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Killing our kids

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, December 10th, 2012 - 79 comments
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Over at Stuff Ben Heather is reporting on the Children’s Social Health Monitor and the chilling fact that, in the last five years, 600 Kiwi children have died from poverty related causes.

Jacinda Adern makes it very clear what the cause is:

Let’s be clear, poverty is making our children sick. Now more than ever the Government needs to focus on reducing poverty rates. Until it does, we will all pay the price.

Adern is right, but it’s an indictment of our political discourse and the willful denial of the right that such a comment would even need to be made. Of course poverty is the problem (this will not, I suspect, prevent the usual right-wing punditry suspects from trying to undermine the CSHM – shooting the messenger is about all they’ve got left).

As a social democrat I believe it is the responsibility of the government to ensure full employment and, failing that, a decent quality of life for those who can’t work or can’t find work (note: while “decent” is subjective I think we can all agree that it doesn’t included 600 dead children). This government however, seems firmly of the opinion that intervening to lower the unemployment rate distorts the labour market.

While I disagree with this belief in a natural rate of unemployment I can understand how the market-minded folk can believe in it. Where that stupid turns to evil, however, is when the government starts abdicating responsibility for the people who are left workless by this policy setting and even blames and attacks them for not having a job. It’s kind of like a game of musical chairs where the government takes away six percent of the chairs and then vilifies anyone who’s not sitting down when the music stops.

The question is, what do we do about it? Well, first of all there needs to be a set of triage policies. These are about alleviating the worst poverty as quickly as possible and include things like rasing benefit levels, providing emergency housing, and getting food into low decile schools. Then there’s a whole lot of longer-term stuff like increasing state housing in the long term, making early childhood education and tertiary education more available (right now a student allowance is $180 and a student loan is $160 – that’s not much more than the average room rental in many university cities), and implementing civilised employment law so that work is actually a way out of poverty.

None of these policies are politically unusual in a historical or international context. Indeed it was policies like this that created New Zealand’s middle-class in the first place (and, I’d note, gave our Prime Minister the opportunities he’s grasped so enthusiastically). It’s an indictment on us as a nation that we’ve allowed thirty years of free market short-termism make such sensible policies seem so politically difficult.

The good news is I think that tide is turning. Let’s hope it does so quick enough to stop the next 600 deaths.

79 comments on “Killing our kids”

  1. karol 1

    Thanks for drawing attention to this, Irish.  There’s an excellent and practical 3 days of action coming up in Onehunga starting today, as Anthony posted about yesterday.

    Auckland Action Against Poverty and other northern advocates will coalesce outside of Work and Income Onehunga this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to work with beneficiaries in the Onehunga Community to ensure they get the support that is rightfully theirs, says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Sarah Thompson.

    And a lunchtime rally at parliament tomorrow, 1pm.

    • Colonic Wiper 1.1

      What a big Yawn, another rally, yeah ha.

      You know, Labour could probably get a look in, in 2014 , if there was someone in it with some plan that actually looked like it might solve these heinous issues. Im a parent , pretty engaged in the community and put a lot of time out there on mainly sporting stuff. But I dont see anyone I can trust that will actually solve any of this stuff. I see plenty of people trying to use this aguish for political advanatge.

      As a nation if we think that this current bunch of Curran, Mallard, Peters, Little , Dyson etc etc have any clue at all (or actually any truthful desire) on how to go about restoring this nation we are fuking dreaming and we deserve what we get.

      No doubt polies will use this issues to get in, but once they are in, these issues will be conviently forgotten and slight progress will be defended whilst they go off and champion their chardonnay causes. The thing is I actually the average Kiwi is waking up to this.

      • karol 1.1.1

        I agree that I would like to see stronger policies to tackle poverty – especially ones that tackle the way things are measured, taxation, job availability, income fairness etc –  I like the Greens ideas about changing the focus of income, poverty measurement and contributions to society as well as other policies.

        I would like to see Labour give a higher profile to policies tackling poverty.

        I like the way Mana is getting in there along side campaigners for state housing (which includes people from the affected communities), and the way the AAAP, is getting in their and engaging with beneficiaries on the issues – as can be seen with this week’s action in Onehunga.

        The rally at parliament is to put more pressure on political parties in parliament – part of doing something to get politicians to produce and promote relevant policies.

        All that is contributing as much, if not more as your participating in local sports activities – which is also an important part of community building, but not sufficient on its own. 

        • Colonic Wiper 1.1.1.1

          My community activities are very light, I do not have a lot of spare time, my life is mainly work and family, I only put that out there as I do try to help. I am also not trying to dampen down your stuff either Karol, but why would anyone who is truly upset by what is happening with some of our kids vote for any party. None of them have any idea or actually anybody with leadership and knowledge that even looks like they could show some wisdom and direction for NZ. Untill this happens we will continue to kepp re-arranging the deck chairs every three years and change the colours of the banners.

          • karol 1.1.1.1.1

            Well, I must say I also am somewhat despondent about the state of our opposition parties.  But I don’t see that as a reason to give up.  

            From today’s street campaigners and party activists will come tomorrow’s leaders. 

        • muzza 1.1.1.2

          Hi Karol,

          As I have stated a number of tims here, the only policy that can make any difference to the policies/conversations that follow is.

          Control over the monetary supply et al!

          Until any politician or political party is openly and with menace, taking action about auditing the books, the RBNZ/OoDM and their ownership status, the foreign debt and so on, NZ is heading in the same direction, at an ever accelerating pace as we are currently witnessing.

