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Like shit warmed-up

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, November 23rd, 2011 - 81 comments
Categories: brand key, election 2011, john key, leadership, national - Tags: , , ,

John Key is really showing the strain of campaigning, he’s not bearing up under the stress of it at all well. Lucky for him it’s such a short one because if this was a full-length campaign, or lasted just another week, I think he’d be a total wreck. Meanwhile Goff on the other hand continues to look as fresh and energetic as ever.

Clearly the National Show Pony was not built for endurance.

 

81 comments on “Like shit warmed-up”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    Like shit warmed up? I wondered what that aroma he was emitting was.

    Key has got money, he has his royal wedding photos, basically he can barely be stuffed with this campaign already. He’s already been visibly bored to tears in Government for the last one year.

  2. bob 2

    National soar to 54% in the polls, labour nowhere to be seen, and this is the best you can come up with.

    Get used to another 3 more years. Asset sales, National standards, tough on bene’s stealing from the system (just the bad ones I’m talking about here), – Its going to be fantastic.

    Nats to govern alone – and labour reduced to a nothing.

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      Yeha, lets look to more fiddling while Rome burns.

      Funnily enough that same poll also asked people if they’d prefer a coalition or single-party government.

      Coalition got 54.1% of the vote. So I think National being on 54% is a bit weird, don’t you?

      • bob 2.1.1

        Personally I would like them to be in a coalition also. Although at the moment partners are looking a little thin on the ground.

        As such people dont want to waste a vote – and are sending it Nationals way (thats how Im reading it anyway) Meaning that to an extent they helping a single party rule, against what they would prefer.

        Still – its better than the rag-tag of losers labour would need to form one.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Glad you’re supporting the selling off of NZ, mate. Of course the ‘born to rule’ set think it is best if they end up ruling alone. They aren’t built to share with others, after all.

          Don’t be surprised when all your children and grandchildren end up living overseas because all our local investment income is being pumped out of this country back to Australian shareholders.

          • the sprout 2.1.1.1.1

            i suspect bob is not a new zealander in the first place, hence his lack of concern for our foreign owned future

            • bob 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Nope – all Kiwi me. Born in the mighty Waikato.

              Lived overseas – returned to NZ. Had job offers overseas (UK, Aust and US) – all in the last 12 months and still live here.

              Kids love it, all doing well and even tho two are in their 20′s both earn 50k + already so doing OK for young ‘uns.

              Youngest is only 14 but running his own little business and looks like he is going to do well in live – even here in Godzone.

              I have concern for NZ – thats why I support 100% part privatization. Its the dumb ones that cannot see the benefits that would cause NZ to go backwards.

              [sprout: and yet you are commenting from an ISP in the US. how odd]

              • The Voice of Reason

                “Its the dumb ones that cannot see the benefits that would cause NZ to go backwards.”

                You said it Bob!

                The rich benefit, NZ goes backwards.

                • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                  In 2002, Phil Goff was in a cabinet that decided to sell off 20% of Air New Zealand to foreigners.

                  Luckily, now he sees that selling anything at all we happen to presently own never makes any sense ever. No matter what.

              • katie may

                This right here is the difference between a National Supporter and a Labour supporter – plenty of Labour supporters enjoy successful, comfortable lives and have fabulously clever children with O.Es and good jobs (hi dad!), they just aren’t deluded enough to think that everyone else in this country has had the same opportunities. I’m under no illusion that my successes in life – albeit, modest ones – aren’t the result of being a white female who grew up in the cozy, middle-class enclave of Tauranga. I certainly haven’t worked harder than those putting in night shifts at factories or working 70 hour weeks in rest homes, and in no way do I think that my job and existence is of greater value than theirs.
                Plenty of Labour supporters like nice things too; they just don’t feel the need to keep all the nice things for themselves (“My precious, my preciouuuus”)

              • Deadly_NZ

                Yes Sprout. But if I want to I too can have a US IP address it’s called a Proxy Server, very handy for the Skynet law. And if you could look at all my log ins I would have been “in” the US some of the time when I forgot to turn it off before logging in. Sorry but it’s not that unusual anymore.

                But apart from that BOB you are full of it if you think that Shonky is gonna reign supreme.

              • ghostwhowalksnz

                Hawaii most likely , just like Key: one of the those ‘hard workers’ that get 4- 6 weeks leave a year

    • Dr Terry 2.2

      This is pure gloating bob, but it sounds so bad that I think you must be speaking tongue in cheek. If you are serious about the next glorious three years, you must be one of life’s smug fortunates. As the cliche goes, “what goes around comes around”. Your time is coming, do not complain when it does.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        I see that stores are already pre-ordering supplies of pitchforks, torches and guillotines. Might be next season’s fashion.

      • bob 2.2.2

        No gloating – genuinely happy about it.

