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Key’s snub to unions and workers

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, October 9th, 2012 - 97 comments
Categories: economy, jobs, john key, making shit up, national, Unions - Tags: , , ,

National promised us an “unrelenting focus on jobs and work”. Instead workers get the finger:

Key not interested in union’s summit

The Government isn’t interested in a union-organised summit to discuss what can be done to help the manufacturing sector save jobs.

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) blames the Government’s hands-off approach to the economy for a string of redundancies. Business representatives, unionists, economists and political parties will gather in Auckland on Friday. Prime Minister John Key says he hasn’t been invited and wouldn’t go anyway.

Unbelievable. I cannot find the words to express my contempt for John Key and his arrogance. National’s “unrelenting focus on jobs and work” has brought us to an 18 year high in unemployment levels. It would be worse if it wasn’t for the record exodus to Australia (they’re leaving because the pay here is too low and there are no jobs). And Key doesn’t want to talk about jobs with one of the sectors that is most affected?! What a fool.

No, it’s more than foolish. It’s blind arrogance. The unwillingness to admit that anything is wrong. On Planet Key:

“There’s no crisis in manufacturing,” Mr Key told reporters today. “Over the last four years exports have been consistent and the number of jobs has been up a touch from 245,000 to 255,000 – in the last 12 months alone GDP growth in the manufacturing sector was 2.5 percent.”

Compare and contrast with The Greens’ summary on Planet Earth:

“In the four years to June 2012, exports from manufacturing have fallen by 12.4%, or $1.7 billion. Output from manufacturing in GDP terms has reduced by 9.1%, or $2.8 billion.

“In the past four years to June, nearly 40,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost, a 16.7% reduction in the manufacturing workforce. Hundreds more manufacturing job losses have been announced since the end of June, the latest date for which statistics are available.

(1) Who is right on manufacturing exports?
“Over the last four years exports have been consistent”, vs.
“In the four years to June 2012, exports from manufacturing have fallen by 12.4%, or $1.7 billion”?

Here’s the actual data on manufactured exports:

The fall was biggest during the recession, but it is still continuing.

(2) Who is right on manufacturing output?
Exports in the manufacturing sector were 11.7-11.9 per cent of gross domestic product vs.
Output from manufacturing in GDP terms has reduced by 9.1%, or $2.8 billion

Here’s the actual data on manufacturing output:

It is now holding more or less even (in constant dollar terms) at a level that is well down on 4 years ago. Using this damaged status quo as an excuse to ignore a jobs summit is worse than pathetic. Where is the “ambition” for New Zealand now?

(3) Who is right on manufacturing jobs?
“Over the last four years … the number of jobs has been up a touch from 245,000 to 255,000″
, vs.
“In the past four years to June, nearly 40,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost, a 16.7% reduction in the manufacturing workforce”.

Here’s the actual data on manufacturing jobs.The Greens have already done me the graph for this one!

Again, the fall was largest during the recession, but it is still continuing.

So where are the Nats are pulling their numbers from on this? I really have no idea, looks like more made up stats to me.

Summing up. The Nats have comprehensively failed on the economy, failed to create jobs, failed to stem the exodus to Australia. They’re now giving the finger to a jobs summit, and therefore to Kiwi workers. And they’re “justifying” their inaction with dodgy numbers and the acceptance that some kind of damaged status quo is good enough. They are refusing to acknowledge the problems, because to do so would be an admission of their failure. Shame on John Key, and shame on the lot of them.

97 comments on “Key’s snub to unions and workers”

  1. Tracey 1

    C’mon they did a job fest once… isn’t that enough for NZers??? Ungrateful swine.

  2. tinfoilhat 2

    John Key is a disgrace and his criminal government are a bunch of crooks

  3. odysseus 3

    Your stats don’t include the cycleway :)

  4. It is good to see the “planet Key” meme catching on. Radio NZ just said it twice!

  5. marsman 5

    The only thing consistent is John Key’s lies….and Bill English’s lies… and Steven Joyce’s lies.. and Paula Bennett’s lies…. and Hekia Parata’s lies…etc. etc…..

  6. marsman 6

    Slave wages for young people so they can get non-existent jobs.

