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Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, February 5th, 2013 - 42 comments
Categories: im/migration, International, john key, national - Tags: , , ,

I wonder how the polls would look if the sampling included Kiwis who have fled the country?

One of the biggest failures of the Key government is the continuing massive exodus to Australia. This was an issue that Key made a core focus of the 2008 election. Remember this?

Ah yes, the Westpac Stadium. Nearly 35,000 people. Well under National it is over 53,000 Kiwis who crossed the ditch last year:

National’s disastrous 2012 now has an official measure with 53,676 New Zealanders leaving for Australia because of the Government’s economic mismanagement, says Labour Leader David Shearer.

“This is the largest number of people to depart for Australia in any calendar year since records began in 1978. It is an absolute indictment of this Government’s failure to provide Kiwis with the opportunities they need to get ahead in their own country.

“What’s shocking is that 21,588 (40.2%) of those who left in the year to December 2012 are aged between 18 and 30. We are losing our young, talented Kiwis because they can’t find jobs here. That’s no surprise given our unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent and the fact that on average working Australians are almost $150 a week better off.

“Since John Key took office, almost 182,000 New Zealanders have left for Australia. … “New Zealanders are voting with their boarding passes and leaving National’s New Zealand for a brighter future in Australia.

Shearer highlighted the issue last year with his own visit to Westpac Stadium. What was Key’s response?

Mr Key said Mr Shearer’s “stunt” was hypocritical. He rejected any suggestion the failure to stem the exodus was a failure, saying figures for net migration were “fairly similar” under Labour.

So 35,000 leaving was a failure for Labour, and 53,000 leaving was not a failure for the Nats? Spoken like the worst kind of politician. Take some responsibility for your failure Key. Address the real issue – clearly stated in the article – what is National doing about jobs and wages? What is National doing to give young Kiwis a reason to stay?

42 comments on “Key failure”

  1. Afewknowthetruth 1

    Don’t forget that it’s all Orwellian (war is peace, ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery) so when John Key says he will work to make NZ a place that Kiwis will want to stay in he actually means the opposite. He is a member of the Global Elites Club, who get well rewarded for adhering to the fascist-globalist agenda of the international money-lenders and corporations..

    Much the same for the Labour party, of course, and has been for decades.

    Sadly, most people are so uninformed and so caught up in ideology they cannot see any truth.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.1

      Sadly, most people are so uninformed and so caught up in ideology they cannot see any truth.

      You must be a bugger to play Trivial Pursuits against.

  2. happynz 2

    Not just Aussie. For example, I’m here in the north of Peninsular Malaysia. I know of a lot of Kiwis working in Thailand; everything from adventure tourism to teaching English.

    I’m sure there are thousands of New Zealanders in the UK with no plans to return.

    The point still stands. An awful lot of Kiwis have bailed out.

  3. shorts 3

    Its a risky path to lay all those moving offshore on the Nats – as the trend will continue as long as we remain a low wage and opportunity economy

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      The point is the acceleration of the migration.

    • emergency mike 3.2

      John Key did stand under a billboard claiming he was going to fix it.

      • shorts 3.2.1

        I appreciate that… yet for four years this story hasn’t had any real traction that have shown in polls or preferred leadership stakes or anything like that

        • emergency mike 3.2.1.1

          “yet for four years this story hasn’t had any real traction that have shown in polls or preferred leadership stakes or anything like that”

          And which of NAct’s myriad demonstrable failures have?

          Key offered this up in 2008 as an indicator that something was wrong, and that he knew what to do about it. Four years on it’s got worse by 50%. When Shearer points this out, Key responds, hilariously, by calling him a hypocrite. This alone is worth reporting on.

          I guess I’m an old fashioned type who thinks that holding politicians to account for failing to deliver on their campaign promises is worthwhile in itself, aside from it’s PR value.

  4. aerobubble 4

    Benefit numbers fall, possible reasons??? Exodus, suicide rate up, lots of part time work, criminals formerly claiming dole when not eligible??? Well, stats show its not suicide rates, or criminality since Police have not been called in, and its not more work. So we can conclude its exodus, which is strange don’t you think that the MSM isn’t bashing Key over the head with it.

    I suspect its like John Howard changes to kiwi status in OZ, the MSM goes silent and then knights the guy who could have been a people’s champion, our people and all that tosh. Not that Holmes should not have been knighted, but let’s just get this straight, it not for his day job IMHO.

