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Labour surges in latest Roy Morgan

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 pm, October 2nd, 2013 - 141 comments
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Well it is official.  A further poll points to a surge in support for Labour since David Cunliffe became leader.

The latest Roy Morgan poll has Labour on 37% up 4.5%, National on 42% and the Greens on 11% although down 3.5%.  National is up slightly to 42%.

I expect support will settle back a little in the next series of polls but I think it can be safely said that National now has a battle on its hands to win the next election.

141 comments on “Labour surges in latest Roy Morgan”

  1. ScottGN 1

    I like how Gary Morgan says:

    “If Cunliffe can enunciate a consistent and concise message of the Labour Party policies and how they will improve the lives of New Zealanders and the country in general over the next 12 months, Cunliffe stands a real chance of being elected as New Zealand’s next Prime Minister at next year’s election.”

    He’s doing a pretty good job so far.

    • Mary 1.1

      Yes, that’s right, and he’d do even better if he just said his piece calmly but firmly without embellishment of any kind. He just needs to keep sticking it to Key clearly and consistently in ways everyone can understand. He does do this most of the time but he just needs to stay calm and measured and he’ll do extremely well.

      • finbar 1.1.1

        Exactly Mary.He has had his eye on the job for some time, and now he has it.Now he has to front up, without the quips and settle into what he could be a Prime Minister,that history will reflect as a leader of substance and compassion.

        We have the Nats in the corner,(and has that not taken us some time) and they know it.Time for Dave,to grasp that nodding bastard purple thistle,and lead his team to victory.

        • Tom Gould 1.1.1.1

          A cornered Tory is a dangerous beast. For what Cunliffe and Labour can expect, check out the Herald to see what they are doing to Miliband in the UK.

          • Craig 1.1.1.1.1

            Er yes, but the Tories have their own troubles, spelt UKIP. Their own voter share is being eaten from the far right.

          • finbar 1.1.1.1.2

            All depends Tom,should your fathers sins be laid on you.Or should you, as your fathers son, and a leader of a Labour Party be proud of your father!s socialist leanings..

            Milliaband, has been handling it well, avoiding the elephant of Marx/Engels obvious foundation in all Labour Party!s.Myself,im not drawn to him as Britain!s Labour leader,but that!s my mind.

    • Core_Labour_Voter 1.2

      I think Labour/Green/NZ First/Mana government is a done deal. Why are we still saying the election will be a close call?

      • fender 1.2.1

        Because it will be close?

        Because complacency is for fools?

        • McFlock 1.2.1.1

          and because that’s a similar attitude to what National had, and now they’re in the shit.

          Train hard, fight easy.
          If you assume the fight will be easy and you train easy, you’ll have to fight hard (and could well lose).

  2. Disraeli Gladstone 2

    Two important things to note:

    – Labour’s rise is solely from cannibalising fellow opposition party votes. That’s good and bad for Labour. The closer they get to 40%, the less National can play the “how can the biggest party not govern?” card. However, National does seem to have a bottom support level of at least 42% which is still a winnable position, if difficult to do so.

    – The “Is NZ on the right track” question saw a massive increase. The fact that National didn’t benefit from that is interesting. Either, voters are thinking that NZ is on the right track but just sick of the National Government itself, or optimism is improving across all voters, which may help National come election time. Floating voters tend to go with better the devil you know if the country is feeling secured.

    All this talk that National or Labour already has the election won is rubbish.

    All still to play for.

    [Sigh. You've got to look beyond a single poll. Yes, in this instance the Greens fell but from their highest result all year and back to close to their average of 12.5% this year. The Greens' trend is flat. Labour is at its highest level since before Key came to power and the trend is clearly up. National has been under Lab+Green for the past four Roy Morgans and is clearly trending down. JH]

    • Pascal's bookie 2.1

      Yeah nah on the first point, re where Labour’s extra support is coming from.

      Look at the graph. National is down to around 40, and the minor parties have hardly moved. Where has the lost National vote gone?

    • Francis 2.2

      National gained 1% in this poll, so they’ve at least gained something this time. Presumably, that came from NZ First, who dropped 2% in the poll.

      I’d say that a lot of this is the left-wing voters swinging back to Labour, with (presumably) 3.5% from the Greens and 1% from NZ First.

      Notably, National still really hasn’t recovered from the GCSB issue. Whether they ever will really depends on how much the left-block keeps raising issues with the National government.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 2.2.1

        1% in this context is not a ‘gain’, its just the margin of error you would expect.

        Certainly what is helping is Keys media offensive, making sure he is seen everywhere and with everyone.

      • karol 2.2.2

        1-2% is well within margin of error.

        5% didn’t name a party.

        • bad12 2.2.2.1

          But that 5% who didn’t name a party is said by Roy to be down 1% so Labour is obviously getting the better % of the undecided’s…

          • Rogue Trooper 2.2.2.1.1

            there is something, forgive me, that i do not understand, why are such meals made of morsels; hopefully ;), not the Politics of Hope .

    • Colonial Viper 2.3

      The counter-argument is simple. The largest party doesn’t form the Government if it cannot pass a Budget, and if it cannot fund its policies.

    • gobsmacked 2.4

      Taking votes (back) from NZ First isn’t cannibalising. It’s removing Key’s only hope.

      Maybe Winston will get 5%, and maybe he’ll go with National. But it’s a dead cert National can’t govern without those two maybes coming true.

      • Francis 2.4.1

        Hopefully he does get 5% (or close, anyway), but at the expense of National voters rather than Labour ones.

        • Lanthanide 2.4.1.1

          The largest bloc in parliament benefits the most from wasted votes.

          So Labour would be better off with NZ1 getting 4.9%, even if more of the votes came from the left than the right, than they would be with NZ1 getting 5.0% with more of the votes coming from the right than the left.

      • Craig 2.4.2

        That’s the problem with Winston- he’s opportunist, populist and wants to waste money that should be reserved for public health, education and welfare services on vanity referenda on non-issues that obsess his followers. No bloody way! At least the Greens are reliable coalition partners and a centre-left party.

    • Salmon 2.5

      An interesting point.

