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Labour supports Plunket

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, August 8th, 2013 - 61 comments
Categories: babies, david shearer, health, labour - Tags:

Another good policy announcement from David Shearer:

Labour pledges $6m for Plunket

Labour would inject an extra $6 million into Plunket if elected, leader David Shearer announced today.

Shearer called Plunket ”a national treasure” that needed more money to build on its tradition of helping the youngest and most vulnerable in society. The $6m would primarily go towards extra nurse visits in the home.

“Too many of our kids fall through the cracks and suffer neglect, hardship and abuse. Given we spend an estimated $6 billion a year on the effects of child poverty, and children having a poor start in life, this is just one way we can start to invest in order to save.”

Labour’s press release is here, and fact sheet here. Good stuff!

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61 comments on “Labour supports Plunket”

  1. Matthew Hooton 1

    All oppositions support Plunket.
    All governments try to make the services contestable.
    It is enormously politically powerful.

    • vto 1.1

      national supports rio tinto

      there it is in big bold headlines for all the world to see your worlds priorities mr hooton

    • richard 1.2

      You left out a word in your 2nd sentence:

      All neo-liberal governments try to make the services contestable.

      • Populuxe1 1.2.1

        But Labour is neoliberal

        • Enough is Enough 1.2.1.1

          r0b might disagree with you there

        • richard 1.2.1.2

          They certainly have been neo-liberal since 1984. Who knows what the future may hold?

        • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.3

          Indeed. Dead easy to tell a neoliberal political party. Their economic/monetary languaging revolves around: free trade, free markets, market access, market mechanisms, market efficiency, price incentives, de-regulation, inflation targeting, interest rate targeting, etc.

    • BLiP 1.3

      Awwww . . . cute babies!! As much as it makes my skin crawl, Hooten does sorta, kinda, maybe have something of a point. Instead of this cynical soppy PR fluff, how about something that would really benefit the babies – announce that Punket is to become the sole provider of post-natal care for all babies born at home or in public hospitals? Go further, make Plunket the sole provider of midwifery services, too. The public would lap it up, I’m betting. Also, it seems kind of creepy that the provision of such an essential service should go to the private profiteer offering the lowest tender.

      • Colonial Viper 1.3.1

        Ah yes, the State taking away new parents choices around prenatal and neonatal care and mandating who you have to use. That will be a real winner with the electorate.

        Go further, make Plunket the sole provider of midwifery services, too.

        What societal problem are you trying to solve with this grand centralisation?

        • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.1

          What societal problem are you trying to solve with this grand centralisation?

          Economies of scale.

          It’s cheaper per person if everyone pays just a little bit than if the full amount is placed upon the person getting the service. It’s how insurance works which is why I keep saying that the best and cheapest insurance we have is society itself.

          • Colonial Viper 1.3.1.1.1

            Economies of scale.

            but there are no financial savings to be made by centralising and mass providing midwifery, and potentially a lot of costs including management and administrative overheads.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.1.1.1

              Who said anything about mass providing?

              The economies of scale come from the mass of people supporting the needed level of midwifery.

              • Colonial Viper

                So you’re going to increase the number of pregnancies occurring each year?

                • Populuxe1

                  No doubt by offering medals. Mutterehrenkreuz, anyone? Мать-героиня? Or maybe Turiana Turia’s bizarre thoughts on family planning.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Which planet are you on?

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Apparently there’s economies of scale resulting from mass support of the midwifery profession. So are more people going to get pregnant or what?

                    Or are you just talking about 100% socialised provision of all healthcare?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Apparently there’s economies of scale resulting from mass support of the midwifery profession. So are more people going to get pregnant or what?

                      I really have NFI how you go from one point to the next. There is no logical connection.

                      Or are you just talking about 100% socialised provision of all healthcare?

                      Yes.

        • BLiP 1.3.1.2

          What societal problem are you trying to solve with this grand centralisation?

          A paradigm shift which delineates natural human activities from those of the business paradigm. Its about taking back dignity from those who would reduce us all from citizens with rights to consumers with choice. Its altogether detrimental to society when the most vulnerable amongst us, those who need the greatest protection, are considered “outputs”. Its gone too far.

          • Colonial Viper 1.3.1.2.1

            Are pregnant women the most vulnerable amongst us?

            Do women who deal with these midwives feel that they have lost dignity, somehow?

            I agree with the principles you state but think that there are far more appropriate and important areas to make the point. Aged care and care for the intellectually disabled, for instance.

