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Key’s credibility hit

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 4th, 2013 - 110 comments
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At the same time as Russel Norman was laying out the Key Government’s flagrant disregard for democracy in powerful terms (and weren’t the Right’s pundits quick to circle the wagons around Key after that?), a poll was out showing the public is agreeing with Norman’s view of Key. 43.5% of Kiwis trust Key less than a year ago. 49% think its time for a change of government.

The truth (confirmed by the howls from Farrar, Slater, and the like) is that Key is acting more and more draconian and unaccountable. He is making dirty deals for his mates; overriding local democracy in Auckland and Canterbury; passing country-changing legislation under urgency, while withholding crucial information and, sometimes, by a single vote; breaking promises to the electorate like MMP reform; and turning up his nose at popular private member’s bills.

People don’t like it.

Norman was simply giving voice to a rising tide of opinion that Key can’t be trusted to look after ordinary Kiwis’ interests.

Ah, say the apologists, but its not showing up in the polls, is it?

Bollocks its not.

Take a look at the three rolling polls of polls in NZ.

dimpost poll of polls 2011 2013 pundit poll of polls 2011 2013 curia poll of polls 2011 2013

The gap is gone according to the Pundit and Dimpost polls of polls and National’s on a steady slide. But it’s that last one that is telling. That’s National’s pollster, David Farrar, saying that the gap between National and Labour+Greens has gone from 13.5% before the election (actual result: 9%) to 2.3% today.

110 comments on “Key’s credibility hit”

  1. Furrball 1

    “People don’t like it.”

    However, are these the people that will turn out to vote?

    • gsays 1.1

      i agree. the electorate seems so apathetic/ignorant/forgetful (they would remember and care more about nz masterchef than who holds the levers of power) that this regime could sleepwalk back into power.

    • Colonial Viper 1.2

      As long as they are former National swing voters who don’t turn out, that’s not a big problem.

      • David H 1.2.1

        The problem in reality CV is that the apathetic voters were Labour type voters mainly, as was shown in the resulting losing of 9 seats. And now what of the next election ? how many are going to be apathetic when they look at the choices ?

    • That’s not the correct question. The correct question is:

      Can Labour or the Greens persaude them to turn out to vote?

      The answer is still yes, although I have to say right now I feel like the greens are trying to pull the whole coalition along in that regard. Labour has to push a bit on appealing to non-voters, too.

    • Winston Smith 2.1

      Is that Winston Peters?

      • kiwicommie 2.1.1

        Winston isn’t that bad in most areas (excluding immigration), but he is far too socially conservative according to his voting record on conscience votes.

        • Winston Smith 2.1.1.1

          Yes well he was quite good to the racing industry…

          • tracey 2.1.1.1.1

            he was also largely responsible for the thawing relations with the uSA, not that the Nats would ever agree.

  2. tc 3

    Good point furrball, the apathy in the electorate is what got them re elected so the only poll that matters is the one in 2014. Under DS 2014 is not looking good for Labour, looking great for the greens though who will get my vote for the first time ever as Labour must do a top down clean out as I will not be encouraging Mallard, Goff, King etc.

    • Hami Shearlie 3.1

      Agreed about Shearer and Labour – Shearer has zero charisma, and you need that to be a good Leader!

  3. Yes 4

    To balance this post you need to put up shearer and Norman up for credibility

    • infused 4.1

      Yeah was going to say that…

      • Yes 4.1.1

        Yes if key is 43.5% then what is Shearer and Norman’s ratings please?

        This becomes a nothing story.

        • Winston Smith 4.1.1.1

          They’re very good if you combine the numbers together :)

        • the pigman 4.1.1.2

          Another “nothing story” huh – if you say there’s nothing to see here than I guess there isn’t, Yes?

        • Actually preferred PM ratings matter a lot more for right-wing parties than they do for left-wing parties, so I’m not sure it’s relevant. For right-wingers, and the “undecideds”, they need a leader they feel is either strong or popular, so if they’re not very convinced on Key, it will eat away at those parts of the base that are a bit softer on whether they vote every election or not.

          For left-wingers, while we appreciate a good leader, we actually view politics as more of a group effort and as long as the party is performing well, we wouldn’t care if it was fronted by a monkey. It’s only the most right-ward members of our coalition that will start worrying, and of course, those people (who I genuinely don’t get, but that’s for another post) who don’t really decide who to vote for very far in advance.

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.3.1

            I think the leadership issue and the turnout issue are very closely related.

