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Written By: - Date published: 6:24 pm, December 6th, 2013 - 85 comments
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85 comments on “Hypocrisy-watch”

  1. mickysavage 1

    I am Key’s age and I was at university the same time as him. I can vividly remember the events of that year and how it tore the country apart. For Key to say that he does not recall means either that he has suffered a significant brain injury or he is telling fibs.

    His subsequent comments are well unbelievable. He shows the emotional makeup of a reptilian …

    • rhinocrates 1.1

      I remember that year very well myself. I was in high school at the time and was pretty disgusted by fellow students making excuses like “there have been changes in South Africa”.

      My father, who had represented NZ playing rugby in the late 40s and early 50s (in the Kiwis, not the All Blacks, since he was a League player) opposed the tour in the end because it was “tearing the country apart”. Not, I must emphasise, because of “those damn protesters”, but because he put our national unity ahead of rugby.

      I’ve friends in Britain, and they’re pointing out the hypocrisy of Key’s clone, Cameron: in the 80s, he was a member of a student organisation campaigning to have Nelson Mandela executed as a terrorist and wore “Hang Mandela” badges.

      It’s impossible for one to forget what happened or how one felt. Key is a lying scumbag (wow, that’s news, isn’t it?!). I’ll be ashamed to have him as our representative at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

    • Martin 1.2

      I am one year younger and I can remember too but then I was on the frontline.I can also remember the Victoria Uni contingent that joined us on the May 1 mobilization. They were a sight to see.
      As for John Key, maybe some things are best left unsaid.

  2. fender 2

    Sounds just like John Banks doesn’t he, just as convincing.

  3. Phil jones 3

    John key is our dear leader, how dare you doubt him, hang your head in shame. Four more years boys, four more years ( of national )

  4. Anne 4

    Should anyone be surprised? Key has psychopathic tendencies. They are very good at faking emotions.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Dont debase the word pyschopath. Key isnt even a sociopath. He may politically be a smooth operator but he otherwise is fairly normal. He has a stable family life and a successful international business career- not just fanciful claims.

      The main point about Key “forgetting” his political views back then, allmost certainly untrue as we DO KNOW he has long had an ambition to enter politics. A true sociopath would invent some political views that suited the current views today.

    • rhinocrates 4.2

      I disagree – he is terrible at faking emotions. :)

      • Anne 4.2.1

        You’re right rhinocrates. It’s just we have a lot of idiots who can’t see he’s faking… :(

        I would have more respect for him if he was honest and admitted… that he hadn’t really cared one way or the other in 1981 but he supposed he was more pro the tour than anti the tour. Since then he’s changed his mind and realised the anti-tour people were right.

        Bolger is big enough to do it but not Key.

        • felix 4.2.1.1

          Even Ross fucking Meurant of all people is big enough to admit he was wrong about the tour.

          Not our Key though. That places him on the continuum of fuckwittery, don’t it?

  5. Phil jones 5

    Now everybody say it with me,
    I love john key our best ever pm.
    Four more years, yeahaa

    • fender 5.1

      There’s a kid up ^ at 3.0 with the same name and eager anticipation for reaching teenagehood . Any relation?

  6. irascible 6

    To declare, Key did, that the occassion of the State Funeral for Nelson Mandela, deserves his attendance as NZ’s only credible representative reeks of cynical arrogance and hypocrisy especially as Key has been. like Colin Craig and John Banks, existing in a state of experiential denial of events leading up to and including 1981.

    • North 6.1

      Give the representation some stuff reflecting a living on of Nelson Mandela’s wairua.

      Key has the balls to acknowledge and invite John Minto to travel with him – both representing Aotearoa New Zealand ?

      Be absolutely wonderful if he did. It would be stature Prime Minister !

  7. merkin 7

    amorality is the name of the game don’t you know. Our bankster PM is what we deserve. The passionless people maaate. all that political malarky is a bit gay aye. Have a few bevy mate, beat the wife, buy some shares in a soe our parents and grandparents built. it’s all about me. i’m a winner and all those wingers are losers. john key mate, he’s a god. burn in hell all those who don’t believe. the gospel according to Key and TPP. Nooooooooo future (ff to 4 minits)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIlUvEOhFos

  8. Nordy 8

    It’s a very ‘convenient’ line to spin to the media/public – I can’t really really remember.

    What is also revealing is the way Key’s story changes the further he is questioned……not unlike his more recent fibs, lies and fabrications.

