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Labour plans to win

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, July 4th, 2014 - 122 comments
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It’s true, Labour does have a plan to win this election. And the plan’s a good one. Campaign Manager David Talbot and Polity’s Rob Salmond presented it to members and media this morning at the Loaves and Fishes in Wellington, so it is out in the open. And it doesn’t depend on miracles.

Labour’s advantage has always been it’s base of activists around the country. That worked for us the last time  Labour won in 2005, an election in which David Talbot also played a key role. This year Labour is running the largest grassroots campaign in the Party’s history, having already had over 185,000 face to face, person to person contacts with voters.

Between now and election day Labour’s activists will have hundreds of thousands of personal contacts with voters about issues of significance to them. The aim is to supersize the Christchurch East campaign, where Poto Williams and Labour promised to stand up for Christchurch East by building 10,000 new homes, kick starting New Brighton and providing security with Kiwiassure.

Labour’s activists will be having conversations about Labour’s positive  message of jobs, homes and families in ways that are locally relevant all around the country. I think it will be a game-changer.

It’s going to be an interesting Congress this weekend where we will hear more about it – I’m looking forward to it.

122 comments on “Labour plans to win”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    Good luck and best wishes to new and reinvigorated Labour campaigners.

    It is pertinent to say though tactics are rarely a substitute for strategy. The strategy to deny Key and the torys a third term imo must involve contributing to a combined left bloc lift and highly savvy use of MMP. An all out two ticks Labour or nothing in every scenario is unlikely to succeed in this.

    • Ben 1.1

      well said, a grand coalition on the Left, instead of dividing the vote

    • Enough is Enough 1.2

      I agree. Lets play to the rules and do whatever it takes.

      The sole objective of this election must be to remove Key from power. The means by which that is achieved is irrelevant.

      If throwing away a couple of electorate seats is the cost of turfing Key out of Wellington, then so be it.

      We can be as sanctimonious as we like about tactical voting. But how good will that make us feel if we don’t take advantage of the system and allow the Nats to march back into the beehive.

      Time to stop pissing around and whinging about Key and Epsom. Give Hone his seat, and let the whole left block know that a vote for Mana will not be a wasted vote.

  2. Tracey 2

    Mickey, my memory is clark spent a year out talking to people before the 1999 election. I hope Labour and Greens have enough volunteers to meet enough people because bypassing msm, or not relying on msm, is the only way to get your message to the electorate.

    Best of luck to Labour.

  3. aerobubble 3

    Green party vote.

    Take the Maori MPs, they push parliament to 121, and the time before that to 122. How was that?

    Well if Labour wised up to the German political scene it would realize that separating the list and constituency parties means more hangover seats.

    Should a significant number of Labour voters split their ticket Green on the list, they’d win government. Imagine that, even if they lose a few Labour voters who are aghast at the idea
    and not willing to vote because of it.

    Why did the Greens get so many MPs and Labour come within 10,000 of winning with Goff?

    A country evenly spit, left right means its ripe for the taking with a flood overhang MPs.

    Of course, Labour would get none of its list MPs up, and sure arguably the Greens may become the larger force.

    so a win for the left without Labour in the high chair is not worth it

    • mikesh 3.1

      In the interests of maintaining proportionality within parliament overhangs should be eliminated. In the sort of scenario you suggest there would be a lot of pressure to change rules so that overhangs would be no longer possible.

      • aerobubble 3.1.1

        Please comment on how much more difficult it is to win a constituency seat over gaining an extra list MP. Since the Maori seat inevitably mean overhang seats and rightly reflect the proportional poorer outcomes for Maori in NZ.

        As for removing all possibility of overhangs and kill constituency seats as unique part of the process. I assume that the whole point of both (as in German) is to remove the upper house. I therefore believe if we have a proportional house, we would need a second chamber. Personally the lower house would be the constituent elected, and the upper ‘reform’ chamber would be proportional.

        Australia’s system sucks.

  4. lprent 4

    I hope they’ll let the media (ie including me) into the detail at congress. I wonder what the situation is with a party member who is also media. Go in and don’t report? On the other hand I find those times when we media are excluded as being pretty productive for catching up with people and getting the gossip about what is happening.