            • BLiP 1.3.1.2.1.1

              The most vulnerable are the new born. Yes, as a class, they have lost dignity by going from “mother” to “customer”. I’m not sure caring for the aged and disabled is any more or less important that pregnancy . . . its all on the continuum of human activities. But, yeah, in terms of dignity, our elderly are the ones who need most help at the moment. Perhaps if David Shearer had committed $6 million to making sure they all get fed decently we’d be talking about that.

            • Sable 1.3.1.2.1.2

              “Aged care and care for the intellectually disabled”-So maybe extra help for Bennett, Collins and Brownlee? (wink)

            • QoT 1.3.1.2.1.3

              Maybe not the most, but …

              Canterbury hospitals are intensifying their fight against domestic violence as figures show one in six pregnant women is physically abused.

              Source.

              Many women are abused for the first time during pregnancy. When this happens it is a sign that the baby is in danger of being abused once born and later in life.

              Source.

      • weka 1.3.2

        “Go further, make Plunket the sole provider of midwifery services, too. The public would lap it up, I’m betting.”

        Er, no they wouldn’t. You’d put all the independent midwifery services out of business for a start, and basically take away the ability of women to choose who attends them when giving birth. That’s the situation we had prior to the 90s and I can tell you it’s not what women want. The push to get independent midwifery and choices for birthing women in NZ was driven by health consumers as much as it was by professionals.

        • Colonial Viper 1.3.2.1

          The other thing is that this kind of centralisation of services is so much more susceptible to being fucked around with by the Tories when they inevitably get back into power.

          I really don’t understand why “the Left” likes to set things up so neat for Tories to then come in a couple of years down the track and privatise/corporatise/sell off at the stroke of a pen.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.3.2.1.1

            Put in laws that prevent it. It’s a simple one in fact, make selling off state services or even contracting them out liable to referendum. Try even to bypass the referendum and go to jail.

            • weka 1.3.2.1.1.1

              Are you really suggesting that midwives shouldn’t be allowed to practice independently?

              • tinfoilhat

                DNFTT

              • BLiP

                Depends on what you mean by “independently”. Within a cooperative model, they can do whatever they like, within safety gounds. In fact, having various models being practised within the community would facillitate all sorts of positives like training, oversight, and reduced costs.

            • Colonial Viper 1.3.2.1.1.2

              But you can’t legislate against the sovereignty of a sitting Government.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.3.2.2

          You’d put all the independent midwifery services out of business for a start, and basically take away the ability of women to choose who attends them when giving birth.

          No, it would be that all the independent midwifery services would be fully supported and women would end up with more choice due to some of those independent services no longer failing under commercial pressure.

          • Colonial Viper 1.3.2.2.1

            Where is the issue of midwifery services “failing” even a problem?

            • Draco T Bastard 1.3.2.2.1.1

              I’ve seen many such articles in the MSM over the last few years. Our support of midwifery is, if those articles that I’ve read are any indication, actually very poor.

        • BLiP 1.3.2.3

          I’ll take your word for it. When it comes to having babies I am singularly unqualified. If I remember correctly, Annette King was the one who sought to apply the “business model” to the process of human birth. Can’t believe she’s still around. These “midwifery services” seem another tentacle in the privatisation by stealth model slowly being applied to health. Thanks Labour.

          How about the government really support Plunket, allowing it to employ all the midwives on a decent salary, and take over the provision of all pre- and post-natal services?? The midwives can organise themselves within Plunket into what ever various groupings they want (I dunno here, help me out, water births, home births, drug-free, full moon chanting, what ever) and the mums can pick and choose when they show up for the pre-natal stuff? That would get over the “choice” argument which is a neo-liberal PR shibboleth anyway. I would imagine such a cooperative venture run properly would provide such a good service the Tory bastards would get shouted down if they tried to flog it off. This sort of human activity seems far better to be nestled in a large community rather functioning in an atomised myriad of competing profiteers.

          • weka 1.3.2.3.1

            Ok, so let me see if I got this right. You want to take maternity services funding away from the health system and give it to a private organisation. And you expect that private organisation to allow its contractors to practice in whatever legal way they see fit, even if those practices are against the ethos of the private organisation (so presumably you need to either legislate for choice, or build it into the funding contract, hence another level of bureaucracy). Why bother? Why not just let the health system do it like it is now. Why on earth would you want to privatise maternity?

            “That would get over the “choice” argument which is a neo-liberal PR shibboleth anyway.”

            Fuck off. Choice in maternity services got established in this country from the power of the community. You really don’t know what you are talking about here BLiP.

            • BLiP 1.3.2.3.1.1

              No. You don’t know what I’m talking about.

