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IF: A day in the life of Matthew Hooton

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 25th, 2014 - 32 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, helen clark, Satire, Shane Jones, winston peters - Tags: , , , , ,

IF Day in LifeScott Yorke at Imperator Fish generously allows us to repost his posts. In this case he has been performing satire at the expense of one of our more colourful commenters (at least I hope it is satire).

6:08 am

I had a dream last night, in which Shane Jones walked away from the Labour Party and became the leader of New Zealand First. Winston retired from politics and went on to set up a bird rescue centre in a remote spot in the Raukumura Range, but the centre was burned down after two teenagers high on glue broke in and set it alight. The delicious smells of hundreds of roasted native birds attracted the attentions of the poor for miles around, and before long there was a riot, as desperate and hungry people tore at each other to get into the still-burning sanctuary. Several people suffered severe burns, but everyone agreed that it was the best feast the East Coast had seen for years.

I awoke in a fever and ran to my computer, and in seconds flat I had my NBR column finished.

7:12 am

Checked my iPredict stocks. There doesn’t seem much appetite for a move by Winston into the bird sanctuary industry. Disappointing. Decided to rewrite my column to take that bit out.

7:47 am

Was reading the newspaper over breakfast, and then started to wonder what would happen if David Cunliffe decided to join the Internet Party. It could happen. Cunliffe hasn’t been reported as meeting with Dotcom at any time, which is itself suspicious. What is he hiding? Are they meeting in secret? Is a full Labour-Internet Party merger on the cards?

9: 31 am

Cunliffe’s refusal to fess up to secret meetings with Kim Dotcom is lying by omission. Therefore, David Cunliffe is a liar. I will make this point during my regular weekly slot on the radio today.

11:52 am

I don’t understand Mike Williams. He’s a wet leftie, and yet he keeps agreeing with everything I say. It may be time for some serious soul-searching. Have I lost my edge? Have I become soft and centrist in my old age? I have to pull myself together!

12:40 pm

I got back to my office, still feeling down and wondering who or what to believe. I didn’t like the way this felt. So I closed the door, leaned back in my chair, and thought about Helen Clark. The more I thought about Helen Clark the angrier I got. I remembered why I hate socialists so much, and I immediately felt much better. Let that wet leftie Mike Williams agree with me if he wants. It doesn’t mean I’ve gone soft. It just shows that I can deliver a devastating and convincing argument.

3: 07 pm

Was thinking about all the lies David Cunliffe must have told the people around him over the years. Like when he was a kid and lied to his parents about cleaning his room, or at University when he lied to his tutor when asked whether he’d read all the course materials.

And just think of all those everyday little lies we tell our children. Did David Cunliffe lie to his children about the existence of Santa Claus?

If I could just uncover some of those lies. Maybe Cameron can do some digging.

3:32 pm

I’m immensely intelligent, and I’m also right-wing. It’s no coincidence.

So how can someone as well educated as Cunliffe be a leftie? That’s the biggest lie of all.

4:43 pm

I rang Shane and asked if he was joining New Zealand First.

“Notwithstanding you prognostications, Matthew, I have no plans at this time to paddle myself over to another waka. I am enfolded in Labour’s loving arms, and in her embrace I will take my pleasure,” he said.

“Winston and I are old mates, etcetera, but this is pure mischief-making, as you well know.”

A denial is as good as confirmation. It’s on! Quick! To iPredict!

32 comments on “IF: A day in the life of Matthew Hooton”

  1. anker 1

    Very funny!

    Are you out there Matthew??? You should read this. I think it captures you very well!

  2. vto 2

    What gets me about people like Mr Hooton is the way they never remove their blinkers. They stick to their patter like a dogma. These conservatives really have limited use in society – and never for the purposes of good advancement.

    This can of course be seen throughout New Zealand history whereby persuasions from the left have taken the nation to new and better places, whereas persuasions from the right have never. They merely consolidate to themselves. The left is willing to consider the new and admit to wrong, the right never.

