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Government failing on jobs, education

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, October 25th, 2012 - 46 comments
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A TV3 poll shows that 49% to 46% of people believe National is failing to build its promised “brighter future”. The two big weaknesses: jobs and education. By nearly 2 to 1 margins, people believe that National is failing to provide full employment (it says something that this isn’t actually a National Party goal) and failing to provide the best education system possible.

If I were the opposition, I would focus on these two weaknesses again and again and again, and use them to undermine National’s economic credibility and its ‘compassionate conservative’ spin. Win enough of the votes of the people dissatisfied with the government’s performance on these key issues, and offer a positive and credible alternative, and that’s how you’ll win the next election.

46 comments on “Government failing on jobs, education”

  1. fisiani 1

    Wow. 46% already believe the brighter future is happening. Thats an impressive starting point for 2012. I would have thought the figure would only be about 10%. No wonder John Key is so excited. I wonder how high that figure will go when the shackles of socialist restraints are loosened. Already we have the highly successful 90 day right to prove yourself, and a non existent Roll of Shame. Soon the disadvantaged youth will be given a step up from languishing on a benefit to the first rung on the employment ladder. Oil and rare metal exploration will provide more employment. The 7 pronged growth strategy is making progress daily. All on track.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      Yip, because the National government took the figure from 0% to 46%. Sure.

    • bbfloyd 1.2

      You.ve been overdosing on your medication again little fisti…It’s getting easier to spot when that happens.. You start making Napoleonic noises whilst speaking on behalf of your imaginary empire…

      Telling to note that you admit that the actual performance of your surrigate father has been an abysmal failure, to say the least…. Letting down the side there old chap…

      But I wil concede that you are the right spokesman for the many thousands of citizens that are suffering what can only be described as congenital stupidity… We wouldn’t be having these periods of regression into our “proud” colonial past if it wasn’t for standard bearers for reactionary “intelligence” such as your estimable self little fisti…. That’s a Rah Rah Rah from the paddocks for you son…

    • Georgecom 1.3

      Fisiani, your sarcastic irony is too much.

      Wonder how low the figure will go if National really unleash the neo-liberal agenda they want to action. A whole lot more kiwis will be joining the disadvantaged youth as the non-existent ‘relentless focus on jobs’ BS gets rehashed yet again. The ’7 pronged growth strategy’ is quickly heading the same way as the ’50 point strategy’, ’18 point plan’ ’792 and a half brigher future plan’ etc etc. All on track for a change of Government in 2014.

      When WILL Key deliver the brighter future he promised?

      Thanks to Key a brighter financial future for Dotcoms lawyer for sure, not too bright for everyone else however.

  2. Peter 2

    This is excellent, showing the steady erosion under this government, but it hasn’t necessarily translated into the main polls yet, although hopefully in time, it will. I view that 3 News poll which had National on ~47% as an aberration, although they probably aren’t yet as low as the Roy Morgan.

    In other words, yes, National are doing terribly, but no one sees Labour as being capable of anything different (yet). I’ve got tory mates now who are shifting their vote to the Greens, because at least they see competence in Norman and Turei. I’m also torn between loyalty and competence. Loyalty will probably win out in the end.

    So, Mr Shearer, please, drop the nice guy routine and get the boot in, with some real ammo. Show that you can make hard decisions, and see them through. Being the nice guy is like military generals planning to fight the last war – it worked with Key post-Clark, but it won’t work in any future post-Key politics.

  3. Gosman 3

    Why would it be a National party goal? Only left wing parties are foolish enough to try and make full employment a policy goal.

    • Peter 3.1

      Untrue, left and right wing parties maintained full employment, or close to full employment for many years. The Economic Stabilisation Act, among other things, was a good measure for achieving that. We’d sacrifice a fair bit putting something similar back now, but it is achievable, and such a policy can be tory-proofed.

      • Gosman 3.1.1

        I agree. The National party prior to the late 1980′s was pretty much a left wing party in all but marketing. The economic distortions caused by attempting to maintain an artificially low unemployment level caused Nz no end of economic harm in the long term.

        • One Tāne Huna 3.1.1.1

          Oh yeah? Says who? Do you seriously expect anyone to take your word for it?

        • vto 3.1.1.2

          As opposed to the artificially high unemployment levels maintained today of course …..

          example: policies to manufacture and provide NZ’s requirements in NZ compared to policies to manufacture and provide NZ’s requirements in foreign lands. Which policy is right gosman and why?

          • vto 3.1.1.2.1

            The flaw in the latter policy is perhaps exposed by this direct comparison …..

            Imagine the North American Indians (before whitey arrival) happily going about their lives. The sioux men (indulge me on the sexism for a mo), on one side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, happily go about building and maintaining their teepees and other housing, planting and tending the crops, making jewellery etc.

