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Labour’s reshuffle

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, September 23rd, 2013 - 82 comments
Categories: Annette King, david cunliffe, david parker, david shearer, grant robertson, labour - Tags:

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Hooton’s attempted diversion aside, the big news today is David Cunliffe’s announcement of Labour’s reshuffle.

Following is the Party’s press release:

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has unveiled his new shadow cabinet, describing it is a government in waiting that will make a real difference to the lives of Kiwis.

“I’m immensely proud to lead this new-look caucus line-up. The Labour team has a tremendous depth of experience, as well as plenty of up and coming talent. We are a formidable fighting unit, and this reshuffle will sharpen our attack as we build to the 2014 election.

“This is a line-up based on merit. We have just one short year until the next election, and we need our top performers leading policy development and taking the fight to National.

“David Parker will lead a beefed-up economic team that will put the interests of Kiwis at the heart of everything we do.

“Our economic team of David Parker in Finance, Shane Jones in Economic Development and Grant Robertson in Employment, Skills and Training is second to none. They will be at the core of the next Labour government, delivering policies that will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“The redoubtable Annette King will continue to hold the Government to account in Health, while Jacinda Ardern continues her work focused on children but also picks up Police and Corrections.

“Clayton Cosgrove and Chris Hipkins are both proven performers with a track record of landing hits in their current portfolios. I know they will continue to expose the government and shine a light on its failings.

“Nanaia Mahuta and Sue Moroney both make a welcome step up onto the front bench. Nanaia’s contacts and standing in Māoridom make her the obvious choice in Treaty Negotiations and Māori Development. Sue is more than ready, willing and able to add Social Development to her Chief Whip duties.

“Other MPs who make a well-deserved jump up the rankings include Louisa Wall and Moana Mackey, while David Shearer will lead our international team, taking on Foreign Affairs and also Energy and Resources.

“This is a line-up of talent, intellect and integrity. It is a team of heavy-hitters that is refreshed and raring to go,” says David Cunliffe.

Some interesting changes and David’s determination to get Caucus into shape for the next election is very clear.

lprent – updated: The list from msn.co.nz

LABOUR’S NEW SHADOW CABINET:

(Previous ranking in brackets)

1. (unranked) David Cunliffe: leader, security and intelligence, ICT, regional development

2. (3) David Parker: deputy leader, finance, attorney-general

3. (2) Grant Robertson: shadow leader of the house, employment, tertiary education

4. (6) Annette King: health

5. (7) Shane Jones: economic development, Maori affairs, forestry, building and construction

6. (4) Jacinda Ardern: police, corrections, children, arts/culture/heritage

7. (5) Clayton Cosgrove: state-owned enterprises, commerce, Earthquake Commission

8. (10) Chris Hipkins: education, early childhood education

9. (11) Nanaia Mahuta: Treaty negoatiations, Maori development

10. (13) Sue Moroney: senior whip, social development

11. (8) Phil Twyford: housing, Auckland issues

12. (9) Maryan Street: state services

13. (1) David Shearer: foreign affairs, energy and resources

14. (unchanged) Su’a William Sio: local government, Pacific Island Affairs

15. (unchanged) Phil Goff: defence, trade, ethnic affairs, veterans’ affairs

16. (unranked) Louisa Wall: youth affairs, community and voluntary sector

17. (19) Andrew Little: justice, labour

18. (unranked) Moana Mackey: environment, climate change, science

19. (17) Damien O’Connor: primary industries, fisheries, biosecurity, food safety

20. (12) David Clark: revenue, small business

Outside the shadow cabinet:

21. (unranked) Iain Lees-Galloway: junior whip, ACC

22. (unranked) Kris Faafoi: broadcasting.

 

82 comments on “Labour’s reshuffle”

  1. Rogue Trooper 2

    All good thus far. :-D

  2. Pete 3

    Good to see a nod for Louisa Wall. She proved herself with her work on marriage equality. It’s also very wise to leave Hipkins in Education, he’s been doing a lot of good work there. David Shearer is well suited for foreign affairs. I don’t think I can fault the changes.