            I take your point, but I think it misses a whole bunch of low info voters who don’t relly care about policy proposals or political philosophies. They are looking for someone they trust to help them. Because they don’t see anyone, all politicans become ‘the same'; ‘a bunch of suits in Wellington looking out for themselves and trying to con me into following them’.

            This is where authenticity and trust come into leadership. If a leader can’t convince low info voters that s/he is different from the politicians who have been ignored (at best) by those voters, they won’t turn them out. And the Party sure as shit won’t be able to. It’s the leader’s job to cut through the hostility or apathy that is felt by non-voters in such a way that makes them responsive to GOTV efforts.

            • Matthew Whitehead 4.1.1.3.1.1

              Right, these “low info” voters who don’t have a geniune preference (as opposed to usually voting one way, but occasionally swinging or disengaging) were part of the undecideds I was talking about- and a much healthier part of them than the “swing voters”. They are a middle ground between the low percentage of the electorate who are swing voters, and the people who are disengaged from politics, who are probably the largest group of undecided voters, because if taken with the “middle” group, they comprise 20% of the electoral roll. And while no undecided voters should be ignored, the swing voters are currently pandered to incessantly by Labour and National, to the detriment of the country and possibly Labour’s electoral chances. (not so much National’s, as that sort of personality politics plays well to their base)

              The left can’t play this game about personality too much, (because the base at best is not enthused by it) but they can’t purely make it a wonky battle about issues either. They’ve got to relate those issues to every day life, and act in a way that inspires confidence that they not only “get it” and “care”, but also can be “trusted”. This is part of why people like NZ Power so much- it is a wonky issue that the base can cuddle with, but it also relates really well to more practical voters, and those leaning slightly right-of-centre on the economy who care more about their personal financial situation. (Whether they be poorer “battlers” or richer “free market liberals”)

              Of course NZ Power hasn’t helped Shearer much because it’s perceived as being sold far more effectively by Norman, which contradicts the perceived centrist identity of these voters a bit, because the Greens are said to be very left, even though some of the issues they’re stronger on than Labour are very pragmatic policies that appeal strongly to the centre when argued effectively.

    • Kevin Welsh 4.2

      Then feel free to write and submit a post Yes.

      • Yes 4.2.1

        If the owners of the blog want me too I will..if they want to give me a topic even better

    • Murray Olsen 4.3

      Since when does a post in a political blog require balance? If you want balance, make your own blog, and hold it to your standards.

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 5

    Why are the Greens still described as a “minor” party? They have achieved almost exclusive press coverage over the Q’s weekend. Yesterday all the lead Hearld political articles were Green stories.

    Labour have barely featured at all.

    • Winston Smith 5.1

      I guess they’re minor because (is it 23 years?) they’ve never had someone in cabinet (ie power)

      However be careful what you wish for because if they were considered a major party (and you could probably argue they are) they might be put under the same scrutiny as Labour and National

      • paul andersen 5.1.1

        under that reasoning, united futile would be considered a major party,(right up to last week). no the reason many people still consider the greens not to be a major party is that many people (who should know better ,or retire, or both)are still hanging on to the fpp two party way. the fact is the greens are the third biggest party in parliament, and with the likely disappearance of act and whatever dunne now stands for(himself?) and the possible reuniting of the mana and maori parties, the greens will only get bigger.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 5.1.2

        National aren’t scrutinsed enough and Labour are basically a nothing party who don’t appear to know what they stand for.

        • Winston Smith 5.1.2.1

          Maybe National arn’t but the Greens can basically say anything they like and the media don’t call them on it but if Labour say something…

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1.1

            Maybe National arn’t but the Greens can basically say anything they like and the media don’t call them on it

            In other words the MSM treats the Greens the same as National :)

            • Winston Smith 5.1.2.1.1.1

              Is that a good thing?

              • Colonial Viper

                It is a level playing field is what I will say :)

              • It wouldn’t be a good thing if it were true, but you don’t see the MSM producing unearned glorifying puff pieces of Green MPs, or covering the polling of the Green Party rather than their performance, so I’m still saying Advantage National on that matter.

                The newspapers just aren’t fact-checking anymore, unless they think they can run a “Gotcha!” story, which is why Labour is having it harsher at the moment: They are running a narrative that Labour isn’t succeeding, so they’re actually looking hard for things to contradict anything Labour says. If they decide that reality has too far diverged from that narrative, (probably wouldn’t happen until after Labour is next in Government) then National should be the one to watch out.

                So it’s less a case of “oh, our press has rose-tinted glasses on”, and more a case of “our press is an alcoholic and can’t seem to tell what it’s actually saying”.