              This market-ideology Trojan Horse called “Choice” has fractured the maternity services, just as National Ltd™ used it to splinter the electricity market. The problems over the last thirty-odd years have largely been a turf war between doctors who think they know best and midwives who think they know best. Rather than “privatise maternity”, I’m talking about removing the profit motive from the provision of health services. That means taking it back and then contracting the whole shebang out to one agency to administer. An agency that is a not-for-profit organisation already working in a related field with a brand unique to New Zealand and so respected as to qualify as a “lovemark”. In effect, consolidate what should be a unified effort to protect new life as it enters society and until it takes its first steps. Plunket would have to adapt, and the profiteers would have to go find some other activity where their business acumen can be more ethically applied. What ever “schools” of midwifery practise exist can still each do their own thing and, as a gateway, Plunket could provide information on all of them, thus bolstering informed decision making.

              So, “why not just let the health system do it like it is now”? Because it could be improved by refocusing on funding, linking up pre- and post-natal services, and putting the delivery of maternity services directly into the hands of the community.

      • Populuxe1 1.3.3

        That’s no baby, it’s David Farrar

    • Rosetinted 1.4

      Matthew H
      Give us a break. We have to have something to feel happy and hopeful about. Don’t pour cold water on the birthday candle.

  2. fender 2

    Great move…..but the Nats will scream: “show me the money”….but with a $30 million gift to Rio Tinto there’s obviously plenty of that about.

    Pay rises for all Tiwai Point management very soon, well done lads.

  3. Pete 3

    As I mentioned in Open Mike, it’s a smart move given how trusted Plunket is. And it builds on Shearer’s narrative around the Fonterra recall that when it comes to kids you can’t be too careful. At $6 million it’s hardly going to set the world on fire, but if it signals Labour is building a solid platform around family, housing and jobs, I think they can make some gains as we move into election year. Hopefully not at the expense of the Greens.

  4. Craig Glen viper 4

    A geat policy to support Plunket now lets watch Shearer deliver it!

    • Hami Shearlie 4.1

      Let’s not!! Too painful to watch Shearer any more!! I wince every time he opens his mouth. Labour are finished if Shearer stays – Couldn’t believe Annette King on Backbenchers saying Shearer was doing a great job – What is she on?

      • geoff 4.1.1

        What is she on?

        ~$200,000/yr?
        She’ll say whatever she has to say to keep that racket going, along with the rest of them.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          Std backbench MPs salary circa $150K pa

          She’s probably been around long enough to have the gold-plated super scheme as well

          • Pete 4.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, but she could probably score herself some directorships or consultancy gigs, given her cabinet experience. Certainly more money and less hassle.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              private sector corporates doesn’t hire ex-labour MPs into senior positions, and neither does the public sector; doubly so while a Tory government is in charge.

              The only exception might be individuals of great mana who have been shown to be able to work in a bi-partisan manner.

  5. Sable 5

    Good to see something being supported that doesn’t have “Ltd” after it. Keep up the good work Labour and you may yet make a good alliance partner for the Greens.

  6. DavidW 6

    Wow, didn’t see that coming. Particularly since Plunket-Line was de-funded during the last Labour Government for reasons that no-one could comprehend at the time.

    Was it some sort of personal issue that HC had so that DS can now feel free to announce a policy that is so close to being diametrically opposite that it doesn’t matter?

    It sure looks like DS is pulling policies out of thin air to cash in on the infant formula scare and may be seen as cynical. Risky

    • Sable 6.1

      That was probably down to horrible old Helen. Lets hope Shearer is a better person.

    • felix 6.2

      “It sure looks like DS is pulling policies out of thin air to cash in on the infant formula scare and may be seen as cynical. Risky”

      Nah, Labour cares about babies, Fonterra tries to poison them, and National doesn’t give a fuck. Where’s the cynicism in that?

      “Was it some sort of personal issue that HC had so that DS can now feel free to announce a policy that is so close to being diametrically opposite that it doesn’t matter?”

      Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Helen Clark is no longer leading the party. So yes, it doesn’t matter whether a current policy fits with her policies.

      Now if we could just get Labour to take the same approach to Roger Douglas’ policies…

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.1

        Nah, Labour cares about babies, Fonterra tries to poison them, and National doesn’t give a fuck. Where’s the cynicism in that?

