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Kate Wilkinson resigns portfolio

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, November 5th, 2012 - 184 comments
Categories: accountability, disaster, Mining, national/act government, workers' rights - Tags:

Stuff and NZ Herald are reporting Breaking news that Kate Wilkinson has resigned her portfolio as Minister of Labour, due to the findings in Pike River Mine report. It’s about time a government minister was held accountable for some of the destructive things that they have done and/or that have happened under their watch – things that showed they weren’t watching carefully enough, or with enough consideration of the impact on the lives of ordinary Kiwis…. and others resident here.

NZ Herald reports:

“The Pike River Mine tragedy of 19 November 2010 happened on my watch as Minister of Labour,” Ms Wilkinson said in a statement released this afternoon.

Of course, she then goes on to say that it wasn’t really her fault but she’s just being “honourable”.

“While reports from the former Department of Labour did not advise me of concerns about their ability to administer the health and safety legislation, 29 men lost their lives in this tragedy.

“I feel it is the right and honourable thing to do.”

The Government’s response to the recommendations will be released shortly.

Chris Finlayson has been appointed by Prime Minister John Key as acting Minister of Labour.

Ms Wilkinson retains her ministerial warrant and other portfolios.

On the last sentence: really?  Doesn’t this show she is not fit to be a minister?  And what of Key’s role in this?  The buck stops with him.

Tracy Watkins on Stuff reports [update: Watkins name is now no longer on the updated Stuff report]:

In a damning report into the November 2010 explosion which killed 29 workers, the Commission found Pike River’s “drive for coal production before the mine was ready created the circumstances within which the tragedy occurred”.

It is also recommending sweeping changes after finding the Department of Labour failed. The Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson, has resigned from the portfolio effective immediately.

The report shows that the mine was operating without adequate health and safety safeguards being provided by the Pike River company, there had been excessive methane in the mine for months while it was still operating, and the drainage and ventilation systems could not cope.

But it is not just the company that was at fault:

The Department of Labour should have prohibited the mine from operating until adequate systems were in place.

It “assumed” Pike River was complying with the law “even though there was ample evidence to the contrary”.

unfortunately, this is all too late for the victims of the disaster and their families, and must bring cold comfort to the families.  Some are now seeking a manslaughter charge:

Carole Rose, mother of Pike River victim Stuart Mudge, said that with the inquiry complete, the families were hoping someone would be held culpable and manslaughter charges laid.

“Twenty-nine men died.

“We want to see charges… somebody is responsible for this.”

Updates:  Video of John Key’s press conference today – 40 minutes.  Clearly there are several contentious issues that will require full and thorough examintaion and analysis.  Key claims Wilkinson is not to blame, but did the honourable thing in resigning.  It seems no one told her about the concerns about the mine safety.  Key said they have already implemented changes to health and safety systems and will do more.  He acknowledges it didn’t work to let the mining company be self-regulating – what a surprise!

And the news coverage of the report and Wilkinson’s resignation has gone international. It was picked up by Aussie news sites this afternoon – not surprising as there were Australians killed in the mine .  UK news sites have also started reporting it – though why The UK Telegraph  uses the spelling “Labor” is beyond me?  Wall Street Journal focuses on safety failures.

Video and report of the responses of some family members and their lawyer.

Video of Shearer’s response (7 mins): Need to improve the systems with a stronger regulatory system;  if the Labour government is found to have been at fault during their period in office, Labour will accept responsibility.

ABC (Aussie) video, print and audio reports:

The mother of Australian victim Joshua Ufer told the ABC she was pleased with the report’s recommendations to strengthen health and safety regimes in New Zealand.

Mr Ufer was 25 years old and left behind a partner and an unborn child.

His mother, Joanne, says she hopes the police investigation will result in criminal charges.

Very full and critical report from ABC News (Aussie) – a good recommendation for public service broadcasting!  As well as being critical of the company and DoL, the journalist also blames governments (past and present) for deregulation ideology.

184 comments on “Kate Wilkinson resigns portfolio”

  1. Pete 1

    So when a minister resigns, are they still able to answer questions in the House in respect of their time in office? I imagine there’ll be a snap debate tomorrow too.

    • Lightly 1.1

      no, the current minister answers questions about their portfolio, no matter whether they were minister at the time or not…. it’s a nice way to frustrate questions because the new minister won’t know anything about what Wilkinson knew.

  2. Tom Gould 2

    Pathetic, she resigns her portfolio, but stays in Cabinet with all the perks. Rubbish. This what passes for accountability on Planet Key.

    • Matthew Hooton 2.1

      i agree.
      if someone resigns on a point of principle, they should go to the backbench

      • Jim Nald 2.1.1

        ?John Banks & John Key on being veracity-challenged:
        “I feel it is the right and honourable thing to do [ie to resign].”

        ?John Key following GSCB cock-up:
        “I feel it is the right and honourable thing to do [ie to resign].”

        ?Paula Bennett on resigning following MSD fuck-up:
        “I feel it is the right and honourable thing to do [ie to resign].”

        And go to the backbench?

        Yeah right.

        The buck stops with them?
        Quite frankly, they keep on troughing and banking the bucks.

        • Matthew Hooton 2.1.1.1

          I don’t any of those examples are comparable with this one.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            i.e. there must be more deaths before we can expect further resignations or accountability.

            • Matthew Hooton 2.1.1.1.1.1

              no one died as a result of the matters banks, key and bennett have recently been criticised for. i don’t think those situations are comparable. you need to make the case (I am sure you can) for their resignations without relying on this precedent

              • Colonial Viper

                thats what I said: don’t expect accountability from this Government until there are more deaths.

                • Matthew Hooton

                  i think there should be a greater degree of accountability when 29 workers are killed at work than when, for example, a dept stuffs up and causes a security breach with its local office computer kiosks. you seem to be arguing the situations are comparable.

                  • Jim Nald

                    hah, you should try a greater range of words like this is an outlier, a blip, one-off, exceptional. oh, and not comparable.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Man, the National spin team need you mate!

                    • Jim Nald

                      I won’t pretend they need me.

                      These are old tricks. Look up some quotes from Stephen Joyce’s and Gerry Brownlie’s .

                      Anyhoo, once upon a time, I was in there during the awful, disgraceful Shipoffoolery Administration.

                  • felix

                    Hey Hooton, how do you know no-one is resigning over those other matters?

                    Took Wilkinson two years.

                  • McFlock

                    Hmmm.
                         
                    So if a deranged ex-spouse used the breach to stalk their ex or the kids and then done the stabby mcstab, Bennett should resign? But if by luck that hasn’t been the case, she’s competent to keep the job?        
                         
                    And the GCSB can just completely ignore laws designed to protect our rights and freedom, but as long as nobody dies the minister who denies knowing anything about their own department is still competent? Where do you stand on a little bit of torture? 

              • Dr Terry

                Don’t kid yourself MH. Deaths cannot be counted only in a physical sense. What these Ministers have done is kill the spirits, psyches, souls of swathes of people. Oh, right, I bet you want to avoid comparisons! Anything to make yourself feel better.

          • Jim Nald 2.1.1.1.2

            You would say that, wouldn’t you.

          • Wychbych 2.1.1.1.3

            Actually, I believe they are. They raise the same constitutional problems, their departments (Key – GCSB; Bennett – MSD) both failed abysmally. Even though nobody died through the WINZ breach, or our spies spying on NZ citizens, our confidence and faith are dead, aren’t they? I know mine are.

            They ought to resign, get their fat heads out of the trough, and move the fuck on.

        • Jim Nald 2.1.1.2

          typo. GCSB.