    I’m not particularly campaigning this year. I have more then enough on my plate trying to balance family, work, and this site as it is.

  5. hoom 5

    I thought McCarten was campaign manager?

  6. dimebag russell 6

    Labour will win a resounding victory.
    Thats the easy bit.
    Government is going to be very demanding both fiscally and socially and there are big changes in the world coming up.
    Only Labour is capable of coping with these vicissitudes.

    • Tom Jackson 6.1

      I don’t think that’s going to happen. I predict that Labour will run a decent campaign, and have by far the best set of policies for the country, but that won’t matter, because they’ll be swimming against a tide of relentless negativity and sniping from most media outlets, who will make sure that the status quo endures, and there are too many voters in the centre who will vote against their own interests.

      Perhaps when Labour tacks right again, they will be permitted a term in government. Until then the bozos will have their way.

      Only Labour is capable of coping with these vicissitudes.

      True, which is why it’s probably a good idea to start insulating yourself against them, since you won’t be able to trust the National government to help you.

      • Bearded Git 6.1.1

        Agreed it’s a problem Tom. You only have to read Bryce Edwards in the Herald today who always sees Labour as a glass half empty. No political balance attempted.

        I still think 31+11+7=49=Cunliffe is perfectly achievable/will happen. The Nats will drop to 43%-already gone from 52.5% to 48% on Roy Morgan despite all the negative stuff in the MSM.

        • Tom Jackson 6.1.1.1

          I’m starting to think Labour will get about 25%. Certainly, the Labour caucus shows no signs of wanting to get any more than that, given today’s risible performance from the leader.

          • Bearded Git 6.1.1.1.1

            How do you mean-a speech described those present as “inspiring” on violence against women? Don’t believe the MSM.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.1.1.2

            “rape culture” is an airy fairy piece of unempirical 70s nonsense…

            Tom, I’m responding to this here because the other thread is a bit of a muddle by now.

            What definition would you give to the phenomena of victim-blaming, trivialisation,
            evidence denial, ‘boys will be boys’, McCully’s apology priorities, Rickards, Parker and Hales?

            How much of that is unempirical seventies nonsense? Pfft.

    • Matt 6.2

      The only way Labour will be resting their bums on the treasury benches in the next 20 years, is by returning to their roots as the party of the working man.

      Dump the Redfems and their LBGT accolytes into their own party and see how much popular support they really have.

  7. Sacha 7

    If you have many people campaigning on the ground, they need even clearer and well thought-out messages about what the party offers. Given that’s been a failure of Labour for half a decade, I’m not holding my breath.

  8. dimebag russell 8

    flee you doubters and myrmidons of sauron.
    The Nazgul will be defeated by their own evil.

  9. were the words ‘fighting poverty’ used..?

    ..or any variations on this..?

    • interesting seeing as i have been repeatedly accused of running a ‘smear-campaign’ ..

      ..against what i see as a do-nothing-labour and their over-eager handmaidens..no-bottom-lines!-greens..

      ..edwards-the-younger has done a round up of those ‘smearing’ labour exactly the/this same way..

      ..and it is quite the list…

      ..with most of them saying similar ‘smears’ to me..

      ..are we all part of some vast rightwing conspiracy..?

      ..d’yareckon..?

      ..or have labour gone from the deep-red of cunnliffes’ ascension ..

      ..to the lite-blue of now..

      ..as fast as ‘we’ all reckon..?

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11287715

      • phillip ure 9.1.1

        no wonder parker is grinning ear from ear..

        ..his rightwing economic-agenda is locked in..

        ..and the pathetic nature of labours’ tax-rise..

        ..comes into clear-focus when you realise..

        ..that it kicks in at $150,000..

        ..and someone on $160,000 per yr..

        ..will face the onerous burden of an extra $6 per wk in tax..

        ..that’s a real inequality game-changer right there…eh..?

        ..it ya didn’t laff..you’d weep…

        ..’plans’..?..what fucken ‘plans’..?

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    Record low turn out in 2011. Nothing to come out and vote for. What about now?

    • i wouldn’t be surprised if the labour vote collapsed more..

      ..but it won’t go to national/the right..