          There can/will be NO other outcomes accept more misery, poverty, and what I have referred to as genocidol tactics of those who are meant to not only represent us, but actually care, people are dying, the country is dying, and the policies are targeted!

          In the USA before the elections, the talk was all about jobs, and as soon as it was over, its all about war and debt once again!

          The LP are currently being deliberately imploded which will most likely allow the NACT to have a 3rd term. If this happens, it will be the end of the LP, and the Greens will, as so desired by the puppet masters become the leading opposition party. It will not lead to what people would expect it to become.

          Where is the change coming from, CW is correct!

          RIP NZ

  2. As a social democrat I believe it is the responsibility of the government to ensure full employment and, failing that, a decent quality of life for those who can’t work or can’t find work (note: while “decent” is subjective I think we can all agree that it doesn’t included 600 dead children).

    Me too, and this government doesn’t appear even to recognise that fairly basic responsibility. That said, if you have third-generation wasters turning out four or five kids apiece, you’re going to get an increasing number of dead kids – that’s a given, and not something the govt can do much about unless it turns authoritarian on us. Same goes for having a low-paid job and a dozen kids – poverty will be your lot, and the cause of it is inside your underwear, not Parliament. These two factors provide cover for the current government to avoid its responsibility. Perhaps the next Labour government could recognise these factors but not use them as cover to avoid its responsibility? That would constitute an improvement.

    • One Tāne Viper 2.1

      Yes, the symptom is the cause. It’s the wasters causing poverty-related child deaths.

      Cognitive dissonance much?

    • bad12 2.2

      There’s two questions begging to be asked of your little two faced rant,(a), please define for me and those who will read your comment exactly what or who in your opinion is a ”third generation waster”, and (b), possibly in breach of the rules and inviting a spanking may i inquire as to the name behind the user-name you choose, might it be Dick Head….

      • IrishBill 2.2.1

        Thirty years of neoliberalism has created a lot of broken people. Milt’s right about that. But how do you deal with it? My inclination would to have a specific targeted policy of high-level state support. That said I’m no expert on social work but I assume there’s a whole lot of stuff that has been shown results overseas. I don’t think Milt’s “wasters” are irreparable.

        • bad12 2.2.1.1

          Central to the Neo-liberal economic ism is that in an economy that embraces such there WILL be unemployment of those able and willing to work of between 2 and 6%,

          That is a central tenet of the ism and thus ‘the wasters’ as described above are a deliberate creation of those Governments who are adherents to that particular economic ism,

          While we have ‘anyone’ supposedly a supporter of the left who see this creation of unemployment en masse in actual human terms as ‘those wasters’ there really cannot be any way that such poverty which underlies the deliberate creation of this unemployment will be alleviated,

          In terms of the damage done and economics it is of little consequence whether the person so made unemployed by the central tenet of the ism,(2-6% inbuilt unemployment),is the third generation of any particular family that such damage is being done to,

          The damage will and does still occur be it inter-generational or not….

        • Psycho Milt 2.2.1.2

          please define for me and those who will read your comment exactly what or who in your opinion is a ”third generation waster”…

          I suspect you know as well as I do what a “waster” is, and the thing about people is they’re self-replicating so “third-generation” ought also to be clear enough. As Irish Bill puts it, 30 years of neo-liberalism has created a lot of broken people. They’re the ones who are incapable of raising children in an environment that doesn’t feature neglect and violence because they’ve no experience of such an environment themselves. They’re also early and prolific reproducers and not much given to reading publicity material about foetal alcohol syndrome, hence the growth in the problem. I also agree that these people aren’t irreparable (for instance, the Dim Post last year linked to a pretty good repair programme), but the repairs involve intensive and expensive intervention. National’s support base would never wear the expense, and Labour’s support base would never wear the intervention. Personally I think it’s gone on too long for the govt to be able to make a serious dent in it.

          • bad12 2.2.1.2.1

            My view is that as in many cases you have formed a view aided by both the media and politicians which is a worse case scenario you and other’s of your ilk have then transferred in your minds as the template of all beneficiaries,

            Sure there are as you call them ‘wasters’ among the mass of those reliant upon benefits, they are in fact realists who understand that in the game of ‘winners and losers’ which is another core tenet of the Neo-liberal economic ism they are in fact ‘the losers’,

            While loath to speak of beneficiaries in the abstract, to understand the economic implications of the current norm of beneficiary mistreatment it cannot be stated enough that unemployment in those country’s adhering to the ism is that 2-6% of those willing and able to work WILL BE unemployed, not sometimes but all the time,

            This then makes the mistreatment of those unemployed all the more abhorrent and makes BULLSHIT of the view that the benefit system is a hand-up and not an entitlement mentality,

            There can under the auspices of the current economic ism only be X amount of jobs in the economy, this number of jobs in the economy WILL be short by 2-6% with regards the number of those willing and able to work,

            It therefor becomes dense, dumb, and, stupid to focus on any particular group from within beneficiary numbers as ‘wasters’, because in basic numerology it doesn’t take a f**king brain-surgeon to work out that for one of your so called wasters to become employed, among the employed someone has to become unemployed and presumably in your and others minds ‘a waster…

            • Psycho Milt 2.2.1.2.1.1

              My view is that as in many cases you have formed a view aided by both the media and politicians which is a worse case scenario you and other’s of your ilk have then transferred in your minds as the template of all beneficiaries,

              And you’re as entitled to your view as anyone else. But having asked for a definition of “wasters” and received one, you then proceed to ignore it and rail against your favoured straw man instead – which is understandable because it’s a much easier job, but it’s not without issues in the relevance department.

