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Internet Party candidate shortlist

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 pm, June 6th, 2014 - 76 comments
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The names of 20 short listed Internet Party candidates have been published.

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The list has a very fresh, diverse, youthful, talented and energetic feel to it.  It’s hard to say more from the thumbnail sketches included for each candidate.  I would like to see them involved in some interviews and debates, and generally learn more about them.

It’s impossible to tell which of them will be the most effective in the political arena.

Some come from a fairly academic background, others from the IT sector, some have experience in grassroots politics, some have a background in community work, others in public sector work such as teaching, and there are one or two musicians.

One or two are clearly left and green leaning, but it’s not easy to tell who leans more to the left.  The thumb nail sketches remind me a little of the information we get for candidates for Auckland Council elections.

Take a look at the shortlist.  What do you think?  What more do we need to know?

laila

With Harre as mentor, or leader, it is very likely this party will bring some new people into politics, possibly with some different skill sets than we have in the current MPs.  Hopefully the best of them will be strongly left wing.

76 comments on “Internet Party candidate shortlist”

  1. weka 1

    Interesting group, interesting backgrounds, much more diverse ethnicities than we are used to. It’s refreshing to look at such a list and not see it overloaded with white blokes (sorry vto, it’s just a balancing out thing).

    Also refreshing to see a real estate agent and a lower decile social worker side by side.

    Although there are 6 women out of 22. I’ve been reading a bit on the IPs loomio members forum, and there seem to be mostly men there. I’d love to know what the actual candidate selection process is – they’re letting members vote but I assume they don’t get the only say. It’ll be interesting to see how the list of 22 gets ordered and prioritised.

    Karol, I agree it would be good to know more about them and hear their voices. I would have liked to know where they live too.

  2. Lanthanide 2

    In practice this doesn’t really matter. The first list place for IP after Laila is #5.

    IMP would be doing very well to get John Minto at #4 in.

    • karol 2.1

      Well, it may still give some people with potential, an introduction to campaigning, etc.

      • weka 2.1.1

        I agree, this is about building the party over the long term. How the list looks will also influence voters – a better list will increase the chances of getting beyond one MP.

        • fisiani 2.1.1.1

          Long term? Mercenaries bought with ill gotten gains. $147,000 /12 a month for 4 months work (over $3000 a week) No other party pays mercenaries. Mercs don’t stay around after a heavy defeat.

          • weka 2.1.1.1.1

            what are you on about?

            • fisiani 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Crim Dot Con stated that he would pay candidates the same wage as a backbench MP to campaign. None of them expects to get into parliament. They are just political prostitutes or mercenaries.

              • weka

                Kind of like John Banks? Except without the deception and criminality.

                • fisiani

                  Crim Dot Con is the essence of deception and crimininality

                  • McFlock

                    the judge disagreed.

                    • fisiani

                      Previous judges did not

                    • weka

                      guilty for life? Will you apply the same to Banks?

                    • McFlock

                      Previous judges did not

                      Nah, the most recent one says banks is even worse than kdc’s old convictions. I mean, the nats let kdc in the country, didn’t they? He was good enough then.

                      Heh – saw a fb pic that ACT is tough on crime, unless the crim is their only MP.

                    • fisiani

                      of course I would apply the same to Banks. Banks leaving will make it easier for John Key to poll over 50%

                    • felix

                      Oh well, at least you’ve stopped pretending there’s any principle involved. :roll:

                    • Kiwiri

                      “Banks leaving will make it easier for John Key to poll over 50%”

                      Fine. Natz can go ahead and be more honest about who they are and what policies they truly want to push down NZ’s throat. And if the country’s voters collectively gives them more than 50% (or rather gets bought or bribed), well, go for it. Take out the ACT pretence and false propping up, and bring back honesty and transparency. FFS the criminal was a National MP and Minister of Police, and his mayoral campaign adviser was the National Party’s matriarch who had anointed the current National Party leader.

                      Not so long ago, there was the puppet show ACT of getting rid of Hide et al, installing Brash, using and shafting others such as Calvert, followed by parachuting in Banks. And now it is the anything but plain and whiter than Whyte.

                      btw, the strikeout command is not working?

          • Stephanie Rodgers 2.1.1.1.2

            Paying candidates is a great idea. It allows people who normally wouldn’t be able to take time off work to campaign to participate in the process.

      • RedBaronCV 2.1.2

        and we need that. Looking at the age of some of local body’s there just ain’t anyone young on them . Many are older than the boomer generation. At a quick glance an interesting mix of people.

