gaza have fled their homes as Israel has continued an offensive to destroy Hamas rocket sites...
    Greens | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    Ex New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu has joined the MANA strategy team as the new MANA Youth Ambassador in another game changer move for the MANA party. “When we say we want more...
    Mana | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    The Green Party has announced today that its number one environmental priority for this election is making our rivers clean enough to swim in again and keeping our beaches safe from oil spills. The Green Party will make a series...
    Greens | 12-07 11:07 pm
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    John Key has left many with the impression he will repeal marriage equality if elected into Parliament again, said the Green Party today. Reports have emerged that at a meeting with Pacific church leaders in Mangere, on Tuesday, many attendees...
    Greens | 11-07 4:07 am
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    The inquiry into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian diplomat must investigate all the actions taken by Murray McCully during this fiasco, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into...
    Greens | 11-07 3:07 am
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    Papers released to the Green Party shows that the Government turned their back on babies of beneficiaries against official advice, said the Green Party today. Documents released by Treasury to the Green Party under the Official Information Act show that...
    Greens | 10-07 10:07 pm
  • Te Hamua to do ice challenge so others can survive cancer too
    At noon tomorrow in the Kaiti Mall in Gisborne, Te Hamua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti, is taking on the ice challenge to raise awareness of the importance of getting regular health checks for testicular cancer and raise funds...
    Mana | 10-07 3:07 am
  • National breaks promise to insulate every state house
    National has broken its promise to insulate every state house by the end of 2013, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today."Of the 68,386 houses under Housing New Zealand's management, 30 percent have not been insulated. That is a dismal...
    Greens | 09-07 10:07 pm
  • McCully should stand down while review considers his actions
    The Green Party is calling for the review into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian Diplomat to be expanded to cover actions of Ministers, and for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stand down while...
    Greens | 09-07 9:07 pm
  • No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto
    “Labour’s education policy announcements last weekend have several welcome features which would be supported by Mana but we are concerned at the “user pays” proposal for children to get the educational benefits of access to the internet,” says Mana Education...
    Mana | 09-07 6:07 pm
  • Internet Mana – “the Roadtrip!”
    Internet MANA will change the Government because it’s time to create an inclusive and independent Aotearoa. We are not afraid to disrupt the status quo, to fix what is not working and innovate with new ideas. Let’s reconnect New Zealand,...
    Mana | 09-07 6:07 pm
  • Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles
    Evidence heard in today's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly highlights the Police's ongoing failure to protect people on bicycles, the Green Party said today. The Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved in a fatal collision with...
    Greens | 09-07 5:07 am
  • High cost of storm damage sign of things to come
    New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of the year are a reminder of what we're up against with climate change, the Green Party said today.According to the Insurance Council of New Zealand,...
    Greens | 09-07 4:07 am
  • SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent
    National has done a deal with a company that continues to flout New Zealand's gambling regulations, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.In a media sting earlier this year, an elderly man was allowed to play pokie machines continuously...
    Greens | 09-07 12:07 am
  • Please explain Minister… yet again
    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no...
    Labour | 08-07 10:07 pm
  • Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
    A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Reporting directly...
    Labour | 08-07 8:07 pm
  • Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high
    There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its highest level this century, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New Zealand once valued itself as the...
    Labour | 08-07 5:07 am
  • Government in denial over income inequality
    Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher...
    Labour | 08-07 4:07 am
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour is committed to restoring funding for the sector, Labour’s Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “The...
    Labour | 08-07 3:07 am
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    Latest Government data proves John Key is not working for all New Zealanders as the incomes of the poorest half of kiwis stayed the same in the 6 years under National, while the top 20 percent's rose by thousands, the...
    Greens | 08-07 3:07 am
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. "I was pleased to meet with social service, youth, justice and health providers who...
    Labour | 08-07 2:07 am
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “With unemployment still high, wage rates stagnating and inequality widening, only the lucky few are...
    Labour | 08-07 2:07 am
  • Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes
    A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Post-Primary Teachers' Association survey of 750 people conducted by UMR Research found 54 per...
    Labour | 08-07 12:07 am
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers...
    Labour | 07-07 11:07 pm
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners in the regions are facing declining equity in their properties, while in Auckland and...
    Labour | 07-07 7:07 am
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    The number of Auckland households in urgent and serious need of housing has increased tenfold since March 2012, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.The Ministry of Social Development, which took over Housing New Zealand's assessment responsibility for social housing...