    • Jackal 2.3

      I would really like to see some evidence that shows poor people having large families is causing child poverty Psycho Milt? As far as I can tell it’s a complete fantasy promoted by right wing bigots.

      The statistics that show more children are born into lower decile areas simply means more woman live in low decile areas. Could this be because woman earn less than men and usually have their children before they’re 35, meaning they’re poorer because of how society is structured? Wouldn’t that mean woman who are having kids are more likely to live in poorer areas?

      By posing the question of whether the government should get more authoritarian, you’re basically arguing for interference in people’s reproductivity. This is against not just New Zealand laws, but international laws as well.

      Let’s define ‘third-generation wasters’ shall we… Could you be describing poor people who have been impacted by Rogernomics and Ruthenasia whereby they couldn’t find good employment and welfare was cut to the bone? What about globalization whereby New Zealand lost thousands of jobs to overseas sweatshops, and the current National governments neoliberalism that has caused the fastest increase in inequality we’ve ever seen, and the fastest increase in inequality of all countries measured.

      Are these things to blame at all for the 200,000 or so children growing up in abject poverty Psycho Milt? Even when poor people are having kids they cannot afford, why shouldn’t the state ensure those kids are housed, fed, educated and clothed properly? That’s where the problem really is, the government is not looking after Kiwi kids properly. There’s currently inadequate welfare, perhaps even to attempt to inhibit poor people from procreating. Such racially targeted policy is obviously not working, and only causes hardship and misery.

      Why shouldn’t financially poor people be allowed to have children if they want to Psycho Milt? Especially considering New Zealanders aren’t having enough children to replenish our numbers with. Instead we need to have an extensive immigration policy, which is expensive and doesn’t resolve the main issues New Zealand is facing. Why not spend that money on fixing the numerous policies that have utterly failed the poorest children in New Zealand?

      So that’s the choice, inhibit New Zealanders from having children and increase immigration or ensure all children have quality of life through effective policy… And personally I’m with Winston on this one.

        • karol 2.3.1.1

          Actually, you best constrain your glee because those sources don’t show the causal link you seem to imply.  The ones from the UK government try to show that reducing tax incentives to low income people having more children, will help to decrease poverty.

          A middle link from 1912 (hardly intensive research into the causes), just shows poorer families have more children.

          The last link shows a fairly complex causal relationship, related to changes in dominant family structures, and associating single mothers as being more likely to be in poverty & more likely to have a larger number of children per mother.  It says:

          If the apparent strength of the link between poverty and family structure seems obvious, its nature is less clear. For example, having a child before getting married is associated with an increased likelihood of poverty. However, living in poverty also raises the likelihood of nonmarital childbearing. In addition, decisions about work, marriage, and childbearing are increasingly disconnected.

          • Populuxe1 2.3.1.1.1

            The link is still obvious even if the nature isn’t clear

            • McFliper 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Sounds profound, until the “nature” that isn’t clear is whether A causes B or the other way around.

              • Populuxe1

                I expect that they feed into each other like some ourouberotic synergy – in many cases it will have been going on so long it’s chicken and egg. However if I put myself in the situation, I know that on my limited income I wouldn’t be wanting to pop out kids. Intuition tells me that large families cause poverty, but of course the idealistic idealogues here won’t countenance that even if it might offer some sort of pragmatic solutions to the problem. Regardless of which comes first, it doesn’t change the fact that smaller families are more financially sustainable.

                • McFliper

                  Apart from the fact that the data doesn’t compare those living below a fraction of median per member household income, but overall median household income.
                         
                  For some reason, we pay more parents of 3+ child families a poverty wage than we pay parents of <3 child families.
                               
                  I’d tend to look for systemic causes, myself.

            • QoTViper 2.3.1.1.1.2

              Murders and icecream consumption both go up at the same times of year! The link is obvious. Icecream makes you homicidal.

      • Psycho Milt 2.3.2

        I would really like to see some evidence that shows poor people having large families is causing child poverty Psycho Milt?

        “A” cause of child poverty, not “causing child poverty.” If you’re having trouble with the idea, do the maths: two kids and wages around $30,000 gross pa, vs eight kids and wages around $30,000 gross pa. Which kids are more likely to experience child poverty?

        Also, thanks for providing a detailed illustration of “Labour’s support base wouldn’t wear the intervention” in 2.2.1.2 above.

        • Jackal 2.3.2.1

          Who are you calling Labours support base Psycho Milt? I support the Greens and always have.

          I also disagree that just throwing your hands up and going; “Oh well, the problem is so big now that there’s no point in the government doing anything” is about as pathetic as it gets.

          The problem of child poverty in New Zealand has been caused by consecutive governments as bad12 so succinctly points out, and it needs to be resolved through government intervention.

          Doing things like ensuring welfare dependent families have a good house to live in might be an expensive policy direction, but it’s far less expensive than the cost to our health system from doing nothing.

          • Populuxe1 2.3.2.1.1

            But then why should welfare families get help that the working poor don’t… And thus it starts. The sense of entitlement is a fallacy, but it’s a deeply entrenched one.

          • Psycho Milt 2.3.2.1.2

            Yeah, OK – that would more accurately read “the support base of a Labour/Green coalition government would never wear the intervention.”

            …throwing your hands up and going; “Oh well, the problem is so big now that there’s no point in the government doing anything” is about as pathetic as it gets.

