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I don’t think I’ll be taking his advice

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, November 2nd, 2012 - 132 comments
Categories: climate change, dpf, labour, spin - Tags:

On the back of Duncan Garner’s scathing piece on David Shearer, David Farrar endorses Grant Robertson for leader. Yeah, because his last recommendation’s worked out so well. Call me cynical, but I just don’t think National’s pollster has the Left’s interests at heart. No, I don’t think people will be looking to the Right for advice on who should lead Labour again.

On a related note, Farrar endorses one nation taking it on themselves to pump the air full of sulfur dioxide or partially block the sun to reduce climate change. Then we can go right on burning fossil fuels, no worries! (which is why Farrar’s so in favour of course, that is justifies the larger status quo, not because it solves climate change)

But, whoops, he forgot about ocean acidification, which would continue under either of those schemes and decimate the foundation of the marine food-chain. And, I’m not sure that countries would feel comfortable with another country controlling how much sunlight their land gets. As for increasing sulfur dioxide levels, it’s the source of acid rain and would also acidify the ocean. There may be geo-engineering techniques that could work but, because climate change isn’t the only serious consequence of changing the atmosphere’s composition, they would have to actually reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (hint: the easiest way to do that is plant more trees)

I guess the lesson is: when it comes to solving hard problems, don’t be sucked in by the Right’s ‘easy’ solutions.

132 comments on “I don’t think I’ll be taking his advice”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    Maybe the Pagani’s can give us better advice this time…both on the Labour Leadership and on the best uses for Oil and Gas. Haha see what I did there? :mrgreen:

  2. Kea 2

    In politics, as in life, you have to play the cards you are dealt. The last poll may have gone against the trend for any number of reasons, so I would caution against panic. Nevertheless there are sound reasons for Shearer to delegate activities to competent performers regardless of parochial interests or relationship choices. It would not be a sign of weakness but of that ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself”. It is called leadership.

    • Kea 2.1

      lprent: my posts are being designated as spam. What have I done to offend you ?

      [lprent: Nothing in the system. Must be coming from your IP at Akismet. Looking at it ]

  3. I have a somewhat radical idea.  Instead of letting the National Party deciding who should be leader of the Labour Party the constitution should be changed so that the activists and members who hold the party together get a say.

    • tc 3.1

      +1 the last thing labour needs is lose the support it’s tenuously holding onto from it’s grass roots members.

      Without that it’s going to be like the Nats in 02, decimation and these are the folk who put flyers into letter boxes, run raffles etc.

      Labour doesn’t swallow the dead rats the NACT live on like mining, dairy, insurance, transport lobbies etc so it needs to include the members or shrivel up and politically die.

    • Jim Nald 3.2

      How about a less radical idea, mickysavage?
      Get Michelle Boag to champion for the current Labour leadership.
      :roll:

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      It should be the members deciding who the MPs and the leaders are. The MPs shouldn’t have any more say in the latter than any other member.

      • McFlock 3.3.1

        I agree with that, regardless of current leadership debates. 
        Even better, parties (not caucusses [sp? caucii? :)]) should be able to kick mps out of parliament if they fail to perform or go with policy.

      • Colonial Viper 3.3.2

        The MPs shouldn’t have any more say in the latter than any other member.

        But, the MP’s say, we have to work with the Leader day to day, so the thirty of us need to have at least as much say as 10,000 Labour Party members.

        Funny thing is, when you get a job with a company, you have to work with the manager you get to get the job done, you don’t get a say in it whatsoever.

      • King Kong 3.3.3

        The problem for party’s like Labour, the Greens and Mana is that if your raison d’etre is championing the cause of morons (dole bludgers, the envious, sickies etc), guess what kind of people are going to make up your membership.

        giving them too much power is quite literally putting the lunatics in charge of the asylum.

        • Colonial Viper 3.3.3.1

          As opposed to the wealthy lunatics destroying our ecosystem and impoverishing the many?

        • mickysavage 3.3.3.2

          You don’t have the slightest freaking idea do you KK.

          • King Kong 3.3.3.2.1

            And yet I have an incredibly comfortable life with a couple of beautiful, smart and well adjusted children…go figure

            • PlanetOrphan 3.3.3.2.1.1

              That Myth Buster guy had a one liner for that …..

            • mickysavage 3.3.3.2.1.2

              I was actually referring to your understanding of the Labour Party and how it works as well as to general humanity.  I guess I should add comprehension to that list.

              • King Kong

                Maybe you are right and I don’t know much about the Labour Party.

                Perhaps you can help me understand.

                Lets just say I am an ambitious party activist who, for arguments sake, was the chair of one of the parties regional councils but wanted to move on to greater things.

                Unfortunately in a recent leadership race the guy who had promised me a guaranteed path to the big time got thumped and, in a rather clumsy fashion, I said some pretty scathing things about the guy who actually won. With nothing to lose I continued to run down the current leader but all the while I can see my dreams of being a star disappear before me.

                What can I do?

                • Is that the best you can do Kong?  You shouldn’t rely on Slater for information.  It can be terribly disappointing to get things wrong.

                  • Pete Fraser

                    Er, isn’t that actually pretty much what happened though? I mean no offence, but you backed a horse big time, and your horse lost, and now it is all a bit awkward all round really. It’s cool, no one’s judging you. It happens in politics. But.

                  • Um, I stood down from the position.  

                    And if you can find any comment of mine post decision which is scathing of the leader and where I continue to run him down I would be pleased to see it.

                    And I have no interest in being a star. 

                    So no on all three counts. 

                    • Pete Fraser

                      In other words, yes you were an office holder in the Labour Party, yes you backed Cunliffe big time, and yes you still are sore about the whole thing. (The reference to your own future is also probably accurate, but not quite as solid as the other points.)

                      I don’t care! But don’t *fucking* pretend to us that isn’t what’s going on here.

                    • McFlock

                      PF, I’m not entirely sure whether your rephrasing actually matches what MS wrote.
                               
                      Has mickey continued to run Shearer down over the past year, and if so can you provide some links? Because I don’t recall such comments from them.

            • prism 3.3.3.2.1.3

              We all could too – over the internet? With a double helping of smugness and superiority. Why you bother with the little people’s shrill whinings from your lofty position beats me?

            • North 3.3.3.2.1.4

              You are so immature King Kong.

        • tracey 3.3.3.3

          Does it offend you that Labour Greens and mana champion you KK?