    Kiwis get disenfranchised in OZ, pay taxes to support Australian welfare but not their own, and the silence in the NZ media for over a decade! The Herald has never been a kiwi paper, oh, sure it has kiwi stories, its printed and brought by kiwis, but its not the daily for kiwis, of kiwis, and by kiwis IMHO.

    But then the National party doesn’t even represent National interests, free capital gains means foreigners (or those about to exit in the great exodus) can borrow to the hilt, offshore the profits while gearing their companies to great capital gains (at the expense of productivity and service).
    And the greatest joke is the farmers buy into the policies that harm their own prospects due to drought and down turns, harming the handover of their farms to the next generation.

    Australia made a mistake when it unfairly treated kiwi residents, but its not like kiwis back in NZ don’t have the same characteristics of poorly thought out policy. Key failure, sure, but Clark did do so well either (now you can argue that the right wing MSM was in full smear and distort mode and so she did very very well to stamp her make still, but really, we all still lost).

    • Fortran 4.1

      Who signed the NZ Australian Immigration Agreement in 2001 ?

      Yes – I think it is not fair, as the New Zealanders pay taxes like anybody else, and are discriminated against in Social Services. Racial discrimination, but cannot do anything about it.

      Illegal Immigrents do better, so suggest tear up passports etc before entry and go for Asylum.

  5. Tiresias 5

    When a new supermarket in Blenheim advertised 80 jobs last week it had 1,600 applications from all over the country – that’s 20 applications for every job.

    Mr. Market would say that the salaries offered were obviously too high.

    Nonetheless there is a wider issue. If we as a society say everyone has a ‘right’ to a job we are obliged to provide jobs for everyone even if that means more jobs than society needs – which means exploiting resources that don’t need exploiting and producing items that people don’t need, and/or which only last a year or two in order to keep the factories busy and people employed. Or just getting people to dig holes for other people to fill in.

    Are we not incredibly fortunate to be living in a country with open spaces and room to breath, and beautiful unspoiled places that remain unspoiled because no-one has yet got around to spoiling them? And we’re talking of building hundreds of thousands of new homes on ‘green field’ sites and fighting to stop mining in National Parks despite the hundreds of ‘jobs’ they would employ. Here where I live in the Marlborough Sounds we’ve been fighting for years to stop the proliferation of mussel farms into unspoiled bays and had to take up a whole new fight to stop acres of salmon farms in these clear green waters.

    And the cry of the proponents of these things, along with “foreign exchange” is always “employment”.

    What we want is ‘real’ employment that serves our society. Does a Chinese-owned factory making infant formula for Chinese babies do that? Does a foreign-owned fish farm in the Queen Charlotte Sound sending salmon to US supermarkets do that? Does sitting all day at a bench under flourescent lighting putting together plastic widgets do that?

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      “Mr. Market would say that the salaries offered were obviously too high.”

      Of course Mr. Market would be wrong. The real reason is the type of work. There are industries that are finding it very hard to hire people, like offshore fisherman and other physical labour jobs. One annecdote I heard on the radio was a company that had 35 applicants for some forestry jobs, but after they cut out all of the ones that failed the drug test there were only 1-2 left.

      I guess those hard-labour jobs need to be paying a lot more, but even then they probably would still have a hard time finding people, because kiwis just don’t want to do those kinds of work.

      • Tiresias 5.1.1

        As I type I can see across the bay a logging gang at work on a hillside – leaving a great and unsightly brown scar behind them, though nature will cure that. Unhappily nature won’t cure the damage their heavy machinery will do to our barely engineered metal roads, nor the lightly sealed ones we residents paid a special rate to have put in, but that’s another matter.

        Monday to Friday these guys are living in temporary accommodation I wouldn’t put a dog in, away from their families if they have one, starting work at 7.00 am and climbing up and down 45% dirt slopes weilding a screaming, vibrating, heavy chain-saw all day long, baking sunshine, wind or rain. Well, they do stop if it’s bucketting down on them as it was yesterday. If you don’t get taken out by a falling tree or a breaking chain or snapping cable you’ve only a few years before your ankles, knees or back gives out leaving you with… what?

        And for why? The trees, planted 20-years ago, have to go now or they’ll become totally unsaleable. No-one actually wants them so they’ll be sold to China for pulp at a price that barely covers the cost of harvesting and shipping them, if that.

        Why should Kiwi’s do this kind of health-sapping, unrewarding, environmentally destructive work? I’m not surprised they can only do it drugged up to the eyeballs. It’s Russian Gulag stuff with week-ends off.

