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Journalism (The Intercept)

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, February 19th, 2014 - 37 comments
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So, for anyone interested in proper, investigative journalism…

The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media, was created by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill. It has a two-fold mission: one short-term, the other long-term.

Our short-term mission is to provide a platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Although we are still building our infrastructure and larger vision, we are launching now because we believe we have a vital obligation to this ongoing and evolving story, to these documents, and to the public.

Our NSA coverage will be comprehensive, innovative and multi-faceted. We have a team of experienced editors and journalists devoted to the story. We will use all forms of digital media for our reporting. In addition, we will publish primary source documents on which our reporting is based. We will also invite outside experts with area knowledge to contribute to our reporting, and provide a platform for commentary and reader engagement.

Our long-term mission is to produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues. The editorial independence of our journalists will be guaranteed. They will be encouraged to pursue their passions, cultivate a unique voice, and publish stories without regard to whom they might anger or alienate. We believe the prime value of journalism is its power to impose transparency, and thus accountability, on the most powerful governmental and corporate bodies, and our journalists will be provided the full resources and support required to do this.

While our initial focus will be the critical work surrounding the NSA story, we are excited by the opportunity to grow with our readers into the broader and more comprehensive news outlet that the The Intercept will become.

37 comments on “Journalism (The Intercept)”

  1. karol 1

    Ah. Excellent. I read this article on the anti-wikileaks surevillance and pressure tactics last night, and didn’t realise or check the info about the Intercept site. Bookmarked, and following on Twitter.

    A much needed addition to the global news media.

    [lprent: fixed link ]

  2. Umm, let the buyer beware – that publication is financed by shifty libertarian billionaire (ebay founder) Pierre Omidyar. I can only hope critics are wrong, because if they are right, this is a disaster…

    https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/extraordinary-pierre-omidyar/

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/12/glenn-greenwald-vs-mark-ames-on-the-privatization-of-the-edward-snowden-leaks/

    http://pando.com/2013/11/27/keeping-secrets/

    tl;dr versions:

    “That’s right: Snowden doesn’t have the files any more, the Guardian doesn’t have them, the Washington Post doesn’t have them… just Glenn and Laura at the for-profit journalism company created by the founder of eBay.”

    “Whistleblowing has traditionally served the public interest,” continued Ames. “In this case, it is about to serve the interests of a billionaire starting a for-profit media business venture. This is truly unprecedented. Never before has such a vast trove of public secrets been sold wholesale to a single billionaire as the foundation of a for-profit company.”

    +

    “The question, however, is what defines power to a neoliberal mind? We’re going to take a wild guess here and say: The State …. In other words: look out Government, you’re about to be pummeled by a crusading, righteous billionaire! And corporate America? Ah, don’t worry. Your dirty secrets—freshly transferred from the nasty non-profit hands of the Guardian to the aggressively for-profit hands of Pierre Omidyar—are safe with us.”

    +

    “The point is this: In the most successful whistleblower cases, the public has sided with the selfless whistleblower against the power- or profit-driven entity whose secrets were leaked. The Snowden case represents a new twist to the heroic whistleblower story arc: After successfully convincing a large part of the public and the American Establishment that Snowden’s leaks serve a higher public interest, Greenwald promptly sold those secrets to a billionaire.”

    As Mark Ames points out, “Civic-minded billionaire? Yes, you’ll find him two doors down from the tooth fairy.”

    • Bill 2.1

      Must say that I’ve been somewhat bemused by the negative and dismissive shit Mark Ames has regularly put out there with regards the Snowdon leaks. Right from ‘day one’ too. Very strange.

      • Among other things, the dude (and his colleague Yasha Levine) first broke the story on the Kochs astroturfing the Tea Party movement, exposed the private security contractors in leage with union-busters astroturfing the anti-TSA protests, exposed the links between the LAPD and Israeli arms companies, exposed the links between the lobbyists for the Georgian government and the McCain campaign in the war they staged to try and weaken Obama’s campaign in ’08, caught out and brought up the links between charter school advocates and a campaign to break the teachers’ union, and has been very supportive of whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and the Wikileaks project. Maybe he’s wrong about Snowden, or maybe he’s right to smell a rat. I dunno, but I’ve been reading him for around a decade now. If he’s been faking all this long just so that he could pounce Snowden, he’d have to be some kind of psychic.