  9. Will@Welly 9

    I made a comment on the page “Death of Nelson Mandela”. John Key going to the funeral is an insult, both to those who opposed apartheid, and to the man himself. If he had come out and said earlier that he was a member of the National Party and he was pro-tour, then people would have at least understood that, even if you didn’t agree with his stance. But coming out and saying “I can’t remember” is rubbish. There were numerous people who supported the tour, mainly because they wanted to see the rugby played. Many later regretted their stance. But not John Key.
    Personally, I think John Minto and Trevor Richards should be in the vanguard of those leading the representation from this country, along with other leaders of the anti-apartheid movement.
    Politicians going is just a junket – very few in Parliament today were there doing “the hard yards” when the tour happened, or when we marched in the streets.

    • Craig Glen Eden 9.1

      I agree W@W send the people who led from the front people like John Minto should be sent to represent NZ not some bloke who say’s he couldn’t remember his position on the tour.No one seriously believes that spineless lying Key. If Key goes its the ultimate insult to a guy who literally was prepared to die for what he believed in. I say know to Key going to the funeral.

    • chrissy 9.2

      Will@Welly

      Absolutely agree that John Minto should be there. He was one of the one’s that drove this protest so therefore would be one of the people that Mandela would have been most appreciative of. Key in all of those news clips was left floundering as usual wondering how to couch his answers in such a way that he would be able to negate anything that he said at a later date to suit the current political climate. In a novel I recently read they referred to a politician as an *everyman*. It seems to me that Key is that man. *Whatever it takes* is his mantra. I used to be proud to be a New Zealander, now I feel that we are a laughing stock of the world knowing that key will genuflect in front of anyone who asks something of him even if is detrimental to NZ. We are unfortunate enough to have the only pm in the world with*made in the usa*

  10. Ake ake ake 10

    Cheers for that clip. Played it ‘blind’ to some folks who don’t know much about John Key or NZ politics, or politics generally event.
    I asked the question: what do you think of this person’s response?
    Answers given: he is lying.

  11. BrucetheMoose 11

    It is infuriating that we as tax payers should be paying for this vile two faced charlatan to go to the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Everything that Mandela was and stood for, Key is absolutely not.

  12. Brian 12

    He will have forgotten all about it by monday.

  13. North 13

    Man that video at the John Key vasectomy part is hellish

    You gotta watch it.

    Henry can be hilarious when he’s not being a fuck so it’s a limited season obviously.

  14. happynz 14

    In the first interview in that clip Key sounds crocked. Talking shit with your mates at the pub is one thing, but boozy slurred evasive responses during an interview on the radio is embarrassing.

  15. Morrissey 15

    Humbug Corner
    

No. 22: BARACK OBAMA

    “WE HAVE LOST ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL, COURAGEOUS, AND PROFOUNDLY GOOD HUMAN BEINGS THAT ANY OF US WILL SHARE TIME WITH ON THIS EARTH. HE NO LONGER BELONGS TO US – HE BELONGS TO THE AGES.”

    
—-Barack Obama, New Zealand Herald, Saturday 7 December 2013, page one.

    Humbug Corner gathers, and highlights, the most striking examples of faux solicitude, insincere apologies, and particularly stupid recycling of official canards. It is produced by the Insincerity Project®, a division of Daisycutter Sports Inc.

    “L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu.”
—-François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

    More humbugs, mostly half-witted….
    No. 21 Chris Laidlaw: “I asked him if, with the recent birth of the British royal baby, there was just the slightest tinge of regret that they had got rid of the French monarchy?”

    No. 20 Nevil Gibson: “Well, everybody’s getting richer.”
    
No. 19 Byron Bentley: “He is a great guy, a good man … very caring…”
    
No. 18 Rachel Smalley: “…heartbreak all over NSW as Queensland wins the deciding State of Origin!”

    No. 17 Jay Carney: ““He is not a human rights activist, he is not a dissident.”
    
No. 16 Barack Obama: “I wish Muslims across America & around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace & understanding.”

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-11072013/#comment-661330
    
No. 15 John Key: “They know this is an issue of national security…”

    No. 14 Charles Saatchi: “I abhor violence of any kind against women…”


    No. 13 Toyota New Zealand: “The more Kiwis that lean, the more motivated our ETNZ crew will be to win.”


    No. 12 Pem Bird: “We’re there to do the business of advancing our people.”


    No. 11 Whenua Patuwai: “They’re my brothers and to see one of them goes [sic]—it’s tough.”