        Do we, as a society, gain anything from this?

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1

          The trees, planted 20-years ago, have to go now or they’ll become totally unsaleable.

          No they won’t. As trees grow older they become stronger and so they become better building material. What’s happening is that the capitalists want their ROI now and to hell with people being able to build better houses, desks, tables, etc, etc.

          • Tiresias 5.1.1.1.1

            “No they won’t.” – Draco

            Yes, they will. These aren’t kauri. They’re radiata pine planted 2 metres apart on a slope approaching 60′ which have never been trimmed or thinned. As timber they’re rubbish not worth milling, but when they were planted in the late 80′s everyone thought newspapers would go on for ever. They aren’t going to grow any more as they’re crowding each other out.

            As for ROI I suspect this plantation, like so many, is valuable only for the tax write-offs which start to run out after 20-years.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.1.1

              http://www.nzwood.co.nz/species/radiata-pine

              APPLICATIONS
              Treated radiata pine is suitable for the following applications:
              structural uses;
              decking,
              fencing;
              exterior cladding;
              window sashes;
              pergolas;
              landscaping;
              shingles;
              barge boards;
              exterior trim.
              Interior uses for untreated timber include:
              furniture;
              mouldings;
              trim;
              panelling.

              I have a few family in the building industry and they noticed the decrease in quality when the wood went from 30 year plantations to 20 year.

        • ropata 5.1.1.2

          Why should Kiwi’s do this kind of health-sapping, unrewarding, environmentally destructive work? I’m not surprised they can only do it drugged up to the eyeballs. It’s Russian Gulag stuff with week-ends off.

          Since when does hard work = oppression?
          The loggers I have met have been strong, energetic and positive Maori blokes who take pride in their work.
          As long as their work meets OSH standards and is well rewarded then good on them.

          • Tiresias 5.1.1.2.1

            Hard work becomes oppression when there are better things you could be doing with your time. Remember “Arbeit macht frei”?

            I take my hat off to loggers. I couldn’t have done what they do every day even when I was 40-years younger.

            Yeah, these guys are pretty well paid, they’re strong and energetic because they couldn’t do the job if they weren’t, and it’s a skilled job you need to take pride in doing well because if you don’t it will seriously injure or kill you.

            But do you know any middle-aged loggers? I don’t know one over 30. Is there a career-path for logging that starts with a chain-saw in a forest and follows a nice steady, well-remunerated career path to a comfortable desk and well-paid retirement?

            So yeah, over ten, fifteen years you can maybe earn enough to buy a third, even half a house outright if you take care of your money, but what then? What when your knees, ankles or back can’t maintain the necessary pace any more? What when the slope or a root turns your ankle and it never comes fully right again? What when a moment’s inattention or just bad luck takes off a couple of fingers, at best? What has ten, fifteen years logging equipped you for? What kind of job are you going to get to pay the mortgage on the other half of that house you’ve wasted half a working life to buy?

            Sorry, I don’t regard hard manual work as inherently noble. Let machines dig tunnels, not blokes with picks and shovels. Miners have wonderful comradeship and make great choirs, and die crippled with arthritis, heart-disease and silicosis. Risking your life and ruining your health chopping down rubbish trees no-one wants might make you feel good for the moment and put food on the table for the next week but it’s a job with no future and a waste of an opportunity.

  6. tc 6

    It was BS in 08 and it’s even bigger BS now after the decline in standard of living, workers rights etc and no attempt to keep jobs here.

    Labour should’ve made this an issue in the 2011 campaign, so aside from the stern words from DS can he make any impact on this issue up against the slithery one. This will be a test of his oratory/messaging ability…focus DS please dunnokeyo hates the blowtorch at the belly.

    • Afewknowthetruth 6.1

      Of course it was BS. Everything in mainstream culture is BS. However, people do LIKE BS and usually vote for more BS..

      Regarding the falling standard of living, the standard of living is falling practically everywhere on this planet, in line will falling energy availability, due to the peak of extraction of oil between 2005 and 2008. One reason NZ has a ‘high’ dollar is because there is a race to the bottom as energy (and other) resources rapidly deplete , and Europe, Japan and the US are way ahead of NZ in the race to the bottom..

      No amount of grizzling will alter geological facts.

  7. JonL 7

    “No they won’t. As trees grow older they become stronger and so they become better building material. What’s happening is that the capitalists want their ROI now and to hell with people being able to build better houses, desks, tables, etc, etc.”

