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Key’s laundry list of broken promises

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 pm, March 14th, 2012 - 56 comments
Categories: jobs, john key, privatisation, public services, tax, Unions - Tags: , ,

He must resign. Surely. Here is Key, speaking to the PSA in 2008, making very specific promises about public service jobs, tax cuts, and asset sales that helped him get elected. Promises he has since broken. There’s no excuse. He wasn’t blind-sided by events. He made these promises never intending to keep them. Key is refusing to comment but if the man has any ethics he’ll resign.

Here are the quotes from the PSA speech:

“We’re not going to cut jobs, we’re just capping at 36,000″ – 2,500 jobs gone so far. For savings of $20 million, not the billion hoped for. 2,500 more jobs to go soon.

“We’re not borrowing for tax cuts” – National’s own Budget said the 2010 tax cuts would cost $1 billion over four years. They cost $1.1 billion in the first nine months.

“We’re not proposing to change the Employment Relations Act in a way that weakens unions” – and, yet, they have by allowing employers to block workers from meeting their union representatives in the workplace.

“there will be no asset sales in the first term of a National Government and there may never be asset sales in the years ahead” – National spent $6 million in Budget 2011, before the election, on preparing assets for sale. they were getting papers as early as 2010 on what assets to sell and how to spin it to the public.

“Nor am I hell-bent on selling assets, actually. I personally think that’s not the issue that the current economy faces…actually,I don’t think selling off state assets is going to make the boat go faster.” – Treasury and just about everyone else agrees. Yet National keeps claiming that asset sales are part of its growth strategy.

“The Crown’s dividend stream from the Meridians, the Mighty Rivers of the world is large.” – Funny, because for the past year Key and English have been saying the returns are below the cost of capital on owning these companies – which raises the question of why anyone else would want them. the truth is they are highly profitable. Even English’s biased numbers so the Crown losing $100m a year from asset sales.

“We don’t have a debt problem, they’re acting highly effectively as companies, and they’re making money – There is no motivation to sell assets.” – There is Key demolishing three more of what would soon become his own arguments for asset sales. And, despite the recession (which was already happening when he gave this speech) and the earthquakes, the Crown still doesn’t have a debt problem thanks to the fact that the Fifth Labour Government bequeathed zero net debt. Net debt’s going to peak at about 30%, well below the danger zone. It’s currently 27th lowest in the 34 member OECD. And, of course, selling assets rather than taking on more debt makes no difference to net wealth. In fact it makes it worse in the long-run as the government has to borrow an extra $100m a year to make up the shortfall from foregone profits.

“We’re about creating assets, actually, not about selling assets.” – This term, all they’re about is selling assets … and cutting jobs that Key promised not to cut.

“There is no agenda to sell assets.”- That promise helped him get power in 2008 with the near-certainty of a second term. It was a lie.

Don’t give me any bullshit about Key being forced to break his promises by events. He knew there was a global recession when he made these commitments – he was speaking during the campaign in October 2008, the steepest part of the recession, a year after the subprime crisis began, most of a year after the drought here, and months after the Lehman collapse. And he broke all those promises long before the earthquakes started.

56 comments on “Key’s laundry list of broken promises”

  1. Hami Shearlie 1

    “If the man has any ethics he’ll resign”! People with ethics wouldn’t have made promises and broken them. People with ethics . Hmmmm, I’m sorry, I don’t think Jonkey knows any of them – he doesn’t rub shoulders with ethical people – he’s Merrill Lynch material!

    Jonkey can’t resign just yet anyway – he’s got too much grubby Nact laundry to wash – see you down at the laundromat John-John!!!

    • johnm 1.1

      Hi Hami Shearlie

      I agree. Shonkey made his pile at the Merrill Lynch ponzi scheme which like all ponzi schemes went bust but not before its operators got out with a lot of dough! Ethics ? Their ethics was make as much dinero for yourself as possible. Shonkey was in the London Office. The City is infamous for a total absence of any regulatory insight on financial transactions and has become with Wall Street the World Headquarters of Ponzi Schemes. AIG operated there along with Bernie Madoff.

      More of the World Shonkey comes from:

      “Goldman Exec Quits, calling firm toxic — CNN

      “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he wrote. “Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,’ sometimes over internal e-mail.”