        Yep – fortunate – but did it the hard way via effort, and working hard. Smug – no, thats generally an assumption made by people that didnt make it, that all who did must be.

        Envy it is called. But really – Im a hell of a nice bloke.

        • Lanthanide 2.2.2.1

          Actually bob a lot of commenters on this blog have “[made] it” and are genuinely interested in helping out the rest of NZ. We’re not envious of you, we’re contemptuous.

          • seeker 2.2.2.1.1

            So well said Lanthanide. Here’s another dose of contempt for poor old Bob but with a little dash of advice that “all that glisters is not gold” and a hope that he will he wise up before it’s too late. .

        • felix 2.2.2.2

          Hell of a nice bloke?

          You’re a hell of a transparent astroturfer is what you are.

          Go back to studying your cue sheet of Kiwi idioms, you’re fooling no-one.

        • Roy 2.2.2.3

          If you’re a hell of a nice bloke, you sure hide it well! In your comments here, you come across as a smug, heartless a**hole.

        • muzza 2.2.2.4

          Bob can you please tell us how selling assets will in fact help pay off the public debt over the long term.
          While you are there can you explain how NZ can mathematically pay off its national debt including principle and interest, given that the borrowing into NZ begins its life, and remains, until it is paid back as CREDIT.

      • Majella 2.2.3

        ..or Bob may be simply ‘imagining’ his perfect family of two older sons already on $50K (selling ‘E’ in Remmers, perhaps?) and a 14 y/o already exploiting who-knows-what penchant of the teeny-boppers. Again, I bet his market is in the well-heeled, entitled cohort. I wish Katie May could have a word with this guy…

    • johnm 2.3

      Hi bob
      “tough on bene’s” Last night saw a tv programme on child poverty in NZ. There are 200,000 children here living in an impoverished state. We have Third World diseases affecting them as a result of overcrowding and damp cold mould ridden houses. These families can’t afford heating electricity is too expensive.children go to school without breakfast and don’t eat properly during the day. They have skin infections and respiratory diseases. It’s costing the tax payers a fortune to treat these kids whereas prevention comes at a fraction of the cost. Labour wants to belatedly do something to improve their lot by extending working for families to them. has all this misery resulted from being “tough on benes”? We treat them as pariahs rather than fellow nzers. Access to doctors is expensive.

      The free market neoliberal garbage ideology you and your nat mates follow has created a divided ugly new zealand of hostility to the less fortunate. If we didn’t have the safety valve of Australia we would really be in the sh*t as to unemployment wouldn’t we?

      Contrast Sweden more like the socialist days of NZ where children have free access to health care at all times, a medical service is at each school. Every child has a free cooked lunch in a cafeteria at school and the houses are not cold and damp and mould ridden. That would be being too kind to benes wouldn’t it?!

      All parties in Sweden recognise that children are our future and must be looked after 100%

      Once Shonkey has sold off our power companies you can be sure the new shareholders will want more dividends putting up power prices. People like you Bob are turning this country into a future hell hole of poverty and social division, I wonder i waste my breath with you!

      • bob 2.3.1

        You will see I did say “the bad ones” – I firmly believe that benefits are there to help those who need it.

        But it is NOT there for the bludgers who use it as a lifestyle.

        Help those in need, and kick the others up the arse.

        Not all benes are equal. Not by a long shot – something that seems to be forgotten by a lot on the left.

        As for the doco last night – didnt watch it.

        • Lanthanide 2.3.1.1

          “As for the doco last night – didnt watch it.”

          You should have. I was surprised by how bad the situation really is.

          My only thought was that Labour really didn’t do enough when they were in government. They should have taken a couple of years worth of surplus and fixed up the state housing stock. We probably would have made the difference up in cost savings on health and better educational outcomes already.

          • Jilly Bee 2.3.1.1.1

            I too watched that doco with utter despair. I also worked at the Auckland City Mission at the beginning of the great new century and often despaired at what had happened in the 1990s under Jenny Shipley/Ruth Richardson’s regime. I recall the incoming Labour lead Government had a policy of ‘Closing the Gaps’, but of course the great unwashed Bobs of this world squealed unrelentingly at such socialistic policy to the extent it had to be quietly dropped. It needs to be resurrected NOW.

        • uke 2.3.1.2

          “kick the others up the arse.”

          I guess this applies to corporate welfare bludgers and dairy farmers bludging cheap water and polluting rights, too, right?

        • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.3

          The only bludgers are the capitalists. The people who think they should be rewarded for being rich.

        • Deadly_NZ 2.3.1.4

          Well then why dont you go and use TV3′s On demand, and fuck off and watch it then. You are below contempt.

        • mik e 2.3.1.5

          bob each way cause you are in the US

  3. freedom 3

    Key on RNZ right now

    • Yep.

      Superficially he is a really good performer. He could describe going to hell in such a way that you would look forward to the trip.