      ..so overall it won’t really matter..the left-bloc will stay the same..

      ..the greens in labour will go to the greens..(much as they don’t really deserve them.)

      ..and many of those who enthused at cunnliffes’ brief ‘the workers’ flag is deepest red!’-moment..

      ..and are now dismayed at the lite-blue..

      ..as the campaign unfolds..i see many of them turning to internet/mana..

      ..both knowing their votes will not be wasted…

      ..and that with the likes of harre/harawira/sykes/minto etc..

      ..they will see some real action on causes near and dear to them..

      ..and will get a voice there..

      ..internet/mana doing what they see as what labour should be doing..

      ..i see many of these labour supporters still giving their electorate vote to labour..

      ..but being much more wavering/uncertain able-too-be-wooed over their party-votes..

      ..and that we are in that place..

      ..is all labours’ doing..

  11. Steve Wrathall 11

    “I think it will be a game-changer.”
    Again?

  12. Colonial Viper 12

    Rob Salmond and David Talbot. OK. Well fellas. What are the chances Labour will cross above 32% on Election Day with this plan of yours.

  13. Anthony B'stard 13

    I think it will be a close election, not because of the strength of Labour, but because of the glut of parties on the left and their tens of billions of dollars of election promises.

    The only game-changing that is going to happen is Labour polling at a record low, if they don’t have anything else up their sleeves as this article claims. Cunliffe’s patronising speech today apologising for being a man, has likely turned thousands more away from wanting to vote Labour.

    • Lanthanide 13.1

      “their tens of billions of dollars of election promises.”

      Tens of billions? That would be National’s Roads of Notional Significance, not policies from the left.

      “Cunliffe’s patronising speech today apologising for being a man, has likely turned thousands more away from wanting to vote Labour.”

      And yet many women see it as a step forward to recognising what most men in society seem oblivious to. Go figure.

    • poem 13.2

      Anthony, The media took what Cunliffe said out of context, would have thought people could see through that.
      Cunliffe was not apologising for being a man, he was apologizing for the very fact that it is predominantly men who abuse women and children, and that he as a man, is ashamed of that fact, and this abuse should be stopped. Whats wrong in that?

  14. fisiani 14

    women do not trust The Cunliffe. they can see his insincerity and his weak jaw. He has now insulted 90% of men by apologizing for being a man. He will have this crass comment rubbed in his nose. Women find this comment insincere and condescending. The millionaire from Herne Bay cannot credibly wear sack cloth and ashes even if he still claims to be the Messiah.

    • Ant 14.1

      It’s only an insult to insecure men.

    • ffloyd 14.2

      Umm no they don’t.

    • poem 14.3

      Rubbish fisiani, and repeating john key doesn’t make it any more truer either. And didn’t Don Brash use that same line in his 2005 campaign against Helen Clark??? Standard Crosby Textor.

  15. Richard@Down South 15

    Today’s moves by Cunliffe probably cost Labour a few votes

    • Ant 15.1

      Nah the yobbos who are offended would never vote for Labour anyway.

      • phillip ure 15.1.1

        he gilded the lily of the increased funding..

        ..and that gilding wasn’t needed…

        ..the policy is strong enough in its’ own right..

        ..as being seen to be doing something meaningful..

        ..and it has been over-shadowed/out-dazzled by that gilding…

        ..once again..strategy..strategy..

        ..why is it so absent..?

        ..firm words promising a focus on the 80% victims of domestic assault..who don’t report being bashed..

        ..backed by that significant funding-commitment ..

        ..that was enough…

      • poem 15.1.2

        True Ant !!

  16. fisiani 16

    Team Red planning for 30% Team Blue planning for 50% National has ten times as many activist members as labour

    • RedBaronCV 16.1

      Nact still counting the family dog?

      • McFlock 16.1.1

        nah, fizzy’s just counting as “activists” everyone who said they’d vote national just so he’d get out of the damned taxi. And all their relatives, and the dog.

      • Hanswurst 16.1.2

        No, just walking it.

