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Herald poll has Labour at 40% because of asset sales

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, December 15th, 2013 - 138 comments
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It has a small sample (500 voters) and is probably overly optimistic but a poll in the morning’s Herald has Labour on 40% although National is on 48%.  The Greens were said to be on 8% and no other parties were close to the 5% threshold.  Participants were asked how the asset sale policy affected their vote and 37 per cent said they would be much less likely to vote for National because of it.

And meanwhile John Key was in his inventing shit up mode and justified the Green’s poster which is above.  He is quoted as saying:

Three in four New Zealanders said no, we don’t agree with Labour and the Greens … I genuinely think Labour and the Greens will be very disappointed … I think it will be a dismal failure from their point of view.”

Only on planet Key could a referendum result where two thirds voted against the Government policy could be interpreted as three quarters of New Zealanders saying that they support it.

The “three in four” figure requires Crosby Textor type stretching of the truth.  It implies that there are 3.6 million people on the electoral roll but there are only 3,037,405 electors.  Key obviously needs help with his maths.

The day before Key called the poll a political stunt.  It is galling that the Prime Minister of this country should call the exercise of a democratic choice by nearly half of eligible voters a “political stunt”.

And the sale of Genesis next year was confirmed although Bill English added the rider “subject to market conditions”.  With the share prices of Mighty River Power and Meridian having declined to below their listed prices you have to wonder if the market even wants a further power company share float.

138 comments on “Herald poll has Labour at 40% because of asset sales”

  1. Simeon 1

    We like the NZ Herald today because they are not being mean to us. But the moment they are they better watch out.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 1.1

      You do realise that you sound like a 5 year old? MS already said it was a small sample size and its probably over estimated Labour support by 1%-2%.

      Still massive though.

      The Greens won’t like the implication that all their hard work has benefitted just Labour, but I think the recent RM which showed a Green surge should make them relax.

      • Fisiani 1.1.1

        National rise to 48%. Higher than Election 2011 and Labour get the credit for the work of the Greens. The Greens must be furious.

        • swordfish 1.1.1.1

          @ “National rise to 48%. Higher than Election 2011″

          Nats up less than 1 percentage point. Labour up13 points and Left Bloc up 10 points. Right Bloc down. Not bad at all.

        • gobsmacked 1.1.1.2

          Fisiani comments on the Standard, yesterday: “75% support National”.

          Fisiani comments on the Standard, today: “48% support National”.

          Can’t wait for tomorrow!

        • Fisiani: Doesn’t matter, the opposition is still running you to a dead heat in the polls, and the Left tends to do a bit better in the actual election than in the polls, and the government doesn’t have a popular policy to its name at the moment, and is carrying several millstones around its neck.

          At this point, if we don’t have a change of Government, it will most likely be because Labour screwed it up.

        • Frank Macskasy 1.1.1.4

          National rise to 48%. Higher than Election 2011 and Labour get the credit for the work of the Greens. The Greens must be furious.

          And once campaigning starts, Fisiani, expect National support to fall away and Opposition parties to increase support. As happened at the last election.

          On track for a change in government – I see no reason to change that view.

          • Matthew 1.1.1.4.1

            This poll is simply not credible.

            Not only does it have huge swings it also has New Zealand First not making 1%.

            Does anyone seriously think New Zealand First would pll anything under 3% if an election were held tomorrow??

            As for election year when the economy hits 3%+ growth and there is a feel good factor all over New Zealand don’t be surprised to see a swing in favour of the government.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.4.1.1

              Are you re-promising the 160,000 new jobs that Key and English have been promising since 2009?

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.1.1.4.1.2

              +1 Matthew
              I suspect it is an attempt to get tension between Labour and Greens. whilst looking supportive of the referendum that has just occurred.

    • Lloyd 1.2

      The National Herald ran this story on PAGE 5!!!!

      They kept the front page for an attack on Len Brown. They report the fact that Len wasn’t costing the ratepayers of Auckland when he checked into Hotels as ‘damming’. This was far more important to the editors than half the voters of New Zealand voted in a referendum.

      The Herald is a mouthpiece for the Nats. They are mean, the facts are such that they had to report what they have or the the idea of calling themselves a Newspaper would be transparently incorrect.

      • Paul 1.2.1

        The editors are complicit in the slow removal of democracy from New Zealand.
        A disgraceful rag.
        Murphy and Roughan are mere puppets of their corporate masters.

  2. appleboy 2

    Where is the journo on Monday’s press conference who will stand up and ask John Key how he can claim 1.5 million non referendum voters as pro asset sales? Then follow with – but they didn’t vote for you either in 2011?

    Not only is it lies, it’s a staggering statement of how detached from reality Key is to have the gall to claim it.

    I think Key no longer cares, the gloves are off and he just lies in the knowledge they he has achieved the goal – be PM and channel cash to his rich supporters.

    History will show him to have been our worst PM, right beside Muldoom.

    • Paul 2.1

      What Mike Hosking or Marcus Lush during their cosy chat with Key?
      NZ’s media dominated by paid puppets not journalists; repeaters of government propaganda, not repeaters.

    • Rosie 2.2

      “I think Key no longer cares, the gloves are off and he just lies in the knowledge they he has achieved the goal – be PM and channel cash to his rich supporters.

      History will show him to have been our worst PM, right beside Muldoom.”

      Astute observation appleboy. I think he gave up caring, or at least the guise of caring along time ago. This PM gig just isn’t the ride it used to be for him. Its’ written all over his face. Now he’s just on pure BS auto pilot mode.

      And yeah, the above “3 in 4 voters…………….”quote was a stunner. Just about spat my dinner out watching that clip on the news last night.

    • Will@Welly 2.3

      I was never a fan of Muldoon. I hated and detested the man. But I think he realised, too late, he had f**ked up. He went to his grave early. Certainly for one who had led such a privileged life.
      Key is just waiting for his knighthood, which will open so many doors around the world for him. He’s rich, he’s wealthy, and he doesn’t give a damn.
      Muldoon was bad. But Key is worse. Muldoon was blinded by his own arrogance. Key is blinded by greed and hubris. That is worse. In many ways Muldoon was a product of his times, Key cannot claim that.

      • Paul 2.3.1

        Key worked for Merrill Lynch, at the heart of darkness.