        • Draco T Bastard 3.3.3.4

          Ah, the old RWNJ excuse to prevent democracy, they just don’t know what’s good for them. They/them being everybody except the RWNJs.

        • Hanswurst 3.3.3.5

          You can also make a note of the spellings of “parties” and “raison d’être”, just while we’re on the subject of morons.

          • King Kong 3.3.3.5.1

            Dude, I will ashamedly accept the error on “parties” but are you really pulling me up for not using a circumflex.

            • Colonial Viper 3.3.3.5.1.1

              Given our standard USA format keyboards the circumflex seems a bit of an over the top expectation.

            • Hanswurst 3.3.3.5.1.2

              Meh. Raise the subject of morons and lay yourself open to scrutiny or ridicule. Fair or unfair, you’ve earned it. I’ll refrain from mentioning that you missed a question mark in your last post, though. That would be going to far.

              • Hanswurst

                “Too”. Okay. So now I’m a moron as well. I’ll bow out disrespectfully.

              • lprent

                He needs an editor with an attention for detail perhaps. Cameron Slater maybe? :mrgreen:

                Nope. It would be almost as stupid as taking advice from National’s internal pollster about the Labour party leadership.

                It cracks me up whenever I think about making Cam an editor. I make a considerable number of typos, spelling errors, and outright grammatical errors. But I’m mainly a programmer who is used to the syntax, spelling and even the grammar of the vast majority of my writing being checked by compilers. But even so, I suspect I’m quite a lot better at not mangling written english than Cameron Slater is. Perhaps they’ll find a editor to check him. You can just picture that – perhaps it needs a cartoon?

                • PlanetOrphan

                  The “Truth” on their hands and knees …
                  Giant cockroach behind desk waving feeler frantically …
                  “All hail the Sl8ter Bug” …. “All hail the Sl8ter Bug” ….
                  (*snigger-giggle from back row(s)*)

    • That is exactly what will happen at the coming conference MickS. After 40 years of badgering by the small Cambridge Branch.
      As for letting the Nat’s chose our leader I like you am fed up with Right-Wing ponces giving us advice on how run our affairs . Plus I am completely pissed of at so called supporters taking notice of those Right-Wing stirrers.The Labour Party is full of intelligent knowledgeable members well able to conduct our own affairs . I would have thought the Nat’s had enough trouble trying to manage their own sleazy murky party without sticking their dirty noses in our affairs.

      • prism 3.4.1

        thepp

        The Labour Party is full of intelligent knowledgeable members well able to conduct our own affairs.

        .

        Great. Will you keep us up to date with what these people are doing to prepare for a tidy win (followed by good policy not borrowed from the Middle Way team and Tony Wassname from Britland). Let’s roll the comfortable ones at the next election coming soon to your area?

    • dancerwaitakere 3.5

      I think this is where a lot of the frustration has come from, the inability for members to have their say.

      Say Robertson becomes leader due to a vote that included the 40% membership vote. I do not think that there would be suck a sense of resentment, as people would have heard his plan and have a way to respond to that (my voting for him or for another candidate).

      With any leader, all the members want is to be inspired by a plan.

      Clearly Shearer isn’t doing that.

      But it should be members who decide the next leader, not DPF, be it Robertson or Cunliffe. At the end of the day, we will need whoever is the next leader to take the party into the 2014 election in a strong position, for the good of New Zealand. Three terms just CANNOT be an option for National.

  4. the sprout 4

    Robertson was the architect of the shearer plan in the first place. Why? Because he knew if Cunliffe was elected it’d be a long time indeed before he got a shot at the leadership himself.

    Those kinds of motivations, given the cost of the shearer fiasco to both the party and broader nz, are not the sort of motivations you want in any new leader.

    Anyone but Shearer or Robertson.

    • IrishBill 4.1

      I don’t think that’s particularly productive. If, hypothetically, David Shearer decided to step down whoever became leader would have to bring the caucus together. Part on Labour’s ongoing problem has been the inability of some of its caucus members to put the last leadership challenge behind them and focus on working together.

      • Orca 4.1.1

        Is this based on evidence or speculation ? What gives you an insight into his motivation ?

      • Rhinocrates 4.1.2

        There’s certainly a real discipline problem, and attempts to enforce discipline are inconsistent and ineffectual. I found this line from Garner’s piece very interesting (and not at all surprising):

        “But, without naming names, the hoopla I was put through before [Cunliffe] was ‘allowed’ on TV was fascinating.”

        And yet the Member for Sealord can just stroll into a studio and make up policy on the hoof!

      • the sprout 4.1.3

        Fair enough IB. The next leader should be based on merit. Having said that i see little merit in robertson, for the above reasons, and his shearer-like inability in inspire, engender confidence, show any strategic nous that benefits party rather than personal interests, or give an even remotely competent address to members

        • prism 4.1.3.1

          the sprout 4 1 3
          Often the discussion seems focussed on Labour and getting them back into power and methods to achieve this. You don’t mention actual policy along with aspiration for future policy, as something that a new leader should be espousing. While it is strategic not to tell everything in advance, without articulating the directions of thinking and some definite aims the public including Labour members, remain in ignorance and doubts crop up that there is any substantial and intelligent thinking and policy planning for 2000′s first century.

          • Jim Nald 4.1.3.1.1

            Re IB, the sprout and prism:

            It has been difficult to get a feel for clear direction, policy and strategy from the current Labour leadership team.

            And what has been conveyed so far has been a sense of mediocrity, rather than meritocracy.

          • Jim in Tokyo 4.1.3.1.2

            Yes, yes, and yes to more policy. Furthermore, does anyone have the patience to explain to me the origins of the ‘never announce specific policy in advance’ meme? Is it just a hangover from the Douglas blitzkrieg years, or is it straight from some publicist’s textbook? Personally, I find it THE most frustrating thing about politics as it is currently practiced in New Zealand. Why should we be doomed to fuss over vision / brand / image / gut feel for 90% of the election term?

            Did ‘no policy specifics until a few months before the campaign’ work for Labour at the last election with the capital gains tax? Sure they got bigger headlines when they ‘surprised’ us with the announcement, but on the other hand they also managed to give off the strong impression that they’d just come up with the idea yesterday, hadn’t really though it through and weren’t even sure if they liked the idea enough to defend it themselves.

            If a policy is any good at all, you should be amping to talk about it at any opportunity, in detail, from day one. Call me naive, but I say give me the damn policy now and leave the ‘vision statement’ rubbish to coke and starbucks. Leadership then becomes almost incidental – just pick the person who can argue the policy with the most clarity, wit and conviction.

