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Labour please take note.

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, May 26th, 2014 - 71 comments
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Labour please take note.

The more that National publicly adopts “left wing” “socialist”  party policies,  such as, “free” medical care for children under 13, keeping the retirement age at 65, and balancing the budget, the more they rise in the polls.

Of course, under that cover, they plan to continue with asset thefts, privatising or removing Government services, dropping wages, and increasing the haemorrhage of profits and interest,  making speculators, their corporate employers (after they leave parliament)  and banks,  rich,  but that is not what people hear that just get their news from TV.

The constantly repeated meme,  from the right, saying that Labour will gain more votes by being centrist,  National light, is because they wish, as you can imagine,  that Labour carries on with the destruction of New Zealand in the interests of a wealthy few,   started by Labour in 1984, barely slowed by the last Labour Government, and continued by Key, and his fellow gangsters..

71 comments on “Labour please take note.”

  1. BM 1

    So, what do you recommend the left does.

    Throw more dirt?, more attacks on Judith Collins?, protests outside John Keys house?

    I know what they should have done but that horse has well and truly bolted.

    • wtl 1.1

      The recommendation is right there in the post. You are just too dim to understand it.

      • BM 1.1.1

        So, a continuation of the negative then, suppose that appeals to the labour faithful.

        • wtl 1.1.1.1

          No, not a continuation of the negative. That isn’t the point of the post. As I said, you are too dim to understand it.

    • KJT 1.2

      Actually have “left” policies. Like the Greens.

      Though at least Labour has figured out the incredibly destructive reserve bank ACT, is not working for the benefit of New Zealand.

      Crucifying export manufacturing and passing any wage rises along to the banking system, in a vain attempt to slow rising Auckland house prices.

      Though I do not think giving even more money to the financial system, so they can lose it in the next GFC is, the answer.

      • BM 1.2.1

        I think the real issue with the left is that they have no sales people amongst it’s ranks.

        John Key is a superb salesman, that guy could sell ice to eskimos, the left needs a guy/girl with the same sales skills.

        Labour is just not selling or convincing people that their way is better than Nationals.

        Number one rule in sales.

        Smile and be positive.

        • KJT 1.2.1.1

          Yeah, just what we need, a convincing con man, like Key????????????

          • BM 1.2.1.1.1

            Seriously?

            Fucking hell, you guys are beyond help.

            • wtl 1.2.1.1.1.1

              The other point of the post was that those on the left should ignore ‘help’ from from those on the right, such as yourself.

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1.1.2

              Yet you still turn up every day. So good of you.

              • greywarbler

                CV
                +1 Such diplomacy, Such irony.

                • Once was Tim

                  Indeed! Even more ‘ironical’ is the way they appoint political hacks to diplomatic posts in London and NY and elsewhere as rewards, whilst the actual diplomats (versed in diplomacy) get backwaters (like Spain).
                  What’s that expression about somebody not being an [insert title] arsehole?
                  Very good @ CV. You have to wonder why the trollists turn up here day in, day out, (above and below) and why NZ is getting a reputation as a bit of a joke (the pimple on the arse end of the World’s bum)

                  ……..mPHAT lol ….. DiploCorp Ltd.

                  Now there’s something Labour could sink their teeth into for starters.

            • infused 1.2.1.1.1.3

              Yes they are.

          • Polish Pride 1.2.1.1.2

            Actually BM is right. If you can’t sell your message to voters in this so called system then you might as well pack up and go home.
            I have been watching the message from Labour and the thing that has become crystal clear is that no one with any influence in Labour or that has anything to do with strategy, seems to have the slightest understanding of how to structure a message to voters that would result in a change from the status quo.

            • Paul 1.2.1.1.2.1

              Pretty hard to sell if you get no room to deliver the message ann the message is always put through the filter of the corporate media.
              Key would never cope if he had to deal with the obstacles the opposition leaders face.
              But then he’s the corporates am so his message gets delivered with rose tinted spectacles.

          • Tracey 1.2.1.1.3

            Why do you want labour to win but wont vote for them?

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.2

          Bright-sided
          How Positive Thinking is Undermining America

          Being positive about being up shit creek doesn’t get us out of the shit.

          • Polish Pride 1.2.1.2.1

            “Being positive about being up shit creek doesn’t get us out of the shit.”

            Correct but identifying ‘pain points’ for your target audience and structuring your message in a way that activates those pain points then providing a viable solution and a clear and comprehensive vision will be far more likely too.

