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Latest Roy Morgan – Labour + Green ahead

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 pm, January 22nd, 2014 - 87 comments
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The first Roy Morgan poll of the year is out.  Labour + Green is at 46% and National is at 43.5%.  Labour is on 33.5% and the Greens are on 12.5%. Support between these parties is still bouncing around.

The Maori Party is at 2%, United Future surprisingly on 0.5% and ACT appropriately on 0%.

This is going to be an interesting year …

lprent: NZ First on 4% with their usual bouncing around 4-5%. Conservatives hit their peak again at 2.5%.

87 comments on “Latest Roy Morgan – Labour + Green ahead”

  1. Anne 1

    Nice lead in to Cunliffe’s State of Nation speech.

    Could it be the Nats polling has been telling them something similar? Hence the Slater attacks and the upsurge in slanderous accusations. Have a look at Gower’s first political offering for the year:

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Labour-will-honour-deep-sea-drilling-agreements/tabid/1607/articleID/329376/Default.aspx

    Conveniently cuts Cunliffe off at the start when he mentions the various provisos Labour will put in place.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      This poll and the next one reflects the upshot of many individual family holiday barbecue yarns. As such, its looking promising.

  2. Zorr 2

    I like the Roy Morgan because it has such an established history. Even if the individual polls don’t matter, it’s like climate change – the trend is very obvious (John Key has spent too much political capital) and we, on the left, just need to continue putting in a good performance until the election to ensure that the support for National is eroded enough that we can start getting to work repairing the damage to our society.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Yep and …

      1. Doorknock

      2 Talk to our neighbours

      3. Make sure that everyone is enrolled

      4. Deliver pamphlets

      5. Put up billboards

      6. Rest

      Then …

      Repeat 1 to 6 …

    • Anne 2.2

      we, on the left, just need to continue putting in a good performance until the election…

      That's the joy of Cunliffe. He will make a few mistakes for sure, but he can be relied on to put in a good performance at all times. For that matter so does Russel Norman – cool, calm and collected.

      I welcome a debate between Labour and the Greens on deep sea oil drilling. I see that as a healthy sign. I confess to being betwixt and between on this issue. On the one hand I am with the Greens on the importance of the environmental issues involved, but on the other hand it seems a practical step to take advantage of the potential for oil in our waters provided it is undertaken with every precaution. There will be many voters like me who would welcome a proper debate on this issue.

      • mickysavage 2.2.1

        Agreed Anne and TV3 were really naughty tonight in their reporting.

        Firstly Labour and the Greens do not have to agree on every issue, in fact this is an impossibility. The Greens will always be more staunch on some issues.

        Secondly TV3 spun David’s comments wildly out of context. He did talk about increasing safety standards and the general gist would be that off shore drilling would be harder. I do not understand the Greens to support an absolute moratorium although I stand to be corrected on this.

        Thirdly our society still depends on oil which means that we have to keep drilling the stuff. But we need to wean ourselves off it and we need to deal with the CO2 that it produces.

        • karol 2.2.1.1

          It sounds like an absolute moratorium to me – from the Greens.

          NZ Herald today:

          Greens Co-leader Russel Norman said his party opposed deep sea oil exploration because of the “pretty significant” risk of immediate environmental damage but also because of the contribution new oil finds would make on climate change.

          While the Greens refuse to set out bottom lines in terms of post-election talks, Dr Norman said there were clearly differences between his party and Labour, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together’.

          “It will clearly be one of the issues on the table if we’re in a position to negotiate after the next election and there will be differences in views around it. We’ll just have to negotiate and the relative negotiating strength will depend on the election outcome.”

          Green Party website:

          Deep sea drilling isn’t worth the risk

          But both parties are focusing on the risks as the main issue.

          Glower was over-exaggerating the conflict between the parties on this.

          • mickysavage 2.2.1.1.1

            Thanks karol and I think the two parties ought to be able to and will inevitably disagree on some issues. Some will prefer the Green’s position on the issue because they are utterly unconvinced on the ability of the oil companies to drill safely.

            • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Safe drilling and climate change effects are two important considerations.

              A third however is that of energy sovereignty. Exchanging real MJ of energy for electronically created currency makes no sense.