      He keeps referring to a reduction in the giving of food parcels in Auckland. It appears there has been a temporary drop over winter. The article he is referring to is at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10767779

      He ignores the rest of the contry. The article states

      Numbers were 14 per cent higher than a year ago in the central division and 45 per cent higher in the South Island, even after excluding direct earthquake relief.

      The thought of another three years of having to deconstruct everything our PM says because they are full of spin is very daunting.

  4. Tel 4

    Logic dictates only “shit warmed up” could get so many shit for brains to vote for the shit sandwich he’s selling.

    • bob 4.2

      comment deleted
      [sprout: you have now contributed more than one third of all the comments on this post and are descending into obvious trolling. desist for a while if you want to keep commenting on this post]

      • Shona 4.2.1

        over 15 % are undecided in that poll. Those who get it left Nz eons ago. Personally I find it ironic that my Grandchildren will be Aussies after relenquishing so much material wealth to leave Oz and return to raise my family in Nz. Land of the 3rd rate and the powerfully elitist. A backward country. On an average day I deal with the some of the most idiotic professionals( all foreign trained) ever inflicted on a society. While the educated professionals of my own whanau whose skills are so desperately needed here all work in foreign climes all are high achievers all are better paid than their kiwi counterparts some are now mind bogglingly wealthly.It costs a fortune to visit them and so another kiwi family is torn apart for the sake of the ideology of the insane and truly stupid.

        • Roy 4.2.1.1

          Me too Shona…I am appalled by most of the foreign ‘experts’ I have met, that this country has imported at great expense. One of the problems we have in NZ is a contempt for the home-grown article and an assumption that imported professionals and academics must be better than anything we can produce. That assumption is false!

          • Deadly_NZ 4.2.1.1.1

            And why do we have ‘foreign’ experts??? Because this bunch of incompetents in power have driven all the good Kiwi experts away with shit wages and conditions.

      • bob 4.2.2

        If I was trolling – I would be on all threads – I am commenting mainly on here replying to comments made to me.

        And I only stated in here because of the “shit warmed up:” title.

        • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4.2.2.1

          You put up a post entitled “Like shit warmed up” making the point that the PM seems a bit tired and you are disappointed at the quality of the comments it attracts?

        • The Voice of Reason 4.2.2.2

          ‘And I only stated in here because of the “shit warmed up:” title.’

          Bob is attracted to shit. Why am I not surprised?

  5. insider 5

    Goff seems to be looking a lot greyer these days…Is the pressure telling?

    • Goff’s been grey for a long time but he isn’t looking at all tired or harried like Key.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      Go have a look at Obama. The position has taken a lot out of him, he’s going grey around the temples (his very short hair helps to disguise it).

      Being a politician is stressful. I’d say Goff has had his fair share of stress in terms of a partisan media that previously has only been interested in running Goff’s latest bungle while giving Key a free pass.

      • Dan hansen 5.2.1

        I wouldn’t worry too much about Goff he will no doubt be resigning in 3 or 4 days time and will have plenty of opportunity for relaxation 

        Actually will Goff leave parliament and force a bi-election in 2012, what other senior labour MP’s will leave and do the same – how many labour related bi elections will there be in 2012?

        All good questions which will no doubt be the focus of conversation next week, along with the evitable discussion about how the new labour leader is the second coming of jesus and that Goff was the sole reason for labours demise. Fun times

    • The Voice of Reason 5.3

      Phil doesn’t have the luxury of taking his hair off and having it washed, spun and lubed by underlings on a daily basis.

  6. randal 6

    this stuff’ll probably kill ya lets do another line.
    you sure to see someone you know on heart attack and vine.

  7. Galeandra 8

    Take the long view. Genuine socialism will be reborn in NZ as elsewhere out of sheer necessity. One hopes it won’t require pitchforks and machetes, CV.

    You will always get the self-satisfied gloaters, their egotism is what helps make them materially sudccessful, so they don’t value service work like that done by environmental inspectors or nurses or pre-school teachers etc and they don’t consider them ‘successful’. They’d rather make megabucks owning a garage or a pie shop, no matter how socially deleterious the service they offer is over the longer term.
    The melt-down in Europe is ultra contagious….Hungary, Austria, Germany etc are filling the news from Europe now. Bond markets are beginning to spike everywhere. UK now admits it can’t get its deficit down. The fantasy of perpetual capitalist wealth is collapsing, and Bob is going to have to put up with a government that can’t get the books right and can’t borrow and is simply prodding the smouldering remains of the neo-liberal bonfire. A lot of his mates will be lined up in queues with the needy before the next electoral cycle is over.
    As for Bob’s reverse paraochialism : ‘looks like he is going to do well in live – even here in Godzone.’; well, the scales will fall from his eyes as the Asian economies implode in reaction to the trade and currency problems of the Euro-American centre. ‘Doing well’ will involve having enough for the basics of dignified survival, by the way, not the consumption wankfest that so many ‘patriotic’ RWNJ’s like to enjoy, especially on their long OE’s and holidays abroad.

    • Afewknowthetruth 8.1

      Gal.

      ‘ Bob is going to have to put up with a government that can’t get the books right and can’t borrow and is simply prodding the smouldering remains of the neo-liberal bonfire.’

      A good description of the short term outlook.

      There will be desperate attempts to keep the bonfire going via fracking, deepwater drilling, plus mining and selling anything that can be mined and sold, of course.

  8. Rose 9

    I lived overseas too Bob, came home, got married, we have a nice house & good jobs, but unlike you Im saddened by what I returned to. Lots of hardworking people in my family are struggling to get by, especially my family in Christchurch. So yes I can sit back & feel very chuffed with myself and what I have achieved, but while so many NZ’ers are struggling and suffering its not a country I feel very proud of.

  9. randal 10

    like shit warmed up all right.
    kweewee has been spouting a whole load of pols 101 ever since he gave hooton a gig telling him how 2 and 1 makes 4.
    all this crap about stable government.
    what a load of rubbish.
    if he thinks NZ isa banana republic then it is only due to his policies.
    it aint even National any more.
    Its the John Key party pure and simple.
    out with them.

  10. Afewknowthetruth 11

    The combination of peak oil, unravelling of fiat currencies and environmental collapse is gradually grinding the system down. The system will eventually grind to a halt.

    The US ‘super-committee’ has effectively admitted collapse will come in or before 2014. Meanwhile the Eurozone is in chaos and looks to be on track for disintegration some time in 2012.

    Key obviously knows we are in the early stages of global systemic failure and is finding it increasingly difficult to keep up the pretence that he will provide the average NZer with anything other than destitution if re-elected, especially since he is about to carry out a looting exercise.

    Lying continuously when things provide the facade of going well is obviously a lot easier for him than lying continuously when things are going badly and are about to get a lot worse.

  11. Afewknowthetruth 12

    bob.

    ‘tough on bene’s stealing from the system (just the bad ones I’m talking about here), – Its going to be fantastic.’

    What are your views on global corporations stealing from the commons and the usary system set up and maintianed by money-lenders?

    And what are your views on a tiny gang of elites enslaving the rest of society and exploiting them?

    Can you please explain what is going to be ‘fantastic’ about living in a post peak oil society that is rapidily collapsing because no preparations were made [by the government]?

    Can you tell me what will be ‘fantastic’ about living in a society undergoing fiat currency collapse?

    Can you explain what will be ‘fantastic’ about living on a planet that is undergoing environmental collapse? (That question particularly applies to your progeny.)

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 12.1

      The best thing about the post apocalyptic age is that we won’t have to listen to you anymore. Bring it on, I say.

      • johnm 12.1.1

        Hi Gormless
        Right if everything goes to shit AFKTT will be redundant!!!

      • Afewknowthetruth 12.1.2

        Gormless.

        Yes, bring it on. Collapse of industrialism is the only thing that will preserve the habitability of the Earth.

        Another positive about the post-collapse society is that most of the idiots who mocked and scoffed when they should have been preparing will either be eating their words or will have died of starvation.

    • johnm 12.2

      !00% Right AFKTT!!!!

  12. Brian 13

    Never underestimate the greed or hypocricy of the average Tory. Bash a bene so they can feel better about themselves, whilst applauding theft at the top as enterprise ! sad bastards the lot of them.

  13. Gruntie 14

    “John Key a well produced product”
    thats all

    • Deadly_NZ 14.1

      But like any product well produced or not all have one thing in common. Shelf Life and Key’s is running out.

  14. gnomic 15

    The weasel boasts that he only gets 5 hours sleep a night as he gives his all to bring about a brighter future. Little wonder he looks tired. One might ask how he can possibly make good decisions when he is chronically fatigued.

    Speaking of the ‘brighter future’, how does he keep a straight face when he spins that line? Absurd twaddle.

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    Press Release – AFTINET The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) and the Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network Ltd (AFTINET) have called on the Federal Government to heed warnings over secret global trade deals, in particular, negotiations around the...
    Its our future | 21-07
  • Sweet Dreams Maisy vs. Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math
    June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the...
    Bat bean beam | 21-07
  • Clarification from media man
    Good evening. There were a few interestingly fruitful statements of anguish following my explanation yesterday regarding our reporting on David Cunliffe’s recent holiday. As I said yesterday, the fact that John Key was on holiday at the same time, and...
    My Thinks | 21-07
  • Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ...
    Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño...
    Skeptical Science | 21-07
  • What does Labour do now?
    The problem isn't 'right wing framing'. There isn’t a media conspiracy to get a third term National government. When you fall behind everyone airs their favourite explanation and negatives get repeated and amplified. It's the job of politicians, not media,...
    Pundit | 21-07
  • Sclerotic
    The Standing Orders Committee has reported back on the triennial Review of Standing Orders. The big news: they think the trial of broadcasting select committee hearings ahs gone well, and want it made standard practice. It's a welcome boost to...
    No Right Turn | 21-07
  • “Hot Air” Delivers The Cold Hard Facts About New Zealand’...
    Watch It And Weep: Alister Barry's Hot Air documents the losing battle, waged since 1990, between the politicians of good-will from both sides of the House who attempted to do something to mitigate the effects of climate change and the...
    Bowalley Road | 21-07
  • Should he have known?
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe is under fire for not knowing the details of someone with name suppression....
    Imperator Fish | 21-07
  • Some answers to the confusion about the #MH17 crash site
    Given my comments yesterday (see Making political capital out of the deaths of innocents) I thought it worth sharing this video. It is of a press conference in Donetsk given by  Alexander Borodai, one of the leaders of the anti-Kiev forces in eastern...
    Open Parachute | 21-07
  • Maritimes magazine Winter 2014 now online
    This edition of the Maritimes magazine covers the War on the wharves charity boxing event, the new Maritime Labour Convention, the upcoming general election and health and safety on the job....
    MUNZ | 21-07
  • This’ll be interesting
    Speaking of Internet-Mana, not only is Kim Dotcom promising a pre-election bombshell, but he's getting Glenn Greenwald along to help:Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom says he has enlisted heavy-hitting US journalist Glenn Greenwald, who blew open secrets about mass spying...
    No Right Turn | 21-07
  • Greens Make Kids A Priority Again!
    Children have always been a major priority for the Green Party and it says something about the priorities of the current Government when child poverty, child neglect and family violence continue to be huge issues.Today Metiria Turei announced the the...
    Local Bodies | 21-07
  • A circus of self-mutilation
    The political weekend: the Greens announce serious, sensible, and popular policy, Internet-Mana packs out another public meeting, and Labour's self-mutilation continues:However, Labour MPS are disgusted by Cunliffe's skiing holiday just two months before the election and will question his work...
    No Right Turn | 21-07
  • Corporate sponsorship
    Australian Senator Ian McDonald was so keen to show off his support for the mining industry that he addressed the Senate wearing his hi-vis "australiansforcoal.com.au" mining vest, kindly sponsored for him by the Minerals Council of Australia. Classy. I really...
    Polity | 21-07
  • Poll shows people want more spent on PT
    Stuff have released the results of a poll they’ve conducted asking about transport funding. Auckland has sent a clear message to the Government over its transport priorities: Give us better public transport rather than better roads. The latest Stuff.co.nz-Ipsos poll...
    Transport Blog | 21-07
  • 82 Billion Reasons Not to Vote For The John Key Party (Once known as Nation...
    When John ‘Casino’ Key took power, NZ was in $20 billion of overseas debt – it is now in over $82 billion, and rising! See the NZ Debt Clock HERE   National Party = DEBT due to incompetence    ...
    An average kiwi | 21-07
  • New Fisk
    Why do television producers think a grey blob over a dead person’s face shows respect?...
    No Right Turn | 21-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • Latest power price data shows National has failed families
    Latest data showing New Zealanders' power bills have risen 2.3 percent in the last year show National has failed families and households, the Green Party said today.Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment data issued today shows average residential electricity prices...
    Greens | 15-07
  • MANA announces its general seat candidates in Tamaki
    MANA is pleased to announce its general seat candidates in Tamaki for the 2014 election. We have 10 seasoned community campaigners keen to bring MANA’s full set of big, bold policies to the election campaign,” says MANA Leader and MP...
    Mana | 14-07
  • Media Advisory- MANA Youth Ambassador
    MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, and recently-appointed MANA Youth Ambassador Wairangi Koopu, will be available to speak to the media on the first day of the Internet MANA Road Trip. The Road Trip starts at Cape...
    Mana | 14-07
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    The Government's inaccurate response to the Green Party's clean rivers policy shows it is scared of the Party's plans that will actually make rivers clean enough to swim in, the Green Party said today. Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce,...
    Greens | 14-07
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror in Gaza, the Green Party said today.Thousands of civilians in Gaza have fled their homes as Israel has continued an offensive to destroy Hamas rocket sites...
    Greens | 13-07
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    Ex New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu has joined the MANA strategy team as the new MANA Youth Ambassador in another game changer move for the MANA party. “When we say we want more...
    Mana | 13-07
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    The Green Party has announced today that its number one environmental priority for this election is making our rivers clean enough to swim in again and keeping our beaches safe from oil spills. The Green Party will make a series...
    Greens | 12-07
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    John Key has left many with the impression he will repeal marriage equality if elected into Parliament again, said the Green Party today. Reports have emerged that at a meeting with Pacific church leaders in Mangere, on Tuesday, many attendees...
    Greens | 11-07