    Greens | 07-07 5:07 am
  • Fed Farmers leading wrong way on water
    Federated Farmers needs to show greater leadership on water quality, the Green Party said today. The Green Party is responding to claims by the outgoing and incoming Federated Farmers' dairy section chairs that 'there is no need for urgent action"...
    Greens | 07-07 1:07 am
  • John Key must get whaling assurance from Abe
    John Key must seek a concrete assurance from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan will not flout the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling on whaling, the Green Party said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is meeting with...
    Greens | 06-07 10:07 pm
  • HAVE A KITKAT DAVID, THERE’S A LONG WAY TO GO YET – Harawira
    “Internet MANA is not ruling out the possibility of a entering into coalition with Labour after the election”, said Internet MANA leader Hone Harawira with tongue firmly in cheek, after Labour leader David Cuniliffe said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that...
    Mana | 06-07 8:07 am
  • Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
    The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to...
    Greens | 04-07 2:07 am
  • Small class sizes and school meals get another big tick in schools report
    “Congratulations to the Child Poverty Action Group for making it crystal clear what’s needed to ensure kids from the least well-off communities can get the best out of school” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau. ...
    Mana | 03-07 2:07 am
  • Shots fired at Mana office – Harawira
    “I get threatened with violence and I get death threats, but when somebody starts taking shots at my office then that’s another matter altogether”,  said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira after shots were fired at one of...
    Mana | 01-07 9:07 am
  • Protecting Papatuanuku a Priority for MANA – Harawira
    “Big ups to Greenpeace for their Climate Voter initiative http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/”, said Hone Harawira, MANA leader and MP for Tai Tokerau. “Letting people see which parties stand up for Papatuanuku and which parties stand for overdevelopment and pollution should help focus their...
    Mana | 01-07 2:07 am
  • Ae Marika! 1 July 2014
    I got a really good response to last week’s article about forestry safety, including this gem from an old mate - “Back in the early 70′s our Maori bush gangers showed you the ropes. You never forgot a thing they...
    Mana | 30-06 7:06 pm
  • Pasifika Immigration Plans for Labour- too little, too late – James Papal...
    The Labour Party has recently announced that it has plans to speed up family reunification for Pasifika people. “I have seen these plans and I believe that these are too timid” says MANA Pasifika vice President, James Papali’i. “After waiting...
    Mana | 30-06 12:06 am
  • The Badge In Our Flesh: Some Thoughts on Masculinity
    WHAT REALLY BAFFLES ME about the reaction to David Cunliffe’s “I’m sorry I’m a man” remark is how proud so many men are of their masculinity. It’s a mystery, because to be a man – even in a secular liberal...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 6:07 am
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Has John Key changed his position or was he just changing his tune...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release The inquiry needs to be wide enough to investigate whether or not Mr McCully was guilty of incompetence or...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Government punishes beneficiary babies Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “This is exactly why the number of children living in poverty has grown by 35,000 under this National Government, but yet...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Gaza crisis has to stop
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Gaza crisis has to stop The rising death toll in Gaza is alarming and is likely to worsen with escalating violence from both sides, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Only...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Deaths should prompt change
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Deaths should prompt change Eight adverse reports relating to rest home care in as many months, resulting in several deaths, cannot go unchallenged, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. In the latest...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything but the Minister
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything but the Minister The Ministerial Inquiry into the waiver granted to a Malaysian diplomat deliberately avoids putting the Minister under scrutiny, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes A Labour Government will support the ICT sector to make New Zealand a tech-savvy nation and put ICT at the heart of our economic...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Smart meters are plain dumb
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Smart meters are plain dumb New Zealand has some of the dumbest electricity ‘smart’ meters in the world, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Imagine being able to set washing machines, dryers,...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well Labour’s review of Whanau Ora will identify models that work well throughout the country, what best practice looks like and how this will...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Canterbury’s future must be Canterbury’s choice
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Canterbury’s future must be Canterbury’s choice A Labour Government will restore the right of Cantabrians to make their own decisions about the future of their communities, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “For...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay As US Edward Snowden seeks to extend his stay in Russia, Amnesty International called for effective international protection for whistleblowers. “Edward Snowden...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said today, after the arrest of four more opposition party...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Myanmar: Media workers imprisoned in crackdown on free expression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Myanmar: Media workers imprisoned in crackdown on free expression The sentencing of five media workers in Myanmar each to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for “disclosing state secrets” makes today...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Why Maori Party and ACT will both crash out of Parliament at the election a...