    • Mary 3.1

      I think you’re probably right. Guess the proof will be in the pudding. I do think, though, that Robertson is the weak link when it comes to unity. I really don’t think he’s got it in him to properly get behind a leader he thinks has taken his job, but guess that’s just me. Have a look at Robertson’s face when Cunliffe talks about not being able to promote everyone (at about .56) and again at Robertson’s face when Cunliffe talks about there being “no hatchet to bury” at about 1.43.

      http://www.3news.co.nz/Cunliffe-names-shadow-cabinet/tabid/1607/articleID/314330/Default.aspx

  3. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4

    Nice to see that people are being placed according to their strengths.
    Well done Mr Cunliffe.
    Hopefully the caucus are starting to realise that Mr Cunliffe is a person with good leadership skills, and values talent and this will help them all pull together. With this team spirit and talent it will be easy to shred the Naff party and have them gone by lunchtime.

  4. Varity 5

    that’s the easy part done. now what?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      Thats the Key English mantra – borrow and hope.

      But of course the cameras are there at Balmoral- just as well the priorities are sorted

  5. karol 6

    Some extra roles given here on Stuff.

    Ardern also gets arts and culture.

    Goff – veterans’ affairs, ethnic affairs, trade and defence.

    Claire Curran – say “hello” to the back benches with Faafoi taking broadcasting.
    Who has transport? And Twyford?

    PS; the whole list is on Stuff. Twyford is there. Glad to see Wall as associate social development. With more experience she’d be my pick for that portfolio.

  6. Pete 7

    The Dunedin electorate MPs didn’t fare well. Kiwiblog is reporting Curran is out of the top 20 and has lost ICT to Cunliffe. David Clark has dropped from 12 to 20, which is a surprise given his work on the Holidays Bill. His seat is safe, though.

    • The Wolf 7.1

      Yes DPF has quite a good coverage of this. Listed in black and white without the gloss and fluff

      http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/09/cunliffes_reshuffle.html

    • karol 7.2

      It’s interesting that Cunliffe has taken Security and Intelligence, Regional Development, ICT

      These are things he clearly plans to lead his campaign on.

      • veutoviper 7.2.1

        I am delighted that Cunliffe has taken those three areas. I had been hoping that he would take ICT and Security and Intelligence. But also taking regional development is also a good signal as to how he rates the importance of that area, imo.

        Overall, an interesting (and possibly a very shrewd) delegation of responsibilities.

      • Anne 7.2.2

        The Oppo. leader always has Security and Intelligence shadow portfolios in the same way as the PM of the day is always the Security Services minister.

    • Rogue Trooper 7.3

      ICT. Excellent. Somebody who knows when to tweet, and when to delete.

      • LOL.

        Yeah, I’ve been waiting for someone to kick Clare out of that position, she’s clearly not suited to it, no matter how hard she tries. It’s really great to see ICT given the prominence it deserves.

  7. billbrowne 8

    That the little scroat retains education proves DC’s a bigger man than I am.

  8. JK 9

    Labour has a new website as well, and the entire listing of MPs with their new portfolio roles is on it.

    • karol 9.1

      Really? I got “accessed denied” for the main page, but can get other pages, like the people.

      Oh, now the url has changed from my book mark. it’s now here

      My link had “home” after the main url.

      • Sosoo 9.1.1

        That’s a much better site. If I wanted to describe it, I would say it is much more people centred.

        For example, if you click on the NZ Power link, you get big pics of Parker and Mackey on the side, reminding you that they are responsible for that issue. In the housing link, you get a smiling Twyford. I don’t remember it being like that before. Even Mallard gets the animal welfare issue. The pictures are really big too. really really big.

        I like it. I think it’s well thought out and obviously designed to put personal accountability for each issue front and centre, as well as emphasising that it’s not a one man show.

        Good stuff.

  9. Rogue Trooper 10

    Sue Moroney ; beyond Paid Parental Leave.

  10. irascible 11

    The reshuffle is commendable and promises some heavy hitting in the debating chamber as well as solid campaign focii for the coming year.
    There is re rejuvenation in the Cinliffe line up.

  11. Puckish Rogue 12

    Annette King v Tony Ryall on health will be interesting, about time he had a challenge

    Jacinda Ardern with police and corrections, thats…interesting

    Chris Hipkins with education…

    • Rogue Trooper 12.1

      pucker up ;)

    • Tiberius 12.2

      Except she has had this portfolio since February and has failed miserably to land a hit Tony Ryall

    • Grantoc 12.3

      Annette King has been health spokesperson for sometime now.

      To date she hasn’t been much of a challenge to Ryall.