          • Allyson 5.1.2.1.2

            Greens are sexy. They got dolphins and rainbows and have attractive young ladies doorknocking for support. Anyone for a Shearer, Goff, Mallard, King. Moroney, Fenton Government.?….. Anybody?

            • kiwicommie 5.1.2.1.2.1

              Well the Greens are very popular with younger voters, and popular with older voters that remember back to the period of activism over nuclear-free, the springbok tour, and the like. I am all for the Greens encouraging people to vote, that otherwise wouldn’t.

            • Winston Smith 5.1.2.1.2.2

              “Greens are sexy”

              – Presumably you’re not referring to physical attributes but something else?

          • tracey 5.1.2.1.3

            Interesting, what do you call the outlets that print Key’s constant name-calling nonsense about the Greens, if not “the media calling the Greens on it. “

          • peterlepaysan 5.1.2.1.4

            You mean Labour says things?

  5. Wayne (a different one) 6

    “The Greens are sexy” – no there not – they are bloody nutters and, anyone that votes for a Labour/Greens coalition, should be certified!

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      :lol: Keep it up Chicken Little.

    • they are bloody nutters

      I was considering voting Green, but now I am certainly voting Green just to piss you off. :P

    • karol 6.3

      OK, so where do I report to pick up my certificate and get incarcerated?

      It’s probably a far saner place than the (so-called) mainstream.

    • muzza 6.4

      Not sure about them being *nutters*, wayne, they have not had an opportunity to reveal themselves, under the current regime.

      The plant, that is Shearer, looks ever more like a Trojan, providing at least a dual outcome.

      1: Allow the government a free pass.

      2: Facilitate the rise of The Greens.

      Russel, is playing his role very successfully, at present, as the counter, to the status quo!

      It gives the feel of, you know, two sides of the same coin a debate, narrative control, that sort of thing!

      Actions while in a government are the only true test, there will be some disappointed Greenies out there, if the actions look nothing like the words from his recent speech!

    • tracey 6.5

      “they are nutters”. Apart from being int he Nats play book, where is your proof?

      Consumer backs their Power NZ policy as being most likely to lower power prices…

      How about borrowing $100m to $300m a week to pay for tax cuts tot he top earners, that sounds really nutty.

      • David H 6.5.1

        And if the Nats get the boot, the big question is how much of a mess are the books in, and how much do we have, and how much do we owe.

  6. Adrian 7

    Talk about rewriting history, KC, the Green Party did not appear on the political radar until 1989-90 ( it’s forerunner the Values Party pretty much went into abeyance around 1980 ) which post dates Springbok Tours, anti nuclear and the Anzus brouhaha. That was the Labour Party that determined the outcome of those issues as it has done on employment and social changes and it will do so for the forseeable future.
    P.s There may be a job going for you with John Key, anyone who can make up shit, create new histories and forget inconvienient ones would fit right in.

    • karol 7.1

      It didn’t seem to me that KC was saying the Greens were part of all that 80s stuff. KC’s merely saying that the current Green Party appeals those who remember their political activism of the 80s. Whatever role the Labour Party had in those oppositional politics of the 80s, the current Labour Caucus seems to embrace Rogernomics more.

  7. Rhinocrates 8

    “Mitt Romney Style”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTCRwi71_ns

    Also suits Key…

  8. Adrian 9

    Karol, apply for the JK job as well, more made up shit.

    [lprent: It is hard to take seriously a dipshit who can apparently can neither successfully use the reply button, nor actually muster an argument beyond an unsupported assertion. We get to read a dumb comment sitting in the middle of nowhere saying nothing and with no context. And I see that this appears to be something you do frequently...

    Consider this your warning. If you don't improve then I will start banning you for incompetently wasting bandwidth. ]

    • Adrian 9.1

      Because your “reply” function does not always follow on chronologicly. I object to be called a dipshit because I have called kiwicommie out on ( appearing ) to claim the Springbok Tour and and the nuclear protests as Green Party initiatives. I was a Labour Party member then as now and was on the majority of those marches and actions. The GP did not come into being for another 5 or 6 years. The reply to Karol was a reaction to trying to tar the current Labour Caucus as Rogernomic. 100,000 homes with Government advanced money and Powerco are worlds away from Rogernomics, as I said and stand by, Making Shit Up.

      [lprent: The only time it doesn't is when the reply depth has reached 10 (we can't keep indenting indefinitely, and 10 is the maximum wordpress allows). Then you have to reply at the nearest level 9 above or you should use level one but provide some context. A quote would be useful as context, etc etc

      I treat all level 1 comments as replying directly to the post and judge accordingly, unless it is clear who you were replying to and why. When I see someone diverting way off topic without context or a relationship to the post then I assume that they are trying to diversion troll.