        • karol 2.1.2.1

          There were one or two young ones going for my local board. From memory they also leaned to the left, so I voted for them.

          • RedBaronCV 2.1.2.1.1

            around wellington a couple of good younger candidates lost out to name recognition and were not re-elected

    • felix 2.2

      Worth doing just to wind Hooton up. He’s spent the last week trying to spread the meme that Mana-IP is a bunch of 60-year-olds chasing the votes of 20-year-olds.

      • Disraeli Gladstone 2.2.1

        They need to stop putting the word “awesome” everywhere. It does rather feed into that meme.

        • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1

          “Awesome”? How 1990s…

          • Disraeli Gladstone 2.2.1.1.1

            I’m waiting for all the “cool” words of yesteryear to be rolled out by middle-aged people trying to connect with young people: hip, radical, word, peace out, man, far out.

            Going to be a nostalgia trip.

            • weka 2.2.1.1.1.1

              But how old are the people criticising the IP for using the word awesome? ;-p

              • Disraeli Gladstone

                Old enough to have been told off for using the word awesome myself!

                • felix

                  Good for you. Now get out of the way.

                  • It’s an interesting discussion. The thing is, the reason “cool” words sound naff when older people use them doesn’t really have anything to do with those words “not being cool” any more.

                    It’s simply that anyone trying to co-opt the language of a particular group, who isn’t a member of that group, is almost always going to end up sounding insincere and presumptuous. It’s not about specific words, it’s about social relationships.

                    I really don’t get the hate for the Internet Party using “awesome”. I’m 30. But that may be because I’m part of a very specific fandom …
                    http://youtu.be/d4gqsJ3Fz1k

                    • karol

                      For me getting old means no longer being concerned about what is or is not in fashion – it’s very liberating.

                    • Disraeli Gladstone

                      I do think there’s a certain amount of both actually being in play. Say “awesome” is still a commonly used “cool” word but one which an older person can sound insincere saying. “Awesome” though is slightly different because it can still be used very sincerely by an older person as well, but not in the way that Laila Harre and the Internet Party has been using it.

                      Similarly, I hear “far out” a fair bit during my day. It’s enjoying a little bit of a renaissance amongst a certain section of young people. But then you have words like “hip” which is nothing to do with “co-opting” language, it’s just a word that is no longer used or is “cool”.

                    • felix

                      Seems to me this is middle-aged people chastising young people for not conforming to what the middle-aged people think other young people will respond to, based on the middle-aged peoples’ experience with not being able to communicate with young people themselves.

                    • Disraeli Gladstone

                      Completely on the contrary to what I meant is if you were referring to me Felix (maybe you were talking about Hooton?).

                      I’m not criticising a single young person. I’m just poking fun at middle-aged people who think that they can sound “cool” instead of trying to understand and appeal to the needs and interest of young people.

                      I was just pointing out the Internet Party having “awesome” plastered everywhere and Laila Harre adopting the word in her interview just does feed into the Hooten created meme and sounds silly. It sounds silly to both a lot of old and young ears (though not all ears, of course).

                    • Disraeli Gladstone

                      … I think I’m the exact opposite of that. You’ve seriously misunderstood what I was talking about here, old chap.

                      (That last bit was intentional before you blow a fuse.)

                    • weka

                      Disraeli, have you considered that they’re using the word awesome, because they believe that this IS going to be awesome, as opposed to using it to try to connect with young people. I think ‘trying’ to connect with young people by changing one’s language is the problem. Better just to be real and oneself, which I think both Harre and KDC manage perfectly well.

                    • felix

                      Disraeli you’re out of your depth trying to lecture people you don’t understand on how to connect with people you don’t understand.

                    • Disraeli Gladstone

                      Of course I am, Felix. Whatever you say. You’ve constantly missed or not addressed the main part of all my posts, but sure, you go ahead with what you think.

                      @weka I’d be more generous to that theory if the Internet Party’s twitter bio didn’t include “most awesome political party”. That sounds something that’s been ran through marketing!

                    • weka

                      Of course it’s been via marketing, they’re a political party in an election year. That doesn’t mean they don’t also believe it.

      • Mike the Savage One 2.2.2

        Who cares about Hooton? Only the ill informed dare to give him credit.

  3. Mike the Savage One 3

    Thank you Karol. I have decided for myself that the Internet Party may be interesting, but does not really stand for enough policies that I expect from a party, new or not so new.

    I find some of the candidates skilled and interesting, but I feel that this is not quite the group of politicians I relate to and would vote.

    My personal political intentions are between Labour and Greens, so I will cast my vote accordingly, possibly do some bit of support, like leafleting.

    I wish the IP and their candidates well, as the list at least shows, they are honest and committed about what they stand for, and what they want changed.

    • Rodel 3.1

      Ms 1 I tend to agree with your positive thoughts. Wish them well, won’t vote for them but it would be interesting to have some of them alongside Labour. Still don’t support KDC though as a political force in New Zealand.

  4. Ad 4

    They would do OK at the United list conference, but they aren’t top 40 material racked up against the Green List, and not in the top 50 for Labour.

    Anyone else doing the Labour Auckland-Northland list conference this weekend?

  5. Clemgeopin 5

    I think the Internet party with this exciting list will give do quite well in the election. I will not be surprised if the party itself (with or without Mana alliance) will cross the 5% threshold.

    From disillusioned Nats=0.5%
    From disillusioned Labour=0.5%
    From disillusioned NZF=0.5%
    Disillusioned ACT, UF, Maori party=0.5%
    From soft greens=2%
    Previous non voters=1%
    The young, the geeks and well educated=1%

    Just musing………….

    • lurgee 5.1

      I don’t think the IP / Mana hybrid will trouble the 5% threshold. Even though I am almost committed to voting for them, having gotten over my initial gag reflex at the Kim Dotcom association.

      My hunch is that disillusioned voters from the two main parties are still tending to switch directly to the other main parties, not look to minor parties. New Zealanders are pretty conservative (small c) and the idea of voting Green is still strange and radical to those not already doing so. As for Mana or the IP … If they are feeling radical, they might occasionally vote for Winston, because he’s been around forever and has been in Government … Clarke’s dismissive attitude towards the Greens is coming back to haunt Labour, I think.

      National has been very successful at retaining its core support, and the voters that switched in 2008. Labour has … well, maintained its core support. It looks likely that Labur wil not be able to win back the defectors, nor will it manage to find the ‘missing million’ voters the dreamers fondly imagine are waiting about somewhere in South Auckland.

      Perhaps by 2017 the centre voters will become tired of voting for a party that doesn’t represent them at all and will look for someone else. It will be interesting to see if they return to Labour or if they then look more widely. 2017 or 2020 may be the first real MMP election in New Zealand. Like I said, Conservative. With a small C.

    • Disraeli Gladstone 5.2

      As I’ve said before:

      “I doubt any right-wing votes will go to the Internet Party now that it’s merged with MANA and has Laila Harre as leader.

      The Internet Party is definitely a left-wing party now. Which is both good (MANA isn’t necessarily be co-opted by a non-left party) and bad (the Internet Party isn’t going to take votes off National like Bomber was salivating about.).”

      What disillusioned National or ACT voter is now going to decide they want to vote for an Internet Party connected with Hone Harawira and led by Laila Harre? If they respected and agreed with those people, they wouldn’t be National or ACT voters.

      The Internet Party won’t take disillusioned votes from National, ACT, UF or New Zealand First.

      There’s two things which are likely to happen here with the Internet Party. One which is good for the Left and one which is bad.

      A: The Internet Party connects with the non-voter. They bring in 2-3% of non-voters and introduce them to the left-wing flock.

      B: The Internet Party cannibalises the left-wing vote. Sure, they get a decent result, but it just comes from Labour and the Greens and does nothing to helping a new left government.

      Well, there’s also Option C. Which is the Internet MANA alliance barely gets 2% and disappoints a whole lot of people on here.

      • karol 5.2.1

        Actually, the candidate list does not look to me like it’s particularly left wing. Many of the thumbnail bios don’t look like those of committed left wingers, except in a couple of cases.

        • Disraeli Gladstone 5.2.1.1

          I would agree with you entirely. But I don’t think it will matter.

          With Harre as leader and Harawira as a partner, I don’t think they’ll be able to shift the idea of them being a “left-wing” party in the eyes of “right-wing” voters.

          Which shouldn’t matter because the Internet Party’s best chance of success is connecting with non-voters. I harbour doubts about their ability to do that, but it’s at least a reasonable expectation. Moreso than expecting a small amount of National and ACT voters to go over to the party.

          • karol 5.2.1.1.1

            I think the candidates, regardless of whether they have a chance of being elected, will be the “ambassadors” who campaign for the party vote among the targeted potential voters – which seem to be mainly the young, the digitally connected, and the currently politically disengaged.