            Then one day, some big dopey chief decides to get the teepees and housing, jewellery and even their food supplies from the cheyenne, on the other side of the Blue Ridge Mountains next to the Shannondoah River (life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze..). This means all of the sioux men now have nix to do and their happy society begins to crumble at the edges as the bored non-useful men get …. well, you picture it…

            They have the same teepees, same corn, same jewellery.

            How is their society in a net benefit position?

            • Gosman 3.1.1.2.1.1

              Lets explore this little hypothetical world of yours to highlight the flaws in your thinking.

              What would the reason be that the Sioux decide to purchase the items you listed from the Cheyenne, on the other side of the Blue Ridge Mountains? There are only really a few options, the main ones being the items provided are either better quality and/or cheaper or that the decision was made for corrupt reasons (i.e. the Chief in your story is getting a kickback).

              How would the Sioux pay for the items they get from the Cheyenne? They would have to produce something that the Cheyenne would want otherwise there would be no trade.

              Why would people not be employed in the particular area in which the Cheyenne were interested in as opposed to being unemployed?

            • Reagan Cline 3.1.1.2.1.2

              Their society is in a net benefit position because they also get the Cheyenne women.

        • Peter 3.1.1.3

          The trouble is that winners write history. Most long term economic analysis would say that the rot set in (with international comparisons) after 1984. NZ needed to modernise its economy, it didn’t need to do it at the speed with which it did.

    • muzza 3.2

      No parties in NZ have the guts to challenge those who control them, and some of those party members , will actually know that there is NOTHING they can currently do, or are prepared to do, in order that NZ can recover, but they will leep lying and promising pipe dreams…

      People will keep swallowing the lies, as it allows them to pretend that they don’t have to get off their collective arsess, and demand accountability etc!

  4. Roy 4

    The scary part is all the people who apparently believe the government is NOT failing in these areas, or who don’t know. How can people be so blind?

    • One Tāne Huna 4.1

      It’s a well studied phenomenon.

      Belief perseverance is the tendency to cling to ideas even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. This resistance might cause people to hold onto any sort of belief or opinion when the belief is shown to be unfounded or has even proved to be completely untrue.

      Bizarrely, refutation can actually strengthen false beliefs.

      • aerobubble 4.1.1

        Surely refuting a false belief would result in a change of said belief.

        i.e. to change a strong belief the individual actually reason for compliance to
        that belief needs to be understood.

        So to alter a believers belief its best to target why their strongly held view
        is no longer in their interests. aka the wannabee Senator in the US who
        said God wanted rape, but has now been forced back to the podium
        because it doesn’t look like its helping him or his party.

        So nothing bizarre about it, poor refutation will strengthen false beliefs.

    • Gosman 4.2

      Mainly because the Government isn’t failing in these two areas.

      NZ unemployment is one of the lowest in the Western World.

      The NZ education system is generally very good, (but with a tail of underachievement).

      Where is this failure you are all discussing?

      • blue leopard 4.2.1

        @ Gosman

        Serious failure to run numerous ministries effectively
        Serious failure on numerous privacy matters
        Failure on longterm thinking on environmental matters; eroding RMA foolhardy behaviour effects of which will only show up years later.
        Failure to reinstate democratic elections for that Canterbury council

        Failure on paying teachers
        Failure to address the lowest waged and unemployed issues
        Failure to create jobs

        Failure to admit to mistakes, and speak with any alignment to reality.

        These merely off the top of my head

        However now that I know that NZ unemployment is one of the lowest in the Western World; a comparison made in a WORLD WIDE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND RECESSION I am so happy that I think I’ll go and shoot myself.

        “NZ education system is generally very good”
        -”generally” is fudging language
        -where there has been endless issues with the education system ad nauseum

        & comparing our stats to countries
        -who are further along the road of fucked-upness than we are

        These weak statements just don’t cut it.

        When will someone cite circumstances going on in this country that are a) good and b) not comparisons with other countries? I guess when there is a change of government and they start actually acting in the interests of New Zealanders and creating positive things that can be cited.

        This Government is a joke and the only thing they seem to be good at is spin and capturing the media.

        (I invite others to add to the list of failures this Government has managed to achieve)

        • Gosman 4.2.1.1

          We are specifically talking about failure in Education and Jobs. As stated in both these areas NZ is doing well compared with the rest of the Western world.

          It is a completely different argument that the National Government is not improving outcomes in these areas to a particular level you would like to see. It is also a highly debateable one.

          • blue leopard 4.2.1.1.1

            “We are specifically talking about failure in Education and Jobs”

            You might be talking about failures in jobs and Education
            I am not.

