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For a February leadership vote

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, January 25th, 2013 - 153 comments
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No one in Labour can deny there’s a real issue with internal disunity. Not only is the caucus divided (and more than ever since the Shearer camp’s handling of the conference fallout), but there’s a major breach between the membership and the caucus. Unless this is fixed and we can get the party united we’re looking at another term in opposition after 2014.

The cause of the breach is widely known – members felt their voice was ignored when a group of MPs centred around Trevor Mallard, Grant Robertson, Phil Goff and Annette King went over the heads of the membership by putting a well-meaning but clearly out of his depth David Shearer into the leadership to shore up their own positions. The fact that Shearer’s failed to fire in the year he’s had in the job hasn’t exactly helped things either.

These problems haven’t gone away, and in fact they’ve got worse as the polls have flat-lined and elements of caucus have grown increasingly intolerant of dissent from within the party.

Increasingly, people are coming to the view that the only way to heal this rift and unify the party is for caucus to take the leadership issue out to the membership this February so we can put it to bed once and for all. That’s what the conference was about. We wanted to make sure we were never ignored again. Indeed, the specific vote to hold a special caucus vote using the 40% trigger this February was designed to ensure the membership finally got a say on the current leadership – either to endorse David Shearer properly or to put in place an alternative who had a real mandate.

We simply want our right to vote, and whatever the outcome is I believe that will settle it. For David Shearer there is a genuine risk here, that can’t be denied. If the vote did go ahead he’d have to show he has what it takes to win in 2014, which is only fair. It’s possible he might face challengers – it’s long been rumoured that Robertson is sharpening the knives behind his back, and it’s possible that Andrew Little would have a tilt. We also can’t rule out there being pressure from elements in the party for David Cunliffe to stand, despite his reluctance.

But in reality, if Shearer could show he was willing to give members a say by putting his leadership up for endorsement then I think he’d be rewarded for that and would likely emerge even stronger at the head of a united party. What loyal party member could not swing in behind his leadership if he’d been elected fairly by the caucus, the membership and the affiliates in a transparent and democratic process?

It seems clear from Shearer’s statements that his Wellington advisers will be telling him to push on through, ignore the party and pretend the conference never happened. But I’d like to think Labour MPs with conscience would remember that an undemocratic and unaccountable party is a weak party. As any good social democrat knows,  democracy makes us stronger and more united – and that’s exactly what Labour needs at the moment.

153 comments on “For a February leadership vote”

  1. One Tāne Huna 1

    Thank you, Zet, for expressing this so well.

    I think you are absolutely right.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      It’s little more than a hopelessly transparent attempt to keep the incursion running. The only conclusion that can be taken is that Cunliffe’s promise ‘not to run in February’ and his pledge of ‘support’ for Shearer are simply tactics, while the undermining and phoney war from Team C continues. At least that is how it seems to be being seen by those in the know.

      • One Tāne Huna 1.1.1

        Um, citation needed. As Karol said “Is there a direct, on-camera quote from Cunliffe?”

        Cunliffe has been quoted as saying he “is not” interested in the leadership position.

        “I’ve already stated a number of times he has my full support.

        “I am not challenging David Shearer.”

        Am not. Present tense.

        Would he be if caucus sends the leadership matter to a wider vote? Or have you got that direct on-camera confirmation?

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.2

        while the undermining and phoney war from Team C continues.

        Tom Gould, the phoney war has been driven from just one corner – the ABCs. They saw an opportunity to take out a potential future rival under pretence and did so clinically and effectively.

        • mickysavage 1.1.2.1

          Agreed CV.

          Besides it is not up to Cunliffe whether or not there is a leadership contest in February. It is up to the members of caucus. If enough of them are dissatisfied then a contest will occur.

          And I agree with Zet. This is a perfect opportunity to clear the air and get on with things. If Shearer then wins he can stand with the confidence of having the endorsement of the party. And hopefully he can then unite the caucus in a way that Helen Clark did.

          • Enough is Enough 1.1.2.1.1

            Dead Right Savage

            How can Shearer and his ABC masters hope to get the party excited and working for them in 2014 if they ignore the loud and clear calls to put the leadership question to the wider party?

            If Shearer hopes to win next year he needs us to knock on doors for him, raise money for him, put up hoardings for him etc etc. Yet he is ignoring us now. The arrogance is breath taking.

            I will be door knocking in 2014 and raising money for the left. But at this stage it will be for the Greens.

          • King Kong 1.1.2.1.2

            Hang on a minute. No other leader of the Labour party leader, ever (as far as I am aware) has been required to get “the endorsement of the membership in a show of hands” in order to get the support of the party. So why is it that now no one can support Shearer unless he throws himself up for judgement in some kind of “Labour’s got talent” sideshow.

            Yes I know that the party leadsership selection rules have changed but surely this was intended in the spirit of a better process for selecting a new leader in the event of the old one stands down not some kind of tool to undermine confidence in the incumbant (or is that exactly what Cunliffe and his cronies wanted?)

            [lprent: So much more effective when you argue a point of view rather than just sniping. Keep it up. ]

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1.2.1

              So why is it that now no one can support Shearer unless he throws himself up for judgement in some kind of “Labour’s got talent” sideshow.

              Yep. At Conference the membership indicated pretty clearly that it wanted a direct say.

              • King Kong

                Bollocks. As blind as you Cunliffe acolytes are, the spirit of what the membership supported was more say in leadership selections not a referendum on the current regime.

                • Colonial Viper

                  All hail King Kong telepathically tuning into the wishes of the Labour Membership lol

          • Colonial Weka 1.1.2.1.3

            ” This is a perfect opportunity to clear the air and get on with things. If Shearer then wins he can stand with the confidence of having the endorsement of the party”

            Ok, it makes me nervous every time someone says this. That might be true if the ABCs play fair, but I’m assuming that before the caucus vote the hard word will be put on MPs like it was at the conference. Why are people assuming that good process is going to be followed now?

            Then there is the matter of the wider issue of the Labour party separate from Shearer. Will all members really be satisfied with a leader who continues along the neoliberal path? Will the standardistas? I can’t see it myself. What I see is Shearer retaining leadership, and ts commenters continuing to criticise him and other ts commenters crying foul because they were promised this would all go away if only Shearer’s leadership was put to the vote.

    • the sprout 1.2

      Well said Zet.
      If the caucus puts the leadership to the membership and affiliates, there will be a unified party to campaign in 2014. If not, the shitfighting will only get worse and worse, and will end badly.
      Caucus members, its your call: Democracy and unity or toxicity and defeat?

  2. Mighty Kites 2

    Stop acting like you represent the wider membership. You don’t represent me, in fact you are what’s wrong with the party, and what’s stopping it from moving forward

    • Olwyn 2.1

      If you are a Labour Party member, then a vote would allow you to affirm your own favoured candidate, Mighty Kites. I don’t see what you problem is.

    • The Al1en 2.2

      “you are what’s wrong with the party, and what’s stopping it from moving forward”

      Yep, completely his fault Labour can’t poll higher than the low 30s.

    • One Tāne Huna 2.3

      Mighty Kites, hysterical much? How, exactly, has Zetetic “stopped the party moving forward”?

    • Bill 2.4

      Y’know, if that comment had been addressed to an aloof clique within caucus driven by people apparently solely concerned with their own preservation, I’d have been in full agreements with the sentiments expressed.

    • Colonial Viper 2.5

      You think that giving the party membership a voice is what is holding Labour back? Says a lot for the kind of Labour you want, doesn’t it?

    • BM 2.6

      Hopefully the dissenters move on to the greens or mana, I’m sure they’d feel much more at home there.
      Labour is a centre party which leans a bit to the left, accept that or go elsewhere.

      • One Tāne Huna 2.6.1

        Yes, because your opinion on this matter is so relevant. No, wait…

        • BM 2.6.1.1

          My opinion carries just as much weight as yours.
          Bet that chaffs your balls something chronic.

          [lprent: I'm sure someone will eventually bring it up - but are you a Labour party member? If you are not, then it does not. So join... ]

    • Enough is Enough 2.7

      Mighty Kites you Lunatic…what is it you actually want though.

      An undemocratic party like the National Party where there is no real memebership to speak of. Selection depends on how matey you are with the Business Roundtable and how big your wallet is.

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    Would have been a great post prior to the conference, Zet, but as the issue has been settled it’s totally moot. Happily there is no issue with unity in the party, there is no significant breach between the leadership and membership and certainly the majority of members seem content to see how Shearer develops as leader. Caucus is less divided too, as the MP’s have swung behind Shearer after the Cunliffe challenge was snuffed out.