      Since you clearly weren't but also clearly looked like you'd simply dropped it in the middle of the post - you just got a warning. You didn't get your comment shifted to OpenMike nor did you get banned for diversion trolling - my next favourite alternatives.

      I expressed my impolite opinion of your negligence along with some advice. Because I find that doing so massively reduces the probability of a recurrence. Suck it up because that was quite mild compared to what I usually do. I have been known to really ram the message home by simply making sure the comment author could not waste my precious time again anytime in the near future... ]

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        The reply to Karol was a reaction to trying to tar the current Labour Caucus as Rogernomic. 100,000 homes with Government advanced money and Powerco are worlds away from Rogernomics, as I said and stand by, Making Shit Up.

        That’s one perspective.

        Another one is: that 90% of the market focused, profit motivated, private sector dominant changes brought about by rogernomics, ruthanasia, and Helen Clark third way-ism, are going to be kept just as is, and with more austerity measures coming up, expect benefits and entitlements to be cut back even further.

        Raising the super age ring a bell?

        • karol 9.1.1.1

          100,000 homes with Government advanced money and Powerco are worlds away from Rogernomics,

          Actually they aren’t. Labour’s affordable housing policy is basically a market driven soilution. Where are the sate built homes and state housing that the 1930s Labour government enabled to be built?

          The powerco policy is a bit closer to a solidly left wing solution, but it doesn’t move that far away from the SOE model that was the result of Rogernomics.

      • lprent 9.1.2

        BTW: The direct precursor of the Greens was the Values party, who I voted for in my first election back in 1978. Their members, like Labours were involved in the Springbok tour. Hell I knew a number of National party members who were actively involved and who were not police. Can’t remember any party doing much direct support of the protests in 1981 apart from maybe the Socialist Unity party (who I’d have preferred not to have been that involved – just gave Muldoon lots of smearing room).

        • karol 9.1.2.1

          Yep. I voted Values in the 70s before I went to the UK. Was there during the Springbok tour. Voted Labour in the UK as that was the only possibility for an anti-Thatcherism leftie.

      • Adrian 9.1.3

        Fair enough Iprent, I’m a very old grape pruner and not too tech savvy. Didn’t see the point as over God knows how many decades I’ve learnt that by the time one becomes competent in a particular field everything bloody well changes and you have to start again. I’m grape puning the way it has been done for 4000 years and comfortable with that.

        • lprent 9.1.3.1

          No problem.. I’m the opposite. I picked my profession (computer programmer) because of the 20-30% learning curve that I need every year. I’m finding that now I’m in my 50’s that either

          a) the field is expanding faster than I can keep up with
          and/or
          b) I’m slowing down and getting more lazy.
          and/or
          c) I’m getting more experienced at discarding branches that won’t grow (aka bloatware, vapourware, or discardoware).

          I prefer that latter interpretation.

          BTW For the geeks amongst you on the discadoware think the ultimate in in write-once code – visual basic. You could write great code in it ONCE. Because when you come back to update it in 2 years, you have to throw it out and restart because the platform, toolkit, and even the menus have changed for no apparent reason. My hesitation about doing too much C# stems from the same thing. Badly needs a ANSI type standard so it doesn’t get too borland like pascal…

      • karol 9.1.4

        I definitely wasn’t making shit up, Adrian. I repeat what Kiwicommie said above :

        Well the Greens are very popular with younger voters, and popular with older voters that remember back to the period of activism over nuclear-free, the springbok tour, and the like. I am all for the Greens encouraging people to vote, that otherwise wouldn’t.

        He said nothing about activists back in the 80s being Green Party members or voters back then. Some of those activists probably voted Labour or for another party back then, and vote Green now.

        Do you think people vote for the same party the whole of their lives?

        And what CV says @ 2.55am about lingering rogernomic attitudes within the current Labour Party front bench – more soft liberalism, now, but essentially the same underlying philosophy.

        • Rhinocrates 9.1.4.1

          Do you think people vote for the same party the whole of their lives?

          Once upon a time, people did, because the parties such as Labour showed lifelong loyalty. Labour was built on loyalty, principle, hope and support, not market research.

          If they remembered that, the shallow, cowardly careerists in the ABC club wouldn’t be so desperately scrambling after whatever their goldfish-with-Korsarkov’s-syndrom focus groups would be telling them, or God help us, “the markets”.

          The path of least resistance leads forever downwards.

