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Labour’s housing policy a winner

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 pm, December 1st, 2012 - 113 comments
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John Armstrong’s take on Labour’s housing policy, announced by David Shearer at the Labour Party conference, is as follows:

For the first time in a very long time, Labour has come up with something radical on the policy front which may grab the public’s attention, if not imagination – and which National cannot really get away with copying.

Armstrong makes a  number of interesting comments:

Labour easily trumped National’s limp response to the Productivity Commission’s report on the provision of affordable housing….

National’s response to the affordability crisis was to be seen to be wringing its hands. In contrast, Labour is rolling up its sleeves…..

Labour is being bold. Like the push for a capital gains tax, the housing promise is a break from Labour’s immediate past of playing safe and finding excuses for not doing things….

It is what the housing policy says about Labour’s direction which is possibly as important as the policy itself. It shows Labour regaining its soul….

He notes the political advantages for Labour;

It also pushes many political buttons to Labour’s advantage.

It will appeal to middle-income voters congregated in the political centre, especially those worried that they or younger relatives will never get on the home-ownership ladder. Those voters worried about Labour being profligate with taxpayers dollars will be comforted by knowing the $1.5 billion will be designated as capital and thus will not slow the country’s return to budget surplus.

What the capital injection will provide is stimulus to a sluggish economy. The 10-year programme will provide some certainty to an industry which has notoriously been victim to boom-bust cycles. The increase of building activity dovetails with Labour’s long-held preference for an effective apprenticeship system while at the same time cutting back youth unemployment.

The policy is also an answer to the anti-poverty lobby which argues not enough is being done to lift the quality of the housing stock.

Armstrong comments that  “in terms of ideological renewal and momentum, Labour is starting to get it right.”

I agree; I’m already getting good feedback about it on the golf course – and I think it might well be a topic for the Christmas barbecues.

Watch this space.

113 comments on “Labour’s housing policy a winner”

  1. Bright Red 1

    What about the fact that the economics don’t work?

    I’m not talking about the houses – $300K is feasible. I’m talking the economics

    • Fortran 1.1

      Bright Red

      Could be a great idea – look forward to seeing 196 houses a week completed.
      But how does it affect the poor amongst us ?
      $300,000 minimum is more than most can dream of -

  2. xtasy 2

    Mike:
    Where are the sections affordable to make this plan work?

    I hear talk about “government” land, where is it apart from parks and reserves, then?

    You are a Labour demagogue, I am sorry, I do NOT get what you are on about, please specify, and do not take us for a ride, thanks!

  3. Lightly 3

    The day that John Armstrong’s seal of approval is regarded as a good thing by the Left is a bad day.

  4. McFlock 4

    3 comments so far.

    nice. One says the economics might work but the sections don’t exist, another says the sections exist but the economics won’t work, but the third decently enough points out that an endorsement from the MSM is not something to be proud of.

    • kiwi_prometheus 4.1

      I suggest the nay sayers pay attention to Ms King:

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10851136

      “But Labour’s policy is being written by no less than the formidable Annette King, who holds the shadow housing portfolio.

      [ King ] says the high section prices in Auckland could result in Labour promoting mixed housing developments in which the more expensive homes would cross-subsidise the ones meeting the affordability criteria.

      King is still very much fleshing out the detail of the policy framework unveiled by David Shearer at Labour’s annual conference two weekends ago.

      There have been rumours this may be King’s last term in Parliament. But she says she is not going anywhere. That is bad news for National. She has out-foxed National generally and Housing Minister Phil Heatley in particular.”

      • McFlock 4.1.1

        I suggest that if you genuinely support the policy KP, and that you want people here to support the policy, then you STFU. Or even argue against it. Because the great way to nuke this policy is for lefties to see you AND John Armstrong support it.

        • kiwi_prometheus 4.1.1.1

          “lefties”

          Only the Academic Left aka Felix, QofT, Karol et al

          I don’t think they even count as “lefties”, they are too radical. Except maybe Karol, at least she has a sense of history.

          Shows how lost the Left is, when these days you get a necklacing for not kowtowing to gender feminist.

          But like I said this housing policy might mean there is hope yet.

          • QoT 4.1.1.1.1

            Academic Left aka Felix, QofT, Karol et al

            [citation needed]

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Hmmm I think you might have fallen for a trap there, QoT.

              • QoT

                Bah, no real time/emotion is invested in telling k_p he needs to back his shit up.

                • kiwi_prometheus

                  So you deny being part of the Academic Left, QoT?

                  That’s odd, you spit out the usual Marxist / Deconstructionist nonsense.

                  Citations? Take a look at QoTs site. If you don’t think that is evidence QoT, please explain what you think your philosophical foundation actually is.

                  IrishBill: Speculating on the identities of authors is a no-no here wee fella. Take a week off.

                  • QoT

                    Oh, poor little man, doesn’t even realise how citations work.

                    Protip: “looking at a site” =/= “academic left”.

                    Sadly for you, actual proof of your blatherings is still needed and your sad little “look! a deconstructionist!” jabs mean fuck all.

          • karol 4.1.1.1.2

            For someone who supports scientific rationality, you really are a hoot, K_P.

