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Labour Reshuffle

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, February 25th, 2013 - 210 comments
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Annette King, Phil Twyford, David Clark and Shane Jones to the front bench.

Moroney and Little promoted and given added responsibilities.

Mallard sent to the backbenches, where Cunliffe stays (although now with portfolios).

Hipkins to Education full-time.

They’re already in order here (although only first 20 are “ranked”, and if Clark is “front bench” the front bench now extends to 12…)

1 David Shearer – Leader; Security Intelligence Service; Science and Innovation
2 Grant Robertson – Deputy Leader; Employment, Skills and Training; Arts, Culture and Heritage
3 David Parker – Finance; Attorney-General
4 Jacinda Ardern – Social Development; Children; Assoc Arts Culture and Heritage
5 Clayton Cosgrove – SOEs; Commerce; Trade Negotiations; Assoc Finance
6 Annette King – Health
Pending final AG Report: Shane Jones – Regional Development; Forestry; Assoc Finance
8 Phil Twyford – Housing; Auckland Issues; Assoc Environment
9 Maryan Street – Environment; Disarmament and Arms Control; Assoc Foreign Affairs (ODA)
10 Chris Hipkins – Education; Senior Whip
11 Nanaia Mahuta – Youth Affairs; Māori Development; Assoc Education (Māori)
12 David Clark – Economic Development; Small Business
13 Sue Moroney – ACC; Early Childhood Education; Women’s Affairs
14 Su’a William Sio – Local Government; Pacific Island Affairs; Inter Faith Dialogue; Assoc Foreign Affairs
15 Phil Goff – Foreign Affairs & Trade; State Services; Defence
16 Darien Fenton – Junior Whip; Labour (incl Health and Safety); Immigration; Assoc Arts, Culture and Heritage
17 Damien O’Connor – Primary Industries; Food Safety
18 Clare Curran – Communications and IT; Broadcasting; Open Government; Assoc Economic Development
19 Andrew Little – Justice; Tourism
20 Megan Woods – Tertiary Education; Assoc Science and Innovation; Assoc Transport (Christchurch)

Remainder of Caucus listed by length of time in the House

Trevor Mallard – Shadow Leader of the House; Internal Affairs (incl Ministerial Services); Sport & Recreation; Assoc Finance
Lianne Dalziel – Canterbury Earthquake Recovery; Civil Defence & Emergency Management; Earthquake Commission; Associate Justice
Ruth Dyson – Conservation; Senior Citizens; Disability Issues; Land Information
David Cunliffe – Revenue; Fisheries; Assoc Finance
Parekura Horomia – Māori Affairs; Treaty Negotiations
Moana Mackey – Climate Change; Energy & Resources
Iain Lees-Galloway – Transport; Veterans’ Affairs; Assoc Health (Alcohol and Drugs)
Raymond Huo – Building & Construction; Statistics; Associate Ethnic Affairs
Rajen Prasad – Ethnic Affairs; Social Inclusion; Assoc Social Development
Kris Faafoi – Police; Corrections; Assoc Health (Aged Care)
Carol Beaumont – Consumer Rights & Standards; Associate Employment, Skills and Training
Louisa Wall – Community & Voluntary Sector; Assoc Health (Inequalities); Assoc Sport and Recreation
Rino Tirikatene – Customs; Assoc Māori Affairs
Ross Robertson – Assistant Speaker; Racing; Assoc Disarmament (Small Arms)

210 comments on “Labour Reshuffle”

  1. One Tāne Huna 1

    Not too bad really. Cunliffe’s talents are under-utilised, though.

    • Bunji 1.1

      With Revenue & Assoc Finance he’ll be right back into the tight 4 of finance (with Parker, Clark on Econ Dev & Cosgrove on SOEs/Commerce), even without a position.

      But interesting that he gets fisheries off Jones – a good sign that some of Jones’ defence of the Fishing Industry was going a bit far? Now if they could only stop him talking about the Greens as well…

      • Anne 1.1.1

        With Revenue & Assoc Finance he’ll be right back into the tight 4 of finance (with Parker, Clark on Econ Dev & Cosgrove on SOEs/Commerce), even without a position.

        I think you might be dreaming Bunji. More likely they (2 of them anyway) will undermine or misconstrue just about every contribution he tries to make.

    • JBug 1.2

      Dumb dumb dumb – This is neither merit-based nor putting our best foot forward. Need our best and our brightest on the front bench. Leaving people like Cunliffe and Louisa Wall languishing on the back bench is only proof that people are scared of him – not that they are keen for the LP to win in 2014. Doesn’t do anything to unify the party either…

    • dancerwaitakere 1.3

      For fuck sake.

      I just listen to the press conference, Shearer said re: Parker that he has “led the debate on the transformation of our economy” and that “there is no-one in the parliament with the depth of understanding of the challenges we are facing [other than Parker].”

      What complete and utter bullshit.

      • JK 1.3.1

        Agree dancerwaitakere. Its a real insult to Cunliffe for him to be made underling to the likes of Parker.

        • onsos 1.3.1.1

          It’s a shame, because he has shown real talent and conviction, but Cunliffe’s position is of his making.

          He’ll be back. The party will bring him back into the fold.

          • xtasy 1.3.1.1.1

            “onsos” – excuse me, who is “the party” on your mind when saying this?

            • Tony 1.3.1.1.1.1

              Absolutely agree with onsos. Having interviewed David Cunliffe, it’s apparent he’s an intelligent man and a talented politician, but he is where he is because of his actions. What is most important right now is solidarity. Despite good intentions and intelligent debate, the notion of solidarity is definitely something many contributors on this website fail to understand or perhaps care about.

              • Colonial Viper

                it’s apparent he’s an intelligent man and a talented politician, but he is where he is because of his actions.

                Yeah thanks for absolving the ABCs of their bullshit manufactured drama and knifing during and after Conference last year, what a great analysis from you.

                You may have conducted an interview, but you didn’t uncover much did you.

                Did Cunliffe foolishly leave his back exposed during Conference last year? Yes he did. But that’s probably because he didn’t expect the blade to be slipped in between the ribs by his caucus “mates”. What a rat ship.

  2. Pete 2

    Good to see advancement for David Clark. He has made a mark in his first year. It’s a damn shame caucus is not mending fences and making use of Cunliffe’s talents.

    • Pete 2.1

      It also seems to be a bit of a boys’ club, with only 35% of the top 20 being women. I think Louisa Wall should have had a nod for all her work on marriage equality.

    • JK 2.2

      David Clark’s mark – as far as I can tell – is that he’s a numbers man. All his Red Alert blogs are about numbers. Where is the “people” instinct in that ? And putting him into economic development when he’s barely been in Parliament two years – that’s a laugh …… farcical …. if it wasn’t so sad. We’ve got a good economic development spokesman, and he’s been downgraded. And THAT is very sad. Bye bye Labour.

      • Blue 2.2.1

        putting him into economic development when he’s barely been in Parliament two years

        David Shearer became the leader of the party after two and a half years in Parliament. Why let inexperience stand in your way?

        • Grassroots 2.2.1.1

          This is really sad for Labour – cannot you see the mistake of putting David Shearer in the leadership role?

      • Bunji 2.2.2

        David Clark’s numbers posts were because he was Revenue spokesperson. He’s a Presbyterian minister – there’s a fair amount of “people” instinct in that…

  3. I’m just happy to see an attempt at renewal.

  4. r0b 4

    Interesting!

    Mallard and Dalziel have allowed themselves to be shuffled down in the interests of renewal – bravo to them.

    I’m disappointed not to see Cunliffe back on the front bench (but I know that’s not how politics works in the “real world” – alas!)

    And just personally, congratulations to my MP David Clark – watch that man!

    All in all, not a bad job from Shearer.