    Quite right. The trees are being harvested so young, I know of several architects who are upsizing housing components, because they don’t believe the timber is strong enough any more, particularly in compressive strength, in piles and stuff. – eg – the standard house pile is 125×125 – they are now speccing 150×150!

    • Tiresias 7.1

      “On average, radiata pines grown in New Zealand are harvested at 30 years. The timber has excellent nailing, gluing and painting properties and is also used as a feedstock for the manufacture of paper and industrial packaging materials.” Source – http://www.nzfoa.org.nz

      OK, maybe they’re a bit more than 20-years old. When we moved into this place 18-years-ago the trees weren’t very big as I recall, but maybe 4 -5 years in the ground.

      Well-maintained, thinned and trimmed plantations can produce reasonable framing timber. This is not a well-maintained, thinned trimmed plantation.

  8. xtasy 8

    But most people just “love” John Key.

    His party still sits at around 46 per cent in the polls, and I believe his support rating is still above 50 per cent also.

    That means, those that left for good may thank him in hindsight, for having shown them the exit door to a much better life overseas, and those that have not left do still (at least in large numbers) like Key, because they would not really have a clue anyway, how much life under his government sucks, simply for lack of ability to compare their lives here with anywhere else, where they never took the courage to go and try living.

    Just another perspective, perhaps.

  9. Skinny 9

    The issue of mass exodus under National is very much real and in some instances quite unbelievable. Take job cuts in a SOE I know of, skilled workers bailed to OZ after having a guts full of the looming axe. And now that same SOE is advertising & struggling to refill positions ( skills shortage)  that should never have been axed in the first place. Meanwhile the Australian tax payer gets a skilled worker without having to pay the high costs of training, that was done by the Kiwi taxpayer. FFS this is happening all over the country under this clueless bunch.        

  10. UpandComer 10

    I think a lot of Kiwis, especially Maori, leave because of the dominance of Left wing poverty thinking and culture in this country, where it’s terrible to build a mine or an offshore platform, you can’t build major infrastructure in less the 25 years like Transmission Gully, you can’t apparently do any more farming, you can’t establish new industries (like movies) without some union or other getting mad, 25 year olds think they are owed a free house to go with their interest free student loans and their masters in really awesome degrees like sociology and politics (they all vote Labour), people are sick of the local Taniwha getting peaky, so the local crew has to pay off the bros to get the road built. People laid off in the public sector are victims of Labour party economics, that thinks job growth means buying all the office space in Wellington to fill with policy analysts. You can’t reform local government at all, you can’t eat a pie without feeling guilty. It’s apparently beneath the dignity of kiwis to do a massive range of jobs that are always there and never taken. If you’re wealthy here, no one knows who you are and everyone assumes you’re a crook. Most kiwi’s have never heard of Graham Hart. Maori here with wealth are sick of the cuzzies leaching onto them like they’re owed something. The RMA is killing new industry. People are leaving because the poverty, petty, envious, spiteful, committee, banning Left wing has leeched it’s way into the soil. People go on TV and say because prescriptions prices go up one dollar ‘babies will die’. A finance minister who says instead of moaning and psychoanalysing, we should just go out and compete has 40% of the country froth at the mouth. It’s pathetic. It would be wonderful if New Zealand could be part of Australia, but why would positive, sunny, dynamic Australia that’s about to throw out Gillard the crook want to be associated with a bunch of banning ‘no’s’ and moaners?

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      people are sick of the local Taniwha getting peaky, so the local crew has to pay off the bros to get the road built.

      Which Maori told you that they were sick of respecting their local Taniwha? You do know that a lot of local Maori work in local road crews?

      It would be wonderful if New Zealand could be part of Australia, but why would positive, sunny, dynamic Australia that’s about to throw out Gillard the crook want to be associated with a bunch of banning ‘no’s’ and moaners?

      Australia is sunny indeed. Next century they’re going to be 40 deg C everyday sunny, and we will be an even nicer place to live.

    • Skinny 10.2

      Actually U&C the vast number of Kiwi’s leave because they can not get ahead in New Zealand. Low wages, out of control house prices making it near impossible  to get a affordable home in the larger city’s. If your in the 20 to 35 age group you’d be a mug to stay on struggle street here in NZ. The high NZD is slaughtering manufacturing in this Country, because ya mate slugger Bill English is out of his depth as Finance Minister. Half-wits like Wheeler & you think further deregulation is the answer… I shake my head in disgust!…I’m ok Jack doesn’t work for the collective chappy… But then it’s all about you isn’t it Jack!