      • tc 12.3.1

        Personally this is Kings chance to get stuck and go out with a bang, can’t see her in a senior position if lab/greens win as she’s clearly lost interest along with Goff and a few others.

        Very clever list and can’t wait to see DC smash Shonkey over GSCB softening it up for KDC’s legal team to finish the banksta off

  12. Ad 13

    Needs fresh good talent to drive the stake through ABC’s heart.

    Done the best he can with retreads.

    But real contest behind this is the List Committee and list conference.
    Will DC put his own real stamp on the refreshed list?

  13. Te Reo Putake 14

    I see Andrew Little picks up labour, with Darien Fenton assisting. That’s very good news indeed for working kiwis and we can hope to see the currant slide back to the Contracts Act reversed in 12 months time. Not a moment too soon.

    Edit: and Carol Beaumont gets the thumbs up from the CTU, too:

    CTU President Helen Kelly is pleased to welcome Andrew Little to the important Labour Spokesperson role.

    Helen Kelly says “Andrew is very well respected and experienced in the issues involved in the Labour portfolio and we look forward to working with him. Andrew has been a strong advocate for working people and will bring that wealth of experience and knowledge to the role of Spokesperson for Labour.”

    “There are challenges ahead in the Labour portfolio, and significant changes that need to be made. We are looking forward to Andrew, and the Labour Party, working as highlighted during the Leadership election, to implement employment law policies that extend collective bargaining and that will see wages lift in New Zealand to levels that are fair and sustain families in this country. We also need strong support from the opposition to fight the current National Party changes that undermine bargaining, will drive wages down and make it even harder for workers to get ahead.”

    “We also value the strong experience Andrew will bring to the issue of worker Health and Safety including the role of workers in keeping work safe.”
    “Workers have high expectations that a Labour led Government will put their interests at the heart of its policy and they will be pleased to have someone of Andrew’s experience to ensure this”

    “We are also pleased that Darien Fenton has been named as Associate Spokesperson for Labour. Darien has been a tireless advocate for working New Zealanders, and we are pleased that the portfolio will retain her skills and experience in an Associate role. Darien has been very popular amongst workers and has stood alongside them through thick and thin. Darien has worked hard representing the interests of workers on Select Committees and has a strong understanding and empathy with the hardships faced by many working Kiwi’s and we look forward to continuing to work with her.”

    “We are also pleased to welcome Carol Beaumont as Spokesperson for Women’s Affairs, Spokesperson for Consumer Rights & Standards, and as Associate Spokesperson for Labour. Carol is an ex CTU Officer, and we know she will bring her vast experience to her new roles.”

    • thechangling 14.1

      I too think this is an exciting development with Andrew Little as Minister of Labour. Exciting times lie ahead.

    • tc 14.2

      Beaumont needs to pull finger and prove she deserves to be there, a useless speaker and pretty lazy campaigner.

  14. Sable 15

    Sounds reasonable, although I would have thought Goff would have been consigned to the kitchen to make the tea and coffee. Maybe wash a few dishes….

    • GregJ 15.1

      I don’t – Goff as a former Minister of Defence is a good choice to look critically at this area – I suspect there are still aspects around Defence where the Government is vulnerable to a considered attack in the House & he’ll be a good match for Coleman. Having him as back up on Foreign Affairs will be good support for Sherarer. It would be a waste otherwise not to utilise him in the next 12 months on areas where he has a track record while he is considering his future (I can see him heading to Washington if there is a Labour led government in 2014 – whether or not he decides to stand again).

      • Ad 15.1.1

        Goff was one of the few Labour Defence Ministers to actually gain a huge amount of respect from the armed forces. It’s a great role for him.

        • exkiwiforces 15.1.1.1

          You are gotta to be joking???

          See you haven’t you read the Coles report on “Project Protector” ie the Canterbury and the two OPV’s.
          The cost blow out on the NH-90′s
          The cost blow out the C-130 upgrade and he refuse to take advice from CAF in regards to take the option for 8 new C-130J Hercules
          The so call pay rise which he brought in, its more of a rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.
          Deploying the NZDF in penny packets to the Gan in other word can’t defend, attack, or hold ground etc.
          Falling to understand lessons leant from Bosnia, East Timor, Tonga etc because the same problems keep coming up.
          Poor technical advice on the 8 or 9 new Super Seasprites.
          The list goes on.

          Just ask any current serving members of the NZDF or ex members on what they think of Mr Goff and they would say the he’s up there with Cooper and Burton those two goons were bloody awful.