            This Government is failing in so many areas, lying about it, not taking responsibility that I wouldn’t trust them in any sector and more fool you that you do.

            Why would I waste my time going into detail over Education and Jobs? Don’t you watch the news?

            The things we are seeing going wrong will only be the tip of the ice berg mark my words

            This Government has shown clearly it has no respect for the people whose interests it is employed to serve and I no longer consider they deserve my respect, trust or the privilege of high office.

          • Georgy 4.2.1.1.2

            National standards and league tables are a H U G E failure.

            They have taken education backwards. That’s a fail, fail fail.

      • One Tāne Huna 4.2.2

        NZ education is “generally very good” – I take it you are referring to our PISA scores – which have slipped recently (not to mention the vandalism of National’s “Standards” and publicly funded private schools which have failed everywhere else). NZ unemployment is low by international standards, but has risen and is projected to rise further.

        If NZ is doing well, it is in spite of the National Party, not because of it.

        Btw – it isn’t “underachievement, Gos, it’s relatively low family income, that creates that “tail” you cite – and it isn’t 20% either.

        • Reagan Cline 4.2.2.1

          Families with a relatively low income have underachieving children, by achievement criteria.
          The children grow up and live relatively shorter lives of underachievement and their children too.

      • Foreign Waka 4.2.3

        NZ Unemployment is, as in many countries a manipulated figure. Included into the statistic of employment are people who work as little as 1 hrs per week – I kidd you not. If the measure would be income per capita the picture would dramatically change and would be far more coherent to the reality around us.
        The education system USED to be good until the California Model “Tomorrow’s School” was introduced. English in the class room was never the same again. The reading and pronouncing of words was then diminished to “recognize the word”. The consequences are plain to see. Any employer will be able to tell you that there are applicants who are illiterate – really. It is difficult to belief that one of those boffins sold this program to schools, made a bundle (because he could read) and left this dessert of illiteracy behind. Maths is a bit better but if a person cannot multiply 18 x 3 without a calculator, we have a problem (Based on an actual experience). It is so sad that a sizable section of young people are handicapped and not able to enjoy culture to its full extend, be it reading or drama. Building, engineering not far behind on that dilemma.
        Of cause one could always say that in a world of the blind the one eyed is king. With those statistics, this may well be the case.

        • Georgy 4.2.3.1

          Foreign Waka – “Tomorrow’s Schools” was an administrative change – it had nothing whatsoever to do with the curriculum.

          TS involved devolving responsibility for governance of schools from Education Boards [which were disestablished] to newly created Boards of Trustees, elected by the community.

          This statement “English in the class room was never the same again. The reading and pronouncing of words was then diminished to “recognize the word”.” is irrational.

          • Foreign Waka 4.2.3.1.1

            Georgy, yes it was an administrative change but with it came a package that had a new way of teaching English implemented. I am pretty sure about this as a friend was teaching at the time and she was from the States. She pointed this out and by looking at the methodology we were quite surprised that this was acceptable. I really like to say something different but fact is that I have come across many youngsters who were not able to string two sentences together, let alone write an essay. This is sad and no amount of excuses would be acceptable to justify this. We are suppose to provide a better future. What is so much better if one cannot read?

  5. Even the positive things that they have provided for education demonstrates flawed thinking: http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/broadband-in-schools-highlights.html

  6. Murray Olsen 6

    As far as I can see, the most dangerous thing this government is failing on is the rule of law. They seem to have no notion whatsoever of their responsibilities and limitations, as shown in an ever increasing number of cases. They’re getting very close to rule by decree and have more in common with an absolutist monarchy than with any democratic system.
    From Bennet’s playing fast and loose with the rights of beneficiaries to the latest police false evidence fiasco, via DotCom and the Ureweras, the path is all downhill. Once any pretense of adherence to law is gone, they’ll go after what’s left of the unions, socially active churches, and anyone else who speaks out. We live in dangerous times and it’s going to take a lot more than a UN roof inspector to make them safe.

    • muzza 6.1

      They’re getting very close to rule by decree and have more in common with an absolutist monarchy than with any democratic system

      Well done MO, you’re getting it!

      The variance is little more than the democracy illusion perpetuated, and hoovered up by the weak, who are the many.

      The weaker, less healthy and more dumbed down the masses become, the worse this situation will get!

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      We live in dangerous times…

      Yep, very dangerous times and they’re more dangerous because National happens to be in power as they think that government is a dictatorship. This comes through in everything that they do and say.

      • muzza 6.2.1

        National happens to be in power as they think that government is a dictatorship

        They, like all govermnents are the representatives of a dictatorship, lets be very clear about that!

        • aerobubble 6.2.1.1

          Wasn’t it obvious, that ACT is a fascist party who routine believe government is the enemy.
          Why anyone would then let them have the balance of power by voting for them….