      • James 2.3.2

        Hang on a minute. Much as Key is an abysmal PM, and channeling public wealth into a small number of private hands, Muldoon led the country into civil war and near-insolvency. Without Muldoon’s recklessness, Douglass would never have had the opportunity to be half so voracious.

        You could also argue Key is just as much a product of his time as Muldoon was, in that he is a product of the welfare state. What motivation did welfare give him to return the favour?

        I know, entirely contemptible.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.4

      History will show him to have been our worst PM, right beside Muldoom.

      I think you’re doing Muldoon a disservice there. He was authoritarian and left the nation in a fairly parlous state but I do think he actually cared about NZ – something that I don’t think John Key has a claim to as he only cares about himself and other rich pricks.

      • brokenback 2.4.1

        Right on the money , hated the swine but I agree he that he genuinely believed his policies were in the best interests of all NZ ‘ers .
        Key? Believe’s in spin & greed , nothing else.

  3. Nick 3

    This has been giving me the rage lately. Especially the reporting of the nonsense Key is spouting without any sensible analysis.

    Is there a NZ equivalent of factcheck.org? Should there be?

  4. vto 4

    By the same maths illogic……

    only 1 in 10 New Zealanders agree with John Key and selling assets to his mates.

    1 in 10. 400,000 in 4,000,000

    1 in 10

    it aint much

    in fact its a rout.

    John Key should go back to being a money-trader

    only 1 in 10 agree with selling assets

    • felix 4.1

      “John Key should go back to being a money-trader”

      What makes you think he ever stopped?

    • Bob 4.2

      By the same illogic only 2 in 10 disagree with asset sales so we should have a $9m Non-Binding Asset Sales referendum! Any way you look at this it is bad for Labour and the Greens, 67.2% against is considerably less than the polls they quoted to push this referendum through.
      For the record, I didn’t vote in the referendum as I didn’t want to take part in a blatant waste of tax payer money for no outcome, nor did my wife, so you can add two more votes to the ‘Yes” column as we both support this (although neither of us support continuing with the Genesis float until the next term in office, the market has been flooded and the Labour/Greens rediculous, unworkable and job cutting Nationilisation policy will further kill the price, wait until the threat of them destroying the economy with mass market intervention (power, construction, insurance……what next) is behind us before proceeding further).

      • KJT 4.2.1

        Why don’t we dispense with elections as well. Cost rather a lot more than the referendum, don’t they?

        Or National. What percentage of the total population voted for them?

        • Bob 4.2.1.1

          Yes they do, but they are a necessary part of democracy and therefore worth every cent, frivolous politically motivated non-binding referenda are not. Surely you can see the difference.
          “Or National. What percentage of the total population voted for them?” I’m glad you brought up this point, as frequently commentators on this site push the fact that National retained power under one of the lowest voter turnouts ever, yet they still received more votes than the ‘No’ vote on the referendum, so if the election meant bugger all (aparently it doesn’t give National a mandate to govern) then the referendum meant even less, again, a complete waste of tax payer money!

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.2.1.1.1

            This is disingenuous Bob,

            The point of contention is not whether National [or any party] gains a mandate to govern via a general election – no one is arguing that point – the argument is about National’s assertion that they gained a mandate over one of their policies. Referendum are useful to find out public opinion over a single policy – general elections are not.

            National’s claim re having a mandate on asset sales has no credibility and they took this faulty stance that is in contempt of democratic principles and the public because they wanted to appear to be acting in line with the publics’ wishes – they are not and they know it.

            Don’t be a mug to ‘being told a big enough lie’ Bob, and stop propagating such.

            • Bob 4.2.1.1.1.1

              “Referendum are useful to find out public opinion over a single policy – general elections are not” this is a fair point, but referenda like this are meant to be ‘Citizens Initiated’, a major reason for this referendum going ahead was due to the Greens hiring staff out of their parliamentary budget to collect signatures, how is this citizens initiated!
              The Greens claim re this being a Citizens Initiated Referendum on asset sales has no credibility and they took this faulty stance that is in contempt of democratic principles and the public because they wanted to appear to be acting in line with the publics’ wishes – they are not and they know it.
              Don’t be a mug and say that this referendum was anything other than an expensive political stunt.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                It appears yet again you repeat the lies that we are told by our PM. What one is it Bob; wilfulness or ignorance on your behalf?

                The Greens assisted in the referendum but didn’t initiate it and considering the outcome of the referendum the Greens were acting in line with the publics’ wishes.

                I appreciate the Greens supporting this Citizens Initiated Referendum at a time where a lot of New Zealanders are despairing: have not had pay rises and struggling to manage – due to the recession and policies that have added to the problem for such people by the government.

                The Greens activities supported something that would have very much happened regardless. The choice they made in taking such an approach saved ordinary folk some money and might have scored them political points however saying that it is a ‘political stunt’ is the disingenuous framing of vested interests coming straight out of the Prime Puppet’s mouth who is saying so dishonestly and despite denigrating important democratic engagement by the people because it serves his own backers’ interests; which makes his incoherent ramblings a political stunt of his own. The dude will go down as an embarrassment to the political system of this country and is doing much damage to political integrity (what is left of it) and you shouldn’t be supporting such behaviour.

          • Tracey 4.2.1.1.2

            dont they have to pay down debt like they promised though, isnt that part of the alleged “mandate”? Or can they change their mind about that part?

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.2.1.1.2.1

              @ Tracey

              Wasn’t the promise that we would be in surplus by 2014? – which again was a big lie that people swallowed hook, line and sinker – whereas Labour was being realistic and would have managed it a few years later while still retaining the revenue of our assets.

              It really stinks when people keep believing wholesale lies.

            • KJT 4.2.1.1.2.2

              What about. “We will not raise GST/Taxes”.

              I seem to remember National promising something along those lines also.

              before taxing paper boys/girls.

  5. Ad 5

    Notice also Armstrong gave Cunliffe politician of the year.

    Key’s disrespect for the million+ Referendum voters counts as the single largest vote-closer for 2014.

    Maybe Labour doesn’t need to be super-coherent. Maybe we really will see the National government corrode far faster than economic conditions improve. God I hope so.

  6. appleboy 6

    Adult voters are a tad over 3 million, so it’s not out of 4 million, it’s out of three I think.