  9. xtasy 10

    From the Fairfax article that is linked to this post:

    “The poll asked voters whether their opinion of the Government and the Opposition had gone up, stayed the same or gone down recently, and revealed opinion toward the Government had moved markedly downwards.

    Yet, National’s support rose in the same poll, to 49.4 per cent. That means the mood for change is hardly good news for Labour – while people were increasingly disappointed with the Government, they were even more disappointed with the alternative, Mr Stuart said.”

    With that being the end result of this poll, despite of more suspicion and distrust about Key, things look bloody damned awful for Labour, I would say!

    Also from that article:
    “In a cross-section of voters, many of the same themes emerged – Mr Shearer did not look like a future leader, he “just rattles on” and “when they [the Opposition] start talking there is no substance”.”

    So what do you make out of this, Eddie?

    I appreciate the gap is narrowing, and good on Russel Norman speaking more clear language about John Key in his weekend speech, but simply hoping that the popularity of “Mr Teflon (Key)” will fade and lead for a change of government is a bit damned naive, I’d say.

    We need a clear program from Labour, a clear policy direction, better figures and details about the ‘Kiwi Build’ and “NZ Power” plans, and certainly more about economic and social policy areas, to get people convinced and vote for Labour and the Greens.

    I can only repeat, especially to Labour, get your crap together, get rid of Shearer, he will never be PM. Sorry, I hate to sound like a broken record, he will not “lead” the mainly Labour led opposition into government!

    • David H 10.1

      I agree Xtasy
      People are saying we want a change, but there’s no one credible out there. Sorry to Russel he’s smart n all that, but that’s what the blue rinse Nat crowd will think, so they’re Key all the waym as are most of the rich people. But for me I will vote Green this time as they have been most vocal over all the shenanigans that the Nats are up to. Shearer ? No, he’s just too wishy washy, and I still don’t know what he stands for. What is needed is a new leader for Labour, and it needs to be voted on by all paying members as well as the usual lot of decision makers that didn’t listen last time, BUT they need to listen this time. Mana and the Maori party need to sort out their shit and become a credible force. NZ First ? will probably die out when Winston retires, UF Dead. ACT just waiting for the stake thru the heart, via court conviction. Colin Craig, a religious nutter, could be dangerous in power much like Banks. And that’s it apart from the thieving, lying, Nats. And a party with way more integrity that the Nats could ever have the Legalise Marijuana Party. A pity no one takes them seriously.

    • Binders full of women 10.2

      I’ll give you some kiwibuild specifics.. it is a lotto policy for middle class to rich kids. You still need a sizeable deposit to buy a govt subsidised house by ballot. (leaving aside Annette King’s comment when challenged on 300k houses being unrealistic… she said “it’s just an average some will be more”.. so for every one more there has to be one LESS than 300k.) The Greens Progressive Ownership policy is way much more sensible, sustainable and fairer. Anyone can be in with zero deposit and if is oversubscribed.. priority is given to families with kids. You wouldn’t catch Private-Army-Shearer scaring the centrist vote with such pro child policies.

  10. Michael 11

    What is there to replace the current government with? Labour can’t increase its support with its current leadership and policies. The Greens don’t appeal to the middle classes in sufficient numbers (yet). Winston alienates more people than he turns on. Finally, the Nats’ core voters always turn out, while there’s no reason for Labour’s to bother anymore.

  11. xtasy 12

    With the media we have, that is the damned mainstream, commercially focused, actually very government friendly print, radio and television media, with their online versions, the battle for power, to fight and win by Labour and Greens will be a highly formidable and difficult one.

    Having listened to how Sean Plunket (formerly working for National Radio, then TV3, I remember) on Radio Live rubbished Russell Norman and his rather reasonable arguments about Key engaging in similar politics as Muldoon this late morning, I realised yet again, the Nats have too many “fans” amongst moderators, editors, writers, reporters and presenters.

    Sean Plunket also rubbished a caller suffering multiple allergies, ridiculing his criticism that New Zealand was years late when banning toxic substances like DDT and others, while most developed countries had realised the dangers of those and banned them up to 20 years earlier, by suggesting the man, who tried to defend the Greens, was adhering to “conspiracy stories”. Other callers showing appreciation for Norman and the Greens got similar treatment.

    Key was apparently well received on Friday or Saturday, after Norman’s speech in Christchurch, by personally phoning journalists of TV3 News, so they accepted his criticism of Norman and made an extra remark re this at the end of the news. So the PM can get extra easy access to the mainstream media when he wishes, and tell them what he thinks.