      • Tim 2.1.2

        Arr well Meth Yootin……….Narn doid. sats orl roit then aye. All good, moving on, itchim smetchim goan forwid.
        You really are a pathetic creature at times aye!.
        Despite the Catholic Guuuurls willingness to give you as much leeway ez possbull, reign it in a bit (for your sake). Not only do the hissy fits make you look like the worst of a stereotuppicle woose being bitchy, it makes your spin look entirely unconvincing.

        Ekshly…..NO……… I take all that back. Please keep it up!
        At least this week there wasn;t the prestense of an opposition “from the left” in the form of a Paganini whose just struggled to make The Terrace (no doubt in an SUV or similar she can hardly handle afta dropping the kuds off).

        What happened to this country?

    • infused 2.2

      Tito anyone?

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    “And what of Key’s role in this? The buck stops with him.”

    Dunno. I don’t recall. You would say that. Dunno. Show me the tape. I was out of the country. I get a lot of briefings. Dunno. I crack a lot of jokes. Show me one dead miner and I’ll find you one who says different. Dunno. Helen Clark. Dunno.

  4. vto 4

    Good for her in accepting her role and responsibility in the 29 deaths. The only nat with some backbone and moral fortitude.

    But, given that admission of spectacular and deadly failure, how come she is still in charge of other Ministries?

    • Anne 4.1

      Good for her in accepting her role and responsibility in the 29 deaths. The only nat with some backbone and moral fortitude.

      Agree with vto. She might be on the wrong (from our point of view) side of the political fence but she is a more honourable person than any of her female ministerial counterparts. Have thought that for some time now.

      And it often takes a woman to have reasonably good insight into another woman.

    • Dr Terry 4.2

      vto – you really think she had any choice? What bloody backbone?

    • Wychbych 4.3

      Because she’s a gutless, ratty bitch that’s deserting the ship. It’s not an ‘honourable’ thing this deluded fuckwit is doing. She’s washing her hands of it all. Getting out before any MORE ordure can be heaped on her head/department.

      Will she still keep her other portfolios, her ministerial salary and all the other perks? It’s an empty gesture.

      • felix 4.3.1

        I agree it’s an empty gesture, and for all we know it may be one forced upon her by Key – he certainly stumbled and fluffed his lines when he got to the part of the script about it being her decision – but calling her a bitch over and over probably isn’t the best way to hold her to account.

        • Colonial Viper 4.3.1.1

          Wilkonson is incompetent, and will no doubt be relieved that she doesn’t have to deal with the release of the report.

          But yeah, she’s not the target here. Key is.

          And he will have brought Finlayson onboard to deal to the issues raised properly.

          The difficulty for Key is, Finlayson absolutely hates being in the media spotlight. But he won’t have a choice now.

  5. Tom Gould 5

    And while they are in resignation mode, when will Key resign for breaking his promise to get the men out?

  6. onsos 6

    I’m no fan of Wilkinson, but credit where credit is due: she resigned. She has done the honourable thing.

    • PlanetOrphan 6.1

      Nup, She’s walking away

    • Jim Nald 6.2

      She, John Key and their PR in the media should neither overplay the shame nor honour.

      My inside sources (thanks for inspiring that phraseology, Duncan Garner) indicate she has been looking to take a welcome break from the portfolio. This is Natz clever way of getting another nasty face (rejuvenating would be too noble a word) into the portfolio. And an opportunity to bring a new one into cabinet, thanks to taxpayers’ footing the bill for cabinet welfarism.

      It is a variation on ‘disaster capitalism’ .. call it what you will, eg ‘disaster cabinet incompetence”.

    • Dr Terry 6.3

      I say again, she did the ONLY thing.

  7. muzza 7

    What noise does a scape-goat make.

    Not that Im disappointed she’s being used as one!

    • PlanetOrphan 7.1

      So who’s gonna prosecute Pike River now M8 ?

      It’s stall tactics while DunnoKeyo comes up with a “sideways” plan ……

    • Aye it has been calculated that this is the absolute minimum that they should do.  Wilkinson is a scapegoat.  Any less than this and there would be hell to pay.  As it is I trust there will still be hell to pay.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1

        Aye it has been calculated that this is the absolute minimum that they should do.

        Yep, her electorate win was far too close for National for her to actually resign as an MP. That would have initiated a by-election and it’s entirely possible that Labour would win which would stop asset sales cold if not bring down the government.

        As it is I trust there will still be hell to pay.

        I think people are going to have to think it over for a bit before they realise just how manipulating National was with this. National must have had the report for a few days before its official release and the resignation has come almost immediately on the release and so it becomes obvious that they’re hoping that the two happening at the same time will distract people from what should happen.

        • Jim Nald 7.2.1.1

          Indeed. This is straight out of the PR playbook.
          Now, where is some real media questioning and probing to shake out the batshit (oh, Matthew Hooton, don’t bother to apply for the job).

        • karol 7.2.1.2

          I think people are going to have to think it over for a bit before they realise just how manipulating National was with this.
           
          Excellent point, DTB.
           
          And I’m sure tomorrow one of the authors here will provide a more considered analysis of the significance of this.  Mine was written pretty quickly, immediately after reading the first two reports.

  8. NickS 8

    One idiot down, too damn many left though.

    And frankly, Wilkinson should quit politics completely as she’s shown once more her complete incompetence to hold a position of any political responsibility.

  9. Bryan 9

    This situation evolved over the last 20 years, during almost half of which we had a Labour Government. Wilkinson’s predecessors as Minister should also accept responsibility.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      This is fair comment as well. The human price of hands-off neoliberal deregulation and the oxymoronic “self-regulation.

    • Te Reo Putake 9.2

      What a weird comment, Bryan. Pike River has not been operating for 20 years, just a third of that, and the men died under the careless watch of a pro-business, pro-mining and anti-health and safety government. But, nah, it’s Helen Clark’s fault on Planet Key.

      And CV, do try and think before patting the trolls on the back.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        When exactly was the mine approved to begin production, TRP?

        • Te Reo Putake 9.2.1.1

          In 2009, from memory. Maybe 2010. For the first few years they were ‘approved’ only for the process of building the shaft. They went to production early, as the report notes, as a way of generating income.

          Is what you are struggling to articulate that somehow you think it’s Labour’s fault? If so, you should know that in the last year of the Clark Government they were moving to tighten up safety in mining and had even mooted bringing back check inspectors, a move recommended in today’s report, (which appears to have just been rejected by Key a few minutes ago).

          If you want to promote the right’s line that this is somehow Labour’s fault, why don’t you shoot over to KB and WO, where you’ll find plenty of support for that particular weak spin.

          • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.1.1

            Brownlee officially opened the mine for production Q4 2008.

            Which means that final approvals, audits and sign offs happened early 2008.

            Who was in power then?

    • Matthew Hooton 9.3

      Yes, of course Labour was in power pretty much throughout this mine’s development, and it was Labour who approved it etc. But Labour has been out of office for 4 years now and there is no way the people who were ministers in the previous government can be accountable (no idea where they all are now) so they can’t really accept responsibility the way you suggest.

      • muzza 9.3.1

        Hooten, do you think that it matters which colour flag the government has, as it relates to the outcomes, or do you have to outwardly support the democratic theatrics.

        Must be a big old laugh with what the media have to shut away from the masses eh.

        • Matthew Hooton 9.3.1.1

          don’t understand your point

          • Populuxe1 9.3.1.1.1

            That’s ok, he rarely has one

          • muzza 9.3.1.1.2

            You concurred with a post above, about a Labour lead govt having been involved also, which of course they had…

            Which lead to my question , about a point of difference, and if you thought there was one!