            That was in reference to what a govt might do about the Lumpenproletariat who keep Micael (no ‘h’) Laws in newspaper columns, not what a govt might do about poverty. As I said, no NZ govt’s support base would stand for the expense and level of intervention necessary to make headway on reducing that population. What to do about poverty is a broader issue and yes, it includes stuff like a state housing programme.

  3. You_Fool 3

    And our dear leader is blaming “cultural practices” for these deaths… apparently it is the fault of “the Polynesians” because they cram too many people into homes, not because of anything the government does or does not do, but because they are savages and don’t know any better….

    I guess Irishbill was wrong, no attacking the CSHM, good old fashioned racist excuses….

    • Populuxe1 3.1

      Well, if we look at the living conditions of the poor in Victorian England, the situation was very much the same – overcrowding of substandard housing not designed for the numbers. On those grounds I don’t think you can simply write that off as racism.

      • karol 3.1.1

        There is a long recognised pattern: people living in poverty tend to have more children.  It’s a response to poverty not a cause.  It does tend to make sense as people in poverty tend to die younger.  Infant mortality rates are higher.

        When the majority of a population are lifted out of poverty, they tend to have less children. Providing education, especially to females helps break the poverty cycle.

        So the solution is to attack poverty, not people with limited circumstances, who are struggling to get by from day-to-day. 

        • Jackal 3.1.1.1

          There is a long recognised pattern: propaganda has made many people believe that poor people have more children than rich people. This is entirely untrue, for the reasons stated above.

          • McFliper 3.1.1.1.1

            Entirely untrue?
            Not inconsistent with the Children’s Social Health Monitor:

            In New Zealand during 1984–2011, child poverty rates for households with three or more children were consistently higher than for those with one or two children

            Chart here.
                  
            Now whether procreating more creates poverty as opposed to poor people procreate more, fair argument. But don’t forget to occasionally check reality when you make statements about what is true or false.

            • Jackal 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes! Having more children does currently increase poverty for families that are already struggling, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether poor people have more children on average than rich people does it McFliper?

              I think the opposite is true, that many poor people are choosing not to have children because they cannot afford it… And would really like to see some evidence that shows poor people are “breading for a benefit” before I believe something usually promoted by right wing bigots!

              • McFliper

                Personally I think this debate is confusing “have” (give birth) and “have” (care for as part of family), as well as assuming that anyone who suggests that poor people have higher birth rates is saying that they’re doing it for the DPB income.
                             
                But you’re hell-keen to assume the worst possible interpretation was intended, J.

                • Jackal

                  Well spotted, the worst possible interpretation was implied, and has been regularly used by right wingers to do nothing about the child poverty problem. “It’s all their fault because they decided to have children when they couldn’t afford them” doesn’t particular sit well with my sense of fairness.

                  • McFliper

                    inferred by you. I suspect it was not implied by Karol.
                           
                    Your sense of fairness is all well and good, but refusal to accept reality is a tory trait, not left wing. Hell, half the fun is trying to see whether attitudes and reality can mesh when tested. Personally, I think we are feeble-minded if we think we logically have to accept that the baby-factory meme matches reality. 
                         
                    The most obvious point being that if we want productive people funding us in our retirement (i.e. the 2050 superann panic-mongering) we need a lot more productive 40y.o. around. Secondly, children are the most productive investment society can make, so why are we punishing over-achievers? 

                    • karol

                      Right McFliper, I certainly have never implied or argued that having more children causes poverty – my argument is the opposite. If jackal can show me evidence to the contrary I’ll happily reconsider, but I’m tired today and have other things to attend to rather than spending my time chasing evidence that seems like a bit of a side issue to me.  

                      Of course having more children means more mouths to feed,  but it also means more potential income earners.  Also, having children is often not a rational decisions, and few look at the wider social/economic context before conceiving.

                      My concern is the way individuals are blamed for their impoverished circumstances. The main underlying cause is systemic inequalities, and difficulties in acquiring enough income to survive given the relevant costs of living.  And the fact that the proportion in poverty changes over time according to the social and economic system, points to the influence of the wider framework of society.

                    • Jackal

                      McFliper

                      I think we are feeble-minded if we think we logically have to accept that the baby-factory meme matches reality.

                      It’s not about being feeble minded McFliper, it’s about an excuse to do nothing about child poverty that’s wrong, shared by many New Zealanders and that governments often pander to. That’s why we get policy that’s specifically targeting at DPB mothers for instance to try and stop them having kids. That’s why we get the veritable shit-load of abuse directed at beneficiaries who are treated as societies scape-goats.

                      If they (and it’s predominantly right wingers) don’t have an excuse in the form of the statistics that karol is trying to defend, they have less ability to promote hatred towards beneficiaries.

                      The opposite also applies, if the falsehood of poor people having more children than rich people is promoted, then governments have an effective tool to divide and rule. Unfortunately beneficiary bashing gains votes. That’s one of the reasons both Labour and National has failed to for so long to remedy the issue of child poverty in New Zealand.

                      It’s of course mainly governmental policy that has created that social and financial divide, but it’s only through that division of society that such inequality has been allowed to continue to wreak havoc on many people’s lives. If people didn’t believe in hierarchical segregation, poverty would be far less of an issue.

                      karol

                      I certainly have never implied or argued that having more children causes poverty – my argument is the opposite. If jackal can show me evidence to the contrary I’ll happily reconsider.