            You idea of a true leftie includes:

            * not being “too radical”

            * having the support of John Armstrong

            * supporting a housing policy that largely targets the middle-classes (one that ignores the low paid and renters)
             

            • David H 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Well then I’d hate to think what that makes me. A Kiwi version of Victor Meldrew?? No I am not so frustrated with the whole world yet.
              I don’t really know. Well more to the Left than the Right. I believe in the many shades of Grey, rather than Just Black and White.
              It makes me angry that people in a country such as NZ, just want to ‘dig it up’ or Mine it. Joyce’s dreams must be of a Texas skyline circa 1920’s.
              I don’t suffer fools gladly (explains my anger at Shearer being elected over Cunliffe) They put a ‘fool’ (for fool read inexperienced, babe in arms) in over the Intelligent, and better qualified person. For that, they lose my vote, until that has been corrected. And the other fools, Mallard, Jones, and Hipkins have been dealt with by way of a comfy cushion on the Back bench! It also explains my Anger at what the Nats are doing to our country and the grief that some of it will be irrepairable.
              It makes me angry that Labour still haven’t learned from the mistakes of the past, (Tamahere comes to mind) and it seems they are doomed to just (like the Nats) to the same ol’ same ol’ every day. Groundhog Day anyone?

              Maybe I’ll just start my own Gang. Roadrunners Nudie’s.
              http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8021908/Nude-jogging-same-as-a-gang-patch-judge
              Gotta love NZ in the end

              I believe in giving a fair break to anyone, until they spit in your eye. And I also believe in helping others, but in this day and age it doesn’t seem to happen as much as it should.

  5. kiwi_prometheus 5

    I thought it was an interesting opinion piece by Armstrong.

    Maybe there is hope for Labour after all. Affordable housing is probably THE issue for NZers – forget the “Gay Gandolf wants to get married in ‘Middle Earth'” circus the Academic Left has delivered.

  6. Blue 6

    The policy is great in theory. But the devil is in the details, and Labour haven’t given us enough yet to know if it’s going to fly.

    This seems to be because they don’t know the details and are making shit up as they go along. Which gives John ‘Show Me The Money’ Key a stick with which to beat them.

    Ideally, a policy of this magnitude should be bombproof before being announced and the details should fill more than one page on a press handout.

    Good idea, sloppy execution. It is an important turning point for Labour in terms of ideology, but someone still needs to do the heavy lifting to prove that it’s viable and that it won’t just be an early Christmas present for property investors.

    • kiwi_prometheus 6.1

      “early Christmas present for property investors.”

      1 Tax reform – capital gains tax.

      2 Reserve bank policy shift – stop favouring house mortgages.

      3 Get rid of construction red tape costs.

      4 Release more land for development.

    • BM 6.2

      This.
      A major party say they’re going to spend 2 BILLION dollars on a housing scheme yet provide no details on how it’s going to work or if it’s even feasible.
      Can you imagine going to a bank to ask for a 2 billion dollar loan with this “Business plan”, you’d be laughed out of there in less than 5 minutes.

      It’s the total disregard of tax payer money that fucks me off. Labour can go shove it’s half baked housing scheme up it’s arse.

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.1

        Can you imagine going to a bank to ask for a 2 billion dollar loan with this “Business plan”, you’d be laughed out of there in less than 5 minutes.

        Sovereigns should not and must not be beholden to private banks. The Government can and must accomplish the things that the private sector is incapable of considering.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1.1

          +1

          No government should be taking out loans or selling bonds at all as they just don’t need due to having the entire resources of the country to command.

      • David H 6.2.2

        Well the NATS are borrowing a shitload more than that. On Nothing. But Tax Cuts.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.3

        A major party say they’re going to spend 2 BILLION dollars on a housing scheme yet provide no details on how it’s going to work or if it’s even feasible.

        That’s got to be the biggest lie yet from the RWNJs.

        1.) It’s $1.5b not $2b
        2.) The $1.5b is used as seed capital to build the first units which are then sold at slightly more than cost
        3.) The income from the sales goes back into the capital fund to build more houses

        The original $1.5b loan will have to be paid for out of taxes.

        • prism 6.2.3.1

          It would be good if these houses were administered by a housing association/trust which would buy them back at a rate that incorporated annual revaluations on term deposit basis, then onsell them at a slightly higher percentage. This pool of houses would diminish the number of renters and depress house prices a little for other low to medium price housing buyers, because demand would drop somewhat. It would be a great opportunity but might be too imaginative and far seeing for today’s Labour.

        • DJ 6.2.3.2

          “The original $1.5b loan will have to be paid for out of taxes.”

          No it won’t, coz they ain’t gonna win.

          This policy is just a pipe dream. Something for you nutters to hold onto and debate instead of ripping your own party to shreds with differences between your in house ideologies.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.2.3.2.1

            No it won’t, coz they ain’t gonna win.

            All indications are that there will be a Labour led coalition after the next general election so chances are that some form of this policy will go through.

            Something for you nutters to hold onto and debate instead of ripping your own party to shreds with differences between your in house ideologies.

            Firstly, Labour isn’t my party. Secondly, your authoritarian attitudes are showing. It’s really not up to the parliamentary caucus to tell the members what to do.

      • bad12 6.2.4

        BM, the present Slippery National Government have been borrowing 300 million dollars a week since elected in 2008,

        We await with bated breath a full breakdown of where that 300 million bucks a week has been spent,

        Only a fiscal dunce would borrow such monies at the same time as taxes were cut…

        • Jackal 6.2.4.1

          Good point bad12. I also await with some anticipation the opening up of the books when John Keys corrupt bunch of miscreants gets ousted… Because as far as I can tell there’s been no amount of spending on infrastructure and tax cuts for the rich that can account for such a huge amount of government borrowing. Where the hell has all the money gone John?