      – This is an amazing OpEd. Please read all of it. It’s in the NY Times.

      You know, there’s a part of me that perceives this as very significant moment. Someone from deep inside the Infinite Growth beast is condemning its inevitable devolution into blatant, open criminality, lacking all pretense of moral values. Greg Smith has done the world a valuable service and redeemed himself in many ways. GS is at or near the top of the pyramid (scheme) and the moral climate Smith describes is ubiquitous throughout the financial world, from the IMF, to the World Bank, to… everything.”

      “I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,’”
      Shonkey is so separated from the ordinary kiwi not wanting our assets sold off I am sure we might as well be muppets to him. He’s a neoliberal auto pilot zombie.

      Link:http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/6931-goldman-exec-quits-calling-firm-toxic

      • rosy 1.1.1

        “I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,”

        That’s one of Key’s favourites isn’t it – calling people muppets – the opposition, his adminstrative staff… even his wife, if I recall correctly. Hmmm I wonder where he picked that up from…

        • johnm 1.1.1.1

          Hi rosy
          Yes! Refer this standard article of 2009 “Memo from a muppet”

          “So John Key thinks I’m a Muppet.

          “[when I'm in Hawaii on holiday] they’ll send me stuff … those Muppets in the background who send it all to me”*

          Well f#ck you, John.

          While you’re off in Hawaii with your DPS pouring you drinks, I’ll be working. The days I do get on ‘holiday’ I have to be online and on-call to respond to the government’s latest stuff up. Christmas morning, first thing I’ll have to do is check the wires for any news I need to respond to or send off to the minister (if I can get hold of him). And, yeah, then I will sing Snoopy’s bloody Christmas with the kids, and I’ll have an eye on the phone the whole time.

          I don’t get to go to Hawaii. I don’t get six weeks holiday a year. I don’t get your wage. I don’t get to bribe journalists to like me with fancy bottles of wine paid for by my taxpayer salary (and, yeah, we got an inflation adjustment this year, whoo hoo). But I do the work because it needs to be done and I believe in it. I’m proud to work for the people of New Zealand, John. I don’t need your insults, you lazy, showboating, do-nothing, weak excuse for a Prime Minister.”

          Link: http://thestandard.org.nz/memo-from-a-muppet-2/

          Goldman Sachs MDs have: “Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors
          refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,’ sometimes over internal e-mail.”

          Link:http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/6931-goldman-exec-quits-calling-firm-toxic

  2. ropata 2

    http://keyholes.co.nz/post/13195497123/capital-gains-tax-and-rents

    Capital gains tax and rents
    John Key say that a CGT will push up rents …

    Now rents and property are still bubbling along and making wealthy NACT voters happy.
    Thanks to Key’s short sighted attitude to CGT low income earners are worse off

    Shameful behaviour from the boy who was raised in a state house.

  3. fender 3

    ”………if the man has any ethics he’ll resign”.

    It’s safe to say he won’t be resigning then!

    He will quit however once the wealth transfer has been completed, though the extent of the wealth transfer potential should be knee-capped in 2014. For the sake of our country 2014 can’t come soon enough.

  4. Bazar 4

    ““There is no agenda to sell assets.”- That promise helped him get power in 2008 with the near-certainty of a second term. It was a lie.”

    That promise was made and held.
    There were no assets sold in the first term, as Key said.

    You seem to think that because they were elected in 2008, the NZ population is unable to change their mind, forced into some bizarre 6 year election cycle.

    Newsflash, the New Zealand population voted for this government, well aware that assets sales were part of the national policy.

    I’m amazed at the inability for a leftwinger to grasp such a simple premise.
    National said they would sell assets if they got into power this term, they made it clear, labour made it clear, greens made it clear, every party, reporter, and informed voter made it clear.
    There was no uncertainty in this, and people still voted for national, and thus for asset sales.

    And now you attribute nationals victory at the polls to little more then a old promise that held no relation to 2011, and as such proclaim Key as a liar.

    Hell you sound like a child having a tantrum while looking for an excuse to explain why their party lost.

    Grow Up.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      So you’re running the “Key has a mandate from the electorate” line.

      Well, why doesn’t Key spend $10M from the $6000M asset sales to run a referendum on the issue then?