  5. I am absolutely astonished that Lianne Delziel has been thrown out of the top 20,she has
    been a strong fighter for those in Christchurch and has been very good in parliament arguing
    for the people of Christchurch.
    I always felt that David Clark has promise,so, he deserves his spot.
    The reshuffle is an opportunity missed to show the public,voters,members that there
    is a democratic bone in the labour leadership and you don’t have to lick someones boots
    to rise to the top.
    It is incredulous that the Shearer leadership is continuing on a path of the divide and rule
    style of politics, if ever there was a need for the labour leaderhsip to be inclusive and
    concillatory was now, however what labourites have got is a fingerlicking hope that the
    winds blow fair and the masses follow.

    Well they won’t, rest assured.

    • muzza 5.1

      Perhaps its the bad smell that hangs around her with the Peter Ellis case, among other things. Arguing for the people of ChCh, perhaps depends who you speak with, and about what!

    • While I can’t go into specifics, and I don’t directly deal with ministerial/MP enquiries, I can definitely say that from an internal EQC perspective I’m very happy that Lianne has gotten all of the disaster and EQ-recovery related responsibilities, she takes them incredibly seriously and her office works directly with us just as hard as she does in parliament for Christchurch, and she clearly deserves to be in Cabinet especially given the importance of her responsibilities.

      While we’ve gotten good support from the current government in a lot of ways, I’d really like to see how things would function if she had responsibility for the recovery, and what CERA might be like.

    • xtasy 5.3

      Was it on National Radio or whatever, Christchurch is NOT well presented in the new line-up, and that is a REAL worry, given it is still the second largest city, and the major centre down south. Now is David Shearer Mt Albert and Auckland centric, perhaps?

  6. dancerwaitakere 6

    So the top 10 is blindingly ABC, making Jacinda Ardern perhaps the most left wing out of the top 10.

    Does anyone really think this is going to be a great progressive Government come 2014?

    If they wanted some real renewal, lets see Moana instead of Maryan. Louisa instead of, well, anyone of the other 19 on the list above. In fact hasn’t Louisa been an MP now long enough to qualify her for leader. But no, a hard working MP sits in the ‘unranked’ backbenches.

    Not too bad? I say it’s actually bloody shit.

    • Anne 6.1

      Yes.

      It looks to me like all those who supported Cunliffe 15 months ago have been shunted down to/or remain at… the bottom of the heap. And you call that political nous? No, it’s idiocy and indicates that David Shearer is an integral part of the vendetta that continues to be waged against a handful of colleagues by a bunch of Labour Finks.

      I was a strong suppporter of Shearer once. Now its gone.

      I see Fink 2 is no 10. (Fink 1 is 21)

      • David H 6.1.1

        Yep Nothing to make me even think of reconsidering leaving Labour for the Greens and this vendetta against Cunliffe and his supporters has to stop. And there is also nothing to wake up the 800,000 that said fuck ‘em last time maybe it will be 1.5 Million this time. Yep and Shonkey wins by default.

    • Murray Olsen 6.2

      Prefacing her mild opposition to the most draconian of NAct’s welfare bashing with the honorific “Comrades” is all that I can see that makes Ardern even remotely left wing. “Comrades, we agree that there is a problem with benefit fraud but think the National approach is slightly harsh, even though we won’t promise to repeal this anti-worker law, comrades” is a satire of student politics, not a left-wing contribution.

      • Rogue Trooper 6.2.1

        Yep

      • xtasy 6.2.2

        Murray Olsen: WELFARE is NOT a PRIORITY for Labour according to the re-shuffle! Full stop, basta, realisation with a hammer hitting head, brain, promptu, claro now. I expected nothing else, and that exposes the two facedness of the present Labour Party.

        If you are a beneficiary, left there in despair, you are out there, hung to dry, by Nats, and Labour will do fuck all for you and me!

  7. Socialist Paddy 7

    Four of the top ten are bloody ex parliamentary staffers. When is the Labour Party going to look like one?

    • ad 7.1

      Our top Socialist performer Darien Fenton gets Labour issues. Robertson gets Employment. Clark gets Economic Devleopment. Take your pick who will electrify the economy to generate the 200,000 full time jobs it now needs.

      Mind you can’t do a worse job than National.

      • Rogue Trooper 7.1.1

        might be an ohm or two of resistance, yet,
        David Clark :)
        Darien Fenton :) (could be worse)
        Big Dave as an Assoc.:) :) :)
        and
        Iain Lees Galloway :)

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        I like you ad but you are being so seriously optimistic.

        “Socialist performer”? Why don’t you read Red Rattler’s contributions on The Standard and learn a bit moe about what “socialism” is, then apply That Standard to Fenton et al and see how much “Socialist performance” we actually have here.

        FFS Ronald Reagan and Michael Cullen were fraking socialists under your scale.

  8. Peter 8

    Yep. It appears that factional loyalty means more than ability in the modern day Labour caucus?

    And also, doesn’t Grant Robertson’s workload seem a bit too light?

  9. KhandallaViper 9

    This is NOT Renewal.
    This is NOT prmoting on the basis of talent!
    This is NOT putting a line under the Leadership doubts!

    What message is in this line-up that moight connect to the 800,000 who did not even vote?
    What message is in here that would inspre a young person to join Labour?
    What in the shuffle puts us in a better position to win in 2014?

    Are we going to continue to faill to land strong sharp punches when Key’s defence is down, ala Sky City, Education, Christchurch and GCSB?
    Are we going to send a message to our activist that if they show impatience they will be igmored?
    Are we coing to continue doing the same thing, hoping for a different outcome?

    Shearer will have to do a lot better in his re-shuffle next February. A Lot Lot better.

    • Marty 9.1

      Exactly. Another year wasted, as far as I can see.

      • 4wardthinking 9.1.1

        Exactly – agree – this is a half way to nowhere reshuffle. It has promise but doesn’t deliver. Is not using the best talent in the House either. Cunliffe is underutilised in the House already as far as I can see- except that every time he does speak he trounces the hell out of his colleagues with the number of views on YouTube (if that’s anything to go by). Not even his mother could hit those kind of numbers going at it every day. Sheesh Shearer, wake up and smell the puppeteers! You are better that that, surely?!

        • xtasy 9.1.1.1

          Reading the new Central Leader edition and other news in Auckland, Cunliffe is resigned now to save trees in the Waitakere area that is part of his Titirangi and New Lynn electorate. I do not blame him. If you are rejected and rejected (I can tell some stories), you finally resign and escape into something little, that makes you feel better. What else can you choose. Next he will likely head off too, working for WTO, ILO, UN of whatever organisation, or the EU may find him inspiring to solve their probs. Hey, endless opportunities overseas, that is what 40 to 50 plus thousands of “patriotic” “Kiwis” realise each year, aye?!

  10. ad 10

    In that top 10, Cosgrove, King, Hipkins and Twyford have the power the make decent hits on the government. But pound for pound, they need fresh blood at the 2014 election to really best the newly refreshed National bench.

    Pretty surprised that Transport is taken off Twyford and given to Ian Lees-Galloway. Twyford has done a good job on it, and it’s totally interrelated with the Housing portfolio. If you get Transport right, you can tilt the whole Auckland electorate. If you win Auckland, you can (now) win the country. Does this signal they are readying Juie-Ann Genter for Transport- I think so. Odd move.

    Really odd that Maori is outside the main portfolios, and can be “handled outside of the front bench”. With the decline fo the Maori party in the polls there is a great opportunity to reclaim mana with Maori right across the country; the whole privatisation of further national assets is going to require major engagement. Wrong move.

    Same with Christchurch rebuild. It’s where the majority of non- social welfare expenditure is going to go in the next decade from Government: it needed better oversight that this. Wrong move.