              NZ can benefit both more, and more directly, from those energy deposits by holding on to these fossil fuel fields with 100% ownership as untapped strategic energy reserves.

              There will come a time when our grandchildren will be very glad that this generation had the foresight to do just that.

              • Zorr

                In my experience, there are two sane (depending on your viewpoint) approaches to climate change and the use of oil:

                1) To husband our finite resources for the benefit of society at large in order to smoothly transition to an after-oil economy where we retain some of the current trappings of convenience but have cut away anything that we can’t reproduce the effects of without further damaging the environment (and this is the one I personally support)

                2) To declare war on climate change and do everything we can to stop the juggernaut that is the global economy before it drives us all over the edge of completely irreversible change that will leave our civilization in tatters (and this is the one that I am in favor of every time the latest round of rich person back slapping happens)

                With regards this, I feel that the Norway model when used to increase our energy independence, provide safer and fairer working conditions for oil workers in NZ and siphoning a significant percentage of the revenue to funding climate change research and mitigation.

                Though, having written all this sensible stuff, it still feels like the simplest road is to pull it all down and start again considering that the power overwhelmingly rests with the few and that as long as we let them retain that power, they will fight tooth and nail to keep it.

              • jcuknz

                Then as they become more valuable some ‘big brother’ will step in and take them away from us … and what do we have to stop them …. Tiger Moths and Piper Cubs?

          • Frank Macskasy 2.2.1.1.2

            “Glower was over-exaggerating the conflict between the parties on this.”

            Of course he was.

            It makes him sound ‘authoritive’.

            So more will tune in to TV3 News.

            So they can sell more advertising.

            Bullshit upon bullshit.

        • Skinny 2.2.1.2

          If you cut through Paddy’s sensational spin, the overarching message was clear from Cunliffe that is regulation is going to be in vogue in a new approach under a Labour Government. The message was loud and clear and there is not only a National audience, but a World audience that will take a steer from this approach. It’s exciting times, timing is everything and that time is now!

      • AmaKiwi 2.2.2

        Anne: “I welcome a debate between Labour and the Greens on deep sea oil drilling.”

        No! That’s divide and conquer. Whatever policy a Labour/Green government arrives at will be light years ahead of what we’ve got now.

        My Labour/Green deep sea drilling policy: “We oppose the current industry controlled policy. The oil and our coastal waters belong to the people. Their interests come first.”

      • Lloyd 2.2.3

        Anne, there is more identified oil in the world than should ever be used if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change and ocean acidification from co2 production. Leave the stuff under the sea!

        New Zealand has amazing wind, wave and tidal resources we haven’t looked at tapping. Lets use them first before destroying our coastline.

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    No sign of Dotcom’s vanity project/Orcon advert (though the polling period only covered a few days after the announcement). And, happily, no sign that going golfing with Obama makes a blind bit of difference to Kiwi voters.

    • Pascal's bookie 3.1

      Colin Craig got a slight bounce from all his coverage, to put him as popular as the rest of national’s mates put together. No wonder Key was desperately courting Peters today, telling everyone that of course Peters will come crawling to national. And he’s probably right, but desperation all around.

      And the right track/wrong track took a big jump with all of the ‘rockstar economy’ talk, but it didn’t translate to support for the Nats. That will have them squirming with interest rate rises just around the corner.

    • karol 3.2

      As far as I understand, the Internet Party is not registered yet – so no way it’d figure in the poll.

      • Te Reo Putake 3.2.1

        Not sure, karol. ‘Other’ scored 1%. Up 0.5%. I assume that’s where their support would be recorded, even if they’re not registered.

      • freedom 3.2.2

        karol, as there is a specific reference to Kim Dotcom from Gary Morgan it is reasonable to deduce that the Internet Party was referenced in the poll. I could not find any other specifics though.

        Gary Morgan says …
        In addition, Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has announced his intention to start a new political party, the Internet Party to contest this year’s election. Dotcom is still facing extradition to the United States in relation to his now defunct file sharing site, Megaupload. The extradition hearing is now due to take place in July 2014 – only four months before the election.

        I also doubt we can read too much into the time frame he mentions, unless the plan really is to push the election back as far as possible, so Obama can annoint NZ soil before the G20 and JK and the NZ MSM collectively wet themselves.