  7. rich the other 7

    The problem green/labour have is Key is correct , more people voted in the GENERAL election for Nationals policy to sell %49 of some assets, it’s the GENERAL ELECTION that counts.
    In the non binding referendum National even didn’t bother to campaign while the left were hard at it.
    The electoral commission were reminding people up to the last minute , have you voted yet etc etc , advertisements every where.
    The referendum vote against selling needed to exceed the vote for Nationals sell policy at the last GENERAL election ,it failed.

    • Paul 7.1

      Quite clearly more people voted in the general election. it is clear though that many of the people who voted for the National Party voted for other reasons
      I imagine quite a few are now regretting that decision.
      Sadly, far too many people in our dumbed down society vote for the most superficial reasons…e.g. personality over policy, or a catchy slogan such as ‘A brighter future.’

    • James Thrace 7.2

      More people voted in the Referendum than voted for National in the General Election.

      Only some 100,000 voters less than actually voted for National said No to asset sales.

      So whats your point?

      • rich the other 7.2.1

        1.1 MILLION voted National in the last General election , National could also claim their coalition partners approve of selling.

        875000,( approx.) voted against selling in the Nonbinding ref, that’s the point.
        It’s the general election that matters .
        National didn’t even bother campaigning in the referendum.

        • Paul 7.2.1.1

          If you don’t count the fact that the corporate media ignored it.
          And the Tory puppets like Farrar and Spewoil made sure the lazy repeaters in the corporate media knew the message from their masters.
          Voting for a party does not mean people support every policy they propose…

        • Have you heard of the concept of continuous consent, rich?

          It’s a mainstream view of how governments receive their mandate- that they don’t just derive a moral foundation for government from the election, rather that they’re required to continually seek the consent of the public for their key policies, and that governments that lose that consent have failed, regardless of what legislation they pass or how long they can remain in power afterwards.

          The general election determines the composition of parliament. It doesn’t actually grant you support or a mandate to implement your policies- to do that, you have to win the debate on whether they’re good ideas. National lost the debate and went ahead anyway- which legally is okay, although it was a bad idea electorally and will cost them dearly at the coming election. The sales make no financial sense, are unpopular even with voters who are traditional National constituents, and won’t help the market. There’s no way to argue that they have the consent of the voters, as this is actually quite a strong turnout for a postal referendum.

          National doesn’t have any human rights foundation to stand on in keeping an unpopular law, (unlike last time we had a postal referendum) so there’s no way to say he has a moral foundation to push his laws through. He’s following the letter of the law of our democracy, sure, but this actually violates the spirit of how our government is supposed to work.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.2.1.3

          Rich the Other

          I am beginning to question right wingers mathematical understanding.

          Claiming 1.1 Million voted for National is both incorrect and doesn’t say much when you omit to mention the other numbers involved in the general election.

          Correction: 1, 082, 525 voted for Act and National in the 2011 general election less than 1.1 million.

          How about comparing this 1. 082, 525 with the 1,139,901 over 1.1 MILLION who voted for the many parties that were against asset sales?

          How about comparing the numbers that voted for Nat and Act in 2011 with those voting in support of the asset sales in this recent referendum**?

          >> 432, 950/1, 082, 525 = 0.40 (2dp)

          This means that only 4 out of 10 of the numbers of people who voted this government into power voted in support of the asset sales.

          Conclusion: This referendum points to a monumental failure in the government’s asset sales policy – and given the utterly bizarre and pathetic spin exuding from you all – including the PM – don’t you all know it.

          **based on preliminary results

        • Frank Macskasy 7.2.1.4

          Rich, you left out the Conservative Party vote which was HIGHER than the Act Party’s. Chart here; http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/mandates-majorities/

          If you take the pro-Sale bloc vs the anti-Sale bloc, the latter had the higher voter support.

        • Molly 7.2.1.5

          Your 1.1 million translates to 47% of the total vote. Hardly a majority in any numerical system.

          If you add the morally inept and non-asset sale promoting UF and Act parties voting %, you still only get up to 48.61%. Once again – not a majority. The Maori party indicated that they were against asset sales during the election.

          Now – are we clear? – at no stage in a formal process – either during a General Election OR the recent referendum has the NZ public given a majority support for Asset Sales.

          • Tracey 7.2.1.5.1

            and definitely not the “landslide” Mr Key now calls it.

            an overwhelming majority of votes for one party or candidate in an election.
            “they won by a landslide”

            synonyms for overwhelming

            vast, huge, massive, enormous, tremendous, immense, very large, astronomic, humongous or humungous,

        • Tracey 7.2.1.6

          well they kind of did, they campaigned to discourage people from voting.

    • Will@Welly 7.3

      Yes, “rich the other” the opposition got suckered in by National declaring the date of the election early, and thinking that they had the whole year to debate the topics. National played the wild card by coming out and saying that they’d happily debate things, but only after the Rugby World Cup. This left just 5 weeks for any real politicking, which was infact reduced to three, due to the post-Cup week celebrations, and then the final week when National didn’t want to engage. Also remember the number of “missing” National M.P.’s around the hustling’s – National didn’t want to be embarrassed.
      And ask yourself this question – how much serious discussion was there about asset sales by National – very little. It was not their main plank in their manifesto – they downplayed that as much as possible, always citing mums and dads.
      Expect similar tactics from National this year. They don’t like the truth, just spin, lies and B.S.

    • People don’t vote on just one policy in the general election. Hell, the majority of voters don’t vote based directly on policy at all.

      And while it would have been a very clear message if the no vote had exceeded the National Party message, the idea that it failed is unreasonable. You might not be convinced, but I don’t even know if you were the intended audience for the referendum.

      What it has made clear is that the claim that the general election was a mandate for asset sales is a complete fabrication, and that a LOT of government supporters oppose this policy. It’s a financial failure, it’s going to make our electricity market worse, not better, and it’s incredibly unpopular. It’s not fun to see our government shoot itself in the foot like that, even if I would prefer a different government. They should grow up and ditch their failed asset sales policy. Hell, if they cared about the performance of the companies at all, they’d re-nationalise them and come up with a different solution. Not that I expect this government to try and solve any problems. =/

      • Paul 7.4.1

        The National Party’s campaign was ‘trust us, John Key’s our leader.’
        Policy was there but always minimised while the personality of Key highlighted.
        The tactic was to avoid debating issues.
        It worked, thanks to a compliant media and a dumbed down populace that believed the personality cult built up deliberately by a slick PR machine during Key’s first term.