    • Appleboy 16.2

      Dream on piseearnie…gap closes to labour 32/33, greens 12-14..National drops to 47…then we’ll see what happens and who is shitting themselves

      Don’t forget Kim Dot Com in court next month and you can bet he will reveal the Snowden leaks that a million dollar reward has secured ..that lovely info that has been waiting for their beautiful day of reckoning to show Key is a total liar…whoops National drops a few more %…I will look out for your banal banter then.

  17. fisiani 17

    When tricky Dave tries to win votes by attempting to be ashamed to be a man he is just a sanctimonious weakling. His hubris will lead to disaster. volunteers who door knock will encounter rejection and loathing. I once thought it could be close but with weekly own goals like logging , moas, and now false shame it could be a rout.

  18. fisiani 18

    cunners can give a speech to the activists or to the nation. If he preaches to the activists he will be pilloried but if tries to charm the nation he will be scorned and lose activists to the Greens. They will realise that a vote for the Greens is a vote for the left so why campaign for Labour.

  19. dimebag russell 19

    shut the F*ck up.
    national are a gang of deluded right wing ideologues with fantasies of omnipotence and beleif in stupid sayings and adages and other stupid nonsenses.
    all they are good for is running their spread sheets over everything and see how much fat they can carve off for themselves while they are taking time off from looting the treasury.
    they have had their turn.

    [Light and peace dimebag. Humour and direct responses work best – MS]

    • dimebag russell 19.1

      okay.
      I’ll have a cup of milo and wake up tomorrrow and have twenty five and half weatbix.

  20. fisiani 20

    Labour 25 and Greens 15 equals 40% Labour 23andGreens 17 is still 40. Seriously why campaign for Labour. ?

    • McFlock 20.1

      Well, a bonus would be to imagine the look on your toryboy gob come september 21.
      I hope the nats didn’t cut lifeline funding, too…

    • Bearded Git 20.2

      Nats have dropped 4.5% in a month on Roy Morgan. Watch this space.

  21. Lanthanide 21

    Fizzy is in hard-out astroturf mode tonight.

  22. Mike the Savage One 22

    “Labour’s advantage has always been it’s base of activists around the country. That worked for us the last time Labour won in 2005, an election in which David Talbot also played a key role. This year Labour is running the largest grassroots campaign in the Party’s history, having already had over 185,000 face to face, person to person contacts with voters.”

    Although I want to wish Labour well, I think you are bloody “dreaming”. It does not matter whether you have thousands of activists out there, if people do NOT trust you, do not trust the messages, and do not think you have a chance, they will close the bloody door in front of your activists’ faces. AND you will be bloody dreaming, to think that Christchurch alone may decide the election.

    Labour have failed to get messages across, for some time, and the media is not helping, as it is rather anti Labour. So that leaves social media, but that is never a guaranteed success, as you can only reach ones you have contact details about, and they will only take you seriously, if the messages (already mainly communicated by anti Labour MSM messages) match the ones you send out to them, or can contradict them and convince voters.

    A late campaign is not going to succeed much, as most non voters may be too biased against Labour, they will not be convinced by Labour activists suddenly turning up, thinking, hey, here we go again, they want our vote now, but never gave a “shit” about us before. Especially working poor and beneficiaries may lack trust in Labour.

    No, more is needed, and I fear you have failed to get your campaign together in time. Today the MSM hammered Cunliffe for saying, he felt sorry to be a man, when talking to a forum of sexual abuse victims and advocates. That is fair enough, and honest by him, but too many in the still rather chauvinistic mindset out there, they will view him as a politically over correct “whimp” now, a friend of activists and feminists, but not one of them. Most people are not victims of such violence, and while it is honourable of David to make his point, few will relate to what he said.

    I think this election is nw gone and lost, given the hopeless performance by Labour. You have to convince and send out messages well in advance of an election, to be taken seriously, but that has AGAIN not happened, and where it did, it has failed.

    I also blame the rotten media in this country, for having done all to pre-determine this election, as they did the last two ones. This is a sad situation, and it is time to make a bold change, also taking on the media, certainly a much bolder change than Labour have dared so far. I wish to be proved wrong, so there, dear Labour members and MPs and candidates, same as David Cunliffe, lies your challenge to prove me WRONG!