    • Sanctuary 3.3

      The thing is our political establishment and the media pack that swarms around Key are way more pro-American than the average New Zealander, and kow-towing to the Americans can easily backfire.

      A lot of New Zealanders have a significant anti-American streak, and seeing our PM so obviously on side with the US president for being such a good boy grates with our nationalist self-image of being independent, nuclear free and all that sort of thing.

      From my soundings, most people saw the golf session for what it was – a pet getting his reward.

    • David H 3.4

      But TRP don’t forget he’s got ‘Wil’s and Kate coming out with George for Key to Drool over and get a million Photo’s taken for his album. It’ll be more mental masturbation for Key, complete with the goofy look.

      • Te Reo Putake 3.4.1

        I’m picturing the NZ Herald front page headlines already:

        Royal Tour Exclusive! Baby George takes first steps, heads straight to Uncle John.

        Royal Tour Update! “Toddler Prince’s first words: “Vote National”.

        Royal Tour Photo Shock! Stain on nappy looks like PM.

        • Anne 3.4.1.1

          Royal Tour Exclusive! Baby George takes first steps, heads straight to Uncle John.

          That’s only because when Uncle John saw which way Baby George was heading he stepped in from of him.

  4. Te Reo Putake 4

    Just did the seat allocator exercise. Assuming that all current parties retain their current electorate seats, it’s 61 for the right, 60 for the left. If the Maori Party only win 1 seat, it’s still the same, as they get 2 list MP’s. However, no MP, no majority for Key. In that scenario, LP+GP is 61, right 59.

    If NZF get 5%, then the situation is that National could form a majority gov’t with Winston or a minority gov’t if NZF agree not to vote them down.

    Remember, these are the best case scenarios for the right. Any further downward movement and they have no options at all.

    • weka 4.1

      Snap. Mine below left ACT out, which gives 60 MPs on each side.

      • Te Reo Putake 4.1.1

        I thought about dropping ACT, weka, but Epsom tory voters are sheep. Maybe they think of themselves as a better class of woolly backs, merinos perhaps, but they’re sheep none the less. Ultimately, they’ll vote whichever way John tells them to, which means Boscowan will be their MP after November.

    • Zorr 4.2

      I don’t know if I would laugh or cry under that situation if Winston refused both sides. By not going in to coalition with National/Labour, he would be outside of Government but every 5 seconds someone would be knocking on his door begging his indulgence…

      mmm… tail wags dog…

      • You_Fool 4.2.1

        I think in that situation both main parties would risk going back to the polls to get a workable government, and both would attack Peters in attempt to push his support below 5% – unfortunately I think this would work out better for Nat in terms of voter turnout, but it would be close.

  5. weka 5

    Putting that into the calculator, it looks like an even tie (I left ACT out for interest’s sake). Wild cards: Maori seats (I put the MP in for 2 electorates, but their % gives them 3 seats); UF; NZF reaching the threshold or not; what happens to the Epsom seat.

    Green Party 16
    Labour Party 43
    Mana 1
    = 60

    Māori Party 3
    National Party 56
    United Future 1
    = 60

    http://www.elections.org.nz/voting-system/mmp-voting-system/mmp-seat-allocation-calculator?asPercentage=1&partyName_0=ACT+New+Zealand&partyVote_0=0&electorateSeats_0=0&partyName_1=Alliance&partyVote_1=0&electorateSeats_1=0&partyName_2=Aotearoa+Legalise+Cannabis+Party&partyVote_2=0&electorateSeats_2=0&partyName_3=Conservative+Party&partyVote_3=2.5&electorateSeats_3=0&partyName_4=Democrats+for+Social+Credit&partyVote_4=0&electorateSeats_4=0&partyName_5=Green+Party&partyVote_5=12.5&electorateSeats_5=0&partyName_6=Labour+Party&partyVote_6=33.5&electorateSeats_6=0&partyName_7=Libertarianz&partyVote_7=0&electorateSeats_7=0&partyName_8=Mana&partyVote_8=0.5&electorateSeats_8=1&partyName_9=M%C4%81ori+Party&partyVote_9=2&electorateSeats_9=2&partyName_10=National+Party&partyVote_10=43.5&electorateSeats_10=0&partyName_11=New+Zealand+First+Party&partyVote_11=4&electorateSeats_11=0&partyName_12=United+Future&partyVote_12=0.5&electorateSeats_12=1&partyName_opt_0=Other+Party&partyVote_opt_0=0&electorateSeats_opt_0=0&partyName_opt_1=Other+Party&partyVote_opt_1=0&electorateSeats_opt_1=0&partyName_opt_2=Other+Party&partyVote_opt_2=0&electorateSeats_opt_2=0&partyCount=13&optPartyCount=3&action=Calculate+parliamentary+seats

