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“How are you all doing?”

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 pm, January 31st, 2014 - 46 comments
Categories: activism, capitalism, class war, democratic participation, poverty, workers' rights - Tags: ,

I don’t know a lot about South Korea, but I was under the impression it had a booming economy, was at the forefront of development of digital technologies, and had a pretty successful screen production industry.

So I was interested in a report I saw recently on Al Jazeera about a phenomena that developed from one student putting up a handwritten poster on his campus asking, “How are you all doing?”  The report claimed that there were many social and economic problems in the country: growing income inequality gap, unfair employment legislation, and increasing numbers of people struggling in their daily lives.  This sounded like a lot of the same problems as here in NZ.

The Guardian reported on the poster phenomena earlier in January.

How are you all doing nowadays?” The question has been bothering South Korea ever since early December when Ju Hyun-woo, an economics student at Korea University, put up a dazibao – a handwritten poster commonly used by opponents of the dictatorship in the 1980s, taking a cue from the propaganda messages that flourished in China under Chairman Mao.

Appealing to his generation, thought to be largely apolitical, Ju asked: “Is it OK for you to ignore social issues since it is not your business?”

He went on to mention a strike by Korail staff, who fear the national rail operator may be privatised, and the way the state has been operated since Conservative president Park Geun-hye was elected in December 2012.

The response to Ju’s initiative reflects the prevailing malaise in South Korea. On 1 January a man calling for Park’s resignation set himself on fire. He carried a banner that had the “How are you all doing nowadays?” slogan.

South Korean messages

Photo with The Guardian article: Dazibao messages for the government during a recent strike by workers in Seoul over fears the government may privatise the national rail operator, Korail. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Corbis

 

According to The Guardian article, it is runaway household debt that is creating a similar situation in the US as before the 2008, Global Economic Crisis. It’s interesting that in such a digital advanced country as South Korea, an old style analogue poster has ignited a kind of movement.  Many others across the country others have made their own posters.

poster viral south korea

The Al Jazeera report talks of how the poster phenomena has spread across  South Korea, covering a range of social issues from workers’ strikes and nuclear power, to allegations that an intelligence service tampered in the last general election.  Protestor Ju Hyun-Woo explains that it’s easy to post something on social media, but it disappears from view really quickly.  In contrast, a handwritten poster in a public space has sincerity.

The “simple” question, “How are you all doing?” seems to have struck a chord with many people, who also put up their own posters across the country, with their expressions of dissatisfaction.  While the president was busy claiming increasing economic prosperity, many of the general population have not been feeling it.  They are feeling things are wrong, and too many people are struggling. Sound familiar?

Social media has been added into the mix: the idea of the poster movement has partly gathered momentum from people taking photos of their handwritten posters, and posting them online.

I was reminded on the question: “How are you all doing?” by a segment on Campbell Live tonight.  A woman, who claims her family is struggling to survive on low paid work, has written a letter to John Key.

Title of the segment: “Open letter to PM: ‘The new working poor’“.

Tired of having to constantly make ends meet, mother-of-two Samantha Anderson has penned an open letter to the Prime Minister.

Ms Anderson invited John Key and his family to come and live their lives for a month. As she describes it: the lives of ‘the new working poor’.

Around 20km from Westport, on the road to Granity, are a small cluster of houses which make up Birchville – the only place the Andersons could afford to buy a house.

Watch the video for Whena Owen’s full report on ‘the new working poor’.

Here and there, some people are taking it into their own hands and talking back to the spin about utopian “rock star economies”, and to tell about the struggles of those some people in government would rather not talk about..

Handwritten posters, letters written from one battler’s (family-based) point of view.

Way to go!

child poverty a national disgrace

Asset theft National disgrace Demo Auckland Dec 2012

46 comments on ““How are you all doing?””

  1. hamish 1

    on and off the dole for the last 2 years – young family and mortgage to pay. casual jobs nothing full time. thats how im doing

  2. fisiani 2

    Living in a shoebox. eating gruel. Eh we was lucky!

    • freedom 2.1

      fisiani, if your situation changes (as situations are prone to do suddenly these days)
      and you find yourself looking at your bills and looking at your wallet and looking at the chasm between, you can be assured your imagined kin, those masters of the market, will give you the same support as that given to those you get so much pleasure in ridiculing.

      basically zip

      so wake up and stop being such a sanctimonious bore
      People are hurting
      New Zealand is in serious trouble

  3. Shona 3

    My offspring all work in Australia. They have survived and succeeded there because their parents did the same when young, and as a result have the contacts over there to help them get a start. at least there are actually jobs that not only pay a living wage in Aussie they have career paths and training attached as well. These are what is missing in NZ these days. Along with sucking all the training funding out of education , and gutting provincial polytechs the Natz have fucked the job market in NZ completely. So yeah we are entering the retirement phase without our family around us,.Skype is no substitute for family. And few young people return to NZ to raise their families like our generation did,because there is nothing here economically. That’s how we’re doing. Old cashed up and becoming the next generation of kiwis with a fragmented family. Sucks!

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1

      But, but, but, the holy book says no rational business owner would neglect staff training and career paths. We just need more deregulation.

    • RedLogix 3.2

      So yeah we are entering the retirement phase without our family around us,.Skype is no substitute for family.

      We’ve done it the other way around. In the last decade of my working life and we’ve made the move and left the kids behind. For all the same reasons you outline.

      Only downside is that the Abbot govt is dealing out all the same crap we’ve had in NZ for forty years. Yesterday we were treated to the Labour Minister openly demanding in the medua that employers stop giving workers pay rises and heavily implied that in order to compete with China that Aussie pay levels needed to fall to match.

      Not that he was for an instant offering to lead by example.

      • Colonial Viper 3.2.1

        I hope the unions in Australia sit up and push back hard, while they still can.

        • RedLogix 3.2.1.1

          Nope – they are being kneecapped by various corruption allegations and investigations, particularly in the construction industry which has been a hot-bed of hard-ball on all sides for decades.

          It’s just that suddenly it suits the govt to make a play of this. Was listening to some business association type label all unions as ‘industrial thugs’ that need to be stamped out on Thursday.

          The car industry in being shut-down, local manufacturers like SPC are being shafted and Abbot is making a point of telling industry that they will be getting no support at all from his government unless they find ways to de-unionise and cut pay levels.

          It’s not at all a hidden agenda; it’s right out in the open.

          • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1.1

            Well, that sucks real bad.

          • weka 3.2.1.1.2

            I also have family that have moved to Oz (siblings). Then their kids marry Ozzies and have the grandkids, so it’s unlikely they will ever come back.

            I can understand the desire to get ahead and so the move to Oz. However within some circles, where sustainability and a resource depleted future are a given, I’m noticing families consolidating again, and within NZ. Often it’s parents shifting to be with their kids esp when the grandkids are on the horizon or on the way. Makes a huge amount of sense to me. Strong interdependent relationships will be key in the future, and functional extended families are one of the most stable ways of doing that.

            When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, we had two sets of grandparents to help out. Most of my friends have raised their kids away from extended family, and that’s been very hard on them. That’s a result of both how the economy has been run (you have to move to get a job), and also where libertarian ethics have trumped community (what I want is more important than what we want). Another thing the neoliberal revolution has to answer for. Not sure where we go from here.

          • Olwyn 3.2.1.1.3

            Right wingers in Australia are always more openly bellicose than their Kiwi equivalents. Look at the hounding they gave Gillard. I hope their antics will push the ALP to revisit its principles. I also hope the Australian people will dig their heels in. Historically, they are quicker to anger than Kiwis, and have a stronger sense of agency. They are not as willing as Kiwis to glumly accept that their concerns don’t count.

          • greywarbler 3.2.1.1.4

            I heard NZ competition, presumably lower wages, being given as a reason for SPC to close down. No doubt part of Key’s great plan to advance this country (business) by offering up the sacrificial offering of low paid workers, which he will advance by limiting the amount of actual work carried out here, and importing lower paid workers from the Philippines.

            We have already had someone on this blog extolling their value to him and running down the NZ workforce. The others are cheap and clean, while we don’t deserve or get work because we are not in sync with our low status. We haven’t accepted that we are not only to be poor, but we have to humble and discipline ourselves, work to exemplary standards, and know our place. This is not the recent nature of NZs, who are still she’ll be right exponents in the main even to the level of parliamentarians.

            And today’s young workers just can’t afford in any way to become depressed and use unprescribed mood-altering medication, or live in a fool’s paradise that one day soon they’ll get a decent job and then knuckle down. The binge drinking-sleep in late syndrome might apply to the scions of the plutocrats, but even this is not sustainable for them. Is Cameron’
            a sad example of this wormhole to adult life?

            • xtasy 3.2.1.1.4.1

              greywarbler – Australia (under the “Mad Monk”) has rejoined the “race to the bottom” for worker’s rights and the rights of the poor. They are talking up welfare reforms that go even further than what this crap government has thus far imposed on us:

              http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/disability-pension-targeted-for-budget-savings-in-welfare-reform/story-fn59nokw-1226762845110
              http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/single-mums-priority-in-welfare-overhaul/story-fn59niix-1226727933747#
              http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/social-services-minister-kevin-andrews-signals-overhaul-of-welfare-system-20140121-315go.html

              Quote:
              “One of the big problems with the current welfare system, Mr Andrews said, is that payments such as Newstart are indexed at different rates to the pensions, such as the disability support pension (DSP). “That creates in some circumstances a perverse incentive for people to get onto the DSP,” Mr Andrews said. The Social Services Minister said previous governments had regarded the disability pension as “set-and-forget payments”, and this needed to change, he indicated.”

              Have we not heard something like this before???

              Sadly, like in the UK and in New Zealand, the Australian Labor Party paved the way for all this!!! Just look at this:
              http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/BudgetReview201112/WelfareReforms

              Extract: “The Budget contains a number of measures that aim to bring about change in the personal behaviour of welfare recipients. This reflects the growing emphasis by the Government on addressing what it describes as the ‘corrosive’ effects of welfare. That is, the idea that while welfare is necessary for the alleviation of disadvantage it also has a role in maintaining or possibly even causing disadvantage.

              During the 2010 election campaign, Labor’s main welfare policy committed a re-elected Gillard Government to the task of modernising Australia’s welfare system through ‘creating opportunity’ and ‘requiring responsibility’. The policy referred to the need ‘to spread the dignity and purpose of work, end the corrosive aimlessness of welfare and bring more Australians into mainstream economic and social life’.”

              And this is happening under equally ideologically influenced health and medical professional organisations, and their educational faculties, all having adopted much of what UK Professor Mansel Aylward, his selected few (but very influential) like-minded peers, and various obedient and “converted” professional followers (or “lackeys”) like MSD’s Principal Health Advisor Dr David Bratt, Dr David Beaumont (formerly ATOS, UK), preach, and who are all now being engaged in ADVISING governments!!!

              See my earlier comments re the ‘Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ statements, and their AFOEM’s statements on the “health benefits of work”:
              http://thestandard.org.nz/welfare-profiteers/#comment-761243
              http://thestandard.org.nz/polity-some-evidence-about-welfare/#comment-761596

              Like with the extremely powerful mining lobby (and their media lackeys), now having achieved that over a million tons of dirty, polluted waste from coal mining will be dumped near the Great Barrier Reef, the medical insurance corporates, and corporate friendly governments, have achieved that even the supposedly “science based” and “independent” medical profession is being manipulated into cooperating to achieving ideologically and cost driven policy outcomes!

              I am afraid the FIGHT has just begun, and if people do not bloody wake up and take a firm and forceful stand against all this, we will have the society that George Orwell described, yes even worse. A new class struggle is declared, by the top third, buying the consent of the middle third, to enslave the bottom third.

              • Olwyn

                A new class struggle is declared, by the top third, buying the consent of the middle third, to enslave the bottom third.

                That sums it up perfectly! Others have a value for these currently dominant people, only if they are useful to them, and only to the degree that they are useful to them. That said, going by such things as Obama’s recent speech, some of them are starting to get concerned that they may just be cutting off the branch on which they are sitting. Someone should mention this to John Key and Tony Abbot.

                • Colonial Viper

                  It’s actually a new class struggle led by those in the top 5%

                  Who then co-opt those in the next 10% or so.

                  The middle third of society have been casualties in this almost as much as the bottom third.

                  That said, going by such things as Obama’s recent speech, some of them are starting to get concerned that they may just be cutting off the branch on which they are sitting.

                  It’s distraction and diversion; you have to remember that the power elite in the USA never see or deal with poor people, ever. This live in what is essentially a separate country to everyone else i.e. Richistan. It is a country with its own laws and rules, and where there is literally no poverty, just the relative poor of multi-millionaires worth under $10M.

                  • xtasy

                    Colonial Viper

                    “It’s actually a new class struggle led by those in the top 5%

                    Who then co-opt those in the next 10% or so.”

                    Yes, you may be closer to the percentages of those actually being the wealthy and powerful, and those who are directly involved in the suppression and manipulating of the rest of society, but I was suggesting that there are sadly too many in the upper part of the middle class, who tend to feel they belong to the top and elite of society, given their privileged education, professional expertise, business acumen, their personal social backgrounds and so forth.

                    I was including that upper bracket of what we still call “middle class”, and the rest of the middle class would make up the middle third of the population, while the bottom third would be working poor, the “precariat”, beneficiaries and those living under bridges and in parks.

                    There is also sufficient research showing, that about 80 per cent of humans tend to be followers, tend to adjust to any given circumstances, and even act contrary to their own conscience, just to ensure their “security” in employment or whatever social status, which explains why changed behaviour can be enforced by “leaders” (incl. wealthy, core stake-holding elites, governments, and so), no matter whether it is justified or not.

                    It may be likened to the “herd instinct” we are all prone to follow in varying degrees. Clearly there is this reality of disproportionate power in the hands of few, that is being exerted over the rest. To challenge this state of affairs requires a lot of effort, skill and the power of convincing and influencing. There we are back to political action and activism.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Indeed.

                      People like to see strong leadership and principles/values not just vocalised but also put into deft action.

                      That’s what the Left has to deliver to the bottom 50%. At the moment a lot of people still feel like they are not being listened to, and not understood, by those who play in the Thorndon Bubble.

              • greywarbler

                xtasy
                Thanks I will read those links later. The corrosive effects of welfare. That is the sort of thing they would say in the Depression. It is strange when times are good and so is the economy, it’s the wealthy who are the bright stars who made it all happen. When times are hard, it’s the poor who have dragged the country down and dug the hole it wallows in. And that could be partly true, if there is a hole, the wealthy would never get their hands calloused digging it.

                The difficulty is that everything is so cruisy for the wealthy. They are in the same position now as the old slavers. They had this very efficient trade route that made a big rakeoff on each leg. But they couldn’t afford to look closely at their business concepts, with the real higher standards that ‘civilised people from the European countries’ would be expected to attain. In fact they wailed that if slavery were stopped the economy would fail.

                It’s really bad when bad things are allowed to get entrenched. And there was so much racism. King Leopold of Belgium in the Congo, the Dutch in the Spice Islands, the Spanish and Portugese in lots of places etc. The wealthy countries are getting to that mindset now. The British-English connections are seemingly into it. And as I wrote earlier the young here seem to have no higher vision than to get the latest gee-gaw of technology, and ever more money.

                We must try to get a change of government, and present the parliament with mirrors that show their true selves and the nation’s good points which are valuable and need encouragement as well as protection.

  4. ak 4

    Natzi noozjllan.

    That’s precisely what we are, people.

    Accept it or fight.

  5. BLiP 5

    The power of a single poster . . . hmmm.

    • karol 5.1

      Yes. Indeed. But also it’s instructive to consider what gave that poster so much power. It was handwritten in a country that is very digitally sophisticated and connected. It delivered a message with a very clear hook” “How are you all doing nowadays?”. This hook unites all the posters that followed, no matter what the political issues or personal experiences they referred to.

      It was in a context where there is a traditional style of posters that are handwritten.

      And the hook addressed everyone personally and asked for a response – thus drawing in large numbers of people and spurring them into poster action.

  6. Naki Man 6

    Very nicely thank you , I cant complain at all.

  7. Murray Olsen 7

    I’m doing as well as can be expected. Professionally, very well mainly because I’m in Australia. Health-wise, probably the same either side of the ditch. Personally, well I’m lucky in love and my grandkids are great. I’d like our country to be doing a lot better and will do what I can to make that happen. That starts with getting rid of the NAct regime, which has to be the worst government we’ve ever had. What the hell happened to us that so many people worship a moderately successful casino gambler who can’t string a sentence together and wants nothing more than to please Uncle Sam? I’m OK, but we need to get back on track.

  8. xtasy 8

    Wait for the Asian economic boom to slow soon and for the credit fed growth in Mainland China to burst like a bubble. That is when the shit will truly hit the fan! Farmers in NZ may then have to drain their milk into the rivers, as nobody can buy it. The underdeveloped economy will not offer enough other activity to make a living from, and a difficult period may set in, causing massive unemployment.

    As for the richer getting richer and the poor getting poorer and the middle class breaking up into pieces, and many becoming working poor or struggling to survive, this is indeed a rather global development and trend.

    The woman from the West Coast, who was presented on Campbell Live and described how she and her family struggle, she was doing a great job highlighting how hundreds of thousands struggle in NZ.

    I was impressed that TV3 and Campbell Live broadcast this, and I hope there will be more of this.

    With the situation so many face here in NZ, especially the working poor and those struggling on hard to get benefits, I would really have expected more to go and protest. Sadly too many seem to be lacking the courage, and rather resign to their dreadful circumstances being things they cannot change. So many are also isolated, and the social fabric here in Auckland is very loose now.

    Take a stand, please!

    • JK 8.1

      While I agree with most of what you say, xtasy, there could well be factors other than “lack of courage” and “being resigned to their dreadful circumstances” that prevent the poor from publicly protesting.

      Knowing how to, for one – perhaps having poor health is another – literally not having the money to get from A to B to do anything – being hounded by WINZ if they’re “job hunting” – the list is endless.
      Don’t blame the poor. It is those of us who are able to do something who must take up the fight on their behalf.

      • xtasy 8.1.1

        JK – It is not so much “blaming” the poor, as I am one of them myself, believe it or not.

        Also have I joined others and also taken action myself, to picket, protest and more. What I am doing here is mostly intended to raise awareness.

        I have had many discussions with affected, and have also made heaps of information available. Doing that, I have come across unbelievably many cases of resignation, of questioning what difference this or that would make, and too much acceptance of fate. Then there are also many seeking distractions of whatever kind, rather than join others and take action.

        There are many reasons, and you mention some of them. I understand all that, as I have been unable to go to many activities myself, due to lack of money for transport to distant places. But in all honesty, there are also very many affected, who turn away once they see that activists come with a political message.

        That is why many traditional activist groups are struggling. Poor and people on benefits may want activists focus more on the direct issues and challenges, rather than be told that they should take on a certain political mindset or follow a certain “left” or whatever direction.

        The least people can do is inform themselves, and while some do this, I am afraid that it is just some, and not necessarily that many.

        But this can only be seen as a challenge, for those like us to try even harder, to do more, and to perhaps lead by example.

        Thanks and best wishes …

        • Rosie 8.1.1.1

          “But this can only be seen as a challenge, for those like us to try even harder, to do more, and to perhaps lead by example”.

          xtasy you always demonstrate great knowledge of the systems holding us back and spell out in detail how it is being done, especially WINZ. You are being proactive by sharing your knowledge. By doing that, you ARE leading by example.

          Kia Ora.

          • xtasy 8.1.1.1.1

            “You are being proactive by sharing your knowledge. By doing that, you ARE leading by example.”

            I admit that at times I am struggling with doing that, but thank you.

            Kia Ora and Kia Kaha

    • greywarbler 8.2

      It seems as I mingle with others at public events, that many young adults are quite loose, ‘Not to worry eh!’ being a their back-up response to life in general. They look sour, they look overweight, they open the doors of the highsided SUV and the kids spill out and the little ones run away unsupervised. They stroll to the attraction, and take photos, they stroll on and call out to their children to follow, small to larger. They don’t seem happy, enthusiastic, involved in anything.

      How can such withdrawn, isolated, unsociable people be motivated to do anything for the good of their country and others, including themselves? If they are to be brought on board a Labour platform, every policy discussed must have an example of how it will advantage the individual and the couple who still act as self-seeking individuals, even when they are a family.

  9. Rosie 9

    I hadn’t really realised anything was amiss in the lives of ordinary South Koreans, probably because I know so little about the country but then one day in my inbox was a notice from LabourStart.org about the Railway Workers strike that got my attention, and it was huge:

    “…………………………… involving hundreds of thousands of people on the last weekend of 2013″

    http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/eric-lee/south-korea-rail-workers-repression-and-resistance.

    What timing then, for the “How are you all doing?” campaign. What a mass fight back from the Korean people (the strike was over privatisation of the railways), and what an excellent way of getting ordinary people involved – simply by asking their stories and them writing those stories on posters. Something for us to think about here in NZ? A more analogue approach to getting things done, such as Dunedin Standardista’s have done, they are now communicating IRL! Don’t forget the value of your security in discussing ideas offline in our GCSB + TICS Act’s world we live in too!

    Are we becoming too reliant on social media? It certainly is essential for today’s activist and all those who are interested in advancing democratic society but are we abandoning effective traditional methods of information sharing such as the poster I wonder. It’s working for the Koreans eh?

    (Incidentally one tool that People’s Power Ohariu use is the placard. Topical Dunne related events are stenciled on to placards and placed in strategic areas around the suburbs of the Ohariu electorate. They are critical of Dunnes actions but they are also fun and a bit cheeky)

    And yes, Samantha Anderson on Campbell Live last night was awesome. High time Key was given a direct challenge the very people he mistakenly thinks he represents. Would be good to see how that one pans out.

    • bad12 9.1

      Rosie, one of the problems of a poster campaign, specially where a public space is being used is the rate of ‘cover-up’ that occurs,

      From personal experience in the early 1990’s i used a series of photo-copiers and later gestetners,(think that’s how it’s spelt), to produce 1000’s of anti-benefit cuts posters which were a lot of fun and obviously an embarrassment to the Government,

      i had basically a free run with my bucket of paste for a month and then noticed that wherever i went around the City my posters were being quickly postered over with those promoting local bands…

      • greywarbler 9.1.1

        bad12
        I’ve still got some large posters of Ruthanasia and a lot of little Olivers standing besides a big cauldron and the wee people are handing back their plates to go in the pot. It’s headed Black Sunday or something. Very good by one of the newspaper cartoonists I think.

      • srylands 9.1.2

        Sadly there was No Alternative to those benefit cuts. They fixed the fiscal crisis and paved the way for prosperity.

        • McFlock 9.1.2.1

          They fixed the artificial fiscal crisis and paved the way for increased poverty.
          Fixed it for you.

        • bad12 9.1.2.2

          What a load of shit SSLands, it paved the way for another 100,000 on the dole and the billion dollars taken from beneficiaries was the catalyst to an ongoing recession,

          There is always an alternative such as taxing wankers like you to pay for the mess your version of capitalism wreaks across the world,

          In conclusion, you have nothing to add except ‘wing-nut’ bullshit why not piss off and commune with ‘wail-oil’ i am sure the pair of you will have mutual respect after all it is obvious that you both are capable of both sucking and swallowing…

        • greywarbler 9.1.2.3

          ssslands
          You sound as if you are in the fantasy land of Wizard of Oz following the yellow brick road that ‘paves the way to prosperity’. Whose? Presumably you have some or you wouldn’t be so complacent.

          You aren’t Dorothy, not the brave lion, not the scarecrow who wanted to be stronger and better, nor the tin man who wanted a heart. You must be the evil witch. Away with you, back to your own castle of doom.

          I’ve cheered up your day haven’t I. You’re one of those superior types who come here for a laugh and a sneer, thinking that you are all-knowing and dispensing pieces of your wisdom.

        • felix 9.1.2.4

          “Sadly there was No Alternative to those benefit cuts.”

          No alternative to taking money from the bottom of the heap? From the poorest people in society, who have the least wiggle-room in their budget, to whom even a small cut has real, tangible, and serious effects?

          I can think of one alternative just off the top of my head.

      • Rosie 9.1.3

        Fantastic effort bad!

        I might have seen some of your posters back in the day! I wasn’t living in Wgtn at that point but used to visit and that time was the dawning of my political awakening. I remember reading info on posters that I knew nothing about previously – so thank you for your contribution to the education of people!

        The rate of cover up is a problem though. I wonder if there are semi permanent solutions to postering, ie, keeping a message visible during it’s relevancy?

        • greywarbler 9.1.3.1

          Perhaps there needs to be a posters battle. Have a group ‘Friends of the Post’ and keep an eye on them whether on a post, wall, wherever they can legally go of course!

        • bad12 9.1.3.2

          The interesting thing Rosie is that when i took the time to check out who it was exactly that was postering over my little efforts as fast as i could put them up i found someone who to a certain extent appeared to be a fellow traveler in the anti-government movement in Wellington at the time,

          Being paid to,or, postering over my efforts as an act of jealousy were the two conclusions i came to when i considered His behavior, as an act of Utu i co-opted quite a crowd to attend a meeting of an organization that He held a high office in and we simply voted the prick out, a just reward for His efforts no matter what the motivation was…

  10. karol 10

    (Incidentally one tool that People’s Power Ohariu use is the placard. Topical Dunne related events are stenciled on to placards and placed in strategic areas around the suburbs of the Ohariu electorate. They are critical of Dunnes actions but they are also fun and a bit cheeky)

    Excellent, Rosie. One of the ways to by-pass the slick, PR driven corporate MSM.

    I think with the South Korean posters, one of the key elements is that they are handwritten – it provides a real person individual response. I always like the hand made, handwritten placards at demos for the same reason.

    The open letter to the PM on Campbell Live does something similar, because the person behind the letter, and her home location are identitified. Maybe lots of handwritten placards and posters around NZ, in public places, would help to get the message across the reality of many people’s lives in the era of the “rockstar” economy.

    And I was thinking maybe some handwritten postcards and letters to the PM and other party leaders?

    • Rosie 10.1

      I also like the handwritten, handmade placards at demo’s. They convey a personal investment in the statement and some how carry a little more meaning. Always nice to look at Frank MacSkasy’s photo’s of demo’s to see all the neat placards.

      I wonder how many other people do write to the PM with their issues, as Samantha has done. Her letter was succinct I thought. I’m sure he couldn’t care less and it could even be entertainment for him but when it gets media attention he and the nat machine must squirm, just a little.

      I guess this is where a facebook sort of campaign would come into it. Folks writing hand written notes to the PM about how their lives are so not “rockstar” and then posting them on line for all to see. Copies could be pasted together on board and displayed some where publicly. I don’t know.

      A people centred and people led fight back is critical this year. Stuff those lying media B******’s !

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    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • The SIS won’t use 48 hour warrantless spying for ‘evidence’
    Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we? The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests
    A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU congratulates new Labour leader
    The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union congratulates Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. “I have worked closely with Andrew and know he will be a strong and successful leader,” says Bill Newson,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning
    The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPA must refuse phosphate mining application
    Text of the Press Release issued by KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining), Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 17 November 2014: “EPA must refuse phosphate mining application” The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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