    No. 10 [REMOVED]
    


No. 9 [REMOVED]
    



No. 8 Barack Obama: “…people standing up for what’s right…yearning for justice and dignity…”



No. 7 Barack Obama: “Nelson Mandela is my personal hero…”



    No. 6 John Key: “Yeah well the Greens’ answer to everything is rail, isn’t it.”
    
No. 5 Dr. Rodney Syme: “If you want good, open, honest practice, you have to make it transparent.”




    No. 4 Mike Bush: “Bruce Hutton’s… integrity beyond reproach…such great character…”




    No. 3 Dean Lonergan: “Y’ know what? The only people who will mock them are people who are dwarfists.”




    No. 2 Peter Dunne: “What a load of drivel and sanctimonious humbug…”
    





No. 1 Dominic Bowden: “It’s okay to be speechless.”



  16. appleboy 16

    I couldn’t help but notice the contrast yesterday between Helen Clark’s interview with Garner with her reflections on Mandela, and John Key trite superficial scripted lines he gave to the media.

    Helen spoke with passion and eloquence, Key sounded like he was just spouting a few cliches the speech writer drummed up.

    Makes me realise what we lost and what a lightweight chump we gained.

  17. tricledrown 17

    Key re whites hisSTory!
    With all the Fuck ups poncKeys
    Govt has made and have been exposed recently an oversea junket with photo ops pure genious!

  18. tricledrown 18

    muldoon is Keys idol.
    So therfore key was for the 81 tour .

  19. Morrissey 19

    Spitting on his grave
    The 5 most hypocritical Mandela eulogies by Israeli politicians

    ‘First get yourself a sick bag, then read these eulogies to Nelson Mandela from Israel’s leadership – some of them the very people who cultivated close ties to the bitter end with South Africa’s apartheid regime, and all of them presiding over the Israeli version of apartheid.’ — Jonathan Cook

    http://972mag.com/the-top-5-most-hypocritical-mandela-eulogies-by-israeli-politicians/83109/

    • Martin 19.1

      How could those pukes even dare?

      oh shit! where’s the sick bag?

    • swordfish 19.2

      Precisely. Most leading South African anti-apartheid campaigners have pointed to the striking similarities between pre-1990 SA and Israel in the Occupied Territories.

      With the treatment of Palestinians and other minorities within Israel-proper bearing more than passing resemblance too (albeit\ a little less blatantly).

    • Wayne 20.1

      Do you really think that President Obama is being hypocritical. Surely of all the current global leaders, Mandela would have inspired him in a very tangible way. It is easy to forget what an extraordinary achievement that Obama’s election represented.

      And as with Mandela, the realities of office have tempered Obama’s vision. Nelson Mandelda did not try to turn South Africa into a socialist paradise. He knew that way would lead to Zimbabwe. Reconciliation has been his great legacy, when others would have gone down another path.

      Similarly Obama has had to deal with the real world. But he did end the war in Iraq, he has achieved a level of stability in Afghanistan. He is building a nuclear deal with Iran, which could yet be his highest foreign policy success. And if he succeeds in Iran, he will be strenghtened vis a vis Israel and Palestine

      • felix 20.1.1

        lol

      • Anne 20.1.2

        I think Wayne has made some good points.

        While their is valid reason to question some of his actions, it is unthinkable that Obama – a fellow descendant of Africa’s indigenous people – would not have been deeply inspired by Mandela. We have seen many examples where the realities of the American presidency has prevented Obama from achieving his goals. His attempts to change the health care system and make it available to the poorest Americans springs to mind.

  20. Plan B 21

    Morrissey
    Helen Clark was on the same side as Mandela. Key supported the people who put him in prison. He still does.

    Not to pick on Morrissey, only that he is a representative example of the mood of the comments. Only I think that to understand JK you have to go at it from another perspective – his – to actually understand. He was I think telling the truth when he spoke in that first clip. Maybe hard for many people here to get but . He did not care at the time, he was not interested. He does not care now either only his job requires of him to say certain things so he says them. He has always been about the money nothing else. He is fine with equality with gay marriage with anything you want or don’t want. They only thing he is actually interested in is the money. There is nothing else going on.

    • Will@Welly 21.1

      So true. Key is a gutter rat of the first degree.