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    The inquiry into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian diplomat must investigate all the actions taken by Murray McCully during this fiasco, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into...
    Greens | 11-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA b...
    Last Saturday morning the volunteer brigade of Internet Mana  went out in the freezing cold to deploy Internet Mana billboards. They braved the cold weather of that icy cold morning only to have National party thugs destroy the billboards and...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is his...
    27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Rape Culture is not blah blah blah
    To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s ...
    IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air. This chilling exposé of the strategy and tactics adopted by New Zealand’s largest industries to ensure that no effective action to combat...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • CTU resolution on Palestine
    Further to Unite’s position on Palestine, this is the Council of Trade Union position on Palestine… Preamble: Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organizations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal A former chef at an Auckland cafe has been awarded more than $50,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal. The Employment Relations Authority...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation’s efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Road fix needed now, not later Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Internet MANA Auckland road show at Kelston – what the media are missing
    The Town Hall in Kelston yesterday was packed well before the start time of 2pm. What many welded to Wellington in the Press Gallery don’t understand about Internet MANA is that its energy and flaxroot mobilisation is far larger than...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is an investment in families and our kids’ education and in reducing poverty. The...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Apocalypse Now
    For a brief moment, the nations of the world seemed united in a peaceful pursuit. The  World Cup finale in Brazil captured the imagination of a global TV audience. Within days, catastrophe exploded into the headlines, sending shards of outrage,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Palestinians suffer from media’s use of derogatory labels
    Why, in our news media, is an Israeli with a gun a “soldier”, but a Palestinian with a gun a “militant”, or even a “terrorist”? The terminology is clearly prejudicial to the Palestinian cause, because New Zealanders are more likely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Another example of media bias – Key’s holiday vs Cunliffe’s holiday a...
    Another, sad, tired example of media bias in terms of holidays this time. I pointed out in the weekend the extreme bias being exhibited by the media… The current level of negative bias being exhibited by the conservative corporate media...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • MANA answers the call to have Apartheid Israeli Embassy kicked out of NZ
    Last week I asked “which NZ political Party will have the courage to call for the Apartheid Israel embassy to close?“, MANA have answered that challenge and have stepped forward as being the political party with that courage… The Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald to speak at September 15t...
      So Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak at Kim Dotcom’s Auckland Townhall event . Dear oh dear, how will the mainstream media journalists handle this news? All week they’ve been screaming how unfair it is that they will have...
    The Daily Blog | 20-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release “How can someone go to Court on the issue when a person doesn’t even know if...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, the...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday 17Jul On Friday the 18th of July, Unite will be picketing SkyCity Casino urging them not to outsource the Cleaning Services department. This proposal...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • #PIZZAHURT! Rally for fair redundancy pay for Pizza Hut workers 3.30pm Thur...
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: #PIZZAHURT! Rally for fair redundancy pay for Pizza Hut workers 3.30pm Thursday RALLY FOR JUSTICE FOR THE PIZZA HUT CALL CENTRE WORKERS We deserve fair redundancy pay. 330pm, 666 Great South Road,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers Reprinted from the New York Times By STEVEN GREENHOUSEJULY 15, 2014 Sharlene Santos says she and other workers at a Zara store got two...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Minister must come clean on amalgamation The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio. National’s arrogance on...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • The 5 reasons why NZ First won’t get over 5% and how Colin Craig is now a...
    One of the rules of NZ punditry is to NEVER count Winston out. Never. The silver fox has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat so many times he seems immortal with a dislike for sunlight. I love Winston, the way...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what about ‘it is people, it is people, it i...
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • End the occupation to end the rockets
    The events of the last few days have been overwhelming to say the least. The atrocities towards the Palestinians has escalated with the ground invasion and a plane was shot down over Ukraine; basically senseless and unnecessary killings are occurring...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • 5,000 strong march calls for campaign to close Israeli embassy
    The NZ Herald claims this was ‘hundreds’ not thousands of protesters  It was marvellous to be part of the huge Queen Street Auckland march on Saturday in support of Palestinians in their struggle for justice and human rights. The march...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Another media gaffe – this time it’s TV3′s Brook Sabin
    . . Every so often (quite regularly, in fact), a media personality will say something outrageously offensive, or just plain gormless, that results in an uncontrollable  *facepalm* reaction. On 19 July, on TV3′s “The Nation“, it was Brook Sabin’s turn....
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • An interesting poll from TVNZ. Note some of the VERY left-wing questions!?
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • If we want to lift participation rates – what about the 5000 prisoners Na...
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip, which began Thursday night after 10 days of attacks by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed...
    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoterselfie this election with you...
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    The Daily Blog | 19-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, native birds are...
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    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – Equality of Marriage – can we please, fin...
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    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Wow, the Press Gallery really felt bitter about backing Grant Robertson did...