        • rich the other 7.4.1.1

          Paul ,
          labours main policy in the last general election was STOP ASSETT SALES , labour declared it was THE MAJOR issue, they got hammered.

          National didn’t even bother to campaign in the referendum .

          • Colonial Viper 7.4.1.1.1

            Did you notice how big National voting electorates like Waitaki and Clutha Southland totally smashed the asset sales programme on Friday?

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.4.1.1.2

            @ Rich the Other
            All we have to go by, Rich, is that only 4 out of the 10 people who voted this government in voted in support of the asset sales in the referendum.

            You can prevaricate all you like about National not campaigning* in the referendum – [*actually Key did appear to campaign – giving very conflicting messages as he went: that it was a waste of time, not to vote, predicting the results would come out against asset sales and if this were so that the Opposition need to buy them back when they get into government] – however despite all this – all we can conclude is that only 432 950 people felt strongly enough to vote in support of the asset sales.

            I suggest that John Key has made the following note to himself: **Learn about the advantages democratic principles and of encouraging democratic engagement.**

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.4.1.1.2.1

              p.s A note for potential National voters: don’t listen to John Key – he won’t listen to you.

          • Matthew Whitehead 7.4.1.1.3

            Rich,

            Yes, Labour failed to win the previous campaign, when their side of it was about asset sales. However, have you stopped to consider that this doesn’t really imply how the public felt about the issue itself? A lot of people might have felt that their campaign was negative, that they weren’t ready to be the Government, and the party structure was weak- it had a very unpopular leader, (as opposed to the current one, who simply isn’t catching up) and frankly a lot of people wanted John Key as Prime Minister, regardless of how they felt about his team or his policy.

            Also, there really hasn’t been an attempt to justify or explain the mixed ownership model to the public- the only analysis of asset sales we get is from the Left. John Key hasn’t really sold the country on the idea, it’s simply that he’s failed to lose the election on other grounds.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.4.1.1.4

            @ Rich the Other

            It is a bit sad banging on about the general election where more people voted for parties against asset sales when a referendum just occurred that like every other poll on the matter comes out and shows that there is very little support for selling off assets.

            How many times does someone have to be told before they get a simple fact?

        • KJT 7.4.1.2

          I think most vote for who they think is the, least, incompetent, at the time.

    • Rich, the problem you have is that Key referred to the OVERALL votes cast in the Referendum, not just the “NO” votes,

      “Well the numbers don’t look like they’re that significant. I mean at the moment it’s sitting at around about 40 per cent.“

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9515170/PM-playing-down-voter-turnout

      Other posters are correct; more people returned a ballot than voted for National,

      National voters (2011): 1,058,638

      Referendum ballots: 1,297,281

      At the very least, there is no way in high heaven that any National candidate will ever be able to claim that Nation “listens” to people’s concerns. They obviously don’t, and only elections count, nothing else.

    • framu 7.6

      “The electoral commission were reminding people up to the last minute , have you voted yet etc etc , advertisements every where.”

      yeah – thats their job

      its weird though – you lot were shouting down any notion of turnout and those that didnt vote at the election, and now it seems the be all and end all of what counts

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.6.1

        Yes Rich’s ““The electoral commission were reminding people up to the last minute , have you voted yet etc etc , advertisements every where.” doesn’t support his argument at all – they were reminding all voters to vote ….and just look how few turned out in support of the asset sales!

  8. sweetd 8

    So, the Nats stay pretty much where they have been for the last five years and labour eats the greens.

    • Paul 8.1

      Wait for a proper poll. It’s happening in 2014.
      The only interesting thing is the number of polls happening; this suggests powerful corporate interests are getting nervous and are regularly checking the pulse.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Corporate and party interests do private polling which is not published.

        I reckon the increase in publicly released polling at the moment is due to MSM interest going into an election year.

        • Paul 8.1.1.1

          So you don’t think an extra poll by the Herald wasn’t suggested by the puppet masters of the Herald.
          “Good evening Mr Roughan, we’d really appreciate it if ….”

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1

            I think they’re interested in the build up to an election year, also I think they are pissed off with how Key has been treating journalists and the media.

            • Paul 8.1.1.1.1.1

              The Herald is Key’s mouthpiece.

              • Colonial Viper

                Although the Herald does generally serve the power elite, I also think that interests, relationships and factions are often more subtle than that. You think Key wanted a poll putting Labour at 40% because of the asset sales referendum?

                • Paul

                  1. No but they wouldn’t but the poll gives them clues as to how the worm is turning and helps them strategise further.
                  2. Not sure either that Key would complain about a poll that sees Labour taking the Greens’ votes. The Greens represent a more serious challenge to the neoliberal consensus than the Labour Party.

                  • Granted, but if the herald was a straightforward patsy to the government they wouldn’t post an article like that. No, they will retaliate if they’re pushed, and if course, if they can’t spin a story, they’ll run it as-is if it’s going to pull audience numbers. The herald’s a right-wing paper, but its editors do still try to sell their news.

              • Arfamo

                Nearly right. Wrong end.

              • Natwest

                Joke of the year.

  9. bad12 9

    That ‘poll’ looks like one of those you look at, shrug the shoulders and then ignore, the only agreement i would have with such ‘poll’ of small numbers irregularly taken is that it is very likely to be a close election,

    i suspect what happens with the small parties will decide the next Government…

    • What we can look at is the trend compared to other polls, which doesn’t look good for Mr. Key’s government at this stage. He could still pull up a government for next term, but he’d have to rely on Labour and the Greens making some mistakes to do so, given how little he has to offer the electorate right now.

    • Bad12 – fair point. It will be interesting to see what the next Roy Morgan poll comes up with.

      • bad12 9.2.1

        Frank, true, although i suspect Roy at times in that there are the odd ‘strange’ surge one way or the other in the Morgan that doesn’t seem to have had a basis in the ‘political reality’ of what’s actually occurred here within the polling period at least the Morgan is an on-going monologue as far as the ‘numbers’ go…

  10. Bill 10

    When John Key says he’ll ignore the result and yet again pins the b/s anti-smacking referendum debacle on labour and the greens and, importantly, presents an opportunity for Craig to announce that any referendum with a 2/3rds buy in should be binding…implication = Key keeps Craig’s craziness in check and Craig keeps Key’s excesses in check. Voted National? You can vote Conservative if asset sales are a bugbear.

