web analytics

Key on Iraq

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 am, June 18th, 2014 - 52 comments
Categories: national - Tags: ,

John Key on Iraq in the Herald today:

We are not a country out there looking for a fight.

John Key on Iraq 2003:

52 comments on “Key on Iraq”

  1. tc 1

    Here are my principles but if you don’t like them I have others you may like and a number of ways to distance myself from any prior actions I may or may not have taken.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      Will the National Herald run oblique sources calling him a hypocrite playing politics with war? Of course not. That’s kind of vivid memory recall is only reserved for Labour.

  2. Gruntie 2

    Can’t believe Keysie has been aN MP since 2002! Done do much harm , so little good and still his shit doesn’t stink

  3. Sanctuary 3

    To paraphrase Philip Zec –

    The price of the TPP deal just went up one more NZ soldier’s life – official.

  4. irascible 4

    Key was well trained as a money speculator. In that trade principles are so fluid that it becomes easy to forget that which you said yesterday and to believe that which contradicts that which you said earlier is the truth.
    To those on Planet Key that which was said in 2003 was expedient and was based on principles while that which is said in 2014 is just as principled.
    If you can live such a tortuous line then life on Planet Key is easy.

    • miravox 4.1

      That is John Key sticking up for what he believes in.

      Everything outside of his core beliefs though, is fluid.

      That spittle-fleck tirade is not fluid. Pass it around and don’t forget it, because gradually he’ll calm the masses and then go and do stuff anyway. A bit like no mining in Schedule Four land, but then forest parks and dolphin sanctuaries are not Schedule Four so no worries.

      • phillip ure 4.1.1

        “.A bit like no mining in Schedule Four land, –

        ..but then forest parks and dolphin sanctuaries are not Schedule Four –

        • so no worries..”

        ..+ 1..

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    Investment bank commodity traders speculate on things like the price of wheat, corn, barley. Their market manipulations force artificial price fluctuations in those foods which leave hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people even hungrier.

    But what do they care, all these traders look forward to is receiving their just rewards at bonus time.

    • Gosman 5.1

      Speculators don’t tend to bet against underlying market fundamentals very often. They do attempt to identify situations where markets may not reflect the underlying economic reality though and use that to their advantage. In short they largely drive markets to more realistic positions rather than the other way around.

  6. BLiP 6

    John Key is lying, as usual. Its too close to the election for him to be worrying the punters about involving New Zealand in another US war so he’s outfront denying the possibility but, behind the scenes . . .

    . . . Key has ruled out being part of a “military intervention”. But he has left open the possibility of New Zealand joining a “training intervention” which the US is expected to table in Washington . . .

    . . . just like the “training” work our armed forces did in Afghanistan. The public fell for it last time, so its just rinse and repeat. Expect TINA to arrive shortly after September.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      For sale: used Prime Minister. Will kill for money.

    • Tracey 6.2

      exactly. I was confused about whether he would of would not commit military personnel after seeing him on the news. he seemed to be saying no and yes.

  7. Brian 7

    Does this man have any principles?

    It would appear not.

    • AmaKiwi 7.1

      “Does this man have any principles?” Yes.

      1. Greed is good.
      2. Winning isn’t the most important thing. It is the ONLY thing.
  8. Chooky 8

    That is damning.!!!!!..John Key was up there with petroleum investor speculator George Bush and Catholic Tony Blair and the Zionists…as a WAR MONGER!

    True New Zealander Helen Clark is to be congratulated for NOT taking New Zealand into that immoral tragic man- made war!…She stood with the wishes of New Zealanders ….up against the male leaders of the Americans and the British and the Australians( who were opposed by their own peoples)….She had real guts…and way more morality and courage than John Key! … who is not a real New Zealander imo …his interests are elsewhere.

    ….We need far more women politicians like Helen Clark running the world.!

    In fact we need an International Feminist Party…the boys have had their day and they have made a f…ing mess of it!

    Tony Blair and George Bush should be hauled before a World Court for that war and crimes against humanity!…luckily for John Key, Helen Clark was in charge of New Zealand at that time…otherwise he might be joining Bush and Blair, in the future annals of history

    • swordfish 8.1

      “Catholic Tony Blair”

      Believe me, I’m no fan of the authoritarian, uber-conservative, deeply-dysfunctional Roman Catholic Church, but what the flying hell has Tony Blair’s (recently-acquired) Catholicism got to do with his central involvement in the Iraq debacle ?

      “We need far more women politicians like Helen Clark running the world !…….the boys have had their day and they have made a f…ing mess of it !”