    Best of luck, as all others, Greens, Mana, possibly NZ First, depend on you making it.

  23. fisiani 23

    Very prescient Mike. you raise an interesting point. if NZF do not make 5 % then John Key wins. If NZF get over 5 % then Winston chooses who wins. He could annoint the Messiah. Do you trust him enough to give your party vote to NZF? 25 + 15 +8 + 3 IS 51

    • Mike the Savage One 23.1

      Fisiani – Winston HATES John Key, there will be NO deal with National, unless the left of centre will look too much of an eccentric deal! Despite of all speculation and rhetoric, Winston will go with Labour and Greens, but demand a high price from the Greens to compromise on some core policies.

      I bet the Greens will go with that, ensuring core points for them, and that will be the alternative, that you may fear. Actually, on some important policies, NZ First, Labour and Greens are sharing a lot, but of course, there are also major differences. Winston will not want to go down in history, to serve one John Key for a third term, make no doubt about that.

      • Hanswurst 23.1.1

        I think you are underestimating Mr. Peters’ ability to do whatever the fuck he likes when the mood takes him. He may well hate Key, but I don’t think that would stop him doing a deal with him.

        • Mike the Savage One 23.1.1.1

          If he does, poison will be all over the “deal”, like it was in earlier ones, and it will be the last “poison bite” that we finally need to get Key into his political grave. So if Winston dares to go there, the will take John Key with him, into an early grave. That will be the most “patriotic” deed that Winston will have accomplished in his whole lifetime, I dare to say!

          • Hanswurst 23.1.1.1.1

            If that were the case, Peters would have been political dead meat long ago.

            • Mike the Savage One 23.1.1.1.1.1

              He will not be, he has many antioxidants, and he can resist many poisons, and strangely even survives extreme developments, he is a survivor, love him or hate him, do not write the man off, we may dislike him, or some he says, he will hit back, until he drops into the box.

          • Camryn 23.1.1.1.2

            Winston will poison whoever he goes with… woe betide any “bloc” that needs Winston to form a government! I reckon JK has stuffed up by not maintaining his hard line… the message “I’d swallow rat poison to stay PM” isn’t a good one.

            • phillip ure 23.1.1.1.2.1

              key has standards (see what i did there?)..?

              ..in coalition partners..?

              ..yeah..nah..eh..?

              ..colon craig..?

              ..peters looks like his wartime-namesake..

              ..compared to that moon-landing-denying clown/nutbar…

              ..whoar..!

              ..craig insisting on being made minister of foreign affairs..

              ..in exchange for his support..?

              (you can hear him whining:..’but you gave it to winston’..)

              ..whoar..!..spooky..!.

              ..and key needs to/is yet to be asked just what role he cd see colon craig in..

              ..in a third-term national government..

              ..once again..whoar..!..spooky..!

      • Beryl Streep 23.1.2

        Mike the Savage One @ 4 July 2014 at 9:50 pm…

        Winston HATES John Key, there will be NO deal with National, unless the left of centre will look too much of an eccentric deal! Despite of all speculation and rhetoric, Winston will go with Labour and Greens, but demand a high price from the Greens to compromise on some core policies.

        Are you new to NZ politics? Winston will always do what’s best for Winston. Given the choice he will opt for second fiddle in a National government over third fiddle in a Labour and Greens government.

        Just a heads-up as you seem to be placing too much trust in Winston to get the left over the line.

        • xtasy 23.1.2.1

          Beryl, maybe
          ‘always” or “usually” may not apply this election which will be different, to be honest, Mike may be right there..

      • poem 23.1.3

        +100 Mike !! No way will Winston ever support john key.

    • aerobubble 23.2

      If National voters realize Labour will win, then they are likely to want to give Labour a larger vote and keep Winston’s influence down. But while media continue the practice of using name recognition of the loyal constructive kiwis for the PM as a indicator of said individual in the job standing….

      Do you recognize the PM and support the role of PM?

  24. fisiani 24

    25 15 4 and 3 is just 43%

    • Mike the Savage One 24.1

      ???

    • Hanswurst 24.2

      25 15 4 and 3 is just 43%

      No, it’s 47, which is 4700% where I went to primary school.