    • Wayne 21.2

      Plan B

      If your proposition was really true, he would not have gone into politics. He could have stayed in the global finance sector and made much more money. He had shown he had exceptional skills for that, and in a sector which is highly competitive. He was at a senior level in a global firm, and had he stayed would have continued to progress. There were great riches to be made from 2001 to 2008 if he had stayed in.

      He turned his back on that prospect.

      So your analysis simply does not stand up. He returned to NZ for a reason, and that was not to make more money.

      Whether you like it or not, he believes he can make NZ better. Obviously not to a Left prescription, but one that he believes lifts New Zealand’s success internationally.

      As for going to South Africa, do really think it would sensible for the New Zealand Prime Minister not to attend. The South African government would take that as an insult and a snub. Given our history, hardly a good space to be in.

      • greywarbler 21.2.1

        Wayne
        It looks quite grand on your CV to show that you have been Prime Minister of a country. What do you give somebody who’s got everything? The Prime Ministership. And you get your picture in all the papers of a tiddly. little country that is becoming smaller every moment that he lets out a mining or other contract or his myrmidons do.

        Have you thought of that aspect – Mr Sensible that’s you, doesn’t have flights of fancy that require imagination perhaps.

        • Wayne 21.2.1.1

          I am sure he likes being PM

          • North 21.2.1.1.1

            Key likes or doesn’t like being PM. So what ?

            What’s that got to do with anything vaguely germane Wayne ?

            Your observation approximates utterly inane “Questions For Oral Answer” verbiage. Clearly you haven’t stopped being a National Party cabinet minister with a well thumbed copy of the Crosby Textor Bullshit Manual tucked under your arm.

            I’ve not a smidgeon of respect for your staged “reasonable man” carry on. You’re here not for reason or for care for New Zealand and it’s people. You’re here essentially for self , viz. John Key, the National Party, targeted privilege, and the fashioning of the rest of us as servants more or less of all three.

            Pretty disgraceful really. All the more offensive for the glib delivery.

      • Plan B 21.2.2

        I think that the revolving door will be fully functional and when JK leaves politics he will re- enter the world of banking at a much higher level than that at which he left. So I do not think it inconsistent. Of course I am speculating.
        On the matter of why he is in politics, I think the money thing still stands, look at what he is prepared to expend political capital on, what he is interested in. It is money, finance- selling stuff keeps him on the radar, doing his job. No one he is interest in knowing cares about any of the other stuff

  21. Rogue Trooper 22

    Meanwhile, (back in Gotham) , when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the day-light, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs”. The Doctor- 12:1-

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets’.- Lots of somilar material in Matthew, 23.

    The Middle East was preserved from the scourge that is Tui PIA at that time so, “mud in your eye’ will have to do. :-D

  22. I look forward to someone asking Dear Leader,

    “So, Mr Key, what did you do in 1981 to oppose the Springbok Tour?”

  23. joe90 24

    Appropriate.

    Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. Right now, you are anxiously pacing the corridors of your condos and country estates, looking for the right words, the right tributes, the right-wing tributes.

    http://www.okwonga.com/?p=869

    https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F123549937&show_artwork=true

  24. Lindsey J Rea 26

    We should send the leaders of the anti apartheid and anti-tour movement like Andrew Beyer, John Minto, Trevor Richards and Marx Jones. The people who were on the right side at the time. Not these history re-writing, revisionist tories.

  25. gobsmacked 27

    I totally support Key going to the funeral, provided he takes – as a gift from “Middle New Zealand”, one of those golliwogs that have been in the news.

    According to yer typical “PC gone mad” talkback callers and National voters, those gollies are not racist, they’re just cute, so nobody in South Africa could possibly object. He should hand it over to Mandela’s widow, and pose for the cameras.

    Then run like hell.

  26. Draco T Bastard 28

    “The Right Wing’s Campaign To Discredit And Undermine Mandela, In One Timeline”

    Seems like the RWNJs are still up to their old tricks.

  27. Paul 29

    Follow Mandela’s example, and roar with laughter at all this rightwing fawning

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/06/follow-nelson-mandela-laugh-rightwing-fawning

  28. karol 30

    John Key’s old firm, Merrill Lynch, settled out of court in the US to avoid going to trial for racial bias in its organisation. This was the US: Key worked for Merrill Lynch in Singapore and London, during the late 1990s.

