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Interview the leaders

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, March 28th, 2008 - 48 comments
Categories: activism, election 2008, interview, progressives - Tags: , , ,

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We’re going to interview the leader of each party but we’d like to give you the chance to ask the questions.

Starting next week we’ll submit two questions to a leader each Monday, one of which will be the same for each of them to allow you to compare those answers; the second question will be ‘leader specific’.

Each leader’s reply will be posted the following Monday and the questions for the next leader will be emailed. This process will continue until we’ve talked to them all.

We’ll choose the questions from your suggestions posted in the comments section of this post.

This is your chance to ask the political leaders questions you would never hear on the evening news. Keep them above the belt but make them tough.

First cab off the rank is Jim Anderton from the Progressive Party. Ask away!

48 comments on “Interview the leaders”

  1. James Kearney 1

    Jim. Why did you take my nos away?

    (Captcha: vice Committee)

  2. I’d like to know what changes Anderton thinks he’s made as progressives leader that he couldn’t have done if he’d folded back into Labour.

  3. Sam Dixon 3

    Johnny K: What is your position on the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights?

  4. Tane 4

    Hey Sam, cheers but this thread’s just questions for Anderton. You’ll get your turn with Johnny K later.

  5. Matthew Pilott 5

    General Question (for all the leaders):

    New Zealand elections have been reduced, in the eyes of many, to a popularity and soundbite contest.

    What will you and your Party do to return to robust debate on issues and government policy that will affect New Zealanders, as opposed to point-scoring type electioneering?

  6. Sam Dixon 6

    ah. ok.

    Jim: why are you trying to strike a balance between sustainabiltiy and commerical intersts when setting fishing quotas? The sustainable level is the sustainable level, anything more means the stocks will be exhausted

  7. Daveo 7

    Why should left-leaning NZers vote Progressive rather than Labour or Green?

  8. Billy 8

    Jim: Was the government’s assistance to Sovereign Yachts a good use of taxpayers’ money?

  9. r0b 9

    What a most excellent idea!

    I’m not at all interested in the Progressives as a party, but I am interested in Jim’s long term experience and perspective.

    (1) MMP seems to be working. What do you think motivates calls for another referendum? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00297.htm

    (2) Should political parties be state funded? Why, or why not?

    (3) Is politics getting dirtier, or does it just seem that way?

    (4) Is there any room for idealism in politics?

  10. Matthew Pilott 10

    Mr Anderton(we’ve been expecting you *hugo weaving voice*): Now that I can’t buy BZP, do you know where a good, reputable dealer is? Prefer Newtown area, non-gang affiliated, located near snack foods and bus routes.

    Cheers.

    (sounds like I’m with James Kearney there too…)

  11. BeShakey 11

    Jim: assuming you win Wigram, the key issue will be if you get enough party votes to bring in a second MP. For someone weighing up giveing their party vote to Progressives or Labour, what substantive difference would their be between having a second Progressive MP compared to another Labour MP?

  12. outofbed 12

    Jim could you do a deal with Labour to stand a high profile progressive candidate in a safe labour seat?
    There for getting more seats because of the overhang?

  13. Wat Tyler 13

    For the general question, how about: What is your proudest achievement in politics?

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    How can an achievement be proud? ;)

  15. Wat Tyler 15

    yeah yeah.

    “which of your achievements in politics are you most proud of?’

    that met with your approval Mr Pilott? Doesn’t have the same ring to it though.

  16. MikeE 16

    a) Do you wish to reduce drug harm in New Zealand

    b) Will you resign from parliament if the consumption and supply of Pure Methamphetamine increases due to the Ban on BZP?

    c) Will you resign if the harm from BZP increases due to its use and supply now being criminalised?

    d) Why is New Zealand’s most harmful drug, alcohol being left out of the review of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

    e) Why do you continually refer to BZP being Cattle drench, even though their is no recorded instance of BZP ever being used as an animal wormer*. Surely this is gross misrepresentation of the facts for the Associate Minister for Health and unofffical “drug tzar” to be making?

    *Although other piprazines have been tested as wormers in the 50s, not a single ingredient in party pills has bee.

  17. Billy 17

    Or, so as not to end the sentence with a preposition:

    “Of which of your achievements in politics are you most proud?”

  18. Stephen 18

    Why would anyone go from BZP to THE hardest drug on the market??

  19. Matthew Pilott 19

    Wat, Billy – maybe The Standard can use you guys as drafters for the final questions :)

    MikeE, in the same vein, are you willing to offer your congratulations to Mr Anderton given that P use is actually decreasing in NZ at present (which, FTR, is in no way related to BZP use)?

    How would you show a direct causal link between a BZP ban and an increase in P supply and consumption?

    Are you aware piperazines were developed and tested as cattle drench (and does it matter a whit? gross misrepresentation – I daresay there are more important points at hand that what the stuff is called)?

