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Hone in the House

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 15th, 2012 - 75 comments
Categories: class war, hone harawira, mana-party, Maori Issues, maori party, pasifika, poverty, workers' rights - Tags:

In Hone’s time as the sole MP for for the party, Mana has established a clear identity.  It as an identity strongly grounded in practice and activism.  It particularly represents low income people, whether doing paid or unpaid work, employed or on social security. Mana is envisioned as a movement for all people in Aotearoa, while aiming to provide a strong independent voice for Maori. It represents those with least power, status or wealth, providing a voice for Pasifika people and campaigning for children, especially those living in poverty. Hone’s “Feed the Kids”, Breakfast and Lunch in Schools Bill will have its first reading in February 2013.

There have been questions and predictions about what will happen to the Maori Party when Tariana Turia resigns as leader, and when she leaves parliament altogether.  There have also been some reflections on the legacy of Turia and her role in the party.  Hone ‘s journey has  been strongly intertwined with the Maori Party. Can Mana develop and establish a strong continuing parliamentary presence, or is it essentially another one-MP party?

On Thursday, Mana’s identity was strongly reflected in Hone’s Christmas adjournment speech, in which Hone Harawira said:

I am proud that MANA members have been on the front line in the battle to stop asset sales, to support the New Zealand Maori Council bid to protect Maori interests in water, to help keep our seas free of dangerous deep sea oil drilling programmes, to stand against the take-over of New Zealand sovereignty by multinational corporates, to stand alongside those fighting to keep their homes, to support worker’s demands for safe working conditions and a decent living wage, and of course to promote the notion that feeding kids in schools is not an issue of cost, but one of justice.

Mr Speaker – MANA is rightly seen as living on the hard edge of parliamentary politics, but people would be wrong to think that the protest vote is the only constituency that MANA speaks to, and I am proud to point to MANA’s election manifesto to show how much MANA is in tune with where the country wants to go.

When MANA proposed “20,000 new state houses over two years” to address the massive problem of homelessness in this country, kick-start apprenticeships and employment in the housing industry, and provide a boost to the country’s flagging economy by investing in people who spend their money here rather than on nebulous overseas stocks, our proposal met with bemused smiles from people who know better … so it was comforting to see Labour expand our “20,000 houses in 2 years” philosophy into their own “100,000 houses in 10 years”.

And many are those who scoffed at MANA’s Feed the Kids proposal last year, but a government funded food in schools programme for low decile schools is now not only widely supported within parliament (indeed, a week after I put my bill into the ballot, the leader of the Opposition put in a similar bill), it has also become one of the lead campaigns in the campaign to reduce poverty.

Hone has been on the front line, arrested while sitting in his car watching a protest against removal of state housing and its tenants from Glen Innes.  A destructive government initiative that Mana described as ethnic and social cleansing.  John Minto has also strongly represented Mana in public and on the streets.  The Mana president Annette Sykes has continued to be a background presence, as seen in this statement she posted in November.  That post is about Harawira being voted the top politician fighting for Maori rights by a Native Affairs poll.

Sue Bradford is sill associated with Mana, but seems to be more involved with her own campaign groups such as Auckland Action Against Poverty.

I am still leaning towards party voting Green, but if they seem to become too centrist, I will be looking at Mana.  I am a little wary as Mana doesn’t have a long track record on which to assess it.  I am reminded that I was very hopeful about the Maori Party when it started, although a little wary of its social conservatism.

The Mana movement is doing some great stuff on the ground. Does it have a long future in parliament with increasing numbers of MPs?

75 comments on “Hone in the House”

  1. fatty 1

    In Hone’s time as the sole MP for for the party, Mana has established a clear identity

    Yes…when they first formed, many political commentators were saying that Mana were split ideologically. But from what I could see Mana were far more ideologically coherent than Labour and National.
    Since biculturalism was introduced in the 1980s, Maori identity and culture has arguably strengthened, but at the same time Maori have become relatively more impoverished. So, although mixing identity and class within the same party was supposedly new (Greens have done it for years), its more logical than third ‘wayism’, or the Maori Party.
    The powers that be only allow identity politics within a neoliberal framework…have those same policies alongside demands for economic justice and the group gets labeled extremist.

    Hone says what I wish politicians would say. It’d be great for NZ if they could get more votes next election.

    • Morrissey 1.1

      Your ignorance, “fatty”, is matched only by your arrogance. 

      • fatty 1.1.1

        feel free to post an argument alongside your insult

        • Morrissey 1.1.1.1

          Sorry “fatty”. I’ve just re-read your post and realized I made a horrible mistake. I thought you were the person you were responding to.

          Please accept my most humble apologies.

          • fatty 1.1.1.1.1

            haha, no worries at all Morrissey…I thought that may have been the case, as I’m often in agreement with your comments

    • xtasy 1.2

      fatty: Interesting this is, that you mention “biculturalism” and Maori interests having been strenghtened due to that new political approach years ago.
       
      That is all nice and good, but look at the agenda today, which has clearly abandoned ‘biculturalism” and replaced it with “multi-culturalism”.
       
      If you are serious about Maori rights and influence in this country, you better bloody well wake up.
       
      Divide and rule has always been the agenda of the British colonisers and “the Crown”. The political establishment saw Maori assertiveness rather as a ‘threat’, hence they only engaged in some “pay offs” and appeasement, and otherwise did all to “diversify” NZ population by allowing large scale migration from a wide range of countries. Where was Maori input in this?
       
      TOW settlements have largely only served an elite of Maoridom, and the rest of especially urban Maori are beggars to use some social services now offered by trusts and co-ops with the government. Is that “settlement”, compensation or empowerment?
       
      I dare to say NO!
       
      Maori have been sold out, will continue to be sold out, and they are being marginalised even more, by constructed large scale migration of people from East Asia, the UK, South Africa and so forth, to keep them “under tabs”.
       
      That is the true agenda of NZ governments, and you better wake up to the bloody truth. We now have people argue that ethnic origin should not be relevant, it is all about cultural choices and chosen identities. Now are people going to be ignored like the native American indians, to be “merged” into the mainstream, to abolish their rights and so forth?
       
      Most countries still acknowledge heritage and other rights, they certainly have started doing so in largely Indian countries in South America, like Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. But that is all “racist” now, is it not?
       
      I fear that the PC brigades dominated by manipulative imperialists are too happy to apply arguments to deny rights to any person, rightly or wrongly, based on ethnicity or cultural heritage, as the “multi cultural” agenda is now the chosen divisive instrument of the capitalists and imperialists.
       
      If only some readers here would understand the implications!

  2. bad12 2

    Good speech Hone, as far as a vote for Mana goes in 2014 i too waver between a stronger if albeit more ‘middle class’ Green voice in the House or to cast one for Mana in the hope of seeing that Party grow,

    I am still a bit pissed at Hone for His overt support,(while still a member of the Maori Party), for the rack raising of taxes on tobacco products,

    For every one person Hone and the Maori Party managed to deter from the use of tobacco products by rack raising the taxation of them there were another 9,(a high % of them Maori), who, unable to give up the use of tobacco products because of the totally addictive nature of Nicotine were forced into a more precarious state of poverty than that prior to the tax rises,

    If there’s one thing that will kill you way quicker than the use of tobacco products it’s the poor diet suffered by those who have severely limited means of income, so the Maori Party in particular and Hone as a participant at the time didn’t seem to give a thought or care about ‘the unintended consequences’ as the Maori Party in particular sought the taxation that would pay for ‘Whanau Ora’,

    Except for Hone’s view on how to stop the next generation becoming addicted to tobacco products i usually find myself in agreement with Him but at the moment i still lean toward the Greens for 2014…

    • clashmanviper 2.1

      While I don’t neccesarily agree with the tobacco policies in this country, you can get 8 weeks of nicotine patches for $3 and spend the rest that would have normally gone on tobacco on healthier food. So…

      • bad12 2.1.1

        So, you obviously know very little about the ‘Nicotine addiction’, nictine patches work well for a while on a minority of those who have attempted to stop smoking but within 6 months most of those who have stopped either through the use of nicotine patches or other means are back smoking the stuff,
         
        Nicotine patches are to tobacco smokers what methadone is to heroin addicts, it’s simply a maintainence dose of the particular product of addiction,
        Prison inmates having used their 8 weeks of nicotine patches have become so desperat as to be involving themselves in the practice of soaking used patches in water and then soaking used tea leaves in the extract, drying and smoking the concoction,
        For ‘a light’ these desperados are accessing the live wires of the power supply and creating ‘spark’ by touching the positive and negative wires together at times shorting out thehpower to whole blocks of the jail,
         
        Such is the nature of addiction, once addicted those so afflicted remain so for life…

  3. “I am proud that MANA members have been on the front line in the battle to stop asset sales, to support the New Zealand Maori Council bid to protect Maori interests in water, to help keep our seas free of dangerous deep sea oil drilling programmes, to stand against the take-over of New Zealand sovereignty by multinational corporates, to stand alongside those fighting to keep their homes, to support worker’s demands for safe working conditions and a decent living wage, and of course to promote the notion that feeding kids in schools is not an issue of cost, but one of justice.”

    Yes that is what Mana stands for and thank goodness they do. The struggle against oppression and disadvantage takes awhile and Hone and Mana have consolidated well by sticking to the real issues that matter – like those outlined by Hone in his speech.

    Mana has enemies to the front and back and both sides but it doesn’t matter because of the strong kaupapa of the party. This is still just the start of the beginning for the Mana Movement and as fake left political parties implode and supporters of those parties realise the illusion they have been supporting, maybe then they will join or vote for Mana. Maybe… but that will take a certain amount of fronting up, so I’m not holding my breath. Too many have too much to lose to trust tangata whenua and its been that way since colonisation began so nothing new there, just a different bunch of people. Anyway what will be will be.

    True heroes of this country like John Minto, have already shown the way.

  4. OneTrackViper 4

    “MANA will promote the principle that what is good for Maori is good for Aotearoa”

    So he is focussed on maori first and then Aotearoa. Does what is “good for Aotearoa” include Pakeha or is it best for Aotearoa if Tauiwi are sent back to where they belong. Sounds like a racist manifesto to me. Or is it only defined as racism when white guys do it.

    • No a bit more like – if good for Māori then that is good for everyone.

    • fatty 4.2

      Sounds like a racist manifesto to me. Or is it only defined as racism when white guys do it.
       
      Racism is a form of violence. Just like physical violence or economic violence, racism depends on who holds power and what people do with that power. The reason you perceive Hone as racist is because you fail to account for the different levels of power held by Maori and Pakeha.
      Here’s an example (I am Pakeha)…if I was walking down the street in NZ and an old Chinese man walked past me and called me a white piece of shit, then I would probably laugh and think he is slightly deranged. But, if I was the one that called him a yellow piece of shit, then he would probably feel threatened. You may perceive his ‘white piece of shit’ statement as being racist, but their is little power behind it. However, if I was living in China and the same thing occurred, then I would feels more threatened than I do in NZ.
      Same thing happens if a frail old person tells me she will punch me in the face…I am not threatened, but if I was to tell a frail old lady I was going to punch her is the face, then the threat exists. Same statement between two people, but different levels of threat/violence exist because of the difference in physical power.
      Racism is not just words…it depends on power, access to resources, what is ‘normal’ within a given society, etc. Racism is influenced by political, economic, social and physical power (as well as many other things).
      So in summary, the answer to your question –  is it only defined as racism when white guys do it? …the answer is no, not always, but in NZ today it is far easier for white people to be racist.

      • Olwyn 4.2.1

        Well said, Fatty!

        • idegus 4.2.1.1

          yep, great comment. this one goes round & round & i liked the ‘be threatened by an old lady/threaten punch old lady in face’ analogy, well said.

      • Populuxe1 4.2.2

        You are completely ignoring that there is an economy of privilege. One notes that when Margaret Mutu was claiming Maori could not be racist because they had now power, she was ignoring the centuries of privilege and authority invested in her academic title, and her authority over any Pakeha students in her lectures. And Hone Harawera as a member of Parliament has considerably more authority and influence than does the average Pakeha on the street, so you might actually want to update your arguments to New Zealand as it is today and not as it was thirty years ago.

        • fatty 4.2.2.1

          I agree with you, but you are wrong that I didn’t acknowledge other forms of privilege…read it properly next time, near the end of the comment I said “Racism is influenced by political, economic, social and physical power (as well as many other things).”
          Academic privilege exists, and true, all lecturers will hold privilege over their students, but in comparison to other academics, Mutu is down the list. Maori, woman, Arts – she ticks all the Other boxes.
          Yes, Hone has political privilege, and he does have more authority and influence over the average Pakeha on the street, but Hone never gets listened to seriously…so his influence is limited. Generally, Maori only hold political influence if they play the neoliberal game.
           

      • Brett Dale 4.2.3

        Racism is when you judge people by their race, it doesn tdepend if they power or a bigger house or a better wage.
         
        The kid on facebook who commented on Clara winning NZ got talent and said “F*** pakeha bitch, she didnt deserve to win” is  a racist.
         
        The guy who started that white supremacist group in chch is a racist.
         
        The guy on “Are you smarter than a fifth grader” who picked the asian kid over the african american kid for a math  is racist.
        Hone is  a racist for his language directed at white people.
         
        The act MP who made a snarky  comment about a school that had of maori students is a racist.
         
        Racists come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and races.

        • felixviper 4.2.3.1

          You’re defining “racism” as having the same meaning as “prejudice”.
           
          A lot of people get stuck on this one.

        • fatty 4.2.3.2

          Racism is when you judge people by their race, it doesn tdepend if they power or a bigger house or a better wage.
           
          I think you missed the point. Not holding power does not mean that one cannot be racist, instead a lack of power will mean that an act of racism will have less impact. When a person holds privilege and/or power, then they must be more reflective of how their actions can disempower others.
           

      • Stephen 4.2.4

        That was such a good analogy to illustrate power asymmetry in racism that I’m going to steal it and pass it off as my own.

      • xtasy 4.2.5

        You may go as far to call even “multi culturalism” “racist”, as it will likely be based on an understanding that an acknowlegment of “multipe” cultures means also, that there are many different “cultures”, most certainly to at least in part having “ethnic” reasons and foundations to exist.
         
        So multi culturalism may in itself be interpreted as being hidden racism, as it enforces the right of different “cultures”, usually based on the customs, behaviours, beliefs and values of certain differing “ethnic” groups, to assert themselves.
         
        That is of course a far stretched argument. But honestly why have “multi culturalism” on one hand, and then on the other criticising and denying Maori rights?
         
        Or are Maori as Tangata Whenua in future just “one amongst many” “cultures” that live in NZ?
         
        I see this whole debate going down a highly dangerous and volatile direction, as it will serve few, but the elite.
         
        I look at the TOW, with all its fault, I know for a fact, that most East Asian countries, whom we allow so much “equal” rights and freedom when it comes to their migrants coming here, are actually profoundly ethno centric and strongly defend their cultural, ethnic and political rights.
         
        NZ stands out as one of a few countries, allowing all kinds of migration, all equal rights (on the surface and “officially” at least), while most trading and migrant partners NZ deals with are much less “equal” and “tolerant”.
         
        To me NZ is a total “sell out place” now, and I am not convinced of fairness and so going on. Surely, if I was Maori, I would be furious, the Crown and state would be MY ENEMY number one!
         
         

  5. Dr Terry 5

    Great stuff again Karol, I am right with you! We must disregard the nasty cynicism of people in the world like OTV. Possibly Mana and Greens could unite? Not yet sure about uniting with Labour. Also, yes, Minto is a true hero of this country.

  6. Years a go i thought Hone was far too radical, now i find myself admiring his qualities,
    he is a man of ‘Mana’ an apt title for a man who goes in to bat for those who would be
    discarded by labour and by the maori party.
    Hone’s speech in parliament was said with feeling and was genuine.
    My prediction for the next election is that the maori party will be gone,punishment for
    standing by and supporting a nact govt that has destroyed the hope and wellbeing of
    many nz families, the maori party could have stood by the people and bought this nact
    govt down,but prefered to keep the baubles of office,shameful.
    Good on you Hone, you and your family have a great christmas.

    • BM 6.1

      National dosen’t even need the Maori party to govern.
      They’re only there because Key wanted to be inclusive.

      • I think you mean because he wanted to kill their Party, because hey, look at where all their credability went.

        • BM 6.1.1.1

          There wouldn’t be a chance in hell of the Maori party having any influence within a Labour lead coalition.

          The Maori faction within the Labour party wouldn’t allow it, the only way the Maori party could see any of it’s policies seeing the light of day is if they sided with National.
          As I wrote earlier,John Key didn’t need the Maori party but brought them on board because he believed they had something to offer .

          That’s why Sharples and Turia have some much respect for Key.

          • felixviper 6.1.1.1.1

            Except now the maori party is over.
             
            Finished.
             
            Done like a dinner.

            • BM 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Better to be inside the house, then outside in the dog box.
              You can achieve  fuck all when you’re on the outside.
               

              • felixviper

                You haven’t been paying attention mate. They’ll be lucky to even be in <i>parliament</i> after the next election.
                 
                 

          • ak 6.1.1.1.2

            BM: As I wrote earlier,John Key didn’t need the Maori party but brought them on board because he believed they had something to offer .

            Utter crap. He “bought them on board” because he didn’t have a majority and ACT made it very clear on election night that it would “wag the dog” with its electorally poisonous policies whenever it liked. The MP was his essential lifeline to self preservation.

            But keep bulshitting and portaying him as a nice guy, B. The press supports you, and you never know, one day the public might forget that national only crawled out of the gutter on the back of the deliberate, balatantly racist Orewa One “one law for all” campaign.

            Sure your name isn’t BMW?

  7. Viper73 7

    The Mana party has much the same future as United Future

  8. Splooge 8

    John Minto is to the Mana party what Kimble Bent was to Ngati Ruanui, a tame pakeha, a curiosity.

    • NoseViper (The Nose knows) 8.1

      Your pseudonym Splooge – a mixture of stooge and splodge (a sticky messy sort of custard our family has at Christmas)?   You’re a bit of a curiosity yourself M8.

      • Splooge 8.1.1

        not a fan of southpark eh?
         

        • NoseViper (The Nose knows) 8.1.1.1

          Splooge – looked up urban dictionary on google.
          ‘When a man ejaculates a huge amount of semen all over the place’
          Not a pseudonym to have respect for.  What about the person behind it.   Do you have the background of effort to diss John Minto?    Or do you spend all your time  on sp..ge?   You need to concentrate on higher, cleverer and more complex ideas if you’re going to be a useful addition to TS.

          • Splooge 8.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, it it great when you can hold out. Imagine if you were a christian. you would splooge all over the universe

  9. Rodel 9

    I listened to Hone’s speech. A lot of heart there.
    By some error I then listened to John Banks speech (some of it). No heart at all… but certainly another part of the anatomy. Can’t believe I’m contributing to this person’s salary.

  10. kiwi_prometheus 10

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hone_Harawira#Activism

    ” in November 2009 Hawawira was asked to repay some travel costs after skipping a taxpayer-funded conference in Brussels to go sightseeing in Paris. “How many times in my lifetime am I going to get to Europe? So I thought, ‘F*** it, I’m off. I’m off to Paris’,” he said.”

    How many times in my lifetime am I going to get to Europe? Fuck, I should get a tax payer funded trip to Europe too then.

    And this guy is suppose to be “different” to the rest of them.

    “Harawira said that the former leader of Al Qaeda Osama bin Laden’s actions were those of “a man who fought for the rights, the land and the freedom of his people” and that people should not be damning him but mourn him…Harawira later explained that Māori do not speak ill of the dead “even if such a person has done bad things””

    What a nut case.

    “On 31 July 2010 Harawira told the New Zealand Herald he “wouldn’t feel comfortable” if one of his children came home with a Pākehā partner, but he asked whether “all Pākehās would be happy with their daughters coming home with a Māori boy? The answer is they wouldn’t.” He was asked, since some of his whānau have dated Pacific Islanders and he didn’t have an issue with it, “does that make him prejudiced?” He said “Probably, but how many people don’t have prejudices?””

    What a cunt.

    For gender feminists like Karol, QoT, Felix et al reverse racism is ok, because Maoris are the underdogs, so it’s ok for them to be racist.

    Meanwhile Karol and her ilk shriek “Racist! Sexist!” at anyone ( white ) who doesn’t buy into their ideological extremism.

    [Felixviper has a point - that's a direct attack on an author. Back it up, or apologise, or take the rest of the year off. r0b]

    • felixviper 10.1

      Link or apology please.

      ps kiwi_prometheus does this shit all the fucking time and I’m getting sick of it.

      He accuses people – completely unprompted – of holding all kinds of views and NEVER backs it up.

      Can someone just ban the little fuckwit?

      • fatty 10.1.1

        yeah, KP is a troll. His statements are so simplistic and wrong that they don’t add anything to the debate, its always a wind-up.
        I can’t remember reading a KP post that was worth reading. Not only does KP show an inability to think beyond radiolive soundbites, he also appears to have an obsession with karol/QoT/felix

        • Colonial Weka 10.1.1.1

          “I can’t remember reading a KP post that was worth reading.”
           
          Likewise. He just comes here to post hate and wind people up.

    • QoTViper 10.2

      Well it certainly isn’t sexist to use “cunt” as a perjorative.

    • Neoleftie 10.3

      Hone has a bill regarding feeding children inPlowright decile schools, not selected by gender, race or creed but by need.
      Um what are you doing KP – nothing right righty.
      So hone is blunt a non poli poli an activist but least he is honesof with his inner beliefs opinions and actions unlike most other pollies.

    • karol 10.4

      Thanks, r0b. I’ve been out working.
       
      It’s amazing how some people label any change to be more inclusive as “extremist”.  I actually rarely use the words “racist” or “sexist”.  Pretty sure I didn’t in the post above.  I’d rather explain what I see as the problem, if I have the time.  Certainly my post above was focused on what the Mana party are doing for all people on low incomes, whatever their ethnicity.  A high proportion of Maori and Pasifika people are on low incomes, and their voices too often get marginalised.
       
      I do not support any MP using taxpayer money for a bit of tourism.  So Hone deserved to be held to account over that.  
       
      It’s interesting that Harawira has not done things that have been picked up as controversial of late.  I recall that during last year’s TV election interviews, panels and debates, some MSM journalists or commentators said Hone behave in a quite mature and calm way.

  11. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 11

    Hone in Mana sounds like the voice of reason in NZ for developing socially useful policies that will make a difference. He just has to watch his language. People who mouth off excessively don’t give the appearance of being thoughtful in-control persons.

    And my thoughts on low language applies also to kiwi prometheus.
    A waste of his time to write such a long crazy dissertation. Why don’t you go and mow the lawn ready for Christmas or something useful. Don’t worry your little head about things you can’t understand k-p.

    I wonder if voting Green for Party and Mana for Electorate would go as a way of showing support for Mana while maintaining Greens solid base as a coming growing party which will continue to draw thinking Old Labour members who decide to no longer prop it up.

  12. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 12

    lprent I couldn’t get a reply window just now, there was no frame for it and cursor didn’t work in the space, and had to get one by going to the end of the comment.

    And   or something similar appears in the window amongst my comment when I’m in the edit window.

  13. Colonial Weka 13

    “I am still leaning towards party voting Green, but if they seem to become too centrist, I will be looking at Mana.”
     
    Alot will depend on what is happening pre-next election. If Mana get more electorate MPs than their list vote would give them (likely), then party voting for them is a wasted vote and runs the risk of handing the govt to NACT again.

    I can see the argument for party voting Mana as a long term strategy to increase their support, but I don’t think the benefit of this outweighs the risk of NACT being in power again after the next election. Once Mana have had two or three terms under their belt, then they might want to go after the party vote.
     

    • marty mars 13.1

      Tactical voting is not going to keep the gnats out but stategic voting will IMO. At some point a line in the sand has to be drawn and if not now, then when? Who will represent us – those who have the same beliefs or those who are less worse than the others. I think party vote Mana is a viable strategy for those who believe in the kaupapa, anything else is a waste.

      • Colonial Weka 13.1.1

        How do you see that the Marty?
         
        If too many people who would otherwise party vote Labour or Green, instead party vote Mana, then those votes are ‘lost’ in the count, which puts NACT ahead by those votes. How would another term of NACT help Mana?

        • marty mars 13.1.1.1

          I think a term of the gnats or labour would be similar for Mana.
          The electorate votes are needed to get over the current line but that can be achieved by Party votes too – if enough people voted for Mana – which I realise is fantasy at the moment.
           
          I suppose I’ve got to the point where I think voting with conviction is the easiest and most effective way to align personal and political values.
           
          So for me I wouldn’t like Mana to ‘let’ anyone get their votes via some tactical agreement – no one else deserves them. (To be fair I am a past voter for the Greens and I see a bright future for both parties as they work closer together into the future, so the Greens deserve strong support too).

          • Colonial Weka 13.1.1.1.1

            “I think a term of the gnats or labour would be similar for Mana.”
             
            How about for their constituencies though? Another 3 years of NACT will be devastating. And bearing in mind it wouldn’t be Labour as the other option, it would be a Labour/Greens coalition (here’s hoping NZF are out of the mix) hopefully with Mana support or even in the coalition (although they might be better off outside the coalition).
             