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    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated The death of nearly 300 people on board a Malaysian Airlines civilian passenger jet, which came down yesterday in an area of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-07
  • RSA condemns downing of flight MH17
    The Royal New Zealand RSA has today denounced the downing of flight MH17, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, as an act of terror....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • EDS joins Trans-Tasman Resources High Court appeal
    “EDS has today filed a notice to join (in opposition) Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) appeal against the decision to reject its marine consent application to mine ironsands in the South Taranaki Bight,” says EDS Executive Director Gary Taylor....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Over 1100 dead Kiwis
    Research presented to the NZ Defence Force today shows that an average of 16 service personnel have died away from the front line every year since 1945. Add those from the front line and the figure is 18....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Petition to repeal carer legislation presented at parliament
    Today Rachel Noble, Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly presented a petition, with thousands signatures, to parliament demanding the repeal of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) 2013....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Claudette Hauiti to step aside at election
    National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Prime Minister to local government conference
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) was pleased to host the Prime Rt Hon John Key at the 2014 LGNZ Conference today in Nelson. The Prime Minister addressed the audience of 550 delegates including mayors, chairs, chief executives, councillors and senior...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Students Challenge Parliament to Protect Student Voice
    Student representatives on Victoria University of Wellington Council. LEFT: Elected-at-large student representative David Alsop. RIGHT: VUWSA President Sonya Clark....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Flockton basin residents deserve fairness
    It is blindingly obvious that the land in the Flockton basin has dropped because of the earthquake causing increased flooding and flood vulnerability says Labour’s Christchurch Central Candidate Tony Milne....
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • LGNZ welcomes Labour’s announcement on regional development
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed today’s announcements from Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe on regional development. The Hon Cunliffe launched Labour’s regional development policy to more than 550 delegates at the annual 2014...
    Scoop politics | 22-07
  • Standing Orders Committee: Review of Standing Orders
    The Standing Orders Committee has presented its report on the Review of Standing Orders. The committee reviews the Standing Orders, procedures, and practices of the House and usually reports towards the end of each parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally on 26th July, Aotea Square
    The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Human Rights Commission welcomes The Way Forward report
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has welcomed The Way Forward report on an integrated system for Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. “The Way Forward report is truly a way forward. We’re not starting from scratch, all the jigsaw...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Young people to face MPs in UNICEF NZ Election Debate
    The UNICEF New Zealand Youth vs MPs Election Debate takes place today (22 July) at the Beehive Theatrette providing a unique platform for young people to debate issues of importance ahead of the 2014 general election. UNICEF NZ will also...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Taskforce Welcomed to Curb Excess Local Government Control
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s announcement at the LGNZ conference in Nelson to establish a 'Rules Reduction Taskforce'.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • LGNZ releases election manifesto
    LGNZ releases election manifesto focusing on the need for strengthening New Zealand’s communities and economies...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Local government celebrates outstanding performance at LGNZ
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate the leadership role local government plays within communities. The Awards were presented at a prestigious dinner...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Cocktails for Industry Officials, Squalor for Pigs
    When members of the pork industry meet at their annual conference at Auckland’s Novotel Hotel today, animal advocates are expecting urgent action to address cruelty issues on factory farms. Animal advocacy group SAFE says pork industry officials...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Forest & Bird to mark On the Block campaign at Parliament
    Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird will hold a photo opportunity at Parliament at noon today to highlight the, unprecedented rights sell-off to frack, log, drill and mine New Zealand’s public conservation land....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZCCSS calls for government to raise care workers’ wages
    The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is joining the call for the government to increase funding to the aged care sector to enable fair wages to be paid to workers caring for New Zealand’s older people. “The...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • CTU Urges Reserve Bank Not to Raise Interest Rates
    The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another rise in interest rates will raise the dollar further, striking another blow at high value manufacturing industries who are exporting or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ACT announces Jamie Whyte as Pakuranga candidate
    Dr Whyte was elected ACT Leader in February. Since then he has been travelling around the country meeting New Zealanders and talking about ACT’s key messages of low, flat tax, cutting green tape, getting tough on crime, and “one country,...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Whyte calls on Craig to name his flat tax rate
    ACT Leader Jamie Whyte has hit out at Colin Craig for failing to name his party's suggested flat tax rate. "Page 9 of The Press today is an advertisement for Colin Craig’s Conservative Party and their policy of having two...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • The Letter 21 July 2014
    All tax and spend ; Do not add up ; Bad economics ; We have moved to the left ; Being in government was a mistake...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Aggressive phone scam targets Inland Revenue customers
    Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of aggressive telephone scammers who are targeting people for money and threatening actions such as deportation and prison if not paid....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • A talk on wealth, a rant on inequality, & NZ’s latest stats
    I'm giving a talk in Wellington tomorrow night on wealth in New Zealand: how much of it there is, how it's distributed, and why we should be talking more about it. It's at 5.30 at Connolly Hall in Thorndon, and...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Growing Up in New Zealand Report exploring vulnerability
    The Chief Executive of the Families Commission says the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) report released today is the first step towards developing a greater understanding of vulnerability in the New Zealand context....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Christopher Giddens Struck off
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Christopher Giddens be struck from the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Downing of MH17 shows the Ukraine crisis is a global issue
    The downing of Malaysian airlines’ flight MH17 clearly shows the Ukraine crisis is not a local or regional affair, it is a global issue and the world community needs to help the Ukraine, University of Canterbury Ukrainian expert Associate Professor...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZEI supports Green party’s commitment to quality ECE
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Green Party’s plans to boost the quality of early childhood education by restoring funding for centres with 100 percent qualified staff....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First Tax Policy Breaches the China FTA Peters Signed
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to introduce a capital gains tax on foreign owned homes and assets, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Interview with Metiria Turei
    We believe that the Green Party and Labour can work together. After the election, we will look at our shared goals and where we can work together to achieve positive goals for New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • NZ First GST Policy Not Thought Through
    Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to remove GST on food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • KASM to fight seabed mining decision appeal
    Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) today notified the High Court of its intention to join the EPA in opposing an appeal by Trans Tasman Resources against the EPA’s decision to refuse consent for the country’s first seabed mining proposal....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • MANA Policy Statement- Economic Justice
    A just economy is one where everybody is able to afford the cost of living and enjoy a decent quality of life. In a just economy, tax rates are fair. Those who earn more pay a higher proportion of their...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Waitangi Tribunal Releases Its Report on the MV Rena
    In its interim report released today, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Wairoa District Council Should Not Be Gagging Staff
    Reacting to the Dominion Post article that the Wairoa District Council has removed council staff members' personal submissions on the Council's annual plan, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Staff making personal submissions...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming local economies
    Xero CEO shares ideas on transforming New Zealand’s local economies Cloud-based accounting software firm Xero could be based anywhere in the world but Chief Executive Rod Drury keeps the company’s head office in Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • ‘Pay Up or Lose Licence’ Message Is Getting Through
    Coromandel MP Scott Simpson says fine dodgers are finally paying up since the introduction of strict new rules for traffic offenders. Scott Simpson MP says ‘People who get caught breaking traffic rules now have two choices - pay up or...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Petition for new nurse graduates
    Today the New Zealand Nurses Organisation is launching a petition aimed at achieving a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) position for every new grad nurse. New Zealand is facing a significant nursing shortage over the next decade. We need to...
    Scoop politics | 21-07
  • Local government discusses how we can spread wealth
    Opportunities and risks arising from New Zealand’s changing regions were explored today at the Local Government New Zealand conference in Nelson. Shamubeel Eaqub, Principal Economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, delivered...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • FTC Calls for Rational Dialogue Regarding Gaza
    The Free Thinking Coalition (FTC) urges New Zealanders who are engaged in dialogue regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine to think rationally about issues confronting the Middle East....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Craig says Peters should Come Clean
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says "Winston Peters should come clean and declare where he is standing, who he will work with, and what his bottom lines are."...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit announces Party List
    Democrats for Social Credit Party Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, today announced the line up of the Party’s candidates and list rankings for the forthcoming election. The party will field thirty electorate candidates and four list only candidates....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Economic Growth And Jobs Are Key Priorities
    A new report highlights the major concerns for Mayors and Chairs A report, based on the findings of a recent survey, identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations. Commissioned...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech
    LGNZ conference 2014: President’s opening speech Ladies and gentlemen, the Hon Paula Bennett and particularly our Members, New Zealand’s 78 local governments, this year’s theme: Powering Local Economies | Building Vibrant Communities, is...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • LGNZ announces partnership with FairWay Resolution
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) today announced a significant new partnership under EquiP, its Centre of Excellence....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Local government votes on three important matters
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) members have voted on three remits about topical and important matters for the sector at the 2014 LGNZ Annual General Meeting, held at Nelson. The first remit was a request that LGNZ advocate to the...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Ngapuhi Supports New Maori Language Strategy
    Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngapuhi strongly supports the Minister of Maori Affairs’ new Maori Language Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis
    Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis Basketball, street dance and hip-hop events staged during in the two-week advance voting period in the lead-up to the general election is how Internet MANA plans to get more young...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
  • Q + A: Winston Peters
    SUSAN New Zealand First is holding its annual conference this weekend, it's just about to get underway again at Alexandra Park Raceway. And celebrating 21 years since the party was formed, will they be celebrating another three years on election...
    Scoop politics | 20-07
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