    Another example of this critter is the fence post srylands. Never a new thought, never a critical analysis.

    Yep, Mr Hooton is of very limited use. That use is consolidation to his own.

    Bloody useless.

    • George D 2.1

      Hooton is much smarter than the average person on the right, as his comments are designed to create perceptions rather than being literal statements of opinion. As such, it’s a surprise that anything he says is taken at face value.

    • rhinocrates 2.2

      No, Hoots, despite a racist bastard being something any decent person would scrape off their shoe, it is in fact useful. It is stupid enough to make its agenda obvious while trying to conceal it. What do the Nats WANT you to think? See Hoots. Then ask why.

  3. Ant 3

    The use of “etcetera” nails Jones. 😀

  4. logie97 4

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2590034/politics-with-mike-williams-and-matthew-hooton

    About 19:30 minutes into the discussion, Hooton suddenly becomes almost apoplectic over Labour’s Forestry policy.

    Somehow paying for the importation of steel products trumps adding value to homegrown products.
    But then the likes of Mathew no longer see New Zealand Inc as belonging to kiwis but rather just an outpost for the multi-nationals.

  5. miravox 5

    Satire, huh? Rings true.

  6. Rodel 6

    Good satire.

    Must re-read ‘The Hollow Men’ Now that’s satire, isn’t it?

    Who said, ‘F*** we’re good!’ in an e-mail? in spite of Crosby Textor’s contrary view.

    • rhinocrates 6.1

      “Thick and full of himself” I believe is what even its clients say of it according to Hager, who is a “Commo cunt” (lady parts being shameful, apparently) according to Hoots. No likelihood of of an engagement being announced soon, I think.

  7. captain hook 7

    you missed the bit about his elevator shoes and his fake rolex.

  8. thechangeling 8

    Pretty damn funny. Love to see it on screen. Oh that’s right public broadcasting got decimated by the right so opposing points of view couldn’t be offered! The maniacs continue to rule.

  9. Tracey 9

    i saw a newspaper headline on the weekend which included these words

    ” new zealand inc.”

    we are a society of people not a corporation. our nation ought to have more in common with a family than a company. i despair.

    • rhinocrates 9.1

      Yes, it’s very very sad. Somehow thinking of NZ inc” is a form of machismo. Whatever happened to nationhood? There is a kind of patriotism that is not nationalism or jingoism, but a celebration of our community and diversity as a family, not an implicit demand – as “NZ inc” is – that we all be good little worker bees.

      The implication of “NZ inc” is that if you’re not “productive”, you’ll be made redundant and your position “outsourced”.

      • Tracey 9.1.1

        it’s also a de-humanising thing to use Inc.. A company has no face, no emotion, just a financially based bottom-line.

        this is business people, harden up or fail, and if you fail you only had yourself to blame.

        ” There is a kind of patriotism that is not nationalism or jingoism, but a celebration of our community and diversity as a family,” agree 100%

  10. lurgee 10

    “So how can someone as well educated as Cunliffe be a leftie? That’s the biggest lie of all.”

    Sometimes great truths are spoken in jest.

  11. rhinocrates 11

    It was OK getting Hoots’ personal nastiness, paranoia and disingenuousness, but it missed the deep current of racism and misogyny that it too frequently shows.

    • Populuxe1 11.1

      I’m not sure I’d call him walking out of JT and Willie’s roastbuster fiasco “misogyny” – quite the opposite in fact.

      • rhinocrates 11.1.1

        That was a calculated branding exercise designed to get maximum publicity – you need to look at its regular casual statements when it thinks that it’s being a comedian.

        • rhinocrates 11.1.1.1

          Hoots even tweeted it in advance. For that shit, rape is just an opportunity for self-promotion.

          • Populuxe1 11.1.1.1.1

            Whatever – smells like a vendeta to me. He’s not worth it.

            • fender 11.1.1.1.1.1

              ” He’s not worth it.”
              +1

              His disrespect for Kathryn Ryan when she attempts to get him to shut his shit-filled diatribe is a weekly illustration..