      Or are you afraid that the NZ public will vote 80% or more against asset sales? Some mandate.

      • Bazar 4.1.1

        Because we only just had a referendum on the issue, and it was a binding referendum.

        Your asking for a non-binding referendum, that won’t have anywhere near the same coverage and detail, and just isn’t needed.

        I will add though, that i do believe if a referendum was given, that it’d be against asset sales.

      • Mark 4.1.2

        Should we have a referendum on the Ports Dispute as well?

    • rosy 4.2

      …”that held no relation to 2011″

      Worth remembering when righties go on about ‘they did it too’ whenever opposition to asset sales (or anything else) is directed from Labour to National.

    • starlight 4.3

      If nz’ers were in favour of asset sales they would have voted so he had ‘unbridled power’
      key did not get that,he had to get the support of maori,act,united future,to get a 1 seat majority,
      maori are not supporting asset sales.

      • Bazar 4.3.1

        “maori,act,united future,to get a 1 seat majority”

        National, Act, and United are enough at 63 Seats.

        The maori party are not needed, but as with the last term in government, included for stability and long term relations.

  5. Debatewatcher 5

    Interesting.

    John Key gave the speech to the PSA on 25 September 2008.

    Lehman collapsed on 15 September 2008.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00271.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bankruptcy_of_Lehman_Brothers

  6. Blue 6

    It’s not really news that Key is a liar. His 2008 promise to cap, but not cut the public service was broken with impunity and he got away with it scot-free because the media and the public don’t care about public servants losing their jobs.

    The fact that it 100%, no arguments, no excuses, made him a liar fell by the wayside.

    I seem to remember some classless journalist clubbing Phil Goff for calling a spade a spade during one of last year’s election debates.

    Political reality check here – after nine years in Opposition, National and John Key would have promised any fucking thing under the sun to get back into power, with no intention whatsoever of keeping those promises, only doing whatever they needed to do to get a second term as well.

    And the media, compliant little sycophants that they are, whitewashed it all because it suited them to have a change, to have something new and shiny rather than another three years of the same. No responsibility, no ethics, just selfish, shallow greed.

    • rosy 6.1

      “after nine years in Opposition, National and John Key would have promised any fucking thing under the sun to get back into power”

      Would have… They did! I remember well ‘the yeah, yeah we’ll do that too’ from Key whenever labour came up with a policy decision that might trump tax cuts. The blatant cheek – and the MSM just laughed along with him – how cute they all were.

    • Peter 6.2

      Sad, but you are right!

  7. seeker 7

    “but if the man has any ethics he’ll resign.”
    He doesn’t and he therefore he won’t. I’m not at all sure that you can really call him a “man” either, I am sad to say. Very good post though Eddie.

  8. tsmithfield 8

    LOLZ Eddie. Your article can only be an attempt at distraction from the performance of Labour’s bumbling charisma-void of a leader.

    So, am I right in saying, that by the logic advanced in your article, Labour, if elected next time, will be breaking promises big time, they don’t scrap GST on fruit and veges, extend the in-work tax credit to the unemployed, introduce a capital gains tax etc etc. And before anyone advances the obvious and pathetic excuse that there is a new leader for Labour now, let me remind them that there is a thing called collective responsibility and the new leader was part of the team that crafted those promises.

    • felix 8.1

      If they were elected on those promises, yep.

      So no.

      Moran.

      • tsmithfield 8.1.1

        “If they were elected on those promises, yep. So no.”

        Well, Key wasn’t elected last year on the promises alluded to in the article, either. In fact, so far as asset sales goes, he specifically promised no asset sales in that previous term, and that asset sales would be put to voters in the next election, which is exactly what happened.

        So, it is comparing apples with apples and so the same goes for Labour, if promises from previous elections are to be considered relevant.

        “Moran.”

        Are you suggesting I am part of a historical Australian drug family?

        Or maybe you meant “moron”. In which case, the title would apply more aptly to you for not being able to spell it.

        • Te Reo Putake 8.1.1.1

          Whoosh! A joke goes flying over TS’s head. The world moves on …

        • felix 8.1.1.2

          “So, it is comparing apples with apples and so the same goes for Labour, if promises from previous elections are to be considered relevant.”

          Rot.

          Labour didn’t get elected on any of the promises you list. If they did, I’d expect them to stick to them. But they didn’t, so they can’t, and you’re arguing hypotheticals while the rest of us are talking about what National actually said and did.

          Trouble is you don’t have many options arguing in favour of John Key breaking his word so you’re finding it easier to argue about what might have happened in a parallel universe where National weren’t elected.

          Even that moran Matthew Hooton manages to mount a coherent argument in support of Key’s broken promises. Why can’t you?

        • Frank Macskasy 8.1.1.3

          No, Key was elected,

          * to create 170,000 new jobs.

          * Not to raise GST.

          * Capping state sector numbers – not cutting.

          * Stating that he didn’t want to see NZers “tenants in their own country”.

          * Raising wages.

          * Creating an economy where NZers would prefer to stay in NZ rather than migrate to Australia.

          * Yada, yada, yada.

          I’m sure I’ve left out a few things, TS – but you get my drift.

          What’ve we got instead…

          * Well, he’s combining several ministeries into one Soviet-style super-ministry.

          That’s it. Yay.

  9. TT 9

    It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Key is a white collar criminal. He shouldn’t resign; he should be removed from power and spend the rest of his life in prison along with the rest of the ruling NACT junta.

  10. AAMC 10

    The only thing surprising here is the surprise with which the news delivered it. Why wasn’t this dug out pre election? Because the 4th estate has an established mantra around us Kiwi’s being good sorts and giving a Govt a couple a cracks at it before we start to hold them to account?
    This is a failure of the media, and it presentation as some great scoop when we’ve all been ranting on here and to friends about exactly these issues for years…

  11. vto 11

    .

    Hands up who would trust John Key.

    • vto 11.1

      Tell you who wouldn’t and no doubt didn’t and that is the audience at that speech. You could see it in their eyes, it was like they were watching a snake-oil salesman. Surprising that.

  12. insider 12

    I think John Key should do what Helen Clark and Michael Cullen did after interest free student loans didn’t cost what they said they would and what Pete Hodgson did after the $500m carbon credit cheque got lost in the post.

  13. vto 13

    Why does everyone pussyfoot around politicians who lie?

    It is like the fact that an MP is not allowed to be labelled a hypocrite in the house apparently. Weak and pathetic.

    It just stinks… “oh no, don’t call him a liar because he might call me a liar for a lie I made back whenever”. “No, don’t say anything too bad, lest it happens to me in reverse.” “Lighten the accusation in order that I only receive light accusations in return”.

    The participants in the political world are at these times complete shams. On all sides. The most lies in the country get spoken by politicians and it is unacceptable that it is permitted.

    If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck …..

    Bullshit on a grand scale.

  14. He also must resign for the simple fact he has encorporated Goldman Sachs in auckland
    into national party policies.
    Just released to the media is an insider of Goldman Sachs in the US has waged a stinging
    attack on these ‘financial terrorists’,the sale of our assets came from GS in auckland,the ports
    in auckland and tauranga requiring a higher return came from GS,the first idea of asset sales
    to ‘pay down debt’ was mis-leading nz,then it changed to schools,health etc another GS
    offering to ‘soften’ the public’s acceptance.
    NZ is being governed by GS in auckland via their man key,when there are other options
    for nz including a capital gains tax.
    Key must step down,he is taking nz on a path to total distruction and needs to stop,a vote
    of no confidence by the public and in parliament needs to be held before it gets totally out
    of control.
    His statement of 2008 is a reflection on key’s character and integrity,missing in action.

    • johnm 14.1

      Hi starlight
      I agree Shonkey is GS material
      Would you be able to explain the connections you have alluded to more clearly? It is very important because GS is a criminal organisation that makes the MOB in terms of getting money out of muppet clients and daft governments bailing them out with taxpayer’s money look like amateurs.

      • starlight 14.1.1

        Interest.co.nz had an article on the goldman link with key,asset sales and the ports were discused at a meeting.

      • starlight 14.1.2

        There is an article by gareth vaughn also one about Goldman managing the sale of our assets.

