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John Key: High dollar works for me

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 28th, 2013 - 24 comments
Categories: exports, Minister for Overseas Holidays, Satire - Tags:

John Key was unexpectedly forthright today as he said that the high dollar was good – for him.

Look, it keeps my petrol prices down, so I can keep the old gas-guzzler turning over.  And you should see how many HD TVs I can get on my weekly salary!  They must be able to afford them on benefits even – which is lucky for all those Wool guys in Oamaru.

But best of all is how much a PM’s salary is worth in Hawaii now!  I can go toe-to-toe with Obama now, and if ever my security guards can convince his security guards to let me pop over I’ll sure impress him with that!

Key seemed slightly confused as to whether it was helpful for the country however –

All my currency-trader mates seem to do quite well out of the volatility, so surely that’s reflected across the economy, right?  I even hear it’s good for manufacturers somehow.  And of course if currency traders are buying it’s not because the NZ dollar is the new gold – it never goes down – it’s because the economy is doing great!

Meanwhile job losses continue as manufacturers and exporters struggle to compete…

24 comments on “John Key: High dollar works for me”

  1. Addison 1

    When writing fiction it’s best to declare it as such otherwise it’s just a lie!

    • framu 1.1

      it is

      “Categories: exports, Minister for Overseas Holidays, Satire ”

      catches me out from time to time – usually on dimpost

  2. Raa 2

    It all depends how you perceive Key, and that depends on where you sit.

    I have relatives who think he walks on water, an immigrant boy made good. \

    Others seem him a shameless self-promoter.

    For people scratching to survive, he’s just a big yawn.

  3. Roy 3

    Having read the source article, I’d say this is just a paraphrase.

  4. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4

    In other news, in response to criticism from the Greens that the government was doing nothing to alleviate the effects of gravity on New Zealanders, John Key said that gravity was a good thing because, provided its mass was sufficient, stuff remained where you left it.

    Undeterred, Russell Norman called on John Key to do something about the tides and the phases of the moon as well.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Not sure about the moon, but tidal power might be worth something

    • Tim 4.2

      John Key said he’d have his people look into it and that he had just the people lined up to do a feasibility study.
      (“Now that the kuds rrr getin lil bit olda, Bronagh’s lookn for a paid passtime”)

    • felixviper 4.3

      Ah, the old ‘natural phenomenon’ argument.

      Sorry Ole, this is purely a human fuck-up and requires human responses. A human govt would be directly intervening to support manufacturers.

      A currency trader, on the other hand, has his own interests to look after.

  5. DH 5

    I read it the other day & couldn’t believe my eyes at this comment;

    “Even for a lot of manufacturers, it’s a big help.”

    A manufacturer who has an imported content in their product will re-export that content at the same high $NZD they bought it at. Clearly it is only local content that creates any wealth or profits for manufacturers and a high $NZD reduces the price they get for local content.

    If a manufacturer with imported content sells only to the domestic market they’re not gaining either because their international competitors also benefit from the high $NZD which brings down their prices to our local market by at least the same amount.

    What an asinine claim to make, and this from our PM of all people! Whose side is this guy on?

  6. bad12 6

    Why does the high value of the New Zealand Dollar work for Slippery the Prime Minister, read this whole page of excerpts of things Key has recently said here and overseas about the New Zealand dollar,

    This includes a look at who Slippery really works for and it aint the people of New Zealand,

    ”In talks with Timothy Geitner and Obama they say that they like the high exchange rate” unquote Slippery the prime Minister,

    http://www.interest.co.nz/…/pm-key-says-high-dollar-hurting-nz-exporters-new...

    Dairy with export sales of 12.1 billion dollars in 2011,

    Total exports for 2012 of 47.7 billion dollars,

    With a NZ$ that should have a value of between 65 and 75 cents against the US dollar the inaction of this abysmal Government is costing New Zealand exporters close to 4 billion dollars a year and along with that the Government is losing out in income from taxation of close to 1 billion dollars a year…

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      error 404 on that link.

      • bad12 6.1.1

        Google this: interest.co.nz/ PM Key says nz dollar hurting nz exporters.

        It makes an interesting read, i do not know where the press conference was held from which this quote was taken but will take it as a true account of the words of the PM as it is on the interest.co.nz site, heres the full text and shows in WHO’s interest the Slippery little Shyster is hell bent on keeping the NZ$ pumped up to historical highs,

        ” Interestingly enough if you look in the US, one of the big arguments that Secretary Geithner, that Ben Bernanke and Obama all made to me was that actually a high exchange rate is, they believe, something that they’re highly supportive of”, He said.