    With the polls confirming Nationals decline and the imminent end of two of its support parties, the tide is turning toward a Labour/Green government. The real question is how will Shearer go in the campaign and how big a majority he can win for the left. Following that, the question will be how good a PM will he be? So far he seems to be showing the right sort of instincts; he has succesfully seen off his only open challenger, overseen a historic democratising conference and gone on the front foot with a bold housing policy.

    There will be another conference if the leadership vote situation needs fine tuning, but for now, the matter is settled.

    Hopefully this will be the last dreamy post on what might have been and we can now move into the policy debate. Because its not who leads the Government that matters, its the policy that makes the difference,

    • One Tāne Huna 3.1

      Still trying to pre-empt the outcome of the up-coming caucus vote (the one that actually counts, not the little show-trial after conference), TRP? What are you afraid of?

      • Te Reo Putake 3.1.1

        What am I afraid of? In a general sense, nothing. Specific to caucus? Nothing.

        Blind Freddy could see that the caucus vote is going to endorse Shearer. And that’s the end of the matter. The other issue of party democracy can be raised again, of course. And it certainly can always be improved; doing away with the daft 60% plus one endorsement in caucus would be a good start. So would opening up the leadership to a tri-party vote once every term (say immediately after an election or if a leader steps down).

        But that’s for next conference to debate. I’m way too excited about seeing off National and bringing in a progressive Government to be bothered with that academic stuff now.

    • Lanthanide 3.2

      “but as the issue has been settled it’s totally moot. ”

      Sorry, when was it settled?

      • Te Reo Putake 3.2.1

        The day after conference.

        • Lanthanide 3.2.1.1

          I wasn’t aware there was a membership vote on the leadership on the day after conference. Maybe my memory is failing me.

          • Daveo 3.2.1.1.1

            Quite possible, Lanth. Memory is a tricky thing and you certainly appear to have forgetten that there wasn’t a leadership vote of the kind you describe because the constitution doesn’t allow for it. Maybe at the next conference, the rules will be changed, but for now we are stuck with the democratic process the Cunliffe supporters wanted.

            • Lanthanide 3.2.1.1.1.1

              No, I didn’t forget that.

              It was Te Reo Putake claiming the matter has been settled by a leadership vote amongst the wider party membership, which is the topic of the post that Zetetic made and what Te Reo Putake replied to.

              • Te Reo Putake

                I never claimed that, Lanth. You claimed I claimed it, but that’s not the same thing.

                • Lanthanide

                  Zet’s post is primarily calling for a membership vote on the leadership. You said the issue is settled – but it isn’t, because we haven’t had a membership vote on the leadership.

    • ad 3.3

      Any posting about leadership or David Shearer’s performance regularly gets 200+ posts on this site, which is pretty odd for a “settled” matter.

      This site can fairly claim to represent Labour’s online membership. And the matter clearly ain’t settled here.

      Until there is a suite of policy to defend (and a 2008 PDF doesn’t cut it) coupled with powerful political salesmen to collectively shift the polls, policy itself won’t make the vital difference. The Labour Leader must unite the Labour caucus and the Labour membership together into the Labour Party. Ignoring the divisions will only make a relationship worse.

      It would take one simple, generous act on David Shearer’s behalf to unite New Zealand’s progressives together. If that’s not a leadership vote, or a stirring speech, or setting the political agenda for the year, then we have not a leadership but just another sustained political neurosis.

      • McFlock 3.3.1

        nah, it’s just because 5 people from either side (including me) are like a dog with a bone. Who the hell knows whether anyone in the wider party cares one way or t’other? The only real indicator (other than an election that maybe the membership doesn’t particularly want) would be if Labour party membership was similar to the Maori party’s.

    • Colonial Viper 3.4

      Happily there is no issue with unity in the party

      LOL *choke*

    • Benghazi 3.5

      Jeez Wayne give it a break. Just because you say there is no problem does not mean that is so. If the Pagani PR advice is to keep repeating the same lines till you are blue in the face, then mate you’ve gone purple.

      The problem started in December 2011 when a leadership campaign was set up, but the wider membership views ignored. A dangerous process to set in motion, but it was. And now there is no denying the members and affiliates a voice. You might think their voice ‘unreasonable’, but they are not going to be silenced by your inane repetition.

      • Te Reo Putake 3.5.1

        I’m not a Pagani. Mind you, I’ve met both John and Josie and they are lovely people. Remarkably, they don’t have a hive mind and they seem to be adults with opinions of their own. Ever so slightly sexist to keep referring to them as a single entity, don’t you reckon?

        At conference, the wider membership views were taken into account, hence the constitutional changes (which I voted for, BTW). If you don’t like democracy, tough!

        • Benghazi 3.5.1.1

          Its not sexist to refer to “advice” in that way.

          Do you think its credible to say you’ve ‘met’ them implying something much less frequent when you are so clearly taking feed on what lines to use on this site. Some weeks the exact words you use on this site are the same words we hear in Wellington from the King/Mallard cabal. Efficient briefing chanel, but briefed lines nonetheless.

          I like democracy where we all get a vote. I think there is a malignant group within caucus and the vote is the only way to sort this out. Try to gloss over the top and this will fester.

          • Te Reo Putake 3.5.1.1.1

            It’s not the advice that’s sexist, Benny boy, its the treatment of two individuals as if they were one person. Not just you, btw, it was an issue last year when Josie copped flak for things her husband said (or more accurately, was assumed to have said).

            As for your second para: can I just say you are talking a screaming heap of excrement? For one, John no longer works for the party. Josie never did (except as a candidate and there’s no income in doing that job – just the opposite). They don’t work together and never have as far as I know. Has it ever occurred to you that it might be me that gives them advice? Lord knows I’m on the money most of the time, even if some people don’t like hearing it!

            Now for the fun part:

            “Some weeks the exact words you use on this site are the same words we hear in Wellington from the King/Mallard cabal.”

            If they are the exact words, then you will have no problem providing the cites, will you? C’mon, doofus, pony up or shut up.

            • QoT 3.5.1.1.1.1

              TRP, all Benghazi said was “the Pagani PR advice”. You’re the only person who’s choosing to read that as being a criticism/conflation of both Josie and John Pagani.

              It’s an interesting criticism to discuss when it’s actually happening, but under these circumstances? Reeks just a little bit of desperate derailing.

              • Te Reo Putake

                Yeah, quite right, QoT. If I incorrectly assumed Benghazi was conflating the two, my bad.

        • muzza 3.5.1.2

          I’ve met both John and Josie and they are lovely people.

          Which made you feel special, and because of your sycophantic attitude for the LP, you were *star struck*, and hardly in a position to render an objective personality analysis!

          Remarkably, they don’t have a hive mind and they seem to be adults with opinions of their own.?

          See the point above about being *star struck*

          Ever so slightly sexist to keep referring to them as a single entity, don’t you reckon?

          Only to someone whose mind is easily distracted!

          At conference, the wider membership views were taken into account, hence the constitutional changes (which I voted for, BTW). If you don’t like democracy, tough!?

          It’s a joke how you think that *democracy* is good enough, based on how you have welded your, self worth to it, then have the gaul, to use the word *tough* , when someone questions it, as you take the questioning as a personal affront!

          Again, its people with attitudes such as yours, which are the biggest barrier to forward progress one could ever have wished to import into NZ!

          • One Tāne Huna 3.5.1.2.1

            :roll:

          • Te Reo Putake 3.5.1.2.2

            :roll:

          • McFlock 3.5.1.2.3

            —PROJECT ONAN—
            —PROGRESS REPORT 25 JANUARY 2013—

            —DESCRIPTION—
            I laugh at the fools!

            Today I managed to reinforce several key messages in the minds of the populace.
            a) They should question the value of democracy.
            b) My mind is much more powerful and focussed than anyone else in the country
            c) The only way for society to overcome the imminent extinction-level calamity I have made them fear is to follow the guidance of the Psychic Zen-master elite.

            Within days they will accept me as their natural totalitarian overlord! Muhahahahahaha!

            In a minute, mum! Damn, how do I turn voice recognition o-
            —REPORT ENDS—

            • One Tāne Huna 3.5.1.2.3.1

              It was supposed to be “Project Anon”. Damn you spell check!

            • Te Reo Putake 3.5.1.2.3.2

              Hahahahahahahaha!