  11. Rogue Trooper 11

    like planting, surprising where some seeds take.

  12. Tracey 12

    Given craig wants s 59a repealled and key blames labour for not passing the wishes of tge cir ref in 2009 has the media asked key if he will repeal the section and revert to old s59??

    • Puddleglum 12.1

      Also, presumably John Key would apply his mathematical logic to the S59 referendum and declare, similarly, that a majority of electors opposed repeal?

    • Rodel 12.2

      Hooray! Someone who does not use the right wing religious nutters cliche, ‘anti smacking’ but uses the ’59a’ term. Most of the above wouldn’t know what 59a means.

      • Tracey 12.2.1

        which is why *I* dismiss the referendum result and applaud national and labour for voting it through because most of the people who voted probably had no idea what s59a was.

  13. Plan B 13

    DC is much taller than JK. JK will be hoping that he never has to stand next to him ever again, It sounds silly but it could easily be enough to swing the election. DC needs every opportunity to stand next to JK on camera. JK ends up looking like a pasty school boy.

    • MrSmith 13.1

      As trivial as that sounds Plan B in the current media environment your dead right, the song “Don’t want no short people around me” springs to mind, (maybe the new Labour theme song) trouble is the shorter they get the nastier …….

    • Murray Olsen 13.2

      We need tall woman lefties to stand next to Key as much as possible, and get their photos taken. Silly, I know, but that sort of thing does resonate with many voters.

  14. tricledrown 14

    Key and the right know the xmas holidays switch everybody off politics for five to 6 weeks.
    They will start the new year with little or no baggage.
    Trying to clear the decks before xmas with a few cheap bribes.
    Paula bene bashers bribe to foster parents.
    Pike river bribe.
    Pike River
    Dotcom
    Jobless recovery
    Inflation
    Keys continual lying
    All will be minimised .
    National are in real trouble.
    The assets sales slush fund will be used to sucker Enough middle class swing voters.
    Key will be sucking up to Winston all year.

  15. BrucetheMoose 15

    In time the Minister for Spying ‘n’ Lying and his government will be seen as one big stunt. If you apply Key’s arrogant logic on numbers of voters turning out, then he and his government shouldn’t have been elected last time.

  16. Old Tony 16

    We voted a man in who said his Government was going to sell assets. He is selling assets. That is integrity and that is called keeping your word. It is also by definition not arrogant because the idea has been submitted to the will of the people.

    A better definition of arrogance is a Party(s) which ignores the Government’s electoral mandate to sell assets, deliberately sabotages the process, and then references a secondary referendum as somehow legitimising its approach.

    • Paul 16.1

      Old but not wise.
      You don’t obviously remember what happened to the country the last time assets were sold in the 1984-1993.

    • Colonial Viper 16.2

      So John Key promising to do the wrong thing, and then actually going ahead to do the wrong thing, even after people have spoken up yet again to say it is the wrong thing, and that it is something harmful to the future of the nation is what you now call “INTEGRITY”?

      I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

      • Paul 16.2.1

        Selling the people’s assets to foreign corporations sounds like treachery.
        Saying that it was for Mums and Dads was duplicitous.
        Refusing an open discussion with the people was spineless.

        And yet you claim this government has integrity!

      • Old Tony 16.2.2

        So now we get down to it. The issue has nothing to do with the will of the people or the electoral process. It has to do with the fact that because you are of the Left you are always right in your own eyes. Therefore just as in the 1980s (when of course you were proved with hindsight to be “wrong”), you claim the right to impose your will on others. But you dress it up using the language of democracy. Shall we discuss integrity a little more……

        • Colonial Viper 16.2.2.1

          So sticking with a promise to flog off Government assets earning well over 15% p.a. in order to avoid Government debt costing less than 4% p.a. is to you “INTEGRITY”?

          Again, I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

          • Paul 16.2.2.1.1

            Maybe to help you answer cv’s question you could explain why you think selling NZ’s assets is a good idea? It seems like you do from the points you make.

            • Old Tony 16.2.2.1.1.1

              OK, serious face now. Lets discuss things in a bit more detail. I do remember the 80s really well. I remember thinking and discussing endlessly the issue of whether a government ever has the right to overrule the will of the people just because they are bright people and “know” they know best. Despite the fact that I get frustrated by the views many of the populace hold, I concluded that democracy is so important that what the people want must be considered right even if objectively we feel it is wrong. So much (but not all) of the reform of the 80s was necessary but the government of the day needed to slow down and take others with them. If they didn’t, they were wrong in what they proposed.

              So now when I look at the clear and transparent way in which the Key government told us what it was going to do (no tricks, no lies, no fudging) I conclude that unequivocally they have a mandate to do it. Not only that, but they are “right” to do so. The rightness comes from the democratic process, not necessarily from an objective analysis.

              Are there limits to this? Of course there are. A policy to kill all blue-eyed babies must be wrong even if all the rest vote for it. But by and large around the middle, I believe electoral mandate must trump objective analysis in determining what is right and what is wrong.

              • Paul

                Selling the country to foreign economic interests comes pretty close to treason in my books.

                • Old Tony

                  By which no doubt you mean its akin to killing blue-eyed babies and therefore makes it a candidate for over-riding electoral mandate? Not really. I actually prefer us to own our own stuff, but the policy does not mean the end of western civilisation.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    What electoral mandate? Something like 68 out of 70 electorates in the country just voted against asset sales.

              • Arfamo

                Well, Tony, more and more people are being impoverished and marginalised by this government’s policies, while those at the wealthy end of the economic scale are becoming richer. The next election may see a change to this situation and I certainly hope so, and I am pleased to see that we can look forward to your full support for a new government and major changes in economic and employment direction and policies if that does happen.

        • Paul 16.2.2.2

          I would not say that the policies of the 4th Labour government were those of the left. Indeed the inner cabal that run that government was more like an ACT government. They betrayed the people of New Zealand who expected a government to protect workers rights, keep NZ assets in New Zealand and represent them not big business.
          Too late, people realised the silent coup d’état that had occurred.

          So I’m with you on the events of the 80s. I just don’t believe that the Labour Party has represented ‘left’ ideas for a while. And until the Labour Party sheds those traitors, then they are merely a lighter version of the present neoliberal consensus.