            • PlanetOrphan 4.1.3.1.2.1

              Bloody well said M8!

            • Jackal 4.1.3.1.2.2

              Anybody who replaced Shearer would have the same problems… namely the right-wing trying to call the shots and undermine him/her by making shit up. That’s the main problem Shearer faces, not any inability on his part to inspire Labour to win the next election.

              The reason many people are not seeing Labour’s policy on certain matters is because the MSM tries its best to ignore it. You only have to watch parliament TV to see David Shearer’s clarity and conviction as leader of the opposition. You only need to visit their website to see that their policy is pretty well formed.

              • PlanetOrphan

                Fair enough …. why the persistent harangueing of him then?

                I Agree that they’ve definitely got visible a goal in mind, but they need to voice those expert opinions.
                If they get that “civilised” direction happening they might even get some good civilised Gnat’s on side, which means owning their own direction (and not playing politics anymore :-) )…..
                The strategy of “win the next election” is misdirecting them.

              • Jim in Tokyo

                The last time I watched a full Shearer speech from start to finish was his first one. This was perhaps the one time that the media was guaranteed to listen. Here’s what he said about the CGT then. (I’ll stick with the CGT example because Garner’s story this week alleges that no one in Labour could or would appear to defend the policy)

                “We campaigned last year on a bold fiscal policy, with a new capital gains tax, and a $5000 tax free zone”

                - ok

                “Now I won’t be setting out our fiscal policy today but I can tell you how I see things.”

                - oops, we’ve gone from “a bold fiscal policy ” to “how I see things” in one breath

                “I’ve always believed the best argument in favour of a capital gains tax was the economic effect it had.”

                - vague, kinda tautological

                “A CGT is pro-growth. It helps switch investment from sectors such as housing, to the productive sector where we desperately need more capital.”

                - I’m interested now, tell me more about this CGT

                “Over time I can also see the revenue it raises being used to offset the tax you have to pay in other areas.”

                - weasel words, vague – where? which? GST? corporate? personal? believe it or not, these are the kinds of boring points that I actually base my vote on

                “So I can see a role for CGT in transforming our economy.”

                - weasel words

                “On the other hand, I would want to ask whether a tax-free zone that gives everyone the same sized tax cut is going to be as much of a priority.”

                - weasel words, vague, is he trying to say that he has nixed lifting the top rate, or does he just not understand how his own progressive taxation policy works?

                “I believe we can look after everyone better, not by cutting taxes, but by earning more as a country and making sure that everyone gets a real chance to earn their share.”

                - vague, but efficiently contradicts his previous statement about cutting other, unspecified, taxes.

                “Let me be clear: these are policy matters that won’t be confirmed until much nearer the election.”

                - well, at least he is clear on this

                As for the website, snobbish design quibbles aside, is a dedicated ‘policy’ link too much to ask for? I clicked every link on the homepage and the most specific reference I found was a commitment to ‘reforming the tax system’. Compare and contrast with the Greens.

                • Jackal

                  It amuses me that you proclaim your own ignorance about a subject from the get go. I’ve only ever listened to David Shearer’s first speech you claim, and then go onto generalize about everything he stands for:

                  - oops, we’ve gone from “a bold fiscal policy ” to “how I see things” in one breath

                  Not really. You’re presuming that Labour won’t change its bold fiscal policy into something even more bold because of how Shearer sees things. Considering his background and some of the press releases that have been made while he has been leader of the opposition, I think you are entirely wrong in your presumptions.

                  - vague, kinda tautological

                  Clearly the main benefit of a CGT is the economic benefit it has. Not only would a CGT somewhat address the issue of our housing crisis, it would ensure much needed investment into more productive areas of the economy.

                  You seem to be interested in the vagaries of things instead of the actual dynamic. It’s always worthwhile for a politician to spell things out in plain english, even if it means repeating themselves. To me, Shearer isn’t being vague, he is saying that Labours bold policy might change for the better. Compare that forthrightness with John Keys snake oil sales technique. Personally I prefer a politician to repeat themselves ad infinitum if they’re on the right track.

                  - weasel words, vague – where? which? GST? corporate? personal? believe it or not, these are the kinds of boring points that I actually base my vote on.

                  As I thought, interested only in vagaries… And in this instance a vagary based on your own ignorance!

                  Labour has made a number of press releases recently about where it would distribute more tax money to. Clearly they’re not going to give further tax breaks to the already wealthy like National has done. That is one of the reasons New Zealand is in a financial mess. There is talk that Labour will not implement its $5000 tax threshold. Perhaps this is more about the economic realities of New Zealands current financial situation, thanks to Nationals bungling. As usual the RWNJ’s will blame Labour for what the rightwing has caused.

                  - weasel words

                  So you don’t think a CGT can transform our economy? What a complete fool!

                  - weasel words, vague, is he trying to say that he has nixed lifting the top rate, or does he just not understand how his own progressive taxation policy works?

                  Weasel words… Is that the best insult you can come up with? I think Labour is set to lift the top tax rate when they become a part of the next government. You can continue to try to promote doubt in others if you like. But really you’re just showing us your ignorance!

                  - vague, but efficiently contradicts his previous statement about cutting other, unspecified, taxes.

                  My word, you really are confused by your own cherry picking. Shearer said that it might be possible if a CGT is properly implemented to cut certain taxes in the future. His statement is if anything a bit optimistic in my opinion. He believes that New Zealand can increase its wealth and that will mean it’s possible to reduce taxes. He says that Labour will not reduce taxes across the board. Don’t blame him for your lack of comprehension skills.

                  I clicked every link on the homepage and the most specific reference I found was a commitment to ‘reforming the tax system’. Compare and contrast with the Greens.

                  Personally I think the Greens could do a lot better in promoting their actual policy as well. However I suspect people who actually look at such things are in the minority. That’s probably why it’s not a priority for most political parties… Especially National. How many policy have they implemented that were not a part of their campaigning?

                  Although I agree that all poitical parties, including Labour, could do better… Expecting political parties to have all their policy already devised more than two years out from the next general election is particularly arrogant Jim in Tokyo. With such arrogance perhaps you should tryout for a position within the National party… God knows they need some new blood.

                  • Jim in Tokyo

                    I approve of the policy, and studied the specifics of the proposal before voting last time, even though I’ve been out of the country for some years. What I’m questioning here is Shearer’s ability to argue the position with clarity and conviction.