      Labour/Greens made huge gains against National in the Roy Morgan poll after Shearer resigned, during the leadership election. So the surge occurred in anticipation of a new leader.

      Then after DC was elected, in this poll, Labour took a big chunk out of that from the Greens, and National remained the same. Good news as Labour needs to be closer to 40% to be a credible opposition.

    • Craig 2.6

      I suspect part of the voter share increase is coming from the demise of New Zealand First’s protest voter share as Labour firms up its leadership, policy development and as National’s incumbency fatigue starts to eat away at its own voter share. After a while, the metaphorical (policy) turkeys come home to roost…

  3. Intrinsicvalue 3

    If DC can roll out a few more blunders like that with Kanik Mongia, the honeymoon won’t last long.

    • gobsmacked 3.1

      Please keep believing that right wing blog obsessions = voters’ concerns. Please, please, pretty please. More attacks on Cunliffe and you could get Labour over 40. Good luck!

    • bad12 3.2

      Oh Labour only need slightly alter the criteria for it’s KiwiBuild program to weed out the would be speculators like the one you mention,

      Simply put a 5-8 year condition on the sale of a KiwiBuild home where it can only be sold back to the Government at cost plus paid up equity on the program and hey presto anyone trying to get onto the scheme to get a free ride into property speculation will be outta luck…

    • ScottGN 3.3

      If Nick Smith just makes a few more housing policy announcements National might not make it to the 40s in the next poll.

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    Yes

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    Part of the polling period was before Cunliffe was announced as leader.

  6. bad12 6

    Lolz no wonder Slippery’s trip across the ditch to Oz is being conducted at the speed of light, (or is that the speed of a frightened mouse),

    There and back in a mere few hours probably to keep the whining of His Caucus to a bare minimum…

    • Red Rosa 6.1

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9235949/Key-to-meet-with-new-Australia-PM

      Good analysis here.

      So what has Key achieved, apart from a couple of photo ops with Abbott?

      Precisely nothing. As did McCully with Bishop.

      The raw deal dished out to Kiwis in Oz by the Howard government, of which Abbott was part, is hardly likely to rate a serious mention. Easier to kowtow to the Mad Monk, then back home to lord it over the peasants again.

    • Colonial Viper 6.2

      There and back in a mere few hours probably to keep the whining of His Caucus to a bare minimum…

      The sound of whispers in back rooms and knives being sharpened…

      • bad12 6.2.1

        Plastic sheeting silently rolled out in the Caucus room preparing for the blood-bath to follow…

    • Ron 6.3

      At least some of Key’s caucus are leaving politics Labour needs to be encouraging some of our MP’s to consider it time to go.
      It would really be nice to have a good influx of new MP’s when we regain the Treasury Benches

  7. weka 7

    Well it is official. A further poll points to a surge in support for Labour since David Cunliffe became leader.

    The latest Roy Morgan poll has Labour on 37% up 4.5%, National on 42% and the Greens on 11% although down 3.5%. National is up slightly to 42%.

    I haven’t put this into an MMP calculator yet, but I’m struggling to see how this is good news for anyone other than Labour*. Please explain how a left-wing coalition govt could be formed?

    *unless people are believing that right wing spin that Labour need to have a higher percentage than National.

    [the calculator gives Nat: 54 seats, Labour 48, Greens 15. That's a clear 2-party majority with no alternative led by National. The rest, it doesn't change the result. I used be ACT: 0, MANA: 2, Maori: 1, UF: 1. JH]

  8. Tracey 8

    Bad12

    I thought there was a famiky illness

    • bad12 8.1

      Tracey, yes appears to have been a quick one, i am still of the opinion that the ‘family illness’ was Slippery Himself taking another turn for the worse,

      Fit people don’t just crap out in the middle of walking up the street and i would suggest that our PM has got something wrong with either His head or heart,(of a medical nature Lol)…

      • karol 8.1.1

        bad, I feel that is likely as well, but, it may not be actual – just a suspicion.

      • Ron 8.1.2

        One you certainly can take ill like that regardless how fit you are, Anyone who has had an attack of dysentery can understand that.
        And please don’t wish Key out of National Leadership. The alternatives are much worse. (Think Joyce/Collins)
        Regardless what we think of Key’s politics we at least got a relatively liberal person which has allowed some of the legislation that we would normally support get passed. Of course it also got us some legislation we hate but ‘them’s the breaks’

        • Pasupial 8.1.2.1

          It happened at (or outside) a pub didn’t it? His medical condition may be ethanol related. He certainly lets that drunk look show more when photographed.

        • bad12 8.1.2.2

          Lolz, so what your saying is that He s**t Himself, thought He may have gone all dizzy after having been tweeted the numbers of a previous poll myself,

          Perhaps such a dizzy fit did include Him losing control of His bowels…

  9. newsense 9

    July 15-28, 2013 53.5 44
    August 12-25, 2013 47 51.5
    August 26 – September 8, 2013 43.5 54.5

    Nats v opposition numbers. Seems to be a good trend, especially as Labour has a larger share of the vote.

    Though Peters is included in opposition and he always plays his cards close to his chest.

  10. Anne 10

    Actually I don’t believe this latest poll trend (in one poll remember) is something for the Greens to be concerned about. David Cunliffe is a very strong environmentalist. I have complete trust in his integrity and his predilection to form a coalition with the Green Party. Indeed Global Warming makes it imperative that the parties of the Left form a coalition and work together to mitigate the effects as best they can. It can never happen with Tories and their ilk because their brain cells are insufficient to comprehend the catastrophic future that lies ahead. They prefer to close their eyes and block their ears because they can’t face the truth anyway. It flies in the face of their greed and selfish ideology.

    My best guess is that Cunliffe/ Norman and Turei will map out a pathway ahead that will be inclusive and, where possible, they will not tread on each others’ toes. Here’s hoping.

    • weka 10.1

      I’m not overly concerned about the GP numbers either (they jump around a bit). More of a concern is the sense that some Labourites want to get more votes at the expense of the GP. If that happens consistently over the next year, then Labour and the GP will go into the election in direct competition, and I’m not sure that is good for the left.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        Well, Labour could go back to targetting soft National/centrist voters…

        • Rogue Trooper 10.1.1.1

          chuckle

        • weka 10.1.1.2

          So you don’t think it’s an issue CV?

          • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.2.1

            The risk of Green vote cannabalism by a resurgent Labour Party is a definite issue.

            What this means is that the Greens and Labour need to elucidate their respective political philosophies much more clearly, including their commonalities and their differences.

            They need to work together to increase the public’s understanding of left wing liberal, green and modern socialist values.

    • karol 10.2

      Maybe just a little re-positioning, Anne.

      I wasn’t happy with the Greens shuffle centre-wards while the Labour caucus was struggling somewhat.

      I would like to see some strengthening of the Greens as a truly left party, putting pressure on Labour over things like social security, state housing, TPP etc.

  11. Te Reo Putake 11

    Here’s a couple of outcomes, assuming that Mana, UF, ACT and the MP retain their current seats.

    Green Party 15
    Labour Party 47
    Mana 1
    Māori Party 3
    National Party 54
    United Future 1
    ACT New Zealand 1

    Left 63, Right 59.

    And if Winston scrapes in:

    Green Party 14
    Labour Party 45
    Mana 1
    Māori Party 3
    National Party 51
    New Zealand First 6
    United Future 1
    ACT New Zealand 1

    Left 60, Right (incl. Winston) 62.

    And if the MP don’t win an electorate seat, 60 all.:

    Green Party 14
    Labour Party 45
    Mana 1
    National Party 52
    New Zealand First 6
    United Future 1
    ACT New Zealand 1

    • weka 11.1

      Thanks.

      edit: would love to hear from the left wing voters who still think having Peters in parliament is a good thing (esp those who have voted for him).

      • Eddie 11.1.1

        If Peters wasn’t in this term, if he had fallen short at say 3 or 4%, then National would have an outright majority right now. Without Dunne’s (pathetic) brake on National’s agenda, Jami-Lee Ross’s strikebreaker bill would not only pass, it would be government policy. the government’s whole policy agenda would be more extreme.

        So, he’s useful this term. Next term, probably not so much.

        • Lanthanide 11.1.1.1

          Did the calcs above at #7.2. If NZFirst had gotten 4.99% of the vote, with their excess party votes going to Labour, National would presently have 62 seats out of 121.

          In such a vote reshuffle it’d be likely a good chunk of those excess party votes would have gone to National instead, giving them ~64-65 seats.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.1

            Indeed. Winston is a sharp operator, and you can’t run a democracy – or hope to put together durable coalitions – but accepting and discarding the minor parties as it suits you.

        • weka 11.1.1.2

          “So, he’s useful this term. Next term, probably not so much.”

          You say that like the left has a choice. Can’t have it both ways.

      • Chooky 11.1.2

        @ Weka

        Winnie is always good in parliament!….especially as Minister of Foreign Affairs for a Clark Labour led government….. and he is very good in opposition….. he was also once very good at bringing down a National government

        …people hate him….but others enjoy him ….he has more guts and intelligence than most politicians Left or Right or their hack supporters ( he appeals to cynics who say “a plague on both your houses”) ….he knows how to slug it out…..and he has shown up many hypocrites….he is a stirrer par excellence…( admittedly not entirely trustworthy….he is a Trickster!….but bloody good entertainment at times …and people will vote for him for these reasons..).

        ….he also has principles…he has never been a sexist…in fact he has been an outspoken feminist….he has always been for the oldies ( devoted to his Mother)…he opposes sale of state assets and foreign ownership of NZ land and property….

        ….whether Winnie and his band of disreputable pirates get back into parliament ….who knows?…( there is less need on the Left to strategically vote for him, because Labour now has a viable leader in Cunliffe)…but Winnie will have supporters …and I think he would prefer to go with Labour again ..rather than National ( but if Labour shuns him….who knows what he will do?…in fact I dont think it would be wise for Labour to shun him

        • weka 11.1.2.1

          So basically you’re ok with the right having a third term? Or at least you are willing to risk that.

          (btw, Peters not being overtly misogynist and offering women some level of respect doesn’t make him feminist).

          • Chooky 11.1.2.1.1

            @weka …No I am NOT ok about the right having a third term!……I think you are spinning! ….. for what reasons I dont know!

            ….didnt Winnie support Clark’s govt and wasnt he a very effective Minister of Foreign Affairs?…. or would you say Helen Clark is a right winger and Labour was a right wing govt?…( in which case I dont know where you are coming from)

            Why are you so determined that Winnie is a right winger? ….They hate him!…..he brought down one of their governments over selling of state assets…..they hounded him unrelentingly for almost a year over the Owen Glenn affair….John Key hates him and it is mutual …Winston’s attacks on this Nact government over the GCSB Bill were brilliant

            Dont patronise me!……I have been a long time feminist and I am female …..and I know when a politician (without crowing about it) supports women and feminist issues…Winnie has never put a foot wrong here, from way back when ….and in fact I can remember him standing up for a woman on a feminist issue ,when no other politician was doing so…( are YOU a feminist?)

            I might add that Winston was a very effective and ethical Minister of Gaming(?) under the Labour govt….and I know this from a highly ranked public servant who worked closely with Winston on this issue( and this person made redundant under National)…..He said Winston was one of the most professional and most intelligent ministers he had ever worked with…Winstonlistened very closely to experts and he paid great attention to detail….he was a pleasure to work with

            • weka 11.1.2.1.1.1

              I think you have the wrong end of the stick Chooky. I don’t think that Peters is a right winger. I think he is primarily self-serving (and his politics sit left and right depending on which policy you are talking about). This doesn’t mean he hasn’t done good for NZ, or good for his constituents (he has). My main problem with him is that he is unreliable and untrustworthy.

              The problem I have with your position is that you selectively pick the bits that support your contention that Peters is good for the left. But there is an illogic in that, yes, he has supported Labour, but of course he has also supported National, and in the past he has betrayed his left leaning voters. All I’m saying is that we have no way of knowing what he will do next year, esp given the GP will be part of govt.

              So, by all means support Peters at whatever level you want. Just don’t pretend that this isn’t a risk for the left.

