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John Key: telling it like it isn’t

Written By: - Date published: 6:12 pm, February 1st, 2014 - 119 comments
Categories: child welfare, greens, john key, Metiria Turei, poverty, racism, sexism, slippery - Tags:

There are many things I like about The Greens.  One of them is that they don’t treat Question Time in the House as a place for cheap point scoring and irrelevant personalised attacks.  Most usually they keep on the issues – very often in a focused and on-going way.

Julie Anne Genter’s well-researched questions about transport policy comes to mind, as having been really good in exposing the weaknesses in the government’s destructive focus on Roads of National Significance, rather than upgrading public transport.  This is the opposition doing its job – they are there to probe government policies for weaknesses.

So John Key’s contribution yesterday to the great Metiria Jacket Diversion was just plain wrong.

In response to the criticisms of Key’s ministers (Tolley and Collins’) personal attack on Turei’s clothes, Key said this:

Prime Minister John Key defended his female colleagues.

“Lots of members of Parliament, on both sides of the House live in actually, much better conditions than a lot of other New Zealanders, and buying much more expensive clothes, so it was a bit rich of Metiria Turei having a go at the minister,” he said.

“But I don’t think it’s racism.”

The Greens were often among the most personal in their attacks on the Government Key said, citing the number of times they called for ministers to be sacked.

“They go hard, they really go hard,” Key said.

Calling for ministers to be sacked is not in the same category of “personal” attacks as diversionary, smear attacks on someone’s clothes or appearance.  Calling for ministers to be sacked is a standard opposition response to ministers failing to do the job for which they have responsibility.

It’s telling that, as an example of “personal” attacks by the Greens, this is all Key could come up with.

3 News last night also had Key repeating his Greens “go hard” line.  It is also telling that 3 News was able to come up with several clips of Key “going hard” with some nasty little personal jibes:

Because noddy over there…

The devil beast…

I’m pleased yesterday when I described the opposition as deluded….”

And that’s just some of Key’s milder contributions in the House.  But, in contrast, 3 News didn’t seem to havene be able to produce any clips of the Greens “going hard” in a personal way.

About the nearest I can think of is Turei’s wonderful response to Key’s and other Nat’s jibes against the opposition as being on “Planet Labour” or Planet Greens” – meaning they are out of touch with reality.

Turei on “Planet John Key”.

Bring back Lockwood.

So, where are the examples of the Greens’ going hard with diversionary digs at irrelevant aspects of other people’s clothes and appearance?

In contrast, I’m sure 3 News could have come up with some examples of Key being far nastier and more diversionary than the examples they used last night.

The Green Party earns kudos for the way they focus on the real issues for ordinary Kiwi and don’t get into cheap point scoring in the House.

NB: Could Judith Collins be any more contradictory with her 2 sentences:

“It would be hard to bully Metiria Turei,” Collins said on the way into National’s all day caucus at Premier House.
“Oh my goodness, isn’t she a sensitive wee sausage?”

What is it Ms Collins?  Turei is unbulliable, or overly sensitive? It’s just so frustrating to see other women collude with the regressive pressure in society, whereby women are judged way more on their physical appearance than men.  I would have expected women politicians to be more clued up than Tolley and Collins on this.

Turei – telling it like it is about growing up in poverty, and the way it is for those on low incomes today.

119 comments on “John Key: telling it like it isn’t”

  1. Clemgeopin 1

    I agree. I am not a Green party voter per se as I generally vote Labour on their social, economic and environmental policies. But I do find the Green party leaders and MPs most disciplined, well mannered in their behaviour, courteous and sharp in their parliamentary questions and speeches. Key has simply exaggerated and told another glaring unfair porky.

  2. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 2

    Hey, I’m not saying that Turei isn’t able to manage her finances, but remember – she complained that the bank wouldn’t give her a 100% mortgage because saving a deposit on 5 years of a 160,000+ salary was too hard.

    • weka 2.1

      [citation needed]

      • Disraeli Gladstone 2.1.1

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11132060

        “She and her family left Auckland in 2002, partly because of the cost of housing on an MP’s salary.

        She says there were good homes available in Dunedin for $140,000 to $180,000 when she was house hunting.

        But her bank wouldn’t lend her less than $200,000 as she had no deposit and had to take out a 100 per cent mortgage.”