  15. Jenny Michie 16

    Puckish rogue “Annette King v Tony Ryall on health will be interesting, about time he had a challenge”
    I’m pretty sure Annette has been health spokesperson for quite a while. Ryall’s a safe pair of hands in health, as Annette was; hard to get a hit on either of them.

    All up it looks like a good and fair line up with talent and results being the dominant driver of the changes. Well done david.

  16. Jane 17

    What news of Trevor?

  17. karol 18

    Stuff has Silent Trev as being unranked but with a couple of little jobs.

    Unranked:

    -Ross Robertson Assistant Speaker, Racing, Associate Disarmament and Arms Control

    -Trevor Mallard Internal Affairs (including Ministerial Services), Sport and Recreation, America’s Cup, Associate Finance

    -Ruth Dyson Conservation, Senior Citizens, Disability Issues, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Land Information

    -Clare CurranCivil Defence and Emergency Management, Open Government, Associate Regional Development, Associate ICT, Associate Economic Development (Procurement)

    -Rajen Prasad Immigration, Associate Ethnic Affairs, Associate Social Development (CYFS)

    -Raymond Huo Statistics, Associate Ethnic Affairs, Associate Education (Export Education), Associate Justice, Associate Building and Construction

    -Rino Tirikatene Customs, Associate Maori Affairs, Associate Forestry, Associate Small Business

    -Meka Whaitiri Water, Associate Regional Development, Associate Local Government, Associate Primary Industries

  18. karol 19

    I’m particularly interested in the roles given to Louisa Wall. It’s an opportunity for her to gain experience and hopefully shine in areas important to South Aucklanders, to the young and to many on low incomes:

    16 – Louisa Wall Youth Affairs, Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Social Development, Associate Auckland Issues (South Auckland), Associate Sport and Recreation

  19. karol 20

    Was pleased to see that 3 News gave a pretty good report on the reshuffle – and not a Glower in sight. Tova O’Brien explained it as splitting the ABCs and had a a clip of Annette King, after identifying her as an ABCer, saying pretty much that she’dd moved on. And O’Brien picked up Cunliffe’s All Behind Cunliffe line.

  20. newsense 21

    We need to talk about Chippy.

    Seems to have some talent, but also, to quote Trotter:

    “His vicious public attack upon Cunliffe’s character in the days following the 2012 annual conference was beyond anything Labour Party veterans could recall. Not even in the very depths of the internal conflicts over Rogernomics had a party whip resorted to language so venomous and so unrestrained.”

    And I know that many others on here are still very very angry about that.

    He’s got a promotion, will he be a good servant for the party and a good minister ?

    • Te Reo Putake 21.1

      Concern troll is concerned.

    • Colonial Viper 21.2

      Chippie has been given a chance to really perform at Education. He received strong backing from that sector. Now he needs to make good on the faith he has been shown, take the portfolio and run with it hard, taking the fight to National.

  21. Tanz 22

    Will Trevor Mallard even bother coming home?
    Maryan Street demoted, that is harsh.

    • Ad 22.1

      She ran Shearer’s numbers. Marked.

      • Boadicea 22.1.1

        And had ZERO impact in Parliament. Even Shearer demoted Street.

        • George D 22.1.1.1

          She’s a lovely woman. But I have to wonder if she’s cut out for politics. Every elected member should be given the chance to prove themselves, and judged on their performance. As a local MP she’s failed to have any major impact on Nick Smith (that Nelson is ‘blue’ shouldn’t be used as an excuse, it’s Nick Smith we’re talking about). And as a spokesperson for health and then foreign affairs, she’s failed to make a single ripple. These are my areas, my personal and professional focus – and if I didn’t have Labour’s caucus portfolios well memorised, I wouldn’t have had a clue. It’s a hard job, to be sure. But we want the best people representing us, to make the change we need.

  22. Tracey 23

    twyford needs to stand up and be counted now.

    good line up but WHAT WILL THEY DO NOW to win back support. thats what matters

    • tc 23.1

      Yes PT needs to knuckle down and show he can make a positive contribution as he’s been a naughty little self serving boy recently.

  23. neoleftie 24

    Great to see meritocracy the standard of the da and not cronyism of old..
    I think this is a wake up call for the like of Clare curran, average at best and weak on judgement as well on the wrong side of the knife fight, also lost the party vote in her elctrorate.
    Time one wonders- ship up or ship,to time for a number of non performing labour mp’s.