              • rhinocrates

                True, Hoots is a lying sack of shit… but what that Goebbels wannabe represents with its race-baiting is sinister and must be opposed, because if it’s allowed, even worse will follow.

                I’ve Jewish family and friends old enough to remember the Holocaust and Hoots and its friends at the Marlborough Sounds Symposia gave inspiration to Anders Brevik.

                Don’t underestimate these bastards, because one day it will be too late.

                • lurgee

                  “one day it will be too late”

                  You sound a bit like Brevik yourself there, with his Götterdämmerung fantasies.

                  I suggest you relax a bit and stop throwing around words like “Nazi” and “Holocaust.” To paraphrase your own comment, these atrocities are just an opportunity for besmirching someone for – shock! Horror! – not sharing your political opinions.

                  • rhinocrates

                    OK, show where I sound like Brevik please.

                    Show where I always prefix “Maori” with “dumb”, “stupid” and “greedy” like Hoots. Show where I’ve inspired mass murder.

                    Say “It can’t happen here” and read a bit of NZ history.

                    Damn right I don’t agree with Hoots’ political opinions, because they are vile. I’m not embarrassed to hate evil.

                    Hoots is trying to make racism mainstream. That is evil.

                    I know that some liberal hypocrites like Russell Brown will “give him a hearing” because it flatters them and is never nasty to them personally and will behave at dinner parties, but that means nothing.

                    Also, I will not relax and you can go and fuck yourself. Sorry about that.

                    You’ve rightly named yourself after a general term for disease.

                    • lurgee

                      “OK, show where I sound like Brevik please”

                      I did. He fantasised about a future where Europe had been over-run by the verminous hordes of Islamist savages. You’re “Don’t underestimate these bastards, because one day it will be too late” is in a similar vein, given your hysterical blethering about “Holocausts” and “Nazis” and your desperate need to demonize people who disagree with you.

                      “Show where I always prefix “Maori” with “dumb”, “stupid” and “greedy” like Hoots. Show where I’ve inspired mass murder.”

                      Did I say you did?

                      You are seriously claiming Hooton always prefixes dumb / stupid / greedy to ‘Maori’? Really? Every single time?

                      Go and lie down, you nincompoop.

                      Incidentally, my ID is inspired by a song on Radiohead’s first album. Showing my age, I suppose.

                    • rhinocrates

                      I did. He fantasised about a future where Europe had been over-run by the verminous hordes of Islamist savages.

                      Whereas HISTORY shows that Europe was indeed overrun by racist savages from the supposedly most “civilised” culture. Your own language says a lot about you – a lot more than you intended. “Verminous”? Really? Is that what springs to mind?

                      This is not a “disagreement” as you so disingenuously and euphemistically put it. Opposition to racism is not a “disagreement” as if one side or the other were equally viable. It is a fundamental abhorrence of evil. The fact that you choose to reduce it to that speaks volumes.

                      Every single time?

                      Oh for fuck’s sake.. Strategically. OK, you’ll find a time that it doesn’t. Big fucking deal. It does that when it calculates that it will have a dog whistle effect. Don’t play lawyer with me, nit-picking. You know exactly what I mean and you’re looking for a loophole.

                      Go and lie down, you nincompoop.

                      “Nincompoop”? How quaint. How about “rapscallion”?

                      Sorry, I don’t take your commands. Funny how people won’t do that, eh?

                      Incidentally, my ID is inspired by a song on Radiohead’s first album. Showing my age, I suppose.

                      Gosh, how interesting that isn’t.

                      [Click to Edit | Delete] (7 minutes and 25 seconds)

                    • rhinocrates

                      Go and lie down, you nincompoop.

                      Oh come on, please.

                      I can take “fucking arsehole”, “bastard”, “idiot”, “Barry Manilow fan” and even “accountant”.

                      Try harder for my own amusement, please. Mwah, mwah xxxx, I miss you.