    ‘Starting out’ youth wage to be unveiled | Stuff.co.nz

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7787031/Starting-out-wage-to-be-unveiled

  7. DropDead 7

    I guess its all about choice of measure re point 3. The Household Labour Force Survey (June Years) suggests the manufacturing sector employment outlook is (slowly) improving.

    Person’s employed by industry (manufacturing) (000s)
    2008 270.9
    2009 263.3
    2010 243.0
    2011 249.6
    2012 251.2

    • TightyRighty 7.1

      Where is that drop of 40000?

      Edit: Sorry a claimed drop of nearly 40,000. I see that. hardly surprising given the drop in world wide demand over two years ago. Stupid to claim a drop that has started to disappear

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Usual right wing meme: we’re at the mercy of the markets, there’s nothing we can do.

        You know except
        – Lower the exchange rate
        – Spend more on NZ industries instead of on foreign sourced goods
        – Increase subsidies for training, upskilling and R&D
        – Prevent big corporates (banks, telcos etc) ticket clipping money off SMEs
        – etc

        Stupid to claim a drop that has started to disappear

        A drop in manufacturing employment which has started to disappear? Love to know where these new manufacturing jobs are.

      • McFlock 7.1.2

        yep, polish that turd, tr…

        • bbfloyd 7.1.2.1

          HE can’t polish that without getting it all over his hands…. He can only do a “key” and roll it in glitter…. Even then , all he’s gonna get is a “johnny sparkle’ doll.

  8. PlanetOrphan 8

    The Gnats are obviously delusional, they want to be successful so much they just dream it all these days.

    • Dr Terry 8.1

      They dream, we have the nightmares! Good for the Greens (as usual). Why are not more people getting behind them?

      I adore dolphins and mean no criticism of them. But I am told they can swim around with half their brain turned off. This immediately reminded me of the National gang, wandering the world with a half dormant brain (assuming, of course, that there is any brain!)

      Nevertheless, we may take comfort from Michel de Montaigne who shows that “rational arguments (in general), are fallible because human reason itself cannot be relied on; “how useless human reason is , how feeble human powers are, and how silly and deluded almost everyone is.”,

      Such is the world we have to live in! Such is human nature!

  9. deuto 9

    Not trying to divert from the main themes of this post, but yesterday the Herald’s Opinion section ran an article by Geoff Bascand, Government Statistician (Making Sense of job Statistics).

    This helped me understand a little better the different methods of measuring employment, number of jobs etc through the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) and the Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) and the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES).

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10839022

    It is worth reading the whole article but here is an excerpt.


    There’s been heated debate over the number of new jobs in the economy. According to our Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED), there were 13,050 fewer jobs at June 2011 than there were in March 2008. But there’s also been a figure quoted that according to the HLFS, there were around 57,000 more people employed in June 2012 than there were in June 2010. Which one of these is right? Are there more or fewer jobs?

    The first thing I’d note is that these figures cover different time periods and one is measuring people employed (the number of people who have jobs) while the other is measuring the number of jobs. They’re both right in that they both help to analyse what’s happening. We have multiple labour market measures because they tell us different things. This can appear confusing, but when used together, they provide a strong evidence-based picture of the inner workings of the country’s labour market.

    If the question is “how many people are employed or unemployed”, then the HLFS provides the answer. If information about the number of jobs people have (they might have one, two, three or more) or the churn of people starting and finishing jobs is required, then LEED will provide that. HLFS provides the helicopter view of the labour market, whereas LEED puts the information under the microscope.

  10. Enough is Enough 10

    It should be the duty of the Prime Minister to attend an annual unemployment summit. John Key should have to stand before the unemployed and explain himself and why he is exporting their jobs and hopes for the future.

    Never have we seen a Prime Minister care less about his country or his people. Never.

    Why is it that New Zealand is stuck in this never ending recession. Everywhere you look people are miserable. Yet the rest of the world charges on. Look at the optimism of those attending the rallies in the States. Look at the optimism shown in London during their golden summer.

    Here in New Zealand there is none of that optimism. It is a frightening place to be right now.