        • johnm 14.1.2.1

          Thanks starlight I will look those references up. This is a scandal GS are the biggest bunch of financial terrorists in the World today. They are criminals who have committed massive fraud in the U$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ so big the Government couldn’t touch them so they employed them! If Key is connected to these Bastards that should sink him permanently. This should be highlighted by the docile MSM here. Hope eh!

          • starlight 14.1.2.1.1

            You also may be interested to learn that on the board of directors of the ports of auckland
            is Philipa Dunphy (deputy chair) asumed the position in 2010,with a 3yr contract, she
            was executive director of investment banking and head of debt capital for goldman
            sachs JB Were.
            There sure is shonkey deals going on,but we wont see it on main stream media.

            • johnm 14.1.2.1.1.1

              Criminal. Nz must stop being muppet sodomised by this criminal rubbish and bring back democracy. Otherwise its curtains for a decent society. Hi kiwi sheeple Baa Baa go back to sleep you stupid uninformed la la land fuckwits. AKA Mad cancerous ridden Mad fucking butcher.

            • johnm 14.1.2.1.1.2

              Hi starlight
              Again the GS connection with Shonkey and others boarders on the criminal.Why? because GS are criminals!

              These are the rich ponzi scheme mates Shonkey is getting advice from to sell OUR ASSETS. Makes you proud to be a New Zealander eh?

              The People vs. Goldman Sachs

              “They weren’t murderers or anything; they had merely stolen more money than most people can rationally conceive of, from their own customers, in a few blinks of an eye. But then they went one step further. They came to Washington, took an oath before Congress, and lied about it.

              Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-people-vs-goldman-sachs-20110511#ixzz1pE6NO6Zz

          • johnm 14.1.2.1.2

            Evidence to back up my assertion:

            Goldman Sachs Criminality?

            The People vs. Goldman Sachs
            Matt Taibbi: A Senate committee has laid out the evidence. Now the Justice Department should bring criminal charges

            Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-people-vs-goldman-sachs-20110511#ixzz1o1kkRbuz

            Goldman Sachs: Master Of The Universe

            By Stephen Lendman
            Link: http://www.countercurrents.org/lendman200410.htm

            “The scheme was to sell toxic asset-backed securities (ABSs) to unwary customers (including foreign banks, pension funds, insurance companies and others), then apparently use credit default swaps (CDSs) to profit when they defaulted, or in other words the equivalent of buying life insurance on an undisclosed terminally ill patient. More still, given Paulson & Co.’s role in helping to structure and select assets, then buying CDSs to short them, betting they’ll decline. Paulson thus far faces no charges. Goldman’s so far are civil. If criminal ones are filed, prosecutors will have to prove intent, perhaps coming given enough evidence to proceed.”

            Key is totally compromised using these crims to sell OUR ASSETS.

            • johnm 14.1.2.1.2.1

              Key is a sodomised muppet of Goldman Sachs albeit well paid! But must NZ become a sodomised muppet of these Bastards too? Decide Kiwi sheople BAA Baa.

              • johnm

                Further explanation of the World these psychopaths inhabit

                The World of John Key ex Merrill Lynch operative.
                Now flogging off our assets.

                “Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, announced his resignation Wednesday in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, denouncing the bank’s “toxic” culture of avarice and fraud.”

                Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29782

                “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” he describes a corporate environment that encourages and rewards big short-term returns gained through the bilking of clients and the general public. “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he writes.

                Speaking of one’s clients as “muppets” and describing deal-making as “ripping eyeballs out” are commonplace at Goldman, according to Smith.

                “It confirms from the inside that three-and-a-half years after Wall Street’s manic pursuit of super-profits triggered a global financial meltdown and the deepest slump since the Great Depression, nothing has changed in the boardrooms of corporate America. The same fraudulent and often illegal practices that enriched the financial aristocracy and plundered the rest of society continue unabated. The criminals at the top, having been bailed out with trillions of taxpayer funds, are making more money than ever, while millions of ordinary people are being driven into poverty and homelessness.”

                “The criminalization of the American corporate-financial elite cannot be separated from the capitalist system itself. It is the product of a decades-long process of crisis and decay, in which the ruling elite has increasingly separated its wealth-making from the production of real value.”

        • johnm 14.1.2.2

          Further info on GS who are The Standard Bearers of the U$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ NeoLiberal establishment. That any NZers including Key would go to these people for assistance on selling our assets is an outrageous scandal.