              “and in fact I can remember him standing up for a woman on a feminist issue ,when no other politician was doing so”

              How about you put up some specific examples then? I might be wrong, but I can’t say I’ve noticed Peters as being particularly feminist. Like I said, it’s possible for a man to support or respect women in some ways without being feminist.

              And yes, I am a feminist.

              • weka

                btw, Key might not even be in parliament after the next election (you think he will stick around if Collins rolls him?).

                So how about you explain how Labour will form a govt with the Greens AND Peters. Or do you think that if Peters has a choice to go with NACT or Labour, he will be happy to have him and his half dozen MPs sit outside of govt completely. I’m open to there being a way this can be done, but the onus is on lefties who support Peters to explain it.

              • Chooky

                @ Weka..We are going to have to agree to differ…you think Winston is “primarily self -serving”…(.I dont)…..You think he “is unreliable and untrustworthy”….(I don’t)

                *You know the reasons why Winston supported National ( see Helen Clark documentary) …because it has been discussed here before…. but I dont think you wanted to hear or accept those reasons.. Clark couldnt form a govt with him anyway because she didnt have the numbers( Jim Anderton’s party wasnt supporting her)

                *….you say there is an “illogic” in my arguments …..(I could say the same about yours…and males are not supposed to be illogical, dont you know?…this is supposed to be a female defect and put down)

                *….you say I “selectively pick the bits that support” my arguments ….(I could say the same about you)

                *Sorry I cant remember what the particular feminist issue was( and I cant be bothered trawling through old newspapers to find the evidence for you)….but you are not going to persuade me that I am wrong….( nor I am sure, will I persuade you that Winston is a feminist….but you say YOU are a feminist….I am not asking you to prove it , I take you at your word……)

                *sigh….I know Key might not be in parliament after 2014..(and what has Collins to do with it?….I haven even mentioned Collins)

                Personally I hope there is a Left coalition govt between Labour and the Greens….and they win outright…..and I think this is highly likely…..But I dont see the point in conducting some sort of vendetta against Winston to try and annihilate him before the election…..or alienate him from the Left ( this is just what the Nacts would love!….and I take it that you are not a Nact!?)

                ….if it comes to the crunch Labour may need him again…..and I think that if he were to be given Foreign Affairs he would be very amenable….( he is older now and the Greens and NZFirst ( which was once on 30%) are now no longer competing for the same alienated Labour voters)

                • weka

                  Please give three credible sources apart from the single documentary that the reasons you give for NZF going with National in that election are true.

                  “why prejudge?”

                  Because we cannot afford a third term of NACT. That’s all I’m saying: Peters is a risk for the left. You might think it’s a risk worth taking, I don’t.

                  “on the evidence I would say he is a better fit with Labour and he has worked well with them in the past”

                  I might agree with you if we were looking at a Labour govt. But we’re not. We’re looking at a Labour/GP coalition govt.

                  Can you point to where Peters has said he can work with the GP as part of a govt?

                  “*Sorry I cant remember what the particular feminist issue was( and I cant be bothered trawling through old newspapers to find the evidence for you)….but you are not going to persuade me that I am wrong”

                  I’m not interested in proving you wrong. You can hold any opinion about Peters that you like. I was just trying to ascertain that there is no factual basis to the idea that Peters is feminist, and I think I’ve done that now.

                  • Chooky

                    @ Weka…this is getting ridiculous! You think that you have ascertained now that there is no factual basis that Winnie is a feminist?……( well what can I say?….do you think I am telling fibs?…Do you think you have proved there is evidence that Winnie is not a feminist?)….Why would you even want to prove Winnie is NOT a feminist?…you say you are “not interested in proving me wrong” and I am allowed to “hold any opinion about Peters that [I ] like”….( well thanks for that….)

                    I wont ask you for the “factual basis” for your assertion that You are a feminist ! (lets not go there…lol)

                    Conclusion: Chooks should not argue with Wekas….because they will keep going around and around the Matagouri bushes and get absolutely nowhere

                    (Remind me on which party you belong to and I will try and keep well away….lol)

                    By the way….I have no evidence, factual , empirical, phenomenological, metaphysical …. that the said Winnie has said “he can work with the GP” and therefore there is probably no factual basis that he can or would work with the GP…(but I have a hunch that if given Foreign Affairs he wouldnt need much interaction with them anyway and he wouldnt try to stop them being in a coalition Cabinet…you Weka , will of course, probably disagree)

                    • weka

                      If you don’t want to argue, you are probably on the wrong site.

                      All I was doing was pointing out the difference between belief/opinion, and a fact. You can assert that Peters is a feminist, but unless you can back that up somehow then I’ll treat it as your belief. I don’t think you are lying, but I suspect you are trying to make reality fit your perception.

                      Am pretty sure that my creds as a feminist are well known on ts. Likewise that I am a member of the GP, but that I favour pragmatic voting over ideological voting. None of that is a secret.

                      “but I have a hunch that if given Foreign Affairs he wouldnt need much interaction with them anyway and he wouldnt try to stop them being in a coalition Cabinet…you Weka , will of course, probably disagree”

                      It’s not so much that I disagree, it’s that I’m not inclined to base the future of the country on your hunches. Sometimes hunches are useful but in this case Peters has been shown to be unreliable, so the next election is a bit of a crap shoot irrespective of Labour and the GP (unless they do so well that NZF above 5% is irrelevant). He is also on record as saying that he will never work with the GP. Perhaps he has changed his mind, in which case why not tell us? Or perhaps he hasn’t changed his mind. Who would know?

                      Back to the arguing. I started this part of the thread by asking the people on the left who support Peters to explain how Peters being in parliament is a good thing for the left. You’ve had a good try at that, but there are still my points largely unanswered. My view is that the way things are going, the left would be far better off if in the next election NZF was below 5%. If someone can show how that’s not true, I’ll consider changing my opinion.

                      btw, just a heads up. Each time I see that doco trotted out as a rationale for Peters’ worth, I will be asking for some evidence that your theory is true (that Peters went with National because he had no choice, and it was really down to Anderton anyway). I seem to remember last time this came up I went and watched the bit you suggested and I don’t think it counts as evidence in the way you are claiming. It’s a pretty well known piece of NZ history, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding back up elsewhere.