                    I didn’t cherry pick the speech for vagaries – I just copied out the section on the CGT. You can double-check the transcription here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6580075/David-Shearers-full-March-15-speech

                    ‘Weasel words’ is an emotionally laden term, and perhaps I should not have used it, but it has a very specific meaning – to equivocate excessively. Wikipedia tells me a more neutral term is ‘tergiversate’.

                    I’m convinced that New Zealand needs a CGT tax, and if by chance I were elected, then one of my first acts in office would be set a comprehensive capital gains tax. Particularly if I was the leader of a party that was promoting it as a key policy plank.

                    But to say that “I can see a role for CGT in transforming our economy” – well that’s just weasel worded.

                    And don’t get me started on “I would want to ask whether xxx is going to be as much of a priority” as a rhetorical device – I mean who is he going to ask, the leader of the Labour party?

                  • Descendant Of Smith

                    To be fair they have put some policy on their website.

                    Some of it I can relate to e.g. ensuring more contracts go to NZ companies.

                    What I want to know however and what will get my vote will be increasing benefit rates, the minimum wage and tax rates for people like me who didn’t need tax cuts in order to help those who need help more than I do.

                    Re-introducing penal rates and state housing for life, increasing the ability of unions to fight for better wages and working conditions and ideally since the state has passed legislation restricting the strength of workers to fight for themselves to pick up this responsibilty by ensuring a manadatory pay increase for all workers every year (on Labour Day maybe) of say 2% that at least ensures wages don’t remain static for many many people.

                    Moving the benefit to employers is just another subsidy to employers – that doesn’t inspire me.

                    By far the majority of employers employ someone because they have work to do that can make a profit – no work to do no job. Subsidy may influence the choice of who but very rarely does it increase jobs unless the business has cashflow issues. Did all those wage subsidies to McDonalds for instance actually create more jobs at McDonalds?

                    And no it’s not unrealistic to know this far out what they believe in and stand for – you build a brand and a connection with people over time – and that’s why I don’t particularly care who is leader.

                    And here’s the other thing if I as a voter can’t figure out what they stand for is it any wonder those within seem disconnected and rudderless and disloyal.

                    It seems to me they don’t know either – you can’t have a group of people consistently articulate a vision if the vision is a secret.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      pick up this responsibilty by ensuring a manadatory pay increase for all workers every year (on Labour Day maybe) of say 2% that at least ensures wages don’t remain static for many many people.

                      Mandatory wage increase every quarter in line with the CPI. This will ensure that wages remain as they were first agreed to and that wage negotiations will actually be about wage increases rather than just maintaining real value.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Also tax corporates more heavily (profits >$20M pa) and give tax relief to PAYE earners and small businesses (profits <$2M pa)

              • prism

                What Labour needs to get in front of the masses is another king hitter like Shortland Street but with a theme of battlers and middle class and Maori sticking together against a ritch bitch, who might have inherited a corporation, and a mean but cunning old tightwad like old man Burns in the Simpsons. Even some good skits, some animation.

                We’re not good at looking how things are, that’s SEP, she’ll be right, let’s go down to the giant hardware store and get us some retail therapy, or perhaps concentrate on sport. You might be struggling financially but you look gooood. So present it all as hilarious faction, which it sort of is, if one stands back and looks cynically and resignedly at things for a while. But let’s not get stuck in that mode either, turn the story round show our dark side but give it humour like Seinfeld perhaps.

          • tracey 4.1.3.1.3

            the strategy hasn’t happened national…

      • higherstandard 4.1.4

        “…….. Labour’s ongoing problem has been the inability of some of its caucus members to put the last leadership challenge behind them and focus on working together.”

        Quite true IB – same as most companies or organisations, politics is probably even worse due to the highly charged egos and odd personalties it often attracts.

        • Dr Terry 4.1.4.1

          There is good in politicians with strong egos. There is a problem with politicians who are strongly egotistical. Note the difference.

          • higherstandard 4.1.4.1.1

            “Note the difference.”

            Well you’d be able to if the current parliament wasn’t just full of egotistical rat bags, troughers and buffoons.

          • Hami Shearlie 4.1.4.1.2

            I think you must be referring to Steven Joyce!!

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.5

        Part on Labour’s ongoing problem has been the inability of some of its caucus members to put the last leadership challenge behind them and focus on working together.

        And part of this inability is driven by a lack of common goals and common values. Apart from being “in power”. Things like solidarity with the working class and the underclass, understanding the inherent instability and unfairness of capitalism, etc.

    • Kea 4.2

      Is this based on evidence or speculation ? What gives you an insight into his motivation ?

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  5. Kea 5

    Name them.

  6. Stephen Doyle 6

    Gwynne Dyers book “Climate Wars” is a good read on the whole geo political situation. From memory he says that if we have to rely on geo engineering, it’s too late.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Geo-engineering is a very high energy, expensive enterprise. And what doesn’t our civilisation have at the moment? A lot of surplus energy, or a lot of surplus spending power.

      See how this resource depletion/de-industrialisation thing works in practice?

      • Lanthanide 6.1.1

        “Geo-engineering is a very high energy, expensive enterprise. And what doesn’t our civilisation have at the moment? A lot of surplus energy, or a lot of surplus spending power.”

        And yet wee see numbers floating around that we could seriously combat climate change if the world spent 1% of it’s GDP in doing so. That certainly is achievable, if there were any political will to do so. Also that “spending” really means “employing people to do stuff”, ie, jobs.

        • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1

          Also that “spending” really means “employing people to do stuff”, ie, jobs.

          You can’t combat climate change by increasing employment, incomes and consumption.

          And yet wee see numbers floating around that we could seriously combat climate change if the world spent 1% of it’s GDP in doing so.

          That’s about US$800B in other words. Quite achievable a sum, the US gave more money than that to the banks in one year.

          But what would you do with US$800B to “combat climate change”, how much of that is actual climate change reduction, and how much of that would be spent on just minimising the adverse impacts of climate change on people?

  7. weka 7

    Garner:
     

    I tried to get a Labour face on TV this week to talk about capital gains taxes. I approached Shearer who was in Hokitika and too far away, David Parker in Dunedin and Cunliffe in Auckland.
    Cunliffe was the easiest to get hold of. But, without naming names, the hoopla I was put through before he was ‘allowed’ on TV was fascinating. Even Cunliffe was nervous – but keen.
    It took six hours of negotiating to get him on. It was quite simply, outrageous. It took me one text to get Russel Norman on the telly. It took two phone calls to get the Prime Minister to agree to a one-on-one interview.