    I’m not convinced by Street at 9; I’m sure she’s a senior figure but her portfolios don’t warrant the position, and she has been utterly ineffective. Wrong move.

    Can’t understand the gift of Economic Development to David Clark. I can’t see him staring down any boardroom in any part of the top end of town. Jones – much as he is greasy – can do that. I have heard him called lazy and incoherent in Parliament. Clearly he has supporters.

    Mahuta did well to hang on at 11; with a new baby and not really firing all of 2012, can’t see her being ranked solely on merit. I guess still better bet than a retiring Horomia.

    Cosgrove has the main dish for this year: whether can can really re-heat the anti-asset sale campaign at all. It’s completely out of the public mind now. And it’s yet to be seen whether he can land clean hits on anything. But he has good rhetorical sparkle, which does count on tv and radio.

    Put a line under those to 10 names and ask: will this lift the polls into enabling us to believe in a change of government? Only the future of the country hangs on that.

    • JK 10.1

      To Ad – Mahuta is there because she’s Ratana – and anyhow when you demote your top Maori player, you have to have someone else up close (No 11) to cover that spot otherwise it looks like an insult to Maori.
      Actually demoting Parekura IS an insult to Maori. Shearer doesn’t know what he’s doing .

      And rOB how can it be “not bad ” for Cunliffe to be made junior to Parker ?

      Nope – this is not a good line-up. Mr Shearer’s so-called mediation and negotiating powers are nowhere to be seen. He’s kept all the rightwingers on the front bench, he’s thrown a nod to Pacific Islanders and Women with Su’a and Sue, and he’s left many Labour activists without much to cling on to.

      Interesting vote in Dom Post’s poll on Shearer’s reshuffle – good 30%, not so good 30% and bad 30% – with over 1100 votes. (Note these are approximate only – couldn’t be bothered going back to check for exact figures).

      • ad 10.1.1

        Any shift in any Maori placement is going to put Maori noses out of joint, every time. It’s the most nuanced territorial role in the country.

        However here’s another metric: which of the front bench could initaite and write bold policy?
        – King can, and has already with Housing
        – Parker can, and with Cunliffe’s assistance was good with CGT
        – Twyford can, particularly in Transport
        – Robertson is certainly a good policy facilitator

        Of course there are others, who have not been included.
        But is this the core of the brains of the outfit?

        Is that enough, or do we need a fresh brain injection in 2014 intake before storming the heights wth policy is possible?

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          Labour Housing and CGT were “bold” policies? I think that’s underselling what the concept of “bold” actually means.

        • xtasy 10.1.1.2

          Labour, like Nats have done all the time, are “re-marginalising” Maori voters, that is clear.

          They think they get away with it now, since the Maori Party lost it’s power and credit, and even Hone is struggling with family issues that grow over his head, and that start to stain his Mana Party. This is EVIL stuff. Add the open immigration policies that both Nats, ACT and Labour have promoted for years, and Maori will be on the tiny margin and fringe for good, lost and betrayed once and for all.

          I am still mystified that tangata whenua give any of these f-ing big parties any credit and let them get away with all this BS.

          Hone is far too sort, and Maori Party are losers and sell-out artists.

          Maybe Tame Iti will come up with a new “movement”, aye???

  11. Don't worry be happy 11

    The only shuffle I want to see from Shearer is “off”….Call this leadership? It’s pathetic.

    • Polish Pride 11.1

      Then perhaps you’d like to outline what leadership is and what it is that Labour needs to do to A with regard to policy in each area and B: win the next election.

      • AmaKiwi 11.1.1

        Get a charismatic leader with brains.

        • Polish Pride 11.1.1.1

          And isn’t it sad that this is all that is required to win an election in this day and age.
          Don’t worry about good policy just be charismatic (in fact you don’t even need the brains).

          • AmaKiwi 11.1.1.1.1

            @ Polish Pride

            I don’t know your occupation is, but it is definitely NOT sales.

            Life has ALWAYS been about selling, whether it is a product, service, or policies.

            • Arfamo 11.1.1.1.1.1

              The problem is voters are now just being sold a face. And too many bought it. But the face – the product – has caused a lot of damage,

            • Polish Pride 11.1.1.1.1.2

              No not in sales. I’m in the business of fixing shit thats broken. Something politicians clearly don’t know the first thing about.

              What Arfamo said below is unfortunately exactly right

            • Polish Pride 11.1.1.1.1.3

              And if you think life is about selling, sadly you don’t know the first thing of what ‘life’ is about.

              • AmaKiwi

                @ Polish Pride

                I simplified. My life is NOT about selling. But too often people think because they have a great service or product or do a great job the public should reward them. Sales is about 1) understanding people’s problems; 2) solving those problems.

                You can be a mystic or an artist or whatever and take great satisfaction in it, but don’t get angry that you are poor.

                Likewise, a party can have what they imagine to be brilliant policies but they must understand what people’s problems are and explain how they will solve those problems.

                • Arfamo

                  Well so far “the face” party in government hasn’t solved any problems. Just created more.

                  • AmaKiwi

                    Their supporters would disagree.

                    • Tony

                      Their supporters would disagree because their supporters that are being looked after – not the general population. And who are you calling charismatic? John Key?? They guy is a JOKE. Most people I know who voted National voted for “change” rather than for JK – he really only appeals to white, mainstream, “sales” type people anyway. Selling stuff is for people who either A) love money or B) lack talent

                • Polish pride

                  A good product sells itself…

        • The Pink Postman 11.1.1.2

          Hitler was,a charismatic leader and like it or not had brains . The worlds still recovering .
          Shearer is a decent understanding leader who I have no doubt will turn out to be an excellent
          Social Democratic Labour PM. Just keep watching the Standard.
          However instead of finding fault just work to get those none voter out who were the reason we now have this dreadful gang of Right Wing ant worker Tories.

  12. Freddie 12

    National’s number 5 minister is CERA. the labour spokesperson is an unranked backbencher. notagoodlook.com

  13. js 13

    Isn’t Lianne looking at the Christchurch mayoralty?

    • JK 13.1

      to JS – Lianne said recently she wasn’t interested in the Ch’ch mayoralty. Maybe this is a not-so-subtle tip to get her to change her mind. I hope she doesn’t.

  14. Russell 14

    Curran. Open Government. Snigger. How do Standard commenters and posters feel about that one?

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      Well I think she really embodies the heart, soul and values of open government and open debate. :twisted:

      • Rogue Trooper 14.1.1

        :)

      • The Al1en 14.1.2

        “I think she really embodies the heart, soul and values of open government and open debate.”

        Did you mean

        I think she really thinks she embodies the heart, soul and values of open government and open debate.

        ;)

        • Colonial Viper 14.1.2.1

          Yes especially that lol

        • Rhinocrates 14.1.2.2

          I had a manager like her once – she was so narcissistic that she was convinced that the was “quirky” and “outrageous” and that everyone loved her for it (rumour had it that she idolised Ruby Wax and wanted to be like her). She cost the organisation hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements to people she abused.

          That organisation, led by a former Labour cabinet minister, can’t fire her because they can’t afford the payout she’d demand.

          That’s irony for you. >:(

    • QoT 14.2

      Mainly I continue to chortle/cry at the label – a cliche so cliched the first episode of Yes Minister was named after it. Thirty-three years ago.

      • Colonial Viper 14.2.1

        lol I had actually forgotten that…

        • IrishBill 14.2.1.1

          I should probably mention that she’s still trying to get the National council to put rules in place for members who blog and censures for those who are deemed to have blogged inappropriately.

          • QoT 14.2.1.1.1

            *headdesk*

            • Anne 14.2.1.1.1.1

              Aren’t right-wing, neo-fascist viewpoints in the Labour Party looked upon with horror or has that now changed?