          • weka 5.2.1.1.2

            Disraeli, you are assuming that everyone that votes on the right is rightwing. There are people who are essentially apoliticial in terms of the left/right spectrum. I think there will be people that voted for National or Key in 2011 who will be happy to vote IP this time, esp non-baby boomer urban professionals and urban creative/counter culture types.

            • Disraeli Gladstone 5.2.1.1.2.1

              I consider myself within that non-baby boomer urban professionals/urban creative type and it certainly makes up a considerable amount of my social group outside and inside of work. There’s not really a whole lot of support for the Internet Party there. A fair chunk of creative people are off-putted by Dotcom and his attitude to copyright. Maybe if the Internet Party releases a well-thought out intellectual property reform policy that might change. The Greens are certainly doing a better job appealing to that demographic.

              And again, with young people who I work with, again I see an overestimating of how much they will support the Internet Party. There’s certainly a relevant section that is interested in them, but a lot of young people either don’t care at all (Internet Party or not) or already was political and are not swayed from their current choice.

              But I think that is their best chance of finding votes: the non-voter and the young. I just think people are overestimating how well the Internet Party will do.

              • weka

                I agree about the over-estimating. The same thing happened when HH left the Mp and set up Mana. But then I guess you have to talk up a new party to get even small amounts of votes.

                I think my point was more that there are people who don’t relate to the left/right spectrum and so can’t be dismissed as right wingers if they voted National last time.

                • Disraeli Gladstone

                  A true point. But I still think it’s a leap to expect even the apolitical floating voter who voted National 2011 to now vote for a Laila Harre/Hone Harawira/Kim Dotcom connected party.

          • Naki man 5.2.1.1.3

            I have to agree National and Act voters wont go near Hone the racist or La La Harre.

  6. Richard McGrath 6

    I wonder whether Dot Con has read excerpts from his autographed copy of Mein Kampf to any of them.

  7. veutoviper 7

    As I have commented several times on TS already, the IP have been following a process for selecting their candidates over the last few weeks which has been set out on their website and on their Twitter feed for anyone to see. (Ie I am not a member of IP but have been able to follow this by reading the website etc)

    In brief:

    Some weeks ago they called for applications from members to stand as candidates and recieved about 150 applications.

    They then held a series of initial assessment meetings around NZ open to members to meet and hear the applicants – one in each of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, and four in Auckland.

    Today from midday to 6pm they are holding a meeting in Auckland (at ‘Q’ ?) where the shortlisted candidates will do their stuff to present as suitable candidates etc and the final candidates will be chosen by (I think but could be wrong) a combination of voting by members and decision of the IP executive

    Tickets to this event have been available to both members and the general public for a week or two. As of yesterday, there were only 20 tickets still available, according to Twitter. Apparently this event is going to be live streamed – presumably via their website.

    Presumably Laila Harre was selected as Leader by a different process – eg appointment by the executive.

    All final candidates will be paid at the same rate as a back bench MP for the duration of the election. Originally IP was looking at running 15 – 20 candidates, but this now appears to have been reduced to about 10, but I could be wrong on that.

    • veutoviper 7.1

      Correction – KDC has just tweeted that they will be selecting 15 candidates today at their “Candidate Idol”.

      More here

      http://t.co/kG96Y0AlQI

      • Disraeli Gladstone 7.1.1

        Interestingly that takes a hefty chunk out of Dotcom’s donation of $3m. MP’s salaries are $147,800. So weekly they get around $2,850. There’s around 15 weeks to the election, I think. So that’s $42,750 per each Internet Party candidate. If they’re picking fifteen candidates, that’s a cost of nearly $650,000.

        That’s about a fifth of Dotcom’s donation gone.

      • weka 7.1.2

        Thanks veuto, should be an interesting meeting. Do you now how the shortlist of 22 was chosen?

        Edit, just seen karol’s post. Looks a similar process to the GP except more Pop Idol than hippy democracy ie the power still largely remains with the IP exec rather than the membership.

      • yeshe 7.1.3

        live webcast at 1pm to 6pm here … live and innovative at least ! Refreshing and dare I say it, awesome :smile: and IP members get to rate the candidates via special app …

        here there might be dragons …

        https://internet.org.nz/

    • karol 7.2

      Thanks. I do think it isn’t easy to find the information on the party’s website.

      There is this information about the candidate meetings.

      The rules are available from a small print link at the bottom of the web page. It includes this:

      5.1Every Member is entitled to attend, vote and actively participate in all meetings of the Internet Party, including Annual General Meetings, either in person or digitally.