    Those points aside I’m not thoroughly disagreeing with you, though, but perhaps I don’t imagine that the effects will be as bad. However, I considered BZP a good tool in harm minimisation.

    As for “d” – alcohol isn’t classified as a drug is it? genuine point here – could it be included in the review at all given that?

  20. G 20

    All leaders: Do you think the Standard will provide a balanced view of all Leader’s answers?

    IrishBill says: We will be publishing responses verbatim and are looking for good, smart questions to pitch to each leader. We’ll also expect good smart answers. We have a robust and smart readership and leaders are aware of this and comments will be open on each post.

  21. IrishBill 21

    I’m disappointed by the failure of our resident right-wingers to provide any searching questions.

    Personally I don’t have much I’d want to challenge Jim on because I don’t disagree with his general political direction (except on drugs but that’s not really a strong political issue for me).

    We are hoping to get some well thought-out and well researched questions from the right that we could pitch to Jim but so far you people just don’t seem to be trying. I know you all pride yourselves on your political literacy so let’s see it.

  22. Robert Cowan 22

    How is the government planning to monitor human rights in China?
    Will the free trade agreement, once in place, be abondoned if it is discovered that the Chinese government is not adhering and not enforcing human rights?

  23. Occasional Observer 23

    IrishBill says: Dull OO. Very dull. Last warning and then a month ban

  24. higherstandard 24

    I’d be interested to know how his work in the catholic youth and diocese in Auckland influenced his political views and also his views on how local body politics and bureaucracy has changed since his days at Manukau City Council.

  25. Draco TB 25

    General question to all parties.
    With the probability that Peak Oil is already here and the price of oil reaching record heights in real terms what policies does {Party} have to maintain our economy and living standards in the face of increasing energy shortages?

    For J. Anderton
    As Minister of Agriculture what are you doing to encourage farmers to clean up their farms so as to minimize environmental damage?

  26. 1.Jim- what have you done to reduce complanice costs for farmers, especially sheep and beef farmers?

    2.Why did you vote for farm dog microchipping?

  27. insider 27

    MAybe the righties view Anderton as completely irrelevant and so not worth the bother.

    My question: How many jobs did your machine create (if any), can you prove it, how much did they cost to create, was it worth it?

  28. MikeE 28

    I’m glad I don’t count as right wing.

    Then gain Jacqui Dean did refer to me as left wing.

  29. Ah yes, she of ban-water infamy…

    Oh, and playschool. Goddamn I used to watch that when I was a kid – I still worry about the metanarratives that ratbag may have planted in my psyche…

  30. Mr Anderton how would you rate your achievements inside Parliament during the last 6 years, compared to the achievements of Laila Harre outside Parliament during the same time frame?

  31. Roark 31

    I’d like to know why Anderton thinks the government is better at picking winners that the market is and I’d like to see some clear proof from him that companies backed by his Ministry of Economic Development had produced better results than non-subsidised businesses.

  32. Fuck off Roark.

    Oh, and I just want to say it’s a fuckin coup to have leaders commenting on your blog – it shows how important the sphere is getting in politics.

    [lprent: RS: language is excessive]

  33. r0b 33

    OK, it took me a while, but I have got the question that I would like to hear answered by each of the leaders:

    “What are the challenges facing NZ in the next 20 years, and what is the evidence (historical, national and international) that your party’s policies are the best way of addressing those challenges?”

  34. Julie 34

    Well it’s quite a facetious question, but what I’d really like to ask Jim A is when he’s going to retire and what his plans are to make sure the Progressives survive his retirement as a vital and influential political party? Yes my tongue is a bit in my check (with the last bit), but I think an honest answer would be quite interesting nonetheless!

    Great idea by The Standard – I hope you get lots of timely replies from the leaders.

  35. Policy Parrot 35

    If Roger Douglas is elected as an ACT MP this election, what will be your first words to him across the debating chamber?

    (captcha: Miriam Street – good guess)

  36. Gobbler 36

    “Robinsod
    Mar 28th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Fuck off Roark.”

    I can only assume that you are referring to Roark’s post above yours Sod?

    Unless I missed something I believe that it is a relevant question –

    Jim: Can you demonstrate that Government investment in initiatives such as the ‘jobs machine’ the Ministry of Economic Development or New Zealand Trade and Enterprise generates a greater return to ‘NZ inc’ than say Government investment in a national fibre optic network and additonal overseas fibre optic cabling? – Just as one example…

  37. Yeah, fair enough Gobbler – It’s just Roark’s said some pretty nasty stuff here in the past but that was a fair comment. I retract my remark and apologise.

  38. r0b 38

    Well spoken ‘Sod.