          Personally, I wouldn’t go with label like left to describe myself. I believe the world needs a better system than neoliberal capitalism if we are to respect all people and the environment. Presently I vote Green, yet my vote is not set in stone.

          Our present system is not working for the vast majority of people and the earth and it needs to be changed.

          • Tracey 16.2.2.2.1

            the fourth labour government betrayed it’s base and set the working class back a long way, making it seem “ok” for the right to carry on in the same vein. How old are all those people now from back then that are still waiting for the trickle down followed by their belt tightening before better times (ruth richardson’s lie).

  17. BR 17

    A comparison with the anti smacking referendum should put this issue into some perspective.

    The precedent for ignoring the results of referendums was set by the last Labour/Green government.

    The 2007 referendum, with a turnout of 56%, showed that 87.4% of participants were opposed to Bradford’s bill. The politicians disregarded the results and repealed S59 anyway. There was much criticism and claims of ambiguity around the wording on the referendum from the left of politics, which was then used as justification for it’s being ignored.

    The current referendum shows that two thirds of the 44% of the population that voted, voted no to selling 49% of the state owned assets. That is a less decisive outcome than the result of the anti smacking referendum.

    The latest referendum asked whether one supports the sale of 49% of some state owned assets. I personally do not believe that the state should control these assets and therefore I do not support 49% of the assets being sold because I don’t believe it is enough. I want them 100% sold. The left typically disagrees and wants politicians and bureaucrats to control them in their entirety.

    There is therefore enough ambiguity in the wording of the question to provide an excuse for ignoring the results, just as the anti smacking referendum was ignored by the Labour/Green government at the time. However the government does not need an excuse. They ran on it and promised it before the election, unlike the last government that has Helen Clark on record as saying, before the 2005 election, that reasonable physical chastisement of children would not be outlawed.

    Bill.

    • gobsmacked 17.1

      Bill

      The “smacking” referendum took place in 2009. John Key was the Prime Minister who ignored it.

      If you don’t know that basic, recent fact, it’s hard to take anything you say seriously.

      • gobsmacked 17.1.1

        You probably won’t be back, BR, but anyway, here are some more facts for you …

        Key was dismissive of the smacking referendum. He called it the “Dr Seuss” referendum. He said the question was “weird”. He claimed that yes means no and no means yes. You (Bill and Tony) might call that “arrogant”, or perhaps you just prefer to pretend it never happened. You are either lying to yourselves, or to us.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2733264/PM-warned-over-smacking-referendum

        Later there was a private member’s bill from ACT MP John Boscawen, proposing to – in essence – scrap the Bradford bill, and return to the status quo ante. The referendum organisers supported this bill.

        Every National MP voted against.

        • KJT 17.1.1.1

          The referendum was not ignored, in fact. There were changes to some of the less satisfactory parts of the bill.

          It was changed so that you could use physical force to prevent a child from harming themselves and others or to prevent them doing something which was otherwise illegal. The only circumstances which I would want to use physical force on a child anyway!

          Despite the fact that it still left too much to police discretion and some of the wording was still ambiguous we got a much better piece of legislation. And much more workable than Sue Bradford’s, original, “anti-smacking bill”, and closer to the rules about using physical force on adults, where there are similar rules about the reasonable use of physical force.
          The bill as originally worded, would have made it a potential criminal offense to stop a child harming themselves.

          Of course it did not stop Nationals mates from running away with our wealth so National had no problem with it.

          Saying that 80% of those who voted against the bill were “child bashers” or misinformed is just as arrogant as Key’s giant “fuck you” to New Zealanders over this referendum.
          It was depressing to note the arrogant contempt for democracy from so many on what I regarded as “the left”.

    • Tracey 17.2

      Bill

      If you actually believe any of what you wrote is true and have been passing it off to others as fact, you should hang your head in shame. Your leader has had 5 years to put forward a bill to repeal the change. he hasnt… well not yet…. he might if it means Mr Craig can help him be puppetmaster again, afterall Key is the “say anything/do anything to make the mugs vote for me again” master of NZ.

      ” that reasonable physical chastisement of children would not be outlawed.” Can you point to how many parents have been criminialised by the change in legislation. You only need to search back to mid 2009, not 2007 as you have mythically suggested. Sorry if your head explodes at the revelation of actual facts.

  18. My view is simple in this…..

    I am really happy, but I have seen polls wildly out before. They are a good indicator, but they do not tell you how people will vote. They tell you what people want to tell you at this moment in time. Some people lie. Some people say what they think the pollsters want to hear. Some simply do not know but are unwilling to admit this. Whilst they tend to be pretty good, we cannot assume that they show the true picture.

    I therefore suggest that we give ourselves a huge pat on the back, tell ourselves how well we are doing (and I passionately believe that we are doing very well) and then assume that we are still on 30.5%, and get out there to persuade people that Labour is their best option. If we assume that we are lower in the polls, then we will not be dissapointed, and are then going in not to beat National, but to win Government. After all, if we aim for a 15% increase in our vote on 30%, we are in coalition with our Green friends. If we are on 40% and win 15%, then we are a majority by ourselves.

  19. infused 19

    This sounds like a pretty fucked poll.

    1) I doubt the Greens could fall that much, as much as I’d like it.
    2) No way Labour would jump 7%

  20. Fisiani 20

    The smart money is on Ipredict and the chance of Labour winning is sliding every week.

    • Arfamo 20.1

      How so? It hasn’t been around long enough to have established any kind of reliable track record for general elections. The money’s hardly smart. You’re calling it way too early.

      • Fisiani 20.1.1

        No wrong predictions election 2011 seems smart enough

        • Arfamo 20.1.1.1

          That’s only because you’re not very clever. You probably think knowing how to tie shoelaces is smart. Ipredict is basically chicken entrails, just a bit more upmarket.

        • ScottGN 20.1.1.2

          Roy Morgan’s predictions were pretty much on the money in 2011 too Fisiani. You want to back their current outcomes?

      • lprent 20.1.2

        Definitely not smart and way too small a market for any particular credibility. A thousand dollars and you can make that market read whatever you want for a week.