        SHG’s playing with the facts, but his point does sort of ring true. I’m a little confused at how she couldn’t save up a deposit with such a decent salary. I know friends who have done the same with a lot less.

        But I don’t really see how or why she spends her money is relevant to us, unless it’s in regard to a political point. Because in the end, it’s her money.

        • karol 2.1.1.1

          2002 was Turei’s first year as an MP. So she would have had to wait a bit to save for a house deposit. Depends also what her husband earns. Meanwhile, they had a young daughter.

          • QoT 2.1.1.1.1

            And you need a history of at least six months’ savings to get approval. And who knows, the banks could have decided that a first term MP didn’t have the long-term financial stability to service a mortgage.

        • Naturesong 2.1.1.2

          His point does not ring true.

          She was not able to get a 100% mortgage – Sure.

          A statement of fact != a complaint .

          Metiria does not whinge. She’s stands up and fights.

        • Pasupial 2.1.2.1

          SHG

          You, and Bennett of the NZH, fundamentally misunderstand Turei’s position re: mortgage terms, and she using her own situation to illustrate this. Green MPs’ incomes are effectively less than than that of nactlings (whose instinct is always to just take the money and run) because they are substantially used to fund the party. On top of personal contributions (considerable), Turei also has a 10th of her salary tithed to the Green Party.

  3. Chooky 3

    Not only is Metiria Turei always immaculately dressed and very pleasantly good looking ( way better than her scruffy Nact hecklers) but she is the consummate professional

    ….a trained lawyer and an extremely able speaker …..I can not think of anyone I would like better to represent me if I was “down and out” in New Zealand

    These personal attacks by Nact female MPs on Metiria Turei ( and the attacks by John Key on Hone Harawira) are symptomatic of desperation ……. an awareness of how professional and good the Greens and Mana really are !….and how ready they are to lead and govern New Zealand with integrity .

    …..It is a sad Nact government on the wane , which knows it is on the ropes…… and is on the way out..

    …Key and his Nact cronies will be out by the end of 2014!

    • fisiani 3.1

      Satire is not dead

      [Fisi you will have to do better than this if you want to keep posting comments. How about a bit of analysis? - MS]

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 3.1.1

        Oh HA HA! Fisiani, that is so sad, you ripping off KJT’s witty point about your delusional comment in another thread and trying to apply it to a realistic comment here. LOL You are so bereft of ideas and originality you have to rip them off someone else and use them within a day of coming across them.

      • Chooky 3.1.2

        Chookies don’t do satire………..too hard….easier to tell the SIMPLE TRUTH…..the Greens and Mana and Labour are going to whip John Key’s and the Nacts arse…..and dont you know it

        fisiani ……i reckon you are a ferret or a weasel …..or maybe even a stoat ..go suck on a bad egg…your side is losing…ha ha

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Calling for ministers to be attacked is not…

    I take it you mean sacked.

  5. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5

    It appears that the theme of National’s approach this year is going to be to attempt to accuse the Opposition parties of activities that National have been doing and are criticized for.

    Example A: Accusing Mr Cunliffe of lying – Mr Key would have to be the most blatantly dishonest PM we have had. “I didn’t read the report”.

    Example B: Now it’s the Greens turn: “often among the most personal in their attacks on the Government Key ” This is simply not true. (a good illustration of Example A ) & Karol makes the rest of the point well!

    Example C: Hone Harawira accused of not being in parliament enough and going on ‘Jollies’ – John Key is discovered to be out of parliament for more time – and just look at the ‘jollies’ he’s been on (Balmoral and the Brit Conservative Party get-together springs immediately to mind)

    I am guessing this probably is a well known technique – probably has an official name – confuse the opponent by accusing them of what you are doing yourself.

    It brings to mind another trend we have been also seeing, which is simply to state the exact opposite of what is going on. There is a problem with inequality in NZ – “no there isn’t – the gap is closing”. There is a problem with lack of jobs – “no there isn’t we have people leaving the unemployment benefit in record numbers” It is raining “it is sunny” …..This one is being conducted throughout the Western world – I am seeing it on a regular basis and it reminds me of something out of ‘Animal Farm’ or the old Jedi mind-trick. Look out for it – it is everywhere at the mo.

    • gem 5.1

      In the case of accusing the Greens of using personal attacks, it appears to be the Karl Rove doctrine of attacking your opponents on their strengths, not on their weaknesses.
      As Karol indicates, the Greens are noted for focusing on issues, and behaving respectfully in Parliament.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5.1.1

        Yes I very much agree – Greens are incredibly professional – must piss Nact off no end! :D

        • Arfamo 5.1.1.1

          I think National’s strategy’s pretty obvious. Because the greens don’t make personal attacks and focus on issues, you can probably expect them to be getting a lot of petty personal attacks from National this year. All designed to provoke a personal attack in response. Their defence should be just to ignore them and focus on the issues. The minute they fall into the trap of responding in kind they lose that mana.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5.1.1.1.1

            Yes, I agree and I hope the Nastis-I-mean-Nacts carry on with that strategy – because it just makes the Nacts look petty – not the Greens.

            I think that Metiria’s response this time wasn’t as good as usual for the Greens, hopefully they have realised that.

            • North 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Blue Leopard @ 5: top marks for your comment thus – “I am guessing this probably is a well known technique – probably has an official name – confuse the opponent by accusing them of what you are doing yourself.”

              You might have said “contemptibly cynical obfuscating falsehoods”. Too demanding of the minimal intellects of zealots Fisiani and others ? Never mind. They can always consult the towering conceit and spin-intellect of “philosopher” Jamie Whyte of ACT.

    • Chooky 5.2

      …it is a very confusing world out there….i blame the lying stoats and weasels and ferrets….all they want is our nest eggs

  6. BLiP 6

    You gotta admit, this tactic from the Crosby/Textor Manual of Dark Arts has managed to capture the MSM. Now the nation is talking about designer jackets and not the fact that the John Key led National Party has completely failed to address child poverty in New Zealand. National Ltd™ hasn’t even gone so far as to recognise a measure which could be applied, nor has it adopted even one of the 78 recommendations from its expert advisory group on child poverty.

    http://youtu.be/Ie4iGmekzHE

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 6.1

      +1 BLiP

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 6.1.1

        Inability to foresee these tactics, inability to negate them, and inability to have a prepared response = incompetence

        • Pasupial 6.1.1.1

          Inability to foresee these gutter tactics, inability to descend to that level of mendacity, and inability to have a responsible policy reported in a soldout media environment = integrity.

        • Tracey 6.1.1.2

          Yes cos its a game that doesnt involve real lives of real people… oh wait.

          Biggest wanker wins and the poor get poorer.

  7. BM 7

    Turei needs to get a back bone and stop acting like a little child.

    Wha,wha Judith said mean things to me, suck it up princess you’re softer than a bowl full of jelly.

    • karol 7.1

      And there you go making cheap shots that avoid addressing the substantial issues.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        You got to hand it to Judith, she knows how to speak to her constituency clearly and precisely.

        • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.1

          +1

        • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 7.1.1.2

          Unlike a certain expensively-dressed List MP, Collins actually HAS a constituency.

          • karol 7.1.1.2.1

            And, SHG, you have dismissed all of us who voted Green Party. We are the constituents of all the GP MPs: MPs who represent the whole of NZ.

            You also show you don’t understand MMP.

      • BM 7.1.2

        The way I see it is this.
        Turei took a shot at Tolley, Tolly gave her a broad side, Turei couldn’t handle it and collapsed into a incoherent mess.

        The substantial issue that I see is that Turei is far too delicate for politics, if I was in charge of the Greens I’d give her the boot and replace her with some one can take a bit of stick and not run off the the media and have a cry about it.

        Bunch of lefty wusses

        • weka 7.1.2.1

          “The substantial issue that I see is that Turei is far too delicate for politics,”

          lolz. You haven’t been paying attention, have you. Turei is very strong. You just can’t tell the difference between wahine toa and the macho culture that lives in parliament. Which is odd given how different they are.

        • Sacha 7.1.2.2

          “Turei took a shot at Tolley” – what about?

        • QoT 7.1.2.3

          collapsed into a incoherent mess

          Oh, the spin is so strong on this issue. We hear that Turei “collapsed”, she “panicked”, she’s “too sensitive” … because when a woman stands up for herself the first recourse is to accuse her of being too emotional. Which is code for “too female.”

        • Tracey 7.1.2.4

          Could you post the source for tureis attack on tolley in parliament last week?

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      And BM proves that it’s the RWNJs that are outright nasty.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 7.2.1

        And won this round easily.

        • karol 7.2.1.1

          More of the diversionary cheap shots….. meanwhile the rest of us will keep talking about important issues like poverty, inequality, housing crisis, democracy, etc.

        • Tracey 7.2.1.2

          Perhaps you can give us the source and substance of tureis attack k on tolley in parliament last week. Fascinating that you announce bm the winner despite him having no factual basis for his comments.

    • fender 7.3

      BM needs to get a brain and stop acting like parrot.

      Can he not see the inconsistency of having the gross Collins on the one hand condemning cyber-bullying while on the other she behaves like a pig in flesh.

      • Stuart Munro 7.3.1

        I’m sorry but I don’t think your comparison is quite accurate.

        Pigs are relatively sociable creatures – Collins has that whole ponderous truculence thing going on, her mum didn’t name her ‘Crusher’ by accident you know. Her cabinet presence is probably just another hoof in the door from dirty dairying.

        The saddest thing is that she displays many of the classic symptoms of BSE: odd changes in activity and attitude, is becoming increasingly uncoordinated, and has trouble performing to UN standards.

    • North 7.4

      So baggage Collins’ $250K plus for the contribution “…..wee sausage” is all cool ?

      Any guesses on the outcome of a face to face between the bowl of snot BM and the bowl of jelly Metiria ?

    • Tracey 7.5

      You missed the bit where tolley launched an unprovoked attack on turei. And you such a stickler for true facts

  8. phil 8

    It also demonstrates the petty and vindictive mind of the Crusher Collins. Beneath contempt.

  9. bad12 9

    i am amused, as a Party member i wish to thank Tolley and Collins for the free publicity, they might have seen such stupidity as attacking Mets over the clothes She wears and their cost as a wedge to drive into the Green Party support base,

    Playing well for Nationals core of ‘wing-nut’ supporters but effect the Green Party support in any way, not a show,

    The damage Tolley and Collins are in danger of inflicting on their own Party tho is not of a nature that can be easily calculated, But, in the National held seats there is a definite trend for the young born to rule National voter to split their votes, expressing their ecological/conservationist values in the most practical of ways electorate voting for National while Party voting for the Green Party,

    One thing about such people, the born to rule young National voters, they dress for success and wouldn’t be seen dead in anything less than the best, Ware Whare shoppers they aint and the danger for Tolley and Collins is that these younger members of their own party apply their dress sense to their view of what this allows them license to comment upon or not which may cause them some personal offense and thus have them become firmer in their ideas of how to vote this election,

    A nice own goal from National for the week…

    • srylands 9.1

      Shit good luck with that interpretation. You do sound like the English cricket coach – all words and no belief. The two Ministers I think were pointing out that an obese woman with an enormous carbon footprint who lives in a large house and wears madly expensive clothes looks a bit dopy lecturing about poverty. I think they won!

      • bad12 9.1.1

        Pissed again SSLands, pretty obvious, so only those who live in a shack wearing only sack-cloth are allowed to comment upon poverty in your world, who would have thunk it,

        Check the stats you little dullard, between elections 2008 and 2011 the Green Party party vote rose by 58%,(at least), in the Auckland electorates held by National,

        Tolley,Collins along with Slippery the Prime Minister should keep up the ridiculous personal attack on Metiria the free publicity for the Green Party is worth mega.bucks…

        • Anne 9.1.1.1

          I see Anne Tolley described herself as being “insulted by getting a lecture from Metiria Turei”.

          A lecture? Who does the ignorant woman with the gauche colour sense think she is?

          Remember her put-down lecture to a group of experienced teachers? She had the gall to read a children’s story to them as a way of lecturing them about some silly perception she had conjured up in her less than average IQ brain. What did she know about teaching? Zilch.

          • bad12 9.1.1.1.1

            My belief is that the ‘hate’ from Tolley is personal toward Metiria, i well remember a debate on RadioNZ befor the 2011 election where Tolley continually interrupted Mets with her whining until Met’s let go a 30 second burst that sounded much like the skill-saw in my shed working at full capacity,

            Lolz, that certainly shut ‘its’ trap…

          • Tracey 9.1.1.1.2

            I wonder if the number of poor in tolleys electorate has fallen while tolley has been their mp.

      • JK 9.1.2

        This sort of negative malice towards leftie women is just so typical of Nat “cats” – they’ll do anything they can to bring a strong woman down in public. They did it with Helen Clark, now they’re doing it to Metiria Turei. But they won’t succeed – they’re only making themselves look extremely silly and petty. Not pretty. Petty !

        • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1.2.1

          This sort of negative malice towards leftie women is just so typical of Nat “cats” – they’ll do anything they can to bring a strong woman down in public.

          What National does for strong women is PROMOTE them. Compare the National cabinet with Labour’s front bench, compare the women in each and the portfolios they’ve been assigned. I know which party looks like it has a problem with strong women and it ain’t National.

      • Chooky 9.1.3

        @ srylands

        she is not obese!….really i think a lot of these comments are pure racism…..shows where John Key’s Nact Party is really at…They should be called out for what they are ….RACISTS

        ….the Maori Party should be DISASSOCIATING itself from National fast ….and All Maoris should take note and beware ….the National Party is a racist party

        ….RACISM was one of the reasons why Winston Peters never made it as leader of the National Party….even although he was head and shoulders above every other contender in terms of ability….even Muldoon realised it

      • Tracey 9.1.4

        If you think potential green voters would be deterred by that you dont have any idea of the green constituency. Seems odd that a government t you consider doing so well needs to stoop to name calling and personal attacks. Preaching to the choir by the look of your post.

  10. Sacha 10

    “telling it like it isn’t”

    the word we need to use more is *liar*

  11. newsense 11

    More Nasty Negative attacks from the Nats:

    and surely the Herald must get points here for helping them.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11195130

    Another Herald article where they provide ‘balance’ by putting a few words from a left source tokenly at the bottom of the article. How much of this is driven by contracted out or overseas subbing I wonder?

    This is callous, obnoxious crap deserving of being called what it is, and the Herald is a loathful paper for running it.

    “If she cared about child poverty she could always sell the coat and feed a child for a year” Collins.

    And then they ask COLIN MAthura jeffrees FOR HIS OPINION.

    Fuck me. tack on Godfrey and a rebuttal from Turei herself at the bottom.

    Same thing with an article about the baby bonus policy- economists say its cack screams the headline with screeds of negativity from one economist and something different from Susan St John at the very bottom.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 11.1

      “If she cared about child poverty she could always sell the coat and feed a child for a year” Collins

      That’s a great line. Turei walked straight into it, whack. Knockout victory, Collins.

      • Pasupial 11.1.1

        SHG

        You really are totally ignorant.

        • idlegus 11.1.1.1

          $2000 feeds a child for a year? those arnt great lines from collins, they are extensions of ‘i know you are but what am i’, but whatever floats your boat, idiot.

      • karol 11.1.2

        Actually, that line says everything about Nat values. So all those in the Nats who spend a lot of money on clothes and houses – clearly, according to statements of their own MPs – don’t give a shit about poverty.

        And they’d rather diss opponents’ clothes than even talk about poverty and inequality.

  12. newsense 12

    Where’s that smugness and more knowledgable than thou from Dr Mapp? Is this what he thinks too?

  13. Tanz 13

    Key is very nasty and arrogant in the House debates, I wish the wider public was more aware of this. Speaks volumes.Yet he gets away with it, as the media ignore this side of Key.
    The real Key.

  14. idlegus 14

    collins was ‘overly sensitive’ when cunliffe called her an old trout.

  15. Tim 15

    Any one else noticed that Hekia Parata 19thC Brit colonial soldier jacket? The only thing missing is the gold braid and fake medals

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 15.1

      That’s coded racist for “Uncle Tom bitch”, right?

      • Pasupial 15.1.1

        No: I’d call her kūpapa.

        • North 15.1.1.1

          In delightfully subversive giggles people in Moerewa call Parata “Heki Pirau” – rotten egg. So telling. The Egg Key/Potato Parata dynamic is pretty stenchy.

    • Anne 15.2

      Any one else noticed that Hekia Parata 19thC Brit colonial soldier jacket?

      Yes. She has a fetish for military-style designer clothing.

  16. Chooky 16

    lol again

  17. Stuart Munro 17

    Actually I don’t think it’s racism. Though botox might change things briefly, by the time you are middle-aged you are responsible for your own face. Metiria looks infinitely better than Collins and Tolley and likely always will – smiling makes for a better complexion than sneering.

    • karol 17.1

      Morgan Godfery explains well the workings of racism in the 21st century.
      \

      We live in the age of racism without racists. Racism comes with its own stigma. People want to avoid that. But rather than change their behaviour, society has invented rhetorical parachutes. Suddenly racism can’t exist without racial words. Racism becomes the use of “Wogistan”, but not the history and ideas that sustain it.

      Tolley didn’t need to mention race. Her attack is loaded with social, political and racial assumptions. The unspoken context is that Metiria, a Maori woman who lives well and dresses better, is acting out of turn and out of step with her community. How can she be in touch with her community when she isn’t living like them? The premise is that a Maori woman cannot dress well and claim to represent her people. Because Maori live exclusively in poverty, amirite.

      It seems to me, in a context where Maori are treated as having secondary status in too many ways, that’s how Tolley’s statements felt to them.

      • Chooky 17.1.1

        +100 karol

        ….Metiria in ability, appearance, poise, compassion and ability to see the breadth of the real issues facing all New Zealand…… is head and shoulders above the motley, alley cat, NACT gang of female MPS ..of mediocre ability , no class, no style and only envy….so they resort to bullying and claws to compensate

        It was the same with Winston Peters in the National Party….he was head and shoulders above the rest and he never fell for monetarism , Neo Lib economics, sale of State Assets ….but was for all New Zealanders First….He has been hounded by National MPs unrelentingly on the most trivial of things …( thinly veiled racism imo….for someone of far superior ability…”How dare he get above his station?”….so he has had to resort to being a bush fighter( one of his former university law lecturers said he was the most able law student he had ever had)…and NACT have never quite killed him off ( lets hope Winnie does not do a deal with them…now that they desperately need him)

        Now we have Hone Harawira being hounded by John Key on going to South Africa to Mandela’s funeral and taking leave from Parliament ….when Key himself was no friend of Mandelas’ cause at the time when it counted ( couldnt even remember the Springbok Tour) and has taken more leave from Parliament than Harawira himself ( hypocrisy and racism?)

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 17.1.2

        Thanks Karol.

  18. Wayne 18

    The issue for the Nats is they constantly get “holier than thou” lectures and homilies from the Greens in the House. For instance Metiria’s constant repetition about “dirty deals”, “the 1%”, “rich mates”, “don’t care about the children” “hate families” etc.

    If you believed Metiria, New Zealand is some sort of third world hellhole that has sold its entire birthright to the United States.

    Now none of this involves insults as such, but I know from experience that it is very irritating. Hence Anne Tolley’s reaction.

    Interestingly it is not a tactic used by Labour, who use more typical forms of debating insult.

    • Flip 18.1

      It is called opposition.

      Insults tell you a lot about the quality of the person delivering them and do not represent either a defence or an argument.

      • Sacha 18.1.1

        “Labour, who use more typical forms of debating insult”

        Part of the same cosy law school/high school club.

    • Paupial 18.2

      W

      The issue for the Nats is they are unable to debate issues on their merits, so fall back on facile insults – eg; “Devil Beast”, and the; Full Meteria Jacket hooha. I do believe Turei that New Zealand is well on the path to becoming some sort of third world hellhole that has sold its entire birthright to the United States.

      Speaking truth to power can indeed be irritating to those in power.

      • Flip 18.2.1

        I suspect given half a chance Key would have NZ join the Union and become the 51st State of the USA or a US territory.

      • karol 18.2.2

        Speaking truth to power can indeed be irritating to those in power.

        And that is the crux of the whole issue. Turei and the Greens have definitely touched on a sensitive point for the Nats.

        • Wayne 18.2.2.1

          It is more the sanctimony that accompanies it that is the cause of the reaction. After all, Labour runs similar themes but you don’t see the Nats getting that affected by it.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 18.2.2.1.1

            “Sanctimony” (aka competence) gets under the Tory skin and gets a reaction. Keep it up Greens.

          • Sacha 18.2.2.1.2

            People of principle can sound sanctimonious to those steeped in a culture of pragmatic clinging to power. It’s revealing that Labour has not annoyed the Nats in the same way.

          • North 18.2.2.1.3

            Jeez Pompous Wayne…….can you hear yourself ?

            I recall you in your parliamentary troughing days being one of the most loquacious, shoutiest, spittliest Tory boys in the chamber when it came to levelling charges along the lines of “Socialists Hate Freedom !”. Your snorted rounded vowels made it a spectacle of outrage all the more appalling.

