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Lies and sanctions

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, February 27th, 2013 - 219 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, national, scoundrels - Tags: , , ,

What are we as citizens to do when a government deliberately and shamelessly lies to us? Because it’s now clear that that is what the Nats have done, as even The Herald reports:

The Hobbit documents released: Govt knew union ban lifted

The Government was aware that a union-imposed boycott on Sir Peter Jackson’s film The Hobbit had been lifted, but continued to insist that it was in place, official documents released yesterday showed.

They knew the ban was lifted. They continued to insist it was in place. Lying lying liars.

I’m angry.

As far as I am aware we citizens have no ability to sanction a government that lies to us, other than the three year electoral cycle (which politicians want to extend to four years). It doesn’t seem like enough. Apart from elections – what can we do now?

Looking to the future, what changes would you propose to our political system to allow the public to sanction a government? How can we stop this kind of barefaced lying from happening again?

219 comments on “Lies and sanctions”

  1. vto 1

    Good to see you’re angry r0b. I am angry too as I’m sure many have noticed from the tone of many of mine posts. Angry at the constant lies – Ecan, red zone policy, it just goes on and on.

    There are several steps available such as civil disobedience (ramping up in the Chch rebuild with many giving the middle finger to authority). But one that really would put the cat amongst the pigeons is some sort of High Court action.

    What they are doing amounts to fraud. The government (not Parliament) is surely accountable under its own laws.

    High Court action. Get it in there, and lots of it. Ramp it right up in their faces.

  2. Stand by as Gosman and a bunch of new posters appear and argue about everything except the fact that we have been lied to over the Hobbit.

    • Exactly Mickeysavage, the right wing ningcompoops will fly into to the honey pot and
      retreat with sticky faces,or fingers on the keyboards.
      Key’s corrupt govt is one law for him and his ilk and another for the rest of us.
      I have no interest in the films that jackson makes, the titles of sir etc, mean nothing,
      are nothing, but massaging over inflated ego’s.

      S = Sorry
      I = I lied
      R = Repent.

      But he won’t because of the the attitude of entitlement, (you give, i take)
      Helen Kelley deserves a public appology, at least.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Steal $50 from WINZ you go to jail

        Steal $50M from the tax payer and NZ workers, get a knighthood.

  3. johnm 3

    Lying to the people who put them in power:
    An economy of well paid conceited and arrogant chiefs, but declining numbers of braves and the remaining braves getting shafted by the chiefs. Not a happy tribe with a good future. :-(
    The well orf sector of NZ society believes lying to be a market and business ploy, they won’t be losing any sleep over a minor thing like that. Rentiers and Landlords and Finance privateers Key reflects them.

  4. Blue 4

    Kiwis don’t actually mind being lied to. John Key has lied over and over and over again, and the high poll ratings still keep rolling in.

    New Zealanders have demonstrated that lying is not a deal-breaker, so have emboldened Key and National to keep doing it.

    • Dr Terry 4.1

      Anthony asks “Looking to the future, what changes would you propose to our political system to allow the public to sanction a government?”

      I think we have to go right back to square one. Weigh up and explore very carefully the skills and qualifications of a possible candidate for political leadership, not just taking his or her own word for it! Secondly, but no less important, very carefully look into the personal character and qualities of an applicant. For example, let it be made quite clear that lying is still considered unethical and unacceptable. Has the person “what it takes” to be honest with us? That would not cause him or her to lose face, more likely to gain respect from the public.

      Just a couple of quick thoughts!

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        The current system of political parties is broken. Exacerbated by a broken MSM.

        And unfortunately, what the list system in mmp has done is made MPs increasingly unaccountable to their local communities: their loyalty and accountability sits mainly with a dozen or so party and caucus chiefs.

        • Arfamo 4.1.1.1

          Every other comparable democracy to NZ’s has a second house that provides at least some safeguard against the ramming through of bad, flawed or socially or economically corrosive legislation. We have a system that allows any majority party or coalition to ram through bad legislation pretty much at will.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1

            Second house is no answer

            How has a second house prevented theft from the people in the UK or in the USA?

            • Arfamo 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Fair point. It didn’t. And the likelihood is that any second house here would end up stacked with those of the 1%.

    • Remember polls are only done on land lines, Perhaps only National voters have land lines and that’s why JK is still high in the polls.

  5. higherstandard 5

    Good on Jackson and the government for ensuring these films went ahead and were made in NZ.

    It is a pity that a similar pragmatism wasn’t displayed with such things as the rail carriages which could and should have been made in Dunedin and the broad band cabling which instead of being given to the swedes by telecom could and should have gone to a NZ supplier.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      The common denominator in all of the above are National lies which favoured foreign capital instead of NZ workers.

      • higherstandard 5.1.1

        Really, I thought the common denominator was various meddling, ineptness, sloth, ignorance.

        In the case of the Tolkien movies I applaud the government in ensuring they got made here, in the case of the other two examples I castigate them from not ensuring the same.

      • Epping Road 5.1.2

        Yeah those export dollars are a terrible thing. We should ban them. Works in North Korea doesn’t it.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1

          Well, John Key is exporting tax payers dollars to Hollywood, if that’s what you mean.

          BTW after Fiji and North Korea examples you should also use:
          - Zimbabwe
          - Burma
          - Iran
          - Soviet Union
          - Communist China

          in your next few comments

          Let’s see if you can get the crony dictatorship trifecta

          • Epping Road 5.1.2.1.1

            How is JK exporting dollars to Hollywood? Gawd why am I even engaging with you, you’re a troll.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.1.2.1.1.1

              How is JK exporting dollars to Hollywood?

              That would be the extra subsidies that he gave to Warner Bros.

            • McFlock 5.1.2.1.1.2

              wow.

              Seriously? You turn up a couple of days ago full of vim and vigour, spouting old nact lies and generally bludgeoning the common usage of the English language simply to defend Key and Jackson, and accuse others of being trooolls?

              Just – wow.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1.1.3

              ER just called ME a troll lol

          • joe90 5.1.2.1.2

            Gawd why am I even engaging with you, you’re a troll.

            Because you’re a paid toe sucker?.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      What a surprise, lowerstandard finds lying by the government to be “ok”.

      • higherstandard 5.2.1

        What a surprise DTB adds nothing.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.1

          I pretty sure that pointing out that you’re supportive of a lying and corrupt government was adding enough.

          • higherstandard 5.2.1.1.1

            What a surprise DTB adds nothing.

            • McFlock 5.2.1.1.1.1

              keeping others to a higher standard that you have difficulty achieving yourself, eh?

              • higherstandard

                Another internet inaniloquent leaps to his defense.

                • McFlock

                  [hs thinks to self]:

                  oh noes, someone caught me. Better throw out a portmanteau so I look smart, and then pretend that I was making a palpable attack rather than merely indulging in narcissistic hypocrisy against someone who gave me some sort of perceived slight a while ago. I’m a smoooooooth motherfucker!

                  • higherstandard

                    ……and then leaps to his own defense

                  • Rogue Trooper

                    “let me recite the following phrases as if I were showing you the rungs of a ladder leading upwards towards increased ability to make human life negligible and cheap: inaniloquent gutter dwellers; the worst type of incontinent, pathetic lounge lizards I’ve ever seen; Youtube surrogates.”
                    -loquaciously yours, Bing.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.1.1.2

              I note that you haven’t denied being supportive of a lying and corrupt government.

  6. Tom Gould 6

    Say what you like about Shearer, but I can never image him selling out, cheating and lying like Key seems to be able to do so effortlessly. That’s your answer.

    • Dr Terry 6.1

      Well, Tom, I can assure you that he has lied to me personally, a member of his own electorate. He is at least as much an egotist and braggart as Key. What a choice we are faced with!

    • tc 6.2

      DS has already sold out and is owned by the mallarfia. Burying DC and others who threaten this group has already been shown as acceptable behaviour.

      • Tom Gould 6.2.1

        Keep it up, Key is relying on you, counting on you in fact. Might as well be Tories.

        • tc 6.2.1.1

          Hilarious TG, Key’s not relying onwhat gets blogged here, we all voted. Slippery needs to worry about the ones who didn’t.

          DS had his chance and blew it with a reshuffle as inspiring as a Bill Rowling speech. He didn’t have to sellout to the mallarfia and become leader, he didn’t even have to stand.

          Fact is he did and has to take what comes with the turf but hey it’s just a blog isn’t it….

  7. just saying 7

    Another essay question R0b?

    If Labour Party policy is indeed determined by members, the widespread outrage on the left including from party members, means that it would seemingly be pretty easy to draught some sort of toothed judicial or parliamentary consequence for this kind of behaviour, and have it confimed as policy. Labour has a fifty-fifty chance of leading the next government (imo) so it should be quite likely that legisation could be introduced in the next two or three years.

    Essay question for you R0b; Do you think that with the support of the membership, such a remedy would be likely to be enacted by a Labour-led Government if one is elected next time around? If not, why not?

    • r0b 7.1

      Another essay question R0b?

      Nature of the beast js. Besides, I don’t want to spend every post telling you what I think, sometimes I’d rather ask what you think.

      Essay question for you R0b; Do you think that with the support of the membership, such a remedy would be likely to be enacted by a Labour-led Government if one is elected next time around? If not, why not?

      I don’t think it’s likely, because in general politicians don’t act so as to constrain the power of politicians. But I don’t think that it’s impossible either.

  8. Tiger Mountain 8

    • Easy recall ballots for politicians that deviate hugely from policy or are proven to have lied, without waiting three years like in referenda. Remedies would probably be pay cuts and a quick trip to the back bench, even for PMs.

    • By some accounts Jackson’s greed in adapting one slim volume into three rear numbing length mega flicks my get him in the end. The Hobbit movies are gaining a rep as three huge ungainly steaming turds so poor box office over time may sting him in a way the truth never would.

  9. I just reread something Irish Bill wrote on October 2, 2011 and his predictions were astoundingly accurate. He said this:

    When I look at the way this is playing out I suspect that Jackson (or whoever is running the show from the producers’ side) has engaged some sharp operators to run this dispute.

    The playbook is an old one but one that is tried and true:

    1. Find a way to demonise the union as an interfering third party (in this case bullyboy Aussie outsiders)

    This is an essential story to set up from the start because it takes the public focus away from the the workers involved – a move that makes it hard to humanise the dispute and misdirects from the main point of the dispute (in this case the workers’ desire for minimum standards)

    2. Claim the union has no mandate (in this case claiming it has no legal right to bargain and low membership)

    This continues the outsider narrative and drives a wedge between union and non-union workers.

    3. Threaten capital flight.

    This pushes the wedge between union and non-union workers deeper and, in the case of a national industry, helps set the public against the union.

    4. Keep moving the goalposts.

    The news cycle is fast and shallow. If you can keep setting up new stories with different anti-union angles you force your opponents to be constantly reactive which drains their resources and keeps them on the back foot. It also works to keep the focus away from the the core dispute.

    5. Play to your strengths (in this case the saint-like reputation Peter Jackson has)

    I think it’s interesting to see Jackson has not appeared on radio or TV or, as far as I can tell, spoken directly to journalists at all. I suspect this is because his handlers have decided he would not be sympathetic talent in the flesh.

    6. Get it over and done with as quickly as possible.

    It’s hard to sustain the moral high ground for long with spin, over time the facts start to catch up and public opinion turns against you.

    This was written a couple of weeks before the dispute peaked. Pro Jackson comments over the past few days are still following the script.

    • Epping Road 9.2

      Astonishingly accurate except Helen Kelly got involved and turned it to custard. She ended up representing an Australian union that wasn’t allowed to negotiate in New Zealand and even if it had been legally registered couldn’t legally represent contractors. Smart move that one.

      • mickysavage 9.2.1

        Well done ER you have managed to follow 1, 2 and 4 all in one comment.

        • Epping Road 9.2.1.1

          mickysavage was the Actors Equity registered in NZ at the time of the dispute? Were they legally allowed to negotiate on behalf of contractors? Was or was not the MEAA which was not registered in NZ negotiating on Equity’s behalf? Did Equity represent a a big proportion of NZ film workers?

          • mickysavage 9.2.1.1.1

            Followed by a number 4.

            All I can say is what does this have to do with the Government lying to us?

            • Epping Road 9.2.1.1.1.1

              The Government wasn’t lying and nor was Jackson. The spin has definitely changed on this though. Just last night Bill was saying that the original boycott wasn’t a boycott at all but a “do not sign” notice. Like a polite “talk to your lawyer first” piece of advice. The twists and turns from Helen Kelly’s apologists is very funny. Apparently the MEAA wasn’t trying to negotiate industry-wide standards with Jackson.

              • Keep moving those goalposts ER.

              • Colonial Viper

                The Government wasn’t lying and nor was Jackson.

                Brilliant Newspeak. Slavery is freedom, etc

                • Epping Road

                  Yeah and “Helen Kelly had the interests of NZ film workers at heart” and “Helen Kelly is a really good negotiator” and “Helen Kelly always tells the truth”.

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    Yeah, spin it all you like. Helen Kelly has not lied, that would be Jackson and Taylor. And you, on their behalf.

                    • Epping Road

                      So when Helen Kelly said that nice man from Australia just wanted to sit down and chat about the terms and conditions on the Hobbit and nothing else, she wasn’t lying?

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Correct. And when Jackson claimed there was a risk that Warners would go offshore when he knew that they wouldn’t, that would be a lie. Lie, truth. Are you starting to see the difference?

                    • quartz

                      Paid shill.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yeah time for a DNFTT order…I’ll try and comply haha

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Quite right, CV, I feel a PG style rolling eyes campaign coming on … :roll:

                    • Epping Road

                      Yes I see the difference TRP. In your world Helen Kelly good, Peter Jackson evil. Neither the NZ public nor global hobbit fans agree with you. Helen Kelly is crudely trying to rewrite history that she lost.

                    • geoff

                      Yep Epping Road is a tad slicker than the usual right wing losers we get around here but he’s still furiously trying to polish a turd.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      In my world? What would you know about my world, ER? Unlike you, I know Helen and she’s straight as a die. Her only mistake was thinking Jackson would act in good faith. But, instead he lied and now he’s paying you to do some more on his behalf.

                    • Epping Road

                      Yes poor Helen Kelly. She thought PJ would act in good faith. What an innocent well-meaning lady she is. After Simon Whipp turned up at Jackson’s house with every kind of big gun pointed at the front door, Whipp said: “Come on out, Peter. We just want to have a nice quiet chat with you. We’ll even supply the coffee and you can trust us that we haven’t poisoned it. You have nothing to fear.”

                      Good faith bargaining from the MEAA my arse. They brought every possible heavy down on Jackson as their opening move.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Billionaire Jackson cast in this show as the Victim of Bullying! Star scripting by F’ing Epping!

                      Peter Jackson giving foreign actors rights and privileges that he fights tooth and nail against giving his NZ colleagues!

                      Determined to make NZ yet another cheap 3rd world mine for Hollywood moguls.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Damn you caught me :twisted:

  10. ianmac 10

    “However, in a letter written after October 4 but never sent, Mr Brownlee, who was economic development minister, and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson outlined why, despite lobbying from the director, it would be “inappropriate” to change employment law as requested.”

    Never sent? So claimed in the supportive item by Hamish Rutherford in Business Stuff:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8355651/Jacksons-anger-at-union-snake

  11. Te Reo Putake 11

    Serious Fraud Office. Given that millions were paid to Warners after it was known that there never was a threat to pull out, that appears to be fraud. Or John Key is the worst businessman NZ has ever seen. Or both.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      John Key made money for his clients*, that would make him a good businessman not a bad one.

      *Clearly these are not the ordinary workers of NZ.

      • Rob 11.1.1

        Really, the production workers and producing crew at Weta were all gainfully employed. But it is very convenient to forget about those workers, isn’t it team. No movie here and those jobs would be toast.

        Your idea of ordinary workers of NZ appears to be anything but.

        • Te Reo Putake 11.1.1.1

          Except we know know there jobs were never at risk, rob. We were lied to. Interesting you call them workers, btw. I thought they were supposed to be contractors.

        • Epping Road 11.1.1.2

          Shut up Rob. Colonial Viper, who has never worked in the NZ film inudustry or tried to organise them is now their spokesman. Since you disagree with him you’re just one of Peter Jackson’s evil paid shills.

  12. Epping Road 12

    “They knew the ban was lifted. They continued to insist it was in place. Lying lying liars.”

    No they didn’t. The Government knew that MEAA had been saying for weeks that the ban would be lifted but MEAA never announced this and neither Jackson nor the Government had any reason to trust that MEAA would follow through on their word.

    On what date did SAG publish that the ban was lifted?

    • just saying 12.1

      I believe it was reported at the time, that emails produced by the union showed that the studios asked the union to delay announcing the lifting of the ban until for a few days until a joint statement could be issued.

      You’ve been had, ER.

    • There was a hold up in publishing the lifting of the ban because (and excuse me for shouting) WARNER BROS WANTED TO DRAFT THE PRESS RELEASE AND DELAYED IN DOING THIS.

      Check out this article from the time published on Friday October 22, 2011 … http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10682389

      Note in particular the following passage:

      “However, a series of emails between Warner Bros and the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG), sighted by NZPA, showed the two parties were discussing the wording of a press release announcing the settlement of the dispute from as early as Monday, US time.” Monday was the 18th of October 2011.

      This verifies Helen Kelly’s statement that the advisory had been lifted on the Sunday night but that Warners delayed the completion of the press release.

      • Epping Road 12.2.1

        Yeah right, so suddenly the SAG which imposed the ban on the Warner Bros production has to kow-tow to the company they’ve boycotted! MEAA was saying for weeks that it would announce that it was lifting the ban on production. They could have made the announcement at any time up until the 18th. Jackson’s statement on the 21st was by then the damage had already been done and the producers could no longer trust the union to act in good faith.

        • mickysavage 12.2.1.1

          Good diversion ER and I am sure that MEAA will trust Warners now.

          And how about you come up with some of those facty things to back up your proposition? I have Helen Kelly’s statement and NZPA’s viewing of emails verifying that the press release was being discussed and you have …

          • Epping Road 12.2.1.1.1

            October 20.

            “The films’ co-producer, Jackson’s partner Fran Walsh, said the ban placed on the film by the actors union remains in place, despite New Zealand actors saying it was lifted on Sunday and that Warner Bros. had been advised.

            “The boycott has not been lifted. If anyone goes to the Screen Actors’ Guild [of America] website now they will see we are blacklisted,” Walsh told National Radio.”

            http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/film/story/2010/10/20/new-zealand-hobbit-peter-jackson-director.html

            So you’re saying that SAG had to wait for Warners to announce the lifting of a ban that SAG imposed, and that somehow prevented SAG from removing the ban notice from their website until Warners made the announcement?

