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Latest Roy Morgan poll

Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, July 31st, 2014 - 192 comments
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Roy Morgan

I know at the Standard we rarely post about individual polls and there is danger in relying on a single poll and caution should always be exercised but the latest Roy Morgan poll gives a reason for lefties to smile a bit and it has been a while!

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a large fall in support for National (46%, down 5% – the lowest since May) now with a significantly reduced lead over a potential Labour/Greens alliance (42%, up 3.5%) just two months before the New Zealand Election on September 20.

Support for Key’s Coalition partners has changed little overall with the Maori Party 1.5% (up 0.5%), Act NZ (0.5%, unchanged) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

Support for the Labour Party is 30% (up 6.5%), but the Greens are down 3% to 12%. Potential ‘king-makers’ NZ First is 5% (down 1%), the Internet-Mana Party alliance is 2.5% (up 1%). Support for the Conservative Party of NZ is 1% (unchanged) and support for Independent/ Others is 1% (up 1%).

Of course anything can happen between now and election day but if this represents the trend then it is going to be a very interesting campaign …

192 comments on “Latest Roy Morgan poll”

  1. Craig Glen Eden 1

    Its a start of the reversal we need. “The headlines will read Labour still struggling Cunliffe should resign”. but hey .

  2. feijoa 2

    YES!!

    Now watch the Nats bashing machine really swing into action

    I saw the DomPost managed to devote about an inch to Labours wages policy

    Yes indeed still more work to be done but definitely not all gloom and doom like some would say

    • Rosie 2.1

      Lolz they did too. In the “briefs” section. Yet opposite that was a Jane Clifton article with accompanying photo about Tony Ryall’s last day and how his colleagues all turned up wearing ugly ties in solidarity.

      Getting the important stories out there Dompost!

  3. Bearded Git 3

    This poll taken before Labour’s $16.25 minimum wage announcement which IMHO is a bit of a game changer.

    • srylands 3.1

      .. for the 2.4% of people on minimum wage who either don’t vote, or vote for Left parties already. How is that a game changer?

      Howe many National voting cleaners are you going to switch to Labour with this policy?

      • Tracey 3.1.1

        Maybe unlike you there are a number not on minimum wage themselves who want to see it raised for others?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.2

        How many faith-based policy merchants who peddle false economic beliefs to needy politicians will support this policy?

        Sooner or later the truth will out: S Rylands fears for his income.

        • Tracey 3.1.2.1

          S Lylands is one of the poorer areas on Planet Key

          • disturbed 3.1.2.1.1

            Last day at Parliament and no show P.M.?’

            Gee he couldn’t take the heat that the poll laid on him eh?

            He must have gone to Planet Key eh?

            Hope he doesn’t come back.

      • Tiger Mountain 3.1.3

        Hit the torys where it hurts I say–via their bloated, bulging overstuffed bank accounts!

        Time to share boys. You lot would not get out of bed for $15.00 or $16.25 per hour, but it will be significant for thousands of New Zealanders.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.3.1

          That isn’t quite how it works TM: throughout NZ history, New Zealanders have created more wealth under Labour led governments than National led ones.

          A bigger pie shared more fairly means win/win.

          • Tiger Mountain 3.1.3.1.1

            Sure as graphs archived on The Standard show; but the business sector has been win-winning all on its lonesome and some redress is now needed as well as the positive stuff a Labour led government will deliver.

      • Akldnut 3.1.4

        “How many National voting cleaners are you going to switch to Labour with this policy?”

        All the ones on min wage or less.

      • appleby 3.1.5

        but a load of cleaners who have had enough and are tuned out of politics could very well bdecide to vote and guess who they will vote for…

      • Bearded Git 3.1.6

        Srylands-Labour over the last 6 polls. Spot the trend?

        23.5%, 24.9%, 26.5%, 26.7%, 28%, 30%………………..31%, 32%, 33%, 34%…bye bye John.

      • dave 3.1.7

        I still think peters can claim another 2 percent and srylands its not just minimum wage earners its affordable housing modern monetary policy ,smaller class sizes ,economic up grade away form a high pollution dumb economy ,cheaper power , $60 a week kids under 3 years old restarting the Cullen fund what’s national policies spray and walk away then blame sneer and generally behave like a tosser.ie you!

      • framu 3.1.8

        conidering that A) cleaners would in most cases get a pay rise and B) your own (ie – the neoliberal right) ideology is all about rational economic actors – i would suspect all of them

        your own stupid ideology says they would

        thats if theres min wage cleaners who vote nat in the first place – sure there might be some, but im picking not that many. You might hate poor people, but they arent as stupid as you think they are

    • Chooky 3.2

      +100 Bearded Git…Labour is on a winner with the upping the minimum wage …good honest Left and pro- worker policy!

      …Eat your heart out srylands and Act…not looking too bright for you on 0.5% of New Zealanders wanting to vote for you

      …and OMG your condition has stablised into a terminal morbidity blip…like your great NeoLib leader Maggie Thatcher…your ACT is heading for the dead and buried!

      • Tracey 3.2.1

        ACT will win Epsom, so they stagger on… It is amazing the damage they can do though

        • to Well Tracey all I can say is that if the poor saps in Epsom are so brainwashed and stupid as to as do as they are told regardless of the outcome then they deserve everything they get.
          However by their past voting record I can only presume that Epsom must be full of “Born to Rule chinless wonders .

          • The Al1en 3.2.1.1.1

            Well with RH, DB and now JW, hairless wonders also works too.

            • the pigman 3.2.1.1.1.1

              You forgot one Alien! John Boscawen (sp?) – the other JB – gets in there after RH (or was it after DB? I don’t give so much attention to those guys.)

          • Tracey 3.2.1.1.2

            It is full of people who preach to others about personal responsibility and accountability but dont practice it.

          • Michael 3.2.1.1.3

            It is and they are.

        • Lanthanide 3.2.1.2

          I’m really not sure they will win Epsom, to be honest.

          • Tom Jackson 3.2.1.2.1

            Yes. It seems unlikely that ACT would get another MP on current polling, so there isn’t that much reason for National voters to switch.

            • Tracey 3.2.1.2.1.1

              They were only heading for one last time they had a cuppa, and nats know ACT will only get one this timebut have sent the message out to vote for seymour

          • Tracey 3.2.1.2.2

            Can I ask what you base that on?

            • Lanthanide 3.2.1.2.2.1

              John Banks and the stench coming from ACT. The fact that their latest candidate is clearly a robot. Jamie Whyte is out of touch with ordinary NZers every time he’s opened his mouth in public.

  4. Tracey 4

    I wonder if Key’s recent leaning toward Peters suggests nationals daily polling is reflecting a similar position?

    Why wont Nats say which UF and ACT policies it will entertain?

    • Chooky 4.1

      Key has done a huge unblushing U-TURN on whether to try and go with Peters and NZF…once upon a time it was out of the question because Winnie was untrustworthy!!!!

      Now Key can see the writing on the wall and NACT is on the ropes… Key really is getting desperate !…..because I don’t think Peters fancies him at all…and Key is having to grovel…Winnie must be smiling into his whiskey

    • Colonial Viper 4.2

      The NATs wont even admit to which of its own policies it will entertain…

    • AmaKiwi 4.3

      Because they are a secret, like charter schools were a secret last election.

  5. Matthew Hooton 5

    “I know at the Standard we rarely post about individual polls.”

    Ha!

    What you mean is “At the Standard we always post about positive polls for Labour and never about negative polls for Labour so over recent years we have rarely posted about individual polls … ”

    But thank goodness for Roy Morgan. The political punditry work was at risk of drying up.

    [lprent: Another horseshit myth, steaming with the aroma of simple minded lack of attention as Hooton dropped another one.

    This is a pattern of authoring that is at least 6 years old as authors figured out what was a useful amount of data to pick trends in bouncing polls (5-6 weeks). About the only time it varies is when there is a discussion about polling techniques or at election times.

    These are the posts over the last 6 months about polls. You will note that we usually seem to do them about every 5-6 weeks regardless of what the results for the left are. The frequency will start increasing as we approach an election (just as they have done in the last two elections).

    July 31: this one.
    July 22: http://thestandard.org.nz/polity-poll-of-polls-update/
    July 17: http://thestandard.org.nz/polity-new-polls/
    June 17: http://thestandard.org.nz/polity-herald-poll/
    June 07: http://thestandard.org.nz/polity-morgans-poll-and-morgans-commentary/
    May 07: http://thestandard.org.nz/latest-roy-morgan/
    Mar 31: http://thestandard.org.nz/polity-the-new-tv-polls/
    Feb 25: http://thestandard.org.nz/on-polls-and-things/
    etc...

    Of course you could look through
    http://thestandard.org.nz/government-and-politics/polls/
    or just search
    http://thestandard.org.nz/page/2/?s=poll&isopen=block&search_posts=true&search_sortby=date
    http://thestandard.org.nz/?s=poll&isopen=block&search_comments=true&search_sortby=date

    If you want to make up dumbarse myths, then perhaps you should try looking first for something that isn't quite as easy to disprove.

    If I see anyone going with this fuckwit myth again, they will immediately get a year long ban for stupidity. I've now pointed this out several times and I'm getting tired of doing so. Care to be the first? ]

    • mickysavage 5.1

      Often about positive polls and not so often about negative polls but you should forgive me for having a little smile on my face right now. And I agree Matthew that you have consistently said that this election will be too close to call.

      • Matthew Hooton 5.1.1

        yes, fair enough

        • Saarbo 5.1.1.1

          Oh things seem to be heading in the right direction for labour, in our local community paper which has a weekly contribution from Fran O Sullivan, she has provided a big endorsement of Labours Sheep and Beef policy. This on the back of a huge drop in the Fonterra payout and farmers are starting to look a bit more carefully at Labour’s Monetary Policy and its potential impact on exch and int rates….could be some votes swinging soon…from very un-traditional voters.

          Ill have a swagger when I put up the Red hoardings this weekend.

          Every ones a winner under Labour.

    • bad12 5.2

      ”what you mean is” Tsk Tsk Tsk wee Matty, you are sliding ever so close there to having Papa come along and put you over His knee for an illegal yet much needed corrective spanking…

      • Chooky 5.2.1

        yes i am all for a “corrective spanking” in this case…particularly as Possum has insistently been advising and urging Labour to replace Cunliffe with Shearer …again!

    • Matthew Hooton 5.3

      Relax, lprent. It was a joke. Greg got this post up within about 10 mins of the poll being published. (I wonder if old DPF and Whaleoil managed to be so quick on this occasion!)

      [lprent: Sounded suspiciously like a old and very hackneyed joke. Don't know about Micky, but I get a email when they publish. ]

      • The Al1en 5.3.1

        Bet it’s panic stations at your accountants post election.

        • Chooky 5.3.1.1

          lol…Possum won’t answer that …he will be hunting for a new tree food source

        • Te Reo Putake 5.3.1.2

          Actually, I reckon Matthew and his accountants would be hoping for a Nat loss. If I remember my Hollow Men correctly, he did much more work for them in opposition. It’s the losing side that really needs the advice.

          • The Al1en 5.3.1.2.1

            Yes, with quality analysis like his, he’ll be top of the list for sure :lol:

          • RedBaronCV 5.3.1.2.2

            So Mathew needs to now be known as “Mathew de Talleyrand-Périgord Hooten” perhaps for his abilty to switch sides at the opportune moment?

            (Talleyrand worked as a government minister for the Bourbon kings before the revolution, successive revolutionary governments, Napoleon & the bourbon kings again after restoration- thanks Wikipedia)

            Makes Peter Dunne’s flip flopping look very amateur

            And just for the record I don’t think it will be a close election (that was the last one) – it will be a fine day with heavy early turnout as the country walks down the road and boots Nact out.

            • Martin 5.3.1.2.2.1

              Napoleon Bonaparte referred to the real Telleyrand as “That shit in silk stockings”

            • disturbed 5.3.1.2.2.2

              End of Parliament today and guess what John key was absent!!!

              It was comical to see labour and Winston tormenting the leftovers, as they looked around like a groom to be wondering where the bride to be was.

              He must have got a chill after the Roy Morgan poll came out?
              It’s not in his DNA to be tormented as he usually likes to be the only one dishing it out to the opposition side, so we wouldn’t be surprised he has left for US to get some free pre election adverts again at Warner Studio’s as a payback for the $40 million he gave them of our taxpayer money to curry favour.

              Then after he will go sit on the wall St exchange, with is ex wall St currency trader mate Kruger and plot to sink the Kiwi dollar again like in the 1980’s and make another bucket of money off our backs again as he bids us farewell. Then go to his castle in Hawaii and play golf with his mate Obama.

              He even may have gone off again to the Bilderberg group for help and sit at their table of Global powerful elitists he loves to rub shoulders with as they plot to control every corner of the Globe.

              What a fascinating shadowy dark character he is.

        • bad12 5.3.1.3

          i hear the sad wail of an out of tune violin playing in the background…

          • The Al1en 5.3.1.3.1

            Are you sure that’s not Judith limbering up for a leadership tilt?

            • bad12 5.3.1.3.1.1

              More the sound of the whole Caucus sharpening their knives for a bloodless coup National style where the tanker parked outside disguised with the Fonterror insignia is really chocka full of plasma…

              • tricledrown

                Brain Fade Key will be off to Washington via Hawaiikey as ambassador to the USoA.
                that if he remembers where the Airport is .

        • Martin 5.3.1.4

          shredding files and running to catch the next flight to Amerika

      • tricledrown 5.3.2

        Hooton.
        the only joke is you you are already yesterdays man your so-cold genius has you beached like Whale all washed up.
        Blubber on.

      • framu 5.3.3

        helps if you add :-) or (/sarc) or something matt – thats how people know for sure your having a laugh as opposed to being, well, yourself :-) (see how that works)

      • North 5.3.4

        “Relax lprent Old Chap…….was a joke !

        Condescending to the core…….even in strategic withdrawal.

        Excellent. Will be their undoing.

  6. bad12 6

    Humpty Dumpty and all that, and should Winston take a great fall, down will come ACT, National and all,

    DotCom, Hone, Lailla, Annette and all, not being the Kings men, will withdraw their labour and refuse to glue Humpty together again…

    • tricledrown 6.1

      Genius bad 12

    • North 6.2

      Bad12……excellent ! Try it to the tune of My Ding-a-Ling. Practise a bit…….it really works !

    • North 6.3

      Bad12……excellent ! Try it to the tune of My Ding-a-Ling. Practise a bit…….it really works !

    • David H 6.4

      “DotCom, Hone, Lailla, Annette and all, not being the Kings men” Did a John Key, refused to read the directions, and ended up with Chicken Little.

  7. swordfish 7

    Brilliant. One will add the stats to one’s blog.

    Lab+Green between 3-6 points higher than in other July polls. In fact, they haven’t been up at 42% since mid May. As you say, just one poll, but hopeful signs….

    …Do I sense another series of MSM attacks on Cunliffe in the wings ?….Wearing the wrong colour shirt ?, Slept in for half an hour ?, Brushes his hair the wrong way ?….what will the next alleged “woeful gaffe” be ?

    Actually, I wish I hadn’t said that, I’ll be giving John Armstrong ideas.
    Tomorrow’s Herald Front Page Headline:
    Cunliffe in Wrong Shirt Colour Shocker !!! We Say he MUST Resign Now by Herald Special Investigative reporter, John P Armstrong.

    • Tracey 7.1

      Can you post your url? I forgot it and cannot find it in my bookmarks

    • Matthew Hooton 7.2

      I bet he puts the water on his toothbrush after the toothpaste.

      • ianmac 7.2.1

        David doesn’t snore. A sure sign of….. Hang on. How would Cameron know about that?

      • anker 7.2.2

        Yes how the right have been trying to portray DC doesn’t really go with your “diagnosis” of narcissistic personality disorder. But hell, you wouldn’t let that stop you from smearing him. Any angle at all eh!

      • Puddleglum 7.2.3

        Gulp! So do I … I never knew …

      • tricledrown 7.2.4

        unlike you mad hater as nothing sticks to your brush because it has to much whaleoil on it

    • Akldnut 7.3

      Tomorrows Herald

      “Labour party Leader sleeps till 9.00am each morning”

      In a drowsy state at 9.00am this morning, Labour party leader David Cunliffe was seen picking up the NZ Herald delivered to his home daily at 4.30am each morning. When asked about his pink pyjamas and purple dressing gown with large yellow printed teddy bears he stated that “They are all The rage, along with a slumber hair net which helps to avoid “bed hair” sticking up”

      Could New Zealanders have a prime minister with such appalling night dress sense? Kiwis will be asking themselves after today’s dreadful exhibition of of poor judgement and dress sense>

      This will surely be the game breaker when hundreds of thousands from both the Left and Right go to the booths on Sept 20 2014.

      John Armstrong
      NZ Herald chief political commentator

    • Bearded Git 7.4

      Cunliffe excellent last speech in parliament today-it’s all coming together. Next appearance will be on the opposite benches as PM.

  8. mickysavage 8

    What is the bet that John Key is furiously hunting for Colin Craig’s cellphone number right now?

    • Tracey 8.1

      More likely opening that drawer in his office

    • Te Reo Putake 8.2

      It’s funny really, because which ever way he went with Craig, there was a potential downside. Pull McCully in ECB and risk losing party votes from liberal Nats who don’t want a bar of CrayCray or step away from that option and risk losing party votes from religious Nat’s who now have to tick Conservative in the hope of getting Craig past the 5%.

      5% isn’t going to happen, obviously, but it’s going to be great that every Conservative party vote is now going to be one less vote for Key’s 3rd term.

    • tricledrown 8.3

      mickesavage practicing his three way handshake

    • Clemgeopin 8.4

      Here it is: 911!

  9. Wayne 9

    This poll says its all about Winston. And where do you think he is going to go?

    • Tracey 9.1

      Most importantly Key thinks this polling is right… So is wooing Winston. Very much a case of if you dont like my principles, i have some different ones for you, aye Wayne.

    • bad12 9.2

      On 5% i would suggest that Winston is going the same way He did in 2008, Colon the Conservative with blood in His eye from having been left standing alone at the alter by Slippery the Prime Minister is still going to use His millions to burn some electoral rubber,

      Ascribed a paltry 1% by Roy Morgan i have no doubt that Colon the Conservative, crazed like every jilted john befor Him in the annals of history will gather at least 2.5% of the vote in September a mere smidgeon of which if taken from NZFirst will bring down the House of Winston and leave Slippery the Prime Minister standing alone at the same alter that Colon previously wept at,

      S’pose you could always dream that the Conservatives % of the vote is going to be taken from InternetMana…

      • Tiger Mountain 9.2.1

        nice to have result for the left;
        Colonservatives–3%
        Winston First–4.9%
        Internet Mana–5%, could happen
        Labour to rise to early 30s, Labour supporters will be hoping so
        Green to rise slightly and solidify for Sept 20

        …and the election season has barely started like Labour’s big launch in Auckland coming up and the enrol and vote campaigns getting down to business and TV debates. Will ShonKey want two rescue dogs in his kennel at the same time?

        • Kiwiri 9.2.1.1

          “Colonservatives”!
          Haha. Very good.

          • tricledrown 9.2.1.1.1

            looking at colon Craigs billboard he looks like something out of a Hitchcock movie.

        • bad12 9.2.1.2

          Yep, Labour 33%, Greens 12%, InternetMana 5%, by themselves singularly unspectacular numbers but addition makes them a piece of mathematical joy, Fifty Percent!!!

          Far from impossible lets do it…

      • Tracey 9.2.2

        Its over to the people at uppity harbour to vote for christine not paula ;)

    • Olwyn 9.3

      Winston has already lashed out angrily at the claim that he will go with National.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11302065

      I do not say that he won’t in the end, but he knows very well that his vote will plummet if people assume that he will.

      • Chooky 9.3.1

        agreed…and it will be the end of him politically if he does go with Key…because Peter’s policies and all his statements have been totally at variance with Key’s neolib Nact agenda

      • bad12 9.3.2

        Olwyn, IF Ron Marks actually uttered those words attributed to Him by Granny Herald this morning you have to wonder what the motive actually was,

        i thought the NZFirst selection panel had inserted Brendon Who into the Parliament as the obvious heir apparent to Winston,(and Winston didn’t like the intrusion one little bit),

        Are forces within NZFirst smarting over Winston’s unilateral dismissal of Brendon and using Ron Marks in some bizarre ritual of retribution,

        There is a thought here that if Marks suddenly appears in a high spot on the NZFirst list there is a signal that IF Winston does not take the Party into coalition with National then He will be rolled, Marks installed as leader and the deal done,

        Ron’s remarks are either really really stupid or deliberately machiavellian with a future outcome firmly in mind…

        • Olwyn 9.3.2.1

          Interesting point. I will watch out for that. Your suggestion makes me wonder if someone is waving big donations in front of the less visible members of NZ1, with conditions attached.

          • bad12 9.3.2.1.1

            Olwyn, there is one more thin strand of the conversation today worth repeating, perhaps Ron Marks has no intention of entering the fray of national politics again,(busy man and all that, head of the negotiating team for Ngati Kahugnugnu, appointed to two DHBs),

            Bizarrely and unlikely as it is, He may have just decided to take, for reasons known only to Him, a pretty effective parting shot at Winston by painting Him as less than honest with the ”no deals till after the vote” Winston continues to drip from the snake-oil bottle…

            • Olwyn 9.3.2.1.1.1

              You could be right there – Marks might merely be trying to make things tricky for him.

        • Chooky 9.3.2.2

          once Winnie goes it will be the end of NZF imo…..unless they find someone young and vibrant

          …Ron Marks is yesterdays man imo

          ..not to worry …Winnie will be good for another couple of terms…but only if he goes with Labour …he is finished if he goes with John key and Nactional….and even the hint of this is the breath of death and he knows it

          …so dream on John Key and all you NACTs…you are finished because Winnie will spurn you!

          • phillip ure 9.3.2.2.1

            that’s quite the sheet-anchor you are clinging to there..chooky..

            ..winston peters is no longer a safe-vote…for anyone wanting change…

            • The Al1en 9.3.2.2.1.1

              But you would say that, wouldn’t you, pushing the last cab of the rank like a trooper.

              • winston made it pretty clear by mentioning the Māori Party in his tired little rant that the gnats will get the big eyes from him – he is the rankest cab by far – but please vote for him if that’s what spins your wheels.

                • The Al1en

                  No, I wouldn’t vote Winston and NZ1st, just like I’d never vote for hone, but I’d still prefer them in a Green/Labour coalition over your fella, who went totally bug eyed over kim’s loot.

                  If it’s a car game, phil can push the cab, you can wipe the dirty tracks left in it’s wake.

                  • I think you’ve been sucked in allen by the sharp suits and pithy soundbites – winston in any coalition will be unstable and unpredictable – which is why he will be poison in a leftish one – luckily that won’t happen because winnie prefers his old rightie mates especially when they are greasing.

                    Funny how the last cab off the rank becomes the first if you turn around. I remember the Tour protests and in wellington getting there late (bloody units) thinking I’ll be at the back – then I started noticing some ‘names’ and next thing I was at the front – so much better than being in the middle i can tell you, the middle sucks.

                    • The Al1en

                      That’s funny, I thought consensus was he did alright in the last Clark government, apart from the Glenn donations saga, which poo poos over the right v left poison comment seeing as he didn’t go with Brash.
                      Of course, mentioning donations and scandals, I hope your glass house at the mana has good stone protection, if you know what I mean.

                      I’ll celebrate a change of government in September either way, but for stability, with the kdc saga, the divisive activists retarding their way across prime time in front of mum and dad New Zealand, Winnie still makes for a more stable government.
                      I don’t fault your enthusiasm for dreams come true, wishing a very minority party, with a very minority leader having sway in post election talks, but 99% of voters wouldn’t touch hh with a barge pole, for obvious reasons.

                      Still a good chance for Labour to get 35% of the vote and the Greens 15%, and take all the flakes, of whatever variety, out of the equation for good. That would be the best result all round.

                    • lol Maaaaaate you are so worried about what others think of you – activists have a lot more self belief, and optimism, try it you may like it.

                    • The Al1en

                      I think it’s quite obvious I don’t care much for my ego, but keeping it relevant to the election and the 99 or 98 percent of people who don’t and won’t vote hh, appearances, and indeed public perception of stable governance are valid points.

                      We’re all activists in our own way mars, and belief and optimism are never in short supply here. Just ’cause you shout the loudest doesn’t mean you’re more dedicated or even deserve to be taken seriously.

                      35/15+ is in my opinion the best option for a stable left NZ government, even if kdc wastes his millions and you have to go to sleep with a heavy heart and tears on your pillow.
                      I don’t do youtube, but sure there’s a vid for that one somewhere ;)

                    • sure you can have some validity if it’s so important to you

                      no, we aren’t all activists at all – that’s silly

                      your opinion of what constitutes a stable government is nice

                      I’m pretty sure I know why you don’t like Kim – he’s from Germany and rich but why the hate on Hone – was it something he said? he did? he didn’t do? To be truthful I don’t really care about your reasons other than for interests sake – I mean I’d never expect (or want) you to change your view – I just wonder why you formed it – did he rip into the english at some point or something?

                    • The Al1en

                      If you don’t care for answers, it’s a bit retarded to ask questions, no?

                      No need for me to play your game and get dragged through your court of opinion mars, but for the record, should anyone care, outside of those wishing to set agenda, I don’t not like germans or people with money, I take each as I find, and I find kim and hone to be incompatible with stable left leaning government like 99 or 98% of NZ voters.

                    • “The word “retarded” is an offensive term for people with intellectual disabilities. However, it is often also used as an insult, which is entirely inappropriate. You can avoid using the word altogether. Keep reading for detailed instructions.”

                      http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Using-the-Word-%22Retarded%22

                    • The Al1en

                      informal offensive – very foolish or stupid.

                      Yep, agenda setting like a goodun :roll:
                      Unless you actually have an intellectual disability, in which case I apologise unreservedly.

                    • lol – you said it – but then again you’re a fan of giving it rather than taking it aren’t you – I’ll leave you alone now, no cat likes playing with a dead mouse, not even me :)

                    • The Al1en

                      I’m guessing the “I’ll leave you alone” and “dead mouse” is about you “winning” again.
                      No worries, I’ll be around next time you think you can direct the debate, like you’re the only lefty in the village. :snigger: :wave:

            • disturbed 9.3.2.2.1.2

              Phillip, you are talking crap.
              Winnie has more real fortitude than you have, he is one of those rare politicians toady that speaks from the heart, as when he came to Gisborne he got so many folks asking questions and clapping audience with every reply that the crowd was galvanised with him all 150 people, and how many does your lot get when they come to a small town like Gisborne?

              You had better believe there is a real change coming and today you should have watched parliament closing down, he was electric, and Key was absent all the day, so guess who knows time is up?

              • Chooky

                disturbed +100

                Winston is pure talent…his university law professor said you see a student with his sort of ability but very rarely…better than David Lange…this is why i think when Winston goes so will NZF…however Winnie still has a lot of life in him yet…enough for 2 more terms

                …but if i were him i would be watching my back…such is the NACTs desire to win and with so much of their investments and secret schemes for NZ resting on a WIN ….Winnie better make sure of his deputy and the loyalty of his MPs imo ( and maybe employ a taster …lol)

          • Martin 9.3.2.2.2

            Shame we have to kiss so many toads to get a prince.

        • Tracey 9.3.2.3

          Interesting observation bad

    • North 9.4

      God Wayne you’re sounding terrribly dark…..what wrong boyo ?

  10. Zorr 10

    And undecideds are still really really high:
    “Of all electors surveyed 6.5% (up 1%) didn’t name a party.”

    This result with that additional actually makes this look really bad for National.

    • Chooky 10.1

      agreed…the undecideds will probably go with the new spring tide…which is TIME FOR A CHANGE!

  11. Griffon 11

    Umm anyone notice that in August 2013 that Labour under Shearer plus the Greens were polling higher than what they are now? Throwing it out there that who knows what the polls would be looking like if Labour stuck with Shearer.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      It’s lying there. Best you pick it up, since you threw it.

    • Te Reo Putake 11.2

      Yeah, I think that was the line the paid tory commenters were using a couple of month’s back, but it fell a bit flat. What I’m liking is the sympathy vote for Cunliffe; Kiwis love an underdog and DC’s come out of last month’s smearfest looking like a winner. Perhaps Key’s lengthy Hawaiian holiday was a mistake after all.

    • swordfish 11.3

      Umm anyone notice that in August 2013 that Labour under Shearer plus the Greens were polling higher than what they are now ? Throwing it out there that who knows what the polls would be looking like if Labour stuck with Shearer

      Significantly worse than they are now, sweet-pea. Shearer would’ve come in for precisely the same MSM firestorm and he would have been far too inept and inarticulate to deal with it.

      You see, what you’ve inadvertently forgotten too mention is that both Labour and Lab+Green were polling higher during Cunliffe’s first few months as leader than they were during Shearer’s last few months. So, had Shearer remained leader, Labour and the broader Left would have been starting from a lower support base when the full force of MSM Black Ops fury began to hit the hapless Shearer.

    • @ griffin..

      ‘um..!..aah..!,..,um..!..aah..!.’.wd be how it wd be sounding..

  12. Te Reo Putake 12

    Just did a quick electoral calculation. Assuming all the current parties retain an electorate seat, but Winston falls just short, it’s 63/57. If the Maori party flop, which I think will happen, it’s 62/58. If Winston gets in with 5%, then it’s either 60/54/6 (with MP) or 59/55/6.

    If the right block lose another 2 points to the left, then they simply cannot form a majority government, unless NZF are in Parliament and support them.

    • srylands 12.1

      Well I guess there is some serious money for you to make then. You can join Cameron Slater who is betting heavily on “Labour PM” with Centrebet. At the current odds I might join him. I assume you will too. If we do end up with that result, I would feel better with $6,000 as compensation :-)

      • Te Reo Putake 12.1.1

        Thanks for the tip. I usually restrict myself to footy, but I think a punt on Labour might be worth a go. Sportingbet currently have the Nats at 1.11, Labour 6 bucks.

      • Chooky 12.1.2

        @ srylands…”$6,000 as compensation”….venal as ever!…many people do not have any discretionary income and struggle to get by …ever think of them?

      • Skinny 12.1.3

        No surprise seeing you and Hooton on here acting slightly strange Shrillands. Speaking of betting, I bet Key is off to church on Sunday with Craig.

        • Chooky 12.1.3.1

          snigger …as Winnie has spurned him

          • lurgee 12.1.3.1.1

            If you believe Peters won’t coalesce with National at the drop of a ballot, you’re a fool.

            He won’t work with Mana or the Maori Party. Which is more about him seeing off possible rival minor parties than any real principle.

            • phillip ure 12.1.3.1.1.1

              @ lurgee..

              “..If you believe Peters won’t coalesce with National at the drop of a ballot, you’re a fool..”

              ..+ 1..

              • The Al1en

                “..If you believe Peters won’t coalesce with National at the drop of a ballot, you’re a fool..”

                Like Hone did with the mp

                • bad12

                  the trouble with that little stab of the knitting needle Alien is that InternetMana have the stated intention of being rid of Slippery and this National Government,

                  And Winston???, IF what Ron Marks has been reported as saying today, Winston has been far from honest with His ”no deals till after the vote” shiftyness,

                  Therein lies the rub, a vote for InternetMana is 100% anti-National/ACT, a vote for NZFirst tho is a 50/50 proposition either way,

                  The only reason anyone who has the ability for critical thinking would vote for the 50/50 proposition is if they also had a morbid desire to always be on the winning side…

                • “Like Hone did with the mp”

                  Doesn’t even make sense allen – has Hone coalesced with the gnats – no, will he – no. The stated aim of MANA is to get rid of the gnats.

                • Chooky

                  @The Allen +100 …agreed!

                  … Hone and the Maori Party did NOT coalesce…just as Winnie and National under Bolger/Shipley did NOT coalesce!

                  …Good analogy!

              • disturbed

                Phillip, your’e a fool and a blind one at that.

            • Chooky 12.1.3.1.1.2

              they are not rivals at all!…different age spectrum groups and concerns…Winston is just pandering to the right of his potential constituency vote ( blue rinse Nats)…but come the final result he will work with both the Greens and Mana/Int in order to form a Labour Left Coalition Government …anything else would be a complete betrayal of his anti-Neolib stance and what he stands for… and it would be political suicide

              …in any case i think Mana/Int have said they will support a Labour Govt but don’t necessarily want to be in caucus

        • Clemgeopin 12.1.3.2

          And with Collins and her family in tow too!

  13. JJ 13

    Thank you

    David is safe

    National voters are reminded how important it is to get out and vote

    National will be celebrating!!!!!!

    • swordfish 13.1

      Well, if the National Party celebrates every time it plunges 5 points in the polls then here’s hoping they get to party hard for the next couple of months.

  14. AN 14

    I will be voting Labour because of their animal welfare policies- particularly the one to ban factory farming by 2017. I wasn’t planning to vote Labour until they released that policy. People like me could well be a decent percentage of the population and could account for quite a lot of the swing in vote. Lots of people will pay more for freedom farmed eggs and other products because animal welfare matters to them, so maybe those same people will take those issues into account when they vote as well. Good call by Labour.

    • Chooky 14.1

      @ AN …yes good animal welfare policy moves on Labour’s part

      ‘Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming’

      By Jessie Hume / July 31, 2014

      For the first time in New Zealand history all of the left-wing parties and the major animal advocacy organisations spoke out in unison. Labour, the Greens, the SPCA and SAFE stood side-by-side and powerfully echoed the sentiment of thousands of Kiwis. The message is clear; factory farming isn’t our future….

      • Belladonna 14.1.1

        I am still undecided as to whether to vote Labour or Greens but the factory farming stance by Labour would tend to point me in the direction of Labour. They still need to do something positive for beneficiaries though before they get my vote.

    • Clemgeopin 14.2

      Good on you. I am voting Labour primarily on their better New Zealand policies.

  15. Tanz 15

    You have not factored in the CC factor. He will do well on the day, as will Winston Peters. There will be lots of no votes, and this will not bode well for the left.

  16. lurgee 16

    It’s a Roy Morgan poll. The next one will show everything going 5% the other way, and there will be desair and gnashing of teeth and suggestions that the polls are fixed and the media should not be commenting on them. Then the next one after that will be like the current one, and everything will be HALLELUJAH and celebration and demands for the ‘MSM’ to cover the polls more.

    • blue leopard 16.1

      Sacre bleu! What a cynic!… :shock:

      +1 I say this is a fair prediction you put forward…

    • Te Reo Putake 16.2

      Your probably correct lurgee, but that’s a reflection of how good RM is. It does seem to accurately reflect the mood swings of the electorate. As opposed to the Herald/TV3/TVNZ ones merely reflecting the mood swings of the Prime Minister.

    • bad12 16.3

      You have a point lurgee, of interest graph the years Roy Morgan’s compressing the time-line and ascribing 50mm to each 5% of movement both up and down,

      The graph then looks like the richter scale did during the Christchurch earthquakes, i find Roy’s swings as bizarre as i find the New Zealand media paid for polls giving National well over 50% of the vote despite everyone admitting that the numbers are not going to happen on election day and those polls history showing what the ‘true’ picture for National is likely to be on election day,

      Why not talk up our side of the fence off of a good looking poll, hell the right along with the mass media batter the whole population with the Govern alone bullshit even tho all that media know it just aint going to happen,

      Confidence and humor is worth votes in September, why do you think the media polls spread their lies, for shits and giggles perhaps, they are trying to create a perception either to drag the glum over to their side of that fence or drive them off into did not vote land in despondency,

      This isn’t to hard an ask in September, NZFirst 4.5%, Labour 33%, Greens 12%, InternetMana 5%, that says bye bye National/ACT…

  17. Too Much Carbon 17

    Interest rate hikes are a real killer for incumbents. Of course Key will claim fiscal responsibility keeps rates down (despite there being no evidence), but it will be hard to explain to mortgage holders why they will be better off paying higher mortgages.

  18. miravox 18

    That -7.5% change in confidence rating has got to be a bit of a worry for NAct.

    • mickysavage 18.1

      Yep that is the killer feature of this poll. When confidence drains away support for the Government follows.

  19. Ennui 19

    Excellent news for the morale. There is only one poll that counts; that is on the day. Keep on working spreading the word Standardistas.

  20. tricledrown 20

    Brain Fade Key is lying about not knowing about Kim Dotcom!
    Remember when Brain Fade Key was reassuring us that more invasive spying legislation wasn,t going to affect ordinary New Zilanders,
    Brain Fade Keys own Words were that he knew every body on the list of who was being spied on as he was head of the SIS!
    Right there is the proof Brain Fade Key is LYING!

  21. disturbed 21

    Hey trickledown, – Is this also familiar too.

    Question to key, – are you concerned about the Crafer farms sale?

    “Oh we don’t want to see you all as tenants in your own land” Key 2012.
    His words are not worth the paper their written on if you can find any before he shreds all the evidence and boards that last flight outa here.
    Leave at your own free will shyster.

  22. CeeH 22

    Will never give up on Labour – it’s the right party for the people. The polls are encouraging and now curious to see what next is going to come against Labour. Thanks to the standard especially micky savage – when disheartened I come here for a pick me up and have always noticed your support, and to all the Labour people and supporters who work hard and make sacrifice to make it a fairer nz for all. Much appreciated.

    • Clemgeopin 22.1

      My sentiments exactly. I want a strong, well supported Labour party which is not put under excessive disproportional demands and unfair power wielded by the smaller parties with limited public support which can sometimes lead to extremist type of programmes like the Charter schools of the present government. Sure, policies that are broadly acceptable by all or most members of the progressive parties, including Labour, and favourably accepted by the public are welcome. Extreme/controversial/difficult policies and programmes are not welcome until the general public are made well aware of the issues and are supportive. Otherwise, both Labour as well as the other progressive parties will be resented by the general public and will get thrown out at the next election. What is so good about that then!

  23. Grumpy 23

    Seems to me that the Labour vote has come back from the Greens and that the National vote has gone to “undecided”. The Greens seem to be bleeding voters to Mana – Internet and to Labour.

    • felix 23.1

      Those things can’t all be true Grumpy. Greens down 3, iM up 2. Only leaves 1% moving from Green to Lab if your theory is correct re Green to iM.

      So if you’re right about the Greens bleeding to iM, then National must be bleeding to Labour.

      • grumpy 23.1.1

        Nope, reckon National has lost votes to “undecided”. Anyway, plenty more polls coming that are historically more reliable than Roy Morgan.

        • swordfish 23.1.1.1

          Quite right, Grumpers.

          National Down 5 points

          Undecideds Up 1 point

          So, incredibly astute of you to suggest that “the National vote has gone to “undecided””
          Very much on a par with your understanding of Israel’s current massacre of the Palestinians.

        • ScottGN 23.1.1.2

          Which ones might those be grumpy? Colmar Brunton? Ipsos Faifax? Reid TV3? They all over estimated National’s support at the last election. In fact, if I recall, Roy Morgan came closest to predicting the outcome of the election.

    • disturbed 23.2

      Grumpy, as a Nat’ you have reason to be grumpy as Key is since he was absent again as a no show in Parliament yesterday did you know?

      He was panicking & packing his bags after the shock poll results.

      You are obviously a product of the Key financial market fraternity using that term “come back”
      Turn on CNBC, how many times do you hear “come back”?

      I just did and the first minute they said it six times.

      Don’t give us these clues you are a stock broker mate of Key’s!
      as you use those terms: ‘come back’
      “Seems to me that the Labour vote has come back from the Green “

    • lurgee 23.3

      I think you are reading for too much into it. these ‘changes’ are likely just sample variation and nothing much has really changed at all.

  24. TightyRighty 24

    It’s rather erroneous. Calling cellphones when we don’t know the cellphone number methodology used will almost certainly result in a labour uptick. What’s the geographical spread of the these cell phone owners? Are they pre pay? Are they all in mangere?

    The only reason the left loves cell phone polls is not because they result in more accurate numbers, it’s because it gives be left a greater chance of gaining in the polls and therefore the minds if the voters. Dishonest is what that is

    • Lanthanide 24.1

      “Calling cellphones when we don’t know the cellphone number methodology used will almost certainly result in a labour uptick. ”

      When Roy Morgan polled my on my cellphone at the start of the year, I asked them how they got it. They said they do random calling of cellphone numbers, and then ask for your postal area code to be sure they get even geographic coverage of the country. And it’s true, because the first question they asked me after asking if I’d like to do a survey, was my postcode.

      So there you go.

  25. disturbed 25

    Clear signs here on the last piece of this string the Nat’s are worried.

    As they thrash around still clinging onto the side of the sinking key boat they are attached so fondly to.

    The insecurity emanating from this frantic talk is oozing from them with worries as to “what is causing the slide in Planetkeyism”?

    Words like dodgy Cellphone number metrology and words of erroneous cellphone calling!

    Get over it losers, just wait till the real polling on the night of the election and don’t have a heart attack now!

  26. Joronda 26

    Big worry is the $4billion per year capital gains tax and carbon taxes that Labour/Greens want to hit NZ with. Labour’s promises add up to $16.5billion so far, and farmers will have $4billion lower incomes in 2015. Govt tax revenue will be down sharply in 2015, so Labour promises won’t be kept.

  27. marious 27

    Looks like Nationals may be on the ropes to me judging from some of the comments here from their supporters. More interested in real policy put up than why the oppositions policy is no good.
    When policies are put on the table most of us can work out the differences.

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  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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