    If the Left’s strategy of knocking National’s coalition partners out using MMP is successful, Key can’t form a majority and is forced to culling McCully in East Coast Bays for Colin Craig. National are terrified of requiring Craig as their...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Call for Government to step up in North
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Call for Government to step up in North The Government needs to step up and help local councils fix infrastructure problems highlighted by the recent Northland storms, Labour MP Kelvin Davis says....
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 12:07 am
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National muddying waters and needs to come clean Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Press Release New Zealanders want to be able to swim in their local river, but National’s plans offer nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 12:07 am
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Urgent call from Gaza unions: Act now!
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Urgent call from Gaza unions: Act now! Palestinians mourn victims of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 12 July. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • So Judith Collins was aware of Police ghost stats? What if David Cunliffe h...
    So not only was Judith Collins aware of the Police ghost stats, she didn’t bother informing anyone else??? Leak about police error political says CollinsFormer Police Minister and Papakura MP Judith Collins was told there might be a problem with...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • Media’s amplification of terror threats facilitates passage of bad legisl...
    When I saw the NZ Herald headline, “France foils plot to blow up Eiffel Tower” I was immediately suspicious. It is now standard for police and intelligence services to come up with a terrorist scare when they are promoting legislation...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Few New Zealand Firsts
      Last week, Trade Minister Tim Groser made the curious statement that it “wasn’t New Zealand’s place to position itself out ahead of where international negotiations were at”. He’s speaking in the context of climate change, of course; but as was quite...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • The Royal Visit and endless photo ops for Dear Leader
    . . From a Radio NZ report, The Royal visit cost several hundred thousand dollars more than the Government originally said it did. The Duke and Duchess visited eight centres, and the Department of Internal Affairs said that cost taxpayers...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday
    Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday....
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • Media Release: Parental Tax Credit Discriminatory
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: Parental Tax Credit Discriminatory 14 July 2014 Child Poverty Action Group says the government should disentangle support for children from work incentives for parents, and support all low...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 12:07 pm
  • No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff Reprinted from the Herald on Sunday, 13/7/14By John Weekes At 74, Nora Scott-Mackie has lost her job at Pizza Hut ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… A 74-year-old office...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 9:07 am
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira Posted on July 13, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesEx New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimming Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party has a vision for New Zealand where families can head down...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 11:07 pm
  • National’s ghost crime stats
    Police made burglaries vanish Police altered official crime statistics to make hundreds of burglaries disappear, a Herald on Sunday investigation has found. A damning report obtained by the newspaper reveals the burglaries were instead recorded as more minor crimes, or as incidents,...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Verbal assurances not good enough
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Verbal assurances not good enough A damning report showing that burglary statistics were doctored in Counties Manukau over three years, warrants more than a verbal assurance from Minister Anne Tolley that it...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin
    Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 8:07 pm
  • Media Take: Brown-washing
    First there was Media7, then there was Media3, now the Russell Brown appreciation society is called Media Take and screens on Maori TV at the traditional NZ On Air niche-funding dump time of 10:30pm, on the niche-funding mid-week dump day of Tuesday, with a repeat – also at...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 8:07 pm
  • Herald on Sunday Guest Column: Women – your votes are vital this year
    My latest guest column for the Herald on Sunday is here...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • Blaming Palestinians for Hamas rocket strikes while ignoring Israel’s occ...
    Since the violence between Israel and Palestine escalated, I’ve been avoiding the major news outlets such as BBC and CNN because I already knew what they were going to say and how they were going to frame the events. It...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • A brief word on Murray McCully’s inquest into nothing – nobody was expe...
    Ummmmmm, what? Diplomat case: Attacks on sex inquiry’s terms of referenceThe inquiry into the Government’s mistakes in its handling of the alleged sex case involving a Malaysian diplomat is being denounced for not specifically putting the roles of Foreign Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • National MPs – giving us the finger in election year
    . . National MPs and ministers have been busy this year with more botch-ups, scandals, an attempted smear campaign, and spinning bullshit to cover their arses with multiple policy failures in health, education, the environment, child poverty, etc, etc, etc…...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • The Nation review: Paula Bennett on drama queen domestic violence stats
    You really have to see the train-wreck of an interview Paula Bennett pulls off today on The Nation. With Judith Collins and Hekia Parata’s demise, National need to promote one female talent and this has prompted a very head girl...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 am
  • Labour MP offers flood aid
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour MP offers flood aid Labour MP Kelvin Davis has offered his Whangarei office as a coordination centre for people needing help as a result of the recent flooding throughout Northland. As...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 5:07 am
  • How can New Zealand help Palestine?
