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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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    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter referring to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    ...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2009. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2009. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog
  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
    Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve...
    Scoop politics
  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
    The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is welcoming calls by the Civil Aviation Authority to have industry and the public have their say on proposed rules for unmanned aircraft operations....
    Scoop politics
  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
    Family First NZ is welcoming a report which says that blaming men for domestic violence is ‘gender bias’....
    Scoop politics
  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law....
    Scoop politics
  • Iwi score badly on Māori language report card
    Māori language group Umere has given 'iwi corporates' a "Not achieved" for not standing up for te reo....
    Scoop politics
  • Men need to play leadership role
    White Ribbon Day is the international day for the elimination of violence against women and occurs each year on 25 November....
    Scoop politics
  • NZ-HK Customs heads meet to strengthen ties
    A meeting between New Zealand Customs and Hong Kong Customs officials in Auckland today has strengthened the close partnership between the two agencies that continue to work together, especially to combat drug smuggling and organised crime....
    Scoop politics
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon Richard Prebble CBE,
    Out of the Red $29.95 The untold story of NZ's biggest business turn around....
    Scoop politics
  • Submissions called for two herbicide applications
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on the reassessment of the herbicide Firebird and an application for release of the herbicide Sakura....
    Scoop politics
  • Collins Inquiry – Statement from Mr Adam Feeley
    "I am pleased that the inquiry was undertaken and with the outcome announced today, especially given the unprecedented level of speculation, criticism and comment around investigations into the collapse of finance companies - much of which bore little...
    Scoop politics
  • #GivingTuesday focuses on charitable giving in Xmas lead-up
    More than 100 New Zealand charities are taking part in the inaugural #GivingTuesday being held on Tuesday 2 December....
    Scoop politics
  • Carrick Graham: Inquiry Shows New Media PR Here to Stay
    Facilitate Communications welcomes the Prime Minister’s release of the Inquiry report into allegations regarding the Honourable Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley....
    Scoop politics
  • Carrick Graham: Inquiry Shows New Media PR Here to Stay
    Facilitate Communications welcomes the Prime Minister’s release of the Inquiry report into allegations regarding the Honourable Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley....
    Scoop politics
  • Importance of employer support of victims of family violence
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed a new report, Intimate partner violence and the workplace, published today by the NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse at the University of Auckland....
    Scoop politics
  • Importance of employer support of victims of family violence
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed a new report, Intimate partner violence and the workplace, published today by the NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse at the University of Auckland....
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  • Activists celebrate success in ‘Roast Busters’ campaign
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  • MBIE acts against Queenstown breaches of employment laws
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  • Corrections Review of Phillip Smith’s Illegal Departure
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
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