            • Delia 11.1.2.1.1.2

              What say Winnie goes with National, he has before.

              • Chooky

                @ Delia…please watch the documentary on Helen Clark and you will see why Winston went with National….Labour had no chance of forming a govt because Jim Andertons’ party would not support Labour…I think all this has been discussed before here. He also brought that National govt down when they continued with state asset sales

                Ok Winston may go with National ….but he may not….why prejudge?….on the evidence I would say he is a better fit with Labour and he has worked well with them in the past

      • jaymam 11.1.3

        Wombat!

        • Chooky 11.1.3.1

          @ weka …They haven’t given you a reply button ( I wonder why?…maybe it is because you argue for the sake of arguing?)

          …so I will just have to use jaymams’ reply button ( and say “cows!” in reply to his “wombat!” in passing)

          …..weka….I also favour pragmatism…and I dont think you should try and sink Winston, because he is likely to rise up like a phoenix…and the Left may need him…that is pragmatism! ….You dont want Nact wooing him and succeeding

          Incidentally my 18 year old son ( no discussion or prompting on my part) has said he will either vote Labour or for Winston……so shows Winston still has pulling power( not just amongst the oldies)…

          Conclusion:…. only fools try to right Winston off!.. the smart thing is to try wooing him instead of dissing him

          • weka 11.1.3.1.1

            I’m not writing off Peters, quite the opposite (honestly, are you reading what I’m writing?). I also haven’t gotten to the point of suggesting that anyone should try and ‘sink’ NZF. As I mentioned, I think you have a tendancy to try and make reality fit your perception.

            The reason there is no reply button to my post is because eventually the threading replies get too long, the comments get narrower, and the system stops presenting reply buttons. You can just go back to the last reply button that is in line with the last comment and then your comment will appear in the right place. Sorry to disappoint but that has nothing to do with my debating style.

            As for the idea that I might be arguing for the sake of arguing, if it were true what does that say about you who keeps replying to me?

            In fact there’s been plenty of things to point out about both Peters and your arguments and I notice that you still haven’t replied to many of the points I have raised.

            “You dont want Nact wooing him and succeeding”

            Indeed, which is core to what I have been saying all along. Peters could go either way, and people on the left who support him should be acknowledging that this is a risk for the left being able to form the next govt.

            • Chooky 11.1.3.1.1.1

              @ Weka… you said you …”would love to hear from the left wing voters who still think having Peters in parliament is a good thing (esp those who have voted for him)”.

              ….you wanted my opinion and I gave it……but you didnt like it….

              ….because you want everyone to vote either Green or Labour or Mana….and not waste it on Winnie( because he is a BAD BOY)…… and then you think that the Left will be assured of a victory

              …. well that is just one argument….I think I have shown that there are others…

              ….the reality is that people will vote for whom they like….and it is not necessarily based on Reason…….it can be based on a preference for certain personality types ……and I happen not to like DADDY authoritarian types who want to railroad me into thinking and voting their way…whether it be the Left ( Labour or Green or Mana)…or the Right (National or Act or Conservative or Religious)

              Winnie doesn’t fit exactly into the Right or Left…. I might add the Labour Party with Roger and his accolytes @ Rogernomics didnt exactly fit the Left either ….and at that time Winnie was far more Left than the Labour Party….so I am afraid Weka you just have to live with life’s little contradictions ….and naughty irrational people ( rude finger sign)

              • weka

                It’s not really about who people vote for, it’s about the reasons why they do. By all means vote for Peters. I’m just wanting the left to be honest about what voting for Peters means.

                I don’t dislike Peters because he is a BAD BOY (not even sure what that means). But your suggestion tells me that you’re not really listening to what I am saying.

                you said you … ”would love to hear from the left wing voters who still think having Peters in parliament is a good thing (esp those who have voted for him)”.

                ….you wanted my opinion and I gave it……but you didnt like it….

                Actually, I was wanting some rational discussion about it, esp from people who would otherwise vote further left and instead vote for Peters strategically. There is nothing wrong with you voting based on your feelings, it’s just not what I was asking about. Next time I’ll be more specific.

                It also raises the issue of whether it’s ok to challenge people on their voting choices. In this case, I’m asking for people to justify their choices. Given what is at stake, and the context, I don’t think that’s unreasonable. This is a political blog after all.

    • bad12 11.2

      Think your last 2 examples including the Maori Party retaining 3 seats in the next Parliament is over-ambitious on their behalf,

      Based upon the swing to the Mana Party from the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election the only seat the Maori Party can retain in the 2014 election is Te Tai Hauauru, and as Tariana Turia will not be standing again that seat is probably wide open for Labour to take back as well,

      Should Annette Sykes topple Te Ururoa Flavell in Waiariki, He has a 1000 vote majority the left would have a 61 v 60 majority…

      • Colonial Viper 11.2.1

        Not enough to last 2 terms; much more work to be done.

      • Te Reo Putake 11.2.2

        True, Bad, but I thought it best to show the position from the perspective of the best the right can do. I reckon the Maori party are history, actually. Te Tai Hauauru should head back to Labour, now that Turia’s done one. Waiariki’s interesting; I imagine Labour will probably win, based on the solid party vote, with Sykes second again. I do think mana have a good chance of getting a second seat anyway, via the list.

        • bad12 11.2.2.1

          Lolz, we are showing our biases here are we not, i pick the Mana Party to win Waiariki if Annette Sykes stands again, i base that solely upon the results of the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election where the Maori Party slumped by something like 20% and the Mana Party gained most of that vote,

          Should the same occur in Waiariki at the 2014 election, and i expect it to, Sykes will clean up there,

          Labour of course if they were forward thinking would simply not stand a candidate for Waiariki, as has been shown by National this term, if there is no up and coming probable support party in the political spectrum then there is electoral trouble for whichever party of the big 2 has none,

          For the left to retain the treasury benches for 3 terms or more i would suggest that a party like Mana is needed and needed to the extent of having 4 seats in the Parliament, maybe not for the 2014 election but looking further out to 2020,

          We of the left should be thinking in such terms instead of just ‘beating National’ at the one election…

  12. lurgee 12

    Hmmmm, yum, humble pie time. Double portion for me! Can I have it with custard?