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: How can New Zealand help Palestine? By John Minto FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 2:07 am
  • There is a war being waged on NZ men… at least according to this Facebook...
    Men’s masculinity is under attack in New Zealand and four people, one of whom is a woman (it always stings that little bit more when a woman is pushing anti-feminist ideas), have created a Facebook page to do something about it....
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 10:07 pm
  • Dear hysterical NZ Men – Women’s rights are no threat to our masculinit...
    How insecure in your masculinity must you feel to buy into believing Labour are declaring a war on men? This Facebook site, The Labour Party’s War on Men, is a real voyage through the psyche of angry men angry at...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 8:07 pm
  • Education reforms – there is a choice
    To have the Education Minister and the sycophantic mainstream media constantly asserting that the only way to improve the education our children get is to reform the system by privatisation, performance pay, and the collection of a few data sets...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 7:07 pm
  • Not That Different After All: Some thoughts on Neoliberalism
    OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS,  the neoliberal ideology has been adopted by virtually the entire Right. Certainly, there is no serious right-wing political party – either here in New Zealand or elsewhere in the developed world – that does not...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 7:07 pm
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Hone Harawira
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • #TeamKeyJr
    #TeamKeyJr...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • Random Thoughts on Random Things #7 – the fate of the Maori Party
    . . Watching Pita Sharples interviewed on TV3′s ‘The Nation’ on 5 July, two things occurred to me. 1. There is every likelihood that, come election day,  the Maori Party is doomed. If they are really, really, really lucky, they...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • Every bomb Israel drops on Gaza creates 10 new ‘terrorists’
    The latest round of horror Apartheid Israel is using to justify their latest disproportional response seeds from a couple of events. America’s need to talk to Iran because of Iraq has spooked Apartheid Israel into manufacturing a new crisis that...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD 10 July 2014 CPAG says high child poverty rates have become normalised and New Zealand’s poorest children should expect a far greater...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • How can New Zealand help defend the Palestinian struggle?
    FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no better than to believe Israel was a small, plucky state standing up to big, thuggish neighbouring bullies....
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • Forest & Bird welcomes aspects of new Internet Party policy
    Forest & Bird welcomes several aspects of the Internet Party’s new environment manifesto. Its policies cover fracking, deep sea oil drilling, and freshwater management - amongst others....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 5:07 am
  • The Letter 14/07/2014: 60 Days to Go
    National in the Pundit Poll of Polls has broken 50%. Labour has dipped below 30%. In the month prior to the last election both major parties saw their support drop – National to 47% and Labour to just 27%, where...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Young NZers call for parties to act on children’s rights
    Fifty young people (aged 15-18 years) who attended the UNICEF NZ Youth Congress in Christchurch at the weekend, have called on political parties to address six priority issues including youth unemployment, poverty and mental health....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 4:07 am
  • Maori Party Aiming for All Seven Seats
    The Maori Party is aiming to win all seven Maori electorate seats in Parliament at the forthcoming General Election....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • ASB says “No” to homophobia in corporate sponsorships
    ASB has affirmed the Bank’s commitment to diversity and to supporting athletes, teams and other groups regardless of factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • ipredict Election Update #26
    • Labour’s probability of leading next government continues to recover as Greens make further gains...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • Winston Peters Would Have Rail to the Moon
    Responding to New Zealand First’s transport policy announcement , of diverting $300 million from regional road projects to support Auckland’s City Rail Link and the troubled Napier-Gisborne rail line, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • Hamilton woman praised for calling out racial stereotyping
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has thanked a young Hamilton woman for going public after being subjected to racial stereotyping by supermarket workers in her home town. “Sadly what happened to Rikki Cooper isn’t new but it highlights...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 2:07 am
  • Experts Appalled at Oil Survey Threat to Maui Dolphin
    Monday 14 July 2014: Following yesterday’s rally at John Key’s electorate office in Kumeu, international dolphin experts are appalled that that the Government has allowed seismic oil surveys to occur in the protected area for the world’s smallest...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Cold Comfort for Victims of Burglary
    The New Zealand Herald yesterday revealed that Counties Manukau Police have altered their records to misrepresent the number of burglaries committed between 2009 and 2012. They have understated the number of burglaries in their area by 700....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • ALCP Announce Justice and Compensation Policy