    The case was an eight-year battle over why black brokers composed fewer than 2 percent of Merrill’s full brokers and generally had smaller books of business. Merrill argued that, in essence, society was the problem—that white brokers had access to more wealth because they had larger social networks of well-to-do potential customers, who in turn were more likely to invest with brokers who are similar to themselves.
    [...]
    After years of legal losses for the plaintiffs, in 2012 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals sided with McReynolds and found that the black brokers did face companywide policies that had the potential to be discriminatory, which made the group worthy of class certification. (The judges didn’t rule whether the policies were in fact unequal—that’s something that would be fought over in trial.) A trial date was set for early 2014, and the two sides began settlement talks.

    The settlement approved today provides for $160 million to be divvied up among the 1,400 black brokers in the class, making it the largest cash award in a racial bias employment case. It also created a host of programmatic changes, including adjustments to how the firm distributes accounts to trainees and creating new coaches for black brokers. The efforts will be overseen by a committee of black brokers, including those who were involved in the suit. McReynolds expects to be on the committee in its first year.

    The institutional racism goes back to the 1980s and earlier.

    “I’ll give you as much time as you want,” George McReynolds drawls, leaning back in his chair in his Nashville office. That, he says, has been his philosophy during the 30 years he’s worked as a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. At 69, he’s a slow-and-steady kind of guy: He’s lived in the same home for almost four decades; he never takes his tan Chevy Malibu over the speed limit.

    But McReynolds couldn’t wait forever to be treated equally by his employer. Over the years at Merrill—he started there in 1983—McReynolds had gotten used to inequities small and large. With only a few fellow black brokers in the Nashville office, he felt isolated. Often excluded from work social events, he took to eating lunch at his desk; if he was out, he says, the receptionist sometimes told callers he didn’t work there. He also noticed that the other African American financial advisers at Merrill were rarely top producers—meaning they generated less business than their white colleagues—though they seemed to work as hard as everybody else.

  29. rhinocrates 32

    Hooton attempts to make Mandela’s death an opportunity to rebrand himself with a long, rambling, self-obsessed autohagiography.

    http://publicaddress.net/system/cafe/hard-news-mandela/?i=0#replies

    Have a sick bag ready.

    • Rogue Trooper 32.1

      well purged; dear oh dear.

      • rhinocrates 32.1.1

        While I love the civility and erudition of PA, sometimes they’re so damn, stiflingly polite that they’ll naively accommodate a pathological liar like Hoots just because he makes nice gestures. Meanwhile, I just want to throw up.

  30. rhinocrates 33

    The Two Ronnies… ah yes, nostalgia. Right, really good night.

  31. TightyRighty 34

    Watching holden and quantas crash to the ground, we should all watch and remind ourselves the dominant role that unions and labour governments played in their demise.

  32. Disgust 35

    Dimwit the word that applies to autocrats like Key who is too ignorant to have any kind of soul about Mandela or the guts to actually stand up for what he should believe that apartheid was and is wrong
    M

  33. Disgust 36

    Dimwit the word that applies to autocrats like Key who are too ignorant to have any kind of soul about Mandela or the guts to actually stand up for what he should believe that apartheid was and is wrong
    Nelson Mandela was the greatest man since Gandhi & Churchill as a leader for freedom.
    Maybe its because most of Keys life he has lived in the european world that still treats Africa as a slave colony ,They steal their oil what else can u say
    Key has no shame, a tory prick.