                      You only need to have a look at how much a solo mother gets for each additional child to see that having more children for the poor increases their impoverishment. There’s already extensive financial disincentives for poor people to procreate… One of them is increased poverty.

                      Children cost money for families, but on the flip side not having enough children will also cost society as a whole. So I think you need to be a bit more clear.

                    • McFliper

                      We. You, me and others here at TS.
                                 
                      Why not take at face value the fact that kids in larger families have a higher risk of being in poverty? I would suggest that your denial of the evidence does us no good in the long run.
                               
                      If the only explanation for kids in larger families having a higher risk of living in poverty is “baby-factory”, then you and I are feeble minded. The fact is that larger families are indeed associated with poverty. But I don’t think it’s because people want to continue getting their DPB.
                           
                      I think it is a combination of factors, including things like relationship breakdowns leaving only one earner in the household, employment conditions meaning that flexibility required by parents is discriminated against, less access to primary healthcare for birth control, employment conditions that mean one median income is no longer enough to keep a family out of hardship, and so on.
                           
                      But if you want to keep desperately picking holes in some pretty robust datasets that have existed over relatively long periods of time, feel free. 

                    • Jackal

                      McFliper

                      Why not take at face value the fact that kids in larger families have a higher risk of being in poverty?

                      FFS! I’ve never argued otherwise McFliper. Talk about a straw man. I’ve argued that poor people don’t inherently have more kids than rich people… I’ve also provided a number of reasons why those statistics are wrong.

                      You’re actually conflating two issues here, the first one (did you even bother to read my last comment?) is that poor families that have a lot of children will have increased poverty because children cost money and incomes especially for the welfare dependent are inadequate… The other is that poor people don’t have more children per person compared to rich people. These are two separate things that only a feeble mind would not be able to differentiate between.

                      You cannot compare men, old woman and children who cannot have children with woman of a breeding age to give any relevant findings to show incomes related to birth rates… And that’s exactly what the evidence karol provides does McFliper… Therefore it’s inherently wrong!

                    • karol

                      jackal, the population pyramids I provided did not compare people of different ages the way you say.  A population pyramid compares changes in the same age groups, and separates males from females.  The bottom of the pyramid is the younger ages, the top is older ages.  

                      The changes over time indicate overall changes in the fertility rates of populations, showing, in wealthier countries, a tendency for less children to be born, and less children dying – people living longer.

                      People doing such reasearch which has shown similar results across a lot of different research over decades, have not been so lax as to leave the glaring hole in their research that you claim.

                      I’ve tried searching for the evidence on the survey you mention, if it’s so easily available, show it. Because there’s a load of files, and no easy way to sort thruogh it quickly. If you have evidence that contradicts the main thrust of a range of studies, show it.

                      But in the end, the issue is, too many children are living in poverty, and the solutions lie in providing more adequate incomes, less income inequality, and better access to living wages.

                    • Jackal

                      I’ve tried searching for the evidence on the survey you mention, if it’s so easily available, show it.

                      That makes no sense karol, the depravation index doesn’t account for how many woman are in each household. In New Zealand, the figures that show more children are born into impoverished areas are taken from the depravation index.

                      If I’m wrong, could you point to where the research in New Zealand defines woman of a breeding age in terms of their incomes and how many children they’re having? Because as far as I’m aware no research undertaken in New Zealand specifically shows this.

                      The researchers aren’t about to give a reason for why their research is irrelevant in terms of showing that poor people have more children per person than rich people are they? You’re saying they should rule out people incorrectly using the statistics in various ways… Ludicrous!

                      But in the end, the issue is, too many children are living in poverty, and the solutions lie in providing more adequate incomes, less income inequality, and better access to living wages.

                      Yes! And one of the ways of achieving that is to reduce the publics incorrect beliefs that inhibit governments from making the changes that are required.

                      Anyway I’m going around in circles here and have explained my argument a number of times. You’re welcome to carry on believing that poor people have more children per person than rich people if you like karol… I’ll continue to think you’re wrong!

                    • lprent []

                      You can download stats information from the census down to the meshblock (approx 200 households) that you can use to look at most of the types of data that you’re interested in. The deprivation index is one of those datums, there are others giving average incomes per household, number of adults, number of children, education levels etc etc. It has been a while since I looked at it and it is pretty late…

                      The stats data is getting pretty stale now as it is from 2006. But there is certainly more than enough there to allow inference of statistical significance in the areas you’re interested in between meshblocks if not within them. Just apply a good stats package to the data, which from memory comes as csv and xls.

                    • McFliper

                      jackal,

                      you’re tying yourself up in knots of irrelevancy.


                      You’re actually conflating two issues here, the first one (did you even bother to read my last comment?) is that poor families that have a lot of children will have increased poverty because children cost money and incomes especially for the welfare dependent are inadequate…

                      But we’re not talking about gradations of poverty, just a single threshold “poor” or “not poor”. Especially when you recycle the term “welfare dependent”. Beneficiaries are most likely already poor.


                      The other is that poor people don’t have more children per person compared to rich people.

                      Source? Oh, wait, you’ve just spent a number of comments arguing that the source to identify your conjecture as “fact” doesn’t exist. So whenever tories say “baby factory” you can’t demonstrate that they’re wrong.

          • karol 3.1.1.1.2

            Do you have evidence of that Jackal? Because all the evidence I’ve seen indicates a relationship between poverty and increased fertility.  

            Your argument is confusing.  On the one hand you seem to agree with this  but say it’s because more women are on low incomes.  Then you say the relationship between poverty and increased fertility doesn’t exist.