  13. North 13

    I’m appalled by it being felt necessary to argue politely against this shit about the biggest single party having the moral entitlement blah blah blah.

    ShonKey Python had no qualms about brazenly bribing broadly nothing parties of the Right, ACT, the Kupapa Party and The Hair, to have his way. Where does he get off whining a non-existent moral convention ?

    Respond by all means but only to dismiss it as the constitutional howler and moral joke that it is.

    It’s patent that the whine has nothing to do with the biggest single party or percentages……..it’s about entitlement simpliciter, the hubris of a preening narcissistic schoolboy presently occupying the ninth floor. Imagined entitlement to be top of the pile no matter what. The One Percenters have been found out. Fuck your once subliminal now throbbing sense of entitlement ShonKey Python. Found Out Fraud !

    And what’s this shit about flying to Australia solely to have a “Well done Tony” dinner with Abbot. What’s that all about ? To get traction for Kiwis long-resident in Australia ? No. Can’t be. Before he’s even left he’s acknowledging the case won’t be advanced. So what’s it for ? To engage the “gloating celebrity” recently identified by a frequent commenter on The Standard ? Credit to the commenter whose name I don’t recall.

    Just picture ShonKey Python’s braying Parliament and Granny Herald’s ugly old jaw dropping Dame Edna like if Helen Clark had done this. “Dinnergate Dinnergate Wah Wah Wah !”

  14. Good on Cunliffe and Labour – I am pleased with this poll and the trend it hopefully exposes. Mana is going to have more ability to help those most in need if Labour take the legs off the gnats. The enemy are those exploiters of everything – the keysterbator and his minions. I’m happy to first get rid of them and sort the rest out later.

  15. Martin 15

    If we give Key a bottle of Gin will he call a snap election?

  16. Skinny 16

    The upwards trend of Labour in the polls is great news, however the PR spin by the Government is coming out thick and fast.

     Crime down, savings due to Welfare reforms, restructuring of ACC, Nike Smiths first home buyers package, are just a few that I’ve heard in the media this week. All ‘noise’ designed to paint a pretty picture of a Country heading in the right direction. 

    Labour & Greens & us activists need to keep pumping the high unemployment, the continued corporate handouts, failing NZ manufactures, housing crisis, rising power prices, commercial fishers over recreational fishers. Over priced vehicle licensing, only looking after the rich in society etc.

     Really driving home to the public the stupidity of asset sales, like billions in surplus within ACC so why the need to flog off the silver? get maximum referendum exposure out on the streets, link in a Govt not listening to it’s citizens, just like forcing their spying bills on us, all to appease the USA.

    Think you all get the drift!  

  17. Saarbo 17

    This is really good news, and I notice that Labour are being reported on every issue and coming across strong, I reckon that this trend will only improve in labour’s favour BUT National will react. I suspect that National will pull out all the stops to ensure that they announce a surplus in 2014, and given the big dairy payout it could be a goer. Then they will try and sell themselves hard on this one point, and it will be a powerful point in many New Zealander’s eyes, unfortunately.

    Winning in 2014 will come down to how well Labour can sell itself as a responsible caretaker of the books and also its ideas on economic development (This is not what I personally want to see, it is what I think many swing voters want to see).

    As expected DC is doing a great job so far, I’m looking forward to the next year.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      To win, Labour must lead with me ideas and vision, not act like managerial “responsible caretakers of the books”.

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        “New ideas and vision” dammit.

        • Skinny 17.1.1.1

          +1 Cracking great policies come about by the input of the core membership who the Labour party listen too. Visionary thinking by socially conscious Kiwis.

        • Tangee 17.1.1.2

          Not necessarily new ideas but the same issues with better ways of dealing with them that are explained well so the people understand that these are possible to achieve without breaking the bank, like the living wage, the first time buyers not being shut out, the electricity the tax on housing and other issues that affect the everyday person.

          • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.2.1

            are explained well so the people understand that these are possible to achieve without breaking the bank

            In fact, since the NZ Government is an issuer of NZD, so there are no real fiscal (spending) constraints* on the Crown, apart from those that we think are sensible to adhere to, taking into account the economic conditions that we find our business community and citizens in.

            *There are other constraints of course, but the only ones that real attention need be paid to are the ‘real economy’ ones, as well as the condition of the financial markets.

        • Saarbo 17.1.1.3

          agree CV, I have no doubt that DC has tonnes of ideas, that his forte.

      • swordfish 17.1.2

        Colonial Viper: “…not act like managerial “responsible caretakers of the books.”

        Yep, they call that “managerialism” in Pol Sci, don’t they. Massively downplay ideological/policy differences – just emphasise you’re a better bunch of managers than the incumbents.

        Same old Tweedledum/Tweedledee Neo-Lib consensus. Basically, the same bunch of elites and alternative elites going endlessly through the revolving-door. Time to elaborate a true Social Democratic alternative. Clearly, both Cunliffe’s and Robertson’s emphasis on the need to swing Left hasn’t done Labour any damage in the polls at all. Quite the opposite. Now, what was that Jane Clifton, Tracy Watkins, Claire Robinson and various editorial writers were saying again ? Oh yes, voters will only countenance a swing to the Right.

        • newsense 17.1.2.1

          I think that’s a negative way to look at it.

          The polls suggest that they want a Labour leader who can actually make it work, be competent and run a tight ship. The important thing to remember is that actually Tories quite often are shite money mangagers: Super Fund, Asset Sales, Early Childhood education, roads of national significance and so on and so on…fucked CBA and bad deals for kiwis.

          The country doesn’t love their ideas, just the sense that they aren’t going to implode in government. Being repsonsible caretakers is something Cunliffe with him and Parker is trying hard to project. Would be nice to see someone with a bit of flair there too…Clark had the love from Havo and Newsboy and was into her opera and arts…be nice to feel there was someone in Labour who was genuinely able to advance our culture and give it scope to grow and express itself…not sure if DC would make such interesting conversation on Bfm brekkie.