        EDIT: and let’s not forget the S.H.A.M.E. project, where he and Levine profiled the links between various talking heads in the US media who try to hide their links to the Koch machine, big tobacco, big pharma, etc. Ames seems clean enough to me.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          After successfully convincing a large part of the public and the American Establishment that Snowden’s leaks serve a higher public interest, Greenwald promptly sold those secrets to a billionaire.”

          This is a bullshit statement.

          Previously, Snowden’s revelations were helping the billionaire owners of the New York Times and the Washington Post make money. That’s the nature of media enterprises today.

        • karol 2.1.1.2

          Just looking at the Wikipedia sketch of Pierre Omidyar, it seems he is a character of contradictions.

          He is as much into supporting not-for-profit endeavours as he is into supporting corporates. His rise via eBay was kind of a fluke – at least, he didn’t start eBay to make a million. He does want to encourage individual creativity.

          Kind of reminds me of some late 19th century, early 20th century philanthropists like Andrew Carnegie – who wanted to make pathways to achievement for the less well-off via public services, in the pre-welfare state days.

          Omidyar also reminds me of the founder of Al Jazeera.

          Al Jazeera has produced some really good critical coverage of news and current events. It also has been criticised for the ways it slants some of its coverage.

          It’s hard for any independent news organisation to get a start without some significant fianncial backing these days.

    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      Has the New York Times always been a for-profit media entity? Of course.

      Has the Washington Post always been a for-profit media entity? Of course.

      Is TVNZ a for-profit media entity? Of course.

      The key difference with The Intercept is this: independence from corporate control i.e. full editorial and journalistic control by some of the most outstanding, independent and proven media figures of the last decade.

      • Time will tell, I guess!

        • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1

          Not good enough.

          You don’t get to launch a series of disparaging innuendo and then try and walk away from it.

          Greenwald, Poitras and Scahill have done some of the best reporting of the 21st century and directly against the interests of the power elite.

          Your smears are bullshit.

          • Cemetery Jones 2.2.1.1.1

            I’m not walking away, I just don’t see any way of going further than I have to convince you. I’m not gonna insult you, I’ve given you what I have, and said what I think.

            • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1.1.1

              All you’ve done is serve the interests of the power elite smearing against a small independent media team.

              Well done you.

              By the way I haven’t insulted you either. Just said that your comments were bullshit, which they are.

              • Two things, I guess.

                First, your description of this ‘small independent media team’. I guess personally I feel that ‘small independent media team’ ceases to apply when you work for a billionaire investor whose motivations are anyone’s guess beyond what we can glean from his track record, and what we can speculate from that basis (and his known political beliefs) that he might want with those materials (which he now owns). What evidence do you have of their independence? On what grounds do you so equivocally state that I serve the power elite here?

                Second, I wasn’t implying you insulted me and I apologise if that inference was easily drawn. I was stating that if you’re pushing me to continue the argument of my initial post, then I’m going to decline because it’s pointless. I stated what I believe and provided some links which explain the grounds for my assertion, but I’m not going to demand that you believe me or insult you for not believing me (or the sources I provided). I know the RWNJs like to get people chasing their tails and engaging in Verdun-like back-and-forth arguments, but personally I don’t find amusement or fulfillment in that.

                • weka

                  Is the main basis of your criticism that the person who now owns the information is a billionare?

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Cemetery apparently can’t tell the difference between a crack team of journalists who have done some of the best reporting of the 21st century, and the rich guy financing them who has zero editorial control, and who doesn’t even get to see stories ahead of when they are published.

                    And please, the billionaire doesn’t “own” the information, he has no ability to box it up and give it back to the US govt unpublished, even if he wanted to.

                    • weka

                      I was going to put ‘own’ in quotation marks, but decided to avoid at least one argument 😉

                    • Colonial Viper

                      😀

                    • Hey CV, I see you replied to Weka and referred to me. Maybe you could reply to my comment above then? Better yet, I’ll put it here for your convenience:

                      What evidence do you have of their independence, which you so unequivocally assert to be a fact?