            Nice quoting of Helen Kelly though, she proved to be full of spin and untruths throughout that whole sorry saga.

            • quartz 12.2.1.1.1.1

              So Fran said on Nov 20 that the ban was in place but Peter said on the 18th that it was being lifted. Who was telling the truth?

              • Epping Road

                Where does PJ say the ban was being lifted on the 18th? Actors Equity claimed on the 18th that the ban was being lifted, but somehow this prevented SAG from withdrawing their boycott notice until Warners, who didn’t issue the boycott notice against their own production, unilaterally decided on a wording that was acceptable for them for SAG to use when SAG announced SAG’s ban.

                Equity and MEAA told Jackson for weeks that the ban would be lifted leading up to the 21st when it finally was lifted. Even as the ban was being lifted MEAA still wanted to heavy in on negotiations that they weren’t legally entitled to engage in. Why would you want to negotiate with another party if you’ve given away your only negotiation sanction (a boycott), unless you hadn’t actually given up that sanction?

            • mickysavage 12.2.1.1.1.2

              What about the emails that NZPA saw between the parties? I think the words for these is “verification” or “corroboration”.

              • Epping Road

                Where is the evidence that PJ saw or received these emails? The case against Jackson was that he conspired with Warners to say that the ban hadn’t been lifted when he knew it had been lifted. Where is the evidence that he received the emails that NZPA saw? Where is the evidence that Jackson was lying?

                Jackson was going on the facts. As at the 20th the ban remained in place. It was still listed on the SAG website. MEAA had been saying for weeks that it was removing the ban. Yet the ban remained in force on the SAG website. Even after Equity announced on the 18th that they were withdrawing the ban.

                Bad communication between Kelly, MEAA and SAG? Sure. Really clumsy negotiating from ham-fisted unions that were spinning their arses off and covering themselves in no glory whatsoever? Absolutely. But lies from Jackson? Bullshit.

                • Keep moving those goalposts ER.

                • Colonial Viper

                  More of 1. 4. and 5.

                  as per MS’s earlier comment.

                • Where is the evidence that PJ saw or received these emails

                  Um here tis …

                  It is contained in the email that was released yesterday. The one he sent on October 18, 2011 to the Government. The one that says

                  It seems like the blacklisting will be lifted tomorrow, which is due to Warners discussions with SAG, although Equity will try and claim credit for it.

                  It was still on the website because Warners were drafting the press release and delaying.

                  Care to reconsider?

                  • Epping Road

                    Then why wasn’t the ban lifted the next day? Why did it take three days to negotiate the wording? Because MEAA continued to push to negotiate with Jackson after the ban was lifted, which always raised the prospect of MEAA bringing the show to a stop again.

                    • I am not sure why I am bothering to do this but you have:

                      1. Avoided answering my comment. I offered it as proof that Jackson knew the ban was to be lifted.
                      2. Raised something that you have no proof whatsoever of (“MEAA continued to push to negotiate with Jackson after the ban was lifted”.

                      In terms of Irish’s analysis you are now playing rules 1 and 4.

                      You are also refusing to accept the evidence from Kelly, NZPA and Jackson who all clearly knew the ban was being lifted.

                      The only possible way you could say what you are saying are either:

                      1. You are telling big fibbies because you have no evidence or inside knowledge whatsoever.
                      2. You were heavily involved in the negotiations at a senior level either through Jackson or Warners and are currently spinning for them.

                      Which one is it?

                    • geoff

                      You’re a joke. Defending the lying egotist Jackson by attempting to divert the thread. We’ve seen these tactics from your kind time and time again.
                      You’re a disgrace to the country.

                    • Epping Road

                      You’re ignoring what were obviously critical events between 18 and 20 October. Why do you think SAG didn’t just front up to Warners on 18 October and say that the ban was going to be unconditionally removed and that SAG would announce that the MEAA would not initiate any further blacklisting on the Hobbit productions? What possible objection could Warners have had to that announcement?

                      Because that wasn’t what SAG were negotiating. It wasn’t the negotiation of the press release. The blacklist lifting was conditional on the negotiations on MEAA’s role going forward, which SAG continued to push for. If you really think that it takes three days of emergency meetings to draft a press release to renounce a blacklist then I have a bridge to sell you.

                      The email from Jackson shows that he was confident on the 18th that the blacklist would be lifted the next day. But it wasn’t lifted the next day. It took three days. No doubt Jackson was briefed by Warners on progress, but the blacklist was still in effect by the SAG until the SAG removed the blacklist. Which they still hadn’t done until the 21st.

                    • geoff

                      Well said Micky, the corporate dumb dumbs that hire the likes of Epping Road haven’t yet realised it does more harm than good to their corrupt cause. It merely draws further attention to the fact that they’ve been caught lying.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Where is the evidence that PJ saw or received these emails?

                  Just released by the government.

        • just saying 12.2.1.2

          The emails on this matter, as well as the recently released documents, demonstrate that the union was acting in good faith and Jackson et al weren’t.

          Warner Brothers could have publicised the lifting immediately. For some reason they chose not to.

          I don’t think you are arguing on thise matter in good faith anymore, if indeed you ever were, ER

          • Epping Road 12.2.1.2.1

            The SAG could have publicised the lifting of the ban immediately. Or they could have removed the ban notice from their website while they were negotiating the wording of the ban lifting. But they didn’t. And even after agreeing with Warners to lift the ban, MEAA still wanted to continue negotiating with Jackson. Which meant if MEAA didn’t get its way there was always a risk of a future ban.

            • mickysavage 12.2.1.2.1.1

              The SAG could have publicised the lifting of the ban immediately

              I agree. They should never have trusted Warners to play fair.

              • Epping Road

                So apparently SAG were happy to give Warners the right to dictate the statement that SAG made on lifting the ban, but SAG weren’t able to remove the ban listing from their website while the wording was decided? Nice spin dude!

                • I know this may be a foreign concept but it is called good faith bargaining.

                  So far someone involved in the negotiations (Kelly) has said it happened and NZPA have seen emails confirming it. You are maintaining continuously that because someone who was not involved in the negotiations (Walsh) says it did not happen it did not happen even though the emails say it did.

                  You are cherry picking your evidence to support the lines that you are running.

                  You are also following the script that Irish Bill set out a couple of weeks before the event.

                  And you show up yesterday as this incident again hits the news and posts continuously in a well written but deeply deceptive way.

                  Are you a paid shrill?

                  • Epping Road

                    No I’m not a shill of any kind, paid or unpaid. Are you a paid or unpaid shill for the union movement?

                    I am convinced that Jackson was under huge pressure, that he saw a film industry he created being swept out from under him, and that he genuinely believed that the film was lost to NZ. I believe he truthfully feared that the MEAA’s ongoing involvement in the film industry would cause instability.

                    You accuse me of cherry-picking evidence but you have consistently cherry-picked statements made by Kelly while mysteriously ignoring everything that took place leading up to Simon Whipp getting the Hobbit production blacklisted, everything that Simon Whipp was involved in until Helen Kelly got involved, and Helen Kelly trying to rewrite history.

                    • he genuinely believed that the film was lost to NZ. I believe he truthfully feared that the MEAA’s ongoing involvement in the film industry would cause instability

                      Well read his email and then come back and explain how you can still hold this view. The email is the one where he says that the blacklisting has nothing to do with choice of production base and all that Warners wanted was certainty in employment law.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      Epping Road can’t read that email. it’ll cause a critical exception error.

                    • Epping Road

                      Again michysavage you are cherrypicking evidence. Saying that the blacklisting is not the issue at a particular point in time does not mean that the blacklisting was never an issue or a contributing factor. The blacklisting along with the rest of MEAA’s conduct were what caused fear of instability.

                      Why do you think Jackson feared there was not certainty around the Hobbit’s industrial relations? Could it possibly be because an Australian union tried to muscle in on the Hobbit, use the Hobbit as a means to set industry standards, claim credit for having set those standards and create a union base across the film industry? Could it have been that despite not being a registered union in NZ the MEAA brought down the SAG and several other international unions onto Jackson’s head as its opening gambit? Could it have been that the MEAA wanted to continue to negotiate terms and conditions on behalf of contractors at the final hour, even after the MEAA said they would lift a ban that they had promised to lift weeks earlier, but didn’t?

                      You are taking statements Jackson made in isolation. In Jackson’s statement of 21 October he made clear that the lifting of the blacklist was no longer the issue. It was the confidence that Warners had that the MEAA wouldn’t stir up trouble again and disrupt the production.

                      I think it is telling that not once have you defended Simon Whipp or the MEAA’s role in this dispute. Nor has Helen Kelly. Clearly both of you think his behaviour was indefensible, so instead you try to smokescreen Whipp’s role by abusing the motives of the man who built the NZ film industry. Classy.

                    • McFlock

                      Why do you think Jackson feared there was not certainty around the Hobbit’s industrial relations?

                      could it be that he’d become used to having a dictatorial fiefdom (unlike every other workplace in the country) that Bryson had challenged?

                      could it be that it’s unreasonable to expect “stability” from one party while offering none in return, yet this is what he wanted?

                      could it be that a handily-timed “crisis” is a useful way to extort money from a country (even if you have no real intent to follow through on your threat), particularly if the pm is a sycophantic groupie?