    Watch more space in the papers and online, and see how they are already taking the Greens apart, to discredit them.

    Democracy requires balanced reporting, but the ones working in the media are largely foot-soldiers for the corporate and other businesses, who are buying advertising time and space off them, and that keeps the MSM mindful of the hand that feeds them. So no balanced reporting, laurels for Key and the government, and bias all over the place.

    Forget trying to win elections in such climate.

    • Macro 12.1

      Totally agree. We do not have a balanced or fair mainstream media, and are unlikely to ever have simply because the media is in the main privately owned and the reporters work for Corporate bosses who have their own agenda – editorial independence – Bullshit!
      Again as for the State owned media, the independence of their editorial content is undermined by the Political appointment of Party Hacks to the Boards. Furthermore, particularly in the case of TV1, their journalists by and large wish to identify with the “well to do” and “successful” (having met some of these folk in a professional capacity) so have little interest in the trials and tribulations of ordinary people and focus almost exclusively on the machinations of Political Leaders with whom they wish to identify.

    • Populuxe1 12.2

      Which is presumably why National’s Novopay fiasco was all over the news tonight? Oh wait? No, I’m confused, my poor little blonde head…

      • xtasy 12.2.1

        Pop – yes, it was all about the Ministry of Education getting the bulk of the blame, so this is just a gem for the government, as they have been waiting for a good enough reason to deal to that ministry, and possibly restructure, outsource and do whatever with it.

        It was only a little joy the opposition could get out of this, see Hipkins little sting into the Minister. And Metiria Turei could only exploit it so much as well, as the Minister of Education, same as Minister for All Affairs, Steven the Joyce, could blame it primarily on Ministry staff, that Novapay had turned into a fiasco.

  12. bad12 13

    My take on the next election is that Slippery might be in a position to form another National Government IF the Maori Party retains it’s current 3 seats, (unlikely), and IF the Maori Party will then complete it’s hikoi to political oblivion by supporting Key into a third term,

    Slippery the PM is of course fully cognizant with the actual state of where the National Party is actually polling as opposed to what the ,(rigged???), mainstream media polls are actually saying, even Nationals tame hack journalist John Armstrong said as much of at least the Read Poll in this weekends Herald ascribing such to a ‘mistake’ where the Read Poll asks respondents a series of questions designed to produce negative answers from respondents about a Labour/Green Government and thus creating negativity in the respondents minds when it comes to saying which Party they would likely vote for,

    Of course Armstrong in the Herald ascribes such ‘skewing’ of perceptions in the minds of respondents to these Polls as mistakes, to attach to them the epithet of true description, RIGGING, that is deserved would have to have the Herald and Nationals tame political hack-writer questioning the foundations of His beliefs…

  13. xtasy 14

    Tracy Watkins on David Shearer, by the way:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8728086/Shearers-invisible-cloak-thinning

    Nothing to cheer about there, for Labour or prospective voters for that party, or the left as a whole. The largest opposition party should be “leading” with a proper “leader”, but it is not happening.

    At least the breaking news is that Novopay has cost the tax payer close to 24 million, heaps more than expected. And that will neutralise any “good” news for apparently increased corporate tax take by the government.

    A wasted year of opportunities was last year, while Labour was extra patient, with a problematic apprentice under-performing and struggling to learn speaking coherently and convincingly, who now seems to be rather unfit for the job.

    Time to act, get this sorted, present a plan, and then take the Nats on, thanks.

  14. bad12 15

    Labour/Green in my opinion need only one more big policy to go into the 2014 election with, best announced in election year close to polling Labour only need commit to raising the minimum wage by $1.50 an hour every year in it’s first term to move the necessary 2% of the vote needed to ensure a Labour/Green Government,

    Metiria Turei has already publicly committed to the ‘living wage’ and if both Party’s announce a firm commitment to that living wage 3 months out from the election and campaign upon achieving that in it’s first term then the more than a bit s**t Tory Government is gone for all money…

    • Murray Olsen 15.1

      How would that square with the abject surrender of their promising not to interfere in the sacred market? Sorry, can’t see that one ever getting through caucus.

      • rosy 15.1.1

        Shearer did show support for the living wage campaign. But I’m not sure whether that was before he changed his support for meals in schools from ‘just feed them’ to questioning who would be getting them, and it was long before he wanted to terrorise his political friends.

        I’d like to know if there’s been any change in advisors in the last few months. It’s weird how he keeps changing tone.

        • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1

          Fran Mold got replaced a month or two ago.