            That said politicians don’t have the skills required to fix the problems we as a society face.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.2.1.1

              What’s stopping the politicians fixing things is that they’re listening to a) the economists and b) the corporates. Listening to these two bodies ensures that what’s wrong cannot be fixed because both entities consider what’s wrong as being right.

              Basically, the politicians probably have the skills, they don’t have the correct information.

        • Paul 1.2.1.3

          I think Key’s job is assisted by a media that acts as the Nats marketing department.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.2

        Actually have “left” policies. Like the Greens.

        Well, the Greens are moderately ‘left of centre.’ True left wing policies like full employment, a 40 hour week, and actually free schooling is still beyond even them however.

      • Gosman 1.2.3

        So why hasn’t the Greens or even the Mana party hoovered up all this support just waiting to be harvested by offering more left wing policies?

        • felix 1.2.3.1

          They are. The Green vote is growing with every election.

          • TheContrarian 1.2.3.1.1

            That’s true – though it seems to be at a loss to Labour instead of any other party. It could be argued that those already on the left are switching their vote to greens as opposed to the left bloc gaining more members.

  2. greywarbler 2

    KJT Good post. Interesting about NACTs rising with leftie policies. Malingerers those NACTs are. They can do welfare and considerate policy but they won’t unless people make them get off the couch and do some proper work for NZ’s good.

    Just this morning I painted a picture of us all along with Radionz being a hospice for the country, sitting by its bedside administering extreme unction, as it suffers a slow demise from being fed drops of poison continuously. Poor little NZ. Poor us.

    Poor for those who sacrificed themselves in WW1 and WW2, and other war-riors who thought they were working in their own ways to ensure an improving country stayed in the hands of good NZs. We haven’t lost it yet to the relentless neo lib hordes, but it’s a battle with numerous fronts, feints, and confusing propaganda. D-Day is looming, Dunkirk is on and our compatriots in Australia are trying to cross the Ditch and need our help, so there is a lot to think about and do.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Well, Dunkirk was a very capable, competent and lucky retreat with tail between the legs, but we wouldn’t necessarily want a repeat.

      KJT Good post. Interesting about NACTs rising with leftie policies. Malingerers those NACTs are. They can do welfare and considerate policy but they won’t unless people make them get off the couch

      Actually this is what a successful left wing peoples movement does. It forces BOTH National and Labour to swerve to the left.

    • KJT 2.2

      The “troops’ made it clear what sort of world they were fighting for in the Desert Parliament in the second world war.
      http://www.alternet.org/media/propaganda-system-has-helped-create-permanent-overclass-over-century-making
      Removing despots and dictators and A better life for themselves and their children.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10879584
      The desert parliament was closed by the army superior officers when it started to come up with” radical notions” like taxing excessive wealth, equality and workers rights.

      • greywarbler 2.2.1

        That’s very interesting KJT. About the parliament. I can imagine that that would have been as worrying as the game of soccer at Christmas in World War 1. The whole thing might have stopped then and everyone gone home before the gallant men could proceed the proper war and fight and die of gangrene in the trenches.

        But the Alternet starts on the suspect all social engineering stuff that I have come to connect to religious nuts and conspiracy theorists. So while I think it makes many good points it starts to take a reverse reds under the beds approach.

  3. Will@Welly 3

    I do tend to agree with B. M. Labour is failing to get traction in getting it’s message across.
    It doesn’t need a shithouse like John Key, but it needs a more united front. David Cunliffe needs the support of all of his caucus.
    National is bereft of ideas so yes it will pinch everything the opposition puts up.
    Key & co have manipulated a shift in the ideological thinking of this country to the right in their time in office. Labour need to seriously strategize themselves to beat National.
    We cannot afford another 3 years of National. They have dug us into a hole, any deeper, and it will take more than a generation to get out of. That is not pain, that is misery, that leaves a lifetimes of unfilled promises – those who lived through the ‘Great Depression’ knew the misery that came with the poverty and wrecked lives – the same world John Key is leading us all too.

  4. captain hook 4

    Well one thing Labour never did was hand the education system over to a gang of loudmouthed infantilised bullies who wouldnt know a verb from a prepostion. These people only want to get salaries for themselves and National is doing their best to accomodate them at the expense of the whole system..

    • greywarbler 4.1

      cp’n hook
      They might know a herb from a proposition though yet perhaps I wonder.

    • Bearded Git 5.1

      Yep Tracey as the article says a drop to $6.50 per kg milk solid looks likely. In NZ dollar terms the farm gate price of milk solids has actually dropped around 30% since the start of the year.

