web analytics
The Standard

Lost in translation

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, April 22nd, 2009 - 30 comments
Categories: polls - Tags: , ,

UMR has just released a poll [PDF link] measuring support for a supercity.

Stuff reports on it under the headline “Voters back Auckland supercity”:

Though the poll’s sample of just 483 is small, it is the first real indicator of support for the supercity concept, with 45 percent of Aucklanders in favour, and 43 percent against.

Yet the report itself indicates that the margin of error is +/- 4.7% and states very clearly that its key finding is that:

The level of support amongst Aucklanders for a super city is roughly the same as the level of opposition.

So, no, Stuff, Aucklanders do not back a supercity (and I bet they don’t back being denied a chance to have a say on whether or not one’s forced on them either).

30 comments on “Lost in translation”

  1. lprent 1

    I also bet that if you got them to vote on Rodney’s ideas there would be a big majority against….

    I support the super-city idea. I just think that the NACT ideas absolutely suck as getting one that will work. So I’d have voted yes in that poll..

    What were the question(s)

  2. all_your_base 2

    UMR: “As you may be aware, there is a proposal for the whole of the Auckland region to be governed by a new single super city council from 2010. This city would stretch from Wellsford in the north to Pukekohe in the south and will be headed by a single mayor. Do you support or oppose the proposed super city?”

  3. Tim Ellis 3

    I think Stuff also should have reported that UMR is Labour’s polling company, and that it is likely that Labour commissioned the poll. Some of the writers at the Standard have been critical of the way that the media accept polls published by Curia to advance a political cause. Labour are campaigning heavily against National’s supercity plans.

    It would be nice to see some scrutiny of just how independent some of these polls are.

    • Tane 3.1

      Labour are campaigning heavily against National’s supercity plans.

      Really? I know they probably think they are, but frankly they’re looking a bit weak and directionless on it if you ask me.

      • Tim Ellis 3.1.1

        Come, on Tane. How credible would you think it if a political organisation like, say, the National Party or the Sensible Sentencing Trust said: “We have a poll. It says X. It proves that the public want us to do Y.”?

        Would UMR really have published the poll if it didn’t happen to coincide with Labour’s political prospects? I don’t think so.

        I think it would be very interesting to know who commissioned the poll, whether any Labour Party questions were included, and just how independent it is. Otherwise it’s just self-serving propaganda.

        • Tane 3.1.1.1

          Tim, I have no idea if Labour commissioned the poll. All I’m saying is I haven’t seen any evidence they know what they’re doing on Auckland or that they’ve got a coherent position on it. Shane Jones has been all over the show.

          • Tim Ellis 3.1.1.1.1

            Tane I accept your point and I acknowledge that you are often critical of the Labour Party. It is hard to work out just what Labour are trying to achieve with their supercity position anyway. Labour set up the royal commission and gave them their terms of reference. Labour might be pushing for a referendum, but their record in government on allowing public policy issues going to referenda was pretty shoddy, and they weren’t really beacons of light on consulting with the public on major issues either.

            It’s a bit hard for Labour to argue that the Royal Commission was a right-wing plot to seize control of Auckland when they set it up. It’s also a bit hard for Labour to say that National is making community representation harder, when they are increasing the number of local boards five-fold.

            I don’t believe that the public’s interests are necessarily directly linked to the interests of a bunch of mayors who will lose their jobs, which seems to be where the squealing comes from. If Labour want to make an issue of it, good on them, but I don’t see them winning the argument.

            It would also be good if Labour actually said whether they are for or against the supercity.

          • lprent 3.1.1.1.2

            Tim:
            The point is that NACT essentially drew up a almost completely different proposal to that proposed by the Royal Commission. You cannot draw ANY authority from the RC for Rodney’s fiasco of a proposal.

            That means it is irrelevant who set up the Royal Commission. Why are you politicking that the Royal Commission has any relevance to Rodney’s proposal in the light of subsequent events?