              Muzza! Clean your room RIGHT NOW. And wipe down that keyboard, its DISGUSTING, that thing that you do. I know your hormones are kicking in, but normal people use tissues or go to the bathroom. Are you LISTENING to me!? No, I am not oppressing you, it’s unhygenic for a start. No wonder you haven’t got a girlfriend … oh, Lord, what have you done to these sheets? They were fresh on the bed this morning …

          • Tim 3.5.1.2.4

            “I’ve met John and Josie……..and……” etc.
            Yep, that’s the second time he’s seen the need to tell us all that.
            I’m sure they are. I’d go as far as to say I think they’re fucking gorgeous.
            There’s another thread one here that tells us just that.
            I just wonder why the need. Apparently I’m not a bad sort of bloke either.No doubt TRP will think I’m a cnut.
            EEEEEE by gooom, the personalisation of politics aye?

            Laaaaaaaaaaaaa-aidees and Gentlemen………FROM THE LEFT:………Mzzzzzzz Josie PaGaaaaaaaaani!!!!,
            and from the RIGHT……..Maaaaaaaaaa-ethyoo Hooten!!!
            Oracles, sages, experts BLAH blah blah fucking blah!

            We wonder why the electorate has disconnected and signed off!

            • One Tāne Huna 3.5.1.2.4.1

              ‘kin’ oath.

            • Te Reo Putake 3.5.1.2.4.2

              Hey Tim, when you’re finished being a wally, perhaps you should scoot down to my reply to your more reasonable question below. I’m starting to regret answering it now, seeing as you’re such a silly cnut!

        • geoff 3.5.1.3

          Mind you, I’ve met both John and Josie and they are lovely people.

          I’ve heard a few people say the same about John Key after meeting him…

        • Tim 3.5.1.4

          ……Just curious TRP ……. Why the need to tell us all what gorgeous people they are?
          I’ve not met John Key but I know people that try to convince me what a noice bloke he is.

          I understand your immediate response might be to get pissed with the Q – I’m just curious to know WHY the need to tell us what gorgeous people they are is?

          Nice people can actually be complete assholes sometimes.
          Similarly assholes can sometimes be in complete agreement with my view of life in terms of politics, and socio-economic …….etc

          Mike Williams is a nice bloke.
          Hekia is the life of the frikken party.
          Paula Bennet is everyone’s gal!

          Feel free not to answer – I’m an intermittent interloper on here but I’m genuinely interested in why the need to tell us all what noice people the Paganis are.

          • Te Reo Putake 3.5.1.4.1

            Good question, Tim. Well, for starters, I wouldn’t call John gorgeous, but that’s just me!

            They genuinely are nice people. It’s worth remembering that even if we disagree with the political views we might, rightly or wrongly, associate with them, they are part of our Labour community, and the wider kiwi community. They have a family, they have the same or similar issues as most hard working middle class kiwi families and they choose to be in Labour because the LP has values they share.

            We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the left is about recognising our common humanity and we dehumanise our friends at our peril. That’s actually a point I made to Josie when she made the KKK comment about blog posters, which I found pretty offensive. However, that comment came in a context of some pretty awful and often sexist personal attacks from people supposedly on the left.

            I really felt that the attacks on Josie in particular were despicable. I’m close enough to know just how bad it got and what it meant for their family. I have no problem with the political statements and positions either put forward being challenged, but much of what went on last year was pretty low.

            And it astounds me that the irrational hatred for them continues to this day when neither has much to do with the LP in a formal sense. The irony is that while some people still think that the Shearer leadership is following the Pagani line, the truth of it is that its far more likely that John left the advisor role precisely because they weren’t taking his advice.

          • The Pink Postman 3.5.1.4.2

            The same type who say. i’m not a racist but! Much the same as saying he;s a Nat but a nice guy. Bullshit there is no such thing as a nice Tory ,as the late Norm Kirk said they are all bastards

    • KhandallaViper 3.6

      “the tide is turning toward a Labour/Green government.”

      Waiting for the magnetic forces between the earth and the moon to put us in a position to stop the cancer of poverty and emigration?

      You are a proactive type of guy.

  4. Jane 4

    Even if the membership was to get a vote is there not a ratio thing with caucus and the unions? Was is 40% membership, 40% union and 20% caucus? So even if 100% of the membership vote for DC it could still be trumped? Doesn’t sound very democratic, what happened to one person one vote?

    • Te Reo Putake 4.1

      40% membership, 40% caucus, 20% affiliates. One person one vote doesn’t work in a party that has affiliates, Jane, because the affiliates nominally represent tens of thousands of workers and that would be an overwhelming vote.

      • Jane 4.1.1

        Thanks, had it a bit back to front. Shouldn’t the affiliate members get to vote directly?

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          Now you’re talking scary stuff :)

        • Te Reo Putake 4.1.1.2

          Good question! Some affiliate members do vote individually, as some union members are LP members in their own right, but the unions act as an advocate for their members within the party and have a limited vote on their behalf as well. This flows from the history and culture of the LP, which, of course, came from the union movement.

          The concept is that unions have a voice for those union members who chose to have the union act on their behalf within the party. That’s not all union members, nor all unions. But the constitution puts a limit on how big that influence should be, so that the union bloc does not unfairly dominate internal democracy.

          That balance is something all similar Labour parties struggle with; how to recognise the contribution and significance of the people unions represent against the democratic right of ‘ordinary’ party members to have a say. Different parties have differenct sytems, ours seems to quantify the union bloc as having 20% of the say in the party, which may be a fair proportion.

          • Tom Gould 4.1.1.2.1

            Apparently, the unions said it would be ‘too hard’ to organise a direct vote of their members, and they are happy with casting their amalgamated votes on their behalf. I guess if the members are content to have their affiliate fee deducted from their wages and passed on to the Labour party, and to have their vote that such membership entitles them to cast on their behalf by their union officials, in secret, then it’s okay. I suspect many of them don’t have a clue that this is even happening.

            • One Tāne Huna 4.1.1.2.1.1

              “Apparently…I guess…I suspect…”

              Mmm, so sincere, so believable. What a lovely weasel.

            • Daveo 4.1.1.2.1.2

              Tom, believe it or not, the members of the few unions that affiliate to Labour do debate the issue of affiliation, do know how the process works and do know the outcomes. That’s mainly because unions are the largest and oldest democratic organisations in NZ.

              One of the issues that regularly gets raised around this is not the concept of affiliation, but the question of who the affiliation should be with. If the Green’s constitution allowed affiliation, then I think there would be a real push in those unions for affiliation to both parties. What a great debate that would be!

              • Tom Gould

                Democratic? Give me a break. With today’s communications technology, and social media, it would be simple and cheap for each union to be in almost constant touch with their membership. But they don’t. Ask yourself why? And also ask yourself why the Greens refuse to allow affiliation. I’m told it’s because they are genuinely democratic and such arrangements would undermine the credibility that comes with it. But that could just be spin, of course.

                • One Tāne Huna

                  “I’m told”.

                  Really? Sounds like more weasel spin to me.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Help me, Jebus! Tom, the big unions have pretty efficient communications strategies utilising modern technology. It wasn’t that long ago that the right were claiming the Standard was run out of the EPMU’s offices, remember?

                  Like most organisations, unions use a combination of snail mail, emails, free call centres, social media and plenty of old fashioned face to face meetings on site. Ok, money is an issue and the websites aren’t as flashy as, say, Telecom’s, but so what?

                  All the work the union does is within a democratic framework. Everything gets voted on, one way or the other.

                  Tom, it really makes me laugh to read you saying unions aren’t utilising modern techniques of communication when you don’t seem to have moved out of last century thinking yourself. What union are you in? I’ll get you the details of their fb page and you can educate yourself about how modern unions work.

                  • One Tāne Huna

                    Yep, TG looks like yet another unoriginal wingnut parroting thirty-year-old anti-union twaddle.

                    It beggars belief to think that he made the lies up himself: I’ve heard them so many times before.

  5. Cayte Shepherd 5

    It needs to be considered that:

    1. Leadership of the Parliamentary wing of the Party
    2. Leadership of the Party.

    Two aspects to this discussion which has not been traversed.

    Both aspects have been voted on in a democratic fomat. The Leader of the Parliamentary wing is that and all members have been voted into these roles internally within the party and extrenally at the ballot box in the general election, and so Caucus should elect their leader. The Leader of the party is the President and the party membership, which includes the parliamentary wing and their leader vote for this.

    Ultimately both positions have been voted for in the appropriate arena.