  7. Huginn 7

    It’s a great scheme. I’m particularly excited about the expected provision for vocational training.

    Its an opportunity to entrench better building standards and thereby draw a line under the years of disastrous, light-handed regulation of the construction industry which has destroyed so much value and blighted so many lives.

    • kiwi_prometheus 7.1

      The Herald has done a good series on trades and apprenticeships and where it all went wrong during the 90s.

      Over a thousand guys on a waiting list for building apprenticeships while businesses wail about the lack of skills – especially those with 5 to 10 years experience under their belt ready to shift into project management positions.

      How fucked up is that?

      • Descendant Of Smith 7.1.1

        The private sector has never ever done sufficient apprenticeships.

        What’s disappeared over the years is the public sector ones – even hospitals employed their own carpenters and electricians and had apprentices. Add in bigger public sector employers such as NZR with the railway workshops in Wanganui or the loco repairing in Taumarunui or Ministry Of Works or with the council owned power companies and so on are where the shortage of apprentices has come from.

        If you ask any group of tradesman over 50 where they did their apprenticeship about 40% or more will tell you that did their apprenticeship in the public service.

        The public service always had commitments to taking on youth and training them for the good of the country.

        That’s been replaced with shitty wages, high unemployment, low benefit rates, poor employment contracts, young people emigrating and the private sector bleating.

    • BM 7.2

      You won’t have apprentices with this scheme, it’s factory work.

  8. National’s response to the affordability crisis was to be seen to be wringing its hands. In contrast, Labour is rolling up its sleeves…..

    Given the kind of things this govt gets up to when it is rolling its sleeves up and getting things done (eg ECAN, King Gerry 1 of Christchurch, pretty much everything they’ve done in education), I’d rather it did just wring its hands and not do stuff.

    This is a great policy from Labour, even if it isn’t a new one. And from a schadenfreude perspective, the best thing about it is that National’s attempts to claim that it’s just impossible for an NZ govt to run a major house building programme are comedy gold.

  9. JazzaBelle 9

    A good policy, Mike, and achievable with a bit of work.

    And we need to be in Government to implement it.
    The decisions on Cunliffe and Tamahere tells me that Shearer is useless as a leader.
    We will loose in 2014 if we do not get rid of Shearer and promote Cunliffe.
    This party will split if the members do not get a say in the leadership early next year.

    Mike, your time would be better spent now on working to replace Shearer.
    That is the only way that critical policies like this will ever be implemented.

  10. Olwyn 10

    The only thing I have seen these people do with commitment and conviction is to hastily try to head off the threat to their leadership by fabricating a reason to demote Cunliffe. Everything else is an “appeal” to the mythological middle class vote while attempting to “suggest” to the members that they “have not lost touch” with Labour’s roots. This housing policy, at the press release stage, is no different. There is not enough detail to know whether it is a genuine, practical response to the housing problem or a gift to property developers. But going by their record so far, I cannot see them putting up a fight to ensure that it is the former.

  11. just saying 11

    I wasn’t going to comment on your post Mike.

    However, this morning a picture has appeared next to it of what appears to be, the unveiling of Labour’s state housing programme. Frankly I find it offensive to put such a picture next to Labour’s latest bribe to comfy the middle classes (whatever secondary virtues it might possess), which offers absolutley zip to the large numbers of poor that Labour continues to pointedly ignore. The people who are doing it really bloody hard.

    I’m reminded of Goff’s offensive (to me) line about representing the “many not the few” when it was as clear as dog’s balls that the “few” that Labour had repudiated were the poorest 25 percent of citizens.

    If the Paganiists in Labour imagine that this policy in any way resembles Labour’s revolutionary state housing programme, it’s time for the membership to remind them of the world that exists outside of their cosy, “aspirational” -middle-class bubble.

    • Te Reo Putake 11.1

      “I wasn’t going to comment on your post Mike”
       
      If you’d just stopped there, you would have been fine, js. Your fantasy that ‘the few’ referred to the poor does you no credit, nor does your inability to do the basic financial math around this proposal add to your credibility. This excellent housing program will put thousands of lower paid families into their first home. That’s a similar outcome to the program in the thirties, hence the appropriate photo.

      • just saying 11.1.1

        …will put thousands of lower paid families into their first home. That’s a similar outcome to the program in the thirties, hence the appropriate photo….

        I disagree and we may have the opportunity to see who is right on this.

        I see some potential merit in the programme, for some at the upper-end of the poorest to benefit. However, as the guts of Labour’s housing policy, in and of itself, for the beginning of the second global depression, it is as inadequte as the same policy would have been during the first depression.

        And Goff’s metaphor clearly didn’t literally mean “few” however you interpret it. Otherwise could have been more specific …”for the many, but not those three”..

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          However, as the guts of Labour’s housing policy, in and of itself, for the beginning of the second global depression

          THIS

          Labour’s housing programme is a good bucket and useful for bailing water out of a dinghy.

          Problem is, I think that the next 5 years is going to put a gaping hole in the side of the NZ economy below the waterline, and virtually every compartment is going to start flooding. A bucket is not going to be enough.

          This is an awful time for Labour to start listing rightwards.

    • karol 11.2

      Actually, js, that 1930s photo does represent the backward-looking policies & image that Team Shearer are currently following.  The Savage-led government was pretty radical for its time.  But it was also a time when Labour was a very male-dominated party, and when a woman’s place was mainly considered to be in the home, and as largely second class citizens.