            The second point is that the Local Government Act that the Royal Commission had as a guide that it does referenda for lareg scale boundary changes. Because Rodney has abrogated the Local Government Act in favour of a act specific for Auckland, he is able to avoid that democratic responsibility. For that both he and the Nats will probably pay the electoral consequences if they persist.

            The issue isn’t coming from the mayors (I haven’t listened to that side at all) or the current local body politicians (ditto). It is coming from people who are politically aware from most sides of the political spectrum. ie there is a *lot* of concern from the public. Labour as an opposition is responding to that, but as Tane says, not all that well.

            Hell I’m amazed at how annoyed I am. It isn’t particularly ‘political’. I just don’t want that moronic proposal put in place because you can just see the problems it will cause downstream. I also don’t want the current status quo. The Royal Commission proposal may have been barely acceptable with ward/at-large changes made.

  4. lprent 4

    The question was apparently

    As you may be aware, there is a proposal for the whole of the Auckland region to be governed by a new single super city council from 2010. This city would stretch from Wellsford in the north to Pukekohe in the south and will be headed by a single mayor. Do you support or oppose the proposed super city?

    Yes I’d have voted for that.. I’m surprised how low the support level was.

    If they’d asked about Rodney useless proposal, then I’d have expected a vast majority in opposition

    Darn – looks like a_y_b already put the question in

  5. all_your_base 5

    Tim, I’d be happy if a news agency could simply accurately reflect the findings of the poll whoever it was that commissioned it.

  6. Tim Ellis 6

    Fair point about accurately reflecting the findings allyourbase, but my point is that it is relevant that UMR is Labour’s polling company and it is likely that Labour commissioned the poll, which Stuff should have reported on as well. Readers have a right to know the facts of the findings, and also whether the polling company has any barrow to push to work out whether adverse findings might have been suppressed to advance the Labour Party’s political position.

    • ripp0 6.1

      Tim,

      be so kind, do, as to state National’s position.. either/both per party and government.. it would be helpful, too, to know their stated position prior the RC report release and, if possible, in Opposition..

  7. John Dalley 7

    I don’t have an issue with the Super City concept but i do have concerns about the local in local body representation.

  8. gingercrush 8

    I agree with Tane in regards to Labour being all over the place. I think they would actually get some traction if they just had a coherent argument. Something they just can’t seem to to.

  9. The polling question was outrageous, completely misleading, they must have hired the same guy who designed the smacking referendum question.

    National/Act will be hoping the media concentrate on this survey rather than the one carried out by Rethinking Crime and Punishment that shoots the three strikes bill down again! The study which I have blogged on today discusses the implications of the three strikes bill on family violence. There is also some stuff on OIA requests that discovered negative reports on the bill from Corrections and Treasury

    • Tim Ellis 9.1

      Loco, in case you didn’t know, the question was asked by UMR, Labour’s internal polling company. The poll was probably commissioned by the Labour Party. Hardly a right-wing plot.

      • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1

        Internal polls aren’t usually published though. That’s why they are called ‘internal’ yeah?

        What exactly are you suggesting is going on? That UMR off their own bat is publishing stuff Labour commissioned without mentioning Labour’s involvement? Seems unlikley to be honest, they’re a pretty damn respectable outfit with a large client base…

        http://www.umr.co.nz/Clients_NZ.php

        Wouldn’t it normally be the case that if Labour commissioned a poll, UMR would do it and give them the results, which Labour could use as they see fit? I think you are being more than a little daft here Tim.

        In any case even if what you suggest is correct, so what? The results of the poll are what they are. They test the concept of supercity in a broad sense, and find luke warm support.

        • Tim Ellis 9.1.1.1

          Interesting client list, PB. Amusingly, UMR’s biggest client, the New Zealand Labour Party, isn’t included in its client list. My point exactly about disclosure. Which of the clients on the list might have commissioned the poll? None of them have an interest in the SuperCity. Except for the New Zealand Labour Party.

          Wouldn’t it normally be the case that if Labour commissioned a poll, UMR would do it and give them the results, which Labour could use as they see fit? I think you are being more than a little daft here Tim.