              • QoT

                Clearly it’s different when it’s Curran doing it, because, you know, she believes in Open Government! So it can’t be authoritarian bullshit!

          • Colonial Viper 14.2.1.1.2

            Slow learners in that caucus :twisted:

          • Lanthanide 14.2.1.1.3

            Wow, really?

            Does she realise membership is voluntary?

            • Socialist Paddy 14.2.1.1.3.1

              Does she fecking realise that she owes a duty to her members to represent the best interests of the Labour Party and that they do not owe her an obligation of preserving her privilege.

              Time for someone to put their hand up for Dunedin South.

              • Colonial Viper

                A 4,200 majority to Curran. If a sitting Cabinet Minister decided to stand in that seat, that majority may start looking very very thin :twisted:

      • I’d settle for cliché. The way she does open government it’s bloody newspeak.

        That said, she does the admirable job of not completely sucking in the IT portfolio. It’s so easy to do so incredibly badly that I think that actually does deserve praise, even though she doesn’t really *get* IT entirely.

  15. AmaKiwi 15

    “Mr Shearer said his decisions were based on choosing the best person for each job.”

    Except Shearer is not the best person to be leader.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      Major reshuffles like this must be run on the ability of capability and merit. The only relevant metric in choosing who goes where on the field is the winning strength of the team going into 2014.

      The shame is, I don’t think that this is what has happened here.

    • Tony 15.2

      Dude, you’re obviously a tory, so why do you care? Or are you just here to try and stir things up…?

      • Tories are allowed to care about how a Labour government would be run, too, just as long as they aren’t concern trolling. The same way we give a hoot about which National MPs are ministers and cabinet members- because we want competent people in important jobs, even if we don’t agree with them.

  16. Michael 16

    ACC taken from a heavyweight (albeit down towards the bottom of the ranking) who knew something about the portfolio and given to a lightweight who knows little and probably cares even less. Ardern’s promotion could be seen as realization that welfare matters to Labour’s base but, OTOH, was probably for packaging reasons. I think Clark and Parker will work well together (they have before) but a shame Cunliffe remains outside. King didn’t do Ryall any damage in health last time; little chance she will do so this time round, either. Labour needs to have someone understudying Goff in Foreign Affairs and Defence; he won’t be there forever, while the Nats have screwed up both portfolios (thanks to McCully and Maestro Coleman).

  17. Alex 17

    I find it incredibly hard to care about reshuffles generally, though I would just like to ask one pertinent question. Have any frontbenchers been matched with portfolios that reflect their careers before they entered parliament? If not, why not?

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      What if your career before Parliament was Parliament?

      Will Labour be able to show the electorate that it has what it takes to be different and to deliver, and hence to turn out the 800,000 who did not vote in 2011.

      18 months and counting down, to the next elections.

      • Skinny 17.1.1

        Viper the Nats are doing the job for Labour r.e the hundreds of thousands of non engaged non voters. With all the nasty welfare/ privacy/ youth/ education etc policies the slackers will come out to vote national out. Should be a good contest between Labour & Greens as to who gets the huge party votes on offer.

  18. pollywog 18

    Fa’afoi gets Police and Corrections?

    Nigga puhlease!…just cos he prolly got a few cuzzies on the inside don’t mean he knows shit about jack.

    Crushers gotta be pissing herself laughing thinking how this chump is gonna try keep her honest.

    • Skinny 18.1

      Polly you have had too many crackers! Chris is a top guy in my books but I won’t be justifying that to you.

      Little should have got ACC ( scheming Sue?… I nod my head in disbelief) & associate employment Robbie needs a hand with all the jobs he has.

  19. tc 19

    Congratulations to DS on making his first significant moves toward making labour an even smaller party in 2014.

    The old guard is expectedly featured, loose cannons (jones) and non performers (Curran etc) not demoted and obvious matches not made (Twyford keeping transport to go with housing, Little getting employment or similar) and DC being thrown a bone attached to some minders.

    The ‘peter principle’ in action as expected, the hollowen and advsiers like Hoots etc will be very pleased.

    • Socialist Paddy 19.1

      Aye. It is almost as if ABC are setting Shearer up by making him make the divisions in Caucus even more stark. Cunliffe supporters are almost all demoted and Shearer supporters or those whose support he bought off are promoted.

      What is the bet that Robertson within the next 12 months stages a coup “in the interests of the party”. Shame he did not think about the interests of the party 15 months ago.

      And don’t get me started on Shane Jones. I bet he touted himself to both sides to get himself the biggest advantage.

      • tc 19.1.1

        Relying on Jones to be an effective member of the team sums it up for me.

        The man’s never been anything but a loud mouthed, rude, self serving lazy ineffective member of both gov’t and opposition. In a word untrustworthy.

        • Socialist Paddy 19.1.1.1

          Aye. The fecker is as much a socialist as I am a Monarchist. He is Labour’s version of Peter Dunne but without the social graces.

          He has done nothing for the party. Yet he has so much power?

          It is time for the members to take their party back from the careerists and timeservers and psychopaths.

  20. the sprout 20

    Precisely the post of bullshit you can reliably expect from the ABCers ruling the Labour caucus.
    Talentless, divisive, myopic.
    A triumph of self-interest over duty – Roger Douglas would be proud.

  21. Annette King 21

    For your information Michael I have never been up against Ryall . I left health in 2005. Two ministers followed me who were against Ryall as opposition spokesperson- Pete Hodgson and David Cunliffe.

    • David 21.1

      I would say I wish you the best of luck Annette, but you don’t need it, you have a wealth of experience to draw on. It would be good to see some hits on Ryall, he’s got more teflon than DuPont. I am hoping that the people who don’t seem to match up to the portfolios ( I don’t need to elaborate, plenty of people already have) are in preparation for handing some portfolios to the greens. I have faith, I haven’t written off Labour in the least, but if you leave the greens in the lurch again, I will be getting on my soapbox.

    • George D 21.2

      Thanks Annette. I look forward to you engaging the health sector against the mendacious Ryall.

    • @ Annette, great to see you engaging with us, you apply yourself well in the house,strong
      and articulate and i have often thought you would make a good leader.
      I have no faith in Shearer, would you consider the leadership at all ?

    • hush minx 21.4

      It will be interesting to see you in action Annette, given your extensive experience in the portfolio, which I think dates back to opposition in the 1990s? But I am curious about how you choose to engage with commentators here. I seem to recall one of the previous times you came on there was a series of questions that you didn’t get back to.? From my experience watching stuff, I think one of the most important aspects of real engagement in this social media space is the art of following and replying. Of course we’re happy to know your reading but the next step would be cool too…

    • Rupert Snodgrass (stupid banned troll) 21.5

      Full Moons.

      And teenaged boys.

    • Michael 21.6

      I stand corrected, Annette. Go get him. May I suggest that a pledge by Labour to restore DHB cuts to Disability Support Services (in real terms, no faffing about with “details” that undermine the entire pledge – cf “income related” [sic] rents for HNZ tenants) and cancellation of contracts awarded to foreign loss-leaders, with no compensation, would be an excellent way for you to begin your new role.

    • xtasy 21.7

      Annette, I hope you will read the emails that a mate of mine sent to you and Ardern, re “Rising to the Challenge”, the NatACT agenda for mental health and addiction services for the coming 5 years!

      NO extra money, NO extra care that can be measured, NO support of relevance, much of lies, lies and more lies by a Nat led government, so now come you, in your new portfolio, being the “old” one, and on which I congratulate you, and which I picked correctly as being given back to you.

      That goes in line with the NatACT “welfare policies”, now before Parliament, about which your party has only offered “moderate” criticism, but hey, was it not the additional “health spend”, that was to make it all “work” and get sick and disabled into some form of work again???

      I look forward for your delivery of attacks and more, to the “rile” bastard on the other side!