                    • Epping Road

                      “could it be that he’d become used to having a dictatorial fiefdom (unlike every other workplace in the country) that Bryson had challenged?”

                      Bryson was certainly a factor for Jackson and Warners from the beginning. That’s on the record. Whether you would go to such extraordinary steps of hiring hundreds of people on a production, scouting locations, and then booking flights out of there and then go through all that charade just to change Bryson is a big stretch. Warners knew of Bryson at the time they green-lighted the production. Sure Bryson was a problem, but saying it was a big conspiracy without any evidence is BS.

                      “could it be that it’s unreasonable to expect “stability” from one party while offering none in return, yet this is what he wanted?”

                      This is a film production. There were ways to set up stability around individual contractor agreements, and even negotiate collectively. You just set up a bigger company, negotiate directly with Jackson through that company and get the terms and conditions that you can. There never has been any evidence that the terms and conditions offered to the contractors were any less than offered elsewhere in the film industry in NZ. By all reports The Hobbit paid more, and with better conditions than everyone else in NZ.

                      “could it be that a handily-timed “crisis” is a useful way to extort money from a country (even if you have no real intent to follow through on your threat), particularly if the pm is a sycophantic groupie?”

                      Interesting conspiracy theory but you don’t have to go to all that effort to achieve it. You just sit the PM down and say: “If you don’t change the law then we’re going to announce we’re pulling out of NZ. Peter is making the announcement next week. This is the press release he’s issuing.”

                    • Ahhh Bryson the set model technician whose claim for modest compensation made its way all the way to the Supreme Court.

                      Existing New Zealand law allows people working on movies to be categorised as contractors. All you have to do is make sure that the paperwork is in order.

                      Yet the Bryson case was made out to be a movie ending threat by Warners and by Jackson.

                      Weirder and weirder.

                    • McFlock

                      So which bits are the things that you don’t think happened?

                      Jackson wanting the law changed because of Bryson?
                      Jackson/Hollywood talking up the union blacklist to justify the tax breaks?
                      The movie reps sitting down with Key and demanding a tax break with the threat of moving offshore?
                      or Key just offering them money and a law change for no reason?

                      Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Key was a particularly tough negotiator on this issue by any stretch of the imagination, but it might be a bit much even for him to offer the law change and $60million in taxpayer funds just as koha for them coming to visit him in wellington. He probably gave them actual Gingernuts with their tea, rather than the home brand ginger bisuits, too.

                    • Epping Road

                      “Jackson wanting the law changed because of Bryson?”

                      Yes I think ideally Jackson and Warners wanted Bryson over-ruled by Parliament. It caused concern for the industry. That’s a matter of public record. But I don’t believe that Jackson believed that Bryson on its own created so much anguish that Warners and Jackson couldn’t work within it. Warners green-lighted the Hobbit after Bryson came down. They could not possibly assume that the Government would change the law. Of greater concern to Warners and Jackson was the MEAA using Bryson to cause instability in the film industry.

                      “Jackson/Hollywood talking up the union blacklist to justify the tax breaks?”

                      You’ve got to be joking. Talking up the blacklist? The blacklist brought the whole production to a stand-still. It isn’t a warning, or a don’t-sign-yet-notice. It means taht every actor and production member aligned to any international union can’t work on the production. It means that if Warners had proceeded with the production in spite of the blacklist then every global union would have blacklisted all of Warner’s films.

                      “The movie reps sitting down with Key and demanding a tax break with the threat of moving offshore?”

                      It’s a matter of public record that following the dispute, that simply changing the law wasn’t enough to bring the production back to NZ. More incentives were necessary. Would those incentives have been necessary if Simon Whipp and Helen Kelly hadn’t created so much instability in the film industry? No, absolutely not. Whipp’s and Kelly’s actions cost NZers a lot of money.

                      “or Key just offering them money and a law change for no reason?”

                      Not likely, no. When government is short of cash they’re not usually in the habit of just giving money away. I think the mess that Whipp and Kelly created made the extra incentives necessary to lure Warners’ back.

                      Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Key was a particularly tough negotiator on this issue by any stretch of the imagination, but it might be a bit much even for him to offer the law change and $60million in taxpayer funds just as koha for them coming to visit him in wellington. He probably gave them actual Gingernuts with their tea, rather than the home brand ginger bisuits, too.

                    • McFlock

                      It’s a matter of public record that following the dispute, that simply changing the law wasn’t enough to bring the production back to NZ.

                      Really? You can link to it then.

                      Your comment seems to imply that the decision had in fact been made to shift the production offshore, and it was only the tax bribe plus the law change that brought it back. I’ll get my popcorn while you provide a link for that assertion.

                    • Epping Road

                      “Really? You can link to it then.”

                      I say that on the basis of Brownlee and the PMs statements after 21 October that they weren’t expecting to pay more, but they would look to changing the law if that was necessary.

                      “Your comment seems to imply that the decision had in fact been made to shift the production offshore, and it was only the tax bribe plus the law change that brought it back. I’ll get my popcorn while you provide a link for that assertion.”

                      Jackson’s statement on 21 October was that Warners were coming down to NZ to shift the production offshore. “Next week Warners are coming down to NZ to make arrangements to move the production off-shore. It appears we now cannot make films in our own country – even when substantial financing is available.”

                      I know that many believe Kelly and Whipp think that Jackson’s statement on this was a sham. But to believe it was a sham you need to prove a conspiracy. Given that of all the people involved in the negotiations at the highest levels of government, including ministers, ministerial staff, government departments, Jackson’s people, Warners, New Line, that not a shred of evidence has leaked out of the sham, I think you are struggling.

                      If the Government could have got away with just changing the law to bring the production back, I think they would have. I can think of no compelling reason to simply fire off a big cheque to Warners if the law change had been enough. I don’t think any law change, or any additional money would have been paid if MEAA and Kelly hadn’t bungled it.

                      You can call it a “tax bribe” if you like, but there have been tax incentives in the film industry for some time for big films. Was the Government pressured at the last moment to bend over backwards for Warners, doing things they wouldn’t have otherwise wanted to do? Bloody hell they were. Did they need to do this to make sure the production went ahead in NZ? Absolutely. Who caused that position to come about? Simon Whipp and Helen Kelly.

                    • McFlock

                      okay, you haven’t mastered the are of supplying evidence. no problem. You were only using public statements of proven and repeated liars as support.

                      You can call it a “tax bribe” if you like, but there have been tax incentives in the film industry for some time for big films. Was the Government pressured at the last moment to bend over backwards for Warners, doing things they wouldn’t have otherwise wanted to do? Bloody hell they were. Did they need to do this to make sure the production went ahead in NZ? Absolutely. Who caused that position to come about? Simon Whipp and Helen Kelly.

                      The bit I italicised is the crux of two issues:
                      1) was the production really going to go overseas, and if so was it worth the tax cuts and law change to keep it here? and

                      2) did the government know the answer to 1) and negotiate accordingly.

                      Quite frankly, the government was incompetent and the production company and jackson extracted as much out of that as possible.

                      Blame the unions all you want, but either they had enough support to endanger the NZ (and overseas) production, or they didn’t. In the first instance, the protest in favour of jackson was a sham march by a minority of scabs and shills. In the second instance, the tax rebate and law change were needless gifts from the government to the already rich. Either possibility makes your obsession against worker representation somewhat suspect.

                    • Epping Road

                      “okay, you haven’t mastered the are of supplying evidence. no problem. You were only using public statements of proven and repeated liars as support.”

                      I quoted Jackson. I think the Hobbit dispute showed Kelly up as a proven and repeated liar. You don’t believe Jackson, I don’t believe Kelly. You use Kelly’s testimony as the basis of your beliefs, I use Jackson’s. We’re not going to advance any further on that point but you can’t accuse me of not providing evidence. It just happens to be evidence that you don’t trust.

                      “The bit I italicised is the crux of two issues:
                      1) was the production really going to go overseas, and if so was it worth the tax cuts and law change to keep it here? and”

                      Yes I believe that the production really was going to go overseas, on the basis that to prove otherwise you have to prove a conspiracy, and for that conspiracy to be kept a secret then you rely on dozens if not hundreds of people privy to the negotiations remaining silent on the conspiracy for two and a half years. Not a single piece of evidence that the production wasn’t shifting offshore.

                      “2) did the government know the answer to 1) and negotiate accordingly.”

                      I think by the 21st the Government believed that it was going offshore, but that it was salvageable if the Government changed the law. You can argue that Warners’ would have sent a lackey or nobody at all rather than their top team to Wellington if it was just to confirm to the Government that they were pulling out. Did Warners think that it was salvageable? Obviously.

                      Do I think the Government had any idea beyond a law change, on 21 October, what was necessary to secure it? Unlikely. It was a moving feast. JK wouldn’t have publicly said that he didn’t expect to have to put more money on the table if he knew that he would. There’s no inclination from the PM’s reaction on 21-22 October that he was softening the public up for a cash payment as well as a law change. The law change, he was certainly softening the public up for.

                      I don’t know when it became clear to the Government that things in an addition to a law change were necessary. What was clear was the moment that the production was blacklisted by the MEAA, and every subsequent action to demonise Warners and Jackson, and every subsequent day that the blacklist remained in force, the more likely the production would be pulled, and the stronger Warners’ hand would be in any subsequent negotiation to salvage it.