      • Mike the Savage One 24.2.1

        47 percent, if you had gone to the right school, I presume.

        • Hanswurst 24.2.1.1

          No, 47 per cent is 47/100. 47 on its own is 4700/100. If Faeces wants to be a pedant, s[he should at least be a good one.

          • Mike the Savage One 24.2.1.1.1

            Don’t get you, are you the brother of Conchita by the way?

            • Hanswurst 24.2.1.1.1.1

              Don’t get you

              25%, 15%, 4% and 3% make up 47%. 25, 15, 4 and 3 just make 47. They don’t say 47 what, and assuming that 1 of whatever it is represents a whole unit (i. e. 100%), then 47 of them would be 4700%.

              are you the brother of Conchita by the way?

              Sister, actually.

              • Mike the Savage One

                I thought so, enjoy. At least we reached 47 PER CENT! Thank you! Good luck.

  25. fisiani 25

    my arithmetic is correct 25 15 4 3 is only 43 because 4% is discarded Idiots!

    • Mike the Savage One 25.1

      My calculation is National 47 percent, less discarded IDIOTS, leaves 37 to 40 percent!

    • Mike the Savage One 25.2

      My personal guess is, this time small parties will win big, and it will be NZ First, but sadly also the Conservatives, and surely also Internet Party. So many are totally disillusioned with the larger, traditional parties, they will feel the brunt of dissatisfaction this time, to a degree never seen before in NZ political history!

      • aerobubble 25.2.1

        If Mana wins two Maori seats and doesn’t get a high enough voter turnout, they may not help the Internet party get it. In fact should Mana win more than two Maori seats, Mana would effectvely not be able to give Internet party any seats. So I’m betting Internet will get only one if any MPs.
        So if the Maori party vote collapses, and the vote goes to Mana in the Maori seats….

    • Hanswurst 25.3

      Ah, but what if the 4% is Mana/Internet and the 3% is the Maori party? You’re just stacking up a row of numbers you pulled out of your arse; you shouldn’t be surprised when people take the mickey out of your sloppy wording and poor presentation, rather than taking something seriously which was basically an exercise in reading your own entrails and mumbling the results.

  26. xtasy 26

    Reading the above, I gather, the madness does not end here, and will not end soon. I would be happy even if Labour get the basic message here, the bottom line so to say, if they dare do:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmJ5MLhGxoI

    THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE!!!

  27. xtasy 27

    A NEW piece, uplifting, full of culture and vigor, by a comrade from Eastern shores of the world, it cannot get any better, the tune is GOOD, not as passionate as the Latins, as I am used to , but honest and quality:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvGamOcdFY8

    WE must be winning after all, despite the “pulls”.

  28. xtasy 28

    EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMAS SERA VENCIDO, MOVIMENTO POR TRABAJORES Y ANARCHISTAS:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8516-cDbWY

    Not “Labour” territory, I suppose, not going by the existing MPs and lot, what a laughing stock, nothing “revolutionary”, not even the moderate European way, a joke, that i s Labour NZ, a shocking disgrace!

  29. xtasy 29

    “No matter what goes on, it is a discgrace, what goes on here in NZ, there is all kinds of talk about deals here there and the other, it is all about a few individuals and so, and NOT about the people at all, it is disgusting.

    I do NOT vote for Labour ever again, the biggest liars there ever have been, and I am not sure I wil cote for Maori Party, Mana or even Greens.

    You have all treated us as shit, so do not expect us to vote for your crap parties. That is my view as tangata whenua, I will NOT vote Labour, get fucked!”

    That is one of many votes I hear, and I feel I had to post it here, for some to get the message!

  30. xtasy 30

    Sol Y Lluvia, cantar de la revolucion, por favor:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zNYk1U92kU

    YOU will NOT get this here in Aotearoa, not for nothing, this is musica por favor de chile Y otras places. It is stuff we need more of. Best of wishes and salude, por la futura.

    Viva Chile y viva Novo Zelandia

  31. xtasy 31

    Fascism has a FACE, and the FACE is NEAR YOU, that is one PM in rule in NZ:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOae00Fp7LQ

    FIGHT FASCISM AND CORRUPT RULE, LIKE IN THE NZ NATIONAL PARTY DOMINANT RULE THAT IS TIED IN WITH BIG BUSINESS!