                      On what grounds do you so unequivocally state that I serve the power elite here?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Simple – I trust Greenwald, Poitras and Scahill, and their professional journalistic record, far more than I trust the likes of power elite apologists like you.

                      On what grounds do you so unequivocally state that I serve the power elite here?

                      Not only do you serve them, you are a shill for their interests against independent media.

                    • “Simple – I trust Greenwald, Poitras and Scahill, and their professional journalistic record, far more than I trust the likes of power elite apologists like you.”

                      I could just as easily say that blind trust suits the plutocracy just fine. No waiting to see if they’ve been bought? Perfect.

                      “On what grounds do you so unequivocally state that I serve the power elite here?

                      Not only do you serve them, you are a shill for their interests against independent media.”

                      Nice non-answer. Training to be a National MP? You made the allegation, now step up, or step off.

                  • Hey Weka, I think it was about 4 months back that I first heard about Omidyar and his interest in financing this venture. I’ve since then been reading what I can about the guy. I linked 3 articles in my original post which may give some idea of where I’m coming from. Chiefly though, I personally believe that the plutocracy will play all kinds of dirty tricks on us all. Is his money a factor? Absolutely. Left wing political thought is heavily based on the historical experience of wealthy people using their power and influence to get what they want.

                    We also know that governments can’t match the wealth of private companies and individuals any more, and -despite what the libertarians believe – most of the bad things governments do tend to be done at the behest of rich companies and individuals who influence government to get what they want. Those files that Snowden had don’t just have dirt on governments, they have dirt on all the companies who’ve been engaging in foul practices to control them. Omidyar has all kinds of business connections, and from what I’ve read about him, I’m yet to be convinced he isn’t another sleazy libertarian who only has a problem with the state when it isn’t working for him and his mates. Taking advantage of brave journalists who’ve been cornered and intimidated, and who don’t have an awful lot of options and appearing like the proverbial cavalry just at the right moment seems like just the kind of thing I’d expect from the plutocracy.

                    • Murray Olsen

                      It all seems plausible to me, CJ. I’ll be watching developments with interest.

                    • weka

                      Thanks. So would it be fair to say that the jury is still out*, but that you have good reasons to be suspicious, while other people might prefer to wait and see which way it goes? Others still might see the situation as corrupted but not to the extent of being useless.

                      I haven’t read the links, but I take it that we don’t yet know how much editorial freedom the journalists will or won’t have.

                    • Thanks for the reply, Weka and yes, that is pretty much where I stand on this issue. We do have no way of knowing these things for ourselves as of yet.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    basically the corporate controlled MSM is shit scared that this new and independent journalistic initiative will get traction.

    best wishes to Greenwald, Poitras and Scahill. Three of the finest journalists of the 21st century, willing to write and publish the unvarnished truth in the face of direct opposition and sanction from the power elite.

    No wonder the power elite is busy with their smear campaign against them, their partners, friends and family.

  4. fambo 4

    Got to give Cemetery Jones credit for raising these issues. As long as someone forwards an argument so that the reader of comments extends their knowledge and understanding of the diverse elements contained with it, then it’s all good. Narrow minded, repetitive hating is a completely different kettle of fish. I’ve enjoyed everyone’s comments on this so far.

  5. Philj 5

    Xox
    As the media and politics in NZ head to the right, it’s only to be expected that some thoughtful and courageous journalists will pursue their interest in freedom and truth. Good on them.

  6. greywarbler 6

    Jones sounds as if he would be happy to see the journalists dead in the water, or why be so negative at once. Why do a tall poppy on them before we even get to see their stuff?

  7. greywarbler 7

    Another example of brave and ethical journalism is that of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre. They researched thoroughly a story against Bovine Growth Hormone put in cows to get better yields, but which was never properly tested on humans by Monsanto, and could apparently pass into humans.
    Delaying tactics, threats, lengthy court battles. Finally Jane tried under a Florida whistleblower law and the Court decided that telling the truth is not a compulsory thing for the media.

    (Important note: After a long court battle, the Court dismissed the whistle blowers protection for the reporters because the Court stated that there was no law to force that the NEWS state the truth. NEWS was/is no different than other TV shows/reality shows.)
    This is type of deceitful corruption is not just FOX news but includes almost all MSM (Main Stream Media).