                      Did Warners ratchet up the negotiations and squeeze the Government for all it could? Yes, probably. Could they have gone harder and got more? Maybe. Could the Government have struck a better deal for the taxpayer? Who knows. What we do know is that Warners had the upper hand and because of the economic value of the production the Government was in a desperate position to keep the production in NZ.

                      And the Government was only put in that desperate position because Simon Whipp and Helen Kelly desperately overplayed their hand, created absolute turmoil in the film industry, and then slinked off while the Government picked up the bill.

                      “Blame the unions all you want, but either they had enough support to endanger the NZ (and overseas) production, or they didn’t.”

                      The union that represented less than 10% of NZ actors, and wasn’t even registered in NZ. The tiny union in NZ that called down blacklists from every big international film union.

                      “In the first instance, the protest in favour of jackson was a sham march by a minority of scabs and shills.”

                      Come on. Over a thousand protesters. The “sham march” that Kelly was too afraid to meet with. The huge majority of people committed to work on the Hobbit were not union members. Not even MEAA or Helen Kelly ever claimed that they represented anything like a big part of the film industry.

                      “In the second instance, the tax rebate and law change were needless gifts from the government to the already rich. Either possibility makes your obsession against worker representation somewhat suspect.”

                      I disagree that they were needless gifts. Read above. I’m not obsessed against worker representation. Workers have every right to organise within the law. Film workers and unions had every right to lobby the Government for commerce act changes to allow them to negotiate collectively for contractors, which they never tried to do even under a union-friendly government. I think unions are entitled to recruit. But the law says that both parties must act in good faith. Using one production to advance your ambitions for the whole industry isn’t good faith. Bringing down the heaviest possible sanctions as your first move isn’t good faith. Nowhere has Helen Kelly ever justified Simon Whipp’s actions. Nor have any of Helen Kelly’s supporters here. The silence around Whipp is extraordinary.

                    • McFlock

                      You might want to point to where you quoted, though. That’s the difference between evidence and gossip.

                      Anyway, we know there was a conspiracy to extract as much money from making the film in NZ as possible. It’s called a production company. The question is whether the rumoured move overseas was a genuine concept, or just a hollow threat. The same individuals can be involved in either, as either is a strategic negotiating and production decision. So your “conspiracy theory” basis for believing the public negotiating position is flawed.

                      What we do know is that Warners had the upper hand and because of the economic value of the production the Government was in a desperate position to keep the production in NZ.

                      Hmm. That motive is inconsistent with every other decision the government has made. Of course the difference is movies have more glitz than carpets or trains. You might need a rethink there.

                      The silence around Whipp is extraordinary.

                      Mostly because peter jackson said the employment law change was irrelevant to the film being made in nz, if you read the post’s links. The issue is that national kept pretending the ban was up so they could have idiots like you thinking there was a connection between that and the production in NZ.

                      Tell me something: do you think they would have avoided a blacklist if they went to Estonia because workers here were trying to unionise? Irrelevant to the law change and the rebate. But Key met hollywood bigwigs and got a sword, so yays for us.

                    • Epping Road

                      “You might want to point to where you quoted, though. That’s the difference between evidence and gossip.”

                      I have been pointing most of the time. This conversation has been over two threads in two days already. A lot of the points raised against what I’ve said, once you filter out the personal attacks that a number of commenters have made against me (and I respect you for mostly resisting those), have been repeated. You’re correct that I haven’t added links and quotes each time, but when asked to I have. When asked if I think something is my interpretation based on the evidence then I have been upfront about that.

                      “Anyway, we know there was a conspiracy to extract as much money from making the film in NZ as possible. It’s called a production company.”

                      Likewise you could say that there was a “conspiracy” by the unions to extract as much influence as possible over this period.

                      “The question is whether the rumoured move overseas was a genuine concept, or just a hollow threat. The same individuals can be involved in either, as either is a strategic negotiating and production decision.”

                      I agree, that is the issue.

                      “So your “conspiracy theory” basis for believing the public negotiating position is flawed.”

                      No. My argument against the conspiracy theory is that if it had been a sham by the production company (and allegedly the Government was in on this sham), then there is a very high probability that one of the dozens if not hundreds of people who participated in this sham, to call off a production as an empty threat, would have spilled the beans by now. They haven’t.

                      “Hmm. That motive is inconsistent with every other decision the government has made. Of course the difference is movies have more glitz than carpets or trains. You might need a rethink there.”

                      I call BS on that. The Government intervenes all the time. It does so based on whether there’s political advantage for them in intervening. Of course JK wanted to walk down the red carpet. Of course he wanted the jobs to stay here. If the Hobbit had gone offshore then it would have been disastrous for any government.

                      Even assuming that the CTU and the MEAA would have acted the same way they did under a Labour Government, do you think Helen Clark would have made different decisions if they had been put in that negotiating position with Warners? Do you really think Helen would have let Warners walk away from the table, take their production overseas, and refused to cut a deal to keep them here?

                      “Mostly because peter jackson said the employment law change was irrelevant to the film being made in nz, if you read the post’s links. The issue is that national kept pretending the ban was up so they could have idiots like you thinking there was a connection between that and the production in NZ.”

                      What’s your reference for PJ saying the employment law change was irrelevant? Previous comment from Kelly’s fan-club have been that PJ said that the boycott was irrelevant to Warner’s decision. I’ve argued the latter point with other commenters to death already. The conclusion I’ve drawn is that I don’t believe that anything PJ said on that issue is inconsistent.

                      “Tell me something: do you think they would have avoided a blacklist if they went to Estonia because workers here were trying to unionise? Irrelevant to the law change and the rebate.”

                      That’s the first time I’ve seen it raised, but it is an interesting issue. I would say that SAG’s decision to withdraw the boycott was not contingent on the production staying in NZ. SAG made the decision to withdraw the boycott before Jackson said that the production was all but lost to NZ. So if Warners had gone to Estonia then no ban would have been in place in Estonia.

                    • McFlock

                      No. My argument against the conspiracy theory is that if it had been a sham by the production company (and allegedly the Government was in on this sham), then there is a very high probability that one of the dozens if not hundreds of people who participated in this sham, to call off a production as an empty threat, would have spilled the beans by now. They haven’t.

                      Who says hundreds of people would need to lie? Just the negotiating team and decision makers. Nobody else.

                      “Hmm. That motive is inconsistent with every other decision the government has made. Of course the difference is movies have more glitz than carpets or trains. You might need a rethink there.”

                      I call BS on that. The Government intervenes all the time. It does so based on whether there’s political advantage for them in intervening. Of course JK wanted to walk down the red carpet. Of course he wanted the jobs to stay here. If the Hobbit had gone offshore then it would have been disastrous for any government.

                      Big difference between “political advantage” and the motive you initially attributed to the government, “because of the economic value of the production the Government was in a desperate position to keep the production in NZ”. And before you call an indirect relationship between the two, our low-growth, high unemployment, high deficit government demonstrates otherwise.

                      I would say that SAG’s decision to withdraw the boycott was not contingent on the production staying in NZ.

                      I’d say that shifting country because the workers there are easier to screw over is likely to piss off unions, including SAG.

                      What’s your reference for PJ saying the employment law change was irrelevant?
                      sorry, Blackwood

                    • Epping Road

                      “What’s your reference for PJ saying the employment law change was irrelevant?
                      sorry, Blackwood”

                      I think you are mistaken. Neither the Herald article nor the emails assert that the law change was irrelevant. The Herald article asserts that on the 15th October Blackwood said that the production was committed to NZ. But this is not supported by Blackwood’s correspondence in the emails. Read page 10 from Blackwood to Brownlee on Tuesday 12 October http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/document/pdf/20139/NZHHobbitDocuments.PDF

                      “First, and most importantly, when you asked me if the decision had been made to move the films offshore, I told you that that decision had not yet been made. And it hasn’t. As I have said to you on every occasion that we have spoken, we are committed to NZ, both because of Peter and Fran’s deep commitment to be there, as well as our own – we filmed all three Lord of the Rings films in NZ and are not makeng any decisions to move this production lightly. If that were to happen, it would honestly be a blow to all of us. That said, we are in a very precarious position…”

                      Blackwood’s email doesn’t mention the law change, and certainly doesn’t say that the law change was irrelevant to its decision. The point in Blackwood’s email was to alert Brownlee of the increasing risk.

                      Forward three days to 15 October (page 12 of the PDF), when Blackwood sent a furious message to Brownlee via PJ, informing him that Whipp had just turned up in LA to make demands about Warners agreeing to renegotiate the Pink Book before he would rescind the Do Not Work order. That is directly from Blackwood’s email to PJ.

                      In my view there is no question that Whipp turning up to LA to push his case on the day that the SAG was due to announce its removal of the blacklist on 15 October to make further demands of Warners didn’t inflame things, and create a climate of distrust, then I’m afraid on the basis of the email correspondence I disagree with you. PJ would have to be some very special kind of Evil Genius to pull that off. And if you really think that Warners would suddenly turn around and have agreed all the issues with SAG by the 18th, when SAG was supposedly ready to pull the plug on its blacklist, then I think that’s a nonsense too.

                      Of course there’s an easy way to create some balance in the argument. We’ve seen the emails between Ministers and the producers. What we haven’t seen is the correspondence between Whipp and his negotiating team, particularly the SAG and the CTU. Helen Kelly must have received that. Surely she can easily release all the amils she had over the period between the CTU and MEAA and SAG on the Hobbit dispute so that we can compare PJ’s story against hers.

