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Green Party conference – focus on policies

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 31st, 2014 - 74 comments
Categories: child welfare, election 2014, families, greens, Metiria Turei, poverty, russel norman, schools, sustainability - Tags:

It’s the Green Party Conference this weekend in Lower Hutt.  Metiria Turei was on RNZ yesterday morning, talking about how the main focus for the conference will be on policies.

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TUREI: We genuinely believe a progressive government is possible after this election.  We’re going to change the government – get rid of National.  But people want to see what that’s going to look like.  And so we’ve got the policies, we have got the solutions,  we have the passion and the experience to put those solutions in place.  That’s what we need to go out and to talk to the community about.

INTERVIEWER: Can we expect policy announcements?

TUREI: Yes, you can expect policy announcements from both Russel and I over the conference. It’s important for us to put out solutions to the public. It’s not enough to just talk about the politics that goes on in parliament.  It’s actually about families, and what families need to do well in New Zealand.

So, the Green Party will start – we’ve been rolling out our policies:

solar homes;

home insulation;

Green Investment Bank;

schools as community hubs;

safe to school - there will be many more policy announcements to come between now and the election – and including the two at the AGM…

Turei also referred to the Greens’ record in parliament:

We have pushed the government to have to take family issues seriously.  Now this government would not be promoting families, but for the Greens, putting inequality, poverty and children at the heart of our decision making, and forcing the government to do the same.

They have been a strong voice for these things, as the medium sized party.  The smaller Mana Party (with just one MP) has also helped to put these issues on the agenda.  Labour have also provided some key policies in these areas.

Turei was asked if the left was being fractured.  She replied clearly and strongly:

Under MMP any government is going to be made up of multiple parties […] So the fact that there are multiple options for voters on the left, who want to see a change of government, is good for democracy. Because lots of voters, lots of choices. If we can see an increase in the vote, that will be great and increase in young people voting that would be great. That means a stronger, progressive government at the end of the day. […] I’m campaigning for the party vote for the Greens. That is my number one priority.

Turei was in her more serious mode in this interview.  But she also can be fun and sociable – as she is seen to be on twitter – and can be serious there, too.

Norman turei waka

The Greens are also making good use of the Internet during this weekend, streaming speeches and policy announcements on their Livestream channel.

Scott Ludlum will be a guest speaker today at 10.30am – 11.30am.

Scott Ludlam is an Australian politician who has been a Greens member of the Australian Senate since July 2008, representing the state of Western Australia.

Metiria Turei will be speaking today at 11.15am – 12.15pm, and will make a policy announcement. [Though this start time seems to overlap with the scheduled end time for Ludlum's speech.]

Russel Norman will make a policy announcement tomorrow (Sunday) at 1.30pm 1.15pm.

Green Party home for lifeUpdate:

Scott Ludlum, know as a unifier and coalition builder, talked about the example of an Aboriginal family who stoop up against uranium mining and won.  He gave a run down on the onl=slught from Abbot’s government, against climate change programmes, and againt people who have been working to counter climate change and develop clean energy.

He talked of the urgency in countering climate change, and of the role of Green Parties in this internationally.

He also talked of the raft of reactionary policies and practices enacted by the Abbott government.

Ludlum said that power sharing is not a disaster, but is how grown ups govern.  He talked of the importance of negotiating differences towards a solution, with respect for the differences.

And he talked of the need for good political organisation – having hard numbers to show how many votes a party is likely to get, and basing a campaign on that – not on wishful/magical thinking.

Metiria Turei’s speech focused on children – and announced that the party would extend fully funded healthcare from 13-18 years.  She also said the Greens’ policy will provide free after hours health care for all up to 18years.

Pasupial’s transcription of bits of the speech by Turei:

[8:28] “The day a newborn baby is judged unworthy of support given to all other babies, just because of the family they are born into is a dangerous day for Aotearoa NZ. We must not let these insiduous Victorian notions of deserving and undeserving poor infect our moral identity”

Policy Announcement [9:50] “In government, the Green Party will extend free doctor’s visits to all New Zealanders to the age of 18″

[11:50] “Our policy will cost just $29 million a year”

[14:50] “The Green Party is the only major political party prepared to fight for the rights of all children to be treated equally in this country. The GP is the only P who will put our people and our environment at the heart of our economic management.”

[15:09] “Who else; other than the Green Party, will fight for a smarter better fairer and more sustainable future; one that truly lives up to the expectations of our children”

The new policy: Healthy Teens, healthy futures – available here.

Transcript of Metiria Turei’s speech [h/t Pasupila]

‘If not for the Greens, then who?’