    Self researched, alternative news and information (from multiple sources) is one of the best methods to stay well informed.
    Never trust or follow MSM/mega corporations such as Monsanto.
    The corrupt FDA has once again turned its back on the American public and has actually assisted in suppressing the dangers of this issue.

    https://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/fox-reporters-fired-for-reporting-the-truth-about-monsantos-milk-video/
    and

    • emergency mike 7.1

      Thanks GW. Corporate control of the media protecting profits over public health, backed up by the law in full ass-mode.

      “…the Court dismissed the whistle blowers protection for the reporters because the Court stated that there was no law to force that the NEWS state the truth.”

      Keep calm and continue the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

      • greywarbler 7.1.1

        I bought myself a card with the keep calm and carry on message the other day. Somehow I felt the need to have it.

  8. Not at all – I’d refer you to my original post, “I can only hope critics are wrong, because if they are right, this is a disaster…” I stand by that. What did you think of the articles I linked?

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Keep spreading your smears and innuendo dude. The power elite will be pleased with the work you are doing today.

    • Shaz 8.2

      Hi Cemetery,

      I did link to and read quite a bit of the articles you linked to and it was an interesting excursion.

      A few years mainstream lenders were getting into micro-lending in the developing world following the success of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh which under Muhammud Yunus’s leadership loaned by the end of 2008, USD 7.6 billion to the poor. With Grameen there are no contracts, the bank is values based and repayments have generally been at around 98%.

      Its hardly surprising then that venture capitalists swarmed in with commercial models, which without the philosophy and care of the original, some have gone badly wrong, going to show that there is more to an aid institution than the ability to leverage capital. The article doesn’t make it clear where Omidyar’s foundation was investing but the Wikipedia page about the Grameen Bank gives a decent overview http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grameen_Bank.

      There are detractors and micro-lending is not a panacea. However there is no doubting what has been achieved. As to Omidyar’s foundation and its impact and motivations – development work is hideously complex. If you have the money, applying it to benefit poor people in a way that is sustainable and doesn’t over-ride local institutions, including government and local government institutions that may not be robust, is darned difficult. As an example food aid outside of a crisis damages local production and undercuts livelihoods for small farmers and food traders. As to the neo-liberal agenda I wouldn’t be so harsh. One of the reasons why people in the developing world can’t sell their goods is when they cannot make contracts because there is no available means of enforcing them when they go wrong. If your trading is limited to people you personally know and trust that is a huge bar to economic well-being. In that respect an ability to trade goods is less about neo-liberal property rights than the provision of robust civic institutions to allow exchange of goods beyond your friends, village and family.

      It is not ideal that the English speaking world’s access to information about state spying on citizens and overreach of powers is reliant on a few rich individuals but to blame Greenwald does rather look like shooting the messenger. I tend to agree with Karol that Omidyar sounds something like an old style Carnegie or a Bill Gates. It’s a truism that our times have created many accidental millionaires and in the absence of a society that limits huge wealth disparities I would rather, on balance, have as many as possible of them using as much of their unearned wealth as possible in ways that are ultimately beneficial to the wider society.

  9. captain hook 9

    make sure you focus on who gets the money!