    The Justice and Corrections budgets will make a saving of well over $100 million annually under ALCP policy....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Give all low-income children equal support says CPAG
    Child Poverty Action Group says the government should disentangle support for children from work incentives for parents, and treat all low income children equally....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Compulsory Te Reo – good idea but must go further
    Māori Party Tai Tokerau candidate Te Hira Paenga today welcomed the Labour Party endorsement of the Māori Party policy for te reo to be taught as a core subject in schools....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Iraq’s displaced families to receive ShelterBox aid
    This week Hastings fire officer and ShelterBox New Zealand response team member Mike Peachey will deploy to Iraq Kurdistan to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees as part of a response by the international disaster relief organisation, ShelterBox....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Maui’s March to Key’s office one of the electorate’s biggest
    About 300 marchers walked to John Key’s electorate office yesterday (Sunday 13 July) calling for better protection of Maui’s dolphins, in one of the biggest marches in the history of his electorate....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Waste Watch: 100k Curtain for Devonport Library
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council’s decision to spend $100,000 of ratepayer money on a silk curtain for Devonport’s new library. The discovery comes at a time when Len Brown needs to find savings of $860 per ratepayer to...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • NetHui discusses the potential for online voting
    Debating the potential for online voting in New Zealand saw a room divided at day two of NetHui, with some calling it an essential and inevitable next step for democracy, and others concerned it was unworkable due to problems with...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • DSC lodges complaint over grossly inaccurate TVNZ news item
    “A section of TVNZ’s 6pm news bulletin last Thursday about bank profits was a disgraceful piece of inaccurate and misleading reporting,” Democrats for Social Credit (DSC) Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, said today....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • McVicar’s Murder Statistics Geared to Instill Public Fear
    Garth McVicar’s claim that murders in New Zealand had risen from 2 to 3 a year up to 160 a year is seriously wrong, says Kim Workman, spokesperson for Rethinking Crime and Punishment....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • One Law to Rule us All
    The Conservative Party is continuing it's intensive newspaper campaign with full page advertisments today and tomorrow advocating that the best way forward for New Zealand is as one united people who are treated equally under the law, and by the...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Can Obama Achieve Checkmate for TPPA by November?
    ‘The most opaque round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to date ended in Ottawa yesterday. The odds of President Obama achieving his goal of a meaningful document by the APEC leaders’ summit in November hangs in the balance’,...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Treaty Historian to speak at Conservative Party Conference
    Historian and Treaty of Waitangi specialist Professor Paul Moon will be one of the keynote speakers at this weekend’s Conservative Party Conference in Auckland, with his speech scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday 19 July....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Forest & Bird launches On the Block campaign
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is putting up for sale signs to highlight the ongoing, unprecedented sell-off of the rights to frack, log, drill and mine New Zealand’s public conservation land....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • EDS welcomes Green Party freshwater policies
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the Green Party’s freshwater policy, which was announced this morning in Hamilton....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Greens need to get on the water policy bus
    Instead of attacking policy that will massively improve New Zealand water quality, Federated Farmers says the Green Party would be more credible if it showed a lot more bipartisan leadership in supporting that policy....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • Judith Collins on Q+A – Sunday 13th July
    Justice Minister Judith Collins told TV One’s Q+A programme that Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully are ‘very angry’ over the handling of the Malaysian diplomat and allegations of sexual assault....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • ACT announces Party List to contest 2014 election
    “This list represents all the best elements of the ACT Party,” says ACT President John Thompson. “It blends young talent and experienced leaders, all outstanding in their fields of expertise and all sharing ACT’s vision of a free and prosperous...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Internet Party to Stop High-Risk Resource Extraction
    The Internet Party wants a moratorium on fracking, the dumping of oil wastes, deep-sea and undersea extraction and other risky energy and mining industry practices....
    Scoop politics | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour’s David Shearer
    David Shearer says Labour’s policy backs oil drilling and indicates not keen to be swayed by the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 12-07 9:07 pm
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