  32. fisiani 32

    Shane Jones would never say he was ashamed to be a man. He could see the writing on the wall. Waitakere Man is not amused. Wainuiomata Man is despairing. No wonder Labour canvassers are getting such a hard time when doorknocking. Can you imagine ANY other male member of caucus admitting to being ashamed of being a man? Obviously not. Limit the damage. Roll the Cunliffe and pick a real man or woman.

    • locus 32.1
      • a good man has the courage to visit a women’s refuge – to empathise – and feel shame
      • a good man sees something rotten in a country where 20,000 women are abused each year
      • a good man knows that the attitude of being ‘a real man’ is part of the problem
    • freedom 32.2

      Fisiani, how do you feel about your man John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, the man who told Christchurch how his Government would be there with them every step of the way yet this week he simply stepped aside as a Rape Crisis Centre in Christchurch had to close its doors because his Government would not stump up thirty thousand dollars? Is that the sort of man you respect?

      • Murray Olsen 32.2.1

        On Planet Key, the victims can go to the local rugby club and complain. If they’d say things to a professional counsellor that they’re not prepared to say to drunk rugby players, they’re just being tricky.

      • fisiani 32.2.2

        It is disgraceful that you try to play politics with the victims of sexual crime. Your clear implication is that John Key simply does not care about such victims. I know that no one actually believes that slur and thus you are just trying to play gotcha politics about a topic that is more complex than you portray. Shame on you.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 32.2.2.1

          The easiest way of working out what crimes the right plans to or is executing on the rest of society is to look at what they are accusing the left of.

          It’s like some weird self diagnosis that manifests itself in projection onto others, and it’s uncannily accurate.

          Tom Jackson.

        • freedom 32.2.2.2

          Even for you that is weak fisiani

          Team NZ gets 5 million to tide them over and this Government you prostrate yourself in front of cannot find thirty grand to keep Christchurch’s only Rape Crisis Support line open
          and you try to turn it on me?

          I wipe my hands of you, you are not worth the time or effort of anyone here.
          You are the most disingenuous person I think I have ever had the misfortune to communicate with.

    • gnomic 32.3

      If you actually believe the drivel you write you are an idiot, otherwise a shill.

      Jane Shones? Hahaha. Olympic class idiot and turncoat, even class traitor. To be a great orator you need to have something worthwhile to say, capiche clown?

  33. Jrobin 33

    100 locus

  34. Awww 34

    The last thing I want is a Labour win now because of their compulsory Kiwisaver policy.
    Forced “investments” that are completely outside the control of the contributor are a recipe for financial disaster and exploitation.

    It’s basically a tax rise in disguise.

    • Te Reo Putake 34.1

      You must be spitting about National’s roading policy then. Not to mention the Hobbits.

    • Lanthanide 34.2

      “that are completely outside the control of the contributor”

      Good thing you have a huge amount of control of who you invest with, and what they do with your money, then.

      “It’s basically a tax rise in disguise.”

      No, not really. As of last week, my kiwisaver has a return of 189% on top of the amount I’ve personally contributed.

      It would be a ‘tax rise’ if I had 0% of the money I’d contributed, but actually I have 289%.

  35. The Pink Postman. 35

    I live in Cambridge ,the most Tory town in Aotearoa .I speak to many of the residents (after all I have lived here 50 years) and I am surprised at the people who tell me that are not happy with Key .
    or his team. I am picking that there is going to be a big disapointment for the Nats.If Labour comes up with a good farming policy even those die in the wood Tory farmers may at lest stay at home .

  36. aerobubble 36

    Key says no to CGT as it wont apply to private homes,
    unlike GST, GST doesn’t apply to businesses. What Key
    means is businesses need support but families dont.

    • aerobubble 36.1

      Whyte recently commented how evil government was to provide business welfare. Which seems odd given he never says a word about GST exceptions for business. But hell, ACT is all about providing a menu of stupid policies that National and pick from when it needs to distract. i.e. Charter Schools, Three strikes injustice, etc.

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    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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