        Last I saw, there was a Shearer press release closely shadowing the Government’s “this is not the time or place to rock the boat” line on the Fonterra scandal…

  7. lenore 7

    Ok I am all for it as long as they do something about the “holier than thou” manner of some of the plunket nurses. I was a young mum with my first and even with my second child another plunket nurse was so condescending and “put me in my place” that i didnt bother with the third. I know there are great ones as well but I thought it may have changed but I met a couple of plunket nurses this year as they are the bloody same as the ones I had! My mum also hated her plunket nurses so I wonder if they still have some ingrained culture from Truby King’s and his screwed up issues!

    Maybe all you bloggers had good experiences but I know plenty of mum’s who couldn’t stand their plunket nurses.

    • Sable 7.1

      Sorry to hear about your experience with Plunket. Our experience was the complete opposite, they were lovely to deal with and offered really good advice as we were both new parents. I think its fair to say that like any organization a persons experience can really be down to who you end up interacting with for better or sometimes worse.

      • lenore 7.1.1

        I think if you fit in with their “norms” you are ok but don’t question them lol. I still find it funny we support an organisation that was founded by one seriously fucked up dude. One of my friends was assessed as “at risk” because she was young and not married and she was treated like shit.

        i would much prefer midwives to take over the services instead of plunket nurses as i would have much preferred my midwife supporting me in a paid way beyond the six weeks. She did support me but not in a paid capacity as this was when plunket nurses took over,

        It would be nice for women to have a choice and certainly i will not encourage my daughters to bother attending to a plunket nurse should they have kids. Have a good midwife and keep the continuity of service pre and post baby.

        • Naturesong 7.1.1.1

          My parents received excellent service from Plunket during the period 1967 to 1976 (4 children).
          My family is white, middle class (proper middle class, and can trace it back to 1066). Being a lawyer or accountant is considered a base occupation (due to its corrupting influence), though we do have a couple of those in the family.
          The only concern my family had (unfounded at the time) was how much of the negative eugenic principles still infected the organisation.
          I image the story might be quite different if you were not white, or not middle class, or not educated or not Anglican.

    • idlegus 7.2

      m wife & i had had a very strange plunket lady, told us a bunch of weird stuff that our baby would be retarded, have a small head & a lisp! she wasn’t even 3 months old! needless to say we laughed in the nurses face (& our child is 5 now & doesn’t have a small head or retarded or have a lisp). but for all that, i support plunket because some people would need their services.

  8. Notice that no right winger has appeared demanding to know where the $6 million will come from??

    ;-)

    Wait for it…

    Wait for it…

    • DavidW 8.1

      Nah, we won’t bother Frank because you are going to tell us that it will come from cancelling the Puhoi -Wellsford Expressway, right?

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    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the farcical elevation of David Seymour
    With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple...
    Gordon Campbell | 29-09
  • Bike to the Future
    Bike to the Future. 28 September 2014. Photo: Tamara Josephine. The wunderkinds at Generation Zero put on a great event yesterday. Part celebration, part protest, the Bike to the Future event was attended by about 400 (500?) people, including young...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Peter Williams – Hero of the Week
    There are not many lawyers who I respect. However, that's not the case with Peter Williams, who is clearly one of the good guys.Not only has this highly experienced Queen's Council worked tirelessly to uphold the law, he has also...
    The Jackal | 29-09
  • Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands
    Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies....
    Hot Topic | 29-09
  • Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?
     Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?If so, will they be better equipped than they were in Afghanistan? In the following clip we see John Key reassuring  the nation after five New Zealand soldiers were killed...
    Arch Rival | 29-09
  • The question will only go away if we let it – please like & share thi...
    After only a few years in parliament, a relative newcomer to politics, John Philip Key became the leader of the National party of New Zealand.  He was subsequently elected the Prime Minister of New Zealand on 8 November 2008 and...
    Politically Corrected | 29-09
  • Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review”
    In  Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent” I promised to review the anti-fluoridationist “International Peer Review.” This is Anti-fluoride  critique of the recent review Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of the Scientific Evidence produced by the Royal Society of NZ together with the Office...
    Open Parachute | 29-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #35 A Corner to Remeber
    35: A Corner to Remember   Flatiron Building c1917 What if a flatiron building could rise on every forgotten corner? Continuing the series on forgotten spaces, the corner site at the bottom of Anzac Avenue where it meets Customs Street...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • A model for unaccountability
    National signed its confidence and supply agreement with ACT today. The headline news is that David Seymour get more patronage from National, in the form of being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister of Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
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  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
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    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet
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  • Prime Time on Labour
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    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
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    Scoop politics | 26-09
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    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
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    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Teachers support PM’s call for solutions to child poverty
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    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • First batch of household protection kits arrives in Liberia
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    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty
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    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Bag snatch hero deserves a medal – McVicar
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