            The relationship can be seen in the different population pyramids of relatively poor and wealthy countries. 

            • Jackal 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Let me explain again karol… The child poverty rates are for households, and shows there are more children born into poverty because there are simply more impoverished woman than rich woman of child bearing age living in low decile areas. The survey does not properly distinguish.

              Claiming that financially poor woman have on average more children than financially rich woman based on the NZ Household Economic Survey is entirely wrong! This is because the survey doesn’t define how many woman of child bearing age live in low decile areas. It’s a household survey that doesn’t define the makeup of the people living in each house.

              It’s likely that more woman of child bearing age live in low decile areas (household incomes below the median) because they earn less. The survey also compares older richer woman who can no longer have children with younger woman of child bearing age. This is such an obvious flaw in the research, I sometimes wonder if it has been done on purpose.

              The NZ Household Economic Survey is an incorrect way to show whether financially poor woman have on average more children than financially rich woman because a) there are more financially poor woman of child bearing age in low decile areas b) there are more financially poor woman of child bearing age than there are financially rich woman of child bearing age c) the survey compares rich old men and other irrelevant cohorts with woman of child bearing age.

              I’m not sure how extrapolating the argument to other countries helps your argument karol?

              • karol

                I’m talking about a recognised pattern that happens across countries, jackal.  Are you arguing that NZ is an exception?  Especially if, as you argue, the ways this is measured in NZ is inadequate?

                And, can you please link to the relevant specific stats you refer to.
                 

                • Jackal

                  I’m pretty sure you can find the NZ Household Economic Survey and NZDep2006 Index of Deprivation karol and comprehend the flaws I have highlighted.

                  • karol

                    Jackal, you are making the assertions – if you don’t want to back them up, fine.  I’ve supported my assertions.  I have other things to do with my time right now.

                    • Jackal

                      I have to back up my assertions, many of which are already well known facts ie woman are paid less than men, young woman especially and the NZDep2006 Index of Deprivation doesn’t specifically look at how many woman live in each area? C’mon karol.

                      That survey like all the others I’m aware of in New Zealand looks at household incomes, households that can be made up of any combination of family dynamics.

                      Do I really need to waste my time looking these things up for you just because they don’t support your argument that in Aotearoa poor people have on average more children than rich people?

                      Your argument for this is nothing more than a statistical error karol, and there’s currently no further investigation into that error that I can highlight for you.

            • Populuxe1 3.1.1.1.2.2

              Quite the opposite – biologically, poverty is more likely to reduce female fertility, however culturally, where there are high incidences of infant mortality, large families are encouraged.

              • karol

                I think you are confusing “fertility” rate measured by number of children per couple, with “fecundity” measured by physical capabilities related to reproduction.

                • Populuxe1

                  I wasn’t using the words in their scientific sense and in idiomatic English they mean exactly the same thing.

                  • karol

                    Well, then we are agreed.  You disagreed with something I said about fertility, but you meant something different from the way I  was using it.

      • You_Fool 3.1.2

        But that is what John Key is doing… apparently it is a racial/cultural thing….

      • Dr Terry 3.1.3

        Populuxe. It is not necessarily “racism”; it is an “evil”.

  4. bad12 4

    Poverty in New Zealand has been built up over recent history in a deliberate fashion, i would like to think that Labour have a definitive plan for it’s next term in Government to reduce substantially the rates of poverty among New Zealand children but hold out little hope that this will occur unless Labour are forced to do so by a partner in any particular coalition agreement,

    Mouldoon introduced the imposition of income tax on all welfare benefits thus directly cutting those benefits,

    The Lange Government refused to remove the taxation of those benefits while Sir(spit)Roger Douglas began the demolition of the New Zealand manufacturing and industrial base thus ensuring there was one hell of a lot more people receiving them,

    Richardson(puke) and Shiply(vomit) in the Bolger Government directly cut all welfare benefits by a further 20 dollars a week thus deepening the pool of those living in poverty,

    The Clark Government refused to reverse those 20 dollar a week cuts to welfare benefits thus ensuring the marginalization of those reliant upon a benefit,

    The Clark Government introduced the ‘Working for Families’ tax credit and refused to allow those most in need, the tax paying welfare beneficiaries with children to be part of this largesse saying that not having those with children receiving a welfare benefit able to access this tax credit would encourage them to get a job,

    That’s child poverty in New Zealand, deliberately built upon the bad decisions of a series of Governments with both National and Labour exhibiting the same attitude to beneficiaries, while most of those previous Governments have instituted economic changes that have deliberately lowered the number of those employed in the economy,

    As what might be the ‘unintended consequences’ of the economic stupidity exhibited by Governments over the past 30-40 years a major change has also occurred in the allocation of State owned rental accommodation, which allocated on a needs basis is now as a majority of occupancy the preserve of those beneficiaries, themselves a product of the various Governments of the past 30-40 years economic mismanagement,

    Prior to the radicalization of economic changes the Housing New Zealand stock had as it’s major tranche of tenants ‘the working poor’ with those earning the least given priority, in today’s world that same cohort of workers at or just above the minimum wage are now reliant upon the private sector for accommodation, the difference being a 25% of income paid to the state and a 50-60% of income paid to the private sector further building the cohort of those who live ‘in poverty’ as a direct result of Government action/inaction,

    A reasonably conservative estimate which defines in a dollar figure this poverty built with deliberation by Government which for the reasons stated above effects all those receiving benefits today,(even tho such Government action may have occurred 30 years ago), and, goes on to effect those who toil daily at or just above the minimum wage is the figure of negative 100-120 dollars a week for either group who are raising children….