          Government is oppressive but the alternative is…. …you dictating your terms right?

          What we need is better governance, less where required, simple when not.

          Most simply, the GFC was caused by complex oppressive government intervention
          into the markets introduced by governments that sold themselves as advocates of
          simple smaller government, aka Thatchterism

  7. Adrian 7

    The problem as I see it is that those with weak “belief perserverance” , i.e, voted left then Key et al in 07 and 10 buggered off to Aussie rather than stay and trend back left. They probably make up quite a few percent of polls etc.

  8. Georgy 8

    This national govt has created huge negative spin on the effectiveness of the education system. They have abused the process and created false ideas which have spread across the community. Their policies wont make any improvements whatsoever – instead they will leave a lot of hurt people and the educators reeling, trying to regain what we had.

    Their legacy will be a trail of destruction.

  9. captain hook 9

    +1.
    right on Georgy.
    they are in the process of giving the education system to a bunch of lowbrow dumbfucks and hiding behind the fact that most stuff can be made cheaper anywhere else than here.
    it gives them a lot of wiggle room.
    they WANT people to leave.

  10. Rogue Trooper 10

    The New Zealand exchange rate is the lever on the fruit-machine being pumped as a high-frequency-trading clearing house; Jackpots for the wealthy slot-investors

  11. Richard Down South 11

    The Govt is supposed to create the mood for the economy… when they run around slashing jobs, and budgets, and even $200k for important things like rape crisis support, which company in their right mind, would go ‘OH LETS hire 50% more staff’

    Most are keeping staffing levels at the same numbers, or slashing staff numbers (while giving executives big raises/bonuses)

    • kiwicommie 11.1

      785 days till the end of New Zealand austerity (December 21st 2014), because the only parties prepared to put the money where their mouth is and fix the economic mess are in the opposition.

  12. North 12

    Campbell TV 3 tonight ?

    We are being advisedly, deliberately lied to. Outrageous.

    The handsomely remunerated neo-liberal import Longstone’s gotta go. And the flibbitygibit minister.

    A banana republic future for us it seems.

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    Top of the AgendaLull in Gaza as Pressure for Cease-Fire Mounts...
    Pundit | 29-07
  • National’s roads are pure pork
    Last month the government announced it would be spending $212 million on regional roads. Every single one of the priority projects (and eight of nine lower priority projects) is in a National-held electorate, which suggested immediately that this was pre-election...
    No Right Turn | 29-07
  • Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh
    Declan Waugh is a self-proclaimed “scientist and fluoride researcher” who seems to spend all his time misrepresenting and distorting  scientific literature and health data to promote his anti-fluoride cause. Waugh has an avid following, among fellow anti-fluoride activists and propagandists. The...
    Open Parachute | 29-07
  • Whyte supremacy
    Emphatically, he says, an ACT party led by Whyte would not go to war on Treaty issues. “I’ve got no interest in Maori-bashing as a political game.” Dr Jamie Whyte back in January when he assumed leadership of ACT.  The...
    DimPost | 29-07
  • Whyte supremacy
    Emphatically, he says, an ACT party led by Whyte would not go to war on Treaty issues. “I’ve got no interest in Maori-bashing as a political game.” Dr Jamie Whyte back in January when he assumed leadership of ACT.  The...
    DimPost | 29-07
  • New Fisk
    It's not just radicalised Islamists - what about foreign fighters who flock to the other side?...
    No Right Turn | 29-07
  • Ae Marika! 29 July 2014
    It wasn’t till I read John Armstrong’s column in the NZ Herald last week that I realised what a huge impact the Internet MANA tour has had, but the reality is that we achieved what no other political party has...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Eight children were killed in Gaza last night, they were playing in an...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    The end of the disastrous Novopay system must not serve as a stalking horse for the next big threat National poses to schools - the bulk funding of teacher salaries, the Green Party said today."Today's announcement that the National Government...
    Greens | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “That will put around...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue the failed payroll system two years after it was introduced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says....
    Labour | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics New Zealand’s latest building consent figures show consents in Auckland are down for the second month...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world's smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui's dolphin. The plan is the third component of the Party's environmental priority this election: clean rivers and beaches.The key policy points in...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media rele...
    The government is fudging the figures over Wellington road project, Transmission Gully, the Green Party said today.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said today it had let the contract to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for "a net present cost...
    Greens | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    New Zealand needs to listen to Pacific Island leaders when it comes to climate change action, said the Green Party today. Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is rife at the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit which commenced today...
    Greens | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government's attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows National will stop at nothing to open up our coastlines to deep sea oil, the Green Party said today.The article outlines...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the...
    Labour | 29-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need 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 | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • 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
    ...
    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
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07