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    How Crosby-Textor propose to rescue Key from the fall out over his casual Pony-Tail stroking.Rumour has it that the Crosby-Textor spin machine that elevated John Key to the leadership of the National Party and thence to Prime Minister of NZ… ...
    the Irascible CurmudgeonBy Alan Papprill
    2 days ago
  • Poor peer review – and its consequences
    See below for citations used The diagram above displays links between the journal, editors and reviewers in the case of the paper Malin & Till (2015). I discussed these links before in Poor peer-review – a case study  but thought… ...
    2 days ago
  • Capture: April Come She Will
    Over the month of April I've started a number of threads, but not quite found the time or inspiration to reach a critical mass.Looking back though, it was a fairly packed month, as we ease our way into autumn.So here's… ...
    2 days ago
  • Has John Key tugged off more than he realises?
    John Key's pony-tail-gate controversy seems to have divided people into two camps. The vast bulk of New Zealanders (to purloin a Key-ism) can agree on the fact that it's weird... and out of order. But then there are those who… ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • Rodney Hide: They’re all after me, man…
    The state apparently has me under covert investigation. It all started a couple of weeks ago when I was followed home by some guy in a long coat and dark glasses. It was 27 degrees and cloudy. My friends have… ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 days ago
  • The road to Mike Hosking, vilifier of young women
    Some of us have always seen radio announcer Mike Hosking as a puffed-up little prat. I was there at Broadcasting House when this shortish young guy with a big voice and a very strange manner arrived in the Network Newsroom.… ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 days ago
  • Hey RaboDirect, if Mike Hosking’s selling you, I’m not buying.
    A nasty side of radio announcer Mike Hosking spilled out into view last week as he ‘bashed’ the victim of John Key’s serial bullying. Hosking, supported by TVNZ’s OneNews, sponsored by RaboDirect, vilified the waitress whom the Prime Minister admits… ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 days ago
  • Is Auckland boring enough?
    Via Jarrett Walker, I recently ran across a provocative article by Aaron Renn in the Guardian: “In praise of boring cities“. Renn takes his fellow urbanists to task for the narrowness of their vision about what makes a good city:… ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    2 days ago