      • UpandComer 10.2.1

        NZ is one of the best performing economies in the world atm, and outside of WA, is performing better then the Aussie’s. Imagine what we could do if we similarly had some activity in the WA lifeblood industries. But that’s off the table, just like anything and everything that will promote job growth that doesn’t involve ‘picking green technology winners’ or anything that requires more neurons then ‘we’re going to build a billion houses, and employ thousands of people whose Value of Marginal Product of Labour is essentially nil to work for the government, when the current number of people, and much less, suffices.

        • Skinny 10.2.1.1

          That’s stretching it U&C don’t you think. Commodities like milk power, which incidentally suffered a near fail with the little scare the other week. Mining coal has planked, paper pulp on the slide. Oh thats right Key wants us to be a financial hub to Asia as our big earner. Pretty foolish axing the R & D tax credits, that, coupled with the high dollar has just driven manufacturing to Asian countries where they do the R&D as part of the deal. OEDC stats paint a gloomy picture on social issues is more realistic I would have thought.       

          • Skinny 10.2.1.1.1

            *OECD

            • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1.1.1

              UpandComer forgot to add that without the $300M per week English is borrowing into our economy, our economy would collapse.

              • Green machine UpandComer

                CV thinks that the party of increasing deficits to infinity, free government jobs for everyone, decoupled personal and everything else tax rates, and government owned everything would of course be borrowing less?

                CV also doesn’t want to look at what the borrowing is for – hand-outs earthquakes and the trinity of middle-class welfare. He’ll say something about taxes, but he will be wrong.

        • geoff 10.2.1.2

          One of the reasons Australia is doing much better than NZ is that they are better socialists than here. Their industrial awards system means that even low-skill jobs like packing shelves at the supermarket get paid a living wage. If the population doesn’t get paid enough then they can’t buy anything.

    • Murray Olsen 10.3

      I think you’re wrong. Next time you read “Atlas Shrugged”, please try to remember that it’s just bad fiction.

    • xtasy 10.4

      I sense a “downer” after another, longer absent “comer”.

    • Maggie May 10.5

      “25 year olds think they are owed a free house to go with their interest free student loans and their masters in really awesome degrees like sociology and politics (they all vote Labour),”

      Now that’s untrue.

      I personally know people who have had their whole University education out of the Public Purse (under Labour) who are avid John Key fans and would not think of voting for any other party than National.

    • Tony 10.6

      Goodness. You’re remarkably good at sweeping generalisations! You can tell that many National supporters are getting sweaty at the moment – posts like this attacking the left for every possible problem in New Zealand, despite the Nats having been in government for almost five years. To take apart your argument just a tad:

      “where it’s terrible to build a mine or an offshore platform”

      They’ve been prospecting for oil for years and Petrobas just pulled out. What does that say? I personally think oil would be good for the economy, we can’t do without it but we should keep pursuing alternative means as well. So, I vote Labour and I think oil discovery in this country is a good thing – your first point is struck off.

      “you can’t apparently do any more farming”

      Umm… have you seen much of the country?? There are farms everywhere! We have an incredibly intensive farming industry and the head of Federated Farmers (Conor English) has called for Auckland to stop spreading into the pastures (despite his brother Bill calling for the opposite).

      “you can’t establish new industries (like movies) without some union or other getting mad”

      Classic ignorance this one! I did Film Studies at Uni (or Degree in Awesome as you say) and to call film a new industry is wrong first of all and secondly are you suggesting that JK saved this “new industry” by overriding the unions?? Bollocks. He wanted to be a hero so he got in the thick of it – the subsidy he gave was ridiculous for a film that’s earned so much money.

      “25 year olds think they are owed a free house to go with their interest free student loans”

      Aye? Not even sure where you’re coming from? If you mean are young people complaining about the cost of houses compared to income, yes of course they are. You’ve seen the figures, Auckland’s one of the most difficult places to buy a house in terms of affordability – foreigners are snapping up property and investors are too as there’s no capital gains tax. The government won’t invest in housing and they’re blaming the council for not freeing up land (their MO is to develop a better city, not a sprawling city) and building regulations (heard of the leaky home crisis??). None of us are asking for free homes, we just want a fair playing field where investors and foreigners aren’t taking everything – are we not entitled to have a go at building a life for us and our families?