    Jesus H Christ, wake the fuck up Labour.

    • just saying 7.1

      Why “without naming names” anyway? These people are not sources of malicious gossip information, but gate-keepers. And aren’t journalists supposed to expose exactly this kind of thing?
      Why is Garner protecting the people involved? Some kind of vested-interest? – maybe Garner has a horse in this particular race?

    • Anne 7.2

      But, without naming names, the hoopla I was put through before he was ‘allowed’ on TV was fascinating.

      Well, I think you should name names Duncan Garner so we know exactly who is behind this childish nonsense. If you’re not prepared to do that, then how about a hint or two? We will work the rest out from there.

    • McFlock 7.3

      Norman.
      Key.
      Cunliffe.
           
      Which one is the odd one out in this comparison? 

      • just saying 7.3.1

        I get the feeling, McFlock, that there is some background to your recent flurry of comments that you’re not saying. Why not clear the air, get it off your chest, rather than taking this kind of angry but ambiguous approach?

        • mickysavage 7.3.1.1

          Um it is quite clear.  Norman and Key can get serious TV time with very little effort.  Cunliffe has to go through all sorts of hoops to do the same.

          To be frank it sucks.  Which political party turns down an opportunity for serious TV time? 

        • McFlock 7.3.1.2

          Actually I just got fed up with the bullshit and a whole bunch of people doing the tories’ work for them..

          Norman and Key are party leaders. They are closer to the media team and can speak on almost any issue without invading turf.

          Cunliffe is not. He would be authorised to speak on a very limited range of topics before he starts encroaching on the relevant spokeperson’s area. We don’t even know what he was being asked to comment on. The entire comparison is farcical.

          And we’re getting worked up about Garner’s perception of events: that dude has only just stopped masturbating to Key’s picture every night.

          • just saying 7.3.1.2.1

            Depends on who you believe is a tory I guess.

            • McFlock 7.3.1.2.1.1

              Well, the difference between cunliffe and shearer is a lot less than the difference between shearer and Key, imo. For me the priority is to get rid of the government of wage slavery and theft of public assets.

              • just saying

                I think the opposite.
                I don’t know if Cunnliffe is a tory, but I’m bloody sure Shearer is.
                For me the priority is to get rid of the government of wage slavery and theft of public assets.
                And I think a) Shearer is more likely to lead the Labour to defeat, and
                b) A Shearer led government will be another tory government, and a one-term one to boot.

                • kousei

                  Cunliffe’s ‘thirty years of economic insanity’ remark would suggest he believes we need a massive strategic shift in thinking. I just don’t think he realises how massive that needs to be. Shearer’s just nowhere near that with his innocuous dribblings.

  8. infused 8

    ocean acidification will occur no matter what govt is in power in NZ. Thinking you will make a difference in this regard is just being silly.

    • Jackal 8.1

      Many countries respect New Zealand and the direction it takes on such matters. It could be that New Zealand making the right decision to reduce GHG emissions would help other countries to do the same thing. We should be a leader when it comes to climate change, not making excuses because other countries are also failing to reduce emissions.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      Thinking that you don’t have to do your part is an abdication of responsibility.

      • infused 8.2.1

        It’s not about me playing a part or you playing a part at all. My point is even if you do, and I do, it’s not going to make an ounce of difference.

        • McFlock 8.2.1.1

          The words of someone without an ounce of integrity.
                   
          Seriously.
                     
          “It won’t make any real difference” is a reason to avoid doing the right thing only for those who are concerned with how difficult a task might be, not whether it’s the correct thing. 

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.1.1

            I thought these Right Wingers were into their cult of personal responsibility?

          • infused 8.2.1.1.2

            You can’t convince big countries what to do. China and America don’t give a fuck. They really don’t. Which makes anything you do irrelevant.

            • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.1.2.1

              Nah you’re full of shit. Very ordinary people change the course of nations. NZ has done it many times on the world stage.

              • infused

                Your not going to change climate change this way though. People are too greedy and won’t give up their lifestyles.

                I said years ago, we will only change once resources become insanely expensive to extract/run out.

                Until then…

            • McFlock 8.2.1.1.2.2

              Only if the ends justify the means.
                       
              Which is a fairly idiotic philosophy. 

    • Lightly 8.3

      sigh. the post isn’t about which party is best on ocean acidification – honestly, where do you get that from?

      But, anyway, your argument that it don’t matter what we or NZ does is dumb.

      that’s an argument against voting.

      It’s an argument against not leaving rubbish in a national park.

      It’s an argument against NZ being involved in WW2.

      Just because an individual or small country can’t significantly change an outcome doesn’t mean that our actions don’t add up to something that does make a difference – and each of us has a responsibility for the outcomes because we are all part of causing it.

      • Colonial Viper 8.3.2

        Nice speech, but what action are you going to back it up with? This is not a simple case of sending a Frigate to French controlled Morurua Atoll (which was in terms of international relations, a damn gutsy thing for a small country like NZ to do).

        You want to make a grand signal of grand objectives, then you have to back it up with appropriate, courageous action. And no one, not even the Greens, is going to go to the polls with anything close to it.

  9. Fortran 9

    Russel Norman gets all the publicity daily he wants still – who needs Labour ?
    Let’s get real.

    • tracey 9.1

      You make it sound like you support greens yet they want troops out of Afganistan and you want them endangering themselves andothers by going on revenge missions.

    • infused 9.2

      God help us if that retard is ever finance minister. That will be the time to leave the country.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        Compared to Norman, what makes Bill English a greatly more talented Finance Minister? Anything? His great Treasury resume?

  10. Michael 11

    Labour’s Parliamentary caucus has too much power, which it too often misuses. Let the next leader be elected in a ballot from every financial member of the party (one member = one vote). That step alone will do a lot to revitalise the grass roots, who are fed up with being treated like mushrooms.

  11. OneTrack 12

    “On a related note, Farrar endorses….” – Have you got a link for that or is this just “make shit up about the enemy” day

    Rhetorical question – why do righties tend to attack the lefts policies, but lefties tend to attack the people.

    • fatty 12.1

      They don’t…left and right both attack the policies rather than the people. You’ll find that centrist/third way leaders get attacked as persons more because they aren’t defined so much by their policies. eg, both key and clark are targeted by the other side as people rather than their policies, because they piss about in the middle.

    • Fisiani 12.2

      Normally there is a link to the so called Farrar endorsement of Robertson. Apparently it is on a video or so David Shearer claims.