                    • McFlock

                      nice. 12 oct email she says the are deply committed to nz but might move to NSW, to face the same union, and doesn’t mention factoring in a strike by the same union. Seriously?

                    • McFlock

                      oh, you got yourself banned. Never mind then.

                  • Epping Road

                    Sorry Mcflock, for the sake of clarity I accidentally included your last paragraph in my comment. That isn’t my comment of course.

            • quartz 12.2.1.2.1.2

              Fuck off paid shill.

    • Ant 12.3

      Piss off troll, it’s common knowledge they were organising a coordinated press release with all involved parties.

      • Epping Road 12.3.1

        Yeah sure it takes three days of emergency meetings of big teams at the highest levels of Warner’s and the SAG to organise a coordinated press release.

        • McFlock 12.3.1.1

          it does when someone drags their feet to get more concessions from a compliant government.

  13. ianmac 13

    The essence of Steven Joyce’s comments is that the ends justify the means. A pretty dangerous line for a government in a democracy, – unless you live in Fiji.

  14. bad12 14

    Slippery deliberately told a big one in the House yesterday while under fire from the combined Opposition Labour/Green/NZFirst over the absolute mess His Government have made of the States coal miner Solid Energy,

    Being quizzed by the Green Party’s Russell Norman over His support for Solid Energy’s move to diversify into lignite coal to diesel as late as 2011-2012 in public speeches the Prime Minister claimed that while coal prices were high He was happy to support such moves by the State’s coal miner,

    i have to say here that for the first time i was a little disappointed with Russell Norman when He didn’t immediately ask a supplementary question and expose the previous answer from Slippery the Prime Minister as the deliberate misleading of the House or LIE that it actually was,

    Our Prime Minister happy to have Solid Energy diversify into fuel production from coal as the coal prices where high???,

    In 2008 a bare month befor His election to the post of Prime Minister the price of a tonne of coal on the open market fell from US$150 a full third of it’s price to US$111.50,

    By October 2010 the price of coal had fallen a further third to US$71.25 a tonne,

    Hopefully Russell Norman puts the Slippery little Shyster on the spot at next Tuesday’s question time in the Parliament over such utter bullshit the Prime Minister has made up so as to attempt to extricate Himself from responsibility that He and His Finance Minister, Bill from Dipton, must equally share in their total ignorance of the looming crisis faced by the States cola miner Solid Energy….

    • tc 14.1

      I’m surprised he’s even in QT, unless he really has lost interest now having all his boxes ticked as he’s not competant enough to hold out on a concerted and focused session.

      Maybe someone in the MSM can do this on the oppositions behalf…….yeah right !

  15. bunch of new posters 15

    In the constitutional system of Parliamentary democracy with its supposed built-in checks and balances it is the job of the Opposition to pick up a Government on lies and expose them ruthlessly with all the privileges of the public forums it has access to.

    On the reasonable assumption that the Party in power whatever its colour will always seek to abuse that power, the question posed by the article really ought to ask what we as citizens can and/or should do when we have an Opposition that through incompetence, laziness or self-interest fails to fulfil its role.

    • Bunji 15.1

      Okay, so when something is exposed, like this, what happens then? I think that was more the point…

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.1

        I predict that John Key’s personal rating stays clearly over 40% and National holds steady around 47%.

        But that’s probably not what you meant…

      • bunch of new posters 15.1.2

        Well my personal suggestion for a more responsible, accountable Parliament would be to divide the country into, say, twentyfour constituencies each returning five MP’s, one to be elected per annum. You could go even further and stagger the annual elections so that somewhere there are six MPs having to stand for re-election every quarter. The advantages:

        1. It ditches the pre-Steam-Age notion of General Elections, with the tri-annual lie-fest that is the hustings, the concentrated media hysteria and all the baby-kissing while allowing politicians to ignore us all the rest of the time,

        2. It gives us each an annual opportunity to have our say on the Govrnment’s performance,

        3. Having a vote for one of five allows greater nuances of political expression.

        Each consituency would be composed of rich and poor, city, small town and rural districts from across the counry to get rid of the Epsom phenomenon, and the 18th Century notion that your MP had to be within half a day’s horseback ride.

        With each MP having a five-year term I’d limit any MP to two terms maximum – even non-consecutive ones.

  16. RJL 16

    Sure it is possible to imagine court action, or some more active role for the Speaker or an Ombudsman to sanction lying politicians. But that just seems to move the problem around — who ensures the integrity the judge/ombudsman/etc?

    Our system does work, to the extent that if the public cares about the lies politicians tell, then the politicians simply get voted out.

    It really comes down to the opposition politicians (and possibly journalists and “concerned citizens”) telling the public why they should care, *and* the opposition politicians offering a convincing alternative.

    Of course, a problem is that lots of things politicians (from all sides) say can be spun as lies.

  17. Mary 17

    Darien Fenton was absolutely piss-weak abysmal on Morning Report this morning. No wonder Key can get away with what he does. Just hopeless.

  18. Draco T Bastard 18

    When it becomes obvious that an entire government lied to the populace then that government needs to be jailed with the opposition taking over government until a new election is held. Anything less is accepting the corruption that the lies represent.

    • Epping Road 18.1

      Oh yeah that’s democratic. Worked in Fiji didn’t it.

      • Colonial Viper 18.1.1

        Newsflash – we are already a crony capitalist banana republic.

        (Without the bananas, admittedly).

      • Colonial Viper 18.1.2

        Funny how you think that “corruption” and “lies” from Government is “democratic”. I’m pretty sure that word doesn’t mean what you think it means.

        • Epping Road 18.1.2.1

          That big pro National Party conspiracy Transparency International disagrees with you on your corruption claim, and that other big National Party conspiracy, called the New Zealand public, disagrees with you on the “lies” claim. Keep blabbing your nonsense though because it’s obviously very comforting for you.

          • Colonial Viper 18.1.2.1.1

            Transparency International? When did they manage to study these incriminating Hobbit emails?

            Oh yeah, they haven’t lol

          • aspasia 18.1.2.1.2

            Still waiting for evidence that the CTU funded Bryson, ER? You will be called on unsubstantiated allegations if you choose to blog here.

            • Epping Road 18.1.2.1.2.1

              JK made the statement at the press conference announcing the deal to bring the Hobbit back to NZ after the dispute. To my knowledge Key has never been challenged on it. Did I make up the claim? No. Did JK make it up? Who knows. If you think everything Helen Kelly says is gospel then how can you object if most of NZ believe JK?

              • Te Reo Putake

                How can it be be brought back to NZ if it never left?

              • framu

                ” Did JK make it up? ”

                who knows – he does however have a history of making shit up so i wouldnt use him as any kind of evidence

              • framu

                “how can you object if most of NZ believe JK?”

                oh, the self appointed spokesman for the people of NZ now are we

                shit mate – your a first rate Augean Stable of BS

                hope youve got waders on – and earmuffs

              • aspasia

                Presumably this is not a reply to my post? If it is, she’s your link?

                • aspasia

                  Edit function not working? My post should have read “where’s your link?” Not sure what your post should have read…….

                  • Epping Road

                    Aspasia the statement from Key was on Breakfast on the morning of the meeting with Warners, see about 3.35m in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQsQr02T2pE

                    • aspasia

                      Oh I see….I was looking for actual evidence. Key, on the morning of meeting with Warner Bros, claims that the unions funded the Bryson SC case. Yes he did make it up. It obviously suited the spin at the time.

                      The CTU does not have the deep pockets of Warner Bros. But in any event there was no way Bryson’s counsel was going to pass up the chance to bring the first ever employment law case in the Supreme Court. As the SC decision demonstrates, there was considerable legal concern that the Court of Appeal had seriously distorted well settled common law principle to find for Three Foot Six. The law is about more than the film industry. Gould was quite prepared to appear pro bono in this situation.

                      Helen Kelly?? Ross Wilson was CTU President at the material time.

            • One Tāne Huna 18.1.2.1.2.2

              Don’t hold your breath. ER’s work here involves repeating finely-spun horseshit, not acknowledging error.

          • framu 18.1.2.1.3

            ” Transparency International disagrees with you on your corruption claim”

            yeah, its “perceived corruption” numbskull

          • Draco T Bastard 18.1.2.1.4

            Transparency International report perception and that is not the reality. NZ is actually majorly corrupt.

      • tc 18.1.3

        Stick with sacarcm as the trolling isn’t working out for you.

      • Draco T Bastard 18.1.4

        I don’t recall asking for a military coup, just that the government be held accountable for its actions. That would probably require some law changes such as the power of recall and, in extreme cases*, the AG and the governor to be able to instruct the police to act.

        * When it’s obvious that the government has broken the law.

  19. One Tāne Huna 19

    What to do about the National Party?

    Parliament is a court. Introduce stronger rules of admissible evidence, and harsher penalties for perjury in Parliament.

    Turn prosecution decisions over to the police and crown prosecution.

    • Lanthanide 19.1

      If they lied in parliament, then there are already good sanctions available.

      In this case I believe they only lied on TV and radio interviews.

  20. Steady Course 20

    Give up ER, the left will continue to grasp at pathetic little straws in an attempt to stem the ever gaining popularity of National. Conspiracies conspiracies, i suppose John Key in conjunction with warners organised 9/11 too huh?

    • Arfamo 20.1

      Haven’t seen anyone here making that nonsense 9/11 claim but you. Does bollocks like this typify your arguments and evidence?