        ”The reason for that is that they believe that it leads to more benefits than the opposite”. unquote Slippery John Key NZ Prime Minister admitting that the US Federal Reserve dictates to New Zealand what it’s monetary policy will and will not be…

          • bad12 6.1.1.1.1

            So you think that the age of the comment makes them irrelevant???, it is obvious why Bernanke, Geithner, and Obama would be ‘highly supportive’ of the NZ$ remaining at historic highs against it’s US counter-part,

            This simply gives US exporters an advantage over Kiwi exporters whether they be farm or manufacturing based and the continual printing of money by the US Federal Reserve can hardly be described as ‘free market economics’,

            Claims by Slippery the Prime Minister that keeping the NZ$ at such historic highs pays off at the petrol pump for the average Kiwi are in fact utter bullshit as this Government in December raised taxes on petrol products by 3 cents a liter and prices in January this year have risen by another 11 cents a liter despite the NZ$ being continually traded at over 80 cents versus the US$,

            Meanwhile back in the jungle, this Government is forced to borrow more and more of the US Federal Reserves dirty laundry in the form of 40 billion dollars US a month of printed monies which Slippery our NZ Prime Minister has now admitted is in circulation in the global economy which in effect is a direct taxation by the US Federal Reserve on future exports from the NZ economy as the high dollar lessens monetary gains for NZ exporters even tho trade volumes remain high…

            • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.1.1

              So you think that the age of the comment makes them irrelevant?

              No, it was more that I was expecting a new post from what you said. It made searching for it harder. It would also have helped if you hadn’t implied that the quotes were on one post rather than three and that you’d linked to them all properly in the first place. May I suggest the FAQ to help with this?

              This simply gives US exporters an advantage over Kiwi exporters whether they be farm or manufacturing based and the continual printing of money by the US Federal Reserve can hardly be described as ‘free market economics’,

              Check the history. You’ll find that “free-market” economics has only ever been applied to the lower strata of society and, in the case of the US, only every other country and not themselves.

              Claims by Slippery the Prime Minister that keeping the NZ$ at such historic highs pays off at the petrol pump for the average Kiwi are in fact utter bullshit…

              Of course it is but not for what you say. If our dollar dropped against the US we’d have more incentive to replace oil based fuels and that would mean electric based transport (rail and trolley buses/trucks) which would end up being far cheaper as well making NZ even more competitive on the world market.

              Meanwhile back in the jungle, this Government is forced to borrow more and more of the US Federal Reserves dirty laundry in the form of 40 billion dollars US a month of printed monies which Slippery our NZ Prime Minister has now admitted is in circulation in the global economy which in effect is a direct taxation by the US Federal Reserve on future exports from the NZ economy as the high dollar lessens monetary gains for NZ exporters even tho trade volumes remain high…

              Agreed although I’d say that we’re not forced to but that the government is doing so on purpose. No government needs to borrow money.

              • bad12

                May i suggest you stop being such a f**king wanker, the quotes i used were all on the same page as i pointed out in my suggested google,

                Yawn i am talking the economic reality’s of ‘now’ not your continual fantasy world which has zero chance of ever becoming a reality, go back to dreaming, your boring…

                • Draco T Bastard

                  the quotes i used were all on the same page as i pointed out in my suggested google,

                  No, they’re not. In fact, your specific quotes don’t appear on any of those pages – they were just close enough to be able to find.

                  not your continual fantasy world which has zero chance of ever becoming a reality

                  It has a possibility if people learn enough about economics to understand that the BS pedaled by the mainstream economists, politicians and RWNJs is delusional.

  7. bad12 7

    Are you deliberatly being dense or is this some genetic propensity you have been blessed with,

    Heres the Google i gave you when you pointed out the link provided lead to an error 404,

    Google this: interest.co.nz/pm says nz dollar hurting nz exporters.

    Now the 3rd item on the page titled as above is where i directed you to find the quote i used, if you could not find the item which was clearly titled as i pointed out in the Google i can only suggest you get your eyesight checked and while your at it have someone check your f**king ego out as well as it appears from here that it is outta control,

    The fact that you have failed to understand the ‘inference’ of what Slippery the Prime Minister has said about Geithner, Bernanke and Obama all telling Him that they are ‘highly supportive’ of a high NZ$ doesn’t surprise me in light of the argument you post above about the specific quote not appearing at the Google i directed you toward surprises me not,

    In diplomatic ‘speak’ Slippery is being directly told by all three that they like that high NZ$ and He can leave off with any idea of taking steps to lower it, in other words the big fish of the pond telling the little fish of the pond what to do at the peril of being eaten for breakfast if He doesn’t,

    We then of course, taking into account the compulsive nature of the Prime Minister’s predilection for telling big fat f**king porkies and make an assessment over whether that conversation between those party’s ever actually occurred and if it did not occur then the Prime Minister is not only engaging in His usual habit of never letting a chance to bullshit us all pass by, He is also name dropping as a smokescreen excuse for doing nothing while NZ exporters are hurting and shedding jobs left right and center,

    The last sentence of your previous comment is way too hilarious on too many levels to actually warrant the bother of a further answer…

  8. bad12 8

    First He says this and then He says that, on any given day He says something else never stopping to think that all of what He says cannot be the truth as the statements are all contradictions of each other,

    He being of course none other than Slippery the prime minister of New Zealand, the bloke what never lets a chance go by, the chance to lie through His f**king teeth that is,

    Here’s what Slippery john key said onj January 23rd 2013,” I still think from a New Zeland perspective we’re on the right path. printing money wouldn’t necessarily see a devaluation of our exchange rate”, unquote.

    i beg your f**king pardon Slippery, why then are you scaremongering over increased fuel costs for motorists farmer and manufacturers if you cannot see printing NZ$’, acting to devalue the currency,

    i swear that man is a retard as well as a compulsive bullshit artist, and, anyone that puts an ounce of belief in an iota of whatever it is that that Shyster is pedalling on any given day must suffer from the same affliction,

    Here’s a fact: petrol in New Zeland is taxed 61 cents a liter by the Government, 3 cents of that tax was added barely 3 months ago by Slippery’s Government and that’s befor GST, and he professes to care about OUR fuel costs,

    Here’s another fact:if the supply of NZ Dollars was to be increased then it is a simple matter as/if the dollar devalues the taxes on fuel could be as instantly lowered in the same f**king time frame as Slippery and Co rack raise them, the printed dollars would then be passed from the Reserve Bank to the Government to make up the shortfall in the Government tax take from having lowered the fuel taxes,

    The Prime Minister is talking utter bullshit when he talks of printing money causing inflation through fuel costs,

    Here’s more of it, or should i say bullshit from the Prime Minister on the same day, ”Key pointed to a series of interest rate cuts in Australia that had not lead to a lower Australian Dollar”,

    Now that is just plain DUMB from out Prime Minister, why would cutting interest rates lead to a lower dollar, cutting interest rates would just have more and more people wanting to borrow cheap money which would simply increase the demand,

    Except for His value as a laughing stock as He dances with queers and stuff, Slippery our prime Minister is as useless as a turd that wont flush and should be got rid of befor the damage done becomes terminal,

    The quotes attributed to the Slippery little Shyster can be found at,

    http://www.interest.co.nz/../pm-key-says-japan-money-printing-and-currency-wars...

    Ter Google if that link is on the blink is: interest.co.nz/key says japan money printing and currency wars a risk for NZ.

  9. Simple 9

    Bad12 are you serious, you must be on another planet, with some of your comments or unable to remember some of NZ’s recent economic history?

    Lets deal with: the first is cutting interest rates. How exactly, OCR is at 2.5%, I think you are forgetting some reality, at this level the Reserve Bank can’t go much lower and have impact (as is the US funding with near 0 rates – they have no more leavers to pull), our money in terms of deposit rates are affected by inflation, sovereign risk, economic outlook. So even if you wanted to with a floating currency, you can’t just lower rates

    2nd point, we import as a country far too much from the rest of the world, as a country we refuse to save, have higher levels of productivity and constantly chase the lifestyle (without wanting to realise the consequences). If you have a lower dollar, it leads to inflation just on fuel costs alone (see recent CPI stats to see how much of the basket of goods is in this one area, or affected by it like food through increased distribution costs).

    • bad12 9.1

      LOLZ, i just come across your comment, your extremely funny, obviously you don’t intend to be but you make a claim about my comments in this post and then run off on a little tangent of your imagination not answering any comment i have made but instead creating an imaginary argument,(i assume you do so for the sake of ‘winning’ this argument,

      i will tho deal with your argument over increased fuel costs, can the NZ$ be diluted by printing money and thus lower it’s value against the US$ to a sane mark of 65-70 cents while keeping fuel price inflation at the bare minimum,

      YES it can, if we were to print the necessary monies to enable the lowering of the value of the NZ$ while at the same time lowering the Governments taxation imposed upon fuel products, (61 cents a liter plus GST), we then need only pass the same amount of printed monies to the Government as replacement for the fuel tax lost,

      Simple, no fuel price inflation in the actual cost of fuel or the spread through the economy of inflation brought about by fuel price increases off of the back of a lower dollar, there is no loss of revenue for the Government nor any gain so the lower dollar is achieved without any adverse effects…

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        We actually want petrol and diesel prices to appreciate naturally. The day is coming and if we have to use market signals, let’s use them to push for public transport.

        • bad12 9.1.1.1

          (a), who is this ‘we’???, and (b), 61 cents of Government taxation + 15% GST are not in my view is not a ‘natural appreciation’ of fuel product pricing,

          (c), The day as you say might be coming, do not tho hold your breath as it is, again in my opinion going to be one hell of a long wait for this so called ‘day’ to arrive,

          (d), A specific congestion tax for cities along with a greatly enhanced upgrade of ‘park and ride’ facilities including the construction of multi story car parking facilities, with apartments on the upper levels would go further to reduce inner city traffic congestion than Government taxation of fuel products,

          Attempting to use Government taxation to act as an impetus for the use of public transport is neanderthalic to say the least as such taxation feeds through the whole economy to make the most basic of food items more expensive and thus hurts those with the least incomes the most while taking no account of the fact that this cohort may not even be part of such traffic congestion…

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  • Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?
     Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?If so, will they be better equipped than they were in Afghanistan? In the following clip we see John Key reassuring  the nation after five New Zealand soldiers were killed...
    Arch Rival | 29-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    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
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • 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
  • 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
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