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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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    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
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  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
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  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
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  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
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  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
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  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
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  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
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  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
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  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
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  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
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  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
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  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
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  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
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  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
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  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
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  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
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  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
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  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
    We'll debate why the State needs new powers to spy on Kiwis and the controversial laws that are being rushed through Parliament....
    Scoop politics
  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
    On arrival with his police escort at Auckland Airport tomorrow morning Phillip Smith will be met by other police staff and complete customs and immigration formalities....
    Scoop politics
  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
    UNICEF NZ Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles UNICEF NZ has once again launched its nationwide search for six new Youth Ambassadors and is calling on enthusiastic young people to apply before Friday, 12 December 2014....
    Scoop politics
  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
    The Kiwifruit Claim’s statement of claim has been filed in the High Court in Wellington this afternoon....
    Scoop politics
  • Judgment: John Banks Dotcom Donation Appeal
    A The application to adduce the evidence of Messrs Schaeffer and Karnes is granted. B The application to adduce evidence of Mr Dotcom’s driving conviction is declined. C The appeal is allowed. D The conviction is set aside and a...
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  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put to 134 public hospital specialists...
    Scoop politics
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday Saturday 29 November 2014 | The new Minister for Maori Development is taking a fresh look at the Te Reo...
    Scoop politics
  • Anti-speeding campaign based on phony science
    Ticketing ordinary motorists will have no effect on the groups who cause most road deaths, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics
  • Human Rights lawyers’ concerns over Terrorist Fighters Bill
    The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill will dramatically erode human rights and civil liberties if passed in its current form, said the Human Rights Lawyer’s Association Aotearoa New Zealand (HRLA)....
    Scoop politics
  • Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy
    Following a period of public consultation, the Privacy Commissioner is implementing a new policy on naming agencies that are in breach of the Privacy Act. The change takes effect on 1 December 2014....
    Scoop politics
  • Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says The People’s Blueprint report by the Glenn Inquiry makes a strong case for a whole-of-government approach to combatting family violence, and highlights some of the ways we could do things better....
    Scoop politics
  • Stop Fracking in Our Big Blue Backyard – Frack Free Kapiti
    Evidence given at the EPA hearing of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at sea blows the industry accepted line that fracking is not happening offshore in New Zealand right out of the water....
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  • Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December
    Below are the details of the solidarity events in Aotearoa New Zealand to mark West Papua Independence Day, 1 December - there are four events this year: one in Christchurch, one in Wellington and two in Auckland. If you are...
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  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
    No charges laid over piggeries investigations 28 November 2014 The Ministry for Primary Industries did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges following two animal welfare investigations into incidents at piggeries earlier this year. The investigations...
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  • Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas
    The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on the effects of rising sea levels and climate change adds another argument against this Government's expansion of fossil fuel exploration....
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  • Slower population growth in the long term
    New Zealand's population will likely grow by 1.4–1.8 percent a year during 2014–16, but growth will be lower in the long term, Statistics New Zealand said today....
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  • Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People’s Blueprint
    November 28, 2014 The inclusion of robust screening as a tool to prevent child abuse, highlighted in the Glenn Inquiry’s People’s Blueprint, is welcomed by Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston. “It’s heartening to see this high-calibre report come out...
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  • People’s Blueprint for tackling Family Violence
    The recently Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence (DCAFV) is pleased to support the fundamental changes in the way our legal system deals with family violence that the report calls for. We need to do more to support victims, and ensure...
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  • People’s Blueprint – Both Good News and a Wake-Up Call
    The Patron of the Glenn Inquiry, Dame Catherine Tizard, says there is some good news in The People’s Blueprint, after the shocking picture painted six months ago in The People’s Report....
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  • Glenn Inquiry Funder Keeps His Promise
    The founder and funder of the Glenn Inquiry, Sir Owen Glenn, said today he has kept the promise he made when he set up the independent inquiry in 2012. “I set up the Glenn Inquiry because it was clear to...
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  • Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency
    Human Rights Commissioner lead on family violence, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Glenn Inquiry, ‘The People’s Blue Print’, which places at its heart that being safe and free from violence is a fundamental human right....
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  • People’s Blueprint Offers Solutions to Family Violence
    New Zealand has a fresh opportunity to reduce child abuse and family violence and save and restore lives under a powerful new model for combating the problem proposed by the Glenn Inquiry....
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  • Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    My three key areas of concern relate to: • The duration of visual surveillance warrants; • The controls around warrantless surveillance powers; • Clarifying the continuation of controls around access to Passenger Name Record (PNR) data under...
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  • The case is clear for climate action that supports health
    The need for rapid action on climate change in New Zealand in order to protect health is clear, according to a group of climate and health experts. Countries elsewhere in the world are already taking significant action, while New Zealand...
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  • EDUCANZ Debate Ignores Teachers
    The legislation for the creation of the new EDUCANZ to replace the former Teachers’ Council body is now undergoing its second reading. Without warning, it was promoted to the top the queue this week....
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  • Phillip Smith en-route back to New Zealand.
    Police confirm that Phillip Smith has been deported from Brazil and is en-route back to New Zealand....
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  • Scaremongering and Showing Contempt for Democracy
    The government has been accused of fabricating an increased risk to New Zealand security to justify new invasive powers in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. And its decision to allow just 48 hours for public submissions on the Bill...
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  • Legislation “a travesty of democratic process”
    Peace Movement Aotearoa today called on the government to put the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill on hold - pending a comprehensive review of existing legislation - in a written submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee,...
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  • Bill needs amending to better protect human rights
    The Human Rights Commission submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee this afternoon on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill makes specific recommendations relating to passport denial; increasing safeguards around visual...
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  • NZ’s gender equality issues in international forum
    New Zealand faces similar gender equality issues and opportunities to those of its neighbouring countries, according to the latest international conference on women’s empowerment....
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  • Countering human trafficking is an ongoing challenge for NZ
    At first glance, it is difficult to believe that human trafficking is an offence that is taking place in New Zealand. It is a harsh reminder that the rule of law sometimes does not reach far enough....
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  • Government must allow further scrutiny of bill
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
    Māori Party co-leaders believe every individual, whānau, hapū and iwi can help stop the high level of family violence that exists in our country....
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  • More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014
    The Productivity Commission’s More effective social services inquiry aims to shed light on how commissioning and contracting influence the quality and effectiveness of social services, and to suggest actions government agencies and others could take...
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  • Keith Locke presentation on Countering Foreign Fighters Bill
    It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to members of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee again, and remember my 12 years on your committee. However, I don’t wish my submission today to be taken as endorsement of...
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  • Significant issues for NZ in sea level rise report
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has recognised findings of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright’s report released today on the impact of rising seas as significant for coastal areas of New Zealand, aligning well with work the...
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
    The White Ribbon Campaign extends its condolences to the family of a women fatally stabbed in Auckland's North Shore....
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  • One Plan signing is “historic moment” for the environment
    The signing of the Horizon Regional Council’s One Plan after a decade of debate, legal action and controversy is being hailed by Fish & Game as a landmark in the battle to protect the nation’s water quality. Horizons councillors approved...
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  • Look at the Road, Not the Speedo
    Responding to the Fairfax article that police will be issuing tickets over the summer to anyone driving 1km/h or more over the speed limit, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
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  • Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry
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