          • rosy 15.1.1.1.1

            Hmmm – she didn’t have very good press did she? Although I’m not sure why. Do you know if any policy boffins changed, or whether comparative influence has?

            I’d hate to think that what we’re hearing is the ‘real’ Shearer because strategy tone is belligerent and his comments on social policy seem inconsistent.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Hmmm – she didn’t have very good press did she? Although I’m not sure why.

              Think through Shearer’s performance in the MSM in the first year+ of his tenure as Leader.

              Do you know if any policy boffins changed, or whether comparative influence has?

              I don’t know this off hand, although there are several ways of finding it out. But seriously, how much does it matter, apart from a kind of macabre fascination with proceedings.

              I’d hate to think that what we’re hearing is the ‘real’ Shearer because strategy tone is belligerent and his comments on social policy seem inconsistent.

              These points are consistent with some prior speculations about Shearer eg. around the management of his own caucus, not speaking on issues from a standpoint of personal beliefs or values, etc.

              • rosy

                how much does it matter, apart from a kind of macabre fascination with proceedings

                There is that… but really it’s just trying to work out your next point – where his personal beliefs and values lie. All I’m noticing are contradictions – obviously I may be wrong, given my location and lack of consistent news coverage. But, yeah – he’s not making things easy to commit to a vote for Labour.

  15. FYI – seen this?

    https://www.facebook.com/SeanPlunketRadioLive

    Hi Sean!

    If you think ‘Social Credit’ and Bruce Beetham were responsible for ‘funny money’ – what do you think of NZ Prime Minister John Key’s responsibility for DERIVATIVES?

    Not so ‘funny’ for those who are suffering in the global financial meltdown – largely caused by the collapse of the DERIVATIVES market – which John Key helped to set up when he was the Head of Derivatives for Merrill Lynch, in 1999, at the same time the Glass Steagall Act was repealed and effectively left the Derivatives Market unregulated?

    (At the same time John Key was a Foreign Exchange Advisor for the New York Federal Reserve).

    Ever asked Prime Minister John Key this REALLY HARD question Sean?

    “HOW MUCH ARE YOU PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DERIVATIVES MARKET WHICH PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN BRINGING DOWN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY”?

    ( I have – but never did get a reply ……. :(

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz/

    4) OCCUPY AUCKLAND PRESS RELEASE OPEN LETTER TO NZ PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY 22 OCTOBER 2011 (click to download document)

    21 October 2011

    PRESS RELEASE: “OPEN LETTER TO NZ PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY –

    “HOW MUCH ARE YOU PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DERIVATIVES MARKET WHICH PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN BRINGING DOWN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY”?

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campaigner

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

  16. Roy 17

    I find it disappointing that it has taken so long for many people to wake up to what an untrustworthy character John Key is. Ah well, better late than never I guess, although there will be some diehards who will never change their ‘minds’.

  17. tracey 18

    Does anyone else remember the bro-ha-ha over the Electroal Finace Act? particularly from D farrar and the entire national and act parties? yet they are all strangely quiet over the appalling anti demoratic hiastory of this 4-5 year government…

    Norman is pointing it out. labour is quiet again. It appears labour has to stay quiet because they actually agree with most of what national is doing, or atre scared to disagree because they want to mislead potential swing voters. Can’t have it both ways.

    If an election were held today I would not be voting labour unless something changes drastically. Also, watch Epsom vote ACT back in via Banks.
    Did anyone else notice the irony of Bank’s call of support for Graham to kee p his knighthood? Is Johnny boy (banks) thinking he gets one when he goes???

    “”Sir Doug Graham is a very, very honourable man, an outstanding New Zealander and I’m very, very saddened with the turn of events,” Banks said.

    “It’s over to Sir Douglas Graham, but I think he’ll take some leadership on this.”

    I took banks to mean Doug will give back his knighthood. banks said it without a single sign of the irony of his words.

    • tc 18.1

      Doug Graham mentored shonkey so you’ll not see Smile’nWave saying or doing much on Sir Doug.

      If our regulators had any balls and independance Banks and Brash would’ve skated over Hulich KSaver dodgy dealings but Hulich took the fall for them.

      Then again if we had decent enforcement on existing regulations Shonkey should’ve been skewered over double dipton/tranzrail/Beemers etc etc etc……they who write the rules and run the show do as they please.

      Banks has plenty of skeletons not seen yet, they really should have kept Rortney around rather than let Brash knife him, he’s a much better behaved lapdog. Loyal, hardworking and useful when it comes to flogging off and ripping up structures with the right brains around…..supercity with mark ford, fisher, doung mackay etc etc.