    All very democratic.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      But you’re talking representative democracy. Labour Party members want an increased level of direct democracy.

      Both over leadership issues and over policy issues. (the latter to be pushed for in more constitutional and procedural amendments over 2013).

      You can use the Green Party as an examplar of how it can be done.

      Also, the parliamentary wing has been exerting greatly increased control of the party since the Helen Clark days.

      Time for that to be completely reversed so that the Party has far greater influence over the Parliamentary wing.

      • Jackal 5.1.1

        You won’t get an increased level of direct democracy by undermining Shearer.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          Seeking a confirmation by the membership would hugely strengthen both Shearer and Labour going into 2014.

          What is your suggestion to get an increased level of democracy in the Labour Party?

          • Jackal 5.1.1.1.1

            By not undermining the leader of the opposition when there’s currently no viable alternative.

            Does there need to be further changes just because the candidate you supported didn’t win Coronial Wiper?

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.1.1

              By not undermining the leader of the opposition when there’s currently no viable alternative.

              Viable? Seriously, how high do you think the bar is set currently?

              Coronial Wiper

              yaddayaddayadda

              • Jackal

                Well I wouldn’t put much scope on where people set the bar who claim ‘Shearer’s performance is woeful’ and call him ‘mumblefuck’ etc when in reality he usually speaks succinctly, performs well and is easily understandable.

                Since you’re so infinitely politically wise oh Coronial Wiper, pray tell us who is now viable let alone available to challenge Shearer for the role as Labour leader?

                While we’re at it, what’s your actual motives for the continued and in my opinion boring attacks on Shearer? Perhaps your fervent and often unfounded anti-establishment angst is a result of your desire to be in power?

                What use is there of harping on about a democratic leadership challenge when there’s currently nobody within Labour who doesn’t support Shearer… Unless of course your only real motives are to destabilize and undermine Labour and as a result the entire left wing?

                • Colonial Viper

                  While we’re at it, what’s your actual motives for the continued and in my opinion boring attacks on Shearer? Perhaps your fervent and often unfounded anti-establishment angst is a result of your desire to be in power?

                  I love this, a true textbook amateur psychoanalysis lol.

                  A clue, this is what Freud called “transference”: ie. you’re actually the one who wants power, who wants to protect the status quo establishment, who wants a Parliamentary Services job or perhaps list position (lolz)

                  Why don’t you get a real vocation like me, sunning out the back of my missus pool deck with a tequila sunrise.

                  PS WHAT attacks on Shearer are you referring to exactly? For weeks I’ve been pushing for the members to have a say in February to reconfirm the Leadership as a way to re-energise Labour and produce unity for 2014. Nothing to do with frakin Shearer or frakin Cunliffe (who disappointingly has proven TRP right with a big white flag).

                  • Jackal

                    Coronial Wiper

                    You’re actually the one who wants power, who wants to protect the status quo establishment, who wants a Parliamentary Services job or perhaps list position.

                    Is that why you’re the one who always says I should be an MP when I’ve displayed no inclination to do so?

                    What you’re actually doing is projecting your own desires onto others, and your anger in the realization that you don’t have what it takes to be an MP is what motivates you to attack those who are.

                    In other words you’re a bit pathetic Coronial Wiper.

                    WHAT attacks on Shearer are you referring to exactly?

                    Unlike you, I recall your previous comments… Dumbass!

                    • Colonial Viper

                      What you’re actually doing is projecting your own desires onto others, and your anger in the realization that you don’t have what it takes to be an MP is what motivates you to attack those who are.

                      I point out the phenomena of transference then you try to lecture ME about it like the EXPERT lolz. Can you please like, come up with your own hacked off bit of Freud, instead of copying the one I pointed out haha

                      “What it takes to be an MP” even bigger lolz

                    • Jackal

                      Yeah real funny Coronial Wiper… It’s especially funny how you claim:

                      You’re actually the one who wants power, who wants to protect the status quo establishment, who wants a Parliamentary Services job or perhaps list position.

                      This reminds me of another deluded individual who wrote:

                      Valid reasons, now let me see, ah…the Jackal must be Shearer’s advisor.

                      Can you guess who wrote that Coronial Wiper? Funny how your argument is comparable to Pete George’s eh!

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I’d love to hear more Freud from you mate, bring it on. Wait a sec, let me get a refill before you start.

                      Meanwhile, I’m still going to push hard for the membership voice to be heard in February. Shearer, and Labour, will benefit greatly from the democratic ratification of the Leadership by the base.

                    • Jackal

                      My comparing your argument to Pete George’s had nothing to do with Freud dumbass!

                      There’s already been a democratic ratification of the Leadership CV… Didn’t you get the memo?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Afraid of the members actively voting eh? Can’t say I blame you, you’re perfect for Beltway Labour.

    • Anne 5.2

      Lesson number one from Cayte folks!

      All you members out there who joined the Labour Party 10, 20, 30+ years ago… now you know what it’s all about. No grey areas – black is black (or is it white) and the other way around (or is it?). :roll:

  6. crying man 6

    Good post zet. What the old guard and the careerists don’t understand is this was never about cunliffe. It’s about a more democratic political system and society. We the members are the ones who pushed for this change and who want our say. We don’t care whether cunliffe stands or not.

    This is about us. And you can’t just shut us down.

    • geoff 6.1

      I think they understood it perfectly. It’s just they would have looked like a bunch of power hungry cronies if they’d been honest about it.

  7. Sanctuary 7

    I just realised my emails from the local branch have suddenly ceased. Looks like membership has expired and someone is making sure lists are being vetted and culled…

  8. James 8

    Labour lost my membership with a very polite email telling them to Fuck OFF and stop sending me membership tithe forms every time they farted.
    In actuality, it was when they installed DS as their right hand monkey rather than the clearly preferred DC.
    It also disgusted me that at the roadshow Goff’s office had clearly given funds to DS campaign with the high gloss, high vis heavy GSM A4 sized wankfest all about DS – nothing about why he wanted to be the leader.
    Total contrast to DC and Mahutas joint bid – all about what they wanted to bring to the party and how they saw the party achieving a win in 2014.

    So Labour lost one member there, plenty of others no doubt. There’s ample opportunity for a new left party to counterbalance the right wing wankery that Labour are clearly in passionate love with as they’ve displayed over the last 14 months.

    You know, that curiously dispassionate blend of “democracy for the people, except when it’s not in our interest” and their internal belief, as stated by Chipp-n-Dale and paraphrased here “we don’t believe in state asset sales, but only when it’s the wrong time for it” and for those of you who can’t see the wood for the trees, the converse of that statement is “we believe in asset sales when the time is right and the money is high”

    Fuck Labour. Fucked by Shearer. Mumblefucked his way into that with no way out except to stand down after losing 2014.

  9. PlanetOrphan 9

    The Labour party would Poll much better if they Burnt John Key in effigy once a fortnight :-o
    No more anarchy, a simple united group of people “Telling it how it Is” M8!
    Get TV coverage there of course, everyone can stand around the burning man chanting
    “Burn Ya Maggot :evil: Buurrn”

    For the Greater Good :-)

  10. Blue 10

    But I’d like to think Labour MPs with conscience would remember that an undemocratic and unaccountable party is a weak party

    There’s your problem right there. So far as I can see, there are no such MPs.

    I have yet to see any evidence that the Labour caucus is divided at all. It’s the caucus and the membership that are divided.

  11. AmaKiwi 11

    The LP caucus dinosaurs (Trevor Mallard, Grant Robertson, Phil Goff, Annette King, and David Shearer) are bent on destroying anyone with a brain larger than theirs.

    Now 97 years old, the LP is stymied by outdated regulations and caucus dinosaurs who cannot imagine the global political climate is on the verge of cataclysmic changes. If the LP cannot evolve quickly, it is past its “use by” date and must die.

    To see why Cunliffe should not make a run for the leadership now, see paragraphs 9 & 10 of Chris Trotter: http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/party-wide-vote-no-guarantee-of-shearer.html

  12. Treetop 12

    Will Shearer move aside for Robertson or will he do a Cunliffe on Robertson?

    The fogies are rigging the leadership and Shearer is a porn for them, they are not that stupid to hand the next election to the current government. Cunliffe may be playing the ball as he may be OK with Robertson replacing Shearer as Robertson will reinstate Cunliffe to ministerial status.

  13. higherstandard 13

    Wouldn’t it all have been a great deal simpler if Maharey was still there. Labour would be ahead in the polls and people wouldn’t be arguing about who was the better out of two fairly unpalatable leaders.