  5. Fisiani 5

    The Children’s Social Monitor Update, released on Monday, said there were 780 fewer hospital admissions for “socio-economically sensitive medical conditions”, such as infectious and respiratory diseases, in 2011 than in 2010.

    With the wonderful insulation of thousands of homes and the rise in vaccinations and the push to end the scourge of children condemned to living in benefit dependent households the improvements of the last year will hopefully continue.

    • Dr Terry 5.1

      Fisiani, I hope you are right. I would like to know all the reasons for lower hospital admissions, of which there are probably several.

      • McFlock 5.1.1

        I love the way he tacked the bene-bashing onto the list of factors likely to have an effect on admissions. Now, which one is National’s policy again?

        • bad12 5.1.1.1

          Yes, if His above comment had the slightest iota of veracity all’s we would need do is stop paying anyone a benefit,

          That would fix poverty now wouldn’t it just…

      • bad12 5.1.2

        My understanding of the figures produced in that particular report are that for the year 2010-2011 there was a reduction in hospital admissions directly attributed by medical staff to be poverty related of 750,

        The figure if i heard correctly on news reports is that for the current year such admissions have risen by 5000,

        I would happily be proven wrong here…

    • McFliper 5.2

      Ha ha.
      Typical tory fanboy.
      Was your source was 40s into here?  
      Where Dr Craig finishes talking about 780 fewer in the past year, and finishes her sentence to say that we’re still 4,000 admissions higher than when the recession started?
               
      How to take shit out of context. 

  6. muzza 6

    A good write up IB.

    Perhaps someone can add to this by highlighting the link between poverty and our youth suicide rates.

    • Populuxe1 6.1

      I think that would be a reductive view to take on the tragedy of youth suicide – there are many many factors involved, and poverty is only one of them. I’d rather not try to harness the problem to ideology because it would only distort the broader problems.

      • muzza 6.1.1

        Indeed Pop…

        The reasons behind poverty will be in many cases, the same reasons behind the tragic youth suicide rates, for which NZ has lead the world in for so long.

        The links run deep, no question.

  7. None of this stuff called ‘poverty’ is due to ‘stupid’ policy, nor are there ‘unintended consequences’.
    Poverty is endemic in capitalist economies that are based on expropriating the wealth created by workers and accumulating it as the profits of the capitalists. The result is enrichment at one end and impoverishment at the other. Calling it ‘child poverty’ obscures the problem.
    All governments that manage capitalism, left right and centre, play this game, bullshit notwithstanding.
    Once people begin to realise that capitalism is the problem they can clear their heads and try to work out that there must be an alternative.
    Rosa Luxemburg posed it clearly before she was assassinated by the German Social Democrats in 1919.
    “Socialism or Barbarism”.
    And that was before the global climate meltdown.

    • Bastard Te Viper 7.1

      +1

      Poverty is a direct result of the way we distribute resources and that means that poverty must be a direct result of capitalism.

      • muzza 7.1.1

        And what sits at the heart of the capitalist system…

        The abilty to control/print money through the central banking systems

        Which then allows those who control the banks, to virtually, “own the planet”

        • dave brownz 7.1.1.1

          Bazza money is not the heart of the capitalist system.
          It is a means of exchange of value that is already created by labour in the process of production. It ‘represents’ value but does not have to have its own value (labor content) which is why it can be printed on paper.
          It is not even a good measure of value since devaluation or re-valuation means that it fluctuates around actual value.
          The critique of money as the ‘heart’ of capitalism leads to utopian arguments to reform money to measure true value and and hence equalise capitalism.
          Engels wrote a neat summary in his Intro to Marx critique of Proudhon -‘The Poverty of Philosophy’. http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/poverty-philosophy/pre-1885.htm
          The theoretical basis of his critique is spelled out in Part 1 of Vol 1 of Capital “Commodities and Money”. http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/

      • karol 7.1.2

        Exactly, BTV.  And, to add a point to the discussion with jackal above, having run out of reply buttons.  Fertility rates drop – less people being born, usually in direct relationship with the decline in infant mortality, and rise in adequate health care.  It seems that, when people no longer fear their children may not live to a ripe old age, they have more children.

        And adequate health care from cradle to grave, should be a service for all, as part of more equitable distribution of resources. 

        It’s unconscionable that we are seeing the return of diseases of poverty among low income NZ households. 

        • karol 7.1.2.1

          And for jackal above, I’m also not going to continue with this argument until you show me the evidence you’re talking about.  I have been talking about significant patterns shown internationally.  I don’t know why I should spend so much time having to look up your supporting evidence, which you don’t seem to be inclined to provide.

          You switched from talking about a household survey to talking about the NZ Deprivation index @6.39pm – and I’ve had a look.  

          jackal said:

          That makes no sense karol, the depravation index doesn’t account for how many woman are in each household. In New Zealand, the figures that show more children are born into impoverished areas are taken from the depravation index.
           
          If I’m wrong, could you point to where the research in New Zealand defines woman of a breeding age in terms of their incomes and how many children they’re having?  

          Actually, the deprivation index was a little easier to search on.  It turns out it’s based largely on data from the NZ census.  Yes it focuses on households, but it also differentiates households by income, family type (with dependent children, single parents, etc).

          And the census definitely provides statistics that differentiate age, gender etc.

          I’ve spent enough time searching. There’s certainly enough evidence to compare family sizes with income, gendering of adults in the household etc.  You still haven’t bothered to do any work in providing evidence to support your argument, and there’s plenty of indications you are not clear what you are talking about – eg the deprivation index is the original source of information, but the census.

  8. BM 8

    Labour will get slaughtered in the polls if they increase benefits.
    We probably have one of the most generous social welfare policies in the world.

  9. vto viped 9

    How much do New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses pay in usury to the banks and other private issuers of paper money?

    I think you may find that changing this area would release a magnificent flow of ‘resource’ which would probably pretty much put an end to the hardships which so many live in.

    When the average person cannot support their family on the minimum wage you know the fundamentals are way out of whack. A capable person who fulfils a useful place in society must surely be entitled to live without distress in that society. A society which does not do this is a sick society. Guess which we have.

    Sometimes I think our sunshine and beaches cloud the eyes of most New Zealanders ……..

  10. karol 10

    Onehunga Beneficiary Impact today: Voxy reports that the response from people requiring food grants was pretty saddening. 

    Over three quarters of the people we saw today needed a food grant in order to feed their family.

    One woman, Jane, had been working 18 hours per week but then her job dried up. Her husband has just found 15 hours of work but with three children to feed, his pay just won’t cut it. She was happy to walk away with a $150 food grant but she said what they really wanted was a job with regular full time hours.
     
    The same was true of Andrea, the mother of five children. Her husband earns $600 per week, but with five children and rent at $450, what’s left is not enough to keep them nourished. She too left with a food grant for $200. 

    • MrSmith 10.1

      And the reason there are no jobs is because we have a system where profit is the main goal, this system will continually see businesses looking for ways to cut costs/wages/jobs, so even though we possibly could all be kicking back on ten hours a week, some of us (not me) are doing 60+ hours just to get by and in the process inadvertently doing people out of jobs.

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    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Bartlett case means Govt must act on equal pay
    The Court of Appeal victory for Lower Hutt caregiver, Kristine Bartlett demonstrates that both the Government and employers have been ignoring and not fully implementing equal pay law, the Green Party said today.The Court of Appeal today upheld earlier rulings...
    Greens | 27-10
  • Rotorua shift for Maori TV a bizarre move
    The bizarre idea to move Maori TV to Rotorua is either poor planning or possible political interference that adds to the perception of a service in crisis, says Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare. “Moving Maori TV to Rotorua...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Second rate deal a no go – Goff
    A second rate deal on dairy in the TPP would totally contradict the agreed purpose of the Pacific trade agreement, Labour’s Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff says. “Both the origin of the trade negotiations and leaders’ statements on its objectives emphasise...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Legal victory a boost for all working women
    Today’s legal victory for equal pay is a much-needed boost for working women at a time when the Government is pushing through reforms which will make it harder for them to get pay rises, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney...
    Labour | 27-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • 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
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
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  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
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  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
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  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
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  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
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  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
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  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
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  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
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  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
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  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
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  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
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  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
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  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
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  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Public now needs to have its say over new tolls
    “I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’
    New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It's Our Future NZ. This is part of an international...
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming NZ First MP, Clayton Mitchell’s resignation from the Tauranga City Council, despite Party Leader Winston Peters' public comments in July that Mr Mitchell would do both jobs if elected to Parliament. The Union's...
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  • Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport
    Today Auckland Council released the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report which claims Aucklanders need to choose higher rates, petrol taxes or tolls to pay for future transport projects, when the real issue is the prioritisation of unnecessary...
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  • Fixing Auckland’s transport
    Today marks a critical step in the most important funding debate Auckland has ever had: whether or not Aucklanders are willing to pay for the transport system this city desperately needs to keep it moving, says Mayor Len Brown....
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  • The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age
    On Monday 20 October, the New Zealand Gazette was published completely online bringing to a close 173 years as a purely printed publication. First published in 1841 as the official government newspaper, the Gazette website gazette.govt.nz , replaces...
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  • International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty
    A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including...
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  • Labour leadership candidates in Dunedin
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Dunedin on Thursday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF Report a Waste of Paper
    In response to the hysteria coming from the far left, Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz writes the following:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Press Council opens doors to digital media
    The New Zealand Press Council, the body which handles complaints against newspapers and magazines and their websites, is offering associate membership status to news and commentary-oriented digital media including bloggers....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy
    Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua....
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  • Lack of leadership blamed for decline in Gender Equity
    BPW NZ challenges NZ’s lack of leadership with the decline in Gender Equity Ranking...
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  • Richard Falk visit to NZ
    Professor Richard Falk, who recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will deliver a public lecture in Dunedin on Monday 10 November....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • “Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner
    Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF report card highlights need for action
    Unicef’s child poverty report released today shows that New Zealand needs to be more proactive in pursuing policies to protect our most vulnerable members of society....
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  • Children of the Recession: NZ’s shame
    Children of the Recession : NZ’s shame Media release Wednesday 29 October 2014 “It is to New Zealand’s deepest shame that the latest Unicef report on children living in poverty ranks us 16th out of 41 developed countries. “Every day...
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  • UNICEF cautions NZ child poverty rates are “stagnating”
    An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession....
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  • TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish
    The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly....
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  • Labour leadership candidates in Nelson
    Labour leadership candidates in Nelson The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Nelson on Tuesday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting...
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  • History is made. Equal pay not just legal but possible!
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kristine’s employer; opening the way for...
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