      It was a time when a working man had the achievable hope of earning a wage for affordable housing.  But, of course, there was a much stronger vision of state housing than Team Shearer is aiming for with this policy.

      Team Shearer does seem to be trying to lead a Men’s Party, with most women (with one or two exceptions) relegated to the margins. 

      • Draco T Bastard 11.2.1

        Actually, js, that 1930s photo does represent the backward-looking policies & image that Team Shearer are currently following.

        Nope. That seems to be the illusion that Shearer want to produce but the actual policy is pure neo-liberal banksterism. It really will only benefit the banks as another 100,000 mortgages worth of money is created ex nihilo with them then getting to charge interest on it.

  12. Ad 12

    what I would look forward to is a government who works to build intelligent, innovate, safe and sustainable cities.

    It’s about time central government recognised the social and economic and cultural dominance of cities in New Zealand.

    Dusting off the Public Works Act and acting to Give Effect To the Auckland Plan and the Christchurch plan (the real one) would be a start.

    Housing should be an important part of using road and public transport and motorway investment, and schools, and prisons, and Defence land, and all the rest, to really engage with Mayors.

    Home ownership is really important, but only as part of a bolder and coherent approach.

    Bring back 1946-type urban planning I say.

  13. Matthew Hooton 13

    John’s column is similar to the points I made on RNZ on Monday. David Shearer is onto a winner with this, because it sounds big and bold and National can’t copy it. And Shearer has had another win this weekend with the Tamihere decision – see http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/bold-gamble-labour-allows-tamihere-back-ck-133327

    • Te Reo Putake 13.1

      “Mr Hooton wrote earlier that the “rainbow” faction on Labour’s council remained suspicious of Mr Tamihere. But to shun him would have risked his defection to NZ First.
      “That would undoubtedly transfer 5% of the vote from Labour to NZ First, putting the former down to 25% and the latter well above 10%,” Mr Hooton said.”
       
      :roll:

      • Ad 13.1.1

        Nice catch there TRP.

        • Te Reo Putake 13.1.1.1

          Like fish in a barrel, Ad!

          • Jim Nald - Once Was National 13.1.1.1.1

            Ahm ….. “And Shearer has had another win FOR NATIONAL this weekend with the Tamihere decision”

            Shearer is National’s best friend and most valuable Christmas present – the gift that keeps giving Labour (headaches, distractions, alienations, ….)

            • Saarbo 13.1.1.1.1.1

              I have a different view Jim. Labour is broad church and Tamihere represents an important part of our constituency. It would be nice if he could do that without shooting his big mouth off completely detached from his brain but in the end of the day he can also be a real asset. 

              Tamihere will on balance enhance Labour’s image, he has a big public profile. He just needs to learn to engage his brain before he speaks. 

              We just need to get Cunliffe back and Labour will start looking like a winning party again.

              What happened at the Labour Council Meeting re New Lynn complaint? 

              • Colonial Viper

                Labour is broad church and Tamihere represents an important part of our constituency.

                Yes, misogynists and gay-bashers are part of the Labour community too, and they need increased representation inside the ‘broad church’ of caucus.

                After all, how can one be democratic and inclusive if you exclude ashholes and bigotted haters.

                Tamihere YES Cunliffe NO, makes sense to me.

                • Saarbo

                  Tamihere represents urban maori, a group who have traditionally been Labour, but have been lost. In the end of the day Labour need to do some serious work around getting some voters/support back.  

                  For all of his weaknesses, Tamihere has done good mahi for urban moari…he has my support for this. I agree however also with you CV, he is an arsehole for his comments about Gays and Women…he is a weird and unpredictable bugger but on balance will be good for Labour.

                  • cardassian

                    I’m urban Maori, my votes been lost to Labour and Tamihere certainly won’t get that vote back. He’ll push it further away.

                  • Jackal

                    I really think you’re a bit deluded there if you think John Tamihere represents urban Maori Saarbo. You are right though that he has a profile and that will translate as support. The problem here is that Tamihere is sometimes highly outspoken against Labour, and often echoes the attack lines of National. Labour have effectively invited another potential leaker into their midst at a time they should be working to close such damaging dynamics down.

                    Now if you were to say that a person like Joanna Paul represents urban and rural Maori and their interests then I would have to agree wholeheartedly. She was interviewed on Marae Investigates recently and argued passionately about the failures inherent in the treaty settlement process. Of course Joanna is probably too radical for Labour who seems to prefer Maori like John Tamihere and Shane Jones, both of which in my opinion are right wing elitists.

                    I don’t want to foment any division on the left, and think that Robert Winters’ article today about Russel Norman’s NZ Herald article is spot on. It could be the case that David Shearer has found time to reason with Jones especially and persuaded him to not undermine any potential coalition with the Greens. I hope this is the case, because a more unified and cohesive left wing is what is required to not only win the next election, but to repair the damage National has caused New Zealand.

                    The other problem here is that Maori are being played off against each other by the crown that’s using favoritism based on historic allegiances and a drawn out treaty settlement process to ensure it’s tribe against tribe competing for a very small pot of gold. Jones and Tamihere are happy to play along with that corruption of the process because they know it’s the only way of ensuring their people get a slice of the pie. This leaves many Maori living in abject poverty while a few are living it up. The vast majority of Maori have seen little or no benefit from treaty settlements so far and I don’t presently see how re-appointing Tamihere is going to make any difference to that unfortunate reality at all, although I do hope that he proves me wrong.