          • Colonial Viper 17.1.2.1.1

            Governing a nation is about leading a nation, not about ‘managing money’ or ‘balancing the books’. Are the finances and funding of a nation crucial? Yes of course. But it is merely the means not the ends.

            As swordfish implied – they’ve* tried to distance politicians from philosophy/values and instead make “Government” all about ‘managing the means’ instead of defining a political economic mission and leading the country.

            *Who? An interesting question.

            The country doesn’t love their ideas, just the sense that they aren’t going to implode in government. Being repsonsible caretakers is something Cunliffe with him and Parker is trying hard to project.

            Seriously, why do you think that Cunliffe and Parker are only interested in being “caretakers”? Is this what you believe the NZ people are looking for now, status quo “caretakers” who do a bit of a clean up here, a bit of a fix up there?

  18. Chooky 18

    +1 CV…..and no secret TPPA deals!…

  19. ak 19

    Simply delicious watching the MSM studiously ignore this – may even treat oneself to a peek at the sewerblog reaction, no harm in a little shadenfreude in moderation eh what… poor little chaps really, one shouldn’t, of course…..

    • McFlock 19.1

      oh, they’ll cover it ad nauseum when RM goes down next poll, or the poll after that, or the pol…

      edit: reminds me a bit of the old cliche about totalitarian states reporting their progress in a war – our chaps make a massive advance, then it’s reported for a while that they’re fighting nobly, then all of a sudden they’ve heroically captured a point 15 miles inside the territory they captured on their massive advance. And damned be anybody who dares to remember the discrepancy.

      • Colonial Viper 19.1.1

        Indeed. The reports of the Wehrmacht soundly defeating the Red Army at Kiev (again) a few years after the first time was a bit of a dead giveaway that something had gone badly wrong, somewhere along the way.

        • McFlock 19.1.1.1

          My favourite was when I was reading contemporary news reports of the “Soccer War” on microfiche several years ago. Going by the official briefings, each side simultaneously advanced several miles into the other’s territory while meeting light resistance. I kind of imagined thousands of soldiers tramping in around in circles the jungle and never actually running into the other guys. Although much of that might have been due to a Honduran general who had lots of soldiers on paper (and the accompanying pay cheques), but they didn’t actually exist.

          Or maybe they were just really really really good at camouflage :)

  20. It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! Looking forward to your next post.

  21. xtasy 21

    Finally, some light at a very, very, very long, dark tunnel!

    ACT MP John Banks was trying to distract from his own court case (remember the Dotcom donation saga) and his party’s dismal showing overall yesterday, raising his party’s misgivings about Nick Smith’s recent housing plans, to allow first home buyers to buy cheaper homes in the provinces, while getting a government hand-out.

    Also I note that Peter Dunne is desperately trying to get media attention with all kinds of new ideas, suggestions, and supporting the Labour member’s bill pulled from the ballot, to reduce the alcohol limit to 0.5 per mil.

    These two are getting WORRIED, as their luck and days are going to be over soon!

    I look forward to some interesting Question Time showdowns in a week and a half, and also to some interesting policies, that Labour and also Greens must and will present.

    John Key, your days are numbered too, and Judith is in her kitchen at home every night, sharpening the many LONG blades of her kitchen knife collection!

  22. Tracey 22

    Banks spoke out against Smith’s state housing announcement, clearly tryin gto position himself;

    a. back in the public eye
    b. to the right of national

    Does Banks winning Epsom change anything?

    • bad12 22.1

      Do you mean ‘change anything after the 2014 election’ Tracey, if Banks gets to stand again in Epsom and loses then National have one less vote in the House,

      Same with Ohariu, if Dunne loses Ohariu it doesn’t matter that much who wins when that seat is looked at in terms of National’s ability to form a Government, National would be light one vote even if that Party should win that electorate,

      Lolz, bizaare as it may sound the voters in the Ohariu electorate should vote for the National candidate to ensure that National will not be the Government…

      • Tracey 22.1.1

        Yes, I mean if Banks wins in 2014, how does that change the above results?

        In epsom many non act/nat voters voter nat to keep banks out, but nat voters voted act to keep him in.

        everyone cancelled each other out, but nat always has more voters than the others… for some strange reason in this very white million dollar home area! ;)

  23. Aotearoean 23

    Tell the skipper that there is another rat in the lifeboat..

  24. Brett Dale 24

    what do the trends say?
    The only surprise would be if they didn’t surge with all then publicity.

    National will still bolt in.

    Greens at 11% still 1% higher than they will poll at the election.

    • bad12 24.1

      Lolz, the trend in the Roy Morgan shows National going DOWN, sorry clown your party has blown it big time in a number of policy areas and must now pay the price,

      Another 1-1 1/2% slide for National and even if, a big IF, Winston Peters wanted to support a National Government it will be impossible to form one, (and that’s even factoring into the calculation Banks (the convicted), and ‘the Hairdo’ that poncing little sellout from Ohariu keeping their seats,

      Given it’s actions from 2008 to 2011 i actually expected this National Government to be a shoe in for 3 terms, unfortunately for you lot your star performer, Slippery the PM, lost the plot,got rolled on policy by the Party and now you are in for another 9 of Opposition…

      • Brett Dale 24.1.1

        bad12:

        Strange, then how come, when a polls as showing national up and labour down, the comments were, the polls meant nothing???

        • bad12 24.1.1.1

          Pratt Dale, please provide the proof of that assertion, or, please stop putting up ‘strawman arguments’,

          i have as yet to see a Post or a majority of comments in a Post which say that polls are meaningless,

          Take some remedial English lessons while your at it…

        • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.2

          Strange, then how come, when a polls as showing national up and labour down, the comments were, the polls meant nothing???

          Actually, looking at those low polls I’m pretty sure (some) people were saying that we needed a new Labour Leader…

          • McFlock 24.1.1.2.1

            heck – even when the polls were up some people said they meant nothing ;)

            But even now I think there’s a spread of the degree to which people place importance on the three poll snaps this week. I’m still reserving judgement for the next couple of RM polls, and am cautious of a Rudd bounce. But expected worst case from my perspective is Labour go back to the pattern of a shallow growth trend over the next year.