      Your last chance this may be, to put your stamp on NZ politics to change for the better.

    • Anne 21.8

      For your information Annette King I don’t think the Labour Party has an ounce of moral fibre left in its body. I started out my work career as a school dental nurse too, and I’ve followed your political career with much interest. I’ve been involved with the Labour Party in some form or another since the early 1970s and yes… I know where a few bodies are buried. Not yours I hasten to add – have to cover oneself these days with the paranoid mutterings coming from the third floor of Bowen House.

      So, what do we have now?

      A leader who thinks its smart politics to dump on anyone who didn’t vote for him in Dec 2011, and who continues to punish them. Pathetic. Now we know the real reason why Charles Chauval quit the nest. Perhaps Labour’s most fiercely intelligent legal mind too. And don’t anyone throw in the rejoinder he has denied it because he has no choice but to do so.

      A fellow called Chris Hipkins who calls a colleague a Fink… and then proves to be the one who is the Fink. The parliamentary leadership arranges for him to spy on the counting of a caucus “secret ballot” so he could leak the results to them… who voted what way etc. Pathetic.

      Another fellow called Trevor Mallard who has been leaking like a sieve to the media for how long? The past four years? Pathetic.

      But wait… they get rewarded. Yes, we all know Mallard’s demotion is a Clayton’s demotion..

      I could go on but I won’t… no wonder Labour is a divided mess, and the current parliamentary leadership team (official and unofficial) must take the vast bulk of the blame.

  22. AmaKiwi 22

    Tomorrow I send in my LP membership renewal form . . . shredded.

    • George D 22.1

      Go on then, you’ve been promising this for a while.

    • xtasy 22.2

      Always be mindful of the environment, recycle, re-use and have a safe wipe of your bottom if that saves water, other paper or whatever other resource that could be wasted instead. You are hero if you can do this AK, you are worthy, indeed.

  23. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 23

    I think Jane Clifton was having a ‘go’ at TS when on Jim Mora’s Panel. She made some veiled remarks about certain bloggers being paranoid?, or something about the present leadership driving the decisions, and said that Annette King was very popular. Some people just can’t get beyond treating politics as a sporting contest, where picking the next winner is merely a talking point.

    • Anne 23.1

      I think Jane Clifton was having a ‘go’ at TS when on Jim Mora’s Panel. She made some veiled remarks about certain bloggers being paranoid?

      Aha… now that is interesting!

      • hush minx 23.1.1

        Well she probably hears more of the anti ts perspective than the pro to be fair… might help if she read it?

    • Puddleglum 23.2

      I heard that too.

      I thought it a bit unwise for her to comment about suggestions by a few “fear and loathing prone people who tend to write on a few blogs” that people like King, Mallard and Goff are “evil people in control of the Labour Party“. She apparently found the suggestions ridiculous.

      Such a comment goes beyond political commentary and starts to look like personally defending particular politicians by going out of her way to ridicule their critics. The hesitant delivery suggests that she was aware that she was treading a fine line.

      Podcast is

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      The comment is about 19mins 40s into the tape for those interested.

      • jbug 23.2.1

        I’m not sure Jane Clifton is in a very informed position to determine just how many people are represented on this blog – certinaly quite a few more than her “mate” in Parliament would probably like to admit?

        • KhandallaViper 23.2.1.1

          Mora is a CRAP WEAK twit.
          The interview remonds me how much the innner wellington crowd id seperated form teh rest of NZ.

          List to it in full. BORING middle class salaried smug gits

    • xtasy 23.3

      NoseViper:

      “I think Jane Clifton was having a ‘go’ at TS when on Jim Mora’s Panel. She made some veiled remarks about certain bloggers being paranoid?”

      Yes, I get paranoid every time I have to think about what the hell goes on in NZ. I am not alone though!

  24. Craig Glen viper 24

    ( Shaking head shaking head) We Labour are screwed, National could easily get a third term. Being a Labour member is like being a Liverpool support, aint won shit for a long time and isnt likely to win in the foreseeable future.

    • Colonial Viper 24.1

      3 Tory terms is fairly common though, historically.

      And Labour only need to get 31% or 32% on E-day to take the Treasury benches. (Although Winnie would have to co-operate…)

  25. gobsmacked 25

    David Shearer on Annette King: “She was voted 3rd most sexiest woman in Parliament” (speaking on Newstalk ZB).

    And it’s a prepared line, coz he’s just repeated it on Radio Live with Duncan Garner.

    Memo to David: ask Phil Goff about Liz Hurley. This really doesn’t work.

    • RedBaronCV 25.1

      Nice bit of disrespect there for a senior politician. Hope Annette reads out the sexiest men list. Remind me again – how many women vote labour -

    • Arfamo 25.2

      Please tell me he didn’t really say “most sexiest”. If he can’t even handle basic grammar what the hell is he any good at?

    • QoT 25.3

      Also, even ignoring the sexist wank, it’s a piss-weak deflection from the fact that King is many things, but hardly a fresh new face to bring a fresh new approach to healthcare.

      • Ennui in Requiem 25.3.1

        Fekk I hate agreeing with you, but it is such B Grade sexist wank. What sort of crass pillock would make such a pathetic statement? More to the point what sort of pathetic political party would allow this bunch of nonentities to parade as MPs? I am so bored with Labour.

  26. talavera 26

    Imagine what would happen if Graham Henry/Richie McCaw left one of their star players on the bench during a key game – we would think they were idiots. I cannot think of any clearer sign of fearful and weak leadership than what Shearer has just done re: Cunliffe.

    If you want to win, field your strongest team – make the most of the talent you have.

    I’ve been a LP member in the past, but there’s no way I’d consider getting involved again while Shearer’s at the helm.

    • gobsmacked 26.1

      Shearer was asked by Larry Williams if Cunliffe was going to roll him: Shearer replied “Bring it on”.

      He made it clear he was joking but by then my head was already on the desk …

      • talavera 26.1.1

        Sounds a bit like his recent comments that there is ‘absolutely’ room for homophobic views in the Labour Party. He has an unfortunate way of opening his mouth and thinking later – something that usually rules out a political career for most other people. The ABC crowd seem to be blind to this.

        If Shearer insists on staying around, please at least someone get him some media training!

        • felixviper 26.1.1.1

          Too late for training talavera. The game is on. The ball is in play.

          He fumbles, he drops, he scores another own goal.

        • Arfamo 26.1.1.2

          He’s had media training!! He just doesn’t have the nouse to apply it intelligently. They obviously told him he needs to sound tougerh so now he responds to media prods like a chest-beating gorilla and it just doesn’t work.

          • Arfamo 26.1.1.2.1

            *tougher. Gawd. When will the edit function be fixed.

            • hush minx 26.1.1.2.1.1

              Actually I think he’s had lots of media training and on an ongoing basis. Is goods to see that he has improved, though I guess you could argue it’s off a low base!

              • Socialist Paddy

                Aye I no longer cross my fingers hoping that he does not make a complete tosspot of himself and I am confident that he will be barely adequate.

                But FFS is this what we are allowed to expect? What other miraculous qualities does he bring to the job that allows us to ignore his rather large inadequacies?

                • Colonial Viper

                  He can talk down an AK74 pointed to his face and save millions of people. Also something about being able to successfully negotiate with terrorists and rebels?

    • Hami Shearlie 26.2

      Totally agree, talavera! The biggest idiot and worst leader that Labour have ever had is Shearer. The most arrogant EVER!! What kind of man would stand for the leadership, lose 9 out of 10 debates and STILL put himself forward?? They’ve given Cunliffe some portfolios to use his great intelligence and innovative thinking, yet have made sure he’s in the background so he can’t get any publicity or credit!! The ABC crowd are very used to the big fat salaries (some have been there since the 1980’s) and don’t want a leader who will shake things up – it’s all about keeping big salaries, and safeguarding personal advancement, much more important than the Labour Party membership and the general public who are suffering!!