          Our msm are pretty useless they should have picked up on this:

          “11 Reasons Why America Would Be A Better Place Without Goldman Sachs”

          Link: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/11-reasons-why-america-would-be-a-better-place-without-goldman-sachs

          “#7 Goldman Sachs is working very hard to help state and local governments sell off our highways, water treatment plants, libraries, parking meters, airports and power plants to the highest bidder. Much of the time foreigners are the highest bidders for these precious infrastructure assets.

          The following is how Dylan Ratigan described what is going on….

          On Wall Street, setting up and running “Infrastructure Funds” is big business, with over $140 billion run by such banks as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Australian infrastructure specialist Macquarie. Goldman’s 2010 SEC filing should give you some sense of the scope of the campaign. Goldman says it will be involved with “ownership and operation of public services, such as airports, toll roads and shipping ports, as well as power generation facilities, physical commodities and other commodities infrastructure components, both within and outside the United States.” While the bank sees increased opportunity in “distressed assets” (ie. Cities and states gone broke because of the financial crisis), the bank also recognizes “reputational concerns with the manner in which these assets are being operated or held.”

          Gs have more than enough fiat U$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ juNk currency to buy up OUR ASSETS.Or charge interest on funding those who buy our assets.

          Shonkey is totally beholden to these Wall Street crims and virtually in bed with them. They’rehis ex mates from the Merrill Linch Ponzi scheme days. How he made his $50,000,000 dinero pile: He sure didn’t do any real work for it like say a Wharfie has to work!

  15. I also add to my post,Goldman Sachs is one of three ‘financial terrorists’ that are going
    to manage the sales of our tax payer owned assets, key,looking after his business mates,
    he is here for a reason and its sure isn’t to look after the citizens.

    • johnm 15.1

      Hi starlight
      more on Goldman Sachs

      These are the guys giving advice to their ex mate Shonkey on the sale of OUR ASSETS!
      “Goldman Sachs – Making
      Money By Stealing It
      By Stephen Lendman”
      Link: http://www.rense.com/general95/goldmanss.html

      “Money power in private hands and democracy can’t co-exist. Wall Street crooks transformed America into an unprecedented money making racket.

      Goldman symbolizes master of the universe manipulative fraud. It’s been involved in nearly all financial scandals since the 19th century.

      It makes money the old-fashioned way. It steals it through fraud, grand theft, market manipulation, front-running them, scamming investors, bribing political Washington, having its executives in top administration posts, and getting open-ended low or no interest rate bailouts when needed.

      It’s business model and culture assure billions of bonus dollars for company officials, complicit traders, and others on the take. It’s a crime family, not a bank. It’s connected to others like it on Wall Street and corrupt politicians”

  16. This stuff should have been all over the MSM for the last 3 years, but since Key had the longest media honeymoon in history they didn’t touch him with anything he couldn’t spin in his favour. Nat’s victory in the 2011 election is purely on the shoulders of the media for not informing people of what their government was doing. Most people don’t go to look this stuff up for themselves.

  17. aerobubble 17

    Key buys some expensive dresses, after hearing that the world is in the greatest
    global debt crisis in history, returning home he tells wifey that debt will blow out
    and she has to cull her spending, and how much is her family gold airloom again? He
    said he was not going to sell them, or sack the hired help, but now wifey just needs
    to get with the program and go back to work in the real economy (unpaid housework), and his explanation? The world global debt crisis he did not see coming.

    Key keeps abreast of the world economy, he made millions doing so, so its hard to fathom how the PM can argue he did not have a clue about the global debt crisis, and still doesn’t. Our debt is held privately and Key has increase government debt by lowering taxes for the wealth and raising them for the poorest. Two faced.

  18. “Don’t give me any bullshit about Key being forced to break his promises by events. He knew there was a global recession when he made these commitments – he was speaking during the campaign in October 2008, the steepest part of the recession, a year after the subprime crisis began, most of a year after the drought here, and months after the Lehman collapse. And he broke all those promises long before the earthquakes started.”

    Correct.

    The Banking Crisis was in full swing in 2008, and Cullen took Key to task on all his promises. Slippery John simple employed his usual trick; deny, deny, deny.