            • Bill 24.1.1.2.1.1

              Weren’t you more than happy with that flat lining in the polls with Shearer? I seem to recall you were all ‘she’ll be right mate’. But now with a bounce/surge you’re being all ‘Aw…I dunno’. WTF gives McFlock?

              • McFlock

                They weren’t “flatlining”. As I said at the time, they were on a shallow increase trend up until that two month period where Labour got 3 or 4 consecutive RM falls. When the consecutive setbacks occurred, I was concerned at the time. Then, if I recall the sequence correctly, RM had a bounce back into friendlier territory, a few days later Shearer quit, and here we are today.

                Just as I became concerned after a few consecutive falls, I’ll be happier with a few consecutive boosts.

                Very recently we have seen over the puddle that an increase in polls immediately after a change in leadership might merely reflect other factors, such as the media coverage of the party during the leadership challenge, and can disappear into a void just as quickly. Labour had excellent media coverage during the leadership campaign, barring an idiot former comms professional. So I expect one or two more RM rises, then a “sudden” dip back to the low/mid thirties, and back to a trend of more modest increases leading up to the campaign (and after that starts, nobody knows).

                I also expect some chicken littles and gloating tories during the dip, but that seems to be par for the course.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Doesn’t matter who the Labour Leader is any way, I think your previously stated position is.

                  And stop those idiots praying for a saviour as Labour Leader.

                  • McFlock

                    hence why I think there’s a good chance that after some fluctuation (mostly caused by the good coverage over the leadership contest, according to my model) Labour will return to a long term trend of gradual increases.

          • The Al1en 24.1.1.2.2

            Good job someone was listening.

      • lurgee 24.1.2

        “Lolz, the trend in the Roy Morgan shows National going DOWN”

        If you average the RMs over several polls to iron out sample variation (Doesn’t everyone do this? How do you keep yourself entertained?) they’ve been very consistent, putting National 44-35% and Labour at 32-33%. there doesn’t seem to be much movement in them at all since the election.

        Which is why the current bounce might be a bit exciting. It will need to be sustained, but with two seperate polls both showing a lift it probably isn’t just statistical variation – two companies getting it totally wrong at the same time seems a bit unlikely.

        • McFlock 24.1.2.1

          Not entirely uncommon, though.

          I tend to look at 3-5 samples (at a minimum) from the RM, because they’re the only ones vaguely frequent enough. Back before the two-month decline at the end of Shearer, it had a pretty solid pattern of three up, one down, with the occasional 4ish point shift. My theory is that they cycle four different sample populations or demog weightings, but who knows.

  25. lurgee 25

    Didn’t Roy Morgan admit the Shearer Slide was actually a bit of a bollux on their part? Or did I imagine that?

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    Prime Minister John Key is dead right when he said: First home buyers in Auckland might have to consider an apartment in order to get onto the property ladder, Prime Minister John Key says. After all, the locational efficiencies of...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • John Key’s Multiple Identities
    Question to the Prime MinisterRussel Norman: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he txted him?Prime Minister: None in my capacity as Prime Minister.John Key...
    Local Bodies | 22-10
  • Where is the Middle?
    When Labour decides who will be the next leader, it is of interest to all of us involved in politics. After all the person chosen could be New Zealand's next Prime Minister. So the debate on the nature of the...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • Labour Needs A Civil Union With The Greens
    Much has been written about where Labour needs to go from here. One issue which doesn’t seem to have generated much interest is what do they do with the Greens?...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Lau...
    The People's Flag Is ... Mint Green? Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern (whom Twitter immediately dubbed Gracinda) pose in Mint Green for one of the glossy women's magazines. In a non-revolutionary era, superficial is about as deep as it gets. BIKERS?...
    Bowalley Road | 22-10
  • Auckland’s disturbing panopticon
    Earlier in the month, we learned that Auckland was planning to install a creepy panopticon, complete with ANPR and facial recognition, for vague and undefinied purposes. This produced a flurry of OIA requests via FYI, and one of them (for...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • How to Sell a House: Free Advice from a couple of experts. (Self-Described!...
      In the 32 years that Judy and I have been together we have bought and sold quite a few houses. Six years is the longest we  lived in any one of those houses.  Our friends regard us as gypsies. The...
    Brian Edwards | 22-10
  • Judith Collins’ two-tier OIA service
    Back in August, we learned that sewerblogger Cameron Slater was receiving extraordinary OIA service from then-Minister of Justice Judith Collins, in one case receiving a response to a request within 37 minutes. But it wasn't just extraordinary for its speed;...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Fluoridation – a racist conspiracy?
    Political activists campaigning on health issues often resort to scaremongering. This can be dangerous – especially when their stories have no real basis but rely on selective and distorted information. Paul Connett’s Fluoride Action Network (FAN) often resorts to this sort of scaremongering. Now...
    Open Parachute | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • Unbelieveable
    This week we've seen the Prime Minister desperately trying to cover up his war plans by pretending that Obama's war-planning meeting was just a "regular" meeting of defence partners which we just happened to be attending. Over on Kiwipolitico Pablo...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Are the police using ANPR to target the disabled?
    The media this morning is full of stories of the paralysed man caught driving using a walking stick to reach the pedals. Its good that he's off the road, but there's one point in the story which raises questions:The driver...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Like a cult…
    When a party loses badly, the public expects a bit of sorrowful wailing and beating of breasts. To say “This is what we did wrong, and this is how we’ll fix it” is an important part of restoring trust with...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-10
  • Does Money make Money?
    ‘Rock star economist’ or ‘inequality messiah’ French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty First Century has outsold every other book on the planet this year. The book is so popular because it floats the idea that money makes...
    Gareth’s World | 21-10
  • Cycling: the benefits of complete networks
    A group of New Zealand researchers recently published an excellent paper on the costs and benefits of investing in a complete cycle network and safe street design. Their paper, which is available online, found that: the benefits of all the...
    Transport Blog | 21-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
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