      • Paul 26.2.1

        Maybe some people wanted a ineffective Labour leader…or at least one who would not break the neo-liberal grip on this country if she/he won. Tony Blair was supported by business in the UK because he was never going to undo the Thatcherite revolution. The Labour right are too compromised by the events of the 1980s…after all, it was a cabal of them that ushered in NZ’s own revolution which turned it from an egalitarian society to the free market dog it remains today.

      • centro 26.2.2

        I think the argument that the old guard are only there for the salaries isn’t the reason they stay. Politicians of their experience and stature would most likely get far higher paying jobs if they left. I think they just really believe in the direction the party is going which we may not all agree with but you can’t fault them for doing what they believe is best for the country.

        • Socialist Paddy 26.2.2.1

          But they are proved wrong repeatedly. They do not have any principles and they cannot gain ascendancy in the opinion polls.

          They are double losers. They should feck off and let the next generation take over.

        • Colonial Viper 26.2.2.2

          Politicians of their experience and stature would most likely get far higher paying jobs if they left.

          Please name 4 organisations which you believe would offer (or have offered) ex Labour Government ministers jobs paying $250K pa or more.

    • Ennui in Requiem 26.3

      No talavera: ever heard on 10 man rugby? You play a bunch of forwards who have no subtelty, just bash and crash, plus a first five and half back whose instruction is to kick the ball. The other 5 backs are mere spectators, their job is to not offer anything that looks like flair or is risky. Labours list are entirely capable of the stodgy game plan, it requires little IQ, attempts nothing.

      The end result is the opposition lose because they try something and get shut down by the negativity, Labours 10 men win by one point, the crowd is bored and go home unhappy. They lose their fan base and produce far less than meets the eyes. Sad really.

  27. Coronial Typer 27

    So if merit had been the sole criteria, which of the new Top Ten would be there?

    – Shearer? Wouldn’t make the top 20.
    – Robertson? Practically silent outside the beltway.
    – Parker? Hasn’t landed so much as a jab on Joyce.
    – Ardern. Has sustained good profile, without major damage onto Bennett.
    – Cosgrove? Hasn’t focused the anti- asset sale petition project, and should have made far stronger SOE hits. Maybe top 20.
    – King. Labour’s only standout policy in 5 years.
    – Jones? Should have had a slow public rehabilitation, nor pre-emptied public release of A-G report. Also wouldn’t make the top 20.
    – Twyford. Strong performer. One to unquestionably deserves the place, on merit.
    – Street? So risibly weak that should no longer be in Parliament.
    – Hipkins Great hits, but so’s a Piniata. Maybe top 10 as a growth prospect.

    Instead we get yet another slow revenge play, like Hannibal salting the fields before the Romans arrive.

    The best chance of beating National as a Labour team is to have your best performers ranked in the highest place. Not this.

    Anyone game to rank what a purely merit-based shadow Cabinet top 10 would look like?

  28. ad 28

    Ok so here is the counterfactual, run as if (my version of) merit was the sole criteria. My version being that this would be the best bunch and best grouping from what we have in Labour now for changing the government. With attractive policy groupings.

    1. King. Leader, SIS.

    2. Cunliffe. Finance, Economic Development, Savings and Public Capital, SOE’s.

    3. Ardern Poverty Alleviation (replacing Social Welfare), Children

    4. Parker. Science and Innovation, Commerce, Attorney General, Justice

    5. Dalziell. Health, Senior Citizens, Superannuation

    6. Twyford. Housing, Transport, Auckland, Regional Development, Canterbury Rebuild

    7. Robertson. Environment, Conservation, Climate Change, Primary Industries, Food Safety

    8. Mahuta. Treaty settlements, Maori, Constitutional Reform, Internal Affairs

    9. Goff. Trade, Defence, Disarmament, State Services, Immigration

    10. Hipkins. Education, Tertiary Education, Maori Education

    • Colonial Viper 28.1

      Finance is too big to have anything else substantial in there apart from maybe Savings and Public Capital which may be complementary.

      I reckon GFC part two is going to start up in earnest sometime during 2014 or 2015…who ya gonna call???

    • xtasy 28.2

      Re Ardern: What the hell is she doing?

      On Tuesday (yesterday, 26.02.) the Nats used staged questions to ask Bennett on the “success” of “reforms” in welfare, so she “sold” her “Future Focus” crap, as if it was the best selling item in town.

      Ardern, like on hundreds of other cases, sat there, never bothered to raise any “supplementary question”.

      She recently “profiled” herself in Auckland’s Central Leader paper, showing off with people from BAMA, a beneficiary advocacy service in Mt Albert. So what the f*** has Ardern done to help beneficiaries, or to raise their concerns, I ask? NADA!

      She should not have kept the social welfare portfolio, but then also, who else in Labour’s caucus would bother?

      • Ad 28.2.1

        re: Robertson, curiously mute on Nick Smith’s decision to “call in” the proposed toll road to Fiordland, and also the monorail. Politicising what should be a full and independent hearing with full media and public scrutiny is simply wrong. Robertson should have shouted that out hard. There’s a surprising number of blue-greens in English’s electorate who would have welcomed the political support about their opposition to these projects.

        When Nick Smith assents the monorail (as we know he will), will Twyford or anyone else break out with a rendition of the Simpsons’ “Monorail Song”, just as Brownlee did to Twyford about Auckland’s City Rail Link?

  29. No game changer.

    Go back to your constituencies and prepare for government :lol:

  30. You can see very clearly that ‘the wankers’ are taking the most serious issues seriously …………….

    Moana Mackey – Climate Change; Energy & Resources

    Not knocking Moana, (I’m sure she is as inept as any of them) But the 2 main ‘issues’ we face don’t even get in the top 20, let alone #1
    WASF

  31. Here’s a new theme in answer to the ABC’s
    ‘ABS ‘ Anyone But Shearer’.
    There is ABS brakes,(i think), well they need to be applied and soon.

  32. Tim 32

    “Labour Reshuffle”:
    a mediocre start that demonstrates some awareness of the life-long Labour voter’s pissed-offness. There’s till time before the next election to demonstrate that egos aren’t trumping representation.
    Not YET enough for a change though in my (and probably about 30 others in family & friends) to give a party vote to a left alternative (OTHER than Labour) even though they may reluctantly support a Labour electorate candidate (Robertson).

    The least worst option is no longer Labour especially when there are options where alternative political parties have shown a repeated commitment to principle, unlike Labour who demonstrate a paranoia towards highly intelligent, logical and rational candidates with ideas and a commitment that isn’t based on a sense of entitlement resulting from longevity as politicians.

    There’s time, but brinksmanship with the voter is not a good idea. For us – it’s no longer about opting out – but opting back in! as there is with many others.

    Best outcome – bovver boy at the back, but its a crying shame there’s not an over-ambitious, insipid little prick placed as doorman standing just behind the back bench.

  33. felixviper 33

    Shit team.

    Sorry but there it is. It’s the reserves and the golden oldies.

    It’s like if the Nats put Collins and Ryall on the back bench and gave the top jobs to Aaron Gilmore and Tau.