Transcript of Russel Norman’s speech on climate change

74 comments on “Green Party conference – focus on policies”

  1. Jenny 1

    Let us hope that there is comprehensive program to take to task the National and Labour Parties for their ongoing commitments to the fossil fuel industry, using all the available unassailable data and expert testimony to back their case.

    Let us hope that the Greens publicly announce War On Climate Change, and vow for the good of future generations to in 2014 make action on climate change and CO2 pollution an election issue, forcing the Labour and National parties to defend their positions.

    No more of THIS!

    • well..seeing as ministerial-ambitions have blurred their bottom-lines into invisibility..

      ..and that the greens plan to sign up to labour ministerial/cabinet-responsibilty to support all of the govts’ drilling/digging-plans/policies..

      ..yr ‘hope’s wd seem futile…

      • karol 1.1.1

        Are you listening to Scott Ludlum on mining in Western Australia – and considering what we (including the Green Party) can learn from it for NZ?

        • Jenny 1.1.1.1

          Are you listening to Scott Ludlum on mining in Western Australia – and considering what we (including the Green Party) can learn from it for NZ?
          karol

          I have, and the first thing I learnt from Scott Ludlum was that he came here to learn from us.

          Thank you all for making Jess and myself so welcome since we got here.

          One of the principal reasons for accepting your invitation was to be able to learn….

          Scott Ludlum

          Scott Ludlam spoke of being inspired by New Zealand’s anti-nuclear example. Which moved him to become involved in the Australian anti-nuclear movement, in particular the movement against uranium mining.

          @ 3:20 Minutes:
          ….one of the undercurrents of the Australian Greens, and the West Australian Greens, is opposition to nuclear technology. And that is one of the first political memories I have of this place. Though having spent most of my life on the road, or in Australia, it was your Prime Minister telling the United States navy and the US government that, ‘the Alliance is fine, and that the historic partnership is very important to us, but actually, you can leave the nuclear weapons and the nuclear warships at home, that is not something which we consider in this country, to be adding to our security by any measure at all.’

          What an extraordinary powerful thing to do. And that stuck with me as well, that this is quite a plucky place…..

          It was none the less an example that you provided to the rest of the world that really stuck with me.

          Scott Ludlam

          Scott Ludlam spoke of his first anti-nuclear campaign, his first ever foray into politics.

          If there is anything we can learn from the example Scott Ludlam gave. It is this; Activism led by the Aboriginal People in alliance with environmentalists is what stopped the Kakadu uranium mine.

          (We saw this powerful truth borne out here in the Alliance between Greenpeace and Te Whanau te Apanui that drove off Petrobras and stopped all deep sea oil exploration off their coast.)

          My first political campaign….

          …what did it for me was what occurs at the other end, the opposite end of the nuclear fuel chain to the nuclear weapons that your Prime Minister contested on the entry into Kiwi ports which is uranium mining…..

          @ 5:15minutes:
          At a place called Jabaluka in the Northern Territory it’s a mineral lease in the heart of one of the most important conservation areas in Australia, Kakadu National Park. It is a world heritage area and it has been continually inhabited for at least 40,000 years and it is listed on the world heritage register for both cultural and environmental reasons and its an extraordinary part of the world. And it happens to have three mineral leases or it had at that time, three uranium leases carved out of it, one is an operational mine the Ranger Uranium mine, one of the largest in the world, one is a place that was recently taken off the map at kungara, another uranium lease at nurlangy and one is Jabaluka and that is one of the largest high grade uranium deposits that’s left in the world. And when the news broke in 1997 that they were going to impose another uranium mine on that country, the traditional owners the aboriginal people from that area said no we have had this for twenty years we don’t want it again and they called for help and Evonne Margarula one of the senior women speaking for that part of the world did a national speaking tour and I as a scraggly 28 year old was in the audience when she turned up in fact I was one of the orgainisers and I helped organise it when she came across to Perth and I ended up at that blockade and it was an incredibly powerful teaching moment for me as a young person without much engagement in politics to realise that an aboriginal community a family could stand up the Northern Terrritory government to the Australian Government and Commonwealth Government and the Mining Industry and to the global nuclear industry and win. There is still no uranium mine at Jabaluka. In fact last year the remaining surface site works were removed and taken away. And that was quite a powerful way to start environmental campaigning when you realise that if your organised if your smart if your bolshie that you stick up for yourself that you call for help when you need it you can win.

          And so that was my first foray into politics.

          And that has kept me going ever since.