      All very Right-on, but what about hawkish women leaders like Thatcher, Merkel, Shipley……. ? Are they just a little too inconvenient for your rather reductive evil-Men / saintly-Women argument ?*

      *(Not that I’m denying a kernel of truth to what your saying. On balance, female leaders do tend to be a little less hawkish – but that’s probably because they tend to come from the Left).

      • Chooky 8.1.1

        @ swordfish ….It is significant that Tony Blair has embraced and been embraced by the Catholic Church and a Pope ( maybe he thinks this affiliation will purge him of his sins?!)

        Yes i agree there have been some bad women( usually running for the right wing) , not least of all Madeleine Albricht

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

        In May 12, 1996, Albright defended UN sanctions against Iraq on a 60 Minutes segment in which Lesley Stahl asked her “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” and Albright replied “we think the price is worth it.”[86] Albright later criticized Stahl’s segment as “amount[ing] to Iraqi propaganda”; said that her question was a loaded question;[87][88] wrote “I had fallen into a trap and said something I did not mean”;[89] and regretted coming “across as cold-blooded and cruel”.[86] Sanctions critics took Albright’s failure to reframe the question as confirmation of the statistic.[89][90][91] The segment won an Emmy Award.[92][93]

        ….but as a general rule I think women are better leaders , because they are generally the carers of people and the environment at the grass roots…and women are generally at the bottom of the heap in society…especially in the third world ….. so they have a better understanding of the powerless underdog…they are also the victims and underclass of patriarchal religion!

        Helen Clark has not received enough recognition imo for NOT joining the attackers in that illegitimate disgraceful war on Iraq and the Iraq people ! …which has resulted in crimes against humanity on a massive scale…and is ongoing!

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.2

        Believe me, I’m no fan of the authoritarian, uber-conservative, deeply-dysfunctional Roman Catholic Church, but what the flying hell has Tony Blair’s (recently-acquired) Catholicism got to do with his central involvement in the Iraq debacle ?

        How about this:

        “The fervour was part of him and it comes back to it being Christian fervour that spurred him into action for better or worse.”

        Mr Burton says that inherent in Mr Blair’s faith was the belief that people should be treated fairly: “He applied that same principle in everything he did – from establishing the Social Exclusion Unit to ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, and ridding Iraq of the evils of Saddam Hussein’s rule.”

        The comments will add to the suspicions of Mr Blair’s critics, who fear he saw the Iraq war in a similar light to former US President George W Bush, who used religious rhetoric in talking about the conflict, as well as the war in Afghanistan, describing them as “a crusade”.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/5373525/Tony-Blair-believed-God-wanted-him-to-go-to-war-to-fight-evil-claims-his-mentor.html

        And of course it is clear re: Iraq that George Bush was driven by his particular belief in Christianity

        George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later this month.
        Mr Bush revealed the extent of his religious fervour when he met a Palestinian delegation during the Israeli-Palestinian summit at the Egpytian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, four months after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

        One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I am driven with a mission from God’. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did.”

        And we know Blair and Bush were thick as thieves all the way through these military adventures.

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/oct/07/iraq.usa

        • Gosman 8.1.2.1

          I have a suspicion that the Middle Eastern view of a mission from God has coloured their view on what G W Bush was meaning. There was no direct religious motivation for invading Afghanistan or Iraq. The usual geopolitical reasons were the driving forces behind the decision.

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.1.1

            Did you read the article?

            George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later this month.

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.1.1.1

              There’s not that many different ways to interpret that, Gossie

              • AmaKiwi

                As they used to ask when Bush was President, but it applies to Key, too.

                Q. What does George Bush think?

                A. Bush doesn’t think. He believes.

                Winning is everything, which means you don’t have to look at the long term consequences.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I hear that with Iraq now rapidly descending into chaos, many members of the DC elite are in full bore a-historical denial that the US had anything to do with the current situation.

            • Gosman 8.1.2.1.1.2

              Yes hence my response about this being a middle eastern interpretation of mission from God rather than a Western one.

              • Colonial Viper

                Sigh. I’ll give you a clue. When Bush uttered those sentiments he wasn’t speaking to his religious Middle Eastern voting constituency, he was talking to the ones back home.

                • Tracey

                  ” I have a sense of calm knowing that the Bible’s admonition, “Thy will be done,” is life’s guide.” george w bush immediately prior to invasion of Iraq

          • dimebag russell 8.1.2.1.2

            I have a suspicion that Gosman does not know what he is talking about. Convinced he is another crosbytextor/hooton/boag worm crawler. they just have this list of standard stock answers that mean nothing and keep shovelling them out. they are so devoid of content that anyone might think they were cogent analyses but they are just piffle designed to confuse people who have better things to do.