            Generally speaking even the more challenged on these boards could have picked up the tail of that, even pop above, in the “Labour Shirt ” would have…perhaps!

      • Jackal 9.3.2

        There is somebody else who is responsible… Gerry Brownlee. He’s the Minister who opened Pike River in 2008, and was responsible as Minister of Energy and Resources for its oversight.

        Brownlee even gave speeches about how great Pike River was. In my opinion, he’s far more responsible for undermining the inspectorate that directly led to a lack of safety at the mine… Not to mention that he also promoted the actual type of dangerous mining that largely caused the accident. Neither of these things had anything to do with Labour approving the mine in the first place, although that was pretty damn stupid as well.

        Just like Nick Smith, John Key will soon be saying Kate Wilkinson should be reappointed, and I doubt anything will be done to improve mining safety while National is in power… Therefore her resignation is largely meaningless! National don’t give a damn, this is simply a media stunt to make it look like they do.

      • Dr Terry 9.3.3

        MH – thanks for this concession! Something of a surprise!

  10. quartz 10

    This is win/win for National’s right-wing.

  11. PlanetOrphan 11

    And who would normally prosecute said company ? ……
    oh that’s right The Labour Ministry ….
    That proescution’s gonna be actioned in no time aye M8′s ?

  12. NickS 12

    For fuck’s sake:

    n response to Wilkinson’s resignation, Prime Minister John Key told a conference in Wellington her actions did not make her responsible, but the Department of Labour had to accept legal responsibility.

    So much for Ministers having any responsibility under Key….

  13. Dv 13

    How does this compare to Bennet non resignation?

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    Her resigning as an MP could be rather interesting:

    Winning Candidate: WILKINSON, Kate (NAT)
    Majority: 642

    So we can be sure that that won’t happen.

  15. HG 15

    Labour had nine years in office and did NOTHING about improving the regulatory environment around mining, despite approving many mining proposals. In fact Chris Carter approved Pike River in 2004.

    Good on Wilkinson for resigning. The old adage for a Minister – while she isn’t directly at fault she must take responsibility.

    She stays in Cabinet because she still retains her other portfolios.

    Pete, no she cannot answer questions on it in the House as she no longer holds the warrant.

    • NickS 15.1

      :roll:

      Actually what this was, was the failure to enforce the law under Wilkinson’s tenure of the DoL, which the report made rather clear oh disingenuously illiterate one.

      But hey, why pay attention to all the facts when you can spin a pretty little lie instead to try and shift the blame?

      • HG 15.1.1

        The lack of proper enforcement by DoL did not begin the day after the election 2008 oh ideologically blinkered one. Every govt over the last 20 years or so deserves a fair share of the blame in this.

        • Jackal 15.1.1.1

          Actually Labour had formulated a number of new regulations that would have improved safety. One of the first things National did was to throw them all away. So you can correctly say that a lack of proper mining safety enforcement did start after the 2008 election.

          Wilkinson’s not going to resign (even symbolically) because of what previous Labour Ministers have done. If you think that’s why she’s resigned, you’re a crack-pot! May I suggest Kiwibog or Whaleblubber as websites more suited to your temperament HG?

          • HG 15.1.1.1.1

            Did I say that Wilkinson needed to resign because of what other minister hadn’t done? No. She needed to resign because of what this Govt hasn’t done. Previous ministers can’t resign from warrants they no longer hold. The point I was making is that this is a tragedy decades in the making.

            “May I suggest Kiwibog or Whaleblubber as websites more suited to your temperament HG?” – I didn’t realise submitters to the Standard were not entitled to disagree from time to time. I will keep future dissent to myself.

            [lprent: If it isn't a moderator then ignore, refute or dispute as required. You can even put something pointed in for a moderator to have a look at (just don't expect the results you'd like).

            Moderators tend to look at behavioural issues of the types outlined in the policy and we largely ignore the background sniping, bitching, squabbling and general moaning unless they detect a problem that will affect the site in their view.

            Just keep an eye out for our warnings because while we encourage dissent, the moderators are quite totalitarian when it comes to their time being wasted. But you probably know this already. ]

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.1

              I think you made some fair points…and there’s relatively few around here more Left than me… :)

            • Jackal 15.1.1.1.1.2

              HG

              Did I say that Wilkinson needed to resign because of what other minister hadn’t done?

              Not specifically… What you did write however was:

              Labour had nine years in office and did NOTHING about improving the regulatory environment around mining.

              This is patently wrong! Labour had policy to improve the regulatory environment around mining. National when they won in 2008 got rid of it. You could say that Labour took too long to implement its policy, but it’s a lie to say they had no policy at all to improve mining safety.

              Whinging about your own lack of knowledge is particularly pathetic! Trying to pin the tail on anyone but the donkey reminds me of commentators at KB and WO. It was a suggestion that you might feel more at home there. You’re less likely to get called out on your bullshit after all, especially if you like bagging Labour for things National has caused.

        • NickS 15.1.1.2

          lolwut?

          Oh right, instead of sanity checking the assumption you have of the DoL being lax on safety checks during the Labour years, you instead blithely charge forward with it, and try and spread the blame. And while yes, mine safety regs were relaxed over the last 20 years, the facts remain that the laws National inherited, as outlined in the report, would have lead to Pike River being shut due to safety concerns if those laws had have been enforced.

          Thus the core question is “why the fuck did this happen?”. Given National’s cut n’ slash attitude to the public service, it should come as no surprise that many here assume this disaster partly stems from cut backs in DoL staff numbers post National taking power in 2008. But I do not assume this, per critical thinking 101. The same thing you so far seem incapable of comprehending, instead charging in on a high horse of unchecked assumptions and “independent” thinking.

          Now as to what I think of this, it’s very straightforward – that a Minister should be competent enough to sanity check the government department(s) that they’re responsible for any significant issues and so fix them. Or a least get someone else more competent to do the job. And so far we’ve seen a National Party happy to charge forth and mess with what was inherited from Labour, “fixing” as they see fit, which in the case of Education and ACC has been an utter mess. But to the point, I regard a Minister as having a very high level of responsibility for their department(s), and so I see them responsible for any failing of the culture and practices of those departments. As if there are major issues, such as the privacy ones with WINZ and ACC, or the DoL enforcement issues, that are known about within the Department, the Minister should find them and deal with them. And if unable to do so or create a situation where staff cannot broach these issues, then I see it as a major failure of leadership and management, which is down to the Minister own damn (in)competence.

          Thus in this case, I see once more an example of Wilkinson’s repeat incompetence when given a position of responsibility, that once more shows her unfitness for holding office. And in this case that incompetence had a cost of 29 lives and the direct social and economic costs of those deaths. Rather preventable deaths too.

          But hey, why actually bother to critically think about this when according to you I’m an ideologue? Oh right, you’re seemingly an ignorant idiot who lacks the capability to realise that you’re an ignorant idiot and think instead they’re “smart”.

          Now do the rest of us a favour and fuck off somewhere else before I decide to use you as a scratching post or at least show some fucking brains and basic critical thinking.

  16. Treetop 16

    Apparently the Pike River report is scathing and Wilkinson is the current Minister of Labour. When 29 men die due to safety being pushed out for production, the minister has blood on her hands and so do the Pike River Mine management.

    • Reagan Cline 16.1

      The responsibility lies with the owners of Pike River Coal Company,

      The shareholders, who did not make it their business to find out if the men working in their property were working safely, who did not attend the annual meeting and insist that the mine be run safely, who were only interested in a dividend as early as possible – and let the Government and insurance carry the risk of a mine disaster.

      Amoral, greedy, shortsighted, capitalist perverts. See how clean their hands are !