    • ScottGN 20.2

      That’s bollocks and you know it. Labour and National to form a government have been pretty much even for the last couple of months or so on iPredict. The tide is going out on National. Even Tracey Watkins can’t escape it.
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/9488427/Where-are-the-right-wing-alternatives

    • bad12 20.3

      Fisiani, if the smart money is on Ipredict as you say then Slippery’s Government is in deep shit and have just sold off the best part of the paddle,(the big bit on the bottom),

      What you should do is ‘read’ the whole fucking thing lest you start emulating your Leader making statements of intellect which have all the depth of an average cow shit let loose by ‘Daisy’ in any paddock on any day.

      To hold up IPredict as an exemplar of the current political trend you cannot just look at the one measurement ”There will be a National Government” or ”there will be a Labour Government” and run among the crowd claiming victory,

      Given your ‘belief’ in such a statement from IPredict you have to ‘see’ the ‘fact’ that IPredict has the National vote at a mere 40% and at the risk of being pointed out as some form of total ‘fuck-wit’ describe for the Standard readers how this 40% can possibly translate into a viable Government,

      If you cannot attain a ‘high standard’ of description in how this 40% can possibly translate into a Government then i am afraid the only point you will have provided to the readers is that the ‘risk’ described above is in fact realized 100% and therefor you have reached that form,

      Of being a total ‘fuck-wit’ that is…

  21. Naki Man 21

    Some National voters probably don’t like the partial asset sales, but they will do anything to keep
    the Green Taliban away from the purse strings.

    • ScottGN 21.1

      It’s not those voters you have to worry about Naki Man, it’s women voters who apparently are walking away from National. Just like in 1999 when Clark won office. Why do you think that Bill English has had an about-face on the Paid Parental leave Bill?

    • Paul 21.2

      Green Taleban
      zzzzzzzzzz

  22. Lloyd 22

    The problem with the Greens is they are rational. Compare that with the flakes that have been in ACT and NZ First, and the zombies in the Nats.

    • Paul 22.1

      The Nats are terrified of the Greens, hence all the puerile name calling.

      • Tracey 22.1.1

        +1

        The Nats and ACT struggle with the Greens because the greens come from a humanity perspective. The NACTs dont get anything that doesn’t begin and end with a profit-based bottom-line. Run rabbits run.

  23. Riccardo 23

    So using key’s logic we can say about the last 2011 General Election;

    “Three in four (76.9%) New Zealanders said no, we don’t want National in government … I genuinely think National will be very disappointed … I think it will be a dismal failure from their point of view.”

    Based on calculations of;
    2,200,000 votes cast
    47.3% of the party vote to natz
    4,500,000 population
    [or 3,070,847 registered voters, if one wants to be generous]

    = 2,200,000 x .473 / 4,500,000
    = 23.124% of NZers voted for the natz in 2011

    = 76.87556% of New Zealanders DIDN’T vote for the natz or key in Election 2011 !

  24. Natwest 24

    EH!

    I can’t believe the “crap” being spun here – unbelievable.

    Riccardo – 30% of New Zealanders said “NO” to Asset Sales and 70 % either said “YES” or we don’t care.

    So conclusion, the Citizens Initiated Referedum was a complete “flop” and a waste of $9m in tax payers funds.

    As for the Herald Poll – if you believe those results – you must believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden.

    Labour/Greens, be very worried – the Nats might just give you a bloody good spanking next year.

    The economy is booming – confidence is up everywhere, why then would the average punter change the Government – particularly when Labour/Greens have no viable economic platform.

    Apart of course from throwing money hither, thither to satisy the disinfranchised.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 24.1

      It is you spinning crap Natwest with your false indignation.

      The referendum was seeking to find out how high the support was for the asset sales

      Natwest – 14% of eligible voters said “YES” to Asset Sales 86% said “NO” or didn’t support the programme enough to tick a box and send it in.

      That is only 4 out of 10 of the numbers who voted in this government support the asset sales programme.

      So conclusion, the Asset Sales was a monumental “flop” and an unsupported waste of millions of dollars in tax payers funds and revenue.

    • framu 24.2

      so out of those that cared enough to vote – those that favour asset sales didnt get enough to cross the line – in fact the did really badly

      lumping in the non votes was a dumb argument last election and its a dumb argument now

  25. Craig Y 25

    Ah, so let me get this straight. The Nats are whingeing about the proposed cost of asset repurchases under a Labour/Green coalition. But for some reason, they will be able to find the money for endless other binding citizens referenda to pander to their militant fundamentalist Conservative coalition partner? Something doesn’t add up strategically here, je pense…

  26. Tracey 26

    Last week, Cunliffe said Labour “reserved the right” to buy back the assets, but this morning said the party “probably will”.

    “Let me say very clearly what our principles are. Firstly, we will not be privatising any state-owned assets. We believe in state ownership.

    “Second is sure, we would like to buy some of those back and we probably will, just like we bought back Air New Zealand and we bought back TranzRail.”

    But he said he would not write a cheque he could not cash, without knowing what the state of the Government books were like.

  27. burt 27

    Rogue poll !