  24. Boadicea 25

    Annette King voted for Cunliffe in the Leadership election.
    She had no intentions of being on the wrong side.

    What position would Robertson and Ardern given her?

  25. davejac 26

    It’s nice to see a Science spokesperson, who is a scientist, and who has Environment and Climate Change as well. Although I hope that Moana Mackey does a better job than the brief time she held the role last time- even as an interested party I didn’t really hear her put anything out.

    Innovation, Research, and Development is a different story. I like having Megan Woods in charge of it, but I have no idea why Nanaia Mahuta is the associate spokesperson. Nothing against her, but I’ve never heard of her having any interest or background in the field. I would have also liked to have seen someone with an economic development portfolio pick it up, just to show Labour is serious about wanting to do something with Science in New Zealand.

    It almost feels like it’s being left alone because Joyce is seen by people outside of research as doing a good job with it. And to a point he is, but they need someone to hold him to account.

    • karol 26.1

      Looking at the MPs’ associate roles is interesting. I think Mahuta’s been given associate science and development, lus associate regional development because they are seen as significant issues and Cunliffe wants some iinput from and connection with tangata whenua on them.

      Clare Curran is associate IT, which means she’s directly answerable to Cunliffe on that.

      Trotter is critical of broadcasting going to Faafoi, as he thinks any (Labour) government should aim for a strong independent broadcasting system.

      But note, Faafoi is also given Pacific island Affairs and IT.

      Cunliffe has said he was to develop NZ’s broadcasting in the Pacific region.

      Also, for the future, won’t broadcasting be strongly connected with IT?

      • davejac 26.1.1

        I wonder what he expects that input to be though- if it’s primarily towards primary research I’ve got mixed feelings about that, but if it’s designed to help grow things like FOMANA and help Iwi groups to develop R&D strategies I’d be very interested to see what it brings up.

  26. lucy gray 27

    What about David Clarke?

    • bad12 27.1

      Yes i wondered about Dr David Clark as well, i have watched Him in the House where He performs quite well when on His feet,

      i do not know where Clark sits in the political spectrum, however, He comes to the Parliament from employment at the NZ Treasury which might have counted against Him…

      • srylands 27.1.1

        “He comes to the Parliament from employment at the NZ Treasury which might have counted against Him…”

        Why? Because it taught him to think clearly?

        • Colonial Viper 27.1.1.1

          Downsizing of Treasury would certainly bring cost savings and societal benefits to the nation.

      • Anne 27.1.2

        Well, I’m merely speculating but perhaps David Clark also got burnt over the combined Curran/Clark press release in the ODT, timed to appear the day that the Leadership Contest road show arrived in Dunedin. It almost seemed like they were attempting to instruct their members which way to vote. I don’t think any other Labour MPs went that far – at least not so overtly.

        Don’t know whose idea it was but suspect it was Clare Curran’s…

  27. karol 28

    Helen Clark endorses Cunliffe & says the leadership selection has breathed new life into NZ politics, RNZ Morning Report today.

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    • tinfoilhat 28.1

      She endorsed Key as well ?

      Although in fairness when questioned on these type of things she has to be careful and remain somewhat removed and impartial.

  28. Jenny Michie 29

    On reflection I think there’s two portfolios that will require more oxygen and grunt; Water is the first. This is already a significant issue in NZ and around the world – in fact some predict that the next wars will be not about oil but about water, and may require a spokesperson with more experience than Labour’s newest MP. The other isn’t yet a portfolio in any party’s line up and it’s Privacy. Again, predicted to be (and is already a major issue here and elsewhere) one of the dominant issues in the 21st century. One could say that it comes under David Cunliffe’s ICT brief but I reckon it warrants its own spokesperson in a future Labour line up.

  29. arants 30

    One of the most significant but unremarked appointments was that of Goff as Trade spokesperson. This means that Goff has been given a free hand to work with the likes of Cosgrove in continuing to advocate for the TPPA in defiance of the Party policy and contrary to Cunliffe’s early public statement on the issue, backing away from untrammelled ‘free trade. I hear that this latitude was a pre-condition of Goff’s acceptance of the Trade role.
    No other initiative has such potential to preclude or derail a Labour programme as the TPPA. It’s a mystery why Goff has been enabled in his efforts to support the desperate efforts of the neo-liberals to entrench their gains against a future, sovereign Labour Government. Does Goff have a lever we don’t know about, or is there sympathy for his position among Cunliffe’s advisors?