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    Long strings of fixed term employment agreements are not just a problem here in New Zealand but Sweden too, according to Education International. But the Swedish Association of University Teachers (SULF) has a plan to solve this. It is turning...
    TEU | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, Christchurch Yarns, go into...
    First Union Media | 16-04
  • Collins: More contemptible lying
    Yesterday, Judith Collins treated New Zealand's media and people as if we were all complete fools. Here is what she said (via this morning's Herald): Ms Collins said she was unaware Oravida was having any problems getting its products into...
    Polity | 16-04
  • The Downside of Park and Ride
    Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, ...
    This is a guest post from Narahani.   Or is happening and is good for you, or has stopped happening, or is caused by CO2 but only a little, or is about to reverse due to lots of yet-to-be-discovered negative...
    Skeptical Science | 16-04
  • Submission
    Below is my draft submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill. I'm primarily interested in the freedom of information issues; I expect other groups to be focused on the reporting itself. I support the aims of the Environmental Reporting Bill of...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Government’s ‘rock star economy’ throws hospital staff ou...
    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star...
    PSA | 16-04
  • Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co
    As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s...
    Hot Topic | 16-04
  • Progress of FCV “slave ships” Bill is good news – but much work remai...
    The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the progress of the “slave ships” Bill in the New Zealand Parliament is good news – but much work remains to be done....
    MUNZ | 16-04
  • Judith Collins’ reputation dependent on Slater’s scandals
    Judith Collins' reputation as the possible next leader of the National party is in shreds. Her reputation as a minister of the crown in the Key owned National party caucus is in tatters. A resignation is the only honorable thing...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 16-04
  • Photo of the Day: Red III
    Learning Your Stripes, 2013, Regan Gentry, Papatoetoe. Commissioned by Auckland Council aer  ...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • The cost of tax cheats
    How much do corporate tax cheats cost? In the US, over US$180 billion a year:US taxpayers would need to pay an average of $1,259 more a year to make up the federal and state taxes lost to corporations and individuals...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Cats cavorting through capital – Morgan
    The capital’s cats are cavorting through Wellington properties at a rate of 49 million trespasses a year, according to a new study by anti-cat campaigner Gareth Morgan. Island Bay and the rest of the Southern Ward turned out to be...
    Gareth’s World | 16-04
  • “Stick to your knitting”…Gratuitous insult from Minister Groser to NZ...
    Climate Minister Groser continues to insult the New Zealand people – this time through our leading scientists. On Monday the IPCC released Working Group III’s section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Building on Group I (science) and II (impact), this...
    frogblog | 16-04
  • Needlessly shitty
    Parliament has been rejecting select committee submissions for not being written in English or Maori:The Health Select Committee is rejecting 60 submissions against plain packaging legislation because they were made in neither English nor Maori. [...] Committee chairman, National MP...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Fiji: Hoist by his own petard?
    Last year Fijian dictator Voreqe Bainimarama tried to ban political parties in an effort to limit opposition in the lead-up to promised elections. A key part of the crackdown was a ban on political campaigning by anyone who wasn't a...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • The first victim!
    It is well established that the first victim in war is truth. Mind you the dispatch of truth usually comes well before the shooting starts. I have a personal interest in Ukraine and the dispatch of truth occurred for me...
    Open Parachute | 16-04
  • Key makes it up on “fat tax”
    Today John Key rejected suggestions that a tax on sugary drinks could save dozens of lives a year. Why? Read on: The New Zealand Medical Journal reported in February that a 20 per cent tax on sugary soft drinks would...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 16-04
  • Labour focuses on minor transport issues
    Labour released a small part of their transport policy yesterday and frankly it’s absolute rubbish with it seemingly designed just to target a handful of complainers. You can get a good feel for what they’re aiming at when the policy...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
    Lincoln University will outsource its staff to an as yet undecided cleaning company, but TEU organiser Cindy Doull says it’s not worth it, and what money the university might save is negligible. “We’re disappointed... The post Lincoln cleaners outsourced appeared...
    TEU | 15-04
  • Gordon Campbell on the life and ACC work of Sir Owen Woodhouse
    With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. In its original incarnation in the early 1970s, ACC had been a...
    Gordon Campbell | 15-04
  • Cat cameras reveal surprising results
    Remember Gareth Morgan calling your cat a natural born killer or Zealandia a pet food factory? Well, he’s not backing down on his campaign to rid or restrain cats.  He wanted to prove that your property is visited by lots...
    Gareth’s World | 15-04
  • Access: Disability, identity and the internet
    The internet has enabled communication on a level that could never have been imagined before the "digital era". Individuals with even the most complex identities and niche interests can find like-minded people with whom to virtually congregate. People with disabilities...
    Public Address | 15-04
  • 2014 SkS News Bulletin #3: IPCC Report (WG III)
    Averting catastrophe is eminently affordable Climate experts sound the alarm Climate protection a 'task that can be solved' Climate report finds UN emissions target not out of reach IPCC report summary censored by governments around the world 'Modest hope' to...
    Skeptical Science | 15-04
  • Collins: The charade is getting silly
    via your New Zealand Herald this morning: Justice Minister Judith Collins' Beijing dinner with Oravida boss Stone Shi and a senior Chinese border control official came after the company made a formal request to New Zealand ministers to intervene with...
    Polity | 15-04
  • ‘Dr N’ Case Raises Question about NZ’s Abortion Laws
    By Sabrina Muck Dr N, a doctor working in a rural area with 30 years’ experience, was suspended for six months for illegally prescribing the medication misoprostol (Cytotec) to four patients in a manner contrary to legal pregnancy termination procedures...
    ALRANZ | 15-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
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  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Lincoln cleaners outsourced
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
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