    • dave 5.1

      except moari party traitor scum party to much torrie hugging 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000zero!

      • Flip 5.1.1

        I think the Maori party would go left if they thought it would get them into government so it would be a clear majority to the left.

    • dave 5.2

      i actually think labour proble closer the 39 percent greens it nats are around 40 percent at this stage greens proble 10 percent

      • alwyn 5.2.1

        Well I suppose I could, with just as much validity as you, claim that I think that Labour are probably closer to 25% and National are around 55%.
        How much validity have I for this view? Precisely none, which is exactly the same as you have for yours.
        If you are going to talk about numbers you use the ones the poll gives you or you don’t bother.

        • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.1

          With Shearer, I used to say that Labour’s natural range sat around 30% to 33%.

          With DC I think that has moved up just slightly, to 32% to 36%.

          Time will tell how this all pans out.

  6. Jim 6

    I see this poll result as a danger sign for the left. I expect NZF, UF, Mana, Maori and Conservative to all make it into parliament, which suggests maybe 61 seats out of 122 to the ‘right’, 55 to the ‘left’ and 6 to NZF. That can’t end well for the left.

    • Sanctuary 6.1

      I don’t agree, I am pleasantly surprised by this poll – Key and Colin Craig have had all the media over Xmas and Labour/Greens none, but their vote has stayed solid and National’s slow ebb has continued.

      National’s polling must be telling the same story, Key’s desperation in wooing Peters is evidence of that.

      • ScottGN 6.1.1

        Me too Sanctuary. I was expecting a bit of a bounce for National actually with the country on holiday and Key’s photo op with his golfing buddy Obama.

        • David H 6.1.1.1

          Well they do say a picture is worth a thousand words. In Key’s case it’s BLAND BLAND BLAND BLAND BLAND BLAND BLAND BLAND BLAND BLAND etc etc

  7. middxkea 7

    Fairly obviously the left need to look for a party who is going to win an electorate seat and vote for them
    in prefence to labour and the Greens. Hm that would be Mana

  8. Sanctuary 8

    Without Turia & Sharples the MP will go with Labour, and merge with Mana before the 2017 election.

  9. Sacha 9

    Please, can we stop abbreviating the Maori Paty as ‘MP’. Means Member of Parliament to way more people. Spell out the other. May not need to for long.

  10. tricledrown 10

    ha ha lol lbl

  11. Markymark 11

    The poll as bad as it is for National, indicates that they would still be able to form a government. The Maori party would ultimately be Kingmaker ( this is assuming Colin Craig gets gifted East Coast Bays – a fairly safe assumption given recent Key overtures).

    Nat: 54
    Conservatives: 3
    ACT: 1
    Dunne: 1

    = 59 for the CR

    Labour: 42
    Green: 16
    Mana: 1

    = 59 for the CL

    Maori Party: 3
    Total seats in the house: 121 (Assuming Maori Party loose both Turia + Sharples electorates while retaining Te Urruroa’s Flavell’s seat)

    Conclusion: Maori party would decide the govt. In all likelihood they would go with Labour.

    http://www.elections.org.nz/voting-system/mmp-voting-system/mmp-seat-allocation-calculator?asPercentage=1&partyName_0=ACT+New+Zealand&partyVote_0=0&electorateSeats_0=1&partyName_1=Alliance&partyVote_1=0&electorateSeats_1=0&partyName_2=Aotearoa+Legalise+Cannabis+Party&partyVote_2=0&electorateSeats_2=0&partyName_3=Conservative+Party&partyVote_3=2.5&electorateSeats_3=1&partyName_4=Democrats+for+Social+Credit&partyVote_4=0&electorateSeats_4=0&partyName_5=Green+Party&partyVote_5=12.5&electorateSeats_5=0&partyName_6=Labour+Party&partyVote_6=33.5&electorateSeats_6=0&partyName_7=Libertarianz&partyVote_7=0&electorateSeats_7=0&partyName_8=Mana&partyVote_8=0.5&electorateSeats_8=1&partyName_9=M%C4%81ori+Party&partyVote_9=2&electorateSeats_9=1&partyName_10=National+Party&partyVote_10=43.5&electorateSeats_10=0&partyName_11=New+Zealand+First+Party&partyVote_11=4&electorateSeats_11=0&partyName_12=United+Future&partyVote_12=0.5&electorateSeats_12=1&partyName_opt_0=Other+Party&partyVote_opt_0=1&electorateSeats_opt_0=0&partyName_opt_1=Other+Party&partyVote_opt_1=0&electorateSeats_opt_1=0&partyName_opt_2=Other+Party&partyVote_opt_2=0&electorateSeats_opt_2=0&partyCount=13&optPartyCount=3&action=Calculate+parliamentary+seats&action=See+full+calculation

    • felix 11.1

      “In all likelihood they would go with Labour.”

      Interesting assumption. What are you basing it on?

      • Tim 11.1.1

        re the conclusion ….
        the assumption perhaps that it’s only been TT (who STILL can’t get over her bitterness to HC), aided and abetted by her loyal servant PS are the ones that ran that “better to be in the tent pissing out” argument. MP voters have come to realise that what that meant was they were the ones being covered in urine.
        Of course it also assumes that they’ll no longer have any sort of influence. Not sure that’s true necessarily.

    • bad12 11.2

      The Maori Party would be the King-maker, Ha ha ha, what an assumption, the Maori Party at best can expect to retain one of it’s seats and very little of it’s party vote in 2014,

      If both Labour and the Greens do not stand candidates in the Waiariki seat then i suggest that the Mana Party’s Annette Sykes will romp home, and there goes Slippery’s majority…

  12. One Anonymous Knucklehead 12

    Still trending up then :)

    • geoff 12.1

      Yep and National trending down. That’s what I got out of it too. When you see a graph like the one above with individual results bouncing around a few percent then what’s the point of looking at anything but the longer term trends?

      To my eye (blinkered, leftwing, crazy wide-eyed commie fool) it looks like steady decay for National since before the 2011 election and steady rise for Labour since after the election. Greens look like they’ve held steady.

      So overall, cause for slight optimism.

  13. tricledrown 13

    The Maori Party has lost its support because it has sucked up to National.
    With no real gains for Maori
    Infact Maori are a lot worse off with big increases in unemployment especially Maori youth unemployment at record levels this is Egalitarian according To National.

  14. fisiani 14

    The sky is falling. The Cunliffe is all conquering. The Red dog will be wagged by the Green tail. The Yeah-Nah coalition is nigh. Oh woe is NZ.

  15. jcuknz 15

    So funny … all these people counting their chickens before they are hatched :)

  16. alwyn 16

    What I find interesting that the Labour percentage went fairly steadily down from the time Cunliffe became the leader until Christmas. Then he vanished from sight for a month. At that point the Labour Party percentage went up.
    I wonder if, now that he is back in the public view, the Labour figures will start to drop again. That would be a case of the better you get to know him the more you dislike him. It seems to be a bit like that within the Labour Party itself as in the three groups that got a vote he was least popular among the Caucus members, the ones who know him best.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.1

      What I find interesting is wishful thinking masquerading as analysis, and the stupidity of those who fail to realise their transparency.

      • alwyn 16.1.1

        Well yes, there is that too isn’t there? There will be plenty of them during the year, that is for sure.
        33.5% of the population are in that category at the moment, I see.

  17. Papamike 17

    What would worry me is that after the election is over and positions are being established to form the Government that Labour will have to concede much of the Greens policy to enable a joint coalition to be formed.
    The Greens are continually staunch in their stand.
    Labour to have the Government will have to buckle, and the Greens appear to know it – hence their effective silence to David Cunliffe’s comments re Drilling for example.

    • thechangeling 17.1

      And that is excellent if it happens. Withdrawal from FTA’s next please so we can once again make an increasing amount of what we actually consume, thus stimulating job growth, local investment and a concurrent lowering of poverty along with an increase in house ownership. The future is truly bright if the system is aligned correctly.

  18. bad12 18

    NICE!!! the first Roy Morgan of the year says to us all that 2014 is ours to win and i would suggest that Slippery the Prime Ministers speech today shows just how out of touch and vulnerable National are,

    With David Cunliffe to make a major speech on Monday, i believe this to be the first in a planned series and Metiria Turei doing the same at Wellingtons Waitangi Park on Sunday watch the miserable amount of momentum Slippery may have got from getting in first blown away by these major speeches from both major parties of the left,

    If your anywhere near Wellington on Sunday turn up at Waitangi Park coz i pick with the amount of Green radicalism apparent in Wellington this event is going to be pumping with a turnout in the thousands not the hundreds,

    The current RIFT between the Green Party and Labour being spun for all it’s worth by Slippery and the entourage of minor spinners is absolute bullshit, a simple negotiation surrounding allowing those with current licence to drill to fulfill their permitted,(under National), drilling with a tightening of the rules after that with a raising of the royalties accrued to the Government would go a long way to bringing both parties of the left closer together on this issue,

    Personally i wont rid of Slippery and this National Government and would urge everybody when these divisive issues arise to not simply leap aboard the bandwagon but instead use your thought processes to come up with what might be a suitable compromise position for both Labour and the Green Party….

  19. Penny Bright 19

    Watch support for PM John Key and National drop, as layer after layer of the New Zealand ‘corrupt, corporate onion’ is revealed ……..

    I predict that 2014 will be the year that New Zealand is rocked to the core by a series of corrupt political / corporate scandals, the same way New South Wales was similarly rocked by Police corruption scandals in the late 1980s.

    As a result, I predict a significant growth in public support for legislative change that will enshrine a framework for genuine ‘transparency and accountability’ at both central and local government level, and within the judiciary.

    Mark my words ……………

    Penny Bright

  20. Penny Bright 20

    Watch support for PM John Key and National drop, as layer after layer of the New Zealand ‘corrupt, corporate onion’ is revealed ……..

    I predict that 2014 will be the year that New Zealand is rocked to the core by a series of corrupt political / corporate scandals, the same way New South Wales was similarly rocked by Police corruption scandals in the late 1980s.

    As a result, I predict a significant growth in public support for legislative change that will enshrine a framework for genuine ‘transparency and accountability’ at both central and local government level, and within the judiciary.

    Mark my words ……………

    Penny Bright

  21. Tracey 21

    Does this poll mirror nationals internal hence the scramble to join with the one man puritan parties?

    Act will get epsom so factor that in.

    Hone will presumably win his.

    Dunne will get his cos national just told every national voter in ohariu to vote for him

    Presumably wherever craig stands national voters will vote for him

    What does that do to the numbers?

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    Tongans went to the polls yesterday in their second election since the 2010 democratic reforms - and threw out most of their Parliament, returning only five of their incumbent People's Representatives (and only one PR Cabinet Minister). Unfortunately this doesn't...
    No Right Turn
  • What if a technology revolution happened and nobody noticed?
    A new NZIER research report, entitled “Disruption on the road ahead! How auto technology will change much more than just our commute to work“, makes the case that new technologies will upend urban transport systems: Near autonomous cars followed by...
    Transport Blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Below is my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Hopefully some of you made your own as well. I oppose the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill and ask that it not be passed. I also oppose the...
    No Right Turn
  • River story winner Bill Kerrison – Saving NZ’s longfin eel
    The Award winning River story for the 2014 New Zealand River awards story is about one man, Bill Kerrison, who has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years trapping and transferring eels and other native fish species past the dams...
    Gareth’s World
  • Little Expecting A Lot
    Great Expectations: Labour's new leader, Andrew Little, is expecting a lot more from his Shadow Cabinet than the standard neoliberal commitment to keeping the books in the black. He will not be judging the worth of Labour’s economic policies by...
    Bowalley Road
  • Prolongation of Life and the Quality of Life.
    A couple of comments to an earlier column asked questions about the quality of life versus the prolongation of life....
    Pundit
  • Saving Peatland With the President
    Today we made history in the protection of Indonesian peatlands. I’ve just got back from a monitoring trip to Sumatra’s devastated peatland forests with Indonesia’s new president Jokowi, where the president witnessed firsthand ongoing peatland and rainforest destruction and took...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Submission of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the “Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill” Introduction The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) welcomes this opportunity to respond to the proposed...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s debut, Mockingjay, and drunk texting
    John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score. The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Five houses
    Labour's Phil Twyford says: The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were...
    Polity
  • Round up the usual suspects
    This post is just to keep track of all the people Cameron Slater has accused of being involved in the conspiracy to hack his computer and kill him. As Giovanni Tiso has pointed out, when Slater posts about Rawshark he...
    DimPost
  • The Soya Moratorium lives on – but what will follow after it?
    For eight years, the Soya Moratorium has protected the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. It has just been renewed for the eighth time. But what happens when it ends for good, 18 months from now?The Soya Moratorium was the industry’s answer to our campaign...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • 2014 New Zealand River Award Winners
      Two Canterbury rivers – the Otukaikino and Cam – took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd...
    Gareth’s World
  • Neetflux: Leak absorbent
    ...
    On the Left
  • Housing Accord first year results
    The results for the first full year of the Housing Accord between the government and Auckland Council have just been released. It’s a politically charged topic – witness the government talking it up (“First year Auckland Housing Accord target exceeded“),...
    Transport Blog
  • Armchair psychoanalysis of the day
    A week ago I was having coffee with some fellow politics nerds, scoffing at the idea that newly elected Labour MP Andrew Little could defeat Key in 2017. ‘The best he could hope for’, I pontificated, ‘Is to get up into...
    DimPost
  • Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
    The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd...
    Skeptical Science
  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete submission on the Countering Terrorist Fi...
    I've been busy lately, and have been unable to prepare the submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill that I would have liked. I also have a half-written blog post fact-checking claims made before the bill was released by...
    Public Address
  • US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP
    ...
    Its our future
  • Stuart’s 100 #59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks
    59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks What if there were flower sellers on Queen Street? Our city centre is really starting to burgeon with pedestrian activity and public life through the day and well into the evening,...
    Transport Blog
  • The Law Society on the spy bill
    At the moment the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee is hearing submissions on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. One of the first submitters was the Law Society. So what did they think of it? It is a...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s TXTs and the Public Records Act
    Today in Question Time, in response to further questions about the Prime Minister's communications with sewerblogger Cameron Slater, Steven Joyce (on behalf of the PM) informed the House that Key deletes all his text messages, "in case his phone is...
    No Right Turn
  • No freedom of speech in Pakistan
    Veena Malik is a Pakistani actor. In May this year she played a role in a historical wedding scene based on the marriage of one of Muhammed's daughters. For this, she has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s Immoral Governance
    I was in Wellington last weekend, alternating between spending time with my two student children and attending our Green Party executive meeting. Being with intellectually engaged and compassionate people was a useful foil to the depressing events that hit me...
    Local Bodies
  • FFS
    This is all getting really silly now. Alice in Wonderland stuff. The Prime Minister is ranting that he "absolutely [did] not" lie to reporters on Tuesday. He told reporters he had not been in communications with Cameron Slater about the...
    Polity
  • The Labour Party plot to kill Cameron Slater: the shocking evidence
    Cameron Slater has claimed that people within Labour have tried to kill him. Shortly after Slater made this astonishing claim, I received from an anonymous source a recording of a conversation between senior Labour Party members in which a plan...
    Imperator Fish
  • Getting it Wright on sea level rise
    Sea level rise of up to 40cm around New Zealand by the middle of this century is already locked in and will cause significant problems for coastal communities and infrastructure, according to a new report just released by Dr Jan...
    Hot Topic
  • The Kiwi Bach is a Sinking Ship and Taxpayers Should Not Pay to Bail You Ou...
    A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Jan Wright released today highlights the perilous status of our national institution – the seaside bach or crib. The PCE’s report is a summary of the state of the...
    Gareth’s World
  • Climate change: Rising seas
    One of the primary consequences of climate change is sea-level rise due to thermal expansion and melting ice. What impact will this have on New Zealand? The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is going to tell us:The Parliamentary Commissioner for...
    No Right Turn
  • Guest Post: Dear AT HOP
    This is a guest post by reader Frith Stalker Dear AT Hop I have used Auckland buses for 30 years I am very smart, very pedantic, very polite and very Rule Abiding I am your perfect customer. I always thank...
    Transport Blog
  • Staff deserve right to use te reo Māori
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 41 Student’s at most tertiary institutions have the right to use te reo Māori as provided for and protected in their institution’s policies and practices, but staff do not always have that same right. TEU’s...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Creationist ‘audits’ science museum
    Imagine you are 10 years old and your crazy aunt is taking you out for a treat. A crazy aunt can be fun. Problem is this aunt is also a creationist and she is taking you to the local natural history museum....
    Open Parachute
  • Government digs deeper into $10m fraud
    The government has uncovered nearly $10 million in misappropriated tertiary funding and is expanding its investigations into other institutions around the country. Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce told the New Zealand Herald the Tertiary Education Commission is planning 12 more...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Unleashing hell
    There's a great scene in the first season of the British political comedy The Thick Of It. The fictional PM's office is, in the parlance of our times, in the shit. And their response is to try and utterly confuse...
    Polity
  • 4 percent cut to per student funding
    Tuition funding per student has fallen $800 or 4 percent since 2008 according to data compiled by the Parliamentary Library. The Green Party’s new tertiary education spokesperson Gareth Hughes requested the information and shared it with TEU. It shows that...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Otago cutbacks mooted to fund building
    Otago University is considering making significant cuts in 2016 to fund its $600 million building programme according to the Otago Daily Times. The university’s chief financial officer Sharon van Turnhout told the paper this could include job cuts. ”As staff...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • EBS Christmas Newsletter
    Welcome to our EBS Christmas newsletter, we hope that the end of the term is starting to wind down now and that you are looking forward to a long summer break! Our union bargaining power enables us to offer you...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Council washes hands of pensioner housing
    Hamilton City Council is washing its hands of its social responsibility to care for its elderly residents by selling off its homes for pensioners, Labour’s Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney says. “The Council’s decision to sell its remaining 344 pensioner housing...
    Labour
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
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  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
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  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
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  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
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  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
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  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
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  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
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  • Judgment: John Banks Dotcom Donation Appeal
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  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
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  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014
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  • Anti-speeding campaign based on phony science
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  • Human Rights lawyers’ concerns over Terrorist Fighters Bill
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  • Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy
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  • Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence
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  • Stop Fracking in Our Big Blue Backyard – Frack Free Kapiti
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  • Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December
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  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
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  • Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas
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  • Slower population growth in the long term
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  • Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People’s Blueprint
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  • People’s Blueprint for tackling Family Violence
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  • People’s Blueprint – Both Good News and a Wake-Up Call
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  • Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency
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  • People’s Blueprint Offers Solutions to Family Violence
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  • Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • The case is clear for climate action that supports health
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  • EDUCANZ Debate Ignores Teachers
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  • Phillip Smith en-route back to New Zealand.
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  • Legislation “a travesty of democratic process”
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  • Bill needs amending to better protect human rights
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  • NZ’s gender equality issues in international forum
    New Zealand faces similar gender equality issues and opportunities to those of its neighbouring countries, according to the latest international conference on women’s empowerment....
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  • Countering human trafficking is an ongoing challenge for NZ
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  • Government must allow further scrutiny of bill
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
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  • More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014
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  • Keith Locke presentation on Countering Foreign Fighters Bill
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  • Significant issues for NZ in sea level rise report
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
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  • One Plan signing is “historic moment” for the environment
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  • Look at the Road, Not the Speedo
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  • Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry
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  • PCE report brings home impacts of climate change
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
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  • Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure
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  • Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
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  • Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
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  • Government Urged Not To Miss Cosmetics Win For Animals
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  • Police pursuit results in serious injury of innocent man
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