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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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    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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