                    • lurgee

                      “Whereas HISTORY shows that Europe was indeed overrun by racist savages from the supposedly most “civilised” culture. Your own language says a lot about you – a lot more than you intended. “Verminous”? Really? Is that what springs to mind?”

                      When I am describing Brevik’s thought processes, yes. That’s how he imagined the future.

                      Now stop being silly. You’re beginning to sound quite distraught. As I said, lie down. Ninny.

                      “This is not a “disagreement” as you so disingenuously and euphemistically put it. Opposition to racism is not a “disagreement” as if one side or the other were equally viable. It is a fundamental abhorrence of evil. The fact that you choose to reduce it to that speaks volumes.”

                      You’re taking Hooton’s racism as a proven thing. Given the evidence seems to consist of your rather imaginative recollection of his past utterances, I’ll regaurd that with some scepticism, until you can actually provide actual evidence of his supposed ‘racism.’

                      Your portrayal of Hooton strikes me as a rather unflattering, unintentional self portrait. You call him a “Goebbels wannabe” with a sinister agenda but your continual abuse of another human being (over of some things you admit you kinda made up him saying) show you are the real “Goebbels wannabe,” heaping the abuse on the untermensch, the not human “lying sack of shit.” It’s hate speech, just as the ravings of the historical Goebbels was hate speech. He would recognise it and nod approvingly.

                    • rhinocrates

                      Hello Disease.

                      “That’s how he imagined the future.”

                      Then you have a remarkably vivid and oddly precise imagination.

                      “Your portrayal of Hooton strikes me as a rather unflattering, unintentional self portrait. blah blah blah wibble wibble”

                      Ah, now who’s showing “rather imaginative recollection” Doctor Lurgee? What medical school did you go to again? The same one as Shearer?

                      “Evidence of racism”

                      Okaaaay, it’s inability to write “Maori” without prefixing it with “stupid” or “dumb”. Yes of course you can find instances where your idol hasn’t done that and merely implied it. Have fun. Knock yourself out.

                      “As I said, lie down. Ninny.”

                      And as for the last paragraph, someone is definitely distraught judging by that hyperbole.

                      Sorry, I don’t respect your authoritah and you’re not even Cartman.

                      By the way, Hoots is already married.

                      Bored trolling you. Time for breakfast.

  12. captain hook 12

    and now its off to anger management class. the doc says if I dont get my temper under control then I might blow a fuse.