                • Like it or not, many of the people who do the actual work about the place are blokey proletarians, and they sound a lot like Tamihere. The last thing a party named “Labour” should do is start considering the labouring proletariat beneath its dignity. Hooton’s right for once, this is a success for Labour.

                  • dancerwaitakere

                    “many of the people who do the actual work about the place are blokey proletarians” 

                    Oh really? Blokey Proletarianas…. BLOKEY…. do the ‘actual’ work. As opposed to women. Women who just sit home making tea and having babies.

                    FFS.  

                    • Yes, really. Unless you believe the fact that a lot of men work for a living excludes the possibility that a lot of women work for a living. Hint: it doesn’t.

                    • McFlock

                      So why would Labour even consider alienating a lot of female or gay male workers by pandering to small-minded bigots? Like it or not, it’s as stupid as it is unethical.

                  • IrishBill

                     blokey proletarians, and they sound a lot like Tamihere

                     Tamihere is an aging overweight well to do man with a chip on his shoulder. I remember him when he was young and could get away with his bigoted shit because of his “boyish charm”. Now he’s just another has-been bore who believed his own publicity, didn’t live up to his potential, and blames it on teh gayz and the unions.

                    There’s a group in Labour (and the wider urban elite) that think that provincial and/or working class are synonyms for “bigot”. I can tell you from long experience that’s not the case. Getting Tamihere on board is like getting Goff talking about Maori privilege or Shearer trying some bene-bashing – all it will do is piss off the liberals in the party and make working class and provincial people feel even more patronised. It also confirms their suspicion that Labour doesn’t even know who they.

                    • just saying

                      Well said.

                      It is clear that the Labour power clique think that in lieu of actual policies that benefit the working class, it will be good enough to give us some soft targets to get the boot into, and our own bully-boy to direct a diversionary hatefest.

                      It’s clear any and all actual resources will be directed higher up the socioeconomic ladder to “worthy” people like them, their friends, and families.

                      How fucking insulting.

                      It hasn’t worked to date, it won’t work now.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      There’s a group in Labour (and the wider urban elite) that think that provincial and/or working class are synonyms for “bigot”.

                      Exactly. I’d prefer to hang out with a beer with the good natured provincial working class types rather than the snobby Wellington beltway bubble elite types any day.

                    • karol

                      Exactly, IrishBill.  Tamihere is an attempt to dress up Team Shearer as being for those on low incomes. 

                      But this article about JT being back, really shows up what he is these days. Sure the interview and pic for that article were done yesterday in West Auckland, but hardly at a hang-out for your average Outrageous Fortune westie, or even working class Maori.  It was all done here.  And the times I’ve been there, the people I was with would not be impressed by JT’s tired old bigotry.

                      BTW: proletariat, before adopted by Marx as meaning wage-slaves, originally meant Romans on the lowest income, who had nothing but their children to contribute to the state. And, owning no or little property, couldn’t vote.  It certainly didn’t mean the property-owning classes, whether middle or upper working (skilled tradesmen) class.

                • Populuxe1

                  Well if you actually want Labour to get enough votes to regain power, you might just have to suck it. You can’t just wish all the old school bigots into sensitive new age types by clicking your heels together three times, so deal with it.

                  • just saying

                    You’re talking out of your arse here imo PM.

                    Even those working class men who are bigoted in some areas, aren’t seeking confimatory bigotry from politicians, they are looking for a better lives for themselves and their whanau.

                    Would the opportunity to join a hatefest be enough to get you into a polling booth to support a party who don’t give a shit about you and your’s Psycho Milt? If not why do you think it would be good enough for anyone else?

                    Patronising tosh.

                    • Populuxe1

                      Oh for FFS,
                      even Helen Clarke recognised the fact. I think you need to get out the provinces a bit more. 

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    Well if you actually want Labour to get enough votes to regain power, you might just have to suck it. You can’t just wish all the old school bigots into sensitive new age types by clicking your heels together three times, so deal with it.

                    Well no one has to ‘suck it’ actually. they have plenty of options. Easiest being to tell the LP to go fuck itself in a sack.

                    It’s swings and roundabouts Pop. You pick up the votes of bigots at the expense of the votes of liberals and the people the bigots are bigoted against.

                    Tamihere thinks he can get, in your words, bigots voting for the party. how is he going to that and keep the votes of the people that don;t fucking like bigots?

                    Riddle me that one while you explain what meant about Clark.

                    Liberals are pretty much who the party has got left on its books.

                    Throw them under the bus! Good fucking plan. Maybe the LP can pull off what the GOP couldn’t, and win based on appealing exclusively to the shrinking demographic.

                    • Populuxe1

                      What a short memory you have. 

                      “I find your society genuinely admirable in many ways. For example, I met Helen Clark while I was in Wellington. I was invited to her official residence, and waved in by a lone policeman who didn’t even check who I was, then I had a barbecue with her. I congratulated her on the public’s enlightened attitudes towards racial issues, but she disagreed. She said to me that New Zealand was really a very racist country, and she was determined to do everything she could as prime minister to change that. I thought that was a very bold, honest statement to make to a foreigner, and I really respected her for that.” – Ian Mckellen

                      The same is also true of casual sexism and homophobia
                       

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Pop, just to refresh your memory, you were supposed to be finding an example of Clark saying that we just have to accept the bigotry. I’m sure they exist, but that quote is the opposite of it, she says there they we have to recognise it exists, but that it’s important to fight it, not pander to it.