          Scott Ludlam

          Another point we can take from Scott Ludlam’s speech is that while the Australian Greens pledged confidence and supply to Labor, they refused to go into formal coalition with a government committed to Business is usual. And despite having no formal binding arrangement got a number of things passed.

          @ 9:10 minutes:
          We came out of an ‘informal coalition’, coalition is probably too strong a word, but an agreement, with the former Labor Government that we would not block supply, that we would not crash the budget, that we would not support no confidence motions in exchange for progress on some of the policy areas that we hold most closely to our hearts…..

          That was seen as something of an illegitimate agreement by the Coalition, by the opposition Liberal and National Parties, who didn’t enjoy at all the idea that you could be doing negotiations almost in the way that it happens here and has been happening in European parliaments for decades…..

          It was seen as a bit of disaster by the Coalition who didn’t enjoy it at all.

          Even a quick scan of the [NZ] Herald and the way some of the commentary and the reporting of that period of time is being reported here, you might be getting the sense that it was a catastrophe that it was a period of appalling chaos, and of course it wasn’t, even though the conservatives attempted to paint it that way, a lot of very important business got done, a lot of legislation was passed, a lot of very important legislation, including things like the clean energy act. which has made a measurable impact on the green house gas profile of one of the most energy intensive economies on the planet….

          Scott Ludlam

      • Murray Olsen 1.1.2

        Will you ever forgive them for not making legalisation of cannabis their flagship policy?

        The Greens are the only party taking a mature approach to the IP/Mana electoral arrangement, and as far as Laila Harré is concerned, unless you are privy to something the rest of us don’t know about, you’re just repeating Trotter’s slurs.

        I’m waiting to see what they come out with on drilling and mining, because I have heard a couple of things that worry me. We’ll know tomorrow. In the meantime, they’re coming out with other policies, such as the one on teenage health, that I really like.

        • phillip ure 1.1.2.1

          “..I’m waiting to see what they come out with on drilling and mining, because I have heard a couple of things that worry me..”

          norman has already said the greens will vote to support labours’ drilling/mining-policies..

          ..what more do you need to know..?

          ..and my obsrvations about harre/greens are my own..

          ..thought long before trotter wrote his piece..

          ..(and yr first line is just funny..)

        • Macro 1.1.2.2

          “I’m waiting to see what they come out with on drilling and mining, because I have heard a couple of things that worry me. ”

          Why don’t you look up the Policy on line Murray?https://www.greens.org.nz/conservation/mining

          I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Catherine has been very active here (the Coromandel) as well as many others actively working to oppose mining and drilling, asking question after question in the House, and speaking against mining and drilling – I hardly think that the Greens will suddenly change their policy against mining and drilling over night.

    • karol 1.2

      Just for you, Jenny. At the bottom of the NZ Herald article on Turei’s speech today.

      Co-leader Russel Norman will speak tomorrow, when he is expected to launch the party’s climate change policy.

  2. the elephant in that room has to be laila harre..

    ..with the party members looking at the leadership..

    ..and thinking:..’why on earth did you not give laila harre a high spot on the green list…?
    ..please explain..!..”

    • karol 2.1

      This is about Green Party and its policies, not personalities – and it’s not about driving wedges between left wing parties.

      • phillip ure 2.1.1

        “..and it’s not about driving wedges between left wing parties..”

        what are you saying there..?

        ..how is noting green cabinet-responsibilities..and the laila harre issue.shot-in-own-feet..

        …’driving wedges between left wing parties’…?

        ..it is making an observation of easily-provable-facts..

        ..or are you saying this thread must only b pro-green..?

        ..cd u plse clarify the nature of yr concerns/admonition..

        • karol 2.1.1.1

          We can debate differences. But your comment there looked more like wedge politics and focused on personalities rather than more substantive issues. There is a very real danger of fanning edge politics, right now, in the service of the right.

          The left will benefit from respectful debate and negotiations between left wing parties and positions.

          Your other comment about mining was critical, but about policies, politics, etc. is a good example of debating the substantive issues.

          • phillip ure 2.1.1.1.1

            ?..?..

            phillip ure..

          • Populuxe1 2.1.1.1.2

            Well let’s focus on policies then. The only conceivable reason that Harre has decided to lead the Internet Party is she has unfinished business – free education. That rather suggests the Greens don’t see that as a priority.

            • karol 2.1.1.1.2.1

              It doesn’t look like the “only conceivable reason” to me. Harre gave it as A reason why she was interested in joining IP. I actually don’t see free tertiary education as one of the priorities for IP on their website.

              The Greens, on the other hand, have a strong commitment to children and young people, and eventual free education is part of their tertiary ecucation policy. – to be worked towards over time.