  39. Ari 39

    Congrats on landing interviews with the party leaders, guys. I’m especially looking forward to John Key. :>

    Okay, questions for Jim Anderton:

    Why do you support raising the legal age for Alcohol when the law has only started to be taken seriously and rigorously enforced since that age has been lowered to 18? Don’t you think it makes people more likely to binge drink if they have not been exposed to alcohol in a moderated environment at a younger age? How do you answer general claims about more liberal legislation surrounding alcohol and other soft drugs leading to reduced harm, given your position on this issue?

  40. Ari 40

    Actually, perhaps I should clarify that last question:

    How do you answer claims that criminalising soft drugs like alcohol or BZP is harmful, by leading to them being sold by the black market, outside of regulation and safety guidelines? How can criminalisation and age restriction avoid people determined to subvert the rules without causing even more harm?

  41. Murray 41

    Prime Minister: [deleted - defaming spouses]

    [lprent:
    You have just caught my attention.

    I've scanned back on the comments and it appears you don't contribute anything of any value. Amongst other attributes I see that you have cut and pasted comments across threads. I also see that the moderators have warned you previously.

    If you want to do things in the toilet, take it elsewhere. Around here you will act in a moderately civilised manner.

    This is your first warning. From me, that also means your final warning.
    ]

  42. Murray 42

    Your wrong about the cut and paste, I have never done that, I don’t know how. As for not contributing anything of value, that’s a matter of opinion. In my honest opinion the moderators are wankers.
    And for the record compared to Robson I think I am bloody civilised.

  43. lprent 43

    “Your wrong about the cut and paste”

    Yes – apologies for that. It is two in the same thread
    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=1498#comment-24945
    Looks like you got caught by recaptcha.

    I don’t read the comments by post, just all comments in date time order. I’m looking for behaviour and getting rid of the spam comments that sneak through the filters.

  44. I would like to ask Mr. Anderson the following: Rio Tinto last year bought the NZ mining company that had the consent for prospecting for metals in the black sands of our seabeds from Auckland to Taranaki, which is also the Maui dolphin habitat. New Zealand is one of the few countries that still allow deep sea bottom trawling and as such is responsible for the destruction of huge areas of valuable habitat and the fragile ecosystem that should be preserved since it supports our fishery. Is the fact that you have not banned all forms of deep sea bottom trawling indicative for your stance on seabed mining and would you be in favour of seabed mining? Also would the fact that the profits of such a venture would now be going abroad and as such would not be benefiting the New Zealand people be of influence on your position?

    As a general question I would propose the following:

    Why is the war in Afghanistan, which so far has done nothing for liberating the Afghan people, rehabilitate the position of women and has caused the opium harvest this year to be the biggest in recorded history causing a huge rise in the availability of heroine on the streets of every major city in the western and the eastern world, not on this election agenda?
    While we are at it: Why does none of our leaders seem even remotely interested in the fact that what should have been a short intervention to catch Osama bin Laden and his marry band of terrorists, and while we were there the liberation of the oppressed people who would welcome us with open arms and reinstate democracy give their women freedom and equality has now entered it’s seventh year with no end in sight and with young men who should be with their families here in NZ instead of in some god forsaken ford in the deserts of Afghanistan has changed into a brutal occupation with a puppet government, supportive of the Big oil interest that wanted this war in the first place?
    When are our leaders going to ask questions about our involvement in the misbegotten illegal wars of aggression the US has gotten us into as the result of the events of 911?

  45. To Mr Anderton and other New Zealand politicians who are against the Canadian Pension Fund buying into Auckland International Airport.

    My Question is…

    “Don’t you think its wrong to say, that the Airport belongs to all New Zealanders, when in fact it actually belongs to the share holders, the people who had the courage to invest in it, the people who built it up, to what it is? and what right have you got to say who I can and can not sell my shares to?

    Follow up Question…

    If a group from the Pacific Islands had decided to buy into the Airport, is it fair to say that Labour, The Greens and the Maori party wouldn’t oppose it, because that could affect their voting base, and it borders on being bigoted to try and stop it, because its a group of North Americans that have tried to buy into the airport?

  46. Gooner 46

    My question:

    Jim – it may transpire this election that the Labour Party needs not only the Progressives to govern but also possibly Act. That could mean policy concessions both from the Progs to Act and of course vice versa.

    Could your party engage with Act in constructive dialogue to allow a government to be formed?

    BTW – this is a good idea guys/gals. Well done.

  47. ak 47

    (Aye, top idea standardistas)

    Jim: Congratulations on your long and successful career and on achieving the almost unique status of an NZ MP who has never compromised on base principles.
    Having been round the traps longer and more successfully than most, what is your opinion on the possibility of National doing a deal with the Maori Party to form the next Government? (eg offering to repeal Foreshore and Seabed in exchange for abstinence/support on supply and demand)

  48. Jim:
    What are the indespensible characteristics of an effective PM?
    What characteristics are valuable but not essential?
    Which of these characteristics can be learnt and which cannot?

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    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
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