    By the time Joe Public began to realise what was going on, it was too late and Dear Leader had been elected.

  19. johnm 19

    Selling the cow to buy the milk
    Nats are selling off our Power Company assets to prove to their ideological mates they’re still part of the club. Why does predatory finance want Public Wealth so much?

    Huge funds (like sovereign wealth funds) are frustrated by the near zero rates of return on offer (due to central banks refusing to let rates rise with their QE programs), use their considerable political leverage to get governments (like NZ) to change or modify laws allowing them to buy key income producing assets like Power Companies – so that their return on investment bumps up to 8 – 9% (from 1/2 %)( Power Companies were returning 15% I believe). Citizens end up losing the key income producing asset that their taxes built and maintained for generations. They also will be subjected to rampant extra ticket clipping cost rises – as reckless, loose monetary policies continue to debase the currency – forcing the new owners to ‘keep up with inflation’ by jacking up utility access costs. This is a clear wealth transfer scheme orchestrated by John Key and Bill English at the expense of the New Zealand tax payer.

    • KeepOurAssetsDon'tSell. 19.1

      It all boils down to the Ponzi Monetary system.
      The Financialization of everything by robbing country’s of their infrastructure via selling out to private interests with the help of the Bank’s Fake Money.
      show me a place, in the World today, where financial turmoil doesn’t exist. We are all locked into this shit. Every hedge fund manager is shitting themselves, no one knows where the safe bets are. All talks of any escape is just blowing off steam and ‘the grass is greener’. I’m ready to emigrate but waiting to see which land provides some shelter from the storm by disassociating itself from the ‘free market’.

  20. stuart 20

    key has promised 170000 new jobs by 2014 it was bs at election and total bs now the only promise this prick will keep is to steal our assets i still think he will resign before 2014 job done !why should we except worthless paper money for hard assets at the very least we should ask for gold

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  • Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free s...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auckland consents down second month in a row National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York
    Ummmmmmm. What? An email to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office about former Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail invoking diplomatic immunity remained unopened for weeks – allegedly because communications were limited as the minister travelled to New York. So Muzza...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The infallible NZ Police
    You would think 44 years after one of their own framed an innocent man by planting evidence that the NZ Police would admit they got it wrong. Not so. The whitewash report yesterday into the Crewe murders does the usual...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?
    Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said. 1 – That easy-Maori-University-entry chestnut is one of the worst examples the right...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming
    Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. For the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?
    Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Mr Fixit is broken – Novopay becomes Neverpay
    There are deals so poorly agreed to with the barest amount of oversight green lighted for ideological reasons so mangled and damaged that not even Steven ‘Mr Fixit’ Joyce can dress it up beyond the turd cake it is. Novopay is one...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Right-wing – strong on crime!
    . . National, ACT, and the Right, generally, are renowned for being “tough on crime”. What follows are just a few examples,  to illustrate National/ACT’s “toughness”. . . Ms Hauiti isn’t the first MP to mis-use tax-payer’s money, and most...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.
    PHIL QUIN writes a mean political column. His long-standing connections to the right of the New Zealand Labour Party are extensive and strong. When he writes about politics, especially electoral politics, it is from personal experience and with considerable authority....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Seafood NZ Says Kaikoura Conservation Legislation a Template
    Seafood New Zealand has hailed the passage of the Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill by Parliament today as a template for seafood and environment conservation measures throughout New Zealand. Parliament passed the bill into law on the last...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura Welcomes Third Reading of Bill
    Whale Watch Kaikoura General Manager Kauahi Ngapora today welcomed the third reading of the Kaikōura (Te Tai ō Marokura) Marine Management Bill....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal
    NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)
    Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%
    National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%)...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Study could be used to counter high suicide rates
    Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step
    Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill
    Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe
    With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • GC Star Supports Beyer
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • New ACC Executive appointments announced
    ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony
    Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush
    A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. – Closing the Gap
    Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign
    Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Petition generates progress for new nurses
    Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza
    “Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
    Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory"....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August
    Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say
    The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit
    Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act
    The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre
    Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels
    New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
    Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Time to lift unliveable wage rates
    The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’
    In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift
    Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage
    Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful
    Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality
    The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues
    In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe
    Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins
    Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue
    As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work
    Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza
    As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said,...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years
    Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • 100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
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