              • Populuxe1

                I doubt she’s doing it to make NZ currency digital. I’ll concede that it’s not on the website, but there must be some significant policy difference somewhere that appeals to Harre.

                For the record I would be very happy with a government with the Greens in it, IP/Mana not so much.

                • karol

                  It may not just be the policies that attracted Harre. It may have been the idea of working with Mana, but also of being in a leading role. She also has been working for CTU’s get out the vote campaign. She may see IP as a good way of engaging young, politically disengaged, potential voters.

                  Harre must have liked many of the Greens policies to have been working with them.

              • harre said one of the first things that impressed hr about the internet party..

                ..long before she was a gleam in their eyes..

                ..was their policy of free education..to tertiary-level..

                • karol

                  Yes – one. Not the “only conceivable reason“, as stated by Pop..

                  The interview with Harre on The Nation, she says this.

                  And in that new style of politics one of your most important policies is free tertiary education. Well your sponsor and party visionary has criticised this government for spending during recession times. Do you agree with that criticism because that’s how you keep policies like that afloat?

                  Well one of the deciding factors for me was the issue of tertiary education. As many observers I have been watching the development of the Internet Party. I was from absolutely from the side lines watching the negotiation of the agreement with the Mana movement.

                  But you have to spend to get that, and he has criticised It –

                  And right from the get go the Internet Party had made free tertiary education one of their core principles.

                  But if it is such a core principle, why can’t I find it on the IP website? If it’s there, it’s not easy to find.

                  In contrast, I had no difficulty finding the GP Tertiary Education policy, with it’s commitits to debt free education and to work towards free tertiary education.

                  Great if the IP is commited to free tertiary education. I just don’t see it as a deciding factor in choosing between the IP and the Greens. Other things Harre mentioned, like engaging with young politically disengaged (potential) voters, seem more significant as deciding factors to me.

                  • weka

                    The GP have been developing their policies over decades, the IP over weeks. I’m not that impressed with the IP website myself, but I can understand why they don’t have much detail up yet.

                    • Tracey

                      As opposed to national who are waiting for everyone else to put theirs on the table before lying about theirs

            • weka 2.1.1.1.2.2

              “The only conceivable reason that Harre has decided to lead the Internet Party is she has unfinished business – free education. That rather suggests the Greens don’t see that as a priority.”

              Harre has stated multiple reasons for joining the IP. AFAIK she hasn’t said anything about why she is not with the GP. I think you are speculating on nothing there Pop.

      • cricklewood 2.1.2

        Judging by some of the comment from certain Labour Mps the only wedge being driven will be straight down the middle of the labour party…

    • One thing I haven’t seen many people consider is that Laila may not have wanted a position on the Green list. I have no idea if that’s the case, but there’s a definite “Laila Harre has no free will” meme going around.

      • bad12 2.2.2

        Stephanie Rodgers, i don’t want to drag the conversation too far into this, as Karol says, the Post has the intent of focusing on the policies, But,

        My understanding surrounding the internals was that Laila was hired on as a ”political adviser” which caused a flurry of concern in some quarters about the ”need” to be spending scarce resources on such an adviser in the vein of, if there was not enough ”political wisdom” within the Parties current MP’s then we all might as well pack up and go home,

        The rest is as they say, history…

        • I don’t see how this relates to the point I was making. Yes, she worked for the Greens. That’s not the same as pursuing a place on the Green Party list.

  3. Jenny 3

    Let us repoliticise John Key!

    The Greens say anthropogenic climate change is real and we have a detailed wonk-friendly exposition on our website, but for this election we are running with “jobs, kids, rivers”. Oh no… MEGO…

    What’s happened is that climate change, the ‘elephant in the room’, has been swallowed up whole by the ‘snake in the room’ of politics. Along with all other serious political issues.

    This snake is the real theme of the election. Russell Brown calls it the politics of absence. Brown says “cultivated political absence… shapes the almost unprecedented popularity of John Key”. John Key’s political success is because of this successful strategy of “de-politicising” himself.

    Hot Topic

    Let us mercilessly ‘out’ John Key as a willing tool of the polluters and plutocrats, and a traitor to all future generations, Let us all make climate change an election issue. Don’t let the the snake (Key) eat the elephant in the room.

  4. karol 4

    Scott Ludlum is talking about how any Clean Energy programmes have been sabotaged by the Abbott government in Aussie – and how anyone in the oublic sector who has got “climate” on their CV has been sacked.

    And all of the reactionary politics coming from Abbott’s government.

    Edit: Ludlum now talking about the urgency of dealing with climate change – something shared by Green Parties internationally.

  5. Pasupial 5

    Meteria Turei speaking on livestream now; looking fairly glamorous as she talks about children full of love and marmite… “Who if not for the Greens will stand up for our children?”

  6. bad12 6

    Jenny doesn’t seem to get ”it”, Phillip makes an excellent ”choir boy” for the ”chorus”, National with 40+% of political support, and Labour with 30+% of that support will not support anywhere near what the pair of you would wish to see occur surrounding ”climate change” Legislation,

    The political process is 70-80% reactionary, it always has been, until such time as the negative effects of climate change begins to destroy the current economic and social orthodoxy Governments will sail blithely on,

    The Greens with only 10% of political support if applying ”force” to effect what Jenny and Phillip would require would only be committing political suicide thus ensuring that even the smaller gains in Green policy surrounding ”climate” cannot be furthered,

    To be blunt, IF the worst case scenario surrounding climate change were to occur, a large number of the current generation of today’s voters grandchildren/great grandchildren will not exist upon this planet,

    70–80% of their grandparents/great grandparents who exist today seem not to give a shit, Democracy validates their position, full stop…

    • karol 6.1

      Well, the Green MPs have continued to talk about climate change, and the urgent need for action to counter it, in the House during this term.

      I don’t see any evidence they have backed away from the issue.

      They also have promoted policies that will contribute to clean energy provisions – supported public transport, solar power, home insulation, etc.

      • bad12 6.1.1

        Oh i agree entirely with you Karol, weekly in the Parliaments debating chamber one or the other of the Green MP’s highlights ”climate change” in questions directed at National Party MP’s exposing the lack of action over this fundamental position,

        The fact is tho, the mainstream media, an all important component of today’s political discourse have largely chosen to now ignore the issue unless it is to report the spectacular, ala this weeks ”giant waves are to blame for the retreat of Antartic ice-sheets”,

        The Party realizes that it can only ”strong-arm” the Parliament into passing Legislation bettering the planet and the climate when it has a larger support base, % of the vote, than it at present enjoys,

        The Party also knows that a far far higher % of the voter base understand,supports, and, practices some Green aspects of conservation in their daily lives than actually cast a vote for the Party on poling days,

        It then becomes necessary to broaden the Parties appeal with a full suite of policy that is not necessarily seen as ”Green” where the voters will, having practices conservation measures in their daily lives, ”accept” the wider platform of fundamental enviroment policy,

        That some cannot see this or accept the wisdom of this, simply has me believing that they refuse to accept the reality of Democracy and the constraints this imposes…

        • phillip ure 6.1.1.1

          oh..ok..

          ..should we just get pillows fluffed for us..?

          ..to lie on as we slide into climate-change chaos..?

          ..and best shut up!..’cos most don’t seem to fucken care..?

          ..’democracy rules!’..eh..?

          ..good luck with that..!

          ..or..should i say ‘fuck that!’..

          ..and on this issue/policy..that the greens have been open that they will go along with ;labours’ drilling/mining-plans..

          ..will happily be ministers in a government just continuing to drive us towards that environmental-chaos..

          ..sez to me more that they have lost their fucken way…

          ..not me…

          ..and fuck all these cries of ;it’s too hard..!/what can we do..?’..

          ..we can do fucken heaps…

          .here is krugmans’ latest prescription..

          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/opinion/krugman-cutting-back-on-carbon.html?_r=0

          ..and yes..it is all do-able..

          .key quote:..

          “..“..Everything we know suggests that we can achieve large reductions in greenhouse gas emissions –

          at little cost to the economy..”

          (cont..)

          ..and as far as ‘green-policies’ are concerned…

          ..they mean naught when green ministers will be going along with increased carbon-extraction..

          ..all of which begs the question:..

          ..how can they be not part of the problem..?

          ..and how can they not be a bulls’-roar away from being the ‘solution’ we need..?

          ..with ever-increasing urgency..?

          • bad12 6.1.1.1.1

            Feel free to make as much ”noise” as you want Phillip, the rest of your elongated ”squirt” i will choose not to reply to in this Post as such an answer to your wide ranging ”squirt” would detract from the Post’s intent…

            • phillip ure 6.1.1.1.1.1

              well don’t talk defeatist-drivel then..

              ..’just do nothing!’..eh..?

              ..who else said that..?

              ..that’s right..!

              ..that clown from act..whyte..

              ..yr in perhaps surprising company..eh..?

              • bad12

                Again Phillip i will decline to be drawn into dragging the Post of its intended moot of discussion by any of your abusive little ”squirts” elongated or abbreviated…

          • The Al1en 6.1.1.1.2

            Laughable how you dismiss the Green parties environmental credentials when you’re advocating for an alliance led by a gumball rallying bloke with 18 emission spewing, petrol guzzling, vehicles like rolls royce drop heads etc…

            If someone said hypocrite, you wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.

  7. Pasupial 7

    Some highlights of Turei’s speech (any transcription errors are my own):

    [8:28] “The day a newborn baby is judged unworthy of support given to all other babies, just because of the family they are born into is a dangerous day for Aotearoa NZ. We must not let these insiduous Victorian notions of deserving and undeserving poor infect our moral identity”

    Policy Announcement [9:50] “In government, the Green Party will extend free doctor’s visits to all New Zealanders to the age of 18″

    [11:50] “Our policy will cost just $29 million a year”

    [14:50] “The Green Party is the only major political party prepared to fight for the rights of all children to be treated equally in this country. The GP is the only P who will put our people and our environment at the heart of our economic management.”

    [15:09] “Who else; other than the Green Party, will fight for a smarter better fairer and more sustainable future; one that truly lives up to the expectations of our children”

    • karol 7.1

      Thanks, Pasupial. Will add to the post.

      • greywarbler 7.1.1

        This is important to me and everyone who wants to retain a fair distributive society. But as things get tougher we get self-interest and self-justification for classism settling in. Metiria Turei said.:

        We must not let these insiduous Victorian notions of deserving and undeserving poor infect our moral identity”

    • Colonial Viper 7.2

      [15:09] “Who else; other than the Green Party, will fight for a smarter better fairer and more sustainable future
      .

      “More sustainable” is like being “more pregnant.” It doesn’t make sense. Either a situation is sustainable or not.

      And, exponential growth on a finite world in the form of economic growth % p.a. is decidedly unsustainable.

      Yet the Greens have not yet talked about the inevitable conclusion – we must end economic growth, now.

      • karol 7.2.1

        “More sustainable” is like being “more pregnant.” It doesn’t make sense. Either a situation is sustainable or not.

        Well, yes and no.

        I agree with your main point, that I’d rather the GP was talking about a sustainably society, and not talking about economic “growth”.

        But sustainability is not the same as being/getting pregnant. Pregnancy happens as the result of one act. A sustainable society would most likely be achieved through a raft of poliies and procedures put in place over time. And there will be disputes as to what actions will ctually result in a sustainable society. To achieve it, a significant proportion of people would need to get behind it.

        Policies that contribute to a “more sustainable future/society” could be steps on the way to a fully sustainable society.

      • Pasupial 7.2.2

        CV

        If you can comprehend; “less sustainable”, then; “more sustainable” is the opposite.

        I take it to mean; sustainable for a longer period of time. But with projected; population growth and resource depletion (along with increasing resource inaccessability due to climate change); what is sustainable now may not be so in the future.

        The advantage of “more sustainable… economic management” (NB not “economic growth”) is that there will be more time to change to a fully sustainable economy. [Reading Karol at 7.2.1, I realise that I'm merely restating some of her points - but I've typed it now, so may as well post]

        There is also the possibility of economic growth that doesn’t have material resource depletion as a necessary corollary, but it hasn’t shown much sign of happening yet.

  8. outofbed 8

    Here is a thought..
    With the Alliance reborn massing to the left of Labour and hopefully keeping the bastards honest

    The Greens do not need to hold that position quite so much.

    Maybe this can free up the Greens to focus more on environmental issues and mop up a few
    ‘blue green’ votes on the way.
    This does not mean the Greens moving to the centre , more of ‘not left nor right but Green’

    • karol 8.1

      I wouldn’t like to see that happen. We need strong left wing parties in parliament. Ones with a strong and clear left wing values. Such values have long been the basis of the NZ Green Party.

      They were incorporated into the early Values Party early on.

      The Greens have worked long and hard to not be dismissed as a one issue party. They have been leading the way on poverty, inequality, state housing, etc., and have worked hard on policies that embrace people, communties and their environment.

      The idea of some thrid way that isn’t left or right, has been part of the discourse of neoliberal appeasement. Time to ditch it and stand up for truly left wing values.

