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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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    (Trigger warnings apply on this post for assault, misogyny, domestic violence, and bitter sarcasm/flippancy about male perpetrators of violence against women.) This is written for cis-gendered straight guys. I have nothing to say to women on the subject of male...
    On the Left | 24-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #47: Water in Public Spaces
    47: Water in Public Spaces What if we made more of water in our public spaces? Sometimes it is the simple things. People flock to water in public spaces. We need more of it in this city. And in more...
    Transport Blog | 24-10
  • Freedom of information: A good idea from India
    One of the better ideas for freedom of information implemented overseas is disclosure logs - agencies posting requests and responses publicly, allowing performance to be monitored and reducing repeat requests. This is widespread in Australia and the UK, but poorly...
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • The Age of Cupidity
    I've been trying to publish a post for the past couple of weeks.  Although I have several in draft form, when I try to finish them I find myself overwhelmed by a deep lassitude - an uncharacteristic gloom which is only relieved...
    Te Whare Whero | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • De-industrialisation and the prospects for socialism
    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Looking back with pride – Maryan Street
    Maryan Street joined the Labour Party in 1984, was President from 1995-1997 and became an MP in 2005. She talked to Labour Voices about her Labour journey and the people, events and achievements she recalls with the greatest pride....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Strong and comprehensive
    DEVELOPING “a very strong and comprehensive” Women’s Affairs policy going into the 2014 election is one of the achievements Carol Beaumont is most proud of. And being unable to implement it one of her regrets....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Christchurch’s rebuild should be decided by Christchurch, not Welling...
    Radio New Zealand has an appalling story this morning about the government's interference in the Christchurch rebuild over the new District Plan. Normally district plans are decided by elected local councils accountable to the voters who will live under them....
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • Turning a blind eye to corruption
    As we are constantly reminded, New Zealand consistently leads the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index as the "least corrupt country in the world". And as we are increasingly becoming aware, that reputation may be undeserved. Today there's another nail in...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Police Association off target with call to arm Police
    Arming our Police will lead to more crime, more violence, and more killings – by criminals, and potentially even by police. The Police Commissioner is correct in pointing out that the Police Association’s recent call to arm all officers is...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Political interference at Maori Television
    A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No - according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand:“[Maori TV CEO Paora]...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • September 14 Patronage
    Auckland’s Transport’s patronage results for September are now out and they show that the city is experiencing spectacular PT growth, growth which is also setting a number of records. The big news was earlier in the week was that when it was announced...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa, Labour MP for Manukau East, has given her Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Adrian Rurawhe
    Adrian Rurawhe, Labour MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, has given his Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Roastbusters, one year on (almost)
    March in Wellington against rape culture, from Stuff.co.nz Content warning: contains discussion of rape and sexual assault You can literally get away with rape in this country. You can be a serial rapist, with photographic and video evidence you willingly...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Labour Needs To Stop Saying What People DON”T want to hear.
    A Freight Train called Key: On election night 1975 Bill Rowling said Muldoon's landslide victory felt like being hit by a bus. Oh what David Cunliffe would have given for that bus on 20 September 2014!THE ANGUISH of Labour supporters...
    Bowalley Road | 23-10
  • And if you have to carry a gun to keep your fragile seat at number one R...
    What happened at Canada's war memorial and parliamentary buildings is a pretty bad thing. It should, however, be kept in some sort of perspective. ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Beware the sucker ploy.
    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • 2014 Arctic sea ice extent – 6th lowest in millennia
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as...
    Skeptical Science | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    Today I made my oral submission to the Environmental Protection Authority on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine phosphate from the seabed approximately halfway between the mainland and the Chatham Island. In a nutshell this application is for the deepest...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Surrounded sex offender still won’t come down from roof
    While they would still appreciate him coming down, police say they’re confident the man has “nowhere to hide.” After an agonising 54-year wait, it is beginning to appear as though a notorious sex offender dressed as Santa may not, in...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #46 On the Way or Already There?
    46: On the Way or Already There? What if we dropped the pseudo-word “roading” from Auckland’s vernacular? Roads are on the way somewhere; streets are already somewhere. This simple difference in understanding and perspective between movement and place often results...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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