        • swordfish 8.1.2.2

          And here, to my ever-lasting shame, I find myself largely in agreement with Gosman. Re: “The usual geopolitical reasons were the driving forces behind the decision.”

  9. What get’s me is that most people here seem to think we still have a choice. We don’t.

    And so the spin begins!

    • Wayne 9.1

      You do, and you can exercise it on the 20th September. But maybe a lot of your fellow New Zealanders won’t have the same choice as you.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        It’s the Americans I feel sorry for, their pretence of an electoral choice. Corporate employed Republicrats, the lot of them.

        GW Bush – War in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, drone strikes, warrantless mass surveillance, unaccountable bank bail outs, setting up of young US Muslims on terror charges, militarisation of civilian police.

        B Obama – War in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, drone strikes, warrantless mass surveillance, unaccountable unlimited bank bail outs, setting up of young US Muslims on terror charges, militarisation of civilian police.

  10. Enough is Enough 10

    He has changed his mind.

    This is a good thing people

  11. dimebag russell 11

    so does Key actually know where Iraq is?

  12. Will@Welly 12

    Those who never knew the realities of war are the first to lead us into battle.
    George Bush managed to hide away while many of his fellow Americans were drafted and served in Vietnam, Tony Blair never had such a worry, and John Key was a member of the privileged middle class for whom service was never an issue.
    Churchill knew the realities of war, and what failure meant; the Windsors knew they had to stand steadfast with their people, they didn’t cut and run even though the politicians wanted them too; and the Roosevelt’s kept America out of the war as long as they could. Even then he broke protocols by sending ‘aid’ that was against what Congress wanted.
    Our own Government only committed us to war because they knew what could happen in Europe.
    Key is the biggest charlatan and liar this country has ever seen. When he thought North Korea were going to be aggressive, he was ready to commit troops then. This man wants a legacy for his time in office – a war does more than that. It confers status. He doesn’t give a sh!t about the average fighting man or woman. They’re all collateral damage.

  13. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 13

    “Surely” New Zealanders are not so gullible as to accept an aggressive and internationally illegal approach toward warfare….surely…..hopefully.

    The only ‘rules’ that we have internationally are codified by the UN organization – i.e. the UN reflects a collection of world-wide norms.

    If ‘we’ (read ‘Key’) are going to be ‘just jumping in’ or even making preemptive and aggressive statements internationally with respect to the UN approach, then we are part of undermining the only order toward avoiding wars that has been achieved to date.

    Surely New Zealanders can appreciate the advantages that the UN agreement provides. (The benefits may not the best they can be, but benefits are provided by this agreement)

    I would really appreciate it if the mainstream media would provide New Zealanders with information about the potential consequences of the UN losing legitimacy.

    It would appear such information is required when even ex MPs from the National party don’t appear to understand this aspect of the issue (if comments on other threads on this topic are anything to go by).

    This is a pretty important issue and I sincerely hope a PM of ours isn’t about to assist other Noddy-countries in creating utter chaos internationally – near complete chaos is being achieved so excellently by powerful countries who should know better – I DO NOT WANT NZ TO BECOME ONE OF THIS GROUP. They are simply reckless and narrow visioned saboteurs.

    Fuck off John Key
    and wake-the-fuck up NZers.

  14. Tracey 14

    First they steal the words. Then they steal the meaning. G orwell

    Be it america or nz, the two major political parties are barely a whisker apart, especially when it comes the survival of the financial system, banking.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Private schools beneficiaries of extra cash
    Plans to give more taxpayer money to private schools at a time when state schools are struggling to make ends meet says everything about the National Government’s twisted priorities, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Not only did this year’s ...
    2 hours ago
  • Inequality getting worse under National
    Inequality is getting worse under National with almost 60 per cent of the wealth in this country concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent according to Statistics NZ figures released today, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    5 hours ago
  • Government freezes elderly out of insulation subsidy
    Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “In this year’s Budget the Government ...
    23 hours ago
  • Shewan report delivers rebuke to National
    John Shewan’s report into foreign trusts is a rebuke to John Key and the National Party who have protected an industry that has damaged New Zealand’s reputation, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Three years ago the Inland Revenue Department ...
    1 day ago
  • Auckland Airport rail analysis must be made public
    The Government should publicly release its detailed analysis of rail to Auckland Airport before it closes off options, so the public can have an informed debate, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Transport Agency today said it is ...
    1 day ago
  • Minister approved OIO consent despite death and investigations
    Louise Upston must say if she knew Intueri was being prosecuted for the death of a student and under a funding investigation when she approved its overseas investment consent to buy another education provider, says Labour’s Land Information and Associate ...
    2 days ago
  • Brexit vote costs NZ effective EU voice
    Despite being extremely close the result of the referendum in Britain reflects the majority voice, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “While we respect the decision to leave the EU, it goes without saying the move will usher in ...
    4 days ago
  • Pasifika Education Centre doomed
    The Pasifika Education Centre appears doomed to close down this December, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio  “In a written question I asked the Minister whether he would put a bid in for more money. His answer ...
    4 days ago
  • Onetai Station review a shameful whitewash
    A report released today on the Overseas Investment Office’s (OIO) good character test is a whitewash that does nothing to improve New Zealand’s overseas investment regime, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. “The review of the good character test ...
    4 days ago
  • We need a national strategy to end homelessness now
    Long before I entered Parliament, housing and homelessness were issues dear to my heart. I know from personal experience just how hard it is to find an affordable home in Auckland. In my maiden speech, I talked about how when ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Capital feels a chill economic wind
      Wellington is on the cusp of recession with a sharp fall in economic confidence in the latest Westpac McDermott Miller confidence survey, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark.  “Economic confidence amongst Wellingtonians has dropped 12% in the past ...
    4 days ago
  • Dive school rort took six years to dredge up
    News that yet another private training establishment (PTE) has rorted the Government’s tertiary funding system since 2009 shows that Steven Joyce has no control of the sector, says Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe. “Like Agribusiness Training and Taratahi, ...
    5 days ago
  • National’s housing crisis hitting renters hard
    National’s ongoing housing crisis is causing massive rental increases, with Auckland renters being hit the hardest, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    5 days ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Government holds Northland back
    New information shows Northland remains the most economically depressed region in New Zealand, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark. “The latest Westpac McDermott Miller regional survey found that more Northlanders believe their local economy will deteriorate this year than ...
    5 days ago
  • Rebstock report into MFAT leaks a disgrace
    An Ombudsman’s report on the Paul Rebstock investigation into MFAT leaks shows the two diplomats at the centre of the case were treated disgracefully, says Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi.  “The Ombudsman says one of the diplomats Derek Leask ...
    5 days ago
  • More families forced to turn to food banks for meals
    Increasing numbers of families are having to go to food banks just to put a meal on the table, according to a new report that should shame the Government into action, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    5 days ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    6 days ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    6 days ago
  • Aussie reforms signal trouble ahead for school funding plan
    Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The signaled return to bulk funding is ...
    6 days ago
  • Toxic Sites – the down low on the go slow
    In  2011, I negotiated an agreement with the National Government to advance work on cleaning up contaminated sites across the country. This included establishing a National Register of the ten worst sites where the creators of the problem could not ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    6 days ago
  • Aucklanders face new motorway tax of up to $2500 a year
    The Government wants to tax Aucklanders thousands of dollars a year just to use the motorway network, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Officials estimate the average city commute is 11.8km. This means for the average Aucklander commuting five ...
    6 days ago
  • 15 corrupt bank managers identified in student fraud
    New information show 15 bank managers in India have been identified by Immigration New Zealand as presenting fraudulent documents on behalf of foreign students studying here, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information ...
    6 days ago
  • National leaves Kiwi savers the most vulnerable in OECD
    News last week that Israel’s Finance Minister will insure savers’ bank deposits means New Zealand will be left as the only country in the OECD that has no deposit insurance to protect savers’ funds should a bank fail. Most Kiwis ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Comprehensive plan for future of work needed
    A Massey University study showing many New Zealanders are unaware of the increasing role of automation in their workplace, highlights the need for a comprehensive plan for the future of work, says Grant Robertson, Chair of Labour’s Future of Work ...
    1 week ago
  • Another National Government failure: 90 day work trials