      5.2Every Member who is in attendance at an Annual General meeting, either in person or digitally, is entitled to participate in the election of the Executive Committee of the Internet Party.

      5.3Every Member is entitled in participate in the selection of Party List candidates and Electorate Candidates, to the extent allowed by the process determined by the Executive Committee.

      5.4Every Member is entitled to actively contribute to the policy and manifesto development of the Internet Party in so far as such contribution aligns with the objectives of the Internet Party, these rules, and the process determined by the Executive Committee.

      5.5Each Member is entitled to one vote that may be exercised in any meeting or election or process determined by the Executive Committee.

      5.6Members may exercise the proxy votes of other members, either in person or digitally, provided they comply with any process for exercising proxy votes decided by the Party Secretary and notified to Members from time to time.

      12.1The Executive Committee shall determine the selection and approval of Party List candidates and Electoral candidates for election to Parliament.

      12.4The Internet Party’s Executive Committee shall produce the Party List. The process for selecting the Party List is:

      2.4.2.The Party Secretary shall call for nominations for the Party List in accordance with the time period and deadline set by the Executive Committee;

      12.4.3.Only Full members may be nominated for the Party List. Full members may nominate themselves for the Party List;

      12.4.4.At the close of nominations, the Executive Committee shall rank nominees and produce an “Indicative Party List”, with no less than 9 and no more than 121 candidates;

      12.4.5.The Party Secretary will distribute the “Indicative Party List” to members for consultation;

      12.4.6.Members will rank the candidates on the “Indicative Party List”, in accordance with their own preferences, and will return the ranked “Indicative Party List” to the Party Secretary within a time period set by the Executive Committee;

      12.4.7.Having regard to the ranked lists provided by members, the Executive Committee will produce a “Final Party List” at its sole discretion that will constitute the final Party List.

      12.5The Executive Committee will be responsible for determining the procedure for implementing the provisions of clause 12.4 and the Party Secretary must notify all members of that procedure prior to nominations being called for.

      Selecting Electorate Candidates

      12.6Once the Party List has been finalised, the Executive Committee may ask candidates on the Party List to stand in electorates as Electorate candidates.

      2.9In determining the ranking of candidates in the Final Party List, the Executive Committee shall actively maintain and promote economic, cultural, social, ethnic, age, geographic, and gender diversity, and will promote equality as far as is practicable.

      It looks to me like the Executive Committee reserves the right to the final choice of candidates and lists, with members being able to submit their preferences.

      The executive committee, after the inaugural year, looks to be chosen by the members….. I think. Although there are some unelected people in the committee? The visionary, or secretary?

      In the Internet Party’s second year, there will be an Annual General Meeting for Members to elect an Executive Committee as per these rules.

      [...]
      8.7The Executive Committee shall consist of:
      8.7.1.The Party Visionary; and
      8.7.2.The Party President; and
      8.7.3.The Party Leader; and
      8.7.4.The Party Secretary; and
      8.7.5.If applicable, one representative elected by the Party’s parliamentary caucus; and
      8.7.6.Up to five Full members, elected by Members at an Annual General Meeting.

      [...]
      8.15An election for all positions on the Executive Committee that are set out in clause 8.7, excluding the Party Visionary and the Party Secretary, will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Voting will be by simple majority.

      8.16The Party Secretary shall be responsible for determining voting processes and the conduct of the election for the purpose of implementing clause 8.15. These processes must be distributed to all members two months before the Annual General Meeting.

      Removal from Office
      8.17The Executive Committee may remove any member from its ranks, but not the Party Visionary or the Party Leader, by a 75% vote of all members of the Executive Committee at a Special General Meeting held for that purpose.

      • veutoviper 7.2.1

        Thanks for that Karol. I did not have time to search that out, and know that it took me some time to find the Constitution etc when I looked when they first started their website.

        Hoping to find time to watch a little of the live streaming later today to see the mix of people there etc – and because I am just plain nosy!

          • veutoviper 7.2.1.1.1

            Thanks.

            • yeshe 7.2.1.1.1.1

              just fyi … it starts at 1 pm, not noon as written in earlier post …

              • yeshe

                this is unexpected and very funny …. obama and key meeting in NZ, by IP .. how to wake the sleeping young voters … awesome !! (sorry)

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO07KTU3jEU#t=107

                • karol

                  Laila Harre is making a very good speech. It has some intriguing aspects.

                  She is both promoting left wing values, and a non-left/right anti-establishment line of attack.

                  It will be interesting to see if the left/right agnostic youth vote will be influenced by the inclusion of the left wing values.

                  She includes policies like the tertiary education, and free education from early childhood to tertiary policy that doesn’t sound any different from the Greens education policy.

                  She ended by promoting a change to a Labour-Green-IMP government.

                • Kiwiri

                  Pretty funny in parts. Could have ended after the good nights at around 8’11″, although the last few seconds were ok and I could have done with more dance music.

                  No doubt, KDC has the money and talent to make some very good videos for IMP’s campaign that will go viral. Looking forward to that.

  8. aerobubble 8

    Be mindful. The internet is a global corporations wet dream. Linking a party of the down trodden with an internet mega does have its downsides. Sure its great politics. The digital divide is a problem for the poor and global corporations, but not for profit driven conservatives status quo types.

    So its nice to see Mana keeping some distance with IP.

    If it works, and is temporary, we will see internet access is an affordable right for all, but it won’t half destroy the cozy ACT-NAT relationship. hehe

  9. Scott1 9

    i would have thought candidates would be paid automatically, it seems pretty weird for the right to complain that political people get paid, like actual money, for doing a job… as someone said up thread – that allows people who might otherwise need money to live to campaign.

    The only problem is when that money implies they are controlled, but then again as long as that is 100% transparent it seems OK because all politicians owe obligations to some group or other.

    Anyway here is a good defense for the internet party – they could give them money as a gift and then declare the gift after he fact only if someone makes a big fuss about it.. kind of like Judith Collins (and a lot of current politicians) except without the legal obligation….

    Or he could not even bother and just say he could have – the John Banks defense.

  10. Wendigo Jane 10

    Amusing all the pearl-clutching about KDC’s “attitude to copyright”, his criminality etc. Not wanting to stereotype “young people” but when quizzed my teenage niece wasn’t even aware of such things or that (some) downloading is illegal. She wants a movie, a friend gives it on a stick and it’s “really annoying” that some turn out to be poor quality as they’ve been filmed in a cinema. And after all, there are a LOT of people around who’ve seen all of Game of Thrones.

    There are no longer any DVD rental shops in my downbeat neighbourhood but I noticed one still dominates the main street of a leafy white wealthy suburb across town. Who still rents/buys DVDs, who still sits down to watch broadcast TV, who pays for movies/music online (as opposed to getting it free)… Older people, the same old dominant voices with old ways of thinking.

  11. Richard McGrath 11

    Does anyone here really believe the Internet Mana candidates won’t be puppets of the fat German fraudster?

    • felix 11.1

      If you think Laila is anyone’s puppet you’re dreaming.

      And Hone? Jesus man, get a grip.

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    Hello everyone. I’m Local Government Minister and chief National Party sass-machine Paula Bennett. I’ve been asked by MyThinks to write more about our plans to review and reject all of those stupid and loopy rules that many of our tiny...
    My Thinks | 23-07
  • Election news. Where is it
    So where’s the election news? Main stream media seems more obsessed about David Cunliffe’s holiday than the policies that his party is promoting. If I want to read about where he is vacationing and why, then let’s read it in...
    Closing the Gap | 23-07
  • Sorry – it’s a complicated word
    The art of saying sorry – it’s a tough one. Apologise like Lou Vincent, and win plaudits left, right and centre. Apologise like Aaron Gilmore, and everything just gets worse. It’s been an odd time lately for apologies. David Cunliffe of...
    Occasionally erudite | 23-07
  • Robert Ellis’s apocalyptic vision of Auckland
    This blog has often written about Auckland’s 1950s-era motorway development plan, which transformed the city in fundamental ways. New Zealand painter Robert Ellis was one of the first to grasp the significance and character of that transformation. His Motorway/City series,...
    Transport Blog | 23-07
  • Dear LEGO employees…
    Hi. My name is Ian and I'm a campaigner with Greenpeace. I'm also a new dad and a big fan of LEGO. She's a little young now, but I know that in a few years my baby girl will be...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-07
  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting
    Longtime readers of this site may be aware of my occasional bursts of fulmination about overhopped stunt beers -- and my calls for New Zealand craft brewers to produce more sessionable brews in the classic best bitter style I think...
    Public Address | 23-07
  • More stat-juking
    There were more allegations in Parliament today that the government is juking the stats, with Andrew Little pointing at a report from the Taranaki Daily News that a Crown prosecutor had claimed:"There was one occasion in 2012 when it was...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand
    Russel Norman- General debate speech, 23 July 2014   Together, it is possible to build a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand. A New Zealand in which our rivers are clean enough to swim in and our precious beaches are safe...
    frogblog | 23-07
  • Using Ministerial Inquiries to Close Down Debate
    As a young MP in the British House of Commons in the late 1970s, I rapidly became aware that half the political stories in Fleet Street originated with the Press Association’s indefatigable political correspondent, Chris Moncrieff. I was regularly button-holed...
    Bryan Gould | 23-07
  • Prison hulks
    In the 18th and 19th centuries, Britain pioneered a new type of atrocity: the prison hulk. Faced with a shortage of jail space, they turned to imprisoning convicts on former warships. The prisoners were subjected to appalling conditions in an...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • Challenging Britain’s panopticon
    Last week, the British establishment rammed through new "emergency" surveillance and data retention laws, with the collusion of all three major parties. Now those laws are being challenged in the courts:Two leading Westminster civil liberties campaigners, David Davis and Tom...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • Systemic Realignment.
    The chaotic state of contemporary international affairs demonstrates the serious limitations of constructivism and idealism as theoretical frameworks for the analysis of global macro-dynamics. The former claims that the construction of international institutions helps universalise common values and mores, thereby...
    Kiwipolitico | 23-07
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the last of the Parliamentary term. But thanks to government filibustering over the past few months, instead of seeing the third reading of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment...
    No Right Turn | 23-07
  • Socially helpful photoshopping
    This one is close to my heart. It involves a man who lost his infant daughter Sophia to severe disease. She was only 6 weeks old. Sophia’s father Nathan had never seen her face free of wires and tubes. So...
    Polity | 23-07
  • Why are the electric trains so slow?
    In the first week or two of the Onehunga Line’s switch to electric trains there were major issues with the trains keeping to timetable, apparently due to overly conservative speed restrictions being put in the trains as part of their...
    Transport Blog | 23-07
  • Dairy Farming in Brazil :Nitrogen Management
    With the challenge New Zealand is facing with increased nitrogen leaching that has come with intensifying of dairy, there is understandably a tendency to ‘look over the fence’ and see how we compare with others. New Zealanders have applied our...
    Gareth’s World | 23-07
  • Gamechangers
    Updated the tracking poll. For variety’s sake this one goes all the way back to the start of 2005. It doesn’t correct for bias and the large circles intersecting the vertical lines are election results : Josie Pagani wrote a ‘what...
    DimPost | 23-07
  • Understanding the 2014 election campaign
    If David Cunliffe decided one day to redecorate his kitchen, they would call it a décor flip-flop....
    Imperator Fish | 22-07
  • Shuttling diplomacy between the bombs
    The mounting death toll in Gaza has spurred an intensified flurry of diplomacy (again), and finally a stated acknowledgement that this time the terms of any ceasefire (which will eventually come) need to differ from those of the past three...
    Pundit | 22-07
  • National Government Running Regional Health Services into Oblivion
    I am amazed anyone outside of Auckland will be voting for National this election.  They have shown only one intent in regards to regions outside of Auckland, and to a slightly lesser extent Christchurch, everywhere else  is considered a last...
    An average kiwi | 22-07
  • The MH17 blame game
    No matter who's side you're on, it's a terrible day when innocent lives are lost in another countries conflict. As questions still need to be answered as to why exactly flight MH17 was flying in controlled airspace in the first place, many headlines...
    The Jackal | 22-07
  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools: let’s just start