  34. Truelabour 34

    There are so many issues that stand out from this reshuffle but I’ve selected just three to highlight:
    1. Maryan loses Health because she didn’t scored hits against Ryall. Lets look back a few years. Straight after the 2008 election, Ruth Dyson is the Health Spokesperson. She loses the portfolio because she wasn’t deemed effective in the role (Ruth demoted). The porfolio is given to Grant Robertson. He doesn’t score any hits either but he continues on a trajectory of being promoted and now Maryan is demoted for under performing (how convenient that underperformance is ignored in some instances)
    2. Chris Hipkins is promoted in to the education spokesperson role because according to his caucus mates (the same ones who would have been put the resources behind him to get the publicity that he did get) he performed well while Mahuta was on maternity leave. In the ‘real’ world, if someone was seconded in to a role because a woman went on maternity leave, you couldn’t just dispense of her because you felt that her replacement had done a better job. But hey – who are we to hold the Labour Party to good employment law. It’s important to keep in mind here that the leadership never truly backed Mahuta as the education spokesperson – in fact I think it is fair to say that she was pretty much set up to fail (well done labour).
    3. Louisa Wall gets her marriage equality members bill up and does a stellar job of fronting the issue (the greens could have so easily run this issue) and yet, she doesn’t feature in the list of MPs promoted….?

    It’s this kind of thing that leaves a Labour voter shaking their head in dismay. You just want the party to GENUINELY get their shit together. One of Labours fundamental principles is ‘fairness’ but that doesn’t seem to factor in to labour caucus practice.

    • Arfamo 34.1

      The only way Shearer is going to get any traction before the next election is probably for this crew to all now get their noses to the grindstone, get their media performances polished, and for him to let them front on all portfolio-related issues. He is a media disaster. If Labour are stuck with him, maybe he needs to rebrand himself completely as someone with a different style of political management, someone who will put together policy and manage that process, and then just direct and back his shadow cabinet. He should stop trying to match Key by mimicking his style and being the principal spokesperson. He can’t sell himself as an anti-Key. It doesn’t work. He’s not a “quick on his feet” thinker and that’s painfully obvious. The less he says, the wiser he sounds.

  35. RedBaronCV 35

    At the very least you’d think self interest would click in.
    DC on the front bench would have dragged in a few more votes and brought a prime ministerial salary closer.
    Some how Shearer doesn’t have the perspective. This country has been in some sort of recession (high unemployment) for the bulk of the last 30 years, right wing induced, and he goes ” wages haven’t moved much since 2009.” Actually they haven’t moved much since 1989.

    • Arfamo 35.1

      I agree. My fear is Labour under Shearer is going to turn out to be really only National-lite, fiddling at the margins, essentially maintaining the new right economic approach of the last 30 years. I’m looking for the party that has a better plan than simply a continuation these divisive and economically corrosive policies.

  36. saarbo 36

    I recently went to a Labour party branch meeting, what a joke. I have concluded that Labour is in a mess. There is no way that this party could run an affective government when it cant even run its own party. I come back feeling disillusioned with Labour, so will join the Green Party.

    But realistically we are not going to have a strong left government in New Zealand without a strong Labour Party, certainly in the short term anyway. That is why the polls are not budging, even though National cant put a foot right. Danyl McLaughlan has hit it on the head “I’ve seen people on Twitter wondering how anyone could still support National, but if you think about the Shearer-led Labour/Greens/New Zealand First alternative, it’s hard to imagine that being anything other than a short-lived disaster. Centrist support for National seems very sensible from that perspective.”.

    If this Labour party do fail in 2014 then there needs to be a massive clean out and re build, personally I believe that is probably the best path for New Zealand long term.

  37. Truelabour 37

    A shadow cabinet based on four things – merit, rejuvenation, public appeal and ability to perform with the portfolio:

    1. David Cunliffe (Economic Development and Revenue)
    – Whether the caucus likes it or not, DC is the best one to lead labour at this time. He’s smart and can speak competently to a range of issues. He’s also got much more public appeal than DS. The public need to believe that the the leader of the labour party can be the leader of the country.
    2. Andrew Little (Deputy leader – Employment Skills Training, Labour)
    – This is his area of expertise and it is what could win Labour the next election
    3. David Parker (Finance)
    – Only because if DC is in the leadership role there DP is the only other person really equipped to take on this portfolio
    4. Jacinda Ardern (Health, Arts Culture and Heritage)
    – Unfortunately she’s not ‘street’ enough to take on Paula. No one else has made a dent in Ryall but she works hard and will try to get him from every angle – it’s definitely worth a try. Auckland Central = Arts and JA hangs in those circles so makes sense that she also holds this.
    5. Grant Robertson (Environment and SOE’s)
    – He’s got more connections in the public sector than any other labour MP and has his hand on the pulse when it comes to SOE’s. The environment is something that could be a strength of his.
    6. Louisa Wall (Social Development, Children)
    – She’s tough and is like a dog with a bone when it comes to these types of issues. She could take it to Paula
    7. Sue Moroney (Education and tertiary)
    – Hardworking and knows the issues
    8. Phil Twyford (Housing, Auckland Issues and Transport)
    – Housing and transport are two major auckland issues. He’s competent and can cover these three things well.
    9. Lianne Dalziel (Justice, Attorney General, Earthquake recovery)
    – She has been under utilised. One of the most competent labour MPs. Should be acknowledged for being so.
    10.Nanaia Mahuta (Maori Development, Youth, Associate Education)
    – She seems to have resigned herself from having lost education but shouldn’t be under estimated. Give her these jobs for now but when labour wins the next election, she could take on any of the other big portfolios

    Note – when you look at the above line up you see a good mix of the two different camps. Its a unifying arrangement but one that works and doesn’t compromise Labour being able to put it’s best foot forward in the major portfolio areas. This is the stuff that could win Labour the 2014 election.

    • KhandallaViper 37.1

      Spot on….nearly but not inspired..

      “Grant Robertson (Environment and SOE’s)
      – He’s got more connections in the public sector than any other labour MP and has his hand on the pulse when it comes to SOE’s. The environment is something that could be a strength of his.”

      The lad only knows planet government. He has not had a breath of air outside on the beltway.

    • xtasy 37.2

      It is largely dream stuff agenda but then again:

      “6. Louisa Wall (Social Development, Children)
      – She’s tough and is like a dog with a bone when it comes to these types of issues. She could take it to Paula”

      Now that could be addressing issues I face daily, but Ardern is to me like a useless opportunist with a lifestyle she chose to “live” politics, to “further” her later “career”, and while she only shows the odd bit of appearance (Central Leader on “BAMA”, Auckland, 20.02.13), she does FUCK ALL for the ordinary beneficiary, of whom I happen to presently be one of.

      Thank you Jacinda, you need to bloody learn and get the smell of sweat, stench and despair into your nostrils, before you even think of representing us!

      I see and hear NOTHING that you have done for us since you have been social security spokesperson. How the f-ing hell does anybody in a party like yours get such a “job”, if I may ask? Is this a put your name in the pot and we will draw the winner kind of game?

      Never to vote Labour ever again, for sure, thanks!

  38. KhandallaViper 38

    Clare Curran has not delivered in her Telco role: she failed to analyse and challenge the Telecom Chorus split.
    Clare Curran has not delivered to the Labour organisation: she failed to deliver a basic blog site; coals to Eskimos.
    Clare Curran has not delivered to the people of Dunedin. see her poor performance here
    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/Electorates/e/6/f/DBHOH_Lib_EP_DunedinSouth_TOC_1-Dunedin-South-Electorate-Profile.htm
    (that puts her in the same league as King, Robertson, Hipkins and Mallard- a de-facto wellinton clique member)

    clare curran HAS delivered loyalty to Shearer.

    she is a winner….

  39. Jenny 39

    A pretty comprehensive list of portfolios and responsibilities.

    But no shadow cabinet MP is named as responsible for Climate Change Issues.

    Even the National Party makes a front row MP responsible for Climate Change.

    At number 14 Hon. Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, Minister for Climate Change Issues.

    This exposes the Labour Party as a CCI party.

    The Labour Party under David Shearer leadership, is actively ignoring climate change. And hoping for a deal, the Greens are falling into line.

    That the Labour Party can get away with this, is only because of the connivance and agreement of the parliamentary Green Party leadership.

    The only front bench Labour MP who actively spoke out against climate change has been demoted and silenced.

    It all points to a terrible and corrupt Obama/Romney type three way electoral stitch up in 2014. Where it is agreed by all three major parties not to challenge, or defy the powerful fossil fuel lobby.

    • xtasy 39.1

      Jenny – It is ignoring that and welfare, for sure. But they may be intent on handing the difficult portfolios to the likely Green Party coalition or support members. They will likely give them the difficult ones, so to ruin them, same as National is rubbishing the Maori Party, as Labour earlier rubbished the Alliance, as others did all the same before.

      The agenda is clear, set the agenda, challenge, hand difficult jobs to the weak and small, yet needed parties, and in the end, they will try to look better, and hope for more votes. Simple, really.

      • Jenny 39.1.1

        Jenny – It is ignoring that and welfare, for sure. But they may be intent on handing the difficult portfolios to the likely Green Party coalition or support members.

        xtasy

        In this list Climate Change is not a portfolio anymore.

        The Labour Party in deliberately downgrading of Climate Change so that it is no longer a portfolio.

        Ensures that whoever is awarded it, will be powerless to do anything.

        How ugly, how corrupt, how tragic.

  40. Benjamin B. 40

    Conservation, *who*? I am totally unable to find a single connection between Ruth Dyson and conservation. Instead I found a drink driving thing. Is that all that Labour has? Really? Even Kate Wilkinson was more of a conservationist.

    • Colonial Viper 40.1

      Nick Smith a very strong Conservation Minister. Unfortunately I do not believe that Dyson will be able to touch him.

      • Benjamin B. 40.1.1

        Yeps he’s strong in a way that nobody needs… except the ‘business’ ‘community’ who celebrates him as the ‘new mining czar’, i.e. ork: http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/nick-smith-new-mining-czar-ck-126120

        And he probably has all sorts of tricks up his sleeves, so Ruth Dyson is presumably no match for him.

        This is certainly not a way to get conservationists’ votes.

        • Colonial Viper 40.1.1.1

          And you think putting Dyson in that portfolio is a serious alternative for winning Green votes?

          I’ll put it another way. National aren’t interested in winning votes of Labour. They’re looking at winning the Blue-Greens back off the Greens.

    • xtasy 40.2

      Benjamin B.: Get honest, the most “conserving” substance that exists is ALCOHOL, right!

  41. peterlepaysan 41

    This “reshuffle” is going make all those non voters turn out and vote for the LP at the next general election?

    I do not think so.

    All those non voters are looking for is a a party that cares about what matters to them, not Wall Street morally bankrupt wheeling dealing Gordon Gecko economic ideology.

    Caucus cabals need very deep war chests to manipulate their membership.

    The LP is bankrupt. The membership is revolting (what is new?) but are a shadow of what once was.

    Shearer has the singular misfortune of being the right person in the right place at the right time to oversee the LP demise.

    Until the LP caucus realises that there is actually an electorate out there, and it matters, the NZLP is doomed to failure.

    Sigh!

    • xtasy 41.1

      Let me repeat this again:

      It is time for a NEW Left Party to form and take off, the time could and should never be better. Those that honestly have ideas, answers and care for the average NZ workers and non workers, they deserve much better than this shit presented by a lying Labour Party that does not even represent workers and disenfranchised. It is trying to become a middle of the road win all votes party, to compete with a National Party under Key that did the same in 2008.

      Shearer and Labour leaders need their bloody heads read to present this hopeless line up and crap to the public.

      I say again, to all those that do NOT bloody GET IT.

      Labour is finished, lost and gone, and think out, create, found and start a truly left of centre, social democratic, or socialist, democratically minded, resolute, dedicated, firm and bloody HONEST LEFT PARTY, thanks.

      I hate repeating myself, I mean bloody well.

  42. Ed 42

    Overall it seems to me a compromise all around, which is really what I would have expected. It has some moves that may well be a signal for either an improved performance or further reduced responsibilities. I can’t get very excited about order other than those seated in the front row whose smiling faces should strike fear into the current government; it includes a welcome return to responsibilities for Cunliffe, and effectively a challenge to him to shine in those areas. Too much is made of personality and not enough of policies and commitments. Lets hope we see some commitments to reverse some of the more stupid / egregious of Nationals errors, while also outlining each time the principles behind such decisions. I am pleased that maternity leave is being treated seriously; I hope that Nanaia Mahuta returns in due course with added perspectives and benefits from the ability to take a slightly different perspective for a while.

    There may well be further changes closer tot he election, but the priority in the next period will be bedding down, with the help of membership, the detail behind the principles the party holds, and the priorities for what looks like yet another disaster economy to be inherited by a Labour government.

  43. the pigman 43

    Fuck “bedding down”, that is all caucus-apologists have been saying for the last 18 months. It has been an abject failure.

    Meanwhile Trevor Mallard is making a song and dance on his facebook page (in case anyone cared) and is at pains to highlight that his demotion was all about his plans to be Speaker after the next election… *shudder*… while his annointed successor continues in the patsy job of shooting holes in Parata and presumably preparing for another round of flipping out at DC on television after DS loses 2014.

    gg Labour.

    • xtasy 43.1

      Drunk on his new “partner” and re-invigorated sex life, on past “fame”, arrogance, ignorance, stupidity or whatever, that is where you assign certain persons to the gutter, the toilet, the street theatre, the asylum or whatever. They surely have no more place in charge.

  44. xtasy 44

    No more of we ask, we say, we need, weseek, we may, we think and all that, WE WANT and WE NEED that must be the bloody message, dear David, dig it, hear it, earn it and deliver it, thank you!

    Labour says, stands for, and Labour IS, demands, bla bla and bla, I want to hear that, no drivel, mediocre chat talk and the likes.

    Maybe, maybe, maybe one day, one night and all the rest, stand your ground thank you.

  45. RobertM 45

    Magnificent. Shearer has shown great courage. Lianne Dalziel has been too flaky and her support of Edward Malarky and Selmans fanatical anti alcohol and anti joy campaign was a bit too far. People are meant to have a life of pleasure and joy not to slave for Bridges $550 min wage. As a middle class wastrel, its half of what I can barely survive on twice that.
    David Parker and the support finance team of Cunliffe, Cosgrove and Shane Jones is immensely strong. I’m a fan of Cunliffe and Jones and believe there centrists who will try and take NZ forward with none of the extremity of Prebble and the former member for St Albans and deputy leader

    • Colonial Viper 45.1

      “take NZ forward” to where???

      Why was Dalziel singled out as flaky and not…a dozen and a half other Labour MPs who weren’t Cunliffe supporters but far more flaky?

      Magnificent. Shearer has shown great courage.

      Yeah the AK74 thing very boring and irrelevant

  46. Hami Shearlie 46

    I just saw David Cunliffe speaking in Parliament!! Talking eloquently on child-support with no notes. A very engaging and clever man – It just confirms why he should be Labour’s leader every time he speaks. David Shearer – Look in the mirror and realise you are NOT and will NEVER BE a viable leader for the Labour Party!! And make the caucus look in the same mirror!!

    • Grassroots 46.1

      +1

      • xtasy 46.1.1

        Hah, yes, to me David Shearer looks like an unwashed, smelly, wet towel, and I met a fair few faces like him, generally all unappealing.

        And Labour put his face on their front website 10-fold. It is like selling smelly socks to the sensitive, choosy buyers. Horrific, really, so what the hell is making those in majority in caucus tick, one wonders. It cannot be common sense and intelligence.

        Ghastly all this, I am sorry, I have given up some time ago anyway. There are and will be other options.

  47. Caleb 47

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    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
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  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
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  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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