  • More hype and half-truths from Coleman
    The rising incidence of rheumatic fever has nothing to do with ‘families having a better understanding of the disease’ as the Health Minister wants us to believe but everything to do with his failure to address the root causes of… ...
    10 hours ago
  • Regional air routes must be maintained
    The Government must use its majority shareholding to make sure Air New Zealand cooperates with second tier airlines stepping into the regional routes it has abandoned, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Air New Zealand’s cancellation of its Kaitaia, Whakatane,… ...
    12 hours ago
  • Action needed on decades old arms promise
    Nuclear weapons states must honour the unequivocal promise they made 45 years ago to disarm, says Labour’s Disarmament Spokesperson Phil Goff. Mr Goff is attending the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York. ...
    14 hours ago
  • Worker safety top of mind tomorrow and beyond
    Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorated tomorrow, is both a time to reflect and to encourage a better safety culture in all workplaces, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway.“On Worker’s Memorial Day, working people across New Zealand will remember those… ...
    1 day ago
  • Communities forced to stomach water woes
    Confirmation by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman that he is to wind up a water quality improvement scheme will leave thousands of Kiwis with no alternative but to continue boiling their drinking water, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. The Drinking… ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour calls for immediate humanitarian aid for Nepal
    The Government should act immediately to help with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “The Nepalese Government is appealing for international assistance following yesterday’s massive quake. The full impact is only now being realised… ...
    2 days ago
  • New holiday reflects significance of Anzac Day
    Anzac Day now has the full recognition that other public holidays have long enjoyed, reflecting the growing significance it has to our sense of identity and pride as a nation, Labour MP David Clark says.“The importance of the 100th Gallipoli… ...
    2 days ago
  • Housing crisis hurting export growth
    If Steven Joyce wants to revive his failing export growth target he needs to make sure the Government gets to grips with the housing crisis, says David Parker, Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson. “Our exporters are struggling to compete… ...
    4 days ago
  • Gallipoli’s lesson: never forget, never repeat
     A special monument to one of our greatest war heroes should be a priority for the new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “This will honour the spirit of Lieutenant Colonel William Malone, who led 760… ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister for who? Women, or Team Key?
    Louise Upston yesterday broke her silence on John Key’s repeated unwanted touching of a woman who works at his local café, to jump to the defence of her Boss. Upston repeated Key’s apology but, according to media reports “she refused… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Taxpayer bucks backing US billionaire
    Kiwis will be horrified to know they are backing a Team Oracle subsidiary owned by a US billionaire, Labour’s Sports and Recreation spokesperson Trevor Mallard says. It has been revealed today that a Warkworth boat building company, which is wholly… ...
    5 days ago
  • English’s sins of omission: ‘Nothing left to be done’ on housing
    When Bill English said ‘there is nothing left to be done’ on the Auckland housing crisis he had overlooked a few things – a few things, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.  “He’s right if you ignore: ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate change now hurts Kiwis
    Kiwis have twice been given timely and grave warnings on how climate change will hit them in their hip pockets this week, says Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The first is the closure of the Sanford mussel plant and the… ...
    5 days ago
  • Clean, green and chocolate!
    Like many people I absolutely love chocolate! But until recently I hadn’t given much thought to how it was grown and produced. Fair trade and ethical food production are core Green Party principles, so yesterday Steffan Browning and I were… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    6 days ago
  • National admits loan shark law not up to it
    National has admitted new laws to crack down on loan sharks, truck shops and dodgy credit merchants aren’t up to the task of protecting vulnerable consumers, Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Paul Goldsmith has acknowledged the laws might just… ...
    6 days ago
  • Power and the Prime Minister
    I’d like to acknowledge the young woman* who has publically told her story. It was a very brave thing to do. She kept her story very simple and focussed on her experience of what happened. It told of unwanted attention… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • Extra holiday offers time to reflect
    The Mondayisation of Anzac Day provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to spend more time with their families and their communities, Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark says. “This is the first time legislation I introduced, to have Anzac and… ...
    6 days ago
  • More angst and anguish for red zone locals
    Local residents will be bitterly disappointed by the Government’s cherry picking of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding compensation for red zoned property owners, Labour Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson and Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says. “Home owners have taken all… ...
    6 days ago
  • Australia shows why we need a sovereign wealth fund now
    Australia has not managed its great mining boom well, says HSBC’s chief economist for Australia and New Zealand, Paul Bloxham. When times are good, governments need to save for the bad times that will inevitably follow, and this can be… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    7 days ago
  • Pure Water- pure rip off
    New Zealanders’ rights to fresh water must be protected before commercial allocations are given, but the Government is allowing resources to be taken, says Kelvin Davis MP for Te Tai Tokerau.  “The Government needs to resolve the issue of water… ...
    7 days ago
  • Cabinet paper reveals weak case for Iraq deployment
    A heavily redacted copy of a Cabinet paper on New Zealand’s military deployment to Iraq reveals how weak the case is for military involvement in that conflict, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  The paper warns that given the failure… ...
    7 days ago
  • Malaysia’s booty is Kiwis’ lost homeownership dream
    It’s unsurprising the Auckland property market is so overheated when Malaysians are being told they can live large on Kiwi’s hard-earned rent money, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “A Malaysian property website lists nearly 4000 New Zealand houses and… ...
    7 days ago
  • Ministry’s food safety resources slashed to the bone
    The Ministry for Primary Industries’ failure to monitor toxic and illegal chemicals in red meat is a dereliction of duty, Labour’s Primary Industries and Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI compliance officer Gary Orr today admitted National’s much-vaunted super… ...
    7 days ago
  • Ministry must protect organic food industry
    The Ministry for Primary Industries must take urgent action to protect New Zealand’s $150 million organic food and beverage industry by establishing a certification regime, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Despite working with Organics Aotearoa on the issue… ...
    1 week ago
  • Tony Abbott, indigenous rights, and refugees
    This week, Tony Abbott has visited Aotearoa New Zealand, bringing with him his racist policies against indigenous Australians and his appalling record on refugee detention camps. Abbott has launched a policy “to close” remote aboriginal communities, which is about as… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • PM’s housing outburst bizarre
    Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has described the Prime Minister’s latest comments on the Auckland housing crisis as bizarre. “John Key is deep in denial. He must be one of the only people left who are not concerned about the risk… ...
    1 week ago
  • Deflation: Another economic headache linked to housing crisis
    National’s housing crisis is causing even further damage with the second consecutive quarter of deflation a genuine concern the Reserve Bank can do little about, as it focusses on Auckland house prices, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This is… ...
    1 week ago
  • Pot calling the kettle black over fossil fuel subsidies.
    Over the weekend alongside nine other countries the New Zealand Government has endorsed a statement that supports eliminating inefficient subsidies on fossil fuels. Fossil fuel subsidies are a big driver of increasing emissions. Good on the Government for working internationally… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • At last – a common sense plan for Christchurch
    The Common Sense Plan for Christchurch released by The People’s Choice today is a welcome relief from the shallow debate about rates rises versus asset sales, Labour’s Christchurch MPs say. "Local residents – who have spent weeks trawling through the… ...
    1 week ago
  • National must lead by example on climate change
    The National Government must meet its own climate change obligations before it preaches to the rest of the world, Labour's Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. "Calls today by Climate Change Minister Tim Groser for an end to fossil fuel… ...
    1 week ago
  • Biosecurity rethink a long time
    The Government has opened New Zealand’s borders to biosecurity risks and its rethinking of bag screening at airports is an admission of failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. Nathan Guy today announced a review of biosecurity systems in… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chinese rail workers must be paid minimum wage
    KiwiRail must immediately stop further Chinese engineers from working here until they can guarantee they are being paid the New Zealand minimum wage, Labour’s MP for Hutt South Trevor Mallard says. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Better consultation needed on Christchurch asset sales
    The Christchurch City Council (CCC) should be promoting wide and genuine public consultation on its draft ten year budget and plan given the serious implications for the city’s future of its proposed asset sales, outlined in the plan. Instead, it… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Healthy Families’ a good start but not enough to tackle obesity relate...
    Today the Government is making a the meal out of the launch of its ‘Healthy Families’ package to promote ‘healthier decisions’ and ‘changing mindsets’ over nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Great! The programme is based on a successful model from… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Healthy Families’ a good start but not enough to tackle obesity relate...
    Today the Government is making a the meal out of the launch of its ‘Healthy Families’ package to promote ‘healthier decisions’ and ‘changing mindsets’ over nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Great! The programme is based on a successful model from… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    2 weeks ago
  • No more sweet talk on obesity
    The Government should be looking at broader measures to combat obesity rather than re-hashing pre-announced initiatives, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.  “While it is encouraging to see the Government finally waking from its slumber and restoring a focus on… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government two-faced on zero-hour contracts
    The Government should look to ban zero-hour contracts in its own back yard before getting too high and mighty about other employers using them, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Information collated by Labour shows at least three district health… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Scrutiny of battlefield deaths should continue
    As New Zealand troops head to Iraq under a shroud of secrecy, the Government is pushing ahead with legislation to remove independent scrutiny of incidents where Kiwi soldiers are killed in hostile action overseas, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damp-free homes a right for tenants
    Labour is urging tenants to use a little known rule which gives them the right to live in damp-free rental homes. Otago University researchers have today highlighted the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 as a way tenants can force landlords to… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National must take action on speculators
    The Government must take action on property speculators who are damaging the housing market and shutting families and young people out of the home ownership dream, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “There are a number of options the Government could… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Milk price halves: A $7b economic black hole
    Global milk prices have halved since the peak last year, creating an economic black hole of almost $7 billion that will suck in regions reliant on dairy, crucial industries and the Government’s books, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kitchen plan set to swallow up health boards’ funds
    The financial impacts of implementing a proposal to outsource hospital food, forced on them by a crown-owned company which is now facing an auditor-general’s inquiry, are being felt by district health boards across the country, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Reserve Bank scathing of Government
    The Reserve Bank’s most scathing critique to date of National’s inability to handle the housing crisis shows the Bank is sick of having to pick up the pieces, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “John Key continues to deny there is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Time for McDonald’s to upsize work hours
    Labour is calling on McDonald’s to have more respect for their workers and offer them more guaranteed work hours. McDonald’s is proposing to guarantee its workers 80 per cent of their rostered hours, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Brownlee misses the boat on asbestos
    Gerry Brownlee has once again missed an opportunity to improve the lives of Cantabrians post-earthquakes, Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson says. A new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser,… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must come clean on troop deployment and protections
    New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cancer prevention calls gain momentum
    Research showing bowel cancer treatment sucks up more public health dollars than other cancers once again highlights the need for a national screening programme, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A study by Otago University, which found colon cancer is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Burger King shows zero-hour contracts not needed
    The abandonment of zero-hour contracts by Burger King is further evidence good employers do not need to use them, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. "Congratulations to the Unite Union and Burger King for settling an employment agreement… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis deserve more than reheats
    The Government looks set to rely on regurgitated announcements for this year’s Budget if today’s speech is anything to go by, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “National has been building up to this Budget for seven long years, promising a… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Landlords not cashing in on insulation schemes
    The fact so few landlords have taken up the generous taxpayer subsidy for retrofitting shows it is time to legislate minimum standards, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “Many landlords aren’t using Government insulation schemes because they don’t want… ...
    2 weeks ago

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