    • marsman 10.1

      NZ was also a depressing place to be when Jenny Shipley was doing her best to screw the country. Same story, same people, different time.

      • Enough is Enough 10.1.1

        I think this will be the last time.

        New Zealander will never forget the Great Recession of 2008-2014. They will never forget the party that ruled during this period.

        They will never forget the manufacturing jobs that were exported by John Key to China.

        This corrupt mob will be gone forever. But it will take a generation or more to rebuild the manufacturing jobs they have willingly destroyed.

        • Lanthanide 10.1.1.1

          “But it will take a generation or more to rebuild the manufacturing jobs they have willingly destroyed.”

          There’s only so much a government can do to stop the loss of jobs (or foster the creation of jobs).

          It is likely that a lot of these jobs would have gone even if Labour were in power.

          • insider 10.1.1.1.1

            Many of them did go when Labour was in power if you look at the graphs. According to Stats NZ in March 2008 there were 240k manufacturing jobs and that dropped to 210-12k by the election. That’s around 30k jobs lost in one year under Labour.

          • Dr Terry 10.1.1.1.2

            So that makes it OK, Lanthanide. How helpful you are!

    • Lanthanide 10.2

      “Why is it that New Zealand is stuck in this never ending recession. Everywhere you look people are miserable. Yet the rest of the world charges on. ”

      I think you’re being far too pessimistic. As various government ministers pointed out, NZ is one of the stronger western economies in the world right now.

      • aerobubble 10.2.1

        The employment market is failing, skilled workers are flocking overseas while
        local companies that want them can’t pay them enough.

        The housing market is chronically under invested in despite housing prices
        being heavily over priced.

        Households, and now under Key, government are heavily in debt and will
        remain since the same incentives remain, short term capital gain farming.

        Our economy is up with Greece, Ireland and Spain for GDP debt.

        But worse still, our current administration is cheeky, indifferent and
        condescending when challenged.

        Let’s break society down, there are the bottom rung who don’t have enough
        opportunity to take risks (that don’t mean a jail sentence) who are implored
        and legislated by National to the hilt to seize onto profits. Then there is
        the middle NZ, who have been led by the banks, media and politicians
        to take on mortgage risks and are now over their head in debt, or
        worse left high and dry for years while insurance payouts are left hanging.
        Middle NZ takes on incremental risks and they now are finding themselves
        force into the bottom rung because of this ‘strongest’ economy in the world.
        Then we have the top rung, who believe they should not pay more taxes,
        they should not pay even as much tax as most people, because somehow they
        are the invincible few we need to keep the economy buzzing along. Sorry
        but its call progressive taxation because the more you make the more you
        should contribute back to the pot as you have been greatly benefited from
        the civility, the enterprise, the whole nation. The richest have risk opportunities
        in abundance and this requires a higher burden of tax, because not only is
        it fair, but also if we don’t contain their avarice for greed they will convince
        us all to load up on debt, they will castrate parliament to stop it acting
        against them, and then you’ll find you national debt as a part of GDP up
        there with Greece, Ireland and Spain.

        i.e. you complete moron please shut up already.

      • Enough is Enough 10.2.2

        I disagree. The US unemplyment rate has dropped from double digits to 7.8%. The Australian rate has never got close to ours. Europe has its own problems but the unemplyment rate has flat lined.

        We are running against these trend because we have the worst performing economic managers in the world.

        The international community is slowly sorting itself out. We are making things worse here.

        Key is responsible

        • Lanthanide 10.2.2.1

          NZ unemployment rate looks pretty flat to me: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/unemployment-rate

          • ianmac 10.2.2.1.1

            The unemployment stats would be much higher if the exodus to Australia hadn’t happened, as would housing woes.

        • BM 10.2.2.2

          I think you’re being far too pessimistic. As various government ministers pointed out, NZ is one of the stronger western economies in the world right now.

          Did you not read this above?