      I could go on but I’ve just realised that replying to your bollocks is wasting my time. To destroy your claims completely though – I left NZ because despite increasing workload and responsibility, my salary was frozen due to “tough times” yet the CEO was given a bonus equivalent to my salary. How does that work free market man? Capitalism is out of control mate, if you can’t realise that then it’s because you don’t want to and you’re doing well out of the system. The other reason I left was that I had no chance of buying a house in Auckland on my stagnant job. In the meantime, I came to “tough” London where I’ve managed to get paid three times as much and work for some of the biggest brands in my industry in the world. The biggest difference I’ve found though, is that the people I’ve worked for over here have been nice and respectful – in New Zealand there was a constant reminder of how lucky you are to do this job, a constant fear of being sacked.

      And to sum up, I think the biggest problem with our beautiful country is people like you. People that aspire to be wealthy like those in Britain, USA and Australia but can’t quite get there, so they try to blame everything and everyone for their failures.

  11. xtasy 11

    Key’s next excuse will be:

    “Hey, we never failed at all. The people that left NZ for longer only did so, because after our generous tax cuts, they were able to afford an extended overseas holiday. That may be an ordinary holiday or a working holiday, like many Kiwis take, when they go on an OE.

    That is all totally normal, why do you blame us for helping people to have the means to go on extended overseas holidays, that will also help them get international skills, and that will only be to their benefit.

    Hey, even Paula admitted, we can afford to even send a few over on a special WiNZ grant.

    That is how well we do in NZ, we can afford all this. Do not bag us for doing a great job for Kiwis, thanks!”

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    . . from:      Frank Macskasy to:           Sunday News <editor@sunday-news.co.nz> date:      Fri, Aug 22, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday News . He says he doesn’t know about Judith Collins...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Just what is the Prime Minister’s role?!
    . . FROM: Frank Macskasy SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor DATE: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 TO: The Listener <letters@listener.co.nz. . The editor The Listener . John Key says he knew nothing about the activities of his one-time media consultant, Jason...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • Letter to the Editor – Just what is the Prime Minister’s role?!
    . . FROM: Frank Macskasy SUBJECT: Letter to the Editor DATE: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 TO: The Listener <letters@listener.co.nz. . The editor The Listener . John Key says he knew nothing about the activities of his one-time media consultant, Jason...
    Frankly Speaking | 22-08
  • A life working for social justice, David Shearer
    I believe New Zealand can be the best country in the world, where everyone can get a fair go and anyone prepared to work for it can achieve their dream....
    Labour campaign | 22-08
  • Key’s pathetic excuses
    Aug 15, 2014Aug 18, 2014Aug 18, 2014Aug 19, 2014Aug 20, 2014...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • Is Whale Oil a journalist (2)?
    Some time ago, I wrote about Cameron Slater’s claim to be a journalist, which he is invoking for the purposes of protecting his confidential sources. The District Court ordered him to turn over his sources in a defamation case brought...
    Media Law Journal | 22-08
  • Government considering starting CRL on time
    I’ve long suspected the realities surrounding the City Rail Link and its close relationship to some of the biggest development projects in Auckland would in some ways force the governments hand and require an earlier start than 2020. Yesterday the...
    Transport Blog | 22-08
  • Poll of polls
    Polity's poll of polls is up to date, over at the Poll of Polls page. The short version, good to use as a more-or-less pre-Dirty Politics baseline, is: National: 50.4% Labour: 26.4% Greens: 12.0% NZF: 4.6% InternetMANA: 2.3% Conservative: 2.1%...
    Polity | 22-08
  • Primary Teachers Rise Up!
    I have been a primary teacher for 35 years and for over half of that time I have been an active member of the New Zealand Educational Institute, New Zealand's largest education union. NZEI Te Riu Roa represents 50,000 members, including...
    Local Bodies | 22-08
  • Friday melts, weird weather and whales (it’s been a long time…)
    It’s been a long time since my last post: apologies for that. You may blame a bad cold, an urgent need for root canal work, the peak of the truffle season (and truffle tours for culinary heroes1 ), the start...
    Hot Topic | 22-08
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies – Today No. 29: It’s a left-wing smear campaig...
     Key: 'Left wing smear campaign'   Key continues to back Collins    John Key is wrong. He is not the victim of a smear campaign, and here's why: First, let's define "smear campaign". Wikipedia: A smear campaign, smear tactic or simply smear is...
    Arch Rival | 22-08
  • How Many National MPs are Corrupt?
    Reading through the ‘dumps’ of information allegedly showing Scumbag Adulterer Cameron Slater’s messages with National Party Hacks, there is a lot of discussions about money changing hands, Tobacco Companies making ‘donations’, and so on. Not only has Key’s Office and...
    An average kiwi | 22-08
  • Tolley feeds Slater too
    Because of Nicky Hager's excellent book, Dirty Politics, we know that a number of senior National party officials and Ministers have been caught out supplying information and content to the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blogsite, information that Cameron Slater uses...
    The Jackal | 22-08
  • Unsurprising
    No bloggers have signed up to join the Online Media Standards Authority. This isn't really surprising. For a start, membership costs $500 a year (and ten times that if too many people complain) - well beyond the means of most...
    No Right Turn | 22-08
  • Nelson fishing museum satire or not?
    Apparently, unless Fairfax is now taking on The Civilian in the field of satirical news, the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith and fishing magnate Peter Talley are planning a fishing museum in Nelson. And the Minister considers this "ambitious new...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter Responds To Paul Buchanan.
    Uncharacteristically Idealistic: Normally a cool-headed realist (as befits an expert in international relations) Dr Paul Buchanan has taken issue with Chris Trotter's "cynical" Bowalley Road posting Dirty Politics - Is There Any Other Kind? by offering a passionately idealistic defence of...
    Bowalley Road | 22-08
  • This should not have taken five years
    Back in 2009, after the Herald was given information showing that National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi was suspected by the Immigration Service of paying off a woman at the centre of allegations he had made bogus job offers, Immigration Minister...
    No Right Turn | 22-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 22 August 2014
    The latest Herald Digipoll has just been released, and with a polling window running from 14 August to 20 August, the entirety of the polling was completed following the release of Dirty Politics. The results show a sharp fall of 4.9% for National. However,...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-08
  • Hard News: In The Green Room
    Next Thursday, John Key and David Cunliffe will meet in the first TVNZ leaders' debate. At the same time, Green Party co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman will appear in The Green Room, a "companion" debate streamed live online.I'll be...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • Walking in Manukau
    Just over a month ago I was out at Manukau City, at the open day of the new MIT, which doubles as Manukau station. This is a brilliant facility, with world class integration of land use and transport. If you...
    Transport Blog | 21-08
  • World News Brief, Friday August 22
    Top of the AgendaThai Junta Leader Appointed PM...
    Pundit | 21-08
  • Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective
    A press release from the Royal Society of NZ today. I think the “take home message is: “The panel concluded that the concerns raised by those opposed to fluoridation are not supported by the scientific evidence” A review of the...
    Open Parachute | 21-08
  • Seismic testing stopped in Norway but coming soon to Northland
    Seismic testing for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been stopped four days after it began and one month ahead of schedule after Greenpeace exposed it to the media. But off the coast...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 21-08
  • Hard News: Friday Music: A Strange Road
    It was one thing when the Electoral Commission declared Darren Watson's 'Planet Key' song and video to be an "election programme" under the Broadcasting Act. But quite another for it to then find it to also be an "election advertisement"...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • More proof
    Adam Bennet in the Herald reports: New evidence has emerged appearing to contradict Prime Minister John Key's claim he was never told by the SIS it intended to release politically sensitive secret documents to Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. But...
    Polity | 21-08
  • Up Front: Oh, God
    I'm not a militant atheist. I've always been grateful that I was raised by a good Christian woman; one who believed in kindness, and giving, and generally not being a judgemental homophobic arsehole. Those people's voices are largely missing from...
    Public Address | 21-08
  • New Fisk
    Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script...
    No Right Turn | 21-08
  • Key fails to keep his lies straight
    When evidence emerged yesterday that John Key had been briefed on Cameron Slater's expedited OIA to the SIS, he was quick to deny it. Apparently when the SIS director and the Ombudsman referred explicitly to "discussions with the Prime Minister",...
    No Right Turn | 21-08
  • Enter the Mad Butcher
    One aspect of the disgusting messages between National party propagandist Cameron Slater and his accomplice Aaron Bhatnagar that hasn't been picked up on by the mainstream media yet is their discussion about Peter Leitch AKA the Mad Butcher.This part of...
    The Jackal | 21-08
  • NEWSFLASH: John Key Clone Used to Fake News Conference
    Incredibly “Left Wing Smear” Campaigners have used a time machine, travelled back to August 8th 2011, with a Clone of John Key (That they made days before, using number eight wire and Oravida Milk Powder), and held a News Conference...
    An average kiwi | 21-08
  • Norway in sneak attack on the Arctic
    The Esperanza has been in Svalbard, in the Arctic, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 21-08
  • Vote Choice: Social Media Round-up
    We will return to our regularly scheduled coverage of party leader’s position on abortion. Meanwhile, this week’s Vote Choice series focuses on what we have heard from supporters across social media. We’ve also listed some interesting resources that can help...
    ALRANZ | 21-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like a laser-beam into the darkest, most noisome...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like a laser-beam into the darkest, most noisome...
    Frankly Speaking | 21-08
  • Is Penlink worth it?
    As the Council puts together its 10 year budget over the coming months there will be some really big questions that need to be addressed in the area of transport. When to start City Rail Link? How fast to build...
    Transport Blog | 21-08
  • Abandoning Science – And The Planet
    Weeping For The Planet: The famous "Crying Indian" advertisement, produced by Keeping America Beautiful, struck a deep chord with Americans when it first screened on "Earth Day" - 22 April  1971. It was a time when both the Left and the...
    Bowalley Road | 21-08
  • 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
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • “Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compens...
    Fast Food = Slow Pay   Lola is a manager at a major fast food chain. Last year her employer arbitrarily cut her hours from 32 hours to anywhere between 18 and 26 hours each week. “I said I can’t...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics
    I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’.  There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy. My overwhelming feeling is one...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Pak’nSave pull adverts from Whaleoil
    Pak n Save have replied to complaints that their adverts were appearing on hate speech site Whaleoil by deciding to block their adverts from appearing on the site. Their reply… Congratulations for Pak’NSave on making this type of ethical stand. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 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 Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Te Kuiti man imprisoned for images of young children
    A Te Kuiti man caught with pictures of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment. Sickness beneficiary Daniel James Parry, 35, appeared for sentence in the Tauranga District Court today (Friday) after pleading guilty...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Japan Maritime Training Squadron visit – Open Day, Band
    • The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron will make port in Auckland from Wednesday 3 September to Saturday 6 September...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • MP Perk Transparency Needed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the increase in taxpayer-funded entitlements for MPs and their families published on the legislation website this afternoon . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Debating the future of Auckland’s housing
    With only weeks until the General Election, Auckland’s mounting housing crisis will be put under the spotlight in an Election Debate hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. The debate’s topic “Market forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Let’s sort this out – Human Rights Commission
    A Whangarei woman allegedly censured for greeting customers with Kia ora can get in touch with the Human Rights Commission says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “We really need to resolve these kinds of issues. I had thought that...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Aged Care Association welcomes Labour’s wages policy
    The New Zealand Aged Care Association welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement that if elected, it will raise the minimum wage for aged care workers within its first 100 days in Government....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Honorary doctorate for Secretary-General of the UN
    An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree is to be bestowed on His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the University of Auckland on Wednesday 3 September, both in recognition of his role as an international statesman...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya
    The New Zealand Bar Association joins the International Bar Association (IBA) and other Law Societies and Bar Associations worldwide over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Bob Parker, China State Media and Tibet Forum
    Former Christchurch mayor was signed up to position statement without his knowledge; observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • “Walk the talk to reduce the wage gap”
    There’s just a few weeks left to convince the candidates of all political parties that reducing the wage gaps makes good sense....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Digital Currency on the Drawing Board
    Government policies and digital currency ideas and issues will come together at three public workshops next week....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • NZ Cycle Trail welcomes $8 million fund
    Government funding of $8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT)....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Judges Comments Bonkers – McVicar
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar is accusing a Judge of forgetting that he is the gate-keeper for the community and not a benevolent caregiver for law breakers. "The comments by this Judge are not just alarming, they're completely...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Oxfam: World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians
    As the New Zealand Government prepares to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty, and after ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again in Gaza yesterday, Oxfam is calling on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Degrees in Picking up Rubbish
    Responding to the Fairfax media report of a University of Otago survey of Wellington’s street-connected walkways, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Another Union row
    “ The teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the government sector. National has no one to blame but themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Whyte: Speech to Grey Power
    National’s failure to increase the age for super and reform health is a threat to every New Zealander’s security....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Local Govt should not go into business
    “No one should take any comfort from the fact that “Infracon”, a roading company in Tararua and Central Hawke's Bay, is to go into liquidation. This puts the future of more than 200 jobs in doubt. ACT sympathises with those...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand
    CPAG is calling on people across society to join a march from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland to demand action on child poverty in Aotearoa....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Ngapuhi Chair Says Enough of the Political Sideshow
    Time for side-shows to end so we can focus on future of our nation – Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Chairman, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
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