      The strong dollar is not helping at all. Time for Labour to make some noise about this.

  5. Brendon Harre 6

    One aspect of the Budget that the left haven’t picked up on is that the election bribes were actually quite small. Over the next electoral term the government budget surplus is forecasted to rise significantly.

    Key has stated while discussing the budget that National would look at tax cuts of an unspecified amount. So while the media is claiming National is all centrist in actuality Key is setting himself up for a right wing move when elected!

    If Key wins the election he will say he has a mandate for tax cuts. Other than specific spending promises the surplus will be spent on tax cuts for the rich. This is what he did with Cullen’s surplus in 2008 and he will do it again….

    • KJT 6.1

      Assuming that Treasury predictions are correct.??

      Which they have not been in living memory.

      The laugh is, if it wasn’t so serious, is that our economy now depends on printed US dollars, that have been paid to China for consumer goods, buying up our milk powder and land.

  6. shorts 7

    As we near the election I believe Labour and the other ‘left’ parties need to back away from acting like the opposition, trying to hold the govt to account,and move to a setting of acting like a govt in waiting – push policy in clear, short and simple phrases.

    Move away from trying to bring down collins et al down, unless it can be done in a way that is short, quick and understandable – the longer some stories play out the worse the opposition looks, the informed part of the population get it… move on or the nasty party bollocks stands to sound true to the dip and out news watchers (masses)

    Acknowledge Nat’s policy that is “left wing” et al and explain why or what they’d do to go further and why these policies are important – free whatever is great for nabbing votes, explaining why (and how that translate to the parties philosophy) is how you keep those votes over subsequent elections

    And most importantly – be confident, don’t be afraid to be left wing, be proud and focus on the parties strengths – give us reason to vote and be confident in that voting choice

    Lastly and most importantly – ignore those on the right… they are not friends, allies or GC’s…

  7. Jim 8

    The main stream polls have on average have in the past over estimated the National Party vote by about 3%, so even these latest polls show that things are neck and neck. It is still likely that NZ First will decide the balance of power.
    I note that Key stated in his speech at the Nact conference over the weekend that they will in the lead up to the election announce a significant amount of policy. Labour has significant gapes in its policy to date, particularly for beneficiaries.
    In my view as yet unannounced policy, the leaders debates, and labour mobilising its membership to optimise their vote, will decide this election.

  8. McGrath 9

    National wants Labour to keep talking about the GCSB, Collins, Dotcom, and other negative stuff. Negativity doesn’t win elections despite the headlines they generate.

    • Tracey 9.1

      yea there was no negative rhetoric from nact in 2007 and 2008

      • DS 9.1.1

        To be fair, NACT at that point had the media to attack Labour. They themselves could concentrate on formulating a cuddly “centrist” image.

    • fender 9.2

      Key likes talking about the GCSB too. Strange really as he usually says he doesn’t comment on operational matters..

    • Colonial Viper 9.3

      National wants Labour to keep talking about the GCSB, Collins, Dotcom, and other negative stuff

      What an odd perspective you have

      You’d probably consider child poverty, youth unemployment and Christchurch rebuild problems as “negative stuff” as well. Best to avoid all the difficult topics then eh?

  9. Ant 10

    It’s damn late but how about Labour actually release more good policies, ‘keeping the powder dry’ seems like a failed strategy that never really works, of course you just hold some good ones in backup for the campaign proper, but jesus give people some options here…

    It’s like they do a few good things in parts like with best start, monetary policy, but they aren’t being put in context with a larger package and then other fuck it up by scoring own goals. Labour then go back in their shells. They should be constantly showing new policy packages in full to the point where its not possible for National to copy them.

    They better get cracking quick.

    Families
    Housing
    Health
    Environment
    Transport
    Jobs

    Have a policy package with clear goals, how hard is it ffs. Instead they do it backward-ass releasing individual policies hodgepodge and you have to be a politics junkie following closely the whole time to piece it together and see the bigger picture.

    • Anne 10.1

      Yep, they made such a good job of “keeping the powder dry” last time, nobody got to know what the policies were until after the election was over.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        Keeping the powder dry and keeping Goff off all the signs around town were the strategies of the previous Labour campaign strategy team. Most of whom are still around.

        • Anne 10.1.1.1

          They may be still around but I doubt they have much influence. Matt McCarten holds the levers of power now and if anyone can pull it off in such a short period of time he can.