            And I don’t recall you having demurred when that buffoon National MP from Tauranga, Clarkson was it, told the nation from his parliamentary bench that if the lady dependent for her life on electricity had paid her power bill……..well…….she wouldn’t be dead……..would she ?

            Now you turn up here like some latter day Sir Robert Smith fresh from writing a parliamentary ethics manual, gratuitously offering objective “wisdom”. Like butter wouldn’t melt in your mouth. Doesn’t work.

            • felix 18.2.2.1.3.1

              Exactly, North.

              It’s a bit fucking rich of Dr Wayne to accuse others of sanctimony when you consider the holier-than-thou, passive-aggressive bullshit he peddles here on a daily basis.

              And yes, he was a disgusting vile infection on the house of representatives.

            • Tracey 18.2.2.1.3.2

              +1

              The greens get under nats skins cos there is more than a grain of truth. Despite the mistruths that come out of some nats mouths or keyboards they dont fully believe their schtick… and the greens truth seeps through.

              Wayne knows the economic good news is the same news we have had before and will do Nothing g to reduce poverty… shorten the gap between rich and poor or prevent a meltdown on cue in a out 13 years time.

            • Wayne 18.2.2.1.3.3

              Well, I’ll admit that I interjected a bit, but I think you would find that most on the other side would say it was always in good humour – more or less.

              • Tracey

                So you were a bit of a comedian… by your account. The greens are sanctimonious though. So if its your side its funny but the other side are sanctimonious. Its always good to have someone masquerading as rational to help us judge the greens

      • Draco T Bastard 18.2.3

        +1

    • Paul 18.3

      You would defend anything.
      The nasty Nats.

    • Delia 18.4

      No women right or left or inbetween should be criticised for her appearance and that should be a given. This has actually been going on for a year. It is just mobbing and if I tried it on in my workplace, all hell would break loose.

    • Delia 18.5

      Poor old Anne, sensitive wee sausage being told she does not care for the poor. Poor wee petal. Truth hurts.

      • greywarbler 18.5.1

        We have a super Anne that comments here, so to avoid confusion mention Tolley so we know who you are talikng about, or say my favourites Annatolly or Annatolled. (As in the bell tolled for…)

        • Anne 18.5.1.1

          Must say it took me aback until I realised who Delia was referring to.

          Thank-you greywarbler. :)

    • Macro 18.6

      If you believed Metiria, New Zealand is some sort of third world hellhole that has sold its entire birthright to the United States.

      And you are trying to tell us that it hasn’t? TPPA? GCSB? “Hobbit Act”? “Three strikes”? Imprisonment rate just below the States? Anti nuclear stand gone by lunchtime? to name a few… All Nact..

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 18.6.1

        Nz’s incarceration rate is approximately one quarter that of the USA, but don’t let the facts stop you.

        • Macro 18.6.1.1

          Well Key doesn’t!

        • Pasupial 18.6.1.2

          SHG

          Our incarceration rate is second highest in the OECD after USA. Hence Macro’s characterisation of an; “Imprisonment rate just below the States”. By comparison, Australia (where I suspect you are commenting from) is at 18%, while we are at 27% of USA levels. At least we’re not as bad as Russia (68%) or Greenland (47%) yet, but in Olde Zeeland it is much lower (Netherlands 11%).

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_incarceration_rate

          Our privately owned prison incarceration proportion is swelling towards USA levels though.

    • newsense 18.7

      can you put references to everything you put in quotes?

      So you don’t think that Sky City was a dirty deal? Or Warner Bros?

      Did or didn’t National push through a confused labour law in order, they said, to make a film deal? Is our law up for sale for every piece of investment? This seems like a legitimate political target.

      So, to sum up, if you don’t like your opponent opposing where you are most vunerable you insult their clothing?

      Weak. But an attempt to stay loyal I suppose.

  19. Draco T Bastard 19

    The Left Don’t Want Leftovers; Or Why Metiria Should Keep Her Jacket!

    However it did highlight another issue, the misconception amongst the political right that activist groups and political parties concerned with fighting poverty and inequality, such as the Greens and the Alliance, demand austerity – that we believe that no one should have any fun or treats or own nice things.

    Quite the opposite is true. We want everyone to have nice stuff! We want everyone to have the sort of lifestyle that means they can live comfortably and even splash out on some really nice clothes, or a plush new sofa, or an overseas holiday now and then.

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    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
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