      • Treetop 16.1.1

        The government are not blameless. The rot set in in 1992 under Bill Birch re deregulation. Accountability stops with the minister as the minister has to ensure that profit is not put before safety.

  17. vto 17

    I now look forward to John Dow standing up in front of NZ as ex-Chairman of Pike River and doing the same – accepting responsibility…. because as much as Wilkinson has admitted her role, the role of John Dow and the other directors and owners is far more direct and they are more culpable.

    John Dow and his directors actions were negligent to such an extent that they caused death. This must be answered.

    • weka 17.1

      One of the family members on nine to noon this morning said they will be looking at a law change to allow prosecutions for corporate manslaughter. Won’t help the Pike River miners, but would lessen the chances of it happening again.

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        This would be an excellent law change. There should also be an option for grevious bodily harm, in the instance where a fatality is not caused, but life threatening injury is.

  18. Fisiani 18

    A resignation within minutes of a report for an event over which she had no input. Very honourable. Some of the above politically mischievous posters obviously do not know their NZ history. Compare her honourable actions with below

    After the Cave Creek tragedy of 28 April 1995 – when a Department of Conservation viewing platform on the West Coast of the South Island collapsed, killing 14 people and seriously injuring several others – a commission of inquiry found that the department was at fault. The minister of conservation, Denis Marshall, chose not to resign but instead he stayed on in his position to remedy the faults that had contributed to the disaster. Eventually he resigned, but not from cabinet, only as minister of conservation. His announcement to Parliament on 30 May 1996 explicitly stated the rectification view: ‘On ministerial responsibility, Ministers should at the very least publicly make themselves accountable and ensure that the errors will not occur again. I believe I have done that. I said in the House last November that I am profoundly sorry. Today I am taking a further step to express my sorrow for what happened that fateful day at Cave Creek.’

    • vto 18.1

      Fisiani, are you sure you’re not John Key himself? Because all you ever do is blurt out some blatant collosal falsehood and then proceed to dance on an unrelated pinhead as if it is the be-all and end-all. What a waste of space. duh

    • Jackal 18.2

      Actually Fisiani, Cave creek was largely caused by cutbacks in funding while National was in power. The platform was constructed in April 1994 (when the 44th National government held power) by Department of Conservation workers. Because of faults in its construction, the platform tipped off its base and fell onto the boulders and rocks of the creek-bed below, killing 14 people.

      Besides the specific flaws in the actual platform and methods of its construction, the Commission that looked into the accident said the “root causes” of the collapse were systemic problems in the Department as a whole. They found that the Department was seriously under-funded and under-resourced, and that the Department had not been given sufficient resources to meet its requirements without “cutting corners”, and was frequently forced to accept poor quality standards due to its lack of funding. The report of the Commission concluded that given the department’s state, “a tragedy such as Cave Creek was almost bound to happen”.

      Besides, Marshall eventually did resigned in May 1996, just over a year after the accident occurred. Did that fact slip your wishy washy mind Fisiani? Are you saying that Marshall was responsible, even though the Commission of Inquiry found that it was funding cuts made by a National government that was mainly to blame for the loss of 14 lives?

      It appears for all intents and purposes that you’re the one who doesn’t know their NZ history Fisiani… Or perhaps you only know the history that the right wing have tried to re-write.

      • fisiani 18.2.1

        Marshall chose not to resign after the Commission reported. Wilkinson did resign the day the Commission reported
        I do know my New Zealand history.

        • PlanetOrphan 18.2.1.1

          When the going gets tough …. Spineless maggots run away in fear.
          Aye Fisiani

        • Jackal 18.2.1.2

          So Wilkinson resigns because National failed to ensure safety at Pike River mine due to an underfunded inspectorate and fast tracking the mines operation. That’s funding cuts made by National btw. Marshall resigns because of funding cuts that were also made by National’s 44th government that the Commission of Inquiry found had led to the Cave Creek disaster… And because Marshall took longer to resign after the Commission’s findings than Wilkinson, you think National is better? FFS!

          The difference is that the Cave Creek Inquiry didn’t find any fault with a Labour government that led to the disaster, while both Commissions have found fault with Nationals governance and more specifically their funding cuts in the wrong places. In my opinion, National under John Key should lose the next election on this issue alone.

  19. Peter Martin 19

    So it seems that someone has to die before Ministerial responsibility kicks in
    I wonder how many folk Dr Richard Worth’s textses killed…

  20. Matthew Hooton 20

    well of course the deaths of 29 workers because of negligence by the company and successive governments is all those things. it hasn’t happened since cave creek

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      I hope you will support greatly increased and independent mine safety regulation and enforcement, Matthew.

      This neo-liberal hands off “self-regulation” stuff doesn’t work, and we’ve paid for it in blood.

      • vto 20.1.1

        Ha, yep lets wait for the next great and wonderful idea from the right ….. self-regulation for the heavy trucking industry. Oh wait, it is already being proposed. For fucks sake these guys live on another planet

      • Matthew Hooton 20.1.2

        well certainly it has to be a hell of a lot better than it obviously has been. i’m not sure that “neo-liberalism” has much to do with it though. i think you’ll find mine disasters like this happen in a whole lot of countries with many different overall approaches to political philosophy.

        • vto 20.1.2.1

          ” i think you’ll find mine disasters like this happen in a whole lot of countries with many different overall approaches to political philosophy.”

          Bloody hell Mr Hooton, why don’t you go and do some reading of the report and get some knowledge of what has happenned. It is abundantly clear that political philosophy led to the changes in the mine inspections regime. This subsequently led directly to death.

          It is all there in black and white.

          Do you have an agenda of some sort?

          • Jim Nald 20.1.2.1.1

            “i think you’ll find mine disasters like this happen in a whole lot of countries”

            yup, well done, try to normalise Pike River.

            • karol 20.1.2.1.1.1

              Actually the official report says the Pike River Mine accident was preventable, as just reported on RNZ.

              Also says so on Stuff:

              The Pike River tragedy was preventable and caused by the mine being used before it was ready, with the company ignoring warnings of explosive methane levels, a Royal Commission has found.

          • Anne 20.1.2.1.2

            Look. You’d better cut Hooton some rope. He’s in full panic mode these days. You only have to listen to Radio NZ’s political spot this morning to recognise that – white-anting David Cunliffe to the point of near hysteria. The Nats are worried!!!

            • felix 20.1.2.1.2.1

              :D Was pretty funny this morning, trying his best to sound calm and reasoned.

              • Anne

                What I thought was even funnier was his description/explanation of the current political situation inside the Labour Party, and sitting opposite him (metaphorically speaking anyway) was the former Labour Party President, Mike Williams. Mike did a sterling job not snorting out loud… so it could be heard by listeners.

                • Matthew Hooton

                  Nor of course did Mike contradict anything I had to say about the current political situation inside the Labour Party, especially on the Tamihere matter, about which he said he had been consulted.

                  • felix

                    It seems to me that quite often the people you appear with in the broadcast media are fully aware that they don’t need to do much to discredit you except laugh, snort, and let you carry on.

                  • Anne

                    No, because you never gave him a chance… then the time limit ran out.

                    I expect he also didn’t regard your contribution re – the current nuances inside the Labour Party worthy of a considered response.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.2.2

          Neoliberalism focusses on minimising/starving out the role of the public sector and giving the private sector free reign to maximise profits how they see fit Matthew, usually under the guise of “cutting red tape”.

          But I think you know this very well.

    • Jim Nald 20.2

      well of course according to that then, it isn’t so bad.
      you are so sweet, matthew.