    • Skinny 13.2

      Hootan politics followers just don’t take you seriously with most of what you have to say! It’s usually running a spoilers line & you often stoop to dog whistling like your under tones of Grant Robertson being gay. You know damn right Shearer is on borrowed time, the vote change is designed to roll Shearer in February if he continues to flounder as he has done. If you don’t know David Parker is being lined up as the next Labour Leader your a bigger right wing mug than I already thought. Yes under the new rules the likes of me get a vote & it’s for Parker that a done deal.

  14. Skinny 14

    A while ago we visited a cafe in old Frankton, Hamilton, my colleague pointed to nearby buildings & mentioned that’s where most state/ railway house were build years ago, which started me thinking.        
    I can see a great opportunity for Tainui in playing a part in building affordable homes. Their new industrial park in Ruakura, Hamilton would be a great site to facilitate a purpose built kit set home manufacturing hub. Imagine what can be achieved; architecturally stylish New Zealand timber homes, utilising technological (smart) advancements in solar powering & gadgetry. Manufacturing on a large scale brings your cost down by purchasing in  volume of materials. Hamilton has the training institutes to support such a venture. They also have plans for a near by residential subdivision to test & fine tune before rolling out nationwide. 
    I am going to look into this and see what interest can be harnessed? A bit of support from Labour’s  NH would be appreciated. 
    I might head to Town as we often see her on Sundays at Master House chowing down on yum lol cha :) 

    • RJLC 14.1

      Their new industrial park in Ruakura, Hamilton would be a great site to facilitate a purpose built kit set home manufacturing hub.

      Hmmm, if I recall correctly the one of the first casualties of the restructuring of Ruakura Research post Treaty settlement was the demolition of a whole picturesque row of houses in a tree lined lane that were built decades ago to accomodate research staff. I guess if was an oversight.

      • Skinny 14.1.1

        Not sure where your going with that? Action is needed i.e. talk & do! It’s no good running around like chicken little. Our future generations need action now don’t you agree? 

  15. Saarbo 15

    This is a good policy.

    If we win in 2014 we will inherit a $70 billion govt debt. This policy is affordable given how it will be funded, it will stimulate the economy (as do many Labour policies) and it solves a major problem.

    But I worry like many on this site whether Labour have done enough of the hard costings and calculations to refute the opposition/media when they try to discredit it (its kind of already happened). At a high level this policy makes good sense but Labour/Shearer’s challenge will be whether they can successfully sell it to the public to make it the important vote winner it should be.

     

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      This policy is affordable given how it will be funded, it will stimulate the economy (as do many Labour policies) and it solves a major problem.

      Labour will have to massively increase either borrowing or taxes in order for the economic ‘stimulation’ to have any real effect.

      The country has a $200B economy. A minor 1% boost requires an extra $2B a year to be injected. That $2B has to come from taxes or from borrowing. (And some from printing, if the Govt is sufficiently progressive).

      That’s MORE than the entire programme has been costed out at over 10 years.

      • Saarbo 15.1.1

        I may have to do a bit more reading CV, I thought initially Labour were to issue bonds for $1.5b (therefore borrow), so initially there would be a $1.5b stimulus. This will be a good start to get things going. Remember that $1.5b times the multiplier affect will equate to a bigger number from a GDP point of view (sorry, its been a few years (28, shit where did those years go) since I did micro/macro economics at Uni). 

        • Draco T Bastard 15.1.1.1

          They’d get more stimulatory effect if they just printed the money than they will borrowing it at interest. In fact, the interest will eventually negate the stimulatory effect especially considering the vast amounts of interest that will be added by the people borrowing from the banks to buy the hoses.

    • KJT 15.2

      Funny how everyone expects hard costings from Labour, The Greens and Mana.

      Who do not even have access to the accounts.

      And how few asked for them from National when they claimed they would cut the Government deficit by 2014 by using tax cuts, austerity and the confidence fairy, none of which have worked anywhere. Not to mention how we would catch up to Australia by doing the opposite of everything they have done.

      Show me the money, John, Indeed!

  16. MrSmith 16

    I’m sorry but isn’t it a governments job to regulate, legislate and facilitate, not fuck around with one of the few industries that hasn’t been monopolized by some corporate yet.

    The building industry is made up of thousands of small businesses, and can be and has been the starting point for many families to break free and work for themselves. Labour will fuck this up if it ever come to fusion that’s my bet, why do they want to flounder around on the building site? when instead they could be getting to the root of the problems.

    If Labour want cheap housing maybe they could start talking about breaking up the monopolies and cartels that control building materials in NZ and while your at it how about helping out the low income workers by raising minimum wage rates and leaning on the banks, the very same banks that were recently groveling at our feet for a guarantee, but Oh no instead they will start pissing around with one of the most resilient industries in NZ, an industry that is crying out for good strong oversight and guidance.

    But that said this policy is Labour doing what John Key is famous for pulling numbers out of it’s ass then seeing which way the wind blows, so it might just be a winner for them.

    • RJLC 16.1

      The building industry is made up of thousands of small businesses, and can be and has been the starting point for many families to break free and work for themselves.

      yeah, Fletchers and James Hardie compete hard in a shark infested sea of competition.

      • kiwicommie 16.1.1

        Don’t forget the buildings that collapsed in the Christchurch Earthquake, they were meant to be able to survive a basic 6 Earthquake. They cut corners, just like with leaky houses. ;)

    • KJT 16.2

      Like National gave Fletchers the Christchurch contract. Who then cut builders rates so much all the good ones went to OZ ,or became loss adjusters.