    • Colonial Viper 30.1

      Too long to bring anyone else up to speed, unfortunately.

      • arants 30.1.1

        Up to speed with duplicity? What’s going on isn’t so complicated that someone with a foreign affairs background (say, Robertson) couldn’t demystify it.
        The alternative seems to be that we leave Goff in place, facilitate his final and most significant betrayal as an MP, and then pension him off to a plum ambassador’s role to assist Moore in advancing the neo-liberal cause on trade?

        • Tracey 30.1.1.1

          I’ve emailed Cunliffe and asked if the appointment of pro TTPA avocate Goff changes the pledge to release the draft to the public before signing up to it>

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    . - Politics on Nine To Noon - . - Monday 1 September 2014 - . - Kathryn Ryan, with Matthew Hooton & Mike Williams - . Today on Politics on Nine To Noon, Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton on...
    Frankly Speaking | 01-09
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies, Today no. 19 – The SkyCity deal doesn’t m...
     SkyCity deal doesn't mean more pokies – Key SkyCity is understood to be seeking law changes allowing 300 to 500 additional pokie machines and wider use of technology which would increase gambling revenue in return for building the $350 million facility...
    Arch Rival | 01-09
  • Will an inquiry make it all better?
    So far, the Dirty Politics book has generated two inquiries. The first is into the release  of information from the SIS to a certain blogger whom we don't name. The second is into Judith Collins' alleged involvement with an alleged...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of C...
    This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master’s in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last...
    Hot Topic | 01-09
  • The trouble with liars
    A group of habitual liars try to get their story straight....
    Imperator Fish | 01-09
  • Photo of the day: Mitre 10′s bike parking
    The other weekend I went to the Mitre 10 Mega in Wairau Road to pick up some building supplies. To my surprise, they’ve put in a bike rack near the store entrance. I’m not sure how much use it’s going...
    Transport Blog | 01-09
  • TEU VICTORIA UNIVERSITY BRANCH NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2014
      TEU Victoria University Branch Newsletter – September 2014 In this issue: AGM-a-calling: Welcome from the Branch President Ask them Anything: TEU Presidential Election Election Special: Union members could make the difference Election Special: 3 Reasons to Vote Bringing Back Dignity:...
    Tertiary Education Union | 01-09
  • Stumbling towards Power?
    Let's be honest about it.  Labour have absolutely nothing to celebrate just now.The last few days have been fantastic for the left and in particular for a certain Mr D Cunliffe.  But before we get too deliriously joyous, let's face...
    Left hand palm | 01-09
  • Will the police investigate?
    John Key is busy putting together an inquiry into Judith Collins' attempt to undermined SFO Chief Executive Adam Feeley. The effectiveness of any inquiry will ultimately depend on its terms of reference, and the signs are not good; Key looks...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Dirty Politics symposium on Friday
    Otago University will be holding an online symposium this Friday on "Debating 'Dirty Politics': Media, Politics and Law". Andrew Geddis has more details on the agenda: 1:00-1:15: Opening interview with Mr Nicky Hager 1:15-2:05: Media panel with Dr Rosemary Overell;...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Debating “Dirty Politics”: Media, Politics and Law
    Love it or loathe it, Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics and its aftermath has lit a fire under our perception of "politics as usual" in New Zealand. Exactly how all that plays out come September 20th is an as yet unknown...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • More British collusion in torture
    This time in Nepal, where they funded, equipped and supported a regime torture-squad:British authorities have been accused of funding a four-year intelligence operation in Nepal that led to Maoist rebels being arrested, tortured and killed during the country’s civil war....
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
      Bloggers in the thick of election campaign? Image Credit: Against the Current PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats using the normal process. I have done a manual work around but it was...
    Open Parachute | 01-09
  • What Collins’ resignation means for journalism & the campaign
    Isn't it curious how often major scandals end in farce and how often it really is cock-up rather than conspiracy? Judith Collins' fate was decided in the end by friendly fire, an accident of one of her own. And it...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • Chalk one up to Cactus Kate
    People must be getting the correct impression about now that Cameron Slater and Cathy Odger’s aren’t the smartest of bloggers.Not only have we learnt that Slater is just a simple copy and paste hack, the leaked emails show that he's...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • R.I.P Ashburton shooting victims