    Not that you can argue with his exit from the den of vipers to put himself and his family first

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      exit from the den of vipers

      Funny that you should put it that way :twisted:

    • Tim 13.2

      +1. Is there a possibility of a return at some stage do you think?
      What’s his tipple btw? Even if it’s Chardonnay, I’m sure his presence could solve one or two things.

    • millsy 13.3

      Not too sure that the sun shines out of Marahey’s arse like you imply that every thinks.

      The guy wouldnt take an axe to tertiary fees, caved in to Lorraine Kerr when he tried to review Tomorrow’s Schools, kept the CRI profit driven system going, brought in WFF, but that’s just about it…

  14. vto 14

    Not letting the members of the party vote for the leader of the party reminds many people I’m sure of the antics of the last labour government in not listening to the people. Not very encouraging. In fact quite discouraging.

    Zet has it right. If Shearer is right he will win and the party will move forward with strength.

    What is Shearer afraid of? That he will lose? If so then it bodes badly, very badly…

    2c from way outside any party except my own.

  15. Matthew Hooton 15

    It certainly is a fascinating situation and I have analysed it in today’s National Business Review. In case any of you don’t take the NBR, I expect it will be free online at http://www.nbr.co.nz tomorrow. The Standard gets quite a few mentions.

    • One Tāne Huna 15.1

      :roll:

    • Socialist Paddy 15.2

      Well why don’t you post your thoughts here so we can tear them apart?

      Do you think we are going to spend good money subscribing to that collection of tosh?

      • Matthew Hooton 15.2.1

        Paddy, I don’t think I can post it here for copyright reasons but, as I said, it usually gets put on line for free on Saturday mornings at http://www.nbr.co.nz so you should be able to read and comment on it then. Cheers

        • Jackal 15.2.1.1

          Au contraire you little right wing propagandist. Why wait around to read old news when the NBR is just making shit up or copying other peoples work anyway? It’s not a case of finances, it’s a case of not wanting to waste time or money on such tripe! Comprehend?

    • Te Reo Putake 15.3

      I look forward to reading your thoughts, Matthew. ’bout time you made a donation to The Standard for providing you with all this material, doncha think?

    • johnm 15.4

      NBR a pathetic irrelevant publication.

    • QoT 15.5

      Quick, everyone! Bump the NBR’s pageviews!!! Matthew Hooton, paid spokesdude of the right, with zero interest personal or financial in actually providing unbiased analysis, has thoughts on the issue!!! They must be totally awesome and important because they’re in the NBR!!!

      Alas, TV3 no longer hosts the classic video of NBR editor of the time Nevil Gibson referring to environmentalism as being like jihadism, but Public Address remembers.

  16. just saying 16

    http://thestandard.org.nz/contact-us/donate/

    Finally something at the Standard that speaks your language, Matthew.
    KA-CHING!!

    edit.
    Dammit – this was in reply to TRP and Bill, above.

  17. muzza 17

    We simply want our right to vote, and whatever the outcome is I believe that will settle it.

    That comment is where the whole thing comes unstuck for me, in terms of commitment to democracy!

    I vote, therefore I am, no matter the consequence!

  18. Naki nark 18

    Here here Zetetic.

    I am still so upset about what was done to the membership at conference by the career politicians in the caucus. I have kept quiet on blogs but I will not be quiet anymore.

    I was at conference too. It was the second conference that I have been to and I was happy because I felt we were actually practising the NZLP value of *All political authority comes from the people by democratic means* from the constitution. Sometimes I have felt that Labour only cares about me when it wants pamphlets put in post boxes.

    I spent the Saturday morning going to the different conference collectives who were putting our policies together. It was so happy to be one with the Labour whanau. All the members were proud to be putting DEMOCRACY in our party again.

    But then the afternoon happened and I have felt ill since.

    I do not care what David Shearer says. I do not care how much Chris Hipkins screams at old ladies. I do not care how much Grant Robertson and Trevor Mallard say lies to Patrick Gower.

    I witnessed myself how David Cunliffe did NOTHING to hurt our party. Mr Cunliffe voted for the democracy remits. Good on him! I voted for democracy remits as well. The membership voted for democracy.

    That is why the constitution was changed. It was about democracy not anything about the leader.

    I have done heaps to help Labour through the years. I feel stupid because I thought our party was about the people but after conference I can see it is about some politicians who hate the people and only care about their own power and wages. Why does Trevor get to choose anything? He was the campaign manager last year and Labour was wiped out. He should feel ashamed but I am the one who feels ashamed to have helped in his campaign.

    I do not know if David Shearer is being used or if he is just a Nat in a mustache disguise. But when he dumped David Cunliffe he dumped on all his members. If he wants any members left Mr Shearer must call a leadership election under the new rules right now. If Shearer does not then he is no better than Donkey and my red card is going in the bin.

    • Anne 18.1

      I was at conference too… I witnessed myself how David Cunliffe did NOTHING to hurt our party. Mr Cunliffe voted for the democracy remits. Good on him! I voted for democracy remits as well. The membership voted for democracy.

      Good comments Naki nark – especially the above. Sorry you didn’t speak up sooner.

  19. Fortran 19

    The odds against a leadership change are getting greater – there is far too much disunity in the party. A new look away from Cunliffe is needed – he will not do the party any good with factions still divided even if he was elected.
    There are other very capable possible leaders.
    There will be no challenge in 2013.
    The great challenge must surely be Policy.
    So far too vague ideas; two goo winners CGT, Housing (not getting mixed up with the Green Party ones) -these need facts as to how, and when, implementation will come.

  20. geoff 20

    If it’s still Shearer, the ABCs and pale blue BAU after Feb then I’m voting Green in 2014. Even if I don’t agree with all their policies they are at least dragging the centre further left than others. I would consider Mana but it’s probably a wasted party vote under current MMP rules.
    If the left loses in 2014 then perhaps Labour can finally be cleaned up by the membership.

  21. hush minx 21

    I think for those that claim the leadership/caucus performance had gone away a short scan of this site will show otherwise – a point made by ‘ad’. I know there are people who wish this would all just go away so that Labour can get on with the fight against the government, but it’s just not going too happen.

    Conference and it’s aftermath was not a resolution. It just made matters worse. None of us want to see Labour failing like this. The solution lies on the hands of caucus. They are the ones who must take responsibility for their actions-whether to send the vote on leadership to the members and affiliates alongside caucus, or not. I hope they chose the former as I truly believe the party will not survive otherwise.

  22. coolas 22

    “Trevor Mallard, Grant Robertson, Phil Goff and Annette King went over the heads of the membership by putting a well-meaning but clearly out of his depth David Shearer into the leadership to shore up their own positions.”

    Thank you Zetetic

    I haven’t read all the blogs but this is the first time I’ve read this rational so clearly stated.

    The utter selfishness of these old Labour hacks who’ve had their turn in Government (9 years) is disgraceful. One of their grandchildren should tell them, ‘It’s not all about you.’

  23. Pete 23

    I’ve let go of the anger at the various leadership mechanations within the Labour Party. My preference was for Cunliffe, but that ship has sailed. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that the next Labour led government will not foster the paradigm shift that is needed by our society and our economy. But I still have hope. Not that the next government will be a great one or one to go down in history, I don’t think they have the personnel to achieve that (although my local MP, David Clark shows a lot of promise). But at least a good one. More than a nightwatchman administration. More than the lesser of two evils. Their ideas around housing are certainly a winner. Their approach to welfare is more humane, in spite of the beneficiary on the roof debacle. They are more open to education and the idea that the public service actually does worthwhile things. The perfect is the enemy of the good. And while Labour is not a perfect organisation, they do at least lack the malevolence of their counterparts across the aisle. If they manage to reverse the employment amendments put in by National I’d be a happy man.

    But for me, ideas are still important. For the first time I intend to give my party vote to the Greens in 2014. I think Labour needs that angel on its left shoulder, the bigger the better. If they want to surge towards the centre, fine. That’s inevitable with a large party. But for any more substantial progress I think they have to listen to a voice they can’t ignore.

  24. PlanetOrphan 24

    Nobody ever listens …. Burn them all in EFFIGY M8!

    Everyone will go home happy at the end of the day M8!

    I know PR M8! , this ones a winner , it’s a Classic NZ tradition even.
    Burn someone in EFFIGY and get drunk with ya M8′s

    Problem with People today is they don’t WHINGE and COMPLAIN enough M8!