  17. Populuxe1 17

    I think there are several aspects of the housing policy that are fucking stupid. Where is the land coming from? Don’t we have a builder shortage? Why encourage Auckland to become even more top heavy? What is to stop this triggering a property bubble a la the Clinton presidency? Aren’t the houses are still well out of the price range of the people most in need? Can we have some reassurance this isn’t a step toward projects or housing estates a la the US and the UK? The proposed time scale strikes me as unrealistic, smacking a little of the seven year plan and Potemkin villages – are we just going to see one or two show homes and the rest being cheap shit with cut corners if they get built at all?

    • kiwicommie 17.1

      The NZ property bubble will collapse eventually (within this decade) and 95%+ mortgages,etc are dangerous indicators of poor regulation.

    • KJT 17.2

      I have been in the building industry. The time scale and costs are entirely realistic.

      I hope this is not the only policy though. Housing needs to become more affordable by rises in wages and welfare in addition to breaking the monopolies on building supplies.

      And any borrowing should be from ourselves, called “printing money” by economic ignoramuses. Including the finance to buy the houses. Why should offshore banks make a killing from our housing.

      However any party who tries to lower the costs of houses will commit electoral suicide if they drop too fast. For most of us it is our biggest single asset and the perception, not reality as the price of the next house will also drop, of losing wealth will drop consumer confidence.

      • Jackal 17.2.1

        I don’t think Labours housing policy will necessarily make house prices fall… They will likely just level off and hopefully allow people’s incomes to catch up a bit. I think that once the initial bunch of houses are a proven success, the scheme will expand beyond 100,000 homes, for which there’s ample land area to build them on.

        The crown owns around 61% of the area north of the Bombay hills, which equates to 21,985 properties or 265,001 hectares in crown ownership. Some of these properties are registered as vacant residential, meaning they’re freely available to the crown to build houses on. That means the crown can build houses cheaper than any private company, and why there’s relatively low costs outlined in Labours policy.

        Populuxe1 and others bleating about “where is the land coming from” are really just showing their ignorance.

        • Adele 17.2.1.1

          Kiaora Jackal,

          I would think that Tainui, Ngāti Whatua and Ngāpuhi, would have a thing to say if there was 265,000ha of Government land currently lying dormant and invisible to the Treaty settlement process.

          As Māori feature significantly as the poorly housed and deprived perhaps Labour could negotiate and partner with those Iwi towards a scheme that fulfills a number of social and economic imperatives.

          • Colonial Viper 17.2.1.1.1

            The entire Auckland supercity area is roughly 60,000 ha. I have no idea where the hell Jackal is getting an area 4 times bigger than that as Crown Land.

            Populuxe1 and others bleating about “where is the land coming from” are really just showing their ignorance.

            Please enlighten me – where is the land for building houses coming from? And why are you adding a shit load of conservation land in to the mix for building on?

            • Jackal 17.2.1.1.1.1

              I have no idea where the hell Jackal is getting an area 4 times bigger than that as Crown Land.

              It’s north of the Bombay hills meaning it’s not just Auckland. Please read my comment properly before going off all half cocked.

              And why are you adding a shit load of conservation land in to the mix for building on?

              Because I haven’t worked out the exact amount of land that’s available ie unused and zoned appropriately yet Colonial Viper.

              The question was where is the land coming from… It’s likely that some of the land for Labours housing projects will be land they already own.

              That 265,001 hectares doesn’t include District or Regional Council owned land either.

          • Jackal 17.2.1.1.2

            Not all that land is unused and I doubt it’s invisible to the Treaty settlement process. In comparison to Maori owned land of around 131,487 hectares north of the Bombay hills it is far more productive and profitable though… Basically because settlers took the best land for themselves. So more Maori owned land will be unused and therefore potentially available for a targeted housing policy.

        • MrSmith 17.2.1.2

          Kiaora Jackal

          Labours housing policy won’t see house prices fall unless they subsidize the fall, by not selling the houses for their true value.

          All this nonsense about the crown freeing up land to build on is laughable, crown land has a value and if you propose to take that land and then revalue it at a lower value you are technically stealing from the crown or every Kiwi.

          I have no problem with helping out those that can’t afford a home, but would prefer the government made the banks provide for this and yes you could argue we will still have to pay for that, but it’s far better than setting up a government bureaucracy when they could easily sit back and let the private sector do that, with oversight from the government .

          I have know idea where people got the idea that government land should be suddenly given away, but shit most of it was stolen to begin with so why not.

          People seem to have this illusion that houses are over valued, and yes some are, but only because of their location the rest are a combination of the value to rebuild/build the house, and the land value, and if that land has things likes roads, sewer, phone, storm-water, water, power supply, etc then it is more valuable.

          This is why a section of land cost so much more than a paddock of grass, but it never ceases to amaze me how people get from paddock to a section with all the services on it for next to nothing.

          • Jackal 17.2.1.2.1

            The crown freeing up land to build on is not laughable at all. There’s around 763 acres that are zoned Vacant Residential property north of the Bombay hills that the government already owns and can build on right now if it wanted to. It has a capital value of approximately $55 million at 2001 prices. There’s also Defence owned land of 1,146.431 ha, Rail 1,366.372 ha and other 384.501 ha etc etc, some of which could possibly be appropriated. The crown using something it already owns to provide a service to the public is not stealing MrSmith.

            • Colonial Viper 17.2.1.2.1.1

              The crown using something it already owns to provide a service to the public is not stealing MrSmith.

              FFS. These houses are designed to be bought up into PRIVATE OWNERSHIP. Using GOVERNMENT LAND for this purpose and then PRIVATISING it is THEFT from the COMMONS.