    Thoughts go to the families. Everyone else around Ashburton – Stay Safe, gunman is still loose! ...
    An average kiwi | 01-09
  • EQC advertises for National
    Yesterday, EQC ran a double page spread in the Sunday Star-Times, timed for the fourth anniversary of the 2010 quake. The ad focused on lessons learned and earthquake preparedness, but part of it was about what a great job EQC...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • According to Slater and ‘Cactus Kate’ Gay People are “F*****g Gross...
    In the latest release of ‘alleged emails’ between National Party affiliated Right Wing BloggersCameron Slater (Racist Adulterous Blogger – WhaleOil) and the other Right Wing Blogger, ‘Cactus Kate’, anti-homosexual comments are commonly made between them. One comment by Cactus Kate...
    An average kiwi | 01-09
  • The Food Industry’s Three Essential Soundbites
    When their backs are against the wall, the Food Industry usually pull out one of three soundbites. Each of these soundbites appear sensible on their own, but when you take them as a package, it becomes clear that they are...
    Gareth’s World | 01-09
  • Urban Farm Vehicles
    Wow who knew there were so many farms in Remuera or have some locals just started taking the term Remuera Tractor a bit too literally. Motorists are evading hundreds of dollars in vehicle licensing fees by incorrectly registering their cars as...
    Transport Blog | 01-09
  • Why Is John Key Not Compelled to Give Evidence Under Oath?
    I have today sent an open letter to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to ask why Mr Key is not required to attend her inquiry and to give evidence under oath.  The letter is attached. Dear Inspector-General, I was...
    Bryan Gould | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in New Zealand until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    MUNZ | 31-08
  • Judith Collins and Me: A familiar story
    It dates back to 2005, another election year. And as one of those responsible for seminars for the School of Government and the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington I assisted with the organisation of two pre-election forums...
    Pundit | 31-08
  • New Fisk
    Isis isn’t the first group to use the butcher’s knife as an instrument of policy. Nor will it be the last...
    No Right Turn | 31-08
  • More OIA skullduggery from National
    Another day, and more evidence the National government is manipulating the OIA process:Judith Collins' office processed an Official Information Act request in just two days to release an email embarrassing then Serious Fraud Office head Adam Feeley in 2011....
    No Right Turn | 31-08
  • Speaker: A Slight Diversion from Election Fever: A Brief Essay on the Lost ...
    About forty-three years ago, when I was a mere 55-year-old lad, I was fishing off Red Mercury Island in a cabin motorcruiser that I’d built. A fairly large yacht came slipping past quite close to us, very peaceful and quiet,...
    Public Address | 31-08
  • Time Decent Kiwis Demanded Key Resigns Immediately, Or Postpone The Electio...
    The dodgy, immoral, probably illegal activities that the National Party, and by default the Gov’t has been up to that are just starting to come to light, are simply totally unacceptable! The National Supporters who are more worried about who...
    An average kiwi | 31-08
  • Key must be summoned
    It beggars belief that the Minister in charge of the SIS, John Key, is still claiming to know nothing about his official's attacking public servants through a third rate blog site, Whale Oil Beef Hooked.If we were to believe the...
    The Jackal | 31-08
  • New shit has come to light
    Via Stuff (sorry about quoting so much of your story, guys):  Judith Collins’ office processed an Official Information Act request in just two days to release an email embarrassing then Serious Fraud Office head Adam Feeley in 2011. The revelation...
    DimPost | 31-08
  • Brownlee’s contempt for the OIA
    Minister’s office has delayed responding to my OIA request about possible cronyism involving up to $284 million of taxpayer's funds until after the election. This is a disgrace. As readers may recall, Gerry Brownlee recently announced the winners of $284...
    Polity | 31-08
  • Capture: The Colour Of Spring
    Here she comes Silent in her sound Here she comes Fresh upon the groundCome, gentle spring Come at winter's end Gone is the pallow From a promise that's nature's giftWaiting for the colour of spring* In as much as we...
    Public Address | 31-08
  • My own take on Dirty Politics
    Now that Judith Collins is gone, what now? First, of course, the search for answers carries on. What did John Key or Wayne Eagleson know about the dirty tricks campaign in their midst? Which other Ministers might be rotting the...
    Polity | 31-08
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’
    The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at taxpayers.org.nz . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland
    Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland
    Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Voters favour parties with factory farming policies
    A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud
    After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
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