  12. peterlepaysan 13

    Why is it that people who voted labour into power forgot to turn up at election time? (twice).

    They were not hearing what they wanted to hear.

    Maybe the poncing princes and princesses inside the labour party caucus should grow up and listen to the membership, mind you, why bother? Membership is dwindling so why bother listening to supporters who are not listening?

  13. Treetop 14

    Getting the combination right with the leader and the deputy leader is also a failure of the Labour caucus. Two unknowns trying to find their feet to to see if they shape up is clumsy. Clumsy is a distraction which the Labour caucus cannot afford to have.

    Cunliffe is not clumsy and I think he should be leader and that he would bring the best out in Shearer and that Shearer would take some of he rough edges off Cunliffe were he deputy leader. Had Cunliffe been appointed as leader and Shearer deputy leader the Labour caucus would have had the option of promoting Shearer had Cunliffe stumbled, (but I think Cunliffe handles pressure well) then Robertson could have been promoted to deputy leader.

    Anything is possible and a leader can sometimes make a really good deputy leader due to lacking enough experience.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      Except Robertson wanted his shot at the top and he has the support of one of the largest caucus blocks. Under these circumstances, a Cunliffe/Shearer team no matter how fit, would not be permitted to fly.

      As I said last night, I’m at the stage now where I’d strongly support a Robertson – Leader, Cunliffe – Deputy team to push the NATs out. Shearer won’t cut it.

      • Treetop 14.1.1

        The Labour caucus really need to ask themselves: Why did they just not elect Robertson as leader if Roberston has their support?

        Was it the:
        The infighting?
        Not wanting to waste Roberston due to his inexperience?

        Shearer is not cutting it with Roberstson and Robertson could be another Shearer, this is why Cunliffe needs to be appointed as leader so then Labour would be certain of a win in 2014.

        Cunliffe, Shearer needs to be tried, then Cunliffe, Robertson. There can only be one more leadership change before the election and Cunliffe has the experience, can handle pressure, does not second guess and is cheeky so gets noticed.

        Is Robertson performing as deputy leader?

        • just saying 14.1.1.1

          Why have Shearer in the picture at all?
          Does he need some sort of consolation prize to soothe his hurt feelings?
          After nearly a year of having the spotlight on his abilities he has shown himself to be weak, incompetent, ignorant, nice, and frankly a bit spacey. His consolation prize, if he needs one, (and let’s remember that such indulgence is only ever accorded to one-percenters when they fail), is that he still has a cushy job with a far greater than average salary, prestige, power, property and assets in the millions, gold-star contacts etc etc.. – multiple modes of privilege intersecting like the fucking star of David over his head. What more should he expect?

      • Captain Nemo 14.1.2

        Hmmm, Clark/Cullen then Robertson/Cunliffe

        There’s a pattern emerging if you look closely….

  14. Treetop 15

    Why have Shearer in the picture at all?

    Shearer deserves another chance to prove himself, but not as leader. Shearer has many humanitarian skills, he is honest and diplomatic.

    • just saying 15.1

      Surely he will have plenty of chances to prove himself in his ongoing job as a minister of parliament. Why does failure warrant a top job Treetop?

      Shearer is a proven liar actually (but then he is a politician, so maybe that is only to be expected). Also, what exactly is a humanitarian skill?

  15. Treetop 16

    Why does failure warrant a top job Treetop?

    It is the wounded oyster that mends its shell with pearl – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Also, what exactly is a humanitarian skill?

    To be concerned with promoting human welfare. Shearer has a proven track record.

    The government appear to be only interested in promoting human welfare for their voters and not the 200,000 children living in poverty. The government would be mocked more without people like Owen Glenn helping to alleviate poverty.

    • just saying 16.1

      So would you recommend a top job for everyone who fails, or just those who are already privileged? Shearer has been an MP for less than two terms. Do you think it is fair that others miss out to soothe his feelings? Also, there are many more wounded than Shearer (‘s pride). I would have thought the search for pearls might start with those who aren’t so lucky in every other way, if you’re dishing out rewards for failure.

      Owen Glenn is a good example of less than worthy people making themselves look much better than they are with high visibility good deeds. Jimmy Saville also springs to mind. Sometimes apparent humanitarianism can be a cover for extreme egotism or worse.

      What is Shearer’s track record in parliament regarding those less fortunate than himself?

      Personally, as is I’m sure is obvious, I believe he’d throw the poorest and weakest off the life raft to make it safer and comfier for the elite his well-paid humanitarian efforts have allowed him to join. He has already shown himself ready willing and able to that end.

  16. Treetop 17

    Sincere people get noticed for the good deeds that they do/have done and they last. Insincere people get noticed for the bad deeds that they do/have done and they do not last. This applies to being dead or alive.

    Shearer is sincere

    • just saying 17.1

      Sincere people get noticed for the good deeds that they do/have done and they last. Insincere people get noticed for the bad deeds that they do/have done and they do not last. This applies to being dead or alive

      What a nice just-world platititude. I’m sure you can think of as many counter examples as I can.
      It’s nice to know you think people get what they deserve. I think Shearer probably agrees with you.
      Btw you didn’t asnwer my questions.

      • Treetop 17.1.1

        Granted I have not answered all your questions. I have stated why I would like Shearer to be the deputy leader and what I admire about him politically.

        Initially when Key was elected I gave him the benefit of the doubt due to being a corporate banker with a proven track record. What put me off him entirely was how he can not handle the big stuff (education, housing, employment, health, welfare, growth, the deficit) except when it comes to ownership and control in the hands of the wealthy excluding most of the population from being able to afford shares.

        The only tick I give Key is keeping inflation down and not yet selling off the energy assets which he cannot wait to have PLUNDERED.

        • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.1

          Initially when Key was elected I gave him the benefit of the doubt due to being a corporate banker with a proven track record.

          Why the HELL did you give a CORPORATE BANKER “the benefit of the doubt”?

          Makes no sense whatsoever.

          The only tick I give Key is keeping inflation down

          OMG this is bullshit.

        • just saying 17.1.1.2

          Wow.
          I kind of envy your naivety, certainly the life experience you must have been lucky enough to avoid to maintain it.

          • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.2.1

            The weird thing is that “naive” is not a particularly obvious characteristic of Treetop’s previous comments. Something’s off.

            • just saying 17.1.1.2.1.1

              Funny you should say that CV. When you spend too much time at TS (as we both do) you have an idea of the who the regular posters are as people. At least a rough outline.