        • freedom 10.2.2.3

          you really believe that ?
          “What few people realize is that the headline unemployment rate is calculated each month using a unique set of seasonal adjustments. The August unemployment rate, which was 8.1%, was calculated using what BLS calls a “concurrent seasonal factor adjustment.” Each month the agency recalculates the series to adjust for regular seasonal patterns tied to the school year or holiday shopping season or whatever is considered relevant. The next month, it does the same thing using another set of seasonal factors. Rather than publish a number that’s consistent with the prior month’s estimate, it recalculates everything, including the previous month, but it doesn’t publish the revised number from the previous month.’
          source http://news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1349726400.php

          according to various groups the real current unemployment rate in the US is reportedly closer to 18% than 8% but who do we believe anymore, the bankers at the junkett or the volunteers on the breadline?

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.2.3.1

            Exactly. The BLS numbers are being massaged ahead of the Presidential elections.

            If you want a far closer estimate of US unemployment (that is, before they started fucking around with the statistics to make it look better eg simply not counting the long term unemployed) go to shadowstats.

            Oh look the broadest measure of unemployment as per old counting methodologies is up over 20%.

            http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

            • Enough is Enough 10.2.2.3.1.1

              So do you think the rest of the world (or US specifically) is performing worse than New Zealand?

              • Lanthanide

                Evidence suggests that it is, yes.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I agree with you Lanth, NZ has got it pretty easy at the moment. But we need to build up our capital (financial, societal and human) against what I reckon is going to be a very long and protracted downturn.

                  • Lanthanide

                    Yes, definitely.

                    Which is what pisses me off that we’ve had another 3 years of no real progress towards this. Although having said that, Labour’s 2011 election platform was quite compromised and had some really stupid policies in it (like borrowing to contribute to the cullen fund).

                • Enough is Enough

                  So does that mean the National Government, compared to every other government governing during this era, is doing a realtivley good job?

                  • Lanthanide

                    I was specifically replying to your point here:
                    “Why is it that New Zealand is stuck in this never ending recession. Everywhere you look people are miserable. Yet the rest of the world charges on.”

                    You made no mention of the National government. You say that NZ is somehow worse-off than other western countries. The evidence doesn’t support your contention.

            • Poission 10.2.2.3.1.2

              There is a deep underlying structural change that seems to be emerging,the change in consumer behaviour,as evident in paying down debt,and saving more.

              The lack of both trust and confidence in the financial market,and corporates ( with over paid executives and benefits such as share issues etc) has decreased the option of risk.

              http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-mattress-trap/2012/10/01/2bd72c96-0425-11e2-9b24-ff730c7f6312_story.html?tid=pm_business_pop

              • aerobubble

                There two ways to get exec salaries down, force them to take a pay cut, or print lots of money and inflate them to nothing.

        • Fortran 10.2.2.4

          E is E

          the figure of 7.8% is only the registered unemployed. Many others have not bothered to register.

          • aerobubble 10.2.2.4.1

            Given the amount of calls on value disconnected from the real economy is it any surprise that many can sit out the employment market, I mean simple put the great three decade run is over, many are not eligible for unemployment benefit. Romney said with some relish that unemployment is much higher than the nominal figures because they weren’t in the official figures. Some how that is ‘good’, that the western world economy is so disconnected (and growing), when even the wannabee President has no idea of the real crisis at the heart of the his economy? That the end of cheap oil makes the value assessments, that saw many accrue much wealth (not just the top 1%), being shredded in value as they speak. What is printing money!

      • David H 10.2.3

        New Zealand is stuck in this recession because the National government is sitting on it’s hands, twiddling it’s thumbs, staring at it’s navel, Letting the market forces do it and has been for quite a while. And its NOT working.

        • TightyRighty 10.2.3.1

          Yes it is, manufacturing jobs are on the rise again. The Household saving rates are increasing which means the capital is there to fund future growth without having to borrow it from offshore. I would say the National government is doing an amazing job given the difficult worldwide conditions. Every nation that is “doing something” as i’m sure you want the nats to is rolling backwards. Aussie included.

          • insider 10.2.3.1.1

            If you can afford it it’s a great time to invest in plant to boost productivity, because it will only get more expensive if Labour and the Greens are put in charge of the Xerox machine.

          • mike e 10.2.3.1.2

            Household savings is bullshit just like the rest of your argument the banks aren’t lending or giving repayment holidays !
            So you make it into a little lie just like blinglish!
            Not even original!
            Lunchtime.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.2.3.2

          This National government is not sitting on its hands doing nothing. It’s quite actively undermining our economy so that it’s cheaper to sell.