          Why oh why wasn’t he appointed six months ago…

  10. Tracey 11

    Given the behaviour of stalin, including killing millions of people, why is it bad to call nact facistsbut calling the greens commies is passe?

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Fascist is quite an over-used and broad term; in NZ I think we should save it for the occasions which really demand it.

      BTW in terms of social harm done, the 4th Labour Govt was far more damaging to the fabric of NZ communities than the English/Key government has been. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – we are way lucky to have this current Tory government instead of the ones headed by Abbott, Cameron, or Harper.

      Also of course (and as you know) the Greens aren’t commies. They are a mainstream pro-capitalist pro-business party. (just a slightly different form of capitalism, with slightly different types of business being favoured). Not communist or socialist at all. Just some flavour of moderate social democracy.

      • Tracey 11.1.1

        I cant recall the last time facist came out of a politicians mouth… or those commenting on behalf of the left….

        commie on the other hand

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Well its just silly name calling trying to hark back to the dancing cossacks. Put it this way… a lot of NZ socialists and communists considered the first Labour Government under Savage to be a capitalist sell out to big business.

          What is quite interesting is how people/politicians on the Left are so scared of being labelled “commie” or whatever. Firstly, it’s not true and just displays the ignorance of the person using the term. Secondly, what a great teaching moment for explaining what modern democratic socialism might look like.

          • Anne 11.1.1.1.1

            What is quite interesting is how people/politicians on the Left are so scared of being labelled “commie” or whatever.

            And the reason why isn’t so much political as social . They want to be seen as socially acceptable by the so called high and mighty in this country. That’s why we have Labour caucus members who have moved to the right of where they used to be when they first entered parliament.

    • JAK 11.2

      Many people died of starvation, wounds or disease while Stalin was dictator of the Soviet Union

      Stalin did not “kill millions of people” but is held accountable by some for millions of deaths

      It is bad to call Nacts fascists because it is misleading – fascist regimes have so far failed to create stable and enduring governments

      The Greens are commies, in the sense that their programme is perceived as subverting society (by exalting the non-human world)

      • karol 11.2.1

        Interesting definition of “commies” there. Where’d you come by that?

        • KJT 11.2.1.1

          Some peoples minds are fascinating. The lack of comprehension and cognitive dissonance.

          Russia was democratic and communist, for all of two weeks before the Dictators took over.

        • Anne 11.2.1.2

          Interesting all round.

          Well, I guess a lot of people did die under Stalin. After all, he was in power for a hell of a long time. Even so, you’re right, Stalin didn’t kill millions of people. He just organised others to do it for him.

          The National Party got into power by spending millions of dollars and telling lies. They are still in power by spending millions of dollars and telling lies. I seem to remember that is what the fascists did in the 30s and lots of people fell for it. Not that I’m suggesting the Nats a fascists in the same sense as the 30s.

          As for the Greens… I didn’t know that humans are not part of the Earth’s natural environment. Do tell us where we came from because it sounds fascinating.

          I feel truly enlightened by JAK’s contribution.

  11. Populuxe1 12

    Basically it’s fairly obvious that the electoral rump are keen on social justice, but they’re not keen on being talked down to, told they can’t have nice things, mud slinging, or identity politics. Labour did get the memo, but seemed to think that a move to centre involved becoming ghastly neoliberal scum. Methinks it is indeed entirely about presentation, the substance was fine.

  12. George 13

    Agreed, entirely.

    Get together with the Greens, announce some good policy, and tell people that you are going to be the next left-wing government of New Zealand.

  13. seeker 14

    I thought at first that National had done something good by bringing in free medical care for under thirteen year olds. But of course it was too good to be true, their hard hearts hadn’t thawed – this admirable provision does not come in until July 2015!!!!! .

    How many children may become extremely ill or even die because it was not this July and their parents could not afford to take them to the doctor?.

    How cynical and twisted of National to use children for their salesmanship of themselves. If they had really been thinking of the children they would have planned ahead for this policy and had it up and running as a necessity immediately. Instead they just use it as a cynical marketing ploy.

    NOT admirable and certainly not honourable BM. Not a salesmanship I would want to have anything to do with. In my opinion you bring shame on yourself day in
    day out by backing this shifty group of so called humans.
    Neither Labour nor the Greens nor Mana nor even NZ First would use such a ploy by the way,

  14. bad12 15

    Consider this, the Best Start program from Labour was probably the most applauded so far of Labour’s policy releases, i will couple that with the proposed 24 weeks of paid parental leave when the babies arrive, am i wrong in suggesting the above,???,

    IF as i think i am, right in suggesting the above, then the ‘extent’ of the messaging is all wrong, for all i know David Cunliffe may well have been up and down the country attending meetings where He is discussing those particular programs every day of the week, BUT, what have we heard of them since their initial announcement, not a hell of a lot i would suggest,

    SO, by ‘extent’ of messaging we can see that after the initial weeks sugar rush of the initial announcement Labour have either gone lazy on promoting Best Start, or worse, let the ‘wing-nuts’ criticism of the program cower them into silence about it,

    There is a big question here, where it really matters did Everyone hear the message, in this little country with serious divisions of wealth/earnings those with the least are less likely to (a) buy and read a newspaper, (b), listen to serious news on a radio, and (c) switch channels when the mind numbing TV news hour is broadcast,

    SO, on a positive program like Best Start Labour i would suggest need not go into its shell as it seems to have over what seemed to be a lack of traction, Labour need to amp up the volume,

    Trumped by National over the budget announcement of Paid Parental Leave, so goes the broadcast narrative, again Labour need to crank up the volume, Trumped my arse, Labour’s Paid Parental Leave is far more generous than that proposed by National and although it seems slightly petty to express this that difference should be hammered by Labour pointing out how miserable Nationals proposal is,

    There’s lots i don’t like about Labour Policy and haven’t been shy previously about expressing this, there are tho two things glaringly obvious to me the first being to have any form of Government of the left Labour have to poll well in September so overt criticism of actual Labour policy at this point is counter productive, the second, Labour politicians have what seems like an innate inbuilt ability to ignore what to many of us seems to be the obvious, personally after banging on about such things like State Housing and the proposal to raise the retirement age until even i am thoroughly sick of writing and reading the shit i have all but given up pointing out what i see as that obvious as there’s plenty of other stuff to occupy my little mind with…

  15. captain hook 16

    the public are just about fed up with key.
    and his cronies.
    dont blink or you will miss it and poooof** he will be gone.

  16. Skinny 17

    In my opinion the single biggest issue Labour & Greens face is a dumbed down electorate.

    On this cold night I just reviewed my power bill via email. Yes and just like every other household, I’m getting bloody torched by my power supplier thanks to ‘Brighter Future’ for the wealthy few Key-National.

    Interestingly I caught a snippet on tv3 news, where Cunliffe was reported to be having a crack at Immigration. Yes that’s right one of the few popular Kiwi hits, one that Peters milks every election.

    Attack ‘them’ you know their not ‘us’ damn migrants who rob us of our Kiwiness. The Left might as well, afterall NACT trot out benefit, Maori, Criminal, Union bashing. We all know its good music to the ears of 30 odd percent of the voters.

  17. Dale 18

    KJT,exports are way since 2008. The balance of trade is well in your favour. As an expat living in Perth I look at NZ with envious eyes.

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    22 hours ago
  • What next?
    It feels really, really surreal to nearly be done with my degree. And terrifying, mostly. Right now I have a single 2000 word essay remaining for Politics of Protest and then three exams mid-way through next month, and… that’s it.… ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 day ago
  • Solo parents forced to work; but where are the quality jobs?
    The Government is increasing the expectations of paid work from solo parents without any thought as to where the jobs will be, the Council of Trade Unions said today. “There are already 100,000 part time workers who are wanting more secure… ...
    CTUBy andrew.chick
    1 day ago
  • April-15 Patronage
    Another month and another good patronage result from Auckland Transport – particularly for rail. Patronage in April is naturally down on the madness that is March due to the combination of a 30 day month, ANZAC day, Easter and School Holidays/Uni holidays.… ...
    1 day ago
  • April-14 Patronage
    Another month and another good patronage result from Auckland Transport – particularly for rail. Patronage in April is naturally down on the madness that is March due to the combination of a 30 day month, ANZAC day, Easter and School Holidays/Uni holidays.… ...
    1 day ago
  • Children and steady-as-you-go – but how steady?
    There are three political dimensions to the budget’s star “children in hardship” item. One is John Key’s ownership. That fits his protestations of concern about disadvantaged children — though action has been slow coming. He made his pile in… ...
    Colin JamesBy Colin James
    1 day ago
  • Thoughts on budget 2015
    There’s a Herald summary here. I’ve been saying for a while that ‘neoliberalism’ – ie a belief in the efficacy of free markets, the distortionary evil of taxes and benefits and the minimalisation of the state – is dead. There… ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    1 day ago
  • What if your MP was decided on the flip of a coin?
    The provincial election in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island finally came to an end a couple of days ago when its last MLA was declared elected following a judicial recount.(What - you didn't know that Prince Edward Island… ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015
    From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget – “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty,… ...
    1 day ago
  • Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific
    Speech – New Zealand Government I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this International Conference on the Future of Asia.22 May 2015 Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific (speech delivered to 2015 Nikkei Forum, Tokyo,… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    1 day ago
  • Budget 2015: Media releases and tertiary education coverage
    We will update this page over the next few days with media releases and news stories on Budget 2015 and its effect on tertiary education and on employment. Radio NZ: Govt tightens education purse strings The Government is expecting fewer… ...
    2 days ago
  • Helping Our Heritage Come Alive – Mt Eden Rd
    This is an image from Mark Bishop. Here are the previous posts: Queen and Wellesley, Newton Rd, Kingsland These images were developed by merging together various historic black and white photographs (all from the “Sir George Grey Special Collection” –… ...
    2 days ago
  • Budget 2015 shows no plans for public sector wages
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says this budget does not address the wage rises needed across the public sector. ...
    2 days ago
  • Don’t expect to see chemical safety data sheets in restaurants
    I keep coming across this very naive form of chemophobic scare-mongering – the use of safety data sheets to frighten consumers about trace chemicals in their environment, food and drink. Here is an example anti-fluoridation propagandists continually use – safety data… ...
    2 days ago
  • World News Brief, Thursday May 21
    PunditBy Daily Digest
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon they see
    When it emerged last month that Campbell Live was facing the axe, I ventured that Mediaworks had become far more Julie Christie's company than it was John Campbell's. And I think that's the reality behind the news that Campbell Live… ...
    2 days ago
  • Andrew’s little Poem
    by Don Franks Twas the night before Budget When just for a change Andrew Little’s thought’s did more widely range Labour’s leader cast round in his mind for an angle On which a publicity moment might dangle Some little device… ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • One good thing
    Today's budget is a dismal affair, as the government shuffles money around and announces new spending while conveniently forgetting to mention that its a sub-inflation rise and that health and education are going backwards - as they have every year… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Budget tougher for students – NZUSA and TEU media release
    Lowering the annual fee increases for students from 4 percent to 3 percent means universities, polytechnics and wānanga will have less money, say national student and staff unions NZUSA and TEU. Slightly slower fee rises are no good if the… ...
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Lala-land forecasts on housing investment
    Some of the forecasts in the Budget beggar belief, and when they almost inevitably turn out wrong they spell disaster for New Zealand families. Here’s the clearest example. In the last year, investment in residential property ballooned by 16%. In… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Cynical bribery on the horizon
    Bill English has said time and again that new spending initiatives of around $1 billion each year are the responsible thing to do, and are the new normal. And, in the next two years, he is as good as… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Share of the economy going to workers continues to fall
    The BEFU documents today have unwelcome news for workers. Over the next four years, the share of the economy that ends up in the hands of workers through their wages will fall by around 1.3%. That 1.3% of GDP,… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Bill English’s Budget illustrates complexity in welfare system
    Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system.… ...
    Gareth’s WorldBy Geoff Simmons
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Pathetic half-measure on housing
    Yesterday, Paddy Gower thought he had a big scoop. He had leaked Budget docs alluding to a big government-lead house-building programme in Auckland. Today, the pathetic truth is revealed. The Budget puts only $52.2m – as a one off –… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Good idea on child poverty. Pity about the tinkering package.
    I can only speak personally, but I am genuinely pleased that the government is following through on its promise to focus on child poverty. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty are appalling, and anything that helps to bring them down… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Why there won’t be a surplus next year, either.
    Having failed to reach surplus in this, his promised year, Bill English looks set to fail next year, too. Having been over-optimistic this year to the tune of almost $1.2b – comparing BEFU 2014 to BEFU 2015 - Treasury has… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago

  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    16 hours ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    16 hours ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    17 hours ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    17 hours ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    17 hours ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    18 hours ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    20 hours ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    20 hours ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    22 hours ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    2 days ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    2 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    2 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    3 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    4 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    4 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    4 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    5 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    5 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    5 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    5 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    6 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • US state joins NZ with GE food labelling
    New Zealand has a similar law making the labelling of many GE foods compulsory, but the Government seems to let it slide.  Because the government has not monitored or enforced our GE food labelling laws since 2003, it seems the… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago

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