              I wouldn’t have thought of Treetop as being anything like as naive as s/he has come across here. I can think of one or two issues that s/he has discussed in the past things that s/he seemed to have been personally affected by, and this series of posts do seem inconsistent.

              But then we all have compartments in our minds.

              • Treetop

                November 4 1976 was a life changing day for me which cast a terrible shadow.

                I am secure in my self about being thought of as being naive occasionally regarding a comment.

  17. Treetop 18

    Why the HELL did you give a CORPORATE BANKER “the benefit of the doubt”?

    Not every corporate banker reaches the highest pinnacle and when they do, surely they must know how to manage money. I soon found out who Key manages the money for and how.

    On second thoughts I give the tick for low interest rates remaining low and not the CPI. In September 2008 year CPI inflation reached 5.1 percent.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Not every corporate banker reaches the highest pinnacle and when they do, surely they must know how to manage money. I soon found out who Key manages the money for and how.

      “Highest pinnacle” of what? The fraud machine which is investment banking? This is like giving someone kudos for rising to the top of the Gambino Mafia.

      Further, these assholes don’t “manage money”; at the top levels they create and operate wealth pumps and ticket clipping operations designed to impoverish their clients and the countries they operate in.

      Why would you give Key credit for doing this, and then give him credit for some bullshit econometric measures he has no control over as PM???

      Do you have any idea why interest rates are low? One reason is because of the LIBOR fraud which was perpetrated on world financial markets. The second reason is that SAVERS and PENSION FUNDS are being robbed by these low interest rates as the banks do not need to pay out as much on the money they hold for you.

  18. Treetop 19

    You cannot con a crim (corporate banker) and it is an advantage to know how they operate.

    Reasons for low interest rates (fraud and paying out as less as possible) was unknown to me. When it comes to purchasing a home, low interest rates are necessary. There are other factors required as well re home purchase e.g. affordable properties, adequate income.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      When it comes to purchasing a home, low interest rates are necessary.

      Sure they are helpful to you, but they are very helpful for property asset speculators who purchase investment properties through high levels of leverage (i.e. debt).

      This means that you may save on mortgage interest payments over time, but it doesn’t help you as the base price of the house you are trying to buy has already skyrocketed.

  19. Treetop 20

    Capital gains tax is long overdue. Exempt the family home.