          My suspicion is that Labour doesn’t know what its view on the SuperCity is. So what they did is they got UMR to add in a few questions on the SuperCity as part of the normal polling that UMR does for the Labour Party to help the Labour Party define its position.

          Then when the results came back, Labour would have said: “Why don’t you publish these results, and not tell anybody that we asked you to do it.”

          Pretty dodgy behaviour if you ask me.

          • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1.1.1

            It would be. There is zero evidence for it however.

            How do you know that the LP is UMR’s biggest client BTW? You state that as fact. How do you know none of their other clients have an interest? How do you know UMR didn’t poll this on it’s own account as a PR job. ‘Omnibus survey’. Know what that is?

            It’s not really like curia and the Nat’s you know, even if that relationship is one you may be more familiar with. Which might account for the strange way you think these things work.

          • Maynard J 9.1.1.1.2

            This is a recent thing, so how many other polls do you think UMR could have run and supressed between, say, last week and now?

            The answer is none, and you know that. Nice disctraction, but your argument is crap Tim

          • Tim Ellis 9.1.1.1.3

            Sigh. I didn’t say that UMR suppressed polls, Maynard. I said that we don’t know what information that might be relevant has been suppressed by UMR.

            Google UMR, Stephen Mills, and the Labour Party. Better yet, visit
            http://www.mrsa.com.au/index.cfm?a=directory2004&id=862

            “UMR has been the primary pollster to the Australian Labor Party both federally and in every state and territory, as well as the New Zealand Labour Party, for the last 10 years. Our political campaign work typically involves qualitative research to explore issues in the community, candidate attributes and reactions to policies and communications materials, including television advertisements. Quantitative work includes nightly tracking in the lead-up to elections and rapid reaction monitors in individual seats.”

            UMR don’t brag about it on their own website in New Zealand though.

          • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1.1.4

            What is that supposed to show Tim? That this poll was done for Labour? Seriously.

            What evidence is there for your smear, and what is the point of it anyway? That the poll is dodgy? How so?

            What do you make of this?

            http://www.curia.co.nz/

            And what is an omnibus poll anyway? Do big firms like UMR publish topical stuff under their own name for PR purposes? I seem to see quite a few things like that, why should this not be like that? Tim doesn’t say.

          • Tim Ellis 9.1.1.1.5

            PB, I’ve seen a lot of howling about the political connections of DPF and how biased published polls by curia might be, I think the same point can be made about UMR.

          • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1.1.6

            “I’ve seen a lot of howling about the political connections of DPF and how biased published polls by curia might be”

            Show me, ’cause that’s not the usual accusation as I recall it…

            That complaint is usually that curia is so dependent on the National party account that DPF shouldn’t be seen as independent from the National party in terms of media appearances and the like.

            I think UMR could survive if they lost the LP account.

            Anyway, what about some other questions re your smear, got answers?

    • Graeme 9.2

      If only it had any relevance to the New Zealand proposal at all…
      [fuller comment on your ‘blog]

  10. Tane 10

    It would also be good if Labour actually said whether they are for or against the supercity.

    Tim I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there. I just don’t know where they stand myself, and I’m not sure they do either. My hope is that they get their act together, and fast.

  11. It was more of a tongue in cheek joke Tim.
    Also Labour would not have written the question, it would have been written by UMR, claiming their “expertise”. No suggestion of a right-wing plot. Relax.

  12. gobsmacked 12

    I am in favour of the concept.

    I am not in favour of some of the details.

    I am most definitely not in favour of the process.

    Now, where are they going to stick me in the poll?

  13. Jasper 13

    OT:

    Did Fran O’Sullivan just unwittingly speak the truth in regards to Keys’ FX history – which has previously been vehemently denied in the past???

    “This is exemplified by the fact that he booked a huge profit for his masters by betting large on the New Zealand dollar when Sir Roger Douglas was given the flick as Labour’s Finance Minister.”

    Third Paragraph… and then the NZ Herald hagiography last year said he didn’t bet on the NZ dollar.

    Something is amiss.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10567815&pnum=0

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • John Key must take responsibility for Saudi Sheep Scandal
    John Key must take responsibility for his Government’s Saudi sheep scandal, and apologise to New Zealanders for sullying the reputation of our country for fair dealing, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker. “His ham fisted attempt to… ...
    2 hours ago
  • Family violence overhaul long overdue
    A long overdue review of family violence laws is a major step forward in addressing New Zealand's disgraceful record of domestic abuse, but fails to address funding issues, Labour’s Associate Justice spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “New Zealand has one of… ...
    3 hours ago
  • Reckless complacency in face of disastrous dairy result
    Another dramatic drop in global dairy auction prices highlights how reckless National has been in failing to properly diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Overall prices dropped by 9.3% in the auction, including a 10.3% drop for… ...
    7 hours ago
  • $4 million was to advance trade not settle legal claim
    It is now even more apparent that the $4 million payment to the Al Khalaf group was to advance trade with Saudi Arabia, not to settle a legal claim, says Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker. “Documents released today… ...
    21 hours ago
  • Predictable result of unfair law changes
    National’s destructive labour laws have forced 1000 workers at Talley's-owned freezing works AFFCO into taking strike action just to keep their employer at the bargaining table, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Government only has itself to… ...
    23 hours ago
  • Changes dilute Coroners’ role
    A planned change to the Coroners Act which means an inquest won’t be required when a death occurs in official care or custody is a backward step and weakens the important role coroners play, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.… ...
    1 day ago
  • Obama acts – Key sits on his hands
    President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change proves that leading nations are mustering the courage to do what is necessary, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “His plan to cut emissions from United States power stations by a third… ...
    1 day ago
  • Forestry death guilty plea proves case for reform
    A logging company’s guilty plea over the death of one of their workers proves the need to strengthen health and safety laws, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. Charles Finlay was killed in July 2013 when he was… ...
    2 days ago
  • Daughter for the Return Home
    Christchurch East MP Poto Williams who hails from the Cook Islands, will be returning this week as part of the Cook’s celebrations on becoming self-governing 50 years ago.  Her family background is connected to the northern Cooks, the islands of… ...
    2 days ago
  • Tiwai Point welcomed but strategy needed
    The  news that Tiwai Point Aluminium smelter will remain open is good news for the 800 workers at the plant and the people of Southland, but points to a need for a comprehensive regional development strategy, Opposition leader Andrew Little… ...
    2 days ago
  • Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion
    Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“New Zealand land, dairy and medicines are up for… ...
    4 days ago
  • Will poor TPP dairy outcome stop National selling out our homes?
    After failing to protect the right to stop foreign speculators buying our houses it’s clear the Government is not going to get wins on dairy in their TPP negotiations either, Labour’s Trade and Export spokesperson David Parker says. “Labour has… ...
    5 days ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Bennett’s legacy a test for Tolley
    Former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been thrown under the bus by her successor after its been suggested that Ms Bennett gave the green light to an ‘unethical’ observational study of high-risk children, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.… ...
    5 days ago
  • Submission to Greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Transition to Rege...
    Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Draft Transition Recovery Plan on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party.  It is important that the citizens of Canterbury have a voice in the governance of the next step of… ...
    5 days ago
  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    6 days ago
  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    6 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • Prisoner voting disqualification and the Bill of Rights Act
    In 2010, National rammed the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill through Parliament. Paul Quinn’s Member’s Bill existed because Paul Quinn thought anyone who’d been imprisoned was a serious offender, and serious offenders had ‘forfeited’ their right to vote.… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    6 days ago
  • Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness
    The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The company has told shareholders it… ...
    7 days ago
  • National’s Health and Safety Reform Bill: less safety and fewer rights at...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is embarking on a campaign to fight the changes that weaken the Health and Safety Reform bill. As part of the campaign the CTU has organised vigils with the display of 291 crosses… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    7 days ago
  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
    Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The ongoing saga involving the meat sector and amalgamation has… ...
    7 days ago
  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
    Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “John Key has already wasted more than $8 million on his vanity project… ...
    1 week ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
    New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Nikki Kaye’s… ...
    1 week ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    1 week ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    1 week ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    1 week ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    1 week ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere