web analytics
The Standard

How to mess up “good” news

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, December 18th, 2012 - 57 comments
Categories: Media, national - Tags: ,

Key is so gaffe prone at the moment that he can’t seem to get anything right.

Trying to distract attention from the increased taxes required to maybe balance the budget one day, Key was pushing supposedly good news on health. (I say “supposedly” because the Nats are very selective in what they count.) But he messed it up:

PM’s health graphic branded ‘sexist’male-doctors-female-nurses

John Key has caused a storm on Twitter by posting a graphic that portrays doctors as men and nurses as women.

The Prime Minister’s tweet was intended to demonstrate the National Government’s progress in increasing the numbers of doctors and nurses, but did so using a graphic that uses male and female icons to represent doctors and nurses respectively.

The post has quickly been retweeted by followers of the Prime Minister, with many ridiculing the message as an example of sexism and old-fashioned ideas about gender roles.

Social media own goal. Perhaps he should have posted it on Nationalmps where no one would have ever noticed it.

57 comments on “How to mess up “good” news”

  1. Ed 1

    As one of the early comments on the article asks, has it been fact checked?

    • McFliper 1.1

      It’s from john key. It must be true.

      • felixviper 1.1.1

        He only deals in facts. Well, in facts and in the speculative future value of theoretical debt instruments.
         
        But he has NEVER lied. And you can take that to the bank.

    • QoTViper 1.2

      Maryan Street has called bullshit on the doctors figure on Twitter, but sadly no citation links.

      • karol 1.2.1

        Also a guy in TV3 news called BS on the stats, as well as showing up the stereotyping.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.2

        PRIME MINISTER FLUNKS MATHS TEST IN HOSPITAL DOCTOR CLAIMS

        “The Prime Minister should have been advised that this 800 number has been completely discredited and disproven by using official DHB and government data. Over this period of three years the number of hospital specialists increased by 373. Hospital specialist numbers have increased but not fast enough to keep up with increasing demands.” “Furthermore, in the three year period Mr Key referred to, the rate of hospital specialist increases fell by 25% from the three years immediately before his government took office.”

        • karol 1.2.2.1

          Well, I gotta wonder if Mr Key has a turncoat operating his twitter account, re-focusing attention to his/their lies.

  2. It’s simply not that hard in 2012 to figure out that gendered imagery is fucking stupid. Anyone working in graphic design in a politically-charged environment who produces crap like that is either incompetent or acting under orders.

    But I can’t see a huge advantage to National in stirring up this kind of thing, so incompetent it is.

    Was it simply too hard to find clipart of a stethoscope?

    • felixviper 2.1

      Would it be attributing them too much cunning to imagine that this was a trick to get the “3000 extra docs & nurses” bit retweeted and reblogged and shared and on the telly and that they don’t give a fuck if people think they’re sexist?

      • karol 2.1.1

        Nope, it appears the stats are wrong too.  

        • Malcolm 2.1.1.1

          Maybe it was a plan to stop people from calling out the false numbers

        • QoTViper 2.1.1.2

          Yeah, I think the gendered imagery almost made it worse. If Key (or his 100%-accountable flunkies) had just published an uncontroversial image, few people would even have seen it.

          Now, they’ve seen it because of the initial outrage (too strong a word but you know what I mean) and THEN got the “and the facts are wrong too!” message directly after.

          Whereas Key’s unaccountable Twitter account just posting some bland propaganda which turns out to be inaccurate wouldn’t have had nearly as much impact (as far as the politically-aware tweet crowd is involved.)

  3. Tom Gould 3

    Not a peep from craven, snivelling, crawling Tory apologists like Phil O’Reilly over axing an ACC levy cut and a massive rise in RUC and petrol tax? Nor Ken Shirley from the road transport crowd. Nor John Banks, the Small Business Minister. Not a peep. Looks like brain fades are catching.

  4. Jim Viperald - Once was colonised 4

    Took a quick glance earlier and thought the graphic was euphemistically pointing out the men’s and the women’s ….

    I remarked to myself – surely the government is not honestly suggesting their promise of delivering better health is going down the toilet !

    • karol 4.1

      Well they do seem to have massaged the figures – plus another ‘I dunnokeyo’ answer from the PM’s staff:
       

      Ian Powell, of the Salaried Medical Specialists’ Association, says illustrations aside, the National Party figures are inaccurate – and that the doctor figure should be halved.
       
      “They’ve misunderstood the data and we’ve advised them, but they continue to repeat this misleading mantra,” he says.
       
      The Prime Minister refused to talk to 3 News about the tweet. In fact, a spokeswoman laughed it off, saying she doubted he was even aware of it and admitting that it would be very unusual for him to know what was being tweeted by staff on his behalf.

      • David Viperious H 4.1.1

        “admitting that it would be very unusual for him to know what was being tweeted by staff on his behalf.”
         
        My god what next?? Blame Game kicks into high gear.
         
        And then this little gem slips past.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10854916
         
        The yearly payrise signed off by Key, and backdated to sometime.  Snouts deeper into the troughs.
         
         

        • karol 4.1.1.1

          I don’t know about “slipping past”.  It was on the TV3 News at 6pm tonight.  The reporter finished by saying that now is the time of year when the government dumps bad news: ie she called the government on trying to slip it past unnoticed.

      • Jim Viperald - Once was colonised 4.1.2

        Good to see at least one of the opposition MPs has not yet gone on holiday and is still keeping an eye on the government and commenting.

  5. TheContrarian 5

    Key may have blundered many things but this is straight from the PR/Comms department, not Key.

    • QoTViper 5.1

      Yes, yes, no one’s surprised that John Key doesn’t personally run his own Twitter account – but per karol’s quote above, it’s fucking farcical for his office to try to pretend that that means he doesn’t have a responsibility for the tweets put out in his name.
       
      I’m pretty sure there’s a lot that comes out of the PM’s office that the PM doesn’t read every single last word of.  Does that mean he’s not accountable for it?

      • TheContrarian 5.1.1

        “Does that mean he’s not accountable for it?”
        Maybe, depends on the circumstances. In this case – couldn’t say.

        • QoTViper 5.1.1.1

          You “couldn’t say” if a person should hold themselves accountable (much less be held accountable by others) for something they’ve empowered staff to put out under their name and their image?

          • TheContrarian 5.1.1.1.1

            No I am saying the person who approved the image, who is entrusted to make that decsion, is the one that should be held responsible.  If it I had approved this then I would feel responsible.

            • Te Reo Viper 5.1.1.1.1.1

              That would be John Key, TC. It’s his twitter feed, got his name, job description and a photo on it.

              • TheContrarian

                It’d be the job of the chief of staff.

                • QoTViper

                  His Chief of Staff is also called John Key?  This explains a lot.

                  • TheContrarian

                    I have run a lot a social media for different organisations in the past and if it were my job to to make sure errors aren’t made and if I let an error like this run  it’s my mistake, not the CEO.

                    • Te Reo Viper

                      “I have run a lot a social media for different organisations in the past …”
                       
                      Ha! Calling bullshit on that one, TC. Sorry, mate, but you’re not operating at a professional level.
                       
                      Quick question; am I right in thinking that you believe the person who authorised the graphic should take responsibility, but not the person who’s twitter account it is?

                    • TheContrarian

                      Fine, call bullshit. It doesn’t matter, that’s still what I do,
                      whoever authorised that image is the one who should be held accountable. It was their job to check it, approve  it, give it to an underling to post.
                       

                    • David Viperious H

                      And if it’s a serious fuck up then you lose your job, and he loses his job too.  For being such a fool as to let his name be used by someone else.  It’s just basic common sense especially in these days.

                    • Te Reo Viper

                      ” … whoever authorised that image is the one who should be held accountable. It was their job to check it, approve  it, give it to an underling to post.”
                       
                      Authorised by John Key MP, Executive Wing, Parliament, Molesworth St, Wellington.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Contrarian.

                      You know what the little blue tick on twitter means I’m sure.

                      Also. delegation, how does that work with regard to; authority, responsibility, and accountability.

                      For example, if I tell twitter that an account is verified to be mine, and twitter indicates on the account that I am the account holder, and I give authority to someone else to post on it, who is accountable for what gets posted?

                    • QoTViper

                      @PB

                      who is accountable for what gets posted?

                      Anyone except John Key, obvs.

            • QoTViper 5.1.1.1.1.2

              I get it, it’s the Hell Pizza approach to accountability, only political.
               
              You hear that, press secretaries, ministerial advisors, policy wonks of the world?  Politicians are no longer answerable for anything under their signature or on their letterhead, it’s all on you.

  6. Fisiani 7

    What a storm in a D-cup.!!!! Seriously keep banging away at this pointless crap. It’s as silly as the beatup up about 100% Pure New Zealand which ended up winning a prize as the best marketing in the world. John Key is always right.

  7. Dr Terry 8

    I presume some of you lot above are being heavily sarcastic?

    • TheContrarian 8.1

      I am not being sarcastic. Some nitwit on the PR team will be getting a dressing down I am sure.

      • McFliper 8.1.1

        and who puts nitwits on the pr team? Any responsibility there?

        • TheContrarian 8.1.1.1

          The head of PR and Comms

          • McFliper 8.1.1.1.1

            Well their arse should be fired, too. They should have systems in place so that people can trust what claims to be the word of the PM.
                  
            And Key needs to apologise. I mean, it’s not like making slit-throat gestures in the house or letting cabinet ministers get away with gross incompetence, but the words “retraction” and “apology” should pass HIS lips, just to show that the captain isn’t permanently drunk in his cabin.

            • David Viperious H 8.1.1.1.1.1

              “And Key needs to apologise. I mean, it’s not like making slit-throat gestures in the house or letting cabinet ministers get away with gross incompetence, but the words “retraction” and “apology” should pass HIS lips, just to show that the captain isn’t permanently drunk in his cabin.”
              Phrases like,  “yeah right” or “in yer dreams” come to mind,  apologise? Dunnokeyo just don’t know how to.   Sorry to say but the captain is pissed out of his tiny gourd, and has sold all the cabins furnishings for more booze.

          • QoTViper 8.1.1.1.2

            Who hires the head of PR and Comms?

            I could play this game all night.

  8. BLiP Viper 9

    .

    Another one for the list . . .

    – I’m Jewish/Christian/Agnostic

    – 1981

    – Tranzrail shares

    – Lord Ashcroft

    – National Ltd™ would have sent troops into Iraq

    – Standard & Poors

    – “I didn’t say I want wages to drop”

    – “I won’t raise GST:

    – Capping, not cutting the public service,

    – “North of $50 a week”

    – Privatisation won’t significantly help the economy

    – Wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones

    – “I never offered Brash a diplomatic job in London”

    – Kiwisaver

    – National Ltd™ is not going to radically reorganise the structure of the public sector

    – Tax cuts won’t require additional borrowing

    – National Ltd™ will tender out the government banking contract

    – “We [NZ] have grown for eight of the last nine quarters”

    – “…we will be back in surplus by 2014-15…”

    – “…unemployment is starting to fall…”

    – “…we have created 45,000 jobs…”

    – “…we are likely to create 170,000 jobs in the next 4 years…”

    – “I don’t own a vineyard”

    – The Isreali spy killed in the Christchurch quake had “only one” passport

    – The Police will not need to make savings by losing jobs

    – GCSB x 3 (that we know about)

    – “I voted to keep the drinking age at 20″

    – New Zealand is 100% Pure

    – “I’ve been prime minister for four years, and it’s really 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year”

    – Baseball in New Zealand is attracting more government support

    – the public demanded that we change the labour laws for The Hobbit

    – we have delivered 1000 extra doctors in the public service

  9. Polish Pride 10

    Yep sure if the figures are wrong call it out.
    Call out the gender stereotyping.
    Then take a step back and get a little perspective …. there are far bigger issues and the current system will solve very few of them if any at all.

  10. PlanetOrphan 11

    I can’t wait to see DunnoKeyo wearing a dress next year.
    In his attempt to deny he is a sexist bigot, dancing “Gangman Style”

    Nice Miniskirt John ….. bit short though M8! |-(

    Goodbye DunnoKeyo …. Welcome “Hairy Legs” 😀

  11. Saccharomyces 12

    This is all a bit silly, females made up 40% of working doctors in 2006, and only 7% of nurses are male.

    Stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason…….

    • QoTViper 12.1

      Yes, men are just better suited to doctoring because it requires heavy lifting, and women are better suited to nursing because it’s all about being ~nurturing~ and doesn’t involve any skill or education.

      • Saccharomyces 12.1.1

        No, not at all. Nursing takes a lot of skill and education, I’ve just supported my wife through 3 years of training to be a nurse. My mother-in-law is also a nurse. My statement doesn’t say anything about the suitability of either gender to either role.

        My point is simply that as of the latest information I could find the majority of doctors ARE male, and the VAST majority of nurses ARE female, so that means that the images are correct in that regard. Hence my thinking that all this uproar is really making a mountain out of a molehill.

  12. tussock 13

    In the Dunedin public hospital, they built a new room next to the waiting room for the emergency department. It’s assigned to another department, triage or something, invented just for the purpose. So you wait there less than six hours, then they transfer you to ED and you wait another less than six hours.

    So that’s “two patients” recorded as less than six hour waits, you at triage, and you at emergency, bringing down their average. Which meets the budgetary requirements and lets government say waiting times are down. It’s like a parody, a waiting room for a waiting room like the waiting lists for the waiting lists that formed under Labour (that are all less than six months, because you get to go back to zero after five and a half as many times as is needed), only that’s what it takes to meet the requirements on the budgets available to them. So it’s really a tragedy.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • How many victims missing out on protection?
    Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“In the last two years some 351 people who applied for legal aid for… ...
    2 days ago
  • Government kicks hardworking whanau
    A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.… ...
    2 days ago
  • Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong
    Bill English’s admission he doesn’t know whether National’s new speculator tax will have any effect shows last weekend’s announcement by the Prime Minister was a desperate political stunt, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “This Government is so desperate to… ...
    2 days ago
  • The value of parenting
    This week, as part of the Budget, the government introduced a bill to address child poverty. This bill will require parents receiving income support to look for part-time work once their youngest child is three years of age rather than… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    3 days ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    3 days ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    3 days ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    3 days ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    3 days ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    3 days ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    3 days ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    3 days ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    3 days ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    3 days ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    4 days ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    4 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    4 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    5 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    6 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    6 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    6 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    6 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    6 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    6 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    7 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    7 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    1 week ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    1 week ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere