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Labour addressing digital divide

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, July 5th, 2014 - 135 comments
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25cSince 1976, I’ve been living on one side of the digital divide. That was the year that by biology teacher, Graham Bean at Mt Albert let me play on his HP25C with its 49 programming steps and a moon-lander program. It was an instant addiction, and I started learning to program by adjusting that damn game.

DEC11 70A few years later I was at the University of Waikato doing a BSc in Earth Sciences. They had a DEC1170 with about 50 dumb terminals scattered across campus. When I wasn’t involved with the immediate needs of passing the courses and paying the bill, I was hacking my way into the system to play multiuser star trek (and having my first experience of digital communication) and learning to program in a number of languages. I had this habit of turning up and sitting in so many compsci lectures that many thought that was my major. But eventually I went into management.

ibmpcatEventually I went into programming after discovering a IBM PC Lab while doing the University of Otago MBA in 1985-6 and getting addicted to a computer I could actually afford to own, and so could every business in the country. A few years later I did and so did they.

Hayes_300_Baud_Smartmodem_02My first computer immediately got hooked to BIX so I could find out things that I couldn’t get books or magazines for. In my opinion, the internet kicked off big time because the magazines and books were so slow. Programmers really needed to be able to access current information.

Now nearly 30 years later that is still where I work, play, learn and frequently socialise. I have friends with whom I am in contact world wide. I have the general knowledge base of humanity at my fingertips and I use it all of the time.

I was extremely fortunate to have those opportunities when I was a kid. At the grand age of 55, I’ve been near to the bleeding edge of technology since I was a kid. And that is the key.

If you start kids easily accessing information to follow their interests early enough then they keep doing it. It needs to be something different to the phones, which in my experience with kids, mainly get used for socialising. You need the larger screen format to get deep into wikipedia pages, the pages written by the obsessed experts worldwide, or even the media pages.

It really doesn’t matter if kids are writing their essays based on a searches or if they digging out the secrets about how to win at their favourite game. The trick is to get them used to finding information out themselves. Once they learn that trick, then they will keep doing it.

That is where Labour’s policy “Education for the 21st century” comes in. There are several things of note in the policy. But what stands out for me is the deliberate intent to make sure that all kids wind up with a personal network capable device both at school and home, and access to the net. At present we don’t. Much of the “voluntary” donations in schools is for computer equipment that kids need to learn from, but is not paid for by the state funding of schools.

I still learn from my computers connecting to everything worldwide. I work on businesses where most of the value is in the knowledge we push into the code. We export them worldwide, as much over the net as we do by shipping hardware. My partner runs a side-business selling the documentary that she produced in 2011 to educational institutions worldwide. I have farmer friends who come home after a days work and research their new practices in the evening on their pads.

We live in a age of information. It is time to start to educate them to access it a lot earlier. That is how we develop the productive adaptable adults who I need to help pay for my retirement

 

135 comments on “Labour addressing digital divide”

  1. tinfoilhat 1

    Gosh I remember Graham Bean from my teaching days…….. wonderful man RIP.

    • lprent 1.1

      He sure was. A nutter on cricket, but despite that he taught a lot of kids how to learn and think.

      You could tell from the massive turnout when he died.

  2. Ant 2

    I think for actual learning in the classroom the utility of tablets (and all that) can be often overstated, but as a way to make sure all kids have access to technology, and more importantly the flow of information that technology allows you to access, as a normal feature of their everyday lives is great.

    They need internet access though…

    • lprent 2.1

      One part of the policy is to make sure that they have net access at home.

      • Ant 2.1.1

        Yeah, but to me that bit of the policy sounded a bit more fluffy/pie in the sky than the tablet aspects of it.

        • karol 2.1.1.1

          Isn’t net access a bit less under the realms of public policy than provisions in state schools? Because it involves private, corporate entities that control the ISPs and international cables that enable net access?

          • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1.1

            There are growing movements to declare internet access a human right. Also I think the Internet Mana Party would have something to say on the concept of publicly-provided internet access.

            • just saying 2.1.1.1.1.1

              In order to cross the divide there needs to be access and hardware in every home – including in households that don’t have children.

              • Lanthanide

                Realistically with the price of an entry-level tablet these days ($99 at The Warehouse, and believe I’ve seen some for ~$70 on 1-day, some for $65 on TradeMe), a device is accessible for any house without kids that particularly wants one. Sure, it might take 20 weeks to save $5/week to get one, but the thing is they’re accessible.

                The problem is the internet connection. Cheapest broadband I can find is $55/month. $10.50/month for dialup with 30 hours or $15/month for unlimited, but dial-up barely counts as internet these days IMO, and a dial-up modem is highly unlikely to also do wifi so you’d need another device on top, and then the knowledge to hook them up and configure them etc.

                • lprent

                  partner with schools, local government and communities to put in place infrastructure that will allow students, particularly those from low-decile schools, who do not currently have internet connections to use their portable devices to access the internet at home.

                  That is in the policy one level down. There are details about the costing in the full policy. Most of the cost after the first year goes in running costs – mostly for net access.

            • karol 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Yes. And there are growing public wifi provisions.

              Now when I am out and about, I go with my cheap little tablet to a library – especially the central Auckland Library when I am in the CBD, just to use the free wifi.

              But, of course, there’s loads of pressures on Auckland Council spending for such public provisions.

            • Steve 2.1.1.1.1.3

              You need to adjust the tinfoil hat :-) the internet is not a right!

              • Colonial Viper

                A few years ago I would have agreed. And they used to say the same thing about footpaths, water and power, before it was understood that they should be provided as non-profit public utilities.

              • Draco T Bastard

                It will be shortly as everyone needs access to the internet today so that they can utilise everything that our society has to offer.

              • North

                Steve – unless your comment is tongue-in-cheek and the smiley therein is a poke at Mr TinFoilHat whom we see from time to time here, why should out-of-school internet access NOT be fashioned as an as-of-right function in every kids’ education ?

                Reasons please beyond the conceited value judgment of some master of the universe who applauds denial of a foundational tool in kids’ education as a reflection of God’s Order. The master of the universe who sees the frustration and waste of talent and the inequality flowing therefrom as character building or some fucking thing.

                SSlands FizzyAnus Gosman need not apply.

                CV is onto it.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2

          Most people already have access to a phone line. Turning that into an ADSL line wouldn’t be difficult – it would be easier and cheaper if we still owned the telecommunications network though. In fact, I figure that if we did still own it it would only cost ~$40 per month to connect rather than the $65+ that it actually does. The added price is due to the premium for competition.

          Anyway, it’s not fluffy pie in the sky stuff – just a political decision.

          • Ant 2.1.1.2.1

            Yeah, but installing wireless repeaters everywhere and providing a passable service is a bit fluffy. I’d rather see your idea which seems much more feasible in a shorter timeframe because as you say, the current infrastructure is nearly ubiquitous, say a wireless router/adsl connection and a 5gig allowance to start.

            Make it a condition of a new Kiwishare.

  3. Ron 3

    Good to see you have a Nexus 7 in your collection. By the way why are you not here in Wellington?? In fact there is a dearth of media people

    • lprent 3.1

      I am in wellington. Look for the cold person in black with a blue media ticket and VFL badge….

      • Ron 3.1.1

        Good to see you have a Nexus 7 in your collection. By the way why are you need here in WEllington?? In fact there is a dearth of media people

    • Once was Tim 3.2

      You’d be bloody glad you don’t live in my house then. The attic (until recently) was so full of examples of past technology – including old IBM 3330 & 3350 disk drives; System 360 and 370 front panels and shit that didn’t quite make it to Vic Uni as building decorations (some of which I used to operate and later programme), that bloody great cracks began to appear in the ceiling plaster. Comes a time for a purge (including in my case, a total brain purge) and a bloody great skip, especially when the ceiling is over 100 years old.

      This package from Labour is the sort of thing that might tempt me towards a return to the fold.

      Except (and a bloody great EXCEPT) a commitment to the reinstatement of Public Service broadcasting (including new media), and fixing the public service in general (i.e. its de- corporatisation in toto). If they don’t then all they’ll be achieving is wild swings to the left and to the right based on short termism and fadism, AND a publica that’s all about I I I me me me.

      They might also need to get rid of one or two insipid little fcukwits at one end of the underminers, bovver boys at the other, and one or two others as well.
      (Maybe next time – if they’re still around)

  4. Lanthanide 4

    I had my first computer at age 5.

  5. RedBaronCV 5

    Actually I think this is great because it means Mum & Dad at home will be wired in too – if they can prise it out of junior’s hands and get a few non condescending lessons from the smaller ones. I see early bedtimes in many young ones futures because playing with their gear and games is what you do after hours.

    • lprent 5.1

      Have you ever tried to get the devices away from kids? They sleep with them… My 3year old great nephew has a my old iPad one with a cracked screen. He won’t let me touch it in case I want it back….

      • RedBaronCV 5.1.1

        Old age and cunning Lprent. You require them to place it carefully beside the bed and then after they are asleeep ……. and when you tell him when he is 20 something he’ll take your beer away..

  6. just saying 6

    You see the digital divide in public libraries in South Auckland.

    At the library nearest my Mum’s place there is a queue to use the computers from the time the library opens until it closes it’s doors. This despite the librarians regularly biffing off anyone playing games for more than ten minutes.
    You can book a spot a few days in advance, but still wait for people to hastily finish off what they are doing, things often that they need to do. The computers are crammed so close that there is absolutely no privacy – poeple write emails that can be read by their neighbours, conduct business and internet date, search for medical information etc. all without a shred of the dignity of personal privacy.

    Big communities of people whose lives never seem to be represented by the media other than in policing-porn tv shows.

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      “Big communities of people whose lives never seem to be represented by the media other than in policing-porn tv shows.”

      Yeah, I started making a comment about this once before on The Standard but couldn’t formulate it in an appropriate way so abandoned it.

      The people we typically see on TV probably only represent 20% of the population, if that. You just have to watch TV 1 News “Good sorts” on Sundays, and also those “finding lost family member” shows to get glimpses of people and communities that otherwise never show up on TV in anything resembling a good light.

    • karol 6.2

      Yes. And Auckland libraries are going more to providing free wifi to cater for the demand for net access. That means more people needing to provide their own hardware. If you go into Auckland central Library there’s people using the limited number of library computers available, and loads of others around the place on their laptops and tablets.

      West Auckland also gets queues of people waiting to use the library computers – and with very little privacy.

      • Lanthanide 6.2.1

        When I went to the Wellington Central library last year during my holiday visit, at 2pm on a weekday the place was crammed full with dozens of people using tablets and laptops using the wifi. I couldn’t get a stable signal on my phone and the speed kept dropping below 1 MBps, so I couldn’t connect to it at all.

    • greywarbler 6.3

      Why can’t some of the empty shops around towns be rented on a month to month basis and the computers that are a bit slow and being dumped be set up and used there. Bring your own folding stool, trestles provided. People could go there and have some time, half an hour, some space, more than an arm’s length, some privacy, people in line with numbers for fairness, sit at the side not behind others. Council’s could oversee this, with some government funding also, making arrangements with real estate agents for suitable premises, repair and replacements, supervision etc.

      In libraries they could give locals first go on computers at libraries at certain times of the day, say after school. There are a lot of foreign visitors using our library services, good for them, but for a two-tier country like NZ there can be a large demand from poor locals. The Middle Europe of the South Pacific!

      • Lanthanide 6.3.1

        “Why can’t some of the empty shops around towns be rented on a month to month basis and the computers that are a bit slow and being dumped be set up and used there.”

        No one’s stopping you from setting up such an initiative.

        Generally the private sector only do things that result in profit. The venture you have outlined does not sound profitable.

        • greywarbler 6.3.1.1

          @Lanthanide
          I’m just putting it up as an idea that authorities could start. I haven’t the ability or time to do this – I’m not a funded trust FGS. If you know so much why don’t you do it.

          • Lanthanide 6.3.1.1.1

            “I’m just putting it up as an idea that authorities could start. I haven’t the ability or time to do this – I’m not a funded trust FGS. If you know so much why don’t you do it.”

            Why are you thinking I can do it? I simply pointed out there’s nothing stopping you from doing it, if you really felt it was necessary.

            The reason the “authorities” don’t do it is because they don’t see the reward as being worth the expense. Libraries only have limited numbers of computers because their budgets are only so big, and they aren’t primarily computer providers.

  7. Jenny 7

    This is what we need. This will not only be a boon to science and the economy, it will be a boon to democracy.

    As the bible says: “Man (woman) does not live by bread alone….”

    Closing the digital divide, is an issue which will become as vital as housing and income.

    Give me liberty or give me death, was the rallying cry of The Enlightenment.

    The human impulse for freedom and democracy, to have a say in the running of our world and not be kept in ignorance and isolation from each, and at the mercy of remote central and uncaring authority. At times in history this desire for freedom and democracy has even overriden people’s desire for food and shelter.

    Give me liberty or give me death, was the rallying cry of The Enlightenment.

    Closing the digital divide will empower the next generation. Just as the printing press and universal literacy gave birth to modern democracy, this empowerment will further weaken centralised power which removed one or two steps from the people, always gets monopolised by the powerful and vested interest.

    The sooner this universal empowerment happens the better, because we are in a race against the destruction of civilisation that sustains such technology from the needs of vested interest which unconstrained will destroy civilisation undoing the the work of eons of human progress.

  8. RedBaronCV 8

    This is the winning policy – game over for the right

    • North 8.1

      Observe the sense of satisfaction expressed on the face of a young one who assists an older one (me) to navigate/restore lost settings on my computer/smartphone. A young one immediately acquitted as a ‘contributor’ in a real world. And a plea to run through it again but not so quickly this time…….to educate me…….even more pronounced.

      Bugger…….we must watch this. Absence of an underclass…….NOOOOO !

  9. Jrobin 9

    Great interview with Paddy Gower by Cunliffe on the Nation too. This education policy may make the difference the left parties need. The digital divide is a huge barrier, keeping inequality in place, so well done Labour. What a relief to hear Cunliffe rubbishing National Standards, league tables and Charter schools. It reminds you that there is an outside of the Teamkey “reality” and ……What a nightmare this govt. has been! You do get desensitised to their short term stupidity and selfishness, but this is a pleasanter reminder of what Government can achieve if well motivated.

  10. dv 10

    I have a endearing memory of my 6 year old granddaughter searching on google for information on the planets (i think) for a school project.

  11. hellonearthis 11

    Well said and I managed to share this post on Google+

  12. DH 12

    IMO what’s needed most for schools is something along the lines of what Rod Drury was saying about the country needing a tech kingpin, only they need a bunch of people covering all the disciplines.

    Schools are spending enormous sums on IT, few of them really know what they’re doing with it. They all know they need to teach ‘computers’, they’ve all got different ideas on what that means.

    Govt needs to step in and establish some uniformity & standardisation across all schools. Perhaps also bring software development and systems & networks into the curriculum, establish more focussed courses on certain applications for those who will be using computers rather than taking up a career in them. There’s a lot of work needing done.

    There’s a huge amount of waste in the present system, I’d estimate many schools blow a good half of what they spend on ill-considered fruitless exercises.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Nah, in general, Drury’s idea for a Chief Technology Officer for the country is more of the failed top-down corporatisation of government.

      If you want NZ to become a technology leader, you open source and decentralise everything, including platforms and funding. Build the influence of grassroots developers and start up entrepreneurs. Not a top down “tsar” who is inevitably going to centralise both decision making and budgets, and end up listening to Microsoft and big hedge fund managers more than the little guy.

      • hellonearthis 12.1.1

        Hopefully it would be a professional appointed to the job of Chief Technology Office and not some croney appointment. Having someone skilled in geek might have overrated the NoVapay problems and other such IT disasters. It think it would be a good idea and who says it would not support of open source over proprietary software purchases from the likes of Microsoft and Oracle.

  13. ropata 13

    Still plenty of people who don’t email, don’t have a CV, don’t know how to use Word and Excel. I remember how it felt to learn a new program, it would be bewildering and challenging for a non tech person

    • lprent 13.1

      Tell me about it. I have trained them in courses, trained them in my family including my parents, and just help people over those first hurdles. But it is hard for adults.

      Whereas kids are frightening in how fast they go from giving them a hand, to when they start helping me out. Always makes me feel old.

      • ropata 13.1.1

        yup, my Dad gets (even more) grumpy with technology, tends to lose his temper and break it :)
        He hates his android phone, but has been known to write emails and autobiographical essays in Word.

        Interestingly I read a piece about a Linux guy who starts his adult classes off with teaching them to use the command line. The interface could not be simpler, and it is pure linear logic, unlike the randomly triggered events of today’s GUI

        • Lanthanide 13.1.1.1

          “unlike the randomly triggered events of today’s GUI”

          To be successful at learning to use computers, you have to experiment. If you don’t experiment, you won’t learn. Of course the downside is where you “do something bad and can’t work out how to undo it”.

          Strange that you’d find a command line easier to get to grips with than a GUI. Of course GUIs are more complex, but they’re also far far more discoverable (well, except for Windows 8) and allow people to experiment and try things out. In a command line, if you don’t know something exists, it’s pretty laborious trying to discover it and almost all of the time you’d end up with an outside source telling you the answer (man page, internet page, class tutor).

          • ropata 13.1.1.1.1

            Maybe, but I still like the concept, and with Google (and windows 8 Search) we have come back to the trusty old text input method. Much more precise and users feel in control.

            The Command Line – The Best Newbie Interface?

            It was noted by the users that the CLI was less confusing because “not everything is on the screen at once”. The CLI allows the user to concentrate on one task at a time and they were happy not to have interruptions from other tasks. The users reported that with a GUI they were always getting distracted by having to swap between the mouse and keyboard and click carefully less they bring up the wrong window and interrupt what they were doing.

            • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Exactly. For a certain group of hardcore users, the command line remains the interface of choice for certain tasks. And there are lots of little add ons available to increase the power of the CLI even further.

  14. karol 14

    There’s an apparently successful project being run in some South Auckland decile 1 schools, where children are provided with low cost netbooks and 24/7 internet access.

    In Glen Innes, long written off as ghettos of poverty and crime, children are reaching national norms in reading, writing and mathematics. In the decile-1 schools children are rampaging through the national syllabus before the year is out and teachers are coming up with new and innovative ways of teaching.

    It has been done with a charitable trust that, with parents, has come up with a way for every kid to have a computer notebook and eventually 24/7 access to high speed wireless.

    ”It is a big change in the way teaching is done,” says Pat Snedden, chairman of the $4.5 million public, philanthropic and commercially funded Manaiakalani Education Trust.

    ”One of the poorest communities in New Zealand has decided to be one of the biggest investors in their own kids.”

    While middle class families angst over school computer technology, Tamaki has done it for themselves.

    By year’s end 2500 children will have their own laptops and Google Document account.

    It is not free; parents have to pay a deposit of $40 for the laptops, and $15 a month to cover the $580 cost.

    It’s a lot to ask from among the nation’s poorest families – although they save by not having much of a stationary bill, just $8 a year.

    ”We have not had a single turn down by any parent in the area in the process of signing up the netbooks.”

    • lprent 14.1

      The Manaiakalani Education Trust is the model for this program. As you say, it is clear that it works.

    • KiwiDeb 14.2

      ” It has been done with a charitable trust that, with parents, has come up with a way for every kid to have a computer notebook and eventually 24/7 access to high speed wireless.”

      This was done by the schools (ie principals of the schools), in partnership with the parents, who established the Trust. Quite a different ownership of IP and vision…..

  15. Colonial Viper 15

    lprent. You used to be able to tinker in BASIC on a VIC 20 or Commodore 64. Learn about logic, commands, variables, storing them, changing them, processing them, displaying them.

    But an iPad or Android tablet? It’s just an appliance, like a toaster oven. The things are designed so that a 70 year old who has never touched a computer before in their life can get on it and start using them, intuitively with just a bit of guidance. Sorta a like a toaster. Yes you’ll get access to more information and communication etc. But learning what’s under the hood is a totally different matter and is the difference between being able to sort out your ’82 Civic at home in the garage and trying the same thing with a 2014 Civic.

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      “But an iPad or Android tablet? It’s just an appliance, like a toaster oven.”

      An appliance that runs apps, like this one:
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tynker-learn-programming-visual/id805869467?mt=8

      And true, you can’t create programs on ipads or iphones to run of themselves, but the flipside is you can create far more useful and creative programs these days to run on those devices than you could with a green screen and 80 characters.

    • lprent 15.2

      Yeah, but we aren’t trying to get them to program. Some will, most won’t.

      What we need to train them in is seeking information. So hard if you’re having to do it manually. So easy if you have a tablet and net access.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.3

      You used to be able to tinker in BASIC on a VIC 20 or Commodore 64.

      I remember programming on those things but my first programming was on the schools Apple IIe. My first computer was a PB-100 bought with money from the milk run I did.

      But an iPad or Android tablet? It’s just an appliance, like a toaster oven.

      Don’t kid yourself.

  16. dimebag russell 16

    ok.
    plug them in and turn them on.
    design programmes that engage them.
    hot and hip.

  17. Mark 17

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    [lprent: Off topic. Banned until after the election. Read the about to answer your query about unionists. The policy about why you are banned - basically for stupidity. ]

    • Lanthanide 17.1

      :roll:

      B for effort. Generally well-constructed sentences, usually good spelling and grammar.
      D- for content. Repetitive, undeveloped argument with no new ideas.

    • anker 17.2

      Mark @17 I am a labour Party member and run my own (successful) business, so I am not sure what you are talking about.

      JK might be “popular” but hell so was Muldoon!!! More so than Kirk who at one stage was only polling 6% popularity. IMO one of NZ’s great PM.

  18. Pete 18

    The One Laptop Per Child project has been going since 2005, so this is not a new idea, just a very good one which is long overdue. There was a great keynote about this kind of issue at Nethui last year – http://www.r2.co.nz/20130709/russell-b.htm

    It’s going to take a lot more than just having these tools, though. Teachers are going too have to learn how best to integrate them into their teaching and the resources both online and the apps and programs at hand will have to be developed. But think about how this could be tailored to individual kids. Analytics could help identify what content they respond to and adjust accordingly. Heck, they’ll be saved the hassle of hauling kilos of textbooks back and forth to school. This is exciting stuff.

  19. karol 19

    Again the South Auckland scheme is already doing that. Take a look at some of the output from students in the Manaiakalani project.

    • KiwiDeb 19.1

      This is NOT a South Auckland scheme. Manaiakalani is nestled between St Heliers, Remuera and Pakuranga in EAST Auckland.

  20. ianmac 20

    Teaching has to adapt and this is hard work. The Question is the answer. If kids are allowed to capitalise on their innate curiosity and have the skills and means to carry out research then classrooms will look very different. Alongside this they have to learn about the credibility of the information retrieved and how to process it and then evaluate.

    Sadly some teachers have been intimidated by a Government policy of accountability and narrow expectations. National Standards for example. Take a risk and modify what has seemed to work for generations? Pretty hard.
    Sadly if someone from a hundred years ago stepped into a present classroom they would recognise exactly what was going on. Different tools perhaps but same process.

    I like the quote that: “Children are not vases waiting to be filled, but fires waiting to be lit.”

    A friend of mine is a tutor for post grad studies. One Principal decided to gather data on how many and what sort of questions (enquiring mind) were going on in her classrooms.
    She was baffled. After 6 X 1 hour observation sessions, not one child-question was asked.

  21. hellonearthis 21

    For $100 +monitor ($100) you could buy a Raspberry Pi computer. They are great for educational needs like programming, web interaction, art, electronic and educational games (like minecraft).

    Tablets are overrated especially the over priced iPads, Android devices can do the same educational tasks for way less money.

    Gone are the days when classroom computers would cost $1000’s of dollars.

  22. red blooded 22

    A great policy. I know our school has spent many thousands on class sets of netbooks and laptops, and we provide access after school too, but we can’t give kids the machines to take home, and that can make quite a difference.

    There are still details to be worked out (Who owns the machine? Who fixes it if it gets broken? What about teens who leave school partway through the year – do they keep or return it?…) but this will go a long way towards creating a more inclusive educational system.

    Side note – kids are becoming less and less comfortable thinking into pens (as opposed to keyboards) and they find it physically uncomfortable to write for an extended period. Handwriting is getting worse and any kids are very slow. So what? Well, with the greater digitisation that’s being endorsed by this policy, surely it’s time to look again at our requirements for kids sitting exams. At present, exams are handwritten. It would be hard to set-up a programme for exams that avoided the cheating opportunities, but surely not impossible? Just a thought.

  23. I don’t want to be a downer because I agree with the concept of giving children access to information via the net. I homeschool and the computer is essential. My son is 6.5 and he knows quite a bit about getting on the computer but he has one advantage at the moment, an advantage that is his greatest protection on the net – he can’t read well and therefore he can’t be accessed by sexual predators. I went to a child protection seminar the other day and one presenter said that there were 8 and 9, even younger kids, with a facebook page??? And the parents weren’t even their friend!!! I haven’t read the policy and I hope this is all covered – the teaching of young people how to create a protective layer around themselves on the net. As protectors of these children it is our job to make sure they know how to protect themselves and as parents and caregivers we must really work with the children to make sure that if and when something happens they can seek help or know what to do. Having a loving trusting relationship with our son is the key idea at this stage, and keeping up to speed with what is going on on the net.

    • hellonearthis 23.1

      To be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old. If a school is letting kids under that age use facebook then they are breaking facebook’s terms and conditions.

      • marty mars 23.1.1

        Yep, sorry, must have got the ages wrong.

      • Colonial Viper 23.1.2

        Given that FaceBook apparently has tens of millions of fake profiles, I don’t think they really enforce their T&Cs that hard. And having more user profiles makes their stock look more valuable.

  24. hellonearthis 24

    I would have like to see Labour come out with Bigger class rooms but with two teachers per classroom. Having two teachers per classroom would greatly improve the quality of teaching and teachers as new Teachers could learn from experienced ones and the news ones could also update the older teachers on new ideas in teaching (modern geek skills).

    A well educated population if the foundation of a profitable society.

  25. dave 25

    rasberry PI

  26. North 26

    So when I read that Labour is gonna facilitate kids having laptops/tablets at school AND at home and then I read Nikki Kaye say broad brush that Labour’s ideas are old hat –

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10236242/Labour-education-ideas-already-in-place-says-National

      – and then I’m told that presently kids DON’T have the laptop/tablet scenario Labour talks about – can I say that Nikki Kaye is a snotty lying little prick who needs to be slapped down for her lies ?

    I’d have used a different last word in the term “lying little prick” but the sky might have fallen in so I’ll just KNOW it. With a capital buzzy bee. Disgusting ugly minded little power freak ! Entitlement from arsehole to breakfast time.

    • Anne 26.1

      … can I say that Nikki Kaye is a snotty lying little prick who needs to be slapped down for her lies ?

      +1000

      When the entitled little so and so (how I would like to have your courage North and call her what I would really like to call her) first arrived on the political scene it was there for anyone with any nous to see.

      Does anyone remember the televised debate she had with Jacinda Ardern in the 2008 campaign – I think it was 2008? She behaved like a Crosby/Textor trained shrew… shouted over the top of Jacinda and was vindictive and bullying. In contrast, Jacinda was calm, mature and dignified. It was so obvious who was the superior personality and I thought Jacinda would romp home after that performance but no… the voters in their selfishness and apathy went for the nasty bully.

      • Colonial Viper 26.1.1

        Although it seems according to reports that Kaye does a heck of a lot of ground work in her electorate…

        • Anne 26.1.1.1

          Oh sure CV, she does the hard yards but its all for her personal advancement. The moment she stops being the member for Auckland Central she won’t care a rat’s a—e about any of them. She’s learnt her politics well at her lord and master, John Key’s knees.

    • Pete 26.2

      Given the focus on violence against women over the past couple of days, “slapped down” is an unfortunate choice of words. Can I suggest “censured”, “rebuked” or even “called out on her bullshit” instead?

      • Anne 26.2.1

        Pete, I didn’t take it that way. And I’m sure North didn’t mean it that way.

  27. dave 27

    http://www.raspberrypi.org/15000-raspberry-pis-for-uk-schools-thanks-google/

    its not hard to do a raspberry pi costs $40

    lets hope they give Microsoft the boot as well open source the program all the way let them loose on Linux without copyright restrictions

    • hellonearthis 27.1

      It’s closer to $200 once you add a monitor, power supply, sd card, mouse, keyboard, case and wifi.

      I really like the Pi (I have 2) but Tables are cheaper. $60nz delivered can get you a 7.0″ Dual-core Android 4.2 Tablet PC w/ 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, Wi-Fi

      The cost of that and the savings in ebooks would pay for these devices.

  28. finbar 28

    OFF course Labours progressive education,gee the wains a computer in the class room,is more compassion than the other fence,of afford or ignorance.Labour are starting to grasp the the bastard thistle of human care unlike the platitudes of social care.

  29. Rodel 29

    Funny how the slick Tories have no intelligent or even smart-arse comments on the topic of this post..Too hard for them to grasp..dumb?

    • BM 29.1

      What’s there to grasp?
      Computers are great but they’re not the be all and end all.

      • hellonearthis 29.1.1

        Ture, but there is nothing that is the be all and end all.
        Having tablet computers would be access to ebook that schools can’t normally afford or access.
        The cost of some text books alone are more than the cost of a cheap tablet let alone the cost of half a dozen text books and journals.
        This will be a great chunk of the be all and end all of school books and journals.

        • BM 29.1.1.1

          Why tablets?, personally I think tablets are just an e- reader with a few more bells and whistles.

          If you were going to go down this path, note books/lap tops offer so much more than a tablet.

          Also was labour using the word ipad in a generic sense or are they actually serious about giving all school kids ipads,.

          • Draco T Bastard 29.1.1.1.1

            personally I think tablets are just an e- reader with a few more bells and whistles.

            That’s possibly because you’re totally unimaginative:

            http://www.slashgear.com/flykly-smart-bicycle-wheel-made-for-fixies-works-with-ios-android-and-pebble-16301669/
            https://preyproject.com/blog/2012/09/amazing-ingenuity-using-prey-to-track-your-bicycle

            If you were going to go down this path, note books/lap tops offer so much more than a tablet.

            To be honest, I don’t think that’s true any more and pads are more portable.

            Also was labour using the word ipad in a generic sense or are they actually serious about giving all school kids ipads,.

            I sometimes wonder that too. There’s no way that the government should be using anything from Apple as it locks them in to using the proprietary format that ends up costing more. Same with Windows.

            • Colonial Viper 29.1.1.1.1.1

              There’s no way that the government should be using anything from Apple as it locks them in to using the proprietary format that ends up costing more. Same with Windows.

              Especially with all the taxes Apple pays in NZ, eh /sarc

            • BM 29.1.1.1.1.2

              I agree, Apple are complete arseholes, the way they run their company it’s like they’re stuck in the 1980’s.
              This my way or the high way approach to business is total bullshit, even microsoft has learnt from this and moved on from that sort of wankiness.

              IT and government, why is it always such a fuck up?

              Also I’m a very imaginative individual, but I’ve learnt to temper my ideas with practicality.

              • Colonial Viper

                Also I’m a very imaginative individual, but I’ve learnt to temper my ideas with practicality.

                Thanks for clearing that up, I was wondering what was causing your moral and intellectual constipation.

              • Draco T Bastard

                I agree, Apple are complete arseholes, the way they run their company it’s like they’re stuck in the 1980′s.

                Probably closer to the 1880s.

                Also I’m a very imaginative individual, but I’ve learnt to temper my ideas with practicality.

                And yet you can’t think of anything useful to do with a smart phone/pad other than use it as an e-book reader?

                IT and government, why is it always such a fuck up?

                From what I can make out it’s because they don’t have a dedicated IT department to supply all their needs and thus run off to the private sector with less than adequate knowledge about IT and the private sector over sells what they can do. End result is a fuck-up.

          • lprent 29.1.1.1.2

            I have a $30 bluetooth keyboard for my nexus 7. Nice thing about it is that when connected i have a whole screen.

            But I usually do most of my work on this site from my nexus.

            But I suspect that they are mainly thinking about netbooks.

  30. fisiani 30

    Tricky Tricky Davy Cunliffe lies again re free ipads . Always check the small print. We’ve learned to do this time and time again.

    For those schools that opt in, the policy would require parents to pay about $3.50 a week to pay off the cost of the device, estimated at about $600 each – and the Government would put in a $100 kickstart payments. The device would belong to the child after it was paid off.

    Why can Cunliffe never be straight up? Why gild the lilly?
    Who is writing his speeches? Are the ABC saboteurs hard at work.

    • Draco T Bastard 30.1

      He didn’t say that they were free you schmuck.

    • North 30.2

      You know FizzyAnus even the National Party thinks you’re an embarrassing fuck. Overheard at the National Party Godference –

      “Wind it up and let it go……OMG…….look at the OTT with the ‘tricky’ number. OK it’s all part of the script but you know…….intimations of Kool Aid……not good.”

      “Yes, I’d be careful with that one…….it’s a bit, well let’s say……. ‘exuberant’. Fukn idiot !”

      Facepalm everywhere.

  31. Rodel 31

    Why can Key never be straight up? Why gild the lilly?
    Who is writing his speeches? Are the English saboteurs hard at work.

  32. fisiani 32

    In short Labour will save you $100 off donations BUT you can still be stung for activity fees of $400 and a compulsory computer levy of $600 . Tricky Tricky Davy.

    • Colonial Viper 32.1

      You think that Labour should cover the activity fees as well? Me too.

    • McFlock 32.2

      I you’d read the speech, you’d see it was based on a current programme that charges $3.50 a week:

      Labour anticipates a lower weekly cost because of savings made through bulk purchasing. We will also provide a $100 kick-start to reduce the costs of these vital learning tools. A $5 million hardship fund will be created to help the worst-off families who cannot afford the payments or fall into arrears.

      In other words, it’s you who’s being tricky.
      You lying fuck.

  33. hellonearthis 33

    If Labour are planning on uses Apple iPad then this is a clear example of where a Chief technology office would have been of use. Even an Amazon fire would be a better device and their library of books would be an excellent add on to the tech.

    Better still would be getting a deal with some $60 android system, that would mean when the kids break them, it wont cost a fortune to replace and fix, Using an Android system would also allow access to cloud services, so if the Table dies then the work is still safe.

    For a laptop system then there are chrome books, Google has got some great educational deals/packages. They cost around $230-400 nz and you can get a 3 year warranty for like $100
    And that’s from manufacturers like Acer, Samsung, HP that could provide the service levels needed to support the educational market.

    Google Apps for education is free. http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/education/devices/

    • Lanthanide 33.1

      Yip. Apple iPad is a bad choice all around. I hope this is just for the policy announcement, and when it’s actually implemented they’ll listen to feedback such as yours and buy something more appropriate.

    • Colonial Viper 33.2

      If Labour are planning on uses Apple iPad then this is a clear example of where a Chief technology office would have been of use.

      Plz explain why a $500K dick trying to centralise everything in Wellington is required to decide that going Apple is a bad move. We just did it for free, ffs.

  34. finbar 34

    Techrocrat wet dream.The knowing of our intelegence without doubt is technology.Labour have stole the greeds beleif and tossed it back at them.

    Labour,has these lip service compassion on the ropes of their untruths.Know that.

  35. karol 35

    Well Labour’s policy is leading the debate. This article on Stuff makes a good point about it being important how the technology is used. It over-does the criticism of people jumping on each new technology as if it alone will solve all the problems of human society.

    It completely misses the issue of lessening the digital divide.

  36. Appleboy 36

    Noted Patrick Gower introduced this story last night by saying it was labour’s election bribe. I have put in a broadcasting authority complaint for unfairness in using opinion as fact and that it was politically biased reporting. To contract, I referenced his story on June 29 covering National’s $212 roading policy – where he did not introduce this as a bribe. Quite why Labour’s policy at $27 million is a bribe and National’s $212 million is not I’d like them to explain.

    Typical crap news but time they were forced to deal with it.

    • BM 36.1

      Maybe because labour is pitching it’s policies at people on a individual level.
      It does look like to me, vote for us and we’ll give you some cheap ipads.

      While Nationals roading policies are pitched at everyone not the selected few.

      • Tautoko Viper 36.1.1

        National RONS roading policies do not benefit everyone and in fact are taking money away from public transport projects which would be more beneficial to many more people, (particularly those who do not have firm cars and designated parking spaces incorporated in their salaries.)

        • BM 36.1.1.1

          A hell of a lot more people will get use out of better roading networks then the selected few with their cheap ipads.

          You can’t tell me this policy isn’t pitched at the non voter, “here vote for labour and we’ll give you a gift”.

          I really hate that type of politics.

          • felix 36.1.1.1.1

            Don’t worry your petty little brain over it. John Key says all the non-voters support National.

          • Draco T Bastard 36.1.1.1.2

            A hell of a lot more people will get use out of better roading networks then the selected few with their cheap ipads.

            Really? You think that there’s more truckies than there is children in need?

            You can’t tell me this policy isn’t pitched at the non voter, “here vote for labour and we’ll give you a gift”.

            I really hate that type of politics.

            And yet he’s praising National’s focus on roads. Many of the roads announced in National’s policy would actually have been built years ago – if National hadn’t defunded them. National announcing the funding of them now is a bribe to those electorates.

          • North 36.1.1.1.3

            Sounds like you’re a bit spooked there BM-Tarmac-Whore. This, part of the comment in answer to Steve @ 2.1.1.1.1.3 above

            “…….why should out-of-school internet access NOT be fashioned as an as-of-right function in every kids’ education ? Reasons please beyond the conceited value judgment of some master of the universe who applauds denial of a foundational tool in kids’ education as a reflection of God’s Order. The master of the universe who sees the frustration and waste of talent and the inequality flowing therefrom as character building or some fucking thing.”

            SSlands FizzyAnus Gosman……..need not apply.”

            Anyway BM, who the fuck but you said anything about “then (sic) the selected few with their cheap ipads”. If you’re gonna ‘master of the universe’ all over this site you might have transparently expressed your true point – “squalid, rag-arsed urchins, snotty noses and all…….with their cheap ipads”.

            Sorry I didn’t include you with your mates above. Might have saved you the trouble.

          • KJT 36.1.1.1.4

            Explain, then, why National has been removing funding for local roading networks?

            Over a billion dollars. Then they gave a 5th of that back and all the idiots with short memories start cheering.

            • KJT 36.1.1.1.4.1

              “National cut funding for regional roads by a billion, since they were elected, to pay for their RON’s.

              Now, after our regional roads are stuffed by their trucking industry mates, who pay a fraction of the true costs, they are giving a 5th of that back.

              My, some people have short attention spans”

              • Draco T Bastard

                If the RWNJs had an attention span then they’d realise that National and Act are lying to them.

          • Appleboy 36.1.1.1.5

            Oh my God BM ‘the selected few” you refer to is all kiwi kids! Now I see why the right wing mind is so fucked.

  37. North 37

    Sorry, just a bit more BM but I warn you, stay seated. What if IMP comes up with something seen as pretty much complementary in the ‘cheap ipads’ stakes ?

  38. burt 38

    lprent

    This is getting really silly now, apparently it’s not a free “iPad” at all, the government is wanting to be a finance company.

    David (I’m sorry) Cunnliffe on the nation.

    PG: Let’s turn now and talk policy, education, a policy out today you want every student from intermediate upward to have a tablet, to have an iPod?

    DC: Absolutely, from year 5 to 13 under a Labour led government, every student will have their own personal digital device, it will be subsidised for parents to get into and there’ll be a very low cost payment plan with a hardship fund for those larger families who perhaps couldn’t afford it.

    Yeah, let’s force more parents into borrowing so we can pretend socialism works. Let me guess, just like last time under Labour taxes will be hiked and the nations debt will be reduced while personal debt goes to new record levels – and they will call this prudent all the way into recession like last time.

    This guys a complete tard lprent – you guys have got to sack the twit now.

    • lprent 38.1

      apparently it’s not a free “iPad” at all

      Who apart from a moran like yourself said that it was? Perhaps you need some more education – like learning how to read.

      • burt 38.1.1

        Yeah, that’s right lprent – I need to learn to read because it’s only reading the fine print that tells the story because your muppet leader makes shit up as he goes because in his little socialist brain he thinks that’s what people want to hear.

        • Draco T Bastard 38.1.1.1

          No burt, it’s you making shit up.

        • lprent 38.1.1.2

          You could have fooled me about your ability to read. Where did I say iPad.

          Don’t read the fine print. Just read my post. You know – the post that you just commented on!

          Could you act any more like a illiterate fuckwit? Or much the same thing, a rabid reader of Mr Defamation Cameron Slater.

          • You_Fool 38.1.1.2.1

            Also, from what I can see, a reference to Cunliffe saying that the “iPads” would be free is needed. The quote clearly shows Cunliffe saying that parents will pay for them, I am not sure how that makes it “tricky”. As far as I understand it, and I may be wrong, but it is the media who are using the “free iPads” wording

    • Draco T Bastard 38.2

      Perhaps you should read Piketty where he points out that, through out the last 200+ years, it has been socialism through the mid 20th century that produced the better outcomes. All the rest of the time we saw continual economic collapses and massive poverty.

      • burt 38.2.1

        List all sustainable socialist economies Draco. You could use twitter – plenty of message space in a single tweet to name them all.

        • KJT 38.2.1.1

          New Zealand from 1938. The USA after the new deal, and Sweden, until they all got caught up in the Neo-liberal religion. Then there is Norway, Dane mark and Belgium.

          It must really stick in your craw, BM, that the New Zealand economy is doing so well because of the “hard left” “communists” buying milk powder from a Farmers collective which has, and continues to be, heavily supported by the State and tax payer dollars. Plus “State” and collectivised (Insurance) money going into the rebuild of Christchurch.
          Not to mention the “socialist” tax payer bailouts for private enterprise necessary after the GFC.

          And the most “successful” economies are all successful, with very high levels of State control, regulation and ownership. Singapore, South Korea. China.

        • Draco T Bastard 38.2.1.2

          All of them burt. The economies that aren’t sustainable are capitalist ones as they require continual exponential growth as they reward the rich for being rich.

      • burt 38.2.2

        Draco

        Let’s talk about coal, as a fuel it’s made the most difference to the world in the last 200+ years. It powered our railways, our ships and heating. Without it the progress that’s been made in the last few hundred years would have probably been impossible. Along with other fossil fuels like petrol and diesel coal’s use has increased our quality of life.

        Do we need to keep the use of coal like it was in the good old days or have we moved on and noticed the costs actually outweigh the benefits and we need to find alternatives and reduce our reliance on old ways ?

        • Draco T Bastard 38.2.2.1

          I agree, we need to move on and get rid of unsustainable capitalism.

  39. dimebag russell 39

    you are supposed to have pity for dumb morans!

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    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • 2014 Arctic sea ice extent – 6th lowest in millennia
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as...
    Skeptical Science | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    Today I made my oral submission to the Environmental Protection Authority on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine phosphate from the seabed approximately halfway between the mainland and the Chatham Island. In a nutshell this application is for the deepest...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Surrounded sex offender still won’t come down from roof
    While they would still appreciate him coming down, police say they’re confident the man has “nowhere to hide.” After an agonising 54-year wait, it is beginning to appear as though a notorious sex offender dressed as Santa may not, in...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #46 On the Way or Already There?
    46: On the Way or Already There? What if we dropped the pseudo-word “roading” from Auckland’s vernacular? Roads are on the way somewhere; streets are already somewhere. This simple difference in understanding and perspective between movement and place often results...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • 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
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • 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
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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