    • Draco T Bastard 20.2

      So, solid proof that the government lied is “grasping at straws”?

      riiiiiight.

  21. bad12 21

    There now appears to be 3 official languages in New Zealand, along with Maori and English Slippery the Prime Minister has introduced BULLSHIT as the official language of the Parliament…

  22. Rupert Snodgrass (stupid banned troll) 22

    Why are Trade Union filth trying so hard to rewrite the history of the Hobbit Saga?

    Because Kiwi workers rose as one to fight against their treason.

    Helen Kelly and the CTU conspired with a foreign entity to destroy a multi-billion dollar Kiwi industry.

    And Kiwi workers prevented them.

    Two years later, the constant screeching of Union filth reminds us, how bitter their defeat was. We marched on Mayday, their day, to save Kiwi jobs whilst they hid in their offices, squealing that their exploitation of Kiwi workers had come to an end.

    • Steady Course 22.1

      Good Call

    • One Tāne Huna 22.2

      Just the facts, ma’am. The government lied. The emails prove it. Granny concurs.

    • quartz 22.3

      Because Kiwi workers rose as one to fight against their treason.

      Jesus Peter Jackson is posting here now.

      It is true, Peter, that you have moved into a sterile room and stopped cutting your nails?

    • vto 22.4

      Snodgrass you malign unions and workers at your peril. You need to grow up and learn some history about them.

      In addition, from reading this thread and hanging around on this site for far too long now it seems abundantly clear that Epping Road and Rupert Snodgrass are only one degree of separation from Jackson and his crew – if not sitting across the desk from each other.

      Straight from the “top”. Top in one sense only, bottom in most humanity measures which stand the test of time and history.

      What a bunch of wankers, bashing on working people and unions. My views tend to the right mostly – except on union matters and workers where some heavy base lines for good society sit. Will never view Jackson films or Jackson himself the same again. What a shame.

      shame

      • Epping Road 22.4.1

        vto I am not “one degree of separation from Jackson and his crew”. I have had nothing to do with his production, nothing to do with anything that he has done, or anybody who’s ever been associated with him, never been a supplier or contractor or anybody related to that, nothing to do with Warners or any of their companies, nothing to do with the Government’s deal with Warners or with Jackson. I had no involvement in organising any campaign against any of the unions or any campaign supporting the Hobbit production. As above for any connection that you suspect I might have deliberately left out. Everything I’ve said is based on my personal perspective based on what is on the public record.

        The closest I’ve ever come to Jackson was wandering down the road in Miramar last year and seeing a big black mercedes driving down the road, and realising when it passed that Jackson was driving. Oh, and about a year ago when I had nothing to do on a long weekend, I helped out a friend who was installing a new ceiling on the property of somebody who was a building contractor for the production. I was paid for that gig for two days work, for which I think I earned $380 and an exhausted body. I didn’t do it for the money, but to help out a friend who needed a couple of manual labourers that weekend. I don’t know who that building contractor who owned that property was since they were away at the time but I could probably point the house out if pushed.

        But that is the extent of my conflict of interest, if you can call it that. Oh, and I did pay for a movie ticket to go and see the film in December. Now if anybody else commenting in this thread who has had any contact with Helen Kelly, the CTU, MEAA, Actors Equity or anybody involved in their campaigns wants to declare their associations, then feel free.

    • vto 22.5

      Further, snodghrass and epping and others …. do you not see the anger and resentment that this conduct has brought out of the left and the workers movement and the unions? Does it not register, the weight of this? Do you have your eyes open?

      Some of you claim that the union eyes are not open to the ‘wow’ of Slippery and Jackson that the public apparently see, but that is flash in the pan. You should think on the firestorm you have unleashed.

      • Rupert Snodgrass (stupid banned troll) 22.5.1

        do you not see the anger and resentment that this conduct has brought out of the left and the workers movement and the unions?

        The workers’ movement, vto, is us: those of us who marched against Trade Union sabotage of our industry, and the tens of thousands of Kiwis who marched with us on Mayday 2010.

        We are the workers. And guess what:

        You Labour/Green/Mana voting, welfare-guzzling, crime-committing, Trade Unionist traitors don’t speak for the actual people who work in this country. So take your entitled arse and get the fuck out. There is no place for you and your kind in decent Kiwi society and we’re tired of carrying you.

        • IrishBill 22.5.1.1

          You marched to ensure you can never have the choice to be employees. What are you going to march for next? Abolishing your right to vote? Slow. Clap.

          • Rupert Snodgrass (stupid banned troll) 22.5.1.1.1

            We marched to save it from Trade Union treason, you Trotskyite buffoon.

            What shall we march for next? Actually, I’d be keen for us to march to abolish your right to vote.

            A tragedy of the Kiwi condition is universal suffrage. Only those who contribute to society should have a voice in how it is run

            And you, Irish, most certainly would not qualify. So suck back on that welfare some more, and tell decent Kiwis how we should run an industry that you know nothing about..

            [lprent: It is hard to find anything that you have "contributed" over the past few days that could be considered to be informative or worthwhile. Indeed you don't appear to have any actual knowledge of the film industry in NZ after looking through your comments

            FYI: my partner is a director, producer, and has been around the local film industry for years. I'm a programmer and I've worked around the digital arts enough to consider you to be a complete blowhard fuckwit. Basically it sounds to me like you're more of a wannabe than someone who does anything.

            But I'm taking your "advice" - you don't contribute here at all.

            You appear to be a simple and quite stupid troll. You are permanently banned. ]

            • IrishBill 22.5.1.1.1.1

              I know quite a bit about the industry. I was involved in it in a small way some years ago.

              You marched because your boss told you your jobs were on the line when he knew full well they weren’t. Now you’ve found that out, you feel like a sucker. It’s understandable.

              • lprent

                Actually after reading his comments I can’t see any indication that he has any background in the film industry. Looked like a simple troll. I just banned him as one.

                BTW: after nearly 33 months, they’re shipping our project out the door. Stamping out the final version of the code in this evenings build. So I can start moderating out some of these fools again.

                • IrishBill

                  I liked having him here. I thought he was a fine example of Peter Jackson’s supporters.

                  • lprent

                    Might have been a fine example of something, however his technique was way way too good in the incendiary arts to have been the simple innocent. I think he was just here for the trolling and really had nothing to say. Certainly in 6 comments he never betrayed any actual knowledge of the topics he was speaking about (apart from an ability to use bold well)

                  • Kevin Welsh

                    Yeah, keep him on. I’ve never been this close to the rantings of an actual fascist before. I’m intrigued…

                • bad12

                  That would be nice as far as giving the idiot brigade a spanking, the posts have been getting harder to read as they become more inflamed…

        • vto 22.5.1.2

          Snodgrass “The workers’ movement, vto, is us: those of us who marched against Trade Union sabotage of our industry, and the tens of thousands of Kiwis who marched with us on Mayday 2010.

          We are the workers. And guess what:

          You Labour/Green/Mana voting, welfare-guzzling, crime-committing, Trade Unionist traitors don’t speak for the actual people who work in this country. So take your entitled arse and get the fuck out. There is no place for you and your kind in decent Kiwi society and we’re tired of carrying you.”

          ..

          Sometimes it don’t take much to knock the scab off and see the pus inside ooze out.

          Snodgrass, if you’re watching from inside your cell – why have you mixed up labour, greens, mana? I aint them. Why have you mixed up welfare with unions and working men and women? Why have you brought “entitlement” into it? And decent? It seems you are simply full of assumptions and incorrections and have no room left for thinking or analysis.

          Why do you hate trade unions? It would be interesting to know if you have read any of NZ’s trade union history – it is ugly. Ugly from your side fulla. Read some and shrivel Snodgrass.

      • Epping Road 22.5.2

        vto I can see that this issue has inflamed some professional unionists and their small group of supporters, but there is no evidence that has resonated with the general public. I wasn’t at the Hobbit premiere but I didn’t hear of any Hobbit counter-protest among the hundred thousand strong crowd. JK talked about the “hobbit haters” during the election but Labour tried pretty hard to ignore his taunts as an election issue. I’m quite sure that if there had been any mileage in milking the issue politically then Labour would have run with it. But as far as I know they didn’t.

        • IrishBill 22.5.2.1

          Are you still here? I see you’ve defaulted to the old saw of “but everyone agrees with me”. Your man lied. He’s been caught out. Everyone has seen him being caught out thanks to media such as Campbell Live and the NZ Herald. Time to put down the desperate sophism and go home – better luck next time, mate.

          • Epping Road 22.5.2.1.1

            Do try to keep up Bill. Despite my share of abuse and people telling me to fuck off, I have been debating the issue with McFlock. It’s fair to say that we don’t agree but the debate has been civil. I don’t agree that he lied, or that he got caught out. Read the thread below 12.2.2.1 . I haven’t watched Campbell Live but I disagree with your statement that the Herald says Jackson lied.

            • Colonial Viper 22.5.2.1.1.1

              Capitalist shill

              Polite language

              Obscene values

              • Epping Road

                You’re relentless Colonial Viper. First you accuse me of being a PJ shill and then you attack me for not addressing that abuse I declare my (non)-interest with PJ and then you resort to calling me a capitalist shill. You’re still a troll. Too lazy to engage in discussion or to add to the debate you just throw abuse.

                • Epping Road you are one of the better propagandists that I have seen for a while.

                  I am interested though, your professed knowledge of the subject means either that you are heavily involved with Warners/Jackson or you are blowing smoke out of your arse.