    It’s the SQEAKY WHEEL That gets burnt after all.

    ?! RYAS LISTENING !?

  25. Afewknowthetruth 25

    Since 1984 Labour has demonstrated itself to be the home for liars, hypocrites, bullies, cowards and covert fascists – a pro-money-lender, pro-control-of-society-by-corporations party.

    NZ endured two Labour governments that set up all the preconditions for the economic, environmental and social collapse that is underway.

    Although my parents voted Labour all their lives (and I come from a very working class background)and I have in the distant past voted Labour, nothing would induce me to ever vote Labour again. (Well, perhaps the prospect of being tortured for 6 months might!)

    Over the years I have watched lairs and manipulators deceive the NZ public time and time again. Standing out for special mention must be Trevor Mallard, David Parker, Harry Duynhoven, Michael Cullen, and Helen Clark, of course (who has just been award an F grade for failure by the UN, following he dismal performance as special emissary for looting Africa).

    Don’t think I support National: they are the party of complete lunatics, psychotic sociopaths and opportunists. But at least they don’t pretend to be anything else.

    The sooner the presently constituted Labour Party implodes the better. Then a new party might emerge consisting of people with knowledge and integrity. (Oh well, one can but dream). Hopefully, Mr Unreliable (Andrew Little) won’t be around.

    • kousei 25.2

      Agreed about National and Labour. The corrupt and the abusers of power must be reigned in and punished. The Randian populist neoliberal nastiness needs to be retired to the dustbin of history. Not required is a load of toshy bullshit and corporate pr doublespeak about a masterful plan having us all kept in suspense and anticipation waiting for another sweet stickly steaming pile of do do just prior to an election. What is needed is for someone to stand up and plainly, simply state that treating people like they are machines is wrong and it has to stop. Land use policy that rewards and subsidises polluters is wrong and must be stopped. Social policy that descriminates against the less fortunate or more vunerable is wrong and must stop. I go one step further and say that those individuals who personal gain from the degradation, destruction and/or loss of our commons are sick people that make me feel very sad.

    • Anne 25.3

      Helen Clark, of course (who has just been award an F grade for failure by the UN, following he dismal performance as special emissary for looting Africa).

      The so-called ‘F grade’ (as you call it) was for the time period immediately prior to Helen Clark joining the UN. The UN Secretary General went to some lengths to make it clear the report was in no way damming of the present head of the UNDP, Helen Clark.

      Misinformation? Or slack about getting your facts correct Afktt?

    • Tiresias 25.4

      While from my exposure to his previous posts I’ve no doubt Afewknowthetruth has incontrovertial proof that 9/11 was an inside job, the moon-landing occured on an Hollywood back-lot, we are watching the final acts of the Protocols of Zion and water fluoridisation is sterilisation of the masses by stealth, I must reluctantly say that I agree with the final paragraph of the above post at least.

      In defence of Helen Clark, tho’, it should be minded that she was only in the post for the last year of the period covered by the UN Report and had hardly had time to make much impact. Whether she actually has any impact or is just enjoying a lucrative job for the boys in New York remains to be seen.

      • Colonial Viper 25.4.1

        I’ve no doubt Afewknowthetruth has incontrovertial proof that 9/11 was an inside job

        3 massive steel framed skyscrapers collapsed completely symmetrically and vertically on to their own footprints, on the same day, after suffering highly assymetric damage from impact and fire.

    • millsy 25.5

      Funny you should mention Harry Duynhoven. As Mayor of New Plymouth he is constantly struggling to control the egotists on his council, and at the same to failing to articulate any sort of vision for my city. Lean (1980-92), Stewart (1992-01) and Tennant* (2001-10) together did great things for New Plymouth over the 30 years that they held the chains, especially when it came from turning our coastline from a sewage ridden shit-hole into a valued recreation reserve/open space. It seems that Dynhoven, at this point in time, will forever be in their collevctive shadows.

      Mallard, dont know what he stands for, all I know is that he let the education system become more and more stratified, and never cleaned up some of the aspects of Tomorrow’s Schools that needed cleaning up

      And Clark, the positive achievements that she banged on about were illusionary.

      * = Tennent sold off Powerco, though Cullen had the chance to block the deal, but he didnt go through with it. The council puts the money in a fund that goes and buys a dairy farm in Tasmania.

  26. Tanz 26

    crickey, where is the Churchill that Labour so richly needs? Shearer is not leadership material, he’s waffly and unsure of himself. Cunliffe at least has charisma. Key keeps outshining the frontbenchers of Labour, even though he’s out of the country one heck of a lot. Where is the Opposition of boldness and strength? Just too weak so far, and all sunshine for the Nats.

    • Tiresias 26.1

      +1.

      When Shearer won the leadership of Labour I was pleased. While I never saw him as a Ghandi or Mandela I saw a man with experience of the real world, commitment to a fairer one, and a gritty ‘say-it-how-it-is’ integrity. In short I saw a man who wasn’t a politician, and by Christ the last thing any nation needs is politicians.

      I still see him in that way. And I see him struggling in all the scum of politics, having to spend half his time having his ankles tapped by those who are supposed to be supporting him and getting abused and criticised by those he is trying to represent. I see an inept, ideologically corrupt Government getting away with murder because all we’re see from H.M. Opposition is squabbling over the fine print in its consititution, primate chest-thumping and factions whispering in corners. Time after time Government Ministers decline to appear on radio to defend themselves and answer awkward questions or have no comment for the press, and they get away with it because all we get from a self-paralysed Labour party is silence.

      Shearer isn’t a politician, and I might have voted for him for that reason alone. But regrettably he, and hence Labour, is being beaten into insignificance by politics – the politics of the Left.

      Zetetic wrote – “Unless this is fixed and we can get the party united we’re looking at another term in opposition after 2014.” I hope he is wrong, but I think the best Labour can hope for is to hold enough of the vote to be a support party for the Greens, because they have my vote.”

  27. irascible 27

    What I cannot understand is why anyone writing on this blog can ever see either Mana or Maori as being credible political entities that will contribute anything positive to NZ policies or government. Both are grievance parties built around an individual with a huge chip on their shoulders.
    Turia created the Maori Party from her hatred of Helen while Hone created Mana from his falling out with Turia and his belief that he is the sole representative of Maori aspiration coupled with marginalised other social groups.
    However, neither have shown any real policy development or iniatives that would contribute posiotively to the NZ society or economy. Turia and her loose alliance of MPs have demonstrated that they are happier nesting with the neo-liberals that are the KeY owned National-ACT asset strippers while Hone continues to bait Turia and posture as withoutproviding a credible alternative to her neo-liberal coalition with KeY.
    Neither are parties of the Left so should be ignored as credible political entities in any future election. In the meantime we should, as left wing political activists concentrate on the formulation and articulation of positive, constructive policies rather than allowing ourselves to be distracted by what is nothing more than personality based image politics designed to create and foster an image of nstability within the Labour Party at a time when the country is facing the greatest corporate sell off of the countries assets and functions since the unlamented Douglas and Richardson period.

