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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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    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • “Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compens...
    Fast Food = Slow Pay   Lola is a manager at a major fast food chain. Last year her employer arbitrarily cut her hours from 32 hours to anywhere between 18 and 26 hours each week. “I said I can’t...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics
    I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’.  There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy. My overwhelming feeling is one...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Pak’nSave pull adverts from Whaleoil
    Pak n Save have replied to complaints that their adverts were appearing on hate speech site Whaleoil by deciding to block their adverts from appearing on the site. Their reply… Congratulations for Pak’NSave on making this type of ethical stand. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Test Stream
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • MP Perk Transparency Needed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the increase in taxpayer-funded entitlements for MPs and their families published on the legislation website this afternoon . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Debating the future of Auckland’s housing
    With only weeks until the General Election, Auckland’s mounting housing crisis will be put under the spotlight in an Election Debate hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. The debate’s topic “Market forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Let’s sort this out – Human Rights Commission
    A Whangarei woman allegedly censured for greeting customers with Kia ora can get in touch with the Human Rights Commission says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “We really need to resolve these kinds of issues. I had thought that...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Aged Care Association welcomes Labour’s wages policy
    The New Zealand Aged Care Association welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement that if elected, it will raise the minimum wage for aged care workers within its first 100 days in Government....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Honorary doctorate for Secretary-General of the UN
    An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree is to be bestowed on His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the University of Auckland on Wednesday 3 September, both in recognition of his role as an international statesman...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya
    The New Zealand Bar Association joins the International Bar Association (IBA) and other Law Societies and Bar Associations worldwide over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Bob Parker, China State Media and Tibet Forum
    Former Christchurch mayor was signed up to position statement without his knowledge; observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • “Walk the talk to reduce the wage gap”
    There’s just a few weeks left to convince the candidates of all political parties that reducing the wage gaps makes good sense....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Digital Currency on the Drawing Board
    Government policies and digital currency ideas and issues will come together at three public workshops next week....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • NZ Cycle Trail welcomes $8 million fund
    Government funding of $8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT)....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Judges Comments Bonkers – McVicar
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar is accusing a Judge of forgetting that he is the gate-keeper for the community and not a benevolent caregiver for law breakers. "The comments by this Judge are not just alarming, they're completely...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Oxfam: World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians
    As the New Zealand Government prepares to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty, and after ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again in Gaza yesterday, Oxfam is calling on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Degrees in Picking up Rubbish
    Responding to the Fairfax media report of a University of Otago survey of Wellington’s street-connected walkways, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Another Union row
    “ The teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the government sector. National has no one to blame but themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Whyte: Speech to Grey Power
    National’s failure to increase the age for super and reform health is a threat to every New Zealander’s security....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Local Govt should not go into business
    “No one should take any comfort from the fact that “Infracon”, a roading company in Tararua and Central Hawke's Bay, is to go into liquidation. This puts the future of more than 200 jobs in doubt. ACT sympathises with those...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand
    CPAG is calling on people across society to join a march from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland to demand action on child poverty in Aotearoa....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Ngapuhi Chair Says Enough of the Political Sideshow
    Time for side-shows to end so we can focus on future of our nation – Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Chairman, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Roy Morgan Poll August 20
    National (48%) holds its lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) as ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations provide a new challenge for PM John Key’s leadership. NZ First surge to 6.5% - highest support since September 2013....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
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