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    The following scenarios, based on cases that have made the news, or which I'm aware of because I've been around the courts for a while have something important in common:A group of drunk high school students scale a fence at...
    Public Address | 21-04
  • Disney’s 1950′s vision for roads
    I’ve posted this before but following on from my post this morning, this video from Disney in 1958 shows the kind of vision that has dominated our transport and land use planning for such a long time. Some things mentioned...
    Transport Blog | 21-04
  • Another report won’t help the East Coast
    The Government has a critical role to play in regional development on the East Coast says Gisborne-based Labour MP Moana Mackey “The release of the East Coast Regional Economic Potential Study highlights a number of areas of strength and weakness...
    Labour | 23-04
  • Another interest rate hike will punish mortgage holders
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says another interest rate hike on Thursday will cost home owners an extra $25 a month on a $250,000 mortgage, on top of the $25 dollars a month from the previous rates rise, and she...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Green Party launches Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill
    The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand's first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party.Members of the public will be invited to shape the proposed law, which will protect ten basic rights and...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow
    The Associate Minister of Immigration Nikki Kaye’s decision not to intervene means kidney transplant patient Sanil Kumar must leave New Zealand by tomorrow, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad. “Kumar, a plumber and sheet metal worker, was on a work visa...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Time to do the right thing for our veterans
    A Labour government will adopt the Law Commission’s recommendation to ensure all war veterans are eligible for a Veteran’s Pension, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Veterans are only eligible for the pension if they are considered ‘significantly’ disabled, or more...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Public servant is owed an apology
    Nigel Fyfe is owed an apology from the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “The former MFAT official has now been restored to a position in the Ministry...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Laws for enforcing not trading off
    The idea that a Government department can give a nod and a wink to traders that it won’t enforce shop trading laws and for a Government MP to then claim it as grounds for a review of the law is...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Kiwis still paying too much for ACC
    Kiwis are still paying too much for ACC so that the National Government can balance its books, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “ACC Minister Judith Collins told Cabinet levies were too high but ACC’s proposed cuts would impact the...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Collins’ memory recovery raises further concerns
    Judith Collins sudden memory of briefing the New Zealand Ambassador to China about her dinner with a Chinese border official and her husband's fellow Oravida directors raises further concerns about exactly what was discussed, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This...
    Labour | 21-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • 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
  • Turning Shane: How Murray McCully deprived Labour of Mr Jones
    THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF TRAITOR. The first is the person who betrays his country for a higher cause. The second betrays his country for money. The third betrays his country for the wrongs it has done him. By far...
    The Daily Blog | 23-04
  • Why NZ needs a Digital Bill of Rights
    I’m glad the Greens have taken on board some of my suggestions for a NZ Digital Bill of Rights. October last year I blogged… what should a NZ Digital Bill of Rights look like? -freedom of online expression -freedom of...
    The Daily Blog | 23-04
  • The blue collar cred smoko room mythology of Shane Jones as told by the msm
    So apparently, Shane Jones leaving is the end of the Labour Party. Yawn. Vernon Small screams, “Disarray. There is no other word to describe the mess the Labour Party plunged into last night” while John Armstrong predicts “resignation couldn’t have...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Flockton Floods Again
    Last week the Flockton Basin flooded again – the second time in six weeks.  And not just roads and land, but homes and garages.  Some people have been flooded multiple times since the earthquakes.  One couple, after the March flood...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The PI vote and political stunts
    The mainstream media got quite excited a couple of weeks ago when a number of Pasifika church leaders were photographed at the Manurewa markets wearing blue, Key-people t-shirts. The clergy pictured in those articles said that they had changed allegiance...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • EDUCANZ / EDUCAN’T
    Oh hello, select committee … sorry to interrupt your tea and bickies, but I have something on my mind that I really need to talk to you about. You see, word on the street is that you are planning to...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Why Waiariki and Epsom are so important this election
    Two of the lynchpin electorates that need to go the Opposition’s way if there is any chance of a Labour led Government are Waiariki and Epsom. Epsom is the only lifeline for ACT and if the 6000 progressive voters in...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • TV Review: Seven Sharp: third strike lucky
     More prophetic than anyone could imagine – Jesse in a coffin  Jesse Mulligan was the last of the original ill-fated trio to be dumped from Seven Sharp.  This happened last week with little notice given and less notice paid.  His removal was more inevitable than the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The Liberal Agenda 23rd-27th April
    The week is dominated by the launch of the NZ International Comedy Festival – our picks for the week are… WEDNESDAY 23rdSunrise Yoga on Queens Wharf 7am-8.15am Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street (bottom of Queen Street) Free ********************************************************************* THURSDAY 24th5...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Shane Jones caption contest
    Shane Jones caption contest...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost
    Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • On climate change denial
    On climate change denial...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Labour on manufacturing
    Labour on manufacturing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager...
    When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager, show them this graph...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Introverts Unite (separately)
    Introverts Unite (separately)...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The problem with food
    The problem with food...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Why queues outside synthetic cannabis shop is proof regulation is working
    Latest moral panic on synthetic cannabis is that there were queues waiting for a store to open over Easter. Yawn. Before the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA), there were up to 6000 venders and hundreds of different brands. Since regulation via the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Shane Jones resignation: Labour dodge a bullet & the Greens smile
    Best Friends Forever now Thank God Shane Jones is selling out and taking a job for National… Shane Jones to leave Labour, set to work with Murray McCully Shane Jones is quitting Parliament and the Labour Party, and there is...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The only one happy with ACTs new ’3 strikes’ for burglary will be priva...
    The great scholarly Grand Cleric of the libertarian right, Jamie Whyte, has come down from the mount with two stone tablets and sadly all he has is 3 strikes, not 10 commandments… Jail burglars after third offence, says Act Party...
    The Daily Blog | 21-04
  • Trade and Investment Agreements: Human Rights For Sale
    On March 29, many New Zealanders took to the streets in defense of democratic rights by opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A week earlier, delegates from dairy unions from around the world (including the NZ Dairy Workers Union...
    The Daily Blog | 21-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • 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
  • Total figures for campaign against alcohol fuelled violence
    The final total figures for the eighth police led Operation Unite: a Blitz on Drunken Violence was announced today by Jon White, CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA)....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • ACT’s proposal to further three-strikes policy short-sighted
    JustSpeak is calling out the ACT Party’s extension of the three-strikes policy as knee-jerk punitivism, political populism and based on a culture of fear, rather than evidence....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • InternetNZ pleased Green Party taking issues seriously
    InternetNZ is pleased to see the Green Party join Labour in having a serious discussion about online rights....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Age Concern calls for building accessibility for elderly
    Age Concern has made a submission strongly opposing the clause within the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill that exempts building owners from providing or improving building accessibility. The current Building Act 2004 clearly acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Internet Rights & Principles Coalition: Internet Rights Bill
    The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRP Coalition) of the UN Internet Governance Forum applaud the release of the NZ Green Party’s Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill for public consultation. The IRF Bill is a pioneering project for the internet...
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Gender quotas should be a last resort
    The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (IoD), says introducing gender quotas is not the best solution to increase the number of women directors on New Zealand boards....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Taika Waititi lends support to #BeefWithBullies campaign
    Even if Chardonnay doesn’t like your Michael Jackson dance moves, that’s no reason for you to be made fun of. Renowned Kiwi director, Taika Waititi has pledged his support to the Mad Butcher’s anti-bullying campaign #BeefWithBullies. With...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Commissioner proposes limit on credit reporting charges
    The Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards, is proposing an amendment to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code that would limit what credit reporters can charge individuals wanting immediate access to their credit information....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Does ACC system provide access to justice asks UN
    The United Nations Committee responsible for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ("CRPD") has formally raised access to justice and other issues with the New Zealand Government. The Committee considered a report submitted...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Iwi concerned over future of country’s oldest wharenui
    An East Coast iwi says they are concerned the Crown has not made good on its promise to return their wharenui – the oldest meeting house in the country. “The Government promised to return our wharenui, now they are reneging,”...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • NZDF-Supported Anzac Day Commemorations in France, Belgium
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be increasing its support for official and locally-run Anzac Day commemorations in France and Belgium this year with a 10 person contingent, including a Māori cultural element, from New Zealand as well...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Third National Māori Housing Conference set to take place
    Success stories in Māori Housing developments from around Aotearoa will be shared at a National Māori Housing Conference, to be held in Whanganui from May 1-3. Conference hosts the Whanganui Iwi Housing Forum and national umbrella organization Te Matapihi...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads
    Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads Tourism New Zealand, the New Zealand Transport Agency and Air New Zealand have joined forces to target Chinese tourists with important road safety messages before they get behind the wheel. A...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Renewable energy in the Pacific under EU-NZ Partnership
    European Commissioner Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister McCully depart on 23-27 April on a joint mission to the Pacific to see EU-NZ renewable energy and energy efficiency projects....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Bill
    Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Building Amendment Bill for Earthquake Prone Buildings to the Building Act....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years
    Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years as interest rates and house prices rise...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • ACT should abandon Three Strikes
    Rethinking Crime and Punishment is urging right wing politicians to do their homework before coming up with one-off “tough on crime – high on vengeance’ sentencing policies for which there is no evidence of success. He was responding to the...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Noho Hewa’: Visit of Native Hawaiian filmmaker
    Native Hawaiian filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly, will be in Aotearoa New Zealand for two screenings of the award winning documentary 'Noho Hewa: the wrongful occupation of Hawai'i', a powerful portrayal of the multiple links between militarisation and...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Rural Contractors NZ hits the road during May
    Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) will be updating its members on the latest changes in health and safety, transport and employment laws – as well as other topics – in a series of roadshows being held around the country during...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill
    Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill Landlords and tenants should be alarmed at Labour MP Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that would immediately impose stringent requirements upon rental properties without defining those requirements,...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years
    US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years. NZ well qualified for UN Security Council seat...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical
    Just in time for this week’s ASEAN Renewable Energy Week, new scientific results have questioned the economic viability of large dams. Calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund show that the Malaysian Bakun Dam scores even worse than the average large...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail
    Last year there were more than 52,000 reported burglaries. According to the Treasury, for every 10 reported burglaries, there are another 12 that go unreported. This means there were more than 120,000 burglaries last year – or over 2000 a...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment
    Derek Leask yesterday 20 April 2014 made the following observations in response to a media enquiry about the recently announced appointment of Mr Nigel Fyfe, currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (Legal and Operational Services and Legal...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum
    The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an ‘Election Year Oceans Forum’ at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    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….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    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
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
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