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    The Herald yesterday ran a story on just how quiet the new electric trains are. In a polar opposite there was a lot of noise on twitter about how the article was initially presented but after getting past that it...
    Transport Blog | 22-04
  • ‘I told ya so’ of the day, Shane Jones edition
    I got a bit of stick during the Labour leadership contest for my criticism of Shane Jones, so I have to indulge myself a little here. Now that we know this contender for the leadership of the Labour Party was...
    DimPost | 22-04
  • Warning to Labour; the heretic hunters are driving people away
    And Labour cannot keep Shane Jones and the people who support him unless it looks like a party capable of winning, and that means a party that is inclusive, focused on jobs, better pay, and on celebrating opportunities for all...
    Pundit | 22-04
  • Coalitionally speaking – a look at scenarios on the right
    Back on my previous post, Alex Coleman asked me to stop looking at potential government variants on the left and look at what a National-led government would look like, especially (at least this is what I took him to mean)...
    Pundit | 22-04
  • Here we may see what Men for Stealth and Robbing must endure …
    It seems a bit odd to be devoting a post to a policy proposal coming from a party with just 0.5% support in the opinion polls - a bit like taking seriously United Future's crowing over the victory it has just...
    Pundit | 22-04
  • Keeping up with the Joneses pretty damn hard actually
    28/3/2014: Editorial: can Shane Jones save the Labour Party? 13 hours ago: Nat man co-funded Jones’ Labour bid 6 hours ago: Shane Jones’ loyalties questioned 19s: Shane Jones quitting – National creating role for him ‘Pacific Economic Ambassador’ Seriously, the...
    The little pakeha | 22-04
  • John Key Aspires to Mediocrity
    The Prime Ministers of New Zealand who have had lasting respect are the ones who have stood up on the global stage on points of principle. While we may be a small country and almost insignificant in a population sense,...
    Local Bodies | 22-04
  • Photo of the day: Problem not a lack of roads
    This photo from Lennart Nout on Twitter today of the morning peak shows that the problem with traffic in Auckland isn’t a lack of roads. During the off peak and during times like school holidays there is more than enough capacity available...
    Transport Blog | 22-04
  • Climate dollars and sense – preventing global warming is the cheap option
    The IPCC has now released all three of the reports that comprise its 2014 Fifth Assessment of climate science. The first report tackled the physical changes in the global climate, while the second addressed climate impacts and adaptation, and the...
    Skeptical Science | 22-04
  • What ACT’s Jamie Whyte could learn from Albert Einstein
      stuff.co.nz   In a remarkable coincidence two Essex district court judges are arrested on the same night for riding their bicycles without lights. On the following morning they turn up at court to answer the charges. “Well, this is...
    Brian Edwards | 22-04
  • Australia’s lawless gulag
    When a reugee was murdered at its Manus Island gulag in February, the Australian government tried to blame the victims and pretend that its prisoners were responsible for the violence. Since then, we've learned that the opposite was the case,...
    No Right Turn | 22-04
  • John Key hates transparency
    Over the weekend, the Greens proposed greater Ministerial transparency, with quarterly public declarations of meetings, overseas travel, gifts and hospitality. Its a great idea, which would help restore confidence in our system of government. So naturally, John Key opposes it:Prime...
    No Right Turn | 22-04
  • Access: Who Are Disabled New Zealanders?
    Disabled people are part of every community and grouping in New Zealand. However, most surveys do not ask about us, and we’re poorly understood for various reasons. Let’s start fixing that together.How manyOfficial Census results every five years or so...
    Public Address | 22-04
  • The GCSB has a credibility problem
    Last month, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave evidence to the European Parliament, in which he revealed that the NSA were "advising" their "partners" on how to interpret mass-surveillance-enabling "loopholes" into their spy-laws. New Zealand was specifically mentioned as having received...
    No Right Turn | 22-04
  • Green bonds set to help finance green economy
    Twenty-five of the world’s largest banks – including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley – recently released the governance framework for a green bond market which is seeing billions of dollars...
    frogblog | 22-04
  • Mahurangi Matters on the Puhoi Warkworth Board of Inquiry
    To date there has been limited media coverage on the Puhoi Warkworth Board of Inquiry. Fortunately Karyn Scherer, from the local Warkworth newspaper Mahurangi Matters, is one of the few reporters attending the BoI.  She writes in her opinion piece:...
    Transport Blog | 22-04
  • Porn and Politics in the US of A
    What is with Kansas? My former colleague at UCLA Seth Masket, writing at The Mischeifs of Faction, has published a graph he made which compares per-capita usage of online porn to vote shares in the last Presidential election. Because... why...
    Polity | 22-04
  • New Fisk
    Another ‘sham’ election is over, so what now for Algeria?The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money...
    No Right Turn | 21-04
  • Shane Jones confirms everyone’s suspicions
    So, it turns out that Shane Jones' campaign for the Labour leadership was funded by a Nat. Which is hardly surprising - the loudest voices talking up Jones' ability and "leadership potential" have always been on the right. But actually...
    No Right Turn | 21-04
  • Nerdy praise for The Nation
    A lot of the attention heaped on our current affairs shows is all about the interviews. But the investigative reports on TV3's The Nation are making really good moves to bring more actual evidence to New Zealand's discussion of current...
    Polity | 21-04
  • The Greens Stand Alone
    Earth's Last Champion: The history of the twenty-first century will be shaped by an increasingly bitter struggle between the two great remaining “metanarratives” – Neoliberalism and Ecologism. If the Greens did not exist as a political option we would have...
    Bowalley Road | 21-04
  • The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change
    The combination of a recently acquired desktop video magnifier and a kindle has for the time being restored some ease to my reading. Hence this review. I was drawn by the title The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change: Values,...
    Hot Topic | 21-04
  • Fluoridation: putting chemical contamination in context
    Anti-fluoridation activists often claim fluoridating chemicals used for water treatment are contaminated with heavy metals and radionuclides. I have written about this before in Fluoridation – are we dumping toxic metals into our water supplies?, Water treatment chemicals – why pick on fluoride? and Hamilton –...
    Open Parachute | 21-04
  • Hard News: Sorting out our thinking on drugs
    That we have a trade in synthetic cannabinomimetics is not, as most of the country currently seems to believe, a consequence of the Psychoactive Substances Act passing last July. That business existed before July and, indeed, was substantially larger and looser....
    Public Address | 21-04
  • Boyd-Wilson
    Don’t get raped. That’s essentially what the message has been, the last few days. The Boyd-Wilson path is pretty notorious in Wellington and it’s in the news again with two attacks committed there in as many days. The police response...
    The little pakeha | 21-04
  • I am still holding out for a three-way
    David, Winston, and the Greens up a tree. G O V E R N I N G. Some of the commentary over Easter has focused on a supposed strategic conundrum for the Greens. If Peters is in a position to...
    Polity | 21-04
  • How rail was saved in Auckland
    Next Monday will be a historic day for transport in Auckland as for the first time the city will have electric trains carrying fare paying passengers. Electrifying the rail network is something that has been talked about for 90 years,...
    Transport Blog | 21-04
  • What makes a national day? Not the Anzacs
    There will be much talk on Friday of “national identity”. Just one year short of the original baptism of the Anzacs, jingoism will be in fashion. Some will say, and many will think, it is our real national day. The...
    Colin James | 21-04
  • ‘What they see is what they get’
    What they see is what they get … “Part of it is, I think, is, I suspect … I’m a pretty laid back, sort of down-to-earth hopefully approachable guy, and, … and, I think kind of again, what they see...
    The Political Scientist | 21-04
  • ‘What they see is what they get’
    What they see is what they get … “Part of it is, I think, is, I suspect … I’m a pretty laid back, sort of down-to-earth hopefully approachable guy, and, … and, I think kind of again, what they see...
    Political Scientist | 21-04
  • Legal Beagle: All of these things are quite like each other
    The following scenarios, based on cases that have made the news, or which I'm aware of because I've been around the courts for a while have something important in common:A group of drunk high school students scale a fence at...
    Public Address | 21-04
  • Another report won’t help the East Coast
    The Government has a critical role to play in regional development on the East Coast says Gisborne-based Labour MP Moana Mackey “The release of the East Coast Regional Economic Potential Study highlights a number of areas of strength and weakness...
    Labour | 23-04
  • Another interest rate hike will punish mortgage holders
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says another interest rate hike on Thursday will cost home owners an extra $25 a month on a $250,000 mortgage, on top of the $25 dollars a month from the previous rates rise, and she...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Green Party launches Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill
    The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand's first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party.Members of the public will be invited to shape the proposed law, which will protect ten basic rights and...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow
    The Associate Minister of Immigration Nikki Kaye’s decision not to intervene means kidney transplant patient Sanil Kumar must leave New Zealand by tomorrow, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad. “Kumar, a plumber and sheet metal worker, was on a work visa...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Time to do the right thing for our veterans
    A Labour government will adopt the Law Commission’s recommendation to ensure all war veterans are eligible for a Veteran’s Pension, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Veterans are only eligible for the pension if they are considered ‘significantly’ disabled, or more...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Public servant is owed an apology
    Nigel Fyfe is owed an apology from the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “The former MFAT official has now been restored to a position in the Ministry...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Laws for enforcing not trading off
    The idea that a Government department can give a nod and a wink to traders that it won’t enforce shop trading laws and for a Government MP to then claim it as grounds for a review of the law is...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Kiwis still paying too much for ACC
    Kiwis are still paying too much for ACC so that the National Government can balance its books, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “ACC Minister Judith Collins told Cabinet levies were too high but ACC’s proposed cuts would impact the...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Collins’ memory recovery raises further concerns
    Judith Collins sudden memory of briefing the New Zealand Ambassador to China about her dinner with a Chinese border official and her husband's fellow Oravida directors raises further concerns about exactly what was discussed, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This...
    Labour | 21-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Turning Shane: How Murray McCully deprived Labour of Mr Jones
    THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF TRAITOR. The first is the person who betrays his country for a higher cause. The second betrays his country for money. The third betrays his country for the wrongs it has done him. By far...
    The Daily Blog | 23-04
  • Why NZ needs a Digital Bill of Rights
    I’m glad the Greens have taken on board some of my suggestions for a NZ Digital Bill of Rights. October last year I blogged… what should a NZ Digital Bill of Rights look like? -freedom of online expression -freedom of...
    The Daily Blog | 23-04
  • The blue collar cred smoko room mythology of Shane Jones as told by the msm
    So apparently, Shane Jones leaving is the end of the Labour Party. Yawn. Vernon Small screams, “Disarray. There is no other word to describe the mess the Labour Party plunged into last night” while John Armstrong predicts “resignation couldn’t have...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Flockton Floods Again
    Last week the Flockton Basin flooded again – the second time in six weeks.  And not just roads and land, but homes and garages.  Some people have been flooded multiple times since the earthquakes.  One couple, after the March flood...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The PI vote and political stunts
    The mainstream media got quite excited a couple of weeks ago when a number of Pasifika church leaders were photographed at the Manurewa markets wearing blue, Key-people t-shirts. The clergy pictured in those articles said that they had changed allegiance...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • EDUCANZ / EDUCAN’T
    Oh hello, select committee … sorry to interrupt your tea and bickies, but I have something on my mind that I really need to talk to you about. You see, word on the street is that you are planning to...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Why Waiariki and Epsom are so important this election
    Two of the lynchpin electorates that need to go the Opposition’s way if there is any chance of a Labour led Government are Waiariki and Epsom. Epsom is the only lifeline for ACT and if the 6000 progressive voters in...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • TV Review: Seven Sharp: third strike lucky
     More prophetic than anyone could imagine – Jesse in a coffin  Jesse Mulligan was the last of the original ill-fated trio to be dumped from Seven Sharp.  This happened last week with little notice given and less notice paid.  His removal was more inevitable than the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The Liberal Agenda 23rd-27th April
    The week is dominated by the launch of the NZ International Comedy Festival – our picks for the week are… WEDNESDAY 23rdSunrise Yoga on Queens Wharf 7am-8.15am Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street (bottom of Queen Street) Free ********************************************************************* THURSDAY 24th5...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Shane Jones caption contest
    Shane Jones caption contest...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost
    Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • On climate change denial
    On climate change denial...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Labour on manufacturing
    Labour on manufacturing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager...
    When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager, show them this graph...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Introverts Unite (separately)
    Introverts Unite (separately)...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The problem with food
    The problem with food...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Why queues outside synthetic cannabis shop is proof regulation is working
    Latest moral panic on synthetic cannabis is that there were queues waiting for a store to open over Easter. Yawn. Before the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA), there were up to 6000 venders and hundreds of different brands. Since regulation via the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • Shane Jones resignation: Labour dodge a bullet & the Greens smile
    Best Friends Forever now Thank God Shane Jones is selling out and taking a job for National… Shane Jones to leave Labour, set to work with Murray McCully Shane Jones is quitting Parliament and the Labour Party, and there is...
    The Daily Blog | 22-04
  • The only one happy with ACTs new ’3 strikes’ for burglary will be priva...
    The great scholarly Grand Cleric of the libertarian right, Jamie Whyte, has come down from the mount with two stone tablets and sadly all he has is 3 strikes, not 10 commandments… Jail burglars after third offence, says Act Party...
    The Daily Blog | 21-04
  • Trade and Investment Agreements: Human Rights For Sale
    On March 29, many New Zealanders took to the streets in defense of democratic rights by opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A week earlier, delegates from dairy unions from around the world (including the NZ Dairy Workers Union...
    The Daily Blog | 21-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Total figures for campaign against alcohol fuelled violence
    The final total figures for the eighth police led Operation Unite: a Blitz on Drunken Violence was announced today by Jon White, CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA)....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • ACT’s proposal to further three-strikes policy short-sighted
    JustSpeak is calling out the ACT Party’s extension of the three-strikes policy as knee-jerk punitivism, political populism and based on a culture of fear, rather than evidence....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • InternetNZ pleased Green Party taking issues seriously
    InternetNZ is pleased to see the Green Party join Labour in having a serious discussion about online rights....
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Age Concern calls for building accessibility for elderly
    Age Concern has made a submission strongly opposing the clause within the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill that exempts building owners from providing or improving building accessibility. The current Building Act 2004 clearly acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Internet Rights & Principles Coalition: Internet Rights Bill
    The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRP Coalition) of the UN Internet Governance Forum applaud the release of the NZ Green Party’s Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill for public consultation. The IRF Bill is a pioneering project for the internet...
    Scoop politics | 23-04
  • Gender quotas should be a last resort
    The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (IoD), says introducing gender quotas is not the best solution to increase the number of women directors on New Zealand boards....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Taika Waititi lends support to #BeefWithBullies campaign
    Even if Chardonnay doesn’t like your Michael Jackson dance moves, that’s no reason for you to be made fun of. Renowned Kiwi director, Taika Waititi has pledged his support to the Mad Butcher’s anti-bullying campaign #BeefWithBullies. With...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Commissioner proposes limit on credit reporting charges
    The Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards, is proposing an amendment to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code that would limit what credit reporters can charge individuals wanting immediate access to their credit information....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Does ACC system provide access to justice asks UN
    The United Nations Committee responsible for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ("CRPD") has formally raised access to justice and other issues with the New Zealand Government. The Committee considered a report submitted...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Iwi concerned over future of country’s oldest wharenui
    An East Coast iwi says they are concerned the Crown has not made good on its promise to return their wharenui – the oldest meeting house in the country. “The Government promised to return our wharenui, now they are reneging,”...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • NZDF-Supported Anzac Day Commemorations in France, Belgium
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be increasing its support for official and locally-run Anzac Day commemorations in France and Belgium this year with a 10 person contingent, including a Māori cultural element, from New Zealand as well...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Third National Māori Housing Conference set to take place
    Success stories in Māori Housing developments from around Aotearoa will be shared at a National Māori Housing Conference, to be held in Whanganui from May 1-3. Conference hosts the Whanganui Iwi Housing Forum and national umbrella organization Te Matapihi...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads
    Partnership targets visitor safety on New Zealand roads Tourism New Zealand, the New Zealand Transport Agency and Air New Zealand have joined forces to target Chinese tourists with important road safety messages before they get behind the wheel. A...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Renewable energy in the Pacific under EU-NZ Partnership
    European Commissioner Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister McCully depart on 23-27 April on a joint mission to the Pacific to see EU-NZ renewable energy and energy efficiency projects....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Bill
    Disabled Community Further Marginalised by Proposed Building Amendment Bill for Earthquake Prone Buildings to the Building Act....
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years
    Home loan affordability worsens by most in 12 years as interest rates and house prices rise...
    Scoop politics | 22-04
  • ACT should abandon Three Strikes
    Rethinking Crime and Punishment is urging right wing politicians to do their homework before coming up with one-off “tough on crime – high on vengeance’ sentencing policies for which there is no evidence of success. He was responding to the...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Noho Hewa’: Visit of Native Hawaiian filmmaker
    Native Hawaiian filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly, will be in Aotearoa New Zealand for two screenings of the award winning documentary 'Noho Hewa: the wrongful occupation of Hawai'i', a powerful portrayal of the multiple links between militarisation and...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Rural Contractors NZ hits the road during May
    Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) will be updating its members on the latest changes in health and safety, transport and employment laws – as well as other topics – in a series of roadshows being held around the country during...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill
    Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill Landlords and tenants should be alarmed at Labour MP Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that would immediately impose stringent requirements upon rental properties without defining those requirements,...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years
    US/New Zealand relationship best in thirty years. NZ well qualified for UN Security Council seat...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical
    Just in time for this week’s ASEAN Renewable Energy Week, new scientific results have questioned the economic viability of large dams. Calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund show that the Malaysian Bakun Dam scores even worse than the average large...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail
    Last year there were more than 52,000 reported burglaries. According to the Treasury, for every 10 reported burglaries, there are another 12 that go unreported. This means there were more than 120,000 burglaries last year – or over 2000 a...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment
    Derek Leask yesterday 20 April 2014 made the following observations in response to a media enquiry about the recently announced appointment of Mr Nigel Fyfe, currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (Legal and Operational Services and Legal...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum
    The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an ‘Election Year Oceans Forum’ at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
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