  21. tracey 21

    The interesting thing is that some are confusing the result of lying/negligence with the responsibility for it… A minister who lies and commits a crime (banks) is actually far more responsible than wilkinson who most will accept didnt actually do or not do anything to contribute. So, this is a gesture but really according to monk this govt cut all communication with the families 18 months ago, so it will be a little hollow for them.

    Then we have a minister openly breaching privacy laws for political gain, overseeing a ministry that gave little or no thought to security of information it holds… And who says she might do it again… It looks to me like wilkinson may be the sacrifice to make this govt appear accountable when it isnt…

    • Jackal 21.1

      tracy

      …Wilkinson who most will accept didnt actually do or not do anything to contribute.

      You forget that in May 2010 (six months before the explosions), even after Labour MP Damien O’Connor had formally requested, Kate Wilkinson refused to reopen the review on mine safety. So no, I don’t think most people would agree that Wilkinson is not in some way responsible for the Pike River disaster.

  22. Treetop 22

    The Pike River Commission of Inquiry appears to have got to the truth of the matter without all of the physical evidence being available.

    Were there more inquiries into where the government is falling short there would be a snap election as too much is being covered up e.g. GCSB.

  23. Red Rosa 23

    An example to Bennett. We’ll see if it is followed.

    And the beginning of justice at Pike River. An extreme and tragic example of 19th century work practices 100 years on. There might even be a few right-wing bloggers showing a twinge of conscience.

    Other National policies should be studied in the light of this disaster. More deregulation, anyone?

    Orwellian echoes…..

    As Minister of Labour, Wilkinson has done her level best to reduce wages and worsen working conditions, across the board.

    And let’s not forget that as Minister of Conservation she has been working AGAINST conservation to an extraordinary extent. A similar degree of integrity there would see her resign from that portfolio as well.

  24. tracey 24

    Jackal…. But brownlee knows where all the bodies are buried

  25. Colonial Viper 25

    This is the kind of partisan bullshit which drives me nuts. Does the National Government have primary responsibility for the failures at Pike River? Yes, the disaster happened on their watch, and their shitty disrespectful, untrustworthy management of the aftermath of the crisis is a shame on this country.

    But the mine design and construction, pre-production safety auditing and final production approvals including OK’ing wholly inadequate facilities for ventilation/entrances/exits etc. all occurred under Labour.

    • Matthew Hooton 25.1

      CV, exactly. Current govt has to take primary responsibility. Previous govt, company management etc also to blame.

      • RedLogix 25.1.1

        And the National govt prior who is primarily responsible for the dismantling of the Mines Inspectorate.

        Not to let the fifth Labour govt entirely off the hook; but ultimately this is a failure of the neo-liberal de-regulation ideology and that tars every Party that has both promoted it and failed to repudiate it.

      • gobsmacked 25.1.2

        Yes, I don’t see why the previous gov’t should get a free pass, and the Royal Commission hasn’t given them one.

        The decision to reduce mine safety inspectors was taken under National in the 1990′s, but did Labour right that wrong? Not AFAIK.

        As for Wilkinson, I’d like to give her credit, but I can’t quit my job and keep the same salary for a reduced workload, so I don’t think “resign” is the correct term here. “Handed over the file, without penalty, from either the boss or the taxpayer” would be more accurate.

      • Jackal 25.1.3

        How is the Labour party responsible? One of the main causes is that the mine was used before it was ready. It was opened by Gerry Brownlee in 2008. I recall reading something about National fast tracking the mine opening as well. If the mine was constructed to design, which Labour did have some oversight for, you might have a point. But it’s likely that corners were cut and the design was not properly followed. Until we have the report, we won’t know for sure, which makes your claims mere speculation.

        • Colonial Viper 25.1.3.1

          Labour PARTY isn’t responsible.

          Labour GOVERNMENT was responsible for not reinstating the Mines Inspectorate which the union the EPMU should have MADE them do in the first term.

          DoL under the Labour GOVERNMENT was responsible for not ensuring that the design and construction of Pike River was up to international best practice.

          Even a shitty townhouse construction on the North Shore has to be Ok’d as being built to plan. Why not a billion dollar mine.

          NATIONAL is responsible for the original disolution of the Mines Inspectorate and then letting Pike River owners run the operation like a 3rd world Chinese dig.

          It was opened by Gerry Brownlee in 2008.

          So? Brownlee cut a ribbon.

          But which party was in power all through 2008 as Pike River was being completed and staffed? What red flags about that mine were raised by the DoL or the Minister of Labour during all that time?

          • Te Reo Putake 25.1.3.1.1

            What did this have to do with the EPMU and how do you think they make Governments do things, CV? And why do you think Pike was completed and staffed in 2008?

          • Jackal 25.1.3.1.2

            That’s all well and good CV, but the fact of the matter is that most of the problems that resulted in Pike River exploding happened after National gained power, and therefore they had responsibility. For instance, problems with how the electrical system was implemented, operated and inspected became more severe after 2009.

            It was the way many things were installed without regard for best practice that contributed to the explosion. This infrastructure was installed after National had oversight for some time, and probably did not adhere to any plans that were previously approved by Labour. You certainly have not provided any evidence for this claim CV?

            Brownlee cut a ribbon… As the Minister in charge as the mine became operational, he did a lot more than that. Do you think that budget cuts implemented by him made no contribution to the inspectorates dysfunction? Do you think that Brownlee had no say in Nationals decision to not implement the review into mine safety?

            The Commission has found that funding cuts ensured the inspectorate couldn’t undertake its job properly, and with a proper regulator that was not dysfunctional (that’s the word they used), the disaster might not have occurred. National made the decision to cut DOL funding. Pike River made the decision to not follow best practice and staff the operation with inexperienced workers. The Labour party (as far as I can tell) had no say in either of these things.

            You can read the Royal Commission’s findings on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy here.

      • Dr Terry 25.1.4

        Come on all you who blame everything imaginable . . . you have neglected only to blame GOD.

    • Treetop 25.2

      CV re the mine being approved by the Labour Government is a fact. The mine may have been shut down or modified had monitoring been as stringent as was required.

      • Treetop 25.2.1

        October 2008 coal production started. Production was slow initially, it took until 2009/2010 to reach significant levels according to wikipedia.

        Inhindsight the mine should never have been opened. Had the mine been properly monitored it is unknown whether or not it would have been modified or shut down post operation.

        Would not let me edit.

  26. Ted 26

    Will Paula Bennett also be doing the honourable thing?

  27. tracey 27

    Red rosa, the policy wont change… Remember when tolley was replaced in education. The women are disposable.

  28. prism 28

    Too right Kate is walking away. Someone will have to oversee the portfolio. Hand it over Kate, though it’s a bit soiled, actually the dust is quite black and can’t be wiped off. But someone has to do the dirty job, but it’s not a good thing to have an albatross like that hanging on the neck of someone who might be wanting to have a run at the PM long jump. Got to be light on your feet to keep up with smile and wave’s memory if he wants to go back to USA now that the market there has picked up a little.

  29. AmaKiwi 29

    How will Labour respond?

    What will the Greens and NZ First do?

    This is THE test of who is the opposition. The Labour leadership is on the line.

    • Colonial Viper 29.1

      I guess we’ll know after the 6 o’clock news.

      • karol 29.1.1

        David Shearer’s response: Starts with preamble, commiserations to victime families, Wilkinson was right to resign.  No comments about what happened re- mine safety under Clark government, then:
         

        “Urgent action must now be taken by the new Minister to restore confidence in mine safety but also in the Department of Labour so that all Kiwis can be sure they are safe at work.
         
        “We have long advocated for changes to improve workers’ safety, including the reinstatement of check inspectors in mines, and we will support the adoption of the Commission’s key recommendations,” said David Shearer.
         