  13. Robert M 13

    Who is Mathew Hooton. Apparently he went to Kings, prep, Kings and then finished his secondary ed at Grammar in the last yrs of John Graham. After two years at Auckland uni he dropped out, and went off on the backpacker circuit in Europe. Encountering Auckland Bull farmer, single and fanatical pro nuke advocate , Lockwood Smith, he returned to NZ as a junior officer in the Richardson/ Shipley Nat govt. Hooton was a staunch advocate of bulk funding, strongly supported, I admit, by mother a former secondary teacher, ( but then again my mother was the single enthusiast for Uptons charging at the desk for basic hospital operations) but also most of the later primary school headmasters I attended TBHS with ( ie Hawkey, Poulter). I have always found it difficult to understand why Hooton was so enthusiastic about pudding basic No 9 haircut Ruth Richardson and so full of contempt for Shipley who was the one National MP who actually wanted to develop NZ as a modern western cosmopolitan nation, ie she put cafe and Courtenay Place bar strips down every provincial city in NZ, plus brothels and strip joints. I did attend National Party meetings at the time, against the extreme hostility of the Studholme aristocracy, who regarded Guy Salmon as tolerable, but recommended I just go back to Labour. Any National member, vote or even Stuart Boag who selected me for say a National conference, was overidden by the usual Turner ( Raymond chair). To most local Nat business/ farmer people the Shipley govt was loathed in the provinces, probably because the money was going to all the wrong people, bohemians, not them.
    The fact that the leading Brash advisors Keenan , Sinclair were probably accurate that Hooton was ‘mad” and essentially useless, and he was rapidly removed as a Brash speechwriter. I was of course as equally appalled by the Basic Brash speech, branding the Maoris as uneducated criminals and calling for locking up again all crims and those with mental illness. The Brash appeal was a direct appeal to the thick deevolved white vote in Auckland and the provinces, ie the low paid, SC failures in Auckland with 5 generations of failure in life, business and education, who mainly gain employment in state enterprises , of a generally punative and revenge type.
    Hooton blames Hager and the betrayal of English and Smith for the defeat of Brash , which is true enough, but it is difficult to see Brash holding together a neo liberal market reform govt for more than 6 months. At the personal level Brash lacked the political skills or necessary viciousness to do the job. My view was that Brash would have had no interest in supporting the US in terms of equipment and troops at the foreign policy level and was as much a ‘bleeding heart liberal as Marshall or his father, ie someone who would have been prepared to fight Muldoon and Holyoake inthe streets if Rob had achieved his wish to dispatch the 11 RNZAF B66 Canberra’s for bombing missions in Vietnam attached ot RAAF squadrons of older Canberra’s in the Central Highlands.
    For these and other reasons , I went to the Green meeting at the Avon Loop, Holiday Inn were I personally offered Jeanette Fitzimons my full support to defeat Brash. I covered my Avon Loop flat with Green posters and pictures of a Gearing destroyer firing a live nucler Asroc in 1962. I voted the full green ticket, I wasn’t going to vote for Tim Barnett.
    Their is no wiki for Hooton, presumably he has erased it, or is insig. Can you provide me with your bio , version for Hooton, as Auckland’s power hirerarchy is still difficult to decipher, although I suspect he is far less class than me.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Budget tougher for students – NZUSA and TEU media release
    Lowering the annual fee increases for students from 4 percent to 3 percent means universities, polytechnics and wānanga will have less money, say national student and staff unions NZUSA and TEU. Slightly slower fee rises are no good if the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Lala-land forecasts on housing investment
    Some of the forecasts in the Budget beggar belief, and when they almost inevitably turn out wrong they spell disaster for New Zealand families. Here’s the clearest example. In the last year, investment in residential property ballooned by 16%. In… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Cynical bribery on the horizon
    Bill English has said time and again that new spending initiatives of around $1 billion each year are the responsible thing to do, and are the new normal. And, in the next two years, he is as good as… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Share of the economy going to workers continues to fall
    The BEFU documents today have unwelcome news for workers. Over the next four years, the share of the economy that ends up in the hands of workers through their wages will fall by around 1.3%. That 1.3% of GDP,… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Bill English’s Budget illustrates complexity in welfare system
    Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system.… ...
    Gareth’s WorldBy Geoff Simmons
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Pathetic half-measure on housing
    Yesterday, Paddy Gower thought he had a big scoop. He had leaked Budget docs alluding to a big government-lead house-building programme in Auckland. Today, the pathetic truth is revealed. The Budget puts only $52.2m – as a one off –… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Good idea on child poverty. Pity about the tinkering package.
    I can only speak personally, but I am genuinely pleased that the government is following through on its promise to focus on child poverty. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty are appalling, and anything that helps to bring them down… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago
  • Blah Budget: Why there won’t be a surplus next year, either.
    Having failed to reach surplus in this, his promised year, Bill English looks set to fail next year, too. Having been over-optimistic this year to the tune of almost $1.2b – comparing BEFU 2014 to BEFU 2015 - Treasury has… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    1 day ago

  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    6 hours ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    6 hours ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    6 hours ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    6 hours ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    7 hours ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    7 hours ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    9 hours ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    9 hours ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    10 hours ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    12 hours ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    1 day ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    1 day ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    2 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    3 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    3 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    3 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    4 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    4 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    4 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    4 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    4 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    5 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    5 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    1 week ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • US state joins NZ with GE food labelling
    New Zealand has a similar law making the labelling of many GE foods compulsory, but the Government seems to let it slide.  Because the government has not monitored or enforced our GE food labelling laws since 2003, it seems the… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago

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