    • Macro 8.2

      The “Green” economy is always going to be an economy based upon equality and a fairer distribution of the earth’s resources – it cannot be otherwise. This was essentially the initial stance of the Labour movement – i.e. a fairer distribution of the profits of production, recognition of the worth of workers, and the needs of people were the primary policies.
      The green economy acknowledges all of the above but goes further in recognising that the economy is but a subset of the environment. Without a strong environment we cannot have a strong economy. Unfortunately the current paradigm of neo-liberal economics sees this the other way round. Labour have in the recent past been guilty of forgetting the primacy of environment over economy with their adoption of the corporate model of globalisation and free trade, at the expense of people and the environment. The thought was that we grow the “economic pie” and everyone gets a bigger slice! Well we know just how wrong that was, and it completely overlooks the reality of a finite world and finite resources. Now Labour is stuck (as is National) in this economic mould of their own making and to back track to a more people and environmental economy is going to be very difficult for them indeed. But for the sake of our children and grandchildren, and for the sake of the planet, we must reform – there is no other way.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1

        +111

      • Colonial Viper 8.2.2

        The primary lie is the one of exponential % p.a. economic growth.

        Any economic growth today must now be entirely qualitative not quantitative. Yet politicians of all ilks still pay reverence to GDP and export “growth” like it is a mantra which cannot be set down.

        • Tracey 8.2.2.1

          Yes. Its not set in stone, we can use any measure we choose. Gdp is a failure as a measure of anything meaningful for the majority of kiwis.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    Russel Norman will make a policy announcement tomorrow (Sunday) at 1.30pm.

    13:15 is the listed start time. Yes, I know I said 13:30 yesterday – that’s because the email I had said from 13:30 but that same email had Turei speaking today at 11:30 and she had finished by then.

    My bad, misread the email. Still, Russel’s speech is set for 13:15 tomorrow.

    And, after all that, I missed a lot of what Turei said because LiveStream obviously sux.

    • Pasupial 9.1

      DTB

      I got a bit of glitchiness when I tried to stream it in large size, but once I reduced window size back to default it went smoothly; even with the replaying sections to transcribe them. I’m using Firefox, if you’re on a different browser it might be that as well.

    • karol 9.2

      Thanks, DTB. I have amended the post accordingly.

    • karol 9.3

      I used FF. It stopped and buffered a few times, but started back again at the point where it had stopped.

  10. Skinny 10

    I wish the Greens well in their election campaign. Really hope the weekend conference rounds out tops for them after not a great week earlier with the MIP and Harre hooking up. To me the Green Party MP’s appear to have the best record of all the party’s for honest, transparent conduct.

    The Right have unfairly labelled them as ‘crazy’ backed up with nasty rhetoric, which sometimes rubs off with the odd flippant comments by some of ourselves (LP members). I think it’s created a degree of paranoia to them and restricts them too much.

    Comparing Green MP’s that I know to Labour’s one, you find the Greens more genuine, less flakey actually. And everything is done by the books relating to lobbying. Other party’s are certainly less transparent in this regard. Quite easy if invited, waltz in to parliament gaining access to MP’s without a reason needing to be declared, just sign in the visitors book and off ya go. It’s little wonder National setup a new HQ handy to parliament buildings. So no tracking of who comes and goes, especially with the press gallery sniffing around.

  11. SPC 11

    The commitment for free health visits to age 18 matches that for dental care.

  12. Pasupial 12

    Vance’s take on yesterday:

    Parliament’s third largest party is so mainstream that yesterday, its keynote announcement was an extension of a recently signalled National party policy…
    It’s a family-friendly, centrist package – in line with a raft of policies announced by National and Labour this year. Surprisingly, it’s universal, not just targeted at low-income families…
    Compared to the two-headed Internet Mana hybrid, the devilbeast of John Key’s imaginings suddenly looks tame…
    At a closed-door session yesterday, members were expected to vote for a stance that means a post-election coalition with National is ”highly, highly unlikely.” (That’s one more ”highly” than last year.)

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10108802/Once-upon-a-Green-party-conference

    So a bit snide, but actually fairly restrained for Fairfax. We’ll have to see how that contrasts to the reaction to Norman’s speech this afternoon.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      This is the brilliance of IMP…it makes the Greens look like the sensible, establishment choice (a role that they have been positioning for for quite some time now).

    • Paul 12.2

      It’s a fairly trashy article for someone claiming to be a political journalist.

  13. Pasupial 13

    Norman speech is live now – will transcribe and post highlights as per Turei’s.

    Jeanette Fitzsimons speaking at start about WOGOCOP (sp?)

    Good background on NZ climate legislation: “no one imagined cap and trade without the cap”

  14. Pasupial 14

    Some highlights of Norman’s speech (any transcription errors are my own):

    Jeanette Fitzsimons intro and background (worth viewing!)

    [9:20] Norman speech begins

    [9:50] They used to call climate change; “the biggest issue of our time”, recently I’ve heard it described as; “the biggest issue of all time”.

    [10:30] Understanding what we’re seeing and taking action is a challenge; both politically and psychologically. How we respond to climate change will define us.

    [11: 14] What the climate debate too often fails to capture are the opportunities inherent in what is happening to the planet. In the opportunities that come when we release New Zealanders innate ability to innovate in the face of challenge. Even a big challange. By meeting the challenge of climate change we will transform our economy… and society for the better.

    [12:27] I’d like to briefly touch on some of the latest climate impacts from around the world because I know how easy it is to lose track. The effects of a warming planet can begin after a while to seem like a bizarre science fiction film that is playing in the background of everyday life.

    [14:25] They say time is money and never more so than with climate change. [refererence to Lord Stern skipped, a fair bit of skipping from about 13:30-15:00]

    [16:10] Complacency will destroy our children’s future – which brings me to the current government…

    [16:50] [a (unnamed) visiting] UN Official said, and I quote: “I fondly remember the days when we could look and point to New Zealand for inspiration”. I felt ashamed that successive governments had squandered that reputation…

    [17:20] On a per person NZ now produces twice the amount of greenhouse gases as China and 8 times that of India. We are the 5th highest emitter per person in the developed world.

    [18:55] We cannot expect other bigger countries to reduce emissions if we are not doing so ourselves. Especially when many of those countries are poorer than us. On the other hand, by demonstrating that a transition to a clean economy is both possible and rewarding, we can help spur global action. We are a can-do country. We are not the kind of people who expect others to do the heavy lifting while we sit back. So why sit back on climate change?

    [19:55] The kind of NZ that says we’re so small that we don’t matter is not the kind of NZ I want my kids to grow up in.

    [20:37] Apart from anything else, climate inaction is not a smart economic strategy. Any high carbon economic model has a built-in self destruct mechanism. We should be making every effort to shift our economy onto a more sustainable lower cost low carbon footing.

    [21:30] The estimated potential market share of the global for NZ, available to NZ, is up to 22b annually. To put this economic opportunity into perspective that figure of 22 billion is well over our current export dairy earnings

    [23:28] I believe that governmental excuses for inaction suggest a fundamental lack of faith in NZ businesses, and in NZers ingenuity. The Green Party is not afraid to ask NZ businesses to innovate and at times to lead because we know that they can.

    [24:50] The government’s Emissions Trading Scheme has failed. Hollowed-out and weakened to the point of redundancy, it has accelerated deforestation and driven up emissions. The ETS was designed to incentivise investment in clean technology, emission reductions and the planting of trees: It has done none of these things – in fact it’s done the opposite.

    [26:38] The reality of the ETS is this: NZ taxpayers are subsidising polluters to produce greenhouse emissions at a rate of about $3.80/ tonne.

    [27:15] It’s time to put the failed emissions trading scheme out of its misery.

    POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT [27:54] Today we are announcing that in government, the green party will:

    Firstly; set a goal of carbon neutrality for NZ by 2050. So a net zero emission economy by midcentury.

    Secondly; establish an independent climate commission made up of climate science and policy experts. The commission will advise government on national carbon budgets and best practise to meet them.

    Thirdly; we will end the failed ETS, and introduce a carbon tax on pollution. Every dollar raised from the carbon tax on pollution will go back to NZ households and businesses in the form of a tax cut.

    [30:10] Let me be clear; NZ households will be several hundred dollars a year better off as a result of the climate tax/ cut.
    And finally we will introduce a suite of complementary measures to support the rapid transition to a carbon neutral economy. Dairy will be included in the climate tax/cut; emissions from the dairy sector have more than doubled from 1990 to 2012…

    [31:10] We will however be exempting sheep and beef farming from the initial period as their emissions remain below 1990 levels and continue to fall and indications are the tax would leave them vulnerable.

    [31:55] I you make a mess then you need to clean it up, that’s one of the principles that we all learn growing up and we need to apply it to the climate.

    [34:25] A carbon tax on pollution will not on its own do the job. Which is why the Green Party has a range of complementary measure to bring down NZs emissions. These include…

    [36:55] This is a moment in history we must seize. It’s time for boldness and leadership. Climate change waits for no one. Friends and colleagues; the GP is today making climate change an election issue!

  15. Pasupial 15

    Links to full speech transcripts on Scoop (didn’t think of checking over there before, as they rarely update over weekends, would’ve saved much typing):

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1405/S00609/speech-turei-if-not-for-the-greens-then-who.htm

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1406/S00007/green-party-agm-2014-speech-climate-change.htm

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    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
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