        Darien Fenton said the weakening of workers’ rights in employment law makes it harder for them to speak out when there are safety concerns.
         
        “Testimony to the Royal Commission showed the contempt that the Pike River management had for the role of the union in health and safety and its resistance to their involvement.
         
        “It also showed the lack of respect the Labour Department inspectors had for workers on the job who knew and experienced the risks of their workplace every day.
         
        “This Government has systematically dismantled employee participation in health and safety, including cuts to worker health and safety training. That’s an abdication of responsibility for protecting our workforce.
         
        “The families will want something good to come from this terrible tragedy and that must include a change in the Government’s attitude towards workers, unions and its own role in keeping people safe on the job,” said Darien Fenton.

         
        Kevin Hague’s response, is a bit vague about which governments are responsible, just dating regulation problems since 1992. His statement includes:
         

        “There also needs to be accountability for the catastrophic and comprehensive failure by the Department of Labour, as the regulator.
         
        “The absorption of the Department of Labour into the newly formed Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment risks further diminishing the regulatory oversight of occupational health and safety risks.
         

         

        • Colonial Viper 29.1.1.1

          The Greens don’t have the depth of knowledge in industry and mining as Labour does. Come on Labour, its your time to shine, come on…

  30. Tim 30

    I commented on open mike about this but I was wondering who has watched the Proim Minsta’s apearances in the MSM – commenting on the Poik Riva report.
    Anyone else think the guy was either pissed….or very uneasy whilst desperately trying to maintain a veneer of authority – or what.
    I sounded loik he was shhhhhizzing an shhhhhhhhhminging his way thru it all trying to sourn vincing to the tune of – well what ever tune – with all those new little minions (Bennett, Jamie-Lea, Tauranga-Boy) singing the frikken descant.
    Truely mean-spirited, lying nasty little specimens.
    Kate Williamson -even tho’ she’s a patheic bitch – has come thru’ it retaining a degree of honour befitting her title. BUT what of “We’ll do whatever it take” Jonky?, or a number of others.

    Blood runs……even though it may have dried up deep below.

    Itchim Shhhhmetchim…………..shhhhhhhhmcissle shhhhhhhmosssil, truely goan forwid, “there’ll be some learnings” (Key on Breakfast).
    Well let’s hope that moit hiv learned him – dear tit though cos he thinks Beckham is as thickis Batchit and pots and kettles are only for the servants to worry about

  31. NickS 31

    We need a Hooten translator plugin, one that changes all his comments to “herp derpderp derpity”

  32. Wilkinson is taking the fall for the real culprits,the ministers who got rid of inspectors and
    only allowed one for the whole country and relaxing health and safety rules.
    Cost cutting is of the utmost importance of the nact govt, which lead to pike river.

  33. “We want to see charges… somebody is responsible for this.”

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_careerists_20120723

    The Careerists
    Posted on Jul 23, 2012
    By Chris Hedges
    The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings. They are the careerists. The bureaucrats. The cynics. They do the little chores that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death a reality. They collect and read the personal data gathered on tens of millions of us by the security and surveillance state. They keep the accounts of ExxonMobil, BP and Goldman Sachs. They build or pilot aerial drones. They work in corporate advertising and public relations. They issue the forms. They process the papers. They deny food stamps to some and unemployment benefits or medical coverage to others. They enforce the laws and the regulations. And they do not ask questions.
    Good. Evil. These words do not mean anything to them. They are beyond morality. They are there to make corporate systems function. If insurance companies abandon tens of millions of sick to suffer and die, so be it. If banks and sheriff departments toss families out of their homes, so be it. If financial firms rob citizens of their savings, so be it. If the government shuts down schools and libraries, so be it. If the military murders children in Pakistan or Afghanistan, so be it. If commodity speculators drive up the cost of rice and corn and wheat so that they are unaffordable for hundreds of millions of poor across the planet, so be it. If Congress and the courts strip citizens of basic civil liberties, so be it. If the fossil fuel industry turns the earth into a broiler of greenhouse gases that doom us, so be it. They serve the system. The god of profit and exploitation. The most dangerous force in the industrialized world does not come from those who wield radical creeds, whether Islamic radicalism or Christian fundamentalism, but from legions of faceless bureaucrats who claw their way up layered corporate and governmental machines. They serve any system that meets their pathetic quota of needs.

    • kousei 33.1

      Yes good comments from Hedges. Where are the people who said NO this is not right? Did anyone say I know this is not safe and I refuse to continue under these conditions because this is important and it’s wrong if lives are knowingly put at risk because a company’s management believes profit is more important than peoples welfare. Comes down to Exit, Voice or loyalty. Most choose loyalty.

  34. lefty 34

    It is not enough to simply concentrate on governments and their departments for accountability for worker safety.

    Certainly there needs to be good regulation and enforcement of health and safety in the workplace.

    The Minister is right to resign , various heads should roll in the old DOL and improved legislation and enforcement procedures need to be introduced urgently.

    But investors who profit from the labour of others have a responsibility to at least ensure those who create the wealth they benefit from are safe at work.

    Every single shareholder of Pike River needs to be held accountable. Its not good enough for investors to be able to simply shrug their shoulders and walk away from the pain and misery they have funded.

    As things stand the families have lost their loved ones, the taxpayer has had to pay out hugely for rescue attempts, for the inquiry and for a range of associated costs but investors simply write off their losses, call in the receivers and go their merry way.

    If small investors have a nice ‘balanced’ portfolio of investments the financial loss will mean very little as there will be another group of exploited workers who will be busy making up for their losses as we speak.

    And some of the big shareholders in Pike River at the time of the disaster are still operating other companies in the energy field.

    They should not be allowed to do so.

  35. Scuse me for shouting but

    HOW ABOUT THIS

    I blogged in 2010 about Pike River and said this:

    ” The last Labour Government put out a discussion paper titled Improving health and safety hazard management in the Underground Mining Industry. The paper attracted some submissions a synopsis of which were released just before the 2008 election. Incoming Minister Kate Wilkinson decided to shelve the paper and nothing else occurred.”

    The papers have been taken down and the links do not work any more.  They have obviously been removed so that we cannot discuss them or work out how bad a decision it was of Wilkinson to shelve them.

    Bastards … 

  36. appleboy 36

    You’ve got to be joking, resigning? a pr stunt…from a party whose leader specialises in not taking responsibility for anything! Total bullshit!

    .

  37. Dr Terry 37

    Among all this searching for who is to blame, is there thought for the victims of Pike Creek, that is, the families of the deceased? What the devil must they be going through right now in light of this report? We ought have first listened to their responses.

    • karol 37.1

      Yes, considerations should first be for the families and friends of the dead.  That the deaths were deemed preventable must be devastating to them.  There actually hasn’t been much reported of their responses.  They may be digesting the information and will come out with a public response in the next day or so.
       
      There was an intitial report on Stuff saying that families were considering manslaughter charges.  But some responses that were online earlier seem to have been removed.  The news reports are largely in the Royal Commission’s findings, Key’s statements, and Wilkinson’s resignation.

  38. Mickey Mouse 38

    Well that’s knocked Key and Beckham off the front page, hasn’t it

  39. peterlepaysan 39

    It is very rare for NZ ministers to resign over departmental problems.

    Wilkinson’s departure could be seen as homourable, and I accept that.

    It can also seen to be politically expedient.

    Wilkinson’s departure deflects a lot of opposition ammunition.

    I suspect she is relieved that she does not have to find the money to put into effect the Commissions findings

    I doubt that john or bill are keen on spending money on stuff that does not depend on the “market”.

    Brownlee or Joyce to take over? They are both perfect and know everything.

    Problem solved.

    See ya.

    Yours truly

    Smile and Wave from Wall Street.

  40. dewithiel 40

    The spelling ‘Labor’ is also found in the Guardian’s report: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/05/pike-river-mine-methane-warnings. I’d guess it’s the Associated Press style manual at fault.

  41. Michael 41

    Wilkinson should be out of Cabinet, altogether (and her Ministerial mansion, limo, etc), otherwise her “resignation” from the Labour portfolio is just “another bullshit PR stunt” from a government that can’t do anything else. The Department of Labour needs a good housecleaning (perhaps a suitable labour for Hercules after he finishes cleaning out the Augean stables?).

  42. Wychbych 42

    Gutless bitch. Or should I say, like a rat, leaving a sinking ship.

    Honourable? This cabinet? It sounds like ‘love’ in the mouth of a whore.

  43. joe90 43

    Pricks.

    http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/pike-river-mine-inquiry/pike-river-inquiry-phase-3/

    <In early September 2010, the pressure to produce coal increased massively when Whittall introduced a production bonus for all Pike staffers. If hydraulic mining was underway by 24 September and producing a targetted volume of coal, the men would get a $10,000 bonus. After this, Nishioka says he was under pressure from all the miners to get the system going as quickly as possible.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/pike-river-mine-disaster/7905701/Pike-River-tragedy-preventable-report-says

    The Pike River tragedy was preventable and caused by the mine being used before it was ready and the company ignoring warnings of explosive methane levels, a royal commission has found.

    In a damning report on the November 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers, the commission found Pike River’s “drive for coal production before the mine was ready created the circumstances within which the tragedy occurred”.

  44. Rhinocrates 44

    CV, exactly. Current govt has to take primary responsibility. Previous govt, company management etc also to blame.

    Well isn’t Hooters being a busy little chappie tonight?* He’s doing a slick little version of, “if the blame can be pinned on a Labour politician, it’s ‘bloody Labour’, but if it’s a NACT politician, then it’s ‘bloody politicians!’ ” Let’s see how much we can dilute responsibility by spreading it around as far as we can. None of “the buck stops here”; oh no, instead it’s “the cents are running everywhere!”

    Then there’s the “They’re not comparable!” You see, Paula Bennett’s general awfulness and John Banks’ corruption didn’t result in actual directly attributable deaths so really, what they did is… wellllll, not good, but really, don’t get your knickers in a twist over this. You see, only if someone dies now… that’s the standard, that’s the benchmark for National ministers.

    I take it that the walking skidmark Hooters has learned that a dead baby joke won’t cut it now. Hell, he might even be aware that other people comprehend the notion of taste… but he still doesn’t quite get it himself. Compassion isn’t really built into his brain, you see.

    That’s the standard now, according to John Key and Hooters is there to sell it. If lots of people die, then, yeah, a minister has to resign one of their portfolios, but not all. Anything else… not so much. Undermining the rule of law, the constitution (it’s not written on one single piece of paper, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have one) privacy, corruption like Bennett and Banks… hell, it’s “not comparable” so they don’t have to resign.

    It’s OK if you’re NACT. Just not OK if you’re anyone else.

    Can you see what he’s trying to do? He’s using the deaths of miners, in that twisted way of his to lessen the heat on Bennett. What a sick mercenary bastard.

    Aren’t you so glad to have him as an independent political commentator and definer of ethics? Doesn’t he make uncertainties so crystal clear?

    *Albeit a bit sloppy – the “etc”- oh, that’s lazy. A good, professional writer always avoids “etc”. “etc” is just “I’m too bloody lazy… can you take that as a dogwhistle guys, please? You all know what I mean, right?”

  45. Tim G 45

    So, after months of the right of the Right decrying “Commie Kate” for being spineless in getting on with NActs butchering of the ERA, she steps down. Bets on the hatchet person (Joycie, or too high level for unpopular reform? Could they resurrect Nick Smith to cop a bit more public backlash?) or maybe someone more vacuous (Bennett would struggle with the workload, but she’s equally disposable and she’d do what she’s told) that they stick in to replace her.

    Now excuse me for being flippant, but do you think her abdication of ministerial responsibility (for one of her portfolios) is anything other but expediency by the Nats?

  46. gnomic 46

    Wilkinson is an enemy of the people, and her portfolio should have been called Minister for the Boss Class while she held it. Presumably her resignation is just a way of ducking for cover, rather than any genuine expression of regret and shame. Someone actually sorry for their sins of omission and commission would have resigned from Parliament. OK, to be realistic, six months on the back benches at least, a token sin binning.

    Just by the way, can anyone explain why for some time now Cameron Slater has been calling her a Marxist on his hard twitting blog? Sadsack seemed to have some snitch on Kate, but I couldn’t tell why. There wasn’t much more she could have done apart from cutting the minimum wage to a dollar or what am I missing?

    • Tim G 46.1

      You are missing her tardiness around the review of s6A of the ERA relating to vulnerable employees upon the sale of a business (hardly the radical stuff, although Crest Commercial Cleaning are starting to get a bit too much egg on their faces) and what the Right (Whale and his Boss Class/lobotimised readership) regard as a failure to gut collective bargaining. Of course, that had all be signalled by Kate, but there was a sense that she had been slow off the mark.

      What’s next for the MoL?

  47. Fortran 47

    But Trevor was Minister of Labour who signed off the Pike River Mine.

    • Jim Nald 47.1

      But Kate Wilkinson’s claim to fame will go down in ministerial history as a convenient resignation. Calculated, cynical timing, and at little personal cost.

  48. Bruce 48

    Wilkinson had recommendations proposed to her, she turned them down:
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1107/S00331/wilkinson-must-go-to-progress-mine-safety.htm

    Yet she still feels competent to control other departments:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7909923/What-have-I-done-wrong-Wilkinson

    Get rid of her.