          • David H 10.2.3.2.1

            Sorry. Yes you are right there. But they are still picking lint out of their navels.

      • Dr Terry 10.2.4

        As Montaigne explains, there are “a multitude of perspectives”. Sadly, as history will show Lanth, yours is one.

  11. captain hook 11

    these tories seem to think that workers are like specimens to be experimented on to see how much punishment they can take before they expire.
    and then get a new lot.

  12. Coolas 12

    “There’s no crisis in manufacturing”

    Sits in nicely with the motto of Planet Key: ‘War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

  13. red blooded 13

    These people are manipulative and disconnected from people who struggle with the outcomes of their decisions. Many of them are quite simply incompetent. We can’t kid ourselves and say that they won’t ever be back, though; history tells us that they will. Bolger was a bullshitter, Shipley et al were disasters; Muldoon (shudder) was a power-crazed bully… Guess what? The National Party didn’t implode; the general public swayed back towards them after a while, just as they are swaying back towards the left now (even though we have to be honest and admit that Labour is not exactly impressing with its prowess at present).

    Is Shearer going to the union-organised summit? If so, what actual policies will he be offering that are targeted at creating jobs? If he has some up his sleeve, he hasn’t been doing much of a job explaining them to the public.

    Plus, don’t let’s kid ourselves that people in the US and UK are feeling optimistic and empowered. They are being ground down and feeling pretty resentful and powerless right now. think about the student protests in England about the huge cuts to tertiary education funding. Those folk weren’t celebrating people-power, they were registering their despair and anger at policies they knew they weren’t able to change. And the Liberal Democrats are not exactly happy with the direction of the government that they are propping up. Will it go full term?

    I guess what I’m saying is that we have to keep it real. The Nats and their policies deserve criticism (and even contempt) but unrealistic predictions and unbacked assertions don’t do anyone any good. After all, that’s what we are criticising Key for! (See the discussion re Key’s erroneous claims and predictions.)

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Is Shearer going to the union-organised summit?

      Can someone please give us a confirmation on this?

      • Enough is Enough 13.1.1

        If he doesn’t, he should be replaced on Friday night

      • Te Reo Putake 13.1.2

        Shearer hasn’t been specifically invited and the summit is not intended to be a political talk fest. It is a meeting of union and industry leaders who recognise that there is a problem to be fixed.
         
        However, there are going to be some politicians on one of the panels:

        The political panel will feature Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, Labour’s finance spokesperson David Parker and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.
         
         
        And some industry heavyweights on another:
         
        The business panel will feature Peter Conway from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Nick Inskip from the Heavy Engineering Research Association, technology entrepreneur Selwyn Pellett, John Walley from the New Zealand Manufacturers & Exporters Association, and Hugh Whitaker of the University of Auckland.
         
         
        I’m told that other MP’s will be attending, as any member of the public can. I hear that one would be politician that will be attending is Colin Craig. That certainly lifts him in my estimation and might be an indicator that he intends to take an independent line from National on economic matters.
         

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.2.1

          Shearer hasn’t been specifically invited

          NB that’s exactly the same reason John Key used. Key also said he wouldn’t go even if he were invited. Would Shearer go if he were invited?

          I’m told that other MP’s will be attending, as any member of the public can.

          So Shearer can go to? Which would be better instead of (in addition to) Labour sending its no 3 man along.

          Shearer isn’t shy to be identified as being tight with a union initiative is he?

          • Te Reo Putake 13.1.2.1.1

            You’ve missed the point, CV. The organisers invited the economic spokespeople for the political parties who recognised that there is a crisis in manufacturing. NZF, Labour and the Greens fit that category, National and Act don’t. Norman and Peters are attending as part of their economic portfolio duties, not because they are party leader.

            • insider 13.1.2.1.1.1

              Really good way to get concensus when you only invite people who agree with you.

              • Te Reo Putake

                Yep, consensus is good. But would you invite a witchdoctor to attend your heart op, insider? Would you act on his advice, just to get consensus?
                 
                Tell you what, Insider, why don’t you attend? There will be seats available and you can chat with the businessmen and economists attending who do recognise that we have to do something and want to offer leadership. Honestly, they’re your kind of people, and they’re willing to make an effort. Why don’t you, as well?

                • insider

                  You already have a witchdoctor there – two in fact – peters and Norman. But they are your spiritual advisers so that’s ok then

    • r0b 13.2

      David Parker is representing Labour, I haven’t seen any report that Shearer is going.

      • insider 13.2.1

        So Shearer is snubbing unions and workers then

        • r0b 13.2.1.1

          If he said “he hasn’t been invited and wouldn’t go anyway” then he would, yes.

        • Te Reo Putake 13.2.1.2

          Hard to snub a meeting you haven’t been invited to, Insider, though Key managed to from his position of willful ignorance and thoughtless arrogance. Shearer would be welcomed, just like any other intelligent, caring MP who made the effort. But this is not a political meeting, its an industry do first and foremost.

          • insider 13.2.1.2.1

            This is not a political meeting except for Parker, Peters and Norman…who have been invited.

            • Te Reo Putake 13.2.1.2.1.1

              That’s right, Insider, it’s not a political meeting. But it has a political aspect, of course, which is why one of the panels was set up for politicians who recognise that there is a problem. National weren’t invited because they claim there is no problem*, so there would be no point having their economic spokesperson there.
               
              *Actually, National know there is a problem, but as they are active in making the problem worse, they have to lie about it.

              • insider

                The fact dissenting views are not welcome tells me this is just a political stunt aimed at headlines not understanding.

                • Lanthanide

                  “The fact dissenting views are not welcome tells me this is just a political stunt aimed at headlines not understanding.”

                  Dissenting views are already in the media. What difference does it make if they turn up to this meeting and say exactly the same things? How does that achieve anything, other than some bizarre semblance of ‘balance’ (like the teevee networks strive for).

                  • insider

                    Then stanadardistas can’t get on their high horse claim to have been snubbed. I don’t care who goes or the balance, but people here pretending to be angry at the PM non attendance is just more grandstanding. Which is ironic given the summit apparantly is not a political meeting.

                    Note that if the standard for an invite is not saying exactly the same as what has appeared in the media, why are Norman, Peters and Parker there?

                  • tsmithfield

                    Lanth, if this group is truly interested in change, don’t you think they would have invited the PM in order to at least attempt to influence his perspective on things, even if his view is contrary at them moment?

                  • felix

                    tsmithfield, with most PMs I would absolutely agree with you.

                    The current child in office, however, has already shown us that he doesn’t read reports, doesn’t take note of briefings, can’t concentrate on powerpoint presentations, and any info that miraculously gets through his soft little skull is immediately forgotten on leaving the room anyway.

                    So seriously, what would be the point?

                    (Actually for purely political reasons they probably should have invited him just so he could say ‘no’, so there’s that. But as it turned out he went one further all by his little self with his ‘didn’t want to play with you anyway’ sneer so there’s that too.)

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Check the invite list and re-read my comments above. A wide range of views will be represented, including ones close to your own.

                  • insider

                    But there has been a deliberate (and political IMO) decision to not invite a significant part of the political debate to take part. How can you claim a wilful snub when you went out of your way not to invite that segment?

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      It’s an easy claim to substantiate when the PM says he wouldn’t go anyway. That’s a snub. National had already made clear that they didn’t think there was a problem, so there is no point having them there at all, so the organisers asked the people from industry and politics who do give a flying one about NZ instead.
                       
                      And, just to remind you, it wasn’t party leaders who were invited, it was economic spokespeople. So it wasn’t Key that didn’t get an invite, it was Joyce.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Nope. National have said that there is nothing to debate. They have nothing to contribute, so they have been sensibly left off the invite list.

                    • insider

                      Hang on, National deliberately weren’t invited. that is a snub. And it came first in the sequence. So while the PM may have been petulent, he hardly snubbed you.

                      Note Parker is not ‘economic’ speaker for Labour Cunliffe is. Why is Cunliffe not there? He’s not been snubbed has he?

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Parker is the finance spokesperson. Cunliffe is the associate finance spokesperson. Parker is the senior, so he got the invite. Cunliffe may well be there in the audience anyway as he is spokesperson for the related economic development portfolio.

                    • insider

                      Cunliffe is Economic Development as is joyce, so it should have been English you snubbed. Norman is not finance either he’s Economy. Peters is anything and everything so not a hard choice :-) .

                      A rumour monger might think you don’t want Cunliffe at the top table….

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      And a fish monger might think you smell funny, Insider. Who’s ‘you’, by the way? I’m not organising the meeting, I’m going off the press release. You’re just going off.
                       
                      No National Minister has been snubbed. They are of the opinion that there is no crisis, so they had nothing to contribute to a summit about protecting and creating jobs. The PM is welcome to attend, as are you and any other interested kiwi, but his response was to stick two fingers up at those who do care about NZ’s future.
                       
                      John Key: Relentless Focus on Jobs (at Warner Bros).

                    • insider

                      Sorry TRP, but you seemed to be speaking with great authority as to who had been invited and why, who might be in the audience, availabilty of seats etc. I never saw any reference to a non invite to Joyce you referred to in any of the material.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Apart from all the clever side stepping bullshit excuses of “Shearer wasn’t invited” and “it’s not Shearer’s portfolio anyway it’s Parker’s” Labour better wake the fuck up.

                      Sending your Leader along to an event like this sends a strong message to the manufacturing sector and to the unions organising the event.

                      NOT sending your Leader along to an event likewise sends a strong message to the manufacturing sector and to the unions organising the event.

                      WAKE UP

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Oh, bullshit, CV. Nobody is ‘sending’ or ‘not sending’ anyone. The organisers sent invites to appropriate people to sit on the panels, mainly industry leaders, not politicians. Anyone can go and take a seat in the audience. I take it you’ll be going yourself? Y’know, coz you’re not a hypocritical poseur, posting from your wife’s parents mansion about matters that don’t affect you in the least, because you can afford to not get a job. Sheeesh, man! Has it not occurred to you that joining in with the righties bagging the meeting makes you look a bourgeois tool?

                    • insider

                      Did you not hear cv? It’s not a political event ;-)

                      One of the rare times I agree with you though. Kumbayah anyone?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hey TRP ignore the optics then, I don’t give a shit.

                      And yes, when I’m Great Leader, I’ll make sure to turn up to this kind of important shit, and doubly so if I’m getting $210K pa to do so.

      • David H 13.2.2

        Oh Joy whats wrong this time? Is he thinking up another ‘roof painting beneficiary’ story for his fans?

  14. JK wants rid of unions, not to indulge them.
    JK is a Planet Hollywood© asset.
    Just watch the film and wake up.
     

  15. Stan 15

    To refuse to go you first have to be invited

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    Where is the “ambition” for New Zealand now?

    Key never had any ambition for NZ. His only ambition, as far as I can see, is to sell NZ out to the highest bidder and then retire to Hawaii.

    • marsman 16.1

      And Mr Potato Head Steven Joyce’s mantra is that the ‘economy needs to be more competitive.’ and I presume that’s voodoo-speak for lower wages and smashed Trade Unions or it’s just the ol’ neolib gibberish.

  17. red blooded 17

    So, getting back to the starting point; I think we can agree that the Nats’ employment policies are misguided and harmful (the latest, re-intruducing Youth Rates seems to me to even be unconstitutional, discriminating against a group of people based solely on their age), but I think it’s pushing it to say that JK’s non-attandance at an event he wasn’t invited to is an insult to unions and workers. Sure, he was petulant and disrespectful in his comments, but frankly it would have looked better all around if reps from ALL parties had been invited. It’s likely that some would have waived the opportunity to attend (and THAT might have shown disrespect), but it’s hard to have dialogue with power-holders if you exclude them from the conversation. What possible influence to the organisers expect to have when all the government needs to say is that they had a predetermined outcome in mind when they put together the invitation list?

    • Gosman 17.1

      It could be argued, (and indeed has), that abolishing the youth minimum wage caused increased levels of unemployment amongst youth and therefore was more detrimental to that group than having a temporary lower income.

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    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • 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
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
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