    • Hami Shearlie 18.2

      With John Banks as his cheerleader Sir Douglas Graham might as well go up the river in a cabbage boat. These kinds of friends will soil him even further!

  18. Boadicea 19

    The gap has closed!

    Labour should be on par with Nationsl, given all the negatives stacking up against Key and his nasty crew.
    Instead Labour’s strategists are revelling in the fact that they are still at the same point at which they lost in 2008.
    There is nothing to feel good about here.

    This is clutching at straws.

    We will not knock out Key & Co with self delusion.

    Labour has the wrong strategy.

    • Rhinocrates 19.1

      Eight hundred thousand non-voters is not a small number. Let me say that again: E-I-G-H-T H-U-N-D-R-E-D T-H-O-U-S-A-N-D. (How many roofs were painted in 2011, could Google Earth provide the answer?) Desperate attempts to “reassure the markets” and get the “soft National” vote are idiotic and insignificant. Expecting Peters to ride to the rescue is downright delusional – he’s on no-one’s side but his own.

  19. Grumpy 20

    Why, in the first graph, is the blue line shown at the bottom of the blue dots, but the red, green and black lines are properly shown in the middle of the dots……….just asking?

    • Dv 20.1

      I believe the line on the graph is weighted to the actual election result as the only true measure.
      Note the Lab result before the last election are clustered above and below the election result, but the nats results are all above the election result.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1.1

        Oops. It seems the Baltimore defence is unavailable.

        “When an independent committee established to investigate potential fraud scrutinized a set of research notes in Nobel laureate David Baltimore’s laboratory, it revealed a surprising number of mistakes. Baltimore was exonerated because his lab’s mistakes were random and nondirectional.”

        Michael Shermer, The Baloney Detection Kit

  20. johnm 21

    El Gringo Yankey john never ever had credibility with me just you suckers love to suck his sh#t. Shame on stupid greedy kiwis. F$ck you!

  21. manuka416 22

    From your illustrous leader today, when asked about Ozzie Norman’s ranty comparison of John Key to Rob Muldoon:

    “Rob Muldoon was thirty years ago, most New Zealanders don’t even remember Rob Muldoon.”

    ROFL

    • Populuxe1 22.1

      Poor Wuzzle must have forgotten that one of the largest demographics in the country is over 30 and some of them are begining to get a little bit nostalgic. Muldoon was an authroitarian prick, but he was all about building infrastructure and protecting the welfare state.

    • muzza 22.2

      Norman arrived in NZ , late 90’s, so WTF would he be able make any meaningful comparison anyway, he was not even bloody here – Another theorist, at best!

      Norman is full of absolute gobshite, and his supporters being taken for a ride.

      Toot toot!

  22. gnomic 23

    Oh dear. Own goal by Shearer, leader of the erstwhile ‘Labour’ party. Plans to terrorise his opponents. Can we send him back to the UN or wherever? Very sad. I was trying to believe. Maybe he could have an implant whereby someone with nous could speak his lines? But is he even telegenic? Perhaps he could just shut up and play his guitar? Anyone But Shearer? It must be near the time. And when is the duck going to announce his retirement, unless I’ve missed that.

    Winnie. How often do I have to reiterate that Mudloon’s one time protege is nothing but an opportunist. Is there no compulsory retirement age for what some might see as con-artists? Has it not reached the point where depending on Sleeps-Through-Cabinet as a partner in government along with his band of clowns is too shameful to contemplate? Presumably not.

    It’s not surprising that elements of the former Labour supporters don’t bother participating in the charade known as democracy any more since the outcome is more or less the same regardless of which major brand leads the government.

    As for the smirking weasel, anybody who has ever trusted him, unless they are beneficiaries of his plans to further enrich the rich pricks, is too foolish to live. How do they remember to breathe?

    Just as well that Hooton can raise the red flag and tell the nation that Russell Norman was once a member of the Communist Party in Australia. In the course of his double act with Mike ‘I’ve got three homes’ Williams on NatRad this very day. Pretty well as sickening as the Edwards/Boag duo. And if I hear any more about Mike’s enduring affection for ‘Sir’ Paul Holmes … well I just can’t say. The knighted love knighthoods. Well they would, wouldn’t they. And what is so great about all these rugby thugs anyway?

    Sean Plunket is still a nitwit, as ever was.

  23. Jacobin 24

    I have to say it was pretty hilarious seeing how much they did pull the wagons around, trying to characterise Russel’s criticisms as just nasty insults or something.

    Just because you might be part of a more compassionate political philosophy does not = pushover.

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  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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