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    No Right Turn | 30-08
  • Judith Collins resigns
    Oravida and the mysterious Chinese border control official, the Simon Pleasants leak, Bronwyn Pullar’s Privacy Commission complaint, plotting to roll John Key after the election – the allegations just kept coming. Now there’s the allegation that she conspired with Cameron Slater and...
    Occasionally erudite | 30-08
  • Andrew Williams lawyers up
    Andrew Williams is somewhat annoyed about being dumped completely from the NZ First party list. As such, he’s following in his leader’s footsteps and is lawyering up, seeking a judicial review of the party’s decision. My immediate response, on hearing...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-08
  • DIRT ALERT! – Are The Greens And Labour About To Become The Targets O...
    Deja Vu All Over Again? Are we about to see a repeat of the 2005 negative advertising campaign  launched in secret against the Greens and Labour? WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour...
    Bowalley Road | 29-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    Frankly Speaking | 29-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    Frankly Speaking | 29-08
  • Wynyard Cycling Complaints
    The new Waterfront Promenade linking the Harbour Bridge to Wynyard Quarter will be fantastic when finished later this year however its completion will leave a gap in the network through Wynyard Quarter itself. Auckland Transport and Waterfront Auckland are going to be...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Something to do today
    From the FaceBook page: NATIONAL: NOT OUR FUTUREMARCHES ACROSS NEW ZEALANDAUCKLAND RALLY SATURDAY 30th AUGUST. AOTEA SQUARE, 1PMThree weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction....
    The Jackal | 29-08
  • Slater packs a sad
    H/T Porcupine FarmWe all know that Cameron Slater AKA Whale Oil is a bit of a dick at the best of times. His stupidity and vindictive nature is clearly evident throughout the book Dirty Politics and on his discredited blog...
    The Jackal | 29-08
  • Key weak on Collins coup attempt
    Politics is a strange old chestnut with the motivations of those playing the game not always apparent to the rest of us. However, more often than not the politicians invariably only have their own vested interests at heart with little...
    The Jackal | 29-08
  • Koretake II
    The Crown is to appeal against the son of Kingi Tuheitia not being convicted - in a case where the other offenders were all let off without convictions without any name suppression - and the Crown is not to appeal...
    Tumeke | 29-08
  • Another meteorite
    In 2003, the Court of Appeal delivered a bombshell ruling in Ngati Apa v Attorney-General: the crown had not generally extinguished Maori customary rights over the foreshore and seabed, and ownership of particular areas of the foreshore and seabed was...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Who says organisation, says oligarchy
    So Andrew Williams has decided to do a Winston Peters and go off to Court to try and stop "his" party from excluding him as a candidate....
    Pundit | 29-08
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 22 -What Cunliffe said about Lochin...
     Key says Cunliffe's Lochinver sale stance weakening Prime Minister John Key said "A couple of weeks ago (David Cunliffe) was screaming at New Zealanders that he would stop the sale (of Lochinver station); last night he was essentially saying, 'I'm going...
    Arch Rival | 29-08
  • Oxfam: saving the tava’e (and the world)
    This guest post is by Oxfam NZ‘s (relatively) new director, Rachael Le Mesurier. She’s off to the UN conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia next week, and here provides an interesting overview of the climate, sea level and...
    Hot Topic | 29-08
  • Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids
    MEDIA RELEASE: 28th AUGUST 2014 “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids” It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too. It’s time to talk about Capital Gains Tax,...
    Closing the Gap | 29-08
  • Government to save $400 million by doing ice bucket challenge on behalf of ...
    Turkmenistan’s challenge to New Zealand comes just one week after Pope Francis apparently died attempting to avoid his own $100 donation. The National Government this afternoon announced plans to save New Zealand in excess of $400 million by performing an...
    The Civilian | 29-08
  • Green Election Policy Highly Sophisticated.
    As each new election policy is released by the Greens I am impressed by the depth of thinking, costing and multiple benefits that come with them. We have made a convincing impression this election that we are ready to govern...
    Local Bodies | 29-08
  • Stuart’s 100 #17: A Greater Auckland?
    17: A Greater Auckland? What if we felt like we lived in an Auckland that was greater than the sum of its parts? This is perhaps one of the reoccurring themes in my 100 days project. It reflects the public...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Green Party companion leaders’ debate
    The Greens take an inclusive approach to being excluded. So when we were shut out of the TVNZ leaders’ debate (despite being New Zealand’s third largest party, and despite the two-handed Key-Cunliffe format feeling more like a throwback to First...
    frogblog | 29-08
  • Shouldn’t this farmer be prosecuted for bribery?
    The Waikato Regional Council, in reporting on the fine handed down to a polluting farmer, also has some disturbing news:During the course of the Waikato Regional Council inspections that led to the prosecution, Bilkar Singh, a director of B &...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Whatever happened to liberty?
    Yesterday, the Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report finding that police routinely exceeded their powers in shutting down "out of control" parties, invading people's homes, assaulting people, using excessive force (in some cases causing significant injury), and shutting down...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Viewers judge TV3 to be winner in TV One leaders’ debate
    Key says the poll shows that Labour is 4% worse than gouging your eyes out, while National is only 2% worse. A snap political poll taken after last night’s leader’s debate on TV One has revealed that most New Zealanders...
    The Civilian | 29-08
  • Kiwis care about inequality
    Inequality has emerged as the key issue in the election campaign:The gap between rich and poor is by far the biggest issue facing New Zealand three weeks before election day, a new poll has found. The Roy Morgan Research poll...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Something to do on Saturday
    There will be a series of anti-government marches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Saturday:The Auckland rally starts at Aotea Square, Wellington at Te Papa marching to Parliament, Dunedin held at the Octagon and the Christchurch rally at Haley...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Speaker: Rocking in the Public Good: Hager and Shihad
    Seldom has New Zealand seen such super-harmonies in the traditionally separate spheres of music  and investigative journalism. The release of New Zealand prog-rocker Nicky Hager’s latest album Dirty Politics coincided with the well known citizen journalist group Shihad’s book FVEY,...
    Public Address | 29-08
  • The cost of irrigation
    At the moment, the government is pushing irrigation and water storage as a way of increasing milk production and boosting the economy. Critics have argued that the result will be dirty, polluted rivers unfit for recreational use. And we've just...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • An empty void at the heart of the election
    Its election time. The blog should be humming. Its not. Why? Because there's not enough policy to comment on. Note that this is not a complaint about Dirty Politics. How power is exercised and the ethics displayed in doing so...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Making money out of fanatics
    Click on image to enlarge This looks like a Xcd cartoon. I picked it up from a new Facebook page The Girl Against Fluoride Lies. Good to see more and more Facebook pages like this. Speaking of fluoride – the cartoon sort...
    Open Parachute | 29-08
  • Debate 1
    As you know, there was a debate last night, and the consensus appears to be that David Cunliffe won. (The strongest clue that National also thinks Cunliffe won is that Kiwiblog has seven posts up this morning to change the...
    Polity | 29-08
  • Britomart precinct quick wins
    It has now been three months since Janette Sadik-Khan visited Auckland and showed us how easy it was to create a more liveable city by making things better for people to walk and cycle around, and best of all we...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 29 August 2014
    The polls are coming thick and fast. There must be an election on… Yesterday, we had the release of the latest Herald Digipoll, while this morning it’s the Fairfax Ipsos poll. In the Digipoll, National are up 0.7% to 50.7%,...
    Occasionally erudite | 28-08
  • World News Brief, Friday August 29
    Top of the AgendaUkraine Accuses Russia of Invasion...
    Pundit | 28-08
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Tramadol Rock
    I saw Samuel Flynn Scott a couple of times last year at the time he was suffering through a back injury in a haze of painkillers. It made for a fairly spaced out Phoenix Foundation show at the Powerstation --...
    Public Address | 28-08
  • Vale Brad Fletcher, MUNZ Lyttelton Branch President
    The Maritime Union is greatly saddened by the death of Maritime Union Lyttelton Branch President Brad Fletcher in a workplace accident on Thursday 28 August 2014. Maritime Union National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the death of Brad Fletcher, a full-time...
    MUNZ | 28-08
  • Matthew Hooton (Fanatical National Supporter) Says Key is “Dishonest”
    This morning on Radio Live, Matthew Hooton has said what John Key is saying about about not being told of the SIS Official Information Request release to Scumbag Adulterous Blogger Cameron Slater, is “unbelievable”....
    An average kiwi | 28-08
  • How most people get hacked
    Chris Trotter writes about hackers:  LISBETH SALANDER is the archetypal hacker: a damaged outsider; phenomenally clever; contemptuous of society’s rules; but possessed of an unflinching, if somewhat quirky, sense of right and wrong. Without Lisbeth, the journalist hero of Stieg Larsen’sThe...
    DimPost | 28-08
  • Rift in National Party – MPs Want Key Gone
    Rumours are rife that some National MPS are planning to oust John Key as leader after the election, while others say Key almost without a doubt will be resigning not long after the election. Key is apparently ‘fed up’ with...
    An average kiwi | 28-08
  • Quick post debate comment
    The general consensus seems to be that Cunliffe ‘won’ the debate although not overwhelmingly. Various pundits have wondered what happened to Key. Why wasn’t he funnier? Didn’t he prepare enough?  I think Key’s problem last night went a bit deeper...
    DimPost | 28-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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