    On Friday last week, the Treasury released a report by MOTU economic consultants into the effectiveness of the controversial 90-day work trial legislation. The report found that there was “no evidence that the policy affected the number of hires by ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Iraq mission extension case not made
    The Prime Minister has not made the case for extending the Iraq deployment another 18 months nor the expansion of their mission, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “Labour originally opposed the deployment because the Iraqi Army’s track record was poor, ...
    1 week ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Melanoma deaths could be avoided by an early access scheme
      The tragic death of Dunedin’s Graeme Dore from advanced Melanoma underlines the cruelty of this Government in promising a treatment but delaying for months, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.  “Graeme was diagnosed with Melanoma last year. He used ...
    1 week ago
  • Assessing the Defence White Paper
    The Government’s recently released Defence White Paper has raised questions again about New Zealand’s defence priorities, and in particular the level and nature of public funding on defensive capabilities. The Green Party has a longstanding belief that priority must be ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis’ confidence drops again: Economy needs a boost
    Westpac’s consumer confidence survey has fallen for the seventh time in nine quarters, with middle income households ‘increasingly worried about where the economy is heading over the next few years’, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This survey is a ...
    1 week ago
  • Relocation grant simply kicks can down the road
    The response by state house tenants and social agencies to the Government’s rushed plan to shift families out of Auckland tells us what we already knew – this is no answer to the chronic housing shortage, Opposition Leader Andrew Little ...
    1 week ago
  • Peace hīkoi to Parihaka
    On Friday a Green crew walked with the peace hīkoi from Ōkato to Parihaka. Some of us were from Parliament and some were party members from Taranaki and further afield. It was a cloudy but gentle day and at one ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Children’s Commissioner right to worry about CYF transition
    The Government must listen to the Children’s Commissioner’s concerns that young people under CYF care could be ‘negatively impacted’ as the new agency’s reforms become reality, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “Dr Russell Wills has used the second annual ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill English exaggerates PPL costs to justify veto
    The Finance Minister has used trumped-up costings to justify a financial veto against parents having 26 weeks paid parental leave, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “Bill English’s assertion on RNZ yesterday that the measure would cost an extra $280 million ...
    1 week ago
  • Government must refund overcharged motorists
    Labour is calling on the Government to refund motor registration fees to three-quarters of a million Kiwi motorists whose vehicles were wrongly classified under National’s shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.“Minister Kaye’s ridiculous ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 90-day work trials an unfair failure which must change
    A new Treasury report shows the Government’s 90-day trials haven’t helped businesses and are inherently unfair, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Motu report found that 90-day trial periods had no impact on overall employment and did not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Massey East houses a start but Nick Smith should think bigger
    The Massey East 196-home development is a start but the Government must think bigger if it is to end the housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “It is great the Government is finally realising it needs to build ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More changes needed to ensure fewer cases like Teina Pora’s
    Teina Pora spent 21 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, shafted by a Police investigation that prioritised an investigator’s hunch over the pursuit of credible evidence. Yesterday’s announcement that the government is to pay him $2.5m in ...
    GreensBy David Clendon
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Labour sends condolences to UK
    The New Zealand Labour Party is sickened and saddened by the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Ms Cox was killed in cold blood while simply doing her job as a constituent MP. She ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shameful refugee quota increase still leaves NZ at the bottom of the list
    Minister for Immigration Michael Woodhouse announced this week that the government will put off increasing the refugee quota by 1000 places until 2018.  It’s a shameful decision that undermines the Government’s claim that it takes its international humanitarian obligations seriously, ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 weeks ago
  • Paula Bennett as a victim hard to swallow
    The National Party spin machine has gone into overdrive to try and present Paula Bennett as the victim in the Te Puea Marae smear saga, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Bill English in Parliament today tried valiantly to paint ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Voters to have the final veto on paid parental leave
    New Zealanders will have the final right of veto on a Government that has ignored democracy and is out of touch with the pressures and demands on families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “Today’s decision by National to veto 26 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Collins should put Kiwis’ money where her mouth is
    Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash is calling on anyone who has received a speeding ticket for going up to 5km/h over the 100km/hr open road speed limit to write to him and he will take it up on their behalf ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the leadership on equal pay for work of equal value?
    The gender pay gap in the public service is worse than in the private sector. I’ve always found this particularly galling because I expect our Government to provide an example to the private sector on things like human rights, rather ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis’ real disposable income goes nowhere for the year
    New Zealanders’ hard work for the last year resulted in no increase in real disposable income, showing Kiwis aren’t getting ahead under National, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Today’s GDP figures reveal that real gross national disposable income per ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Pora case a case to learn from
    Conformation that Teina Pora will receive $2.5million from the Crown for more than 20 years of wrongful imprisonment does not fix the flaws in our system that led to this miscarriage of justice, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government needs to start again with RMA changes
    The National Government’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act have attracted more than 800 submissions, many of them critical of key aspects of the Resource Legislation Bill. There has been much criticism of the new regulation making powers given ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere