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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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    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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