            “So for me I wouldn’t like Mana to ‘let’ anyone get their votes via some tactical agreement”
             
            Maybe. I know that the Greens are going all out for the party vote, but I think they need to be smarter in their approach. I think both Mana and the Greens need to look at how to work collaboratively. No point in the Greens standing people in electorates that are important to Mana, where doing so splits the vote. Likewise, while I can understand why Mana and the Greens would see the need to maximise the party vote, I’d like us to move past the dog eat dog model and find a co-operative politics.
             
            Personally I probably support Mana policies more than GP ones, but pragmatically I will give my party vote to the party where that vote will do the most good in terms of formation of govt.

            • marty mars 13.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s fine if you want to give your vote that way, I understand your reasons but for me, even if it is true that as you say national and Labour are different, with national being worse, they are both not good and I won’t support either of them. Where I sit they create similar outcomes but I realise everyone sits somewhere different.

      • vto 13.1.2

        Hello mr marty. How do you reckon someone with views like mine could support Hone? Lots of stuff fits but there a couple of biggies that you and I bash heads on at times which are stumbling blocks. Just curious, because he aint off my list.

        • marty mars 13.1.2.1

          No one is perfect, we all make mistakes and sometimes hold views and opinions that others may find distasteful. Hone is like that, as are both you and I. The Mana Party is not Hone but Hone holds the mana and the first paragragh of the speech quoted from Karol says it all really. If you believe that the things he is talking about are important then vote for the party he is leader of.

  14. the sprout 14

    Hone is a uniquely competent and principled politician.
    I expect he will soak up quite a few Labour and Maori party votes in the next election.
    His policies are easily the most clearly and consistently leftwing of all the parties.

    • I agree TS.
       
      When he entered Parliament many thought that he would crash and burn. And although he has the odd incident where he looks out of control (don’t we all!) he has stuck to it.
       
      I heard he gave up alcohol so that he could do his job better and he is the leader of the far left.
       
      MMP would work better if Mana had more MPs.  I would happily sacrifice a number of Labour MPs so that the likes of John Minto or Annette Sykes or Joe Carolan could be there challenging our current orthodoxy.

      • the sprout 14.1.1

        MMP would work better if Mana had more MPs.  I would happily sacrifice a number of Labour MPs so that the likes of John Minto or Annette Sykes or Joe Carolan could be there challenging our current orthodoxy.
         
        agreed

        • Mary 14.1.1.1

          “I would happily sacrifice a number of Labour MPs”
           
          Me too, sacrifice Labour full-stop.  The sooner we realise how serious a barrier the Labour party are to anything good for “those who can’t quite cut it” the better off we’ll all be.  It’s now way beyond a joke. I say sacrifice the whole Labour party right now.

  15. Tiger Mountain 15

    Early days for Mana but looking good. The tactical position of the TTT by-election to establish a parliamentary presence was proven correct. As the Māori Party fades Mana will have a chance of more electorate MPs such as Annette Sykes. Mana has made a significant contribution to undermining identity politics.

    What a lot of people miss is the cross pollinisation of left (including marxist left) and Māori nationalist forces and the involvement of young and previously marginalized people.

    Some iwi fighters are seeing TPPA and mining etc as linked to their own struggles and Pākehā left are developing a deeper understanding of Māori politics and culture.

  16. tc 16

    Hone and mana have a bright future but he needs to reign in Bradford who tends to run her own agenda at the lefts expense.

    Her refusal to not stand against basher was ego over outcome and stopped sepuloni taking a cabinet ministers seat.

    • Lefty 16.1

      Hone and mana have a bright future but he needs to reign in Bradford who tends to run her own agenda at the lefts expense.

      Mana members and supporters really wanted Bradford to stand.

      They couldn’t give a shit about a Labour Party that has betrayed them consistently and they don’t regard it as part of the left any more than they regard National, NZ First or United Future as part of the left.

      So they wouldn’t have voted for Carmel even if Bradford hadn’t stood.

      Some of the Greens that voted for their candidate (they got a lot more electorate votes than Mana) might have otherwise voted Labour though so are you suggesting the Green candidate should not have stood?

      I think you know this and are running some other agenda here tc.

      ps. Its rein in not reign in.

      • tc 16.1.1

        My agenda is simple, get rid of the NACT. Spelling issues aside all she achieved by standing in Waitakere was destabilising labours chance of taking the seat from Bennett.
        Its this hate of labour, whilst mostly justified, tends to get in the way of the big picture, getting rid of the NACT.
        Enlighten me on this other agenda I have in your view, please.

        • Lefty 16.1.1.1

           
          You haven’t told me why its ok for the Greens to stand against Labour but when Mana do it they are destabalising the left.

  17. Murray Olsen 17

    What I like most about Mana (this applies to the Greens as well, to some extent) is that you don’t just vote Mana, you become active around the issues they fight on. It has the possibility of becoming a mass-based progressive movement with parliamentary representation, which is what our country and our people need.
    On racism: in Aotearoa in 2012 it is quite possible for Maori to hold and express anti-pakeha prejudices. It is not possible for Maori to use these prejudices in a systematic way to oppress pakeha, they simply do not have access to the levers of power necessary to do this. This is sufficient for me to accept that Maori in Aotearoa cannot be racist. The worst they can be is kupapa, which is the category I would use for Tau Henare and the Maori Party.

    • Mary 17.1

      Yes, those accusations of racism against pakeha always annoy me. It’s fairly well established that an ethnic minority cannot be racist against the ruling majority; even our human rights legislation reflects this in its reference to affirmative action policies, for example. The same principle was used by Marx when he talked about the ‘decadent bourgeoisie’ versus the ‘ascendant proletariat’.

      There’s a real problem emerging at the moment around what constitutes racism and what doesn’t. The distinction you make, Murray, is real and an important one to retain. There’s a very real risk that it’s sliding away and will be lost forever. The consequences are very grave indeed. Of course it’s been the case for a while now that the “one New Zealand” bullshit has made it very easy for the right (and unfortunately others apparently not so right) to slam any attempt to help redress wrongs suffered by Maori. The problem is that nobody is making attempts to counter the takeover of the use of the word “racism” and its meaning by going back to basic principles about what really racism is. It wouldn’t be surprising, for example, to find in the not so distant future that the provisions within the Human Rights Act that protect affirmative action programmes against claims of discrimination get the chop because allow for the “proliferation of racism”. It might sound strange and over the top but I feel that we’re heading towards a place where anything aimed to fix past wrongs will be stamped racist simply because it involves nothing but differences based on ethnicity – a common language-controlling tactic used by the right. We know that this isn’t what racism is about, but unless we do something about it it won’t be long before it becomes a reality.

  18. Saarbo 18

    I have developed a lot of respect for Hone. He is strongly representing people on welfare while Bennett and National show how low National are prepared to go by using them into scapegoats, I just find it so repulsive that National would do this to  people when they are down and at their weakest, just revolting. 
    Hone has been staunch in his support of these vulnerable people and so has Metiria. Jacinda Aderne has been good.
    Shearer and the neighbour on the roof story that he made up has been well documented. How a Labour leader survived that I have no idea. 
    Hone has been consistent, that is why he is the most trusted MP on Native Affairs surveys. He’s doing good work.

    • Mary 18.1

      “Hone has been staunch in his support of these vulnerable people and so has Metiria. Jacinda Aderne has been good.”

      Generally speaking, very generally, you’re right. Hone’s almost always right on the mark but his weakness, apart from his alienating delivery, is a tendency to subscribe to policies rooted in poor law thinking. His analysis is accurate and strong, but sometimes his solutions are to closely aligned to the private charity model therefore let him down.

      Metiria, again, is generally on the mark, but I was disappointed with her getting sucked in by the rhetoric generated around the the transition to work grant and people moving to Australia. That was really quite surprising because Metiria’s usually way more on to it than that.

      On the other hand, Jacinda Ardern, while she at times says the right things, there just ain’t no substance there – none at all. An example is how she sparked all that stuff about the transition to work grant. She doesn’t have a clue. Anyone can say “we need to look after those who can’t manage”. Crikey, even the Paula Bennett wouldn’t disagree with that. Essentially Ardern’s no better. Labour’s track record and failure to address the damage they did during their nine year war on the poor suggests nothing will change and that given the chance it’ll be business as usual. Let’s not give Labour that chance. Snakes.

  19. JonL 19

    Mana have got my party vote (also last election) – probably Green for electorate (unless Labour produce a rabbit out of the hat)

    They have many policies reminiscent of “old” Labour……like……help those at the bottom of the pile…policies that now seem more and more foreign to current Labour.

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    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
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  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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