    I was born 52 years ago today, on a date that seems unnervingly close to the 1950s. I caught the end of the free school milk years (they really did just leave it out in the sun) and I like...
    Public Address | 22-07
  • World News Brief, Wednesday July 23
    Top of the AgendaIsrael-Hamas Conflict Continues Despite International Pressure...
    Pundit | 22-07
  • The Regions and Stuff
    Yesterday Labour announced a boost for the regions, with at least $200 million available for large-scale projects that promise to give some of our struggling regions new economic opportunities. Dredging harbours, re-opening rail-lines, strategic procurement decisions, that kind of thing....
    Polity | 22-07
  • Disgraceful
    John Key’s refusal this week to apologise to Tania Billingsley is nothing short of disgraceful. Even worse is the reason he gave for ignoring Ms Billingsley: I don't make apologies unless there's a serious reason for me to do that....
    Polity | 22-07
  • Basin Bridge Bowled
    In stunning news yesterday the Board of Inquiry hearing the case for the Basin Bridge bowled out the NZTA by declined consent for the project.  This is what it would have looked like had it been approved: All up the...
    Transport Blog | 22-07
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #27: Nats back in ascendency
    Press Release – iPredict Inflation and interest rate expectations fall ahead of OCR announcement tomorrow Forecast fiscal surplus again falls sharply, and growth marginally down Greens fall and Internet-Mana strengthens, as Sykes gets closer in Waiariki No feasible …IPREDICT LTD...
    Its our future | 22-07
  • Government Planning on Ditching Group Special Education?
    As Parents who have a child with a learning disability and/or behavioural problems at school will know, Group Special Education (GSE) have the Specialists to assist staff with the best way to support those children. I have been told by...
    An average kiwi | 22-07
  • DOWNING OF MH17: A FALSE FLAG OPERATION?
    Or: Why Didn’t the Flight-booking Computers say ‘No’ to a Flight over War-zone? MH17 vs Ukrainian SU-25? Russian Defense Ministry claims a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet was within 5-10 km of the Malaysian aircraft.  Snoopman, 22 July 2014   Genuflection...
    Snoopman News | 22-07
  • Green party statement on Gaza
    Today, the Green party's Kennedy Graham made a heartfelt speech concerning the immediate cease fire in Gaza and called on Israel to withdraw it's military forces. The Green party MP also read out the names of children already killed in...
    The Jackal | 22-07
  • Seal of approval – How marine mammals provide important climate data
    Understanding what is happening in the oceans is crucial since 90% of global warming is going there and attempts to measure temperatures at various depths go back to the 1960s. But, what does this Weddell seal have to do with this...
    Skeptical Science | 22-07
  • Taskforce to Tackle Loopy Rules
    The National Party have announced that if they’re re-elected they’ll form a taskforce to tackle loopy rules and regulations. Local Government Minister Paula Bennett today announced the establishment of a new Taskforce to rid New Zealand of loopy rules and...
    Transport Blog | 22-07
  • Manufacturing dissent
    So, it turns out that almost all US "domestic terrorists" are created and directly incited by the US government:Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • Minimum wage rises don’t lift unemployment, analysts agree
    More than 600 US Economists, including 7 nobel laureates, assert that increases in the minimum wage have little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum wage workers ...
    Closing the Gap | 22-07
  • The NZ First conference: policy highlights
    What were some of the policy announcements that came from the New Zealand First conference?...
    Imperator Fish | 22-07
  • Saved
    The Basin Reserve has been saved: Controversial plans to build a flyover next to the Basin Reserve in Wellington have been killed off by a board of inquiry. In a stunning move today, four commissioners declined resource consent for the...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • Not serious
    That's John Key's assessment of his government's failure in the Tania Billingsley case:"I don't make apologies unless there's a serious reason for me to do that." Except apparently it is serious enough to justify an independent inquiry (though one which...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • Vote Choice: John Key – the Fence Sitter
    Welcome to ALRANZ’s Vote Choice series, where we offer you our views on candidate’s opinions on abortion and reproductive justice, so that you can make an informed decision on 20 September. We encourage members to go along to candidate forums...
    ALRANZ | 22-07
  • Barry Brill and Anonymous: U R A Fraud
    People send me things. Brightening my email inbox last week was a pithy little email, headed U r a fraud. It didn’t have much to say. Here it is, in its entirety, exactly as it appeared: Please take down your...
    Hot Topic | 22-07
  • Access: Power to (all) the people!
    The society we live in today has been shaped by many struggles, social movements, and revolutionary forces, most aiming to create a more egalitarian existence.  Women, indigenous peoples, LGBT communities, and even animals have secured hard won recognition of their...
    Public Address | 22-07
  • Up Front: Tomorrow Lives Forever
    A while back, I promised you that next time I wrote, we'd have more fun. In that time, the world in general and my life in particular have become much grimmer. Therefore, in my opinion, the Fun is even more...
    Public Address | 22-07
  • More Australian torture
    Successive Australian governments have systematically dehumanised and demonised asylum seekers as part of their war on refugees, and the results have been predictable: torture, murder, and ill-treatment. And now they're torturing refugees to cover up their crimes:Two asylum seekers in...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • Petrol price elasticity, and supermarket vouchers
    As we all know, when the price of something goes up, we buy less of it. For some products, we’ll change our behaviour significantly (holidays or books, perhaps). For other products, we just grit our teeth, hand over the credit...
    Transport Blog | 22-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching t...
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Te wiki – Maori Language Week
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07