              Get a grip.

              • McFlock

                Get a grip 
                   
                You’re the one doing the YELLING :)  

              • Jackal

                Get a grip yourself CV. You’re going off half cocked once again because you obviously don’t understand how government accounting works…

                The initial land that the government already owns will be paid for by the government to itself. It will effectively pay itself for something it already owns. Some of the profit that comes from the people who purchase a government house on land the government already owned will then be used to purchase other land that the government doesn’t own.

                When there are enough houses the government will have the initial startup capital plus some from selling land that was not previously being utilized. It can then pay off debt, reduce taxes or whatever.

                They could even buy some more land to keep vacant just to try and appease people like yourself Colonial Viper, but I doubt they will.

                Besides, Vacant residential property is often expensive to maintain and a drain on resources.

                It might be a different story if Labour was proposing to implement such a policy on the back of kicking hundreds if not thousands of HNZ residents out of their homes, but these properties are currently being unused Colonial Viper, therefore there is no benefit to the commons in keeping them vacant and there is no loss from helping families that would normally not be able to purchase a house into them. In fact there are only social benefits and therefore an increase in common wealth.

                • Colonial Viper

                  The initial land that the government already owns will be paid for by the government to itself. It will effectively pay itself for something it already owns. Some of the profit that comes from the people who purchase a government house on land the government already owned will then be used to purchase other land that the government doesn’t own.

                  OK so you admit that there will be at least one round of privatising public land.

                  will then be used to purchase other land that the government doesn’t own.

                  So the land in the second round is going to be much more expensive than that in the first round. How are second round houses going to stay in the $300K price cap if they rely on private sections?

                  You’re going off half cocked once again because you obviously don’t understand how government accounting works…

                  Sure, but somehow I still manage to point out the points you conveniently glossed over.

                  • Jackal

                    How are second round houses going to stay in the $300K price cap if they rely on private sections?

                    It would seem pretty obvious to me that the $300 K price is an averaged one across the country. Some houses will be cheaper to build while some will be more expensive because of where they are located.

                    Savings are likely to be made by building to a set house design with the main financial variable in land prices, just like the previous state housing that Labour undertook.

                    You know Colonial Viper, I can’t be all that specific as I’ve not yet seen the final policy, which probably won’t be released until closer to the 2014 election. I don’t even know if Labour is planning to use all the vacant residential sections the crown already owns in the first round of building, and have only really provided figures of crown owned land as an argument to show that there’s a lot of land in New Zealand that’s available and appropriate for houses to be built on.

                    But somehow I still manage to point out the points you conveniently glossed over.

                    Your point that using unproductive sections the crown already owns for state housing projects is theft from the commons is entirely false… That’s why I “glossed over” it Colonial Viper. Would you prefer that the state just rented these houses perpetually until a National government came along and once again sold them all off to their rich developer mates for nix? Now that’s what I would call stealing from the commons.

                    • lprent

                      What is it? Something like 65% of the population is in the greater Auckland area and Christchurch combined and something like 90% of the housing problem.

                      Unless there is a great policy to move jobs into the regions that I have not seen, then the effect country wide will be limited.

                    • Jackal

                      Have to agree with you there 1prent… Focussing mainly on Auckland isn’t the best solution.

          • Draco T Bastard 17.2.1.2.2

            I have no problem with helping out those that can’t afford a home, but would prefer the government made the banks provide for this and yes you could argue we will still have to pay for that, but it’s far better than setting up a government bureaucracy when they could easily sit back and let the private sector do that, with oversight from the government .

            No, really it’s not. What you’re in fact suggesting is that two bureaucracies be set up – a private one for making a profit and a government one to watch over the private one. It really shouldn’t take a genius to figure out that doing something that way will be far more expensive (both in money and outcomes) than just having the government set up the necessary bureaucracy in the first place.

            • MrSmith 17.2.1.2.2.1

              What I was trying to say Draco is leave the building industry alone when I said “let the private sector do that”.

              I would rather see the government step back and take control with good strong regulations and over-site, yes a bureaucracy, but one that already exists.

              Then instead of going into the property development and building bussiness set up some sort of interest free deposit scheme for people on low incomes, plus maybe an income guarantee scheme.

              The government doesn’t need to go into business when it ultimately controls things in the first place.

          • Adele 17.2.1.2.3

            Kiaora Mr Smith

            I have know idea where people got the idea that government land should be suddenly given away, but shit most of it was stolen to begin with so why not.

            My point entirely. As Crown land is essentially mis-appropriated lands, there is no way Māori interests would overlook, undervalue, or relent on making a claim to land that rightfully belongs to them. In Northland and Auckland, Iwi were left virtually landless. 250,000ha would go some way towards redressing their historical wrongs.

            It is highly unlikely that Māori would knowingly accept the alienation of Crown land from the Treaty settlement process.

  18. Draco T Bastard 18

    Anyway, I only came into this thread to post this. It’s the sort of housing we should be looking at building for this plan. It’s seven units – four singles and three family size.

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    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 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...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl
    Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • Ebola Fear outstrips risk
    It's not just that Ebola sounds like a modern day black plague and probably originated from blood sucking bats living in dark caves - reason enough for people here in the United States to react like there's a Zombie-Vampire apocalypse...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • National lets Shell drill illegally
    Back in 2012, National passed the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act. At the time, they made a lot of noise about how this was the first legislation to properly protect the EEZ, and that it would...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • 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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