                  Which is it?

                  • lprent

                    He already answered most of that in this comment – http://thestandard.org.nz/lies-and-sanctions/#comment-596456

                    But I agree he is a whole lot more interesting that the silly troll I dumped out earlier.

                  • pollywog

                    Fwiw I think he’s otm…

                  • Epping Road

                    Your first option is flattering but wrong mickysavage, as I’ve explained above which I suppose only leaves the “blowing smoke out of your arse” option.

                    I hope I haven’t indicated “professed knowledge of the subject”. I don’t know anything that isn’t on the public record. I have impressions and judgements based on what is on the public record and my conclusions based on those judgements are obviously different from yours.

                    I’ve certainly learned a lot in this thread; people challenging me on issues and quoting things that I haven’t seen before, and my position on some of those issues has changed.

                    The biggest one I would note, which only came to me in the last couple of hours, is why Jackson would write to Brownlee on October 18 that the blacklist, and the lifting of it, was not the issue that would see a loss of confidence by Warners, when all the other correspondence shows that the imposition of the blacklist was so obviously very near the heart of the dispute. Other issues such as Bryson and immigration visas irritations, but the blacklist was the crux of it.

                    The assumption I’ve drawn from that, and I admit it is an angle that hasn’t been raised because I’ve only just come up with it, is that Jackson couldn’t admit that the blacklist was the issue, and he almost certainly would have been instructed by Warners to make it clear that the blacklist was not the issue. Had he said that the blacklist was the reason that Warners was likely to pull out of NZ, even after the blacklist had been lifted, then SAG would have been entitled to slap a blacklist wherever Warners moved to in retaliation for Warners upping sticks from NZ.

                    Which is why in my view PJ couched the likelihood of Warners pulling the plug in terms of the general employment environment in the October 18 email.

                    • pollywog

                      Which is why I’ve always maintained that it wasn’t about moving sticks it was about canning the project.

                      That is to say, if it wasn’t going to be made in NZ it wasn’t going to be made at all.

                      I only wish Del Toro had directed and that Key weren’t such a corporate suckhole bankster.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      An interesting possible reason for the lies, ER. There may be hope for you yet! However, I’m pretty convinced he’s bullshitted his workers for the usual Tory reasons; power and control. And shitloads of taxpayer dollars for his mates.

                    • OK so you are blowing smoke. Thanks for that.

                    • Arfamo

                      I find your reasoning thoughtful and your posts worth reading ER. Wouldn’t this suggest the PJ AND the Government got played by Warners, who were probably actually only after the tax breaks then?

            • IrishBill 22.5.2.1.1.2

              Whatever.

              • Epping Road

                Your credibility on this issue was shot last night when you claimed you’d been at the protest and that there were no more than 150 protesters there. I pointed out to you a youtube video showing far more than that, and then you went silent.

                I have now seen the Campbell interview. Quite typically for him, he singled out one sentence in Jackson’s email of the 18th October, which read: “It seems like the blacklisting will be lifted tomorrow…”

                Campbell then didn’t include that in the same email PJ made it clear to Brownlee that Warners’ main concern was the lack of certainty in employment laws and based on MEAA’s actions Warners were looking to move the film. Which completely puts to rest your claim that the film was going ahead anyway on the day of the protest.

                IrishBill: You think you’re in a position to comment on my credibility? Take a week off.

                Also, I was curious to see what you were talking about vis-a-vis the protest numbers. It appears you’ve got mixed up – I was talking about the “spontaneous” protest after the evening meeting. Not the labour day one. If you’d calmed down a bit and check that before slagging me off you might not be banned right now. Never mind

                • Arfamo

                  How did a supposed lack of certainty about Labour laws end up with Jonkey caving in and foregoing millions in tax breaks? Suggests to me there was more to the whole rort on PJ and Warners’ part than just concern about the unions.

                  • Epping Road

                    Arfarmo I have addressed this in http://thestandard.org.nz/lies-and-sanctions/#comment-596398. My view is based on my reading of the emails and other public statements made by Key and others at the time.

                    • Arfamo

                      Fair enough. Thanks. Have gone back and read your other posts too. I don’t think Key was part of any conspiracy of the “evil wealthy class”. I think he just got expertly played by WB. Wouldn’t be surprised if thinks so now, too, though he’s maybe already just forgotten about it by now. He no doubt has many other more important things to fail to remember.

                • pollywog

                  Weak sauce IB imho!

    • Draco T Bastard 22.6

      Not trying to rewrite it – that would be the government, PJackson and other associated people of the right-wing. Everyone else is trying to get history correctly recorded.

      BTW, the people who marched at PJackson’s request were marching against the best interests.

  23. fenderviper 23

    ‘How can we stop this kind of barefaced lying from happening again?’

    Firing squad for all concerned should send appropriate message.

    Or just send them to Serco for an extended holiday in a cell.

    • McFlock 23.1

      bit much.

      a media that keeps notes might be useful.

      Query: is there a list of the occasions where John Key has said something that was actually true? It might be shorter than his list of lies.

      Sources would be nice, and it doesn’t count if he’s correcting a previous lie because he got caught.

      • gobsmacked 23.1.1

        a media that keeps notes might be useful.

        Or the opposition could call him on it.

        Like Winston did just now, in the House. He directly accused Key of “lying” (his word).

        (Shearer had the next supplementary and of course he did what he always does – he read out the next pre-written question. As if nothing had happened).

        Key gets away with this for one reason: he’s allowed to.

  24. aerobubble 24

    The high dollar was costing the Hobbit backers enough to consider moving it?
    So in order to save it Jackson started drolling, first to govt, then on live TV.
    The thing I don’t get was why Key used the issue to beat up on unions, and
    actively harm the prospects of the movies, as many would be movie goers
    would be unionists (or their parents who were paying the movie ticket).

    The brand, Hobbit, was besmirched by Key’s ideological hatred for labour unions.
    As for the whole union-contractor issue, the world union can still go out and
    boycott, anytime, anyplace it wants. It hasn’t, and won’t, which puts paid
    to the whole notion that there was some meaningful threat from the union.

  25. mac1 25

    There was a second paragraph in the Herald article worth noting.

    “And ministers who felt that there was no need to change labour laws for the filming of The Hobbit yesterday said they could not recall why they went ahead and changed them.”

    Another brain fade for the list.

  26. Rich 26

    Simple. Don’t let Tories vote.

  27. xtasy 27

    Was it Pinocchio who had a long nose, and was it also not a long nose attributed to those liberal with the truth? Whatever, it was no co-incidence, that even Gerry Brownlee commented on the rather big nose of Key in the Backbencher’s Pub in Wellington last night, it might ring some truth with it.

    Nose knows all about nose, I suppose, so yes, we have a gradual lifting of the mist above the lies and manipulations of NZ’s most corrupted, dishonest and manipulative government for decades.

    More will come out soon, and I am working on it myself. I have some delightful bits of information, and reliable sources, and there are complaints being handled at high levels.

    So wait on, take care, this bit of a “win” before the Supreme Court on the Maori Council’s challenge on water rights may make Key and gang feel a bit “high” and in party mood, just wait for what will come. You guys there will be held to account and there are many that know how rotten and dishonest this lot is, that runs NZ at present.

  28. weizguy 28

    I find this entire thread pretty disturbing. I understand many of the contributors have formed their opinion on this issue. However, I don’t understand why, instead of engaging with what appears to be a fairly reasonably held differing position, some contributors are simply casting abuse, making claims of “shill” and “troll” and then banning what appears to be the only person who can be bothered attempting to provide an alternative voice.

    I used to enjoy reading the comments here, because there are (and were) people who were interested in debate. I don’t see that anymore. It’s no sewer, but there doesn’t seem to be much tolerance for alternative views.

    It’s not my place to tell the writers of The Standard what to do, so I won’t. I’ll just say that for me, The Standard was better in the past, and I hope it can turn itself around.

    • framu 28.1

      i dont know weizguy – sure i havent read all of ERs comments (there IS a lot of them and they are very long)
      But he/she does seem to be engaging in a deliberate campaign of ignoring what others are saying and constantly shifting the goalposts. A lot of the language seems pretty passive aggressive to me.

      Also – they are all over this one subject with quite a bit of vigour and havent commented here before – if it quacks like a duck and all

      so ERs treatment is pretty expected based on the way they are commenting

      Theres also plenty of people who engage in quite civil debates yet hold different views here – even gosman gets treated fairly politely, even though everyone pretty much knows hes just here to shit stir

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    If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labour’s Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve dismissed him not only as...
    Brian Edwards | 17-04
  • Movies, feminism and postfeminism
    So, a confession: I've never really liked biographical movies about women I otherwise admire. I'm not entirely sure why - there's something about the cliches they indulge in, the Hollywood-isation. (She lapses into total vagueness revealing, yet again, that she...
    The Hand Mirror | 17-04
  • Barabbas – An Easter Story
    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Kiwis still paying too much for ACC
    Kiwis are still paying too much for ACC so that the National Government can balance its books, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “ACC Minister Judith Collins told Cabinet levies were too high but ACC’s proposed cuts would impact the...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Collins’ memory recovery raises further concerns
    Judith Collins sudden memory of briefing the New Zealand Ambassador to China about her dinner with a Chinese border official and her husband's fellow Oravida directors raises further concerns about exactly what was discussed, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This...
    Labour | 21-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
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    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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