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    The CTU is supporting todays Meat Workers Union campaign to combat insecure work in a core New Zealand export industry. Photo:  ...
    CTU
  • 2014: A Venture Capital Odyssey
    Fresh off the wire from Hong Kong, from your friends and mine at io9: Hong Kong based venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV) has appointed a machine learning program to its board. Called VITAL, it's an "equal member" that...
    Polity
  • Buzzfeed takes the Herald
    Here's a Herald article this week, titled (I kid you not): 20 somewhat horrible things I do to my kids that I don't feel guilty about [Facepalm] I want the Herald to be good. I really do. I know some...
    Polity
  • Sad
    There's a lot of non-cheery news out there in the lead up to Christmas. There's the Taliban school massacre, the Sydney siege, the US Torture Report, and - at a much lower level, and closer to home - the Treasury's...
    Polity
  • “I said surface, not surplus”
    Here are ten explanations, excuses or distractions Bill English might like to employ over the coming days in response to news that his long promised budget surplus looks to have disappeared....
    Imperator Fish
  • Govt spend on transport out of step with reality
    The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. The Government released its Government Policy Statement...
    Greens
  • Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction
    Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to act...
    Greens
  • Foreign buyers for iconic island must add value
    Labour will look very closely at any Overseas Investment Office application to purchase Pakatoa Island if it is not bought by a Kiwi, says Labour’s Land information Spokesperson Stuart Nash. “Pakatoa is an iconic island in the middle of Hauraki...
    Labour
  • Way opening for April Sun in Cuba
    The United States of America’s President’s historic announcement yesterday to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba should be applauded by the New Zealand Government. The announcement marks a turning point in more than five decades of hostility between the two countries...
    Greens
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to...
    Greens
  • Energy users need answers on Vector share plans
    Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says. “It...
    Labour
  • Turning up the heat on working conditions
    A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry....
    Labour
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    Greens
  • Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk
    Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. "National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its...
    Labour
  • Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
    John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. “The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review...
    Labour
  • Bill English’s face is redder than his books
    The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. This is the...
    Labour
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and...
    Greens
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit
    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic...
    Greens
  • Minister closes down dissent on climate change
    Minister closes down dissent on climate change In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. “In...
    Labour
  • Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders
    The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson.  “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience....
    Labour
  • Farewell at Phillipstown
    Last Wednesday, I attended the farewell for Tony Simpson, Principal of Phillipstown School. It was a very emotional event where many of us in the large crowd shed tears. Bagpipes and tiny tamariki performing kapahaka brought the house down and...
    Greens
  • The CIA Torture Report
    Earlier this week, the United States Select Committee on Intelligence released the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The report, which was five years in the making, looked into the CIA’s interrogation techniques from 2001...
    Greens
  • Haere Rā 2014
    We’ve almost reached the end of the Parliamentary year so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of my highlights of the term in this blog post. It’s been an absolutely hectic year juggling an election campaign...
    Greens
  • Labour applauds High Court decision on Ruataniwha
    Today’s decision by the High Court on the Ruataniwha scheme is a victory for NewZealand’s environmental groups, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson RuthDyson....
    Labour
  • A welfare system for the 21st Century
    Today Child Poverty Action Group released a background paper on ‘The complexities of ‘relationship’ in the welfare system and the consequences for children.‘ The report includes 16 recommendations to modernise our welfare system which is no longer fit for the...
    Greens
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare...
    Labour
  • NZ should formally recognise Palestine
    New Zealand should follow the lead of Sweden, and now recognise Palestine as a separate state On 30 October, Sweden’s new government formally recognised the state of Palestine, only the second Western country to do so, after Iceland. Down here...
    Greens
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems...
    Greens
  • Time to end legalised cruelty of factory farms
    We can ensure that animals are kept in safe and ethical conditions. Claims of economic impact and practicality as justification for animal cruelty just don't stack up.Use our easy e-letter to write to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy...
    Greens
  • Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself
    While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says....
    Labour
  • Big bickies for bosses despite subpar performance
    While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional...
    Labour
  • Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining
      The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham...
    Labour
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on a...
    Greens
  • Dirty Dairy Accord failing to clean up rivers
    The first monitoring report of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord fails to show progress on cleaning up our rivers since the Accord was introduced, the Green Party said today. The Accord's targets for stock exclusion are weaker than the previous...
    Greens
  • The Indignant Kiwi: Why we need to do more to protect our national bird
    A kiwi, about to be released into the wild, was first introduced to Prime Minister John Key and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on her recent visit to New Zealand. By all reports, Dr Merkel was delighted to meet the rather indignant...
    Greens
  • Conflicted interests and health promotion; my opinion.
    As it happens, I know quite a bit about health promotion. It was an area I worked in prior to becoming an MP. What differentiates health promotion from the strict biomedical model, or from health education, for example, is its...
    Greens
  • Transparency on foreign buyers register needed
    News that Overseas Investment Office officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project,...
    Labour
  • National moves on state house sell off
    The Labour Party understands the Government has decided to move ahead with a mass sell-off of state houses. Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says he has been told by sources that Cabinet agreed the plan for their sell-off this week....
    Labour
  • Back-down on expert teacher plan welcomed
    News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Teachers throughout New Zealand...
    Labour
  • John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases
    Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now...
    Labour
  • An astounding disregard for Māori Affairs
    I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to...
    Greens
  • Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard
    The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Farmers have been bracing themselves for this expected announcement but it will be small towns and those who...
    Labour
  • Reducing inequality creates a stronger economy
    An OECD report finding New Zealand has one of the fast growing rates of income inequality shows “trickle down” economics has failed and that everyone is better off under a stronger economy, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government should...
    Labour
  • Government surplus target turning sour
    The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is two blows in one morning for the Government’s economic credibility after...
    Labour
  • Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming
    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
    Greens
  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
    Labour
  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining.   “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today so the...
    The Daily Blog
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
    The Daily Blog
  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
    The Daily Blog
  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
    The Daily Blog
  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
    The Daily Blog
  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
    The Daily Blog
  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
    The Daily Blog
  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
    The Daily Blog
  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
    The Daily Blog
  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
    The Daily Blog
  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
    The Daily Blog
  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
    The Daily Blog
  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
    The Daily Blog
  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
    The Daily Blog
  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
    The Daily Blog
  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
    The Daily Blog
  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
    The Daily Blog
  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
    The Daily Blog
  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
    The Daily Blog
  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
    The Daily Blog
  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
    The Daily Blog
  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
    The Daily Blog
  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
      Tau Henare accuses TV3 of stalkingA former National MP has accused TV3 of stalking after one of its journalists attempted to question a former Beehive spin doctor. Today’s episode of The Nation featured an unsuccessful attempt to question former...
    The Daily Blog
  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
    The Daily Blog
  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
    The Daily Blog
  • SPCA welcomes glueboard traps ban
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA applauds the ban on the sale and use ofglueboard traps in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today...
    Scoop politics
  • Review into Phillip Smith’s escape submitted to Government
    A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government today....
    Scoop politics
  • Len Brown gets haybales from giant chicken and Ms. Santa Cla
    Today at 10.30am, Ms. Santa Claus and a giant chicken delivered haybales to Len Brown’s office, urging Auckland City Council to decline a resource consent application sought by cage egg producer Craddock Farms....
    Scoop politics
  • Increased Abuse of Parents A Predicted Outcome
    Family First NZ says that the increasing level of parental abuse , especially towards mothers, is an unfortunate but expected outcome of the rise of children’s ‘rights’ and the undermining of parental authority....
    Scoop politics
  • Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms
    The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses....
    Scoop politics
  • Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation
    Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981...
    Scoop politics
  • Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand
    JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics
  • Christmas Day in Prison
    Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day....
    Scoop politics
  • Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence
    Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship...
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